The over-sexualization of comics characters is nothing new. For the most part, we all know that sometimes, give artist styles or story tastes, women (and men, though not nearly as often) are probably going to be depicted in anatomy-defying proportions and positions. To be honest, I don’t usually have much of a problem with that as I don’t see this stuff as reality. Plus, given the massive variety of art styles in today’s comics, I feel that the problem is slowly working itself out.
Now, with all that said, notice that I referred to “women” and “men” aka, “adults” in the paragraph above. Not what amounts to 2nd-grade-age girls as the Powerpuff Girls are supposed to be which isn’t really what this Powerpuff Girls variant cover seems depict.
Having read that article, I can understand IDW’s position, but I can’t condone it. This cover was ” Cartoon Network mandated.” But in the end, the buck still stops with IDW. They are the ones that put ink to paper and they are the ones who should have looked at this cover and said “you know what? maybe not.”
I don’t know what the purpose of something like this cover might be (except maybe a nod to Powerpuff Girls Z? Maybe?) but like the infamous My Little Pony: Equestrian Girls I can’t help but think it’s only going to raise more eyebrows than sell comics.
Today’s page comes to us from the greatest cornerback in the NFL, Rantz Hoseley:
Rantz Hoseley is a caffeine-swilling, profanity-spewing force of dark comic matter who’s been kicking around the comic industry since 1987. Having worked on everything from Phil Foglio’s “XXXenophile” to the OGN adaptation of Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” he was nominated in 2009 for the British Fantasy Award (which he didn’t win) The Eisner Award (which he did win), and the Harvey Award (also a win) for “Comic Book Tattoo.” Rantz stays busy these days with “some TV stuff in development”, “writing a film for a movie studio” a “new technology company” & a number of other projects he can’t talk about yet. In 2012 he finished his first novel “The Homecoming Game”, which is in the Long Dark Twilight of the Editing.
Enjoy the weekend, my friends! See you back here Tuesday!
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