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The Batman (Animated Series) Bible

Israel told me this week about the Writers Bible for Batman: The Animated Series, and said “you should blog about it, so we can talk about it”.

Luckily, Chris Sims did it for me.

Go read his article for an executive summary, or look at the document itself. There’s lots of pretty concept art and Bruce Timm character sketches, and short, well-spaced text that tersely puts forth how they were going to make Batman awesome:

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And We Laughed And Laughed

Via Rob Macdougall, a link to a Livejournal community of historical interest called Were they hot or not?, which could become the go-to place for finding good-looking dead people.

One of the entries there is for the actor Conrad Veidt, who played the title role in the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs. Based on a Victor Hugo melodrama, Roger Ebert described it as “so steeped in Expressionist gloom that it plays like a horror film”. The film was the inspiration for the Batman villain the Joker, and frankly, doesn’t this guy look scarier than Jack Nicholson with prosthetic cheeks?

The Man Who Laughs