Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

This is a blog to archive and showcase the prevalence of certain ways women are depicted in illustrated pop media, specifically how women are posed, drawn, distorted, and/or sexualized out of context, often in ridiculous, impossible or disturbing ways that sacrifice storytelling.

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konnichibot:

I’m surprised that alot of people have known and posted about darkchylde but I saw NO posts on Tony Daniel’s The Tenth. I grew up with these comics and I love them but I’m noticing ALOT of things I didn’t notice before untill eschergirls
This is the first cover to the evil’s child arc and these are a few of the villains, there’s uh…alot going on

This would make a great educational comic to teach kids about angles and geometry.
(The Tenth: Evil’s Child #1, Image Comics)

konnichibot:

I’m surprised that alot of people have known and posted about darkchylde but I saw NO posts on Tony Daniel’s The Tenth. I grew up with these comics and I love them but I’m noticing ALOT of things I didn’t notice before untill eschergirls

This is the first cover to the evil’s child arc and these are a few of the villains, there’s uh…alot going on

This would make a great educational comic to teach kids about angles and geometry.

(The Tenth: Evil’s Child #1, Image Comics)

fifth-letter submitted:




Sensation Comics #8 (digital), DC Comics
Maybe this is an AU where Wonder Woman, like Superman, gets extra powers from Earth’s yellow sun, two of which are bendy legs and swivel hips.



Wonder Woman doing her best pegasus impression in DCU’s Got Talent.

submitted:

Sensation Comics #8 (digital), DC Comics

Maybe this is an AU where Wonder Woman, like Superman, gets extra powers from Earth’s yellow sun, two of which are bendy legs and swivel hips.

Wonder Woman doing her best pegasus impression in DCU’s Got Talent.

Her punishment in hell is that she has to hold that pose forever and deal with the atomic wedgie too.
I’m also imagining this as the cover of like a farmer fetish porn DVD.  Latex Harvest Vol #5 or something.

Her punishment in hell is that she has to hold that pose forever and deal with the atomic wedgie too.

I’m also imagining this as the cover of like a farmer fetish porn DVD.  Latex Harvest Vol #5 or something.

My friend, zhinxy just IMed me in a frenzy with this:

ami ami there’s an ad for league of angelsthat’s just a porn still bouncing up and downit’s hilarioussave this. this is hilariousthis is my favoritebecause of the stupid bouncing. hahaha

They’re not even trying to imply this is even a fantasy MMORPG or anything anymore.  It’s just straight up, “HAY DUDES WANT PORN?”
And ultimately aren’t guys clicking on that going to be disappointed when they end up with this:

(Image from F2P.com review of League of Angels)

My friend, zhinxy just IMed me in a frenzy with this:

ami
ami there’s an ad for league of angels
that’s just a porn still bouncing up and down
it’s hilarious
save this. this is hilarious
this is my favorite
because of the stupid bouncing.
hahaha

They’re not even trying to imply this is even a fantasy MMORPG or anything anymore.  It’s just straight up, “HAY DUDES WANT PORN?”

And ultimately aren’t guys clicking on that going to be disappointed when they end up with this:

(Image from F2P.com review of League of Angels)


solid-state-1991 submitted:




Some of the artwork in Supreme #50 isn’t great, but this is the worst. The art fails at a lot, especially at boobs, but the whole anatomy of Suprema is incorrect.

It’s like she’s plastic girl, and the explosion is in the process of melting and warping her.

Some of the artwork in Supreme #50 isn’t great, but this is the worst. The art fails at a lot, especially at boobs, but the whole anatomy of Suprema is incorrect.

It’s like she’s plastic girl, and the explosion is in the process of melting and warping her.


cataradical submitted:


I have never submitted anything here, but… Sometimes I like to look for crappy girl armor and try and edit it, just for funsies, and I came across this cover for Avengelyne. It wasn’t until I opened the pic to full view did I see the true horror outside really bad armor: that poor women’s hips/waists, and I figured we’d see at least some areola or something with her breasts, but…

Holy boob window, Avengelyne.
Literally. xD
That giant crucifix always seems unattached and just glued to her breasts.  At least here it MIGHT be attached to her collar? But it still seems like a bad thing to have during a fight.  Also, she needs to find some body paint that doesn’t eat her nipples.
(Cover of Avengelyne #1, Image Comics, artist: Rob Liefeld)

I have never submitted anything here, but… Sometimes I like to look for crappy girl armor and try and edit it, just for funsies, and I came across this cover for Avengelyne. It wasn’t until I opened the pic to full view did I see the true horror outside really bad armor: that poor women’s hips/waists, and I figured we’d see at least some areola or something with her breasts, but…

Holy boob window, Avengelyne.

Literally. xD

That giant crucifix always seems unattached and just glued to her breasts.  At least here it MIGHT be attached to her collar? But it still seems like a bad thing to have during a fight.  Also, she needs to find some body paint that doesn’t eat her nipples.

(Cover of Avengelyne #1, Image Comics, artist: Rob Liefeld)


fushizengirl submitted:


Otome games are romance-themed visual novel games targeted for female players. So you’d think we’d be free from this terribad anatomy made for the male gaze problem but—





I GUESS NOT. Ms Swivel Waist on the right is your player character. (game title is Soukai Buccaneers)
.. well at least Japan has equal opportunity sexualization since it also affects male characters too.

Blue’s head srsly looks pasted on a shrunk body but Yellow… i cant even begin… (game title is Marginal #4)

Edit: This was a mistake post.  I had been messing around with the queue and didn’t mean for this to post today. :\  That’s why there was no commentary, and no tags.
One thing I’ve learned running this blog is the boobs and butt pose can turn up in the strangest places and contexts.
submitted:
Otome games are romance-themed visual novel games targeted for female players. So you’d think we’d be free from this terribad anatomy made for the male gaze problem but—

I GUESS NOT. Ms Swivel Waist on the right is your player character. (game title is Soukai Buccaneers)

.. well at least Japan has equal opportunity sexualization since it also affects male characters too.

image

Blue’s head srsly looks pasted on a shrunk body but Yellow… i cant even begin… (game title is Marginal #4)

Edit: This was a mistake post.  I had been messing around with the queue and didn’t mean for this to post today. :\  That’s why there was no commentary, and no tags.

One thing I’ve learned running this blog is the boobs and butt pose can turn up in the strangest places and contexts.

submitted:

Why, if you have such skill, even if given the task to do major fanservice, can’t you leave the anatomy in place?!

I see Heaven’s furnace is broken again.  Or maybe these angels didn’t come from heaven. o:

abocode submitted:


That woman looks uncomfortable and poorly dressed for battle. If capes are bad, scarves gotta be worse. Except for Ironman, I can’t identify any of these constipated characters. If they’re not careful their faces might stick like that.

From Legend of the Blue Marvel, Marvel Comics, Mat Broome, artist.



Unfortunately, Carol Danvers called in sick on the day of the photoshoot, so they hastily had to replace her with a replica made entirely of variously sized pillows.

submitted:

That woman looks uncomfortable and poorly dressed for battle. If capes are bad, scarves gotta be worse. Except for Ironman, I can’t identify any of these constipated characters. If they’re not careful their faces might stick like that.
From Legend of the Blue Marvel, Marvel Comics, Mat Broome, artist.

Unfortunately, Carol Danvers called in sick on the day of the photoshoot, so they hastily had to replace her with a replica made entirely of variously sized pillows.

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)