Op/Ed: The Catwoman #0 Cover

Dear The Internet:

Grow the f–k up.

The latest comic-related hootenanny to break out on the world wide web came about yesterday as bile spilled from the easily offended everywhere over Guillem March’s cover to the upcoming Catwoman #0. Like much of his work, and comics in general, it’s “too sexy” and being torn apart by men, women, and sheep with nothing better to do. Hash tag, NerdWorldProblems.

Seriously, people, there are any number of reasons that you’re insane for bitching about this, so let’s just start with a few of them, shall we? Hopefully, when all is said and done, we can all look back on this, have a laugh, and think rationally about things going forward. Yeah… probably not. Still, food for thought:

  • First and foremost? It’s ART! March isn’t drawing illustrations for an anatomy textbook. He’s being paid, handsomely I’d assume, to make appealing imagery. And unlike Greg “Xerox” Land, he’s putting his own creative stamp on that task. Y’know who else exaggerated anatomy? Picasso.
  • Second, more than just art, it’s comic art. Exaggeration happens. Many artists draw male figures with anatomies that would put most Mr. Universe’s to shame. Why can’t Selina here have a big ‘ole bubble butt and the boobs to match?
  • Because it’s unrealistic!? No. Sorry. Invalid argument. Maybe it doesn’t look like YOU or your significant other, but that doesn’t mean people can’t look like this.
  • Because it’s an impossible pose? Wrong again. So much of the argument against this image has come from people – such as “artist” Kate Beaton – claiming that this pose is physically impossible and websites – like ComicsAlliance - sensationalizing the story by suggesting Ms. Kyle’s back would have to be broken for this pose to be a reality.  I guess it’s a good thing, then, that the misses Stratus and Cabrera know Dr. Shondra Kinsolving, then. Just because not everyone can get into this position doesn’t mean it’s unattainable, and considering Selina is – y’know – a CAT BURGLAR, I’d imagine she’s capable of some fairly contortionistic maneuvers, such as… oh, let’s say… THIS ONE, right here.

    Baby got back.

It’s simply revolting to me how readily people will jump on this witch hunt bandwagon as soon as someone says something is “over-sexualized” or “unrealistic.” It presents a bad image and makes Catwoman a poor role model? For one, she’s a catburglar. For two, have some personal accountability! I don’t know HOW I managed to grow up without transforming into a car or getting hooked on steroids, because I sure did watch a lot of Transformers and He-Man as a kid.

Stop drinking the Kool-Aid and have a real thought for once in your lives. When someone tells you something is bad and wrong, don’t just nod your head and post a blog about it. THINK first. Look at Beaton’s drawings and ask yourself if her keen artistic eye has correctly divined the nature of the pose in question, because I can tell you right now, it hasn’t. She’s drawn Selina’s breasts much higher than March did, and when you make that course correction and adjust the spine accordingly, you can see that it is an entirely reasonable if somewhat extreme pose.

Or you can go on bitching about it to be one of the cool kids. Just keep it off my damned Facebook page.

Here’s the thing – is Catwoman sexy? Yes. Is it just physical? No. It’s her confidence and attitude. It’s the fact that she WOULD be leaping straight at you to either claw your eyes out or claw your clothes off. She’s powerful, impulsive, and in control of herself and her life. THAT is what makes her sexy, and like it or hate it, this cover conveys that.

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Jason Kerouac is a co-founder of Panelsonpages.com. He spends roughly half of his waking life in servitude to the Giraffe. Raised in a town in New Hampshire you've never heard of, he now lives in Indianapolis, IN and is pretty sure that's a step in the right direction.

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  1. Lan Pitts says:

    I love Kate Beaton’s work. It’s smart, snarky, and pretty good.

  2. Mike the Onion Knight says:

    I’m with you on this one K-Whack. Agree completely.

    I only wonder if the people complaining would still be complaining had this pose been used to announce Alan Scott’s sexuality.

  3. TwilightTony says:

    We’re never going to get through all this if we can’t get past “They don’t do this for men!”/”Nuh-uh”

    We all have to accept that there is a power dynamic at play here which sexualizes women and powerhouses men. Neither pigeonhole is healthy, neither role is a consistently positive ideal, and it is not valuable to argue which does more damage – because they’re two sides of the same coin. One of them informs the other – and until we all learn to step out of these roles of “I’ve been more wronged” then none of us will be able to collaborate on a mutually-informed fix.

    Dear everybody: please shut up about trying to prove each other wrong & lets all work together on fixing the damn problem – because I’m tired of them damn infighting. This is a huge cultural problem & us hollering at each other does nothing to lighten the load.

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      This message brought to you by My Little Tony: Friendship is Caring

      But seriously, well said, my good man.

  4. matt (shark) says:

    My first time seeing this image, I didnt think “wow, thats not natural.” I thought wow a little over sexy but you know what its catwoman. The pose is not so dramatic that people make it out to be….. Oh well its the internets…

  5. Jason Kerouac says:

    I’d also like to note that for every single person that posts “The issue isn’t about the cover being too sexy, it’s about the cover being impossible” someone else posts “It’s not about whether this pose is possible, it’s about the overt display of her assets on the cover of a comic book”

    To the people who think the cover is impossible – I disagree with this line of thinking. It’s close enough to possible that the rest can be summed up with “It’s a comic book.”

    To the people who think the cover is too sexy – I disagree with this line of thinking. While there ARE panels/covers that go too far, I really feel the focus here is action, with just the right dose of sexuality thrown in for titillation’s sake.

  6. bob glob says:

    You really need to get out more. Maybe meet an actual human lady in the real world.

  7. Denim says:

    We will all get a good laugh when it is revealed in this special zero issue that she broke into the Dibny household and stole his Gingold. Hence her body on the cover.

  8. D-Rock says:

    I bet you can bounce a quarter off that ass..

    *Reopens shitstorm* :lol:

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