Happy 30th Anniversary #Voltron!

blogpost updated on September 11, 2014 (Australian EST)

From Days of Long Ago…   

(30 years ago, to be precise, September 10, 1984)

From Uncharted Regions Of The Universe…  

(That started from WEP‘s office in St. Louis, Missouri USA)

Comes a Legend…

The Legend of VOLTRON !

And here we are, thirty years later,  September 10, 2014, we continue to cheer, swoon, tweet,  blog, write fanfiction and fangirl Voltron.

To celebrate #Voltron30, #KeithandAllura fans have dedicated their works months before the anniversary.  A big shoutout to Mertz (our most prolific KA fanfiction writer) and Paulina Ann (our fastest KA fanfiction writer) who dedicated their fanfics “Happily Ever After: Sodalis Vitae”  and “Part of Your World” respectively.  And a special mention to  Arus, for her special blogpost.

On behalf of fans who couldn’t make it to the 30th Anniversary’s Google hangout / event,  who are not on any social media platform, who continue to express their love for Voltron in their own way, we would like to say a big THANK YOU to World Events Productions (WEP) for Voltron!

Sending you virtual cake slice for this special day

 

Cake 1 watermark unboxing

Unboxing

Cake 2 watermark

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Fondant

Cake 3 watermark

(egg-free, dairy-free) chocolate cake

 

And finally, for the entire month of September, KA fans from KAEX Yahoogroup have raised a KAEX Challenge with the theme “Anniversary”.  Here are the replies from the challenge

 

Fanart

voltronmylari – Kiss

Fanfiction

cubbieBlueMako – A Casual Conversation Among Friends

Paulina Ann – Remembrance

Nerdmom1701 – Waiting for Now *new*

Cpt Kallan Beyda – To Love and Be Loved *new*

xoxo

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#Voltron30 : Memorabilia : 1985 #Voltron Prize Pack

To celebrate #Voltron30 : Voltron’s 30th Anniversary,  fans around the globe joined hands to share the love for our favourite giant robot.

We would like to thank the Voltron fans from Canada, Josette and her friend Stephen, for sharing this memorabilia to this blogger from Australia:

Voltron Prize Pack 1985

Voltron Prize Pack from 1985

 

Stephen won this fantastic Voltron prize pack back in 1985  when he was 12 years old.   He submitted an artwork of Voltron to their local TV station’s drawing contest in New Brunswick, Canada.  He was among forty winners who were sent a prize pack and their names were broadcasted on television.

Thank you Josette and Stephen for sharing this amazing Voltron pack to showcase to the world during Voltron’s 30th Anniversary!

We can’t help ourselves (giggleswoon) but, we would like highlight the gorgeous #KeithandAllura bits from the Voltron prize pack:

VoltronContest_MembershipCard2-back

Voltron Force membership card (back)

 

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One side of the 14-sided game piece


Because #Fanfiction

With Voltron’s 30th Anniversary, fanfiction writers are rekindling their love for their beloved giant robot, and this is the best time to be a Voltron fan!

One way to revisit the 80’s cartoon favourite is by writing fanfiction.

Yes, ONE WORD: #Fanfiction and it comes with a hashtag too.

Because fanfiction is taking over the world.   Don’t believe me?

This is proof.  “FIC : Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World”  by Anne Jamison.

 

FIC BOOK COVER

Anyone who is in a fandom should read this.  Especially newbies (like myself).  Yes, I still consider myself a newbie compared to the #KeithandAllura fangirls and shippers who have been members of the KAEX Yahoogroup that has been in existence since 1998, long before there was FanFiction.net  or Archive of our Own.

As a late-bloomer in fangirling,  (I became a fangirl two years ago) I couldn’t understand why there was so much wank or flame (And what’s with these fannish terminologies? Was there a whole set of jargon for those who actively joined a fandom and write fanfiction?)  I was shocked and astounded by the level of vitriol among fans during my first year as an active fangirl:  Fangirls of the same fandom angry at other fangirls of different ships / pairings;  seasoned fans pulling rank over new arrivals.  Considering Voltron is not a mega-fandom compared to Stars Wars, Harry Potter or Star Trek to name a few (and Voltron wasn’t even mentioned in the book either), I wanted to find out if this behaviour is similar across all fandoms.   Though Anne Jamison took a literary path and not the behavioural nor sociological aspects of fan studies, several anecdotes and contributors gave glimpses into how a story such as fanfiction could transform within a community.

Yes, Enlightenment came in a form of a book.   I had both the e-book version as well as the printed version.  Lots of underlines, highlights and sidenotes later,  I found my calm and often referred to FIC for guidance.  I’ll even be so bold to say,  as an active fangirl, writing fanfiction, FIC is my bible (and adding ‘IMHO’ to stop your furtive whispers by calling it one).

So, in the face of wank or flame,  my standard reply nowadays, “Your Kink Is OK, It’s Just Not My Kink”  and I would (virtually) throw them a FIC book,  “Go read Anne Jamison’s book.”   Then, taking a couple of steps back, exhale and shake off their negative energy and walk away (far away) from their nerdrage and fanfury.

 

 


AcidFree Gallery Loves VOLTRON

With exactly one month to go until Voltron’s 30th Anniversary (And we use the hashtag #Voltron30), we will be posting and sharing more jaw-dropping Voltron news and updates.

We begin the countdown with AcidFree Gallery.

AcidFreeGalleryIllustrationArtbyJamesWhite

Smitten with ALL LEVELS OF AWESOME.

AcidFree Gallery’s  latest Voltron Illustration art by James White is totally amazing, I have never gone gaga over a art print before. Never.  Until this.

Brilliant colours,  impressive artwork and most especially the first ever #KeithandAllura - friendly art print I have seen to date IMHO.

And listening to Let’s Voltron Podcast #24 : Interview with AcidFree Gallery’s Chris Wofford left me giddy with excitement,  I just had to blog about this awesome artwork.

Chris Wofford even added a comp / contest “SHOW US YOUR VOLTRON”  (deets in the podcast show notes),  My mind is totally blown.

So, if you’ve never had a Voltron art print in your life,  now is the time to get this awesome piece of Voltron Illustration Art by James White.

Now is the best time to be a Voltron fan.

What are you waiting for? Let’s Voltron!!

 

 


31 Days of Mertz

updated on July 31, 2014 [Australian EST]

To celebrate the birthday of Voltron fandom’s most prolific fanfiction writer to date, (with forty-two KeithandAllura canon pair couple  stories under her belt at the time of this blogpost), we will choose one story, tweet and add to the list below, throughout the month of July.

Mertz‘s fanfics are varied: from epic-length fic “Origins: a Legend Unfolds” where you read a very strong Allura

KA - DDP edited pic 2

to one-off ficlets (perfect for when you’re craving for a quick KA snack).

Her stories can draw out different emotions from the readers: from her hilarious fics such as the “God Help Me” series,  to the multi-chaptered hot and spicy KA stories (my favourite’s “The Siren’s Song”) .

And yes,  there are those stories that you’d really want to kick Kogane’s arse for hitching his crankypants too high.  There are also the ones that you’d cry with Allura (*grabs tissues*)  and beat the crap out of Keith for breaking Allura’s heart sooo many times.

KA - DDP edited pic 1Her fanfiction are mostly based from the Voltron DDP universe that Dan Jolley created.

(Yes, that different Keith with a deceased fiancee named Beverly *argh* (pulls hair) *eye roll*)

-- sorry folks, I belong to the majority of KA fans who love KA 
from Voltron 80s cartoons (you know, the original version 
of Keith and Allura that started our love for KA?) 
oh, I love the Voltron Force Nicktoons KA version too. *wink*

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So, whatever fic you pick,  Mertzfics are totally amazing.

To our upcoming author (and hopefully one of the first from the Voltron fandom)

Happy 40th Birthday Mertz!

 

1.     Directions                                        17.   How I fell in love with Keith Kogane

2.    Masquerade                                     18.   Keith’s Surprise

3.    Consequences                                  19.   50 Shades KAEX Challenge

4.    God Help Me!                                  20.  Allura to the Rescue

5.    God Help Me! Part 2                      21.   Perfect Moment

6.    God Help Me! Part 3                      22.  Happy Valentine’s Day

7.    God Help Me! Part 4                      23.  KAEX Challenge : Spin Cycle

8.    God Help Me! Part 5                      24.  KAEX Challenge : Reverse Cycle

9.    Assassins                                          25.  Expectations

10.  Without a Memory                         26.  Bicycle Built for Two

11.   Snowed In                                        27.  Siren’s Song

12.  A Moment Alone                             28.  Magic Touch

13.  Xia’s KAEX Challenge                   29.   Unearthly Secrets

14.  Say What?                                        30.   Origins: A Legend Unfolds

15.  Seductive Interlude                        31.   Happily Ever After: Sodalis Vitae

16.  The Game

 

(comic art from Voltron DDP Vol 2, Issue 11)


ITALY ♥ VOLTRON

In celebration of Voltron’s 30th Anniversary, this blog presents…

Top 5 Reasons

ITALY loves VOLTRON

 

KA by Flora and FerrerikKeith and Allura Fanart by Flora (left) and Ferrerik (right)

 

1) Voltron’s GoLion version was aired between 1982-1984 and its popular opening music translated into Italian.

2) Classic 80s Voltron was aired in Italy in mid 80s.  (Princess Allura in Italian version was Principessa Aurora)

3 Fanfiction writer PeacockF from the Italy have written Voltron KeithAndAllura canon pairing stories both in English and Italian.

4) Beautiful Fanart by artists Ferrerik and Flora 

5) Italy had its own version of Voltron DVD of art cover  by Enrico Galli

KA by Enrico Galli

 

Thank you to Voltron Italian fans Sara, Ferrerik and Flora for all their inputs for this special blog post.

 


Bonds of Love

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(fanart by DreamtimeDancer)

Long before Fanfiction.net and Archive Of Our Own were created,  #Voltron #KeithandAllura fanfiction writers posted their stories by either making their own fansites or posted their stories inside KAEX Yahoogroup.

Fanfiction writer KittyLynne wrote Bonds of Love inside KAEX Yahoogroup and began posting them on May 2000.  This beautiful story of Keith and Allura was one of the first epic-length fanfic stories to depict our favourite canon couple as a bonded pair.

Fanlore Wiki mentioned that bond is a favourite trope in fanfiction where a canon pair is considered soul mates with some kind of psychic connection.

In the 80s Voltron cartoon series,  Allura was able to hear Keith as far as planet Balto in episode 20 Pidge’s Home Planet.

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We write this special post this week not only to greet KittyLynne a Happy Birthday this month of May,  we also want to thank one of our KA fans @kismatt who compiled Bonds of Love into an eBook format  which can be accessed inside one of kaex yahoogroup’s folders.

Since Bonds of Love, there are other fanfiction writers who have written Keith and Allura with psychic and telepathic bond,

Mertz’s Soul Mates and Happy Ever After: Sodalis Vitae

Xia Cheyenne’s trilogy  One Man’s Princess

DreamtimeDancer’s  Happily Ever After

cubbieBlueMako’s Fearless

Ringhuiniele’s Arus Eyes

KitLynneSkye’s The Guardian

Mylari’s Something About Timing-Something About Fate

 


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