So recently I started reading a truly awesome comic called the Runaways. It's a great series with a wonderful cast of characters. One in particular, named Gertrude caught me by surprise - a realistically overweight (yet cute/intentionally likable) character in a comic! You don't see many of these in a market intended, mostly, for males. So, I found it laughable when some of the cover art depicted her as slender and without the round, pouty face seen within (most) of the pages. It's as if the cover artist just couldn't bring themselves to draw someone heavy. It got me thinking about all the fiction I read. Had I ever read a novel, other than one of my own, where the main character was depicted as anything other than slim, trim, willowy, slight, svelte, ect, ect... if their physique is mentioned at all - in which case, you normally assume they're of average build or the hot little number on the front cover. Certainly, I had read books where a male is heavy or otherwise just out of shape... but, you don't get too many women with the exception of books marketed toward self-conscious teens and/or housewives - my apologies for the stereotype. It was just an observation I wanted to throw out there and hear some opinions on. I'm not particularly heavy myself, and I've never been above a few fat jokes in good fun here and there. I was diagnosed and hospitalized as anorexic at one point in my life, so that might have something to do with my annoyance here. Sure, I realize we don't want to promote unhealthy lifestyles but, heck, some people are just never going to be trim... And yes, I do realize it's a bit of an issue in most media. At best, heavy character seems to be endearing, supporting friend character.