Why doesn’t X-23 look like Wolverine since she’s his clone? She should be short and stocky since the only thing that was damaged in Wolverine’s DNA is the Y chromosome.
Apparently train rides to NYC are what bring out the superhero costume redesigner in me. Also, given the choice I think I always want to draw Guy Gardner a little messed up but I usually hold back so that it doesn’t turn into a thing.
Number five. Amanda Waller.
Have you guys seen that post going around tumblr and facebook that goes “Reblog if you’re a strong, independent black woman, who don’t need no man”? That right there is why we love Amanda Waller- although she would not reblog that because Amanda Waller has better things to do with her time.
It’s always been great that she’s been portrayed as a strong, smart woman who’s a force to be reckoned with, but you can probably see that description on the wikipedia page of any superhero- what makes Amanda Waller special is that she is all those things and she’s fat. She’s fat and she’s not a goofy sidekick or a sad best friend or a swamp hag. She also doesn’t wear it on her sleeve talking about how men love curves (I’m not saying this is a bad thing- bear with me). She doesn’t care. She can’t care. She is too important to worry about looking pretty- but she always looks professional. Amanda Waller is nobody’s sexual fantasy and that’s what sets her apart from everybody else.
When I opened up Suicide Squad #1 and saw Halle Berry staring back at me with her extra juicy lip gloss and curled lashes and unbuttoned shirt with a little lacy bra popping out making kissy faces at the reader I died a little.
The fourth in my series of New52 women who got shafted in their own books. I didn’t care about her not being Oracle anymore because while some people felt connected to her because she proved that people in wheelchairs can also kick ass in the fight against crime, I thought it was douche-y that every male character who gets hurt gets fixed up immediately (or in the case of Aquaman they put a hook on his hand in a misguided attempt to apologize for Superfriends) but Barbara, who has the full resources of Wayne Industries at her disposal remains in the chair. The fact that she continued to fight crime just proved that Babs is ALWAYS awesome and can’t be deterred even after being paralyzed.
However, in issue one of Batgirl, it briefly mentions the killing joke and talks about how she recovered from the shooting and became a stronger person. Then when she’s confronted with a gun she freaks out. Sad Trombone.
Maybe I’ll do Amanda Waller next.
I guess I’m just drawing all of the characters who were the cause for feminist outrage in the New52. Batgirl next? Maybe. I dunno.
Once again, I’m on my way to a convention, and once again, I’m very bored and trying to draw on the train. Amethyst! Princess of Gemworld! I haven’t read the old one and only read enough of the new one to get annoyed at the multicolor haired teenager who is trying not to be seen and the attempted rape victim who gets angry at her rescuer. Still, I love that yellow and purple color combo.
P.S. I know she has a flying unicorn or a horned pegasus. I didn’t feel like drawing wings. Maybe that’s someone else’s horse behind her.
I haven’t drawn much because I’ve been worrying too much about New York Comicon this weekend so I took a break from packing tonight to draw Starfire.
So THIS happened. For those of you who don’t want to read the link, Barneys NY and Disney are teaming up to make a high fashion short film using the Disney characters. What they have shown us so far is grotesque. The characters were elongated to fit the runway standards- which doesn’t really bother me. What bothers me is that runway models specifically are thin and flat chested so that they don’t imprint too much on the pieces they’re wearing, but in order to try to fit the fashion theme these characters became so gross that I can’t see anything but the disturbing frame under the clothes. So- basically the exact opposite of what you’d want. I’m also a little freaked out by the fact that they’re just people under the heads. Look at Goofy’s hands.
Anyway, when I got home I decided I wanted to tweak these guys into something a little less terrifying while still trying to keep a more high fashion silhouette.
This morning I realized that the deadline for P:R’s Fantastic Four redesign contest is almost up, so I cranked this out and mailed it off. I think I said this before when I was trying to work out the designs but I’ll say it again anyway- I like the Fantastic Four more when they’re science-ing it up rather than fighting super crime so the redesign focuses more on that aspect of the team. Also, what’s a contemporary Marvel property that doesn’t feature Wolverine or Spiderman, I mean, is that even a thing? Isn’t that a rule now? I’m pretty sure it is.
So now I want to work on the new young adult science centric Fantastic Four book. I just want that to exist. I would read that book so hard. Also, Spiderman is there. For no reason.
A few extra notes- I don’t understand how Johnny’s suit can’t be damaged by fire but is always on fire (unstable molecules blah blah blah SHUT UP) so I just have the fire bits sticking out. Sue doesn’t get a sexier outfit because she’s a girl. She’s already sexy. I don’t think that everyone should draw Ben with tiny little legs, I’ve just really been into the very cartoony silhouette of the big hulking guy with little legs. In the past I’ve been against the costumes where Ben has a shirt, but I didn’t want to have him topless because he’s always sad that he’s not like other people and most other people wear tops- even in comic books. I determined that the reason why I don’t like those other designs is because he’s not allowed to wear the same shirts as everyone else for some reason.
I’m trying to figure out what I want to do for Project Rooftop’s latest redesign contest- The Fantastic Four! For those of you not familiar with Project Rooftop, the idea is to remake superhero/villain costumes without changing the character at all.
I’m having some trouble with this one because I love their original costumes- they’re simple and to the point and they’re actually a UNIFORM, which you almost never see. I also LOVE the logo. THAT is staying. I’m thinking of a more science oriented Challengers of the Unknown (who also have a uniform!) for this, but I’m just not quite there yet. I made my Reed Richards croqui this morning and did a whole bunch of these. The ones here are definitely not being used. 1. Too Forbidden Planet 2. This one’s okay. A little dull. 3. Feels like Cap for some reason 4. Too high school jock 5. They’re not in space THAT often.