August 26, 2011

So, a little late to the game, but Batman Inc. #8 was horribad.

Why is THAT the last story Oracle will be in. :( :( :( :( :( 

July 26, 2011

the-g-box:

My video petition to DC Comics reminding them of the value of Barbara Gordon as Oracle, for the Barbara’s Not Broken campaign.

I’m not sure if this is the same fellow who wrote the essay for Bleeding Cool as well, but it is a brilliant essay. I was wowed by how many arguments for making Babs no longer a wheelchair user that he completely shot down and did so well. I suggest you check it out

(Source: ericanthonyglover)

July 21, 2011
Facebook page highlights strength of Barbara Gordon as Oracle

dcwomenkickingass:

One of the most controversial changes to the DCnU is Barbara Gordon returning to the role of Batgirl. I’ve had my say on why it concerns me and there is this now famous heart-felt essay by Jill Pantozzi.

According to DC documents associated with the launch, Barbara will recover and return to being Batgirl in September. Yesterday I posted Dan Didio and Jim Lee’s explanation for why they decided to return her to the role of Batgirl.

There have been a number of efforts to communicate to DC the troubling issues of returning Barbara back to the tights. There have been letter writing campaigns, a Tumblr devoted to Oracle and now a Facebook page called “Barbara is not broken”, if you are unhappy with DC’s decision I suggest you check it out. The person behind this effort also did an essay for Bleeding Cool. While I don’t agree with all his points, the essay touches upon many of the things that trouble me about this decision.

And not just because it is mine, a lovely sketch of Oracle by Adam Hughes.

Sign the petition! And that Bleeding Cool essay is brilliant. Really well done. 

July 4, 2011
discowing:

Nightwing and Oracle by *Blumoonx06x on deviantART

Babs always looks so good in green. 

discowing:

Nightwing and Oracle by *Blumoonx06x on deviantART

Babs always looks so good in green. 

June 21, 2011
"I don’t know if I would call it difficult, because I certainly understand everyone’s concerns. I was concerned about it as well. I went back and forth on whether this was a good idea and I would not have agreed to it if I did not think that it was a positive thing, that I could hopefully handle it well and do everything justice. There has been a strong reaction and that is such a compliment to all of the people who have worked on Birds of Prey and written Oracle in the past, how she has just really become such a large part of the DCU, and I’m excited about that idea as well, and I think with what we’re doing with the new Batgirl, with her as Batgirl, is every bit as exciting."

Gail Simone interview with Comics! The Blog about Babs as Batgirl.

Holy Missing the Point, Batman! 

June 18, 2011
radicaljojo:

Mm…I had a flight delayed by an entire day, so I decided to do something productive with that time. This is Barbara Gordon; you probably already know about her. She was once Batgirl, but since 1986 she’s been the amazing computer specialist, and the invaluable eyes and ears (with a bright brain attached) of Gotham City’s vigilantes. She’s in a wheelchair, by the way, and that’s a big part of her motivation for being a crimefighter. She’s pretty great. But DC’s retooling their universe come September, and she’s gonna go back to being Batgirl. What’s the motivation? I dunno; probably nostalgia for comics pre-1986. Doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that…Well, think about this: how many other superheroes can you name who use a wheelchair? It’s not a lot, is it? That’s a perspective on the world that’s being taken away from the DC universe’s stories. They’re limiting the kind of stories they can tell; I can’t help but think that that’s rather the opposite ideal for the world of comics. And I sure have been reading a lot of opinion pieces from people who themselves are comic-reading wheelchair-users, and how very hurt they are that a hero that they have such personal extra-special feelings for isn’t gonna be a part of their (very very very) underrepresented group. That’s pretty heartbreaking. And for those of us who don’t use wheelchairs, it’s also a sad thing; after all, the stories we tell reveal the things that are important to us, and teach us what and who are important. They teach us how to have empathy. I think the world needs more empathy. Just my two cents. So, um…Just wanted to show my support for the notion that Barbara should remain as Oracle. For the good of storytelling, and, really, for the good of the world, man, ya know? The original painting is up for sale. I’ve also made a few art prints. 100% of proceeds going to Wheels for Humanity. Send me a note if you’re interested. character by Gardner Fox & Carmine Infantino, DC Comics  watercolor & ink; J. E. Seames, 2011

radicaljojo:

Mm…I had a flight delayed by an entire day, so I decided to do something productive with that time.

This is Barbara Gordon; you probably already know about her. She was once Batgirl, but since 1986 she’s been the amazing computer specialist, and the invaluable eyes and ears (with a bright brain attached) of Gotham City’s vigilantes. She’s in a wheelchair, by the way, and that’s a big part of her motivation for being a crimefighter. She’s pretty great.

But DC’s retooling their universe come September, and she’s gonna go back to being Batgirl. What’s the motivation? I dunno; probably nostalgia for comics pre-1986. Doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that…Well, think about this: how many other superheroes can you name who use a wheelchair? It’s not a lot, is it? That’s a perspective on the world that’s being taken away from the DC universe’s stories. They’re limiting the kind of stories they can tell; I can’t help but think that that’s rather the opposite ideal for the world of comics. And I sure have been reading a lot of opinion pieces from people who themselves are comic-reading wheelchair-users, and how very hurt they are that a hero that they have such personal extra-special feelings for isn’t gonna be a part of their (very very very) underrepresented group. That’s pretty heartbreaking. And for those of us who don’t use wheelchairs, it’s also a sad thing; after all, the stories we tell reveal the things that are important to us, and teach us what and who are important. They teach us how to have empathy. I think the world needs more empathy. Just my two cents.

So, um…Just wanted to show my support for the notion that Barbara should remain as Oracle. For the good of storytelling, and, really, for the good of the world, man, ya know?

The original painting is up for sale. I’ve also made a few art prints. 100% of proceeds going to Wheels for Humanity. Send me a note if you’re interested.

character by Gardner Fox & Carmine Infantino, DC Comics
watercolor & ink; J. E. Seames, 2011

(Source: jojoseames, via oracle-create-a-thon)

June 16, 2011
notmyutopia:

I’m betting most people who use a wheelchair have had a similar experience. [BoP:Wolves]

Babs: “This chair doesn’t have handles on the back for a REASON.” 

notmyutopia:

I’m betting most people who use a wheelchair have had a similar experience. [BoP:Wolves]

Babs: “This chair doesn’t have handles on the back for a REASON.” 

(via notmyutopia-deactivated20110626)

June 15, 2011
I plan to be sporting this T-shirt, with art designed by Mike Kevan, at FanExpo this year. 
The T-shirt comes in different colours and mens’ and womens’ sizes. Check out Mike’s Red Bubble account for more info. It’s also available as a sticker. Show some Oracle love! 

I plan to be sporting this T-shirt, with art designed by Mike Kevan, at FanExpo this year. 

The T-shirt comes in different colours and mens’ and womens’ sizes. Check out Mike’s Red Bubble account for more info. It’s also available as a sticker. Show some Oracle love! 

June 13, 2011
dcwomenkickingass:

gothamspoilers:

Some more Babs being Babs from Detective Comics #879, hitting stores in July.

Pretty art making September seem more depressing.

Francesco Francavilla tweeted that he’s dedicated this issue to Babs. 

dcwomenkickingass:

gothamspoilers:

Some more Babs being Babs from Detective Comics #879, hitting stores in July.

Pretty art making September seem more depressing.

Francesco Francavilla tweeted that he’s dedicated this issue to Babs. 

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