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WELCOME TO [community profile] the_dakotaverse, a community dedicated to Milestone Media's universe and characters, created by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and others.

What is the Dakotaverse? The Dakotaverse is the reality in which the characters from Milestone Media take place, largely revolving around the eponymous Dakota City.

2-12-2013: Michael Davis: It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

Actually it was twenty years ago, but it wasn’t today. Look, any time I get to use a Beatles lyric in anything I write I’m using it. Nothing says witty and clever like a Beatles lyric or a Tupac and Biggie reference.

Case in point. One time too freakin’ many an ex-girlfriend asked me in an email if I thought she was getting fat. I was so sick of answering the same freakin’ question over and over again. She would ask when she and I would be on a date, in a car, on the phone, texting and one time I could have sworn she screamed it out during sex. I can’t be sure of that I couldn’t hear her clearly as I was, at the same time, screaming out my name. Yes, I scream my own name out during sex. Someone has to.

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Disaster AU

Title:  Zombies
Author: Katharsis
Fandom: Milestone Media
Genre: Humor
Rated: T
Word Count: 756
Characters: Virgil Hawkins, Richie Foley, Raquel Ervin, Frieda Goren
Series: Disaster AU (1/3)
Prompt: Zombie-verse, "
"What do you mean you forgot?"
Summary- Zombie AU. Rated T. He would actually give anything to exchange salvaging for food and dodge flesh-eating zombies for pulling all nighters and nagging parents.

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!Mod Post: Notice on the dakotaverse ficathon

At this point, December 25TH, 2012 is the official cut off point for the_dakotaverse ficathon (as far as prompting goes. I imagine if this was anything like a secret_santa, I'd still be posting material from other members or vice versa). Signs up began the 16TH of November and ended on the 30TH of the same month. I stepped outside of the realms of the community promotion sites of LiveJournal.com and Dreamwidth.org and visited tumblr to advertise. It got generally positive reblogs and likes from fellow Milestone Media fans (most especially from BFMC) and a great turnout of prompts throughout the latter months of November and December.

Yesterday (December 24TH, 2012) was (and still is) the day when posting for fics was supposed to be begin and prompting ended, but those who responded either are still working on their stories or never got past the “oh, this looks interesting” bus, forgetting it and getting swept up in other things. Others had legitimate problems occurring in RL they felt comfortable with messaging me about. So, while this sounds like a “thanks, but no thanks” post, I’m really appreciative of the response this ficathon got, but considering the size and lack of cohesion the Milestone Media fandom has a result of being unable to obtain the multimedia that’s attached to their interest beyond a few trades released by DC Comics --- or other issues entirely, I really don’t see anything like this occurring for a third time.

Nevertheless, big thanks to all who participated in the ficathon; Prompts will remain in the thread and can be used to the discretion of whoever visits this community and feel free to continue to post prompts if that’s what you want. I’m certainly not gonna dissuade you.

"Static Shock Phenomenon" - A Fan Made TV series on the origin of Virgil Hawkins

Profile: Hi, I'm making a “Static Shock” live action Fan film. This will be closely related to the TV series from the Early 2000’s. Side note I look just like Virgil and i already act like him. I'm only 19 not in school and currently have no funding so mine I may not look as pretty as the other 2 films but it will have the feel of the show for sure :) My film is Called Static Shock “Phenomenon”. ”Young Virgil Hawkins wakes up with new abilities and becomes “STATIC” Dakota City’s protector and Hero, with the help of his best friend Richie always there to help every step of the way. Episode 1 Still in production, my is gonna consist of mini episodes that's right this is a fan film mini series I'm working on leading up to a 15 minute Final Fan Film I have 2 trailers on YouTube the first of which went viral wit 17 thousand views in just 4 months! Then second Trailer is very Epic and has 1,300 views and counting and its been a month. [SOURCE]


"Static Shock Blackout" - a Fanfilm

Watch in full HD. And turn the volume up.

After you watch, please support us! We are a group of students from Carnegie Mellon University, The Art Institute, Syracuse University and University of Central Florida who spent 1.5 years making this film for you.


Facebook us. Tweet us. Blog about us. And feel free to contact us. Thank you!


Cartoon Network's "DC Nation" Returns January 5th, 2013

New Trailer for DC Nation Shows Amethyst, Static 

DC Nation will return as promised on January 5 according to a new trailer that also shows new footage of the animated Amethyst short as well as Static. The latter is interesting because there had been speculation that the Milestone rights may have been the cause of the CW pulling original content at the last minute in October.  The trailer promises all new content including shorts. [SOURCE]

I wish I could say I was still remotely invested in Young Justice to even give a shit anymore.

!Dakotaverse Ficathon, the second, Discussion thread

With prompting well underway, friendly discourse should be able to take place between partpicants of the challenge. Thus at the request of [personal profile] katharsis_wings, this thread was created for discussing your prompts or ideas you've formulated so far within the ficathon or ideas you'd love to see pan out in fanworks. Have fun

Raquel/Dick were a thing, Fandom Implodes on itself with rage :D

I Have A Question Pertaining To The Comics, On The Newest Edition #20, Rocket Makes A Comment About How Nightwing Is Still Friends With All Of His Ex’s, Does This Mean That He Date Rocket As Well In The Five Year Time Gap, The Comic Was A Little Unclear, Sorry If Its A Spoiler!..?


Greg responds…

It was actually Zatanna who made that comment. And I don’t think it was all that unclear.
But, yes.

!Dakotaverse Ficathon, the second Drop Out / Extension Thread

It happens, some things cannot be stopped, even for a ficathon. If you intend on dropping out of the ficathon, please leave a post here (with a reason if you feel comfortable enough with giving one out) to let us know.

If you need an extension, please leave a post here and let us know. Comments are screened, but if you don't want to comment, private message me if you've a problem connected to the delay of your fic's progression that you don't want to air out to the public.

Dakotaverse Ficathon, the second Prompt Entries

General Prompt Guidelines: (ganked from: [livejournal.com profile] leeadama_daily)
  • All types of prompts are welcome: one word, complete fic ideas, phrases, loose scenarios, photos, screencaps, songs, lyrics, vids, poems, etc.
  • Prompts can be canon-related, crossover or AU.
  • Be sure to specify pairings or other characters if that is important to your prompt.
  • Comment as many times as you like with as many prompts as you want to. There is no limit, and you never know, that very last prompt you decide to leave could inspire the next great Lee fic.
  • You may include multiple prompts in one comment, but please put each prompt on its own line in your comment.

Need a prompt example? Here's one:
Raquel/Static - “Raquel and Static were on the debate team and Virgil was crushing hardcore on her”, Rating, (Content: Triggering, Sexual content, other)

Just submit prompts in the comments section in the format above or in the example post below and you're good to go.

Prompting Notes for Writers:
  • Feel free to leave prompts that fits a fic ideas you might already have.
  • Prompts will NOT be assigned - you may choose one or many that fit/inspire your fic.
  • Indicate the prompts that inspired you in the header of the fic.

!Dakotaverse Ficathon, the second

Welcome to the second and not-so-annual Dakotaverse Ficathon. This exercise in futility is a chance for those familiar with the Dakotaverse characters to show off their knowledge of the Dakotaverse and its characters. If you're new to this game and only know of Static/Virgil, Rocket/Raquel, Richie Foley and Frieda Goren, then don't be be scared, feel free to participate anyway.

Important Dates:
Sign-ups: November 16TH to November 30TH (That’s fourteen days, not counting from the 16th)
Prompting: November 30th to December 13TH (CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT PROMPT)
Last day to drop out: November 20TH
Fics are due: December 24TH
Posting begins: December 24TH

Rules: (ganked from: [livejournal.com profile] leeadama_daily)
+ Stories should be at least 750 words and inspired by one of the prompts (in a separate post next week). Feel free to create your own prompt if you already have a fic in mind.
+ This ficathon is open to all Dakotaverse-centric genfic and/or any ships.
+ Stories can be any rating allowed in the community, specified at the time of posting.
+ Stories can be canon, AU or crossover. Whatever you prefer.
+ Posting will commence on the dates the fics are due. You do not need to send these fics to me, just post them as you would any other story on a community. Posting is moderated so as to filter out stories that do not adhere to the community rules.
+ Using a beta is advised.
+ Fics can be from any POV and contain any characters as long as they are focused on character from the Dakotaverse.
+ A collection of short vignettes/drabbles are acceptable as long as the minimum word count is achieved (750 words).

SIGN UP SHEET: - When you fill in the sign up sheet, post it here in this thread. You don't need to send me the sign up sheet through PM or E-Mail. Where most mods would have you e-mail your stories to them to post them, I'm trusting you do that. My only request is that if you end up posting the entry at your journal, could you please create a duplicate entry for the community? It's not a requirement, but it would be great or archival purposes.

When entries are made, look out for the tag #!dakotaverse ficahon: entries when posting begins and remember to use the fanfiction template located in the profile.

SPREAD THE WORD: - If you've got a Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr,...MySpace, whatever. Please let other Milestone Media fans that this activity is active and awaiting the rounds of its fandom. Seriously, this ain't gonna go nowheres if no one knows its here.

#Fanart Recommendations: ICON REDUX by 133art

In 1839, an alien starliner malfunctioned and exploded, and a jettisoned lifepod crashed in the middle of a cotton field in the American South. The pod automatically altered the appearance of its passenger named Arnus to mimic the first sentient life-form who discovered him. That life-form was a slave woman named Miriam, who saw the pod crash land.

In the present, Arnus is still with us. His alien physiology and powers makes him extermely long lived here on earth. Posing as Augustus Freeman IV, the great-grandson of his original human identity and still marooned, Augustus waits for Earth's technology to catch up to his lifepod's. However it seems his time has run out, recent scans from his lifepod prove what he has been avoiding for the last decade. Augustus is dying.

Secretly Augustus has always performed quiet acts of charity. However, in light of his deteriorating health the declining state of his surrogate home is beginning to weigh on him. Having lived through slavery he senses a trend in the world that could potentially lead to worse attrocities ahead. Augustus thought he would have more time.

One night, Augustus' house is broken into by 3 teenagers. One of which is Raquel, an idealistic teenage girl with a mischevious streak. Raquel lives on Paris Island, the poorest, most gang-ridden neighborhood in Dakota City. Her prospects seemed fairly bleak until this chance encounter with Augustus Freeman IV. Agustus quickly dispatches the intruders and lets them go on the condition that they turn away from a life of iniquity.

Inspired, curious, and after seeing him use his powers, Raquel tries to persuade Augustus to become a superhero named Icon. Agustus declines citing his declining health. But decides to use the last of the energy in his lifepod to transfer his abilities to Raquel. Armred with the powers of a god Raquel becomes ICON. With the help of her mentor Arnus they set out to save a world that doesn't even know it needs to be saved.

February 27, 2013 and Why I Asked That Question

February 27, 2013. I want to do something special that day.

The significance of that day?

It will be the 20th anniversary of Milestone Media’s heroes making their debut. Icon. Hardware. Blood Syndicate. Static.

I can’t do it alone. And I really hope I’m not the only guy thinking about that date.

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October 23, 2012: Rumor Behind Cartoon Network/DC Nation Fiasco May Be True

“Internet fan sites have been running hot with rumors surrounding just what the reason might have been for Cartoon Network pulling DC Nation from its schedule for the remainder of 2012. While many fans directed their anger at Cartoon Network, it seems they might not be the ones at fault.

Rumor has it that a breakdown in negotiations between DC Comics and Milestone Media over the use of characters such as Static, Icon and Rocket were behind the move to postpone new episodes of DC Nation animated shows such as “Young Justice”, due to their use of those characters.

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thoughtnami and the case of "The Blame Game"

Here’s what I don’t understand about the whole DC Nation removal by Cartoon Network, besides the obvious (you know, the fact they removed the block two weeks after it returned):

Why are people blaming Young Justice’s inclusion of Stephanie Brown and the Milestone characters for it?

I’m scratching my head about why DC Comics seem to get rid of anything involving Stephanie Brown, a character who has gone by many monikers, including Spoiler, Robin, and Batgirl. They replaced her as Nightwing in the Smallville comics (they replaced her with Barbara Gordon), and hasn’t really appeared in the New 52 DC Comics universe.

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In the Case of DC vs. Milestone...

DC loses rights to Milestone characters.... serves them right after the way they treated Dwayne McDuffie

Four Color Media Monitor reported on Thursday that DC Comics may have lost the rights to the Milestone Comics stable of characters, most of whom were created by the late Dwayne McDuffie, a prominent African-American comics writer and one of the architects of DC's animation department. If this CBR interview with Scott Lobdell (who I'm not a fan of, by any means) is any indication:

When asked whether there was a chance of seeing Static Shock in "Teen Titans,” Lobdell replied, “Nothing would make me happier.” However, he said "legal issues" prevent the characters from joining the title.

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