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Rule, Canadia by professorhazard Rule, Canadia by professorhazard
My brother wanted me to help him actualize an idea of his for a [link] contest. Since the theme was about Canada, he wanted to make one of those avatar goddesses for the country like one used to see represented in art and political cartoons. For America, we had Columbia, the English have Britannia, so here is Canadia.

In the picture this is a reference of, Columbia is standing with her hand on a phonograph, the American flag in her other hand, and a rampant eagle at her feet, all the while clothed in an American flag dress. For Canadia, the phonograph became a six-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon, the eagle became a beaver, and the American flag dress became a Toronto Leafs jersey. Her helmet is also a modified goalie mask, with valkyrie wings added.

Last night he said he liked the picture, which I spent, I dunno, thirty minutes on. This morning he says it's too campy and wants to change various parts of it to be more serious, including removing the beer and the jersey. I basically told him "I was doing this for free, so if you want it different, make it different yourself. I got paying customers to tend to." But I wouldn't change it even if that weren't the case.

I own the entire series of The Kids in the Hall on DVD. I know about Canadian patriotism. I purposely gave her the look she is sporting because I thought, "This is the kind of girl a Canadian guy wants to meet in a bar." Am I wrong, Canadians?
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JeffMillennium Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Most Canadiens would be insulted and enraged by this picture. It is ripe with stereotypie goodness.

As for me? I have a sense of humor.

P.S. That fat beaver is adorable.
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professorhazard Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Feel free to elucidate on this concept. These items, that everyone feels are uniquely Canadian - would it be any different than seeing Columbia or the Statue of Liberty holding a hamburger, a gun, and wearing a cowboy hat? Because these are American stereotypes, but I don't think any American would actually be offended at seeing them presented thusly.

So what I'm asking is, are these actually offensive stereotypes for a reason I haven't been briefed on, or are Canadians just tired of seeing them in the same manner as (I assume) some Americans might be tired of being compared with hamburgers, guns, and cowboy hats?
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JeffMillennium Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
You nailed it with the later.
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Ciono Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the beaver. I was considering entering this contest, but didn't have time to put together an entry. I like yours, though, Prof.
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professorhazard Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I'm pretty sure my brother never submitted it, so I'm glad you got to see it.
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Ciono Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should keep your eye on the shirt.woot derbies. You might find one that would peak your interest. And if you win, you get a cut of the money from the sale of the shirt. Might be worth looking in to.
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professorhazard Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I should. But you know how much stuff I already have on my plate.
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Ciono Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, especially with moving now?
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Yutz Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
Would you happen to have the "Toronto Kid" sketch in mind when you say that?

Also, great pic. I lol'd.
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professorhazard Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I guess the particular KitH sketch I'm thinking of is Bruce commenting on the drunk girl dancing beside the speakers near the stage at a rock show. It was the kind of slice-of-life thing that I came to realize basically most of Bruce's sketches turn out to be.
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