Posts tagged Barbara Gordon is AWESOME

Posted 1 week ago
Check out Batgirl (2011-) #35 on @comiXology
Yep—this so lived up to the hype.
What really hit me is how much it reminded me of the early Babs as Batgirl stories—they were really trying to appeal not just to girls but youth culture with the stories they told. The difference is that it doesn’t seem as forced or fake with this team of creators. Most importantly, though, it was fun. This is a Babs far removed from the grim vigilante of recent years or the disciplined, tactical mastermind that was Oracle. This is Babs as she originally was through the filter of the modern era. Fun, brilliant, enthusiastic, and totally kick ass, but also a normal person who makes mistakes and struggles with the task of living day to day. At the same time, her lengthy history also comes into play as her photographic memory and her mad programming skills are used right along side her physical fighting skills. So much fun… I am totally on board. Bravo, DC. Bravo. ((There’s something that look weird in print!)
Also: Kudos to having a first story that works both as a done-in-one and a hook for future stories. That’s what monthly comics are supposed to be!

Check out Batgirl (2011-) #35 on @comiXology

Yep—this so lived up to the hype.

What really hit me is how much it reminded me of the early Babs as Batgirl stories—they were really trying to appeal not just to girls but youth culture with the stories they told. The difference is that it doesn’t seem as forced or fake with this team of creators. Most importantly, though, it was fun. This is a Babs far removed from the grim vigilante of recent years or the disciplined, tactical mastermind that was Oracle. This is Babs as she originally was through the filter of the modern era. Fun, brilliant, enthusiastic, and totally kick ass, but also a normal person who makes mistakes and struggles with the task of living day to day. At the same time, her lengthy history also comes into play as her photographic memory and her mad programming skills are used right along side her physical fighting skills. So much fun… I am totally on board. Bravo, DC. Bravo. ((There’s something that look weird in print!)

Also: Kudos to having a first story that works both as a done-in-one and a hook for future stories. That’s what monthly comics are supposed to be!

Posted 2 weeks ago

I’m looking forward to October for exactly two reasons…

Posted 1 month ago

Batgirl Number One by RFComics

So as you can probably tell from this drawing from two years ago, I fully endorse the approach taken in this week ‘s “Batgirl: Future’s End” special…

Posted 1 month ago

wrathofconpics:

DRAGON*CON 2014 | Family

Cosplayers:
Tell us who you are and we’ll add you!

Double points for the Batgirl of Burnside and Uni-Kitty!

Posted 1 month ago

thehappysorceress:

Batgirl by Alexi Chabane

I needed a little happiness this morning.  This pic fits the bill.

Posted 1 month ago

MugShot S2-0002: Oracle by RFComics This week’s MugShot: Barbara Gordon, aka Oracle!

Posted 2 months ago
How do you feel about comments regarding the new Batgirl design (and her overall personality in the Nu52 as a whole) being more Stephanie Brown than Barbara Gordon?
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batgirlofburnside:

dragonflysstuff:

batgirlofburnside:

I don’t really know what to say about that, except that people are reacting to a comic that’s still a few months away from being released. But the fact is that Steph Brown is NOT, and has never been, Batgirl in the New 52.  That’s not our decision, that was a call made years ago.  We understand that it’s an unpopular decision among many fans, but in this continuity, there’s no Steph Brown Batgirl.  *shrug*

I also don’t have much personal attachment to Steph - I drew an issue of Batman Inc that featured her but that’s the extent of my engagement with the character.  (I’ve heard from lots of people that Bryan Q Miller’s run of the Steph Batgirl is great, but I haven’t read it. I don’t want to be unduly influenced by it, I’d rather just do my own thing and trust my excellent editors to point out if there are any significant errors or similarities.) As mentioned before, different people respond to different versions of a character, each with their favourite versions, none of which are any more or less valid than another. 

So, what you’re going to read is not an imitation of Steph grafted on to Barbara, it’s how Brenden and I interpret and choose to depict the character of Barbara, based on our own history and affection for that character and parsing how she’s been presented in all media for nearly 50 years.

As always, we hope you will enjoy it!

-CS

I’ve seen the complaint before when a youthful, peppier version of Barbara Gordon was shown that she really is just the Steph Brown version hijacked to make the classic Batgirl more interesting.  For me, I think one of the reasons I loved the Steph Brown Batgirl so much (despite otherwise having little interest in her as Spoiler) is that she brought some of the joy back to Batgirl, a quality that I have always associated with the character since waaay back in the Yvonne Craig days.  As a bonus we got that without sacrificing the development and triumphs Babs had acheived as Oracle.

I think this a key point - I think the Steph Batgirl was introduced to fill the need for the young, joyful Batgirl that no longer existed after Barbara was taken out of the suit.  The reason she proved to be popular, I believe, is because on some level, conscious or not, people know that’s what the character of Batgirl ideally should be (as an archetype, not specifically who’s in the suit), that’s the approach that resonates the strongest.  So Steph Batgirl was really a way to echo Barbara.  And now that we have the opportunity, that’s the approach we’re taking, because it’s the most meaningful to us. 

-CS

And the more I think about it this makes sense because my understanding is, up to the very last minute, the Batgirl in Steph’s books was meant to be Barbara, but the Oracle advocates happily won out one last time.  This is not to imply that Steph Batgirl is instead a clone of Babsgirl, since she brought her own issues which gave the book its own flavor. (e.g.”I’ve been a screw-up, but that ends TODAY.”)

Posted 2 months ago

sketchymcdrawpants:

I started drawing this the day this costume was announced, and finally managed to finish it today – I’ve got to draw it again so I can get those bad-ass Doc Marten’s in the image, though.

Also - If anyone is interested, I’m open for commissions: http://sketchymcdrawpants.storenvy.com/

Detective Babs.  Aweseomesauce.

Posted 2 months ago
How do you feel about comments regarding the new Batgirl design (and her overall personality in the Nu52 as a whole) being more Stephanie Brown than Barbara Gordon?
Anonymous asked

batgirlofburnside:

I don’t really know what to say about that, except that people are reacting to a comic that’s still a few months away from being released. But the fact is that Steph Brown is NOT, and has never been, Batgirl in the New 52.  That’s not our decision, that was a call made years ago.  We understand that it’s an unpopular decision among many fans, but in this continuity, there’s no Steph Brown Batgirl.  *shrug*

I also don’t have much personal attachment to Steph - I drew an issue of Batman Inc that featured her but that’s the extent of my engagement with the character.  (I’ve heard from lots of people that Bryan Q Miller’s run of the Steph Batgirl is great, but I haven’t read it. I don’t want to be unduly influenced by it, I’d rather just do my own thing and trust my excellent editors to point out if there are any significant errors or similarities.) As mentioned before, different people respond to different versions of a character, each with their favourite versions, none of which are any more or less valid than another. 

So, what you’re going to read is not an imitation of Steph grafted on to Barbara, it’s how Brenden and I interpret and choose to depict the character of Barbara, based on our own history and affection for that character and parsing how she’s been presented in all media for nearly 50 years.

As always, we hope you will enjoy it!

-CS

I’ve seen the complaint before when a youthful, peppier version of Barbara Gordon was shown that she really is just the Steph Brown version hijacked to make the classic Batgirl more interesting.  For me, I think one of the reasons I loved the Steph Brown Batgirl so much (despite otherwise having little interest in her as Spoiler) is that she brought some of the joy back to Batgirl, a quality that I have always associated with the character since waaay back in the Yvonne Craig days.  As a bonus we got that without sacrificing the development and triumphs Babs had acheived as Oracle.

The one thing that sets Steph apart from any more “upbeat” version of Babs is that she doesn’t have quite the smarts or confidence of Babs.  That worked to her favor because it made her very relatable and admirable since she’d keep dusting herself off and jumping back into the fray.  That’s something I never really saw Babs do—her approach to challenges and setbacks was different somehow.

Everything I’ve seen and read about this new version of Batgirl exudes confidence and an emphasis on detective work.  It also shows a Batgirl who is very much her own hero, doing her thing without much support from the Bat-Family network. I think this is very true to the roots of the Barbara Gordon version of Batgirl, even if she’s got a hipper outfit and a more contemporary feel (selfies ahoy!). I can’t wait.

Posted 3 months ago

Batgirl 2014: I Got This by RFComics

The sheer volume of people excited by this new Batgirl design is a testament to both the efforts of the new creative team and the popularity of Babs Gordon as well. Here’s my own long overdue take.