— James Hetfield, on their performance of Metallica music with him as the guest vocal.
Some creators accept the presence of a fan work or a parody of their work. After all, there are creative fans who are willing to make anything based upon a work they love. Also, there are some other creators who not only accept such works existing, but also enjoy the fan material and sometimes even showcase it to other fans.
While not everything that the creator would enjoy would become Ascended Fanon, some works, ranging from fan art to song parodies and fan films, would be good enough to catch the attention of creators, or those involved in the source material. Not only could the creators outright state their enjoyment for the fan material, but they can even link that work to share with other fans. Sometimes such works can become Ascended Memes.
Compare with Ascended Fanon, Promoted Fanboy, Official Fan-Submitted Content. Contrast Fanwork Ban, Sincerest Form of Flattery. Creators may even offer Parody Assistance.
This appears to be the stance of some mangaka and creators, such as CLAMP and Type-Moon. This could be due to their own ties with Doujinshi.
Hidekaz Himaruya was found to be this to his fan base. To the point that he posted a drawing showing his thanks to them for all their work and even makes stuff every now and then explicitly for fans to work on.
Hayao Miyazaki personally approved of Joe Hisaishi's reorchestrated score for Castle in the Sky, written exclusively for the Disney dub. Even Hisaishi thought it was better than the original. (Unfortunately, the only way to hear it is to purchase the 2003 DVD edition OR import the Japanese, Australian, or UK Blu Ray, because the current Disney DVD/BD release does not contain it. Why? Because many purists DETESTED the new score. Ironically, it's now hailed as one of the best assets of Disney's dub now that it's gone.)
Garfield Minus Garfield, a webcomic that takes Garfield strips and airbrushes out all the characters except Jon, leaving a strip about a crazy man who talks to himself. Jim Davis enjoyed it enough to approve publishing a book of the best ones. The book also features a section of minused strips created by Davis himself.
Sonic the Comic Online, a fan-made continuation of the long-defunct Fleetway comic, received messages of support from most of the creative team behind the original publication, some of whom have since contributed artwork and consulted on storylines.
Gary Larson wrote a The Far Side comic in which a female ape accused her mate of "doing more 'research' with that Jane Goodall tramp". As he related in his book "The Prehistory of the Far Side", Larson received a hostile letter from the Jane Goodall Society, threatening legal action over the strip. Shortly after that, he received a letter from the editors of National Geographic, who wanted to print the strip in an anniversary issue. When Larson explained his difficulties with the Jane Goodall Society, one magazine editor commented, "That doesn't sound like the Jane Goodall we know." After some research, they found out that Goodall enjoyed the strip and was not aware of the Society's actions against Gary Larson. Larson later met with Jane Goodall at her research facility in Mgombe. In his words, "Everything's cool."
Even though Downfall's distributor, Contantin Films, had temporarily blocked the Hitler Rants parodies from YouTube at one point, director Oliver Hirschbiegel has stated that he enjoyed them.
Matt Damon thought the parody of him in Team America: World Police (as a drooling mentally disabled person only capable of moaning his own name) was hilarious and claims he would have even voiced him himself if Parker and Stone had asked.
After the early screening for Toho, they actually love Godzilla (2014). At the premiere, they showed their appreciation by crying with joy and smiling with happiness, as well as marketing it as a legit Godzilla movie and asking Bandai to get Monster Arts to make toys for it.
A PS3 game has been recently confirmed with the 2014 Godzilla facing off the Heisei Godzilla, and a ton of merchandise to go along with it that toys aren't immune. There even a statue that plays the film's soundtrack with glowing spines and "atomic breath" effect. Approval of God indeed.
Nobuhiro Watsuki was all praises for the live action adaptation of his most famous work, Rurouni Kenshin. He particularly praised the casting (especially Takeru Satoh as Kenshin, whom he wanted for the role from the beginning), and the addition of scenes and dialogue that he thought were improvements from his original work.
Zig-Zagged with J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Lexicon, a fan-made website which indexed everything in the Potterverse. Rowling was more than happy with it as a website but once the owner published it as a real book she sued, because it was essentially the entire Harry Potter series as written by her only organized differently and with him as the purported author.
Rowling has a section on her website to honor fansites who catalog her books, like Mugglenet or The Leaky Cauldron. She's also expressed that she wishes she had thought up the shrunken head on the Knight Bus in the third Harry Potter film. She takes a "go ahead, I won't look" view toward fanfiction, though.
While Legend of the Seeker was on the air, a fan created a blog called "Gay For Kahlan," which recapped each episode with light-hearted jabs and playing up the Les Yay between Kahlan and Cara. The show's stars, Craig Horner and Bridget Regan, both said they and the crew loved it, and would read it every morning on the way to set. After the show wrapped, the crew sent her a prop from set as a thank you.
In 2008, a fan film of Star Trek was made, called "Of Gods and Men". While the production is of similar quality to other fan-made films, this one is notable for featuring many Star Trek alumni as main characters in both familiar and new roles, and was directed by Tim Russ, who also played his Voyager role of Tuvok (who had previously been established to have been alive in the TOS era).
"Weird Al" Yankovic's parodies are sometimes met with this from other artists. This isn't surprising, since he insists on seeking approval from them first before he records them, so they know what to expect.
The most notable aversion was Coolio, who felt that "Gangsta's Paradise" was too serious and intense a song to be parodied, and was upset when "Amish Paradise" was released. Yankovic felt bad about it and had been incorrectly told that he had Coolio's approval.
Eventually, though, Coolio got over it and gave Al a hug. As Al put it, "I doubt I'll be invited to Coolio's birthday party, but at least I don't have to wear a bulletproof vest to the mall anymore."
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was incredibly flattered when Weird Al asked for permission to parody "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Cobain only requested that the lyrics to the song not be about food. Al reports being incredibly nervous when forced to admit that they were all about how indistinct and mumbly Cobain's vocals were, but Cobain loved the idea. The entire band reportedly laughed hysterically when they saw the video, and Cobain called Yankovic a "musical genius" in his journals.
Chamillionaire of "Ridin'" fame loved the parody "White and Nerdy" and even featured it on his MySpace page shortly after release. He was even impressed by Al's rapping abilities.
Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo congratulated him for "Dare To Be Stupid" and called it 'the perfect Devo song'.
When Yankovic approached LadyGaga's management to spoof "Born this Way," he got turned down. Gaga herself heard about it, tore her management team a new one, and gave Yankovic a green light to spoof what he pleased.
Cledus T. Judd has also gotten approval from original artists on some of his parody songs. See Parody Assistance for more info.
Despite her reputation as a serious, intense ballad singer, Céline Dion has a really good sense of humor, and is really good at taking a joke. When SNL was doing their parody of her in the wake of Titanic, she thought it was so hilarious, she invited Ana Gasteyer to her show in New York, where she did her Celine Dion impression to the crowd. On another occassion, when promoting her French album Sans Attendre on TV, she invited another imitator, Véronic DiCaire on stage.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot was asked what he made of "Psychosocial Baby", a mashup of the Slipknot song "Psychosocial" and "Baby" by Justin Bieber. Contrary to the opinions of many Slipknot fans, he loved it and found it hilarious.
None of The Beatles objected to The Rutles, and George Harrison liked the idea enough to produce and appear in the All You Need Is Cashmockumentary. John Lennon loved The Rutles so much that when their first film came out, he watched it almost nonstop on loan from the studio, and when time was up he very reluctantly gave the film back. Apparently Paul McCartney was a little bit wary at first, but his wife Linda assured him that it was all right.
They Might Be Giants post many fan videos of their music on their Facebook page and website, among various other things. A popular flash for "Certain People I Could Name" garnered much attention from them.
Further case: Beatallica, a band whose oeuvre consists entirely of Beatles/Metallica mashups (example songs: "The Thing That Should Not Let It Be" and "And Justice For All My Loving") was aided in a minor legal dispute with Sony (who currently holds the rights to most of Beatles songs) by Lars Ulrich.
Bob Rivers parodied Joan Osborne's "One Of Us" into "What If God Smoked Cannabis". Osborne liked it so much, she covered the parody herself.
Voltaire apparently browses the AMV sections of YouTube and even told someone "Nicely done!!!!" (yes, with all the exclamation marks) on their AMV of his songCrusade.
LordethoughtSouth Park's parody of her (where she turns out to be a cross-dressing man named Randy Marsh) was pretty funny, and even recorded a clip of herself going "ya ya ya ya, I'm Lorde" just like Marsh does.
To Boldly Flee, Terl of Battlefield Earth spelled his name as Turrell. This led to fan speculation that Turrell was so busy learning to conquer galaxies that he doesn't actually know how to spell his name. While Turrell was named that for legal reasons, a commentary by some of the reviewers indicated they heard of this theory and found it hilarious.
Monty Oum is quite generous when it comes to approval of fan works of RWBY, and frequently shares cosplay photos, fanart, and AMVs that caught his eye on his Facebook page. He's also very supportive of a Japanese fandub of the series.
The intro to the review of Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Wizard had several fan covers of the theme song with James Rolfe and Justin Kyle watching and laughing, with a title screen thanking the fans. The Cinemassacre site also hosts some fanart and fan-games as well.
James Rolfe subscribes to Derek Alexander'sYouTube account, a parody / homage / self-proclaimed ripoff of the AVGN that takes the AVGN's formula and inverts it - instead of drinking beer and playing awful retro games, the HVGN drinks wine and celebrates underrated Cult Classics.
Matt and Pat, the main characters in Two Best Friends Play, stated that they enjoy the fan-made crossoverTwo Best Sisters Play, enough to feature the series's youtube channel on their personal channel page (probably also because its creator is the animator for their own episode openings).
One of Valve's founding principles was to do that opposite of id Software, whose release of source code was a combination of throwing the fans a bone and Carmack showing off his programming genius. No matter how thriving or prolific the mod community became id dismissed them as geeky hobbyists, amateurs and peons, and made no attempts to support them when communities and distribution channels were at risk of disappearing. Valve from the beginning hosted modding forums, and file databases and file-sharing.
There is Black Mesa, a Fan Remake of Half-Life in the Source Engine, which Valve added to Steam through Greenlight. Valve allowed it on condition they remove "Source" from the name (so people wouldn't think it was an official Valve release), and on condition that they got first dibs on playing it.
In general, Valve is extremely supportive of fan works, even going out of their way to release and support tools to help make them, particularly Game Mods. Valve's reason for being so benevolent toward these efforts? In a plot worthy of The Last Starfighter, they use them as a means of scouting for talent.
Capcom has not only acknowledged the existence of Maximillian's Assist Me series by linking the videos on their website, they even sponsored the Ultimate Assist Me series so Max and the crew wouldn't have to pay for the production costs out of their pockets like they normally do. Taken even further in the finale of Retro Assist Me: where Yoshinori Ono makes a cameo at the end. The only thing preventing it from being Ascended Fanon at this point is that it's still a fanmade work and not official.
Not to mention that every Elder Scrolls and Fallout title produced and/or published by them comes complete with a modding kit that is essentially the API they used to build the game world. And Skyrim wound up being the launch title for Steam Workshop.
SWERY, the game directior of Deadly Premonition, loves any and all fan-works of the game, and regularly links to pieces of fanart and writings on the game on his Twitter account. In a Game Developer's Confrence presentation, he even explained that creating fan-friendly characters and worlds is a part of his game design philosophy, because it gives fans a way to enjoy the game even when they're not playing it.
The original Dreamcast release of Soul Calibur contained an extensive, unlockable fanart gallery. Unfortunately, these galleries don't exist in later ports of the game due to the fact that over a decade has passed since the original release and thus it is difficult or impossible to track down the original artists so they can re-sign the usage rights for new consoles, as well as some of the art being blatantly sexual in nature (and thus affecting content guidelines from other companies.)
ZUN is generally quite supportive of Touhou fanwork, and usually only demands that the products are clearly marked as unofficial fan material. It's even believed to be part of the reason canon is so vague and Unreliable Narrator-driven; it leaves more space for fanon.
Overkill Software, makers of PAYDAY: The Heist, saw a group of fans create a skill calculator for the sequel to help other fans get a better understanding of what each skill does and how much of a bonus some skill tiers give since the in game description can be either vague or outright wrong. Overkill gave the calculator their seal of approval.
Hanako Games has an official section of their forum for fanart and fan fiction, and Hanako has been known to hold fanwork contests with free games as prizes. (She doesn't allow Rule 34 on her forum, but that's because it is an all-ages forum.)
Rockstar Games has been looking over the top-rated jobs people make in Grand Theft Auto Online, and adding the best ones to the game proper, as 'Rockstar Verified'. They also regularly post news on their Social Club site about fanmade videos and crews that pique their interest.
The Silver Lining, a fan-created sequel of the popular King's Quest series of adventure games, received a ringing endorsement from creator Roberta Williams, who was overjoyed to see her characters in 3-D.
Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, approves of Photoshopped memes of a scene with Noctis and company in a car, which was first shown in the Tokyo Game Show 2014 trailer. With that, Square Enix rolls out transparent PNG files of that scene for everyone to poke fun with, which counts as Parody Assistance.
Equestria Daily was formed in January 2011 as a fansite, and is regularly updated with fan material. Not only does The Hub acknowledge its existence, but it also sent official material, from an extended cut of "Equestria Girls" to exclusive interviews with the show's creative staff.
"Weird Al" Yankovic posted a link to a mash-up of MLP and one of his polkas on his Twitter page, then later did the same thing with another mash-up by the same editor. Al even hinted he might be/would like to be on the show at some point. As of season 4, he's been confirmed as a special guest voice in the episode "Pinkie Pride".
It's worth noting that William Anderson, FIM's background music composer, used to play for Weird Al and remains friends with him and his band. It's also worth mentioning that, before FIM, he was the composer to The Weird Al Show.
Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess once linked to a PMV featuring the band's song "Octavarium", saying he thought it was cool.
Samantha Newark, who voiced the titular character of Jem is a fan of the extremely vulgar parody series Jiz, and thinks that it's hilarious to make something as sweet as Jem so profane.
Christy Karacas, Stephen Warbrick, and a few other crew members associated with Superjail have been known to appreciate the fanart and cosplay in existence for the series, while Karacas finds the adult fanart hilarious. It culminated in Karacas doodling a quick "Thank you!" illustration for a Japanese/Korean joint-produced doujinshi.
Greg Weisman has an account on the Young Justice Wiki, while it's sort of a meme in Tumblr fandom for the tie-in comic's artist, Chris Jones, to like or reblog someone's fanart or image edit, followed by the fan screencapping the notif and posting "He saw me!
Greg also reused the explanation for Jeffrey Robbins knowing Hudson was a gargoyle introduced in the canon-canon Goliath Chronicles in his official comic book follow-up.
Doug: So Grey Delisle is aware of my Avatar Vlogs and commented with a happy face on one of them. Um...should I be concerned about this? That is, the last time Azula said she looked forward to a show, there was a circle of fire and an assortment of killer animals. Eh, it'd be a cool way to go. " :) " back at ya.
Dante Basco, the voice of Zuko, also watched the vlogs. Appropriately, this became known soon after Doug released a vlog with immense praise for his acting.
It even got to the point where Basco himself appeared as a guest star on a Nostalgia Critic episode.