Over the years, I’ve been in a number of fandoms and seen my fair share of Big Bangs, so I figured that it was high time a fandom as massive as Overwatch got their very own! For those who don’t know what a Big Bang is, it’s pretty much when an author writes a decent-sized fic and is given an artist who will create art for said fic. Then, during a designated time frame, they post their work for the fandom to enjoy. Sounds fun, right? Here’s the gist of what our Overwatch Big Bang is all about:

Basic Rules

  • This is a fandom-wide challenge, so you can:
    • write for any ships/characters you want
    • illustrate for any ships/characters you want
  • You can sign up as both an artist and an author
  • Authors must have a fic between 5,000 and 10,000 words
  • Artists must have one piece of art done per fic
  • There is no theme for this challenge; write anything you’d like
  • Creations can be canon, canon divergent, from an AU, etc. 

Basic Schedule

  • Sign-ups begin July 9
  • Author/Artist sign-ups end August 9
  • Artists are paired with Authors by September 16
  • Fics are due by November 25
  • Art is due by November 25
  • Posting begins November 27
  • Posting ends December 27


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If you have anymore comments, questions, or concerns, don’t hesitate to send us a message. I’ll be more than happy to help you out and answer anything you’re unsure about. Also, be sure to reblog this post so all your followers/mutuals can find out about us too.

Hopefully we’ll have a lot of folks sign up and have a blast!

“There was a sense toward the end of that period, which many people associate with the aftermath of the 1993 Whitney Biennial, that people got tired of the subject position battles. There was a backlash … as artists, critics, and institutions grew weary of defending their privilege and more or less decided that the whole identity politics thing was over.

Attendant with that has been a simplification of the art of the time, as if somehow it was lacking in formal or material complexity, and was merely artists stating self-essentializing positions as a way to make space for marginalized positions within an art world that had hitherto excluded them. And yet, of course, much of the art of that era continues to inform and enrich the present. While I am not suggesting that the artists in this exhibition represent Identity Politics 2.0 (as if identity politics ever ended, for that matter; it is everywhere, all the time, de facto, and we are all participants), they do represent artists who are unafraid to engage the world in broad and ambitious ways, and who deploy their identity, or at least a conscious acknowledgment of its existence, within the work. What feels different to me is that they all reconsider notions of loyalty to a group away from identification based on class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality and toward some less codified organization of alliances.”

-Bartholomew Ryan, extract from the conclusion of 9 Artists catalogue essay.

Join 9 Artists curator Bartholomew Ryan in the galleries tonight at 5 pm for a conversation about the exhibition, which closes Sunday.