I am speechless

October 19, 2009

So today’s mail included a review copy of Christopher Hart’s Superheroes and Beyond: How to Draw the Leading and Supporting Characters of Today’s Comics (Watson-Guptill), which isn’t really my demographic, but you know… I flipped through it and found this:

“The Athletic Female Figure

“Always show a thin waistline with wide hips, which give her sex appeal and also make her physique powerful. Small, boyish hips are no good on female characters. Comic book action heroines don’t promote the unhealthy thinner-is-always-better images so prevalent in other media. The legs are always full and shapely but without the harsh, articulated muscles seen on male superheroes. The interior muscles on women’s legs are mostly left undefined.”


Just a little fluffy gigolo

October 19, 2009

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This week’s Flipped takes a look at the latest translated example of Junko Mizuno’s jubilant, demented genius, Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu from Last Gasp. I want to know when Last Gasp is going to publish the other two volumes, and I want to know now. Really, who needs mind-altering substances when they’ve got Mizuno manga?

While I was writing the column, I came to the belated realization that Enterbrain’s Comic Beam is an absolute gold mine. Any magazine that acted as cradle to Pelu, Bambi and Her Pink Gun, Emma, and Astral Project is a magazine to be treasured. And while King of Thorn isn’t my favorite comic by Yuji Iwahara, Comic Beam at least had the good sense to serialize something by him.