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27 July 2006 @ 09:03 pm
F.A.Q. Memories  



This is the F.A.Q. Memories Post
It includes every question frequently asked in our community, and is especially recommended for new members.

This version of the F.A.Q. is a rough draft. It is expected to go through many changes. This list is regulary updated, but please let me know if I missed an entry. Thank you!

[LAST UPDATE: 2007.08.29]


Cosplay: How do I get the Harley make-up right?
plastic_scars, who has completed a two and a half year cosmetology training program specializing in makeup, and fair_juliet, who piles on stage makeup, answer your question here.

Cosplay: Where can I get a Harley or Joker costume?
Considering that the Joker costume is pretty elaborate and that Harley's is a tight fit, the best way to spend your money is to invest in a seamstress. However, if quality isn't a matter to you, here are some webstores that carry replicas:

Halloween Costumes For You [Harley Costume, 54$, XS, S, M]
Rubies [Harley Costume, 54$, XS, S, M]

You can also check
Joker Cosplay 101, by oryon (who is also a costume maker and would be glad to help you).
Cosplaying the Joker: a guide by themadpuppy.
[NEW]The Complete Tutorial To Find The Lycra Harley Costume by themadpuppy.
[NEW]A Study Of Harley Costumes by pen_romantic

Trivia: What is in the Joker Venom?
Other than the information listed on Wikipedia, bluepickle, a CPhT, certified as a pharmacy tech:

The way I seem to figure it, the toxin has a limited strength - the gas form usually is not fatal while the concentrated liquid form is almost immediately lethal. It seems to make the most sense to me that way. One formula that easily can kill with overdose (whereas water, on the other hand, requires quite a lot of exposure to be killed by). The reason there is no "cure" is because the products are not able to be passified. Like, if you get H2SO4 on you, your skin's gone there. Or, if a person swallows Draino - there is NO coming back. No cure; no time. The reaction of chemical to physiology is instant. This is substantiated as a hypothesis as Joker's victims react immediately to the toxin.

As for the reactions and effects of the toxin, many illustrators have depicted the victims with clenched/clawed hands and stuff. This indicates the poison affects the muscular or neurological system, causing all muscles in the body to tighten (including the face, causing a "smile"). In the non-lethal light/gas forms, Joker probably dillutes the poison with a shitload of ...whassit, NO2? Nitrogen Oxide? Laughing gas. Absolute BUCKETS of concentrated laughing gas with, say, 2% Joker Toxin Chemical X. That would cause the uncontrolled laughter (emphesized by the person's adrenelin and, well, nervous terror) and the tightening of the facial muscles.

If we are to take some of the animated Batman continuity into account, in MotPh the one guy in the hospital it being heavilly sedated. It may be possible to save a victim's life if they are calmed sufficently and the toxin runs its course - possibly hooking the patient to a blood filter of some sort to facilitate the removal of the poison. Because the poison is so highly toxic in small quantities, a victim of the more pure/concentrated liquid form are without hope of treatment while someone gassed has a sliver-hope of survival.



Trivia: What is Harley's accent?
From fair_juliet, who gets paid to mimic accents:

Once and for all - it is NOT a southern accent. I only say this because a lot of people have wondered the same thing.

I'm from New Jersey, (no I don't speak like Harley and it's not JOISEY), and I'd say it's even more of a Long Island accent. It's a nasel dialect mostly associated with some Italians and Jews in regions like New York and New Jersey. It's also an accent playing off the gangster molls of the 30's and 40's as Arleen has said. The higher your voice is the dummer you are, the happier your gangster is. if he wanted smart he'd go home to his wife. She actually mentioned Adelaide from the musical, "Guys and Dolls" as an inspiration.

If you could hear a SOUTHERN accent (georgia, kentucky, louisiana) and then hear Harley's they would not sound anything alike. Slight bit of trivia, some southern dialects actually sound closer to English accents. But if you watch a show like "The Nanny" (New York/Long Island area), you'll start to hear Harley's accent and mannerisms sound much more like that.
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Trivia: Is there a manifesto on JHQ?
Yup! It is called Mad Love (what else?) and written by juliejordan for ship_manifesto. You can find it here.

Trivia: When was Harley Quinn's first appearence?
Harley Quinn first appeared in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Favor" (episode #22, original airdate: September 11, 1992).

THE BIG QUESTION: Does the Joker even love Harley?
That, my friend, is strictly your opinion, and the very reason of this community existence. Of course, since we're on the 'shipping side, we'll claim that he does, and held every scrap of information indicating towards this as Gold Truth. But, if you want official answers, here they are:

"He loves her as much as he can. He loves her in his way." -Paul Dini, Harley Quinn's creator.

"Expressing emotion in any way that's real and meaningful is alien to the Joker, but he's learning those parts of himself, however unconsciously, through Harley." -Mark Hamill, voice of animated Joker.

"Everyone else sees the Joker laugh; only Harley has ever seen him cry." -Arleen Sorkin, voice of Harley and basis for the character.
 
 
 
Youth and Beauty Brigade: Abe/Kroenenviciousbleu on July 28th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
I'd add "Where can I get a costume?" (A few commercial companies will release some this year but I forgot the names. For the best outfit, hire a seamstress.)

And "When did Harley first show up ever?" (B:TAS "Joker's Favor", she wasn't his girlfriend then though or at least not the way we know. She was there to make the Joker not seem 'gay'. I'd find the interview where Bruce explains that bit to link.)

And most importantly "Does the Joker love Harley?" If you find Timm or Dini's quote that he does love her in her own way, that's perfect.

You know, add more to those with your writers flair but cover a few basics for those three people in the world that don't Wiki.
TheMadPuppy: Alex Ross Jokerthemadpuppy on July 28th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. That's what I hoped for when I said it was a rough draft..."People, help me complete it! What is missing?" So thank you ♥. Because, quite true, these three come up mightily often. And you made me laugh until my ribs cracked with "those three people that don't Wiki". XD

Oh well. I'll work on that after the fanfiction and video memories...can someone ask the question again so someone else do the entire research and I'll only have to copy/paste? *wishful thinking, I know*.

Youth and Beauty Brigade: Batman: Mviciousbleu on July 28th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Because I love you so much:

Where can I get a Harley or Joker costume?
Most websites carry Joker cotumes and a Google search should find one that suits you. Rubies Costumes has a Harley Quinn outfit that you can find on Amazon but if you're looking to have a high quality costume, invest in a seamstress.

When was Harley Quinn's first appearence?
Harley Quinn first appeared in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Favor" (episode #22, original airdate: September 11, 1992).

Does the Joker even love Harley?
"He loves her as much as he can. He loves her in his way." Paul Dini, Harley Quinn's creator!

"Expressing emotion in any way that's real and meaningful is alien to the Joker, but he's learning those parts of himself, however unconsciously, through Harley." -Mark Hamill, voice of animated Joker

"Everyone else sees the Joker laugh; only Harley has ever seen him cry." -Arleen Sorkin, voice of Harley and basis for the character.
TheMadPuppy: Alex Ross Jokerthemadpuppy on July 29th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
I love you and worship the ground you walk on (m(_ _)m).

I'm going to work on the memories tomorrow. You can be sure this will be my first task.