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Suede1971

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Women don't age in dredd universe?
« on: 22 August, 2018, 07:16:51 pm »
Hershey was 38 as far as i can remember in the cal files, she kind of looks the same now. Shouldn't she look more like a woman in her 50s? can't imagine a judge would would be too bothered about looking more mature.

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #1 on: 22 August, 2018, 07:39:40 pm »
Some artists do (Colin MacNeil gives her these great little wrinkles), some don't: it is the way of Dredd.  Anyway, everyone lives longer and looks healthier in the 22nd C, so there's that to look forward to.

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #2 on: 22 August, 2018, 07:47:31 pm »
The Sisters of Death took it upon themselves to age on behalf of all the other women. They're only 26.

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #3 on: 22 August, 2018, 07:58:02 pm »
Joe Pumpernickel Face Dredd has had a few cosmetic treatments; CJ Goodman (43 years in the Chief's chair) nipped-in to get his regular rejuve during The Day the Law Died, so I'm sure the ladies ain't averse to a quick facial between shifts.


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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #4 on: 22 August, 2018, 07:59:29 pm »
You are still talking about cosmetic surgery, right?

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #5 on: 22 August, 2018, 08:42:59 pm »
Hershey was 38 as far as i can remember in the cal files, she kind of looks the same now. Shouldn't she look more like a woman in her 50s? can't imagine a judge would be too bothered about looking more mature.

You're imposing 20th century values. The idea that ageing confers dignity or authority, and the obverse - that disliking the process admits to a troubling deficiency of character - are comforting lies we tell ourselves because we can't get out of it.

As soon as halting the ageing process becomes as easy as taking a shower* or a yearly check-up, nobody will ever look much older than 28 again.


* Nobody reeks of body odour and excreta anymore, even though absolutely everyone did only a century or so ago. Aristocracy included

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #6 on: 22 August, 2018, 09:27:16 pm »
Nobody reeks of body odour and excreta anymore, even though absolutely everyone did only a century or so ago.

My regular commute begs to differ.

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #7 on: 22 August, 2018, 10:57:05 pm »
I’m still touting my Anderson destroys half a city block when her menopause starts story... if anyone’s interested.
But everybody else is overwhelmed by indifference and the promise of an early bed

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #8 on: 22 August, 2018, 11:15:28 pm »
I tried to draw Anderson age-appropriate in a Zarjaz strip, but backtracked when it became apparent that the results were variable.  Trying to capture the simplest of details on a face - cheekbones, the philtrum, the cheek folds - can age even youthful characters, so I imagine most artists just opt out of the problem and draw females with fewer readily identifiable or recurring facial characteristics, hence why a lot of artists' female characters look suspiciously similar apart from their clothes or hairstyles.

Plus no comic artist ever went broke drawing fit birds.  Quite the opposite, from what I can tell.

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #9 on: 22 August, 2018, 11:44:43 pm »
You are still talking about cosmetic surgery, right?


Whatever works for you.

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #10 on: 23 August, 2018, 12:11:52 am »
Hilda aged gracefully.




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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #11 on: 23 August, 2018, 10:55:43 am »
Plus no comic artist ever went broke drawing fit birds.  Quite the opposite, from what I can tell.

Very true!  Rob Liefield is particularly well known for his athletic penguins and power lifting vultures.

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #12 on: 23 August, 2018, 04:38:23 pm »
Plus no comic artist ever went broke drawing fit birds.
The problem is when those are the only women in the strip, and when it's rather absurd when Anderson looks like a Page Three girl. (Never mind that MC1 still has a major problem with balance. Given it being set 100+ years into the future, it's very… white. And very, very male. It'd be lovely to see that change.)

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #13 on: 23 August, 2018, 05:20:16 pm »
That kind of failure has been a team effort - artists tend to default to what they know and writers tend to use the word "blonde" a lot in character descriptions.  Of late there's been a conscious effort to push back against it - which you can tell is happening because single men on the internet are furious about it.

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Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« Reply #14 on: 23 August, 2018, 06:57:27 pm »
Wasn't it mentioned in one Anderson story that she couldn't re-juve  or take anti aging drugs as they interfered with her Psi abilities? I think it was one of the Arthur Ranson Illustrated storied in the Megazine.

Traditionally comics has denoted middle age by drawing the person exactly the same but with grey hair around the temples. I can't really draw women anyway so it's never been a problem for me.