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Hi! It's Aja! I am a longtime member of online fandom and the fandom reporter for the Daily Dot, a "slash expert" for Backlot's Shipping News (formerly AfterElton), and a former guest author for the Mary Sue and Manga Bookshelf. Feel free to say hi, or find me at:

Oh my gosh is this thing on?

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 5, 2014, 7:49 AM

twelve o'clock tales

Hi, guys! It's Aja! I noticed that a number of new people had started following me over here! Even though I mostly blog at Tumblr I'm going to try this out and see if there's interest in my posting my fandom articles for the Daily Dot here! What do you guys think?

It's been a pretty great week for us so far in terms of fandom! We've featured a number of fanart-heavy articles and I love them all so check them out!

How the Internet Became Team Leo

In the Game of Awards, Leo is Stannis Baratheon: underappreciated, dismissed, and unloved except for a silent army of loyal and devoted followers who wait faithfully for him to nab the crown.

It’ll probably happen like this:

Screengrab via the-iou-apple; GIF by gentlementleman

No, seriously, I don’t think you guys understand how much Tumblr wants Leo to win an Oscar. [READ MORE]

This Spring, Look for the Rise of the Animated Films!

The spring thaw maybe melting away box office returns for winter’s blockbuster Frozen, but in fandom, the love for Disney’s acclaimed ice princess fable is merging with anticipation for the next big animated film: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (HTTYD).

Sure, these animation studios are competing against each other, but fans have enough love to go around. Over the last year or so, fans of Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks have merged their favorite characters from five recent films into one fandom: The Rise of the Brave Tangled Frozen Dragons, or RotBTFD for short. (We know, it's a mouthful.)

Seriously. Even Kakashi ships it.  (GIF via ceecysr)


The Frozen fandom has given us an array of beautiful cosplay, fanart, music, hilarious parodies, and much more

But when it joins forces with other animated film fandoms, Frozen delivers something entirely different: an epic, original love story between two lonely ice magicians. Now, an incredible cosplay group is bringing the love of Queen Elsa and Rise of the Guardians' Jack Frost to life.

The romance of Jack and Elsa, or "Jelsa," as its largely Tumblr-based fandom of shippers has dubbed it, is an entirely fan-created pairing. The characters are from two films from different animation studios. Jack Frost is a product of Dreamworks. It's unlikely he'd ever actually star in a crossover with Disney's Elsa. But as you can see from this epic photoshoot by Korean photographer "Lento," they're a match made in Frost Heaven.

The Internet's outpouring of Lupita Nyong'o fanart will warm your heart

Fandom has been in love with the regal Lupita Nyong'o ever since she won a Golden Globe and the red carpet in her stunning red ballgown.

But last night at the Academy Awards, she left us all speechless. Sporting pleated Prada in a dazzling shade of Nairobi Blue, Nyong'o came bearing words of inspiration. "Your dreams are valid," she promised, clutching her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Thankfully, the artists of the Internet have summed up how much we love the astonishing 12 Years a Slave actress better than words ever could....

Photo via Prima Piranha/Instagram


Catholic school girl hits up Nerdfighters on Reddit for a prom date

With the big day only weeks away, Sam faced the universal high school dilemma. She was on the prom committee of her New Jersey Catholic high school—but she was dateless.

What's a resourceful nerdfighter to do? [READ MORE]

We want to believe in this 'Welcome to Night Vale' movie trailer

Mysterious lights over the Arby's? Check. Faceless woman in your house? Check. Disappearing townspeople and menacing glowing clouds?

It's all in a routine day for the small desert town of Night Vale. But seeing the hit podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, envisioned as a feature film makes it all a bit more eerie—and awesome. [READ MORE]

Highlights from the rest of the Fandom section this week:

Is Amazon's fanfic venture working?

Why Stannis Baratheon is the Internet's King of Westeros

This is what 1 million fanfics at AO3 looks like

This Brave Cosplayer is the princess of Disney fandom

The Ultimate Anime list to get you through the rest of winter

Bored with the current crop of anime releases? Here's some other titles to catch up on.

Thank you guys for all the support and interest you've shown us! I love fandom and I love deviantART so I can't thank you enough.  If you like this kind of update, let me know! Or tell us what else we should be covering! :)

- Aja

  • Listening to: Delta Spirit - White Table
  • Reading: Ancillary Justice
  • Watching: Inception always
  • Playing: Fall Out Bird
  • Eating: all the chocolate
  • Drinking: all the tea, specifically Death Note tea at Adagio


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pinkjinmayfan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
thank you so much for the fav!
FireEnze Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Thanks for the fav ^___^
bookshop Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasure! actually, would it be possible for us to feature this artwork in an article i'm writing? I'm a fandom reporter and i'm doing an article on the RotBTFD / Jelsa fandom! I'd love to include this piece. It's so gorgeous. We'd obviously link back to you and cite you as the artist. :) Would that be okay? Please let me know! Thank you! - Aja /…
FireEnze Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
I didn't expect that. I'll be more than happy to let you use it of course. But maybe it's a better option for you to use the original artist art ? There it isIt's because of Lehana and someone-stupid I've done this piece, so if you use it, please credits them too.

In any case, thank you very much for this proposal Emoji02 
bookshop Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And here you go! :) Thanks again!
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bookshop Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We absolutely will, thanks for letting us know the extended credits to give!
coffeenoir Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for using my photo and please come back to my gallery anytime, it would be an honor!:D
ichigodoughnut89 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi, thanks for the fave!!!! :blushes:
maricookie Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there! I love your articles! THey are interesting since I want to make crossover doujins soon :heart: Hope you are still writing so magnificently girl :meow:
bookshop Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awww, thank you! thank you for reading them :D
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