Daddy Make Me a Superhero

Various attempts to entertain my superhero-obsessed five-year-old son.
Batgirl of Burnside paper cut-out
I wanted to join in on the all the new Batgirl costume fan art fun, but obviously had to join the party rather late. Let’s just say that if Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr had to create their Barbara Gordon out of paper cut-outs, they probably would’ve skimped on some of the details.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d have the time to give this a shot, since I make all my superhero cut-outs for my five year-old-son’s bedroom wall, and he already has a Batgirl. Plus, his knowledge of the characters largely comes from the cartoons, while this design has yet to even appear in print. So I wasn’t sure if he’d go for it. But I showed the publicity pics of the new costume to him, asked if he thought they were cool (“yeah”), asked him if he’d like one like it on his wall (“yeah”), and that was it. Just a lot of drawing, cutting, and pasting after that.
I love the new design. It’s a great look, but even more than that I love what it says about the direction Stewart, Tarr, and Brendan Fletcher are taking the character. Between the fashionable costume, the bathroom selfie, and OMG a Bat-character is actually smiling, it tells me all I need to know about what to expect come issue 35, even without reading Stewart’s interviews. This is the look of a comic that promises fun and adventure. Which just so happen to be the two main things I look for out of my superhero comics these days.
So you can bet I’ll be picking up a copy in October. (And by “picking up a copy”, I mean “pressing the download button on the DC Comics app”).

Batgirl of Burnside paper cut-out

I wanted to join in on the all the new Batgirl costume fan art fun, but obviously had to join the party rather late. Let’s just say that if Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr had to create their Barbara Gordon out of paper cut-outs, they probably would’ve skimped on some of the details.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d have the time to give this a shot, since I make all my superhero cut-outs for my five year-old-son’s bedroom wall, and he already has a Batgirl. Plus, his knowledge of the characters largely comes from the cartoons, while this design has yet to even appear in print. So I wasn’t sure if he’d go for it. But I showed the publicity pics of the new costume to him, asked if he thought they were cool (“yeah”), asked him if he’d like one like it on his wall (“yeah”), and that was it. Just a lot of drawing, cutting, and pasting after that.

I love the new design. It’s a great look, but even more than that I love what it says about the direction Stewart, Tarr, and Brendan Fletcher are taking the character. Between the fashionable costume, the bathroom selfie, and OMG a Bat-character is actually smiling, it tells me all I need to know about what to expect come issue 35, even without reading Stewart’s interviews. This is the look of a comic that promises fun and adventure. Which just so happen to be the two main things I look for out of my superhero comics these days.

So you can bet I’ll be picking up a copy in October. (And by “picking up a copy”, I mean “pressing the download button on the DC Comics app”).

Having a leg up means less work on utility belts.

Having a leg up means less work on utility belts.

Justice League - DCAU
How is it a company is capable of creating a Justice League experience this great in one medium, yet I have zero faith in them doing so in another medium?

Justice League - DCAU

How is it a company is capable of creating a Justice League experience this great in one medium, yet I have zero faith in them doing so in another medium?

You know, a leather jacket may be more fashionable and practical, but it sure is more difficult to cut out of paper than spandex.

You know, a leather jacket may be more fashionable and practical, but it sure is more difficult to cut out of paper than spandex.

Progress

Progress

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Happy Thorsday Everyone!

Here’s the latest video from my son, finishing off our collection of Lil’ Avengers (you know, until we track down a Falcon or Hawkeye costume, I suppose). You’ll note that Mjolnir has probably seen better days, which is what happens when you give a foam toy to a three-year-old for his birthday (as his uncle did two years ago). But when Santa gave him a new helmet and Thor PJs last week, we weren’t going to let a little thing like a chewed up hammer stop us from channeling Valhalla.

Since my boy has never heard of the Submariner, this will probably be the last video using the classic theme songs from the 1966 animated Marvel Superheroes series, which is too bad, since these songs are awesome. In 1967, DC went a different route, using a dramatic narrator over sci-fi music (as heard in our Green Lantern video), which we can’t sing along to. Oh well, at least there’s still the greatest superhero theme song still to go.

Until then, true believers.

I suppose it’s cool that Thor is going to be a woman. This is still my favourite version.

It’s happening. Get your reblog fingers ready.

It’s happening. Get your reblog fingers ready.

The Bat Family

And here’s the reason why I recently made the entire Batman Family as presented in season four of Batman: The Animated Series. After making my brother-in-law a couple of framed cut-outs (Spider-Man and World’s Finest), my boy wanted one of his own. He also wanted his own DCAU-style Batman. Two birds. One frame.

As for the multiple signals; yes, that may not be canon, but you can imagine how it went over with five year old. (Like a Bat plane. Soaring high above Gotham City).

Batman - Batman: The Animated Series Style
Of the animated Batmans, my favourite design is the early seasons of Batman: TAS, then Batman: the Brave and the Bold, then JLU, then this one from the fourth season of TAS. But the fourth season is the one my son actually watched, so that’s the one I’ve been doing.
I love the early seasons of TAS, believing, like all right-headed people, it to be the best comic book animated series of all-time. But it’s a little too dark for a preschooler. Literally. The black backgrounds and heavy score were barriers for entry for my son, who skipped around the series episodes (mostly to watch ones featuring Robin) but never devoured them like he did other series.
But we did watch all of the fourth season, which lightened up the tone a touch alongside streamlining the designs. It probably didn’t hurt that it was the season that heavily featured Robin, Nightwing, and Batgirl. Batman may be the draw for everyone else, but my kid has always preferred his sidekicks.

Batman - Batman: The Animated Series Style

Of the animated Batmans, my favourite design is the early seasons of Batman: TAS, then Batman: the Brave and the Bold, then JLU, then this one from the fourth season of TAS. But the fourth season is the one my son actually watched, so that’s the one I’ve been doing.

I love the early seasons of TAS, believing, like all right-headed people, it to be the best comic book animated series of all-time. But it’s a little too dark for a preschooler. Literally. The black backgrounds and heavy score were barriers for entry for my son, who skipped around the series episodes (mostly to watch ones featuring Robin) but never devoured them like he did other series.

But we did watch all of the fourth season, which lightened up the tone a touch alongside streamlining the designs. It probably didn’t hurt that it was the season that heavily featured Robin, Nightwing, and Batgirl. Batman may be the draw for everyone else, but my kid has always preferred his sidekicks.