Don’t Feed the Trolls

Don’t Feed the Trolls is a documentary by Nicole Melleby and Liz Welch that intends to break the geek stereotype.

One does not simply walk into fandom. Don’t Feed the Trolls is a documentary about breaking stereotypes. Society perceives fandoms (and their fans) in a light which is hardly flattering and, while we tend to embrace our nerdom,

It is not all we are.

A fandom is a community of fans, and writers, and artists, and poets, and cosplayers… a community of real people living real lives coming together to form a culture of their own. This is exactly what Don’t Feed the Trolls sets out to show.

The film will focus on Nicole, both a fitness professional and a die hard fan. Her two very different worlds will blend together to show that there is more to belonging to a fandom than the “fanatic” stereotype society has given us.

What’s More!

There is no fandom without the fans, and the filmmakers, Nicole and Liz, are determined to get those real fans involved! Not only will they be visiting this year’s New York Comic Con, but they’ll also be reaching out to do Skype interviews with fans across the world.

Don’t Feed the Trolls is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the documentary. Their short introductory video is definitely worth checking out.



Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to

2 thoughts on “Don’t Feed the Trolls

  • August 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Not sure how I feel about this…..I hope they run at other times too, so that kids aren’t encouraged to watch and/or tape Adult Swim programming. Clone Wars was meant to be for the whole family, and I hope it can still be that way.

  • August 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Whoops somehow my comment showed up on the wrong post…sorry!

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