The Darkened V

Posted by RazzaTazz (9586 posts) - - Show Bio

This is more of a question type of blog as opposed to my regular (formerly regular) kind of blog where I muse about some comic book stuff of some kind or another.  For anyone that doesn't read Zenescope but has been exposed to it, one of the most common questions is "How can you read stuff that is so demeaning towards women being a female reader yourself?"  Generally I answer that the covers misrepresent the characters within, who are some of the best written female characters in comics.  As a rule though I do agree with the assessment of most people based on the covers, that is to say I can understand why some people would judge these books by their cover.  Since joining this site one of the constant regrets that people have given me is that I am in no way artistically inclined and that I can't draw really at all.  Since joining the site and immersing myself in comics like never before though it has exposed me to a lot of different facets of art, and I no longer look at it simply at face value anymore, and instead I look at the layers more between ink, pencil and colour.  One thing which has become somewhat evident to me, and generally to any observer of the Grimm Fairy Tales lineup, is the presentation of breasts on the covers.  It is not that I spend a lot of time looking at them, just having read over two hundred issues of Zenescope titles in the past year has made it kind of hard to avoid paying at least a little attention to them.   To get to my question finally, I have noticed something despite my lack of artistic knowledge and that is that the artist use a darkened V shape presumably which makes the breasts appear more 3-dimensional and also larger.  Is this something which is done across the industry or is it more specific to Zenescope artists and their exploitative cover styles?   

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#1 Posted by wildvine (8918 posts) - - Show Bio

I am ashamed to admit I have never noticed this, despite my love of female hero's/Villainess'es.

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#2 Posted by RazzaTazz (9586 posts) - - Show Bio
@wildvine: Yes but you see it now right?
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#3 Posted by wildvine (8918 posts) - - Show Bio

Hard to miss now, yeah.

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#4 Posted by Delphic (1468 posts) - - Show Bio

I believe it's something done across the industry, but certain artists make more prominent use of it. J. Scott Campbell, the artist who primarily does Zenescope covers, is notorious for utilizing any method he can to sexy up his female characters, including the darkened V-shapes. Though I think he is more known for his absurdly thin waistlines, and hardly possible for contortionists posing.

#5 Posted by RazzaTazz (9586 posts) - - Show Bio
@Delphic: Fair enough, I know there a lot of tricks, but in looking into this I actually compared some Danger Girl and didnt notice it as prominently.  
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#6 Posted by End_Boss (725 posts) - - Show Bio

Is the art posted here the same that I always see on that "Grimm Fairy Tales" (might have the name slightly wrong) book? Because as a grown-ass man, I could not even take one of those books up to the register with a straight face. It's just so... Blatant. I mean, don't get me wrong, big fan of sexy ladies, but it's just... I don't know. "Cheesecake" doesn't even begin to describe it.

#7 Posted by RazzaTazz (9586 posts) - - Show Bio

@End_Boss: yes, exactly, my path to being a GFT fan was by way of bypassing the covers and focusing on the stories within.

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#8 Posted by evilvegeta74 (4525 posts) - - Show Bio

Emma Frost is an example as well

#9 Posted by RazzaTazz (9586 posts) - - Show Bio

@evilvegeta74: I guess she would be, I don't read much of X-Men though

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