It’s becoming increasingly easier to talk with people that were formerly much harder to reach in the past, even on the internet, compared to even just seven years ago. To be able to freely follow and respond to people you admire and often have actual conversations with them, people you otherwise would have never met or speak with is one of the upsides to social media. It is not only humanizing, as hey, they’re actual people (who knew!) but it also opens a lot of doors into viewing what they’re about.
I’ve had the pleasure of following of former DC editor and sometimes writer Scott Peterson (known for being co-creator of second Batgirl Cassandra Cain, and recently returned to create a new Batgirl, Nissa, for Batman Beyond with artist Annie Wu) on tumblr for the past few months. His reblogs are often centered around important issues and very vocal stances on current happenings as well as comics related material. We’ve been able to chat and I was happy to ask him a few general questions about the Batfamily in a short three question Q & A, I hope you guys enjoy!
You’ve had a longstanding relationship with the Batfamily as an editor and writer of said books and being involved in the creation of two Batgirls; Cassandra Cain, and now Nissa. We all know Cass is amazing (and we all miss her, as a fan it’s been particularly distressing) but Nissa in particular is an awesome character as well (will we be seeing more or her ever?).
That’s entirely up to DC. I’d love to do more with her, and the phenomenal Annie Wu has said she’d make time in her schedule for a return to Nissa.
What draws you to Batgirl in particular, you seem rather fond of the mantle (of course this could simply be an assumption)?
One of my very first memories, from when I was (I think) 4 years old, is of playing in the backyard of one of my best friends: I was Batman, and she was Batgirl and we were chasing dragonflies around. (Not a terribly Bat-thing to do, in retrospect, but I plead the ignorance of youth, as I so often do.) When I’d watch the Adam West Batman show, which I loved, when Batgirl’s motorcycle would race across the screen at the end of the title sequence, indicating she’d be in the episode about to air, my heart would beat faster. I’ve always had more female friends than male, ever since I was just a kid, and somehow Batgirl figured into that entire thing.Since I now have four daughters with the greatest woman in the world, and am fully aware of how superior the female of the species is, my love of Batgirl just comes naturally, I guess. I mean, seriously: Batman + female = how great is that?
The Batfamily post DC’s reboot is less cohesive (putting it mildly); but between Babs as Batgirl, the introduction of (a modern day) Carrie Kelly, Harper Row as Bluebird, and the return of the de-Batgirled reSpoilered Stephanie Brown, and two Huntresses (more or less) in proxy to the group now with Grayson; the Batfamily is getting a much bigger female presence (though sending what was there through the shredder to get there is debatable) within the inner circle than it was before (not counting Birds of Prey per se). It’s an interesting time to say the least.
If given creative control of your own AU, what would be your ideal Batfamily line-up be? What kind of status quo.
Huh! Interesting. I’ve never thought about it before, but off the top of my head: in my own AU, there’d be Batman, and then there’d be the rest of the Batfamily. Batman would usually–but by no means always–operate solo, although he’d frequently request/accept the assistance of one or two of the others, with occasional instances where they’d all collaborate for an operation. Nightwing would be the (almost) unquestioned unofficial leader of the rest of the Batfam, which would also have Tim, Cassandra, Stephanie and of course Oracle. The Helena Huntress would be somewhat on the periphery, often part of the gang but just as often not, with the relationship at least a bit tense.
You frequently post on tumblr news and causes that you think either deserve attention and I’ll assume while on there get to interact with younger (and not so young) fans of comics. Do you think younger people in say generation Y and Millennial have good ideas and a general understanding of where comics need to be in order to be successful in this current climate?
I think they have a very strong understanding. I think Gen Y and Millennials are very aware of the forces, whether governmental or corporate or simply societal, affecting their lives. They’re aware of what and who manipulates them, or at least is trying to. I think they know what they want and what they don’t want, and are aware of their own internal contradictions better than previous generations, and they understand those in power far better than those in power understand them. Of course, I could be wrong. :)I joined tumblr I don’t even know how long ago. Three or four years? And many, many months would go by when I’d even forget I had a tumblr–I think I seriously went like a year and a half between visits once. But at a certain point, I started following enough people that the energy really started to draw me in. I didn’t get tumblr for a long time–it seemed like the worst of Twitter plus Facebook plus good old-fashioned blogging. It took me quite a while, and finding the correct (for me) combination of people to follow, for it click. I’m still not very good at it, honestly, but it’s definitely my favorite of the various social media platforms.
We’re glad it’s his favorite! (We like it too)
Thank you Scott!
Check out Scott on tumblr.
See you all real soon