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Supergirl Merges with My Neighbor Totoro in Hilarious Fanart Tribute

A hilarious new fan art has just recreated an iconic My Neighbor Totoro scene with Supergirl and aliens from the space bus in Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #2, putting a fun twist on the comic’s similarities to the film.

Taking place on a faraway planet with a red sun, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow tells the story of 21 year old Supergirl, Kara Zor-El, helping Ruthye, a young girl whose father was murdered, get revenge. Issue #2 of the impactful series begins with Kara and Ruthye traveling with strange-looking aliens on a space vessel that resembles a bus. This bizarre space bus, along with the strange aliens inside, is comparable to the cat bus from My Neighbor Totoro.

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In an adorable fanart posted on Twitter to celebrate the trade paperback release of the series, artist Sarah Leuver plays on the similarities between Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow’s space bus and My Neighbor Totoro’s cat bus by reimagining the famous bus stop scene with Kara, Ruthye, and an alien. The fan art features Kara with Ruthye on her back, standing in the rain alongside a giant blue and green alien from issue #2, as they wait for the space bus. Kara and Ruthye stand in for Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe while an alien replaces Totoro. Sarah Leuver’s fantastic fan art hilariously parodies the iconic Totoro scene, playing off the subtle similarities in travel between the film and dark Supergirl story.

Like the cat bus in My Neighbor Totoro, the space bus that Supergirl and Ruthye board in Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #2 by Tom King, Bilquis Evely, and Matheus Lopes is an otherworldly vehicle. Sarah Leuver’s fantastic fan art highlights this similarity, depicting the hero and her new friend waiting for their bizarre bus to arrive in the more lighthearted world of the film. Part of what makes this fan art hilarious is each story’s contrasting themes. While Woman of Tomorrow and Totoro both have elements of a coming-of-age story, Supergirl’s tale is much more harrowing and tragic than that of Totoro’s. Supergirl and Ruthye’s journey revolves around murder and revenge, making it much darker than Satsuki and Mei’s, who are waiting for their mother to come home from the hospital. However, Sarah Leuver’s fan art manages to mask this tragedy with humor by placing Supergirl and Ruthye in Totoro’s world.

Sarah Leuver’s hilarious fanart parodying My Neighbor Totoro with Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow swaps out the cat bus for a space bus, placing Supergirl and her friends in a humorously familiar situation. Although out-of-the-box, it is wonderful to see Kara and Ruthye reimagined in such a fun way.

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Source: Sarah Leuver

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