Line to God
Basically, creators have two ways to interact with their fans;
- Type A: the official channels, like the official Web site/forum, Twitter/Facebook/Relevant popular media Web site (IMDb for movies, GoodRead for books, etc.). These are easily searchable on using a search engine.
- These are usually maintained by their promoter/agent.
- Type B: some of the *unusual* haunts, like a creator-made blog/LiveJournal/WordPress/DeviantArt etc, or In a One of Us moment, visiting and interacting with fans on a popular site like Reddit or a fansite. This is becoming more and more common as creators embrace New Media.
- They allow some level of interactivity, like allowing fans to place comments that are read and maybe even answered by the creator.
CLARIFICATION: These are NOT their personal accounts, just their public accounts which they themselves reveal to fans, and are known to interact there. Please respect their privacy.
Links to examples goes on the trivia page of the Creator/Work, not the main page.
Contrast Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things.
- Brandon Sanderson on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/user/mistborn
- Jim Butcher's LiveJournal
- John Scalzi has a blog.
- Katherine Kurtz's official Web site: https://web.archive.org/web/20120316145829/http://www.rhemuthcastle.com/wiki/
- And she usually joins an Internet Relay Chat on Sunday evenings.
- Neil Gaiman's blog.
- Also another blog, his tumblr.
- Peter David's blog.
- Terry Pratchett was active on the UseNet group alt.fan.pratchett for a while in The Nineties.
- Diane Duane has a tumblr, twitter, blog, and Livejournal. On which she writes occasional Sherlock fanfic. Talk about One of Us.
- Victoria Holmes, the mastermind behind Warrior Cats has a Facebook account. One of the other authors, Kate Cary, has a blog.
- J.E. Sawyer, lead designer of Fallout: New Vegas has a Formspring account in which he'll answer what he can about the game, either about the story/lore or the gameplay (though he notes that he has no involvement of the writing of DLCs outside of Honest Hearts). For certain questions however he's proven himself to be quite good at responding appropriately.
- Similarly, Chris Avellone has a Twitter account as well as a Facebook account. For a man who's big on deconstruction and has a strong anti-romance bent, he's quite a nice person.
- My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic creator Lauren Faust on deviantART: http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/
- A lot of the staff of Adventure Time have formspring accounts with which they answer questions from fans. For example, there's Adam Muto (storyboard artist), Natasha Allegri (character designer/storyboard revisionist), and Andy Ristaino (lead character designer).
- Greg Weisman (of Gargoyles, W.I.T.C.H., The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Young Justice fame) has this in the form of the "Ask Greg" section of fansite Station 8. Notable for at least two reasons: one, that Weisman will answer any and all questions submitted to the site given enough time (so long as they meet the site's guidelines), and two, that the site has been in more-or-less constant operation since 1997.
- Overall, this has led to a searchable archive of well over 14,000 answered questions since Station 8 first opened. This may account, at least in part, for the truly massive smattering of Word of God entries for various shows he has worked on.
- Bryan Konietzko, one of the two creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender, has a tumblr - though fan interaction isn't quite direct, he has reblogged fanart. (Some other people on staff have tumblrs also, like fighting instructor and consultant Sifu Kisu, who has an open ask box as of this moment, and co-exec producer Joaquim Dos Santos)