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The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl by mcguan The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl by mcguan
I'm more-or-less on a dA hiatus at the moment while I work through some commissions and eagerly await the debut of my first child (due date: any day now-ish), but decided to upload this piece after seeing that the Repaneled blog was closing up shop this past Friday: [link] I've submitted two pieces there in the past, most recently my reworked Donna Troy splash page [link] and this is a piece I did this past spring but put on the back burner after I stumbled upon that Teen Titans panel.

The library scene is from Detective Comics #359, otherwise known as "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl" [link] and her librarian alter ego, Barbara Gordon. I paired my version with my other Batgirl drawing and logo and intended to upload it here on dA after I submitted it to the Repaneled blog, but obviously waited too long. The text comes from the original panel (with a slight tweaking).

Edited to add: The original panel was written by Gardner Fox, Penciled by Carmine Infantino and inked by Sid Greene. I forgot to add these credits in the initial post, but they ARE listed on the books (along with some other famous Bat Girls).

Created with PITT Pens and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS 5.1. The fonts are Comicraft's Comicrazy [link] and Blambot's Antigrav [link]
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:iconbabsdc:
BabsDC Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BREATHTAKING! :clap:
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
I like hearing that from a Batgirl fan - Thank you much!
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:iconbabsdc:
BabsDC Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasure! your art is amazing :worship:
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Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
Nice
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Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Great pic
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconluanna255:
Luanna255 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
You did SUCH a stunning job with this! It's an absolutely incredible piece. <3
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thank you very much!
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oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Great recreation of the old comic panel!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Thank you much!
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PlanetKojo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
What fun! Love the book bindings too!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Thanks Kojo!
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generallaserfist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This is a modern revamp of a classic moment. I really like how the desaturated colors emphasize how she feels her life as a librarian is dull and boring. I also like how her Batgirl costume actually has folds and wrinkles in it ( it's better because I know her outfit is homemade rather than being made of tight Kevlar like Batman's). I also noticed the names of the other Batgirl's as the author's of the books ;)
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mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Thank you much! The names on the books was an after-the-initial-fact moment of inspiration. I'm glad when people catch those.
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TULIO19mx Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! This is totally beautiful!!!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thanks Tulio - looking forward to seeing your version colored!
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IllustratorErik Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
nice shout outs on these book spines. Fantastic shading too!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks a lot - I had fun playing with the book titles and authors.
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FlansPirateWench Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Awesome-Batgirl!<3
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks!
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ana21410 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I love this. Batgirl is awesome
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thank you much!
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Really nice work. Love the wrinkles in the costume. You know materiality is something I value in my own work as well.
Good luck on the impending birth!!!
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mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks Thom!
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ArteDigitalSA Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
great!! check my art
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks!
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incogvito Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Oh, JHC, why do you live over there and not around the corner so we can hang out every freakin' day?
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Probably because we wouldn't get anything done! ;)
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:iconincogvito:
incogvito Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
totes.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Fantaisc work
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks MMP4!
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Furyian Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Photographer
This is a gorgeous piece! It's got a very clean comic feel and is very fun! Nice job!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks a lot!
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:iconfuryian:
Furyian Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Photographer
Very welcome!
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Gaston25 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Looks great!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thank you much!
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happysorceress Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I keep thinking "oh, ok; there's my favorite piece"...& then you draw something else so I have to change my mind.
So, right now THIS IS MY FAVORITE.

And *best* of luck to you both: it's a world-changer.
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mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks, HS! Not sure why I sat on this one for so long. I did the same thing with the Batwoman and latest Black Canary pieces too. Must be something about those Gotham Girls that makes me second guess myself.

Thanks for the well wishes too!
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Genius!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks!
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