Behind Ordinary Batman Adventures, an extraordinary artist
There’s nothing ordinary about Batman.
Brooding, bitter, and brilliant, he is the existential everyman—if only every man were a twisted, driven orphan who turned to crime-fighting as a way of striking back against a world of darkness arrayed against a fragile, flickering light.
Freelance illustrator and artist Sarah Johnson, 25, knows Batman well. In her Ordinary Batman series, she humanizes the Dark Knight without diminishing him. He may be pictured scooping out the litterbox, but hey, making the world a better place comes in all kinds of forms.
“Ordinary Batman Adventures began as a simple break from some very tedious freelance animation I was working on,” recalled Johnson, a self-described “small town country girl from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,” who graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Film & Animation. “Working from home and not always have a gig going on means I get to catch up on all the great TV shows I never had time to watch growing up. That included watching every episode of every animated series of Batman.
“I’d been a Batman fan growing up, but finally getting to see the cartoons in all their continuity and glory really sucked me into the world.”