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PBS Delves Into Fanfiction [VIDEO]

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Well this is very interesting. PBS’ Off Book series recently touched upon the wonder that is fan art and fan fiction. It’s a really respectful look at the trend while speaking to Brad O’Farrell (Keyboard Cat), Adam Juresko (No Supervision), Jonah Block (Biotwist), Sam Spratt (Gawker), and Fred Seibert (Adventure Time). There’s just one thing we find lacking here and as you can probably guess from that list, it’s women. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a great video, but considering how many women are hugely into fan art and fanfic, it seems a glaring omission (in the Sherlock section alone). They even mention Adventure Time’s character designer Natasha Allegri’s fan art illustrations of the gender-swapped cast that eventually got its own episode…but didn’t choose to speak with her. Like we said, really interesting video, just lacking a certain obvious voice.

(via Laughing Squid)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."