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Department of Illegal Superheros

Laurie says:

I saw this Illegal Superhero installation last week at the Galeria De La Raza. My friend SJ took the photos. (I was the photographer without camera.) It appealed both to my political and my comic book sensibility.

The artist, Neil Rivas, said this in the Huffington Post last year

I started thinking about all these comic book heroes and how growing up it wasn’t a big deal where these superheroes were from and where they would end up, what borders they crossed,” Rivas said. “That experience and then the heated debate surrounding immigration policy in the U.S., it just made sense to me that I would tackle that issue and challenge the dichotomy of good and evil and, more specifically, immigration policy through these comic book characters… If humans can be considered illegal according to our immigration laws, then that must be applied to superheroes as well.




Realistic Tits

Debbie says:

Buttoven has some advice for budding artists:

many quick line drawings of realistic women's breasts, with text

Comics are notorious for drawing women’s breasts in unrealistic and implausible ways. There are always the “perfect” boobs, the ones that are shaped like perfect half-circles and never move or sway; there are the ones where the artist apparently didn’t think that “melons” was a metaphor; there are the ones in the wrong place (I’ll never forget a comic I saw in the 1980s where the women’s breasts were all located just above and inside their armpits, somewhere on the flat area of the shoulderblade.)

Comic-Con 2011 ended less than a week ago, and I can’t help but imagine that Buttoven was there (with 125,000 other people!), and saw more unrealistic ta-tas than she (I’m guessing) could stand. Her drawing reads like a simultaneously humorous and useful list of “what I saw that was wrong”: I especially like “Nipples are never on top of the breast,” “An exposed tit is like a teardrop, NOT a water balloon,” and “Boobs will separate if a woman is laying on her back.”

The drawing says “This isn’t the law of boobs,” but you know what? It isn’t the law of boobs like “the law that murder is a crime” but it is the law of boobs like a scientific law: accurate, reliable, and reflects observed fact.

There are at least two good reasons to draw tits correctly: first, it makes your drawings better, and second, it helps us appreciate our bodies. Buttoven hasn’t replicated Tee Corinne’s phenomenal Cunt Coloring Book; she’s adding a little to that work, however, and I thank her.