Ok. I'm aware that there has been, and possibly still is, some controversy about DC Comics's choice for subject matter that artists are given to use for their talent search this year. In fact, I don't even know if I knew about it until reading someone's journal entry that they posted here on dA where they express how disgusted they are with the script.
The panel from their script that I guess is the only offending panel is the panel where she's in the tub. Because, I mean, if you are motivated enough to tear a cell phone tower off and walk around on a rooftop with it, create a suit of raw chicken and arrange transportation to an island with an aligator pond and sit in it and place yourself into a whale's mouth, then you might be able to reconsider suicide because of the sheer awesomeness of yourself.
You're probably also fit enough to compete in the olympics if you can do all that stuff.
That's my sort of sarcastic way of saying that, I think even someone quite depressed can see the silliness of the scenarios and know how different they are from actual suicide attempts.
I think that possibly includes the panel where she's in the bathtub... Harley went to a lot of effort to accumulate all of those toasters, blow dryers and such. Not to mention apparently connecting them all with extentions cords so that something happens besides them falling on her. I read that some people are concerned that DC will choose art that shows the fourth panel in an enticing or sexualized way, I guess, glamorizing suicide by maybe showing Harley in a sexy profile pose like with lots of side boob and her back arched and a come hither look on her face. Any artist that illustrates the scene that way is either dumb as a box of rocks, borrowing stock sexy pose #59014 because he has no clue or style of his own, or is intentionally exercising poor taste in a deplorable way if you're so despicable that you actually WANT to entice people to kill themselves. It would be disappointing if DC chose cheap salaciousness instead of skillful storytelling. I deal with mental illness probably moreso than many of the people who are wagging their fingers. I know very much how serious subject matter such as suicide is, and I'm not a fan of modern comics' attmepts at sensationalizing things instead of crafting quality stories. But I think this particular instance might not be the best example.
Things like this tend to bring out some hypocrisy and phoniness in people. I don't see anyone too upset about Deadpool kills Deadpool, or the fact that Harley's backstory is one of several embarassing attempts at correctly depicting mental illness in comics. Everyone would be lighting their torches if it were certain other groups being depicted in what they consider an unflattering light. But, words such as psychotic, schizophrenic, sociopath etc are hillariously misused in comics writing even in this modern era of more sophisticated dialog.
So, why did I decide to draw the page from their script. To me, it is an excuse to draw women and alligators, but there is that knowing that it might get a little more attention than the usual sort of thing I post. I think I'll try to avoid drawing cell phone towers in the future, though. Also possibly to earn money from my skills... I might not be able to or even want to deal with the stress of working for something like DC, but, posting the work might result in a commission or two. I think I also wanted to try to depict the scene from the script that seems to have some people upset in a way that does the opposite of what they are supposed to be concerned about. I'm pretty sure you won't find my version of the panel glamorous unless you find sitting in a stained bathtub, crying, surrounded by wilting flowers and scary smoke skulls with a few thousand dollars worth of appliances either going to electrocute you or break some bones glamorous. I will agree with the sentiment voiced by some that it is a curious choice of DC's to choose the particular page they did to display one's talent for illustrating sequential art; it's basically a compilation of pinups. One does have to read and follow instructions to create it, though.
The new 52 Harley's costume... I can understand the criticism of it. But, I do love sexy pinup stuff. I think the costume would be better received as a pinup drawing or a sexy Japanese statue. But it does seem impractical and ridiculous as something to wear while fighting crime/committing crimes, or whatever it is she does these days.
A caveat for anyone who might be working on the script page and planning to post it here... I did read the entire rules and regulations, but I'm still not completely sure if posting the work here disqualifies it from being submitted in their talent search or not. I've seen one other rendition of the script page posted on dA that has a lot of favorites and comments (and any similarities to his work you might find in mine are, I promise, coincidental), but that artist states that he does not intend to use his work in their talent search. So, just try to determine for certain before affecting your chances of participating in their talent search.