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11 January 2013 @ 04:34 am

What is a Big Bang?
There are many different types of bigbangs, all varying slightly, but generally a bigbang is a process in which authors write long fics (10,000 or 20,000 words) and artists make art/fanmixes for them. (From vampirebigbang)

Sign Up?
If you are an author, signs up are here, starting January 20th until April 25th. If you are an artist, sign ups are here, starting January 20th until April 30th.

Can I sign up for both?


What can I write?
Any and all fandoms are allowed for this.

What is considered an appropriate?
The story has to showcase a villain as the main character of your story. (However, you can use a hero in a negative light aka, make the hero the villain or in a negative light.)

What's the Minimum Word Count?
Big Bang: 15k is the Minimum, there is no Maximum.
Mini Bang: 5k

Original? Genres?
For this challenge, I'm allowing originals.

Can I write with someone?
Yes, you may.

Can I write more than one story?
If you think you can handle it, then yes. The more, the better. :)


What is considered for Art?
Artwork is considered in different forms. Graphics, drawing, mixes, vids...

How do I make a claim?
Claims are done on a first come, first serve basis. We will be putting up a f-locked post and the artists and fanmixers will reply to it with their first, second, and third choices and will be assigned the first fic that is available within those choices.


January 20th: Author + Artist Sign Ups
March 1st: Reminder Artist Sign Ups
March 20th: Check-In #1
April 25th: Author Sign Ups close + Rough Drafts Due
April 27th: Artist Claiming!
May 30th: Author & Artist Check In #2
June 15th: Check-In #3
June 30th: Final Draft Posting

What's a checkpoint?
These aren't mandatory. They're something to give you a feel on where a typical author should be at in their writing process. They're used for encouragement and motivation only.

Will artists get checkpoints?
We will be making sure everyone's on the right track and are able to finish their art/fanmix before the deadline, but these checkpoints will be less formal, as there is no wordcount for a piece of art.

What should my rough draft look like?
It needs to be at least half complete or 50% completed. You do not need to have your fic finished by this time however, you may still work on it and get it beta-read until your final fic and art is due. We just need to be able to reasonably verify that you are going to be able to post on your assigned date.

Can I have an extension?
We will be granting extensions on a case-by-case basis for rough drafts as long as your final fic or art is in by the due date. We would hope, however, that you use the checkpoints and all your available writing time to it's fullest.

Posting Requirements will be added closer to the rough draft date.
alley_skywalkeralley_skywalker on January 17th, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
Question: does the villain have to be an actual villain (e.g. Moriarty, Evil Queen/Regina) or can it just be an antagonist in any given source? (All the examples I'm thinking of are kind of obscure fandoms but like, someone who isn't really evil per se, but stands in the way of the main character somehow...like James Norrington is probably the best I can come up with for a more known fandom).

Also, does this character have to act really nasty in the fic or can we write a sympathetic story? (Especially given that some of the more...mature movies/books have antagonists who are deep in the grey area.)

Edited at 2013-01-17 03:53 am (UTC)
casper_sancasper_san on January 19th, 2013 08:25 am (UTC)
If you are writing a villain, then no, the story doesn't have to be about them being evil. It could actually be the complete opposite.

The only exception is if, you were to write a hero/heroine, then you would need to basically splash them into a villainous light. Example: Batman takes his vigilante too far and ends up killing and liking it. Or something to that effect.

Hope this helps.
Ariestessariestess on January 24th, 2013 07:54 am (UTC)
Just to clarify based on the original question and your answer here, does this mean that it's okay to take a villain and write a story along the lines of HOW they became a villain? Or how they don't want to be a villain, but are stuck in that role regardless?

My example would be OUaT's Regina either descending into the Evil Queen or trying to stop being such.
casper_sancasper_san on January 24th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, that would work. You can write your villain in any various way. The only exception is if were to write a hero, then it would have to be able to fit the basis of the comm, which is villains.

So the road to Regina turning evil is perfectly fine as is her trying to stop using magic and being evil.
Ariestessariestess on January 25th, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Oh sweet! I was hoping it would work out that way.

One more question. With the mini-bang, is it an upper limit of the 15k? I'm not sure yet of my plot, so can't guarantee if the muses will be chatty enough for a minimum of 15k. Or is it possible to change from mini to big if that kind of thing happens?

Sorry for all the questions, I like having all my ducks in a row for challenges and such.
casper_sancasper_san on January 25th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
You can change from Mini to Big up until when Rough Drafts are due. That's when I actually need to know which you are writing for to let artists know.

Mini I would say anything below 15k.

When you hit the 15k mark, you've officially entered into Big Bang territory.

No worries. I rather you ask the questions than be confused. :)
Ariestessariestess on January 26th, 2013 08:27 am (UTC)
I kind of figured that's how it would go, but wanted to verify anyway. Thank you!

*wanders off to sign up*
Into the light...myeve123 on February 1st, 2013 09:02 am (UTC)
Is there any differences in the art fill for mini and big bang? For example, maybe big bang gets a big book cover for the story, and mini bang only gets half of it, etc?
casper_sancasper_san on February 1st, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
There isn't really a difference for artwork. More or less, there is an unwritten guideline that Big Bang authors would most likely get more artwork, where as Mini authors may not. But for the majority, it's up to the artist. The only big rule is that artwork has to be at least one large piece of artwork. Whether that's a Story Banner or 10 icons to a fanmix, is up to the interpretation of the artist and their authors. Best bet would be to chat with the author to see what they had in mind.
nicdisturbinglynic on January 20th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
So could I write a nice decent guy like Stiles into a story where he's a serial killer? Would a serial killer au count?
casper_sancasper_san on January 20th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, that would count.
Into the light...myeve123 on January 24th, 2013 11:11 am (UTC)
What about a villain's road to redemption? Is it ok?
casper_sancasper_san on January 24th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's fine.
GeekGrrl Lurking: regina sadgeekgrrllurking on January 24th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
Could an author do the artwork for their own story?
casper_san: OUAT :: RH (Ruby)casper_san on January 24th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
I suppose you could but it defeats the purpose of a big bang as authors and artists team up.

I would say yes but only as a last resort. I.E. no one claimed your story in the story claims or, your artist had to drop out, or there aren't enough artists.

However, I won't prohibit you from doing it if you would prefer your own artwork.
Nicky Gabriel: why?nickygabriel on January 31st, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
I have a question :)
Can the villain be a ‘concept’? Like death, or fear or some inevitable and unbeatable disaster? It would be almost personified and present all the time in the story. Thank you!
casper_sancasper_san on January 31st, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a really good question. Hmm...I'm not sure if it would fit "a villain" but let me think more on this.

Would death be like it's own character? As in it would personified as a character? Example: "He lurks and waits to take those lives." Or something like that.

Nicky Gabriel: new favoritenickygabriel on January 31st, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
Well, I have this idea for a fic and I will write it one way or other, so if it’s not suitable here, it okay :)
It will be about one character who tries to figure out what is death – because he is not a human and he doesn’t really know what death mean for humans. He is kind of immortal and he tries to ‘investigate’ this concept, because death is everywhere on Earth and nobody can escape and finally also he needs to face it when he makes friends who are human and who will die sooner or later. So death is there all the time, but it’s not an actual character.
At first it’s just an abstract concept for the protagonist, but in the end it’s his worst enemy.
casper_sancasper_san on February 7th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
Sorry about getting back to you so late. I'll allow your concept this round.
Nicky Gabriel: thank younickygabriel on February 7th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
No problem! Thank you :)
antraziantrazi on March 6th, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
Are we allowed to use our entry for another bang fitting the subject matter at the same time? I checked the dates with the other bang I want to do and it would fit.