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30 April 2018 @ 11:24 pm

In the past we have had multiple sign-up options for artists. This year there is one sign-up. No matter if you are planning to be a solo participant, already have a partner in mind to work in tandem with, or want to be paired with an artist later, you sign up here. As the challenge progresses you'll have the opportunity let us know the path you've picked.


Story rough drafts are due by 22 August. We will post a preview of story summaries (including titles, pairings, and any warnings) on 24 August so accompanying fanworkers can think about the claims they want to make. Claims will open on 25 August at noon EST for artists to make their first claim and on 26 August at 3 PM EST artists will be free to make additional claims.


Claims will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Stories will be available for second claims after each has been claimed once; same goes with third claims and beyond, if we have that many. Accompanying fanworkers can sign up to do between one and five claims (this includes works with prearranged tandem partners and claimed pieces); please do not sign up for more claims than you can complete. You are free to create more than one piece to accompany any story that you've claimed, but you must create at least one thing for each claimed story.


Claims will close on 1 September, and no more accompanying fanworker signups will be accepted after that time.


Accompanying fanworks come in many different forms: vids, manips, traditional art, digital art, fanmixes, movie-style posters, podfics, original musical composition, and book covers have all been put forth as acceptable ideas. If you have an idea that isn't listed here, please leave us a message on the Page-a-Mod post and we'll get back to you.


If you'd like to sign up as an accompanying fanworker, fill out the Google form. We'll send a confirmation email no more than 48 hours after we get your sign-up.


Since we are doing sign-ups via Google Forms, we have turned off the comments on this post. If you have any questions please contact us at our Page-a-Mod post.


Sign-ups close 1 September.

 
 
30 April 2018 @ 11:10 pm

In the past we have had multiple author sign-ups. This year there is one sign-up. No matter if you are planning to be a solo participant, already have a partner in mind to work in tandem with, or want to be paired with an artist later, you sign up here. As the challenge progresses you'll have the opportunity to let us know the path you've picked.


We're open to any and all pairings here, and pretty much any idea sounds like a good one to us. These are the basic guidelines that you'll have to follow while writing, but pretty much anything else is a go:


-10,000 words is the minimum length for each story. There is no upper limit. Stories can be written with a partner or by a group; the minimum word count is still 10,000 words, no matter how many people are involved.


-Stories must have at least one beta reader. If you don't have a beta reader, there will be threads in our Discord to help you connect with someone.


-This challenge is for new stories. If your story has appeared online in its entirety, it's not eligible for  Marvel Bang. You can complete a story you’ve already started posting as long as no more than 2,000 words have already been posted, and you don’t post any more until your posting date.


-Sequels are great! If you write a sequel to something you've written in the past, include a link to the original story in your author's notes, so people can read from the beginning if they haven't already.


-If you need some inspiration, check out the prompt post, which will be hosted on our Discord this year. Take the prompts as literally or as figuratively as you want - use part of one, use three or four, use half of one and half of another. It's entirely up to you.


-In order for your story to qualify for this challenge, you cannot post it anywhere online until the due date. On that day, you can post it wherever you'd like - Livejournal, Dreamwidth, AO3, Tumblr, your personal website, or anywhere else - and link to it here. Just don't put it up before the reveal. (Posting details will be given closer to that time.)


-Rough drafts are due on 22 August. A rough draft is a document with a beginning, middle, and end; it must be at least 80% complete (with the unfinished parts at least sketched out). It does not have to be beta read at this point. Stories must be completed and beta-read before posting starts on 15 October.


-You can sign up to write two stories for this challenge. These can be individual or group sign-ups. (To clarify, you can sign up twice by yourself, or once by yourself and once as part of a group, or twice as part of a group.) Just make sure to complete a separate sign-up for each story.


If you'd like to sign up as an author or an author group, fill out the Google form. We'll send a confirmation email no more than 48 hours after we get your sign-up.


Since we are doing sign-ups via Google Forms, we have turned off the comments on this post. If you have any questions please contact us at our Page-a-Mod page.


Sign-ups close 1 June.

 
 
30 April 2018 @ 10:59 pm

Our new Marvel Bang Discord is up and active. It's open to anyone who plans to participate in the 2018 Marvel Bang as an author, artist, beta, or cheerleader. There is also a thread for you to leave prompts. You can join the server here:


https://discord.gg/yRTNYDS


Make sure you read the rules thread on the server!

 
 
30 April 2018 @ 10:47 pm

So, what's allowed here?

The easy answer to that is: pretty much anything! We're open to slash, het, and gen, no matter your pairing preference. If you want to write Steve/Tony or Charles/Erik, that's awesome, and if you've got a great idea for an epic Natasha/Pepper or Emma/Scott, that's perfectly acceptable as well. You can base your story off of any medium - so whether you’re a diehard comic fan, into cartoons, or someone who loves the movies, you can participate! The only thing explicitly not allowed is pedophilia for the sake of pedophilia - if it's a plot point, it's okay, but we're not going to post stories that have sexual situations involving children (for our purposes, anyone under the age of 16). If you have a question about your pairing or specific idea, leave a note in the page-a-mod post, and we'll discuss it with you on a case-by-case basis.


Stories and art have to be new. If you've written something that's 10k already, awesome! That's a huge accomplishment, and we're really happy for you. However, this is a chance to create something new, so if your story has been posted elsewhere, it doesn't qualify for this challenge.


Sequels to stories you've written are acceptable! If you write a sequel, be sure to link back to the original story, so people can read that as well.


What about crossovers, fusions, and AUs?

The only requirement for this bang is that the primary focus of your story be on a character from the Marvel Universe. If you want to write Wolverine in Ancient Rome or Spiderman as a new member of the Hawaii Five-0 task force, you are more than welcome to. However, if you want to write a crossover that focuses on Harry Potter being a new member of the Avengers, this is not the place for it. The focus must be on a Marvel character. Crossovers with other comics fandoms are allowed, but the focus has to be on the Marvel character.


What are the requirements for fic?

Your story has to be at least 10,000 words, and there's no maximum limit. You can work with a co-author or a group, if you're more comfortable; the word count will be 10k no matter how many authors work on it.


You'll also need a beta reader for your story. If you have your own, that's awesome! If not, we'll be having channels on our Marvel Bang Discord Server devoted to helping people find betas. This is non-negotiable. You have to have a beta reader. If you want to have more than one person beta read your story, that's fine, too. One is a minimum, not a maximum. :)


What if I've already posted part of a fic? Can I finish it for this challenge?

The purpose of this bang is to unveil a completed piece on your posting date, however we are okay with you finishing your piece as long as you have not posted more than 2000 words of it and don't post any more until your posting date. Since this bang has a minimum word count of 10,000 words we are asking that no more than 2000 words be posted prior to signing up so that at least 80% of the fic is new.


Please note that the 2000 word limit still holds no matter how long your fic is - even if you complete a 100k epic, you can only submit it for this fest if you've published less than 2000 words of it before signing up for this challenge.


What counts as art?

Lots of things! Traditional art, digital art, manips, and fanmixes (with 8 songs and cover art) are all fine. Vids are also an acceptable form of art. If you want to check that what you have in mind is appropriate, or leave a note in the page-a- mod post. We'll discuss it on a case-by-case basis.


I'm interested, but I'm not sure what to write.

There will be a prompt thread on in the Marvel Bang Discord server. Anyone can leave a prompt, and anyone can take a prompt. If six authors choose to write from the same prompt, that's totally fine. If someone wants to mash three prompts together, that's also fine. If someone wants to use half of a prompt, that's fine. Sensing a trend yet? :)


Where can I post my story?

The simple answer to this is: wherever you feel comfortable. If you want to post in your own journal, that's great; if you want it up on AO3, that's fine too. You can put it at Dreamwidth or your personal website or anywhere you feel comfortable hosting it. We don't care about where, but we do care about when: don't post your story - or even parts of it - before the challenge goes live.


Will every story have art?

As it stands, we are aiming for every author that wants art to to be matched with an artist. Some people want to sign up as a solo participant and don't want to work with an author/artist and other people want to work with a specific author/artist.


What if too many artists sign up for the amount of stories written?/What if I want to create for more than one story?

If we have five authors sign up with ten artists, well, stories will be double-claimed. Authors are also allowed to claim multiple stories. We'll work this out to the absolute best of our abilities :)


Can I sign up as an author and an artist?

If you want to, more power to you!


Can I sign up to write more than one story?

Sure! You can sign-up to write up to two different stories for this challenge. If you do want to write two stories make sure to sign-up separately for both. If you have to drop one or both make sure to tell us before rough drafts are due so that you don't leave an artist hanging. If you have to drop either story after you have turned in the rough draft you will be banned from next year's challenge.


Can I sign up with a co-author?

You can work with a co-author or a group, if you're more comfortable. But remember the word count will still be 10k no matter how many authors work on it. Just make sure to sign up all authors on the sign up sheet and have everyone join the comm. The limit of two stories per author still stands even if all the stories are co-written.


What if I can't finish my story in time?

That's fine! We understand that sometimes the muses won't cooperate or life gets too hectic. You are free to drop out of the challenge with no penalty any time before you turn in your rough draft, just let us know. You are also welcome to participate as a solo author and not submit your stories for an artist claim. That way if you finish it you can post and if not there will be no penalty. However, if you have to drop out after an artist has claimed your story, you will be banned from participating in next year's bang. We don't want to leave any artists hanging if we can help it.


What is a solo author/artist?

A solo author/artist is someone who want the structure of a fanwork challenge without having to work with someone else to create an accompanying fanwork. By working alone you don't have to worry about whether you complete your project or not because you won't have a partner depending on you. You can also decide to do your own art or find your own partner to work with. Basically we won't be matching you with an artist or an author, but you can still have a fic with art if you arrange it yourself. You can also work on other kinds of projects like podfic if you desire.


Do I have to join LJ/DW/Discord/AO3/Tumblr to participate?

The short answer is no. You don't have to join any particular platform in order to participate. However if you want to keep up with bang updates and take part in the more social aspect of this challenge you will want to follow us on the platform of your choice. Discord in particular is where we will be having our prompt post, beta finding help, writing support, word sprints, etc. so you may want to join up there.


I still have questions! Where can I ask them?

There's a page-a-mod post: here. Just leave a comment there and a mod will get back to you.

 
 
22 April 2018 @ 05:55 pm
2018 Schedule

1 May: Sign-ups open (author and accompanying fanworkers)
1 June: Author sign-ups close
1 July: Author check-in
1 August: Author check-in
22 August: Author rough drafts due (at least 80% complete)
24 August: Fic summaries go up for fanworkers to peruse
25 August noon eastern: Claiming opens
26 August 3PM eastern: Second claims open
1 September: Claims close; no more fanworker signups
1 October: Mandatory check-in for authors and artists; posting sign-ups open
15 October: Posting begins
18 November: Posting ends

Please direct any questions to our Page-a-Mod post.
 
 
 
20 April 2018 @ 10:35 am
Hey everyone! I'm happy to introduce weepingnaiad as my new co-mod for this bang! She and I have been working hard to get everything ready to go for 2018.

There will be some changes in how we do things so make sure you read over the updated Guidelines post as well as the artist and author sign-up posts when we get them up.

There are a few big changes I want to share with you now though, first of all we have added a Dreamwidth option for people who would rather follow us there. Here is a link to our comm there:

Marvel_Bang on DW

But don't worry! We will be crossposting everything to LiveJournal so you won't miss anything if you want to keep following us on LJ.

The other big change that we are very excited about is our new Marvel Bang Discord! luciferxdamien has created a Discord server for the bang and will be assisting weepingnaiad and myself as a moderator there.

We are planning to use the Discord as the new location for prompt suggestions, beta searches/offers, author/artist partner finding, and as a replacement for the social posts and chatzy that we've used in the past. We are really hoping that it will create a community of writing support and just be a lot of fun. We hope you'll all check it out.

Finally, you can expect some posts about this year's bang such as the schedule to be up shortly. This year's page-a-mod is already available on LJ here or DW here. We hope you all are excited to join us this year!
 
 
20 April 2018 @ 10:25 am
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Leave a message here, and a mod will get back to you.
 
 
25 March 2018 @ 03:29 pm
Thank you to everyone that shared their thoughts and offers of help on our last post. At this point I am leaning toward having the bang again this year although I won't be able to give firm dates until I figure out the where and how of it all. There will likely be a few changes coming and I will let you all know what is happening as soon as I have more details.

I may still reach out to some of you for more help as we move forward and see more about what is needed.

Thanks again! I really appreciate all of the years of community and positivity that Marvel_Bang has brought into my life and hope for many more years to come. 
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18 March 2018 @ 08:52 pm
My co-mod somehowunbroken and I have been running the Marvel and DC bangs for six years. We're very proud of the bangs and are proud of the contribution we've made to comic fandom. However, at this time somehowunbroken is stepping down as mod and I am uncertain about the future of the bang.

The Marvel Bang has always been my baby and I've taken the primary modding role, but it is a lot of time and energy that I'm not sure if I have this year. At the same time with Black Panther and Infinity War this year, there is so much to write about in this fandom and I'd hate to close out the bang.

Firstly is there interest in having the bang again this year?

And secondly, is there anyone willing to step in and assist with mod duties this year? Preferably one or two people who have experience with this bang and how it's run who would be up for working with me this year to make sure the bang still happens if there is still interest.

Also, I understand that fandom has largely moved away from LiveJournal so this would be the time to consider making a change in the hosting location of the bang. That is if someone out there is willing to take on the lion's share of work that change over would mean.

So if anyone is interested in working as a mod for the bang or has any other ideas about it's future, please feel free to PM me.

And finally, dcu_bang is looking for an entirely new home. If you have any interest in completely taking over that bang please contact somehowunbroken.
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30 November 2017 @ 10:51 pm
Thanks to all of the great authors and artists who participated in this year's marvel_bang! Posting is now officially closed. We hope you had a great time participating and have found some great things to read and art to enjoy!