Fan-Art Friday: The New Batgirl!

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In less than 24 hours, artists across the nerdosphere have once again proven something we here at P:R know all too well: Everybody loves Batgirl. It seems everybody is also crushing hard on Batgirl’s new look from artists Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr (that’s an *exclusive* Batgirl sketch from Babs above!). As one of our commenters pointed out, this look is the kind of thing we’d champion, rate 10 out of 10 here at Rooftop, then sadly lament the fact that DC would never adopt such an outstanding, functional, thoughtful redesign in the proper titles. I can’t tell you how pleased I am to find us all proven wrong with this stellar new look. Phenomenal creative team choice from DC, phenomenal look from those creators. As a dude who’s nearly 2000 Batgirl redesigns, and started this whole site as the direct result of talking about Batgirl redesigns, I’m on a nerdhigh that just won’t quit.

So yeah, I’ve been thinking about it non-stop since yesterday’s announcement, and I’m pretty sure this is the best DCU redesign since Cully Hamner‘s Jamie Reyes Blue Beetle. And the lightning-fast outpouring of love and fan-support for a redesign hasn’t been seen since Jamie McKelvie‘s Captain Marvel. Cameron mentioned on Twitter that McKelvie’s Carol redesign and Darwyn Cooke’s perfect Catwoman redesign were his major influences in how he approached this Batgirl revamp. That is not surprising at all, given all the attention to subtle detail and elegant functionality. Anyway, ENOUGH FROM ME. Here’s all the new Batgirl fan art I’ve seen since the announcement. (Babs said mine was the first to hit the internet, and I’ll definitely be the first in line for Batgirl #35.)

By the way, we’ll be running another batch next Friday, so please feel free to email us your depictions of this excellent redesign! -Dean

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Joel Carroll

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Joel Priddy

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Mike Maihack

Dave Stokes
Dave Stokes

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Kristafer Anka

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Dean Trippe

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Ramon Villalobos

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Aaron Diaz

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Bannister

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Jason Horn

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Irene Koh

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Evan Bryce

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Paul Duffield

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Sam Logan

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Koi Carreon

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Kiki Jenkins

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Kelli Moore

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M.J. Barros

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Chris Buckley

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Eric Merced

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Rita Zhirkova

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Ricardo Bessa

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Patrick Gleason

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Gregory Dickens

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Brizy

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Matt Nelson

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Martin Kirby

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Ashley McCammon

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Chandra Free

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Chris Johnson

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Dennis Culver

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Katie Shanahan

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Jack Ciolli

Joseph Garcia
Joseph Garcia

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Cal Slayton

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Anna Rettberg

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Isaac Goodhart

Mingjue Helen Chen
Mingjue Helen Chen

Priscilla Tramontano
Priscilla Tramontano

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Charles Tan

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Romy Jones

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Jake Castorena

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Adam Ham

Mariane Gusmão
Mariane Gusmão

Andrew Kapellusch
Andrew Kapellusch

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Scott Drummond

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Guy Major

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Eric

ADRIAN WILLIAMS
Adrian Williams

Jess Timmons
Jess Timmons

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Joemy

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Tyler Shepard

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Rori

Robert Negrete
Robert Negrete

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Lissy Marlin

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Hallopino

Rahzzah
Rahzzah

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Gavin Guidry

Fill Marc Sagadraca
Fill Marc Sagadraca

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Yingjue Chen

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Sabrina Deig

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Felipe Smith

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Yoko

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Grace Park

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Mahenbu

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Johan Vinet

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Tom Bancroft

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Axeeeee

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Greg Melo

Note: Don’t forget to send yours to projectrooftop at gmail dot com! -Dean

21 comments on “Fan-Art Friday: The New Batgirl!
  1. It’s great! I look forward to actually buying a DC book again. They’ve largely forgotten how to make their line fun to read.

    But it does make me wonder why they ditched Stephanie Brown to begin with, since this is clearly just a return to that sensibility.

  2. Wow, this is Batgirl HEAVEN. Great costume design, and I’m one that HATES heavily detailed costumes (which most are) because of my Disney “simplification” background. This has just the right amount.

  3. These bits of fanart also show where the issues are. Most people thinned the boots (which were disproportionately heavy in some of the release illustrations (although not all), added some swell (suiting term for extra fabric at the chest) to the jacket, and moved around the belt to control the number of intersecting lines. They also largely make the mistake of removing the jacket’s very functional drape (underarm pleats), but I suppose I can’t get everything,

  4. @ Alex Burns: Maybe this is a case of “DC editorial boxed themselves into a corner” on account of decisions made years (making Barbara Gordon the only Batgirl in the New 52 continuity) and months (having Stephanie Brown’s first superhero identity be the Spoiler) ago?

  5. @ Alex Burns: Steph just made her New 52 debut in Batman Eternal and she will have a big role in the said weekly series once it hits issue 27-28 as revealed in Batman 28.

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  7. Wow. This much outpour from artists really goes to show how great of a design this is. I hope to see many more characters redesigned by this team in the future.

  8. The mention of the Darwyn Cooke Catwoman had me worried. Look how AWESOME (and indeed PERFECT) that redesign was, and how GENERIC it looks after a decade and a half, when DC’s house style artists have sexified and spandexified it into nothingness. I nowadays cringe when i see Catwoman in the comics, it looks worse than whatever came before.

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