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December 14th, 2014

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Batgirl in “Time Crash”

With the help of a time-traveling alien, Barbara Gordon visits her older self. 12×18 inches, ink on paper, digital color.

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See This In Person at Hub Comics!

Hub Comics, Somerville MA. Opening reception December 20, 6:00-8:00pm, art on display through January. Dark Knight on a Dark Night is an annual exhibition of local artists’ take on Batman’s 70-year history. Opening reception will have a costume contest. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

My contribution to this year’s Dark Knight on a Dark Night. With the help of a time-traveling alien, the new New 52 Batgirl visits the 1967 version of herself (portrayed by Yvonne Craig). They arrive in time to save Batman from Joker, Penguin and the 3rd version of Catwoman. Yvonne explained her character’s sexy but illogical fighting style in a 1983 Comics Scene interview:

Kicking thugs in the face or knocking them over the head with break-away objects was as tough as Batgirl was allowed to be, since [show producer Howie Horwitz] was insistent she not be modeled after Honey West (Anne Francis) or The Avengers’ Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), two contemporary TV heroines he felt were lacking in femininity. Batgirl was not to do any karate, kung fu, any sort of martial arts-type stuff. That wasn’t ladylike to him.

The new New 52 Batgirl points out how dumb that was, even for the time. Honey West and The Avengers were popular during and long after their runs. Diana Rigg and Anne Francis are symbols of feminine beauty, graceful intelligence and tough independence even today.

Batgirl Logo Redesigned in the Archie Comics Style: I wanted to do this with ink and paper, but ran out of time. Referenced letter forms with actual Archie logos (Betty and Veronica, Reggie and Me).

The art is my attempt to look like Dan DeCarlo, colored by Maris Wicks. The logo is redesigned in the Archie Comics style, and the title comes from one of the most popular Doctor Who mini episodes.

Materials used for this image:
12×18 inch live area on Strathmore 500 bristol paper
Blick Black Cat india ink
Short-handle round #2 sable brush
Ruling pen (borders)
Circle template and technical pen (small “IN” circle)
Speedball nib #512 (straight lines, details)
Speedball B6 and B5 (lettering)
Ames Lettering Guide (4.0 even-spaced)
Adobe Illustrator (Archie-style Batgirl logo)
Adobe Photoshop (production, color)

Hopefully this background info doesn’t get in the way of enjoying the art. It’s certainly not needed; thanks for sticking with me this long!

— Your Hero, writing from The Independent.

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