|Editor(s):||petronia, dipping_sauce, beeblebabe, ladysisyphus|
|Date(s):||2005 - present|
|External Links:||website, LJ community|
|Click here for related articles on Fanlore.|
Shousetsu Bang*Bang, often abbreviated as SSBB, is a long-running bimonthly webzine of original M/M fiction founded by petronia in 2005. It also releases special issues showcasing original F/F fiction and artist works. As of December 11, 2011, SSBB consists of 33 regular yaoi issues, 6 special yuri issues, and 1 artist special issue containing illustrations and sequential art.
petronia first conceptualized the idea in her LiveJournal:
"The other thing I'm thinking of doing is starting an lj-comm-based zine... for cliched original BL one-shot stories. Like BeBoy Zips or those various All Yomikiri Bimonthly Summer Special 100 Extra Pages!! phonebooks, only text-based, writing to form and dispensing with pretenses of literary merit. XD Minimum of 1500 words and one sex scene, happi endo, and if/when it takes off there can be wacky themes like Sempai Bondage Month. The authors get to have fun - if it's not the sort of thing you usually write it'd be actively challenging, I think, or at least it would be for me - and the readers get to be happy consumers. With every issue there would be a layout change centered around a faked!magazine cover in stroboscopic colours and katakana."
The LJ community, bb_shousetsu, was created shortly after. It reflects SSBB's origins in the community profile:
"Shousetsu Bang*Bang is a webzine for original gay fiction/boy's love oneshot stories, intended as an online, English-language text equivalent of one of those All Yomikiri Bimonthly Summer Special 100 Extra Pages!! manga phonebooks where every story is about the torrid romance of an ordinary schoolboy and his soccer club captain - or a yakuza boss and his faithful lieutenant - or the prince of an exotic desert country and the emerald-eyed winged youth he rescues from the sawtoothed sand monsters of G'or, self-contained in 30 pages and heartwarmingly predictable. Our policy is to welcome all comers, from the most flippant bit of cliché to the greatest of literary works... as long as they have fellas in love in them."
bb_shousetsu serves as the main community where zine issues are released and organizational announcements are posted. SSBB uses the LJ account, s2b2, as the archive where the actual stories are posted. In recent months, SSBB has also added a separate website to mirror zine releases as well as created announcement accounts on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, DeviantArt, and y!Gallery.
SSBB also encourages contributers to use mangaka-styled pseudonyms and gives "style points" for those who incorporate Japanese puns into their names.
As expected of any long-running zine, SSBB has evolved over the years.
While SSBB was initially conceived of as a BL fiction zine, it added a special yuri issue in the summer of 2006. It released another yuri summer special issue the following year. In 2008, SSBB released two yuri specials: one in May and the other on Halloween. This decision was criticized even though the increase in yuri-themed issues had not decreased the number of M/M-focused issues at all. The zine went back to an annual special for the yuri-themed issue in 2009 and 2011, skipping 2010 in between.
In September 2011, SSBB ran its first artist-only special issue.
From 2005 until 2010, petronia served as main editor of SSBB with dipping_sauce helping with various managerial duties such as editing, maintenance, and uploading. In mid-2010, dipping_sauce stepped down and two co-editors, ladysisyphus and beeblebabe, took her place.
In November of 2010, petronia stepped down as editor and handed over all duties to ladysisyphus and bebblebabe.
Past issues include:
- volume 01, issue 01: La Rencontre
- volume 01, issue 02: Tales of Magic and Mystery (Halloween 2005)
- volume 01, issue 03: Friend or Foe? (Christmas 2005)
- volume 02, issue 04: Sweets for the Sweet (Valentine 2006)
- volume 02, issue 05: Second Chances and New Beginnings
- volume 02, issue 06: Animal Kingdom
- special issue 01: A Maiden's Confidence
- volume 02, issue 07: Position of Power
- volume 02, issue 08: An Officer and a Gentleman (Christmas 2006)
- volume 03, issue 09: Asiaphilia
- volume 03, issue 10: May-December
- volume 03, issue 11: Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down
- special issue 02: Amoris Ignis Perpetuus
- volume 03, issue 12: 100 Tales of Horror (Halloween 2007)
- volume 03, issue 13: Theme-Less Issue (Christmas 2007)
- volume 04, issue 14: Short and Sweet
- special issue 03: Time & Time Again
- volume 04, issue 15: Pop! Goes My Heart
- volume 04, issue 16: Faster Higher Stronger
- special issue 04: Haunted (Halloween 2008)
- volume 04, issue 17: Theme-Less Issue (New Year 2009)
- volume 05, issue 18: A Web Of Intrigue
- special issue 05: The Road
- volume 05, issue 19: He Blinded Me With Science
- volume 05, issue 20: Picture Perfect
- volume 05, issue 21: Ninjas Versus Pirates (Halloween 2009)
- volume 05, issue 22: Theme-Less Issue (Holidays 2009)
- volume 06, issue 23: The Food of Love
- volume 06, issue 24: Historical Romance
- volume 06, issue 25: 25 Rooms
- volume 06, issue 26: Schoolboys
- volume 06, issue 27: Fairy Tales and Folklore
- volume 06, issue 28: Theme-Less Issue (Solstice 2010)
- volume 07, issue 29: Steampunk
- special issue 06: Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers
- volume 07, issue30: To Infinity and Beyond
- volume 07, issue 31: Wild Wild West
- volume 07, issue 32: Hot for Teacher
- Artists' Special 01
- volume 07, issue 33: Myths and Monsters
The editors of SSBB announce all themes for the upcoming year in advance to give potential contributors time to plan. As of December 12, 2011, the forthcoming issues are:
- volume 7, issue 34: Holiday Theme-Free Issue
- volume 8, issue 35: Hooray for Hollywood
- special issue 07: yuri theme
- volume 8, issue 36: Crime and Punishment
- volume 8, issue 37: Weasels Ripped My Flesh
- artist special #2
- volume 8, issue 38: Afterschool Special
- volume 8, issue 39: Sword and Sorcery
- volume 8, issue 40: Holiday Theme-Free Issue
- main community
- website mirror
- story archive
- off-topic chat
- Fannish projects (Accessed December 10, 2011)
- anonymous comment from the comments to Bang*Bang Yuri Special Halloween 2008 (Accessed December 11, 2011)
- drmoonpants's rebuttal in the comments of Bang*Bang Yuri Special Halloween 2008 (Accessed December 11, 2011)
- In other quite important news (Accessed December 11, 2011)
- Changing of the guard (Accessed December 11, 2011)
- Based on this livejournal post. (Accessed June 2, 2011.)
- 2012 Theme List (Accessed December 12, 2011)