Pharaoh Decoration

One of the things that I love about Darkstalkers is the fact that there are still moves in the game that I have never seen before. I was searching for Anakaris’ curse where he turns Morrigan into a bat and other characters into small animals or dolls etc… and instead I found his Pharaoh Decoration… which combines the best of Demitri’s Midnight Bliss move and Anakaris’ Pharaoh Curse. If I had known that this move was a thing, I’d have been doing this the entire time.

You know, I used to argue that Capcom was full of it when they said that The Darkstalkers characters transform too much in their game and that that was why they did not want to make a new game… but now I am starting to believe them.

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Dragonzord in Beauty Mode!

In Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, also refereed to as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, there was 5 male characters and only one female character, and she wore pink and a skirt. Now, the American version made the yellow ranger less of a Boi and more of a Trini, but the ratio was still far from even, 4:2.

In a recent video from BuzzFeed where they let people try on Power Ranger suits, they had a woman play The Green Ranger, and that was pretty cool.

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But maybe that is too tasteful? Without a skirt, how are they supposed to know that she is a FEMALE Green Ranger?

green_ranger_cosplay_01Cosplayer Sonni Aralynn solved this problem! Now, her take looks less baggy than the actual fit/fabric from the tv show.

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Tommy (MMPR)

Also, I don’t know if she has the white diamonds on her green… dress? Tunic? What do you call the top portion of The Pink Ranger’s outfit? It is two major pieces instead of one, right? Gah… I thought I knew what these costumes were when I watched them so long ago! Anyways, better fit, stretchier fabric? The costume looks very good… but maybe too tasteful and not rule 63 anime waifu kawaii desu, right?

Well, deviant artist Kaskachan has you covered on that front! Unfortunately… all of the other originals get involved as well. So… Jason is Sailor Mars? Nifty!

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But what about Tommy’s Dragonzord? Well… I was not able to find any fanart I had to go far down the rabbit hole but I did find something!

Goku-Senpai (NSFW gallery), also a deviant artist, did the following art work of not just Dragonzord, but her in battle mode as well!dragonzord_tans_by_goku_senpai-d7qejsx

I was terrified that I was going to have to be the one who commissioned this after my original inability to find her. The trick was searching for ‘female Dragonzord’ and not things like  rule 63.

AND WHY did I bring you these Mighty Gender Bent Rangers and their Zords? Because it’s Sunday, and everything around me is closed. Useless days sometimes end up with some pretty wild searches, huh?

Lady Boi

IMG_20160120_174828477I 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!

TG vs TS

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.

Autumn Asphodel – Difference Between Transgender & Transsexual

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?

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Like I said, life is confusing.

The Search for Fem Flounder

smallerflounderA 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.

Nippy 13What if Flounder….

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So close! This artist has a lot of really awesome Little Mermaid pics in their gallery that they have done, so even though flounder is a merman in this picture, it was totally worth discovering.

thedcontinuum – https://thedcontinuum.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/little-mermaid-gender-swap/ariel-gender-swap-copy
Princess Erica? I dunno. There are quite a few articles with shopped images of gender bent Disney characters. Deffinately worth checking out, even if Eric is no female mermaid Flounder.

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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
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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.

MimiReavesGuppy Scouts of Atlantica!
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Cosplayer Mimi Reaves makes a really cute Flounder.

LoserX2GodAriel and Flounder Genderbend Disney

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This one is a really adorable, but no mermaid.

daekazuThe Little Merman
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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!

My interview with Zoe Crockett

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?

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Opey the Warhead
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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).

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Quacking Dead: Heaven Sent

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.

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Portrait of an Immortal

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.

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Blow The Man Down

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.

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Morrigan

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, zaccartoonist@gmail.com 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!

Floundering

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!
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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?