Talk about a scoop! I feel a bit like Lois Lane & readers, am I thrilled to share the following with you:When I first thought of the character, she wasn’t really much of a character in her own right..she was designed to be a pest, a less-goofy-but-still-annoying Bat-mite style character specifically for Oracle. I love Oracle, I loved writing her. But her life was so ordered and so removed from other people in some ways that a little chaos now and then really made for fun stories. So I created Misfit, who originally took over the Batgirl mantle without anyone’s permission.I gave her teleportation powers (the ‘bounce’), partly in tribute to Bat-mite, and partly because it was the EXACT power that would make her the biggest pest to Oracle. She could bounce past even the best security, and would show up at the worst possible times. What I didn’t really reveal was her origin…her SECRET origin, more about that in a minute.I never intended her to count as a real Batgirl. She didn’t wear that mantle long, and she didn’t have Barbara’s or Cass’s approval. So I never counted her as an in canon Batgirl, really, but some disagree. She immediately became hugely polarizing, which was great fun. The DC editors were a little cautious…because I deliberately made Misfit annoying. And she DID annoy a lot of readers, many still don’t like her.But a funny thing happened, a group of readers that LOVED her sprung up immediately. She had blogs written about her, fan art, tons of cosplayers (probably the most popular cosplay option of any character I have created). A great many young girls in particular seemed to adore her. I think she symbolized a specifically young, female type of fun that is rarely seen in superhero comics. In some ways, she was the anti-Black Alice. Even though both had tragic origins, Alice has a dark, sad attitude, and Misfit is made of bubbly optimism.I remember getting the first sketch of the character from Nicola Scott. I had suggested that Misfit’s costume look like it could be made from a laundry hamper full of wadded up clothes, and Nicola, as always, nailed that immediately. I kind of love that Misfit has an outfit you can cosplay so easily, and it gives her a different feel, visually. No one designs like Nicola…she made Jeannette and Junior and Misfit just like how I dreamed of them.It was a weirdly fun bit of synchronicity that the “M” on her shirt for Misfit resembled a bat, somewhat. So it made her look like the Bat-family, even while maintaining her own name and not being just another bat-spinoff. Interestingly, this apparently is part of why she isn’t in the new 52 yet. I heard this second hand, but……apparently, Scott Lobdell likes the character of Misfit and wanted to use her in the New Teen Titans, which would have delighted me. But, because an editor thought the ”M” on her shirt was a bat-symbol, they thought that Misfit was still tied too closely to the bat-family and she was dropped from the roster. I tried to explain that it’s an ‘M,’ not a bat, but by the time the mistake was realized, it was too late for her to be on the team. Weird! But it was nice of Scott to try, he was actually great about it. It’s no harm done, it’s an understandable mistake, but it’s a shame, Titans is a hit book and she would be great in the new 52.It may still happen, some people are trying to bring her back. But it’s too soon to say if they will succeed. I hope she does, young girls need heroes they can relate to, as well.Finally, a little reveal. I don’t know if they ever would have let me do this, but the parents we saw in her origin were not her real family. They were her adopted family.My story was that Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe wasn’t born here at all. She wasborn on Gemworld.That’s right, like Princess Amethyst, Misfit was Gemworld Royalty, princessof the Ruby House. When her family was killed, she was sent to Earth to hide,and her memory (except for her power to bounce and her phenomenal fightingskills), were erased.If you go back and read the stories, you will see Charlie bragging about her glamorous life, when the reality is she was a homeless orphan. But it’s not ENTIRELY a lie because she really WAS a princess as a child, but that memory had been paved over.I love DC history, and I adored the Amethyst book. The secret princess mythis very, VERY potent stuff for young girls, particularly those who, like I did asa girl, a very powerful fantasy life, to make up for a less wonderful reality. Iwanted Charlie to be a double-twist…she THINKS she’s a princess, but wefind out she’s really poor and homeless and an orphan, but then it is revealedthat THAT is the lie and that she really IS a princess.I love the idea of a Gotham City fairy tale. Those two elements colliderather fiercely.I am revealing this now because IF we can get Charlie back, the Gemworldorigin more than likely will not work, and her story might have to besimplified a little bit.So in my headcanon, one day, Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe finds her memory andthe way back to her home, and her remaining loved ones.
Somewhere in the ideasphere, Misfit smiles and wears a crown.
Jordan Davis would have turned 19 this year.
The black teen was killed in 2012 while sitting in a car with his friends outside a Jacksonville, Florida convenience store, listening to music.
That music was too loud for Michael Dunn. Following an argument over the volume, the 45-year-old man fired his gun into the car full of teenagers, killing Davis. Dunn told his fiancee the teens were playing “thug music.”
On the eve of Davis’ birthday, a mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge. The jury found Dunn guilty of attempted second-degree murder and a count of firing into an occupied car.
While people struggled to make sense of the verdict, Jamie Nesbitt Golden kicked off the #dangerousblackkids hashtag on Twitter, with participants questioning a society where unarmed black kids are often interpreted as threats.
Daughter of a gun (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧ No idea if such a thing existed but surely there had to be girls born on board in the Age of Sail?
*puts on obnoxious historian hat*
there were actually tons of women and girls on board ships during the age of sail and it’s really cool history that no one!!! ever!!! talks about!!!
like captains of merchant ships used to bring their wives and children on board for long voyages all the time (and of course there were plenty of well known female pirate ship captains, and women cross-dressing as men, and prostitutes that more people seem to know of)
there’s actually a really amazing story of one woman, Mary Ann Patten who was the wife of the captain of this ship called Neptune’s Car. Captain Patten decided that he wanted her onboard with him and she was super about this and learned all about navigation and sailing and everything. so this one voyage they’re going around the tip of south america when her husband gets sick and is bed ridden with a fever right as the ship sails into one of the worst storms any of the crew had ever seen and it looks like they might lose the ship or have to stop
so you know who takes over??? the first mate???
she took over the whole crew and sailed that ship through freezing water and pack ice and had it coasting smoothly into the san francisco harbour like it was nothing. and she did this all at age 19. while pregnant.
at one point the first mate tried to get the crew to mutiny against her but they all rallied with her and told him to shut the heck up because she obv knew what she was doing.
there’s a great book about women in the age of sail called ‘female tars’ by suzanne stark that i cannot recommend enough and has way more amazing stories and insights about the myriad roles women and girls played aboard ship during that time period.
(sorry i totally didn’t mean to hijack your post i love all of your art and this is gorgeous i just got over excited sorry sorry sorry)
We need links!
Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail by Suzanne Stark
Hen Frigates: Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail by Joan Druett
Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920 edited by Margaret S. Creighton and Lisa Norling
Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820-1920 by Joan Druett
Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World by Jane Yolen
Seafaring Women: Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways and Sailors’ Wives by David Cordingly
The Captain’s Best Mate: The Journal of Mary Chipman Lawrence on the Whaler Addison, 1856-1860 by Mary Chipman Lawrence
Women Sailors and Sailors’ Women: An Untold Maritime History by David Cordingly
Although I have to point out that there was a piece of speculative science fiction called The Blazing World published by one Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1666, slightly predating Mary Shelley.
Non animated Kargath. Will update as more models become available.
also, some variation skins of the player models including Dark Iron, Dragonmaw, Wildhammer, Mag’har: http://imgur.com/a/rFtzY/all
Update: WiP Tauren Male.
Reblogging for the Tauren male model thats a WIP!
- be thin
- give birth
- cook for you
- have long hair
- wear makeup
- have sex with you
- be feminine
- be graceful
- be fashionable
- wear pink
- love men
- be the media’s idea of perfection
- listen to your bullshit
- have a vagina
This is very true, but it’s important to remember that if a woman is feminine, graceful, shaves, diets, wears make up, or does any of these things in the list, it doesn’t make her a slave to patriarchy or any less of a feminist than you.