Let’s give a big welcome to Wsdsrdbw4096, an awesome Scooby-Doo fanfiction writer who is today’s fan spotlight! Without further ado, I’ll give Wsdsrdbw4096 the floor to introduce himself and share a bit more about his love for the fandom, and some of the fanfiction he’s currently working on!
1. What is your name?
2. How did you get into Scooby-Doo?
Quite a long story, actually. I've been familiar with the franchise since I was young, back in the day when Cartoon Network used to air many of the classical series, as well as the good promotion bumpers (Such as the crossover bumpers with Courage for Scare-A-Thon). Among the works I'm familiar with are Zombie Island, The Alien Invaders and What's New.
However, I didn't really care much about the franchise until 2009 when the then-newly released movie The Mystery Begins was released and aired on CN in time for Halloween, and I also remember watching the Cyber Chase from top to bottom, and over the months, I started watching plenty of Scooby cartoons, most notably the Samurai Sword and plenty of the classic episodes from TSDS and eventually SDWAY, back when Youtube still allowed the episodes to be uploaded.
Eventually came several of the new series and films, though at watching them, I began to develop a greater appreciation of the classic series.
3. What is your favorite Scooby-Doo episode and film? Why?
Favourite episode: Ghastly Ghost Town, the series premiere of TNSD Movies, mainly because of Shaggy and Scooby's major roles, especially when they ended up rescuing everyone else and single-handedly captured the villains.
As for favourite film: Samurai Sword, especially with the climax of the film when Shaggy and Scooby engaged the Black Samurai in an epic swordfight.
4. What ways are you involved in the Scooby fandom online?
Besides writing fanfiction on Fanfiction.net and on Archive of Our Own, I've occasionally contributed to the Scooby Fanon Wiki.
5. In your opinion, what is the best series or era of Scooby?
Definitely the Hanna-Barbera era, up until before A Pup, as they set the gold standard regarding the characters and the adventures. The Zombie Island to Cyber Chase era comes a close second, namely due to the charm of the 1990s Cartoon Network.
6. If they could make a sequel to one Scooby-Doo series or film, what would it be?
If they can make a sequel to a Scooby film, I suppose the Cyber Chase is a good candidate, because they've got plenty of potential of callbacks with the video game settings.
7. What direction would you like to see the franchise go in the future?
A major direction the franchise should head towards is placing the gang in a darker and realistic setting, coupled with a more-serious depiction of them, similar to what I'm doing with my Coolsville Central series. In fact, it will be interesting to see the franchise returning onto CBS as a primetime-type series similar to NCIS.
8. Who is your favorite member of the gang and why?
Definitely Shaggy, as seeing him and Scooby coming to the rescue at times is quite the pleasant surprise.
9. What is your favorite villain? Why?
Good question. Doctor Phibes from Shaggy and Scooby Get a Clue comes into mind, where upon crossing him with Professor Pericles, there's a lot of potential for him to be the criminal mastermind-type that challenges the gang now and then.
10. In your opinion, who is the best recurring (non-gang) character in the franchise?
To be honest, the closest I can name would be Shaggy's father, particularly with his portrayal as a police officer in A Pup, because as seen in my Coolsville Central series, it opens the door to further enhancement of the Coolsville or Crystal Cove setting.
11. Do you have a Scooby-Doo collection? If so, what's in it?
I don't have a Scooby collection.
12. What do you think has made the franchise so popular that it's still going strong after 50 years?
Probably the comedy, supernatural and mystery-solving format being the main thing that has kept the franchise going after 50 years.
13. What is one fun fact about you in real life?
I play the violin and piano and frequently listen to classical music.
14. Please feel free to share anything else you'd like to here!
I have a fictional alter-ego named Garfield Stephenson Wu, who's the main character in a series of stories I've written on FictionPress and has crossed paths with Mystery Inc. a couple of occasions, mainly in stories with the D4 title.
If you're curious, D4 stands for Dimension Four, which is one of several universes I've placed my Scooby settings in.
The reason why I've used dozens of universes is because I'd like to keep creating stories without the need to worry about continuity issues between the events of one story and another.
Anyways, the Dimension Four series consists of my revision and expansion of the classic Hanna-Barbera era of the franchise, from SDWAY to 13GSD and the Superstar 10 films, in addition to incorporating elements from aspects of the Zombie Island to Cyber Chase era.
Thanks so much to Wsdsrdbw4096 for his responses! Feel free to leave him a comment in the section below.