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In the Background #1

This is the first of a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of posts where I present background drawings in comic books that amuse me for whatever reason.

Enjoy!

First up is X-Force #43, by Tony Daniel and Kevin Conrad. X-Force is getting ready to go on a rescue mission to find their missing teammate, Sunspot. So, what, exactly, is Siryn doing in this panel?

Let me know if you come across similar panels you think I should use in the future! E-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

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I have no idea what she’s up to, but I guess she must be drunk.

If it weren’t a 90’s comic, I’d say she’s just wild about her iPod.

I think one of the things she’s doing is putting on her backpack. Or jacket. Maybe?

Shampoo commercial.

Not being useful.. At least Warpath is earning his keep..

Nice of Warpath to move Cable’s spare gun for him.

Practicing for her photo cover of “Lovely Lasses Lads Love”. I think I saw it in a Deadpool comic somewhere.

You can’t see it well but Warpath is listening to Pornos for Pyros.

“Ponytail…caught…in…backpack…but can’t…scream or…will…KILL…teammate!!!”

She’s tearing around in the throes of a Calvin and Hobbes moment; “The laws of perspective have been repealed! …All spatial relationships are lost! It’s impossible to judge where anything is! Oh, no!”

Neat idea for a feature. Two of my favorite artists for this sort of thing are Travis Charest and Chris Bachalo (and favorite artists period, actually). I bet you could do a whole month of features just on Bachalo’s “Generation X” and Charest’s “WildCATS” runs. Those guys loved to throw in cool things like posters and graffiti in their backgrounds, not to mention Bachalo’s penchant for cartoon amphibians everywhere. I loved how often characters in “Generation X” would get knocked through a wall or something and end up with turtles and frogs on their heads.

Suggestion: You may want to put up the previous and post panel so we can see if there’s any lead in that might clue one in why the object of derision is in there (in this case, if Siryn was doing anything leading up to the panel or after). And if there’s NOTHING, and it just pops up in this middle panel, it might end up being even funnier.

Obviously, she’s singing “I’m So Pretty” from West Side Story.

Voguing?

I like Kevin Madison’s the best. So…so perfect.

How can Warpath’s arm be that big?

“How can Warpath’s arm be that big?”

Dude, it was the 90’s. How could it *not*?

The Crazed Spruce

August 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm

That poor woman needs a lighter backpack. Why, her spine has snapped in half!

It’s obvious she is getting ready for the Interpretive Dance finals at the Olympics.

Suggestion: You may want to put up the previous and post panel so we can see if there’s any lead in that might clue one in why the object of derision is in there (in this case, if Siryn was doing anything leading up to the panel or after). And if there’s NOTHING, and it just pops up in this middle panel, it might end up being even funnier.

There is nothing. That is the first panel on the page and she was not on the previous page. The next panel is just an explosion. This is the correct context. Obviously if there was some context, I’d feature it. Doing otherwise would be unfair to Daniel and Conrad.

I forget, but is she able to fly without using her “scream”? Cuz she’s just floating there. Removing her jacket after a long day of…being on X-Force, I suppose.

Everyone else has been much funnier here.

She’s dancing. Because she actually had feet drawn in an X-force comic.

Jazzercise?

Obviously, Warpath is cranking the volume on his boom-box (the fact that this is the early 90s provides the context), and Terry is obeying C+C Music Factory’s command of “Everybody Dance Now!”

I’ve just seen this issue a couple days ago, when I was looking for easter eggs… Syrin is just like that, the entire scene. It looks even like some meta joke about how girls in comics that time were supposed to be always posing for Pirelli callendars. Either that, or she just had some ecstasy.
And that was when I realized that she doesn’t have to be screaming to fly, I believe there’s even one panel where she’s floating around while slurping a smoothie.

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