Over a few months of hearing nothing about the ESBUFFS (aka Super Best Friends Forever) there’s been two signs that the series may not be dead and gone.
The SBFF are, of course, the trinity of Supergirl, Wonder Girl and Batgirl from the fantastic animated short series done by Lauren Faust for DC Nation. Unfortunately Cartoon Network only made a few shorts and Faust then told me she wasn’t available to do more. But she also told me, “Who knows what the future holds?”
Earlier this week, DC Comics unveiled their SDCC exclusives and the SBFF were included. And then yesterday DC unveiled the SBFF Zazzle store where you can buy just about anything with the SBFF on it including mouse pads, mugs, phone cases, and, of course, t-shirts. You can get all the SBFF together. (And in different poses).
You can get 20% off everything by using SUPERHEROBFF.
So what does this mean for the SBFF. Earlier this week when the SDCC pieces appeared I put out a cry for a digital comic from DC trying to drive the demand for it. Faust told me that “there’s always a chance it could happen, BTW…
So here’s what we do. Tell DC you want a digital comic with the SBFF’s! Buy the stuff from Zazzle! And eat Burritos. No wait, do the other two things.
If they are offering merchandise there is a chance. Let’s make it into a reality!
DC has unveiled its exclusives for SDCC. You can see them all at USA Today but I’ll show the one that I’ll be getting. Oh yes, I will.
Behold the ESSBUFFS!
It’s pricey - $49.99 but I simply must have it. Of course, I’d rather have an ongoing series with these three by Lauren Faust, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. How about a digital comic? Anyone?
Today’s Batgirl #19 by Gail Simone reveals that one of the books long running characters some much needed representative to the DCU.
If you haven’t read the issue, spoilers follow.
Carmine Infantino the artist and editor who gave so much to comics including launching the Silver Age has passed away at the age of 87. His long and prolific career had so many important moments but two stand out for me.
In 1947 he co-created Dinah Lance, the Black Canary.
And in 1966, he co-created Barbara Gordon, Batgirl.
That’s two of the most important female characters in DC Comics and in comics.
Last year at NYCC, I was lucky enough to meet Infantino. I brought my copy of the comic above and asked him to sign it for me. (I also showed him my Batgirl sneakers). More importantly I got a chance to thank him for his creation of these two characters and his contributions to comics.
I’m so glad I had the chance. Rest in Peace, Sir.
My condolences to his famiy.
There’s a new creative team on the Batman Beyond book, Kyle Higgins and Thony Silas take over from Adam Beechen. But more importantly there is a Batgirl being introduced into the book. And the team for that and this picture make me very optimistic.
According to IGN Scott Peterson will be writing the arc introducing what looks to be a woman of color as Batgirl. For those of you who know your Bat writer history, Scott Peterson helped create the last women of color to become Batgirl, Cassandra Cain. You can read a post he wrote about creating that Batgirl here.
The character will debut in July and, as can be seen from the image above, by artist Annie Wu who will be collaborating with Peterson, will be involved with Commisioner Barbara Gordon.
Glad to see that finally there will be another Batgirl who is not a red head in the animated world. The team of Peterson and Wu makes me very excited for this arc.
And if that wasn’t enough to get me excited, James Tucker who is taking over the DCAU from Bruce Timm gave an interview where he discussed integrating other characters in to the DCAU.
“I can’t go into specifics, he says, “but I have a feeling when we announce our next slate of movies, people are going to be very excited because we will be using Batman, Superman and Justice League as a gateway to exposing other characters.”
Our challenge,” he continues, “is that people want us to do these other characters, but if they don’t sell that threatens the whole line. So the way to do it is to be smart. If we know we’re going to use Superman, Batman and the Justice League, how do we use them as gateways to these other characters? If Batman, Superman and Justice League bring in the average person who’s not a comic book fan, once you have them you insert a Huntress or a secondary character like Oracle as a means of introducing them to more of the world.
Anyone who mentions Oracle connected with DC or WB gets a big thumbs up from me.
New writer Christy Marx jumps on this issue just in time for a visit from Mr. Freeze. Glad to see Starling’s still around … although she doesn’t look very happy.
A few weeks ago I told you how Fruit of the Loom was making superhero underwear for little girls. At that time it was only available on-line where it was selling out.
But today I saw the underwear on the shelf at Target
But that wasn’t the only licensed merchandise I saw. In the lingerie department there was a whole lot more.
What better way to cover yourself up then with the female Trinity?
This afghan is 45 x 60” and, as you would guess, kicks ass.
Batgirl is on a lot of covers this month.
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ALEX GARNER
On sale JUNE 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Batgirl’s chilling battle against the new Ventriloquist continues—but has Barbara gone too far? How can she carry on as Batgirl? What choices will she make, and how will her new, decidedly deadly admirer affect her decision?
BATMAN AND BATGIRL #21
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale JUNE 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
What deal would you make to bring someone back from the dead? And in this issue, it’s Batman vs. Batgirl
I’ve done a few posts on superhero underwear - for men and women. But I’ve also done posts talking about the importance of superhero underwear for little girls. Why? I’ve discussed in the past how not having toys and merchandise for little girls sets up superheroes as a “boy thing”.
Why shouldn’t a little girl who sees Batgirl or Wonder Woman on TV be able to go to a strore and buy toys or, yes, underwear with her favorite character on them? At one time years ago, as I wrote a few years ago, this was a non-issue. Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl underoos were widely available.
But for the last few years there has been a black hole when it has come to girls’ underwear. I’ve seen Wonder Woman and Batgirl undies for women in a few stores but when you hit the kids’ aisle it’s all Disney Princesses and Dora. Not that there is anything wrong with those. God knows enough Disney Princess gear has hit my home over the past years. But I would have loved to have had the option to provide my daughter with superhero underwear. My son, of course, has so many different kinds to choose from I can’t keep track of them.
But now there is an option! Fruit of the Loom has a six pack of girls underwear on line, and apparently it is so popular it keeps selling out.
Here’s a look at the female trinity pair:
There are also Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Supergirl solo versions:
I learned about these from the blog The Rock Father. Apparently I’m not the only who was writing about the lack of diversity in girls underwear.
I’m still frustrated that they are only online although the Rock Father seems to think Wal-Mart will pick them up. I’d recommend dropping a note to Target. They have a line of superhero underwear in their stores right now for women - it seems silly they don’t for little girls as well.
Earlier this week I showed you a wrap-up of all the new toys featuring DC Women at Toy Fair. Here’s one more:
That’s a set of 2” Mez-Itz figure featuring the “Gotham Gals”. Save your money!
This has that new writer Gail Simone.
There’s no time to catch your breath after last issue’s shocking ending as an emotionally unstable Batgirl must confront one of Batman’s most violent foes: The Ventriloquist!
Wonder what has made Batgirl “emotionally unstable”?