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Deviant Universe Rules & Guidelines


When you join the Deviant Universe, you can submit a character (Hero or Villain) to the DU Characters folder by using one of the templates provided. You can locate the templates in the Template section under the Gallery Folders. With that, a 2-3 page comic intro will be needed as well for submission. This intro will give members a chance to see your art style, and let them know who your character is and what their motivation might be in the DU.

Once you are approved and begin creating comic pages either through a monthly challenge or an Anthology series, you will then be able to add another Hero or Villain character of your choice when they show up in your comic.

Here are the guidelines and what needs to be filled out on the template:
1) A character image (illustrated by the creator) on the left side of the page (a standing pose from head to toe). The background template needs to remain the same, and make sure your character does not go outside the rectangular box area.
2) Information about your character (such as Name, History, Powers/Skills) needs to be displayed on the right side of the page. Please provide a short paragraph or two in the History and Powers sections. If you have more info than what can fit in this section, then provide the most important info on the template, and supply the rest in the description section of your deviation.
3) Your name or user profile under "Created by:"
4) Title of your uploaded page should say "Deviant Universe - (Name of Character)"
5) If you are a NEW member, provide your illustrated short intro comic (2-3 pages in color) of your character (either entering the DU, preparing for what is in store for them in the DU, etc.) and link the pages to your description section of your template. This is only needed for your first character into the DU.
6) You can only include up to 20 characters, so choose wisely. Once a character is in the DU, you cannot remove the character unless they have ceased to exist in a monthly challenge entry or side comic (meaning death, transported through a portal, or any other creative means), or during the Genocide Wave in September.
7) Note me at mja42x when you are ready to add your character.


At certain times during the year, there will be a specific art challenge that will test your skills as artists and provide creative illustrations of our DU characters. The challenges will range from fan art, to art jams, to crossovers, contests and more. While the challenges are not mandatory, I encourage everyone who is a DU member and who has an OC entry in the DU to take part. The challenges can only be done by users who have a Deviant Universe character entry. The entries will be displayed in the associated Deviant Universe gallery folder for all to see. Make sure to follow the guidelines and have fun!

1) All entries must be illustrated by the creator of the character that was submitted to the group.
2) All entries must be in color and fully completed (no pencil roughs or black and white images).
3) Only characters that are in the DU Hero and Villain folders can be used in the monthly challenges.
4) All characters must be an original creation and not associated with any copyrighted material.
5) No nudity or sexual conduct is allowed.
6) Once a deadline has passed, entries are no longer allowed in the gallery.


DU FAN ART - This is a folder where members can share images that do not pertain to a specific challenge. Fan Art contains characters in the DU that you have illustrated (other than your own), or team-up images of your character with other characters in the DU. No Accomplishment Points are awarded for Fan Art.

TALES OF THE DU - This folder is for members that want to share various short stories (15 pages or less) of their DU characters that do not pertain to a specific challenge or Anthology. These short stories can be personal tales of your DU character(s) or tales of other DU members' characters (with approval). Members receive a folder with their username in the Tales of the DU folder. Cover Images are not needed. Members will be able to add one page a day to the gallery.

DEVIANT UNIVERSE ANTHOLOGY - This gallery is story driven and will focus on a particular character, team, or event. You can take part on your own and add a folder that showcases your original characters, or add a folder of a major ongoing story line that you and a few others want to collaborate on.

OPTION 1 - SOLO ANTHOLOGY - For members that want to create a comic that focuses on their own DU characters. The creator will write and illustrate an ongoing story line or a collection of short stories using their OC's. Cameos from other DU members are allowed with their permission, but the focus will be on the writer/artist's original OC's. The member that chooses a Solo Comic Anthology must be the sole writer and artist. Pages can be added to the folder once a day and will count toward Accomplishment Points.

OPTION 2 - COLLABORATIVE ANTHOLOGY - For members that want to create a comic with another DU member that focuses on their combined DU characters. This is for two or three members that want to write and illustrate a team-up story using their OC's. The members that choose this option will alternate writing and art responsibilities. Pages can be added to the folder once a day and will count toward Accomplishment Points.

OPTION 3 - EVENT ANTHOLOGY - For members that want to create a comic with multiple DU members that focuses on their combined DU characters in a large scale crossover style event. This is for four or more members that want to write and illustrate an event type story line using their OC's. The members that choose this option will alternate writing and art responsibilities. Pages can be added to the folder once a day and will count toward Accomplishment Points.

Here are the Guidelines for the DU Anthology Gallery:

1) Illustrate a cover image when you are ready to start your Anthology story idea. The cover image should be of the character or team that you will be focusing on, as well as the title logo labeled somewhere on the cover. Cover image should be vertical and not horizontal.
2) Keep in mind that you can only have 3 folders in the anthology (Solo, Collaborative, Event), so choose a story or collection of short stories that you will add pages to until completed. To keep things fresh, the DU Anthology gallery will be for new stories, not stories that have already been posted previously.
3) Note me with your Anthology idea and cover for approval.
4) Once you post your cover and first page of your Anthology story, I will then create a folder for your series.
5) After that, you will be able to add one page a day to your Anthology folder.
6) Characters that appear in the DU Anthology need to have a DU Profile. However, support characters with small roles are allowed without a DU profile.
7) Members will earn Accomplishment Points with each page posted to the gallery.
8) The creator must be the sole artist on the story of a specific folder, unless you create a collaborative story among others in the group, then each participating member will illustrate.


Accomplishments are recognition points based on the completion of monthly DU challenges and Anthology story pages (fan art, side stories or other extras do not count). Each deviation (one story-page, one single-image) equals one point. This is a good way for artists to earn points for their dedication and hard work while working through the Monthly Challenges/Anthology Series and honing their art skills. Accomplishments will be updated each month and show creators how many DU art challenges have been "accomplished." Where do you stack?


If you leave the Deviant Universe and decide to no longer be a member, all of your characters will be removed from the DU Gallery, and all your Accomplishment points will be gone as well.
If you submit little to no entries or remain inactive for a year, then your character(s) will be removed from the DU Gallery, and you will lose all your Accomplishments. Inactivity means that you were not able to provide more than 10 points in one year (you can check your points status under Accomplishment Points on the main DU page). This is done once a year on January 1st.

You may return to the Deviant Universe group after three months of removal (unless kicked out), but you will need to add your templates again and start your Accomplishment points at 0. You will also need to create a short comic (about 2-3 pages) that shows your character reappearing in the DU and a focus on why they are back. You'll need to make sure that the submission is in color and in comic book format.

*The DU is a place for artists of all abilities and that the monthly challenges are just that--challenges. Be aware that if someone stumbles and falls, harsh criticism or creating a hostile environment with abusive conduct will not be permitted. This goes towards any type of DU section, such as Monthly Challenges, Side Comics, Anthology Stories, Fan Art, and even the DU Discord channel. The Deviant Universe is intended to be a collaborative group where all members support each other by creating an atmosphere that encourages artistic growth and exploration. Failure to do so could result in removal from the DU Group. Be Positive, Support, and Encourage.



Points are awarded based on how many completed pages were entered for each specific Challenge/Anthology.


:iconbioghost1000: - 8
:iconbjatkinson: - 0
:iconbogmonster: - 34
:iconbug-off: - 0
:iconchibibrugarou: - 1
:icondondevious: - 0
:iconechoxrime: - 3
:icongaston25: - 1
:iconignolia-thorne: - 50+
:iconknightslayer115: - 1
:iconmja42x: - 30
:iconshastab24: - 50+
:icontmaneea: - 50+
:iconurvy1a: - 6
:iconviktormatiesen: - 18
:iconwynautwarrior: - 0
:iconxxthedetectivexx2004: - 0

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Deviant Universe Character Select by mja42x
Deviant Universe (DU) Logo by mja42x
New DU Logo by mja42x
Deviant Universe Opening by DonDevious
Deviant Universe Hero Template by mja42x
Deviant Universe Villain Template by mja42x
Deviant Universe Support Template by mja42x
Deviant Universe Reference Template by mja42x
DU Anthology
Deviant Universe Anthology by mja42x
Mission Files (C3) Cover by mja42x
Revenge book 2 by Gaston25
DU Sept: The Watch Cover by EchoXrime
DU Characters
DU Characters by mja42x
DU Extras
DU Extras Cover by mja42x
DU 2011 Challenges
DU Presents 0 by mja42x
DU 2012 Challenges
DU Presents Issue 1 by mja42x
DU 2013 Challenges
DU Presents #2 by mja42x
DU 2014 Challenges
Deviant Universe Presents #3 by mja42x
DU 2015 Challenges
DU Presents 4 by mja42x
DU 2016 Challenges
DU Presents 5 by mja42x
DU 2017 Challenges
DU Presents 6 by mja42x
DU 2018 Challenges
DU Presents 7 by mja42x
DU 2019 Challenges
DU Presents 8 by mja42x
"There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they could become something more".
This quote may sound familiar to some, but it was also my thought process in 2010 after participating in Kostmeyer's Secret Wars event. During that time, I remember being overjoyed while working on a massive comic project with people that had similar interests like I did. People that wrote and illustrated their own stories with their own original characters. When I used to be in High School and College, that only happened with a very small group of close friends I met in person. But during my experience with Deviant Art and Kostmeyer's Secret Wars event, I thought to myself, why not make a group where artists from all around the world can get together and make comics with their original characters all the time!
So in December 0f 2010, the Deviant Universe was born.
Bogmonster became the first person to join the group with his submissions of Mighty American and Vicky Velocity. Shortly after that, more followed and the Universe began to grow. Characters of all different types joined the group, and it was amazing to see everyone working together to bring the Universe to life. Never would I have imagined how large the group would become over the years. It was truly a great place for artists to collaborate on stories, share ideas, and produce fun comics.
Twelve years is a long time to run the Deviant Universe group. But in that time, we produced a myriad of art that spanned over 120 monthly and side challenges, countless fan art submissions, various summer crossover events that took our characters on earth-shattering adventures, numerous Anthology stories that focused on diverse side stories, engaging Battle Royale fighting tournaments with prizes for our winners, Character Showcases of our most famous OC's such as DU Legends and DU All-Stars, Monthly Artist Spotlights, and so...much...more!
Not only did we create an incredible amount of content, but the DU was also a group where we've been able to make some amazing friendships throughout the years. Friendships that I'm sure will continue even past the Deviant Universe's history. The DU set out to be exactly what I envisioned...a place where we could hone and improve our art skills, create an immersive and engaging adventure for our characters, and collaborate with other artists from all across the globe. I am incredibly proud of the Deviant Universe and all it has provided these last twelve years.
Thank you to every member that has been part of the Deviant Universe. It truly was a special place!
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24 deviants said Yes, I love revisiting and re-reading past stories!
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Revenge by Gaston25
Spitfire by EchoXrime
Alliance of Super Girls by Urvy1A
Tales from the Grove by Tmaneea
Lucy in Toonland by WynautWarrior
Goldstar by ViktorMatiesen
Flame Thrower by ShastaB24
Hybrid Dragon by RareFlaw
Knight Warden by xXthedetectivexX2004
Northern Lights Academy by Bug-Off
Ninja Magic 2099 by bogmonster


The Tenacious Vegabond King by Bug-Off & ViktorMatiesen
Jessie's Team Up Tales by Urvy1A & Bioghost1000

Father Time's Collosseum hosted by Ignolia-Thorne, participants - bogmonster,WynautWarrior, DonDevious, KnightSlayer115

Mission Files by mja42x & bogmonster
Future Imperfect hosted by mja42x, participants - Tmaneea, bogmonster, ShastaB24

Dangerous Skies by WynautWarrior
Adventures in Space by bogmonster
Beerdigungkranz by KnightSlayer115 & insane-ukulele
Invinci-Girl by Ignolia-Thorne
Dumping Tales by Nodegama-art
Eleventy by Speedslide
Dragon Tales by BjAtkinson & RareFlaw
The Immortals by Ignolia-Thorne







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USAUgirl Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2022  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just writing this message to see if anyone was interested in upcoming Comic Projects with me once the DU ends. Let me know in my notes!

ConcordForge127 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2022  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there! Wondering if it’s too late to give Animal Boy one last ride with the Deviant Universe before everything goes dark.
mja42x Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2022  Hobbyist Artist
Hey there, Legion! Note me with what you have in mind.
mja42x Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2021  Hobbyist Artist
UPDATE: We're officially halfway through the year! Just a reminder that the deadline to earn 10 accomplishment points is on December 31st. Looking forward to seeing more DU Anthology stories in the months ahead!
mja42x Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2021  Hobbyist Artist
Since the Eclipse update removed the option to notify watchers about group journal updates, please note that the latest journal has been updated to reflect the change in deadlines for Anthology comics.
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