What Makes a Jungle Girl Different? More on Savage Beauty

After I was snarky about Savage Beauty, an upcoming jungle girl comic from the folks who bring us Captain Action and published by Moonstone, Ed Catto contacted me. Ed and I have had many positive conversations in the past, and he treated my asking “Did we really need another half-naked jungle girl comic?” more seriously than I deserved. (I’m not sure what his official title is, but he’s one of the key guys behind the Captain Action comic company.)

Ed Catto

Ed Catto

Ed wanted me to know that they’re attempting another approach, based on the question: “Is there a way to re-invent the Jungle Girl genre in a way that’s not prurient and is meaningful?” He provided the following background material, arranged in three key points, to answer both his and my questions:

Our stories will be “Real World” to the extent that medium allows. So even though I love ERB [NB: Edgar Rice Burroughs, writer of Tarzan], we won’t be about “lost cities” or “archeologists and their beautiful daughters”. Our drama will focus on real-world issues in Africa today: ethnic cleansing/genocide, poverty, slavery, pirates, corruption, etc. Early on, we realized there is so much real-life tragedy and drama that we don’t have to make up stuff. It’s all there. We’re serious about “ripped from the headlines”. We’re constantly clipping and emailing stories from the paper. In fact, today’s horrible NY Times report on Somali is on the short list for a story around issue #8.

We’re going to do something that I don’t think anyone has ever done. Each month, we are going to “put our money where our mouth is” and donate a full-color ad page to a charitable organization. We view this as a way to help causes get the word out. Right now, our initial list includes Oxfam, Just a Drop, Compassion International (the division that builds schools in Kenya), and Invisible Children (with whom our writer/partner Mike Bullock has worked before).

We’re taking great strides to prohibit this from becoming a prurient series. True, just the way superheroes wear masks and capes, our heroines wear leopard skins. That’s kind of the conceit of the genre. But we’re demanding that all our artist shy away from the overly chesty images. Some guys, like Thomas Yeates, get that immediately and give us images of strong women. We’re also working with Dan Parent (illustrator of various Archie comics) for cover images. While this series will have some guns and fighting in it, otherwise it will be appropriate for most middle school+ kids.

Johanna again: I’m impressed by the real-world connections (something I’ve been looking for in comics), and it’s thoughtful of them to donate an ad page. I’m not sure, given the covers (shown below), how well the third message has made it through to the art team, though, since the focal point is squarely aimed at the cleavage. Perhaps that is something that will continue improving over the series run.

Savage Beauty coverSavage Beauty cover

The lead characters of the comic are two step-sisters named Lacy and Livy Rae. Ed went on to tell me about the young girls who served as inspiration for them, but he understandably didn’t want me to mention their details or names. Still, it’s cool to know that they’re thinking “is this something I can show the girls?” while putting together the comic. I’ll wait and see before drawing any more conclusions.

Update: Savage Beauty will be on sale in January, with a preview ashcan available at the October New York Con. And I’ve been given another cover example, art by Thomas Yeates, from a future issue to show some of the different approaches they’re taking. I’ve added it above — it’s the sepia one.


39 Responses to “What Makes a Jungle Girl Different? More on Savage Beauty”

  1. Mike Bullock Says:

    Thanks for revisiting the subject, Johanna.

  2. Erica Says:

    This is exactly why I read other bloggers – this is a ‘wow’ news item. No, it doesn’t mean they’ll lessen the cheesecake service. But way to go to make something real out of something not. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Johanna. Really interesting.

  3. Johanna Says:

    With this story, I had the benefit of being friendly with Ed, so he didn’t assume I was out to get him, and I was willing to reconsider the conclusions I jumped to. Worked out well for all concerned. Thanks, Erica, for the compliment.

  4. Ed Catto Says:

    Thanks, Erica and Johanna. Also – I should note that this will be published by the fine folks at Moonstone. They’ve been great partners and are very supportive of a project like this.

  5. Kat Kan Says:

    This kind of blog entry and discussion is exactly the kind of thing that makes me curious enough to try a new comic. Thanks muchly, Johanna and Ed!

  6. Mike Bullock Says:

    Here’s some links to some of the organizations we’ll be working with on SB:

    http://www.fmsc.org/

    http://www.thea21campaign.org/

    http://www.invisiblechildren.com/

    http://www.oxfam.org/

    http://www.compassion.com/

    More to come…

  7. Hsifeng Says:

    Ed Catto Says:

    “…Our stories will be ‘Real World’ to the extent that medium allows. So even though I love ERB [NB: Edgar Rice Burroughs, writer of Tarzan], we won’t be about ‘lost cities’ or ‘archeologists and their beautiful daughters’. Our drama will focus on real-world issues in Africa today: ethnic cleansing/genocide, poverty, slavery, pirates, corruption, etc…”

    Sounds substantial! Anyone know if the series will also address more rainforest-specific real world issues like logging vs. locals too?

    Ed Catto Says:

    “…We’re going to do something that I don’t think anyone has ever done. Each month, we are going to ‘put our money where our mouth is’ and donate a full-color ad page to a charitable organization. We view this as a way to help causes get the word out. Right now, our initial list includes Oxfam, Just a Drop, Compassion International (the division that builds schools in Kenya), and Invisible Children (with whom our writer/partner Mike Bullock has worked before)…”

    Another good way to acknowledge the people who live IRL in the settings the genre owes its existence to!

    Ed Catto Says:

    “…True, just the way superheroes wear masks and capes, our heroines wear leopard skins. That’s kind of the conceit of the genre…”

    Now I wonder if the other characters will be drawn dressed in the range of ways people dress there IRL, how realistic their range of attitudes to the heroines will be, etc. The sepia cover makes this seem likely. :)

  8. Ed Catto Says:

    Hsifeng, yes, you are right. In fact, we were just talking about a story concerning the oil companies and the ongoing issues of abuse and spills in Nigeria.
    One of our brilliant cover artists, Thomas Yeates (he did that one that you refer to as a Sepia Cover) also has a passion for getting that story out. It was in the spotlight in the NYTimes in June, but generally doesn’t get on most American’s radar.
    Mike Bullock, our partner and writer, is excellent at both researching and developing an engaging story.

  9. Seeking Avalon's Willow Says:

    Question,

    Did he say anything about the conceit behind a white American writing about the troubles of Africa? Or having one of the ‘heroines of Africa’ BE white? And the one that’s supposedly the benevolent loving one? While the dark skinned one gets to be the violent vengeance wreaking savage?

    “Our Stories Will Be Real World” – Lovely. More Africans unable to help themselves, with passive-aggressive aversive racism and an extra dosing of ‘What these people need is a HONKEY’ and honkey originated charity response.

  10. Johanna Says:

    I understand that there may be some concerns with how this has been presented, but I also think that you’re jumping to some conclusions when you should wait to see the comic to see if they’re justified. You aren’t saying that white people can’t write about or be concerned about African problems, are you?

  11. Seeking Avalon's Willow Says:

    How To Write About Africa.

    I’m saying history hasn’t shown them in the best light. I’m also saying it’s up to the white people writing this book to prove to me that it’s not going to be the same old bullshit and cookies for attention. Why should I give them the benefit of the doubt? Because they’re white? Because they’re not the Klan? Because they’re nice and liberal and trying? Yeah, nice and liberal and trying – but there’s still a need to revive ‘The Jungle Girl’ trope. They decided that. They’re going to ‘reclaim’ it.

    I should automatically give them the benefit of the doubt because they bothered to find a way to make money off African strife?

    But I understand it’s not your fault you can’t comprehend the problems already inherent in what HAS been discussed and shown – you don’t know any better.

  12. Johanna Says:

    I was hoping to have a discussion about the problems you perceive, but it seems that anyone who doesn’t instantly share your anger and agree with your preconceptions is assumed to be the enemy. You should give them the benefit of the doubt because fighting bigotry with more bigotry is no solution.

    I sympathize with your concerns, but your attitude and attack methods aren’t appropriate for my blog. This debate won’t continue here.

  13. numol Says:

    It’s not an “attack method” to raise legitimate concerns about a trope that is inherently racist and hurtful and has a long and ugly history. Also, I am White and I don’t think it’s “bigotry” to bring up the history of Whites writing badly about Africa, either, because *these things did and still do happen* and we need to be aware.

  14. Johanna Says:

    As soon as she started telling me “I didn’t know any better” because I didn’t share her assumptions (without seeing the book) that it was automatically racist, she crossed the line of acceptable comment behavior at my site. You can hold and support whatever opinion you like here, but you have to treat everyone participating with respect. If you want to rant and insult those who don’t agree with you, there are many other places — as she’s done at her own blog.

    I would be happy to discuss the history and context of this comic. I have some concerns myself, although I’m reserving some of them until I see the actual comic and how it’s executed. But assuming that any white person who writes about the continent is a bigot — I think that’s going too far. As is tossing around insults like “honkey”.

  15. numol Says:

    Listen, when there’s such a long history of Whites writing about Africa in the most racist and patronizing ways possible, and what we’ve seen/heard of the comic so far makes it look so much like more of the same, I don’t think it’s reasonable to give the writers the benefit of the doubt, either. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck…

  16. Mike Bullock Says:

    What you’ve “seen so far” is hardly anything, and certainly not enough to start tossing out accusations of racism. Sheesh. Thankfully our justice system doesn’t work like that or everyone who was ever suspected of a crime would be on death row.

    I think the entire ignorant notion of treating humans differently due to their skin pigmentation might have long since gone by the wayside if so many people weren’t so eager to play that card every chance they get.

    I’ve been writing stories about Africa for over six years now and never once has anyone, until now, even uttered such nonsense. Hopefully, you’ll put your prejudices and pre-judgements aside and find something that might make you happy in this life, instead of finding ways to get angry over funny books.

    And, I do find it highly ironic that you’re decrying a perceived prejudice that simply doesn’t exist on the context of “that’s how all white writers work”. Seems you’re falling into the “takes one to know one” category.

    Hopefully, you’ll move past such things and aim your passions where they might have a constructive impact, since you do seem to possess immense passion, which is a worthy trait.

  17. Johanna Says:

    Numol, the problem with that attitude is that you’ll never see any better works. If someone trying to remedy the awful history will always be prejudged as more of the same, what incentive does anyone have to try? Sometimes progress takes baby steps and lots of patience.

  18. Thom Says:

    We have not actually seen how this walks or quacks yet… we’ve seen hints that could cause concern, but nothing to make a final judgement on.

  19. acridnym Says:

    Ah, The Race Card. It sure is unfair that those nonwhites get a free pass to be insulted and patronized anytime they want.

    Thankfully our justice system doesn’t work like that or everyone who was ever suspected of a crime would be on death row.

    Wow. Do you actually read the words you write? There’s derailing and then there’s blowing up the fucking train.

    Hopefully, you’ll put your prejudices and pre-judgements aside and find something that might make you happy in this life…

    Between this and that gem of a closing line, I wonder if it’s possible to cram any more condescension into your post or if the sheer density would cause it to implode into some kind of supernova of pure white privilege. It’s a shame you can’t be there in person to pat her on the head as well. But really, what could a woman of color possibly know about racism? Willow sure is lucky to have us white folk here willing to explain to her how it’s over.

    …instead of finding ways to get angry over funny books.

    It’s funny how the comic book was boldly addressing Real World Issues in Africa until a person of color pointed out some squicky racial happenings; now it’s just a funny book, don’t take it so seriously.

    I, too, would like to know: Why does the writer get the benefit of the doubt?

  20. Johanna Says:

    Please, keep it civil.

    No one is saying that the concerns are baseless or unjustified in general. In this particular case, however, I am saying that we can’t say that this specific comic is racist until we actually read it. And the creators get the benefit of the doubt from me because A) I’ve spoken with them in person and know that they mean well, if nothing else and B) they were willing to come here and discuss the book and its circumstances.

    This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this go-round, by the way. I’ve seen this pattern before. Let me describe it as I see it: Well-meaning creator tries to write black character in a comic story. Creator maybe is a little naive, needs some assistance, but anti-racism crusaders jump on anyone who gets any part of it wrong, lumping them in with extremists and bigots and blaming creator for ills of entire system. Creator becomes incredibly gunshy and goes back to writing only white characters. The end result is a continuation of institutional racism because it’s not worth the trouble and taking the name-calling.

    I understand that there’s a lot of history to remedy, but making enemies out of those who would otherwise be your allies because they aren’t ideologically pure enough doesn’t strike me as a useful strategy. (I know, I’m privileged, I must be wrong about all this.)

  21. numol Says:

    All this whining about civility is just a shield against criticism. This same exact conversation (almost word for word) has gone around and around so many times it’s like a Mobius strip. As such, here’s an excellent post by ephemere over at Livejournal, written in response to a similar incident a while back that saw the same defensive posturing and the same silly excuses. She was more personally involved (again, White person here — never been on the receiving end of racism), has been through this sort of thing more than I have, and is smarter and more eloquent than I am, and so her post explains the flaws in your reasoning better than I ever.

    As for this particular conversation, nobody said that Whites aren’t capable of writing characters of Color without being racist; it’s just that when we try, it usually doesn’t go well, so there’s reason to be suspicious — especially when the context is so creepy and evokes hideous stereotypes. Nobody said the privileged are always wrong, either; your attempts at playing the martyr aren’t working here.

    As for the assertion that People of Color should just eat the sh** sandwich and not voice their concerns and hurt about ideas and stories they find racist just because the author was well-meaning? That’s… really. I mean if that’s your argument, can’t you see how ridiculous it is? And using said argument to blame people who complain about racism (most of whom are People of Color and therefore on the receiving end of it) for perpetuating racism by doing so? You really believe that? And you expect to be able to say so without anybody getting angry? Nobody’s knocking your right to free speech, but think once and a while, listen to people who know the problem better than you possibly can, before you decide you’re some kind of expert and can’t possibly be wrong.

  22. numol Says:

    * Dreamwidth, not Livejournal. Sorry for the confusion.

  23. Suzene Says:

    “No one is saying that the concerns are baseless or unjustified in general.”

    With all due respect, Johanna, I have to disagree. The writer of the work in question posted in order to do just that. I’ve enjoyed Mr. Bullock’s work on “Lions, Tigers, and Bears”, so I find his response disappointing. No, the book hasn’t hit shelves yet, but when the “hardly anything” that’s been put out there in order to build anticipation for the title is already raising valid concerns about the racist tropes ingrained in the genre, it’s far from reassuring that one of the creators involved would rather lurch toward ad hominem and dismiss the poster rather than address the points that have been brought up. You voiced your distaste over the fact that the book appeared to be continuing the tradition of gratuitous T&A that’s so often a part of the jungle-girl genre, even admitting that you did so in a snarky manner, and yet you got a response that at least attempted to address your concerns about the book’s merit. I’m not seeing why the posters who are doing the same in regards to problematic traditions dealing with race should merit less.

  24. Mike Bullock Says:

    I told myself (and Johanna) that I wouldn’t respond again in this thread, as I really feel I’m being attacked unfairly and lumped in with people who have done things I abhor.

    However, after re-reading my last post when I’m no longer “in the moment”, I do feel I posted poorly and for that, I apologize to anyone and everyone I offended.

    For the record, the intent of this book was never to harm anyone, to shed a negative light on good people or to label any peoples in any way.

    The idea was to put a new twist on an old genre, to update it in a socially conscious, morally just way. Ed Catto, Joe Ahearn and myself aimed to take the themes we (myself and the wonderful artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with) explored in the pages of Phantom and continue exploring them in a new book with new characters.

    While this is certainly no Unknown Soldier, it’s not Tarzan or Princess Pantha either. It’s about shedding light on real villains (who are harming real people) in the only way we know how through the comic book medium.

    In Phantom, we helped draw attention to Joseph Kony, helped raise funds for Invisible Children and spread awareness of real issues that effect not only the people in Uganda, the Sudan, DR Congo and other countries, but all over the world. The idea that men like Kony can act with impunity while any man, woman or child ignores it boils my blood.

    My disconnect (and resulting mental short circuit) is how anyone could deem that prejudice and then label me a “honky racist”. How this went from trying to raise awareness for a comic that’s about raising awareness, to people burning me in effigy for daring to write heroic fiction in Eastern Africa is beyond me.

    For the record, racism is evil and not only do I not condone it, I cheer for the day it’ll be as relevant as witch burnings in Salem or doctors using leeches to suck out disease. It’s ignorant, immoral and downright uncivilized.

  25. Johanna Says:

    Numol, you’re jumping to conclusions. I’m not telling people not to voice their worries — I’m saying that here, at my site, they need to do it in a way that’s not insulting to other participants. (Suzene’s post is a great example, and I agree with her concerns.) If you can’t make your points without calling other people names, then your argument isn’t as strong as you think it is. Your assumptions about me are baseless, by the way, and your impression of my “argument” is wrong. But I assume that if you really want to know, you’ll ask, instead of writing your own strawmen.

    Mike, thanks for clarifying.

  26. Johanna Says:

    Suzene, as I said above, that’s a good point. I’m not sure that anything could be said prior to publication that would successfully address the concerns, given how the conversation has turned, though. And I suspect that those put off by the concept aren’t going to be part of the audience, either, although that doesn’t excuse any potential problems.

  27. Emburii Says:

    Do you really need the white woman in this book? If so, why? If the answer is ‘marketing’ or reaching an audience, then I would like to point out that you’re exploiting some of the same pain you hate for white people’s amusement.

    Also, it all seems very one-sided. I’m pretty sure even Africans can fall in love, work successfully as a community sometimes, and actually have lives outside of being misererable on camera for white people’s charities. Focusing only on how every African life is so wretched [and by implication needs a white woman in the story to ‘lighten it up’ and give them hope] in the initial promo stuff, rather than putting any emphasis on how the folks themselves rebuild or recover or fight back, is just one reason why this has been getting a dubious representation.

    Telling a Black woman that she’s being too angry [read: ‘uppity’] doesn’t help.

  28. numol Says:

    Hrm, I see Johanna and Mike still aren’t actually reading many of these posts (or maybe they’re just seeing what they want to see).

    Emburii, I co-sign with all the points you made. However, I have to ask: were you being sarcastic when you said [emphasis mine] “I’m pretty sure even Africans can…”? Because in the context of the rest of your post it sounds like sarcasm, but if not, I fail to see how Africans being awesome would warrant an “even”.

  29. Emburii Says:

    It was indeed sarcasm, numol. :) Though, given the uninflected nature of the medium, the confusion is understandable. I apologize to anyone I hurt with my clumsy attempt at humor.

  30. Comic2read Says:

    I’m looking forward to this book.
    I think Ed and company will do a good job. The covers look really nice.

  31. Requiem Says:

    My question for the creators of this title: why do you feel the Jungle Girl genre Needs to be brought back? What do you aim to do with this trope that Couldn’t have been done without it? I think some tropes may be so inherently problematic and hurtful that they should be allowed to die. This is one of them.

  32. Johanna Says:

    I suspect they won’t be returning to this particular thread, but if I can hazard a guess — the writer, Mike Bullock, had previously written a number of Phantom comics. He may like that jungle adventure setting and wanted to find another way to approach it.

  33. Jane Irwin Says:

    I realize that this is way late, and reviving a dead thread (life’s been a whirlwind lately), but I just need to comment for the record that I, too, support Seeking Avalon’s Willow in her concerns about this project. SAW’s never said that “white people can’t write about or be concerned about African problems” — in fact, I’ve seen SAW go to the mat for white writers who’ve done a good job of portraying cultures not their own (e.g., Karen Healey, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko). She’s objecting to the *perspective* of the story, which is the same story we usually see when white people write about Africa — that Africans need saving by white people, whether their saviors are white-led aid organizations or a white-skinned goddess. Why can’t we have a story where Africans save themselves? A white writer could just as easily have made the heroine an African woman saving her own people (and who maybe remembered to put on clothing more practical than a leopard-skin bikini).

    I’m pretty sad that you shut SAW down for her choice of words, which is just another turn on The Tone Argument (http://zvi-likes-tv.livejournal.com/429092.html, http://theangryblackwoman.com/2008/02/12/the-privilege-of-politeness/). You have a right to restrict your blog comments however you choose, but in this case, I think you’ve missed out on an opportunity to learn. The worst thing that SAW said was that you didn’t comprehend something, that if you did more reading you’d be able to understand where she was coming from, and I have to say that I feel her arguments are valid.

    Me personally? Seeing the perspective that the story’s coming from, the fact that the characters on the cover are scantily-clad, not to mention the fact that the white character’s being billed as “loving” while the black character is “vengeful” — that’s quacking and walking enough like a duck for me to give this series a pass, unless I hear a review that changes my mind substantially. I don’t feel like I owe the creator the benefit of any doubt, any more than I felt I owed James Cameron the benefit of the doubt for Avatar, nor M. Night Shymalan for the whitewashed A:TLA movie.

    Also, the “What these people need is a Honky” is a common trope-phrase coined by an acquaintance of mine, Vito Excalibur, all the way back in 2007 (http://oyceter.livejournal.com/602541.html), and which has received quite a bit of airplay since (http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/12/fantasy-vs-science-fiction-james-camerons-ligavatarlig).

  34. Ed Catto Says:

    As noted, the Savage Beauty comic will be donating free ad pages to organizations like Invisible Children, Black Girls Rock!, Oxfam, Do Good Day, Just a Drop and the A21 Initiative. The idea is to give these worthy causes another platform to get their word out. Here’s some recent press: http://tinyurl.com/264lsxx

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  36. How about.. Says:

    You don’t use the title “Savage Beauty”. I mean, REALLY? You couldn’t call it something less.. I don’t know.. racist? Why do they have to be SAVAGE? Because they’re from a jungle? This just perpetuates that hundreds of thousands of civilizations that decided not to have paved roads destroying natural beauty are somehow uncivilized. Hello, ancient europeans lived the same way for a very long time. Very, very white stance here.

    And why on DEAR GOD’S GREEN EARTH ARE THEY WEARING ANIMAL-SKIN BIKINIS? Because that is EXACTLY what I, as a WOMAN, would want to run around in while fighting off BAD GUYS, right? Drop the stupid female fantasy get-up already. If it’s supposed to be REAL-WORLD, then have them wear REAL CLOTHES. If they’re supposed to be SMART WOMEN, they’ll wear camo that allows them to blend in and move freely.

    Just another massive heap of stinking garbage. Well-meaning my butt. More like bottom line..Guys will buy it for the covers, and all females will steer far, far away from it.

    Listen to SAW and Jane. Honestly, it would shock me if A21 stays with this comic; they seem much smarter than to portray themselves, or the young women they rescue, as stereotype-and-sexism-lovers.

  37. How about.. Says:

    ALSO, FYI, A21 turned down the offer..for a good reason. Or did the comic creator not get that message, as loud and clear as it was?

  38. Mike Bullock Says:

    Hi How About,
    Thanks for contributing your opinions to the conversation. For clarity’s sake and to hopefully dispel the seemingly self perpetuating falsehoods about what this book is and isn’t that seem localized in this discussion, I’d like to take a moment and fill you in on the initial arc.

    The story is set in motion by a Ugandan warlord named Lumus Okoye who uses child soldiers to control his “business” of gun running, drugs and human trafficking. While I obviously know that not all Ugandans are evil warlords, one of the most infamous warlords on Earth right now happens to be operating in Uganda and the DR Congo. Since I personally hate Kony and would love nothing more than to see him imprisoned for life, this is my little way of hoping to only offend a jerk who needs to be offended, namely him.

    Our protagonists, two half sisters named Lacy and Liv, under their guise of American journalists, act on behalf of a mysterious benefactor named Mr. Eden (an extremely wealthy Ethiopian entrepreneur), in an attempt to bring this warlord’s operations to an end and free the women he intends to sell into sex-slavery.

    The heroines are half-sisters by adoption, one a Kenyan girl, orphaned early in life; the other a Californian whose parents have always tried to use their resources to help the less fortunate and by their actions, instilled this ideal in their daughters.

    Mr. Eden, as we’ll later learn, is part of a mysterious organization that uses many myths and legends to enact justice while shielding their own personal business interests from their passions: ending strife in Africa and empowering it’s people to live life as they so choose without the influence of foreigners, warlords, corrupt governments or other unsavory things that seem to rise up no matter where humans go. In the case of Liv and Lacy, Eden has placed them inside the mythos of Anaya, a Goddess known for her ample blessings on the innocent and harsh justice on the guilty.

    To touch on your other comments quickly, the title of the book isn’t a descriptor of any certain peoples, places, races or anything else. It’s an illustration of the juxtaposition of a goddess who is at once beautiful to those she loves and savage to those who anger her. However, “Beauty Savage” just doesn’t roll off the tongue quite right…

    As for the outfits, it’s a bit absurd to think they actually skinned cheetahs and put their flesh on, especially in a day & age where the invention of lycra screen printed fabrics is decades old. They’re smart women that realize egotistical men don’t always think straight when confronted with powerful, attractive females… and these ladies aren’t too proud to take advantage of that fact. Psychology is a weapon they willingly wield.

    And, lastly, to the sexist/racist comments. The four main protagonists of the story are two women and two men, one each from California and Northern Africa. The villains, for the first arc at least, are a Frenchman, a Ugandan man and his female lieutenant. The only people cast in a bad light are the villains, because, well quite frankly villains should be cast in a bad light.

    Thanks again for keeping the discussion alive.

    For anyone interested the advance reviews are rolling in and quite frankly the critics are loving the first issue.

    http://allpulp.blogspot.com/2011/01/reviews-from-86th-floor-barry-reese.html

    This one contains spoilers, so you’ve been warned: http://playeraffinity.com/comic-reviews/Savage-Beauty-1-Review.html

    http://thepullbox.com/2011/02/01/savage-beauty-1-a-great-pulp-adventure-in-a-leopard-print-bikini-to-boot/

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