Throwback Thursday – iJustine

San Diego Comic Con 2015 broke their record by selling out of tickets within an hour this past week, much to the dismay of realistically millions of pop culture lovers the world over. I have good news though – most of the time, the most exciting and fun stuff happens outside of the convention and it’s most of the time FREE to the public! This is a story for another time though.

Shot from interviewing iJustine at SDCC 2011

Shot from interviewing iJustine at SDCC 2011

For now, this edition of Throwback Thursday is dedicated to a San Diego Comic Con interview that took place with Fan-Culture back in 2011, and to prove my earlier point, it took place outside of the convention center. iJustine, who is a YouTube personality, social media maven, soon to be author, Annoying Orange voiceover artist, has been on Maxim’s Hot 100, Steve Job/Apple tech fanatic, & has been a spokesperson for a number of corporate campaigns, shared her favorite thing about SDCC.

“Honestly, Comic Con for me, is seeing people in costume,” iJ aka Justine Ezarik shared, “and for some reason, I don’t know why, I never dress up. But next year, I am dressing up!”

Did she have any concrete ideas for the costume? “I think I want to be the Little Mermaid. I saw a really good Little Mermaid today!” Since she started her career sharing with viewers pieces of her day to day life, she surely had her night planned, right? “I don’t know yet! There are so many parties and events going on, so I’ll be checking out Twitter. And hey, I’m pretty good at that!”

Check out iJustine’s website HERE, her main YouTube channel HERE & follow her on Twitter HERE. Preorder her much anticipated book HERE!

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Throwback Thursday – Morgan Spurlock

Morgan Spurlock with a Simpsons fan for a fan culture themed documentary.

Morgan Spurlock with a Simpsons fan for a fan culture themed documentary. Click for a link to detailed photos!

As part Fan Culture’s new Throwback Thursday series, I will locate old interviews not yet converted to text and share them here. I’m honored that the first in this series will be focused on Morgan Spurlock.

Back in 2011, I twice have had the opportunity to interview Morgan Spurlock, film maker and media personality behind Oscar nominated “SuperSize Me”, FX program “30 Days”, and CNN’s “Inside Man”.

In one of the interviews, Fan Culture specifically got to ask him the following: Without commercialism, would pop culture fanaticism survive? His answer? “That is such a fantastic, philosophical question! Yes, I do think it would, because they are somewhat different things.”

Morgan continues “I think being a fanatic, being somebody who loves ‘BattleStar Galactica’ – I love BSG. You know, it wasn’t commercials that made me love BSG, it was execution, it was creativity…that’s not the same thing that will make people go buy a Gucci bag. They’re very different worlds of influence.”

If you would like to hear all of the Morgan interviews with this site, listen to the radio interview HERE and watch him “fanATOMY” HERE

 

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Dead Prom Date

Teen TWD fan asks actress & singer Emily Kinney to prom.

Teen TWD fan asks actress & singer Emily Kinney to prom.

Saw this on Twitter a moment ago and it’s adorable. Kyle, a fan of “The Walking Dead” from Michigan, coordinated with friends, family and classmates to make this very well polished video for Emily Kinney, who plays Beth on the show. The purpose of the video? To ask her to be his prom date.

All the efforts of shooting, editing and tweeting it to Emily, with the help of fan friends, paid off…well, sort of. Emily loves the video, but thinks she is “too old” to go to prom. UPDATE: Due to a lot of negative feedback to anyone supporting Kyle’s quest, I think right now any efforts to convince Emily to go to prom with him are being halted. BUT, Fan-Culture will state “congrats” to the fan for Emily seeing and replying to the well made piece :) 

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Updates

Added more to the TV shows about fan culture list HERE and the films about fan culture list HERE. Enjoy!

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Gotta PopuLove Him

WPlogoCroppedTim Cox knows that life isn’t a walk in the park, sometimes. He’s been through some hard times, but these days, he’s got more reasons to smile. The website designer and promoter started his own online network called PopuLove (read as “pop-YOU-love”) and hopes, that with it, people will be able to get more out of, and do more with, their love of pop culture.

PopuLove has already obtained an interview with singer Neon Hitch, and Tim has more plans to come. Click “read more” or scroll down for my interview with the internet entrepreneur!

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The Walkers Among Us

Click the photo to go to "The Walkers Among Us" Facebook Page

Click the photo to go to “The Walkers Among Us” Facebook

With “The Walking Dead” coming back from it’s mid-season hiatus this weekend, and Walker Stalker Conventions for TWD fans spreading throughout the nation, the millions of people who watch week after week should pat themselves on the back. The comic book has been a hot commodity for years, the show is spawning a spin-off, and there is likely any kind of merchandise out there for fans of the franchise, including TWD bandaids and show replicas that serve as every day items, like Rick Grimes’ Sheriff gun bag.

Fan communities have been getting the documentary treatment for the past few decades, and it was a matter of time before the TWD army got the spotlight. Other than this site’s very own “DEADicated” short film style documentary released in 2014, a professional full feature is in the works calledThe Walkers Among Us. This cinematic piece is being made by veterans of fan documentaries and one of the creators, Cris Macht, did an email interview with Fan-Culture.org. Click “read more” or scroll down for some great info on this doc!

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Fans ARE NOT Community Service

Lindsay Lohan in court.

Lindsay Lohan in court.

Dear Lindsay Lohan,

Today, news sources have been blowing up the headlines stating you did something controversial. This is an entertainment media norm, as I am sure you know, but when I learned you had the audacity to list your time doing meet and greets with fans as your court mandated community service, I had to comment.

Let me first say that I used to be an avid fan of yours, Ms. Lohan. I remember when you did a retrospective photo shoot for an artistic magazine imitating Marilyn Monroe and having to track down where the outlandishly overpriced piece was sold, even though I was a poor college student. I remember entering a contest on a website to get tickets to a premiere of one of your independent films and the sadness of not winning. I even sat through the abominable”I Know Who Killed Me”, and I remember defending you to other fan friends when you messed up. But this? REALLY?

Let me give you a news flash, Ms. Lohan. Your fans support your career – the one you are fighting to keep alive. They buy your movie tickets, or DVDs of your films, view your reality shows, or in the case where you listed meeting fans after a theater show as “community service”, tickets to your live events. They go to social media to discuss you and defend you. If you truly harbor no feelings of adoration for your fans and see them as purely as a commodity, then in YOUR terms, they can be viewed as your customers. In short, they do not owe you THEIR time to make up for YOUR mistake in 2012 that could have cost people their lives, but did cause injuries to two people, yourself and property damage.

You are lucky to have had fans hang onto their admiration for you, even though frankly one Lindsay fan site that is the top Google result and noted as “The 24/7 Premier Largest Lindsay Fan Site” hasn’t been updated in over a month. You should be ashamed to list your time with them as community service. Community service is serving food to the homeless, or cleaning trash off the streets, or much needed office assistance at a community center. Giving time to your fans is part of your job as a public figure. It constitutes customer service since they consume the products you make via your creative measures.

I surely hope you find these fans you spent time with, since I’m sure you properly documented who you interacted with since it was for court mandated community service, and apologize to them for using them for your own devices. Sincere wishes that this teaches you something.

UPDATE As of 2-26-15: the judge ruled that Lindsay owes more than 100 hours of community service, still, proving officially that giving time to your fans IS NOT community service. Proof HERE

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