So many people have asked me for character design tips over the past couple of years. Here’s a whole list of rules I keep in mind with my own character designs.
In no specific order:
- Simple is good. Streamline your design to its essence. The more shit you add on your character the more you…
Whenever I complain about how females are portrayed in mainstream superhero comics, inevitably half a dozen people pop up to tell me this:
“Men are idealized in comics, too.”
Yes. Yes they are. I am aware of this. While I think the idealism is harmful, that isn’t actually what I have a problem…
Make sure you read the very last paragraph (at least).
A few weeks ago I wrote a post decrying people saying that Wonder Woman’s classic bathing suit costume look like something a stripper or a prostitute would wear. It’s not that I am particularly enamored of the old costume. It’s more that I am tired of people trying to tie the amount of skin a woman shows to her sex life.
While I’m not huge fan of the classic costume, I’m also not a huge hater. Given the many changes, reboots, and writers Wonder Woman has gone through in the last few years, there’s something to say for the comfort of her iconography. As I’ve said before, I probably wouldn’t have been as opposed to the (now sadly) 1st costume designed by Jim Lee if hadn’t become so emblematic of the first 6 issues of the horrible Odyssey reboot.
But there are other costumes I outright despise. Here’s a hint on one at the top of the list; “Belly Window.”
It’s not the Huntress Hush costume is just ugly, which it is. Or that it took what had been a costume that made perfect sense for the character and made it into a mishmash of the worst of comic costuming including knee pads and pouches. It was that the costume was stupid. It gave a character who had been shot in the stomach a panel in her costume that exposed exactly where she was shot. At a time when Robin had finally got a costume without exposed legs, Huntress got practically everything exposed.
Just look at it.
My reason for inflicting that costume on you this morning is the rumor that DC is going to have all their female characters wear pants in an effort to have more practical outfits.
Holy Huntress, I hope not. That’s just silly. And here’s why.
If I should mention, for any reason, if it’s asked, if it just comes up in conversation, that I’ve taken multiple self defense classes, the response that I almost always get from men, from friends, family, from my boss, is some variation of “oh, well, I could still snap you like a twig, you silly,…
Story behind this: Kid had lost his dad in the crowd, freaked out until he saw Flash and Wonderwoman, went up to Flash to ask for help because he knows him. SO CUTE. ;_;
Adorbs. Freakin’ adorbs.