IMAGE: Storyboard Intro to Batman the Animated Series by Bruce Timm
Episodes: Cat Scratch Fever + Tyger, Tyger
April M. Aguillard is a self-professed pop culture nerd and straight up Philly girl who enjoys her own wit and sarcasm. April spends her time swigging booze and avoiding the dozens of script outlines on her hard drive instead of actually writing something beyond her Matlock/Murder She Wrote cross-over, old people-kink, smutty fanfiction. When she’s not spending time being weird on her own, she gets weird with the fine folks of Philly Comix Jam where she has contributed to several zine publications including a drunkenly conceived comic strip about fruit for The City Paper comics edition, 2009. She occasionally posts inane nonsense here tumblr and here twitter.
- Madcaps, Screwballs, and Con Women: The Female Trickster in American Culture, Lori Landy
- Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of the Feline Fatale, Tim Hanley
- Catwoman: The Life and Times of a Feline Fatale, Special Ed., Suzan Colon
- Batman Ego and Other Tails, Darwyn Cooke et. All (ISBN: 978-1-4012-1529-3)
- Modern Masters Volume 3: Bruce Timm (ISBN: 1-89305-30-6)
This event is FREE and open to the public and will take place in The Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia.
The Rewatch is a cultural phenomenon unique to television viewers of today. Prevalent primarily due to the accessibility of our netflix accounts and streaming internet. This lecture series is now in it’s third iteration which takes the rewatch, slows it down, highlighting specific episodes with a lecture and roundtable discussion. The Rewatch is meant to further critique and appreciate television for its ability to tell a story figuratively in a way which creates a portrait of American culture, time and place. Previously we have covered Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica. For the third installment we are excited to dive into Batman: The Animated Series. The lecturers range in backgrounds of expertise from art, history, writing, television and pop culture. We are happy to welcome back April Aguillard, Ann Cornell, Derek Jones and Jonathan McCabe.
Batman: The Animated Series aired weekdays on Fox Kids from 1992 to 1995. It is arguably one of the best animated television series to come out of American 90’s television. The series follows Bruce Wayne as Batman on episodic adventures chasing villains whom encompass complex psychological origin stories often paralleling Batman’s own PTSD originating with the murder of his parents at the age of twelve. The film noir aesthetics of the series reflect the psychologically dark narratives.
Each lecturer for the Rewatch are asked to select one to three episodes which support their lecture along with supplementary reading material for those who want to further engage with the topics of the lecture. Following the lecture we screen the select episodes and conclude the event with a 45 minute roundtable discussion. The roundtable discussions are split between topics where each lecturer including the moderator disclose in depth knowledge pertaining to the screened episode(s). At present, the focus of our discussions are as listed; animation, duality, mental illness and Gotham City landscape. We reserve the right to get really excited during the Rewatch and potentially add one or two more roundtable topics.
Cosplay is not only welcome, but encouraged. We will be screening the series in order of Seasons 1-4 as laid out through Amazon Prime.
Beth Heinly will be moderator of each event. Heinly is a multi-disciplinary artist honing the mediums of performance art, cosplay and comics. You can read her weekly journal comic on theartblog.org every Monday at 3pm entitled “The 3:00 Book”. Heinly’s artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout Philadelphia, once in Portland, OR, London and Paris, France. More of her artwork, comics and cosplays can be viewed on her website/blogs; domesticwildcatrefuge.com (an internet art website), the3oclockbook.tumblr.com and cosplaynhoes.tumblr.com. You can also follow her on instagram @bertheiny where she will be sharing select screenshots from her BTAS rewatching.