I get a type of sick satisfaction from The Yellow Mighty Morphin Power Rangers that a lot of people wont understand. Let me explain, The original Japanese team only had one female character, The Pink Ranger. Yellow one was the male character Boi. Yes, they gender bent a boy character named Boi! It’s hilarious, right?
I love the fact that this stylized toy version from the movie is very much a woman. It should be noted that Trini, the original Yellow Power Ranger, was swapped out for Aiesha by the time the first MMPR movie had come out, and that the toy to the left is from that.
I just love this geeky fact. I’m sorry! I was going through some pictures on my phone and I just had to share!
I try to post things on Fridays that are about women in some sort of way, or rather… I have been failing to do that for the most part. I decided to post this video I discovered today that detailed the differences between the terms Transgender vs. Transexual. I think it is informative/interesting.
Gender, in general, is a hot button topic, and things are well… confusing. Below is a chart that I found off of pinterest, so sadly I do not know who originally created it, that shows… I’m going to go with almost all of the differences in umm… gender? I guess?
A little while ago, I shared a picture that I commissioned Kittyhawk to do for me of a mermaid version of Flounder from The Little Mermaid. One of the main reasons that I had to request it, was because I had never seen it before, and could not find it anywhere. While searching, here are some of the things that I found.
Not quite sure the original source on this one, but if I find out I will update this article. So Flounder is a little gay for Eric? Or is he imagining what Eric and Ariel making out would look like? No clue.
VivytheKiwi – Ariel Flounder Cosplay Croatia
Female flounder, but is she a mermaid? Sadly, while Shigeko_Kari makes a pretty flounder, something isn’t fishy with her outfit. Interesting take on Flounder’s hairstyle.
daekazu – The Little Merman
One of the things that is SUPER annoying about finding this piece during my search, besides how close it is to having a gender bent mermaid Flounder, is that I had never seen it before even though I already followed daekazu! *Sigh*
Maybe artists will pick up on Mermaid flounder eventually, as I can not afford to comission enough artists to completely flood the internet with her… yet. Happy Mer-Monday/4th of July everyone!
I recently got the opportunity to interview Zoe Crockett, a phenomenal artist who’s work I’ve enjoyed over the last few years. Below is said interview, with some of her art that can be found on her deviant art. I’ve mixed in a taste of her work into the interview to spice things up. Everything below is SFW but her deviant art is most certainly NSFW. Enjoy?
Sean: Are there any projects that you are either currently working on or have completed that you would like to talk about?
Zoe: I’m currently working on a number of projects. Besides commissions and sketches, I’m working on the second (and final volume) of my comic “Opey the Warhead”, a comic with Josh Eiserike (who I worked with on “Anyone but Virginia”), “The Quacking Dead”, and a comic called “Destiny” for TGComics. Whew. That’s a lot.
Sean:You do a series of drawings called the Quacking Dead, which is a parody of The Walking Dead but featuring ducks. Besides an obvious liking of the series, what inspired you to draw these?
Zoe: Depression. I was feeling very down at the time I started up the comic and needed something to keep me amused drawing everyday. I came up with “The Quacking Dead” as a means of therapy, but also a tip of the hat to a show I love. The main source of inspiration for “The Quacking Dead” stylistically was Carl Barks, whose Duck comics I adored as a kid (and still do).
Sean: What is your favorite art medium to use, and what is your favorite to view?
Zoe: My favorite medium is pen and ink. I love using a knib and an ink bottle to create artwork. Mechanical pencils come in as a close second. However, my favorite medium to view is digital art. I’m astonished by the colors, effects, and realism they can put into art that’s difficult in my medium.
Sean: What artists have inspired and/or influenced you over the years?
Zoe: Mostly cartoonists like Carl Barks, Sergio Aragones, Milton Kaniff and Wil Eisner, as they generally employ a unique style into their own works that is fascinating. This uniqueness is what I inspire towards.
Sean: Who are some of your favorite cartoon characters or comic book characters, and why?
Zoe: I think my favorite cartoon and comic character is Scrooge McDuck. He’s one tough cookie and I like the idea of a rich, elderly duck going on crazy adventures. It’s very imaginative.
Sean: You tend to draw a lot of sexy women, so it begs the obvious question: Who do you think is the sexiest cartoon character of all time?
Zoe: First of all, thank you for the compliment. Drawing women is a joy for me, the curvier the better. Accordingly, I thought the sexiest cartoon character of all time was April O’ Neil from the first cartoon version of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. The character is a bit out there, though, as no one in the media would hire a woman with large boobs as a reporter. I kid. I kid.
Sean: You have done a lot of transformation sequences in the past, such as people turning into mermaids or people changing their genders. Is there any one particular sequence that you are particularly proud of?
Zoe: I think the sequence “A Probing Dilemma” is the one I’m most proud of. It was entirely of my own creation and featured an alien abducting a hick and, inadvertently, changing the captive’s sex. The sequence allowed me to draw a beautiful woman and do a lot of cartooning.
Sean: As a regular contributor of TGcomics, would you say that as far as your work goes, that pieces involving gender change are your favorite ones to create?
Zoe: Absolutely. The slower and more detailed the better. I think it’s fun to see the character’s reaction to each curve that slowly slopes onto his body.
Sean: Has anyone ever asked you to draw anything that you were uncomfortable with, and if so, what was it?
Zoe: Yes. One person tried to commission me to draw a story of a young girl watching her older sister have sex. I don’t like drawing things that put kids in sexual situations. I also don’t like depicting rape.
Sean: You worked with indie film creator Mako on her movie “Paradox Alice”, doing illustrations and story boards. What was that like, and have you ever done something similar before that project?
Zoe: It was a lot of fun to draw a pivotal scene in “Paradox Alice”. It wasn’t something I’ve ever done.
Sean: Would you want to work on similar projects in the future?
Zoe: Absolutely. I deeply enjoy storytelling, whether it’s other people’s stories or my own.
Sean: What was the best part about working on Paradox Alice?
Zoe: Drawing the lead actress of the film in a portrait. Lord, what a beauty.
Sean: You have drawn Capcom fighting game character Morrigan from the cult classic title Darkstalkers before. I personally love this series, and was wondering if you enjoyed it, as well as other fighting games? If so, what are some of your favorite ones, as well as which characters are your favorites from them?
Zoe: I did enjoy drawing Morrigan, as she is one beautiful lady. I’ve always wanted an excuse to draw Chun-Li but the occasion has never arisen, alas. Same with Cammy, who is one of my personal favorites.
Sean: Do you currently take commissions, and if so, what is the best way to contact you for them? Also, what are your going rates for commissions?
Zoe: I’m not currently taking any commissions, but the best way to contact me for one is by sending a request to my email, firstname.lastname@example.org or noting me on my “Cluedog” profile on Deviantart. I usually charge about $10 per single drawing and $50 for comic pages.
I hope everyone enjoyed my interview with Zoe Crockett. Please check out her art on her deviant art, and if you would like more interesting interviews in the future, please let me know!
Happy MerMonday everyone! To celebrate this day right, I commissioned the wonderful web comic artist Kittyhawk from Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki to make this beautiful picture below!
Wait, who is this? If it wasn’t blatantly obvious, it is a rule 63 of The Little Mermaid’s flounder! I showed Kitty a simple/rough photo manipulation I had done while conceptualizing Floun… er… Floundera? no wait… that sounds too much like Thundercat’s planet Thundera. Fem Flounder? In it I included Ursala’s shell necklace, but Ms. Hawk went a step further with the earrings that matched. Why did I choose Flounder, and why rule 63’ed?
I saw a list a while back on Disney princesses as princes, and saw a male Ariel with an adorable female Flounder. While Flounder was cute, it did make me sad about the lost opportunity there. What would a complete role reversal look like?
Google, surprisingly, failed to show that, and that was why I did a mock up proof of concept, and eventually had to commission this piece. Girl Flounder had to exist, and more importantly… she had to be shown to the world.
The above image was the end results, and I’m pretty happy about it. Do I expect others to like this image and want to do fan art based on this idea, now that it exists? Maybe? Will I end up having to commission more art of her, possibly with some sort of a sinister grim dark scenario of why she is a mermaid and what happened to Ariel? Maybe?
Anyways, what does everyone think of the concept as well as the artwork?
I hate Psylocke for one major reason, and if she were a real flesh and blood person, I would probably be a monster for hating her, as it isn’t her fault.
You see… Psylocke is an otaku fantasy. She is the twin sister of the British Caucasian character Captain Britain. She… appropriated obtained the Japanese assassin Revanche’s body though. Revanche A.K.A. Kwannon died of Betsy Bradrock’s original bodies’ Super AIDS Legacy Virus, so don’t worry… Psylocke is guilt free, and has inherited Kwannon’s martial arts skills!
I know that I am glossing over a lot of the history for both women, it’s just that honestly… her being originally British, is sort of like The Phoenix originally not actually being Jean Grey… people like to forget that that is a thing…
… and that’s wrong.
In no media, other than the original comics, has Psylocke ever been portrayed in her British body. Hey, I get it. Caucasian Betsy must not have been popular, and this was their way to spice her up!
Sexy ninja with British accent? Amazing! I can’t help but feel that if this happened today with a character, people would be really upset.
Psylocke will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse, and will be played by actress Olivia Munn. Munn was born in America, but her mother is of Chinese descent, although raised in Vietnam. Her father is of English descent, with some German and Scottish thrown in there for good measure. She was raised primarily in Japan on an Air Force base near Tokyo. Why do I mention all of this? Because someone who is half Mongoloid and half Caucasian of a British background is honestly the best thing to happen to this fictional character.
Here’s hoping that X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t suck!
Imagine a character who visually looks like he comes from Inuyasha, is a prince with cooler armor than Dragon Ball Z’s Vegita, and uh… well, has the same exact curse as Ranma, and you have the bad ass character Herb.
Herb, is only in the Ranma 1/2’s manga, which is a real shame. Herb is, however, he is in the better SNES Ranma fighting game, Ranma 1/2: Chougi Ranbu Hen as you can see in the video below:
Herb is very unknown due to not being in the anime. This sucks, as s/he is the most awesome of them all, what with literally being the descendant from dragons! Herb and Herb’s two followers force Ranma and her friends on a journey to China to find an item that will unlock Ranma’s male side again after Herb uses a magical ladle that locks Ranma’s form into his transformed state. See?!
All of this is amazing! Why did they skip over Herb in the OVA’s and movies?!
Below are possibly the only two pictures of cosplay of this character, and they date back to 2003!
2003 was 13 years ago. Thanks Oshidori from the year 2003 for being awesome!