"Batty Birthday"

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
I'm ... BATMAN

On Friday (which was my birthday) I posted a little teaser of this comic on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. My hope was to have the comic up in it’s entirety on Friday, but you know… busy busy.

SO. Having said that… this officially kicks off the Superhero Edition of Dear Inner Demons. And what better way, than with one of my all-time favourite superheroes… BATMAN. Plus his 75th Anniversary was just last week, so I thought it would be appropriate.

I’m not sure I could pinpoint exactly the age I was when I first became obsessed with Batman, but I would guess it was around age 10. I remember getting this book:

Which was a very thick, all black and white, paperback. But it unravelled Batman’s origin story and that was enthralling to me.

Soon thereafter, Tim Burton released his Batman movie and that basically blew my mind. I’m not sure if it’s nostalgia talking, but I would wager that, despite how much I LOVE the Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy, Michael Keaton might be my favourite Batman. There is, in fact a subtle nod to Tim Burton's first Batman film in this comic. Can you spot it???

Keaton brought an intensity but also a subtle humour to the role that I just couldn’t get enough of. And Jack Nicholson as the joker was amazing. I love the scene where they’re in Vicki Vale’s apartment and Michael Keaton is yelling "You wanna get nuts?? Let’s get nuts!!" Haha

There was so much that I loved about that movie and that spoke to me about the style and tone. It might have been my introduction to Tim Burton, now that I think about it. I just though the suit was so amazingly cool, and also had a serious crush on Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale.

So having seen that movie, I then firmly decided that I would BE Batman for Halloween… um… a few years in a row. Hehe.

My Mum and Aunt and Grama were always help put together this elaborate costumes for me ever since I could walk and my Aunt helped put together this batman costume from scratch for me:

Above, you can see a shadowy menacing view from behind (with no flash apparently), and then beside that you can see a well-lit version! She did a great job with the cape and cowl!

Below you can see from the front, where my mask is a little askew and then I’m doing the classic pose with cape out:

So, on top of alllllll that, there was also a Batman video game that my cousin and I relentlessly toiled over. Here is a screenshot of that amazing yet frustrating game:

It was pretty difficult, at the time! We were kids! Anyways, point is, I love Batman in all forms, comics, movies, videogames, and even dressing up like the guy for Halloween. Thanks for indulging my trip down memory lane.