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Ariel, Jasmine, and Pocahontas definitely look better.
But. Look at Belle and Aurora. They are wearing corset dresses. Those are designed to create exactly the shape originally drawn. It's not natural but it is accurate. You just have to imagine them breathing up and down instead of in and out. Trust me, you can make an hourglass out of any figure with a corset, no matter how many hours your pour into it. Elsa's dress is filmier but has that springy control-top look that some modern dresses use to make people look trimmer in a sheath.
You want to give girls a positive body image? Put a princess in a houpplande. They make average-to-large size bodies look awesome, and are period.
This kind of argument is why I use real bodies as character inspiration. It's a lot easier to mix body types that way, and when I have artists, I can just say, "Here is a reference image." I'm still working my way through that set of Olympic athletes.
Also, I'm intrigued by the subtle, probably inadvertent, but extremely powerful riff on male!Thor battling depression. There's a discussion about how every day he struggles with wondering whether he'll be able to pick up the hammer, and how tired he gets, wanting someone to carry it for a while. It's just not something that comics usually deal with at all, but I like the hints of it in Thor's storyline.
I'm intrigued to see her complaining about the decay of good computer programs. This is a problem I have observed very widely. The first version is rarely the best. Then a few rounds later, it gets really good if its ever going to. After that it's all downhill as people add more and more crap until it collapses under its own weight or they get bored with it or sell it or whatever. Before long, you can't get the version(s) that actually worked, so you can no longer do that thing. It's extremely frustrating.
I miss the virtue of elegance in programming.
#1 -- Not the most skilled hoop manipulator I've seen, but possibly the best footwork. Wow. Prancing.
#2 -- This is much more what I expect from a hoop dancer, and my vote will always go to the guy who can deftly handle more hoops.
That's why I write diversity and, especially, pay attention to the mix of heroes and heras in Polychrome Heroics. Danso is there to provide a positive, nurturing example of a young black man. He's very powerful; mess with his family and he'll fuck you up. But he'd rather not have to.