That’s not all he sounds like, Bruce.
Bryan Q. Miller, you amazing, sneaky-ass bastard! I see what you did there and love you to death for it.
Part 2 of a series, apparently.
Marathoning Smallville a couple year ago with a couple of friends made me remember how much my childhood revovlved around superhero shows.
I wasn’t a normal stereotypical little girl. I grew up around male cousins who treated me like a guy pretty much. Better than there own brother, who is the same age as me. I didn’t watch many girly shows until later when we moved away.(Ex:My Little Pony). The things we watched were Superman the animated series for example was one we watched, it was my favorite growing up.
I loved Superman more than Batman growing up. I begged my mom to take me to the movies. I loved how he could just fly by and people would smile and you’d know instantly everything is going to alright. He’ll catch the plane, stop the bullet, or stop the alien.
After we moved I started to become more girly painted my nails all the time, started drawing, and watching girly shows. But, I was always drawn to a strong female lead(s). I was obsssed with Sam from Danny Phantom, Totally Spies, Kim Possable. I loved the idea that a girl could be just as good or better.
One day I went with my mom to a laundry mat and on a small portable tv a lady was watching Smallville. The first lines I heard “I can’t believe my best friend is an alien and never told me!!” and BOOM! Just like that I was drawn back to superheros, or at least the tight clad ones.
I started watching and reading some of my cousins comic books here and there. But not many, I still loved superheros. My mom says that when I was little all I would draw was Superman and superhero’s.
But, slowly I stopped with fandom middle school started and it just didn’t fit in my schedual plus no one I knew liked hero’s like me. So the love kind of died down.
I made a DA to keep in touch with some friends after I moved form NJ to MD, and I found out there was a girl Robin. You could imagine how exited I was, I jumped around my room. Thank God no one was home. I was exited it was my childhood dream not to have a hero that was drawn so sexually(Wonder Woman Catwomen)
And yes you know as well as I do they were, they were always drawn with the butt and boobs pose. They might have been strong but they weren’t really they didn’t feel real, everyday women. And that was the reason I really didn’t read much comic books, I didn’t like how the drew women, unrealistically. And that is coming from someone who didn’t go to college for this. Which is really sad if you think about it.
This is were I started to marathon Smallville with a bunch of friends and then marathoned a ton of other DC movies and old superhero cartoon.
So I got scans since the comic book shop closest to me closed down and they didn’t even have the issues anyway.
Stephanie Brown was real, she had troubles I could relate with. Crappy dad, mom barley home growing up(not drugs though work). But she also had regualer teenage problems like boy trouble, not only that she was pregnant and it just proved how strong she could be.
When I heard how and why she died I was kind of ok with it because I figured oh they’ll bring her back like they always bring back Superman.(At that time I didn’t know who Jason was)
Yeah, and the next day I found out I was right and that she became BATGIRL!!I just spazzed because not only that but the series was still going on at the time. I made my mom take me to the comic shop, but sadly they were sold out of all the issues, because they were closing and they didn’t want to order anymore. So I just stuck to scans.
Then, I heard of the new52 and I fangirled so hard. Because even though Cass and Steph weren’t going to be in it Jason Todd would have his own series! And when the brought them back I could watch the story unfolded before my eyes instead of relying on scans.
Yeah, lets just say I didn’t get what I wanted…
THEN I HEARD STEPH IN SMALLVILLE, and I knew it wouldn’t suck I knew it! It would be everything i’d hope for. The thing that made me remember my love for superheros was also going to have my faverote female hero in it!
But again I didn’t get what I wanted…
The thing that I just want is to know why? Why, did they change it? Didn’t they know that it was too late, that Babs would sound too much like Steph?
Don’t get me wrong I love Babs but I loved her more as Oracle because she showed me you don’t have to throw a single punch to save the world. She was more powerful as Oracle then Batgirl.
So a beautiful, wonderful, and amazing person who doesn’t want to be named did this for me. And I shall love them forever, I will close my eyes and pretend the re-boot never happened.
For the hate i’ll probably get i’m just going to point out I did try the New52 out but only thing’s that were posted on tumblr, full issues on youtube, and things like that.
So, it turns out DC can still affect me. Damn. Why couldn’t this have been Steph in canon? It sounds just like her, and dammit, a lot of us have been waiting for mentor-y Steph-Bruce interactions since her run as Robin.
It’s Psuedofolio. ;)I miss them, too…but WOW what a gorgeous piece of art, and perfectly conceived! Who drew this, may I ask?
Just posting three of the greatest ladies in all of comics.
Because some people STILL like to pretend that TWO of them don’t exist.
my love for this pic is endless <3
“Any last words?”
“Just one. SHAZAM!”
“… Wait… Guys, she isn’t magic, right?”
Cue the confused glances.
Oh god, I love that dialogue. So much.
There are no words for the levels of awesomeness emanating from this video (also, the people who wanted Steph’s doodles get their wish granted in spades).
Batgirls (Completed June 30, 2012)
First time drawing Barbara and Cass, and the first time I’ve drawn Stephanie’s whole body.
Smallville’s Birds - Completed* June 17, 2011
So this drawing took a slight turn with a surprise photobomb. (I couldn’t NOT draw Stephanie now that she’s gonna be in Season 11.)
*This drawing is complete, but don’t be surprised if I add to it later because I love all the Smallville lady heroes.
Um, I hate to being annoying, but who is Nell exactly? I tried looking her up, and I know she’s from Batgirl. I just haven’t read it yet and was interested to know.
Nell is a regular little girl living in Gotham. She’s Batgirl’s number one fan, and the embodiment of everything that Steph is fighting for as Batgirl: she is exactly the kind of person that she is trying to give hope to, trying to inspire, and trying to be a hero for. Nell is the first completely normal kid to befriend Damian, cheerful and hopeful and accepting despite all of Damian’s protests and failures.
Nell represents the future, and maybe she’ll even be Batgirl herself, someday. Little girls have to have their own heroes, and Batgirl is Nell’s.
Reblogging this excellent explanation of who Nell is.
Reblogging because sobbing.
G2Factor had the honor of talking with Bryan Q Miller about the digital-first Smallville Season 11 comic (as well as print), Smallville the 10 year television series, Batgirl and doughnuts.
This is also available on iTunes.
Bryan comes in at about the 70 minute mark and spoke with us for 2 HOURS!
If you haven’t purchased Smallville Season 11 digital #4, do so now. The icon is the face of Lex Luthor. (Rosenbaum)
IMPORTANT: Smallville Season 11 digital 5 released Friday, 25th!
If I were asked the two things I miss the most about the new 52, it would probably not be the obvious suspects. Yes, I miss the benched characters and Donna Troy and WW’s origin and all of that stuff.
But personally, just me talking, the two things I miss the most are the Lois/Clark marriage, and the Birds of Prey being friends.
I miss that Huntress and Oracle and Canary and Zinda loved each other and always had each others’ back, no matter what. That Huntress would throw a drink in Shiva’s face to protect Canary, that Canary would face Brainiac’s electrocution to protect Oracle. I think that their relationship was one of the most subversive messages in mainstream comics, in some ways. And readers responded, the book was one of the most stable non-bat, non-gl books at DC the entire time I was on it. I think it was that friendship that people most treasured, and, I hasten to add, that helped make it the first truly successful all female team book in comics’ history, to my knowledge.
I like the new 52, and I like the new BOP in particular, Duane’s doing a lovely job on it, but it’s not yet (for perfectly understandable reasons, and it may never be) a book about female friendship in the same way that it had been previously. Similarly, there are few female friendships at all at this early stage, and I dearly miss them.
Fortunately, there’s room to grow, even if the cart moves slower than I would like.
That said, Bop really IS one of the best of the new books and is always worth reading!
The two relationships I miss most period are Lois and Clark and Oracle and Canary.
The Supermarriage and the female friendships in Birds of Prey were important. They were bright spots of love and light in what has become an increasingly dark universe.
The marriage was important because it challenged the idea that all alpha men have to behave in the same stereotypical way and play the field to prove their manhood. It challenged the sexist concept that women “hold men back” and “tie men down” and it proved that women do not have to be perfect physical beings with perfect beauty or perfect powers or perfect anything in order to be treated as equals. It showed that our worth comes from the inside out and that a person who truly loves you will love you through your flaws. The marriage sent a really important message about men and women PERIOD and it sent a really important message that men do not have to be “dark” or “angry” or “players” in order to be powerful, “manly” heroes.
The female friendships in Birds of Prey were paramount as well and they also challenged sexist stereotypes about women by proving over and over again that women can and do share deep, special relationships and friendships that are meaningful and powerful and special. Too often, the literary trope pits women aganist each other as opposed to recognizing that women can and do work together every single day for good. Pitting women against each other (particularly over a man) is a very negative and offensive trope. That’s why Birds of Prey and these female friendships were so incredibly important because they challenged the very ideas that linger about female friendships. It was another spot of love and and light in the universe.
The Marriage and these female friendships were different. They challenged offensive stereotypes that still linger about men and women and dared to imply that love was a powerful force for good and that love could be a drive for good—not just revenge or hate or anger.
I miss both the marriage and the female friendships very much. And though I know that there will be attempts to bring both relationships back together at some point down the road…it’s hard not to think that something special has been lost forever and may never return again. But as always I hope to be proven wrong.
I’m gonna throw my two cents in and, in addition to these because YES, I’m gonna add the relationships established in Batgirl v3, especially between Stephanie and Barbara, Stephanie and Kara (though it was only one issue, it was glorious), and pretty much anyone else Stephanie came in contact with.