Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Colbert web-base

Here I was, thinking that ColbertNation was the only "fan"site devoted to Stephen Colbert, and more specifically, the Report, out there . . . but then I stumbled across a few others. Included among them are "Colbert's Heroes", the self-proclaimed "#2 Colbert Report Fan Site" (after ColbertNation, of course); "No Fact Zone.Net", which has establised itself as "a Stephen Colbert fan-operated blog and reference oriented web site", whose mission "is to aggregate as much information as possible about Stephen Colbert into a comprehensive web site, and to foster a community for the Colbert fans out there on the World Wide Web"; and "OSCLA: The Official Stephen Colbert Love Association", which is a small community of fans professing their love/lust for Colbert, the man (the name is a play on NAMBLA, which was also a running joke at The Daily Show).

It gets (even) more interesting, though -- and more politically charged. These aren't just fansites devoted to The Colbert Report -- for example, in response to Colbert's speech at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, the website "Thank You Stephen Colbert" (I've known about this one since the Dinner) was started, encouraging people to post personal "thank-yous" to Stephen for what he said. At the time of this writing there are over 61,900 thank-yous, and that number is bound to keep rising. A seemingly-related (if in layout alone) site has also popped up, "Candidates for Colbert", which is devoted to helping to fundraise for candidates the site has determined "embody Stephen Colbert's spirit of courage and honor". Then there is "", which is the internet base for a political party rallied around a single cause: "We want to compel Stephen Colbert to run for president." How serious they are is difficult to ascertain, but there are already 183 signatures on their petition.

And, last but not least, there is a fanfiction piece that is very funny -- and if you are a fan of both the Harry Potter series and The Colbert Report, you really should take the time to read it: "Harry Potter and the Eagle of Truth", by
Christine Morgan. And then, of course, there is the as-yet-unpublished work of the good Dr. Colbert himself -- "Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne: A Tek Janson Adventure" (which might even be adapted as a comic book) -- but can that really be classified as fanfiction?

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