Super Fanicom Super Fanzine issue 1! Joy!

Super Fanicom has a fanzine now! Holy crap!

I was trying to think of a hot summer jam to get this party started, but realized there’s nothing better for the occasion than the Gatchaman CROWDS OP:

Now let that run while you party with us. Imagine balloons or swimming pools filled with champaigne and lonely people — whatever gets your party brain to throbbing.

Here’s the whole story. Back in 2013 Cuchlann had the opportunity to work on old, early 20th century fanzines (sf/f stuff). It was fascinating because they’re basically exactly the same as what we’re doing here online. Between blog posts and comment threads, all the content was there, duplicated in letters pages and articles and editorials. Pontifus, meanwhile, was considering ways to write online without, you know, writing online — that is, without the baggage that blog posts have. These two threads of thought came together delightfully. Gatchaman CROWDS was a natural subject for the first issue of the fanzine, since it’s about digital distribution methods anyway, and both your heroic editors felt it would make for really good essays, bigger than a blog post, shorter than a book. And it did!

The title is, of course, the Super Fanicom Super Fanzine. What else would we call it?

Our first contributors are:

Raymond Webster / R042, writes “‘Checks and Balances’ — Gatchaman CROWDS, Privatisation and Solutionism”

Emily Rand / AJtheFourth, who at publication (of this post) has as her most recent piece more about Gatchaman. We knew she was a great choice! She writes on “Who Put the Gatchaman in Gatchaman CROWDS?” 

Greg Conley / Cuchlann writes “Cyberpunk Crowds — a Contextual History.”

Here are versions of the zine in several file formats:

Kindle-friendly .mobi

Nook-friendly .epub

A pdf for the rest of us.

We hope you enjoy it!


On One’s Perception of Change — in Weebs

So this piece is a little different than my norm, and therefore I worry that it’s painfully self-indulgent and masturbatory. That being said, if nothing else it could act as a kind of primary source document for some of the things contained in it? That’s a question mark because I have no idea. Anyway, my point is, I want to talk about what I’ve noticed about the anime fan zeitgeist in my time within it.


When internal fanfiction becomes external professional fiction that’s still, uh, fan-oriented, uh, wait, what? Adventure Time!

I’ve been reading this comic. It’s not Batman. It’s not Green Lantern. It’s not even X-Men. It’s Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake. And it’s pretty weird. This is where you say, “How weird is it?” No, seriously, go ahead. OK, cool.


Sword Art Online and a catchy title here, I’m tired, give me a break

Let us talk about Sword Art Online, particularly its inevitable comparison in my brain to the .hack series, its stated themes, the reaction to it, and its unstated themes. I would ask if that made sense, but it’s probably the most cogent first line I’ve written for a blog in ages (and possibly in my dissertation, who knows?)


What does a pyro have to do with a tiny god? More than random fire.

Let me tell you something odd I noticed last summer. It’s about pyros and candy and dreams. But mostly pyros.


Neutrality and the Unheard Woes of the Omnifan

This is true, but this is also not true. Do you see the aforementioned sentence as two arguments, or just one?

It has been a long time since I last wrote. The rigorous clacking of keyboard keys and the weaving of ideas that boggle the mind and soul of the Japanese visual media consumer ring faintly in my mind as I stare intently at the blankness that is the Add New Post page. Alas, these thoughts that are constantly swirling my mind are demanding an outlet of protest, for they have been suppressed for far too long.

What am I talking about, exactly? What ails the elusive enigma to the point of unprecedented resurrection? That is, simply being, the dissection of the very existence of the omnifan.