A few quick notes:
* io9 has a new article on the AMC remake of The Prisoner: "The New Prisoner Will Be Retro, Gentle." AMC now has a production blog for The Prisoner here.
* The first issue of Transformative Works and Cultures was released on September 15, 2008. This open-access online multimedia fan studies journal publishes scholarly essays, personal essays, and book reviews. TWC is published under the umbrella of the nonprofit fan advocacy group Organization for Transformative Works, and although its audience will primarily be acafans (academic fans), its scope ranges widely with the aim of providing a forum for fannish voices, academic or not.
* My copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The 10th Anniversary Edition arrived ahead of schedule. On an inside page is a terrific sketch of Snape (complete with manly stubble) by Rowling circa 1992-1993. She writes: “Although I have spent years denying that Snape is a vampire (one of the more outlandish and persistent fan theories), I must say he does look a little Count Dracula-ish in that cloak.” And indeed he does. Just as an aside: I’ve been reading the 1894 novel Trilby by George du Maurier (Daphne’s father), and it’s remarkable how similar the descriptions of Svengali (some lamentable 19th-century anti-Semitism aside) sound like Rowling’s descriptions of Snape. Now that I look at Rowling’s early illustration of Snape, the parallels are even clearer.
"Oh, very good," interrupted Snape, his lip curling. "Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. 'Ghosts are transparent.'"
- Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling