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This year's Comica Obscura [Apr. 1st, 2007|03:54 pm]
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liviapenn
Hey there! It's very nearly time for comica_obscura again, and I've posted a poll on my LJ in order to gauge the various levels of interest and to get some feedback on possible changes to the way the challenge is going to be run ths year.

Please come and vote, and do share any thoughts you might have. Thank you.
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Comica Obscura: Authors' names revealed! [May. 26th, 2006|07:33 pm]
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liviapenn
Authors' names have been added to the stories on the archive. Authors, you can now reply to fb in the feedback thread without logging out first, if you'd like.

Once again, the admins would like to thank everyone-- writers, fanartists, pinch-hitters and feedback-givers-- for participating this year, and helping to make 2006 Comica Obscura the best Comica Obscura ever!

We would love to hear your comments, feedback and suggestions re: this year's experience, and you can send it to us at comica.obscura@gmail.com. Also, if there are any errors in the story headers, please let me know at that e-mail address so I can fix them.

Finally: if you have a c_o recs post, please let me know where it is so I can add it to the memories in this community.

Thanks again for playing, you guys!

(P.S., if you wrote a Marvel or DC story, consider reposting it in your journal and linking it here, so that the dcfic_index and marvelfic_index people can index it.)
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Acknowledgements [May. 19th, 2006|01:58 pm]
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harriet_spy
First of all, I'd like to thank my co-mod, Livia, who did the coding and handled most of the admin correspondence. Hopefully this year she didn't mislay any stories, so I won't have to retract this post. ;)

Second, we'd both like to thank Debra Fran Baker and Betty for pinch-hitting this year, and Betty in particular for some admin help early on in the game.

Finally, we'd like to thank all of you for playing. This kind of challenge requires a lot of effort from individual participants, from the suggestion period through the writing of the stories and the making of the art on a tight deadline, and we sincerely hope that the experience was worth it for all of you.

Amazingly, this year, with over thirty signups, we had not a single dropout (the pinch-hitters stepped in to help with some difficult matches). I've never seen that in a challenge of any size before, and my hat is off to you, Obscuranauts.

Up, up, and awaaaaaaay!
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2006 feedback post [May. 19th, 2006|01:37 pm]
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harriet_spy
Since our authors are currently anonymous, we provide this post as an easy way to leave feedback for them. Please provide feedback for your own author, and remember that, since these characters are all a little underloved, it's definitely worthwhile to encourage anyone else who wrote a story you liked.

Please leave your comments on the individual thread for the story in question rather than creating a new thread or making a new post in the community. And remember, authors, if you want to respond to the feedback, log out first, so you don't give your identity away!
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The archive is live! [May. 19th, 2006|01:28 pm]
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harriet_spy
Presenting almost forty astounding, never-before-told adventures of your favorite obscure characters from every corner of the vast reaches of the comics universe! Marvel at the awesome spectacle of the vivid illustrations of these tales of derring-do! Enjoy! New stories are marked with a symbol.

A post on which you may leave feedback will follow shortly. Please remember: these were very difficult stories to write, for characters who may only have a few fans, so if you enjoyed a story at all, do let the author know!
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The deadline is passed! [May. 16th, 2006|12:07 am]
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harriet_spy
Congratulations to the Obscuranauts who triumphed!

If you've submitted your story, you should have received an acknowledgement from us. If not, or if you haven't finished your story (you know who you are), please let us know right away! If you're only going to be a little late, then we won't have to go to the trouble of finding a pinch-hitter for you.
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Time's winged chariot is drawing near [May. 15th, 2006|01:14 am]
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harriet_spy
Stories are due Monday at midnight, Eastern Standard Time! Good luck!
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Ten days til the deadline, plus pinch-hitters [May. 5th, 2006|02:18 am]
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harriet_spy
Just a friendly reminder that there are ten days til the deadline for submissions, which is May 15th at midnight EST. Obscuranauts, commence running around in tiny little circles!

At the moment, we have not heard from anyone who needs to drop out. Obviously, we expect you to make every effort to meet your Obscura commitment. However, as it is very difficult to get pinch-hitters for this kind of challenge, if it does become necessary for you to drop out, please let us know as soon as possible.

If you think you might like to be a pinch-hitter (which would entail writing a story very rapidly after May 15), please comment to this post. (Comments are screened.) No need to list who you'd write; we're just gathering a pool at this point, and when we know who needs to be pinch-hit for, we'll send the list around. Signing up as a potential pinch-hitter doesn't commit you to anything.
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Assignments have been sent! [Apr. 18th, 2006|01:26 am]
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harriet_spy
All Obscuranauts should have received their assignment emails this evening. If you signed up and did not receive an assignment, please let us know ASAP!

Remember, since your assignment is a secret, don't discuss the details in public!

Have fun! Stories are due on May 15th at midnight EST.

ETA: Yes, May 15th. We apologize for the error on the previous post. It's the usual full four weeks to write.
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Signup period begins! [Apr. 4th, 2006|01:06 am]
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harriet_spy
We are now officially opening up the signups for this year's Comica Obscura. The eligible characters for this year are listed here.

Step inside, step inside!Collapse )

This year's (2006) schedule is as follows:

4/4 to 4/10 (midnight EST, i.e., Monday at midnight): signup at comica.obscura@gmail.com
4/17: assignments mailed to participants
5/15: assignments to be mailed to comica.obscura@gmail.com
shortly thereafter: new stories appear on archive!

That's it! Feel free to promote this challenge to all your friends and neighbors!
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Eligible characters for 2006! [Apr. 3rd, 2006|05:12 am]
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harriet_spy
All right, after many more delays than any ficathon needs, for which we do apologize, we have finally assembled the list of 2006 Eligible Characters. Signups will begin shortly, after I've had a chance to post the instructions. In the meantime, you can take a peek at the list of characters you will get to choose from! We'd also appreciate it if you'd let us know if you see any embarrassing misspellings of names or the like.

Note that characters are broken out only roughly by book or team and a character may be assigned somewhere you are not expecting, so please do a search before assuming that character isn't eligible. (The breakouts don't actually affect the signup in any way, so it's just a matter of convenience for us and nothing you need to worry about correcting, unless we've assigned a Marvel/DC character to an independent line.) A few characters may be listed by given name rather than codename, because some people ignored the instruction to give codenames and we didn't recognize every single character who didn't have one. Finally, please remember that we tried to research characters in a fair and accurate way, but it was a very big task, and our decisions on obscurity are final. There's just nothing to be gained by debating the matter, so please do not bring it up with us.

2006 Eligible Characters!Collapse )
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Update on the challenge [Mar. 19th, 2006|04:54 pm]
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harriet_spy
I'd like to apologize for the long delay between nominations and announcements of eligible characters/start of signups. Unfortunately, I've been quite sick for the past several weeks and am only just recovering; it just wasn't possible to work on the challenge logistics during that period. However, I'm now well on the mend and the signups should start very shortly. Thanks for your patience!
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ADMIN: Suggestion period is now closed! [Feb. 10th, 2006|01:01 am]
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harriet_spy
Thanks to all who made suggestions! Look for the list of eligible characters and signup instructions soon!

In the meantime, feel free to pimp this challenge to all your friendslists. The more participants, the better a mix of stories we get. We had a great turnout last year (bigger than expected) and a really good crop of stories, and we want to do even better this year!
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ADMIN: The suggestion period is now open! [Feb. 6th, 2006|12:44 am]
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harriet_spy
Welcome to this year's Comica Obscura, the fic challenge for obscure comics characters! Today marks the beginning of the suggestion period, where, in the comments to this post, you can suggest characters (from any comic, but not webcomics) that you might want to read or write in this year's challenge. Suggestions are not binding at this point. In fact, we encourage you to suggest characters as widely as possible, because characters will only be offered during signup if they've been suggested.

Instructions!Collapse )

Please read the FAQ for general information about the challenge (note that the timeline hasn't yet been updated for this year, but will be roughly similar).

Last year"s eligible characters...Collapse )
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Duh, I can't imagine why I didn't post this here in the first place [Jan. 10th, 2006|11:53 pm]
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harriet_spy
Poll seeking to gauge interest and gather suggestions for this year's potential Comica Obscura here. Please take a moment and respond if you're at all interested!
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Fulfilled request [Apr. 3rd, 2005|10:47 pm]
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harriet_spy
It hasn't yet been added to the site, but Lilacsigil has written Babe in Toyland, an Aleph [GLOBAL FREQUENCY] story.

If you fulfill a request, please do send us a copy for the archive, but as we may not be able to update the archive right away, you are also definitely encouraged to post it on your own LJ or site and post the link here.
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Now it can be told!!! [Mar. 31st, 2005|02:47 am]
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harriet_spy
Yes, we have just been authorized to reveal the top-secret identities of the Obscuranauts at the archive. Prepare to be shocked and amazed!

Obscuranauts, you are now welcome to repost your stories on your personal sites or LJs, if you like.
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Unfulfilled Comica Obscura Requests, 2005 [Mar. 31st, 2005|02:37 am]
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harriet_spy
This is the official list of requests submitted for Comica Obscura 2005. We encourage you to consider fulfilling any of these requests which tickle your fancy and then submitting the story to obscura@aliencorn.net for addition to the archive. Characters for whom stories were written are marked with an asterisk; however, you are welcome to undertake even a fulfilled request, especially since the original writer may not have been able to fulfill the detail requests. You do not need to have been a participant to fulfill a request; anyone can play. Have fun!

The hopes and dreams of our ObscuranautsCollapse )
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Update from the brilliantest mod ever [Mar. 29th, 2005|02:13 pm]
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liviapenn
(Pssssst, harriet_spy, you may wanna take back what you said about me being a great co-mod... Whooo. Okay, this is embarrassing.

So there was a person in the challenge that we thought dropped out, but she e-mailed me today saying that she did send in her story, and in fact, she DID. (Early, actually, which is one of the reasons it slipped past me when I was going through the comica_obscura e-mails.) Anyway, now that it has been brought to my attention, I have added it to the site. I am *so sorry*. I blame my cold medication. ^_^

The story is Vantage. It's about Icon, from Milestone Comics (a DC imprint) and it is for leadensky. I have added a comment for this story in the feedback post, so you can leave feedback for it right here.

Again, I apologize for being a ditz. ^_^ Please read Vantage and leave comments for it.

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In other news, I have been collecting comica_obscura recs and posts in the memories of this LJ. If you have a recs or c_o squee post that isn't in the memories, and you'd like it to be, please leave a link in the comments of this post.
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Feedback post [Mar. 25th, 2005|09:23 pm]
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liviapenn
Feedback post, 4colorheroines style:

As explained in the FAQ, the identities of the authors who wrote the stories will not be revealed until one week from today. However, many people want to give feedback to the authors (especially if they received a story), and of course the authors all want to hear whatever feedback others have to share about the stories they wrote, without having to wait a whole week.

In the comments section below, you'll find each story listed alphabetically. Reply to the comment which has the title of the story you wish to provide feedback for. Please do not click Post Comment rather than responding to the existing comment for the story.

Off-topic comments and misplaced comments on this post may be deleted, because it is as much a tool for authors to find their feedback as for readers to give it.

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You may now post feedback!
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