Did Tarquin's adventuring party have an official name, like Order of the Stick and Linear Guild do? Rich Burlew:
Vector Legion. TWITTER CANON!
Basically, creators have two ways to interact with their fans:
The official channels, like the official Web site/forum, Twitter/Facebook/Relevant popular media Web site (IMDb for movies, GoodRead for books, etc.) These are easily searchable on using a search engine. These are usually maintained by their promoter/agent.
Some of the unusual haunts, like a creator-made blog/LiveJournal/WordPress/deviantART etc, or In a One of Us
moment, visiting and interacting with fans on a popular site like Reddit or a fansite. This is becoming more and more common as creators embrace New Media
. They allow some level of interactivity, like allowing fans to place comments that are read and maybe even answered by the creator.
These are NOT their personal accounts, just their public accounts which they themselves reveal to fans, and are known to interact there. Please respect their privacy.
Links to examples goes on the trivia page of the Creator/Work, not the main page.
Contrast Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things
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- Travis Beacham, co-writer with Guillermo Del Toro of Pacific Rim, has a Tumblr blog where he already answered hundreds of questions from fans.
- Brandon Sanderson on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/user/mistborn
- Jim Butcher's LiveJournal
- John Scalzi has a blog.
- Katherine Kurtz's official Web site: http://www.rhemuthcastle.com/wiki/
- And she usually joins an Internet Relay Chat on Sunday evenings.
- Neil Gaiman's blog.
- Also another blog, his tumblr.
- Peter David's blog.
- Terry Pratchett was active on the Usenet group alt.fan.pratchett for a while in The Nineties.
- Diane Duane has a tumblr, twitter, blog, and Livejournal. On which she writes occasional Sherlock fanfic. Talk about One of Us.
- Victoria Holmes, the mastermind behind Warrior Cats has a Facebook account. One of the other authors, Kate Cary, has a blog.
- David Weber posts with some regularity on his official forums. He is nicknamed "RFC" by forum users, in reference to his publicly acknowledged username, runsforcelery. Consequently, those forums are a much-appreciated source of Word of God.
- Several of the people who work on Magic: The Gathering have tumblrs where they take questions from users.
- Mark Rosewater's tumblr, Blogatog, is where he answers questions regarding game design and Magic news, as well as his "Making Magic" column and a series of one-panel comics.
- Doug Beyer's tumblr, A Voice for Vorthos, is dedicated to answering questions about MTG's lore and flavor.
- Rules Advisor Matt Tabak's tumblr, Snarkham Asylum is for questions about the rules and game mechanics.
- Gavin Verhey talks about strategy and deck-building on his tumblr, GavInsight.
- The staff of Savage Worlds regularly post on the official Pinnacle forums, with one section being devoted exclusively to getting official answers to rules questions.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic creator Lauren Faust on deviantART: http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/
- A lot of the staff of Adventure Time have formspring accounts with which they answer questions from fans. For example, there's Adam Muto (storyboard artist), Natasha Allegri (character designer/storyboard revisionist), and Andy Ristaino (lead character designer).
- Greg Weisman (of Gargoyles, W.I.T.C.H., The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Young Justice fame) has this in the form of the "Ask Greg" section of fansite Station 8. Notable for at least two reasons: one, that Weisman will answer any and all questions submitted to the site given enough time (so long as they meet the site's guidelines), and two, that the site has been in more-or-less constant operation since 1997. Overall, this has led to a searchable archive of well over 14,000 answered questions since Station 8 first opened. This may account, at least in part, for the truly massive smattering of Word of God entries for various shows he has worked on.
- Bryan Konietzko, one of the two creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, has a tumblr - though fan interaction isn't quite direct, he has reblogged fanart. (Some other people on staff have tumblrs also, like fighting instructor and consultant Sifu Kisu, who has an open ask box as of this moment, and co-exec producer Joaquim Dos Santos)
- Bounty Hamster creator David Freedman has a blog and an e-mail address and is still happy to answer questions about the show.