Following within the grand custom of Batman Black and White, Harley Quinn put her personal delightfully twisted spin on the restricted colour idea final yr within the DC Black Label anthology collection Harley Quinn Black + White + Crimson. Creators together with Harleen author and artist Stjepan Šejić, Mirka Andolfo, Erica Henderson, Jordie Bellaire, plus veteran Harley creators like Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin and Sam Humphries all contributed memorable quick tales in stark black and white accompanied by beneficiant splashes of purple.
Harley Quinn Black + White + Crimson is out now in a collected version, which incorporates two never-before-seen tales solely obtainable on this format, courtesy of some somewhat high-profile inventive groups: “Eight Nights of Harlequin” by Veep showrunner David Mandel and famous person artist Adam Hughes, and “Harleen’s Half Dozen (Plus One)” by Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini and fellow Batman: The Animated Sequence alumni Kevin Altieri.
Longtime pals Dini and Mandel talked to DC Nation about their contributions to the collection and the enduring, ever-evolving versatility of Harley Quinn.
The 2 of you go fairly a methods again. How lengthy have the 2 of you been pals?
Paul Dini: I used to be sneaking onto the Seinfeld set one night time and David stored me from being shot by safety guards.
David Mandel: I moved out to LA in ’95, and I went to work on Seinfeld. I feel (we met) that yr or later that yr.
Each of your contributions to the anthology have a vacation theme. What are you able to share about how these quick tales developed?
Dini: My story is a caper and people are all the way down to being deliberate in intricate element. It’s Harley and a gaggle of feminine criminals pulling a heist. It was all a matter of becoming the puzzle items collectively, with Harley because the screwball chief of the gang. The plan shouldn’t have labored, as a result of she’s simply too wild, nevertheless it does. Or…it really works effectively sufficient.
Mandel: They requested me to do a vacation story and I assumed I’d do a Hanukkah story, as a result of these are few and much between. I figured, who higher to clarify Hanukkah than Harley? In speaking to Paul, he jogged my memory that she’s half-Jewish and as soon as I had that, I used to be off to the races. As everyone knows, nothing says the vacations like a great Hanukkah story in June.
Folks would possibly by accident learn my story whereas they’re Adam’s artwork.
David, you bought all of Adam’s unique artwork from this story, right?
Mandel: I kinda needed to do it. As soon as I noticed the primary web page or two, it was similar to, oh man, I gotta get this. To have an entire story, in order that I can web page by means of the artwork the best way you get to web page by means of the comedian—that’s fairly cool.
Paul, did you provide you with the concept after which attain out to Kevin, or did you go to him proper from the get go?
Dini: I got here up with the concept first after which I used to be considering, “Boy, it might be actually nice to work with anyone from the animated collection on it.” Kevin has such a manic edge to him. He attracts Harley nice, he understands terrific animation and he actually obtained the animated sense that I used to be going for. It was like his storyboards again within the day. It had that type of power. He was capable of take it to a special stage.
There are occasions once I’ll write a comic book ebook script and I’ll go, “Nicely, I’ll want eight panels on this web page, and it’d make it a bit clunky, however perhaps they’ll match the whole lot in.” Kevin stated, “I minimize this and this, and put the whole lot on this one panel…” Nice. That’s sensible. He made it sing very well. The intent and humor of the whole lot I used to be going for was all there.
Paul, you should be somewhat far by means of the wanting glass of seeing totally different variations of Harley Quinn because the character debuted, nevertheless it nonetheless feels notable to see her headline a collection like this. After Batman, Harley was the primary character to star in a Black and White-type anthology at DC. What’s it wish to see Harley stand as much as such a reinvention and reinterpretation?
Dini: It’s gratifying to know that there’s a sure spark that’s at all times been with the character—“I can take something and maintain going.” A type of daffy optimism combined with this actual reckless facet of her that individuals reply to, particularly creators. They’ll do a darker Harley story after which they’ll do one thing that’s simply excessive and it at all times appears to work.
Mandel: Once I first began enthusiastic about what to do, simply the notion of “which Harley?” was form of wild as a result of there are only a few characters that exist in so many alternative methods and but are the identical. You are able to do one thing set extra within the animated world. You may embrace the present model. The place I obtained to was, it’s a sensible however cartoony story. It labored in a bizarre method. It was actually fascinating that she permits all of that.
The Harley Quinn Black + White + Crimson collected version, that includes nineteen tales together with “Eight Nights of Harlequin” by David Mandel and Adam Hughes and “Harleen’s Half Dozen (Plus One)” by Paul Dini and Kevin Altieri, is now obtainable in each print and as a digital assortment.