glasgow based illustrator
+ game designer
pixel art, comic art
Batman and the Joker work so well because they are at once the opposite and the same as each other. They really are like a mirror to each other. That was one of the ideas that inspired me to write this Batman One-shot many years ago. I once planned to draw it as some kind of fan/dōjinshi type thing, but I don’t see that happening now.
You’ll see from reading it how long ago it was written - this was long before the New 52. This doesn’t really take place within any of the DC Comics continuity, the nearest context would probably be the animated DC Universe, set some time after Batman the Animated Series.
BATMAN: JUST A MAN
by Chris Rafferty
Whenever black holes are shown in books or on TV, they are shown as essentially that, holes. 2D circles in space that matter swirls around a bit like Saturn’s rings - and then gets pulled into. As I understand it though, they are not 2D, but spherical. So my first question is, does matter orbit/get pulled into black holes in a 2D ring-like fashion, or does it actually approach from all angles? If it’s from all angles, why do we only ever see it approach on a single plane? If it’s 2D, why is it 2D?
My second question takes that further and is to do with Mercury’s orbit of the sun and Einstein’s theory of gravity where it is like a fabric that can bend to accommodate huge masses like the sun. On TV this is again shown to be 2D, a wire mesh grid that sits like a sheet that the sun sits in creating a little pocket for things to roll around in. But would this pocket actually be 3D and surround the entire surface of the sun? If so, why does Mercury’s changing orbit continue to be a 2D ring, and not a 3D orbit, wouldn’t it’s up and down motion be thrown off too?
There comes a point where an idea becomes more than an idea. It takes on a life of its own, and as its creator, you are simply there to lead it to its conclusion. When you try to impose restrictions on an idea, or fit it into preconceived goals, you stunt it and it never reaches its full potential. Or it may never be at all.