For ThrowbackThursday: HAPPYGOTH! A 13 page comic I did, lo these many years ago, when goths still roamed the earth. Read it here.
It’s been an interesting weekend.
On Friday, I tweeted (and Tumbled) the following:
My tweet quickly garnered over 650 retweets and 2,000 notes on Tumblr, and my Twitter followers shot from 750 to over 875. These numbers are probably nothing special for celebs, but if you’re a guy who averages half a dozen new followers per week, this sort of thing makes you sit up and take notice. It occurred to me that I struck a nerve: many people care deeply about superheroines, and how they are portrayed.
Several questions arose during all of this, both from readers of my tweet and in my own mind, and I’ve been mulling it over and would like to share my thoughts. I know there’s a lot to wade through here, but I promise not to ramble.
To start with, one reader complained that if we demand realism in depictions of breasts in comics, then we must also demand realism in depictions of everything, and the expressive liberties we enjoy in comics (e.g., Batman’s white, pupil-free eyes) would go out the window. My answer is that most superhero comics exist to glamorize heroism, and as such any liberties we take with reality should glorify the heroes. Batman’s glowing eyes glorify him by making him appear formidable, and are therefore justified. But does accentuating a superheroine’s breasts glorify her? Maybe, under certain conditions… but generally when I see this happening, the intention (and result) seems to be to make a sexual object of the heroine and arouse lust in male readers. I shouldn’t have to point this out, but I do, so I will: it offends the dignity of a heroine to make her do double-duty as a jiggle-girl for male arousal.
(Read the rest of the essay here.)
HOW TO DRAW SUPERHERO BOOBS.Read more…
When drawing feet, it helps to draw a line (here shown in orange) leading along the crest of the foot to the big toe. This defines the shape of the foot in 3-D, helping you shape the rest of the foot properly. You can erase the line afterward. (I’ve also posted useful photo reference of feet here in an earlier post.)
That was me! Where on Earth did you hear of HappyGoth? I drew it like 14 YEARS AGO.
Anyway, it’s out of print, but I’ll scan and upload it for old time’s sake later this week. For now, here’s the cover:
Oh, and for those too young to remember: