This week, with the introduction of this new character, I intend to remedy something that has been wrong with the strip for since it’s creation: a dearth of female characters that are anything but either ball busting, castrating bitches or eye-candy.
Yes, I always go out of my way to portray the strippers against type. I ensure that they are keepers of arcane and useful knowledge, however, this is always part of the joke, (ha ha! hot girls are smart! isn’t that funny?). Truly, the strippers are there because A) they are fun to draw and B) my male readers like to look at them. Am I wrong fellas?
It’s odd that I do this, because my favorite movies have “strong female characters”. My proudest professional achievement is that I was part of the story crew that worked on Disney’s “Mulan”, truly a groundbreaking Disney heroine, a girl that kicked ass both literally and figuratively BEFORE “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” made it cool and fashionable.
The strip needs a good, three dimensional, nuanced, quirky female character. It will make the strip stronger, and I’ll be able to look at myself in the mirror.
THIS particular girl took some work. She’s based on at least 3 women I have known personally, and one I’ve only seen on the Tee Vee. The biggest is my wife, Sara. Thanks again for the inspiration, Sara!
Oh, and yes, she DOES have a name. Tune in on Monday. You’ll see.
Have a nice weekend!