I think I had something cleverer here initially, but let's be real: this is Tumblr. It's full of cute animal pictures and shouty gifsets and fandom flailing. Sometimes I write fic and sometimes I cosplay but mostly the flailing. Who can say? I'M UNPREDICTABLE.

Leverage headcanons

Sophie takes her theatre company on the road. She and Nate build it up into a massive con empire used for fleecing douchey rich people and donating the money to underserved children’s charities. Over the course of several years, Sophie portrays every leading lady Shakespeare ever wrote. Since every play is actually part of a con, her performances are riveting and awe-inspiring.

Parker, Eliot and Hardison take on the challenge of the Black Book and start methodically taking down evil ex-finance d-bags the world over. They’re soon so overwhelmed by people wanting to join their crew that they have to re-incorporate Leverage just to keep everybody organized.

Things start to feel more secure, which is when their relationship finally becomes something explicitly discussed. The three of them dance around each other for weeks before Parker finally handcuffs both boys to a table and says they need to say stuff. Everybody agrees they’re in this for good, whatever happens. Parker has already assumed this is permanent, and Eliot shrugs and says, voice only breaking a little, that he already promised he wasn’t going anywhere. They both look at Hardison, who incredulously informs them that it was them he was worried about, obviously he’s in, now uncuff me, crazy woman.

Around the time their work results in indirectly nudging the federal minimum wage upwards for the first time in decades, Parker accidentally brings home a little girl she caught trying to pick her pocket. The kid is just a little younger than Parker was when Archie caught her, and she has no one. Everybody freaks out for about five minutes over the fact that to all intents and purposes, they’ve just become foster parents, but Parker won’t give her up to real foster care and Eliot’s always wanted kids and has apparently been ready for this ever since they hashed the three of them out as a unit, so again it’s down to Hardison, who fell in love with the kid the first night they brought her home. He’s already got papers faked up for her, and she’s theirs in the eyes of the law as soon as he presses the button.

They press the button.

All additional kids are mostly Eliot’s fault, and by the time they’re up to five they’ve got a dozen homes around the world but one compound with “their” kids and Eliot’s horses and the kids are all being brought up to be deadly, punchy acrobatic hackers and business is booming and there’s a whole cast of new Leverage crew members hanging around and becoming additional surrogate family for the trio and the kids, and every so often Aunt Sophie and Uncle Nate drop by to tell outrageous stories of their early adventures, like the time(s) Parker dropped Hardison off a building and didn’t get why it wasn’t funny, or the time they stole a Michaelangelo with tin foil and chewing gum, or that one time (a story for the older kids) Eliot took out thirty guys with two guns and a pair of knee pads and

and

I just wanted this show to go on forever, okay?

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This Captain Marvel Dress Is Out Of This World Amy Ratcliffe, fashionablygeek.com
The Carol Danvers version of Captain Marvel is beyond awesome, and it’s been amazing to watch the Carol Corps grow over the last couple of years. I see more and more cosplayers wear the red, blue, and yellow, and Tumblr user pineapplesquid made a…

Sisters in Captain Marvel formal gowns, represent! *fistbump*

This Captain Marvel Dress Is Out Of This World
Amy Ratcliffe, fashionablygeek.com

The Carol Danvers version of Captain Marvel is beyond awesome, and it’s been amazing to watch the Carol Corps grow over the last couple of years. I see more and more cosplayers wear the red, blue, and yellow, and Tumblr user pineapplesquid made a…

Sisters in Captain Marvel formal gowns, represent! *fistbump*

Research query!

So I have this character who in the present-day is an old lady, but did science for the Allies - superhero-related bioengineering, mainly - during WW2. She’s of Chinese descent, born in Hong Kong but emigrated with her family to the U.S. as a young child (I’ve been thinking 3 or 4, but it’s a little bit slideable). She was born in 1926.

The problem I’ve encountered in outlining her full backstory is the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1924. To have emigrated at the age I’ve been imagining she has to have arrived in New York some time around 1930, and my first pass shows that Chinese emigration to the States didn’t really start up again in large numbers until after World War 2. I do know that in some situations previously a fair number of Chinese people applied for U.S. emigration from Hong Kong via the British quotas, but I haven’t yet been able to determine conclusively whether that would still work after 1924.

Does anybody out there have more detailed knowledge of the Chinese Exclusion Act or sources I could try next? I’ve been thinking maybe one or both of her parents might have been allowed to emigrate under some kind of special circumstances due to occupation, or maybe just emigrated from Hong Kong via England or the Philippines? By all accounts the Act seems to have been mainly applied to race rather than simply geography, but there are almost always exceptions (I named her after a Chinese actress famous during WW2, with the vague idea her family might have been performers, if that helps, but it probably doesn’t).

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

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ofhouseadama:

A brief history of fandom, for the teenagers on here who somehow think tumblr invented fandom:

  • 1960s: with the advent of Star Trek, fandom moves into the public sphere for the first time with a television in almost every home, creating a large group of people all excited about one thing. Beforehand, fans mostly had relationships with the author, not with each other. Obviously there were groups and conventions, but Star Trek was the beginning of an independent, interactive, saturated fandom culture. 
  • This means in the coming years: conventions, mailing groups (both public and private), fan magazines, and fanfiction presses. 
  • Yeah this pretty much remains the deal until the internet gets put into every home in the 90s. 
  • EXAMPLES OF BIG FUCKING DEAL FANDOMS, 90s EDITION: X-Files, Xena, Star Trek, Star Wars, ASoIaF, The West Wing, Buffy
  • So with the internet, this really cool thing happened: Geocities. And then Yahoo groups. Early fanfiction archives. Back in the day, fandoms had to create their own private spaces. This made fandoms on the internet smaller and less accessible than fanzine operated ones. However, since fans on the internet didn’t have to pass through an editorial board to publish their fic, it was the beginning of the democratization of fandom. 
  • In 1998, fanfiction.net was launched to compete with the hundreds of independent, fandom-oriented fanfiction archives. More democratization, although fanfiction was marketed on how many reviews one had. You had to, like today, “break into the market.” 
  • In 1999, Livejournal was launched. Fans created communities and their own private journals which was like woah, we have our own places to store our own fic? And can cross-post them places? However, with Livejournal came the idea of the internet-based BNF: big name fan. Since communities had moderators and posts could be friend or community locked, people could easily gain social capital. 
  • See also: Cassie Claire and misscribe
  • On the other hand, authors like George RR Martin get Livejournals. 
  • Around this time was also the rise of forums. Again, moderators had a lot of power, as did certain users who would rise to the position of moderator. People rapidly gained and lost power, causing quick turnover in these parts of fandom. 
  • In 2002, due to legal concerns, fanfiction.net bans NC-17 fanfiction. 
  • Adultfanfiction.net is created to fill the void. For years, 13 year olds would pretend to be 18 to enter. Including myself. 
  • In 2005, fanfiction.net, again due to legal concerns, bans “choose your own adventure” and songfics. 
  • In 2007, Archive of Our Own is launched to further democratize fandom in response to fanfiction.net’s new stringent rules, offering writers a cleaner format, kudos, hit counters, and bookmarks. However, many older fandoms have not made the move. 
  • In 2007, tumblr is launched. It would take until 2010 for it to reach saturation on the internet, meaning that most fandoms which lived and died pre-2010 exist(ed) on Geocities, Yahoo Groups, independent archives, ff.net, etc. 
  • In 2009, Geocities is taken offline. Thousands mourn because they never backed up really old fic that they liked. 
  • In 2012, most major broadcasting companies have caught on to the fact that tumblr has democratized fandom to a degree of anarchy and mob mentality, and utilize it, since tumblr is unmoderated. 

And that’s what you missed on FANDOM EXISTED BEFORE TUMBLR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 

All very cool, though I can tell you from experience that BNFs definitely existed pre-LJ, in the era of private archives, mailing lists, and messageboards. Lots of them.

I’d also quibble with the “rise of forums” being concurrent with the birth of LJ. We had shitty threaded messageboards affiliated with CFAN well before fandom set up shop on LJ - most of the busiest boards I was a member of operated concurrent with/in concert with mailing lists (and a lot of them even sort of hosted fic - ah, the age of the Round Robin. *gazes nostalgically into the middle distance*).