Happy New Year and welcome to 2018!
We kick off the first day of the 2018 greeting KAEX Yahoogroup a Happy 20th Anniversary!
And it’s never too late to be a Voltron fan, especially if / when you’re keen to write stories–including fanfiction. Let ageism be gone from your vocabulary as we share a timely, new, and brilliant New York Times column from author and essayist Roxane Gay about writing.
We begin our blog post by showing you what Voltron fans across the continent (yes, Australia is a continent) shared in 2017:
From the state of Victoria (east side of the continent of Australia), Robert shared a pic of Funko Pop Voltron aboard his cargobike :
Anna Hackett, Science Fiction-Romance (SFR) author from Western Australia, sent us a copy of a kids magazine with Voltron Legendary Defender on the front cover, and a two-page spread inside. We’ve featured Anna Hackett in a previous blogpost and she even gifted us a fanfic which we share every March, during our fan blog’s anniversary. When you explore the SFR worlds, which Anna Hackett created, you’ll notice Keith and Allura attributes in many of her books.
Also, there was the much-awaited appearance of Voltron Legendary Defender toys in Toys ‘R Us stores, as featured in their catalogue on September-October 2017:
Meanwhile, CB Mako was busy in Melbourne—the city awarded the most livable city in the world in the seventh year in a row and a UNESCO City of Literature—sharing fanfiction and fandom topics at the following literary festivals:
Panelists Nalini Haynes, Ella Donald, and CB Mako—in cosplay mode as VLD Allura—appeared on a digital panel, an online conversation across three Australian cities of Canberra, Brisbane, and Melbourne, to discuss ‘Representation in FanFic’ :
Also, thank you for comic books by Lion Forge and chapter books by Simon and Schuster. This is what Voltron fans have been awaiting all these years: that the comics and chapter books share the same story line as the animation, all written by the same team who created the Voltron Legendary Defender universe.
We are grateful that these are available at comic book stores, the official Voltron Store, and as digital download via Comixology and Amazon Kindle.
And even though Australia is so far from Voltron Legendary Defender’s headquarters (whether Dreamworks Animation or World Events Productions), we would like to thank Voltron’s official podcast Let’s Voltron and podcaster / host Marc Morrell.
Happy 4th year anniversary, Let’s Voltron Podcast! Thank you for making it possible for fans outside the USA to receive timely updates from various comic-con panels we could only dream of attending.
Voltron is truly a global fandom and this is the best time to be a Voltron fan!