Outside The Lines

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Fanfiction Mailing List
Name: outsidethelines
Date(s): April 1998 - ongoing?
Moderators/List Maintainers: Susan Crites, David D. Amaya, Thistle, Indigo
Founder(s): Susan Crites
Fandom: Comics
URL: http://outsidetl.tripod.com/
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What's behind the name, you ask?

Well, it's because comics depend on lines to tell their stories--the lines that draw the characters and settings, and the lines of the dialog balloons. We fan fic writers are stepping over and outside those established lines when we create tales that will never appear between those glossy covers. We read between the lines of established canon to get our private inspiration.

Plus, we're all rebels who insist on the right to color where we WANT to color!

Outside The Lines was a large mailing list for comic book fanfiction. It was established after the death (by bouncing emails) of the previous comic fanfic mailing list, Untold-l.

While the vast majority of fics were about the X-Men and various spinoff teams, OTL encouraged fics about any comic titles: "The exceptions to this is manga (because it already has a huge, separate following of its own), and comic-come-lately titles, such as comic books that have sprung up lately to ride on the coat tails of a TV show or movie." [1]

At its height, OTL had around 600 members. Members of the list were known as "Outsiders."

FarBeyondOTL was OTL's sister list.

"April 1998 - Outside the Lines is created by Susan Crites...[2]"


  1. ^ OutsideTheLines FAQ (Accessed Sept. 12, 2009)
  2. ^ Comic Fanfiction History Project