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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. 
Trinivee Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013   General Artist
WINNN!This is what I'm sayin, save himself the trouble with the revolving door of criminals he has coming out of
SavageSkully Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I  know Batman is "supposed" to be brooding and whatnot but it gets kinda old. Great art btw.
wolfprime Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
manuelpitt Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
is is weird to read Batman's speech and hear Kevin Conroy's voice in my head?
pfab Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Artist
This makes total sense! I love it! 
Bradaviel Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome ! <3
And impossible to publish -___- 

Kudos for doing what everyone is thinking ^^
EricaHesse Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Pretty awesome. Very funny and great storytelling! 
Ziggyman Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, not all stories come to fruition. But there is always hope. Maybe some day, in some fashion, the storie will be  fully published.
lookhappy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
I would've loved to have seen that finished
RoderickConstance Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Artist
"(Gangster Style)" Hahaha, brilliant!
AtomicAgeEthan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
God damn. SO good!! I would LOVE to see this as a fully developed fan comic.
tanqueta Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ajajajaa! It's GREAT!
Simeadrach Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Fantastic man, I've been saying that fer years :)
Would love to see that finished and in print!
patoftherick Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Nope. BLAM, Batman you cheeky bastard. 
ChristianCornia Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL it's fantastic :D
A good solution for all the Bat-problems XD
Freud sucks! XD
barbell666 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
best Batman story EVER!
MissleMan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Man I love this...
Drone-Goon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
"Well, a guy who dresses up like a bat clearly has issues. "
(Sorry, just had to).
Caoscreator Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
I played Arkham Assylum, and i thought so many times how more efficient would be batman with a bazooka and a flamethrower..... an now you draw this!

Now, for me Batman is the best character of DC, but hes so soft an sad sometimes; this way would be easier; great plot even if it never is published, maybe you should complete it as a short personal work or webcomic here in DA
mmmmmike Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013's good thing you're moving back to Maine...don't killl yourself jumping any RVs on your 4-wheeler ;p
Cenaris Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's a riddle? Why are you dead?
I literally fell off my seat there. Best panel.
tshasteen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Haha! This is so good. I'd love to see this published even if it was a dream sequence. 
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Thanks man!
SmartKIN Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah! this is what should have happened xD
Ferigato Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
LOL! hahahahaha Great!
GuthriesArt Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
This is Hilarious! I loved it but you thought you had a 10% chance this would get published? "See you Later Slut" Priceless!
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Okay...THAT part would have had to change. :)
GuthriesArt Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I love it! I wish this could see print even if it was like Alfred waking Wayne up from a dream at the end or something. This would be a really fun " what if" kind of book. I would love to see all the essential Sequential guys  doing their less serious takes on mainstream characters, Now that's a book I wanna buy!
moray-eel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
that is awesome.
DarkKnightJRK Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That is amazing. Horrible, but amazing, if that makes sense. :D
smbhax Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yay! : D
JessicaKKowton Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is what he had to do long long time ago.
SasaBralic Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
chriscopeland Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
THIS IS BRILLIANT! Maybe if it ended as a nightmare for Gordon they would have let you do it, lol. So good.
Sagakarikikkaru Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist

This is awesome. My favorite part is with freeze "nope".


Oh and "Here's a riddle, why are you dead?" That's my quote for life!

gregory-mack Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nullunit Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Right on! That is rad.

The lack of this common sense approach is why I stopped reading a lot of comics. My issues with most characters and story lines was with insane power creep. When a character like Magneto can essentially just hold the world hostage by making changes that have an effect at a global scale and he doesn't even have to like kidnap someone or anything, then that motherfucker needs to die or he needs to win. All dramatic tension is completely sucked away unless the editorial and writing staff starts to pull the trigger on that shit for real. The same goes for awesomely indestructible Wolverine, Dr. Strange, Superman, Thanos, Darkside; characters that are approaching god like power need to win or die.  Batman, Ironman, Spiderman need to completely loose their shit from the stress and retire or become the villain. When you start to pay attention to how, violence and other stresses effect people in the real world it becomes way less possible, at least for me, to take any story seriously after a certain point. I was bummed when Hellboy kind of disappeared from his books for a while but it kind of made sense, he was burned out so he went walk about, and the writing staff got the opportunity to play with new characters and story lines. 

Like in your 8 pages here, it would be awesome if Bats did that , but in my mind there would be no happy ending. It would then be a tearful stand off with Gordon and Gotham Police at the gates of a burning Arkham and then Bruce eating a bullet. That is way less fun and would never happen but that is also why I haven't reliably picked up a spandex book in like 15 years. I am far from mature but I do have some fucking taste and most books don't put as much thought and story arc into a 100 issue run as you just did in 8 pages, satirical or not.
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Thanks man! Glad you agree. :)
jediboy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Holy crap I'm laughing my butt off! I love your art style but I just pictured this whole thing done by Bruce Timm with Kevin Conroy's voice narrating it, pure brilliance Sean, bravo sir, would love to see this come to life, even if it just ended up being an extra on one of the animated dvd's some day!
mase0ne Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Two points!
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