DC celebrates 25 years of Harley Quinn with Paul Dini signing event


DC will celebrate 25 years of Harley Quinn with a Paul Dini signing event.

Whoever knew a squeaky-voiced sidekick of the Joker’s would become one of the most iconic villains in Batman’s rogues gallery. Yes, Harley Quinn celebrates 25 years! It’s hard to believe that a quarter of a century has passed since the introduction of this character.

To celebrate this monumental event, DC will be holding a special event. On Saturday, September 23, 2017, her co-creator, Paul Dini, will be at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles signing his new book: Harley Quinn: A Celebration of 25 years.

From DC Comics, here’s the official synopsis of the book, which will be released on September 19, 2017.

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"From her animated adventures to her bloody stint in the Suicide Squad, HARLEY QUINN: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS captures the greatest comic book moments of the Joker’s main moll, brought to life by industry legends Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Jim Lee, Jeph Loeb, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Karl Kesel, Terry Dodson and more!The true embodiment of the phrase “madly in love,” Harley Quinn may be stark, raving, cuckoo-pants crazy, but she is a woman who stands by her man. Filled with an inexplicable devotion to Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, she’s the Clown Prince of Crime’s most loyal companion.But while her monstrous “Mistah J” may have led her to a life of crime, he also brought her comic book superstardom! It’s been 25 years since she made her debut, but Harley Quinn’s popularity continues to grow, spreading from animation to comic books to video games to live-action feature films, with no sign of slowing down.Collects BATMAN ADVENTURES ANNUAL #1; BATMAN ADVENTURES HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1; BATGIRL ADVENTURES #1; BATMAN ADVENTURES #3; BATMAN ADVENTURES #16; BATMAN/HARLEY QUINN #1; HARLEY QUINN #1, #25; HARLEY AND IVY: LOVE ON THE LAM; BATMAN #613; JOKER’S ASYLUM II: HARLEY QUINN #1; SUICIDE SQUAD (vol. 3) #6-7; HARLEY QUINN (vol. 2) #2; HARLEY’S LITTLE BACK BOOK #1; and SUICIDE SQUAD (vol. 4) #4."

Created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, Harley Quinn exploded onto the scene in Batman: The Animated Series‘ “Joker’s Favor” episode in September 1992. Dini created the character specifically for actress Arleen Sorkin, a longtime friend. He went as far as incorporating Sorkin’s traits into the character.

Harley Quinn was a hit with the audience, and the character soon made multiple appearances throughout the show’s run. She would later appear in the comics (one of the rare DC characters to make her debut outside of comics) in the Batman: The Animated Series-inspired The Batman Adventures #12 (September 1993).

Throughout the years, the character appeared across various media: live-action television, animation, toys, and video games. She would make her live-action silver screen debut in Suicide Squad (2016) with the role played by Margot Robbie — who embodied it perfectly.

Harley Quinn continues to be one of the most popular DC characters and there are no signs of her fame waning in any way. Margot Robbie is set to reprise her role as the character in the DC Extended Universe’s Gotham City Sirens which is currently in development.

Here are further details for the event:

WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 5:00 p.m. PST

WHERE: Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Next: SDCC 2017: Interview with Paul Dini and Marc Andreyko

Paul Dini started his career writing Filmation scripts. The most notable during that time was for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He would later write for other famous 1980s era cartoons: TransformersG.I. Joe, and Jem.

In 1989, Dini worked on Tiny Toon Adventures at Warner Bros. Animation. In a matter of a few years, he joined Batman: The Animated Series. It was here that he and Bruce Timm created one of DC’s most famous and enduring characters — Harley Quinn.

Dini would also later move into the realm of comics and introduce Harley Quinn into that medium. In 2006, Dini became the writer for Detective Comics starting in #821. The same year, Dini started work on Zatanna and Black Canary, a hardcover graphic novel.

Dini would return to the animated realm for Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Venturing into new territory, Dini then wrote for the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum video game.

Dini is also the creator of Tower Prep. Though it aired on the Cartoon Network, it was a live-action series centered around an exclusive prep school where the attendees had special abilities.