It's Not a Joke

posted July 3rd, 2019, 9:52 am


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July 3rd, 2019, 9:52 am

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If you read this page and all you can think is, "Gee, why is Drew being so mean to that guy?", then you might've forgotten that while Rob doesn't appear a lot, most of his dialogue throughout the comic is him making fun of Drew. Both to his face, and behind his back. When he's not making fun of Drew specifically, he's also spouted quite a few homophobic remarks too. He very likely has a lot to do with why Drew has struggled with himself for so long, because Rob's been normalizing that mindset in front of him from very early on.

And after a quick scan through the past 1,100 pages (plus a very brief appearance in one of the bonus chapters), I can confirm that Drew has never laughed at Rob's "jokes". For what it's worth, I think it's okay - even healthy to some extent - for friends to rag on each other; but there needs to be an understanding between all present parties. If someone's hurt by a joke, that doesn't necessarily mean they're "too sensitive". Likewise, playing it off as "just a joke" has literally never made the situation any better. We're human and we make mistakes and we don't know how everyone feels at all times, fine. But if you get called out, just apologize and don't say it anymore. It's really shouldn't be that hard to respect people, especially your friends!

So, no, it's true that Drew isn't being very nice to Rob here. After so much time of just taking it from someone who claims to be his friend, Drew's had enough, and I can't blame him. Ky called it a long time ago, saying on one of their first meetings together: "You need new friends. My friends would never make fun of me for being me." And maybe Drew's finally seeing that.
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Now, can Rob redeem himself and get back into Drew's good graces? Sure, why not? But much like how Drew has messed up a lot, so has Rob. Drew went through a lot to reach this point, and Rob may yet have a long road ahead of him too.

Anyway, I'm probably gonna get hell for having yet another "preachy page". Honestly, I don't know what to say; I just think these are important messages, and they wound up all being a big part of Drew's arc. I'm not going to apologize or take it back. I just hope that maybe some of you got something valuable out of this.

As always, take care, everyone! And be good to one another. :)


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July 3rd, 2019, 10:23 am

Ninjacookies

OH HECK

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Drew freaking became awesome!!

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July 3rd, 2019, 10:34 am

NikuComics

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Heck yeah! Give that boi some danm sunglasses!

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July 3rd, 2019, 10:41 am

RabidRabbitArmy

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You've done good, Drew. You've done good.

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July 3rd, 2019, 11:10 am

TulipKitten

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Top 10 anime redemption arcs

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July 3rd, 2019, 11:13 am

AshenOne

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It's okay to get away from toxic friendships. Some "friends" aren't worth your time.

Drew had to endure years of always being told the "joke" of "oh, you are gay", or "your girlfriend is imaginary", or something like that. If the joke was never funny, then there's no point giving Rob the time of your day to hear it again and again.

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July 3rd, 2019, 12:31 pm

Dzaka

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Drew took the first step.. maybe now he'll be alot happier

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July 3rd, 2019, 3:13 pm

J-Master

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Yeah you tell em, Drew.

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July 3rd, 2019, 6:17 pm

He Who Abides

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Man, I remember when everyone thought Drew was a selfish prick. Y'know, 20-odd pages ago.

Seriously though, I've been waiting for this for a while. Now, if we can only get him to tell Rudy to blow his attitude out his ass. That'd be great.

Yes, I dislike Rudy. Come at me, I dare you.

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July 3rd, 2019, 10:36 pm

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@He Who Abides:

But that would imply we care ...

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July 3rd, 2019, 9:09 pm

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I didn't find this preachy at all, rather I found it to be cathartic in that Drew is starting to change by cutting off the friend that's been giving him shit this whole time.

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July 3rd, 2019, 9:38 pm

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HECK! YEAH! DREW!

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July 3rd, 2019, 10:32 pm

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@LittleLynn84:

Very well said!

One quibble: Drew being mean to Rob would involve a bloody nose, at least. Drew was being exactly as nice as he ought to be in that situation.

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July 3rd, 2019, 10:53 pm

He Who Abides

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@CatPerson - He is, for reasons I cannot fathom, a fan-favorite. I was assuming someone would.

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July 4th, 2019, 6:51 pm

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Go Drew!!

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July 5th, 2019, 11:58 am

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@He Who Abides I appreciate your sentiment. I really do. And I sympathize(d) with Drew because if I had had any social stand worth losing and I didn't get off on being provocative in high school, I probably would have reacted the same way. It's hard coming out to yourself as bi/pan, let alone letting go of the privilege(/curse) of the closet when you know people can be so horrible and intolerant. And finding out you are a shade of queer through an androgynous/genderfluid person has to make that even more confusing. And Rudy can be kind of a bitch. But queer folk have to stick up for queer folk. Hopefully we don't lose sight of forgiveness and the hope that people can change for the better when we pick fights with our siblings' aggressors. That's all we can do. Unfortunately I feel that those bisexuals among us who don't feel gay enough for pride and don't come out to everyone right away "aren't committed to the cause enough to deserve respect or sympathy or welcome" which sort of begs people to stay in the closet, since we aren't always welcome in LGBT spaces. And often that's because we are confused for longer, have a certain level of privilege, an often a different perspective. I don't know if you're bi/pan, but if you are you probably already know what I'm talking about. Catty gays and salty lesbians can and have taken out their shit on those of us who will "always" betray our fellow legbutts when the going gets tough or are otherwise not being honest with ourselves just to hop on a trend and feel special. Pretty sure they say the same thing about enbies who choose not to have surgery or take hormones. Says more about humankind's tendency to compete for resources and find scapegoats for that which is unjust, if you ask me.

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July 5th, 2019, 12:02 pm

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@plasticwrap delete that "Unfortunately I feel that" I changed what I wanted to do with the rest of the sentence without modifying he beginning and now that says almost the opposite of what I meant. I'm commenting on my phone and that makes proofreading a bitch, plus I hardly ever do that for comments anyway.

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July 5th, 2019, 8:17 pm

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@plasticwrap cool to see the response, especially since it means I wasn't the only person who thought Drew was more than just a git. I mean, he was absolutely confused about his sexuality, and being a teenager certainly didn't help in any capacity; who among us could, at that age, be certain of anything? I'm glad that public opinion has started to turn regarding Drew, even if he's becoming Gavin 2.0 at this point. Except that Drew might be attracted to trans people of all stripes, don't know what the term is for that but I know we don't have one of those yet.

Also, because you (kind of) asked, I'm . . . the closest I've been able to pin it down as is demiromantic, though that might not be the right term. Fortunately for both of us, my fiancee is roughly the same, so that works out.

In regards to Rudy . . . believe it or not, him being catty and gossipy, while it's a borderline stereotype at this point, is not my problem with him. It's the fact that he's done a ton of shady/vile things with no consequences. Aside from his disregard for Drew's path of sexual discovery, he's 1) outed both Rain and Maria (knowing full damn well that Maria wanted to be closeted), 2) misgendered Rain JUST TO DUNK ON GAVIN, 3) became a petulant brat after Rain realized she was attracted to other girls, especially towards Ana (who he blamed for breaking up a bad relationship), and 4) sexually assaulted Rain at the Halloween party (because "No" means "No", dammit). At no point are there any consequences for these actions, either. I hold nothing against Lynn for this, as she's great by not writing her protagonists as completely goody-goody types, but I just find the lack of any real consequences for the boy irritating. Just my opinion, make of it what you will.

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July 6th, 2019, 1:34 am

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@He Who Abides Damn, real talk.

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