Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Night of the 80's Undead - FearNet review

Look, more hate mail!

Another review during Comic-Con, from's Bagged and Boarded, where the reviewer doesn't appreciate the fact that Night of the 80's Undead has the amp set to 11... among other things. Like calling it sexist and racist. LOL

1) They claim it's MILDLY racist. Which at first threw us for a loop... but then I remembered, the "Asian twins" are intentionally written in a stereotypical fashion, in keeping with the myriad of 80's movies that depicted them in that fashion. And having done that, I made sure to try and offset that with some cool (if completely stereotypical) character beats for them down the line. Being sure that the characters don't just exist to serve stereotypical means, they ya know serve the story and have genuine character arcs that to me transcend the way in which they go about that.

2) They claim it's VERY sexist, because, you know, gosh, comic books shouldn't exaggerate human anatomy... sorry, don't do photo realistic comics. And, to their point, the main character does not have "unnaturally large breasts"... they're naturally large, and I don't mean that tongue-in-cheek, I mean to say, that perhaps while their size is not common, or average, it's certainly well within the range of nature.

So yeah, if you can't have sexy girls in comic books, lock me up.
And if you don't like them in your comic books, then, well, you don't want my comic books.
My female characters are always the lead, always kick ass, and always look good doing it.
I know it's not universally acceptable, but to each their own.
I don't write bad girl comic books, and I'm not going to ugly up my characters, or have them drawn in ways to pander to a wider audience, no apologies there.

I normally don't feel the need to comment on reviews, but this one brought up some good points I felt were worth addressing.

Find the review HERE or after the click below...

What happens when you mix 1986 Hollywood, cocaine, the soviets, pop culture references, and zombies? Night of the 80's Undead, that's what! This comic follows two young ladies as they crash a crazy, coke-filled Beverly Hills house party. Unfortunately for them, all of the coke that's made it's way to the U.S. has been tainted with a zombie-plague by the USSR, and now all of Hollywood is going bloodthirsty and crazy!

Bag it or board it up? This could be an amazing comic. It's a pretty humorous premise, and the setting is rife with possibilities, but man oh man, this is not to my taste. The character design is lazy (heads up, comic creators: giving your female leads unnaturally large breasts doesn't make your comic better), the characterization is tissue-paper thin, and the jokes are all in bad taste. This type of comic prides itself in “crude humor,” but you can’t just say that and then get away with whatever you want, right? This is a sort-of-racist, very sexist, non-interesting comic. Read it if the premise interests you... but really, we can do better than this.

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