Series Name
Season 1, Episode 13
Air date TBA / Online Release July 17, 2011
Written by AJM STUDIOS
Directed by AJM STUDIOS
Episode Guide
Gem Ruse
Paper Fight

'Growing Up In Da' Hood is the 13th episode for the AJM STUDIOS series, Batsman and Batling. It has four pages, and deals with demographics in inner city areas.


Batsman and Batling jump off a bus in the Lower South Side of Wardill. They meet some of the locals who tell Batsman and Batling of their situation. It is up to Batsman and Batling to lead these thugs off to a better future.


This episode had a political agenda which was to get people involved to know about their local city, and how class and race plays a role in the development of communities.

A lot of research was done into the development of this episode including graffiti and urban architecture. Abandonment and inner city scenes were deeply explored, and can clearly be seen in influence of the Lower South Sides design. Some influences came from the 1970's Bronx, Chicago, St. Louis, and Gary, Indiana.

The original plot was going to have the thugs teach Batsman how to be a gangster, transforming his character into a little gangster complete with a golden tooth. It was going to lead Batling into finding outside help to get Batsman back on the right path. The thugs were going to take Batsman to a heist, which was going to be the climax when Batsman realizes what he was doing was wrong. Of course all these ideas didn't materialize and the plot changed dramatically.


The episode received positive reviews from viewers who found the subject to be refreshing in a world that continues to shun the subject. It was thought by some to be a risky subject, especially allowing race to play a central role in the plot. While many thought it was an idealistic approach, all agreed something should be done about inner city problems and racial enclaves with poor outlooks.


  • Some famous graffiti artist signatures can be seen on the backgrounds of various scenes within the episode.
  • All the characters in this episode except for Batsman, Batling, and Norman made their first appearance in the series.

See The EpisodeEdit

13. Growing Up In Da' Hood (Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4)

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