inthenameofcassandracain:

"I don’t kill. But I don’t lose either."

In September 2011, DC Comics rebooted their entire main universe, leaving hundreds of characters missing or irrevocably altered.  Many of these losses included women, specifically those of color, and characters with disabilities who had come to help develop, in some small way, the world of DC as populated and enriched by more than just white, able-bodied men.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the treatment of Cassandra Cain. 

Initially a young woman of color whose disability affected her ability to speak and read, Cass’s first appearance in the Batman arc Mark of Cain signaled a change in the stagnant atmosphere in Gotham and would lead to the young woman’s ascension to the Batgirl cowl.  Enriched, but never dwarfed, by a full cast of Batfamily members, Cass’s run as Batgirl didn’t stray away from her abusive backstory nor from her optimistic future.  Later storylines would alter Cass’s character in numerous ways—many terrible, some terrific—but the heart of the character and what she meant to so many people would not change.

What has changed, however, is Cass’s presence within the DC world.  Completely removed from the main universe, it is up to the fandom to keep Cass alive.  It is up to us to be conscious consumers of our fanworks and to demand more Cassandra at every turn.  No more Batfamily posts without her.  No more stereotyping and making her into a background character. 

Just as Cass fought to be more than what her father wanted, so too should we fight an entire system, only exemplified by DC’s tactics, that tells us that Cass’s narrative is not one we should care about, that women of color with disabilities have no worth within a world where humans can fly, and that Cassandra herself is the Batfamily member no one wants.

"You can change. You can.”

WHAT: Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month

WHERE: Here on Tumblr, or on any other fandom channel you commonly use (such as AO3, Livejournal, or Twitter)

WHEN: July 2nd-July 31st

WHY: Cass’s first appearance took place in July of 1999 in Batman #567.  This month is also host to disabilityfest, which emphasizes the importance of fictional disabled characters, like Cass.  In many ways, it’s a perfect matchup of dates!

HOW: How can you help?  It’s simple!  During the month of July, consider creating, posting, and reblogging more Cass!  Create headcanons, write meta, write a tweet celebrating your love for Cass, or ask questions about her to your followers!  Think critically about the presence of the Batfamily in both the comics and in fandom and how your contributions either help or hinder Cass’s presence as a crucial, loved family member!  Write fics, do fanart, or make crafts!  Make graphics or playlists; change your Tumblr theme and your icon!  No matter what you’re good at, there’s something for you to do to let everyone know how much you love Cass!

"Everyone experiences tragedy. Tim. Bruce. You and me. It’s not about the city. It’s about how you choose to see the world. Everything else is just an excuse."

This appreciation month is being coordinated through In the Name of Cassandra Cain.  This blog is completely dedicated to Cass, and will host a contest during July with prizes for seven different categories of fanworks!

We do ask that if you will be participating in Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month, that you follow some simple guidelines:

  • Don’t post/reblog/support sexist, racist, ableist, or otherwise offensive material under the premise of helping Cass’s cause.  Cass wouldn’t support that kind of behavior, and neither should you.
  • Don’t character-bash.  There’s a strong difference between pointing out meta differences in characters or in characters’ treatment in fandom and hating on a character you don’t like under the premise of defending Cass.  Focus on Cass, not other characters.
  • Please use tags for all potentially triggering material, especially in your fanworks.  While certain materials may not bother you, they could potentially cause very unsafe feelings in others.  Tags include, but are not limited to:
    • NSFW
    • Racism
    • Sexism
    • Ableism
    • Gifs/Flashing
    • Blood/Gore
    • Death
    • Abuse
    • Rape (please note that dub-con and non-con should be explicitly tagged with this)
    • Nudity
    • Sexual Content

The main tag for this event will be #casscainappreciationmonth, but some other tags you can use here or on other social media and fandom outlets include:

#celebratingcasscain

#cassforlife

#cassisbatfamilytoo

#bringbackcass

Please reblog this post to spread awareness of the celebration!  Let others know that you stand with Cass!

(Reblogged from inthenameofcassandracain)

kyrax2:

operationbatgirlinc:

kyrax2:

duss005:

duss005:

i have a feeling a lot of people wont like this direction for her mask, but i wanted to keep it simple, avoiding the domino mask for now being i feel its more Bat-family oriented. I dont believe she’s under the bat group yet at this point, though, I could be wrong. Here’s hoping DC will use this design down the road.

i also should mention she shouldn’t really be this shiny.. my computer coloring skills are pretty limited and this is the only way i know how to color sketches. i like matte finishes a lot.

I love it!  I think the mask is perfect.  I think the whole thing is perfect!

Damn, but those purple boots/gloves are going to be a bitch to find/make, though…

Cosplay thoughts:

Belt base: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hot-Mens-Womens-Stylish-Candy-Colors-Silicone-Placstic-belt-Lowest-price-US-LO/390680461022?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222006%26algo%3DSIC.FITP%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140107083349%26meid%3D4995350052101395194%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D20140107083349%26rk%3D0%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D130907151792 (comes in purple) 

Pouches: They look to be hard plastic, so the same spray paint as the boots for this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qey4TJSNbOA

Boots: Source one, or smaller sizes (then spray paint). You can also make them using this.

Gloves: These look good. (I figure the tops can be ridged using this tutorial, if so desired.)

Cape: http://diyfashion.about.com/od/costumes/ss/Make_a_Cape.htm

My suggestion would be to take the same fabric as the cape and use it to make the shoulder stripe and the base for the leg belt, though both can be done with the utility belt base above if so desired as well.

And then the usual bodysuit resources. Given that the stripes terminate under the arms and above the knees, though, I think that it may be better to sew up the side stripes as their own thing and then add them over the bodysuit, rather than trying to use the Berrycastle trick as done for most Steph Batgirl costumes.

Main question is the new mask. A plain black bandana may be the best way to go.

All excellent thoughts.  I love that the kid’s tabi boots link has them in my size!  I wonder how comfortable they would be to wear around a con.  Perhaps instead of painting, cover the boots with the same fabric as the cape?  That way you could ridge the fabric (in the same way as the gloves tutorial) then attach to the boots (leaving the sole free, of course).

You know, I feel like I could actually manage that mask.  Part of the reason I’ve never tried a Cassandra costume (despite being the right height, if not the right build) is that I couldn’t bear the thought of a completely face-covering mask over my eyes, nose and mouth all at once.  But this doesn’t give me the heebee jeebees in the same way for some reason; maybe because it would be easy to pull down to breathe if I needed to and wouldn’t obstruct my vision.

Oh, good thoughts.

(Reblogged from kyrax2)

kyrax2:

duss005:

duss005:

i have a feeling a lot of people wont like this direction for her mask, but i wanted to keep it simple, avoiding the domino mask for now being i feel its more Bat-family oriented. I dont believe she’s under the bat group yet at this point, though, I could be wrong. Here’s hoping DC will use this design down the road.

i also should mention she shouldn’t really be this shiny.. my computer coloring skills are pretty limited and this is the only way i know how to color sketches. i like matte finishes a lot.

I love it!  I think the mask is perfect.  I think the whole thing is perfect!

Damn, but those purple boots/gloves are going to be a bitch to find/make, though…

Cosplay thoughts:

Belt base: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hot-Mens-Womens-Stylish-Candy-Colors-Silicone-Placstic-belt-Lowest-price-US-LO/390680461022?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222006%26algo%3DSIC.FITP%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140107083349%26meid%3D4995350052101395194%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D20140107083349%26rk%3D0%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D130907151792 (comes in purple) 

Pouches: They look to be hard plastic, so the same spray paint as the boots for this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qey4TJSNbOA

Boots: Source one, or smaller sizes (then spray paint). You can also make them using this.

Gloves: These look good. (I figure the tops can be ridged using this tutorial, if so desired.)

Cape: http://diyfashion.about.com/od/costumes/ss/Make_a_Cape.htm

My suggestion would be to take the same fabric as the cape and use it to make the shoulder stripe and the base for the leg belt, though both can be done with the utility belt base above if so desired as well.

And then the usual bodysuit resources. Given that the stripes terminate under the arms and above the knees, though, I think that it may be better to sew up the side stripes as their own thing and then add them over the bodysuit, rather than trying to use the Berrycastle trick as done for most Steph Batgirl costumes.

Main question is the new mask. A plain black bandana may be the best way to go.

(Reblogged from kyrax2)

"The only variable you can control is yourself. You can forget who you are, or you can be who you want to be. That’s why you stay. You stay for a second chance.”

(Source: eliestarr)

(Reblogged from cassandracaindesiresstuff)

Costrader submitted:

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Thank you! <3

Bryce

Yeah, we can do that! It definitely looks like a really good resource site, and we’d love to see it succeed. Best of luck!

andontillmorning said: Loved your "Cheap and Easy" Black Bat cosplay post. Super helpful! I was wondering if you have any suggestions for a Cassandra Cain Batgirl outfit--what materials to use for a breatheable full face mask, where to buy a good utility belt, etc. Thank so much!

Thank you!

I (DaggerPen) actually have a comprehensive Cass Batgirl outfit tutorial here! I changed the cape in my final version using a cape I bought at the Ren Faire, and hence suggest using a totally different cape method (look for a good semicircle pattern and be prepared to use a whole lotta fabric), but the rest has worked out perfectly for me.

Now that all is said and done, I do suggest that you do a separate neckpiece for the cape, making kind of a yoke thing in two halves shaped for your neck and shoulders with a bit of seam allowance, and then stitch it up and turn it inside-out. Then attach the cape bottom to the yoke, ideally using velcro so that it’ll pop off instead of ripping if it gets snagged on something, and use velcro to attach your neckpiece to your fabric to take some of the weight off your neck if need be.

(Reblogged from bigolefangirl)

A Victory, and Battles Still to be Fought

So, NYCC is over, and with that, the question becomes - what becomes of Operation Batgirl Inc now?

We got, in general, a pretty good turnout at the con. We had at least one Stephwing, one Spoiler (who I believe was Robin Steph on another day), one Princess Batgirl from the final issue of Steph’s Batgirl run, three Steph Batgirls, two Cassandra Batgirls, and three Black Bats. I did not spot any Oracles, alas, but I’m sure there were ones I missed. So in terms of con turnout? We’re going pretty damn strong. I am not certain how many of these cosplayers were inspired by us specifically, but really, as long as they show up and ask questions, it doesn’t matter. Our cause remains strong.

And in terms of changes at DC itself?

Well.

Stephanie Brown is coming back. As Spoiler, yes, but that’s a fine identity, and the one we all figured she would have in her eventual return anyway.

Snyder, in his announcement of Batman Eternal, credited the vocal fans of Stephanie Brown for her return. He personally invited Kyrax2 (who in turn invited me) to come up to the mic and ask the infamous question - is Stephanie Brown coming back? And at last, the answer was yes. Yes, she is.

After two years of vague promises and incessant questions, after abrupt replacements and baffling recolorings, Stephanie Brown is back.

This is a major victory.

But at the same time, our fight is not yet done. The representation of women in DC Comics retains many problems. And Cassandra Cain, just as near and dear to our hearts, has not yet returned. Creators have sworn to try to bring her, too, back in the wake of this announcement, but it is up to us to keep the demand up. It is up to us to keep asking the hard questions, to keep demanding DC do better.

There is still much to fight for. But we stand here today victorious, and this victory will pave the way for so many others.

And end to Operation Batgirl Inc? I don’t think so. If anything, this is just the beginning of our victories.

After all

It’s only the end if you want it to be.

Steph, Cass, and Oracle cosplayers! Let’s meet up for a photoshoot on Saturday near the DC Superman 75 years exhibit at 1:30!

NYCC SCHEDULE!

fjdesanto:

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So hey, you want #CYBORG009? Want it signed? Well, here is my New York Comic-Con signing schedule at the BOOM!/Archaia booth (#1344):

Th, 10/10

3-4 p.m.

Fr, 10/11

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

1:30-3 p.m.

Sa, 10/12

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Su, 10/13

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

So come on by!!

(Reblogged from marcusto)