DC comics asks prospective artists to sexualize suicide
In order to participate in DC’s latest talent search, you have to draw a female character committing suicide naked.
I’m gonna assume I don’t have to explain what’s fucked up about this.
But guys, they left an open submission form on their page! They claim they will personally review every submission!
I see this as an opportunity to spam their box with a Hawkeye-Initiative style inversion of genders. Give them a naked Superman committing suicide, or just give them a bunch of pics of Superman’s ass, whatever.
I say we make this viral and shame them out of this talent search.
my soul is flying into fucking space.
Is DC pranking us? Because lately they are being BEYOND usual dc shittiness. They’re reaching new fucking levels here.
is anyone else going to point out that all of those things are too high concept and detailed and shit to fit into 1 page?
also I can barely read that text because it makes my face start hemorrhaging soul pieces. those are the most embarrassing fucking words I’ve ever seen put together. Did Palmiotti write this? I want to know who fucking wrote this, who approved it, and who was in the room when it happened. I want everyone involved brought before me because I have some fucking questions.
I think I’m done with DC now. I….done. I’m out. I’m fucking out. Send me Marvel comics reccs, I heard they have gay marriage there.
#i have an actual tag called “dc depression”
Beginning to think DC should just rebrand themselves “Asshole Comics” and be done with it. At least then there’s no illusion they’re hiding behind pretending to be accepting and good.
I never read good things about DC any more. They just don’t seem to exist.
I…what…oh for fuck’s sake guys! I hope this is some prank or fake out by someone not at DC for a cheap laugh coz if this is real, this is not ok. I agree with the OP we should flood this with hawkeye-inititive type stuff. We need to make some noise about this and let them.know we wouldn’t stand for it.
Nope, I’m afraid this is 100% real.
Perhaps we should also note that the sexualisation of suicide aside, illustrating this page will in no way show whether or not an artist is capable of drawing comics. These are four static, essentially unrelated panels…it’s effectively a series of pin-ups. It doesn’t test an artist’s storytelling abilities whatsoever. Also, there is no dialogue or captions, so it’s not testing to see if an artist is considers test placement when they draw a page. There’s a single character in each panel, and no dialogue, so they’re not testing to see if an artist understands that the first speaker in a panel needs to be on the left. This is 100% style over substance, this is not testing someone’s ability to create sequential art, it’s testing their ability to draw pretty pictures…pretty pictures of a woman attempting suicide…who is gratuitously naked in one panel.
Whether you find it offensive or not (and I do), it is not fit for purpose as a test of a comic book artist’s abilities, and that is, in many ways, more shocking than the nature of the content.
First Batwoman can’t marry her girlfriend and now this shit? Come on, DC. What happened. Has everybody there drank the koolaid? How do decisions like this continue to get made? This is outright disgusting and they should be ashamed.
WHAT THE FUCK.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING DC.
WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING.
EDIT: here’s the blog made by DC about this http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2013/09/05/break-into-comics-with-harley-quinn
I spoke to Jimmy Palmiotti about his choices with the script and this is what he had to say:
My full initial response was:
This is awful. How is this page representative of an artist’s talent? Without more explanation like you’re showing here, its just four panels of Harley Quinn committing suicide over and over again. You can see how this would upset people. Especially if you want Harley to have a POSITIVE impression on fans and more importantly the women who are steadily refusing to read DC Comics. How come she couldn’t have a bank heist story? A one page origin story? Immediately and I’m assuming without thought, the contest holders went to something as sensitive as SUICIDE. Do you not realize that women already are being refused well written story-lines that don’t involve their romance with men, they’re being over sexualized, and NOW, they’re just killing themselves because “Oh it’s funny. She’s breaking the fourth wall”. INCORRECT. TRY AGAIN.
Looney Toons, guys. That’s what women are nowadays. just silly animals.