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You know that blog post I made awhile ago about identification with one's characters and whatnot?

Well, t'other day, a Digger went up where the local healer asks her weight, and she replies "Two-twenty." I figured that was a pretty good weight for an anthropomorphic wombat--her height looks to be somewhere around four-to-four-and-a-half feet tall, she's got immense muscle mass compared to a human, seemed a fair size.

Speculation in the comments today was that the reason I picked this number is because *I* weigh 220, and Digger is my metaphor for myself.

One person, who ain't gettin' their comment approved, went so far as to link to a photo of me at my top weight (which was never anywhere near 220, but with the usual camera-adding-pounds problem looks plausible as such.) It's not a good photo. No good photos of me exist, for that matter.

In case anybody's wondering, I'm 5'7", I weigh a little under 170 (possibly less, I keep losing weight) and Digger is not my metaphor for myself.

Sheesh. I bet this doesn't happen to male cartoonists.

You speak as if being 220 would be a bad thing.

It does sound to me like a bit much for digger though, even taking all her muscliness into account.

When I first read that in the comic, I thought it said "twenty two," and that had me a bit confused too. I figured it was some unspecified Diggerworld unit.

I'll bet it happens to all cartoonists, but not necessarily about weight.

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Heh, it was pointed out to me in some random bio somewhere that Batman was supposed to be 170lbs. And 6'2". You know, the Batman who is covered solid in big, hulking muscles. (I think Supes was 175lbs!!!)

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. I think people just don't like being remotely realistic about what actual bodies WEIGH, at all, to the point where they can't even tolerate fictional weights.

I once, with the aid of a friend's stack of Marvel Universe Handbooks, compiled a list of the weights of every female character mentioned. There were ALL 105lbs (regardless of height, be they someone tiny like Wasp or someone really tall, like Storm) with the exception of a muscley few nonhumans (Namorita and She-Hulk, I believe) who weighed, like, 600 and 800lbs. "Oh, heck, she's supposed to be really strong, and she is muscley... how could we possibly figure out how much a muscley woman would weigh? Probably like, a billion pounds."

*brain explodes*

Damn, that is messed up. I'm quite skinny (I get lots of "you need to eat more" comments), at 5'5" and 115-120. If super-powered, super-strong women at least my height are listed at 105? Ugh. Let's just say it's obvious that women didn't decide those stats.

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i dunno. maybe other girths get discussed when a male writer is talking about cees.

and um...220 what? stones? crickets? dead bats? for all we know, the hyenas weight 650. oooo....220 goddess nail clippings!

'T wouldn't be in goddess nail clippings. I highly doubt, with how much wombats hate deities, they'd even want them in their weight units.

A lot of people who read fiction think that because you write (or draw or in any way shape or form create something...) than it must be something about you.

Some people, when they find out how much research I (cause I can't speak for anyone else on this front) put into some of my stories (not all of them but some) they're shocked.

"Why do you have to do research? You just write! It's not as if it's a job!"

My work, my writings and art and all of that are over there.

My life is over here. They are separate. Related, but separate.


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I'm about 4'11", maybe 5'. (I'm 20 and managed to grow recently. *shrugs*) Does that make you feel better?

Perhaps those... unusualy anatomicaly depicted female superheros are metaphors for their male artists. In some fashion.

I'm sure there's a whole post-grad course worth of investigation we could do into that. "Discourse on the sociopsychological causation of non-newtonian spherical anatomy in sequential art."

When I saw that comic, my first thought was "220 what?"

Hahaha, me too. And then I thought "Bad engineer! No units!" No matter what it is, I can't escape my profession! (not that I would want to, but it irritates the non-engineers to no end)

=/ Well, I'm almost 5'7"... Give or take a few inches. << But yeah, anyone who puts that much thought into you vs. Digger ought to also put more thought into how you draw yourself, on the occasions that you do. =P

Imagine what they'd be saying if Digger were a robot...

"Well, you obviously want to link up with other bots and do a CHAP, so sick, sick woman!"

Well, that's retarded. I'm sorry you had to put up with that kind of behavior from your fans.

Going so far as to actually post a picture of you at what they considered to be your top weight was not only outragously tacky, but also rude, downright offensive, and shows their extreme lack of manners and good sense. Good grief. 'Sic a badger on 'em, or at least baninate their ass.

For that matter, who cares what you weigh? That's such a private thing for so many people, that it boggles me it would even be up for discussion. It's your business what you weigh, and nobody else's, except possibly your doctor's, if it's affecting your health.


my character robot roy is me, right down to my bad posture. got so bad that at the commie book shop they refer to me as "robot roy". feh.

I looked up Wombats on Google. I had no idea they were so large. I thought they were, like, rabbit-sized. They are really big!

WTH? The wikipedia page says "they are not as commonly seen as many animals, but leave ample evidence of their passage, treating fences as a minor inconvenience to be gone through or under and leaving distinctive cubic scats."

Similar to the Ooh-Ahh bird, I guess.

Well, I dunno about male cartoonists, but I have a chip on my shoulder about the fact that weird or freaky subjects in art were way more acceptable when made by male classmates than they were when I made them (or another girl, even).

Less of an issue in science fiction/fantasy/comics fandom, but I think some pretty traditional expectations still exists, and one of them is that our fiction is symbolic wish fulfillment of a sort--with everything representing the creator in some way--and certain things are far less acceptable for women.