One of those facts of life certain creators would rather die than admit: some stories, some characters and some situations have more juice than others. Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered and all of a sudden there are 78 proposals for Data-centric stories. For Lt. Yar? 3.
In Cat-Tales, I’ve noticed the two stories that generate the most artwork and artwork requests are Not My Kink and The Gotham Rogues. They’re the source for the chessmen and catarang that just went on display in the Virtual Visitor Center, as well as inspiring multiple images in the new Scenes gallery.
Yes, we have a Scenes gallery now, under Character Portraits, and let me explain why. Consider Georgina Barnes, a cover that was introduced for Selina to infiltrate a few Wall Street firms in Not My Kink. She resurrected the cover as part of the con in Electron 29 and maybe that’s what gave Bruce the idea to create Gina O’Malley in The Gotham Rogues. Gina is a grifter Matches Malone was searching for who only becomes Georgina to get into places like BankLink and CashPulse. Bruce said he only needed a few pictures for Matches to circulate as an excuse to get close to the Westies, but I think we all suspected the lady herself would be making an appearance before long at the Downpatrick Carpentry Club.
That’s a complicated history to sum up in a traditional portrait, and so — new gallery. In addition to Matches and Gina, we have another artifact from The Gotham Rogues – that famous chess board again, this time with Eddie waiting…
Did I mention that in addition to certain stories that keep turning up in the artwork, certain characters do as well. You’d think it would be Harley or Poison Ivy but nope, it’s our anagraming Mr. Nigma. Two wallpapers he appears in – scenes from Not My Kink (again) and The Gotham Post – are also linked in the new gallery. As is… oh dear.