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DC is having a hard week. Aside from the baffling backlash against Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, two other incidents happened which has pissed off a LOT of people. Here's a quick summary of each.

Harley Quinn Contest
In case you haven't heard yet, DC is holding a contest to hire fresh young artists to help work on the new Harley Quinn series. www.dccomics.com/node/305151 This is fantastic news for a lot of artists, as "breaking in" to the big comic book companies can be extraordinarily difficult to do and this helps level the playing field. However, the way they've chosen to hold the contest is to have everyone submit 4 illustrations based on 4 separate scripts... all of which depict Harley Quinn as suicidal and trying to kill herself "comically."

Now first off, I get the fact that Harley Quinn is part of the "Suicide Squad," and that these illustrations are likely poking fun at that. However I feel that fact falls on it's face since the term "Suicide Squad" is using the word suicide in the "that job is so crazy it would be suicide to even attempt it!" vernacular. She's not actually suicidal herself, last time I checked.

I also get that these are meant as pin-ups (we'll get back to that in a minute) that are suppose to be humorous in nature, like a chuck jones cartoon. And while I understand what they're going for... the way the descriptions are written come across as quite the opposite to the fun and carefree nature these are suppose to be.

It was also extraordinarily bad timing on DC's part since this contest is being held during the month of September, which happens to be national suicide awareness month. If this was an attempt to tie-in this character to the month to raise awareness, someone at DC needs to be fired for that.

The one illustration that really has most people offended is the one where Harley is naked in a bathtub about to kill herself with electrical appliances. There's so many things wrong with this scenario you have to start wondering if something rotten is festering over at DC right now to allow them to approve of this concept.

The problem I have is the potential to sexualize suicide. Obviously a character being naked doesn't have to mean they're inherently sexualized to begin with... but come on here, think about who the character is and what the purpose of these illustrations are for. They're pin-up illustrations to entice readers to pick up a book. Harley's own re-design has sexualized her more and more as the years have gone on, making her a lot more "skanky" looking than her original much more modest design. And there will most likely be far more male artists applying for this job (since this contest has offended so many women already), and if there's one thing you can count on for male artists working in/for the comic industry is to sexualize EVERY woman.

I've heard a lot of accounts of things like "Bruce Timm did Harley fan service respectfully!" but the problem with that is... Bruce Timm isn't the one doing it. It's amateur artists trying to make a name for themselves. Maybe it's just because I've seen so much evidence in support of the fact that male artists sexualize female characters so much that I don't have faith that this contest is going to be treated with the respect that it deserves.

Personally, while I understand the possibility that this is being blown way out of proportion by the media, I also feel that it's pretty obvious that women now more than ever are paying attention to the comic book industry. 10 years ago if this came out, I don't think anyone would've bat an eye, and that's the problem. The times have changed, but the mindset inside the industry hasn't. They're still operating on outdated beliefs from decades ago and they're acting all confused and befuddled when today's modern audience looks at this stuff and says "that's not cool."

In case you're wondering how I would do the contest, take a peek at the recent SYAC series I did (they will be gracing DA soon), where I have Harley guest star briefly. syacartoonist.com/in-the-name-…


Batwoman Lesbian Romance Canceled
The other story involves the characters of Batwoman Kate Kane and her girlfriend Maggie Sawyer being denied marriage. Allegedly the writers of the new Batwoman series had been working for over a year towards getting the two characters hitched, only to be told by DC at the last minute that they can't do that. This had the result of having the two writers J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman decide to quit after issue 26.

I don't know about you, but if I had been working for over a year on a storyline with an end goal in mind and was told, last minute, by higher ups that I had to abandon the storyline for no good reason... I'd be pretty bitter and would probably quit too.

You can say "DC isn't against lesbian marriage, they're just against marriage of their characters in general" all you want, but this has 2 ugly aspects working against that theory. First, they presumably had been in contact with people in DC during that whole year of working on this storyline. I find it very difficult to think that the people at DC wouldn't have had ANY idea where this story was going, or that the editors wouldn't have spoken up earlier and said "hey this isn't something DC wants to do" before the last minute bombshell. And second, even if DC IS against just characters marrying for whatever bullshit reason, this last minute halting really comes across as being kinda gross and homophobic. Even if that's not their intent, the message they unintentionally send is pretty bad... ESPECIALLY when you consider that DC's way of trying to bring in new female readers is by making Superman and Wonder Woman into a Twilight style knock-off romance.

This is 2013 already. Gays exist. Gays marry. It's funny how comics (and video games for that matter) frequently like to have female characters be ambiguously lesbian and bi for sex appeal for a presumed male audience, but heaven forbid those characters actually be characters in love and want to be married! Oh no!

So yeah.. those are the two stories that came out this week. DC is rotting right now and I don't know what the hell is going on over there. They just seem to be making mistake after mistake after mistake. I used to really respect DC and they were my favorite of the big two companies. But lately with how well Marvel has been doing rebranding their characters and making movies and being part of Disney and all that... I dunno... DC just doesn't seem like the god almighty powerhouse it used to be.
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DTJB Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DC, Don't Care.  Hee hee hee, just now made that up.  Except for DKR, Killing Joke and Watchmen, those are still cool in my book.  Uh-a--and-and Teen Titans Go, I guess.

"...DC's way of trying to bring in new female readers is by making Superman and Wonder Woman into a Twilight style knock-off romance."

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...the fuck?
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Eensy-Speck-Werewuff Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess I've still never forgiven DC for butchering Hal Jordan between 'Emerald Fallout', through 'Zero Hour' and his 'death' at the end of 'Final Night'. GL was the only hero I think I really ever took seriously, mainly because of two things: A) His ring had the capability to manipulate its energy into doing almost anything he could think of, governed if anything by his strength of will and a sense of absolute right and wrong, and B) without the Ring or without it being charged, he was just your average joe. I remember when Kyle Rayner duked it out with Jordan in the 'epilogue' for Zero Hour (it was an issue of Green Lantern in 1994, I don't remember the volume or number) saying to Hal as more or less a text gag: "You were a hero! All the kids on my block wanted to _be_ you! Of course, I wanted to be Superman..."

That really hit me in the gut. That and the whole DC universe going misty-eyed over Superman's death not long before, even Batman (who clearly stated in Final Night he could never forgive Hal/Parallax for the events of Zero Hour) calling Superman the 'hero he most respected'. Superman, for all his bells and whistles, was an alien castoff who, under Earth's yellow sun, was more or less the most physically powerful being on the planet. He had nothing to lose because there was rarely anything coming at him he couldn't duke down on or shrug off, and I hardly think (barring briefly the Sun-Eater in Final Night) anybody was going to shut off the Sun so he'd be a normal human equivalent again.

What would've been wrong with somebody referring Jordan to a psychiatrist after Mongol and the Cyborg Superman bumped off Coast City, pretty much setting up the whole avalanche that led to his becoming Parallax and the bulk of what was behind Zero Hour? Was he too good for a decent psychotherapist to help through; was he supposed to be 'strong' enough to deal with his home turf, the whole city, and everybody he knew there bombed into atom dust, and just pretend it didn't affect him? Was he supposed to not be a normal guy, who just happened to have a Power Ring? From the perspective of a guy (me, I mean) who's dealt with mental health issues for most of his adult life, it was pretty clear Hal needed psychiatric help, and long before Zero Hour and the mess that it came with. Yet DC apparently was happy to illustrate the point and do _nothing_ to help him get it, in storyline or intent.

The worst, and for me the final shot at the bow for Hal, ended up shortly after he became the Spectre after his death at the end of Final Night. It was a one-liner by a fellow hero. Dig it:

"Now Jordan is CONTROLLING the Spectre."

In other words, he shouldn't have that power. Like he started out on the Dark Side of the Force, as it were. Like he started out hurt and stripped of everything he cared about, and nobody gave a damn. As if he hadn't accepted to synch with the Wrath Of God (to become the Spectre, I mean) because, like John Corrigan and everybody who died in moral doubt and became the Spectre, he could not find rest in death or accept that what happened in his life was morally sound. He wasn't 'controlling' the Spectre, like a drunk at the wheel of a car, he had become him. Was it not good enough for them to have offed him at that point, now they need to piss on his grave after the fact?

Anyway, suffice it to say I gave up on DC Comics then and there. I didn't need to see a character I honestly believed in more than any other in the DC Universe shredded, bleached and flushed down the john any longer. Maybe what's happened that you've illustrated above, Tom, I can attempt to give to them, through it, a bit of the comeuppance I would've loved to a long time ago.

-2Paw.
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chemicalzone97 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Honestly, it does seem strange because of the fact that it was cancelled at the last minute, but it may have been because it would alienate some readers, a lot of comic readers could be against the idea of gay marriage (I personally see no reason as to be against it, but its their opinion, they deserve at least that) so they could loose a large amount of readers if they did this, but they should have at least planned it thoroughly instead of it being a last minute decision.  They could have done it to favour all parties, that there are huge profile gay superheroes, Batwoman, green lantern (earth-2) ect, but for those who are against the idea they don't have to see them get married.

I believe it was a mistake to do this, the character has been written as gay since 2006, that's 7 years, but maybe the entire world is just not ready to face the fact being gay is fine, in america, the major view on black people was mostly negative only 60 years ago, we just need to wait for the rest of the world to see that being homosexual is not an abnormality, but a part of nature. Then characters such as Batwoman and Green Lantern (earth-2) can get married without complaint.
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TuxNTopHat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
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WHY IS THIS HAPPENING
DC COMICS DESTROYED A PERFECTLY GOOD FEMALE CHARACTER
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Pandonuclear Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Frankly, the contest is rather stupid, but there are some gems in the pile of this nonsense
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Passin Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Urgh, that was a dumb move DC. So I will continue to Make Mine Marvel.
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madizzlee Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013   General Artist
This is so interesting, I had no idea all of this was going on (other than the Ben Affleck news, obviously). I've always respected DC, but this some pretty horrible stuff going on. 
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KeybladeKnight99 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Writer
Get ready for the Infinite Flash Crisis reboot in a few years!!
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Midnari Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Jolly Jack says this better than I can:


It reads:

PANEL 4
Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.


Not:

PANEL 4
Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen. We are witnessing all this from a birds eye view. Suds and steam obscure the nipples but not the full rack. Her free arm is curled just under her boobs, raising them slightly out of the water and at the same time squeezing them together gently.
A rubber duck floats over her snatch. It looks happy.

Of course, his illustration was with her bits and pieces well hidden by the tub itself, arms flapped over it, ready to cut the string as a ton of electric death hovered above her. Not all that sexy, especially with an indifferent face. 

Fact is, people put a lot of things into their own minds, and believe things themselves. It says more about the person laying that blame than those writing the scenario. To go a bit further into this, and something I've stated before, I'm in the belief that; Yes, I have every right to do what I want with this character and lean them this way rather than that. If it hurts the feelings of some of my viewers, oh well, it's not their character and if they don't like it... Fanart and fanfiction exist for a reason.

Though, I'm avid supporter of... Non-political correct bullshit. This isn't some sexist thing with me, there's plenty of portrayals of women in the media that I'm not a huge fan of and I believe would be better suited for the past rather than the future. At the same time, I'm not one to yell that it should be taken down, or should be dismantled, not because it shouldn't or because I don't want to 'Speak up' but due in part to the First Amendment.

Freedom of Speech can be good or bad but if there is imagination, creation, and if you have the ability to use that character and take ownership of them... Well, have at it. If I want to fix that problem, I don't believe in complaining, I believe in the action of doing something that gets looked at even more. Something that will LEAD others into following behind that action. 

Talk is cheap, it does very little (Unless you have a massive amount of supporters to the point that something like Xbox-One might've been utterly CRUSHED by it's other competitors) and the best way to go about change is starting that change yourself with action; LEGAL action. But action none-the-less. 

Though, that's just me and, of course, you've every right to your opinions on the matter and I'm certainly not belittling them. I disagree, severely, with you on this case but that's just a matter of personal opinion but never, and not, a personal attack. 

Wishing you the best, Tom. (Also, I liked the last few comics believe it or not. I forget to say that in my last message since my point was more to the journal. I'm a huge fan of the Animated Series style of Batman, Joker, and Harley. The small panel of Batman in a tub was well executed as well. Great stuff, man.)
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Auronyth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I never really liked DC anyway. Marvel, darkhorse, image, tokyopop, yenpress, shonenjump, and independents all the way!  But yeah that harley contest  is !!!!????? REALLY???!!!  As for the marriage cancellation I would quit to if I was the writer/artist a whole year of my life and love gone! And lets get progressive people not backwards. But the argument exists most famous comic characters avoid marriage to keep the tension between crossovers/new characters fresh. Still if this was a year in the making the cancellation is suspicious...
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The-Itchy-Bird Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel really bad for the original creators and fans of Harley Quinn, especially since her intro to the Batman universe gave the comics a boost. And for the upcoming artists! If they have to try and get into DC, then that has to be one of the worst ways DV is giving ANYONE. Chance. :C

And for Batwoman....I was WAITING for them to get hitched. Not that I'm lesbian myself, but why not, DC? Not like a simple gay marriage is worse than the old comics they made with "extreme innuendoes", right?
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I'm....not sure what to say. Fetishisng death, and in such a way, seems just below he standards of such a mainstream publisher like DC, not to mention the moral part of this! What have to say the people who were close to killing themselves, or lost their loved ones becouse of suicide? I can still understand fanservise, but there SOME border one should not cross...
Blocking the marriage of Kate and Maggie, well I'm that something I sadly knew, but I'm still sore. By the way is Clark's and Diana's romance is that bad?  I've been only following the Batfamilly books since the reboot, and don't know much about it...
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mattwilson83 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
terrible dude. I had to make a demotivational poster after finding out what they wanted to do with Harley XP

and also... ben affleck as batman... *facepalm* bruce... maybe... but the bat... *shakes head* ughhh....
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hiltonic Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, that all does suck. i mean ive read stuff like jhonny the homicidal maniac and i dont think that even made me feel as wrong as harley quinn suicide fetishwork...... cause its obvious thats what it is <<. as for batgirl not getting married.... im too used to hearing stuff like this that im starting to being desensitized to it.... which is sad in its own right.

is it bad that after reading this, one of the first things i though was "i bet archie comics is feeling happy that dc is screwing up more than they are right now" ?
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littletwin3 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
This is completely pulling focus from the main topic, but why would they put Superman and Wonder Woman together? I was under the impression that Batman and Wonder Woman were already one of those won't admit it, but totally are, couples. Was I wrong about that?
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DeviousVampire Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
I think it's the idea of having arguably the world's strongest man with the world's strongest woman, in some people's minds they would be the end all be all of power couples. Personally I don't think they fit well at all, and there have been several attempts to write them as a couple before, all of them quite atrocious. The only time I've seen any kind of couple like chemistry from Wonder Woman and Batman was from the Justice League cartoon where they were pretty much as you described... I'm still waiting for DC to explore that more...
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littletwin3 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Oh ok, that makes sense most of what I know about DC I got from that cartoon. They should try to expand on their relationship more, I thought they had cute contrast.
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CleverCaveman Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe they should to some Bob Dylan "...the times they are a changin'..."
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CleverCaveman Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't support the gays but I also don't consider myself to be homophobic; to me DC's actions certainly appear to be homophobic. 
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MWRuuRuu Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really understand how you could not 'support the gays' but also not be homophobic? This is genuinely not me trying to be smart with you, I'd really like to respectfully hear what you would consider yourself, if not homophobic.
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CleverCaveman Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough. I do not think that homosexuality is possible on any level except for a psychological one, at the same time I do not have a dislike or hate for gay people just for being gay; that is ignorant and juvenile. Since neither I nor anyone has all the facts on what homosexuality really is it would be illogical and arrogant for me to condemn the gays on the other hand (as I said) I essential "don't believe in" homosexuality so I'm not going to any rallies or making any votes or signing any petitions. Questions? 
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MWRuuRuu Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for replying so quickly and in such a pleasant manner! I do see where your coming from but I don't really understand how you could not 'believe' in homosexuality. It is a fact that it appears in many species of animals on this planet. To deny it would be to deny what's right in front of you. I do support you in your passiveness though; many people would say that if they don't understand something it should be eliminated. I thank you for your respect for things you don't agree with, and respect you as well for it.
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CleverCaveman Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact that something appears in other species is not definitive proof that it is normal for humans. Female black widow spiders eat their male partner after mating; if this were to happen in human society people would think the woman was insane. 
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MWRuuRuu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But we are hardly connected genetically to insects the way we are connected to other mammals. Just look at our closest mammal relatives and you will see how natural it is for some of our kind to be that way. And the fact that homosexuality has been apparent in history since the beginning of mankind just shows how natural it is to us. It's not like this is some sudden event that got popular so everybody started doing it.
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CleverCaveman Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay there are a lot of things which have been around for a long time this does not validate their existence and is not evidence for anything; take the bible for example, really but mostly fiction. Also it has been round for a long time? That make it outdated. It is performed by not sentient animals? That probably means we should consider whether it's necessary or right for us to do it because it certainly isn't essential to our survival or beneficial to our advancement/evolution as a species. Not that everything we do needs to be. 
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MWRuuRuu Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The bible being around a long time does not prove what's inside it. What it does prove is that it is a valid physical text. And I'm not sure where you get this idea that homosexuality could not be essential to our survival or beneficial to our advancement. It can be theorized that the implantation of homosexuality in a scattered few individuals could be an evolutionary change so we do not overpopulate on this planet. Nature didn't account for the advancements we've made in the health of our species though, so homosexuality probably won't save us anyway. But it could be easily understood that this was a mechanism implanted as a chance in humanity so we do not risk breeding ourselves to the death.
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IronSheepEngine Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
My theory is that Frank Miller's insanity is now taking hold throughout DC.

The latter part sounds almost as bad as Spiderman's "One More Day" arc...well, except no deals with the devil were involved this time.
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ThunderWolfang Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't get me wrong, I love characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and a lot more, but as an industry, DC has lost my respect :<
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Duskanddawn5 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That part with the HQ contest sounds like a horrible idea and it's not funny, sheesh what has the company/industry come to these days? >.<"
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LeonKatlovre Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
all I gotta say... congrats Marvel, your alliance with Disney is actually paying off... I was skeptical of that one...

DC needs to get their game back in one piece
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Rhythm-Wily Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
My problem is I kinda hate how narrowly they're construing the Harley Quin contest. Why not give the artists more free reign to best show their creativity? Oh well.
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BRouse3318 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I don't normally read journals, but I do read these. It seems like you have a very level head about most things and I appreciate that.
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student General Artist
"This is 2013 already. Gays exist. Gays marry. It's funny how comics (and video games for that matter) frequently like to have female characters be ambiguously lesbian and bi for sex appeal for a presumed male audience, but heaven forbid those characters actually be characters in love and want to be married! Oh no!"

Love you so much right now.
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ForegoneConclusion Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm just really disgusted by the whole Harley Quinn thing. The thought of glorifying and sexualizing suicide is repulsive. 
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Jeimii-chan719 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
that is sad, i love DC comics. that sounds insane what they're doing.
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donkfur78 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok. Let Harley kill herself. Remember when two kids tried shooting themselves after listening to Judas Priest, and heavy metal lost all of it's fans? I mean, comic books have touched on every subject in humanity, from sexuality, to drugs, to war, to politics, etc. I think suicide itself sucks, and people should never do it, but I also believe that about drugs, war, and politics. With that said, maybe a HQ suicide should carry some sort of warning. Or maybe a parental figure should step up and be a parental figure. 

With that said, I would feel bad if a bullied 12 year old read such an issue and mimicked it. So maybe there are no good answers.

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La-Bomba-Frita Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Having a message about how suicide is bad is all fine and dandy, but why does she need to be naked to commit suicide?
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Ameno-era Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
becouse she commites suicide in the bathtub?... as far as i know, when people use the bathtub, they are naked....:iconfacepalmplz:
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La-Bomba-Frita Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But  why does she need to commit suicide in the bathtub?  I doubt the reason DC specified that the entries had to feature HQ naked were for "verisimilitude".
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donkfur78 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the poignant side of me might reflect on how society has issues with managing moderation, with being over-sexed to the point of offering nude suicide as comic book fare.

The cynical side of me, however, would suggest that "sex sells", and if a nude HQ suicide generates a lot of profit, then DC will feel that the ends have somehow justified the means. 


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La-Bomba-Frita Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally I think it's a little of both.  A bit of a shame really.  I tend to think over-sexualization wouldn't be such a problem if it wasn't so taboo (at least here in the states anyway).
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donkfur78 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, I suspect that like most things, the truth tends to straddle multiple perspectives. And it is a shame, for a variety of reasons. When something is made taboo, yeah, it causes people to indulge in it, hide in the shadows, like an addict. Without a societal acceptance and openness, there is no dialogue, no discussions on what is good. It becomes a black market in a sense, criminalizing that which is natural. It's bad enough we do that with somebody who smokes a joint, but to do that to someone who likes erotic art? Yeah, there is imbalance. Humans are sexual creatures, just like the rest of the animal kingdom.

With that said, however, I do feel that children should be shielded somehow. I don't think a HQ nude suicide is a great way to bring that topic up to a very young person.
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NeilNotNiel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I'm a Marvel Zombie, loud and proud, for most of my life. That's my cards on the table. There are though, a few really good characters at DC who I have liked for years, and have enjoyed reading. Now, however, just the way they do business, how they treat characters and creators, puts me off. Oracle was my favourite DC character, so how they treated Barbara is terrible. This latest debacle is a seriously terrible, and I share your view that something is rotting, or rotten, at DC right now.
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SolitudeMais Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
When I grew up I always wanted to work for DC and write and illustrate comics, but after the few years with the new 52 and horrible writing that dream passed. but with all those recent news, it makes me want to work for DC to help them rebuild and change their current ways. 
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Cerulean452 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I heard they are going to be messing with Lobo, too. Why can't they just leave things alone?? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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StrangelyIsolated Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
My girlfriend started a petition to try to get DC to stop this contest.  Everyone please check it out and share it and sign it!  It would be greatly appreciated!!
www.change.org/petitions/dc-co…
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druesnant Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Are you really serious?

Well, I'm participating to the contest because the script looks like fun.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I reblogged this on my Facebook account. Hope that helps. :)
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StrangelyIsolated Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
We reached the intial goal of 1000!  Thanks so much, we really, really appreciate it!
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SteampunkedKAT Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
three words ... WHAT... A ...MESS! that will be all ( for now ).
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