It all started here: http://www.myrpgame.com/2012/05/25/this-is-my-game-ladybits-edition-ft-damascus/
Regardless of whether you feel that there’s something rotten in the state of denmark with regards to how women in pop culture art are portrayed, I can tell you that for many women these representations aren’t particularly empowering. In fact, I’d hazard to guess that most of us just sort of roll our eyes and ignore it, or even ogle it ourselves and then choose to actually play cool, kick ass characters at the table that remain completely untethered to the art that’s meant to represent us. As much as I like to get an eyeful of T&A myself, I can tell you I’d be just as excited to see more representations of women where the first thing I think isn’t “nice cheesecake!”
These are your characters, ladies, and This Is Your Game
Today I bring you Plura, played by Maggie McNeill. I enjoyed this character because she’s actually meant to be sexy, but on top of that, she’s a full-on person as well. So often we conflate sexy with sex object, and I relished the opportunity to draw a character whose sex was part of her personality, but not the sum of it.
You can find Maggie McNeill at The Honest Courtesan, http://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/
The description, from Maggie: Plura: A priestess of the love-goddess and sacred prostitute in a medieval-type culture. Kind of athletic, not super-busty (typically curvy); her people were of mixed race so she has dark hair and eyes, sort of Hispanic or Middle-Eastern looking. The climate is a chilly one, not icebound but she couldn’t go around with almost nothing on either. Wears her hair long.
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Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. Author and artist for the Vanity Games webcomic (www.vanitygames.com), a retro-futuristic post-apocalytpic romp through a land of broken science and corrputed magic. A lover of all games, tabletop, board, video, or otherwise, and an avid consumer of nerd / pop culture.