I Really Do Dislike Newsarama But…

Posted: October 3, 2009 in Blogging, DC Comics, Interviews, Life
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Batwoman Black and White

Sigh. Almost 3 months into this blog and I have yet to link to Newsarama once. Well, I guess that ends today. There is a really good interview with J. H. Williams III over there and after reading this portion I felt the need to share it with you gals and guys:

Nrama: A lot of people have noticed that in your portrayal of Batwoman, you haven’t over-sexualized her the way that some might – and some fans might expect. Not that she isn’t sexy, but I don’t see you doing any cheesecakey-badgirl kind of things. Why’d you decide to do this?

Williams: It’s simple really, it’s because she is a person. Characters should be treated the same as if they were physical people. Otherwise you cheapen them and weaken them and then you can no longer believe in them and then they eventually disappear. All good characters need to have a relative form of believability to them, otherwise you will destroy them and the story you are trying to tell. This also applies when you are being your most fantastical with your characters, in terms of what they are, where they are, what they are doing. I’m not interested in characters that are stereotypes, particularly in the manner in which you are referring, because they are no longer characters. They just become pop images easily digestible for the masses.

Thank goodness there are still professionals like J. H. Williams III left in this industry. We are all better for it.

J.

DRAWING DETECTIVE – A Talk with JH Willams III/Newsarma

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Comments
  1. kurumais says:

    you know whats weird i love the way he draws batwoman but not crazy about the way he draws kate. there something creepy about his faces and teeth which worked great for alice but disturbs me a bit with kate i know im wierd

  2. Pobra says:

    i just read this interview last night, i got the link from J.H.’s web site. If you haven’t been to his site, you should really check it out. He offers some great insight as to how he puts together his art, starting from a rough sketch, and blending painted art with his penciled stuff. It’s really cool.

  3. generaldark says:

    i like how he is very creative with his art, this man is not limited by panels!

  4. Ironmuskrat says:

    One of the issues I made sure this buy this week as part of getting started again was Detective Comics 857. I have never read this comic before and I was buying it based on all the praise I have read about from all the people on this site.

    The art by J.H Williams was really amazing. He made me work to read each page, and I mean that in a good way. Panels in a different layout on almost every page and also panels in different sizes and shapes also. Instead of simply glancing at a page and picking everything up with little effort. I found my eyeballs flying back and forth trying to pick up all the various pieces of information crammed on every page.

    Now I was a bit lost story wise, coming in at the end of a story arc will do that to you. But I will certainly be buying this comic in the future.

  5. Locusmortis says:

    Somebody should glue a copy of what williams said to the inside of greg lands eyelids.

  6. Chris says:

    I think J.H. only needed to say the first sentence of his reply. Really its just a stupid question.

  7. therichestmanintown says:

    Hey, Jose. You and Elliot should address a problem people are having with the character. Apparently they are uncomfortable with her costume and fell that she is drawn as a naked woman with Bat suit colored skin. I don’t feel the same about the character’s design myself, personally I think this Batwoman series is perfect.

    • thetum says:

      Very detailed nipples that Batwoman.

      • kurumais says:

        the great jack kirby said of drawing superheroes “basically we are drawing naked people” goos enough for jack good enough for me

    • Pobra says:

      That can be said for almost every super-hero costume design. They are almost all a basic nude human form with a couple of strategically placed lines and accessories. Then all you do is color them in. Spider Woman is a perfect example, but no one is complaining aqbout her costume design.

  8. Variant Girl says:

    You are correct Jose when you say that we need more people like this in the industry. Detective Comics has been great with Batwoman as the star, anyone who is contemplating or is on the fence about getting into the series should put their worries asided. The last 3 issues were awesome, and there is still time to get causght up relatively quickly.

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