Monday, April 27, 2009

Windowsill (from vector park)

Patrick Smith, a great artist I've been a fan of since his comics appeared in the first issue of the Ganzfeld, has launched a new flash based game that you can download (at least partially) for free.

Lots of other neat virtual toys are available at Vector Park.

Check it out, lots of surprising and beautiful work. here to read the rest of this post...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Musical Interlude… here to read the rest of this post...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 here to read the rest of this post...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Austen Reader / Pride and Prejudice #1

Who is the audience for this . . . ?

The cover, modelled on fashion magazines like Cosmo, makes it female-friendly, with the promise of romance, bling, and summer dresses. And Nancy Butler, the scripter of this Austen adaptation, says it's specifically marketed to female readers. Yet inside the covers, the women are drawn and colored in a way that calls into question the female-friendliness. Rather than emulate the look of Austen's characters as found in popular BBC and film adaptations, the (male) artist and colorist create women who resemble porn 'actors,'

with spray-on tans, drowsy bedroom eyes, full lips covered in lip gloss, frosted hair, and 2000's style haircuts (with Mary's retro shag). Note at the center of the panel Lydia's open mouth, the position of her hands directly below, and the way her eyes (and no one else's) look directly at the reader. This oral sex fantasy makes the real audience clear: heterosexual men.

These visual traits are the hallmark of women and super-heroines produced for male readers by mainstream comics companies. And if it is intended for women, the ads are an equally odd choice. Here's a two-page spread that moves from Austen's Regency England to The Marvel Universe in one blood-splattered gesture:

The best panel to panel transition in the comic. here to read the rest of this post...