For my campus newspaper which I’m currently working as a reporter for, I wrote a piece covering a really awesome event tomorrow about women making careers in fandom and nerd culture.
For an accompanying image I decided to draw my own superhero, and her name is Fandom. I’ve actually never inked and coloured a sketch on a computer before, so this was a really exciting little undertaking, even though I ended up having to colour and do the shading with a mouse (I only had a borrowed school tablet for a limited time), though I’m still super happy with the final. As I was working on her my mind wandered, as it invariably does, and so I came up with a backstory for my superhero…
Name: Amy Chan
Identifies: queer-pan gender performative cisgender Chinese-Canadian woman (she/her/hers pronouns)
Favourite astronomical object: Halley’s Comet
First cosplay: Genderswap Welcome To Night Vale radio host, Cecily Baldwin
By day, a mild mannered graduate astrophysicist at MSU (Mary Sue University), by night a feminist crime-fighting detective with super powers. On top of being skilled with jujutsu, she has super-strength and an eidetic memory.
Fandom has always been a nerd of almost every stripe, hence her name, but within nerd culture she’s come up against many different bullies and villains, and so she’s devoted her superpowers to fighting oppression and protecting the marginalized in any way she can.