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The day Jason Todd died was the day I realized that I had to be an artist.

It created an even bigger impact in my life than the Death of Superman, as Robin was more easily relatable way back then. I guess this was the equivalent of my Santa-doesn't-exist moment. I was ten years old and reading comics over my big brother's shoulder: Robin died.

Well over a decade later, Jason Todd lives again in the pages of DC Comics. While I appreciate his return, this piece is dedicated to the hot-headed boy whose untimely death cemented my love for comics.

Welcome back, Jason.
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KanoWakitashi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
So sad... :cry:
MeanderingSwamp Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Looks like you posted this back in 2008-- but I have to comment, still: I just watched Batman: Under the Red Hood after being lured by a fan. It set me to rereading Batman: Year One, and everything else Batman I had collected, during a "collect the best of" spree. There's something I find.... so strangely compelling about this arc, and this scene. I can't manage to be a real DC/Marvel fan, because the labyrinth of tangled continuity and characterization and retcons (wikis alone are enough to make the bile rise)-- but discovering A Death in the Family has reminded me why the stories and characters of Gotham are something I just can't ignore.

That blabbed-- I really love your version of this scene, particularly the colors and thick lines. There's almost a sense of stained-glass to it.
CaptainSpaceFucker Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Couldn't agree more, though I wish I didn't have to. I was shaken when I read "A Death In the Family." Thanks for keeping Todd's memory alive; you've done a great job.
RoxasIsReal13 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
cnick55 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
this is so sad
but I love it
chibilover12 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Fuc! I can't stand it when he died D< He was so badass
Marfbag Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
I've been looking for a picture to capture the emotion I felt when reading that for the first time.

This comes pretty close. D:
LightningSammie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
So beautiful and yet haunting, makes me want to cry! An amazing piece of art work.
honestcakee Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Student General Artist
I don't understand, the poll to kill him or keep him alive was 'kill' by like 70 votes, BUT EVEN SO, why would anyone want Jason dead? ;_;

BAH, this picture captures so much of the angst and hurt, it's amazing. :heart:
nanoRIGINAL Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
When the writer's announced the poll numbers, ONE, I kid you not, ONE fan rigged up a machine to dial the "kill" poll telephone number ever 90 seconds for 8 hours. It was the ONE dude that killed Jason...He gets points for figuring out how to do that in 1985
honestcakee Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Ehhhh, that was just a rumour, wasn't it? That could just be modern Jason-die-hards getting all butthurt. Idk, I think that would've made me feel better about it too lol.

(But yeah, 1985? AHAH at least the guy knows his shit)
3mesofdoom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
I love this. I'm a little young to really be connected to the classic comics, though I found a collection of Super Man comics from forty or so years ago in my grandfather's house. But this connects me to Jason Todd suddenly. I love this piece. It's beautiful, but has a meaning to it too.

I read somewhere (I believe it was <ahref="[link]">Mental_Floss magazine) that Jason was killed by the will of the readers. It was close, each side in the five thousands, but it was chosen he die. And yes, he was beaten to death with a crowbar.
GingaGirl86 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
I forgot how he died; my father said Joker did it with a crowbar, but I think he's being mean, since Robin is my favorite character.

But this is lovely, and very very VERY good. :)
Deviant-KB Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
"A Death in the Family" was one of my very first Batman comics; as a result, I was hooked for years. I sort of fell out with them, but your art makes me want to dust them up and catch up on old (and new) times. It wasn't until a few days ago that I even knew they brought him back. Not sure how I feel about that, but we'll see..

Sorry to ramble!
Daydreamings Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A very powerful piece, Jason is a great character but I only really know him as Red Hood. I'm reading Death in the Family at the moment to see his roots in the Batclan.
Squigglemania Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
<3 LOVE it
the death of Robin was a huge smack inthe face for me too :p
RapunzelsRequiem Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
This is truly a great piece. The story of Jason Todd broke my heart when I first read it, and it still aches when I think about it too much. I guess I have a thing for the angry underdog.
DJKitty-N Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
This piece is just amazing and really conveys the emotion it's supposed to. It's breathtaking and just heartbreaking.

Sad to know that Jason isn't getting the treatment he deserves anymore.
lizzbuenaventura Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! And yes, I know exactly what you mean about Jason not getting proper treatment. Sigh.
Kikane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Your colouring style is outstanding. I love how it looks so much like splattery watercolour and marker. oh gosh :heart:

Your description is very touching. I think you portrayed a lot of that emotion in the picture as well.
lizzbuenaventura Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Haven't done fanart in a while... miss it.
kingofnowhere Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Wow...this really captures so much.
I really have to go back and read A Death in the Family...
ficklegoddess Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful. The coloring, the expressions -- the poses! Everything. *favs and is in awe*
lizzbuenaventura Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! :)
Angry-Kid-Joe Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think i might just cry again. :( I miss that kid.

gorgeous work.
lizzbuenaventura Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, he's a great character... :(
mexicanboho Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
This is absolutely gorgeous <3
lizzbuenaventura Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :) i'm really pleased that you like it. :)
ADRIAN-NATION Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say: that was the same reason that make me love comics, i mean the dead of jason
Awesome work miss!!! :D
lizzbuenaventura Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. :)
LadyNilamarthiel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
I... there's something. In my eye. Um.


Jayyyyyyyy. ;____________;
lizzbuenaventura Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
*hugs* I got a bit choked up whilst coloring this piece as well... ;_;
sincerity07 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008

The piece is beautiful and symbolic.

Your explanation is awesome. I was too young to know about Jason when I finally got into comics but when I found out, over the years, what had happened, he was already back, sort of.

I love the coloring, the back ground, the splatters, the line art, and the little details--the tones on his legs.
lizzbuenaventura Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!

I highly recommend reading "A Death in the Family" if you haven't, already. The art still holds up to modern standards (though the coloring does not), and it was very well done.
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