RAW: The Hannibal/Will Fanthology

Bad Influence Pressis at it again: the geniuses behind Brooklyn: a Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes Fanzine have managed to compile a compendium of fanworks centered around the relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham on NBC’s Hannibal.

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Yes, RAW: The Hannibal/Will Fanthology is 200 glossy, decadent pages of fan art and fan fiction celebrating the slow-burning, canon queer relationship in the show that was just voted the best drama of 2015.

After what many viewed as the show’s untimely series finale in August 2015, Aimee Fleck and Tea Fougner of Bad Influence put out a call for fan works on Tumblr. The response from the Fannibals was astounding, and in no time, Bad Influence had carefully curated a grand selection of fan art and fan fiction.

The Kickstarter for RAW went live on November 1, 2015, and the project was fully funded in its first 48 hours—a true feat of fandom. Even Bryan Fuller, Hannibal’s showrunner, approved of the project so much that he chipped in! Things snowballed from there, and RAW was able to meet multiple stretch goals and really sweeten the deal: the book is hardcover and comes with a lapel pin.

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To properly fête the success of the book’s campaign, Bad Influence hosted a launch party on Sunday, May 22 at the Cobra Club in Brooklyn (which I was fortunate enough to attend). The fandom came out in force to celebrate the book and support its creators.

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RAW should be celebrated. It isn’t just a physically stunning addition to any coffee table. It isn’t even only a fantastic way to get more of Hannibal and Will during the long wait for Hannibal season 4 (fingers crossed). RAW is the physical embodiment of the creative power behind a fandom united in its passion for its most beloved fictional pairing (known in the fandom-verse as a “ship”). RAW delivers the goods with interesting, thoughtful fan fiction pieces as well as a widely diverse selection of gorgeous fan art. RAW is a lovingly created transformative work that exemplifies the best parts of fandom, and hopefully its success will inspire fandoms to keep creating.

While Bad Influence will not be selling the book through their website, you can keep an eye out on the RAW Tumblr for announcements of the book’s availability through third-party sellers. What do you think of RAW? Wouldn’t you like to see your favorite fictional characters or fandom universe represented in such a lovely work? Let us know with a comment!

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on June 14, 2016

horror enthusiast, hula hooper, bisexual fangirl at large