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The webcomic process

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Me: Hey, this is a pretty funny standalone joke idea. I’ll draw it up as a Sunday strip, and just add it to the queue once I’ve drawn enough dailies to go that far.
The strip: Good news, you have a wonderful backlog of Sundays! Now you just need to draw 70 daily strips in a row to catch up.

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Me: Think I’ll do a little mini-arc in connected Sunday strips. With only a week from one to the next, readers should be able to follow it pretty well.
The strip: Ahahahaha, I can’t hear you over the sound of the main arc churning up three plot-heavy Sundays in a row.

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Me: If I make this character too femme it’ll play into a nasty stereotype, and if I draw this one too butch it’ll play into a different one, and if I have this particular guy wear skirts it’ll have Unfortunate Implications, and if that other woman never gets to wear them it’ll be problematic, and…
Also me: Wait, frell, now every single character is falling neatly into gender norms that their society isn’t even supposed to have.
Google: Guess how many pictures I can find of hot butch lesbian haircuts.
Me: I’ll take one of everything.

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Me: Wow, it is super hot out. Giving me lots of ideas for a storyline about a summer festival.
The strip: Yeah, uh, you just made it late autumn in-universe.
The queue: And don’t forget, whatever arc you plot out next will be going live in February! So think snow.

6 Comments

The third one made me laugh, especially the Google part.

LGBTQ writing can be hard…I have been trying to write a story that I have had in my head for years and I keep panicking bout whether or not a portrayal will be problematic. Like making the love interest non binary, for instance. Or having a character be Aro when he might end up sacrificing his life later….

But I like the way the characters in your comics are written. Especially the fact that you have had at least three Trans characters and the people around them treat it like the most normal thing in the world. Just as it should be.

Having loads and loads of characters definitely takes the pressure off. Like, if I ever bring in an explicitly-trans villain, there’ll be at least two heroes and one antihero to make it obvious that the villainy doesn’t reflect on all trans people. Same with this one skirt-wearing guy whose misdeeds are going to be a plot point somewhere down the line.

It’s so refreshing to write about LGBT+ characters just being allowed to live their lives. I mean, they’ve got plenty of trauma and struggle and conflict to go around, but not more than the cis/het characters. (…assuming there are any of those lurking around the cast.)

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