Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Middle Class Batman!



So I havent done any art for myself in about 7 months (I do plenty at work!). I've been wanting to do a Batman piece for weeks now, and I finally got around to it.

The idea is that this is a Middle Class Batman. It's still Bruce, and his parents were still murdered, but they were never rich, and he still ended up becoming Batman...but on a bit of a budget.

34 comments:

Jason Seiler said...

Dude, your work is really amazing!!!!! Great concept for this piece too. Are you still going to the Academy? We should hang out sometime! Also, where are you working, are you doing comics like this professionally? If not you should be . . . sweet work!
-Jason

Roc said...

genius!

Pheuque said...

Friggin awesome idea... and all your artwork kicks ass.

ArthurReeder said...

Best Batman ever. I like it better than the dark Frank Miller version.

Great White Snark said...

Hey, Mike, nice work... that's really tight.

By way of coincidence, you and I had the same idea around the same time: Batman-on-a-budget. I recently wrote a post where I figured out the cost breakdown to equip a middle-class Batman ($1,104 plus recurring costs, by the way), and then put out a call to illustrators for a rendering. Today I saw your work on Digg.

http://www.greatwhitesnark.com/2007/07/19/you-dont-have-to-be-rich-to-be-batman/

Do you mind if I include your Middle Class Batman piece in my post, as along as I slather it with links to you and your blog?

Again, nice job.

Rick said...

Wow! That's fantastic! I too want to post the image on my blog. I will of course link to your phenomenal blog.

FutureMAN said...

I would buy that book in a heartbeat. One of the coolest designs and concepts I've come across in a long time. Please pitch this to DC. This MUST be made!! My inner-fanboy demands it!

Jak said...

You've got talent, friend. Here's hoping you're the next Frank Miller.

Antimatty said...

you've got some really great work on your site. i like it all. also, i have noticed that in your self portrait. your teeth are remarkably similar to mine. i don't have any photos of my teeth online, so you'll just have to take my word for it.
but we must be teeth twins or something.

Mike Mitchell said...

Thanks guys!

great white - awesome man! Feel free to post it on your blog

rick - Feel free!

futureman - Its funny you mention that. I actually have Bob Shreck's business card in my wallet (He's the DC editor in charge of all the Batman comics, I met with him once already a year ago)

Great White Snark said...

Done, Mike, thanks! Keep up the good work.

Sam said...

That is an excellent illustration and, like good illustration ought to, it tells a story all by itself. Take a look at comic-character designs from the dark years of the early- to mid-'90s to see how that's not true of so many of them.

Ryan O'Hara said...

I love it and I love your style. This needs to be an Elseworlds book right now. I need it.

DOGJAUSREILY said...

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Tomas Karkalas said...

Wow, that's great.
Though I live in a country where Batman and Bruce are almost unknown heroes, but it was easy to recognize lots of passersby in your picture. You caught the spirit that doesn’t depend on our geographical location. And your notes are the perfect. Your word puts down the heroes to earth and uplifts the viewers to heavenly heights - reflects the life and is the light in that sense.
Thank you

Alina Chau said...

LOL AWESOME!!

Gisele said...

hah really cool idea :D and of course, execution :D i was wondering if there was any rss feed to your blog :O ?

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Pepperland said...

Absolutely fabulous! I've only seen the artwork you have on this blog (and perhaps on comic books) and I've become a fan already. All the best for your obviously bright future ahead!

Louie said...

Very nice. Looks kinda like a Blues Brothers Batman, if you ask me.

tomztoyz said...

What a great concept! DC Comics should do this as an Elseworld's story, ha ha, Seriously! I also like the art work here, very nice, great coloring.

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New said...

This is a brilliant concept that merits an elseworlds story. Great work and I hope to read your books someday.

Felipe said...

this would be really interesting to read.

The Clark Knight said...

I love this. Great work.

quasiblog said...

Haha I love the concepts of your work. I've been seeing a few classic characters with a twist. I like how each twist adds a dark tint of realism.

Mikey said...

Great idea. I don't like that many of the Elseworlds books but I'd snatch up commuter belt Batman in a Gotham City Minute

Need a Niche said...

Unusual there was one of these in The Dark Knight, with hockey pads.

Mursal said...

wow......I can't discribe.........GREAT WORK!

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Canciller Ñoño said...

can't see the image... I see the broken icon