Monday, June 13, 2011

Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 9th Grade - Concept art

Been sitting on this for a couple of years now. Figured might as well let people see a bit of what we had been thinking for Supergirl's future as she enters the turbulent world of high school.

One of the things I would like to point out about these images is the evolution of Kara's design. When the first series was announced (along with an image never intended for the public) the common complaint was that our Supergirl was boyish. That she was rough looking. That she looked awkward and maybe even a little weird.

Eric could have drawn Supergirl as the epitome of style and grace. But that wouldn't have been our Supergirl. Our Supergirl was a character who needed to grow. She was overly self-aware, insecure and gangly, that's part of being a young teenager (particularly as younger teens see themselves from within) and therefore an important part of the storytelling.

I think with the slight changes to the artwork here we really begin to see Kara's self confidence manifest physically. This would have continued on a curve, all through 12th Grade. By the end (and there was a definitive end planned) 18 year old Kara would have looked like an adult - particularly because you watched her grow up.

I guess what I'm saying is: It's a mistake to expect a character to be perfect right out the gate. Where do you go from perfect? Perfect makes for boring storytelling and boring reading.

Ideally we would have similar development with the emotional status of the character. And I think we do see that evolution just over the course of the 8th Grade mini-series. It was a trend intended to continue.

We would have seen some similar evolution for Belinda and Lena - for at least as long as they were around. And if that sounds vaguely sinister, it probably is. Or maybe it really isn't. Hard to say.

Anyway, that's some Cosmic Adventures 9th Grade stuff for you. Otherwise, Eric and I have been very busy working on new things. We will be making an announcement as to what exactly that might be at this years San Diego Comic Con.

If you want to see Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures continue, let DC Comics know.

Friday, June 3, 2011

In stores now - Batman: The Brave and the Bold TPB

Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Emerald Knight is now available in stores.

This book collects the last 4 issues of Batman: The Brave and the Bold that Eric and I produced and includes appearances by The Huntress, Mister Camera, Plastic Man, The Scarecrow, Wonder Woman, The Lady Blackhawks, King Rex and the Dinosaur Gang, The menace known as Robert, The Martian Manhunter, Doctor Fate, The Dreaded Y'gg Phu Soggoth (Egg Fu), and the first full comic book appearance of the 1960's TV series villian Egghead! It also includes our Green Lantern story which was called "Best Single issue of the Year" over at CBR.

Here's the original covers for the stories we produced for this book.

The last cover is the one they used for the collection. Probably because Green Lantern is on it and I hear he might be in some movie or something.

There's also another great Batman/Green Lantern team-up written by Adam Shlagman that's alot of fun, and a story where Batman gets his leg broken by current series writer Sholly Fisch that includes just about everyone ever. Check it out.