Okay so like we don’t have enough to do, we just started a tumblr for The Brokeback Pose. Because…well because it’s so awesome.
To get us warmed up, here’s a post from a martial artist/contortionist, who explains that having your top and bottom face different directions is not that easy…and not very realistic in a fight. (Here’s a follow-up post with more.)
Taking a look at these, they just don’t seem to be the best fighting poses possible. What do you think. Of course, torsion adds power behind punches, but adding this “foot up driving forward” pose would seem to be pushing the momentum into the knee.
Here’s an interesting example from this month’s RED LANTERN that shows a BATTLE OF THE BROKEBACKS! Including the ultra-rare MALE FORWARD BROKEBACK! Who do you think will win?
Rafael? Any other martial artists/fighters out there?
As for the tumblr, I’m not really going to have time to update it a lot, but send me examples at comicsbeat @ gmail.com. Or if you want to help post, shoot me a line.
UPDATE: After standing up I attempted to throw a punch with my lead knee cocked, but…well it didn’t work and I lost my shoe doing so. Figuring I am not a pro at this, I found the following picture of a man who know how to punch, Muhammed Ali.
As you can see, when throwing a punch the lead/opposite foot is planted and bent to give that hip torque Rafael was talking about.
So, to give more power to the punch you plant the front foot, instead of cocking it in the air in order to show that little dark triangle between your butt cheeks.
Ali’s pose is not as dynamic, though.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.