To my surprise, recently I received an interesting and very pleasant e-mail. It was an invitation to join The Galactic Imaginarium Film Festival (TGIFF) as a guest. It was something I couldn’t simply refuse so I said yes and now I would like to share some news about the event with you.
Oh dear! The beginning of 2020 is not what we all hoped for. With the pandemic around, we had to really change a lot. Conventions are being cancelled or postponed until summer/autumn. Smaller gatherings are also being cancelled (or moved online). And I believe I am not the only who misses meeting with people… Luckily, a few interesting geeky initiatives appeared.
Almost one year ago, I wrote a post about the idea for the European Fan Fund. Since then, we received a few comments about the idea and we were able to move forward a little bit. We are much closer to starting the fund then a year ago, but we are not there yet.
A few years ago, I somehow learned about The Enchanted Duplicator. I found this book of extreme relevance even to nowadays fandom and I really enjoyed reading it. Knowing this, it may be no surprise for you to hear that when Geri Sullivan, the TAFF delegate, announced a trip backtracking the history of Irish Fandom (or parts of it), I had to participate in it. The tour took place on Thursday just before the Eurocon TitanCon (in fact, we had to miss first hours of the con).
Usually, I avoid writing about books that would be problematic for my readers to read but this time I am making an exception. I am doing this as I believe that the book Fandom stories is important enough to mention it here. This is a reportage about the Polish fandom written by a person who does not consider himself as a member of it. The book is mainly targeted at a general audience, but as a long-time fandom member I still found it quite fascinating.
As I was writing before, I am chairing the Krakowska Sieć Fantastyki society (The SFF Network of Krakow). I do not write about it often enough, so here is a good occasion to change it. Still, the bad part is that I am not as successful being a chair as I would like to be.
I have been reading some Australian fanzines recently. I checked mainly Wild Goose by Roman Orszanski and iOTA by Leigh Edmonds. The 15th issue of the latter somehow reminded me of the fanzines I used to contribute to. Well, it is a good inspiration, I believe, especially since fanzines appeared as topic worth discussing during my GUFF trip.
I read a review of the Alita film today. And it reminded me that I had a nice fan art I obtained many years ago so I tried to look for it. And in the binder where the fan art was I had a bunch of letters in as well. They date back to the time when I joined a pen friend club. It was not a fandom-related activity itself yet at this time it was an important thing for my geeky self.
I was thinking about creating a small Fan Fund to allow people from different countries to attend Eurocon. My dream is to have fandom more internationally connected (well, this is one of the reasons I started blogging). I think that allowing people to travel to other countries is a good step forward.