Web Crush Wednesdays: Escher Girls

With the arrival of the New Year we all try desperately to hold onto those resolutions we’ve made: to exercise more, to take more trips, whichever comforting desire for an improved well-being we thought of. I have a list of my own, of course, but I have one for the artists in charge of drawing for the major publications: draw females better!

jr9fangirls1111If you’re under the misguided thought that female characters in big name comics (we’re talking about Marvel and DC here, mostly) are drawn with just as much respect as their male counterparts, then first and foremost you need to have a good, long look at your life, but after that check out Escher Girls on tumblr. Much like its sister site, The Hawkeye Initiative, Escher Girls points out the ridiculous poses that female characters are forced into as well as adding thoughtful commentary on important issues. However, where they differ is how they choose to go about this “pointing out”.

As previously discussed, The Hawkeye Initiative takes the poses given to women and places the superhero Hawkeye in them, pointing out how jarring it is when superheroes are given such ridiculous poses, even if it has to be seen through the non-stereotypical gender—by which I mean, it would be atypical to have a male hero make those poses—to realize by which extent this is problematic. Escher Girls takes a different, more straightforward, two-fold approach. There is the expected commentary of “wow, what the fuck is this shit”, but in a manner that is more conductive to discussion, the followers often times offer well thought out re-draws of the panels in question. Sometimes it’s so simple to see where a comic artist goes wrong (crazy contortions, one inch waist, etc.), but other times it truly takes the input of another artist to see just how badly the female body is mangled in the name of “sex appeal” and “artistic interpretation”.

Outside of that, the site’s atmosphere is really friendly and it’s clear that while the main aim of the site is to hopefully bring much needed attention to this problem on a larger scale, they still want to have fun with it. In my experience, humor is the best teacher and Ms. Angelwings (the blog owner) along with her followers are great at providing that. So whether you’re just after a good laugh or a thought-provoking look into the position of women in comics, Escher Girls is a site that should definitely make its home on your bookmarks.

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About Tsunderin

Greetings and salutations! Feel free to just call me Rin—we’re all friends here, or nemeses who just haven’t gotten to know each other well enough. I’m a video game lover from the womb to the tomb, and Bioware enthusiast until the day they stop making games with amazing characters that I cry over. And while I don’t partake as often as I used to, don’t be surprised to find me poking around an anime or manga every once in a while either. A personal interest for me is characterization in media and how women in particular have been portrayed, are being portrayed, and will be portrayed in the future. I’m not going to mince words about my opinion either.

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