Okay, so this page is a little clunky. In its defense though, getting side-tracked when trying to discuss something else is just a common occurrence in my circle of friends. Sometimes, we might fail to ever reach the actual conversation (don't worry; that won't happen here). I'm sure I'm not the only one, either. ^_^
When the script originally had the Kylie/Drew meetup planned for the last chapter, there was no reason to go into detail with it again here. So the characters ended up talking about a bunch of other things instead. Today's page is salvaged from that, and definitely one I wanted to keep (even if it does feel a little tacked on). I mostly just wanted to show Ana again. She will be back, but she's going to be out of the immediate picture for a while. Mind you, she's already been out of the picture for a while, so I wanted to give the reminder that she still exists and I haven't forgotten about her.
Next time: we ACTUALLY talk about Kylie and Drew. XD
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
Also, in case you hadn't heard: there is more surgery in my future. This will mean another lengthy hiatus (though I hope not as long as last time). The surgery date is set for February 23rd. I'm just going to keep posting until then. Next Friday - February 20th - will be the last post before I go on hiatus for this.
I don't like asking for help, but donations and book sales would probably help me out a lot at this time. Don't sweat it if you have nothing to spare, but if you can help, anything would be most welcome. Thank you.
WHY CAN'T YOU JUST TELL US
I will be honest. Getting side tracked happens to me and my friends a lot. You should see us try and play something like D&D. We will make jokes or comments on TV shows.
Also best of luck with the surgery.
i was so bad at being sidetracked a while back i told people that if i ever had a horse i would name it "tangent" because i was always riding off on one.
@cathyfan: Lol, can I steal that line?
Frankly, I'd find it weird if people didn't get side-tracked. :P
OMG I WANNA KNOW ABOUT KY AND DREW!AAAAAARRRRHHHHH :P
Ana's cute, Ky's cute, Rudy's being a bit of a jerk again. I liked him better when he was a flaming gay smartass (even if that was a bit over the top sometimes).
Am I the only one who finds it strange to hear a (part-time) girl referring to another girl as 'this Ana chick'? Maybe I'm just being over-sensitive.
yes you may,aussie bloke but try not to get side-tracked.
Rudy's really annoying me, lately. Just.. the way he's acting. It wasn't Ana's fault, Rain just figured out she wasn't attracted to boy's that way.
I don't wish to be a nag or anything but it seems awfully unrealistic that there are so many transgender people in such a close proximity to Rain. And it also seems like you are being kind of provocative towards heterosexual people here since there aren't any pairings like that that have held for any longer duration.
I understand that this series is about raising LGBT-awareness and I think you are doing a splendid job Jocelyn. But this world seems a bit unrealistic because the amount of heterosexual/not heterosexual appears to be inversed.
And if you are aiming for including LGBT-characters then it would be nice to have a person who is intersex as well.
I don't mean to be harsh here, I'm just making an observation. I am too a part of the LGBT-spectra (Likely genderqueer leaning towards trans*), so I think your work is awesome and supportive. I remember back when you started posting this series on Deviantart and how I followed it back then. Now I read every strip in a single day.
Keep up the good work!
@Jimmy Lindberg: It's because LGBT people tend to form groups, often for protection. There are 4 trans* characters that we see a lot of in the strip. 2 go to one school, 1 goes to a different school, and the last actively sought out the first. The same applies to all the other main characters. The characters go to a big school, and there are probably scores of straight couples that have persisted for years there, but to be blunt, those relationships aren't the ones we care about in this story, so they're left out of the spotlight for the most part. In a big school it's easily reasonable for there to be this many LGBT characters; the reason they're all in close proximity to one another is because almost everyone NOT part of that group is a jerk, so the two groups remain, for the most part, exclusive.
And let us not forget that of the 2 trans characters in the same school, neither of them know the other is trans.
To be fair, though, this comic has a high density of LGBT convergence by random chance. Yes, grouping can be expected. But Aiken has had zero interaction with the LGBT community (excepting Fara and Vincent), and yet his sister and fiance both were trans. And Fara and Rain moved next door to Ky accidentally, before they knew Ky was genderfluid. To me, that stretches the edges of random chance.
But that's okay, because the story isn't about how they meet. It's about how they interact, and how they all interact is entirely believable. And statistics and narrative conservation of detail have a tendency to overlap and make things seem more improbable than they actually are.
There's a phrase I'm fond of that goes "Buy the premise, buy the bit." If you're watching a movie about Godzilla, you can't start complaining about the biology of giant reptiles. This is a story about LGBT characters. Coincidentally, it has a lot of LGBT characters in it! I'm willing to accept that. Of course you can carry it too far, but I don't think we've exceeded the bounds of the premise yet.
@Arcanist Lupus: This.
I didn't mean any harm by what I said, I think the comic's great and like it. But I do find it unrealistic.
Gotta crush on everyone, Ky :p