Dec 11 2012 9:00am

Morning Roundup: Gotham (and Batgirl!) as Done by Norman Rockwell

Gotham (and Batgirl!) as Done by Normal RockwellIs this Robin taking Batgirl out for a supportive coffee after hearing about Gail Simone being fired from her title? Or is this before and they don’t know that the hammer is coming down? WE HAVE TO KNOW. Or we could just enjoy this serene picture of Gotham done in Norman Rockwell style by Mark Dos Santos.

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  3. Who is the hottest dwarf?
  4. How Samuel L. Jackson wants to return to Star Wars.

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1. torreader404
The title of the morning roundup says "Normal" instead of "Norman Rockwell."
Nevin Steindam
2. TheNevin
Can someone explain this apparent fury over Gail Simone's news? I haven't been reading Batgirl, so I don't know if it got better, but I remember it being widely panned by critics when it first came out: The shift away from her identity as Oracle seemed DISempowering, and Simone's writing wasn't doing anything to make it interesting or justified. Now that she's off it after an editorial direction chamge, I'm hearing for the first time that this is an important and empowering title.
Chris Nelly
3. Aeryl
The well known woman author of a popular female led comic was fired unceremoniously, THROUGH EMAIL, with no explanation. The transition to Batgirl from Oracle was controversial, but the transition was handled well, and the comic was selling well.

I have to disagree with that Dwarf list, Thorin is obviously the hottest dwarf EVAH!
alastair chadwin
4. a-j
I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Sir Patrick Moore on the solar system. An amazing speaker who brilliantly gave as much time and consideration to a question from a young child as to the ones from the scientists. He will be missed.
5. JohnnyMac
Sorry to learn of Sir Patrick Moore's death. I had a bunch of his books on astronomy when I was a kid. May he rest in peace.
Alan Brown
6. AlanBrown
Not to be an art critic, but those Gotham Evening Post covers look more like J. C. Leyendecker's style to me.
Nevin Steindam
7. TheNevin
@3: Part of my confusion comes from the fact that the articles I'm seeing are implying that Batgirl was loved and critically well-received, and I haven't seen that at all. Maybe opinions have changed since its poorly-received start, but I imagine I would have heard more if I did.
The other part is that I don't know if this is indicative of any sexist policies or not. It seems like I hear stories every month or two about editors at DC suddenly changing direction or replacing talent with no notice (most notably in Rob Liefeld's complaints), and this looks like another example of that. Writers change frequently - of the 38 remaining DCnU launch titles, 18 have a new writer according to March's solicitations (and 2 more have a partially-changed writing team.) 4 of the 9 titles selling better than Batgirl (as of October, the most recent figures) have changed their writers.
DC's system is unprofessional and stifles creativity, but this firing isn't necessarily sexist so much as chaotic-neutral-business-as-usual.

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