-Posts following this one will be titled in this format:
[Medium]: [Issue/Episode #], ["Batman Story Title(s)"]
And each post will be headed with:
[Date of Publication] (all dates US)
[Studio/Publisher] (to avoid redundancy, unless otherwise noted comics are published by DC)
[Author(s)] (in the general sense--for comics this will include illustrators, films and television will include directors and screenwriters, and )
[Cast] (not for comics, obviously)
Followed by a brief summary of the work, followed by my analysis. Anything containing multiple storylines (like the Batman comic, which anthologizes several in each issue for many years) will be in one post but separated out.
-Any non-Batman posts will be have a [METAPOST] label in front of them. Feel free to skip them. (This is a practice I'm sure many people do, but I picked it up from Josh Fruhlinger over at the Comics Curmudgeon.)
-The update schedule of this blog... I'd like to say it will be daily, but more likely it'll go in fits and starts--I'll end up writing nothing for four days and then reading and posting about 5 comics in one afternoon. I will do my best to keep things consistent, but I promise nothing.
-The list on the right side of this blog will show which Batman items are coming up next in the queue.
-All Batman-related posts will probably involve screen-grabs of certain pages, panels, or shots; all of them belong to their respective copyright holders, and I borrow them (sparingly) to discuss and elucidate their work in a way which I hope will encourage others to purchase the quoted works.
-I am indebted in my analysis to Scott McCloud for forming the bedrock of my comics interpretation skills, to Roger Ebert and the University of Southern California for forming the basis of my visual arts education, and of course to the many many writers and artists who invented and reinvented Batman over the years, creating this vast fund of creativity and entertainment on which I am now about to draw. I could not possibly thank you enough.