Wait a minute -- scratch that, reverse it. In an interview with Kelly Thompson of our CBR sister blog Comics Should Be Good, Ross Campbell, writer/artist of Water Baby, Wet Moon, and SLG's upcoming superhero book Shadoweyes, says that when people complain that his work over-sexualizes his mostly female protagonists...they're absolutely right:
For what it's worth, I actually disagree with Campbell about whether his stuff is exploitative. Obviously, his style isn't "natural" per se -- on some level he's choosing to draw attractive characters. But the range of the characters he's rendered attractively -- in terms of body type, weight, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, personal style, intelligence, personality, pretty much every variable -- is so broad and impressive that, to me at least, it's a million miles away from a Supergirl upskirt shot or your average brokeback-pose sexy amazon-woman superheroine. Never does he single out an unrealistic ideal and present that as the one and only acceptable form of sexiness. It may not be "natural," but it feels like it comes naturally through Campbell's view of the world, and the characters with which he's chosen to populate it. Still, I'm happy to see a cartoonist considering this issue at all, you know?