Fan Fun with Damian Lewis is three years old today!
Here we are, a bunch of inspired fans, 1096 days, 753 blog posts and over 788K views from 204 countries later… absolutely thrilled and totally beaming about how far we have come thanks to YOU!
Turning the inspiration Damian provides into words is our favorite pastime and Damian appreciating the work we do means the world to us. That said, it is YOU, our wonderful readers, who make our dream come true every single day and keep us going and going! Massive thanks go to each and every one of you for following us, reading us and supporting us over the last three years. Thank you for making Fan Fun a part of your life and we hope you stay and keep sharing the FUN with us!
Fan Fun Team
I remember it felt just right when I made the first ever post here three years ago. I somehow knew I would have fun doing this and meet like-minded fans along the way to team up with. What I did not know was we would have the BEST TEAM one could ever hope for! I liberally steal a quote Damian used to describe the characters in Billions to describe my partners: “Everyone is smart, witty, and a little bit better than the last person.” Thank you, sisters, YOU ROCK!
Lewisto, my number one guy and our Fan Fun tech guy, gets special thanks not only for supporting this crazy endeavor since its inception but also for hiding Axe in the basement storage for weeks to have him surprise me on New Year’s Day with a knock on the door! 😀 I am beyond ready for Billions Season 3 now!
We are indebted to Linda from Friends of Major Dick Winters Facebook page, Damians Gal Tumblr page, and Emina and Jaimie from Billions Facebook Group for their generosity in sharing our posts with their followers. Thank you for your support!
We cannot thank enough to our readers who participated in our “Fan Stories” project. We published 55 stories from 21 nationalities attesting to the fact that Damian Lewis fandom has no borders! We may be from different geographies, cultures and languages, but we all speak the same language when it comes to Damian!
We are thrilled some of our readers kindly took the time to write posts and fan fiction this year. Huge thanks go to Lina, Lynda, Mel and Vicky for their brilliant contributions! We hope they will keep writing while inspiring other fans to contribute to the blog.
JaniaJania and I had one such moment in April when we saw Damian on stage in The Goat and met him backstage to give him our surprise gift! In case you missed it, JaniaJania wrote the story here but I have a few words to add. Damian was clearly exhausted when we saw him after a 110-minute physical acting without intermission. And it was LOVELY to see how his looks went from tired to excited when he was opening his gift. It is incredible how your memory can freeze a moment in time: I am my usual 6 year old self jumping up and down saying “open it, open it!” while JaniaJania is being her usual lady-like self, composed, where as Damian, tearing the wraps, is repeatedly saying “look at that, look at that, look at that.” I think his grin says it all but his words stay with me:
“Thank you, girls! That’s incredibly nice of you!”
We cannot thank Damian enough for his time, making us feel special and for the loveliest words that came in a tweet later when we made a post celebrating 12 weeks of The Goat after the play closed. It is not that we are expecting anything but Damian’s sweet gestures are everything.
Thank you for this wonderful retrospective of a fabulous twelve weeks in the West End.
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) June 28, 2017
On the very day JaniaJania and I saw The Goat in London, Billions creators and show runners Brian Koppelman and David Levien held a Billions Q & A on Facebook. They collected questions earlier in the day so I submitted my question and left for theater. When we were back at the hotel room, we first saw exciting tweets by our blog sisters and immediately tuned in to hear Mr. Koppelman’s words about us:
“They write incredibly entertaining and fun recaps of the show. They really understand the show.”
We are absolutely flattered by and extremely grateful for this shout out. We also highly recommend you to hear the Q&A in its entirety to better understand the creative process behind Billions.
Another big moment came in the fall when we started to manage the fan site damian-lewis.com. The ladies who founded the site were there for Damian before anyone else. They started an online chat group during the HBO broadcast of Band of Brothers in 2001 and launched the fan site in 2006. We cannot express our gratitude enough to all who poured their hearts and souls into the site over the years. We know it is a serious commitment and will do our best to preserve their legacy and keep up the good work.
You can now find all current news about Damian Lewis, the actor, along with an extensive gallery and a comprehensive media archive on damian-lewis.com. Fan Fun remains devoted to long-form pieces on Damian’s work, characters and stories he brings to life, fan stories as well as fan fiction. We believe the two sites complement each other and provide continuity for the fandom to follow Damian’s brilliant career. Given that both sites have links to the sister site on top menu, feel free to go back and forth 😀
We are extremely lucky to have Gingersnap, one of the most dedicated fans I have ever seen, join us as the principal news and events person at damian-lewis.com! I feel indebted to her and Lewisto for the time and energy they gave to restore the archives and maintain the site. Just to give you an idea: the memo we sent to Damian’s PA Michael about the work completed on the site was four pages single spaced.
I was able to catch up very briefly with Damian on Billions set in October as they shot a scene literally around the corner from my apartment. He said it was fantastic we were running the site and that the new site looked great. These were the only words we needed to hear to go full steam ahead!
THANK YOU, Damian, for your kindness and generosity. Thank you for your trust in us, and above all, thank you for the inspiration! We will keep doing it! 😀
One of my favorite Damian quotes is “best journeys are shared.” It is a privilege to share this journey with you. Hope you enjoy both sites, come visit us often and spread the word!
Happy 3rd Birthday to the Fan Fun with Damian Lewis blog and the wonderful team we have. This is not just an anniversary post for me, but also a thank you note. It was early 2016 when we ‘met’ and I wish it had been sooner! As a newbie blogger, I am delighted to be embraced as part of the family with such open arms. What other blog takes the time to include and acknowledge its readers as much as Fan Fun does? The hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. It has been a joy to get to know my new friends, all of you, readers and fellow bloggers alike. I am grateful for this community and its continued patronage because we wouldn’t be here without loyal readers like you. Here’s to a FUN upcoming year at Fan Fun with Damian Lewis and I look forward to Billions season three! Wishing everyone an “Axeceptional” 2018 and what better way to ring in the new year than catching Axe raiding my closet? WORTH IT!
Happy 3rd Birthday FanFun!
Has it really been 3 years? Time flies when you are having FUN, and that certainly is what we here at the blog are having, and is what this blog is all about: the FUN of our “sisterhood”, the FUN of all of us writing and interacting with each other and our readers, but most of all the FUN of writing and exploring the amazing acting and philanthropy of Damian Lewis!
2017 had all the ingredients to make our blog diverse, thought-provoking, and entertaining.
“Billions”, “The Goat”, Damian’s continued involvement in his charitable work, all made it quite easy to have many topics to discuss, debate, and enjoy.
The addition of our Fan Story Tuesday was a smash hit! Who would have thought a simple conversation on a New York City subway would lead to all the wonderful stories of how we all got here! It was great reading on whether it was Charlie Crews, Brody, Axe, Soames or some other character that Damian has portrayed that first brought this actor to our attention. If you haven’t participated in our Fan Stories, well, what are you waiting for?
We also welcomed another member to our writing sisterhood, Gingersnap. Gingersnap is a magnificent addition, and we look forward to her point of view, and her snappiness!
It never goes without saying say how much I appreciate all the hard work that everyone puts into this labor of love. We all have lives: jobs, families, and other commitments that everyone must attend to; but the attention, level of commitment, and enthusiasm of everyone who is involved with this project is amazing. Damianista is our brilliant “boss”, and she continually astounds me with her writing, her organization, her encouragement and her tireless support that makes this blog what it is today. Thank you Fearless Leader!
2018 will (eventually!!!) give us Season 3 of “Billions” and I just can’t wait!! “From the Trader’s Desk” will continue to give you my perspective of the show and the characters. I’ll also be here to explain any “Fin-speak” that can sometimes be a tad confusing for the non-Wall Street viewer!
On a personal note, I had a very serious health issue this summer/autumn. I’m doing much better now, but it made it very difficult to contribute to the blog during that time. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how my fellow bloggers here at Fan Fun were some of my biggest supporters and I know that I was able to overcome a lot of tough days knowing I had their love and encouragement. So, thank you ladies. My gratitude has no words.
So Happy 3rd Anniversary! Let’s see where the ride takes us this year!!
It has been an honor and a pleasure to contribute to this blog. I started as a fan, stumbling across the blog when making random google searches. I can still remember the first article I really read, it was Damianista’s article about Brody and Jessica, and their “what could have been” type love. It was just this beautiful deep dive on the show, and it really made me stop and realize that this blog was something very special.
I love being a part of this group of fans, and love sharing the work we all do, and turning new fans to the blog each day. It’s always fun to see a friend start talking about something related, and to be able to drop in and lay that sweet sweet fan page link down. “Come join us-we are a great group of fans and even Damian himself reads our blog!” It’s a REALLY amazing thing to say I am part of, and I sometimes have to pinch myself, and remind myself it’s all real.
Speaking of real, this guy is still in the naughty hat, as he has not stopped startling me every time I walk into the living room!!
Wow, what can I say that hasn’t already been said? Does indeed feel like yesterday when I snapped up Damianista’s invitation to write for her fan blog. I can’t really write “promo” stuff, I said. I can’t really write impersonally either, especially about something I’m passionate about, I said. But, she quickly put me at ease (her particular expertise!) and let me have a go anyway. And, after giving up blogging for the immediacy of twitter, I took the dive back to (sometimes wordy, often esoteric) longform writing again. I am so grateful to all the fans who visit us and read us and comment and interact. Our biggest Muse is, of course, Damian, but all the fans here absolutely play a major role in adding fuel to the fire.
*Clink* to many more years together sharing our love with you all!
Here’s my own flat Bobby with a message to you, dear readers.