Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

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A) This is why you don’t employ gnomes as your “cameramen”.
B) So… there’s a zombie skeleton dinosaur with NUNCHUCKS and… the most important thing in that panel is to show her cameltoe!?
C) ZOMBIE. SKELETON. DINOSAUR.  WITH NUNCHUCKS!

A) This is why you don’t employ gnomes as your “cameramen”.

B) So… there’s a zombie skeleton dinosaur with NUNCHUCKS and… the most important thing in that panel is to show her cameltoe!?

C) ZOMBIE. SKELETON. DINOSAUR.  WITH NUNCHUCKS!

Even though his women are not always broken (like this one), I’m considering adding “WTF perspective” to my list of snarkable sins so I can show the butt shots that always follow Ed Benes’ heroines around.  Is Ed Benes really short or something that any time his panels have women in it, the angles are always from behind and looking up?  Maybe that’s the only angle he’s ever seen a woman from.  It can’t be because he’s putting his sexual fantasies into superhero comics could it?  Nah.

Even though his women are not always broken (like this one), I’m considering adding “WTF perspective” to my list of snarkable sins so I can show the butt shots that always follow Ed Benes’ heroines around.  Is Ed Benes really short or something that any time his panels have women in it, the angles are always from behind and looking up?  Maybe that’s the only angle he’s ever seen a woman from.  It can’t be because he’s putting his sexual fantasies into superhero comics could it?  Nah.

There’s Ed Benes’ gnome-perspective angle again.  And of course, the perspective flattens out after you get past her butt, so it looks weird taken as a whole.  Also… did Black Canary vacuum seal her costume?

There’s Ed Benes’ gnome-perspective angle again.  And of course, the perspective flattens out after you get past her butt, so it looks weird taken as a whole.  Also… did Black Canary vacuum seal her costume?

Help!  I’m not allowed to turn around!

Help!  I’m not allowed to turn around!

I was going to snark, but it’s since been explained to me that in comic book world, enemies will only spawn behind female superheroes.

I was going to snark, but it’s since been explained to me that in comic book world, enemies will only spawn behind female superheroes.

Happy (North American East Time Zone) New Years! :D
Have some Jim Balent.

Happy (North American East Time Zone) New Years! :D

Have some Jim Balent.

wonderjan submitted:

After seeing the Stanley Lau submission, my friend and I agreed that there needs to be more of his girls. We would like you to keep up the awesome work and show you support by giving you a thumbs up in a sexy way, but our spines aren’t insured so have Pepper doing it on our behalf instead :D

He and Ed Benes would enjoy working together I suspect.

wonderjan submitted:

After seeing the Stanley Lau submission, my friend and I agreed that there needs to be more of his girls. We would like you to keep up the awesome work and show you support by giving you a thumbs up in a sexy way, but our spines aren’t insured so have Pepper doing it on our behalf instead :D

He and Ed Benes would enjoy working together I suspect.

Ah Ed Benes, what would we do without you? We might actually have to look at women from angles that aren’t behind them and looking upwards… and that’d be horrifying.

Ah Ed Benes, what would we do without you? We might actually have to look at women from angles that aren’t behind them and looking upwards… and that’d be horrifying.

If it were up to Benes, the chosen ones are already in that panel, staring us right in the face.

If it were up to Benes, the chosen ones are already in that panel, staring us right in the face.