Batfamily

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Fandom
Name: Batman
Abbreviation(s): Batfam
Creator: Bob Kane,
Bill Finger (uncredited)
Date(s): 1939-present
Medium: comics, books, movies, games
Country of Origin: USA
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The Batfamily fandom is the informal name fandom uses for Batman and his allies and supporting characters, who may be expected to be seen regularly in Batman's books, Detective Comics, Batman, Batman Confidential (2007-2011), Batman Family (Vol. 1 1975-1978, Vol. 2 2002), Legends of the Dark Knight (1989-2007), Shadow of the Bat (1992-2000), Batman Chronicles (1995-2001), Gotham Knights (2000-2006), and various mini-series, as well as the characters who appear in the books of those characters (Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, Birds of Prey, Azrael, Catwoman, various Huntress minis, as well as series about the GCPD like Gotham Central.) Often these characters are closely associated with Batman or were trained by him.

The term is also used to differentiate between the greater DC Comics or team focused fandom and the fandom specifically focused on Batman and related characters. (See also Family vs. Team) The character of Batman has shifted over time, sometimes as part of cultural shifts, or gradual processes, other times by editorial fiat. Most fans construct for themselves, or in community a vision of the "core" character of Batman with which they engage.

The Family

Most notably the "family" consists of Bruce Wayne and the boys he took in and trained as Robin and his butler Alfred Pennyworth as well as his dog, but also includes Batman inspired heroes like Batgirl and the Gotham based team Birds of Prey.

For a more complete list check out Wikipedia's article.

History

In a sense, all Batman comics written after 1943, when Bob Kane left DC Comics, are derivative. As a generation who had grown up on Batman stepped in as writers, Batman comics could be said to be in a real way 'fan fiction.' Most modern comic writers will describe themselves as fans, and describe their early orientation toward Batman, (and other comic characters) as fannish. However, once hired by DC comics, the discourse shifts; they are now insiders, with privileges and access mere 'fans' cannot hope for, gatekeepers of the myth, with the power to turn their headcanons into canon.

Fanworks

Batmania

See Batmania for more information.

Started in the mid-60s, Batmania was a fanzine created by and maintained by fans that was fairly tolerated by DC Comics until 1978. It helped educate new fans of the Old Batman along with the New Batman, also focused on the Batman television show at the time.

Batman: The Deal web comic

In November 2013, Gerardo Preciado and Daniel Bayliss and posted Batman: The Deal, a Batman and Joker relationship comic on their wordpress site. It went viral, and became a thing, and apparently has been tolerated by DC.[1][2]

Fics

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Meta

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Arts

Other

Archives and Fannish Links

For individual fandoms/characters/ships, please check out their pages.

Mailing Lists

LiveJournal Communities

See more at Category:Batman Communities.

Fansites/Fannish Resources

Challenges/Exchanges

Resources

References

  1. "Batman: The Deal creators discuss their hugely popular fan fiction comic" by Russ Burlingame on Comicbook.com, accessed 2013-12-08
  2. OTW Fan News: Wanting More accessed 2013-12-08