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Time to get Hawkeye-licious!

captainunobservant:

So by now, I’m pretty sure that some of you are familiar with the “Hawkeye Initiative” http://thehawkeyeinitiative.com/, or at least with the fantastic Escher Girls blog http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/, both of which lambast (typically male) artists for gratuitous and flagrant anatomical tomfoolery with ‘strong female protagonists’.

What the Hawkeye Initiative seeks to do is replace said rubbery-spined; boobs ‘n butts at the same time ladies with everyone’s favourite archery-inclined Avenger. The results are understandably ridiculously hilarious, but it does make you think that if a male character looks so stupid pulling these poses, what makes artists think that women look any better?

I found this cover forVictoria’s Secret Service#0 (don’t worry, I’ve never heard of it either) on Escher Girls, which is published by Bluewater Publications and was illustrated by Kenneth Choi. Please note that this is NOT a slight at either the artist or the publisher, because Choi is actually pretty talented. He just picked a rather unfortunate pose for the protagonist is all… ;)

Victoria's Secret Service

So, here’s my very own contribution to the initiative (and coincidentally one of my 52 Week drawings), I hope you guys enjoy! (Oh, and I have submitted this to both Escher Girls and the Hawkeye Initiative, so hopefully they accept it!) 

Hawkeye and his booty!

Now he’s a true secret agent!

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    I mean, that’s nice that you don’t want to make the artist or the publisher feel bad about their terrible choices, but...
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