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Give 'Em Elle: What is Up with Superhero Costumes These Days?
Give 'Em Elle: What is Up with Superhero Costumes These Days?
Welcome to Give ‘Em Elle, a weekly column that hopes to bridge the gap between old school comics fandom and the progressive edge of comics culture. This week I wanted to talk about superhero costumes. I solicited questions on the subject on Twitter, but a lot of what I got were variations on the same basic question: "What's wrong with superhero costume designs these days?" So I'm going to attempt to delve into that. First, a caveat. I’m going to focus on male superhero costumes in this column. Obviously I have a lot of feelings about women’s superhero costumes as well, but they’re a whole different set of feelings about a whole different set of problems. So I’m going to cover the men for now, and return to talk about the women another time. It’s very rare that you’ll catch me focusing on men over women, but in this case there’s a lot to say, and I feel like it hasn’t been covered as thoroughly.
The Power Of Great Superhero Costume Design
The Power Of Great Superhero Costume Design
We live in a time of awesome superhero costumes in comics. The rise and rise of cosplay culture, the emergence of comic artists with a savvy understanding of fashion, and the slow diversification that's making heroes palatable to a broader audience, have all contributed to a costuming culture with more to offer than capes and pants. Superhero costumes have always been an asset to the industry, because iconography helps establish character and create a brand. But the value of costumes in reaching audiences and reinventing characters seems to be recognized now as never before, leading to the rise of artist-designers like Jamie McKelvie and Kris Anka, who don't even need to be on a particular book in order to be called in to make-over the characters. This is a great leap forward in understanding just what a good costume can do -- and the special skills required to do it.
The 18 Weirdest 'Sexy' Halloween Costumes Based on Comics
The 18 Weirdest 'Sexy' Halloween Costumes Based on Comics
Halloween is almost upon us, and along with candy, scary movies, and souls rising from their graves to torment the living, that means it's time for the annual parade of "sexy" Halloween costumes. The idea of women using Halloween as an opportunity for dressing up in a risque outfit is, of course, nothing new. You may want to check on this, but I'm pretty sure the Sexy French Maid costume
Link Ink: Snoopy Joins the B.P.R.D., Fans Race Tauntan Sleeping Bags and New ‘Left 4 Dead’ Webcomic Action
Link Ink: Snoopy Joins the B.P.R.D., Fans Race Tauntan Sleeping Bags and New ‘Left 4 Dead’ Webcomic Action
Art: Fantagraphics highlights cartoonist Bruce McCorkindale's "Hellboy"/"Peanuts" mashup, 'Hellbrown." The right hand of doom has never looked so adorable. Industry: Heidi MacDonald compiles the reactions of creators like Warren Ellis, Gail Simone, Brian Wood and Kurt Busiek to the closing of Wildstorm...