All This, And Brains Too.

Liv Moore...drawn and posted primarily for someone who will never see it.

Liv Moore…drawn and posted primarily for someone who will never see it.

Despite the depressing caption, the point of this “Halloween Week” posting is to remind everyone that “iZombie” is back, with a new season. The show is very, very clever, upbeat, and features excellent performances from the cast. I can’t say enough good about it, and strongly recommend your television time spent on it.

The “Visible Woman” model of Liv Moore (the shows Zombie protagonist) is actually tangentially related to my content in class for the week. In the image, we see how Liv is built up from her skeleton and brains, into a more fleshed out, attractive being. In class, my co-teacher and I are currently using the “Jane Schaeffer” method of writing instruction, which does much the same thing…building an essay off of a skeleton of established good writing components. The Jane Schaffer paragraph is a five-sentence paragraph developed by Jane Schaffer, used to write essays. The paragraph only makes up one of many paragraphs in an essay, most of which have a non-Schaffer-like intro and conclusion. The structure is utilized because it is thought to help students who struggle with paragraph structure and is taught in some U.S. middle schools and in early high school classes. As students move on, the Schaffer paragraph is no longer preferred as it hinders their own ideas and does not allow critical thinking…but at my level, it is KEY to developing that process.

In other news, for this shorter post, I did in fact rework the artwork on Guy Gardner in defiance of the Mary Sue’s ten rules for making a transgender character. Given the design of the Justice League 3001 outfit, it seemed to lend itself to direct violation of the suggestion that the character should “not be dressed in the transgender flag, or wear the symbol.” Stop one involved re-inking, with the Green Lantern symbol replaced with the TG symbol. Unfortunately, the cut of the vest obscured a third of the symbol, but the male and female sections are still clearly visible.

The inks of the reworked image.  Not so different.

The inks of the reworked image. Not so different.

After that, Geoff Johns’ “emotional spectrum” of Green Lantern Cosmology drove the design. It was impossible to make the vest asymmetrical, so I went with a more “yin yang” color division of the pink and blue of the transgender flag, separated by the neutral white sections. This makes Guy’s powers based on Love and Hope, with Hope being the Male (blue) side and Love (pink/violet) being the Female side. The whole composition colored pretty well, with a positive subtext…and when imported against a colorful nebula, becomes something fantastic.

The finished product.

The finished product.

I think the Mary Sue article might have failed on this one, because I think that winds up pretty cool looking. Vibrant, able to come off the page pretty well. However…in accordance with that same article, it presumes a writing team that is more in touch with the complex issue of such a character, if they are going to wear them as bright, emblematic colors in the fashion of Captain America.

Next Issue: More Halloween Week!

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