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From @dccomicsunited - Jason & Barbara - Batman: Under the Red Hood Batman: The Killing Joke - regrann

From @dccomicsunited - Jason & Barbara - Batman: Under the Red Hood Batman: The Killing Joke - regrann

killing joke: (TZMACHER vlETZM4 Qhy7708 7708-S SMILE! IS FOR .LING JOKE HISTORYOFI'llEBAT3Lse.. WITZ KAWALAR2 K "The ABC's of The Joker" - K is for "Batman: The Killing Joke": On March 29, 1988, one of the most definitive Joker stories was published: the graphic novel 'Batman: The Killing Joke' written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland, John Higgins and Richard Starkings. The story begins with the Dark Knight traveling to Arkham Asylum, deciding to attempt to talk to Joker, ending their war once and for all. Yet he finds an imposter Joker in his cell. The real Joker is free, purchasing a run down amusement park. The issue turns to a series of flashbacks presenting Joker's "origin story": an unnamed man failing to become a stand up comedian reluctantly agrees to help two crooks do an inside job at a power plant to bring in money to support his wife and unborn child. Tragedy strikes when the man learns his wife and baby have died and the heist at the plant goes wrong, leading the man to flee from the Batman on site into a vat of chemicals transforming him into the insane Joker. To prove that even the sanest man can turn for the worst after having one bad day, Joker arrives at the home of Commissioner Gordon and his daughter Barbara. As Babs opens the door, the Clown Prince of Crime shoots her, having her crash into the coffee table. Joker's henchmen then kidnap James, imprisoning him in the run down amusement park and is forced to view large photos taken by the Joker of Barbara undressed and wounded from the gunshot. Once Batman arrives at the hospital, finding Barbara paralyzed from the gunshot and discovering Joker photographed her, he goes to save Gordon, and the Joker retreats into the funhouse. Gordon's sanity is intact despite the ordeal and he insists that Batman capture the Joker "by the book" in order to "show him that our way works". Batman tracks down the Joker and subdues him, then attempts to reach out to Joker to give up crime and put a stop to their years-long war. The Joker declines, however, ruefully saying "It's far too late". The comic fittingly ends with Joker telling a joke, both him and Batman laughing and the panels move away into the rain. ✌🏼💜💚🃏📚
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"The ABC's of The Joker" - K is for "Batman: The Killing Joke": On March 29, 1988, one of the most definitive Joker stories was published: the graphic novel 'Batman: The Killing Joke' written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland, John Higgins and Richard Starkings. The story begins with the Dark Knight traveling to Arkham Asylum, deciding to attempt to talk to Joker, ending their war once and for all. Yet he finds an imposter Joker in his cell. The real Joker is free, purchasing a run down amusement park. The issue turns to a series of flashbacks presenting Joker's "origin story": an unnamed man failing to become a stand up comedian reluctantly agrees to help two crooks do an inside job at a power plant to bring in money to support his wife and unborn child. Tragedy strikes when the man learns his wife and baby have died and the heist at the plant goes wrong, leading the man to flee from the Batman on site into a vat of chemicals transforming him into the insane Joker. To prove that even the sanest man can turn for the worst after having one bad day, Joker arrives at the home of Commissioner Gordon and his daughter Barbara. As Babs opens the door, the Clown Prince of Crime shoots her, having her crash into the coffee table. Joker's henchmen then kidnap James, imprisoning him in the run down amusement park and is forced to view large photos taken by the Joker of Barbara undressed and wounded from the gunshot. Once Batman arrives at the hospital, finding Barbara paralyzed from the gunshot and discovering Joker photographed her, he goes to save Gordon, and the Joker retreats into the funhouse. Gordon's sanity is intact despite the ordeal and he insists that Batman capture the Joker "by the book" in order to "show him that our way works". Batman tracks down the Joker and subdues him, then attempts to reach out to Joker to give up crime and put a stop to their years-long war. The Joker declines, however, ruefully saying "It's far too late". The comic fittingly ends with Joker telling a joke, both him and Batman laughing and the panels move away into the rain. ✌🏼💜💚🃏📚

"The ABC's of The Joker" - K is for "Batman: The Killing Joke": On March 29, 1988, one of the most definitive Joker stories was published...

killing joke: Happy Birthday Tara Strong OHISTORYOF THE BATMAN Afternoon Gothamites! Today (February 12) History of the Batman wants to wish the amazingly talented Tara Strong @TaraStrong514 a very bat-tastic birthday! If you think you don't know Strong's work, think again! She has done voice acting for many, many, many shows and films, INCLUDING but DEFINITELY NOT LIMITED TO in this account edit: Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Vicki Vale in the animated film "The Batman vs Dracula", Timmy Turner in The Fairly Oddparents, Bubbles in The Powerpuff Girls, Barbara Gordon - Batgirl in Batman: The Animated Series-The New Batman Adventures-Gotham Girls, Beware the Batman and related films (Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Batman: The Killing Joke), Dil Pickles from The Rugrats, Raven-Elasti-Girl-Kitten in Teen Titans and Teen Titans GO!, Huntress in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Harley Quinn in both Robot Chicken and the video games Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight, Harlequin in Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in DC Super Hero Girls and Harley Quinn in the current Cartoon Network show Justice League: Action alongside Kevin Conroy's Batman and Mark Hamill's Joker! There's no doubt that @TaraStrong514 has not only defined much of my childhood but her voice has shaped our experience in Batman's animated television and video game universe, and for that we thank Mrs. Strong and wish her a happy birthday! What is your favorite character Tara Strong has brought to life over the decades? Thanks for following and we'll have more History of the Batman soon! ✌🏼💛🦇📽📺🎮🎉
killing joke: Happy Birthday
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Afternoon Gothamites! Today (February 12) History of the Batman wants to wish the amazingly talented Tara Strong @TaraStrong514 a very bat-tastic birthday! If you think you don't know Strong's work, think again! She has done voice acting for many, many, many shows and films, INCLUDING but DEFINITELY NOT LIMITED TO in this account edit: Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Vicki Vale in the animated film "The Batman vs Dracula", Timmy Turner in The Fairly Oddparents, Bubbles in The Powerpuff Girls, Barbara Gordon - Batgirl in Batman: The Animated Series-The New Batman Adventures-Gotham Girls, Beware the Batman and related films (Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Batman: The Killing Joke), Dil Pickles from The Rugrats, Raven-Elasti-Girl-Kitten in Teen Titans and Teen Titans GO!, Huntress in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Harley Quinn in both Robot Chicken and the video games Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight, Harlequin in Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in DC Super Hero Girls and Harley Quinn in the current Cartoon Network show Justice League: Action alongside Kevin Conroy's Batman and Mark Hamill's Joker! There's no doubt that @TaraStrong514 has not only defined much of my childhood but her voice has shaped our experience in Batman's animated television and video game universe, and for that we thank Mrs. Strong and wish her a happy birthday! What is your favorite character Tara Strong has brought to life over the decades? Thanks for following and we'll have more History of the Batman soon! ✌🏼💛🦇📽📺🎮🎉

Afternoon Gothamites! Today (February 12) History of the Batman wants to wish the amazingly talented Tara Strong @TaraStrong514 a very ba...

killing joke: Protection in the night Prepped for her pleasure Good Knight Gothamites! Tomorrow we will continue "50 Tales for 50 Years: A Celebration of Barbara Gordon" with our last 3 stories! Earlier in our session (2 posts back) we discussed Kyle Higgins' 2014 story "Older Wounds" that shed light on the romantic affair between Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon. In 2016's DC Animated Film "Batman: The Killing Joke" as a prelude to the telling of Alan Moore's graphic novel, we see Bruce and Barbara in what is now deemed a "controversial" sex scene. While I make light of this scene with an account edit using art from @BossLogic's (Bosslogicinc.com) hilarious condom series "Safety First", executive producer Bruce Timm discussed in an interview the thought process him, screenplay writer Brian Azzarello and producer Alan Burnett had while wanting to explore this dynamic: "It was really important to us to show that both of the characters make some pretty big mistakes...so it's very human; it's a very understandable story." What are your thoughts on Batman and Batgirl's relationship in this animated film and did this portion of Barbara's prequel story help or hinder your experience watching this highly anticipated adaptation? As always, thanks for following on and off of Instagram, your support is always appreciated! Have a great night and we will have more History of the Batman tomorrow. Remember Gothamites, it's all about Peace, Love and Batman! ✌🏼💙💛🦇
killing joke: Protection in the night
 Prepped for her pleasure
Good Knight Gothamites! Tomorrow we will continue "50 Tales for 50 Years: A Celebration of Barbara Gordon" with our last 3 stories! Earlier in our session (2 posts back) we discussed Kyle Higgins' 2014 story "Older Wounds" that shed light on the romantic affair between Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon. In 2016's DC Animated Film "Batman: The Killing Joke" as a prelude to the telling of Alan Moore's graphic novel, we see Bruce and Barbara in what is now deemed a "controversial" sex scene. While I make light of this scene with an account edit using art from @BossLogic's (Bosslogicinc.com) hilarious condom series "Safety First", executive producer Bruce Timm discussed in an interview the thought process him, screenplay writer Brian Azzarello and producer Alan Burnett had while wanting to explore this dynamic: "It was really important to us to show that both of the characters make some pretty big mistakes...so it's very human; it's a very understandable story." What are your thoughts on Batman and Batgirl's relationship in this animated film and did this portion of Barbara's prequel story help or hinder your experience watching this highly anticipated adaptation? As always, thanks for following on and off of Instagram, your support is always appreciated! Have a great night and we will have more History of the Batman tomorrow. Remember Gothamites, it's all about Peace, Love and Batman! ✌🏼💙💛🦇

Good Knight Gothamites! Tomorrow we will continue "50 Tales for 50 Years: A Celebration of Barbara Gordon" with our last 3 stories! Earli...

killing joke: 41 st: Yesterday in our session "50 Tales for 50 Years: A Celebration of Barbara Gordon" we covered Alan Moore's one shot graphic novel "Batman: The Killing Joke". One of the reasons this comic is so memorable is the fact that the Joker shoots Barbara Gordon, unknowing to him Batgirl, ultimately paralyzingly her from the waist down. At the time, even Moore himself believed the acts of Joker shooting and undressing Barbara was extreme for comic books. In recent news, Bolland's original art illustrated photos of a completely naked Barbara, with the exposure of her breasts, giving critics the illusion that Joker sexually assaulted her as well. In years to come, Barbara would be listed in Gail Simone's "Women in Refrigerators" list, one that has important female characters to superheroes either injured or killed as a plot device; Barbara's tragedy was not the main storyline, but a pawn in the grand scheme of Joker's origin and the defining of insanity between him and Batman. Many saw her paralysis negatively when the book was published in March 1988. Even creators such as Alex Ross and Paul Dini wanting to have a story where she is cured by a Lazarus Pit in the later future. However, the vulgarity in these panels made Barbara Gordon the metaphorical phoenix of DC; to assure she would not end up in complete obscurity, creators John Ostrander and Kim Yale gave Barbara a new persona, the genius computer hacker Oracle, who became one of the most important figures for heroes in the DC Universe until The New 52 reboot in late 2011 (Rafael Albuquerque's cancelled variant cover to 2015's Batgirl 41 presented). We will have more tales of Barbara in her role as Oracle as we continue our retrospect. ✌🏼️💛💜📖🎨🎉
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Yesterday in our session "50 Tales for 50 Years: A Celebration of Barbara Gordon" we covered Alan Moore's one shot graphic novel "Batman: The Killing Joke". One of the reasons this comic is so memorable is the fact that the Joker shoots Barbara Gordon, unknowing to him Batgirl, ultimately paralyzingly her from the waist down. At the time, even Moore himself believed the acts of Joker shooting and undressing Barbara was extreme for comic books. In recent news, Bolland's original art illustrated photos of a completely naked Barbara, with the exposure of her breasts, giving critics the illusion that Joker sexually assaulted her as well. In years to come, Barbara would be listed in Gail Simone's "Women in Refrigerators" list, one that has important female characters to superheroes either injured or killed as a plot device; Barbara's tragedy was not the main storyline, but a pawn in the grand scheme of Joker's origin and the defining of insanity between him and Batman. Many saw her paralysis negatively when the book was published in March 1988. Even creators such as Alex Ross and Paul Dini wanting to have a story where she is cured by a Lazarus Pit in the later future. However, the vulgarity in these panels made Barbara Gordon the metaphorical phoenix of DC; to assure she would not end up in complete obscurity, creators John Ostrander and Kim Yale gave Barbara a new persona, the genius computer hacker Oracle, who became one of the most important figures for heroes in the DC Universe until The New 52 reboot in late 2011 (Rafael Albuquerque's cancelled variant cover to 2015's Batgirl 41 presented). We will have more tales of Barbara in her role as Oracle as we continue our retrospect. ✌🏼️💛💜📖🎨🎉

Yesterday in our session "50 Tales for 50 Years: A Celebration of Barbara Gordon" we covered Alan Moore's one shot graphic novel "Batman:...

killing joke: superhero-news: Our Halloween costumes this year: the Joker and Barbara Gordon from The Killing Joke
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Our Halloween costumes this year: the Joker and Barbara Gordon from The Killing Joke

superhero-news: Our Halloween costumes this year: the Joker and Barbara Gordon from The Killing Joke

killing joke: FANDOMETRICS VIESVES S MOVILS MOV <h2>Movies</h2><p><b>Week Ending August 1st, 2016</b></p><ol><li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/ghostbusters">Ghostbusters</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/zootopia">Zootopia</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/suicide%20squad">Suicide Squad</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/captain%20america%20civil%20war"><b>Captain America: Civil War</b></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/star%20trek%20beyond">Star Trek Beyond</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/dunkirk">Dunkirk</a> <i>+9</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/moana">Moana</a> <i>−3</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/deadpool">Deadpool</a> <i>−1</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/lotr">Lord of the Rings</a> <i>−1</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/doctor%20strange">Doctor Strange</a> <i>−1</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20killing%20joke">Batman: The Killing Joke</a> <i>+2</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20force%20awakens">Star Wars: The Force Awakens</a> <i>−1</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/kiki's%20delivery%20service"><b>Kiki&rsquo;s Delivery Service</b></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/jurassic%20world">Jurassic World</a> <i>−2</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20hobbit">The Hobbit</a> <i>+3</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20martian">The Martian</a> <i>−10</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/me%20before%20you">Me Before You</a> <i>−3</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/spiderman%20homecoming">Spider-Man: Homecoming</a> <i>−1</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/godzilla"><b>Godzilla</b></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/sharknado"><b>Sharknado</b></a></li></ol><p><i>The number in italics indicates how many spots a title moved up or down from the previous week. Bolded titles weren’t on the list last week.</i></p>
killing joke: FANDOMETRICS
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<h2>Movies</h2><p><b>Week Ending August 1st, 2016</b></p><ol><li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/ghostbusters">Ghostbusters</a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/zootopia">Zootopia</a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/suicide%20squad">Suicide Squad</a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/captain%20america%20civil%20war"><b>Captain America: Civil War</b></a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/star%20trek%20beyond">Star Trek Beyond</a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/dunkirk">Dunkirk</a> <i>+9</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/moana">Moana</a> <i>−3</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/deadpool">Deadpool</a> <i>−1</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/lotr">Lord of the Rings</a> <i>−1</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/doctor%20strange">Doctor Strange</a> <i>−1</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20killing%20joke">Batman: The Killing Joke</a> <i>+2</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20force%20awakens">Star Wars: The Force Awakens</a> <i>−1</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/kiki's%20delivery%20service"><b>Kiki&rsquo;s Delivery Service</b></a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/jurassic%20world">Jurassic World</a> <i>−2</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20hobbit">The Hobbit</a> <i>+3</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20martian">The Martian</a> <i>−10</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/me%20before%20you">Me Before You</a> <i>−3</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/spiderman%20homecoming">Spider-Man: Homecoming</a> <i>−1</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/godzilla"><b>Godzilla</b></a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/sharknado"><b>Sharknado</b></a></li></ol><p><i>The number in italics indicates how many spots a title moved up or down from the previous week. Bolded titles weren’t on the list last week.</i></p>

<h2>Movies</h2><p><b>Week Ending August 1st, 2016</b></p><ol><li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/ghostbusters">Ghostbusters</a></li...

killing joke: FANDOMETRICS VIESVES S MOVILS MOV <h2>Movies</h2><p><b>Week Ending July 25th, 2016</b></p><ol><li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/ghostbusters">Ghostbusters</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/zootopia">Zootopia</a> <i>+1</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/suicide%20squad">Suicide Squad</a> <i>+1</i></li> <li><b><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/moana">Moana</a> </b></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/star%20trek%20beyond">Star Trek Beyond</a> <i>+4</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20martian">The Martian</a> <i>+11</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/deadpool">Deadpool</a> <i>−1</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/lotr">Lord of the Rings</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/doctor%20strange"><b>Doctor Strange</b></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20bronze"><b>The Bronze</b></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20force%20awakens">Star Wars: The Force Awakens</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/jurassic%20world">Jurassic World</a> <i>+1</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20killing%20joke"><b>Batman: The Killing Joke</b></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/me%20before%20you">Me Before You</a> <i>−4</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/dunkirk">Dunkirk</a> <i>−8</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/rogue%20one">Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</a> <i>−11</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/spiderman%20homecoming"><b>Spider-Man: Homecoming</b></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20hobbit">The Hobbit</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/finding%20dory">Finding Dory</a> <i>−7</i></li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/batman%20v%20superman">Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</a> <i>−6</i></li></ol><p><i>The number in italics indicates how many spots a title moved up or down from the previous week. Bolded titles weren’t on the list last week.</i></p>
killing joke: FANDOMETRICS
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<h2>Movies</h2><p><b>Week Ending July 25th, 2016</b></p><ol><li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/ghostbusters">Ghostbusters</a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/zootopia">Zootopia</a> <i>+1</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/suicide%20squad">Suicide Squad</a> <i>+1</i></li> 
<li><b><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/moana">Moana</a> </b></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/star%20trek%20beyond">Star Trek Beyond</a> <i>+4</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20martian">The Martian</a> <i>+11</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/deadpool">Deadpool</a> <i>−1</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/lotr">Lord of the Rings</a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/doctor%20strange"><b>Doctor Strange</b></a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20bronze"><b>The Bronze</b></a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20force%20awakens">Star Wars: The Force Awakens</a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/jurassic%20world">Jurassic World</a> <i>+1</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20killing%20joke"><b>Batman: The Killing Joke</b></a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/me%20before%20you">Me Before You</a> <i>−4</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/dunkirk">Dunkirk</a> <i>−8</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/rogue%20one">Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</a> <i>−11</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/spiderman%20homecoming"><b>Spider-Man: Homecoming</b></a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/the%20hobbit">The Hobbit</a></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/finding%20dory">Finding Dory</a> <i>−7</i></li> 
<li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/batman%20v%20superman">Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</a> <i>−6</i></li></ol><p><i>The number in italics indicates how many spots a title moved up or down from the previous week. Bolded titles weren’t on the list last week.</i></p>

<h2>Movies</h2><p><b>Week Ending July 25th, 2016</b></p><ol><li><a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/ghostbusters">Ghostbusters</a></li>...

killing joke: <p><a href="http://christopherjonesart.tumblr.com/post/113911033413/so-about-that-joker-variant-cover-for-batgirl-41" class="tumblr_blog">christopherjonesart</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><b>So about that Joker variant cover for Batgirl #41…</b><br/></p><p>When I first saw “the cover that set the internet on fire,” my first thought was that it was a poor fit for the book, but that it was an otherwise fine cover. It’s a really well-drawn piece by artist <b>Rafael Albuquerque</b>, and it’s just one of a series of Joker-themed variant covers for many <b>DC Comics</b> titles. The cover visually references <b><i>The Killing Joke</i></b>, easily the most famous Joker story in Batgirl’s history (a <i>different</i> Batgirl, but <i>still</i>…) so I absolutely could see the logic.</p><p>Like I said, the dark, creepy tone of the cover seemed a poor fit for the new Batgirl series featuring a young hero clearly meant to appeal to young female readers, but my first response honestly was to be forgiving. After all, It’s just a variant cover. And villains threatening heroes is part of the genre, right? And it’s <i>The Joker</i>. He’s <i><b>supposed</b></i> to be creepy and scary. </p><p>But what bothers me about this piece more and more as I’ve thought about it is that <b>Batgirl isn’t shown as defiant, angry, or ready to go down fighting.</b> Instead she’s shown as a helpless, crying victim, with the villain’s gun-wielding arm wrapped around her. It doesn’t feel like The Joker is being presented as a threat for our hero to overcome; it feels like <b>a celebration of the defeat and degradation of the hero.</b> That would be disturbing and incongruous enough if this were an adult hero like Superman, or even an adult female hero like Wonder Woman. The fact that it appears to be a <b>teenage girl</b> just makes it feel icky.<br/></p><p>Artist <b>Ray Dillon</b> said it better than I could with this piece of art.</p><figure data-orig-width="465" data-orig-height="720"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/846013d1ca56a7941e65e6f31119c43c/tumblr_inline_nldkuj8WEd1qdejyi_500.jpg" alt="image" data-orig-width="465" data-orig-height="720"/></figure><p>Would you expect to see this cover on a <b>Superman</b> comic in place of a dynamic shot of Doomsday and Superman launching themselves at each other in battle? Probably not. This just seems like a mix of creepy and odd, heavy on the creepy. And how much creepier is it when instead of an inhuman monster threatening an adult man, it was a <b>creepy grown man with a gun menacing what appears to be a teenage girl</b>? </p><p>The backlash against the <i>Batgirl #41</i> Joker variant shouldn’t have surprised anyone. People found it inappropriate and even offensive. They saw it as tone deaf or insensitive and read things into it that I don’t think were ever intended by the artist or by DC Comics. And now I’m reading the backlash against the backlash, with many fans of the artwork <b>dismissing the concerns</b> of anyone who was bothered by it. That backlash against the backlash only <b>intensified </b>with DC announced that they were pulling cover <b>at the request of artist Rafael Albuquerque</b>, motivated in part by threats of violence that had been received. Understandably, many assumed that the threats had been against Rafael Albuquerque. <br/><br/>Now let me be clear. I don’t care HOW offended someone is by someone else’s words, deeds, or artwork. You can complain all you want. That’s free speech. <b>The moment you threaten violence, you are escalating the issue in a way that makes YOU the bad guy.</b> That’s Charlie Hebdo territory.<br/><br/>But the assumption that it was critics of the cover threatening Raphael Albuquerque was wrong. It was Batgirl cowriter <b>Cameron Stewart</b> who pointed out that the threats hadn’t been made against the artist. <b>The threats of violance had been made against THOSE CRITICIZING THE COVER.</b></p><figure data-orig-width="657" data-orig-height="393"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/d2e3f543e0f1a716258a510ca6ca8a17/tumblr_inline_nldlluW1sc1qdejyi_500.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="657" data-orig-height="393"/></figure><p>Raphael Albuquerque confirmed this himself.</p><figure data-orig-width="666" data-orig-height="352"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/9f342d878d8466e5c99f39b8f0df6d8b/tumblr_inline_nldln2V74I1qdejyi_500.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="666" data-orig-height="352"/></figure><p>You can read more about that side of things <a href="http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/130951-dc-cancels-controversial-batgirl-variant-cites-threats-of-violence-against-people-who-criticized-cover.html?utm_content=buffer49e9a&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer"><b>HERE</b></a>.</p><p>So, do I think Raphael Albuquerque or anyone at DC Comics was trying to be offensive? No. Let me just say that again. <b>No.</b> I do not think that. (And I honestly believe DC may well have stepped up and decided to pull the cover without the reported threats of violence, given the concern and outrage over its content.)<br/><br/>The fact that the cover was approved in the first place, I think, is a symptom of an industry with a <b>decades-old culture dominated by males</b>, where female characters were there more often than not to be the girlfriend or the damsel-in-distress, and where audiences were predominantly male and perfectly happy with that as the status quo. Speaking as a lifelong male and a nearly-lifelong member of the comics community in one way or another, I totally understand what <b>a bubble that has created</b> and how the very nature of that bubble can lead to usually innocuous <b>lapses in perspective</b>. (This is not an excuse for it happening; merely a rationale.)<br/><br/>All that said, I do think things are changing and they’ll only get better from here. But you still have an industry dominated by white men (a demographic of which I am a part) trying to attract a more diverse readership because they are beginning to truly understand <b>how essential this wider audience is</b> to growing the medium and the industry of comics. And as long as the those in the industry know there’s <b>money to be made</b>, they’ll continue to pursue that wider audience. <br/><br/>The more diversity we can bring into comics at the <b>creator, editorial, and management levels</b>, the more that diversity will be reflected in the comics that are created and how they are marketed to the world - not just in the form of the characters whose stories get told, but in the <b>choices that are made</b>. Basically, eventually, that bubble that allows things like “the cover that set the internet on fire” to have happened will pop. <br/><br/>And here I am, this 45-year-old white guy who has been reading comics his whole life and drawing them professionally for over 20 years, still learning more every day, doing my best to listen, and trying my best to walk the line between not wanting anyone to feel like I’m attacking them but also feeling compelled to speak about something I think is important. And more and more I notice my contemporaries doing the same. I hope you notice it too.<br/><br/>I constantly find myself marveling at all these awesome things that are happening as the comics industry is changing for the better.</p></blockquote>
killing joke: <p><a href="http://christopherjonesart.tumblr.com/post/113911033413/so-about-that-joker-variant-cover-for-batgirl-41" class="tumblr_blog">christopherjonesart</a>:</p>

<blockquote><p><b>So about that Joker variant cover for Batgirl #41…</b><br/></p><p>When I first saw “the cover that set the internet on fire,” my first thought was that it was a poor fit for the book, but that it was an otherwise fine cover. It’s a really well-drawn piece by artist <b>Rafael Albuquerque</b>, and it’s just one of a series of Joker-themed variant covers for many <b>DC Comics</b> titles. The cover visually references <b><i>The Killing Joke</i></b>, easily the most famous Joker story in Batgirl’s history (a <i>different</i> Batgirl, but <i>still</i>…) so I absolutely could see the logic.</p><p>Like I said, the dark, creepy tone of the cover seemed a poor fit for the new Batgirl series featuring a young hero clearly meant to appeal to young female readers, but my first response honestly was to be forgiving. After all, It’s just a variant cover. And villains threatening heroes is part of the genre, right? And it’s <i>The Joker</i>. He’s <i><b>supposed</b></i> to be creepy and scary. </p><p>But what bothers me about this piece more and more as I’ve thought about it is that <b>Batgirl isn’t shown as defiant, angry, or ready to go down fighting.</b> Instead she’s shown as a helpless, crying victim, with the villain’s gun-wielding arm wrapped around her. It doesn’t feel like The Joker is being presented as a threat for our hero to overcome; it feels like <b>a celebration of the defeat and degradation of the hero.</b> That would be disturbing and incongruous enough if this were an adult hero like Superman, or even an adult female hero like Wonder Woman. The fact that it appears to be a <b>teenage girl</b> just makes it feel icky.<br/></p><p>Artist <b>Ray Dillon</b> said it better than I could with this piece of art.</p><figure data-orig-width="465" data-orig-height="720"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/846013d1ca56a7941e65e6f31119c43c/tumblr_inline_nldkuj8WEd1qdejyi_500.jpg" alt="image" data-orig-width="465" data-orig-height="720"/></figure><p>Would you expect to see this cover on a <b>Superman</b> comic in place of a dynamic shot of Doomsday and Superman launching themselves at each other in battle? Probably not. This just seems like a mix of creepy and odd, heavy on the creepy. And how much creepier is it when instead of an inhuman monster threatening an adult man, it was a <b>creepy grown man with a gun menacing what appears to be a teenage girl</b>? </p><p>The backlash against the <i>Batgirl #41</i> Joker variant shouldn’t have surprised anyone. People found it inappropriate and even offensive. They saw it as tone deaf or insensitive and read things into it that I don’t think were ever intended by the artist or by DC Comics. And now I’m reading the backlash against the backlash, with many fans of the artwork <b>dismissing the concerns</b> of anyone who was bothered by it. That backlash against the backlash only <b>intensified </b>with DC announced that they were pulling cover <b>at the request of artist Rafael Albuquerque</b>, motivated in part by threats of violence that had been received. Understandably, many assumed that the threats had been against Rafael Albuquerque. <br/><br/>Now let me be clear. I don’t care HOW offended someone is by someone else’s words, deeds, or artwork. You can complain all you want. That’s free speech. <b>The moment you threaten violence, you are escalating the issue in a way that makes YOU the bad guy.</b> That’s Charlie Hebdo territory.<br/><br/>But the assumption that it was critics of the cover threatening Raphael Albuquerque was wrong. It was Batgirl cowriter <b>Cameron Stewart</b> who pointed out that the threats hadn’t been made against the artist. <b>The threats of violance had been made against THOSE CRITICIZING THE COVER.</b></p><figure data-orig-width="657" data-orig-height="393"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/d2e3f543e0f1a716258a510ca6ca8a17/tumblr_inline_nldlluW1sc1qdejyi_500.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="657" data-orig-height="393"/></figure><p>Raphael Albuquerque confirmed this himself.</p><figure data-orig-width="666" data-orig-height="352"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/9f342d878d8466e5c99f39b8f0df6d8b/tumblr_inline_nldln2V74I1qdejyi_500.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="666" data-orig-height="352"/></figure><p>You can read more about that side of things <a href="http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/130951-dc-cancels-controversial-batgirl-variant-cites-threats-of-violence-against-people-who-criticized-cover.html?utm_content=buffer49e9a&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer"><b>HERE</b></a>.</p><p>So, do I think Raphael Albuquerque or anyone at DC Comics was trying to be offensive? No. Let me just say that again. <b>No.</b> I do not think that. (And I honestly believe DC may well have stepped up and decided to pull the cover without the reported threats of violence, given the concern and outrage over its content.)<br/><br/>The fact that the cover was approved in the first place, I think, is a symptom of an industry with a <b>decades-old culture dominated by males</b>, where female characters were there more often than not to be the girlfriend or the damsel-in-distress, and where audiences were predominantly male and perfectly happy with that as the status quo. Speaking as a lifelong male and a nearly-lifelong member of the comics community in one way or another, I totally understand what <b>a bubble that has created</b> and how the very nature of that bubble can lead to usually innocuous <b>lapses in perspective</b>. (This is not an excuse for it happening; merely a rationale.)<br/><br/>All that said, I do think things are changing and they’ll only get better from here. But you still have an industry dominated by white men (a demographic of which I am a part) trying to attract a more diverse readership because they are beginning to truly understand <b>how essential this wider audience is</b> to growing the medium and the industry of comics. And as long as the those in the industry know there’s <b>money to be made</b>, they’ll continue to pursue that wider audience. <br/><br/>The more diversity we can bring into comics at the <b>creator, editorial, and management levels</b>, the more that diversity will be reflected in the comics that are created and how they are marketed to the world - not just in the form of the characters whose stories get told, but in the <b>choices that are made</b>. Basically, eventually, that bubble that allows things like “the cover that set the internet on fire” to have happened will pop. <br/><br/>And here I am, this 45-year-old white guy who has been reading comics his whole life and drawing them professionally for over 20 years, still learning more every day, doing my best to listen, and trying my best to walk the line between not wanting anyone to feel like I’m attacking them but also feeling compelled to speak about something I think is important. And more and more I notice my contemporaries doing the same. I hope you notice it too.<br/><br/>I constantly find myself marveling at all these awesome things that are happening as the comics industry is changing for the better.</p></blockquote>

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