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Comic with nudity
InjuredPelican at 6:00PM, March 20, 2011
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I have a comic that has a very well developed story and cast (developed over ten years), with plenty of plot, action, romance, yatta yatta. Right now in its current form, it also has a lot of nudity. I've seen some comics on here do pretty well, as long as they have plenty of regular updates, that are full of fanservice. So it seems that there's certainly an audience for it.

I can freely admit I draw nudity because I enjoy it, I like the appearance of the human form, and honestly, sometimes I draw a great form and find it difficult to then cover that form. Both men and women, but especially women, are beautiful to me. Thus I have adapted the abunadance of nudity in my story so that it fits with it. Its cultural, largely. My story is set in a different world than ours, and they feel much less shame about their bodies. Some characters transform into forms that destory their clothing, male and female. Does that make it at least more understandable? Is it better to wimp out and have anime nudity(no visible genitals or nipples)or none? I know when it comes down to it though, people will approve or not, no matter the context. And I also need to feel free to draw what I want to draw.

But what do you guys think?
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Tim Wellman at 7:06PM, March 20, 2011
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The Japanese have been producing comics with nudity since the 1950's… not sexual, just happens the characters can be naked and sexy with nothing more implied. I follow this style… Time Girls is a top 100 comic on DD and has sexy nudity. No sex, no eroticism, just sexy naked babes. It's what is missing from western comics… I'd read Powergirl and Supergirl and Wonderwoman if they were naked sometimes :-) They always tease the reader but never deliver… the old myth that you can tease but should never have nudity is just wrong today… nudity, sex, every perversion imaginable is readily available on the net… comics have to modernize, readers today have seen everything, they're no longer satisfied with spandex outfits… we want to be rewarded now and then with some titties or ass :-)

The one thing is to keep it non-sexual… nudity works best when it's just a part of a story… it can be sexy, but not sexual. The other thing is you need to be pretty good at anatomy… it's a LOT harder to draw girls without clothes than it is to draw them WITH clothes.

Mature rated stories do quite well on DD, and purely Adult stories do well too with nudity and graphic sex, but good anatomy is even more important for adult comics. Regardless of what your story contains, if it's good, people will find it. DD allows you to publish your vision… and hopefully others will share that vision.
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InjuredPelican at 9:10PM, March 20, 2011
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I have thought about the abundance of nudity in manga and anime, and how that hasn't seemed to halt fandom. If anything, it drew in more american viewers unused to that sort of thing.

The way I portray nudity is characters are pretty comfortable in their skin. They're not sexy all the time, but they can be when they want to. I also try not to over glamorize every shot of my characters. My ladies fight as fierce as the guys, and they actually get scrapes and bruises too. I also try to be fair and have male and female fanservice.

I love anatomy, and try to adhere to it as much as it fits my art style and design. That's one reason why I like drawing nude people. They looks so strong and beautiful that way. Its a kind of powerful quite different from wearing badass clothes all of the time.
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Genejoke at 12:09AM, March 21, 2011
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If it is what you want to do, do it. There is an audience regardless.

Well within reason.

Death porn does just about every sick thing you can imagine but with a wry grin and is sitting pretty in the DD top ten.

Just get the rating right and you should be okay.
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