Contact Us

Gabrielle Bell’s Fleeting Dreams of Drawing Batman

There’s always been a bit of a divide between superhero and indie comics, but most of the comics readers I know are at least a little bit omnivorous, so I’m always surprised when I see something that reminds me how distinct the two worlds can be — like the superhero fan I met who had never heard of Brian Michael Bendis’s “Powers,” or the passionate indie aficiodano who didn’t know who Geoff Johns was.

I find it extra fascinating when creators from the two worlds collide, as when indie cartoonist Gabrielle Bell (“Lucky,” “Cecil and Jordan in New York) recently traveled to France and held an art exhibition with “Batman: The Long Halloween” artist Tim Sale. Her autobiographical comics journal details the trip, which includes a dinner where Sale describes his lucrative Batman commissions, causing dollar signs to dance in Bell’s thought bubbles.

Bell quickly abandons her Batman-drawing fantasy as she realizes how much she’d need to invest in learning about superhero culture to even begin the process, and what it would require her to leave behind. But it’s a moment in a bottle that captures the struggle many creators face between wanting to do creator-owned work and wanting to make enough money to move beyond hardship and hustling. Bell’s decision is made easier by her overall lack of interest superheroes and the fact that her Batman kind of looks like the rabbit from “Donnie Darko,” but fortunately her fellow cartoonist Laura Park has helped imagine what a bigger, burlier Bell Batman might look like, after the jump.

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://comicsalliance.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Comics Alliance quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on Comics Alliance quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!