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REJECTED Batman story by seangordonmurphy REJECTED Batman story by seangordonmurphy
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My 8 pages of Batman Black and White come out next week in issue #1! And my friend John Arcudi wrote me a great script to go along with it. So check it out next Wednesday. And there's even a cover with my statue design on it! I'm really thankful to DC for all they've done for me. Hopefully this post will help sell the book more.

A little inside info.........

About a year ago, I pitched my own story that got rejected. And to be honest, I was 90% sure it was going to be rejected. And you can see why. The editor is a friend whom I respect greatly, so I took a chance and sent him this. An 8 page Batman story doesn't come around very often, and because many of the stories tend to be "Elseworld" like, I didn't think there would be any harm in trying to do something COMPLETELY different.

To be clear, "Batman: The Animated Series" is a huge influence on me. I respect Batman A LOT. And I love the movies. But it's always so serious, and Batman is always so sad, I thought we could use some tongue-and-cheek. So I drew this up, and I laughed out loud the whole time. Even re-reading it now, I laughed.

The editor's reply was priceless. He said something like, "Brilliant. But you know I can never publish this. Also, what's the matter with you?" That's when I grabbed Arcudi to write something for me, because each time I tried to write something else, I ended up thinking, "Bruce would be WAY happier if he just offed everyone in Arkham!"
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gargoyle1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Oh god... it's sooooo good XD. 
Roman-Stevens Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Damn DC with their 'rules'!
ahmettorun Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hahahah, this is fun
eternal10 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student General Artist
troy1108 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
this look like a robot chicken episode. i wish to see the inked version. :)
RodGallery Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hahahaha...amazing man.
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
CaziTena Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
OH WOW! that is a quite a refreshing idea, i am a huge Batman fan and really enjoy your work, I'm grateful you were willing to share this with us. I know it will never be published but at least I can see it here! very funny story by the way.
VNightmare Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, this made my night! XD Though I have mixed feelings about not seeing Scarecrow in this. Relieved because he doesn't die onscreen (still a little sore about what happened to him in Injustice), but at the same time, missed out on your gorgeous artwork of him.

Ah, well. The hilarity of the overall sequence makes up for it. I think the, "Bye, Harvey. Bye, Two-Face." made me laugh the hardest. And then I got to the explosion, and topped it off with the "Two points!" I don't think my sides will recover for a while; great job!
MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That is awesome! Really well-paced, and the dialogue is really funny and well-written! I think DC shoulda been a little more brave and published this. 
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