There have been some great stories this past week about women and comics, as well as some awesome pictures that you just have to see.
To start off, we have Female Armor Bingo – pointing out all the ridiculosity of women’s battle attire in one handy bingo card!
Suggested use? Pull the card out whenever you’re playing a game demo or looking at a new game – if you get a bingo don’t buy the game!
If you want a good example of a lady character who excels at being clothed, check out this trailer for a new Gauntlet game by Arrowhead studios.
Valkyrie has the most armor. I’m taking that as a win ladies.
Not to be outdone, we also have Male Protagonist Bingo, pulling together all the tropes of your favorite action heroes.
I would also add “Brunette” because there just doesn’t seem to be many heroes with blonde/black/red hair.
Moving away from video games for a moment, check out this article from Tor that finds nearly 1/3 of Marvel Female Characters Are Underweight. Guys – that’ s a lot of underweight super heroines. I can barely function on a growling stomach, how do we expect these ladies to save the world when they’re bodies are only at half-capacity for hunger?? Also, according to the chart, Steve Rogers is the heaviest hero. Go figure.
If you found that last link a smidgen depressing, go over to Comics Alliance and check out their roundtable with Kurtis J. Wiebe (Ratqueens), Riley Rossmo (Drumhellar) and Hope Larson as they discuss how to expand body image expectations in comics. If you’ve read Ratqueens at all, then you know what a great job Kurtis J. Wiebe is already doing with this. The roundtable is fun, and restored a sliver of my faith in humanity.
In addition to body shape, Comics Alliance also takes on diviersity in comics with their Harvey/Renee scale. As mentioned in the article, it’s a good place to start an analysis. Although lumping all the “other’ characters into the Renee category feels a bit off to me.
Whew. So enough with the seriousness! Not strictly games/comics news, but this fan theory of how Frozen, Tangled, and The Little Mermaid are all intertwined is a fun thing to start your day off with.
That’s all for today. I just received my Final Fantasy X & X-II HD edition, so expect to hear about Titus, Lulu, Yuna, and Kimhari later this week.