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    Default DC Next Dawn Bullpen

    Welcome to the

    What is “DC Next Dawn” and how does it work?

    Next Dawn, previously known as “New Dawn,” is a fan fiction universe and solicitation game that has been in existence on the CBR boards for approximately ten years! It has gone through several iterations and has survived forum reboots! It’s a survivor, it’s gonna make it!

    The way it works is that “plotters” write short solicitations for monthly comic books! They steer established DC characters in series that they develop themselves, putting together teams, villains, artist/writer pairings, concepts and most importantly creative storylines and playing them out each month through entertaining solicitations. Then participants “buy” the books they want to read! Sounds fun, right?

    These fanmade books share a universe and continuity, the newest version of which is called “Next Dawn,” e.g., “the Next Dawn Universe.” Its a fresh reboot starting in August, 2019!

    The plotters and editors that make up the Next Dawn Universe are referred to as "The Bullpen." This Bullpen page is an avenue for plotters, editors and readers to discuss the behind-the-scenes aspects of Next Dawn, to pitch ideas, promote what is to come, show off fan made artwork, ask questions, etc. It's the proverbial conference room, water cooler, and after hour bar - all in one.

    Solicitations are posted once a month. Plotters write up their solicitations in the proper format and send them to an editor before the end of the month. The editor then publishes all the solicitations in a big monthly post. In that thread, readers (including the plotters and editors themselves) choose which books they'll purchase and usually vote in a poll of some kind (book of the month, etc.).

    You don’t have to be a plotter to buy books! All are welcome! If you are a plotter, you may and are encouraged to buy your own titles. There is friendly competition between the titles as there are rewards for top sellers!

    This is a shared community. The Bullpen Team works together to strengthen each other's stories and together we contribute in building a brand. Collaboration is encouraged. Plotters have "ownership" of the characters in their own books. If a plotter wishes to use a character "owned" by another plotter/title, they are asked to run the idea by the plotter that "owns" that character for approval. This helps keep continuity tight and also often leads to plotters working together and making something greater than they may have even originally planned.

    There is a running and updated listed of characters that have been "drafted” to a title. If a character is not currently "drafted,” then they’re available for new books! Pitch ‘em in this thread!

    We are starting with a 2 title cap/limit for each plotter. This can expand through participation rewards.

    Can you join AOM: The New Universe?

    Hell yeah you can!!

    First, absolutely everyone can “purchase” books they like in the monthly solicitation thread! No commitment! (And it doesn’t actually cost anything, it’s all fictional money).

    Also, new and interested plotters are welcome and graciously appreciated! If you are interested in becoming a plotter then just let us know. This is an open universe project so to speak. We're happy to welcome new members and will help you get set up with your own title. However it does require a minimal commitment - a short solicitation, once a month!

    Awesome Editorial Staff:

    Yours truly! Scorekeeper, sales comptroller!
    Solicitation collector, post-master!
    Wikimaster, community organizer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The General, JLA #38
    'Why?' Just to see the disappointment on your corn-fed, gee-whiz face, Superman. And because a great dark voice on the edge of nothing spoke to me and said you all had to die. There is no 'Why?'

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    Default Solicitation History and links

    This project boasts a long history!

    Our previous bullpen/community threads, since the 2014 forum reboot, can be found here:

    The first post-reboot bullpen: a bold era of restructuring after our previous work was wiped out in the Crisis on CBR forums reset everything!

    The second bullpen, “New Dawn Live,” spearheaded by our former E-I-C Shaggydoo!

    Behold! Our monthly archive!
    This is the repository of our prior work; a compilation of all the monthly solicitation posts since the forum was reset in 2014.


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    We are the “Distinguished Competition” to our sister universe, the “Age of Marvels.” This is the Marvel version of Next Dawn and involves many of the same participants. It’s bullpen can be found here!

    Next Dawn and Age of Marvels also have an OFFICIAL WIKI!

    This wiki is designed not only to be a resource for browsing our creative work and continuity, but also to preserve our solicitations in the event of another forum reboot. It’s not comprehensive, but we do what we can - and wikimaster H-E-D offers metahuman effort!
    Last edited by Exciter; 08-02-2019 at 05:49 AM.
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    Default Rules

    Choose the characters, Write the Solicits, Send them to an Editor, Make monthly purchase!


    *Each plotter can start with two books. Join at any time!

    *To pitch a book, propose a basic idea, its cast of characters and its creative team either directly to an editor via private message or right here in the bullpen thread! A book begins with a maximum of 13 characters.

    *You can use every single character from DC, Vertigo, Wildstorm, Milestone, or any “DC” brand. You can’t use a character already drafted by another plotter without that plotter’s permission. You can create new original characters and they do not count towards your 13 character limit.

    *Before the end of each month, plotters must submit their solicits to an editor. The editor then collects them and posts them in the Monthly Solicitations Thread opened in the DC Forums board.

    The editor handling this for Next Dawn will be the esteemed nx01a! So send your stuff directly to him before the month is over!

    *Participants then “buy” the books they want! This is done simply by posting the books you like in the Monthly Solicitation thread. The sales period is one month, at the end of which sales totals will be tallied and posted. Purchases must be in before the end of the month (they are accepted until sales are tallied but not after). Participation and top-sellers earn rewards!

    This is the standard solicitation set up to send to your editors. Let’s keep it uniform!

    THE AMAZING BOOK TITLE #(#issue number)
    Plotted by YOU_THE_PLOTTER
    Written by AWESOME WRITER
    Solicitation body, containing what happens in the issue. Be catchy, creative and check your spelling.
    32 PGS./ Rated T...$2.99
    (rating decided by you!)


    When you sign up as a plotter, you make a modest commitment to submit a short solicitation every month. We want to accommodate you! We know sometimes you might miss a month, and hey, we’re forgiving. Just let an editor know either by posting in this thread or via direct message.

    However, if three months go by without any communication and no submissions (the old no-show, no-call), a title will unfortunately be cancelled and the drafted characters returned to the available pool. Don’t make me do this, it doesn’t bring me joy!
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    Default Rewards


    Rewards are based on a point system! Titles accumulate reward points punchcard style through plotter participation and sales victories!

    Points will be awarded monthly to the title itself, e.g., Green Lantern will have X amount of points - not the plotter of Green Lantern. You can’t mix and match points either (so if you have two books with 8 points, you can’t combine them to make 16 points). If you cancel a title and replace it with a different title, however, your points from the cancelled title will carry over (so you’re not married to a book if it starts to not work for you).

    You will get:
    *1 point for turning your monthly solicitation for the title in on time
    *1 point to each title you plot when you make your monthly purchases
    *2 points for being the highest selling title that month.

    So any given title could attain a maximum of 4 points per month. I will endeavor to keep a tally of these points in this very thread after the monthly sales totals are done.

    A title’s plotter can cash in its points at any time for any of the following rewards:

    *4 points - “Swap Thing” - swap a character, dropping a DC character you drafted in exchange for picking up a new one from the unused character pool)
    *6 points - “Year Plus One” - get an additional roster spot, allowing you to select one additional DC character beyond the 13 character limit to be permanently added to your title)
    *12 points - “Legends of the Miniverse” - plot an additional 4-issue Miniseries using available characters.
    *12 points - “Worlds Collide” - temporarily draft a non-DC/Marvel character for a maximum of 4 issues.
    *18 points - “Amalgam Returns” - plot an additional 4 issue miniseries crossover between your Next Dawn book or other available DC characters and Age of Marvels or another universe.
    *20 points - “Plotter League Unlimited” - permanently add a complete third title with up to 13 available characters.
    *20 points - “Crisis on Infinite Points” - create a highly-promoted “line-wide event” book where plotters of other books have the option of tying in. Limit one per month.

    Miniseries acquire points in the same manner that regular books do. When the miniseries ends, any points it still has will be transferred back to the title whose points were used to create the miniseries.
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    Default Current titles

    Current titles

    Below is a list of currently plotted books!

    Plotter: DEKU
    Writer: GEOFF JOHNS
    Artist: GURIHIRU
    Main Character: Superman (Clark Kent); Supergirl (Kara Zor-El); Superboy (Jon Kent); Lois Lane; Krypto the Superdog
    Antagonists: Metallo (John Corben); Mister Mxyzptlk; Toyman (Winslow Schott); Brainiac; General Zod; Abra Kadabra; Kryptonite Man; Mirror Master (Sam Scudder)

    Plotter: MARVELL2100
    Artist: BEN OLIVER
    Concept: Bat-Wing protects the Democratic Republic of the Congo and his adventures will take him across Africa and around the world.
    Man Character: David Zavimbe
    Supporting Characters: Dakota Jamison
    (D.E.O. - Department of Extranormal Operations), Kia Okuru, Matu Ba, Rick Flagg (Task Force X), Dawn (Rachel Niamo), Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Steve Trevor
    Antagonists: Red Lion, Tasha al Ghul (League of Assassins), Massacre (Isaac Zavimbe), the Jackals, Father Lost, Shadowlord

    Plotter: POWER TORCH
    Writer: AMY CHU
    Artist: JAN DUURSEMA
    Premise: Fear has stuck the UK. Murders have started in London, and Batwoman is to blame. Someone is killing in Kane's name. Batwoman is going global and taking a trip across the pond to find out who and why.
    Main Characters:
    Batwoman (Kate Kane); Jenny Sparks
    Supporting characters: Hawkfire (Bette Kane); Ragman (Rory Regan); Poison Ivy
    Antagonists: Knight (Batman of the UK); Squire; Whisper A'Daire

    Plotter: MARVELL2100
    Writer: JEFF LEMIRE
    Main Character: Connor Hawke
    Supporting: The Magus, Naomi, Jax, Shado, John Diggle, Black Orchid(Alba Garcia)
    Antagonist: Shiva, Ravager( Rose Wilson), Richard Dragon, Komodo, Lena Killian(Cadmus Corp) new character, NoBody
    Concept: After being raised as an assassin, Connor Hawke struggles to find his place in a violent world as he searches for peace and atonement for his past sins.

    Plotter: CLARK_KENT
    Writer: DAN JURGENS
    Premise: Join the DCEU on an alternate world, where we find out how things may have gone down if WB hadn't changed gears. Drawn from a mix of creator interviews, on-film evidence, and my own imagination, these are the continuing adventures of Superman, an aging Batman, and the Justice League in a world facing its very own New Dawn...or its very own Apokolips. It's all here in the brighter, more hopeful, interconnected DCEU.

    Plotter: DEKU
    Writer: ED BRUBAKER
    Artist: MICHAEL LARK
    Main Character: Batman (Bruce Wayne); Robin (Damian Wayne); Red Hood (Jason Todd); Black Bat (Cassandra Cain)
    Supporting Characters: Harley Quinn; Alfred Pennyworth; Commissioner Jim Gordon
    Antagonists: The Riddler; Scarecrow; Joker; Penguin; Clayface (Basil Karlo); Puzzler

    Plotter: EXCITER
    Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
    Art by FRANK CHO
    Premise: He’s the fastest man alive... but there are some things even he can’t outrun!
    Alternate premise: GOTTA GO FAST!
    Main Character: The Flash (Barry Allen)
    Supporting characters: Booster Gold; King Faraday; Iris West; Henry Allen; Claw the Unconquered;
    the Haunted Tank
    Antagonists: Vandal Savage; Gorilla Grodd; Black Racer; Cheetah (Barbara Minerva); Captain Cold (Leonard Snart); Heatwave (Mick Rory)

    Plotter: EXCITER
    Writer by MARK MILLAR
    Premise: The Green Lantern Corps serves and protects the galaxy from the worst scum of the universe!
    Main Character: Hal Jordan
    Supporting Characters: John Stewart; Guy Gardner; Kilowog; Star Sapphire (Carol Ferris); Ganthet (and the Guardians of the Universe); Martian Manhunter
    Antagonists: Starro; Despero; Lobo; Mongul; Sinestro; Doomsday; Non

    Plotter: POWER TORCH
    Writer: NANCY A. COLLINS
    Premise: A house is built suddenly, in Dayton, Ohio. Young teens go in to investigate, and no one comes out. It has been two weeks since then, and no one is brave enough to go in, no one except Black Alice. Horror comes to DC in this mysterious title that takes our heroes for a murderous and terrifying spin!
    Main Characters: Black Alice; Looker (as a Vampire)
    Supporting Characters: Doctor Occult; Deadman (Boston Brand); The Spectre
    Antagonist: Kyle Abbot

    Plotter: CLARK_KENT
    Premise: Millennia ago, an all-powerful being known as DOMINUS ruled the Multiverse with five objects of power. Narrowly defeated by the Royal Family of the planet Calatan, the five objects were scattered through the Multiverse, hidden for all time...until now.
    Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman, has discovered the location of one such object. Believing the reunification of the five will finally grant him the death he longs for, he recruits a team of heroes and villains to track them down across the Multiverse, no matter the cost.
    Main Characters: Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman; Steel; The Eradicator; Azrael (Jean Paul); Reverse Flash; Mr. Majestic; Vibe; Superboy (Kon-El); Dominus; Maxima; Helspont; Protex (and the Hyperclan); Nix Outan

    Plotter: LEE STONE
    Writer: JEFF PARKER
    Artist: STEVE RUDE
    Premise: A non-team team of space adventurers exploring the new frontier. Yes, it's a team... But, it's not. We'll call them... The Star Hunters.
    Main characters: Adam Strange; Starfire; Tigorr; Harbinger; Jemm (Son of Saturn); Bloodwynd
    Antagonists: Blackfire; Kanjar Ro; Steppenwolf; Byth
    Other: The Weird
    Antagonists: Mr. Nebula; Pandora

    Plotter: LEE STONE
    Writer: BRIAN BENDIS
    Artist: ALEX MALEEV
    Premise: A group of vigilantes working outside the law fighting corruption and organized crime in New York.
    Main characters: Green Arrow; Black Canary; Black Lightning; Huntress; Katana; Bronze Tiger; Nemesis
    Antagonists: Ra's al Ghul; Talia al Ghul; Solomon Grundy; Cheshire; Deadshot; Cluemaster

    Premise: A mix between the O'Neil, Ditko, and Conspiracy Theorist Questions.
    Main Character: Vic Sage
    Supporting characters: Aristotle Rodor; Vicki Vale; Brother Eye (from OMAC); Baron Winters (from Night Force); Lee Travis; Merry Pemberton; Mento (Steve Dayton); The Floronic Man (Jason Woodrue); Siren (Lorelei Circe (Batman 1966 TV Series)); Sportsmaster (Lawrence "Crusher" Crock ); Bandit (“1” of We3)
    Billy Challas (Ronin)

    RED X
    Limited Series
    Plotter: H-E-D
    Writer: MARJORIE LIU
    Artist: RILEY ROSSMO
    Premise: Nightwing takes the name Red X to go undercover as a supervillain in the mysterious organization known as Meridian.
    Main Character: Dick Grayson (Nightwing/Red X)
    Supporting characters: Cassie Sandsmark; Jade; Obsidian; Emily Sung
    Antagonists: Lena Thorul; Alan Scott; Deadman (Marcus Moore); Green Dragon (Professor Chang); Leonard Lewis; Uehara Daizo; Armando Guitez; Kim Süskind

    Plotter: LEMONPEACE
    Artist: DENYS COWAN
    Cover Artist: JAMAL CAMPBELL
    Premise: After years of tutelage under Batman, Duke Thomas is ready to step into the wider DC universe! Follow SIGNAL’s adventures on the streets of Freeland, Georgia; the rising metahuman capital of America.
    Main Character: Duke Thomas (Signal)
    Supporting Characters: Naomi McDuffie, Derek James (Sideways), Angela Antigone (Fuerza), Wallace West (Kid Flash), Curtis Metcalf (Hardware), Wise Son (Hannibal White), Lynn Stewart-Pierce
    Antagonists: Brother Blood, Tobias Whale, Holocaust, Akando

    Plotter: LOREC
    Writer: GAIL SIMONE
    Artist: ED BENES
    Premise: Having lost his more than 90% of his fortune, Lex Luthor decides to change the direction of LexCorp. Recruiting some of the greatest villains of all time, he plans to rebuild his wealth and his image in the greatest con of all time.
    Main character: Lex Luthor
    Supporting characters: Catwoman; Renee Montoya; Deathstroke; Black Manta; Morgan Edge; The Calculator; Black Mask; Brick; Lynx; Hugo Strange; Donovan Wallace (General Glory); Jaime Harper

    Plotter: H-E-D
    Premise: Diana faces a gauntlet of mythological terrors and gods, as ancient enemies of the Greco-Roman pantheon return for revenge.
    Main Character: Wonder Woman (Princess Diana of Themyscira)
    Supporting characters: Etta Candy; Ferdinand; Zealot (Zannah of Khera); Shim'Tar (Artemis of Bana-Mighdall); Wonder Woman (Maria Mendoza); Kasia
    Antagonists: Osira; the Morrigan; Wuotan (Odin); Astarte; Cybernary; Nemesis (Greco-Roman Goddess)
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