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Prospective Participants for Bang*Bang 77 [Jan. 1st, 2019|09:53 am]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

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This is a signup for the February 25 issue; the text deadline for the issue is Tuesday, February 12 and the art deadline is Saturday, February 23. Please comment here if you plan to submit a story or artwork for this issue. Artists should specify whether you're submitting a standalone piece, offering to illustrate a story, or doing both. Artists offering to illustrate should provide either links to or thumbnails of past works as examples of style; writers wishing to collaborate with artists (or artists wishing to collaborate with writers) should respond directly to comments to this post. As always, you don't have to sign up to participate, and you're not creating an unbreakable contract by signing up, but it's always a good idea!

The theme for this issue is Ordinary Magic: Urban witchcraft? Or just the power of love? Mundane meets fantastic for some spellbinding happily-ever-afters.

NOTE: The submission guidelines have not been updated yet updated to reflect recent policy changes, so as a reminder: Issues are now all-content. If it would've run in one of our previous m/m, f/f, or Yes, And issues, it's fair game here.


Consider adding yourself as a member of the bb_shousetsu community if you're writing or illustrating. For open discussion on any SSBB-related topic, start a thread at bangbangwhimper or our bulletin board. For related nonsense, announcements, and various goings-on, find us at our main website, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, DeviantArt, y!gallery, Archive of Our Own, Plurk, and Goodreads!

Receive reminders and deadlines by email by signing up for our newsletter! We promise: no spam, only porn.

Check out the SSBB Wiki! We welcome all contributors who have information to share.

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2019 Themes and Dates [Dec. 31st, 2018|07:57 am]
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ladysisyphus
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Do you enjoy being prepared? Have we got a treat for you: SSBB's 2019 themes and dates, ready for you to put on your calendar -- you can even click here for our Google calendar with the dates pre-loaded!

This schedule may look a little different from what you've gotten used to in years past. A longer discussion of these changes can be found at this post, but here are the highlights:

  1. Publication schedule is now six issues a year, one every two months.

  2. All issues are now all-content.

  3. There's now two weeks between text deadline and publication.

We're hoping these big changes will be positive ones, and that you're already looking forward to seeing what's in store for this year:

Issue 77: Ordinary Magic
* issue date: Monday, February 25
* text deadline: Tuesday, February 12
* art deadline: Saturday, February 23
Urban witchcraft? Or just the power of love? Mundane meets fantastic for some spellbinding happily-ever-afters.


Issue 78: A Black Tie Affair
* issue date: Monday, April 29
* text deadline: Tuesday, April 16
* art deadline: Saturday, April 27
Dust off your tuxedo and fluff out your petticoats -- you don't want to be late for these balls.


Issue 79: When On High
* issue date: Monday, June 24
* text deadline: Tuesday, June 11
* art deadline: Saturday, June 22
Whether you like ancient gods and creation myths or prefer more contemporary positions of power, this issue invites a view from the tops of the world.


Issue 80: Nerds vs. Jocks, Goths vs. Preps
* issue date: Monday, August 26
* text deadline: Tuesday, August 13
* art deadline: Saturday, August 24
Opposites attract, repel, and then attract again in this issue of sometimes-curious alignments.


Issue 81: The Monster at the End of This Book
* issue date: Monday, October 28
* text deadline: Tuesday, October 15
* art deadline: Saturday, October 26
Turn the page and come face to face with your fears and fantasies in our (sometimes) tantalizingly terrifying October issue.


Issue 82: Theme Free
* issue date: Monday, December 23
* text deadline: Tuesday, December 10
* art deadline: Saturday, December 21
Finally, wrap up the year right with our annual theme-free big bang!


Interested in doing a cover for one of these? We're looking for full-color, finished pieces with homosuggestive, if not downright homoerotic, themes. Looking back at the covers of our previous issues, you can see that they run the gamut from sweet to sexy, from serious to silly, and everything in-between. While the editorial staff will gladly opine if asked, what you do is pretty much up to you!

If you're game, send us an email at shousetsubangbang@gmail.com and list your top three theme choices. We can't promise that everyone will get everything they want, but we'll do our best.

Preference will be given to individuals who a) have been active participants in SSBB, and b) have not done a cover the previous year.
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Changes for 2019 [Dec. 26th, 2018|10:35 am]
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ladysisyphus
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Looking ahead to next year, we of the editorial staff have been considering and reconsidering a lot of the ways SSBB gets run. We want to keep this project going strong, but due to a number of real-life changes and challenges, certain practices have become unsustainable. Therefore, starting next year, we're going to be making a number of pretty big changes that hopefully will make thngs easier and more fun for everyone!

If you want the short version, here you go:

1. Publication schedule is now six issues a year, one every two months.

2. All issues are now all-content.

3. There's now two weeks between text deadline and publication.


If you want to know why, here you go, part two:

This project started in 2005 as one thing, but has evolved over the years into something pretty darn different. As fandom, the internet, and the editorial staff have changed and grown, we've seen spaces and motivations change in ways that would have seemed impossible a decade ago.

But one of the big changes is in our readership and contribution pool. While dudes-with-dicks stuff is still the bulk of the interest and material here, the most recent issue is pretty solid proof that when you remove that requirement, things spin out in delightful directions. There's also a change here in terms of availability -- the online original m/m market was not a decade ago what it is today, while even now, content for other smutty combinations can still be hard to come by.

So we've decided to make the all-skate policy permanent. From now on, all issues are all-queer, however you want to define that. All of them will still feature opportunities for standalone art submissions, and all of them (except December!) will still be capped at 25,000 words. So instead of having to wait for the special issues, you can submit whatever, whenever.

December will still be a theme-free issue with the upper word bound removed. Because we're eliminating the Artist Special, however, the December issue is now open to multi-page sequential art.


Another thing that's changed dramatically over the past decade is Your Editor's life and schedule. When I took over in 2010, I was a grad student; now I'm full-time faculty. I can't guarantee anymore that I can find enough time during the middle of Edit Week, which is something everyone who's submitted this year has surely noticed (and for that I'm very, very sorry).

That's why we're doubling the reading time -- stories will still be due on a Tuesday, and issues will still come out on Mondays, but now instead of a six-day gap between those two, it'll be a thirteen-day gap. Hopefully, this will make it so I'm not spending all my time scrambling and begging contributors for their patience and understanding. It'll also mean that authors who need a short extension can have one without running the risk that I won't have time to edit their stories as they deserve. So it's a win for all!

Artists, your stuff is still due the Saturday before publication. With any luck, this will open up room for more illustrated pieces, as authors will now have time to approach artists with completed stories in hand.


For a while now, SSBB contributions and readership have been on the decline, and these changes are part of admitting that this project isn't what it used to be. We have no idea what the future has in store -- even the most immediate future is in question, with Tumblr's anti-porn changes. And who knows? Maybe this is a project past its time, fit to ride off into the sunset. But we're not quite done with it yet, and we hope you aren't either.

So if you like SSBB and want to keep it going, here are the three things you can do to see that it does:

1. Contribute!
What's in an issue depends on who shows up. This goes for illustrations too, so if you're submitting a story, talk to one (or more!) of the illustrators offering services. If you're thinking about being a part of an issue, go ahead and add your name when the signup goes live; signups are not binding, but they're a good way to motivate yourself to live up to your commitments.

2. Comment!
Authors and artists alike put a lot of time into these pieces, and doing so can sometimes feel like screaming into the void. If there's a creator whose stuff you like, the best way to ensure that creator comes back is to let them know how much they're appreciated. Even a simple 'I liked this' lets creators know they're not alone.

3. Share!
If you liked something, tell other people as publicly as you can. Sure, not everyone can crow on their family Facebook or professional Twitter about how great an indie porn zine is. However, if you've got accounts with fandom-friendly audiences, please help spread the word. This is going to get even more important as folk scatter from Tumblr to parts unknown.


...And if you really want to help keep things going, here's a fourth thing you can do: Review!

At various points through SSBB's run, various people have read the whole issue, then written up little pieces giving their summaries of and thoughts on each of the stories contained within. (We've done our best to preserve these snippets on the SSBB Wiki's pages for the relevant pieces and issues.) They've been historically helpful for getting people excited about diving into issues. They don't even have to be for the most current -- sometimes they've been about years-old issues, since it's not like the old stories and art have expiration dates.

If you do decide to do this for an issue, please let us know and we'll be happy to share as best we can. Reviews are subjective, of course, but they can also be helpful for people who find their tastes align with the reviewer's.


We'll be announcing themes and dates for 2019 in just a few days, so you can plan your year right. In the meantime, we hope you can work in a little rest and relaxation as 2018 winds down, and that you'll be ready to join us again in the coming year!
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Bang*Bang no. 76 [Dec. 17th, 2018|08:26 am]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

ladysisyphus
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cover by cloven

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remember to love each other, by A.S. Mara

The Brittle Blade, by Onabe Ōkamiotoko (御鍋狼男)

Local Flavor, by Ptarmigan *

Just Seven Days, by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三)

Out of this World, by juou no zan (女王のザン)

Where You Gonna Sleep Tonight, by Wakahisa Rei (若久零) *

Knickpoint, by Iron Eater *

* illustrated

~*~

And here it is! The last issue of the year, our theme-free, all-content, no-upper-limit extravaganza! That's over 125,000 words of free sexy, smutty love stories, in the form of seven tales sure to warm up whatever season it is where you are.

In the next week or so, we'll be going live with the 2019 schedule, which is going to represent some big changes in the way we do things around here. But for now, sit back, relax, and sink right down into this great big warm pile of Happily Ever Afters. All we ask is that if you like something, you leave a comment telling the creators just how much you appreciate their hard work -- and if you like everything, help us spread the word on your favorite social media platform (preferably one that hasn't recently decided to ban porn).

Here as 2018 winds to a close, we're grateful as always for all the artists, authors, readers, commenters, supporters, tweeters, rebloggers, wiki contributors, and general wonderful people that surround this project and keep it going, year after year. Thank you all for everything, and we hope to see you all in 2019!

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For summaries, authors' notes, and more, see this issue's entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.

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Prospective Participants for Bang*Bang 76 [Nov. 5th, 2018|10:40 pm]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

ladysisyphus
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This is a signup for the December 17 issue; the text deadline for the issue is Tuesday, December 11 and the art deadline is Saturday, December 15. Please comment here if you plan to submit a story or artwork for this issue. Artists should specify whether you're submitting a standalone piece, offering to illustrate a story, or doing both. Artists offering to illustrate should provide either links to or thumbnails of past works as examples of style; writers wishing to collaborate with artists (or artists wishing to collaborate with writers) should respond directly to comments to this post. As always, you don't have to sign up to participate, and you're not creating an unbreakable contract by signing up, but it's always a good idea!

Give 2018 the sendoff it deserves -- whatever that may be -- with our theme-free year-end big bang!

SPECIAL NOTE: Let's round out the year in style by making this Big Bang an all-in for content. Just like our Artist Special, this issue will accept stories that would run in our M/M, F/F, and Yes, And issues. As long as it's queer, happy, and smutty, it's good to go here.


Consider adding yourself as a member of the bb_shousetsu community if you're writing or illustrating. For open discussion on any SSBB-related topic, start a thread at bangbangwhimper or our bulletin board. For related nonsense, announcements, and various goings-on, find us at our main website, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, DeviantArt, y!gallery, Archive of Our Own, Plurk, and Goodreads!

Receive reminders and deadlines by email by signing up for our newsletter! We promise: no spam, only porn.

Check out the SSBB Wiki! We welcome all contributors who have information to share.

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Bang*Bang no. 75 [Oct. 29th, 2018|08:08 am]
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ladysisyphus
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cover by neomeruru

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Returning, by Kuruma Ebi (車エビ) *

How to Get Into the Krixin Resort, by juou no zan (女王のザン)

Heading Home, by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三)

Cruorem Veritas, by Iron Eater *

The Cuckoo, by shukyou (主教)

* illustrated

~*~

At approximately 8:05 this morning, Issue 75 was found at the foot of the stairs leading to the cellars, on a spot marked "X".

Cause of the issue has yet to be determined, but preliminary examinations suggest that this issue was packed to capacity with sexy gay times, far over the legal limit for an issue of its size. Authorities even saw evidence that not all of these sexy times were definitively human in character or origin.

To solve this mystery, you must find out who did the smut, where the smut was committed, and what the object was used in its commission.

Was it Miss Kuruma Ebi in the lake with the scrolls? Was it Colonel juou no zan in the spaceship with the claws? Was it Mrs. Hyakunichisou 13 in the rain with the car? Was it Mr. Iron Eater in the mansion with the supernumerary digits? Or was it Professor shukyou in the forest with the missing boy?

When you think you know, be sure to leave your guesses in comments at the end of these stories. You may finger as many creators as you like. And when you're finished, be sure to spread the word so that an issue like this does happen again, every October.

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For summaries, authors' notes, and more, see this issue's entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.

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Artist Special no. 8 [Sep. 24th, 2018|08:45 am]
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ladysisyphus
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cover by Astasia

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Asterism‎, by Iron Eater

Deer and Faun‎, by Astasia

lux‎, by beili

Greek Kiss, by Astasia

~*~

BREAKING: Pornographic Queer Webzine Unearths Stunning Art

Researchers from the University of Shousetsu Bang*Bang have announced today the discovery of a new issue, Hidden Pleasures.

The contents of this issue, as reported by researchers, are three indvidual illustrations and a full comic, collected under a cover of similar high quality.

If verified, this find would be the eighth of its kind, after seven previous annual Artist Specials.

This issue will be on display in perpetuity at http://shousetsubangbang.com, where it joins several other issues as an ongoing testiment to the craft and ingenuity of these volunteer artisans.

Admission is free, though donations of appreciative comments are welcome.

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Prospective Participants for Bang*Bang 75 [Sep. 6th, 2018|10:31 pm]
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ladysisyphus
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This is a signup for the October 29 issue; the text deadline for the issue is Tuesday, October 23 and the art deadline is Saturday, October 27. Please comment here if you plan to submit a story or artwork for this issue. Artists should specify whether you're submitting a standalone piece, offering to illustrate a story, or doing both. Artists offering to illustrate should provide either links to or thumbnails of past works as examples of style; writers wishing to collaborate with artists (or artists wishing to collaborate with writers) should respond directly to comments to this post. As always, you don't have to sign up to participate, and you're not creating an unbreakable contract by signing up, but it's always a good idea!

The theme for this issue is The Butler Did It: Was it Professor Plum in the bedroom with the candlestick? Put on your sleuthing hat and solve the mystery of our spooky October issue!

SPECIAL NOTE: SSBB's October issue traditionally waives that general rule that says all stories submitted here should have shiny happy endings. If you still want your guys to wind up happily ever after, go for it! However, if you're inclined from time to time to take things to more ambiguous conclusions, this is your chance.


Consider adding yourself as a member of the bb_shousetsu community if you're writing or illustrating. For open discussion on any SSBB-related topic, start a thread at bangbangwhimper or our bulletin board. For related nonsense, announcements, and various goings-on, find us at our main website, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, DeviantArt, y!gallery, Archive of Our Own, Plurk, and Goodreads!

Receive reminders and deadlines by email by signing up for our newsletter! We promise: no spam, only porn.

Check out the SSBB Wiki! We welcome all contributors who have information to share.

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Bang*Bang no. 74 [Aug. 27th, 2018|08:15 am]
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ladysisyphus
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cover by serenity_winner

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Good Morning, by shukyou (主教)

The Number Pi, by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三)

Welcome to House Cherry, by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑)

A Wild Call and a Clear Call, by Okō (織工)

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Shady, by Astasia

Hobby, by Someone Else

Invocateur, by Iron Eater

Free Land, by Astasia

fever, by beili

~*~

Let´s start at the very beginning
A very good place to start
When you sing you begin with do re mi
When you read you begin with S S B B

S S B B, S S B B
Let's see if we can make smut easy:

Dough, you don't pay for this zine
Ray, could be a dude in here
Me, I edit this for you
Follow us, we're sexy queers
So, talk us up to your friends
La, leave comments here, God bless
Tea: this issue's pretty great
That will bring us back to S S B B

When you know the issue's there
You can read it anywhere

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See this issue's entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.

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Bang*Bang Yes, And Special #6 [Jul. 30th, 2018|08:28 am]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

ladysisyphus
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cover by pie派


Werewithal, by Iron Eater *

Dreams come true at the Velvet Rose, by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三)

V Zoni, by Himawari (ヒマワリ)

Female Impersonators of Distinction, by shukyou (主教)

Ravenous, by Kimyō Tabibito (奇妙 旅人)

* illustrated

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Borrowed Dressing Room, by the Druid

~*~

The house lights fall ... and the curtain rises on a new issue! (That's your cue to read it!)

See this issue's entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.

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