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COHEN: Yes, it's finally here, "The Simpsons Movie." In just a few minutes we'll hear whether the critics gave it a cowabunga or a doh. But first we hear from one of the animators who worked on the film and on "The Simpsons" TV show. Her name is Melody Severns and she's also the founder of Girls Drawin Girls. That's a group of female animators who specialize in sexy pin-up girls. We caught up with Melody at the comic book convention known as Comic-Con in San Diego.
Tell me a little bit about how Girls Drawin Girls got started.
Ms. MELODY SEVERNS (Animator): Well, me and my friend Anne Walker, we were thinking about to do a project together about pin-up art. And we figured, you know, we're both girls, why don't we have an all-girl pin-up art. Because pin-up art is predominantly male, we thought it would be a nice, interesting fun idea.
COHEN: Now, when you say pin-up art is mostly male, you mean the guys behind the pens?
Ms. SEVERNS: Yeah, of course. Behind the pen is done by men. So we decided to do our take on the pin-up art and we thought who else would know what makes a woman sexy other than a woman herself.
COHEN: And will you describe what are your images looks like, these pin-up girls that you do?
Ms. SEVERNS: Actually, it's quite a good variety because everybody has their own different take on what makes a good pin-up. We might have more heavier-set women in some images, we might have women that are more punk in some images; sometimes people just have fun with it and just treat it like an ultimately version of their personality in a pin-up.
COHEN: We're talking to you - right now you're at Comic-Con, which is the big comic book convention there in San Diego, and I imagined that a lot of the folks there at the convention are guys. Am I accurate?
Ms. SEVERNS: Oh, you are very accurate in that.
COHEN: How do the guys react when they see you work and then they see the person who makes it? What's their reaction like?
Ms. SEVERNS: Well, sometimes you get the scare a guy who just takes a picture really quick and then runs away...
COHEN: Scared of what exactly?
Ms. SEVERNS: I don't know. I think just scared of girls just right - as of right now in their life, but we're getting a lot of good attention from the men. Not only are they finding the pin-up art attractive but I think a lot of men just have this misconception that women don't really know how to draw, and that's kind of surprising, but I actually have run into that a lot.
COHEN: Where do this come from, do you think?
Ms. SEVERNS: I think it comes from the fact that for so long a lot of women historically have not really been able to have a lot of the higher industry jobs as far as art is concerned. And just recently the doors have been really opened up. So now we actually get to go out there and just show that we're talented and we can't be denied.
COHEN: Melody, you're an animator for "The Simpsons," both the TV show and the movie. I have to say, Marge Simpson, not the sexiest cartoon characters. If you were going to do her as a pin-up girl, what direction might you head in?
Ms. SEVERNS: Oh, I think Marge could definitely be sexy if she wants to be. Have you ever seen her in a negligee?
COHEN: Yeah, but there's that hair. What would you do with the hair?
Ms. SEVERNS: I don't know. I think I'd leave the hair the way it is. I like it. I think Marge is hot.
COHEN: Melody Severns of the group Girls Drawin Girls spoke with us from the Comic-Con Convention in San Diego. Thanks so much, Melody.
Ms. SEVERNS: You're welcome. Thank you for having me.
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