And here we have a weird little page that started out as a gag and - to my surprise - managed to turn into something a bit deeper. The joke being that Chanel is short, so she's tiny like what you might expect from a typical pixie, while Jessica is tall, and I just left her at her normal size despite also being a pixie. When I was scripting this, I just thought it was going to be a cute sight gag. But when I finally had the visuals on the page, it felt like the message changed. It's a scenario that - while the dialogue wouldn't be exact - I think most trans people (and hey, probably a lot of people in general) will be familiar with. We've all been asked that really dumb, invasive question (intentionally or not) that does nothing but hit a sore spot for us. Chanel's lines in panels 3 and 4 were added later to reflect this.
This does not symbolize any deep seeded feelings Rain might have about Jessica though. Rain really admires and looks up to Jessica. However, even if you yourself are part of some marginalized group, that doesn't mean you're incapable of derping out a stupid statement that someone could take offense to (I've had trans friends address me with the wrong pronoun before, and I know I've done it myself by accident too). It's human to make mistakes, and hopefully we can tell the difference between malice and an innocent slip-up, but it still pays to be mindful of what we say so those mistakes might be kept to a minimum.
Sorry. I didn't know this page was going to get deep. This middle section of the chapter was supposed to be more goofy and weird, and then I go accidentally making it complex. Go figure. XD This page was also planned to be attached to the previous one for a two-pager (as possibly evidenced by this one feeling short with only four panels). In the script, I didn't think either of these stood alone well. But once I drew them, they didn't quite blend as well anymore. So I split them up.
Also, Puddle (aka The Beast of Doom) is still there. He's just out of view in these shots.
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If Rain 'looks up' to Jessica, isn't this technically fitting then? She's physically looking up to her in her dream whilst emotionally in real life.
You broke the metaphor! Up to this point all the trans characters had feathered wings, but now with this page either Chanel is out of place because she has wings but isn't trans, or Jessica is out of place because she doesn't have feathered wings but is trans.
The metaphor isn't broken, actually.
Contrary to what people have been guessing, Rain's wings do not represent her transness. It's not so simple. I can't explain it in detail yet, but keep in mind that Rain's wings - like Kaminari's - are black, and unique to her alone. ^_^
Considering a lot of this dream has been Rain's fears, losing the respect of an authority figure in your life that you look up to would certainly be up there for a young person. So by asking a dumb question and making things awkward unintentionally it's her brain acting out a fear for her.
Maybe I'm projecting, but I have a similar fear whenever I meet trans people that are older/more experienced than me.
HAIL JESSICA QUEEN OF THE PIXIES
Oh my God, Rain, you can't just ask people why they're a pixie!
@Anon: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. I may be late to the party, but THIS reference is worthy of some love ^_^
I think Rain has black wings because... well... it's HER dream. This story is about Rain's struggles, not everyone else's. That's why she's the one with wings, she's the main character. Also the two pixies being small and normal is weirding me out on this one lol