J. Scott Campbell Makes My Head Hurt SOOO Much

Oooh!  How original!  A calender featuring hyper sexualized fairytale characters.

I honestly do not know how you sleep at night Mr. Campbell.  As a fan of much of your early work (I loved Gen 13 with a passion…misguided though it may have been) but you have fallen so far in my eyes.  You’re a hell of an artist…and it’s a real shame to see you wasting your talent on something (so many somethings actually) so beneath you, and so devaluing to women…and really, to little girls.  Because this image?  This is THE LITTLE FREAKING MERMAID.

Crap, I’m sorry.  That was really unprofessional. I’m sure you’re a really nice guy. And far be it from me to say what you should and should not be doing with your talent, but I just hope you realize what you’re doing.  For someone that works in superhero comics…it’s really unfortunate that you have chosen to use your powers for evil instead of, you know, good.


  1. ross’s avatar

    it’s funny in that Little Mermaid pic, she has butt cleavage, but… it’s a fish tail instead of legs! it’s not PANTS!! XD

    also, thinnest, tightest towel ever: http://bakanekonei.deviantart.com/art/Steamy-144294340


  2. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    Yeah, is that a towel made out silk…maybe satin? Those materials are SO absorbent…they make the best towels ever…I wish people would catch on to that.

    /sarcasm to the power of 10. :)

  3. Kyla’s avatar

    DO you have the rest of the photo’s from that calender in the same huge format?

  4. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    Kyla: No. I grabbed that somewhere off the internet. The other images I found had watermarks on them.

  5. Jami’s avatar

    I’m a woman. I LOVE this picture. The little mermaid was my favorite cartoon as a child. Put aside the puritanical “sexy is bad” values that we were raised with and objectively view this as art. It’s a beautiful rendering of an OBVIOUSLY not-so-little-anymore mermaid and it’s tastefully done. I’ve only recently found out about him and I love what I see. I don’t see him as having gone over to the evil side of cartooning because he’s drawing Disney characters as very not-Disney.

  6. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    @Jami: It’s fine that you like it, no problem. Different tastes make the world go round. However I’m not sure on what planet anyone would consider this “tastefully done”.

    For starters she’s doing an arched back thrust out for both her tits and ass that would make porn stars blush. It’s a pretty standard look for porn…which again, is fine, but that’s what it looks like…and when you look up porn in the thesaurus I guarantee you that the word TASTEFUL does not come up. There’s a reason for this.

    Most importantly though on the “tasteful” tip…she has a buttcrack in this drawing…on what planet does it make sense for a character that doesn’t have an ass…that infact has a TAIL…need to have a buttcrack? Unless it’s because buttcracks are considered sexy and sexual for obvious reasons. Hmm. I wonder!

    It’s illogical and clearly designed to titillate. That’s fine, and many people like that, including, apparently you (I happen to not like it, especially when applied to something that is obviously supposed to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid) but let’s at least call a spade a spade okay?

    If you knew anything about me you’d know that there’s not a goddamn puritanical thing about me from my atheist and very liberal views to my secret (not so secret now) affection for porn…but as someone that reads comics and writes about them, I’m tired of seeing women put in one and only one box – and it’s the box Campbell is jamming down our throats here and he does it everywhere he goes. I was a big fan of Campbell’s as a teen, but as I grew up (and as his style became more and more exaggerated and unable to be done without sexist undertones) I realized that what he does, while sometimes enjoyable to look at (because the man does have serious talent) is something harmful to both female characters and more importantly, to impressionable young women that feel pressured by imagery like this.

    I don’t know how old you are but I will honestly be interested to know if you feel the same way about this image in 10 years, or once you have a daughter old enough to understand what she’s looking at.

  7. Dwayne’s avatar

    I respect your opinion of the work in question, but in the same sentence; portraying the beauty of his art is not a sin, and it is not “BAD” either, it is your tolerance of how beauty is displayed in these images. Your assessment of his work leads me to believe that you do not appreciate all forms of art. I try and look at these new works with an open eye, as many of the old folk tales were of horror, then transformed into a fantasy set by Disney and now prerogative by J. Scott Campbell. Each to his own assessment, but I am not moaning about it.

  8. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    @Dwayne: I would say I do appreciate all forms of art as a former art student/grad especially I’ve been exposed to a lot and have come to love a lot of different forms. But that doesn’t mean I love all executions within said forms. My experience with comics makes me particularly sensitive to some of the executions within the comics/cartoon art form – particularly the over-sexualization of women. And especially how those portrayals have a negative affect on women and the medium.

    As you said (and I have before) “to each his own”. Your opinion is yours and you’re welcome to it, the same way I am welcome to mine…especially on my own blog.

    That said, your statement that you are “not moaning about it.”…

    Of course you’re not. You LIKE it. I’m sure there are plenty of things you dislike and discuss in your life (like how you dislike my opinion of said art…here you are “moaning” about it). This is something I dislike and am discussing on my blog, simple as that. Calling it moaning is unnecessarily dismissive and rude.

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