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February 1, 2013


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Fandom and Ownership

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 1, 2013, 7:17 AM
I recently saw an article where Mike Tyson is supposed to appear as a convict who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child.… . The reactions to Mike appearance on the show has kinda made me think about the power that certain pockets of Fandom try to exert over a show.

A prominent Rape activist, in talking about how sickened that she was by convicted rapist Tyson being on the show, talked about how fans like herself felt betrayed. She further when on to say that because the focus of SVU is on the victim that they feel like they OWN the show. Now, while I understand, appreciate and respect the touchiness of this subject, this woman couldn't just leave her objections to these grounds where her moral high ground does exhibit latitude. She had to approach it from a standpoint of OWNERSHIP.

As a person who writes and draws, I absolutely and completely appreciate the fact that people like what I do. I love that my work resonates and inspires people, however as can be the case, people can take things to an ILLOGICAL CONCLUSION. They can even become so protective of what they like that they react to any perceived invasion as a slight by either new fans or the creators themselves.

How many times has a band changed its artistic direction and or tried new things and been branded SELLOUTS. Even recently comic artist Tony Harris talked about FAKE FAN GIRLS and cosplayers at cons and how that sickens him, we discuss this at length in the latest episode of the Imaginos Workshop podcast, THE HONEYCOMB HIDEOUT…. However, I think Tony misses the point. Non of us OWN FANDOM and no FAN OWNS PRODUCT.

When I draw my stuff, unless paid to bring someone elses vision to fruition, I OWN MY IDEAS. The fact that they resonate is beyond awesome and I am very thankful. But on any Journey which I take the time to present I AM THE CONDUCTOR. I know some of the fans may take this as a slight and im sorry but ,I draw primarily stuff that I LIKE, if given to my own devices.

The only intellectual property that Fandom owns is the stuff they actually create. Creation is not easy, it takes imagination, skill, understanding of working structure and no small amount of heart ache. If you have experienced this and an intellectual property comes out the other end, then CONGRATULATIONS you are amongst the ranks of CREATOR. If all you do is talk about this process and never actually take this journey but criticize other peoples vision then you are a best a critic, another word for a FAN.

Don't get me wrong, in a commercial environment fans go by another name CONSUMERS and they vote with their wallets, again THANK YOU ALL. However, powerful though this may be it is still not CREATION. It is also still NOT OWNERSHIP.

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Gza vs DJ MUGGS
  • Reading: McKEE's
  • Watching: High School of The Dead
  • Playing: Rifts RPG
  • Eating: Choclate Chip Cookie
  • Drinking: Milk
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adony Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ditto with MADMANMIKE, not to mention this movement of assholes that want copyright laws completely abolished.
I say string 'em upby their nuts and when they start complaining, ask 'em, "are these rally YOUR nuts? Shouldn't these belong to the public domain, for us to do with as we please?"
I think that would get the message across pretty quick.
MutareLudum Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:+fav: Well said.
ChapterMasterAtrus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
What about people who make movies that everyone loves, and then destroy the originals and release "Special Editions" that shove a bunch of CGI crap on the screen?
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Truth be truth and it has to be said. I most concur.

We create for whatever fan base we have the fortune to generate but we're not owned by them ever nor beholden to their whims, otherwise there's no point in creating anything at all, it might as well be the fans pushing your pencil along. As you said they can create something if they don't like what they see.

Criticisms of one's work is part of the territory, and fine, when you're creations are out there in the wild however I can't agree more that there's far too much critiquing and possessive behavior and not enough creating by many who call them selves fans. Of course, most fans have little interest or the required skill sets to go forth and create but without the knowledge of how the work is done they're little more than noisy backseat drivers.

We've always been a culture of consumption but now it's become downright ravenous. This has led to a very throwaway perception of entertainment simply due to the sheer volume of content available. All the more reason to just try to create honest material and make it as good as you possibly can in YOUR own creative voice, not a fan-base's by proxy. If you create what you enjoy (or even tackle things you're not as passionate about but still sincerely interested in approaching) with great care and sincerity the best you can then the work should find it's audience all on it's own. Again, this is the point and real reason to create anything in the first place.

MADMANMIKE Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I agree. That delusion of ownership is at the root of the belief that it's okay to steal your work. Pirating movies, posting images on other sites without informing the artist, somehow because they've invested emotional response into the work they think it's okay to just screw the creator, and often that the creator should thank them for it...
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