Fan-Art Friday: Miss America!

Note: This isn’t just any Friday… it’s Fan-Art Friday, and we’ve gathered some great pro and fan artists to celebrate Marvel’s Miss America character and her excellent Jamie McKelvie redesign. Last month we put out a call, and here’s what we’ve got — some artists who did a tribute to McKelvie’s design, some who learned more towards the original Al Gabriele design… and some who redesign the character based simply on her name online. Who’s your Fan-Art Friday favorite? – Chris A.

Sabrina Miramon

Kris Anka
Alex Mitchell
Lar deSouza

Lar deSouza

Sebastian von Buchwald

Heather McNabb

Ali Ottey Mitchell
David Fleming
Conrad W. Rudy

Conrad W. Rudy
Jorell Rivera
Rick Vo
Yu Lyn Chen
Michelle Sciuto
Katie Brooks
William Terry
Robert Curet
Peter Bloem
Ronald Pak
Jon Garza

Derick Runtz
Nigel Lowrey
Joe Lozanno
Paulo Marques Filho
A. Demetrius Felder
Thomas Fummo

31 comments on “Fan-Art Friday: Miss America!
  1. I’m shocked to say this, because I don’t think much of this character, but this is Fan-Art Friday’s strongest showing. It’s still something of a mixed bag, but the first five are great, as are Peter Bloem’s and Nigel Lowrey’s.

    I think Kris Anka’s is my favorite. I’ve criticized him in the past for turning female characters into anorexics, but that is a terrific rendering of an athletic woman.

  2. I love the design of the full figured Miss America! How wonderful that she used the flag as a napkin/bib! I think it is also great that she brought along a buck of chicken as a snack! You never know when you may need a nutrition break while stomping out evil! As an aside, the mechanisms that she employs to give her the ability to fly must be very strong!

  3. Conrad W. Rudy’s non-Cap America version is a pretty striking design. Just needs to be little more balanced (less like body paint waist-up, less clunky waist-down) – it really stands out in this set. Strong design- clean, bold.

    I’d be interested in reading something with this character, good stuff.

  4. Wow. Had no idea there was this much Miss America love out there. Lots of great contributions with Miramon, Anka, Mitchell, de Souza, von Buchwald, Rivera, Sciuto, and Lowrey standing out for me. That is easily the largest number of submissions that have impressed me from the Fan Art Fridays so far.

    There is definitely something about this character and her look that is grabbing folks. I hope the comics buying public supports her as much as these artists do.

  5. Great works. I love how her outfit is a mix of casual and costume. Looking forward to great things from her in Young Avengers next year.

  6. Some great contributions this time. The one that really stands out to me is Alex Mitchell’s submission.

    I’m not really crazy about the booty shorts and jean jacket design as it feels a little stereotype and somewhat odd. I liked the way Alex gave her more of a military surplus jacket. I think that is a great idea, I would have lost the stripes and given her a hood to keep that motiff going from the current design. I also like that he gave her pants.

    I just think the booty shorts were added to give her sex appeal and I think that it really does nothing for the design. Some skinny jeans and some old school Doc Martin boots would work perfect with a military jacket with a hood stitched inside. Keep the blue shirt and that would be a killer design. I think Alex gave it a great new look which respects the character as a powerful woman.

    Great submissions from everyone all in all.

  7. Aw, I sent mine but it wasn’t posted up.

    Maybe it didn’t go through or it was because I didn’t finish it and it is too light to be posted in a reduced size (I ran out of time and didn’t want to rush it)

    I don’t want to be that guy posting images on the fan art post, but I did try to send it in so whatever.

    http://oi46.tinypic.com/31680zs.jpg

    It’s know it’s the internet and people are jerks, but that isn’t a virus or the pornographics. It’s an unfinished fan art picture, I promise.

    I guess I learned my lesson and will do a finished one next time. :(

  8. Kris Anka for the win for me. It really gives me the impression of a Marvel version of Wonder Woman, hotpants, combat boots and a cool jacket.

  9. It says I sent it to the projectrooftop gmail, but something must have got mussed up. It’s no big deal.

    Good job everyone who actually finished a submission and mailed it correctly! :)

  10. Anka, Michell and Bloem are my favorites, but there isn’t a bad drawing in the bunch. Kudos to deSouza for drawing an action pose.

  11. Curet’s is hilarious, as usual :) I also really like Alex Mitchell’s.
    Once again, feels great to be featured among all these cool works of fan art and fan redesigns :)
    Well done, everyone!

  12. The problem I have with Jamie McKelvie’s redesign is not the design itself – it’s the use of actual clothing that takes me out of the suspension of disbelief I use while reading most comics. I start thinking about stuff like “A denim jacket layered over a hoodie wouldn’t be good to exercise in, they absorb sweat and unless you wash them every other day you’re gonna smell like an outlaw biker pretty quick. How many times is she planning to fly after those unlaced boots when she kicks them off during fights?” Et cetera.

    Going with realistic clothing, Thomas Fummo’s makes the most sense. As for renderings of the current design, I’m torn between A. Demetrius Felder, Sebastian von Buchwald and Kris Anka.

    I’ll see what I can do, Jay – post it on DA when I have a moment.

  13. CWRGoing with realistic clothing, Thomas Fummo’s makes the most sense. As for renderings of the current design, I’m torn between A. Demetrius Felder, Sebastian von Buchwald and Kris Anka.I’ll see what I can do, Jay – post it on DA when I have a moment.

    Thanks CWR, that’s what I was aiming for :) realistic, but still super-heroic. I agree with your comments about the original design, too. I added the red scarf in place of the hoodie… although I’m starting to regret including it. Capes and scarves are notoriously impractical ;) Thanks for the feedback!

  14. I like most of these but I’ll agree with stalinbot about the booty shorts; they make me a little uncomfortable, since they do feel like they were added to “sex up” the character. Though for some reason Vo’s “starbelly” seems ok with me. I like Lowrey’s slightly longer shorts better.

  15. Super suits aren’t generally made of stuff that self-cleans, unless you think they’re wearing body paint. She’s have to clean skin tight materials just as much. As long as she’s wearing under-layers, I think the denim and hoodie do just fine. The boots, I do agree with

  16. After looking at all these beautiful iterations, different art styles and designs, this made me realize: I can’t stand flagpole characters….

  17. So she’s Latina. What does that have to do with anything? We come in black, white Asian and every color between. Don’t try to fit her into a neat little “Latina” box.

    Attitudes like that are why I had real problems as a kid with being pale and not speaking Spanish. Does every Irish character in comics have red hair, freckles and a kilt? Jesus! Why is it, to be anything in comics you have to be a f**king stereotype?

  18. Which aren’t latin enough for you, Mitch? A couple have light eyes, but those aren’t even incredibly rare in hispanic people. I don’t see any ethnic disqualifiers in this group.

  19. Edwin: Super suits aren’t generally made of stuff that self-cleans, unless you think they’re wearing body paint. She’s have to clean skin tight materials just as much. As long as she’s wearing under-layers, I think the denim and hoodie do just fine. The boots, I do agree with

    Thing is, super-suits are boilerplate in comics – don’t think twice about ‘em. It’s the ‘real’ clothes that make me think about this stuff – THEN I start thinking about real life problems with super-suits: I really overthink stuff.

  20. Over-thinking is what this blog is about. Over-thinking hero design is how a lot of the better, more believable designs are made these days. I am all about casual superhero suits just because I subscribe to the idea that anyone can be a hero as long as they want to do good. They don’t need special powers or costumes. That informs my design aesthetic. Other people see the uniform as a necessary piece of equipment to keep secret identities, protect them during battle, create an iconic appearance or make them into something more than a man. However you brought up a good point and now it might be incorporated into later contributions That said, you can’t throw in a concern for this design and not consider it for other kinds of designs.

  21. So many great pics and interpretations of this character. Strong, sexy, girly, funny, scary. I find Sebastian von Buchwalds so striking for some reason. I would read the shit out of that comic. Also Kris Ankas-so strong and determined. But poor Conrad W. Rudys first one makes me feel very sorry for her. So much back pain, and while people might have problems with the shorty shorts in many pics, they look a whole lot less scary/sex freak than that outfit/pose. Nice digital art execution though. Thanks all and everyone for sharing your interpretations.

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