Batgirl #33 variant cover by Cliff Chiang
Only had time for quick colours on this thing…
I’m torn I tell you!!
I bet all comic book fans now have heard that the Batgirl’s got a new costume. I love that this new costume covers her in all the right places which is EVERYWHERE, Hah! I’m sure all the cosplayers in the world are sewing this away right now for the next convention.
This is Batgirl after a hard night’s work. She deserves a nice cold beer or two.
HeroesCon 2014 sketch
Done for the amazing and talented and handsome Rico Renzi. I had free reign to do whatever I wanted, so I decided to do a fashionization so I can stand out amongst all his other Batgirls.
weareallwintersoldiers said: How do you feel about the response to the new Batgirl design? Just looking on Tumblr, I'm... Really impressed and amazed at how quickly everyone seems to have taken to it - You should be really pleased.
I am overwhelmed and ecstatic and grateful and vindicated. I couldn’t be happier with the tidal wave of support and sincere joy that’s come our way, the (literally) hundreds of pieces of fan art that are being breathlessly drawn faster than I can look at them, the cosplayers already choosing fabrics and causing yellow Dr Martens boots to sell out online. The huge response is a clear sign that despite our detractors we’ve really tapped into something that was waiting to explode. But all of this is for naught if everyone doesn’t actually *buy the book* - so I would really strongly urge everyone who loves the new Batgirl to PREORDER at your local comic shop. Tell them you want it, show your retailer the same excitement for Batgirl that you’ve shown us.
Thanks for all the love, it is returned to you in full.
From 1989 to 2011, Barbara Gordon was widely considered the best-written disabled character in mainstream comics. She remains the best representation that the disabled community have ever had from DC Comics. Her disability did not prevent her from being a hero. She had no superpowers to fall back on, unlike characters such as Daredevil and Professor X. As Oracle, she moved out of Batman’s shadow to become her own woman, without forgetting where she came from. She led her own team, became a member of the Justice League in her own right, and provided a unique role linking together the heroes of DC Earth.
In 2011 DC put an end to that, stripping her of her leadership role, making her younger, regressing her back into a girl dressed like Batman, and deciding that representing the disabled community simply wasn’t worth the effort. One of the most distinct silhouettes in mainstream comics was abandoned to give her back the standard young able-bodied attractive heroine body.
I can understand that the designs for female heroes’ costumes are so bad that there’s a lot of excitement for one that’s remotely practical.
But it does sadden me a great deal to see so many people effectively applauding what is one of the biggest steps backward mainstream comics have ever seen in terms of representation and diversity.
Picture by Cassandra James
This says it a lot better than I did.
So. The bold new Batgirl direction is that she got a makeover and is getting ready for grad school. Barbara Gordon. Who has already had a master’s in library & information sciences for decades. Who was in Congress for a while. I am all for a lighthearted Batgirl, but is regression really necessary?
Agreed. Seems like Barbara Gordon was a grown ass woman of like thirty years old just a couple years ago and running her own superteam, and then she was re-powered and de-aged to approx. nineteen. Now she’s going to be lightened up and hangin’ out in Park Slope and drinkin’ lattes and wearin’ cute boots. One more reboot and she’ll be in middle school.
An important point— I know this sounds really dismissive/ sexist (the boots/ latte part). I have no problem with a “fun” Batgirl. In fact I really liked her comic when she was named Stephanie Brown. But Barbara Gordon as a character has been around almost fifty years, and DC editorial let Alan Moore cripple her, then re-powered her after John Ostrander, Chuck Dixon, and Gail Simone spent twenty years rebuilding her as Oracle.
I mean no disrespect to the new Batgirl creators. I love Cameron Stewart’s work, and Ms. Tarr’s looks wonderful. Just mad at DC editorial (again) for jacking around with one of my favorite characters (again).
Barbara Gordon in Li’l Gotham #24
Or maybe this?
Prepare yourselves appropriately, because this is happening.
Batgirl is getting a relaunch by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Freakin’ Tarr. You know, your actual favourite artist who drew the Bosozoku Sailor Scouts? SHE’S DRAWING BATGIRL. I’ll calm down… eventually?!