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Tell DC to send Supergirl to high school

Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade, by Landry Walker and Eric Jones, was a six-issue limited series (later collected into a single volume) that got a lot of love from critics but, for whatever reason, wasn’t continued beyond its original run. Now there’s a Facebook group called “Get ‘Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Ninth Grade’ Published” that is out to change that. (It’s an open group, so anyone can go check it out.) Jude DeLuca started the group and has been energetically adding members. The explanation: Walker and Jones pitched the sequel to DC, and DC hasn’t given a firm answer, so they are asking fans to write to DC and ask for it by name.

To help close the deal, Walker has posted some fresh Supergirl concept art on his website, as well as an explanation of his and Jones’s vision of the series:

Eric could have drawn Supergirl as the epitome of style and grace. But that wouldn’t have been our Supergirl. Our Supergirl was a character who needed to grow. She was overly self-aware, insecure and gangly, that’s part of being a young teenager (particularly as younger teens see themselves from within) and therefore an important part of the storytelling.

I think with the slight changes to the artwork here we really begin to see Kara’s self confidence manifest physically. This would have continued on a curve, all through 12th Grade. By the end (and there was a definitive end planned) 18 year old Kara would have looked like an adult – particularly because you watched her grow up.

Sounds tempting. Walker and Jones are working on something else as well (to be announced at Comic-Con), but it would be nice to see this series continue. If you agree, go to the DC Letters Page and let them know what you think.

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Why does this need to involve Supergirl or DC…?

(I can guess various answers as well as anyone else, thanks. It just feels like this is a fair question to ask. If everyone wants to see this happen, why not just do it as Stupendousgirl in high school and it’ll be just as good.)

I haven’t been adding members “energetically”. I just, I saw that there were people who asked to join and I wanted to give an immediate response instead of making them wait.

And thank you for this. :)

You didn’t read it did you wraith. Its all about Supergirl. Every last little bit. From the big villains to the place names to the little references. You can’t just take her out. Its a Supergirl story in its DNA

Why does it need to involve Supergirl?

So girls will read a cool supergirl comic, and tell their friends, and then DC will see the sales, and market other similar books (like Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld) to that audience, along with suitable merchandise, and then, ten years later, you’ll start to see lots of cool women fans at comic cons around the country, and some of them will want to draw or write or edit comics.

And if you’re wondering about Walker and Landry’s DC style, they did some cool stories for Batman Brave and the Bold recently.

Yes, “so that people will actually read it” was ranked high among the list of reasons I could guess on my own. Thanks.

Of course, if that is the real reason, or chief among the real reasons, I actually have some doubts about the validity of that reasoning… but it’s clear that I’m not going to get anywhere with this and instead just come across as a troll and a hater and a big meanie.

Never mind me, folks.

No Wraith, you raise a valid question – and not one that is easy to answer.

We could technically continue our series under another name with enough changed legally or whatever. But it’s not something I really feel comfortable with. DC invested in the first series. They gave nearly 100% creative freedom and they were never anything but supportive of us.

Obviously, I think it’s a mistake for them not to continue the series, but they’re under no real obligation to do so. They didn’t promise it to us and then take it away. They didn’t interfere with our creative vision. Every editor we worked with there – Jann Jones, Liz Gehrlein and Mike Siglain… these are people I consider friends. Even though two of the aforementioned have moved to other places, it just doesn’t seem right to recreate Cosmic Adventures somewhere else under a different name with a different company.

There is also some truth to the idea that what we created was at it’s heart a Supergirl book. It – particularly if it continued past 12th grade as envisioned – would be the quintessential Supergirl. Reaching into every iteration and every major aspect/arc of the character we have seen over the decades. I think that if I were writing a character that wasn’t Supergirl, things would take a different direction and the series would not really be what people are wanting of Cosmic Adventures. It would be something new and different and maybe people would like it just as much… but it would not likely stand as a replacement series.

So basically, what you suggest isn’t unreasonable. But it’s just not something we feel comfortable with at this stage, either creativity or ideologically.

What we would like to do is bring more Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures to DC Comics. So if that’s what you would like to see, please let them know.

Change the name of Supergirl and just keep the story going with your own character? Ridiculous. Now if you’ll excuse me the new Fallen Angel trade just came in.

Okay… Ian wins the discussion.

Oh… now that just makes me think of Linda Danvers…

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