Interactive prototype can be found here (if InVision stops working, please let me know; it does restrict the number of views after a while).
This assignment turned out to be a lot harder than I thought because
- I wanted to code up an interactive infographic but realized quickly that that was going to be a stretch goal because
- I have a LOT of fandoms
As I was doing this assignment, it occurred to me that I have consumed a lot of content over the years - using the definition of fandom, in which a person doesn't simply consume content but performing activities in relation to the fan object/text, I've reduced it down to maybe 30-40% of everything I've seen and done. Even then, there are some fan things that I've done that didn't even make the list simply because I didn't remember them. For example, I supported the Veronica Mars Kickstarter for the movie and yet it didn't occur to me to include it in this list.
It also surprised me how many of the fandoms I consider core to my identity - the Matrix, Pacific Rim - are ones I am actually pretty weakly connected to in terms of fandom participation. When I was compiling my list and trying to remember what I was into in high school, I pinged two of my close friends to ask. Both of them immediately said "The Matrix", but yet I only ever watched the movies and briefly indulged in consuming some fanfiction/fanart. Yet the Matrix Trilogy is still a fandom I consider pretty formative because I feel like that was my jumpstart into scifi over Star Wars. I also engage in fan activities related to Person of Interest, Sense8, and more, but I think I left those off the list due to the relative newness (Pacific Rim is an exception because of how actively I engage with it)
In doing this assignment I had to look back in time to periods of my life I have almost forgotten. Seeing the visualization really drives home how important fandom is to me, but the lack of fandom at points is also a story in itself. Pokemon, for example, is one where I did a lot, but it's also the first fandom where I experienced a negative backlash for being a fan. There's a sharp drop between ages 22-24 in my fandom consumption. That was a pretty low period in my life, so I was mostly consuming content rather than engaging with it. Fullmetal Alchemist makes a return at that point because I think that's when they redid the anime, but other than that there's not a lot going on. I really got back into fandom after moving to Raleigh at 24.
Which lead us to Supernatural. Holy performative actions, Batman! The kitchen sink of fandom activities can be found here, and I found the show about a month or two after my transition to North Carolina. Supernatural really transformed the way I approach media now, for better and for worse, and it has a special place in my heart for many reasons.