A quick primer for those who are new(er) to the fandom: Underdogs
is a fandom-friendly open fanwork/media archive focusing on students from Fudoumine Jr. High. Anyone is welcome to submit their works to the archive at any point in time. We've now been around in various forms, places, and states of being-updated-ness for nearly ten years now, and are always open to submissions of fanfiction, fanart, other types of fanworks and Fudoumine-related media. It's recently gone under a major facelift with some new content and other fun stuff, with plenty more on the way. I'm aiming to start updating it again at least once a month, but it depends entirely on fans like you to bring fresh new content, so updates happen when there are things to update with ;)
The fiction archive spent about a year offline due to server issues and lack of time to reset everything, but is now back in action and has been completely restored, so all of the old members are still there and old fiction is still archived.
That said, Underdogs was first opened on September 24, 2004 and is now approaching its 10th anniversary online. In tune with that, we will shortly be holding an open fanfic/art contest with plenty of fantastic prizes. The contest will begin in about one week, running from March 15-April 15
. For all other information related to the contest, please click the banner below.
Please spread the word! I'd love for this to work out fantastically :)
Other Possible Projects
I've been thinking about doing a few ongoing projects to help keep the site alive and generating new content, including an online Fudoumine-centric doujinshi anthology. The idea is to compile a set of works including comics, pinup art, and illustrated fiction set to a theme and release it all as a single "volume". If this sounds like something you'd like to participate in, or would like to read, please vote in the poll featured on Underdogs' main page
Another project I'd started years ago but never managed to finish for various personal reasons was the introduction of FSTs - Fan Sound Tracks - to the site. The original project signup post was here
for more information on how that worked. Although the first project had a deadline, I'm thinking this one would be ongoing. A poll will probably go up sometime in the near future. Tell me your thoughts?
I've been considering reinstating the themed fanwork challenges and ficathons fudo_courts
used to have--whether weekly or monthly or whatever. If there's enough interest, I'll go ahead and do it :) Let me know in the comments!
Crossposted to various places.