And that's what I'm going to do, because it's really not all that fair to the folks who are nominated in those categories. In fact, I have nothing against fan artists or anything of the sort. I don't really have anything against fanzines in the old PDF format either. I just don't "get" them, which seems to me to be a problem I should try to understand.
Why don't I "get" fanzines and why do I feel like I'm so out of touch with whatever is going on in these various categories? Is it because I can't attend many of the major conventions in my field (though I've been to small ones and anime conventions in the past; I simply can't afford to attend Worldcon, and it would be a stretch to afford Dragoncon and maintain my academic "career")?
I don't know who reads this blog in terms of fan engagement. Maybe most of you are of the more "academic" side of things, for lack of a better word. But I would like to know how people come to love fanzines or fan artists (or discover them before they show up on a Hugo nominee list). Are there forums I don't hang out in? Are these things discovered at conventions or through secret club meetings in a dungeon? And why do you love them? What about The Drink Tank or File 770 or what have you compels you to read?
I'll shut up now, foot covered in drool...