|Date(s):||2005 - present|
|Genre:||Slash, Femslash, Porn|
|External Links:||website, LJ community|
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Shousetsu Bang*Bang, often abbreviated as SSBB, is a long-running bimonthly webzine of original queer erotic fiction and art founded by petronia in 2005. Originally founded as a webzine strictly for M/M fiction, SSBB opened up to all queer and genderqueer content in 2019.
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. In earlier years contributions were posted to the LJ account, s2b2, and currently the standalone website serves to host all past and current issues. Announcements are also available on Twitter and Tumblr.
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. Beginning in 2013, it began to run annual Yes, And issues for all content that didn't fit the M/M- and F/F-only issues. As of 2019, all issues of SSBB are open to all queer erotic content and six issues are published per year, one every other month.
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.
A list of all past issues can be found at SSBB's dedicated wiki.
The editors of SSBB announce all themes for the upcoming year in advance to give potential contributors time to plan. As of November 24, 2019, the forthcoming issues are:
- Issue 83: Holy Rollers
- Issue 84: Short Shorts
- Issue 85: Once Upon a Time
- Issue 86: Concrete Jungle
- Issue 87: What Music They Make
- Issue 88: Theme Free
- main community
- website mirror
- story archive
- off-topic chat
- Changes for 2019 (Accessed November 24, 2019)
- 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)
- 2020 Themes and Dates (Accessed November 24, 2019)