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This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby MasterComic » March 5th, 2014, 7:25 pm

Are there any comics on here that feature a main character that is overweight? I was thinking today that good characters always have flaws, but I have never seen a comic with a character with the flaw of being overweight (if you could call that a flaw). So, do they even exist?
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby mitchellbravo » March 5th, 2014, 7:52 pm

It's sad but I can't really think of an SJ comic that fits this description, and the only comics I can think of off the top of my head on line in general are fetish comics where the person is objectified sexually and/or their personality revolves solely around their weight.

I think if you look for autobiographical comics you might be more likely to find such a character.


Oh, wait I think I have one- The main character Julian of This is not fiction seems to me kind of a portly little dude.
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby sanspants » March 5th, 2014, 8:16 pm

I'd love to see that, if it's done well (i.e. that's their only character trait).
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby mitchellbravo » March 5th, 2014, 8:53 pm

sanspants wrote:I'd love to see that, if it's done well (i.e. that's their only character trait).

.... Google "Brigette's Belly."


edit: Just noticed you said "done well" welp
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby LibertyCabbage » March 6th, 2014, 2:57 pm

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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby cebap » March 6th, 2014, 7:05 pm

Off the top of my head, Wet Moon has a bunch of overweight/obese/normal weight characters.
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby dylanmc12 » March 13th, 2014, 2:35 pm

Being overweight is a very touchy subject for most people. Although I'm on the fat side, I'm not medically overweight, but it's a pretty touchy subject for me. Ofcourse, my hypocrisy is now skyrocketing, because I can happily discuss it with strangers. The GIFT really is true.

While not neccesarily a flaw in and of itself, it can be a gateway for a more interesting backstory.
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby MasterComic » March 13th, 2014, 4:21 pm

I personally don't consider it a flaw. I think really it shouldn't matter how much someone weighs, and it's ridiculous how women this day and age absolutely HAVE to be a certain shape and size. But given how larger people are treated nowadays, I think it would certainly make for an interesting character.
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby sanspants » March 14th, 2014, 11:41 am

I don't think of it as "fat", so much as "a built-in roof over my wingdangdoodle".
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby 1ce_k1d » March 14th, 2014, 1:37 pm

Nerd rage kinda has one?
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby sylviagrace » March 16th, 2014, 4:13 pm

Ebony Box - I don't like it that much, but that's the main point of it. There are also comics elsewhere with overweight characters, like Bridges has one character like that, and Worsted for Wear has some plump characters, but it doesn't talk about it - it's a comic about knitting.
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby Liquid_Pencil » March 22nd, 2014, 2:36 pm

I haven't really seen too many characters that are overweight in comics, and I think there are two reasons for that.

1. A lot of people don't really know about the societal problems around obesity to accurately portray it.

While I'm not necessarily obese, I have been overweight for a good portion of my life. It's because of this that I almost gained a permanent hunch during my middle school years from slouching over too much. I can certainly make a comic about obesity, but even with personal experience I don't really know enough to make a good story about it. And I think this is a problem shared by a lot of people: they just don't really have very much experience with it. However, with good research and empathy, I think it's possible to make a story out of it.

2. Drawing overweight people is difficult.

This might seem a bit rude, but the more weight you put on a character that isn't muscle or bone, the harder it is for the rules of anatomy to go into play. With proper life-drawing and anatomy class, it becomes incredibly easy to draw fit, muscle-bound characters because that's exactly what they've been taught to draw! Classes like those teach muscle placement and how they interact and move, but when you lay fat on top of it most of the lessons you've learned become mostly obsolete! Not only that, but a lot of people don't really know how and where fat is stored, nor do they know how it really moves or interacts with the body. It's possible to learn, obviously, but the resources for it are difficult to come by.

My comic has only one character that has any fat on them, and honestly he isn't even that overweight. It's something I have to learn to accurately draw him!
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby cloverthegreat » March 25th, 2014, 3:57 pm

They're not on here, but Poppy O'Possum is big, Ronnie from Whomp is round, Regan from Templar, AZ is fat and Nimona from Nimona is a bit chunky. There are a lot of shapes and sizes out there (even with people at the peak of physical fitness) and I think cartooning suffers from not including weight in designs, even if it's just for variety's sake.

I forgot about Tomako from Silver Spoon, although she's more of a side character.
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby mikemacdee » March 30th, 2014, 8:29 pm

I can't think of any off the top of my head besides Regan from Templar, AZ, as Clover said; but the first comic character I thought of was Lotta Plump, from Harvey Comics (the Richie Rich publishers). Big appetite and superhuman strength, often beat up the neighborhood bullies I think. She was best pals with Little Dot.
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Re: This might sound a little weird, but...

Postby forgotten_cake » March 30th, 2014, 9:28 pm

I haven't kept up with it in a few years now and it's not on Smack Jeeves, but if I remember correctly, Meaty Yogurt was pretty good. The title sounds gross but it's not, haha.
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