After spending a long winter break back home in the central valley, nothing says, “Welcome back to San Francisco!” quite like spending a Friday night at the “Batman on Robin” homoerotic art show.

Sure, not everyone ships Batman and Robin. That’s totally okay! But try to tell me slash fiction isn’t a huge part of nerd culture, and I’ll tell you what it was like be crammed inside Mission: Comics & Arts with nearly 300+ people enjoying raunchy recreations of Batman and his Boy Wonder. (It was cramped and stuffy, but also kind of amazing).

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Hundreds of Batman and Robin fans attend the art gallery’s opening night at Mission: Comics & Art.

To celebrate the opening night of this gallery and all its naughty wonder, wine and bat-cookies were served and some of the contributing artists did readings of their comic book-style pieces. One contributor, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, read some Batman and Robin poetry as well!

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Baruch Porras-Hernandez asks the audience to take a deep breath to settle down before he begins reading his Batman and Robin poetry.

There were a few Robins in attendance, including Agnes Czaja, who read her comic strip in which Batman and Robin succumb to Poison Ivy’s “hormone pollen,” and the only cure is to enthusiastically work out their sexual tension.

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Agnes Czaja reads her work as Robin with the help of Rick Worley, reading as Batman.

Arguably the most popular attendees were a barely dressed dynamic duo who, upon entering the gallery, were immediately asked for photographs. Who wouldn’t want a picture with these guys?

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Dynamic Duo Chuck Beaver (Robin) and Jay Wagner (Batman) take time off from fighting crime to visit the art gallery.

It would be irresponsible of me to say that there is something for everyone in this gallery. Just ask contributing artist Justin Hall, who once gave a reading of his graphic Batman and Robin fantasy at another bookstore, only to have a mother and her two young children walk in while it was in full swing. But while this gallery isn’t the most family friendly affair, there is variety for folks with different tastes. If anatomical close-ups aren’t your thing, you might still want to check out the adorable works of Mari Naomi and Ellen Wang, and the beautiful tattoo art of Stephen Sadowski.

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Tattoo art by Stephen Sadowski.

So if you’re in the San Francisco area, head down to Mission: Comics & Art for the racy, romantic, and sweet imaginings of the most talented Batman/Robin shippers around. The gallery will be on display until March 3.

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