Memory Lane

Jul. 3rd, 2012 07:11 pm
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I'm putting my money on [personal profile] copperbadge's latest post spawning a wave of fannish reminesance - it's certainly got me trying to pinpoint my transition from 'geek' to 'fannish geek'.

My first con was Anime Expo 2000 when I was 15, but I'm pretty sure I was reading fic before that. I must have started just after discovering manga/anime, which lead to buying Japanese language manga which lead to fan translations* which led to the great wide Internet. I got the second issue of Animerica Extra when it hit the stands, that was pretty close to the start, so we'll call it 1998. 14 years. Half my life.

God, who here remembers Animerica Extra? And the fight over flipped manga? And getting tapes through the fansub underground? Oh man, and YYH DJs in English, that site changed my life. And Talya Firedancer and White Cat and Bishonenink and Ruaki**. And sex scenes being called lemons. And memorizing the different Gundam Wing pairings (1x2 vs 2x1, 3x4, and my beloved rarepair 2x5). And the RanmaxRyoga archive.

I'm trying to remember when I started transitioning to media fandom - some time in collage, I think. Probably with Harry Potter, there were a lot of anime fans writing for it. Or maybe Sleeps With Coyote's stuff? She was branching out around that time.

The two people I've followed the longest, at least 9 years*** continuously, are [personal profile] copperbadge and [tumblr.com profile] chirart. That's... amazing. Surreal, but amazing.

*ahaha, which I used to print out and keep in massive binders, so I could have them in one hand and the manga in the other. The days before scanslations were dark days.

**who I sent my ~first ever fanfic~ when she running a Pokemon archive. I am intensely grateful she turned me down.

***shit, [personal profile] nepenthe, isn't that about when we met? Late 2003/2004? 9 years of epic friendship.


Date: 2012-07-04 01:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nepenthe
Winter semester, freshman year. And yeah, a long, long time.

Date: 2012-07-04 06:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] torachan
Whoa, I've only ever been to one con and it was AX and I'm pretty sure it was 2000! (ETA: Okay, no, I checked my old journal and apparently it was 2001.)

I never got into Animerca Extra because by the time it was a thing, I could already read Japanese, but I loved Animerica (and there is an issue out there somewhere with my penpal ad in it! XD).

I used to do so much tape trading, though the majority of it was me making copies of Japanese Digimon tapes, rather than any fansub stuff. I also traded a ton of jpop CDs (both albums and data CDs filled with music videos).
Edited Date: 2012-07-04 06:07 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-07-04 08:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] torachan
I actually didn't do anything at AX other than hang around in the vendor's room with friends all day. XD (I actually had no idea what sort of programming there was or really that there was any. I had no concept of what cons were about, just that it was a place to go and hang out with people, so that's what I did.)

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