Bullet Proof Biker Shorts

-linked from the draw supergirl meme

-linked from the "draw Supergirl" meme

For some reason I’ve recently found myself reading Linda Holmes’ Monkey See, NPR’s media and entertainment blog, over at NPR.org. If you enjoy yourself a sort of 80’s-traumatized take on the 2000’s - and coincidentally there is whole a lot of MNP readers living that exact life - then you’ll probably enjoy it too. I can’t claim that it’s substantive, but, if you read this blog then you probably don’t care, now do you?

Maybe what I like about it is the wealth of fresh content which, like fresh bread, is a low price alternative to a perhaps more substantial snack (I really hope somebody writes about this site like that, one day).


OK, enough. The real reason why I posted this was because Glenn Weldon wrote an interesting piece about Supergirl. I happen to remember being in a bookstore (not that kinda bookstore, you dirty ninja) and seeing the new re-launched Supergirl series. It appeared at the time that the transition of Supergirl to glossy, booby, post-Image-comics era vixenage was complete. That’s not to suggest that all previous iterations of Supergirl weren’t contrived male-fantasies, I suppose.

While the Monkey See article mainly focuses on the cosmetic changes in the Supergirl costume throughout the years (the author finds himself clearly upset by what he calls the "vampy-trampy aspects" of Supergirl’s appearance), there is however a little something for any self-respecting geek/comic book lover. The article has some good links, including histories of costumes and the like.

The thing that really caught my eye and consequently forced me to post this for ART FRIDAY! was a link to a livejournal discussion started back in 2007. This thread, the author of which implores users to draw their own supergirl renditions, has since become somewhat of a collab-art sensation, I mean… at least kinda, with about 100 different links to different drawings. The photo above is my personal favorite interpretation, amongst the many others.

I think there is a certain level of fantasy involved in all art, even art that plays the "real-life" angle. Bottom-line, there is certain mental distance that one has to cross to relate to just about ANYTHING (the term "relate" being etymologically connected to "carry back," ie. a carrying back of something originally not possessed with an implied distance or separation). On that note, looking at the panties on the outside of the costume, I found myself wondering ironically how as a child I so easily traversed the whole "undies on the outside" issue, like so many other young ninjas. I guess I was pretty much over Superman early-on though.

Then again, had they been fruit of the looms…

:: [ Check out the NPR blog and the LiveJournal thread ] ::


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Posted: July 10th, 2009
at 7:57am by Black Ock

Categories: contemporary,art fridays

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