Jared (planetx) wrote in promptomatic,

Fan-Fic Challenge II: Secret Origins

Much in the vein of the original Fan-Fic challenge, the goal here is to muck about with published works. In this case, comic books.

I want to see your version of an established comic book character’s origin story.

This can be a complete restructuring from the ground up (“Broos’Wain watched in horror as his entire world was destroyed before his eyes…he vowed that day to take revenged on the Earth criminals who had done this, in the form of his people’s sacred animal, the Bat!”), a retelling of the classic origin from another point of view (“When the radioactivity hit me, I knew I had not long to live…if only I could pass on my spidery essence to someone else, like that nerdy kid below me…”), or a revealing take to show that there was more going on there than we were led to believe (“Clark always believed that his coming into my and Johnathon’s life was pure change. But it was I who directed his spaceship from Krypton to us.”). Or you can tell a formulative moment in a characters life that has until now be left up to speculation (“The Day After The Horrible Day of the Telephone, by Spider Jerusalem…”).

Fan-Fic does not necessarily mean Slash-Fic, though Slash is acceptable. Sexually explicit entries should be marked as such before the cut. You may source one work, or as many as necessary. You may use the same elements as another entrant. Submissions must contain only the entry itself; do not offer explanation beyond what is provided in the actual text. Entries may be as short or long as needed.

All entries will be judged by me and me alone, and my say is final. Does this make such a contest unfair? Yes. But seeing how this is just a friendly competition, I really don’t think my absolute power over it calling the winner is a big deal. I am, after all, providing the prize. Also, as judge I may compete, but I cannot win.

There are a few guidelines:

1) Must include at least one pre-published character.
2) Character does not have to be a superhero, but it does have to be originally published in comics. Despite the vast amount of STAR WARS comics, those are movie characters first, so don’t use them. Setting your story inside the world of a TV show or movie based on a comic, however, is fine.
3) Character must still be recognizable by the end of the story. Any story where Bruce Wayne dresses like a butterfly and starts handing out candy to small children is not going to win. Conversely, a story where her parents are killed in a police crossfire and Batwoman becomes the world’s greatest criminal mastermind has a chance.
4) Manga is not allowed; let’s save that for another Fan-Fic Challenge. Western sources only, please.

There will be bonus points for fan service.

The winner of the competition will get a custom-made work of art relating to their piece. Possibly an illustration of a vital scene, a replica of an important prop or gadget, or an action figure made in your character’s likeness. I won’t know what to make until I read them.

Deadline is April 7th. You have two weeks.
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