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Women In Comics Exercise Their Pencils For Nike Ads

Women working in comics has been a hot topic lately so it’s great to see they’re staying in the news. Well-known artists Amanda Conner and Jan Duursema were both chosen to create comic book-style advertisements for Nike. Click through to see the gorgeous work from both artists. 

Conner, recently seen on DC’s Power Girl, and Duursema, famous for Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics, were called “two of the world’s most respected female comic artists” by Nike who said, “together they capture the epic aspects of Nike Women’s Training Holiday 2011 collection and the various scenarios where with its help you can overcome almost any obstacle….To create scenarios for the collection, the artists transformed everyday-seeming women into athletic heroines. Jan’s have superhuman powers, literally taking on the elements like lightning, while Amanda’s are more real-world girls, cycling at night with glowing jackets to light their way.”



Conner told Nike, “As a girl I couldn’t fly or deflect bullets no matter how much I wanted to, and now it’s great to turn regular women, everyday girls and athletes into superheroes.”



Duursema said people have told her she draws like a man, “I’m still not quite sure how a man draws,” she laughed, “It’s about movement and the flow of action. You don’t want anything straight up and down – but on a diagonal. Life isn’t straight up and down, not still or static. Dynamic.”

(via BleedingCool)

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  • Adriana

    I love this!! Makes exercise seem more exciting ;) In fact, it sounds cheesy, but picturing myself as a superhero makes working out even more fun lol

  • DH

    Same! Strong, awesome superheroines to admire makes going to the gym somewhat more fun. :B

    These pieces are really neat. I love the lady with her Husky!

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  • amber loranger

    These drawings are gorgeous. Makes me want to go out and buy a Nike sports bra, and I usually don’t get too excited about ads.