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Fandom: DC Universe
by Betty (brown_betty)
at May 20th, 2005 (07:51 pm)

Because our fandom is so large, it acts like a much smaller fandom.

…Wait, let me try that again. In addition to approaching a century of comics canon, there's also canon from spin off movies, from spin off tv shows, from tv shows now only available on the black market in Asian countries, and from comics which spun off from the spin off tv shows. Our fandom has more canon than the Bible, and is as difficult to reconcile. It's impossible to be familiar with all of it, so most fans stake out a corner: a book, a character, or a team they like, and inhabit it. DCU is less a fandom than a loose collection of small interlocking fandoms. Fans tend to segregate themselves by their canon, rather than their 'ships, or by het vs. slash.

What is the DC Universe?
Books published under the DC imprint are assumed to take place in the same fictional universe. Books published by DC under the Vertigo or Wildstorm imprint don't necessarily take place within the DC shared universe, but are are considered within the DC fandom and included in this guide.

Communities of note:


The dcfic_index is a no posting community that exists solely to track fic written within the DC universe. These can be found, sorted, in the memories.

dcu_slash_index for fic which is outside of, and mostly predates, live journal.

General Comics: (mostly stolen from devildoll 's Marvel fandom Guide)

A slash and het friendly place to discuss comic canon and continuity. Any and all comics as well as related movies, television shows, books, etc.

This is a community for folks who need to blab about comics and your addictions to them.

This is a place where you can sell and trade new or old comics, graphic novels, posters, action figures and anything else comic related!!

The community for the Obscure Comics Character Challenge, but it also has links to fics about obscure characters.

One hundred word challenge community.


This community is about comic culture, plain and simple. The entire comic book culture, not specifically limited to printed comics, but movies, toys, and all else you might find relevant.

This is a community for the discussion of comic-book/superhero films.

A community for girlfans of any and all comic books.

For fanart for any comic book, any company.

It is a forum for the posting of stories, fic announcements, and recommendations for comics-based fanfic of the gen persuasion.

Discussion, fics, rants, and reviews, all with a slash bent.

A Comic Book Based Newsletter

Community for posting scans of pages from comic books and manga.

This Community is for comic book lovers and fan artists. All forms are welcome, coloured pencil, paint, photomanip, markers, collages… everything!

A place for fans to post icons of superheroes from films, tv, books, video games and comics.

Community for posting screen caps from comics-based cartoons.

A community for the Saturday of comic fans, new shipment day! Come here to discuss the latest in the world of funnybooks.

DC Comics:

A place to post links to your meta, reviews, rants, etc.

When you want to reread a story, but can't remember who wrote it.

On-going fic challenge community.

Specific Books, Teams, Families, etc.:

Primarily for the current sidekicks, Tim Drake and Cassandra Cain but past Bat-Brats, including Stephanie Brown and Jason Todd are welcome as well.

DC Villains Fanfic Community

Fic about Batman or the Batclan. Fairly active.

Birds of Prey TV or comic fic

Static Shock! For discussion, fic or art based on the animated series and comic of that name.

Dedicated to discussion, fic, art and pretty much anything relating to the Static Shock cartoon.

For all Vertigo comics fic and art, as well as discussion.

For fans of any Green Lantern.

Focused on the women in Gotham.

For fic written about the Justice League Cartoon.

Justice League virtual season.

Fic about the JLA and members.

Slashing the cartoon show, Justice League Unlimited.

A Legion discussion community.

For appreciation of Starman and the Starman characters.

For appreciation of the lesser known characters of the DC Universe.

This is a community to post fan fiction and fanart for any of the incarnations of The Legion of Super-Heroes.

[Bad username: teentitans_slash]
For slashfic using the characters of the Teen Titans tv show.

For fans of the Wildstorm Authority books.

For fic, fanart, and discussion about Titans team members, current or former. Very active.

Challenge fic communities, past and present:

Archive for the Four Color Heroines challenge, featuring fic about a wide variety of DCU women.

On-going challenge community.

jbbs Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, a Titans/Outsiders Secret Santa challenge

Alternate histories challenge archive for Tim Drake, Robin III.


Community dedicated to Jason Todd, Robin II

For appreciation of Bart Allen.


DCU ship manifestos at ship_manifesto

For anything related to bat/flash pairing.

For stories contain a pairing made up of robins.

Featuring a Dick Grayson/Roy Harper pairing.

For stories focusing on Roy Harper/Tim Drake.

For stories focusing on Tim Drake/Cissie King-Jones

For stories focusing on the pairing of Kon El/Tim Drake

Role Playing Communities: Not my thing, but by asking around I've found:

Titans Academy at Greatest Journal

Titans of Tomorrow at Greatest Journal


Outside LJ

Fiction Archives outside of Live Journal - Not terribly active.

Birds of a Feather
An archive of Babs/Dick fanfiction.

Themed Response
A Robin III/Batgirl II fanfiction archive.

Yellow on Black
Batman and Black Canary.

An authors' collective archive. Contains an impressive links page, including many links to YahooGroups, which may or may not be active.

JLA Unlimited

Comments, corrections, additions solicited.


Posted by: Caius (caiusmajor)
Posted at: May 21st, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)

There's also kerithwyn's dc_slash_index the current version of the DC Slash and Adult Archive, which indexes fic posted to lists or anywhere on the net other than Livejournal.

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: May 21st, 2005 02:17 am (UTC)

Durr. I know I included that in the earlier, eaten by my laptop version of this post. Thanks.

Posted by: I have decided that was planned. (red_eft)
Posted at: May 21st, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
Art post!

There's also comics_fanart Fanart for any comic books, any company.

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: May 21st, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)

Okay, thanks. I'm much more aware of fic than the rest of fandom, but I really do want to include it.

Posted by: HOT NEW ORC FORTRESS (unlovablehands)
Posted at: May 21st, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
i'd rather be the pope

Another comics fanart community: comics_fanart.

The Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Titans/Outsiders Secret Santa is at jbbs.

The Legion fic and art community is at sprock_you not sprockyou & there is a Legion discussion community at legionnaires.

OffPanel links to a number of DC Comics/General Comics yahoogroups MLs. I have no idea how active they currently are, though.

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: May 21st, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)

I caught the sprock_you error, (after posting, because life's like that) and it should be fixed. Thanks for the other links.

Posted by: 'rith (kerithwyn)
Posted at: May 21st, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)

Most useful!

And an excellent reminder to *update* the offpanel links page. *snerk*

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: May 21st, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)

Oh... I didn't mean anything by that, just that I hadn't personally checked any of them out. But it's a very impressive links page!

I wasn't really sure how to describe Offpanel. Is that okay, or is there some better description?

Posted by: 'rith (kerithwyn)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)

No worry! I didn't think you did. That was a *snerk* at myself, because I really haven't updated it in forever, and it needs to be. :)

And that's a fine description of Offpanel. Thanks!

Posted by: tooticki (tooticki)
Posted at: May 28th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
Link to be added...

The Gas Station is an lj community dedicated to discussion, fic, art and pretty much anything relating to the Static Shock cartoon.

Basically, it's the same as Dakota Bangs, but older.

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: May 28th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
Re: Link to be added...

Thanks! Static shock isn't my corner of the fandom, so I'm glad you caught me on that.

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Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: June 8th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: out of curiousity

Well... Canonically, the Sandman books do take place in the same universe as mainstream DCU (I seem to recall an early appearance by the Martian Manhunter in a bathrobe and Dream), but I'm afraid I'm not up on the rest of those titles. Probably technically in the same universe while rarely crossing over? They're not very compatible in tone. This could be a good question for canonistas.

Posted by: Amara (amara_anon)
Posted at: March 16th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)

Thank you for providing this guide. I found it very helpful. I don't know if you are still accepting additions, but in case you are, batfic_contest is a new comm that holds bi-weekly fanfic contests for all versions and pairings of Batman. Thanks again.

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: March 16th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)

I haven't updated this in forever, so thanks for reminding me!

Posted by: 'rith (kerithwyn)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Batman skills

For what it's worth (minimal), the dc_slash_index morphed into the dcu_slash_index back in 2005. Not certain there's much to add to it at this point; the lists are as good as dead, mostly serving as pointers to fic on lj. But dcu_slash_index will remain as given, as an archive list of pre-lj DC slash fic.

Offpanel links page...needs to be cleaned up again. :p

Edited at 2008-04-03 04:34 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)

Thanks, I'll fix it.

Posted by: saavikam77 (saavikam77)
Posted at: April 20th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Titans Together

Hi! Just wanted to drop a note to let you know that I've been amassing my own list of DCU-centric LJ communities. I've got easily twice or three times what you have listed here, just in the DCU-specific comms (and my eyes are bugging out because of it! :p), and I plan to post the completed list to both my personal LJ and to dcu_freeforall. If you'd like, I can send you the list when it's fully complete, so you can update this. Also, do you mind if I use the format you used here? It's so organized and pretty! ^_^


Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: April 20th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)

Sure! I actually made a decision when I compiled this to cut out some of the smaller ones, because it's so huge! And steal away, I stole it from devildoll

Posted by: saavikam77 (saavikam77)
Posted at: April 20th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Clark Face

Excellent! :D Actually, here's the link to the list, as it stands (it's a WIP, of course, and includes SV comms). It's f-locked, so I'll add you as a friend so you can see it.

DCU Communities List

I'll send you the link to the completed list when it's done, too.

Thanks again!

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: April 20th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)

Thanks, I appreciate that!

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