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Jul 15 '14
Jul 2 '14
inthenameofcassandracain:

"I don’t kill. But I don’t lose either."
In September 2011, DC Comics rebooted their entire main universe, leaving hundreds of characters missing or irrevocably altered.  Many of these losses included women, specifically those of color, and characters with disabilities who had come to help develop, in some small way, the world of DC as populated and enriched by more than just white, able-bodied men.
Nowhere is this more obvious than in the treatment of Cassandra Cain. 
Initially a young woman of color whose disability affected her ability to speak and read, Cass’s first appearance in the Batman arc Mark of Cain signaled a change in the stagnant atmosphere in Gotham and would lead to the young woman’s ascension to the Batgirl cowl.  Enriched, but never dwarfed, by a full cast of Batfamily members, Cass’s run as Batgirl didn’t stray away from her abusive backstory nor from her optimistic future.  Later storylines would alter Cass’s character in numerous ways—many terrible, some terrific—but the heart of the character and what she meant to so many people would not change.
What has changed, however, is Cass’s presence within the DC world.  Completely removed from the main universe, it is up to the fandom to keep Cass alive.  It is up to us to be conscious consumers of our fanworks and to demand more Cassandra at every turn.  No more Batfamily posts without her.  No more stereotyping and making her into a background character. 
Just as Cass fought to be more than what her father wanted, so too should we fight an entire system, only exemplified by DC’s tactics, that tells us that Cass’s narrative is not one we should care about, that women of color with disabilities have no worth within a world where humans can fly, and that Cassandra herself is the Batfamily member no one wants.
"You can change. You can.”
WHAT: Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month
WHERE: Here on Tumblr, or on any other fandom channel you commonly use (such as AO3, Livejournal, or Twitter)
WHEN: July 2nd-July 31st
WHY: Cass’s first appearance took place in July of 1999 in Batman #567.  This month is also host to disabilityfest, which emphasizes the importance of fictional disabled characters, like Cass.  In many ways, it’s a perfect matchup of dates!
HOW: How can you help?  It’s simple!  During the month of July, consider creating, posting, and reblogging more Cass!  Create headcanons, write meta, write a tweet celebrating your love for Cass, or ask questions about her to your followers!  Think critically about the presence of the Batfamily in both the comics and in fandom and how your contributions either help or hinder Cass’s presence as a crucial, loved family member!  Write fics, do fanart, or make crafts!  Make graphics or playlists; change your Tumblr theme and your icon!  No matter what you’re good at, there’s something for you to do to let everyone know how much you love Cass!
"Everyone experiences tragedy. Tim. Bruce. You and me. It’s not about the city. It’s about how you choose to see the world. Everything else is just an excuse."
This appreciation month is being coordinated through In the Name of Cassandra Cain.  This blog is completely dedicated to Cass, and will host a contest during July with prizes for seven different categories of fanworks!
We do ask that if you will be participating in Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month, that you follow some simple guidelines:
Don’t post/reblog/support sexist, racist, ableist, or otherwise offensive material under the premise of helping Cass’s cause.  Cass wouldn’t support that kind of behavior, and neither should you.
Don’t character-bash.  There’s a strong difference between pointing out meta differences in characters or in characters’ treatment in fandom and hating on a character you don’t like under the premise of defending Cass.  Focus on Cass, not other characters.
Please use tags for all potentially triggering material, especially in your fanworks.  While certain materials may not bother you, they could potentially cause very unsafe feelings in others.  Tags include, but are not limited to:
NSFW
Racism
Sexism
Ableism
Gifs/Flashing
Blood/Gore
Death
Abuse
Rape (please note that dub-con and non-con should be explicitly tagged with this)
Nudity
Sexual Content

The main tag for this event will be #casscainappreciationmonth, but some other tags you can use here or on other social media and fandom outlets include:
#celebratingcasscain
#cassforlife
#cassisbatfamilytoo
#bringbackcass
Please reblog this post to spread awareness of the celebration!  Let others know that you stand with Cass!

inthenameofcassandracain:

"I don’t kill. But I don’t lose either."

In September 2011, DC Comics rebooted their entire main universe, leaving hundreds of characters missing or irrevocably altered.  Many of these losses included women, specifically those of color, and characters with disabilities who had come to help develop, in some small way, the world of DC as populated and enriched by more than just white, able-bodied men.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the treatment of Cassandra Cain. 

Initially a young woman of color whose disability affected her ability to speak and read, Cass’s first appearance in the Batman arc Mark of Cain signaled a change in the stagnant atmosphere in Gotham and would lead to the young woman’s ascension to the Batgirl cowl.  Enriched, but never dwarfed, by a full cast of Batfamily members, Cass’s run as Batgirl didn’t stray away from her abusive backstory nor from her optimistic future.  Later storylines would alter Cass’s character in numerous ways—many terrible, some terrific—but the heart of the character and what she meant to so many people would not change.

What has changed, however, is Cass’s presence within the DC world.  Completely removed from the main universe, it is up to the fandom to keep Cass alive.  It is up to us to be conscious consumers of our fanworks and to demand more Cassandra at every turn.  No more Batfamily posts without her.  No more stereotyping and making her into a background character. 

Just as Cass fought to be more than what her father wanted, so too should we fight an entire system, only exemplified by DC’s tactics, that tells us that Cass’s narrative is not one we should care about, that women of color with disabilities have no worth within a world where humans can fly, and that Cassandra herself is the Batfamily member no one wants.

"You can change. You can.”

WHAT: Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month

WHERE: Here on Tumblr, or on any other fandom channel you commonly use (such as AO3, Livejournal, or Twitter)

WHEN: July 2nd-July 31st

WHY: Cass’s first appearance took place in July of 1999 in Batman #567.  This month is also host to disabilityfest, which emphasizes the importance of fictional disabled characters, like Cass.  In many ways, it’s a perfect matchup of dates!

HOW: How can you help?  It’s simple!  During the month of July, consider creating, posting, and reblogging more Cass!  Create headcanons, write meta, write a tweet celebrating your love for Cass, or ask questions about her to your followers!  Think critically about the presence of the Batfamily in both the comics and in fandom and how your contributions either help or hinder Cass’s presence as a crucial, loved family member!  Write fics, do fanart, or make crafts!  Make graphics or playlists; change your Tumblr theme and your icon!  No matter what you’re good at, there’s something for you to do to let everyone know how much you love Cass!

"Everyone experiences tragedy. Tim. Bruce. You and me. It’s not about the city. It’s about how you choose to see the world. Everything else is just an excuse."

This appreciation month is being coordinated through In the Name of Cassandra Cain.  This blog is completely dedicated to Cass, and will host a contest during July with prizes for seven different categories of fanworks!

We do ask that if you will be participating in Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month, that you follow some simple guidelines:

  • Don’t post/reblog/support sexist, racist, ableist, or otherwise offensive material under the premise of helping Cass’s cause.  Cass wouldn’t support that kind of behavior, and neither should you.
  • Don’t character-bash.  There’s a strong difference between pointing out meta differences in characters or in characters’ treatment in fandom and hating on a character you don’t like under the premise of defending Cass.  Focus on Cass, not other characters.
  • Please use tags for all potentially triggering material, especially in your fanworks.  While certain materials may not bother you, they could potentially cause very unsafe feelings in others.  Tags include, but are not limited to:
    • NSFW
    • Racism
    • Sexism
    • Ableism
    • Gifs/Flashing
    • Blood/Gore
    • Death
    • Abuse
    • Rape (please note that dub-con and non-con should be explicitly tagged with this)
    • Nudity
    • Sexual Content

The main tag for this event will be #casscainappreciationmonth, but some other tags you can use here or on other social media and fandom outlets include:

#celebratingcasscain

#cassforlife

#cassisbatfamilytoo

#bringbackcass

Please reblog this post to spread awareness of the celebration!  Let others know that you stand with Cass!

Jun 25 '14

witchtrees:

Cutest ball of sunshine or CUTEST BALL OF SUNSHINE??

Mar 24 '14

Cheer Up Post #510 - Anthony Misiano Edition

heroes-get-made:luthienblack would like Anthony Misiano, also known as the best Joker cosplayer EVER. Here he is:

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***Disclaimer: Most of the images used do not belong to me. If you see one that’s yours, and you would like credit or to have it removed/replaced, please just ask.

Want your own Cheer Up Post? Find out how. Or see the others.

I would also like to point out that the lady cosplaying Harley Quinn next to him in some of these pictures is his RL girlfriend, Alyssa King, and she is quite an awesome cosplayer herself:

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Mar 23 '14

austriea:

man you know what I want? a superhero series where they have powers that 100% contradict their personalities. a fishermans daughter who lives by the sea, swims every day, learns that she can control fire. a boy who’s mortified of heights but realizes he can use antigravity and hates it. someone who was bitten by a dog as a child, suffers extreme fear around animals, can now communicate with them. they’re all disgusted by their powers.

Garth. The character you’re looking for is Garth.

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I mean, can you get much more “powers not suited to their personality” than an Atlantean kid who’s afraid of fish?

Jan 23 '14

(Source: equanimousicons)

Jan 17 '14

discowing:

creepingmonsterism:

raisesomehale:

do you ever get to a point in a fandom where you just… ignore canon?

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At this point, I pretty much ignore the fact that DC continues publishing comics

I’m a stickler for canon but DC is an exception.

The thing is that DC just has so much canon. It’s not like, say, a series of books, where everything is planned out and written by one author. DC has over seventy-five years of canon, written by many different authors, some of whom contributed fantastic additions to the DC canon, some of whom… not so much. And many of these different ‘versions’ of canon outright contradict each other. A character may have had multiple backstories over the years, or their personality may be subtly (or not-so-subtly) different depending on who’s writing them.

People (myself included) sometimes fall into the trap of over-simplifying things as ‘pre-reboot’ and ‘New 52’ canon, but it’s actually a lot more complicated than that. Post-Crisis preboot canon was often very different from Pre-Crisis preboot canon. Bronze Age was very different from Silver Age or Golden Age.

So with all these conflicting versions of canon, it’s actually impossible to form a coherent whole if you accept literally everything as canon. So, you have a choice of either always accepting the most current version as definitive - or you can do what I do, and what I think many comic fans do, and pick and choose the versions you like best, the ones that make the most sense to you. And I think that often comes down to a combination of which version you encountered first (which often becomes the definitive version in your eyes), which version appeals to you the most, and which version you consider the most iconic, important, or definitive.

Me, I tend to usually go by the original canon, but there are exceptions to that - I’m open to retcons where there’s a clear improvement. The retcons I like best, though, are those which only add instead of taking away from the existing history - like Bruce and Zatanna being childhood friends, or Dick being Romani, or the additions George Perez made to Wonder Woman’s mythology. If a writer wants to add a retcon like that and I feel like it fits the character(s), I’m usually happy to accept it as canon. It’s only when I feel like a retcon violates an important aspect of a character’s previously established history or personality that I reject it.

The bottom line is that to me, it’s not a matter for not going by the canon in this case - I do go by the canon. But I go by my canon, not whatever DC’s decided the latest version is. I think that’s what a lot of us do. It’s not that we don’t respect the canon - it’s just a question of which canon we’re choosing to take as definitive.

Jan 7 '14
yellowcape:

The flying Graysons.

yellowcape:

The flying Graysons.

(Source: midnighthaunt)

Jan 4 '14

oxers:

weren’t expecting THAT, were you??

this might be the dumbest thing I have ever drawn

happy belated holidays, sweetheart!

Okay first of all NOPE I WAS DEFINITELY NOT EXPECTING THAT

Second of all, it is an AMAZING surprise because OMG, how can a combination of two of the most adorable/awesome characters of all time NOT be fabulous??

Thirdly, this may or may not have caused me to have a slight crossover headcanon crisis due to the fact that Captain von Trapp has always struck me as extremely Bruce Wayne-ish, but I have decided that since this version saves Dick from having to date a Hitler Youth, it’s probably for the best. ;-)

Dec 16 '13

living-in-a-fictional-reality:

primegundam:

I’ve been listening to a lot of people’s reactions and theories to Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and her possible stand alone movie, and one thing about the discussion has jumped out at me. 

One of the topics brought up often about a Wonder Woman movie is who would be the villain and a lot of people scratch their heads and say things like, “Well, I don’t know who they would use for the villain. I can’t think of any moniker Wonder Woman villains so they should probably just make one up.” 

And that just vexes me. Now if they announced a Batman or Spider-Man or Superman movie and said they weren’t going to use any of their villains and they were making one up for their films, the thousands of sweaty nerds and half of the general public would flip their collected shits.

Just because you can’t name an iconic Wonder Woman villain doesn’t mean she doesn’t have any. I don’t even read that much Wonder Woman and I can name at least ten villains, WITHOUT going to Wikipedia, they could use for her first film. 

Something about that notion just rubs me as inherently sexist and willingly ignorant. 

I’m with you 100% on this I mean it’s like noone’s even seen Superfriends or Justice League and witnessed the badassery that is The Cheetah and you don’t even need to pick up a comic book to know that. i know there’s other villains but Cheetah keeps WW on her toes from a hand to hand aspect whereas Circe or anyone else would be a bit different.

IMO, the perfect choice for a Wonder Woman villain would actually be Ares.

Reasons:

#1 - Per George Perez’s classic WW run, Ares is the archenemy not only of Wonder Woman but of all the Amazons. He’s the one who drove them to seclusion on Themyscira, and he’s the reason Diana chooses to enter Man’s World.

#2 - It emphasizes Diana’s ties to Greek mythology, which I think is essential for a WW movie. And this is something unique to Diana among the top-tier DC heroes, something you don’t see with Superman or Batman or any other member of the Justice League. It makes her story different. The Marvel movies have been having huge success with characters from Norse mythology - why shouldn’t DC do the same with Greek?

#3 - We want to establish right off the bat that Diana is hugely powerful and badass - what says that more than having her archenemy be a literal god? And the god of War, no less! If any haters want to whine that WW is just a weak girl, or she’s a lame superhero whose only powers are her invisible jet and her lasso, or she’s clearly a stupid character because of her costume - can you think of a better way to shut them up than saying “Wonder Woman can go up against the God of War and win”?

#4 - On the flipside, we want to establish that Diana is powerful and badass, and a fierce warrior when necessary, but we also want to establish that she prefers peace and would rather put an end to violence whenever possible. (Something many depictions get wrong, turning her from badass but peace-loving to a lover of aggression and violence.) To that end, I think it’s wonderfully symbolically powerful to have her enemy literally be War. Ares can represent the kind of violence and aggression that Diana stands against, while Diana represents the honorable warrior who knows how to win battles but would rather establish peace.

Just my two cents.

Dec 10 '13

bigbardafree:

✧*:・゚✧*:・゚DAZZLING DC LADIES MONTH・゚:*✧・゚:*✧

 Barda Free / Big Barda

Origin

Barda was born of the race of New Gods about 250 years ago, on Apokolips. She is a product of Granny Goodness' Home for Orphaned Youth. Granny's motto is “Die for Darkseid” (the planet's evil ruler). Granny grooms Barda to one day lead the Female Fury Battalion, a ferocious pack of women warriors. However, during a raid Barda meets Scott FreeDarkseid's adopted son, and, sensing a peace about him, falls in love.

Barda risks her own safety to help Scott escape from Apokolips. Eventually, Barda turns her back on Granny, and comes to Earth herself. Scott has become an escape artist called Mister Miracle, and is teamed with Oberon, his diminutive manager. Scott and Barda are married by Scott’s father, the Highfather of New Genesis.

Barda and Scott reside in the suburbs of Connecticut and are active adventurers. Barda never hesitates to lend a hand to her friends when her power and expertise are needed.

Skills and Abilities

The beings of New Genesis call themselves Gods and live outside of normal time and space in a realm called the Fourth World. These New Gods have evolved due to their close proximity to the Source, a primeval energy, believed to be one of the ultimate foundations of the Universal Expression of Energy, along with their superior technology, into beings of genetic stability and evolutionary perfection. The denizens of New Genesis are immortal, stronger, faster, and smarter than homo sapiens, despite their resemblance to the same. Barda is also skilled in hand-to-hand combat and is physically stronger than many of the other New Gods, including her husband Scott. Her weapon of choice is the Mega Rod, an Apokoliptian weapon that can shoot blasts of energy and can be used to open up portals used for travel called Boom Tubes. (x)

Recommended Reading

Dec 10 '13
herestoyoumsholly:

roserayne:

Solstice for herestoyoumsholly

Reblogging again because it’s just SO adorable!

Oh wow, that’s lovely! :-)

herestoyoumsholly:

roserayne:

Solstice for herestoyoumsholly

Reblogging again because it’s just SO adorable!

Oh wow, that’s lovely! :-)

Dec 10 '13

Oh, this is her

No regrets

I embrace your defects 

To confess 

You were my every wish(x)

Dec 10 '13
fuckyeahcassandracain:

Love this brief little moment of reassurance.

I really wish we got to see more of this kind of relationship between Dick and Cass.

fuckyeahcassandracain:

Love this brief little moment of reassurance.

I really wish we got to see more of this kind of relationship between Dick and Cass.

Dec 7 '13

My OTP is Wonder Woman/leading DC’s superheroines into battle.

Art by Phil Jimenez (WW #174, 2001) and George Perez (WW #600, 2010).