Fandom Auction

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Fandom auctions are fan-organized fundraising drives, usually designed to raise funds to support a community, individual, or cause. While many fandom auctions have been organized as a form of fandom activism in response to an emergency or crisis (such as a natural disaster), fandom auctions are also often held to raise funds for fannish events (such as conventions) or in support of fan communities or projects (such as Archive of Our Own, which was supported by a 2013 fan-organized fandom auction). Fandom auctions have also been held to provide financial support to individual fans. Items offered for auction usually include fanworks (such as fanfic, fanart, or fanvids) and fannish services (such as beta reading or britpicking). Many recent fandom auctions have not officially included material fancrafts, opting to only support fanworks and services that can be fulfilled digitally.

History

Over the years, fandom charity auctions have taken many forms. As fandom communities have adopted new technologies and different modes of community-building, the structure and scope of fandom auctions have evolved as well.

1970s

Fandom auctions have been a fixture since the first fan-run conventions in the 1970s.

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1980s

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1990s

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In the 1990s, several conventions, such as Zebracon,[1] Revelcon, Friscon, and the 15 Yahren Reunion devoted their charity drives to various AIDS organizations like the Pediatric Aids Foundation.

2000s

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2010s

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Response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

Almost immediately after news of the earthquake and tsunami was made available, fandom began preparing to give aid. Help Japan @ LJ and Help Japan @ DW were created the same day. Help Japan @ LJ has been particularly popular, with overflow posts to capture the outpouring of offers.

Response to 2011 Christchurch earthquake

The auction to help survivors of the Christchurch earthquake raised $10,030.34 USD (13,561.82 NZD).[2]

List of fandom auctions

References

  1. As reported in the StrangeWorld article "Science Fiction Fans and Charity" published in 1994: "One enduring relationship between a fandom and a charity is between ZebraCon and the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. ZebraCon is a convention focusing on the 1970s cop show Starsky and Hutch. Series star Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky) now enjoys a successful directing career. Because his work is now behind the camera, many people remain unaware of the personal tragedy he and his family have suffered. Due to pregnancy complications, Glaser's wife, Elizabeth, received a blood transfusion tainted with the HIV virus. She and both children were exposed to the virus. Their daughter Ariel died from AIDS; Elizabeth and her son continue to battle against this disease. Elizabeth and others who had lost children to AIDS established the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. As the Starsky and Hutch fandom became smaller, ZebraCon became a biannual convention and expanded to include other "buddy" shows such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the British spy serial The Professionals. But the original convention charity has never been forgotten. Fund-raising for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation remains a major focus not only of the convention, but of many fandom pursuits. Proceeds from a second printing of The Professionals fanzine House of Cards go to the Foundation. Items donated for auction at this past ZebraCon included Starsky and Hutch action figures, posters, books, magazines, games, and the record album recorded by David Soul (Hutch from the series). Media artist Suzanne Lovett donated a commission piece that sold for over $200."
  2. imaginarycircus, news for 3.14.2011 2011-03-12. Accessed 2011-03-18.