Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Makeover: Apparently Someone Was Listening

The Monday Makeover was born out of my love for the seemingly endless, often terribly thought out, array of supervillains that Batman has fought in his more than 70 year history.  I would find obscure or terribly thought out characters (often both) and explain their history, analyze their strengths and weaknesses as a reusable supervillain character, and then try to come up with what changes would be necessary to make them functional or raise their profile.  And apparently someone was listening:


That panel is from February 2012's Batgirl (vol. 4) #4 by Gail Simone and Ardian Syaf.  And this would be the Monday Makeover for Radio Station C-R-I-M-E that I published on January 30th, 2012 in which I argued that the bizarre radio station that alerted criminals to the movement of Batman and the police by lip reading what people were saying in Commissioner Gordon's office would actually make a really practical smartphone app.  Now sure we could allow logic to dictate that the fact that mine was published mere weeks before the above panel was released means that this was simply a case of parallel  evolution with me and Gail Simone simply having similar ideas at roughly the same time.  Or we could allow fun to dictate that clearly DC Comics is monitoring the Monday Makeover and stealing my ideas.  I'll let you decide.

In the meantime, the Monday Makeover will return next week, but with a special twist.  My dear friend and Always Amused Animator JJ Conway has agreed to start doing character designs for the Makeovers.  Some will remember his design for Signalman from an early Monday Makeover, what most probably don't know is that JJ is probably the only person I know whose love of Batman rivals my own.  Indeed many of the concepts used in previous Makeover's stemmed from late night conversations between the two of us.  And more relevantly for fans of the feature, he and I have created a list (terrifyingly from off the top of our heads) of some 200 more Batman villains in need of our help.  So we're going to be at this for a while, and Gotham will be a much more terrifying place as a result.

1 comment:

  1. I know this might seem trivial, but I'm disappointed that this is what you chose to do your 1,000th post on. After a very exciting election season (one in which you actively participated), all the fun and nerdy comic book movie news that has come out lately, and the fact that you've been doing this now for a year a half...and you do a Monday Makeover post. And it's not even a Monday Makeover post...it's a post about how you're doing to do Monday Makeover NEXT week! As one of the few people who has actually read all 1,000 of your posts, I expected something a little more. Maybe 1,000 doesn't mean anything, but I was certainly counting down to it.

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