Donna Strongwell

posted April 6th, 2018, 9:47 am


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April 6th, 2018, 9:59 am

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A lot of you called it that Donna would not be happy with her husband on the last page. A lot of people also threw the word "redemption" around. I would hesitate to go that far yet though. Maybe admitting that she shares the blame on this is a good step in the right direction (as is protecting Rudy from conversion camp), but it's not as though everything is resolved and Maria has returned. In fact, if she'd done this at any time in the last few years instead of right now - after the fact - Maria might even still be at home. I'm not saying she's irredeemable, but let's not pretend that this singular act makes everything before it okay. This is the start of a long process she needs to follow through on for it to matter.

That's why I think the silence in the last two panels is potentially more significant than most of the dialogue.


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April 6th, 2018, 10:00 am

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Just to confirm: Rudy is amazing

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April 6th, 2018, 10:03 am

NikuComics

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Heck yeah mom.

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April 6th, 2018, 1:30 pm

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@NikuComics: Go mom...ish (you still need a bit of work)

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April 6th, 2018, 2:34 pm

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xD

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April 6th, 2018, 10:22 am

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I'm still not too happy with Donna, given that she's still being homophobic ("Of course I don't want my children to be gay!"), but at least she's against Norm instead of with him, I guess

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April 6th, 2018, 11:35 am

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@TallMist: Baby steps, at least she didn't say "g-word"

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April 6th, 2018, 2:25 pm

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@Dianae: What "g-word"?

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April 6th, 2018, 2:35 pm

NikuComics

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In the past pages she said "g-word" instead of "gay". :)

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April 6th, 2018, 10:48 am

falconspirit13

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YAYYYYYY but also eh because of what she said

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April 6th, 2018, 12:15 pm

Darkenadel

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Baby steps are good though. It only takes a spark to get a fire going.

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April 6th, 2018, 12:46 pm

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@LittleLynn84:

Anyone who saw the movie The Revenant , starring Leonardo DiCaprio ... just think of the scene where the mama bear thinks its cub is in danger. Norm had better watch his step.

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April 6th, 2018, 12:56 pm

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*mic drops on Donna's behalf*

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And yeah. I agree that Donna has a long way to go but I'd say this was a good start.

Sure, she doesn't want her kids to be gay but she clearly loves her kids enough to actually want them safe. Unlike Norm.

I think that, in time, and with a bit of research into the subject, she might become a better person, like Aiken did. He wasn't always accepting of Rain's gender at first but he clearly loves his sister enough to decide he'd rather have a sister whose happy than a brother who's a ticking time bomb of depression. (I think those were his words) The big part of it is that he's TRYING to understand her situation and let her know she'll always be his baby sister.

I believe, in time, Donna will think "I don't want this to ever happen again. I'd rather have gay kids than kids who are upset enough to run away!"

It won't happen overnight, i'm not sure it'll happen within this chapter, but someday, she'll come around.

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April 6th, 2018, 1:18 pm

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I'm happy Donna is being a Momma Bear f-ing finally but I also get the bad feeling that she regrets saying that to her 'husband' of course I could just be reading the last panel wrong and she's just missing her baby but something tells me she may end up backfiring like everyone's favorite sister and end up doing something bad to Rudy. Of course this could all just be me over analyzing everything and it mixing with my current depression over learning about a friend's puppy dying that's causing me to think this will still not end well seeing at we are in 'The Storm' after all, but allas thank you for another beautiful page LittleLynn I hope you have a good weekend. <3 <3

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April 6th, 2018, 4:48 pm

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Reminds me of that one Jack Frost movie where they said "snow dad is better than no dad" (the dad had died and came back as a snowman).

"I'd rather have a gay kid then an away kid"? Maybe someone can come up with something better.

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April 9th, 2018, 8:09 am

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@ChakatBlackstar: "I'd rather my kids be gay than away." is probably the best one.

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April 6th, 2018, 5:34 pm

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Correct response. Good for her.

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April 6th, 2018, 11:40 pm

TranshumanAr (Guest)

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I don't think Rudy's mom is a bad person, but she is still a bigot. Also, at least she didn't cut Maria's hair when sleeping. Kellen is still not forgiven for that.

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April 7th, 2018, 1:49 am

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Angry Rudy is so cool... Just want to say "Yes! Finaly!" it took so long for at least their mom to recognize her own kids as human beings, instead of some "broken" property that needs "repair".

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April 7th, 2018, 3:27 pm

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this was probably really obvious, but i notice that rudy's father's name is norm... because he follows the traditional "norm"s of society ;D

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April 9th, 2018, 12:12 am

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Last two panels: I once had a SMALL cat who came face-to-face with a strange dog in our front yard who was about four times her size.

She gave him the Nose to Nose Death Stare and after he decided that he had Business Elsewhere she stood there glaring after him for almost a minute without moving...

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April 9th, 2018, 9:35 am

Don Edwards (Guest)

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Rudy - HUG YOUR MOM!

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April 15th, 2018, 11:48 am

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Most parents, when you get right down to it, just want to know where their children are and how they're doing, even the devoutly religious ones. I'm not saying there aren't plenty of fanatics and assholes and plain old hateful people who become parents, because there obviously are, but I have to say I've seen quite a few kids come out to Catholic families I thought for sure would shut them out, and despite not being accepting, they at least want to see their kid healthy and not homeless. In one case, it was after a different child died, but... the average level of humanity is one that cares about people they know personally, I think. And that's coming from a pessimist.

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May 6th, 2018, 4:26 pm

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Also good Christians don't take the Lord's name in vain.

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