Glen Weldon, Writr

Writes about books & comics for NPR & elsewhere. Panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour. Unauthor, "SUPERMAN: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY."

Author of the forthcoming "THE CAPED CRUSADE: THE RISE OF BATMAN AND THE TRIUMPH OF NERD CULTURE," due Spring 2015 From Simon & Schuster.
deantrippe:

projectrooftop:

Yes, Rooftop Readers, the time has come to go back to the beginning.
February 28th will mark Project: Rooftop’s eighth anniversary. Following the absolutely insane response to the Draw Batgirl Meme in 2006, sparked by a blog post from the incredible Andi Watson, and fueled by original Batgirl redesigns by me and my friend Jamie Dee Galey, I pulled together some of my comics pals to create a venue to share, discuss, and celebrate the very specific art of redesigning superhero costumes. Here, we have tried to promote the idea that superhero costume redesigns require a particular set of skills and and demand thoughtful consideration. We found allies. We made an impact.
Since our inception, many of our artists have become top names in the superhero redesign game. Many of them were well on their way to superstar status (or had already achieved it), but here at Project: Rooftop, we’re proud to claim as contributors Ming Doyle, Joe Quinones, Kris Anka, Annie Wu, Stuart Immonen, Jamie McKelvie, and so many others who have made significant impacts in the world of mainstream superhero costuming and design. Superhero costume redesigns have become more frequent, more discussed, and more regularly credited, during our eight year tenure as the self-appointed high priests of superhero fashion.
Looking back on the original Draw Batgirl Meme, followed quickly by Draw Supergirl, Draw Green Lantern, Draw Superboy, and others that never had quite the zeitgeist, lightning-in-a-bottle nature of their predecessor, it’s easy to see why Batgirl attracted so many more designers. In modern continuity, the Batgirl most of us know, Barbara Gordon, was the first character to appropriate the iconography of Batman for herself, making it her own, without permission or apology. Like Batman, Batgirl is a hero without superpowers, but hardly without power. Her crimefighting skills and determined will are forces that defeat fictional villains and inspire real readers.
But there have been many Batgirls, of course. Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff’s original Bat-Girl, Betty Kane, was the sidekick of the first Batwoman. Cassandra Cain took up the mantle in an Alex Maleev designed costume in 1999, and became a fan favorite in the hands of her co-creators, Kelley Puckett and Damion Scott. In 2009, former Spoiler and Robin, Stephanie Brown, threw on a Lee Garbett designed cape as the Chuck Dixon and Tom Lyle created character took on her third costumed alias.
And there have been so many others, in various other worlds and short stories, and that’s not even taking all the Batwomen into account. Basically, to create a Batgirl, you need a girl and you need a bat-symbol. The thousand-plus permutations seen in just the first week of Draw Batgirl attested to that. For this contest, we are allowing ALL CONCEPTS. No restrictions. Redesign any of the previous Batgirls or create your own! Girl + Bat = Batgirl. The top entries will be judged and featured here on the site.
As usual, check our guidelines, include your name and website, and send your art as an attachment in .jpg, .png, or .gif format to projectrooftop@gmail.com.
PLEASE FORMAT THE FILE NAME AS “artist-name-character.format” as this will save me a ton of time renaming your files.
And for eight years of making Project: Rooftop one of the most well regarded outlets for awesome art and whopping levels of talent, I’d like to extend a sincere thanks to our co-founder Chris Arrant and our contributors Vito Delsante, Joel Priddy, Jon Morris, Rachel Eddidin, Jessica Plummer, and Glen Weldon. Thank you all so very much.
Thanks also to every designer out there who has sent us their art, linked to our events, and visited our little art party over the years. It’s an honor for all of us to offer this space. I love comics and superheroes, and of everything I’ve done in my career to promote the medium and genre that literally saved my life, Project: Rooftop is one of the things I’m most proud of helping create.
And that’s enough self-back-patting to last us a couple more years. You’ve got one month. Get drawing! -Dean
Entries for Batgirl Begins Again must be received by February 28th, 2014.
Contest logo designed by Paul Milligan and Dean Trippe.

BATGIRL REDESIGN CONTEST AT PROJECT: ROOFTOP!

deantrippe:

projectrooftop:

Yes, Rooftop Readers, the time has come to go back to the beginning.

February 28th will mark Project: Rooftop’s eighth anniversary. Following the absolutely insane response to the Draw Batgirl Meme in 2006, sparked by a blog post from the incredible Andi Watson, and fueled by original Batgirl redesigns by me and my friend Jamie Dee Galey, I pulled together some of my comics pals to create a venue to share, discuss, and celebrate the very specific art of redesigning superhero costumes. Here, we have tried to promote the idea that superhero costume redesigns require a particular set of skills and and demand thoughtful consideration. We found allies. We made an impact.

Since our inception, many of our artists have become top names in the superhero redesign game. Many of them were well on their way to superstar status (or had already achieved it), but here at Project: Rooftop, we’re proud to claim as contributors Ming Doyle, Joe Quinones, Kris Anka, Annie Wu, Stuart Immonen, Jamie McKelvie, and so many others who have made significant impacts in the world of mainstream superhero costuming and design. Superhero costume redesigns have become more frequent, more discussed, and more regularly credited, during our eight year tenure as the self-appointed high priests of superhero fashion.

Looking back on the original Draw Batgirl Meme, followed quickly by Draw Supergirl, Draw Green Lantern, Draw Superboy, and others that never had quite the zeitgeist, lightning-in-a-bottle nature of their predecessor, it’s easy to see why Batgirl attracted so many more designers. In modern continuity, the Batgirl most of us know, Barbara Gordon, was the first character to appropriate the iconography of Batman for herself, making it her own, without permission or apology. Like Batman, Batgirl is a hero without superpowers, but hardly without power. Her crimefighting skills and determined will are forces that defeat fictional villains and inspire real readers.

But there have been many Batgirls, of course. Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff’s original Bat-Girl, Betty Kane, was the sidekick of the first Batwoman. Cassandra Cain took up the mantle in an Alex Maleev designed costume in 1999, and became a fan favorite in the hands of her co-creators, Kelley Puckett and Damion Scott. In 2009, former Spoiler and Robin, Stephanie Brown, threw on a Lee Garbett designed cape as the Chuck Dixon and Tom Lyle created character took on her third costumed alias.

And there have been so many others, in various other worlds and short stories, and that’s not even taking all the Batwomen into account. Basically, to create a Batgirl, you need a girl and you need a bat-symbol. The thousand-plus permutations seen in just the first week of Draw Batgirl attested to that. For this contest, we are allowing ALL CONCEPTS. No restrictions. Redesign any of the previous Batgirls or create your own! Girl + Bat = Batgirl. The top entries will be judged and featured here on the site.

As usual, check our guidelines, include your name and website, and send your art as an attachment in .jpg, .png, or .gif format to projectrooftop@gmail.com.

PLEASE FORMAT THE FILE NAME AS “artist-name-character.format” as this will save me a ton of time renaming your files.

And for eight years of making Project: Rooftop one of the most well regarded outlets for awesome art and whopping levels of talent, I’d like to extend a sincere thanks to our co-founder Chris Arrant and our contributors Vito Delsante, Joel Priddy, Jon Morris, Rachel Eddidin, Jessica Plummer, and Glen Weldon. Thank you all so very much.

Thanks also to every designer out there who has sent us their art, linked to our events, and visited our little art party over the years. It’s an honor for all of us to offer this space. I love comics and superheroes, and of everything I’ve done in my career to promote the medium and genre that literally saved my life, Project: Rooftop is one of the things I’m most proud of helping create.

And that’s enough self-back-patting to last us a couple more years. You’ve got one month. Get drawing! -Dean

Entries for Batgirl Begins Again must be received by February 28th, 2014.

Contest logo designed by Paul Milligan and Dean Trippe.

BATGIRL REDESIGN CONTEST AT PROJECT: ROOFTOP!

top5funniest:

The Final ‘Greatest Event in Television History’

Adam Scott and Paul Rudd do Bosom Buddies.

twentypercentcooler:

bettyfelon:

Faora valentines~♡

Welp, I guess I’m going to be writing Man Of Steel valentines for ComicsAlliance this year. 
"Loving You Is A SNAP, Valentine!’

"Valentine, you make my heart feel like it’s impaled by rebar!""KISS ME (on this rotting pile of mass casualties)! It’s not weird!""You release my world engine, Valentine! By which I mean you slaughter millions because it’s the only way you can think to make things seem important.""Valentine, you’re the Optimus PRIME! What. I thought this was the one with the robots that become cars. My bad. You sure?"

twentypercentcooler:

bettyfelon:

Faora valentines~

Welp, I guess I’m going to be writing Man Of Steel valentines for ComicsAlliance this year.

"Loving You Is A SNAP, Valentine!’

"Valentine, you make my heart feel like it’s impaled by rebar!"

"KISS ME (on this rotting pile of mass casualties)! It’s not weird!"

"You release my world engine, Valentine! By which I mean you slaughter millions because it’s the only way you can think to make things seem important."

"Valentine, you’re the Optimus PRIME! What. I thought this was the one with the robots that become cars. My bad. You sure?"

Replace the pencil and papers with a laptop, and that could be my author photo. Plus I have never built a birdhouse in my life and do not understand why I would. Do we build mice condos? Do we construct rat-huts? Or cricket apartments? Or vole lean-tos? No. No, we do not.

Replace the pencil and papers with a laptop, and that could be my author photo.

Plus I have never built a birdhouse in my life and do not understand why I would. Do we build mice condos? Do we construct rat-huts? Or cricket apartments? Or vole lean-tos? No. No, we do not.

(Source: retrogasm, via mudwerks)

calamityjonsaveus:

The Secret Origin of Bat-Man.

Commit this to memory.

… Yep. Story checks out.

"How’s the Book Coming?"

                 

So I signed the deal for my next book, The Caped Crusade: The Rise of Batman and the Triumph of Nerd Culture back in May, and it’s due at Simon & Schuster on May 1st. 

Which: Ulp.

Well-meaning friends and relations ask me a lot these days how the book’s coming along, which is a perfectly polite, idle-chit-chatty sort of question that nonetheless opens up a vortex of Lovecraftian dread in the nethermost depths of my very soul. This is because I am a lazy, shiftless and whiny baby who cannot help but see the question as a withering critique of my lazy shiftless whiny babyosity. 

Also, like a lot of writers I know, I find I’ve developed a weirdly ascetic and self-recriminatory mindset, which only considers the time I spend hunched over the laptop pounding out sentences as “working on” the book. All the other time I spend researching? Interviewing people? Watching the occasional movie with F? DOES NOT COUNT. IS JUST MORE PROCRASTINATION, MORE OF YOUR SICKENING INDOLENCE. YOU ARE A SOFT, QUERULOUS, WEAK-WILLED STREAK OF WORMSNOT. MY GORGE RISES AT YOUR FLESHY SELF-INDULGENT —

Anyway, that. Pretty much that. You get the idea.

The book I pitched last spring was a straightforward history of Batman, like the one I did for Superman. The book I ended up selling was, thankfully, considerably different.

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tompeyer:

Such a Batman as you’ve dreamed of being! 

tompeyer:

Such a Batman as you’ve dreamed of being!