25 episodes

A podcast about the best, worst, and best again of fandom and fanfiction culture. Jump in with us!

Fanonball Beth & Max

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

A podcast about the best, worst, and best again of fandom and fanfiction culture. Jump in with us!

    Undertale (with Taroturnip)

    Undertale (with Taroturnip)

    Seeing a new episode of Fanonball has finally been uploaded... it fills you with determination. Today we're joined by Mel to talk about the 2015 indie RPG Undertale! We talk about its connection to Homestuck, shipping discourse, and how it's possible to ship Sans with himself.

     Sources and relevant links for this episode: 
    Undertale, Underfell, Sans/Frisk on fanloreThe Undertale Drama by Chloe Spencer for KotakuFlowerfell on the (now abandoned?) Undertale AU wikiSans on the Tumblr Sexymen wikiWhat happened to the Undertale fandom? on QuoraWhat happened to the Undertale fandom? on r/outoftheloopThe Tumblr Needle Cookie Story Follow the show on Twitter

    Mel: Twitter,  Twitch, Ko-fi
    Beth: Twitter, Instagram, Twitch
    Max: Twitter, Instagram
    Email us at fanonballpod@gmail.com

    We are a member of the Scavengers Network. You can find our show and other great ones on the network by visiting scavengersnetwork.com!

    You can also join our Discord to talk to us and other creators and fans! 

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Sentinel (with Dana Parker)

    The Sentinel (with Dana Parker)

    If you have read basically any fanfiction in your life, you have benefited from the existence of a 90s supernatural (?) cop drama. Today Dana Parker joins us to talk about The Sentinel, a fandom that has impacted all of fandom space as we know it today. We discuss the countless AUs and tropes the show spawned, the ways the fandom pioneered saving shows, and how Archive of Our Own would not exist without The Sentinel. 

    Sources and relevant links for this episode:
    The Sentinel, Jim/Blair, Sentinel AU on FanloreBasic guide to Sentinel fic and tropes by infiniteeight8 on TumblrThe Sentinel, Sentinel/Guide Bonding and AU - Sentinels and Guides tags on AO3AO3 Ship Stats list Neilsen ratings for 1996-97 and 1997-98Follow the show on Twitter

    Dana: Instagram, Tiktok
    Beth: Twitter, Instagram, Twitch
    Max: Twitter, Instagram
    Email us at fanonballpod@gmail.com

    We are a member of the Scavengers Network. You can find our show and other great ones on the network by visiting scavengersnetwork.com!

    You can also join our Discord to talk to us and other creators and fans!

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Heat Waves (with Chy)

    Heat Waves (with Chy)

    Gun to your head, what would you guess is the fandom for the top fic on AO3? Supernatural? Harry Potter? Boku no Hero Academia? You fool. You absolute rube. Of course it's Minecraft Youtuber RPF, how could you ever think otherwise. On today's episode Chy joins us to talk about Dream/GeorgeNotFound fic Heat Waves, the most popular fic on Archive of Our Own, and what it means for fandom and pop culture at large. 

    Sources and relevant links for this episode:
    Heat Waves and Helium on AO3Heat Waves, Dream SMP and Dream on FanloreDreamNotFound on the Shipping Wiki, making its first appearance on the show, remarkablyFanfiction about real people is flourishing by Jay Castello on PolygonPeople are reading so much fanfiction it’s crashing the biggest fanfiction website by Gita Jackson on VICEThe most read fic on AO3 has now been dethroned, a thread on RedditGlass Animals’ Hottest 100 win: ‘Heat Waves’ and the power of online fandom by Al Newstead on TripleJFollow the show on Twitter

    Beth: Twitter, Instagram
    Max: Instagram
    Email us at fanonballpod@gmail.com

    We are a member of the Scavengers Network. You can find our show and other great ones on the network by visiting scavengersnetwork.com!

    You can also join our Discord to talk to us and other creators and fans!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Hetalia (with Nat)

    Hetalia (with Nat)

    Have you ever awoken in the dead of night in a cold sweat and thought, "What if England and France f****d?" Well, we have some great news for you: You are not alone, and you are so not alone that an entire fandom agrees with you. Today Nat joins us to talk about the nation gijinka webcomic and anime series Hetalia! We talk about globalism with respect to the premise, how the fandom handled problematic situations, and the different ways the fans responded to racism and misogyny. 

    Sources and relevant links for this episode:
    Pyrrhiccomedy's fic directoryWizzard890's fic directoryPuella_nerdii's Hetalia LJ postsMithrigil's ficsHetalia's DreamwidthSaMelodii's Bahamas OCHetArchiveHetalia on FanloreAnime Boston incident (TW: antisemitism, Holocaust)Follow the show on Twitter

    Beth: Twitter, Instagram
    Max: Instagram
    Email us at fanonballpod@gmail.com

    We are a member of the Scavengers Network. You can find our show and other great ones on the network by visiting scavengersnetwork.com!

    You can also join our Discord to talk to us and other creators and fans!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Danganronpa (with Steeven)

    Danganronpa (with Steeven)

    THIS EPISODE CONTAINS EXPLICIT SPOILERS FOR DANGANRONPA 1, 2 AND 3! DO NOT LISTEN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED!

    Welcome to the Ultimate Podcast! Today we're talking about the Danganronpa fandom and BOY is it a doozy. We discuss kinning, dancing on literal graves, and how the fans on the Something Awful boards were key to getting the series localized in the West.

    Sources and relevant links for this episode:
    Danganronpa FanloreDanganronpa Discourse blogDanganronpa fanfiction discourse blogFandom Files ep on DanganronpaThread on DR/SomethingAwful/orenrorenOrenroren let’s play archive of DR1, and his translation of SDR2Follow the show on Twitter

    Steeven: Twitter
    Beth: Twitter, Instagram
    Max: Instagram
    Email us at fanonballpod@gmail.com

    We are a member of the Scavengers Network. You can find our show and other great ones on the network by visiting scavengersnetwork.com!

    You can also join our Discord to talk to us and other creators and fans!

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Psych

    Psych

    Listener, don't be a sockpuppet for a Harry Potter fanboard user. Instead, listen to this episode where we talk about the USA (characters welcome) show Psych! We discuss how anti-Black racism affects the biggest ships in the fandom, why it's so small, and the ways the network encouraged fan activity.


    Follow the show on Twitter

    Beth: Twitter, Instagram
    Max: Instagram
    Email us at fanonballpod@gmail.com

    We are a member of the Scavengers Network. You can find our show and other great ones on the network by visiting scavengersnetwork.com!

    You can also join our Discord to talk to us and other creators and fans!

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

pecan626 ,

a fantastic fandom podcast

this podcast does a great job at recounting fandom history in an interesting and entertaining way. i highly recommend if you find yourself looking around fandom spaces asking "what on earth is happening here." the internet is a perpetually burning library of Alexandria, so all effort at recording fandom history is commendable

lilurameshi ,

Fandoms are buck wild

I’m so glad I decided to check this out Max and Beth are my kind of people. The show is funny and very informative for fandoms I was both apart of and completely missed (I didn’t know there was a Social Network fandom and I feel like I missed out) the guests they have on are all very lovely and funny people. If fandom is your thing and talking about fan fiction is your jam check out Fanonball.

Racetrackconlon ,

A Fun Pod!

max, beth, and their guests remind me of the fun and drama of my fandom days-gone-by, and between the nostalgia of fandoms i’ve been in, a deeper peek to ones i’ve skirted the edges of, and the inside look to the ones i have not touched, i can wholeheartedly recommend this podcast to anyone, but especially to those folks who have “retired” from tumblr to small private twitters and discord servers like me!

tl;dr, listen to this podcast!

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