What is a reverse bang?
A reverse bang is the opposite of a big bang. Instead of authors writing fanfiction and artists making art for that fic, it goes the other way around. The artists create art and the authors get to choose a piece of art to create fan fiction for.
How do I sign up?
When sign-ups start, two sign up posts will go up. One for authors, and one for artists.
Do I need a livejournal account to take part?
A livejournal account will be needed to make the reveal post to the xmenreversebang community at the scheduled time of posting, so one member of the team will need to have one. If neither person in a team has a livejournal account go ahead and send the post information to the mods and we will post it to on the teams behalf. Authors and artists are welcome to sign up with other accounts as long as a valid email address is provided so we can have contact with you.
What are the requirements for art?
Artists are expected to make at least one new piece of art: a drawing, digital manip, fanvid, podfic, etc. Art must be at least 400 by 600 pixels in size. Videos must be at least one minute in length. Fanmixes need to be at least 8 tracks and cover and back art (minimum size for those are 400x400px). A download link for the mix needs to be included when the mix is turned in, that link will not be in the claims post but will be given to the author that claims it. Podfics need to be at least two minutes in length (with a maximum length of 5 minutes) and be accompanied by cover art (minimum size for those is 400x400px). A text file of the script must be provided as well, it will not go into the claims post but will be given to the author that claims it.
For this reverse bang, artists are allowed to make only two separate art prompts -- we want to make sure that everyone's art gets claimed. This may be subject to change, depending on how many artists and authors we get.
This means separate art prompts, for one prompt you can make as many pieces as you want. If you make multiple pieces for one prompt please put it all together on a collage when you turn it in.
What X-Men verses are allowed?
All of them! Art can be based of any of the X-Men comics, cartoons, movies and does not have to be just X-Men First Class or X-Men Days of Future Past related. We all ask you what verse your art can fit in when you submit it (and it’s allowed to include more than one if you are open to getting a fic from either verses).
Can I create a crossover or fusion piece?
At this time we are going to allow crossovers but we want artists to keep in mind that there is no way to guarantee potential authors will know the crossed over fandom. We will do our best to see that every prompt gets filled, but the preferred fandoms of our authors is out of the mods control, and if that prompt goes unfilled, the artist assumed that risk.
Fusions are allowed (fusions have the characters of one fandom replace the characters of another, for example Charles the Vampire Slayer).
What happens if the number of authors doesn't match up with the number of artists?
We will do several rounds of claiming so that EVERY piece of art has a fic in the event that the art pieces outnumber fan fiction writers. If it's the other way, we may open up the pieces of art so that more than one fic writer is assigned to the same piece of art. Either way, everyone who wants to participate will get to participate.
What ratings are allowed for art?
Any! If you would like to make a porny or gory art piece go for it!
Will my art be archived anywhere?
The mods will upload all art to an Imgur album in order to post claims and for authors to view before they make a claim but that is the only place we will be putting the art. At any time after the challenge is ended the artist can request for their art to be removed from the album.
Artists will be responsible for where they decided to upload and post the final version of their art.
What type of requirements are there for a fic?
You will be expected to write a completed fic with a minimum of 5,000 words, based on the prompt you choose in the Art Claims post. Claims will be first come, first serve. You will need to get your fic beta'd before your schedule posting date.
How do I know what art I'm writing for? / How do I make a claim?
When the artists turn in their rough drafts, we'll make a claims post. In this post we'll include a preview of their work, as well as any warnings the artist gives and the artists preferred pairings. You can choose which piece of art you'd like to create a fic for, and then that person's art will get crossed off the list.
This post will be up for preview November 7th giving author’s at least 24 hours to preview the art and make their selections. Comments on the post will be enabled on November 8th at a pre announced time (usually decided by a poll to authors). If an author is unable to make the announced time they can arrange for a proxy to claim for them.
This is the comment form that you can use to make a claim:
I've already been writing a fic - can I use that one?
No. The fic you write must be based around the art you choose, using that as your prompt.
What genres/warnings are allowed?
You may write/create art for whichever genre of fic you choose, as well as any rating
as long as your artist is comfortable with it. Remember, you're creating the fic around the art and the artist. Make sure to stay in contact with the artist in order to collaborate with them.
Can I write with someone else?
Yes, this year co-writing is allowed but the word minimum is 8,000 words for co-written pieces.
Will my fic be archived anywhere?
No, where the story is posted will be up to the author. We do encourage authors to post their stories to Archive of Our Own. A collection will be set up there for reverse bang fics.
If you do not have an AO3 account we are able to provide one for you. This is only for participants that complete the challenge (artists who submit art and authors who submit a story).
Does my fic have to be complete when I submit it?
Yes, we want authors to aim to turn in a complete fic on the January 10th deadline. If an author is not finished at this time we are willing to work with them and there will be some leeway depending on the percent complete of the story. While we get events can happen in real life to delay writing we have to make sure that every art prompt submitted gets a completed story at the end of the challenge.
Can I post my story as a WIP?
No, as said above stories have to be completed at the time of posting. We do allow stories to be posted as a part of a series (as long as they are able to stand on their own) if an author will not be able to finish the whole thing in time). If you are having trouble completing your story in time please let us know and we will try to work with you. We rather arrange for a delayed posting date (or allow the artist to post just their art within the posting period) then have an incomplete fic posted.
However, if we find out an author posted an incomplete work while leading us to believe it was complete they will not be allowed to participate in the next round of the challenge.
What kind of timeline will I be under?
Sign Ups Open – September 1st, 2014
Artist Check In (not mandatory) – October 3rd, 2014
Artist Sign Ups Close - November 2nd, 2014
Art Drafts Due – November 3rd, 2014
Art Up for Claims – November 8th, 2014
Author Check In (mandatory) – December 1st – December 8th, 2014
Fics Due – January 10th, 2015
Posting Starts – February 1st, 2015
What's a checkpoint?
They're something to give you a feel on where a typical artist and/or author should or could be at in their creation process. They're used for encouragement and motivation only.
The last one (for authors) is mandatory and for us to determine what art pieces we need to find pinch hitters for. Any author who does not check in then (or if they can't make it lets us know why) will be dropped from the challenge and a pinch hitter assigned to the art prompt. Authors will be given a full week to check in. If you cannot make this timeframe please let us know in advance.
What should my artist's rough draft look like?
It should be the equivalent of about 80% of your final artwork. That's hard to measure, of course -- basically it does not need to be a finished piece but it should be finished enough to give the author wanting to claim your art a good idea of what it will look like.
Time should go into it, this piece (and any additional pieces an artist decides to make) will be what the author bases their story on.
What should my author's draft look like?
It needs to be a completed story (it is fine if at this point it’s not beta’d). If you find yourself unable to complete your story by the due date (August 16th) please contact us and we will try to work with you. This will be on a case by case basis dependent on how much of the story is written compared to the anticipated final amount.
What if I need an extension?
We will be granting extensions on a case-by-case basis for fics and art. We would hope, however, that you use the checkpoints and all your available creating and writing time to its fullest.
Who will be posting to the community?
That is to be decided among the artist and author team. Either can make the post to the community with the information given below.
How will I know what day to post? / What if I have a posting conflict?
When fic drafts are due authors and artists will be asked what days they can’t post during the posting schedule (which will run from September 1st till a still to be determined date). We will do our best to avoid any conflicted dates a team gives us.
Then at least a week before posting the posting schedule will go up, with anywhere between 1-4 teams posting a day (this number will be determined by how many prompts we teams we end up with). Teams will be assigned a specific posting date to date. Anyone that has a conflict with their date should contact us as soon as possible!
What should my post to the community look like?
A preview of the art (no larger than 400x400px) can be posted to the community, along with a summary and links to the full version of the art and the accompanying fic. You can link back to your own LJ, DeviantArt, DW, IJ, etc. so long as your post remains unlocked.
We ask that you post with the following information included: (this includes warnings)
Can I post it to my journal/AO3 a few days early to show my friends?
No, the first time you post this must be on your reveal day. You can post snippets it to the support community for feedback or show select friends in advance. We prefer works aren’t posting to journals/tumblr/AO3 until the signed date of posting (if they can’t be locked for your eyes only) but do understand that coordinated times between a team can be difficult. Just let us know if you need to post your work a day or so early because of this.
Where can I upload my art?
There are several free resources such as Sendspace, or Mediafire that can be used for large files. Tinypic is recommended for images or .gif files, along with Photobucket and Imgur. As well as various other places. Most people have their preferred hosting sites but if you need help finding one feel free to ask!
How will I contact my artist/author?
We will provide an author with contact information once they are committed to an artist. From there it is up to the author to communicate with the artist and create a story that would fit the art. Artist are also free to contact the author that claims their art as soon as the claim is confirmed by a mod.
Contact can be done over email/LJ PM/chat/twitter/tumblr – really whatever works for you both! As long as contact is made and maintained.
I haven’t heard from my author/artist in a while, what should I do?
Please let us know and we will try to reestablish contact with them on your behalf! For artists if an author does not respond to our messages (both by email/PM/etc) we will then look into arranging a pinch hitter for your art. For authors if an artist does not respond we want to encourage you to keep writing your story and post it with a link to the art that was claimed.
If you are having any problems with another participant in this challenge please bring it to us so that we can mediate. We expect all participants to be courteous to each other both on a personal level and a creative level. Please make sure you are especially courteous to your partner, and that if you have any conflicts with them bring it to us first!
If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask them below or contact a mod: afrocurl or chosenfire28.