“There’s nothing wrong with making art to titillate — that is the entire point of porn and erotica, after all — but it should above all be honest about what it is trying to do, and who it is trying to do it for. Superhero comics often ends up looking a lot like a really specialized form of erotica aimed exclusively at straight men, which is fine if it’s trying to be erotica aimed exclusively at straight men, but can be a pretty strange experience if you’re showing up for action-adventure tales of fantasy and drama that are intended to appeal to a wide audience for non-erotic reasons.”
From a great article about sex in comics by Laura Hudson.
We pissed some people off with the gender swapped Valentines, but we made far MORE people really happy and that is a great sign. I honestly wouldn’t want to make any ignorant people happy with my art.
The point of the Valentines was to draw something fun and sexy for Valentines day, but they also couldn’t help but display certain hypocrisies in the way men and women are portrayed in super hero comics.
A lot of people seem to think being sexy is only for females and being strong is only for males. However, as evidenced by every strong female athlete and every smoking hot male model, those people are wrong.
Diversity in comics is something that is very important to me. Much of the world and the people in it aren’t tailored for these pissed off people and they’ll have to get used to it someday, because a lot of other people like to read comics too.