80s Computers: TERRIFYING CUBES EMERGING FROM THE VOID OF SPACE. ENTER THE GRIDZONE.
90s Computers: Beige home appliances for the whole family. Put one in your study.
I like to dig through images from old computer ads and magazines. One odd observation I always make is how drastically they changed in just a couple years.
PC sales grew throughout the 80s as tools for offices and hobbyists. But come the 1990s, corporations noticed that growth was slowing down. So around that point they largely ditched the spooky sci-fi inspired imagery and starting doing what Apple had been doing for years: portraying PCs as warm & approachable, with a return to simplistic, Helmut Krone inspired advertising. The idea of the PC as a home necessity was solidified when Web and e-mail exploded in the mid-90s. And it had good run. We’re in the “one phone and laptop per family member” phase now, and it doesn’t really need to be advertised anymore because it’s part of culture itself.
For Ms. Kitty, we went full on Roar, jungle Amazon babe. She would be the WW of this team, backstory of mythology, war cry, seemingly primitive weaponry that actually kicks ass. The “look” is pretty much a duplicate of the music video, though I added a coconut bikini because Katy loves putting things on her bubbies.
If Kitty is WW, then 'Punxel is the Aquaman of this crew. Sea witch, Jupiter Queen in your face. AZB loves her short shorts and neon stage gear so I played all that up. She almost looks like a raver superhero on stage already, so it was easy to take her all the way to fantastical.
Mother Monster here has so much imagery to choose from I had a really hard time trying to pick which era of Gaga to cull from. The disco stick and disco mirror themes from the days of yore were instant musts. I love the idea of the mirrors radiating across her body like scales and her turning into a walking form of disco reflection, a la Emma Frost. I added her shoulder horns and facial distinction from the Born This Way era, and gave her her Birth of Venus mermaid hair that she really should have played up more as of late.
Ms. Scarlet, aka Lana is old school Hollywood glam that she does so well. I wanted Dick Tracy meets Posh Spice (cause she’s totally the Posh Spice of whatever team she’s on). Her tommy gun is intentionally large and of course she would be the one on the team sporting heels.
Did I mention these will be mini-print postcards at HeroesCon? Cause they will be.
A man in the grocery store line today approached me and said, “Sir, when I first saw you I was extremely attracted to you, but then I noticed that you are a boy. How… I mean, why do you dress so provocatively?”
I responded, “Well, in today’s world the majority of the straight male race view women as objects, or something that belongs to them. I dress provocatively because it attracts the attention of men in a sexual and OBJECTIVE way. However, when realized that I am actually male, they often become confused, disgusted, upset or all of the above. By inflicting this minor emotional damaged upon the ego of a man raised by twisted societal gender norms, maybe, just maybe the individual will think twice before viewing another woman with an objective attitude and sense of belonging. No woman, belongs to ANYONE. Male or female, the equality of human beings needs to be a priority. It is something worth dressing up for.”
I AM NOT KIDDING. The woman behind me, the female cashier, the old lady bagging groceries and the woman in front of me who was talking on the phone STOPPED, …. and proceeded to gasp and clap. The man shook my hand, told me to have a blessed day and then said, “excuse me ladies, I need to visit my daughter.”
…. I was shaking by the time I walked out of the store.