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grumpyfrog submitted:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/feb/18/comic-book-superheroine-cat-gender

you may have seen this already but if you haven’t you probably want to 

No, I haven’t yet.  Thanks. :)  Passing it on if anybody’s interested.  It’s an article about a new comic book being created by Will Brooker to have a superheroine that breaks stereotypes of women in superhero comics.  (I haven’t read the comic book, so I don’t know whether it’s good or not, but I thought the article might interest people.)

rachelthefish submitted:



Gender Through Comic Books


So this isn’t a usual art submission, but I saw this on comixology this morning and I thought it might be of interest to you.

Wanted to share this for anybody interested in enrolling.  It’s a free online course. :)  (Course reading list materials aren’t free, but they are available online and they’re a bunch of $1-2 digital comics)
Gender Through Comic Books
So this isn’t a usual art submission, but I saw this on comixology this morning and I thought it might be of interest to you.

Wanted to share this for anybody interested in enrolling.  It’s a free online course. :)  (Course reading list materials aren’t free, but they are available online and they’re a bunch of $1-2 digital comics)

http://kotaku.com/esrb-tells-browser-game-to-quit-bragging-that-it-was-ra-504523307
A follow up on Wartune and their ads (thanks to a commenter in the last post).  Apparently, the ESRB has told them to stop claiming to be rated Adults Only.  Also, if you go to that Kotaku article, you’ll see from the annotations in the pictures that most of their ads are stolen from other sources including Warcraft fan art, Everquest, Perfect World, and original fantasy art. >_<
On a similar note, after some googling and a tip from a reader, it turns out that the Pikachu from the Cyber Monster ad posted here recently was probably taken from fan art too.
Not only are they using weird non-sequiturs and pseudo porn to sell their games, apparently it’s not even stuff they own. -_o

http://kotaku.com/esrb-tells-browser-game-to-quit-bragging-that-it-was-ra-504523307

A follow up on Wartune and their ads (thanks to a commenter in the last post).  Apparently, the ESRB has told them to stop claiming to be rated Adults Only.  Also, if you go to that Kotaku article, you’ll see from the annotations in the pictures that most of their ads are stolen from other sources including Warcraft fan art, Everquest, Perfect World, and original fantasy art. >_<

On a similar note, after some googling and a tip from a reader, it turns out that the Pikachu from the Cyber Monster ad posted here recently was probably taken from fan art too.

Not only are they using weird non-sequiturs and pseudo porn to sell their games, apparently it’s not even stuff they own. -_o

ami-angelwings:

A single panel comic created by York University students Jane Kim, Shayna Lauer, Helén Marton to raise awareness about sexual assault and combat victim blaming.
Article from the Toronto Star about it here.
This sounds like a good campaign, and taking a different tactic to raising awareness and getting people’s attention, hopefully people get the message and don’t just laugh it off.
I know the obvious point is &#8220;it would be ridiculous if Superman was blamed because he wore tights right?  So why are we blaming rape victims by what they wore?&#8221;  But, I think using Superman is also really powerful, because (besides the use of him in tights to send the message about clothing) it shows that no matter how physically powerful you are, or if you’re a man, you can still be assaulted.  The clothing message is the obvious one, but by using a powerful superhero icon, there’s also the messages about not victim blaming people by speculating on if they could have fought back, or inventing ways of how they could have fought back (and therefore should have) or “but you’re so much bigger than them”, “why didn’t you try to escape?”, or that you must believe somebody has to be &#8220;weak&#8221; to be a victim of sexual assault (either claiming they must have wanted it because they&#8217;re not that &#8220;weak&#8221;, or insisting that they are because they were assaulted).
And if we can believe Superman can be assaulted, then maybe we can believe the non-powered people we meet IRL when they say so too.

I wanted to share this because it&#8217;s about superheroes, feminism and using superheroes to get a really important message out.

ami-angelwings:

A single panel comic created by York University students Jane Kim, Shayna Lauer, Helén Marton to raise awareness about sexual assault and combat victim blaming.

Article from the Toronto Star about it here.

This sounds like a good campaign, and taking a different tactic to raising awareness and getting people’s attention, hopefully people get the message and don’t just laugh it off.

I know the obvious point is “it would be ridiculous if Superman was blamed because he wore tights right?  So why are we blaming rape victims by what they wore?”  But, I think using Superman is also really powerful, because (besides the use of him in tights to send the message about clothing) it shows that no matter how physically powerful you are, or if you’re a man, you can still be assaulted.  The clothing message is the obvious one, but by using a powerful superhero icon, there’s also the messages about not victim blaming people by speculating on if they could have fought back, or inventing ways of how they could have fought back (and therefore should have) or “but you’re so much bigger than them”, “why didn’t you try to escape?”, or that you must believe somebody has to be “weak” to be a victim of sexual assault (either claiming they must have wanted it because they’re not that “weak”, or insisting that they are because they were assaulted).

And if we can believe Superman can be assaulted, then maybe we can believe the non-powered people we meet IRL when they say so too.

I wanted to share this because it’s about superheroes, feminism and using superheroes to get a really important message out.


Vince submitted:


Lightning from the Final Fantasy series has always been a female character I liked in video games. Good news is she is returning in a third game featuring her. That is awesome! It looks like you play dress up with her for combat, that could be cool, I guess - kinda weird, but I&#8217;ll go with it. Also weird is that the game director and character modeling designer wanted to &#8216;enhance&#8217; her appeal. AND YES! THEY WILL JIGGLE! 
http://www.dualshockers.com/2013/07/27/more-information-on-lightnings-boob-job-in-lightning-returns-ffxiii-emerge-yes-theyll-jiggle/

Q: Is it true you said you wanted Lightning-san’s size from a C cup to a D cup?

Nobuhiro Goto (Character Modeling Designer): Toriyama-san said “I want it bigger” so…

Motomu Toriyama (Director): [What a] cop-out! (laughs)

Goto: Yes, it was enlarged.

Q: Was it a C cup until now? Does it even jiggle this time?

Goto: Yes!

Toriyama: It’s determined by clothing, like the so-called corrective underwear. (laughs)

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Dengeki Online‘s report of the Q&amp;A provides further details:

Q: I heard that the chest Jiggles?

Goto: Yes, her chest jiggles. Since everyone can decide what costume she’ll wear, you can make sure it does (laughs). By the way, since Lightning swings her arm when you change her weapon in the menu screen, that’s a recommended action for sure-fire jiggling! To see it even better it could be useful to equip a small shield. Look forward to it!


Geez&#8230;

I&#8217;m super upset by this.

Nice to know where their priorities are for re-designing her, and that they&#8217;re really excited about how you can dress her in specific clothing to watch her boobs jiggle when she fights.

Lightning from the Final Fantasy series has always been a female character I liked in video games. Good news is she is returning in a third game featuring her. That is awesome! It looks like you play dress up with her for combat, that could be cool, I guess - kinda weird, but I’ll go with it. Also weird is that the game director and character modeling designer wanted to ‘enhance’ her appeal. AND YES! THEY WILL JIGGLE! 

http://www.dualshockers.com/2013/07/27/more-information-on-lightnings-boob-job-in-lightning-returns-ffxiii-emerge-yes-theyll-jiggle/

Q: Is it true you said you wanted Lightning-san’s size from a C cup to a D cup?
Nobuhiro Goto (Character Modeling Designer): Toriyama-san said “I want it bigger” so…
Motomu Toriyama (Director): [What a] cop-out! (laughs)
Goto: Yes, it was enlarged.
Q: Was it a C cup until now? Does it even jiggle this time?
Goto: Yes!
Toriyama: It’s determined by clothing, like the so-called corrective underwear. (laughs)
Dengeki Online‘s report of the Q&A provides further details:
Q: I heard that the chest Jiggles?
Goto: Yes, her chest jiggles. Since everyone can decide what costume she’ll wear, you can make sure it does (laughs). By the way, since Lightning swings her arm when you change her weapon in the menu screen, that’s a recommended action for sure-fire jiggling! To see it even better it could be useful to equip a small shield. Look forward to it!
Geez…
I’m super upset by this.

Nice to know where their priorities are for re-designing her, and that they’re really excited about how you can dress her in specific clothing to watch her boobs jiggle when she fights.