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Friday, January 12, 2018 

Some fashion revolution this must be

Fashionista magazine wrote a sugary article about fashion designs by artists in modern comic adaptations like Jem and the Holograms (already under scrutiny for its social justice pandering), and there's a few parts here that have to be taken issue with. For example:
Of course, there are reasons for this. When constructing two-dimensional worlds either for comics or cartoons, every aspect is a labor of love. [...]
Not if it's the kind of atrocities Marvel's been forcing onto their casts of late, and down the audience's throats. Any artist who willingly engages in what Axel Alonso (and undoubtably Joe Quesada) mandated - including the dumbing down of character physiques - isn't doing it as a love labor, but as disrespect for hundreds of past artists like Dave Cockrum, Jack Kirby and John Romita Sr, who had better ideas for fashion in their time, along with character physique, which, while semi-restricted in those days of the Comics Code, was still far more imaginative than what we've seen recently.

And then, there's the following comments by artist Jen Bartel:
But Rihanna isn't the only source of inspiration of Bartel's illustrative work. She approaches her designs with the eye of someone dressing an actual flesh-and-blood human being. "The first thing I think about is functionality: As a woman, one of the things that will immediately pull me out of a story is if the female characters are all dressed in absurd clothes that wouldn't even physically work, and would likely make it impossible for them to move around or even walk properly," she explained. "Once I've figured out how functional her clothes need to be, I start thinking about who she is as a character. Is she someone who is sexual and seductive? Is she shy and quiet? When designing clothes for fictional characters, my main goal is to help further the narrative and help the viewer understand what the character is all about."
I'm afraid this is something only a person who can't appreciate surrealism could say. If she's implying a costume like Wonder Woman's "wouldn't physically work", we already know that; it's not meant to be realistic. If she can't dig surrealism for what it is, she has no business whatsoever wasting time in a medium whose past contributors she obviously doesn't appreciate at all, not even the women with better understandings than she has.

Besides, if the comics she's working on now are in any ways dictated by PC mandates like Jem is, then there's no point in bothering to give them financial backing.

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