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A fakenews fandom LJ history June 8, 2017

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I got asked a thing about Daily Show/Colbert Report fandom history, and ended up typing a couple hundred words. Figured I’d repost it here, for anyone else who came in late and wants backstory.

In the beginning, before the Daily Show had any spinoffs, there was just tds_rps. Then the Colbert Report came along in 2005, and people started using “fake news” to refer to both shows together, in contrast to “real news” for the fans who wrote RPF about news anchors.

At that time Livejournal didn’t let you have tags on posts at all. When the option was introduced, that was one of the motivations for creating the fakenews_fanfic community — to create a place that had comprehensive tags from the beginning.

Anyone can start a new LJ comm, so they weren’t centralized or organized in any logical way. If someone felt like there was a need that wasn’t being filled by the existing comms, they would make one. Like, for a while tds_rps was joined by tcr_fps, which was open to Report-specific fics. It had such a narrow focus, there was argument about whether Jon/”Stephen” fics should be allowed — because even though “Stephen” the character was in them, Jon wasn’t a fictional character, he was just himself.

You can see why a community like that would get a limited amount of traffic. People who liked writing “Stephen” fic usually also liked writing about Jon. And a lot of them liked writing about Stephen-the-actor too, and there was heavy crossover with fans of news RPF, and fans of Strangers With Candy (the comedy Stephen co-created, where he played a character who was a lot like “Stephen,” and the sense of humor was very similar), and so on and so forth….

So one of the reasons fakenews_fanfic rose to be the main fandom community was that it had a broad focus. People could post all their fake-news-related fic in the same place. Not every reader had exactly the same interests, but there was enough overlap that everyone would be interested in most of the fic posted. And the tags meant it was easy to go through and find exactly the things you liked.

For a long time there wasn’t a single kink meme, just people making “put your kink prompts here” posts in their personal journals. Eventually someone decided to be more organized, and created a dedicated community for it. I don’t actually know who! It was a personal project, not the official creation of any other community.

Fills from all the separate kink posts are bookmarked and tagged in one place. (I do know who handled that, because it was me.)

Monday Works Roundup, 5/30/16 May 30, 2016

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But I’m A Cat Person
Character Designs 16 (art | Lightning, Dr. Köhler, Ilsa | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Fancy Birch (art | Birch | worksafe)
Reading badfic together (sketch | Astrid/Violet | NSFWish)
Fancy Delphinium (art | Agent D | worksafe)
Couldn’t even get the clothes off (sketch | Juniper/D | NSFW)
Dressed in black, we’ll go creeping (art | Blackthorn, Hyacinth, Angelica | worksafe)

Fake News
The Rising (mix | Jon/”Stephen” + space! | G)
Made Of Stars (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)

Gravity Falls
This is what a heart looks like, right? (art | Bill/Dipper | worksafe)

Silicon Valley
NelsonBelson (sketch | Nelson/Belson | worksafe)

Steven Universe(/Phineas and Ferb)
Stevonnie and Ferbneas (art | Steven+Connie, Phineas+Ferb | worksafe)
Lil’ Malachite (art | Lapis/Jasper, Malachite | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Jany’s back in her home country, and taking in some culture.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Holly impresses her new traveling companions with tales of her adventures at the embassy.

Monday Works Roundup 5/23/16 May 23, 2016

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But I’m A Cat Person
Poe as Poe (art | Poe | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
This is a public ocean (comic | Ivy/Holly | worksafe)
Lace and body pillows (comic | Violet/Rowan | NSFW, barely)
This is a public garden (comic | Olive/Magnolia | worksafe)
Fancy Rowan (art | Rowan | worksafe)
Not!phone sex (comic | Annie/Birch | worksafe)

Black Butler
Dance with the devil (art | Sebastian/Ciel | worksafe)

Fake News
How Far I’ve Gone, How High I’ve Climbed (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Steve, Sam, others | T)
In the darkness with you (art | Jon/”Stephen”)

Homestuck
Homestuck sketches (sketches | Dave/Karkat, Davepetasprite^2 | worksafe)

Star Wars
Force Hairstyling (sketch | Rey/Kylo | worksafe)
Stormpilot cuddling (sketches | Finn/Poe | worksafe)
Lightsaber Summer Fun Buddies (sketch | Finn/Rey | worksafe)

Steven Universe/Politics
Big Angry Cheeto Puff vs. Big Angry Cheeto Puff (art | Trump, Jasper | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Infinity tattoo design (text tattoo, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Start of a new chapter. How’s Jany been doing lately?

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Our heroes plan for their not!date. Then: Holly goes on a field trip.

Monday Works Roundup, 1/4/16 January 4, 2016

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But I’m A Cat Person
Let’s go exploring (art | Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Wreaths, Candles, and Sweaters (art | Ragnild, Iona, Leif, Thorn | worksafe)
Leif & Thorn 2015 sketchpile (sketches | ensemble | worksafe)

Empowered
VORPP (art | Emp | worksafe)

Fake News(/Phineas and Ferb)
He’s Irresistible (art | Mr. Random, Klimpaloon, Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
This Candidate Clearly Supports WIP Amnesty, Jon. (parts 1-6) (work-no-longer-in-progress collection | Jon/”Stephen”, Tek Jansen, Olivia/Kristen, O’Reilly, others | M)
I Was Gorgeous (art | Larry, Trevor | worksafe)
(untitled colbunker scenes) (work no longer in progress | Jon, “Stephen” | R, warnings)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Noel Magi (art | Sayaka, Kyoko | worksafe)

Steven Universe/Phineas and Ferb
Making A Title Sequence (comic | Steven, Greg, Phineas, Ferb, Pearl | G)

Welcome to Night Vale(/various)
End-of-Year Secret Police WIP Amnesty Showcase (parts 1-7) (work-no-longer-in-progress collection | Cecil/Carlos, Trish/Winchell, Janice, Megan, Cecil’s brother, others | T)

General/Miscellaneous
Khyrralien (reward chibi, worksafe)
2015 in Fanart (art meme, multi-series, worksafe)
2015 in Webcomic Art (art meme | BICP, Leif & Thorn | worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif returns with good (?) news, while Juniper puts Thorn through tentacle-related teasing.

Monday Roundup, 12/22 December 22, 2014

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Fake News
Jingle Me Stephen (sketch | “Stephen”, Jon | worksafe)
The Little Pundit | AO3 mirror (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Neil, Jimmy, others | PG)
Best Underwater Friends Forever (art | mermaid!”Stephen”, others | worksafe)
Two Pets Stephen Is Not Allowed To Keep (and one he is) | AO3 mirror (ficlet | Jon/”Stephen”, animals | G)
Defying Reality (filk | Jon, “Stephen” | G)
Jon’s JDate Adventure, Part 3 (comic | Jon/”Stephen” | PG-13, mildly NSFW)
Pac-Man (comic | Jon, “Stephen” | G)
Let’s Go Reporting (sketch | Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)

His Dark Materials
Mary Malone – The Explorer (art | Mary | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapter 34 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Cloaked and Scarved (art | Khoshekh, Isaña | worksafe)
Various Strexcorp Daemons and Various Strexcorp Daemonless (art | Daniel, Lauren, Vanessa, Kevin, OCs | worksafe)
Mayoral Night Vale Daemons (art | Vansten, Faceless Old Woman, Hiram | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
This Year in Fanart, 2014 (art meme | WtNV, HDM, fake news, PMMM, Oz, Property of Hate, TAH | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Bonus strips! Seasonal jokes and general ones, starring all your favorite characters, every day this week.

Monday Roundup, 11/3 November 3, 2014

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***If you’re in the US, remember to vote tomorrow!***

But I’m A Cat Person
BICP Sketches – Cybele Variations (art | Cybele, Cybele, Cybele, Cybele, Bennett, Cybele | worksafe)
Animal Hoodies (art | Patrick, Kara Lynn, Cybele, Poe, Reseda, Cub | worksafe)
Witch Cat Reseda (art | Reseda | worksafe)

Fake News
Under The Sea (art | “Stephen”/Jon | worksafe)

Hellsing
Pixel Dolls – Section XIII, Iscariot (dolls | Anderson, Maxwell, Heinkel, Yumiko, Yumie | worksafe)
Pixel Dolls – Walter and Alucard (dolls | Walters, Alucards | worksafe)
Pixel Dolls – Hellsingers in Costume (dolls | Seras, Pip, Alucard, Integra | worksafe)
Mew, episodes 49-52 (review/recap & discussion)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 22-25 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Cecil Meets the Family -2- (art | Cecil, Khoshekh, Carlos’s family | worksafe)
Cecil Meets the Family -3- (art | Cecil, Carlos’s family | worksafe)
Science Boxers (art | Cecil/Carlos | borderline NSFW)
Carlos Ramirez – The Scholar (art | Carlos | worksafe)
Cecil Palmero – The Anchor (art | Cecil, Khoshekh | worksafe)
Dana Cardinal – The Walker (art | Dana | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The Book of Revelation is freakin’ weird. But Ann Walker thinks there might be something to it.

Monday Roundup, 10/6 October 6, 2014

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But I’m A Cat Person
Bubbly Cybele (art | Cybele, dolphin | worksafe)

Fake News
Vampire in the Window (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)

Hellsing
Dolls – The Letze Battallion (pixel dolls | Luke, Jan, Major, Doc, Captain, Zorin, Rip, Schrödinger | worksafe)

Thrilling Adventure Hour
Ducky Pajamas (art | Michelle Henderson | worksafe and adorable)
I’m…from the Moon. (art | Pemily Stallwark | worksafe)
On With The Show (art | ensemble | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
Night Vale: The Musical, tracks 47-52 (fic, song parodies | Cecil/Carlos, ensemble | T)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 18-20 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Palmer-Carlsberg Family Portrait (art | Cecil, Khoshekh, Cecil’s sister, Janice, Steve | worksafe)
Punk Dana (art | Dana | worksafe)
Blood and stars (art | Cecil, Kevin | worksafe, blood)
Better With Two (art | Cecil/Carlos/Kevin | worksafe)
UWII Cold Weather Gear (art | Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)
Carlsberg Family Daemons (art | Steve, Delphine, Janice | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Adventurekateer Ptah (art | the artist | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Bianca and Camellia talk secrets, while their Beings knock each other around a little.

Monday Roundup, 9/1 September 1, 2014

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Fake News
I Love You – I Know (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)

Hellsing
Hellsing Ambigrams (word art | worksafe)
Renaldopuff Knows Karate (art | Father Renaldo | worksafe)

The Property of Hate
RGB, Q (meme art | RGB | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
Night Vale: The Musical, tracks 38-40 (fic, song parodies | Cecil/Carlos, ensemble | T)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 12-14 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Entirely Personal (still ver.) (art | Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)
Vacation (Had To Get Away) (fic | Cecil/Carlos, ensemble | G)
Gourmet Night Vale Daemons (art | Hannah, Lucy, Earl | worksafe)
Do you ever miss…? (art | Dana, Kevin, Carlo | NSFW, blood)
A microphone and a cat (art | Cecil, Khoshekh | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Who let Jany in the basement? Jany isn’t supposed to be in the basement.

Sunday Roundup, 5/18 May 18, 2014

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Getting in a day early this time.

Fake News
The Host Quartet (art | John Oliver, Jon, Stephen, Larry | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Ein Liebender liegt dir zu Füßen, part 1 (fic | Homura/Madoka, ensemble | NC-17)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
What Strex Can Do For You (art | Kevin, Strexpet, DB!Carlos | mild NSFW: blood)
Reaction post: e??? The Debate, e046 Parade Day, and e047 Company Picnic (review/recap & discussion)
Night Vale + Desert Bluffs sketchpile (art | Cecil/Carlos, Janice, Kevin/Carlo | worksafe)
Serenade in silhouette (art | Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)
Various Desert Bluffs Daemons (art | Daniel, Lauren, Kevin, Carlo | worksafe)
Happens Every Time (comic | Cecil, the Man in the Tan Jacket | G)
Dress-Up Night Vale Ensemble (dolls | Josie, Steve, MiTJ, Earl, Dana, Tamika | worksafe)
Cecil On The N.T.A., part 1 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, Khoshekh, Dana, others | M)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Continued experiments on Kara Lynn, and continued screwing with Jany’s head. But hey, that Tiger sure is pretty.

Non-Monday Roundup, 4/29 April 29, 2014

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But I’m A Cat Person
Bianca with Kiwi (art | Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)
This Dad Thing (cover art | Cohen, Bennett, Cybele | worksafe)

Fake News
The Most American Skaters (art | Jon/”Stephen”| worksafe)

Hunger Games
On the naming in The Hunger Games (meta about linguistics)

Sailor Moon
An Angry Fish (art | Fisheye | worksafe)
By the Light of the Full Moon (art | Usagi | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian, chapters 30-32 (fic | Carlos/Cecil, scientists, Night Vale residents, their daemons | T)
Reaction post: e045 A Story About Them (review/recap & discussion)
The darkfic epidemic that wasn’t (a bit of a rant) (meta, discussion of noncon fic)
Lazy Day (art | Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Jany has unsettling dreams, and turns to a familiar face for advice.