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Honestly, I wish mainstream media (even Public Broadcasting Mainstream Media) would just try NOT to analyze/talk about fan culture. At all. They just inevitably mess it up and make me cringe, like they did in their recent "webisode" of a series called OFF BOOK.

OFF BOOK: Fan Art proposes to look at the creative world of fan artists, where "Limited only by the imagination of the artist, the fan art world is full of surprises and brilliance."

Only according to PBS, it seems that the world of fan artistry is limited to men.

How could they not include a single solitary woman fan artist in this nearly 10-minute program? Particularly when they even include some brief mentions of slash-themed art, an area that is basically, um, completely dominated by female fan artists? When I think back on my many years of attending media conventions, I'd say at least 90% of the most well-known and beloved fan artists in my circles were/are women: TACS, Suzan Lovett, Karen Rivers, Leah Rosenthal, Lorraine Brevig...there are countless more.

Could it be that many female fan artists - unlike the male "fans" presented by OFF BOOK - are not graphic design students/hopeful-professionals looking to build and promote a portfolio? Most female fan artists I know do it out of pure love for their fandom sources, as complete amateur artists (even if they are extremely gifted, talented, and trained in art techniques.) They aren't looking to "break in" to a graphic design job. They just want to share with others, and what little money they might make off art sales is just to pay their way to attend fannish conventions and other gatherings.

The whole program struck a really sour note in me - not just from the "outsiders" perspective on the subject that felt off, but this disturbing erasure of women's importance in fan art and general fannish history. If it bothers you as well, I encourage you to leave a comment on the PBS Arts website about it, or tweet @pbsoffbook where they might actually bother to take a look.
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Well, I did it - today I published my 100th lens on Squidoo. Given that I joined the site last February, I think that's a pretty good accomplishment for 11 months' time. I'm hoping that BY February, my monthly payouts will be at and/or regularly exceeding where I was at with Yahoo! Associated Content when I bailed on the site at that time last year. That means keeping at least 2 lenses in Tier 1 regularly and/or getting a lot more sales. We'll see how that goes - then then if I can hit my goal of earning at least $200/month from Squidoo in the not too distant future.

My latest lens - and the one before that - are both on the hot topic of downloadable coloring pages. Yes, for some reason this is one of the hottest topics on Squidoo - go figure. Of course, there's a lot of abuse there too, people hot linking to images and stealing copyright protected content. I'm trying to be 100% legit and just use my OWN artwork and photographs to generate my OWN coloring pages thru a very cool software program I found (and only cost $8). We'll see how that goes.

I've published 3 other lenses since the beginning of the year, so I guess 2012 is off to a good start. I just for some reason seem to be battling a case of the blahs since getting back from vacation a week ago. I know I should feel somewhat accomplished, doing 5 new lenses from scratch, but it just doesn't seem like enough. My mess of an office keeps haunting me, as I'm supposed to be working on organizing it and getting started on my 2011 books for taxes, gallery inventory, etc. I just can't find the energy for it. Perhaps it's the mid-Winder/post-Christmas blahs. I've also been wasting too much time still playing around with fanfic, which I always feel these days is such a "waste" of time since it's writing time I can't/won't get paid for! But when the creative bug hits, I hate to ignore it, too. I can go years without feeling inspired to write any fiction...and lately I've been pulling out old unfinished stories and realizing I should at least finish them off for sharing, because I miss that bit of fannish sharing.

Anyway. I'm rambling and punting work again so I should get back to it. Or at least making dinner.
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Is DragonCon on your event list for 2011? Haven't heard of it or unsure what Dragon*Con is all about?

Then check out my Survival Guide to Dragon*Con 2011. Here you'll find useful resources for Dragon*Con attendees, hotel information, local restaurant recommendations, as well as safety tips and photography from Dragon*Con's past.
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Safety is a prime concern after troubling news from this year's event in Atlanta, Georgia. Many attendees report being harassed by non-convention members, including a large number of LSU/NC football fans.

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Klingons, Robots, Furries and Steampunks were all out in full force at last year's Dragon*Con convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Who will be seen in 2010? We'll find out in just a few more weeks...



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Dragon*Con, held in Atlanta, Georgia over the Labor Day weekend, annually draws over 30,000 attendees. While the convention is tremendous fun, visitors should come prepared for the experience.

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One of the biggest media, comic, sci-fi/fantasy and anime conventions in the United States, Dragon*Con annually draws over 30,000 attendees. Who will be some of the biggest celebrity guest draws for 2010? Read on to find out.

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Review of the 2010 screen adaption starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Sharlto Copley and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

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Fans of the original A-Team television series are upset today to learn that Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz's cameo appearances have apparently been cut from the film's final cut.

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