ratcreature: navel-gazing RatCreature (navel-gazing)
The questions of the Suprise Fandom Fannish Five are from [livejournal.com profile] fannish5:


  1. What fandom did you get into that you were absolivity and posiloutly sure, you were never going to get into, but you did.

    Superhero comics.

  2. What made you think you would never get into it? What tipped you into it?

    I guess some kind of snobism. For the longest time I read and collected comics, but didn't have any interest in superheroes. I mean when I started to get into adult comics as a teenager, comics were even more associated just with "being for children" and/or "superheroes" i.e. ridiculous stories about muscled guys in tights (and the occasional woman with big boobs), than they are now. But I had progressed through the franco-belgian stuff, and there were great children's comics, but tons of good stuff for adults, both genre and non-genre, too. And then I got into some (non-superhero) US comics, both classics (like Krazy Kat or Little Nemo) and modern "alternative" comics, etc. but throughout it was sort of important to me to "advocate" comics as an artform and literary genre, that they ought to be taken seriously. I mean, I read some US mainstream graphic novels, which were outgrowths of the superhero genre even then, but as a whole I didn't think much of the genre. That (from it's genre premise) it's not the most "ideologically compatible" with my views didn't help either.

    Getting into the genre itself, as opposed to sometimes enjoying the fringes of the genre that played with it, was kind of a slippery slope. The beginning of the end of my resistance was the Spider-Man movie, I think. I really enjoyed that, and following the movie I read somewhere that currently JMS was writing Amazing Spider-Man, so that became the first superhero title I subscribed to, and for some time it was the only one. At that point I still fooled myself that liking it was an "aberration" for me rather than the new norm. Anyway, the first cracks were there, providing the opening for [livejournal.com profile] cereta and [livejournal.com profile] sanj to get me interested in the Batverse and Nightwing in particular. I mean, I was looking for new fandoms, after my Sentinel love had cooled, and the universe and characters sounded really interesting and complex, much more so than what my vague impression of superhero comics had been before. Also I had missed a focus in my collection habit, and getting to know Nightwing and the Batverse works great for that (which isn't a small factor, really enjoy collecting comics as objects, almost as much as reading them).

  3. Did you start to write/vid/archive/dub/(fill in fannish creative activity) in that fandom? Do you still?

    I'm more active than I've been in other fandoms, though that doesn't say much, since I didn't offer any creative activity (well besides discussions and such) before, and now every once in a while I might draw something, and I've started making icons. I still have the best intentions to continue my Batverse comic/continuity indexing project too, though my inner slacker proves to be quite the obstacle to progress -- as usual. And I'm not sure that counts as "creative" anyway.

  4. Have you ever pimped someone into a fandom without trying? Which fandom, and what did it?

    No.

  5. Do you have a fandom where you do not read the fic? Why not?
    I don't have a fandom where I avoid fanfic out of some principle. I have fandoms where there almost is no fanfic at all, or where I don't like any of what I've found. But if a good author were to write a story with an interesting concept/pairing in it, I can't think of a fandom where I wouldn't read that fanfic.
ratcreature: navel-gazing RatCreature (navel-gazing)
So, in avoiding doing anything useful or productive: It's now Meme Time!

First the Friday Five:

1. Name five things in your refrigerator.
Tomato ketchup, soy sauce, milk, mushrooms, carrots.

2. Name five things in your freezer.
Vanilla ice cream, spinach, springroll dough, a bag mixed frozen vegetables, frozen parsley.

3. Name five things under your kitchen sink.
Trash bags, paper bags, sponges, liquid green soap, washing powder.

4. Name five things around your computer.
Brushes, two kinds of ink, liquid white, a lamp, a rubber ducky.

5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet.
If the shelf in my bathroom cabinet counts -- painkillers, an elastic bandage, band-aids, disinfectant, cortisone cream.

Now for the [livejournal.com profile] fannish5:

1. What character would you love to see get his/her own show?
I usually like ensembles as ensembles, so I'm more likely to want characters I like to have more time inside the existing structure, instead of a new spin-off. That said, I don't think I'd have minded had the Giles-centric Buffy spin-off Ripper been realized. Also, I think I'd take an Arsenal book over the current Outsiders any day, especially if it had Nightwing as regular co-star.

2. If you could get rid of one character, who would it be?
I guess Dylan Hunt from Andromeda. I actually liked the character at the beginning, but Kevin Sorbo managed to turn him into one of the most annoying main characters ever, who ruins a lot of what I like about Andromeda.

3. What character do you hate, but wouldn't get rid of?
I rarely hate characters. I'm sometimes annoyed with characters, or just indifferent. Hmm. I don't like Huntress much (the comic character not the one in the tv series), but I wouldn't get rid of her.

4. What character do you love but think has overstayed his/her welcome?
It hasn't happened to me yet that I really loved a character and still wished s/he would go away permanently. Closest I think is the Joker. I really like him as a villain, but I think lately he's been used too often and often not very well (the low point was IMO he Last Laugh DC-wide event). I wouldn't mind if he had a leave of absence for a while, and then a comeback with a really good writer and some consistency in his appearances. I don't want him to be gone forever though.

5. If you could move one character to a different show, who would it be?
I don't know. An X-File episode about Wolverine would have been cool, with Mulder and Scully researching the Weapon X project. But that's more like a crossover, and I don't see Logan as a permanent cast member there. I don't really like characters removed from their universes, it's more the package deal I love.
ratcreature: navel-gazing RatCreature (navel-gazing)
I wanted to do that Favorite Fannish Moments list, that [livejournal.com profile] eliade, [livejournal.com profile] cereta, [livejournal.com profile] katallison, and probably others did, but it turns out I'm too scatter-brained to really come up with such a list. I was trying to recall what my favorite moments in my favorite fandoms were, and somehow my mind turned blank. Even though when I read other people's lists I usually go "yeah, that was cool!" and recall the scenes.

Anyway, after staring at my more or less blank input field for a while I decided to kill time by answering the Fannish Friday Five from yesterday (see [livejournal.com profile] fannish5) instead:

somewhat lengthy answers to the Fannish Friday Five )

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