WWAC has been on a campaign for quite some time for Marvel to bring back the swimsuit issue, and for those creators who share our love of swimsuit issues--we see you, and we support you. But honestly, we think every publisher should put out a swimsuit issue. For our newest convention column, WWAC Asks, I
But honestly, we think every publisher should put out a swimsuit issue.
For our newest convention column, WWAC Asks, I had one very important question for comics creators at this year’s Emerald City Comic Con:
If you could draw any character from any intellectual property in a swimsuit, who would it be?
Naturally I started with one of the artists who have been vocal about it, because Erica Henderson is not only a fantastic artist but a fantastic person.
Erica Henderson: Have you see my tweets about it?
Seriously Marvel, when you're ready to bring back the swimsuit issue just give me a ring.
— Erica Henderson (@EricaFails) October 9, 2013
Kate: I think we’re on the same page here.
Erica: I feel like because of what I’ve talked about, I would automatically wind up with Kraven, which I’m okay with.
Kate: What kind of swimsuit would Kraven have?
Erica: Well, being European it’d be a Speedo, right? Like, I don’t think he owns any other type of swimsuit.
Kate: And maybe, like animal print?
Erica: Well, obviously.
Next on my list was Bitch Planet artist Valentine De Landro, who promises that volume three will be here sooooon…!
Valentine De Landro: I’ve been thinking about Scott Free and Big Barda lately.
Kate: What kind of aesthetic?
Chip Zdarsky was often busy with signings and panels, but did I manage to catch with him at his table later, and his answer may surprise you…or not.
Chip Zdarsky: Nightcrawler.
Kate: What kind of aesthetic?
I was lucky enough to get a commission from Cat Staggs, and when I picked up my gorgeous Susan Storm, I also posed the same question.
Cat Staggs: Batman. Because Reasons.
Kris Anka: For a man–Thor, because I think Thor wouldn’t even have a swimsuit. For a woman–Emma Frost, because I think it’d be interesting to just see how far you could push it.
Ashley Swidowski: Ada Wong from Resident Evil.
Kate: What’s the swimsuit like?
Ashley: A two-piece, but with a like, high waisted panty. And she wouldn’t go in the water, she’d just sit by the side of the pool.
Kris Anka: With a big hat.
Ashley: Yeah, with a big hat.
Jen Bartel: Angelina Jolie at her peak hotness as Kate from Hackers.
Kate: What kind of suit?
Jen: Nothing too revealing. Something sporty. The ‘90s had some really interesting high neck, like, scuba tops.
Naturally I had to stop by Ngozi Okazu‘s table and ask the essential Booster Gold or Blue Beetle question.
Ngozi Okazu: Ted Kord (Blue Beetle). The dad bod, the Hawaiian shirt, the pina colada. The whole look.
Judd Winick was at ECCC for his kid-friendly series Hilo, but was kind enough to chat with me about all things Green Arrow–and Jason Todd, so his answer may surprise no one.
Judd Winick: Jason Todd. Probably something emo.
Creators D.J. Kirkland and Josh Trujillo from my favorite Dream Daddy comic series by Oni Press were there signing the new hardcover collected trade edition (which is awesome and you should totally get one, if only for the swimsuit cover and poster by Kris Anka included inside!).
D.J. Kirkland: Ryu from Street Fighter. In a thong. Call me, Capcom!
Josh Trujillo: I’m not an artist, but I want to see Hellboy in a speedo drawn by Nick Robles. Today.
But perhaps my favorite response of the weekend was from Jamie McKelvie.
Jamie McKelvie: David Kohl (Phonogram), just to embarrass Kieron [Gillen]. A like, 40-something David, in a speedo, with a *mimes spare tire*.
Is there any better friendship in comics?
Jamie also won my heart by tweeting at me later.
@metakate 1) nice to meet you 2) I said it as a joke but now I totally want to draw it.
— Jamie McKelvie was at ECCC, but he's not anymore (@McKelvie) March 17, 2019
Soooo to all you artists out there…we’d like to officially launch the #WWACSwimsuitChallenge. Tweet your sketches to us, and hopefully those publishers will listen to the voice of the people and give us what we want….our favorite characters hanging out at the beach.