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Quinn: He got me an ice cream cone once.  

#catwoman by Gianluca Mattia

This is so cool—very unique way to portray her and the art is beautiful! Thanks for showing me this!

—Ron

Jervis: Damn it, Jonathan! What part of me walking her home ‘myself' did you not understand? Stop following us!
((This is all mentally of course, seeing as Jervis would never use such language…))


Crane: Does it look like I want to walk in dark alleys by myself?! Possibly to get kidnapped by Joker or jumped by Batman?? I didn’t think so. Pick up the pace, Isley!
((mmm too true! But also I couldn’t resist adding Crane’s two cents! haha! —Ron))

Jervis: Damn it, Jonathan! What part of me walking her home ‘myself' did you not understand? Stop following us!

((This is all mentally of course, seeing as Jervis would never use such language…))

Crane: Does it look like I want to walk in dark alleys by myself?! Possibly to get kidnapped by Joker or jumped by Batman?? I didn’t think so. Pick up the pace, Isley!

((mmm too true! But also I couldn’t resist adding Crane’s two cents! haha! —Ron))

I have to paint in my sketchbook so I reckoned I’d paint ol’ BtAS Harls.^_^

I have to paint in my sketchbook so I reckoned I’d paint ol’ BtAS Harls.^_^

Hey everyone! Askarkham has reached over 1k followers!

This actually happened over the weekend.///)

I’d like to thank my sweet little angel babies for sticking with me this past couple years and for actually liking this goofy blog run by yours truly, Ron the basic potato. It’s really nice especially since College life is glum and my birthday is around the corner.^^

Ronnie

Crane: That’s not cute! That’s called common decency! He is always daydreaming and needs someone to make sure he won’t fall off a cliff or something.

Tetch: *blushes* I can take care of myself….

Crane: *grumbles* Sometimes I wonder.

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

mickthethorpe cooed:
All of Batman's foes are monsters due to them all having tragic lives, which villain do you think has the most heartbreaking life story? Besides Freeze
wouldyouliketoseemymask replied:

I’m probably biased because he’s my favorite character, but I believe that Scarecrow has the most tragic backstory out of all of the Rogues Gallery (except for Mr. Freeze), largely due to the events in Scarecrow: Year One.

From the moment that Crane was born, it was abundantly clear that his arrival was unwelcome. He had barely taken his first breath before his own grandmother was planning to literally dispose of him—his family was so ashamed of his mother’s “tarnishing” of the Keeny family name (never mind that the only remnants of the Keeny’s “glory days” were a long-ago depleted fortune, an old, decaying manor crammed with antiques, and a debilitated atrium that doubled as a chapel) by having a child out of wedlock that it was suggested that Crane be buried and forgotten. His great-grandmother (aka “Granny Keeny”) chose to keep the boy instead—not out of love, but so he could act as her personal servant and maintain the manor’s cornfields. 

Crane’s childhood was a joyless one, consisting of laborious chores far too physically demanding for his young age and dictated by Granny Keeny’s strict, religiously zealous rules. Any perceived misstep was punished severely—Crane would be clothed in a suit coated with an herb mixture and rodent blood (a concoction used to attract crows), unceremoniously thrown into the Keeny’s chapel, and subsequently attacked by trained, merciless crows. This abusive, Draconian punishment greatly frightened Crane and heavily-influenced his future, as illustrated by a scene in which Crane witnesses a scarecrow torn to pieces by a pack of crows. 

The only brief moments of happiness in Crane’s childhood involved books. Bullied at school, he would sit beneath a tree in the schoolyard and immerse himself in literary worlds, momentarily escaping from the cruelty and violence that ruled his own existence. A pivotal moment in Crane’s life occurs when he opens to door to a room that Granny Keeny forbade him from ever entering and discovers a library. As he browses through the books, he comes across a particular volume that would later prove itself fateful: Advanced Chemistry

After reaching adulthood and completing his education, Crane becomes a college professor, teaching a psychology course with an emphasis on fear, and befriends a colleague named Professor Pigeon. Crane looks up to Pigeon as both a mentor and the father figure he never had, and when Crane later faces the school board after firing a gun in his classroom in a misguided attempt to convey fear’s great influence to his students, he is hopeful that his mentor will defend him.

Unfortunately, Crane was wrong. 

He is fired from the university, and his teaching career is ruined. Feeling betrayed by the one person in the world that he cared for and trusted, Crane becomes bitter and hardened. He takes up the Scarecrow mantle, and dedicates his life to fear and seeking revenge against those who had wronged him.

Did Crane make some very bad choices? Without a doubt. Was his expulsion his own fault? Yes, definitely. Does his past give him an excuse to harm others? No, but it certainly explains why he feels a need to. Crane’s early life revolved around fear, and his only means of defending himself was to learn everything that he could about fear and how he could control it. If Crane had experienced a functional, healthy childhood rather than an abusive one, it is likely that he would never have been drawn towards fear in the first place. Crane’s transformation to Scarecrow is a sad testament to the trauma that lingers long after abuse has ended, and in that sense I do not think that he can be fully blamed for the course his life took. Crane himself states that “life is all about choices”, but that doesn’t mean that one’s choices aren’t influenced by the cards were are dealt. 

The little boy who lived his life in fear grew up to frighten others, and IMO that is extremely tragic. 

Spot on I think.^^

“There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence.”

—Julie Taymor

I think they’d say something along the lines of ‘do as I say not as I do’…depending on the villain of course.

sir-mendes-deactivated20140902 cooed:
Are you drawing the Rouges any different? I've noticed Jervis changed some. (Not that I mind, he looks good.)

Aww, why hello! 

I suppose my style changes a LOT, haha. It comes with drawing a lot of random stuff. But you probs mean my last two Jervis posts. I did draw him differently—kudos for noticing!—because those were flashbacks. I imagine him having shorter hair before he became a villain/arkhamite. Hence the change in appearance. It’s a bit off from the TOS version I base him on, but ah well. Anywoo, I hope that answers your question luvvie!^^

—Ronnie