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News broke yesterday that nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence had been “leaked” online. The truth is they were stolen. They were hacked from her personal technology. They were posted online without her consent. This is a crime. And possibly worst of all, this is something women are supposed to expect… We live in a society where women’s bodies are a commodity to be sold, whether they agree to it or not. And some of the same people who complain about the NSA or Facebook invading their personal privacy will be the same people searching and spreading around these photos.
Large-Scale Hack Lands Stolen Nude Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence & Other Celebrities Online | The Mary Sue (via themarysue)
Manara also touches on the “men and women are depicted unrealistically in comics” argument. Those with a modicum of art knowledge knows male comic book characters are depicted as a male power fantasy and female characters as a sexual fantasy. It’s why the “look, Spider-Man is drawn like that too!” argument holds no water. One is to show a strong man, in action, being dominant while the other is to show a women objectified, existing solely to appeal to the baser senses. It’s about intent, presentation, and context.

Spider-Woman Cover Artist Milo Manara & Writer Dennis Hopeless Respond To Online Discussion | The Mary Sue

Do people keep linking you to a side-by-side of that J. Scott Cambell Spider-Man cover & Milo Manara Spider-Woman, convinced they’re the same thing? Here’s something to link back to them. Also, this comic strip describing “false-equivalence.”

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Marvel, This Is When You Send An Artist Back To The Drawing Board


There’s a new Spider-Woman variant cover that is, er…. less than good. But(t) we had fun with it, anyway.

Hit the link for the rest (as well as for actual, serious commentary on the cover).

So. Wrote this up today. Later on, professional comic artist Vasilis Lolos decided to comment on the post, then called himself a troll and was obviously just there to start some trouble (a no-no on The Mary Sue comment policy), so I banned him.

Then he signed up for another Disqus account to say some more.

All of his comments are still on the post except for one where he linked off to some adult comic art and this second-account one.

Then he decided to chat me up on Twitter.

So, yeah.

We designed our Valkyrie around who she is, and what she does. She’s a trained, disciplined fighter from a small team of elites. She wears armor that reflects her role and therefore it needs to protect her in battle. To me it’s nonsensical to add armor to a fighter that would not serve this purpose; boob plates, bare legs, etc. don’t feature real armor, and so they didn’t even come into consideration when designing the look of the Valkyrie. I think it’s very sad that we are in a situation with video games where showing a female character that is wearing practical armor and isn’t overly sexualized is seen as a choice, or even a statement.

The Mary Sue’s Exclusive Interview & Art Preview Of The Upcoming Gauntlet Reboot | The Mary Sue (via themarysue)

Thank god this was an email interview or I might have asked this guy to marry me.

By now most members of the Comic-Con and cosplay community are likely aware that early Sunday morning a female cosplayer was found unconscious at the 333 West Harbor Drive Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel. It was the girl’s first visit to Con, and her seventeenth birthday. We spoke to a Harbor Police Sergeant who asks that anyone with information reach out by e-mailing

What We Know About The Comic-Con Cosplay Assault, And How To Help | The Mary Sue (via themarysue)

If you know something about this, please help.

Husband and wife team Meredith and David Finch have not yet taken over DC’s Wonder Woman title, but already they’ve made headlines for an awkward interview. At San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, TMS Editor-in-Chief Jill Pantozzi gave them the opportunity to elaborate on what they meant, and on what changes we can expect to see when they take over for Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chang in November.

The Mary Sue: Should we get the hard one out of the way first? Is Wonder Woman a feminist?

David Finch: Wonder Woman is a feminist icon and it’s an incredibly important aspect to her character. I absolutely regret the way that my words came out and it doesn’t reflect at all how I feel.

SDCC Exclusive Interview: New Wonder Woman Creative Team Says She’s “A Feminist Icon” | The Mary Sue (via themarysue)
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