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I went for genderswap for the challenge - nominally movie-verse, for the implied antagonism carried over from the trailer. Who doesn't love a love-hate relationship, right?





I think the biggest challenge was figuring out a female version of the Captain America costume. I took some inspiration from the Captain America back up dancers from the movie, because I had to figure... super hero or no, in the forties? A PR machine is probably going to stuff a girl in a short skirt if it possibly can, right? And for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, a sailor collar just screams female super hero to me. >_>

Toni was easier. I sort of had this idea that she'd rarely care about her appearance if she was in the lab, or not specifically out to impress, but would still wear red lipstick pretty much all the time, just because.

The story is by [livejournal.com profile] margo_kim, you should definitely check it out!

The Idiot Box
Summary: Stephanie Rogers isn't happy to be in the 21st century, but she's even less thrilled to be on a team with Antonia Stark who seems as spoiled and self-centered as people come. She and Tony do their best to ignore each other, until their mutual insomnia causes them to bond over the new American pastime: late night television watching.

Date: 2012-05-14 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Oh damn, I can't believe I missed you posting this. I am just going to stare at it for a little bit now. *___*

I love the way this is so thoroughly in your style; when I try to draw superheroes I have a lot of trouble not at least attempting to adjust mine in a "traditional" direction (although I'm also a terrible mimic), but this is just such a gorgeous visual AU, as well as thematic. You bring such a grace and elegance to the characters! (I will never get over your lines, ever.) And ooh, the costume designs. The Iron Maiden outfit has a bit of manga flavor to it (I particularly like the way the helmet fits together). I still haven't seen the Captain America movie, so I haven't seen the designs you were using for inspiration, but that costume reminds me a good deal of actual superheroine outfits from the era. (Which I am a complete nerd for; this reminds me, I'm going to have to do some oldschool fanart at some point. If you ever want to see what I mean, check out Trina Robbins's The Great Women Superheroes; it's pretty cool.)

I love the montage-like hints at various events in this, too. Looking forward to seeing what your writer made of them all.

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