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This Licensed T-Shirt Tells You a Lot About How DC Comics Views Wonder Woman

eschergirls:

dcwomenkickingass:

Warner Bros. makes a lot of money each year licensing the rights to the superhero IP of DC Comics. And that includes literally hundreds of t-shirts. We know that licensing can be pretty strict. It took a public shaming for them to allow the Superman logo to be used on a statue of a young fan who had been starved to death.

So it’s always interesting to what DOES get signed off on. Like this shirt. 

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Click the “read more” to see the t-shirt.

Besides the obvious main issue that this shirt portrays Wonder Woman as some sort of accomplishment achieved by Superman, and that the relationship is framed as being all about Superman & how awesome he is that he “got” her, the whole concept of the shirt is weird to me.  The phrasing doesn’t seem to fit at all.  It isn’t a comic style kind of phrasing, and Superman, as a cultural icon, isn’t known for his sexual prowess.  You think Superman, and you generally think “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” or him punching giant robots or something.  Not “SCORE!  LOOK AT SUPERMAN AND ANOTHER SEXUAL CONQUEST!” (and of course Wonder Woman as a sexual conquest -_-)  So, this entire thing also seems really incongruous to me and trying to place both Superman and Wonder Woman in contexts that don’t suit them, just to shoe horn in the “look at this stud getting the hot babe!” framing.

Update: Via Comics Alliance, DC has issued a statement about the above t-shirt as well as a couple of other ones that have taken criticism recently (you can see the other ones in the Comics Alliance article):

DC Comics is home to many of the greatest male and female Super Heroes in the world. All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain t-shirts are offensive. We agree. Our company is committed to empowering boys and girls, men and women, through our characters and stories. Accordingly, we are taking a look at our licensing and product design process to ensure that all our consumer products reflect our core values and philosophy.

Thanks to all the readers who pointed me to this!

(Source: superheroden.com)

This Licensed T-Shirt Tells You a Lot About How DC Comics Views Wonder Woman

dcwomenkickingass:

Warner Bros. makes a lot of money each year licensing the rights to the superhero IP of DC Comics. And that includes literally hundreds of t-shirts. We know that licensing can be pretty strict. It took a public shaming for them to allow the Superman logo to be used on a statue of a young fan who had been starved to death.

So it’s always interesting to what DOES get signed off on. Like this shirt. 

Read More

Click the “read more” to see the t-shirt.

Besides the obvious main issue that this shirt portrays Wonder Woman as some sort of accomplishment achieved by Superman, and that the relationship is framed as being all about Superman & how awesome he is that he “got” her, the whole concept of the shirt is weird to me.  The phrasing doesn’t seem to fit at all.  It isn’t a comic style kind of phrasing, and Superman, as a cultural icon, isn’t known for his sexual prowess.  You think Superman, and you generally think “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” or him punching giant robots or something.  Not “SCORE!  LOOK AT SUPERMAN AND ANOTHER SEXUAL CONQUEST!” (and of course Wonder Woman as a sexual conquest -_-)  So, this entire thing also seems really incongruous to me and trying to place both Superman and Wonder Woman in contexts that don’t suit them, just to shoe horn in the “look at this stud getting the hot babe!” framing.


chise submitted:


this is from a series called Samurai Bride, and honestly, I’ve been trying to make sense of this image for last 10 minutes!

At first glace, it appears that the red-haired, pink-sweatered girl literally has a butt for a crotch. Or the eXTREME twist so hardcore, her butt and chest are both front and center… Upon further inspection, the butt belongs to the dark-haired girl on the right, except then she is both twisting for the boobs-and-butt shot AND is missing entire left half her torso

also, what is goin on with those pants?!?! Its like they wanted her to wear hakama, then it became weird chaps, then … more pieces went missing anyway giving a better booty view.. I dun even know

Bonus point - the ‘highlights’ on the butt in question are glowy pink, giving us our first Ass Nipples. Dare you not to see that

This image hurts my brain.  Her feet appear under her butt as if she’s squating but the legs don’t seem to indicate that she is.

(From: Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls written by Akira Suzuki, art by Niθ)

the-midnight-doe submitted:




From the Mirror’s Edge comic book, drawn by Matthew Dow Smith. I understand that being a parkour master might make you flexible and all, but I didn’t know it would replace your skeleton with silly putty.

"Oh wow, the soles of my shoes are really dirty.  I had no idea.  I’ll need to clean those after seeing a chiropractor."
(Mirror’s Edge #3, Wildstorm Productions)

From the Mirror’s Edge comic book, drawn by Matthew Dow Smith. I understand that being a parkour master might make you flexible and all, but I didn’t know it would replace your skeleton with silly putty.

"Oh wow, the soles of my shoes are really dirty.  I had no idea.  I’ll need to clean those after seeing a chiropractor."

(Mirror’s Edge #3, Wildstorm Productions)

Submitted by oddno1ishere
"Come with me to the land of the twisted balloon people!"

Submitted by oddno1ishere

"Come with me to the land of the twisted balloon people!"

AzureMacha submitted:

I found a nicer version and put it at the top.

Putting aside Voldo, who’s meant to have the body horror flexibility thing going (his Tetris cosplay is bang on though), I’m really impressed by the girl on the left and how you can see boobs, her pelvis, and both her butt cheeks.

(Soul Calibur 2 art, Hyung Tae Kim, Japanese Comickers 2)


celepom submitted:


This is painful to look at… There’s so much wrong with her anatomy.
And why does a mermaid have a visible butt-crack partially covered by a mini-skirt?!

I… really don’t have a tag for “buttcheeks that should not be there at all”.  I really should though, this is not the first time we’ve had mermaids with buttcheeks xD  I guess, I’ll put it in errant buttock, since they are kinda errant.
(From Monster Musume #4)

This is painful to look at… There’s so much wrong with her anatomy.

And why does a mermaid have a visible butt-crack partially covered by a mini-skirt?!

I… really don’t have a tag for “buttcheeks that should not be there at all”.  I really should though, this is not the first time we’ve had mermaids with buttcheeks xD  I guess, I’ll put it in errant buttock, since they are kinda errant.

(From Monster Musume #4)

a-noyd submitted:





A panel from April O’Neil: The May East Saga #1, penciled by Bob Fingerman. (Via this blog post.)

Her face seems to have been preserved quite nicely, the rest of her… not so much. D:
(From April: O’Neil: The May East Saga #1, Archie Adventure Comics)

submitted:

A panel from April O’Neil: The May East Saga #1, penciled by Bob Fingerman. (Via this blog post.)

Her face seems to have been preserved quite nicely, the rest of her… not so much. D:

(From April: O’Neil: The May East Saga #1, Archie Adventure Comics)

soapsock submitted:





I was using a comic reader on my phone when I got the ad on the bottom. I have no idea what they wanted me to play now. I didn’t dare click my way into the ass zone.

This could do with Wartune style advertising.
BUTTS ONLY.  NO NON-BUTTS ALLOWED IN.  IF YOU ARE NOT A SENTIENT BUTT GO PLAY MINECRAFT OR WHATEVER IT IS YOU NON-BUTTS DO.

submitted:

I was using a comic reader on my phone when I got the ad on the bottom. I have no idea what they wanted me to play now. I didn’t dare click my way into the ass zone.

This could do with Wartune style advertising.

BUTTS ONLY.  NO NON-BUTTS ALLOWED IN.  IF YOU ARE NOT A SENTIENT BUTT GO PLAY MINECRAFT OR WHATEVER IT IS YOU NON-BUTTS DO.


kekekel4g submitted:



A friend send this to me. It’s from manhwa Blind Faith Descent. Nothing radically new under the sun, but grape-boobs and the belief that pants are way overrated always crack me up.

(Blind Faith Descent, author: HER, artist: ISJ)

That just looks so painful to me. o_o  My brain keeps interpreting those as her breasts just squeezed so tightly the oxygen’s been completely cut off from them. D:
A friend send this to me. It’s from manhwa Blind Faith Descent. Nothing radically new under the sun, but grape-boobs and the belief that pants are way overrated always crack me up.
(Blind Faith Descent, author: HER, artist: ISJ)
That just looks so painful to me. o_o  My brain keeps interpreting those as her breasts just squeezed so tightly the oxygen’s been completely cut off from them. D: