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Haven’t You Noticed 1/29

Haven’t You Noticed 1/29 published on 12 Comments on Haven’t You Noticed 1/29

The apartment home of Laurel and Holly Cerise.

Laurel: Holly! Are you awake yet? The big star-mage evaluation you’ve been studying for is today!

Holly: Coming, Mom!

Laurel is face-blind, so . . .

Laurel: You’d better transform. I don’t want to lose track of you.

Holly: It’s not like I was planning to ride downtown in my pajamas!

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I love how ability and disability diverse you make your characters. It’s very, VERY rare I see face-blindness depicted in media!

I know Laurel has said that she’s “bad with faces” before, but thank you for explicitly pointing out that she’s face-blind. Thank you for doing what you do, Erin.

Oh hey, I’m face blind too! If people change the characteristic I identify them with (haircut/hair color/clothing style/hat/etc) I get confused because they kinda seem familiar but I can’t figure out how.

I work the night shift at a gas station. Just yesterday after I started work for the night one of the people from the shift before mine got gas and some munchies. Simply them putting on their coat and acting like a customer was enough that I had to sneak a peak at the collar of their jacket to see if I could see the work uniform under it. Otherwise, how could I be sure that they were actually an employee to give them the employee discount. Similarly, when I get a new coworker on my shift I’ll often greet them like a customer when they come back in from checking the outside garbage because I’m not used to their coat yet, oh, and I can only imagine how many people I’ve asked for licenses from repeatedly when they buy cigarettes. I’ve never been officially diagnosed with face blindness and I can at least learn to eventually recognize people if I interact with them enough, but face blindness is still something fascinating and I’m glad to see it represented.

I have less trouble with faces since I’ve been teaching how to look at IDs. The trick with IDs is that if you break the face apart into components you can directly compare the picture to the person in front of you with how the hairline lays, how the eyebrows are shaped, and work your way down the face like that. Of course I can’t memorize the shape of everyone’s eyebrows that I know. And I know my issue isn’t as bad as some people’s, but I did have a moment one day when I didn’t recognize my own mother. She thought I was on drugs, but really, she didn’t call ahead, and the lights in the hall were so green it made her look like an alien.

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