The open access fan studies journal Transformative Works and Cultures has released another issue! The issue’s seven articles, two Symposium pieces, roundtable, and three book reviews all relate to topics such as fan labor, gift culture, community, and work (official announcement). All articles:


Fandom and/as labor by Mel Stanfill and Megan Condis


Fifty shades of fan labor: Exploitation and Fifty Shades of Grey by Bethan Jones

The media festival volunteer: Connecting online and on-ground fan labor by Robert Moses Peaslee, Jessica El-Khoury, and Ashley Liles

Chuck versus the ratings: Savvy fans and “save our show” campaigns by Christina Savage

Modding a free and open source software video game: “Play testing is hard work” by Giacomo Poderi, David James Hakken

Sherlockology and Fan sites as gifts or exploited labor? by Bertha Chin

Promoting fan labor and “all things Web”: A case study of Tosh.0 by Rose Helens-Hart

The cultural economics of performance space: Negotiating fan, labor, and marketing practice in Glee’s transmedia geography by Matthias Stork


Fan work: Labor, worth, and participation in fandom’s gift economy by Tisha Turk

Better Badges: Image as virus by Joly MacFie


Veronica Mars Kickstarter and crowd funding Bertha Chin, Bethan Jones, Myles McNutt, and Luke Pebler


Digital labor: The Internet as playground and factory (edited by Trebor Scholz) by Stephanie Anne Brown

Cognitive capitalism, education, and digital labor (edited by Michael A. Peters and Ergin Bulut) by Simone D. Becque

Gaga feminism: Sex, gender, and the end of normal (J. Jack Halberstam) by Anne Kustritz

We’ll be posting nifty quotes from the issue in the following weeks, as per usual. 

New issue of Transformative Works and Cultures: Fandom and/as Labor
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