Cassandra Cain Redesignfest
“You can change. You can.”
Barbara Gordon. Selina Kyle. Kate Kane. Bette Kane. Leslie Thompkins. Helena Wayne. Harper Row. Strix. Carrie Kelley. Stephanie Brown. Julia Pennyworth. Onyx. Helena Bertinelli. The New 52 has seen both the debut and the return of nearly every woman to ever be a part of the Batman legacy.
Excepting, of course, Cassandra Cain. And between the new Barbara Gordon Batgirl redesign that’s been doing the rounds and Stephanie Brown’s stylish new Spoiler duds, well. Cassandra’s had some pretty great costumes over the years. But it’s about time a certain former Batgirl got her own snazzy new redesign, isn’t it?
So here’s the deal. Batgirl. Black Bat. A new identity entirely. Steampunk, futuristic, noir, medieval, alternate universe, New 52, whatever you want - the only rules? It must be Cassandra Cain. And it must be a redesign.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s show Cass some love!
[Image Sources, left to right:
1. Batgirl Secret Files and Origins - art by Damion Scott, cropped version found here.
2. Batgirl Steampunk Redesign by denimcatfish
3. Red Robin #17 - art by Marcus To, image found here.
4. Black Bat redesign by dimethyloctopus
5. Red Robin #25 cover - art by Marcus To, image found here
6. Black Bat redesign by branch56
7. Batgirl #49 (2004) - art by Rick Leonardi, cropped by me.
All fanart used with permission.]
Sailor Mars, the Ranger! Another addition to the Inner senshi, fantasy, RPG set.
I have some free time so I animated Katara waterbending
HAPPY MISFIT DAY!!!!
I spent a good part of the afternoon yesterday with Victory Photography in Downtown Charlotte (the home of Heroes Con!) making these pictures for today!!! The full album is on Facebook on my page Hyperactive Hero. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them!!
I thought maybe you’d bounced to Metropolis, because no way is Gotham that bright!
HAPPY MISFIT DAY!!!!! <3 ;-D
So, DC is going to release a statue of the Cliff Chiang design for Wonder Woman.
I’m going to buy this so fast it’s not even funny.
— Suenghee Lee
This morning DC Comics unveiled a respin/refresh of the Batgirl book. Gail Simone who has been the main writer on the book for the past three years is leaving. Cameron Stewart, mainly known by DC readers as an artist, will co-write along with Brenden Fetcher who is also co-writing Gotham Academy. Art is by Babs Tarr bringing a new full-time female artist onto DC Comics just as Nicola Scott has announced she’s leaving the publisher.
Just last week I wrote about the announcement of Gotham Academy and wondered if it finally meant that DC is targeting female readers. This week we see this Batgirl respin that I have been told by sources close to the book is aiming for the female audience.
The “refreshed” Batgirl has a new costume, new town and will have a new supporting cast although some of her current cast including Alysia Yeoh will be seen. The costume is very cool if you haven’t seen it.
Given the house style that is preferred by senior management at DC Comics (i.e. Jim Lee and David Finch) it is a treat to see an artist as different as Babs Tarr on-board at DC Comics.
The book’s creators said in the official PR interview that the book mixes the best elements of “Veronica Mars” and “Girls,” with a dash of “Sherlock” thrown in for good measure.” And the tone?
"We really wanted to make this a book with a light tone, of fun and adventure and mystery, and let the rest of the Bat-family deal with the darkness. She’s got problems, and conflict, and enemies to fight, but our priority was to make this a really fun, rollicking read."
I haven’t read the current Batgirl run except for the previews and my feeling and of those that have read it, is that it was a fairly dark book that reflected Dan Didio’s statement about the Batfamily last year
"They put on a cape and cowl for a reason. They’re committed to defending others — at the sacrifice of all their own personal instincts. That’s something we reinforce. If you look at every one of the characters in the Batman family, their personal lives kind of suck…
Tim Drake, Barbara Gordon, and Kathy Kane — it’s wonderful that they try to establish personal lives, but it’s also just as important that they put it aside as they know what they are accomplishing as the hero takes precedence over everything else. That is our mandate, that is our edict, that is our stand with our characters.”
So now we have a book with a young Batgirl that has a lighter tone and is likened to Veronica Mars … just as we did three years ago with Bryan Q. Miller’s run on Batgirl.
I was a big fan of that Bat-book not just because of its writing but because of the opportunity I thought the book presented.
If DC comics is seriously interested in gaining new female readers, particularly younger ones, this book may not be the key but it is damn close. Gail Simone has often said that Birds to Prey is an on-ramp into comics for women. I took that on-ramp and agree. I think that this version of Batgirl* can do the same thing for a younger female audience.
That post outlined a series of ways Batgirl could be used to outreach to female readers and to my non-surprise absolutely nothing remotely like any of of those ways were pursued.
Now, I am happy to see DC Comics bring books like Batgirl and Gotham Academy that are targeted to female readers who are as I have repeatedly and repeatedly the fastest growing demographic in comics.
Given Marvel’s success with Ms. Marvel, I’m not surprised to see DC offer up a book with a similar feel. (But I do wish they could have realized they had it three years ago and without ditching Stephanie Brown as Batgirl and Barbara Gordon as Oracle).
I hope that both books are great and do great. If they are could lead to more books that aren’t grim and gritty and targeted to the “core” audience of males but rather hit that growing demographic.
What do you think of the respun Batgirl?