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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zhinxy submitted:



Escher Sputnik

General! I am astounded! His mind is resisting the Escher machine’s Anatomical Knowledge Realignment!

Perhaps it is because he has actually seen this woman naked? Or any woman, wearing anything? “
"INCREASE POWER TO POINT SEVEN FIVE!"
Note - On the one hand, this character can canonically lose and then reattach her limbs, and as it’s a representative memory in her ex-lover’s head the attempt to pose her sexy is all fair and etc.
On the other hand, if I were the people who created this panel, I would be attempting to provide evidence I still served a purpose.


Little known fact: imagining sexy tetris blocks is actually a very effective way of resisting mind probes.
(For non Farscape fans, that’s zhinxy paraphasing a Farscape quote at the end.)
(From Farscape: Scorpius #3, Boom! Studios)
Escher Sputnik
General! I am astounded! His mind is resisting the Escher machine’s Anatomical Knowledge Realignment!
Perhaps it is because he has actually seen this woman naked? Or any woman, wearing anything? “

"INCREASE POWER TO POINT SEVEN FIVE!"

Note - On the one hand, this character can canonically lose and then reattach her limbs, and as it’s a representative memory in her ex-lover’s head the attempt to pose her sexy is all fair and etc.

On the other hand, if I were the people who created this panel, I would be attempting to provide evidence I still served a purpose.

Little known fact: imagining sexy tetris blocks is actually a very effective way of resisting mind probes.

(For non Farscape fans, that’s zhinxy paraphasing a Farscape quote at the end.)

(From Farscape: Scorpius #3, Boom! Studios)


crazy-taco-bitch submitted:


Oh My Goddess…
Maybe it’s her ulti?

I like how her body is trying to imitate that crescent moon.  Very fitting.
She’s got kind of a space centaur thing going with the way her back is and the clothes trailing behind her like a tail.
(Lunar Goddess Diana, League of Legends)
Oh My Goddess…

Maybe it’s her ulti?

I like how her body is trying to imitate that crescent moon.  Very fitting.

She’s got kind of a space centaur thing going with the way her back is and the clothes trailing behind her like a tail.

(Lunar Goddess Diana, League of Legends)




Thea submitted:

I see these ads popping up every couple of months - different game, same offensive warnings and “armour”.




Oh wow, they’re recycling Wartune ads for other games now. xD 

For those not familiar with the publisher of Wartune and the way they advertise their games, claimed to be rated 18+ by the ESRB, and use ads with stolen art, check out the Wartune tag.
The MEN ONLY tagline always interests me about what salaciousness these games must hold that us women must be kept away from.

AHHHHH MY DELICATE FEMALE EYES!

Thea submitted:

I see these ads popping up every couple of months - different game, same offensive warnings and “armour”.

Oh wow, they’re recycling Wartune ads for other games now. xD 

For those not familiar with the publisher of Wartune and the way they advertise their games, claimed to be rated 18+ by the ESRB, and use ads with stolen art, check out the Wartune tag.

The MEN ONLY tagline always interests me about what salaciousness these games must hold that us women must be kept away from.

AHHHHH MY DELICATE FEMALE EYES!



ask-the-chilly-climber submitted:



So uh, I’m a bit surprised to see not any Hyperdimension Neptunia stuff on here because of all the butts n’ boobs in these games. Normally, I don’t mind them… But then there’s Purple Heart’s new look for the next game, which I immediately went to this blog after seeing it.



It’s always interesting to me the different ways that can be used to show both breasts and butt on a female character.  Like, sometimes it’s just a strong twist, but sometimes the butt is segueing into the side of her back, or the breasts are drawn on a single side of the body.  She seems like she kinda has all a bit of all 3 going on.
Also that is a very vacuum sealed outfit.
So uh, I’m a bit surprised to see not any Hyperdimension Neptunia stuff on here because of all the butts n’ boobs in these games. Normally, I don’t mind them… But then there’s Purple Heart’s new look for the next game, which I immediately went to this blog after seeing it.

It’s always interesting to me the different ways that can be used to show both breasts and butt on a female character.  Like, sometimes it’s just a strong twist, but sometimes the butt is segueing into the side of her back, or the breasts are drawn on a single side of the body.  She seems like she kinda has all a bit of all 3 going on.

Also that is a very vacuum sealed outfit.

Final Update on the Randy Queen/Escher Girls situation

eschergirls:

Okay, so hopefully this will be the final update on what’s been going on. :)

Since yesterday evening, I have had private email communication with Mr. Queen.  I am satisfied with what he said.  He’s personally apologized to me, and is withdrawing the DMCA takedown complaints against this blog.  I’ve accepted his apology.

As of this post’s writing, Tumblr has not yet restored the content, but I am hoping that they will soon.  I am also checking with them that the now-retracted DMCA complaints will not be counted against Escher Girls or the Tumblr users who submitted content to Escher Girls that was removed.

I consider this situation resolved with the restoration of the removed content, and I wish Mr. Queen well.

If you spread around the initial controversy, please spread this around too.

If you are a media outlet that has been covering this situation, please update the story with these new details.

I know sometimes that the controversy gets a lot of play but people miss the retraction/resolution, and I don’t want that to happen here.

As a sidenote, I discovered today that Tumblr did send me an email explaining what happened about the apparent removal of my post about the initial DMCA takedown requests.  The email was eaten by my spam filter.

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According to the email, Tumblr processed the DMCA takedown against that post and removed it by accident.  They restored the post shortly after, but I assume in the process, all the reblogs were lost.

I hope that clears up something that people had been wondering about. :)

Thank you everybody so much for your support and help during this stressful time, it’s been overwhelming and I feel really touched <3

And again, I want to specifically thank Ken White at Popehat and my amazing lawyer, Kate Andrews for all of their help.  Without both of them, I would have been so lost.

Hopefully this is the last time I will be addressing this situation, and we can all put it in the past and move on.  :)

~Ami Angelwings, owner of Escher Girls

Edit: Changed a bit of the phrasing to be more clear what happened.

Update (Aug 8, 12:40PM): Tumblr has said they’ve now restored all the content removed.  I am making sure nothing has been missed.  If you were one of the users who submitted content & had it removed, I’d encourage you to check with Tumblr that no mark will be held against your account for this incident.  Let me know if there’s still an issue.  Thanks :)

As noted in my edit above, Tumblr has said they’ve now restored all of the content that was removed.  If you’re one of the users who had their content removed, I’d encourage you to check with Tumblr that this won’t be held against your account in the future. 

Final Update on the Randy Queen/Escher Girls situation

Okay, so hopefully this will be the final update on what’s been going on. :)

Since yesterday evening, I have had private email communication with Mr. Queen.  I am satisfied with what he said.  He’s personally apologized to me, and is withdrawing the DMCA takedown complaints against this blog.  I’ve accepted his apology.

As of this post’s writing, Tumblr has not yet restored the content, but I am hoping that they will soon.  I am also checking with them that the now-retracted DMCA complaints will not be counted against Escher Girls or the Tumblr users who submitted content to Escher Girls that was removed.

I consider this situation resolved with the restoration of the removed content, and I wish Mr. Queen well.

If you spread around the initial controversy, please spread this around too.

If you are a media outlet that has been covering this situation, please update the story with these new details.

I know sometimes that the controversy gets a lot of play but people miss the retraction/resolution, and I don’t want that to happen here.

As a sidenote, I discovered today that Tumblr did send me an email explaining what happened about the apparent removal of my post about the initial DMCA takedown requests.  The email was eaten by my spam filter.

image

According to the email, Tumblr processed the DMCA takedown against that post and removed it by accident.  They restored the post shortly after, but I assume in the process, all the reblogs were lost.

I hope that clears up something that people had been wondering about. :)

Thank you everybody so much for your support and help during this stressful time, it’s been overwhelming and I feel really touched <3

And again, I want to specifically thank Ken White at Popehat and my amazing lawyer, Kate Andrews for all of their help.  Without both of them, I would have been so lost.

Hopefully this is the last time I will be addressing this situation, and we can all put it in the past and move on.  :)

~Ami Angelwings, owner of Escher Girls

Edit: Changed a bit of the phrasing to be more clear what happened.

Update (Aug 8, 12:40PM): Tumblr has said they’ve now restored all the content removed.  I am making sure nothing has been missed.  If you were one of the users who submitted content & had it removed, I’d encourage you to check with Tumblr that no mark will be held against your account for this incident.  Let me know if there’s still an issue.  Thanks :)

What’s been happening in the Randy Queen situation, and what the timeline was

eschergirls:

This is a repost from my personal blog:

Okay, so I didn’t originally plan to make a blog post about what’s been happening, but given how much media attention this has gotten, I feel like I should make a post just to clarify what’s going on, and the timeline of events thus far. 

First, I’m Ami Angelwings, and I’m the sole creator and administrator of Escher Girls.

On July 31st, I got an email from Tumblr informing me that the artist of DarkChylde, Randy Queen, had filed several DMCA takedown notices with Tumblr to remove posts with his work.  Tumblr removed the posts. 

The next day, I wrote a post about the situation in order to let similar blogs know this could happen to them if they had Queen’s art on their blogs, and to inform people why some posts went missing: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/93520850386/so-yesterday-i-found-out-that-randy-queen-artist

I stated very clearly that I did not want people to harass him, and had no interest in having a feud with him.  At that point, I did not even have an interest in contesting the DMCA removals.

Some discussion ensued in the Disqus comments of Escher Girls, of which Kim Wincen was a part of.  Kim is one of the Disqus comments mods, but he has no actual role in running the site.

On August 4th, I got an email from Mr. Queen addressed to “Escher Girls and Kim”, presumably meaning Kim Wincen, threatening me with a defamation suit and alleging a right to “protect the perception of [his] IP as it exists today”: http://i.imgur.com/DjwCjcy.png

I posted it on Twitter because I didn’t know what to do.   I assumed that in addition to wanting me to not talk more about him, he wanted my commenters to stop talking too because he had included Kim in the email. At around the same time, I discovered Randy Queen had filed more DMCA takedown notices against Escher Girls to Tumblr, one of them being to remove the post I had made about him filing DMCA takedowns: https://imgur.com/Widv1vx

I assumed the post had been removed because I saw that it was missing from sites that had reblogged it.  But when I checked Escher Girls I discovered the post was still there but all of the reblogs up to that point had been removed.  I made an edit on the post noting that he attempted to remove it.

I tweeted about this too.  I was put in touch with Ken from Popehat.  We communicated on email and he advised me to withhold further comment until he got me legal counsel in Canada.

During this time, Mr. Queen sent me two more emails, which I forwarded to Ken because he was helping me navigate this.  The first was the one Ken later decided to publish on his blog: http://i.imgur.com/D0EeCy6.png where Mr. Queen alleged I was harassing him even though I have never contacted him. The second was Mr. Queen saying that if I would like to have a phone call with him to discuss this, he would be amenable to it: http://i.imgur.com/svFYatA.png.

Because I had no legal counsel at the time, I didn’t respond to either, nor did I make either of those emails public on my Twitter.   He has not contacted me since.

Ken was successful in finding me a lawyer in Canada willing to help me with this case, and we’re currently still discussing and looking into my options, although what we do will also depend on if anything further happens.  I have not contacted Mr. Queen so far, only he has emailed me.

This has been a surreal 2 days for me, but I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support I’ve gotten.

I want to thank so many people, but especially Ken from Popehat for helping me so much and finding me a lawyer, Chilling Effects for introducing me to Ken, Rachel Edidin for her support and advice when I was panicking at getting the first email, Gail Simone for her public support, and my amazing lawyer, Kate Andrews, who is so generously helping me and without whom I’d be so lost right now.  And I want to thank everybody else out there for the kind words I’ve received through this so far. <3

Update (Aug 6, 1:30PM): He’s posted this statement on his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.queen.18/posts/10152408441434442?fref=nf 

He also emailed the same statement to me with the subject header: apology.

As noted in the above update, he has issued a statement saying he was wrong.  The statement was emailed to me with the subject header: Apology, but otherwise, it was the same statement.

Since people have been asking me, he has not, to my knowledge, withdrawn the DMCA complaints from Tumblr or asked them to drop the complaints.

Update (Aug 7, 2:10pM): Since yesterday evening, I have had private email conversations with Mr. Queen.  He’s apologized to me personally and is retracting the DMCA takedown requests.  I have written a post with more details here.

This weekend, some friends and I were talking about this blog, but none of us could remember its name. As a penance, I un-eschered the posture of this werewolf girl with Photoshop.

Bonus GIF showing how Escher girls dance can-can the difference:

Redraw of Halloween Werewolf from Fantasica, by Mobage

Nice change.  Small, but effective. :)  The GIF really highlights the differences.  It’s odd, because it’s not like not showing both breasts and both butt cheeks makes this pose any less sexy or something.

What’s been happening in the Randy Queen situation, and what the timeline was

This is a repost from my personal blog:

Okay, so I didn’t originally plan to make a blog post about what’s been happening, but given how much media attention this has gotten, I feel like I should make a post just to clarify what’s going on, and the timeline of events thus far. 

First, I’m Ami Angelwings, and I’m the sole creator and administrator of Escher Girls.

On July 31st, I got an email from Tumblr informing me that the artist of DarkChylde, Randy Queen, had filed several DMCA takedown notices with Tumblr to remove posts with his work.  Tumblr removed the posts. 

The next day, I wrote a post about the situation in order to let similar blogs know this could happen to them if they had Queen’s art on their blogs, and to inform people why some posts went missing: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/93520850386/so-yesterday-i-found-out-that-randy-queen-artist

I stated very clearly that I did not want people to harass him, and had no interest in having a feud with him.  At that point, I did not even have an interest in contesting the DMCA removals.

Some discussion ensued in the Disqus comments of Escher Girls, of which Kim Wincen was a part of.  Kim is one of the Disqus comments mods, but he has no actual role in running the site.

On August 4th, I got an email from Mr. Queen addressed to “Escher Girls and Kim”, presumably meaning Kim Wincen, threatening me with a defamation suit and alleging a right to “protect the perception of [his] IP as it exists today”: http://i.imgur.com/DjwCjcy.png

I posted it on Twitter because I didn’t know what to do.   I assumed that in addition to wanting me to not talk more about him, he wanted my commenters to stop talking too because he had included Kim in the email. At around the same time, I discovered Randy Queen had filed more DMCA takedown notices against Escher Girls to Tumblr, one of them being to remove the post I had made about him filing DMCA takedowns: https://imgur.com/Widv1vx

I assumed the post had been removed because I saw that it was missing from sites that had reblogged it.  But when I checked Escher Girls I discovered the post was still there but all of the reblogs up to that point had been removed.  I made an edit on the post noting that he attempted to remove it.

I tweeted about this too.  I was put in touch with Ken from Popehat.  We communicated on email and he advised me to withhold further comment until he got me legal counsel in Canada.

During this time, Mr. Queen sent me two more emails, which I forwarded to Ken because he was helping me navigate this.  The first was the one Ken later decided to publish on his blog: http://i.imgur.com/D0EeCy6.png where Mr. Queen alleged I was harassing him even though I have never contacted him. The second was Mr. Queen saying that if I would like to have a phone call with him to discuss this, he would be amenable to it: http://i.imgur.com/svFYatA.png.

Because I had no legal counsel at the time, I didn’t respond to either, nor did I make either of those emails public on my Twitter.   He has not contacted me since.

Ken was successful in finding me a lawyer in Canada willing to help me with this case, and we’re currently still discussing and looking into my options, although what we do will also depend on if anything further happens.  I have not contacted Mr. Queen so far, only he has emailed me.

This has been a surreal 2 days for me, but I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support I’ve gotten.

I want to thank so many people, but especially Ken from Popehat for helping me so much and finding me a lawyer, Chilling Effects for introducing me to Ken, Rachel Edidin for her support and advice when I was panicking at getting the first email, Gail Simone for her public support, and my amazing lawyer, Kate Andrews, who is so generously helping me and without whom I’d be so lost right now.  And I want to thank everybody else out there for the kind words I’ve received through this so far. <3

Update (Aug 6, 1:30PM): He’s posted this statement on his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.queen.18/posts/10152408441434442?fref=nf 

He also emailed the same statement to me with the subject header: apology.

Update (Aug 7, 2:10pM): Since yesterday evening, I have had private email conversations with Mr. Queen.  He’s apologized to me personally and is retracting the DMCA takedown requests.  I have written a post with more details here.

yoursfalselydotnet said: Hey! I noticed you posted the drawing guide earlier, do you know of any drawing advice blogs that I could follow? thanks!

I find Comic Art Corrections pretty good: http://comicartcorrections.tumblr.com/

Though they don’t seem to have updated that much lately.

A lot of the ones I used to know or follow seem to have left Tumblr or are effectively closed, so I’ll open this up to the floor. :)  If anybody has any recommendations for this person, please respond to this post or in the Disqus comments.

Also, if you think there’s a good drawing advice blog that should be included in the Related Sites page (on the sidebar), please pass it along to me. :)