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so i tried reading some new comics.... by nebezial so i tried reading some new comics.... by nebezial
i tried reading some of the new dc comics, , cause of the whole reboot, i though, hey, i'll jump in on some of that. i do love the characters in the cartoons...

and..just... damn...

see its a personal nuisance for me. i worked for years on witchblade, working hard to get the whole tna reputation out of the way. ron and i did relatively well with that

we were constantly taking shit from the people who read superhero comics, and got a crapload of condescension

and now... well.. seems like the shoe is on the other foot

because... just ... wow. there are many many amazingly well done comics, just brilliant in both artwork and writing.. but some are just... uncomfortable

i am a great believer that sexuality in comics serves a purpose, and works best when earned through character development.

it is supposed to be subservient to the story, it needs to be given a better purpose than just... hey, look sex!

so far the female characters in dc have been a bit... um...lets just say mishandled.

this is merely one man's opinion. no better nor more important than anyone else's. if you disagree that is your right.

and i hate the damn harley, arkhampromiscuousoversexualizedjailbait design

always have always will. it lacks the tongue in cheek humor, it lacks the likeability, but it replaces it with a lollipop sucking jailbait

and for anyone who thinks themselves clever to go and point out that i'm drawing and writing sunstone, and yet i have a problem with this, i will save you the embarrassment.

sunstone is a comic ABOUT sexuality.
therefore there is sex in it

these are comics about superhero's that are saving the world on a daily basis... that is their premise...see what i'm getting at here?

oh and to explain my problem with catwoman XD

in the comics tshe often fights the same supercriminals as batman...

buut, batman is walking aroung in a boryarmor nowadays... selina... in a latex catsuit

what is the armor rating on your average catsuit?

we will ask killer croc XD

aaand fixed XD, "s"word removed thank you for turning the discussion of poor handling of female characters in comics to a discussion of semantics.. it was... pretty entertaining and in some points enlightening :)

so here is where all the confusion came from

my name is stjepan sejic and i am a croat!

hi stjepan

so , in croatia we have taken cursing and derogatory terms to a level that many would think unimaginable

it is often so crazy that some of the offensive words never quite... graduate

slutty for instance , in my country never really got to the rank where it would be used to define a woman's sexual behavior in a derogatory way.

we have about 60 far worse words for that

here word pretty much is used for a dressing style, that is ..oh lets say less than practical.

,now that you know this, i think the original intention of my message becomes clearer ...tho many never had any problems of guessing it

message was that female characters deserve more dignity in their treatment in be more than a eyecandy afterthought existing for nothing else than to hump random people without any insight to why.

i'm just saying if we have to know why a guy has a different colored suit, it would be useful to know why a female character is about to have sex with a random guy.

ultimately i found the right words i wanted to use to explain this situation

it is political correctness.

you presumed that every country has it as highly developed as the top few.

unfortunately we do not, that train is coming to my country too, but its slow moving and we put obstructions on the tracks

till then , there will probably be some confusions, so try to realize that maybe the person talking to you is not being judgmental, they just express differently because such is the norm of their country :)
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TheSmokingSpirits Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I agree.

I will not lie, as a man..or rather as myself I am a fan of the female figure not just from the obvious 'likable' parts but also because of a sort of balance. I mean hell, we all probably fell in love with Harley not just because of her figure but of her strangely likeable personality, sure she had her...unusual moments but she was just charming, but the new harley in Arkham..I god there's 'good' edginess and horribly done edginess.. My god.. I wonder, I just...pray that eventually SOMEONE will finally say "Hmmm this Harley and/or other female characters lack depth and likability and that's been replaced with boobs and or sex appeal, for some reason this don't seem right."
yellowflowerevy Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Daulidas Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So true... :\
minnyange Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
uraeusmax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I feel you man. But dc can't make money with women in parkas. But I agree with you. And these suits are great.
HarlXJoker Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Joker: hehe...uh oh...
Lalunabluena Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's OK to make these characters look sexy in certain ways (other than the kind that serves a purpose, even though that is the best way) but when their personality is butchered or removed just to make it easier for guys to imagine putting their dick into that's when things become very sexist.  And by the way I also think Harley Quinn's Arkham Asylum design was atrocious.     
M-A-W Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014

I knew I recognized your art. I loved witch blade one of my favs, that and wet works.


as far as the DC 52 thing, I always feel in the gaps of logic myself. They don't were armor because...they're braver than batman,ect,etc.

If you want obscene logic look up " Kill La Kill" That's what they wear, 52 could be worse or Awsome.


Keep up the good work and maybe, one day at a time well change this crazy 52 world.

Toadman005 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is really, really annoying. And far worse today than it was when I was growing up. I think Gen 13 in the 90's was the first time I ever really saw it start to turn towards outright exploitation.
TheDawrkKnight Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
marketting. its bc sex sells...;cant make money with all covered up powergirl...gotta grab readers attention somehow
madman1082 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
cat woman, actually wearing an armored suit instead of the favored gimp outfit =P

robiac3 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
I would like to start by saying i agree with everything said, but out of curiosity, would this criticism extend to female characters who for all intent and purposes are written with the M.O. of a femme fatal, who's purpose is to be deliberately oversexualized case in point of Poison Ivy, or is she just an example that proves your point more?
BlueHorse17 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Love the expressions!
bloodmaker Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013

huh never heard the term jailbait used that way, unless she's younger than I thought...

but hey it could be worse, I'm surprised they haven't taken advantage of the potential bondage capabilities of spiderman: hands and feet that can stick to anything, combined with the ability to create intricate restricting webbing.

vLUNAv Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
codyrush Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
P.S. I wish your Harley was the official look.
codyrush Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Filmographer

 While I agree many comic book artists (Here's lookin' at you, Jim Lee) tend to middle-finger-bang rape the laws of physics and basic some degree...they're just adhering to the comic/cartoon rules of exaggeration. Like Canary for example: her I give a pass because it's just a cool outfit. Would I be amenable to a redress of her aesthetic for a more realistic comic? Yeah. Frankly there are female heroines in desperate need of utility belts. Catwoman, yes. Canary, yes. Wonder woman? Pfft. She doesn't need gadgets any more than Supes or Power girl. Same with Zatana.


 I hate the jail bait look in Arkham Asylum: it's just so...trashy. It looks like what Rob Zombie fondles off to. Where's the clown theme, commenting on the innately brutal burlesque of life? Where's the manic pugnacious playfulness of the character? What's the difference between the Arkham look and a goth stripper? It's just such a slapped-on look. It feels like lazy cosplay.

ScriptorSapiens Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Well said. And awesome art too.
ETBrooD Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Sex sells. More sex sells more. I'm not sure how I can explain it any better, this has to suffice.
BWByars Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very. well. said.
Fwo0sh Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Point well said and I couldn't agree more!
See it all the time, there's a difference between making a character sexy and going all
"Hurr-Durr I like em tig ol bitties!".
Fore example, when Dragon's Crown was announced with art and all, I almost pissed myself laughing.
maxromaine Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I couldn't agree with you more, sir. I'm an artist who grew up loving super hero comics and eventually came to dislike them partly because of things like this. My favorite example is Red Sonja, the sword-wielding warrior who runs into combat in a chain mail bikini. It may sound silly, but I could never take the story seriously because of that. Anyone who wears a chain mail bikini into combat is a lunatic, same for the latex cat suit, but hot chicks sell comics, so they're every and as scantily clad and open-minded as possible whether it makes sense or not. It would be nice to see some female characters whose outfits weren't specifically designed to show off their T&A. Anyway, love the drawing. :) The expression on Harley's face is priceless!
codyrush Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Filmographer

Conan runs bare chested into battle: the Spartans have even less on than him in the '300' comic. Those barbarian-y characters're supposed to be pulpy and kitschy like that; it's just for fun. It's like any frazetta illustration. Everyone's in on the discrepancy; everyone's in on the joke.


 How much are you taking into account the countless numbers of suped up females in comics? Super girl can wear a skirt because she's dipped ass to eyeballs in mithril essentially. Same with Ms. Marvel: she's invincible so she can look as sexy as she pleases. Same with She-Hulk or Red She-Hulk. Kitty Pryde can phase through anything. Rogue can take anyone's abilities and she's already suped up as is. Scarlet Witch can tinker with reality itself.

 Went it comes to T and A, as an aspiring designer I've always tried to either A)make a super powered character that doesn't NEED extraneous gadgets or body armor; B)just ignore the clothing issue like 'Tank Girl'; or c) just make their wear sexy and accenting through line manipulation, patterning the components of a suit to flatter the character.

MacGregor Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
RESPECT. Nice to hear from someone who has done what you have.
And that HArley is amazeballs. Get it gurrl.
Flawed-Perception Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Red Hood and the Outlaws. Starfire. Enough said.
TheFoxInWhite Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Do you know anything about Starfire? Or Tamaraneans? I'm guessing that you don't or you wouldn't be making such an asinine comment.

All Tamaraneans, from male to female, are scantily clad. They have ALWAYS been scantily clad. In fact, one of the most covered up Tamaraneans was Komand'r, Koriand'r's older sister.

Proof: [link] [link]

Koriand'r is not shy about her body. She never has been, it's her character. She doesn't have a reason to be. She's always been in small 'armor' and has never minded being very lightly clothed or even naked even when other characters were startled by it.

She's an alien. She's an alien from a warrior planet. Suffice to say, she does not need much armor when she has starbursts and the capability of flight. It's not a stretch at all to assume Tamaranean skin is much tougher than human skin, making the need for bulky armor excessive.

Like Powergirl, people would have a fit if Koriand'r was suddenly covered up. She is perfectly comfortable with showing her skin in the same way Powergirl is comfortable with her breasts being displayed.

Don't talk about things you don't understand.
RaunchyPonchy06 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Ignoring your overly defensive tone, the problem isn't that Starfire's character is being misunderstood.

The PROBLEM is that someone decided to write a character (and characters) like that in the first place, just as an excuse to have one more scantily-clad lady in the DC universe. Hell, supposedly the instructions for her design were actually "Red Sonja in Space" which should tell you everything you need to know about what the end goal was for her appeal.

Whatever her biography says for her powers, history, race's culture, or personality doesn't change that, because much of it was written merely as a justification for her to be eye candy, instead of giving a space character something sensible, like a sweet battlesuit. Basically, they just made up reasons in her origin that would give her permission to be half naked.

While she may be a cool and somewhat popular character, especially in the wake of the Teen Titans cartoon, her design already being the way it was since 1980 does no favors for the respectability of the comics medium. Her New 52 version, which could've been an opportunity to fix something, is ESPECIALLY not helping the issue, which is bad for comics today when the problem is worse than ever, even for pop culture in general.
RaunchyPonchy06 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Also, I'm pretty sure that someone who actually works in the industry understands just fine what they're talking about.
RaunchyPonchy06 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Ignore that last, separate comment - stupid Deviantart won't let me delete anything
Dragonite345 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
itaZuran Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I seriously hate how sexualized female characters are. I mean, it's kinda hard to outrun something or someone in lingerie and stripper heels. Not to mention that their body types are all the same, for the most part= they defy both physics and anatomy.
I would like to see a Catwoman that doesn't have the biggest breasts in the DC universe, thank you very much.
Ricaducell Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Agreed! and not just comics....they're everywhere.
Chinchilla-Girl Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
As a female gamer, thank you so much :)

I often facepalm and think to myself.... itsy bitsy chainmail bikini? That's going to stop what exactly??? People making eye-contact with her, perhaps....

Yay for dignity and asskickery!
Lunatron Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Thank you.
CATWOMANU Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
i like harley in this one
SmoothColor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wait there's sex in comics?
mooglesniper Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
...I miss the old least in the arkam asylum game she still had the I get the feeling she was dressed that way for the joker.
DearFlynn Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I think you explained it perfectly. I felt the same way reading the reboot of Catwoman...
linkskywalker Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
This might be the most badass looking Harley I've ever seen.
AdamantDragon Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed man, DC Comics handles their female characters poorly.

I like Marvel's current redesign of their X-Men's female costumes. You can see an example in the following link: [link]

They are fully clothed and look classy.

Valiant Comics has been doing it right too.
nebezial Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
yup marvel did some great things with costumes recently. they went with class, this si something i was talking about with a friend of mine just recently :)
RaunchyPonchy06 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Agreed, those outfits look awesome and refreshingly non-sexual-fanservice-y; also, movie ready, not unlike what you've displayed here.

Also, what? I have you to thank for the armor improvements done in Witchblade? I must admit I haven't read your profile or anything yet because I favorited you purely based on your art, but if this is really the case...
... well then sir, thank you. Thank you for having the principles to do that in the name of respectability for the medium, and for doing it despite criticism. We need more folks like you and Ron working in the industry
AdamantDragon Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah man, and most of the [Marvel NOW!] books are a great read too. Thor: God of Thunder is one of my favorite books right now. :)
AMadTeaParty Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
its refreshing to hear a male have the same issues with the new dc women as female comic readers have. as a female comic fan, i feel like the new reboot has thrown away and kind of character development in favor of loose "plots" full of little to no story and a bunch of eye candy. here i was hoping the reboot would get with the times and realize you can have both, an awesome story, deep interesting character and loads of eye candy but noo lets pretend girls dont read comics and all guys care about is t and a.
PagodaComics Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Owwww YESS! one of the reasons why I'm not interested in superhero comics in general. Many male characters are kinda well-developed, there is some variety even in their personality, features, bodyshape ect. but females... they are ridiculous, it's rerally rare to see well-developed female characters in comics in general: different bodyshape, features? What, sweet dreams XD;
that is why I prefer single-artists comics over mainstream stuff: I who is really responsible for it: readers, publishers or the screenplay writers but it's just boring and lame in my opinion: empty, shallow and with the twisted, unreasonable posing it's even lame, far from sexy in my opinion. -__-
And haha, yeah Sunstone is still different not only because it IS about sexuality but also because it contains humour and character-interaction as well and you have some variety in the girls personality, too. :)
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