The Bat of the Shadow: Batman’s Role Models

| December 18, 2011

Many people helped Bruce Wayne become a masked man fighting crime with his gadgets and fists while motivated less by the need for revenge than by the inspiration to protect others from becoming victims, values he tries to convey as a role model to others. “Remember when I said our purpose was to protect people […]

Batman and Sons and… How Many Kids Does He Have?

| September 7, 2011

  Talia al Ghul and Catwoman Selina Kyle each become mothers. Bruce may have fathered either, both, or neither of these of these kids. Talia brings a son who looks like young Bruce Wayne, the boy Damian, of about the same age as when Bruce lost his parents. Selina gives birth to a daughter she […]

Why Robin? Why Does Batman Work with an Underage Sidekick?

| May 26, 2011

Ask Batman

| March 2, 2011

  Real World Questions Why did Batman become so popular? How has Batman staye popular across generations and throughout the world? What does that popularity say about the fans? What does the character’s nature say about its creators? What kind of role model is this hero? How realistic is the character? (Could someone become a […]

Comic-Con Report: Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Robotomy, Regular Show

| July 30, 2010

Cartoon Network held an “Algebraic!” panel at San Diego Comic-Con International on Friday to discuss their new show Adventure Time, with voice actor Tom Kenny (voice of Ice King) moderating. Also present were J.G. Quintel, Jeremy Shada (voice of Finn), John DiMaggio (voice of Jake), Pat McHale (creative director), and Pendleton Ward (creator of Adventure Time). Tom began by asking the crowd, […]

Academics Assemble! Comics Arts Conference Programming at San Diego Comic-Con International 2010

| July 19, 2010

Thursday, July 22 Fri, Jul 09, 07:35PM 10:30-12:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Comics in the Classroom— Lisa Vizcarra (Carquinez Middle School) explores the pedagogy for creating a middle school biology curriculum based on the book Becoming Batman by E. Paul Zehr, who will join the discussion. Kathy Hall (El Camino College) gives an overview […]

Rocket Llama Crew at San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Panels on Digital Comics, Action Chicks, Batman’s Empty Nest, & More

| July 12, 2010

FRIDAY, JULY 23 11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Digital Comics— Nick Langley (Rocket Llama) gives a brief history of webcomics and evaluates online economic experiments from subscriptions to micropayments – with Brock Heasley (Super Fogeys, Zuda Comics’ Monsterplex). 2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Where Are the Action Chicks?— Katrina Hill (, Jill Pantozzi […]

Why Is a Kid Batman’s Crimefighting Partner?

| July 12, 2010

I’m getting ready to do a panel at Comic-Con later this month to discuss Batman’s crimefighting partnerships. Last year Dr. Robin Rosenberg and I got to discuss the psychopathy of the Joker with creator Jerry Robinson, “The Laughing Fish” author Steve Englehart, The Dark Knight executive producer Michael Uslan, and TV’s original Batman himself, Adam […]

Comic-Con Joker Panel Was Wild: Recap and Reflections

| September 6, 2009


It’s amazing how much information a single experience might yield. A few months ago, Peter Coogan – who, with my colleague Dr. Randy Duncan, co-founded the Comics Arts Conference, the academic conference-within-the-convention held in conjunction with both WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con International – asked if I’d like to help moderate a CAC panel on […]

Comic-Con: Jerry Robinson, Michael Uslan, and Adam West on the Joker’s Origins

| August 31, 2009


Continued from “Comic-Con Excerpts: The Joker’s Relationship with Batman.” Concluding our report on the San Diego Comic-Con International panel “Is the Joker a Psychopath? You Decide!”  which our own Papa Llama, in his secret identity as psychology professor Dr. Travis Langley, moderated and co-organized. Other panelists: Dr. Robin Rosenberg (therapist and editor – The Psychology […]