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“Game of Thrones” and “A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Martin says internet fan culture is “toxic.”
In a wide-ranging, 90-minute interview on film critic Leonard Maltin’s “Maltin on Movies” podcast, Martin discussed his nostalgia for the early days of fan culture, when he was publishing a fanzine on a typewriter. Both Maltin and Martin got their start in the world of fanzines, which they credit with helping them get in touch with other like-minded people in the pre-internet era.
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“Going all the way back then to my beginnings, I was a comic book fan,” Martin said on the podcast, which Maltin co-hosts with his daughter, Jessie. “That was the fandom I was involved in, writing superhero stories for little comic fanzines.”
“Now you can Tweet and Facebook, but I don’t know that’s an improvement! The internet is toxic in a way that old fanzine culture and fandoms … in those days,...
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