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Quinnicide by jollyjack Quinnicide by jollyjack
My stab at illustrating the script DC provided for their talent search: www.dccomics.com/node/305151

This was done purely for fun. I'm not looking to land a gig working on a big-name comic. I'd much rather focus on my own projects than work on existing IPs.
Besides, there have got to be more talented artists out there whose style would better fit the DCU than mine. I honestly don’t think I could work fast enough for them, anyway!
:D

There has been quite a bit of internet chatter about the script DC chose for this, mainly in regards to the oversexualization of Harley Quinn (which I can’t really argue with) and how the script requires her to be depicted in a bath.
Lots of hysterical people criticising DC for “requesting her being drawn naked”.
I’d planned out my page before I’d read any of these comments. She has to be in a bath, so that she’s naked is pretty much a given, but it had never occurred to me that Harley should be rendered in any kind of pseudo-soft-core pose. That’s just not in key with the character that I know.
If you read the script and thought that was what was required, that says more about you than it does DC.

It reads:

PANEL 4
Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.


Not:

PANEL 4
Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen. We are witnessing all this from a birds eye view. Suds and steam obscure the nipples but not the full rack. Her free arm is curled just under her boobs, raising them slightly out of the water and at the same time squeezing them together gently.
A rubber duck floats over her snatch. It looks happy.


If each panel of a comic tells a story, this one is meant to relay that the apparently suicidal Quinn is about to fry herself….and she’s going to be thorough about it. There’s no reason for nudity to be any kind of hang-up or focus at all, hence its complete absence from my interpretation.
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:iconkingnekokaiser:
KingNekokaiser Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
:3 I like it.
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arthurnonimus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Love the little ducky on the side. It just sets off the whole thing I think.

Also the link is dead, but the Internet Archive has it cached at web.archive.org/web/2013091403….
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Kaynime Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
the perspective work and detail in these is great, and full of personality.
However, with DC's request it was never the sexualisation aspect that bothered me, it was the fact they were kinda making a joke about somebody attempting suicide. It just felt really, really low to me.
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PeixesdeAquario Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't believe you actually drew these.
Ugh, that makes me sick.
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Antou-desu Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I really enjoy the perspective in the last panel.
(Also, love the commentary.)
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:iconjmiera:
JMiera Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I love all of these panels...but what I love the most was your comment about what the 4th panel says :3
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:iconjustsantiago:
justsantiago Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Awesome! I did this too. lovely line art, your expressions are great!
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bread-bunny Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of a book called Suicide Bunnies, or something like that.



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neokiva Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hope you win :)
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napolid Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
very classy fourth panel
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