So, I saw the coolest thing on Tumblr last week -- Namesake fanfic. We've seen a lot of really awesome Namesake fanwork in the past year or so, ranging from beautiful pictures to exquisite clay figurines. We showcased some of them on the site during the Christmas holiday, and I got a surprise picture from one of our readers in the mail -- all the way from France!
Since our readership is growing, I wanted to go ahead and lay out our feelings on fanfic, fanart, and the like: Go on! Do it! Have fun.
Isa and I met through the Slayers fandom, and we both still produce fanworks. Isa still makes great fanart, and you don't want to know the amount of Doctor/River Song fanfic I've written in nearly two years (let's just say more than 50). We do have a fanworks policy
on site, which lays out the specific Creative Commons conditions. To quote from it, while Namesake is sketched out in its entirety, we wouldn’t be surprised if someone comes pretty close to where we’re headed, hence why I make it a policy not to read Namesake fanfic, even though I will reblog it when I see it. We don’t want you to feel like your work has been ripped off without credit.
So, have fun with fanart and fanfic! I think the best complement I've ever received is knowing that we've inspired someone else to create their own art.