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Oracle by Rahzzah Oracle by Rahzzah
Via Jill Pantozzi’s [link]

“It’s official, DC has decided to reboot Oracle back to being Batgirl. This is a pretty crushing blow to disabled superhero comic fans, and those who support them.

It’s safe to say DC’s news of turning Barbara Gordon’s Oracle back into her previous persona of Batgirl has rattled a few cages. Mine for one. But the great thing coming out of this distressing turn of events is the visibility it’s giving to the physically challenged. Now one artist is calling you to arms to help keep that exposure going.

Much like the Adam Hughes commission above which shows Oracle in all her glory, artist Elena Barbarich, known as Yamino online, is suggesting any and all artists get their preferred tools out to illustrate Ms. Gordon in her chair. Yamino writes on her Tumblr, “I think we should do a big Oracle Draw-a-thon, to support visibility for disabled characters in mainstream comics, and comics in general. Heck, it doesn’t have to be just visual art. How about an Oracle Create-a-Thon? Whatever it is you do, fanart, fanfic, music, sculpture, cakes…. let’s do it!”

Yamino, creator of the webcomics Sister Claire and Nightingale, wants some help reaching out and organizing and since I know a few people who know a few people, I figured I could help out a bit. Feel free to send your creativity to me to post on my Tumblr (you can leave a link here or email me at nerdybirdcontest@gmail.com and spread the word to artists everywhere”

the idea of this particular re-boot doesn’t vibe with me at.all.

I don’t care when they want to change a characters origin, make them younger, make them “edgier”,give them a lame 90’s jacket with rolled up sleves… hell,give them an ass-ton of Liefeld pouches, I don’t really care…comics have always been an ever fluid,ever changing,often convoluted medium..

but to take this particular character,one who really does stand for something in the hearts of people with disabilities, (and frankly a character that doesn’t HAVE to be Bat-Girl in that same way that Bat-Man pretty much HAS to be Bat-Man or Steve Rogers HAs to be Captain America in the eyes of most fans)..to take that character and pretty much throw out what,at least in my mind, establishes and shaped the true hero shes become just for the sake of “shakin things up” is bullshit

I totally understand that D.C. isn’t setting out to be disrespectful or insensative, but I think that’s exactly what it is…

so yeah, I hope any of you fellow artists out there who come across this also contribute something
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:icontheunbrilliant:
theunbrilliant Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is amazing 
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
thanks!
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:iconrfvrfvrfv09:
rfvrfvrfv09 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Filmographer
Such a great composition. Now I'm tottaly in love with your works! :D
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
thanks!

nice Hank icon
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paco850 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I know this is old,but I am just finding it and it is a stellar piece of work.  Story, personality, purpose, all are evident.  It's one of your best.
good luck to you
jw
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
thanks man!
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:iconkaith-sith:
Kaith-Sith Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
God this is good. I didn't like her changing but eh what can you do.

Heck its like the whole Crisis is just an excuse to reboot what happen post zero hour and whatever else they did previous in DC comics. Some changes were good but a lot were bad.

Btw this is the best Oracle I have ever seen in my life.
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
thank you kindly 
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SilvaInk Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Oops by the way, amazing piece of art!
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
thank you
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SilvaInk Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I didn't know about this! That really sucks. I think she's an amazing role model! Shame to lose a disabled member of the comics.
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ShallowPoolTheWolf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student
It's such a shame that DC decided to turn Babs back into batgirl. She was great at Oracle! And the fact that they got rid of Steph as well isn't that appealing.

But this is amazing work! Love the shadows!
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
thanks man
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:iconadmiraljpal:
admiraljpal Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
You have some great artwork on your site, but this is by far my favorite.
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
thanks
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:icondanny-ded:
DANNY-DED Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Just few words, I love this character, I love this work! ;)
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
thank you

(even fewer words! BOOM!! IN YO FACE!!!)
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:iconkatiedanger:
katiedanger Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Would love to see this as a print.
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CraftyVivi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
No! I love her most as Oracle! I'm a former special educator so I always had pictures of her and her wheelchair in my classroom.
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FabianFriethjoph Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not sure if you gave permission or even made it as comission, but I found it used somewhere on the internet: [link]
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
thanks for the heads-up!
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FabianFriethjoph Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
rp np - we all should fight copytheft.
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Idud Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
I'm not disabled at all and I totally agree with you! Oracle was always an admirable character. I recently picked up the "new 52" Batgirl #1 and was disappointed to realize that in this particular comic, Barbara has flashbacks to when she was disabled. I was like "WHAAAAAAA? HOW CAN THIS BE?" It's a bad move on DC's part. I get it I suppose. But still, I'm not down with it at all.
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wewereborn2run Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous work. Oracle is one of my faves, and I too am saddened to learn that they are putting Barbara back in the batgirl suit..but comics always change I suppose.
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Rahzzah Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
yeah..it's best to think of comics as one story retold over and over again by different people..like the game "Whisper Down the Alley"...some events get forgotten..some events get embellished..some are forgotten..some are just made up..
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fuzuki-japan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oh really a fantastic one , I do like it !
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
thank you :)
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WolfsbanesEgo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
I can't say I'm entirely happy with them turning Babs back into Batgirl, but they've also said they aren't really taking away her history. In the reboot, she was still Oracle. And they've got a writer doing the series who wrote Babs as Oracle a lot. So, as unhappy as I am with the idea, I'm waiting to judge.

In fact...the Bat family is getting almost no changes to their origin if I've been reading interviews correctly (mostly the Superman family gets the changes). They just decided to make the announcement of what's happening between ending all current series and starting up the new ones early, causing all this ruckus. I bet if they had done it in-comic, without a reboot, and we already knew how it was being done, the response to the concept would be entirely different.
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
yeah, I'm not happy with the idea..but I trust Gail
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WolfsbanesEgo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
And also, I'm a jerk and forgot to say how absolutely awesome this picture is. It immediately went as my background on my computer. I love the color use and the lightning from the computer
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yellowis4happy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student General Artist
I love the lighting!

So is it official, then, that it's not just a "Babs as Batgirl" series and is actually a "Babs goes back to being Batgirl" series? Because it seems odd to me that they would totally switch her back, after they made such a big deal out of giving Stephanie her own series.
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Woerlan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Barbara Gordon helped more people in her first year as Oracle than she did in her entire career as Batgirl.

And that's all I have to say.
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
well said
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:iconthatdumbgirl:
thatdumbgirl Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I completely agree with your comment.
And this was done very nicely. I absolutely love it.

:heart:
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
thanks
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:iconthatdumbgirl:
thatdumbgirl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconloveloveplz:
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
:)
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:iconkamico:
Kamico Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Looks good, i like the batsymble in the hair.
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:iconkluyten:
kluyten Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
sweet
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:iconrally927:
Rally927 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Love this, as well as your comments about the situation. Any chance of this larger for wallpaper purposes?
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
fixed to allow download now...wallpaper away!
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:iconrally927:
Rally927 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
thanks so much!
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:iconherztod:
Herztod Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
It's a picture of true power. She took what life handed her and made the very best out of it.
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
word
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:iconkheirou-cdi:
kheirou-cdi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
great work, love it
how did you paint that?
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
all digital..Photoshop CS3 and a Wacom
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:iconkheirou-cdi:
kheirou-cdi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
thanks i'm kind of an amateur
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:iconrahulujjal:
RahulUjjal Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
great work, i like the little bat hair clip touch...
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:iconrahzzah:
Rahzzah Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
thanks..I was going to put the symbol in the coffee but I figured it would take to long :)
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:iconrahulujjal:
RahulUjjal Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
yeah it would have, and i think it would have been a bit more exaggerated. subtle hints are better.
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