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Women In Comics Exercise Their Pencils For Nike Ads

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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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."