Batgirl #35 - Babs’ OOTD No. 1 and OOTD No. 2
Here are some fashion illustrations inspired by what Babs was rocking in our first issue of Batgirl! <3  I cant name where these IRL items are specifically (legal stuff!) BUT you can at least check out how her fashions translate from the comic page to IRL and try to track it down yourself! :)  

Babs’ Street Style : Tomboy! 
Lots of people asked about what our approach for Babs’ street style is for this book. For right now, its very tomboy/comfy/cute. Babs’ is dealing with a lot in grad school and fighting crime in her off hours so we figured she would be not the biggest fashionista. She would most 
definitely go for comfy cute before shiny and pink. She never rocks a lot of make or curls her hair before shes goes out the door. BUT Babs’ has got the 5 min makeup routine down and has a hand full of cute go-to hair styles that require minimal effort and can be achieved while running out the door to class! 

Hopefully this is a fun look at the thought process that goes into dressing Babs :) 

- BT

kateordie

kateordie:

Who run the world?

Yesterday, the Valkyries hit 300 members. For those who don’t know, the Valkyries are a group of women who work in comic shops. Retailers, owners, organizers, volunteers - babes on the front lines of the comic world. It’s kind of a big deal. We’re an army.

I started the group two years ago on Facebook out of the desire to connect with other women in my field. I was working full-time at my comic shop, Strange Adventures, and didn’t have many ladies to talk to about what is essentially a pretty niche job. You can’t just plop down at a bar and strike up a conversation about how thought-provoking the back matter of Saga is, y’know? So, the group. We started with, I think, 12 members. Two years later, we’ve crested 300 members throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and beyond. Best part is, it just keeps growing.

What was conceived as a place to converse and vent about our jobs and the industry became something greater than I could have ever imagined. I’ve made incredible friendships and the girls… Man, the girls in this group are amazing. They’ve used it for any number of purposes - sharing rides to conventions, exchanging cosplay tips and back issues, couch-surfing, hosting ladies’ nights and book clubs, and putting together what have now become prerequisite Valkyries Breakfasts at conventions (frequently attracting awesome guest-stars like the ever-supportive Kelly Sue DeConnick, Babs Tarr, Gail Simone and even Chip Zdarsky, who is our honorary fiancé). Publishers have begun to take note of us and involve us, particularly Image, who I have to give props to as being on board from the very start.

It’s a positive space, but it’s also a safe space. We’ve been through loss and love together, and I see friendships popping up between members all the time, supporting each other in troubling times and celebrating the great ones. We started viral campaigns to support books like Saga and Lumberjanes, to great success. I think some people suspect that the group exists just to complain about customers and the industry, but it’s not that at all. It’s a place for nerd girls to feel comfortable, to find companionship and to geek out.

In time, the group got too big for me to moderate alone, and I’m joined by my amazing inner senshi Juliette, Danni, Steenz and Ivy. Juliette, who you might know from The Greatest Comic Cover Of All Time; Danni, who is an acclaimed geeky vlogger; Steenz, who runs a Comics University; and Ivy, who is a librarian and helped develop NYCC’s harassment policy this year. Some seriously powerful, amazing ladies, and I’m lucky to call them my friends.

At 300 members and climbing, I just wanted to address how much this group and these women and everyone who supports us means to me. There’s no shortage of negativity and sexism in geek culture, but this group gives me strength. They empower each other. It’s a sisterhood, it really is. In our little way, even if just for each other, I think we’re making some change. At the very least, I know I’ve been changed for the better.

Here’s to 300 more.

The Valkyries are a force for good. We of Team Batgirl are eternally grateful for their support. See if you can find the Easter Egg in issue 35….

savingwonderwoman
savingwonderwoman:

"But MY Babs wouldn’t act like that!" 
Really? Fact is, if Babs after going thru mondo-shit and saving the damn city over and over wants to toss back a few brews and hit it with a himbo on a night off, I’m all about it. I hope they DON’T try to make this a damage thing, but a girl who has decided “fuck it, I’m living it up because I could be killed any minute now”.
Further, I love how everyone becomes a damn Puritan when it comes to single super heroines. They always hate it when a straight super heroine has a semblance of sexual freedom. They’ll scream and bitch about love and marriage with a lesbian, but never bring it up about the non-‘Mo ones. WW is always too good for anyone and the only reason Jessica Jones got to have free sex was because she was “damaged”, then when she got “fixed” she was already knocked-up and did a shotgun marriage.
Upcoming solicits acknowledge that she’s acting weird and a doppelgänger is even questioned. I hope it’s that she just wants to make the most of her free-time, just like BUFFY DID over a damn decade ago. I’m not aggro- one bit about the Slut Shaming topic. If you’re not ashamed, you have no worries, period, and if you are, figure out your own boundary and stay there and mind your own business about other women. In this case, I seem to be hearing from people who I’m pretty damn sure would suck face with a hot guy beer or no beer and that is baffling. I hope ‘damage’ isn’t an excuse, just a girl being a damn girl.
To end, you can keep “Your Babs”- morose, under-developed, and at times like Batwoman Jr. and I’ll keep mine: young, moxie-fied, DIY crime fighter gifted with perfect memory and digital savvy who issues karate kicks and we will be just fine. 

savingwonderwoman:

"But MY Babs wouldn’t act like that!" 

Really? Fact is, if Babs after going thru mondo-shit and saving the damn city over and over wants to toss back a few brews and hit it with a himbo on a night off, I’m all about it. I hope they DON’T try to make this a damage thing, but a girl who has decided “fuck it, I’m living it up because I could be killed any minute now”.

Further, I love how everyone becomes a damn Puritan when it comes to single super heroines. They always hate it when a straight super heroine has a semblance of sexual freedom. They’ll scream and bitch about love and marriage with a lesbian, but never bring it up about the non-‘Mo ones. WW is always too good for anyone and the only reason Jessica Jones got to have free sex was because she was “damaged”, then when she got “fixed” she was already knocked-up and did a shotgun marriage.

Upcoming solicits acknowledge that she’s acting weird and a doppelgänger is even questioned. I hope it’s that she just wants to make the most of her free-time, just like BUFFY DID over a damn decade ago. I’m not aggro- one bit about the Slut Shaming topic. If you’re not ashamed, you have no worries, period, and if you are, figure out your own boundary and stay there and mind your own business about other women. In this case, I seem to be hearing from people who I’m pretty damn sure would suck face with a hot guy beer or no beer and that is baffling. I hope ‘damage’ isn’t an excuse, just a girl being a damn girl.

To end, you can keep “Your Babs”- morose, under-developed, and at times like Batwoman Jr. and I’ll keep mine: young, moxie-fied, DIY crime fighter gifted with perfect memory and digital savvy who issues karate kicks and we will be just fine. 

nextreact
I relate to Babs, because I was a 21-year-old girl at one point, You are not quite 100% sure of yourself, and you are making those mistakes and those self-discovery situations. I love drawing her, because I know what that’s like. She’s 21, she’s fighting crime, and she’s in grad school, so she doesn’t have time to be a big fashionista, but she still wears stuff that’s comfortable and cute, She has a roommate named Frankie, and she’s more loud and brash — I gave her more fashion-forward things and bright colors. Dinah Drake is in the book, and her superhero costume is a leather jacket and fishnets. She would have an edgier style than the rest of the girls, so I have her in leather jackets and spiky bracelets. Her style is probably the most like my own. But I do put my own clothes on a lot of the girls. When I did pick up comics when I was younger, Lois Lane would always be wearing a generic jacket and generic heels, You could tell the dude didn’t look up what business ladies were wearing in that day and age. It would take me out of the story. I would be reading, and—really? Those shoes?