For ordinary folk a fandom is a lower-case concern, they are 'fans' in the sense that they may like a particular actor, actress, TV show, movie, band, or personality, but don’t spend much of their waking world dwelling on it. 

Capital-F Fandom is something else entirely.

Their Fandom is all-consuming - a jumping-off point for a deep dive into fan fiction, video-editing, music-making, convention-going, recap-writing, role-playing and so much more.

Their passion binds them together much like people who share a secret — a secret that happens to be shared with millions of others.

Before you write them off as crazy, consider the many demographics of TV fandoms.

Superfans can be found just about anywhere you look.

During the day, they might be teachers, doctors, lawyers, parents, students or even journalists, but when it's showtime they tear off the mask of conformity and unite with others who share their obsession.

Evening Times:

Glasgow Comic Con

The most popular fandoms last year included: Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Sherlock, Star Wars, Star Trek, the Walking Dead and Lord of the Rings.

But is that list an accurate reflection of the onlineSuperfan climate? 

I think not. 

The Internet is ablaze with creative talent from across the globe, with people spending their free time creating incredible content to share with like-minded fans on social media.

This video, based in the Supergirl fandom, was posted by YouTube user and creative artist, MissLane, two weeks ago and has already been viewed over 120,000 times. She also has almost 11,000 subscribers to her channel which covers many fandoms including Once Upon a Time, Smallville, Xena, Rizzoli and Isles, The 100 and Grey's Anatomy. She's also a dab hand at fanart too. 

A lot of stars from TV shows publicly praise and acknowledge the work of their fans through social media - a like, retweet or reply being the ultimate accolade. 

The producers of Once Upon a Time highlight fan artwork submissions every Friday. 

We decided to take it one step further and create a place online for fans of EVERY fandom and EVERY ship - canon and non-canon, to submit content for a weekly Saturday showcase promoting global talent. 

We've never done it before, and it may not work, but there's so much talent out there in so many fandoms, that we decided to give it a go. 

Submissions MUST be your own and can include:

  • Fan art - original work only 
  • YouTube content - fan videos, reviews, etc (just send us the link)
  • Original music (just send us the link)
  • Must-read fan fiction
  • Cosplayers

Or just tell us why you love your fandom, ship or show - you don't have to use your real name, social media handles will do. We just ask that you tell us which part of the world you're in. 

We'll publish as many submissions as we can every Saturday. 

You can send your content to Linda.Howard@heraldandtimes.co.uk or use the box below. 

If you're sending links to content, please send to the email address above or by DM to @LindaCHoward

Please note: All submissions will be checked for copyright usage.