The Daily Fandom Thanksgiving — What We Are Thankful For
Shareca Coleman, Diane Dang, Jay Lankau, Aaron Halls, Colleen Etman, Brandon Daniels, Chelsea McCormick and Angie Fazekas·
There is a lot to be thankful for this year; a lot to appreciate and love on this 2018 version of Thanksgiving. The Daily Fandom is thankful for you, our fans, fandom, and of course, the things we love. In this thankful post, we will have a Thankful Fandom Thanksgiving.
Happy Thankful Thanksgiving Fandom Friends
Some of our writers have told us the things they love and are thankful for and The Daily Fandom has collaborated to showcase and celebrate them!
Diane Dang’s Sherlock Holmes Homage
Contributor + Marketing
My extreme thankfulness goes to what equates to an old, fictional friend. I give the honor of this Thanksgiving post to my most beloved character and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most hated creation, the private detective, Sherlock Holmes. I enjoyed him for embodying many of the qualities I wanted as a nerdy kid. He was intellect, brave, theatrical, while also having a disregard for the rules. While I don’t think I contain all of those traits, I do aspire to be them. I do, however, not want Holmes’s intense drug use.
Sherlock Through Mediums Are All Diane’s Forte
My love has its limits. Aside from his historical literary significance as a highly popular character, he’s the inspirational fuel for plenty of current fandoms. I’ve consumed these series at one point or another in my life. They also became a basis for a lot of my fanfiction. We have BBC’s Sherlock, CBS’s Elementary, and the 2009 film starring Robber Downey Jr. They have millions of fans between them and I considered myself one of them.
While you should never let an eight-year-old interact with the Sherlock Holmes canon, my parents never got the message. I believe one of my early birthday gifts was the manga Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama. Shinichi Kudo, in his little kid form Conan Edogawa, held my heart. I fell in love with the detective genre for real through thecomplexity of his cases. Sherlock Holmes inspired my desire to write because I wanted to expend the effort to continue these stories. My lifelong interest in manga, movies, and pop culture started with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character.
I wouldn’t be the person I am now without this canon as a basis. My love of writing continues in my career choice as a Rhetoric and Composition major. I want to teach people how to create a logical argument, due to Holmes beginning my interest. Until the day I die, my inspiration will always rest on 221B Baker Street.
Angie Fazekas’ Homage To My Favourite Murder
Editor, Fandom Section Head + Contributor
The other day I was standing there tensely waiting for my late (as usual) bus. As I was waiting, I opened to the latest episode of My Favourite Murder. The hosts came over my headphones and I could literally feel my shoulders loosening. It may sound a bit weird that a podcast about true crime and murder could bring me such a sense of calm. However, given the state of the world, I doubt it’s the weirdest coping mechanism around.
…And, Who Doesn’t Love A Great Podcast?
So when I was thinking about the things I’m thankful for along with family and friends, this year I’m including Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff, the hosts of My Favourite Murder. Every Thursday when they release a new episode it honestly feels like I’m sitting down with two good friends. Including a glass of wine to discuss some weird, disturbing, and fascinating stories about murder, mayhem, and resilience.
And if that’s all My Favourite Murder was, that would be great – there’s nothing wrong with an entertaining distraction from the world. But it’s also so much more than that. Somehow, in making this improbable podcast that puts together the strange bedfellows of comedy and gruesome crime, Karen and Georgia have changed people’s lives. With frank honesty — and not a small amount of humour — they’ve tackled incredibly difficult topics like alcoholism, mental health, toxic masculinity, and the incredible injustices faced by survivors of sexual assault.
And in doing so they’ve helped forge a community. Nearly every time they read a letter from a listener, it includes a thank you for their willingness to talk and laugh about some of the hardest things in this world and a story about how they’ve helped to change lives. When I started listening, I hadn’t been to therapy in two years. Now I’m going every two weeks – and it was Karen, Georgia, and My Favourite Murder that helped give me that push. So even though this is a bit belated as a Canadian, this Thanksgiving I’m grateful to this weird, hilarious, profound little murder podcast. It’s honestly changed my life.
Chelsea McCormick’s Homage To The Daily Fandom & Blizzard
Editor + Gaming Contributor + Marketing
This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for so many, many things. I’m in the middle of a career switch from one that felt soul-sucking to one which allows me to combine my passions, ambitions, and creativity. It’s not easy, but I am so, so thankful I was able to make the jump anyway and enjoy the hustle even through the hard times. I’m especially thankful to Shareca and TDF for giving me a place to grow professionally doing awesome things with such amazing people! As a fan, I’m thankful for Blizzard, for all of the wonderful stories and experiences they produce. And for the Blizzard family for being such amazing, welcoming, passionate people.
There’s No Place Like Blizzard!
I’ve known about the company peripherally since I watched my cousin play WoW when it was first released, but I didn’t become a fan personally until Overwatch was announced. The last few years have been just one amazing experience after another catching up on everything I’ve missed, grinding toward Loremaster, and just plain losing myself in all things Overwatch. I may be late to the party, but at least I showed up, and I live here now. Also, thank you, Blizzard, for the Hanzo statue. I had a long list of ‘more popular’ characters I assumed would get statues first, but praise Jeff, he just arrived, he is gorgeous, and I couldn’t be happier.
Most of all, I’m thankful for all of the writers and artists out there who make the world a more beautiful place. I would not be who I am today without the stories and characters which have inspired, consoled, amused, and moved me. My worldview would be vastly diminished without each and every invaluable window to new perspectives, cultures, and ideas. No words can properly express the profound importance of what you all do. I only hope I can, someday, contribute half of what anyone of you has done for your fans. Here’s to many more years of good health and new adventures!
Aaron Halls Loves His Short and Sweet Binge Watchable Treats
We live in a Thanksgiving buffet-styled culture of binge watchable content — there’s almost too much to choose from. With so much it can be hard to know what to jump into due to the time commitment a season can provide.
This year I’m thankful for a plethora of different seasons of TV, across a variety of networks and platforms. I was able to watch a few — all with their episodes under the 50-minute mark. Facebook Watch’s Sorry for Your Loss tackles themes of depression and grief with stellar performances from a cast including Elizabeth Olsen and Kelly Marie Tran. Netflix’s animated series Castlevania proves to be a smartly written and stylish video game adaptation; it only makes sense that Netflix looks to expand the series’universe with an animated Devil May Cry series.
Amazon Prime is host to a couple of different captivating short episode shows. Homecoming is a tense thriller with a satisfying direction from Sam Esmail and powerfully subtle performances from Julia Roberts and Stephan James. Also on the streaming service is Fleabag (2016), a bitterly funny series written and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Solo: A Star Wars Story). With a range of purposefully shorter series scattered about the television market, you can gobble up these series with room on your plate for more.
Jay Lankau Is Thankful For Games, Movies, & Fandom Fans Alike
Culture + Gaming Contributor
This year has been a long and tough one. But out of all of the struggles and all of the bad things that have happened, I think I’ve become a much stronger person. It was like my foundation crumbled and I had to build a new one. Now, that new foundation is so much stronger. And I’m thankful for all the things that lead to that.
With A Huge Thank You To Content Creators Like You!
Obviously, I’m thankful for my family, however crazy they get. I’m also thankful for my friends this year, who have become the best and coolest roommates I could ask for. I’m thankful for Dungeons & Dragons and how it’s brought me closer to my friends. And, I’m thankful for video games like Detroit: Become Human and Life is Strange 2 and Persona 5, which all have fandoms I’m glad to be a part of. I’m so thankful for the movie Love, Simon and everyone who worked on bringing that to life.
It showed me just how powerful one movie can be. It helped open a conversation and bring understanding to people who hadn’t ever thought about the struggles of coming out. I’m thankful for the book as well, which of course started the whole thing. It just makes me that much more certain of what I want to be doing. It helped me reaffirm my belief that entertainment, whether it be books, movies, or video games, can make a difference and impact people.
I’m hugely thankful for content creators this year. Fan artists and fanfic writers, this one is for you! A lot of fan artists and writers put so much time and work into things without getting much back, which is unfortunate. I try to support them as much as possible, and I knew I had to include them in this as well. I’m thankful for the band Twenty One Pilots and their release of Trench, which is keeping me going. And lastly, I’m thankful for The Daily Fandom and its readers!
Colleen Etman Wants To Thank HappyChat
Fandom has always been a part of my life. I have always been a fangirl, and it has shaped who I am. Some fandoms have been lifelong loves (Star Wars), some have popped up unexpectedly (Lord of the Rings), and some have even faded away (yes, I had a Twilight phase. Didn’t we all?).
One of my newest fandoms has brought a lot of change to my life, and this year I can’t help but be thankful for the Voltron fandom. You might be scratching your head at that; Voltron isn’t exactly known for being a good fandom. In fact, it’s regularly cited as one of the most toxic fandoms out there. To be fair, there is a lot of negativity. But fandom is truly what you make of it, and what I have managed to make of my experience in the Voltron fandom has been excellent.
It all started — as it always seems to, with me — with a ship. Watching Voltron, I was caught up in Klance to a degree unusual for me. I began reading Klance fanfiction before I even caught up on the show, and found one series that was super adorable. I started leaving comments, and the author responded to me. That was one of the best decisions of my life.
That author — Zen — is one of my closest friends now. We talk constantly and she means a lot to me. But she also pushed me to get somehow more involved in fandom. I joined a fanfiction event, initially as a beta (someone who proofreads fanfiction). Soon, though, I was writing my own fanfiction for the first time in my life.
I joined a discord server for that event and met some more amazing people. Drama soon popped up, a somewhat expected result of teenagers interacting online. However, one of the other people I’d connected within the server suggested starting our own server with the positive people we’d met there, to create a supportive and happy environment.
Thus, the HappyChat was born. Nine people from all over the world, all brought together by our love of Voltron. We talk about far more than that, of course (right now we’re really into She-Ra). But overall, this server has been amazing; imagine a group of people all dedicated to making you happy. Somehow this little group has become a real family (of which I am begrudgingly the matriarch, as the oldest).
We tease and have fun, but we love each other fiercely. We understand each other and support each other when no one else will. I wouldn’t have any of this without Voltron. The show may be iffy, and the fandom outright toxic, but I have gained so much. I wrote my first fanfic (and now I write for more than just Voltron). I met amazing people. Somehow I even gained a family. I am so thankful for that. I am so thankful for Voltron.
Brandon Daniels Is Thankful For Jimmy Neutron!
Culture Section Head + Contributor
Jimmy Neutron may have single-handedly inspired an entire generation to go into S.T.E.M., and I’m included in that number. As a kid, I was enthralled by the adventures of Jimmy Neutron, “Boy Genius,” first on the silver screen and later serialized on television. I distinctly remember the day my household first got internet. It was the early 2000s, I was about 7 years old, and the installation man was taking an excruciatingly long time to implement this fairly new utility.
I pushed for access to this new technology far more than anyone else in my household because I craved jimmyneutron.com. At the time, it was a new website for a sci-fi character which I loved and was hit with advertising for. After voicing my disparaging situation without this website in my life, the installation man seemed almost reinvigorated, even going so far as to promise “to get me to jimmyneutron.com.”
And with a few more hours of work, he did. In short, this is just one story of how Jimmy Neutron propelled a real-life family into the technological future. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jimmy also had some small hand in inspiring other families in different and similar progressive ways as well. Compared to contemporaries such as Dexter’s Lab or Jonny Test, The Adventures ofJimmy Neutron: Boy Genius became an instant favorite because Jimmy was instantly relatable.
A Relatable Character For Kids Television
He had everyday problems, like getting to school on time or being liked by peers; he just solved these issues with crazy, quirky science and begged us viewers to ask: “If Jimmy can solve problems with science, why can’t I?” Unlike, for example, Dexter’s more outlandish escapades, Jimmy’s journey always seemed to take place in the world outside your window, just with a few extraordinary gadgets. This almost tangible connection to the real world is part of what inspired me to currently be studying physics in college and eventually grad school. In his own way, Jimmy “proved” that the fantastic was possible to attain, even for an average kid.
I don’t know if the creators of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (Keith Alcorn, John A. Davis, and Steve Oedekerk), knew the lasting impact Jimmy would have, but I hope they are aware of it now in retrospect. I am beyond thankful for Jimmy Neutron because it helped shape a young Brandon’s imagination and belief in what was realistically possible.
I am grateful a dorky kid with a big brain made every day of his life an incredible adventure with science, because it showed we could do that too, and have a blast while doing it.