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Deviant Universe Rules & Guidelines


When you join the Deviant Universe, start by submitting TWO characters (one Hero AND one Villain). 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.


Each month, 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.


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?


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.

DU SIDE COMICS - This folder is for members that want to share various short stories of their DU characters that do not pertain to a specific challenge. Stories can be personal or team-ups with other DU characters. Members receive a folder with their username in the side-comics folder. This area is also good to post pages that did not meet a monthly deadline.

MONTHLY CHALLENGES – Once a year, you are able to suggest monthly challenges when the journal about challenge ideas opens up. When the Challenge Journal is posted asking for new challenges, simply note me with an idea you have for either a story-based or single-image challenge, and if the challenge is approved, you will then create the challenge guidelines and page examples needed.

TEAMS - While you are more than welcome to have a team of your own original OC's in the DU, there are two major 'collaborative' teams that you can join: The heroic Thunder Force and the sinister Dark Legion. All members will have an opportunity to take part in these teams and work with other members to bring a shared universe feel. Stay tuned for more info as we are currently in the process of updating this section.

DEVIANT UNIVERSE ANTHOLOGY: - The DU Anthology folder is the latest addition to our collection of galleries. 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. Here are the Guidelines for the DU Anthology Gallery:

1) Illustrate a cover image when you are ready to create a folder. 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.
2) Keep in mind that you can only have 2 folders in the anthology (Solo and Collaborative), so choose an ongoing story that you will add pages to for the long term. 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 the cover image you created so I can add it to the Anthology Gallery.
4) Once you post your 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. Unlike the Side-Comics folder, the Anthology folder is not for short stories, but stories that are ongoing, or broken into chapters.
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) There are no deadlines for the Anthology section. Add pages when it is convenient for you.
8) Member will earn Accomplishment Points with each page posted to the gallery.
9) 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.


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 in September during the ‘Genocide Wave.’

You may return to the Deviant Universe group in January of the next year (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.



*UPDATE - With last month's Challenge coming to a close, the Accomplishments have been updated. Great job to everyone who participated! Points are awarded based on how many completed pages were entered for each specific challenge.



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Gallery Folders

Battle Royale 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 - Chapter 2 by mja42x
DU Anthology cover 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

With the 2019 summer crossover at an end, so ends the main Deviant Universe story line that has been running for the last 9 years. The Thunder Force have been officially disbanded, and the Dark Legion is no more. World's End marked the final DU summer crossover, as well as the last story-based monthly challenge. So where do we go from here?

As we move ahead, the focus of the Deviant Universe will be to continue making comics, but as part of the Anthology section. Members of the DU will be able to focus on a particular story they have in mind, and make comics at their own pace, either on their own or collaboratively with others. This month's challenge will give members a chance to continue their Anthology comic (if they already started one), or to start their own (if they haven't started one yet).

Members can now create two Anthology folders. One for a Solo Comic and one for a Collaborative Project. Solo Comics are for one creator who wants to write and illustrate an ongoing story line or a collection of short stories using their OC's. Collaborative Projects are going to be for two or more members that want to write and illustrate an ongoing story line that is broken up into chapters using their OC's. Read through the guidelines below, and determine which Anthology comic you would like to work on this month!

The Guidelines for this Challenge are as follows:

1) Decide whether you want to make a Solo Comic, a Collaborative Project, or both.
2) Solo Comics are for one creator who wants to write and illustrate an ongoing story line or a collection of short stories using their OC's.They will have the sole vision of their story, and will focus on their original characters. Cameos from other members OC's are allowed, but only with their permission.
3) Collaborative Projects are going to be for two or more members that want to write and illustrate an ongoing story line that is broken up into chapters using their OC's. Illustrated pages are to be divided by the creators during the story.
4) Once you know which Anthology you want to focus on, provide a cover image of your Anthology comic (if you haven't already done so). The title of the comic will need to be displayed at the top of your cover image. Cover images need to be in comic book format (vertical rectangular image, not horizontal or square).
5) To keep things fresh, the DU Anthology gallery will be for new stories, not completed stories that have already been posted previously, and are exclusive to the Deviant Universe group.
6) You will be able to add one page a day to the comic gallery after you have a cover and folder approved.
7) Members can only have TWO folders in the anthology, so choose wisely and think long term. The stories can be divided by chapters, issues, short story segments, etc.
8) Characters that appear in DU Anthology stories need to have a DU Profile. However, minor roles where a character only appears for a page or two and then never seen again (ex: not integral to the story) are allowed without a DU profile.
9) The creator must be the sole artist on the story for a Solo Comics folder. Collaborative Project stories will be illustrated by  each participating member of that comic.
10) Images must be in color and in comic book format.
11) Only characters in the DU Heroes, Villains and Support galleries can be used. No copyrighted characters allowed.
12) Place the DU Profile thumbnail or link of each character used in the description section of each page.
13) There is no deadline for Anthology Comics.
14) Note me or comment below if you have any questions.
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Which DU Anthology do you plan on working on/completing first? 

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Revenge by Gaston25
Spitfire by EchoXrime
War of the Wolves by Allard-Liao
Empire of Terror by Ritualist
Dangerous Skies by WynautWarrior
Alliance of Super Girls by Urvy1A
Invinci-Girl by Ignolian-Thorne
Eleventy by Speedslide
Seize the Day by DarknessOfMemory
Dumping Tales by Node-Gamer
Hybrid Dragon by KurzB25
Northern Lights Academy by Bug-Off
Tales of the Grove by Tmaneea
Adventures in Space by bogmonster


Mission Files by mja42x & bogmonster
Beerdigungkranz by KnightSlayer115 & insane-ukulele







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mja42x Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Attention: There is a new DU Anthologies section on the main DU page that will showcase which stories creators are currently working on. Any additional changes will be made there as well so that members have quick access to the info. It's located under the voting poll and recent journal entries sections.
AtlantaTheAristocrat Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So is the group coming to an end? Will there be another group similar to this?
mja42x Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
The group is not ending. There are still plans to continue.
AtlantaTheAristocrat Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright. So people can still join?
mja42x Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, after the summer crossover is over in September.
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