those boobs must be really heavy
Forget her boobs. Look at the rest of her.
blockbuster actor Will Smith jokes about being offered the role of Superman in Superman Returns (the role eventually went to an unknown white actor, Brandon Routh.) MTV news, June 2008
Pardon my crappy graphics skills, but this is what yesterday’s announcement looked like to me. (I’m still going to watch and squee over the movies, but really, Marvel.)
I HATE WHEN Y’ALL ARE RIGHT
no amount of butts can make up for zero POCs in these movies tbh
Sooo…are we just ignoring Nick Fury here?
And…really? I’m sorry, but I don’t get how this is a race thing. The Hunger Games uproar, I get. The Avatar uproar, I get. I was so pissed about Avatar.
But I don’t really get it here. I really don’t. How is this offensive or racist? Those are the most popular characters in the comics, so it’s natural that they’d get a movie. Producers would want to pick the biggest characters in Marvel to make a movie on. Why does race have to have anything to do with it? Can someone explain because honestly I’m really skeptical about SJ people these days. They will cry foul at literally anything and everything because they want to.
Oh no no no no no.
She must be mad because people are telling this white fairy pussy ain’t shit to deal with and instead of going back to her corner with the rest of the Mayo Mafia she wants to make her special fucking snowflake opinions heard.
Quick background on me: I had to wait nineteen damn years to get a Disney princess who looked remotely like me and they had to go make her a frog for the whole damn movie because apparently we just can’t have nice things. And now I want a damn super hero to look like me and you feel the urgent pressing need to tell me I’m wrong to do that. Okay, I’ll bite.
You mentioned Nick Fury as a shining example of Colordom for all of us to fly our NAACP flag under and salute.
Oops, my mistake, you mean THIS ONE
You mean the minor character whose SOLELY VITAL ROLE in bringing the Avengers together is constantly overshadowed by the special sacrifice of a white man? You mean those five minutes of screen time he got compared to what was an otherwise entirely white cast? You mean Nick Fury, played by and modeled after Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the same damn angry black man jumping out of exploding vehicles in every movie?
Is that the Nick Fury you’re talking about?
And yes it IS about race.
When was the last time we had a Black, Asian, Latino, or First Nation superhero? And don’t tell me “the most popular ones are white.” Let me refer you to Justice League, a great animated version of DC Comics favorite super heros from 2001-2004, which features a B L A C K Green Lantern. Here is a visual aide that will likely add to your white shock. I’ll wait and let it sink in.
Yes, it is about race because there was still an outcry for stepping away from the Original White Blend (TM) Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern. Now to be fair, Lantern wasn’t the only POC…..let’s take a look at the WHOLE Justice League used from the series:
FOUR! POSSIBLY FIVE (one is so far back and insignificant to JL I can’t tell! HOORAY FOR MULTICULTURALISM!!!!!!!!)
Now, if my valid criticisms about the super hero media are based solely on race then tell me why there are NO POC SUPER HEROS WITH FUN COOL MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR MOVIES BACKED BY AMAZING DIRECTORS AND ENSEMBLE CASTING. WHY CAN I COUNT THE NUMBER OF POCs IN THESE MOVIES ON ONE HAND AND WHY ARE THEY ALL ONLY MEN (Nick Fury, Heimdell, Hogun, and Gabe Jones)? HOW IS THIS NOT VALID TO YOU. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HELP ME OUT. EXPLAIN YOUR WHITE “THOUGHT” PROCESS, GIVE ME A GLIMPSE INTO THE MIND OF A SIMPLE BITCH LIKE YOU.
You say producers need to use those characters to make money. Well, these are comics. Aka, someone drew them. Aka, they make changes to the character. (Do you see where I’m going with this?) So since we can change the way a character looks because they’ve been drawn and aren’t real, we can do this: change their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. to appeal to a wider and more diverse audience so that they can relate and identify with the characters instead of giving the people Veganaise on Wonder Bread white folk with “baggage” aka “All this money I have still won’t fill the gaping whole my parents left when they died/abandoned me.” These so called most beloved superheros that we all know and are familiar with were created by and for a period of time in which POC, esp. women, LGBTQ, the disabled, were completely absent from this fantasy world. So yes, update characters to support a wider, more diverse audience demand, if you’d like to ignore the human decency factor and go straight into capitalism.
I love Avengers. But I’m not about that life that excludes POC, women, LGBTQ, the disabled from popular culture. As part of a group that is constantly ignored, fetishized, and/or misrepresented in media, I am using my personal experiences to express my anger over representation of said group. I feel left out, unimportant. IT’S. NOT. FAIR TO ME OR ANYONE ELSE LIKE ME.
Or to quote you: “I am crying foul at literally anything and everything because I want to.” Because my opinion as a WOC doesn’t matter. :D*~*~*~*~*
Word of Advice: Don’t try to get in POC business with your white opinions. Don’t try to get into business your ass has no reason to be in. Go read a book or whine to your white friends on Facebook or go swimming in the Arctic Ocean, I don’t know. But don’t come in here, reblogging shit that was not meant for you with your own racist ignorant opinions. I am not here for that GIRL BYE.
Somebody just got sonned to death. SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
she said… she said “mayo mafia.”
Free Spirit is so brave! She’s had her lower body broken in like 3 or 4 places and she’s still trying to climb that building! Truly an American hero.
The Walking Dead # 4
Not according to plan
As promised, here is the Process GIF for my latest Justice League #1 piece. I haven’t always used photo reference so heavily in my work but it was definitely a big part of the process for this one.
ohhoe submitted:those boobs must be really heavy
Forget her boobs. Look at the rest of her.
My friend Edmund Bagwell did the Anderson PSI cover for 2000ad, and very sweetly, did a RUFUS DAYGLO block (just behind her head!!) in the background!
I’ve finally made it!
All Flash Comics - Number 32, 1947
[Image: A drawing of Superman in a redesigned costume and pose meant to be in the style that many super heroines and women in comics wear and how they are posed. The traditional Superman suit now has very, very high heels, the front parts of the thigh, arm, chest, abdomen and hip areas are now removed, revealing bare skin. A tight red bikini-style bottom replaces the traditional red brief-style bottoms. He stands, cape in the wind, with his chest thrust forward and his bottom thrust back in a “sexy” stance.\
Needless to say, this is the worst thing I’ve ever drawn.
I’m sorry Superman. I’m so sorry. My beloved boyscout. Oh, Benevolent Blue. Ah ah ah forgive me this atrocity oh oh oh.
Okay going to go watch Sherlock now wish me luck.
We should redo ALL the male super heroes like this
The high heels, though. THE HEELS. I love that. Because that is exactly the kind of shoes they put on women in comics and it makes me want to throw a brick at something EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Apparently it’s too much to ask that artists think of something besides the male gaze long enough to at least give women in comics REASONABLE FUCKING FOOTWEAR.
Seriously. I want to know what kind of skeletal structure they think women possess because not only do women apparently have SPINES MADE OF RUBBER BANDS AND FLEXISTRAWS so they can have both ass and tits facing the viewer, but apparently their hips and legs may be molded out of silly putty that ends in ANKLES AND FEET MADE OF SOME KIND OF EXTRATERRESTRIAL ADAMANTIUM ALLOY AND DISALLOWS ANY NERVES OR NEED FOR BLOODFLOW because holy fuck the shoes. I seriously wonder how these women don’t have constant stress fractures or soft tissue injuries. There’s a reason athletes and soldiers wear either sneakers or boots or something like it.
I really do want to get some high heels just like this, find the artists who draw them on comic book women, then make them run an obstacle course, run stairs in a stadium, try some pilates, and then run a mile in these EXACT SHOES before they sit back down at the drawing board. Because that’s what you’re having women in comics do. And for no other reason than it looks good to straight dudes.
I love beautiful, impractical, painful, ridiculous shoes. I also know when not to wear them. One of those times is “during fight practice.”
Seriously, read the whole thing. It’s a fantastic piece (though, sadly, not the first and probably not the last of its kind):
…I have long maintained that to bring in more female readers, superhero comics don’t even need to specifically target women as much as they need to not actively offend them. This is not an insanely hard to thing to do, and yet here we are.
…[This] is the whole problem with this false notion of “sexually liberated” female characters: These aren’t those women. They’re how dudes want to imagine those women would be — what Wire creator David Simon called writing “men with t*ts.” They read like men’s voices coming out of women’s faces. Or worse, they read like the straight girls who make out with each other at clubs […] because they desperately want guys to pay attention to them.
This is not about these women wanting things; it’s about men wanting to see them do things, and that takes something that really should be empowering — the idea that women can own their sexuality — and transforms it into yet another male fantasy. It takes away the actual power of the women and turns their “sexual liberation” into just another way for dudes to get off. And that is at least ten times as gross as regular cheesecake, minimum.
Below on the left, I submit to you one of the starkest visual differences between men and women in superhero comics. On the ground, we see how the editors and writers and artists have chosen to dress a male Lantern, and standing above him we see how they have chosen to dress a female Lantern. These characters didn’t appear out of thin air one day; someone designed them to look the way they look, and designed it for a very specific reason. And those design choices shape the way that the universe treats women generally. And on a more personal level, it also plays a big role in how DC Comics tells me they see people like me. Because I know that institutionally, they don’t treat men like that; we’re never going to see a major hero like Hal Jordan in a costume like one on the right as imagined by Deviant Artist Bionarri.
In Red Hood and the Outlaws, this is DC Comics tells me a male hero looks like, and what a female hero looks like:
In Catwoman, this is what DC Comics tells me a male hero looks like, and what a female hero looks like:
…[W]hat I keep coming back to is that superhero comics are nothing if not aspirational. They are full of heroes that inspire us to be better, to think more things are possible, to imagine a world where we can become something amazing. But this is what comics like this tell me about myself, as a lady: They tell me that I can be beautiful and powerful, but only if I wear as few clothes as possible. They tell me that I can have exciting adventures, as long as I have enormous breasts that I constantly contort to display to the people around me. They tell me I can be sexually adventurous and pursue my physical desires, as long as I do it in ways that feel inauthentic and contrived to appeal to men and kind of creep me out.…
And I’m tired. I’m so, so tired of hearing those messages from comics because they aren’t the dreams or the escapist fantasies or the aspirations that I want to have. They don’t make me feel joyful or powerful or excited. They make me feel so goddamn sad that I want to cry, because I have devoted my entire life to comics, and when I read superhero books like these I realize that most of the time, they don’t give a sh*t about me.