Hello interweb, Nate here! So a while ago, a Tumblr page called The Hawkeye Initiative was started in wich people attempt to show how ridiculously women are drawn in comic books. Now if you ever read comic books, you’d know that this isn’t a gendered problem; and in my opinion, it isn’t a problem at all. Now sometimes these drawings do point out a genuinely ridiculous piece of art, but a lot of these it’s a very simple formula: take a reasonable drawing of a woman, draw Hawkeye in the exact same pose with the exact same body type and exact same clothes, and give him a kissy face. That should make it obvious why this initiative doesn’t work but I’ll show you some of the art from the site specifically. Now there are 53 pages worth of content on this site so obviously, I’m not going over every image. That plus sometimes an image of a girl with a thong is turned into Hawkeye with a thong and his testicles are hanging out of the sides and I’m sure most of my viewers don’t want to see that (and if you do then the link is above so just check it out for yourself). I’m just going over ten that stands out to me the most and discussing my opinions on that example. Hopefully, by the time you’re done reading this, you should be able to assess my opinions on most of the images there even if you disagree. So with that, let’s start!
Disclaimer: All art is owned by the respective comic book companies and all “fan” art is owned by the creators of The Hawkeye Initiative. I am not in any way, shape, or form responsible for the creation of these images. I am only responsible for the critiques I give to these images.
Hello interweb, Nate here! So recent news broke out where Greg Rucka, the writer of the current Wonder Woman comics, has confirmed in an interview that Wonder Woman was…interested and had romantic relationships with women! Yeah, he really didn’t place an official label on her as being “gay” or “bisexual” but he pretty much confirmed that Wonder Woman is at least queer. So is this a win for LGBT peoples everywhere or another attempt at forced diversity? (more…)
Hello interweb, Nate here. So I’m going to try something I’ve never done before: a response post! Now I’ve never done a response to anything before besides comic book news but I am subscribed to several YouTubers who does response videos for a living so I thought I could try it out myself. Now this video here was posted 8 months ago at the time of this writing and it is from BuzzFeedYellow. Now BuzzFeed is very well known on the internet so I’ll only briefly explain who they are. They’re a series of YouTube channels that are very pro-feminist, pro-tolerance, pro-acceptance, etc. While none of those are inherently bad, in my opinion at least, they have a reputation for spitting out a lot of low quality videos focusing more on quantity over quality. Now they are a business so it makes sense on a marketing stand point since the more videos you make the more views you get and the more money you make. However this does mean that quite a few of these videos are commonly responded to and are often criticized for their stances on things. Since I talk mainly about comic books on this channel I thought I could take a crack at responding to one of their videos over comic book women. More specifically how artists chose to pose them. Because as we all know, women are constantly objectified in mainstream comic books and men are never drawn with unrealistic bodies or in extreme poses. Now I do want to point out that I will not be taking every second of this video and analyzing every word uttered here simply because I really don’t need to go over when people say things like “I’m nervous” or “I think I can do it”. I’ll go over the important bits and respond to anything I feel needs a response to. So let’s begin, shall we? (more…)