This challenge came about because a group of Numb3rs fans had a lot of fun participating in the 2010 numb3rs_bigbang and were disappointed to see that there were no immediate plans for a 2011 Big Bang. We understood that the fandom was shrinking now that our beloved show had been cancelled, and that there would very likely be only a minimal number of stories written if we did a big bang, but we didn't care. Because we considered that every story a challenge produced would be a gift.
So, after nattering amongst ourselves, we broached the subject of doing a mini big bang with spikedluv, from numb3rs_bigbang, and she wished us well with our plans.
And here we are!
Below is our schedule (revised April 27, 2011):
February 21: sign-ups for writers and artists open.
March 21: writer sign-ups close
June 6: completed story drafts due
June 9: anonymous story summaries posted for artists to claim
June 16: artist sign-ups close. Artists matched with writers.
June 17: writers and artists notified.
July 14: art and final drafts of stories to be emailed to the mods
July 18: posting of stories and art starts on a staggered schedule