Re-designing Batman and Robin

Over at The Source, DC’s official blog, are the latest two posts from Grant Morrison describing his inspirations and motivations for the new Batman and Robin series, with assorted art from Frank Quitely’s sketchbooks. I love all this behind the scenes stuff, and here you’ll see preliminary sketches of new enemies, the flying Batmobile, Damian Wayne as Robin and Dick Grayson as Batman (which is also covered by Alex Ross in his Rough Justice book). Some of the scribe’s inspirations are as wild as to be expected. Who else would take My Fair Lady as such a firm starting point?

My 1000th Post

Actually, this is my 1005th entry in this humble blog. Wow. I began Comic Book Jesus on June 17 2008 for 2 reasons. Firstly, I was gearing up to go to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time and wanted an easy way to share my photos and thoughts of the adventure. A blog seemed like the best idea, rather than annoying mass e-mails, and WordPress is without a doubt the best platform for that. Secondly, before CBJ launched, I was writing for a website called Infuze, which was a tremendous pop culture  focused site started by novelist Robin Parrish. Unfortunately it closed down a few months after I started writing there. Each day was creatively focused on a different medium of pop culture, such as books, films, comics, etc. I ran the Comics department and had a blast. It was my official foray into the wide world of the internet press. I felt guilty about still receiving inside info and free comics after Infuze closed, so I created CBJ as an outlet, and its become much more. I’ve been blessed to appear on WordPress’ fastest growing blogs list and have been quoted online and in print. Oh yeah. However, lately my focus has been on writing for Broken Frontier and Extra Sequential, but this blog will always hold a special place in my heart. So, thanks for sticking with me this long and the future looks bright I gotta say.

Oh, and just so this post isn’t a text only piece, here’s the variant cover for this week’s Batman and Robin #11. You can see a few interior pages here.

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