Saturday, October 23, 2010

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Here is February's illustration for the upcoming 2011 Pile Girl original collectable calendar. I will have a guest artist doing one month this year. I have my dear husband, John, working on the illustration for April. Let's see what he comes up with. :D

Thursday, October 7, 2010

gender roles in happy meal boxes

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John and I each had a Happy Meal for lunch today. I thought it was interesting that the illustration for the boys' toys is so unfriendly looking. Especially compared with the one for the girls.

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This reminds me of the differences between the comic books that many boys enjoy and the ones for girls like me. I like Archie comics and other cheerful fun comics. I don't get the same enjoyment from what I call "testosterone comics". They seem to me to full of angst and bad feelings. Characters frown and grimace while they fight each other.

And don't get me started on those lumpy bulging muscles so many of them have! I should create "Couch Potato Comics" where friendly pudgy characters smile and avoid conflict.