I’ve had this blog sitting on my WordPress sites for awhile now, with no idea how to kick it off. But having just finished a really fantastic weekend at The Fan Studies Network Conference 2014, a recap of what went on there seemed as good a place to begin as any. And it was, truly, a fantastic weekend. Overall, what stood out to me the most was just how diverse the crowd was – keynote speakers, paper presenters, and attendees alike came from a variety of backgrounds and, within academia, different points and positions in our careers. Independent scholars, established academics, graduate (and undergraduate!) students; journalists and media producers and marketers; people arriving from as far away from London as Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Edmonton all gathered together under the Regents University roof made it a fantastic opportunity to talk about fan studies from a wide variety of perspectives.