I had a very interesting conversation about gender-bending with someone recently….which is actually pretty common. And I’ve been seeing a lot of really interesting gender-bend art on the internet….which I know some people don’t like but whatever. Besides being fun, gender bends are actually a surprisingly good exercise, both artistically and from a character-building standpoint. My roomie, Rue, and I have also had a lot of really interesting discussions about body type in comic books, and how male super-heroes, much like females suffer from a bad case of all having the same build. We also watched Venture Bros., one of my favourite shows.
Which all came miraculously together when I decided I’ve never seen any gender-bend art from VB…which is surprising, really.
Mostly I was intrigued by the challenge of doing some gender-bending in a show that is, by and large, a men’s club.
Don’t get me wrong…I’m not trying to say there’s anything wrong with that! I love that show exactly as it is. But it’s worth noting that it is a show populated by mostly male characters (and a handful of really fucking awesome women) and those male characters are very…male.
And what I mean by that is that unlike some other things that I have brainstormed gender-swapping with various people, the characters are very tied to their gender within the story, making gender-swapping still possible, but more difficult. As far as I’m concerned, anything with good, solid characters and writing can be gender-swapped (with a few exceptions…usually characters whose story is tied to a gender-specific issue or something like that). Good characters are more than just a gender. You can change all you want about their outside and still have the same solid character underneath with the same motivations and personality.
Which is why, as I said previously, gender-swaps are fantastically fun exercises and I highly recommend doing them.
Enjoy this lady Rusty Venture. There are some things I don’t like about it, and it took me awhile to figure out a lot of the particulars…..in early concepts I was changing the designs a lot more. In the end I went for a minimal change approach, style included. The challenge was making sure to keep that fabulous Rusty-Venture poster and avoid the common trap of sexy-gender-bending. 8|