In my opinion… It’s Bats and Wonder Woman that need to explore a relationship. It would never be long lasting or as iconic as Lois & Supes, but it would be compelling as hell!
He couldn’t rely on his fop playboy persona, he’d be forced to be Bruce Wayne and let someone in. Total new ground. He’d have to experience vulnerability and trust. There is so much story that could emerge from such an attempt at a human experience. It’d be humanizing for both of them.
Now I’m all riled and desperately want this to happen!
The first can be summed up as women wanting to buy your comics but instead of hot and intelligent sensuality, they encounter, “HEY! LOOK OVER HERE! IT’S BOOBS!!”
The second is a request that DC stop forcing me to be a pirate. Argh!
I’m one of many women who has gotten into DC comics in the last couple years. If your sales are down, perhaps it’s time to work a bit on appealing to a market of fans that want to feel included, who feel ignored, and whose dollars are just as green as the target audience of young men and boys that you’re writing for.
There are so many ways that subtle changes can be made that would directly open the doors to tons of females who’d like to read your comics but don’t because some of your artists mistake sexy for sexual. I’d love to buy the new Red Hood book but there’s no way I’m going to pay to be grossed out by the blatant fanboy wank that is Starfire’s costume.
And I love me a sexy Catwoman, and I’m keeping an open mind for the #1 issue, but everything that’s been said and cover/pages that have been released are all back-arching, boob-popping-out porn poses. It makes me wonder if the content is so bad that it came down to luring teenage boys by cheapening and hooker-izing Catwoman’s inherent lusciousness and sensuality. All the covers say to me is, “Hey! Look over here! It’s BOOBS!”
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a bit of over the top sexualizing (Oh, hai there Dick Grayson) and this includes women, but not every frickin time he/she is pictured! And not when it’s used to define a character’s assets and undercuts any depth of character beyond their sexuality. That’s lame.
And BTW, as a woman with big boobs and as a user of gravity, trust me when I tell you that Power Girl wouldn’t be able to move her arms like she’d need to to function as a superhero (and would be routinely giving herself a black eye). I’m all for fantasy, but how can you expect me to get pulled into her story when I am so distracted by the impossibility that is Power Girl’s boobs. It is of course your character and you can do whatever you like with her, but I’m just trying to explain why you’d be missing out on my dollars on this one. I would never buy her books or try to get into her story, despite the fact that I am hungry for great female characters, especially leads.
My 2nd suggestion:
If you really want to use this new Barbara-as-Batgirl as a jumping off point that brings in women readers… make your product more available.
I just read Batgirl: Year One and fell madly in love with Babs as Batgirl, despite being an Oracle fan who gave you dirty looks for making her Batgirl again in the reboot. I had to monitor ebay for a month trying to find a reasonably priced copy and ultimately bought Batgirl: Year One for around $40, which is what the market was baring at that time. It took hunting, persistence and a lot of money to even access this book, and then I handed over the huge profit to Joe-comic book seller, as opposed to DC Comics.
A couple other things I couldn’t find on ebay, I downloaded for free off the internet. I’d rather not have to resort to piracy to read some of your back issues/TPBs. I’d like you to get the profit because that’s the only way you’ll stay alive to give me my comics fix. If you make your product accessible, especially to newer readers who don’t know the ins and outs, PEOPLE WILL BUY YOUR COMIC BOOKS :)
And this goes for all of the great, classic storylines. Not just Batgirl. But please do re-release Batgirl so I can buy a copy for my nieces (bc they’re not getting my $40 copy).
I doubt anyone is actually reading this letter, let alone giving any thought to the suggestions within. But if you are reading this, I want to wish you a sincere Good Luck with the reboot! Batwing has been my favorite so far and I can’t wait to check out whatever is coming out next.
The trick to taking care of children -- burning time.
The trick to taking care of children — burning time. More specifically, putting off, for as long as possible, that moment when you’re just too exhausted so you stick them in front of the TV.
For fellow soldiers in this battle, below is a nice little mix of songs. The key is choosing songs that have a dance or some fun quirk that they’ll want to learn. That way, a song isn’t just a song. It’s a 5 minute tutorial filled with fun and lots of replays before moving onto the next song.
Lollipop - The Chordettes (the thumb pop is a crowd favorite)
Runaround - Blues Traveler (whenever he says “Runaround” everyone has to run in a circle around the room to get back to their spot to keep dancing)
Peppermint Twist - Johnny Dee & the Starliters (see link for how to do the Peppermint Twist)
Splish Splash - Bobby Darin (the girls just make this straight up fun to dance to)
Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys (they love this one but you’re gonna be hearing it for the next hour)
Ham & Eggs - A Tribe Called Quest (such a fun song and then the end is practically made for kid participation)
Today the U.S Military officially ended DADT. Back in December I did a series on the most memorable moments in history for DC women. One of the those moments was this one from Detective Comics #859. Click here to read what Greg Rucka had to say about writing this moment.
I love what Rucka has to say about writing this moment:
I’d done a lot of research into West Point, and the Cadet’s Code of Honor had stuck with me, stuck with me all the more in the face of DADT. In my mind’s eye, even before ever seeing the Bat Symbol of encountering Batman, this was where Batwoman was born - in Kate’s need to serve something greater and to, at the same time, remain true to herself.