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Amid wave of Batgirl fan art, Cameron Stewart adds his own

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In the six days since DC Comics announced the new Batgirl creative team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr, Tumblr has been inundated with fan art inspired by the new costume (designed by Stewart and Tarr) — so much so that Batgirl of Burnside, “an (un)official blog for the DC Comics series,” has been launched, serving as a clearinghouse of sorts.

Stewart, who runs the blog, admitted there’s so much art that he’s having trouble keeping up with it. Asked how he felt about the response to the design, he wrote, “I am overwhelmed and ecstatic and grateful and vindicated. I couldn’t be happier with the tidal wave of support and sincere joy that’s come our way, the (literally) hundreds of pieces of fan art that are being breathlessly drawn faster than I can look at them, the cosplayers already choosing fabrics and causing yellow Dr Martens boots to sell out online. The huge response is a clear sign that despite our detractors we’ve really tapped into something that was waiting to explode.”

But Stewart has also contributed a piece of his own, a four-panel strip in which Batgirl (sporting her new threads, of course) reminds excited fans to order Issue 35, and tells them how. On his own blog, he also spotlight some of the fan art that’s caught his eye.

Batgirl #35, featuring the new creative team, new costume and new setting, goes on sale Oct. 8.

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A simple search of Batgirl on deviantart will also unleash dozens and dozens of art featuring the somehow younger and more Stephanie Brown spirited Babs.

Wait, so, tumblr can be used for the forces of good?

So when it all comes down to it, money is all that matters.

Hmm. This is starting to remind me of the “Draw Batgirl” meme that circulated in 2006, IIRC.

What is it about Babs that inspires this?

Babs inspires fanart and inspiration because her origin (as Barbara Gordon) is pretty much her being a fangirl dressing up as Batman one night and finding out she’s good at fighting costumed crazies (Killer Moth was her first. Ewww). She’s basically the only sane member of the Bat-Family. Also, she’s redheaded and cute.

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