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A friend of mine insisted that I give “Red Hood and the Outlaws” (or, as I like to call it, “The Adventures of Douchebag & Dudebro”) a chance because Scott Lobdell is a totally awesome writer and he MUST have a good reason for screwing over Starfire’s character (both literally and figuratively) in the New 52 reboot. I tried the first issue. And this comic is basically the impression it left on me regarding Jason Todd and Roy Harper’s, er, “partnership” with Starfire.

Ranty feminist artwork under the cut.... )
brendala: (Carm scowl)

For those of you who have never played a Sly game....I swear, I'm not exaggerating here! The differences between the original trilogy and the sexist abomination that was Sly 4 really is THIS EXTREME!!

Seriously, when you actually sit down and compare how Sly is characterized in the Sucker Punch trilogy vs Sly 4, the difference is....pretty stark. Mainly regarding the way he treated women.
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This particular essay caused quite a wank storm among Sly Cooper fans on both Tumblr and Deviant Art. So I thought it would be interesting to see how it's received by the friends I have here who are mostly unfamiliar with the Sly Cooper franchise (save the two poor saps I recently roped into playing the original trilogy ~_^)

Basically, I believe that Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time perfectly encapsulates what is WRONG with the current gaming industry and culture vis-à-vis female representation. And this essay explains why.

FYI, The essay contains MAJOR spoilers for all four games. So if you want to play the original trilogy before reading about how Sly 4 took a steaming dump on it & locked the female characters in the fridge, go do that now. The essay will still be here when you get back.

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brendala: (Carm scowl)
Very few male Sly fans seem to understand why this game bothers me. This comic was my attempt to illustrate it in a way they might understand:

Here's the DA link.

I swear, it felt like this game was TRYING to make female players uncomfortable. The original Sly trilogy treated the two female leads very well. But this game...
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So, if any of you guys are getting sick of my recent Sly Cooper spamming. Just keep all those facts in mind and try to be patient with me.
brendala: (Bentley_Penelope  icon)
I had a free day today and felt like whipping out my colored pencils. Expect to see more colorful things later!

More doodling under the cut.... )
brendala: (magical me)
So my search for a new doodle pen lead me to the 99 cent store that just opened near my house. These pens aren't perfect; but they work almost as well as the brand that I can't find anymore

Here are some of my test doodles. I tried to draw a little of everything to make sure it worked:


Random assortment of scribbles... )

[ profile] earthstar_moon 's Sly Cooper AU
Joann, Stu, and I recently brainstormed ways to make Sly Cooper 4 not suck.
FYI, I have dubbed Sly 4: Thieves in Time "the-game-that-shall-not-be-named" because, like the-SHOW-that-shall-not-be-named, it's a sexist piece of shit that fridged two of my all time favorite fictional ladies!!
...*ahem* Anyway, here's the AU pictures and the texts that inspired them (the full geeky brainstorm can be found here)

AU madness under the cut.... )

Final verdict: Very good quality for a pen I got as a 4-pack at the 99-Cent Store. For now, this'll suit my scribble needs nicely! :)
brendala: (Carmelita icon)
Sometimes, you CAN judge a book by it's cover.

For example, my initial reaction upon seeing the rebooted design for Carmelita Fox (the main female character and all-around badass from the original Sly Cooper trilogy) was, "WTF!? There is no way in HELL that this game will be good!! Why is it directly pandering to the wierdo pervs who draw furry porn!!!!?!??"

For those who aren't familiar with Sly Cooper, here's a side-by-side comparison of the old and new designs (hint: the original design is the one that DOESN'T SUCK!!!):

...but, in the end, I opted to give it the benefit of the doubt and buy the game anyway. That was a mistake.

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I can't help wondering if this sexing up of a game franchise that was previously...
a) not guilty of the sexist nonsense that seems to plague the game industry nowadays
b) primarily marketed to CHILDREN!!
....has something to do with modern trends or culture or whatever. It's just scary how female representation in media (especially in stuff that's aimed at kids) seems to be going BACKWARDS instead of FORWARDS.

On a lighter note, I couldn't help wondering how this game would have been received if the tables were turned and pervy WOMEN had gotten their clutches on this franchise. And then this fantastic piece of crack-art was born...
Sexy & Sparkly fan-comic under the cut... )
brendala: (Bentley_Penelope  icon)
Because I'm feeling sappy this week, here's a nerdy wedding scene!!

Fluff under the cut...... )
brendala: (DV BRAVO)

I just felt like sketching Carmelita and Penelope fighting together. And I opted to humanize them because I suck at drawing anthro characters I wanted to challenge myself artistically. It’s not perfect (I did it in pen, so I didn’t have the benefit of an eraser when I messed up); but I still like the way it came out.

One of the things I had hoped to see in Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time was some interaction between Carmelita and Penelope. As much as I adore this series, it was always a bit of a bummer that it had very few cool, non-villain female characters. I LOVED Penelope in Sly 3 and I was curious to see how she and Carmelita would relate to one another if they met in Sly 4 (my guess was that they would both spend hours complaining about the hideous new outfits they got stuck with).


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brendala: (Daph Velma AARG)
I've heard good things about the work of Tony Harris over the years. But I'm wondering if I should swear his comic books off from now on (and encourage my fellow nerd girls to do the same) after this dude recently outed himself as a massive, sexist piece of shit.

I'm a little late to this outrage party. But I wanna put in my 2 cents anyway (since I happen to be one of those "COSPLAY-Chiks" he despises so much)...

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