Shousetsu Bang*Bang

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Shousetsu Bang*Bang (also 's2b2' or 'SSBB') is a webzine for original gay fiction/boy's love oneshot stories. We publish nine issues a year, and all are available online for free.

Established in 2005, Shousetsu Bang*Bang is 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 a complete romance, self-contained in 30 pages, and heartwarmingly predictable. All stories in the regular issues contain stories of romance between men, are between 1500 and 23,000 words, and include explicit male-male sexual content. The special spring issue shifts the focus to women, and all stories in that issue include explicit female-female sexual content; also, our summer Yes, And issue opens up the field to any explicit sexual content but that which would be found in regular issues. Our Artist Special Issues maintain the m/m focus, but contains short comics and illustrations. Though tone and subject vary from story to story, the spirit of the 'zine is one that encourages true love and happy endings.

Shousetsu Bang*Bang is primarily hosted at LiveJournal. Discussion and issue announcement posts happen mostly at bb_shousetsu, while issues are archived at s2b2. There is also an unofficial discussion community, bangbangwhimper.



The original idea for SSBB came from petronia, the project's creator and first editor-in-chief. The original pitch, dated June 23, 2005, read:

The other thing I'm thinking of doing is starting an lj-comm-based zine - as per absenceofmind's suggestion this time - 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.

Anyone who's ever worked for a school paper, however, is acquainted with the fact that an amateur editor's real job is to write a whole bunch of stuff under deadline crunch and send it to print under pseudonyms to fill the gap, and we all know how well-suited I am for that role. XD;;

EDIT -- I forgot to mention that if the thought of putting your name to a story that resembles the last utterly retarded yet really hawt yomikiri scanlation you read in which a high school student who is actually a pop idol millionaire in disguise kidnaps his teacher and keeps him as a sex slave in the broom closet or something inhibits you with deep shame, you would definitely have the option of submitting anonymously, as long as you made up a fake Japanese mangaka pseudonym for the front cover. XD Bonus points for stupid puns like "Motoni Modoru".[1]