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 <​note>​The physique of a character is very important in comics to convey who they are: strong, weak, funny, a hero, a villain, etc.</​note>​ <​note>​The physique of a character is very important in comics to convey who they are: strong, weak, funny, a hero, a villain, etc.</​note>​
-  * When describing characters include skin colour with white people as well as POC. Please avoid comparing skin colour ​to a food or beverage. ​ The following ​is a list of suggestions. +  *In order to be objective, we suggest using the following ​terminology to describe ​skin tone
-    *Terms for describing ​skin colour+     ​Light Skin Tone 
-      brown +     ​Medium-Light Skin Tone 
-      dark brown +     ​Medium Skin Tone 
-      fair complexion +     ​Medium-Dark Skin Tone 
-      light brown +     ​Dark Skin Tone 
-      light tan +     ​This is the same system that is used to label emojis with different skin tones. You can also use terms such as Black, White, Asian, Middle Eastern, etc. but only if it can be determined in the surrounding text.
-      olive +
-      * pale pink +
-      * ruddy complexion +
-      * tan +
-      * white+
   * You only have describe a character once, and just the key physical descriptions. ​   * You only have describe a character once, and just the key physical descriptions. ​
   * If something changes with the character then describe the change.   * If something changes with the character then describe the change.
-    ​* The character has a cut on their face, they cut their hair, they changed their clothes, etc.+     * The character has a cut on their face, they cut their hair, they changed their clothes, etc.
   * Use pronouns only when it is clear to whom or what the pronoun refers.   * Use pronouns only when it is clear to whom or what the pronoun refers.
 +     * You can identify the subject as male or female, man or woman, only if it can be clearly identified. Try to describe the physical characteristics and avoid using the terms “masculine” or “feminine” since it is more interpretive than descriptive. There is a delicate balance to strike between inclusive language and robust description;​ do your best, and ask for opinions from others if you need to.
 +  * Avoid describing age by prescribing a number or the decade because someone could appear young but is in their fifties. Instead, use terms such as:
 +     * baby
 +     * toddler
 +     * teen
 +     * adult
 +     * middle aged
 +     * young
 +     * old, etc.
 <​note>​When you first come across a major character, check them out in a few other panels before giving the description. Depending on the angle, the character might look a little bit different, and it is important to not have conflicting descriptions.</​note>​ <​note>​When you first come across a major character, check them out in a few other panels before giving the description. Depending on the angle, the character might look a little bit different, and it is important to not have conflicting descriptions.</​note>​
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