"This is a fan site, so we
encourage fans to submit their creations. Anything Futurama-related
has a place at The Futurama Madhouse. If it does not fit in
any of the existing sections we'll simply create a new one. Mark
LeWald, creator of FM's former self The Leela Zone, said “The
Leela Zone is an establishment for all genres of creativity. Drawing,
writing, graphics, etcetera. Express yourself.” And even
though the name has changed, that is as true today as it was in the
beginning. Any Futurama fan stuff has a place here."
The above is quoted from our About
This Site section and is our guiding principle - it's what has made
Futurama Madhouse/The Leela Zone The Oldest Living Futurama Fansite
and (in the opinion of many) "the best Futurama site on the
planet!". Your creation is just as important to us as it is
to you and you're here because you want to know how to get it put up
on Futurama Madhouse for the whole world to appreciate. So read on
Sending your Fan stuff to Futurama Madhouse
Send your story, pictures etc via
e-mail to one of the webmasters listed under "Send
Fan stuff" at the bottom of the left hand menu on the Futurama
Madhouse main page. Simply click on a
webmaster's name and that should open a window of your e-mail client
with the email address already typed in (alternatively, Windows users can right-click on a webmaster's name and select “copy e-mail
address” (wording may vary depending on browser), Mac users
can ctrl-click or right click. Then paste it into the To: line of
your e-mail client). Attach your masterpiece, type a friendly
explanatory message and title the E-mail appropriately (e.g.
fan art by CosmicF). Your work will then, in time (hopefully a short
time), appear on the site in the appropriate section.
If this is your first time submitting, please be sure to tell the webmaster the name you'd like
your work to appear under, be it your real name or some nom
de plume. Make sure you're clear on this. And even if this is your
218th submission, please put your screen name in the message or
subject, your webmaster will appreciate it because they get a lot of
stuff through their inbox and it can get hard to remember who's who
Remember, it doesn’t
matter what fan stuff you send which web master - they take it
all. Note though that we've heard rumors that our Webmasters are "normal"
humans and sometimes those get busy with real life crap or take up
new obsessions or get abducted by aliens, so a quick perusal of the
main page will show if any are less active than others.
For notes specific to types of fan stuff, see the appropriate section below:
Fan Fiction |
Fan Art |
Illustrated Fan Fiction |
Poetry and Song Parodies |
Sending Fan Fiction
The preferred file formats are Microsoft Word (.doc), OpenOffice
Writer (.odt), or Rich Text Format (.rtf).
MS Works users please save as "Rich Text Format (.rtf)".
We can also take plain text (.txt) and HTML (.htm or .html) formatted files but
please see the notes pertaining to these two types in the next section.
Formatting your fan fic
Ok, so you have this fan fiction you
are writing and you want some special formatting like bold and
italics and such. How to you do those? MS Word and OpenOffice
users, you are in luck, 'cause all you have to do is use the built in
features like the bold, italic, and underline buttons in your tool
Also, if you are using a word processor like Word or OpenOffice, please let the application
handle line wrapping by itself - do not press the Enter key at the end of every line. This may make
it look pretty on your screen, but it screws up the resulting HTML code and the webmaster will have to
spend time and effort sorting it out. Note that the above applies to long lines of contiguous text. It's perfectly fine and necessary to press Enter
for paragraph breaks and between lines in script formats.
Plain text files: If you send fiction using a plain text format, you'll have
to include the appropriate HTML tags to make words appear as
italic, bold, etc:
||<i>blah blah blah</i>
||<b>blah blah blah</b>
||<u>blah blah blah</u>
||at the 7<sup>11</sup>
Other than the basic HTML formatting code in a text file as above,
please don't send us a HTML file just because you think you're saving
us work. You aren't. It may be counter intuitive, but it's less
effort to put up a fic from a Word or OpenOffice document than it is HTML
Font specifications are prohibited and will be stripped out of your
fic. This is because you don't know if FA1 or Nimbus Roman or
Omicronian OCR-b is installed on your reader's system and if the
font you specify isn't there, the host browser will substitute
something and results can be unpredictable. Also, users often select
fonts they prefer to use, sometimes to assist with their ability to
Font size changes will be allowed within reason. Please make
sure you let the webmaster know about them.
A few more notes on Fan Fictions:
"Fan Fiction" is a broader
category that it might sound. We have a thesis in there, and
probably one or two other things that don't exactly fit the classic
definition of fan fic, so basically anything written that involves
Futurama fits if there isn't a better place to put it.
Mature plots and language - These
are OK to a point - after all, pushing the envelop is what fan
fiction is all about. We prohibit blatant pornography so keep any
intimate scenes tasteful. Same with language - please restrict
swearing and curse words to those that are in the show. The basic
rule is that if it's said in the show, then it can be freely said in
a fan fic. Stronger language may be permitted in some cases if used
sparingly and it's use is artistically justified.
Send a Synopsis: We like to have a
short, usually one or two sentence description of what your story is
about to put in the author index. This helps people decide if
they're interested in reading your story or not. Please include one
when sending your story.
Webmasters are not editors, we're
not going to clean up your fic for you. At most we're going to send
you a note back, either telling you to clean up your act if it's too
gross, or asking if you want a do over if it's only embarrassing.
And sometimes we'll just put it up anyway, we have a way higher
embarrassment threshold than you should. Oh, and you did spell check
Before you sent us your fiction, did
you post it in the Fan Stuff section of the Futurama Madhouse Message
Board (or on one of the other forums)? If you haven't please
consider doing so. You will receive more and more immediate feedback on your creation, and, if you are a new author, build name
recognition. Then once your fic has played out there, you can make
any changes you deem necessary, based on feedback or whatever, and
then send us the perfected final version.
Save your Fan Art as a PNG or JPEG and attach it to an email
to one of the webmasters. Please try to keep the file size to
under 1 meg in size (preferably 800kb or less) out of consideration
for our users with low speed connections.
We can also take BMP and other common image formats, but they'll probably get converted to PNG or JPEG.
You can send multiple pictures in one e-mail up to the limit of your e-mail client.
We'll make the thumbnails so you don't have to do that.
Also notice that we have several art
sections: Fan Art, Crap Art, Doodles, and Ascii Art. Doodles and
Ascii Art are obvious. Sometimes the difference between Fan Art and
Crap Art is a tough call and we aren't going to make that value
judgment. You have to tell us if you want it in Crap Art.
Illustrated Fan Fiction
If you've created some fan art to illustrate your fan fiction, the
simplest method is to compose your fic in Word or OO and insert the
pictures exactly where you want them. Send us the file just like
any other fan fic. The webmaster will put the pics on your fan art
page and then insert links to them at the appropriate places in
If for some reason, you can't do it
this way, please contact a webmaster and we'll work out something
that will hopefully make both our jobs easier. We try to be pretty
flexible and will be happy to work with you to make it come out the
way you want it.
Basically fan art, but formatted to
fit popular computer screen sizes. You can send it in several sizes,
or send the highest resolution and we'll make the smaller ones. If
you do it though, you have the control over how it gets done which
may result in better quality. Also it may get put up faster if the
webmaster has to do less work.
Just another form of Fan Art. It's most helpful if the file names of the pages are sequential, eg page1, page2, etc.
Our video clips section is intended
for Fan created videos. Formats should be common and as universal as
possible, such as AVI, MOV, and MPG. WMV is also acceptable,
although you are limiting your audience somewhat. We may try to
convert a WMV to some other format, but video is a dark magic and we
aren't always successful.
Please try to keep file sizes to 10
meg or less. We have a monthly bandwidth restriction we have to live
with. To do this, we recommend encoding at 320x240.
We will not accept videos that are
just straight show or movie clips - we don't want to get into any
trouble with the media polizei. There has to be some creative effort
on your part.
Audio clips should be mp3 format.
We'll take WAV but we'll convert them to save space.
Yes, we take photographs also. We
have Futurama Halloween costumes, ceramics, needlepoint, and all
manner of other creations.
Poetry and Song Parodies
See Fan Fiction. If you made a recording of yourself reciting or singing it, see Audio.
If it's Futurama related and you can
find a way to send it to us, we'll find a place to stash it (for
example, if you find a full size working Planet Express ship, I'll
send you the GPS coordinates to my back yard). See the Miscellaneous
Pictures section for a few examples, but don't let that be a
And if you've perused the menu at the
left hand side of the main page, you'll see we have all kinds of
other weird and unusual stuff there. If you think of something and
want to create it, or add to what's there, we encourage you to go for
it. Please let us know if you are though, sometimes we get bored and rearrange the furniture, and stuff that hasn't generated any interest in a while gets put in the attic.
And if you have any questions ...
please please please please please
contact us. Futurama Madhouse is your site and we'll help you anyway
we can. We aren't gods, we're average everyday Futurama fans just
like you, except we got suckered into giving up all of our free time to run a website.
A note about Plagiarism
Plagiarism is “the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work”.
Please only send work that's your own. If you must use components of other people's work in your story, only do so if you have their prior permission to do so and you acknowledge
their contributions within your work. Don't pass off anything that's not your own creation. If this happens, the work will be removed and the site administrators will decide how
to call you on it, which might be quite embarrassing for the one who plagiarised. It's far better to show something that's your own, even if it's deemed by yourself to be not that
good in quality, than claim that you did someone else's work. There's far more respect in showing what you actually did rather than what someone else did. This applies to Fan art and any other creative endeavor as well.
And Welcome To The World of Tomorrow!!!