Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sabrina the teenage witch

Okay, back in 1971 I had a bad crush on Sabrina, the teenage witch. Thanks to Baker's drugstore, I managed to get my grimy little paws on this Archie comic:

(Artwork copyright Archie Publications)


It took some digging, but with a little luck, Sabrina teenage witch issue # 2 from 1971 turned up at mycomicshop.com. I didn't remember the cover, but I remember Sabrina turning her boyfriend Harvey into a superstar guitarist, and also "helping" Archie become an all star basketball champ (both temporarily). I think Big Ethel and Jughead had a story too. Then, Sabrina #2 gave her a run in with an honest to gosh killer in a haunted house as the finale.

Even though she had the "standard" exciting figure like Betty or Veronica, Sabrina was stunning to me with her platinum blonde hair. And she seemed like a nice person. Plus she had power. Most of the stories had Sabrina getting caught in the same binds as Elizabeth Montgomery on "Bewitched", or Barbara Eden in "I dream of Jeannie": a woman with power, but she is forbidden to use it, especially with all the insecure, presumptuous men around. 

The hook was seeing the chaos that erupted when Sabrina intervened, and then watching her struggle to get things back to normal. Sabrina had a slightly dysfunctional family with only her aunts Hilda and Agatha around. No mention was ever made of Sabrina's parents. Hmm! The publishers missed out on an entire female "Harry Potter" franchise back in the 70's.

Maybe Archie comics was jumping the shark with Sabrina, following the popularity of Bewitched and Jeannie. But to a curious 11 year old, this was pure heaven. Sabrina ranks up their as an Adorable Diabolical Damsel! Better late than never.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What makes a cute character?

I go with the word appeal, but this was a good article on Cartoon Brew.


Cubcake is experimenting with a heart shaped power suit. This was a failed Valentine's Day project. Go figure.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Can males create good female characters?

Now it strikes me: Can males create good female characters? Check out this example.

This is Kay K from Disney's Double Duck. It doesn't seem like a woman designed this. I've only seen a couple comics with her online, but I think the appeal is lost. She also doesn't make sense: She lives in a world where short, cute ducks don't wear any pants. But because she is a tall, sexy anthropomorph, she has to be fully clothed. Enticing? She seems to be there more for shock value, like Jessica Rabbit. IMHO.

I confess, I only did a quick scan of the material below. The Wikihow link seems to boil it down to 7 benchmarks. I'll have to go through my characters again to see if they measure up.





Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Flamingo Waitress as Green Lantern rough sketch

"I can't wear green all of the time-"

"- I mean, that would be tacky!"

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Old sketch, different, early "Cubcake" character

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fantasy Armor protection

Function versus fantasy.
Note: Some readers may be offended by the link below.


Here we go again. As a blockheaded guy, I'm still fascinated by the female character in jeopardy.
Monday was a rough day. News about the attack in Boston, and just finding out about the white ribbon campaign just leaves me more staggered about life, and what our responsibilities are toward each other. Good stories need bad guys, as long as they are confined to a screen, or the pages of a book.


Conflict is a part of life. But we have to decide on how big the repercussions will be if we lash out. Individuals and governments can lash out blindly, or with some high degrees of premeditation.

I still want to believe that cute, weird, yet attractive and vulnerable characters can get power, and deal with their attackers promptly, justly and fairly. My solution is to have them suited up for any kind of situation, like Iron Man.

(Except they would wear a flexible impact absorbing, trans-dimensional multi-polymer plastic inertia inhibiting padded alloy. Almost all the time. Oi vey.)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cubcake Power Suit

Done entirely in Photoshop. No pencil sketch. I accidentally filled a layer with black while doing another blue sketch, and thought what the heck?

Cubcake is admiring herself after being packed into a power suit Boffette made for her. Boffette is missing in action, and Cubcake and the girl-cobra have to go to rescue her. Just as soon as they look right! Work in progress.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Annette Funicello

Not Adorable Diabolical Damsels officially, but still people of importance. Annette is adorable, of course, with those beach movies and the Mickey Mouse Club. Margaret Thatcher, on the other hand, was a person with taste and charisma. As Britain's first female prime minister, Thatcher understood the use of power, even though I didn't agree with her politics. This earned her the title of the "Iron Lady".


Annette had influence as well with her exciting yet wholesome image, and much later with her battle with multiple sclerosis.




Saturday, April 6, 2013

Van Eaton Galleries "THE HB SHOW”

Wow. We didn't have this on Saturday morning. The Van Eaton Gallery was packed, I think the show was a success. The old Saturday morning has become a wild Saturday night! I had to get outta there...



Somebody has a thing for Thelma from "Scooby Doo"...


I didn't recognize Wilma Flintstone, at first-!


Jane Jetson as a Gold Key Comics Robot Fighter


Penelope Pitstop has a new ride-


And poor Barney Rubble gets it from Betty-


All images copyright their respective artists, and Hanna Barbera, Time Warner or whoever owns these properties these days...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Blog devalued again

Here we go again, due to web-crawlers, junk sites and the fact I'm not posting anything worthwhile, the blogger stats say Adorable Diabolical Damsels in the cellar again.

For what it's worth, I think I've finally figured out the theme of Adorable Diabolical Damsels: Walking the line between portraying exciting female characters... and guys being jerks.


Sufferin' those slings and arrows...

Krusha flaunts her armoured beauty, only to have her suit blasted by unseen forces. She survives, but obviously I can't show the last frame;)

Done in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro II in demo mode.