The second page here is extremely experimental, but for obvious reasons, I didn’t want it to stand alone. And yet, I also didn’t want to leave it out.
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If Ky is in fact a trans man, then it will be good once Ky and Rain know this about each other so they can have something in common with one another.
Heather is very perceptive....
In manga a lot of times, they'll throw in extra little panels like that, by making them tiny in the bottom corner.
OMG! that was funny. "ya i'm pretty sure Rune is a guy" LOL
How did she know??
she has a sister who hides her true gender so i pretty sure she can tell
I like the arrangement but perhaps more for book form? I'd been having some trouble loading the comic and I kept thinking the white part was just an incompletely-loaded picture.
For someone who was so against her sibling dressing as a boy, Heather is sure very perceptive. I'd expect her to be more open-minded. Maybe she'll be more accepting of trans folk from now on?
That page may be my favorite in the whole comic.
@LittleLynn84: Hi! I'm enjoying this comic--you have a simple but very emotive (can you tell I'm not an art major?) style that I really like and I'm totally jealous of your plotting abilities. There's a lot of great things going on here, but there are a few that bother me, as a trans person (I'm a demi-boy, so transmasculine, they/them or he/him pronouns) and that I want to talk about. There's a lot, so I'm going to try my best to stick to the basics and not go on forever. There's a quote about writing that I can't seem to find, which is basically that what your characters say and do doesn't necessarily reflect your own views, but how others react to it within the story and how it's treated definitely does. I know Heather's point of view is one thing, but it's come up so many times in the comic that the picture I get--which I don't think/hope is not the picture you want to give--is that Rain "feels like a girl but is basically really a guy". I'm trans, your trans, I *know* that's not the picture you want to paint. But it comes up so often: for example, the fear/tension of people "finding out" about Rain--but it's never mentioned that the only thing they would find out is that Rain was assigned male at birth (AFAB), because our society assigns both sex and gender based on genitals (don't get me started on intersex folks), rather than acknowledging that gender is a complex and varied experience, that self-identification is the only real defining feature of gender (not being poor at math, not wearing dresses, etc. The
"male/female" brain stuff is crap, because we're *socialized* from age 0 to behave and think and act like our gender "should". There is no control group and no way to study this accurately, at all)--I could go on. So people would only find out that Rain is AFAB--that's it. Rain's a woman. It's transphobic people, and only transphobic people (even if that transphobia is from a trans person, or due to ignorance/lack of education) who would ever imply that Rain is essentially "a dude", who a gay cisgender man can be attracted to, etc. Rain is NO LESS a woman for being a trans woman. Rain is 100% a woman. Women have all kinds of different bodies and life experiences. The biological essentialist view of "born a guy" or "born female, but turned male" is so very flawed on many levels. You're labeled at birth--you agree or correct people as needed. People thought I was a girl for the longest time--I even did, because I didn't have the language or the tools for what I actually am. I still get read as a girl all the time, which drives me up the wall and gives me anxiety, etc, but I will scream my real gender at them until I drop. I have to, because no matter what they think, no matter what this culture thinks, they're...wrong. (I understand this is not in Rain's character! I could personally see it being in Maria's, though, as a loyal, gives-no-fucks friend) People always argue that certain physical/biological things define a male or a female, but this is also flawed, and it suggests that some men or women have a more "natural" and "real" experience of their gender, which is transphobic. Some people appear traditionally "female" and yet have different chromosomes--some people are assigned male at birth, but their natural hormonal make-up is like someone who's AFAB. So, while Rain very believably is afraid of people finding out she's a *trans* woman/was AMAB, because people are transphobic and she has the right to go through her day as any other woman, no questions or comments need apply, it's not portrayed that way. I think I remember seeing that this comic is finished (congratulations!), but I wish that you would incorporate this into her narrative. As a teenage trans girl, it's totally legit for her to be insecure in her identity and not know all the terms or issues--but someone in the comic needs to, so that readers can understand. When someone equates Rain with a crossdresser or drag queen, SOMEONE needs to point out that this is not at all what a trans woman is, even if she's insecure that she'll be mistaken for one. The gay folks talking about cures could also use some in-comic commentary, because, as you noted, that's a very harmful and untrue narrative, and that needs to be addressed. Please, please also address the bi-erasure happening here. Rudy does not have to be "straight" to like Rain. He can be bisexual, or pansexual, or questioning, or pan-romantic and homosexual--ditto the other characters. Him being attracted to Rain is a comment on HIS romantic or sexual orientation, NOT and never Rain's. Rain is a woman--if Rudy is attracted to her, it's his orientation as a gay man that he needs to question, because now there's an exception, and it should never be because Rain is "physically male". And if it is, Rudy's character needs to read significantly more scuzzy, because he's attracted to a body-type that Rain has full out rejected as hers, and stresses constantly about being read as the female she is. Also, Ky--Ky is genderfluid. This needs to be stated (unless Ky is another non-binary identity) and dealt with, especially at this late point in the comic. We cannot have transphobic voices like Heather's telling us what Ky is. We need Ky and other positive voices to tell or show us what Ky is, and to use correct pronouns for Ky, and to have Ky at least think about what pronouns they prefer. I'm going to stop here, but I want you to know this is said with...a lot of passion, but nothing approaching malice or anything of the sort. This is such a fun and engaging comic. I've been devouring trans webcomics since I discovered I was trans, because living in a cisnormative and transphobic society literally kills trans folks. It's so, so hard. There's an added complexity for non-binary trans folks, because we also have to explain and argue our existence, in a different way than binary trans folk. There's so much erasure and so much discrimination in so many things--I love the webcomics I've been reading, and I just don't want to see it there. And I know it's not done intentionally. There's so much to learn and being trans is a hugely varied experience. Some trans folks just want a "normal" life. I want correct pronouns and a few other things, but I also want to change the society we live in. I want the next generation to have it a bit easier than we did. And the media we consume has a huge effect on this. I hope this makes sense and that I don't scare you off with this. In any case, congrats on your comic; it's a good one.