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Call and Answer 25/26

Call and Answer 25/26 published on 28 Comments on Call and Answer 25/26

And so, this volume ends where it began: with Sønheim security discussing how they won’t break any laws, now that they’ve determined it’s not technically possible to.

Today is National Ampersand Day — and later this month is Celebrate Bisexuality Day — so this month’s exclusive Patreon wallpaper combines them both:

Bi wallpaper


Sigrún: This is all we have?

Leif (recorded): . . . what happens, I’ll find a way.

Sigvard: Yes, Captain. It appears Leif spent most of the night with his shoes off.

Although I’m intrigued by this tinny, bootleg recording called “Kolpovision.”

Sigrún: Did he not wear his new “loaned” bracelet, either?

Sigvard: . . . We couldn’t get any of those gems to accept a recording spell in the first place.

Sigrún: And I suppose we can’t just add another gem?

Sigvard: I don’t think that’s legal. Also: it has serious anti-tampering shields.

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28 Comments

Yep that’s definitely Sonheim right there – “seeing as we can’t physically do the thing that breaks the law, guess we’re not going to be breaking the law today!”

Also, I had forgotten/missed that Larch was ace! That was a wonderful surprise & brought a smile to my face. (Actually, that might have just been because I initially didn’t recognize him, just determined from the wallpaper as “person involved with someone related to Thorn” and had to go look for his picture on the wiki.

Uhm…I am confused. Larch is Ace, as in asexual? But he is the father of Tansy’s children, or at least specifically Hyacinth (who gets their height from Larch’s side of the family). Doesn’t Ace mean that he doesn’t like or want sex? Help?

He’s still capable of *having* sex. It’s just that he’s not interested in seeking it out for himself. It’s entirely possible that he has sex with Tansy just to do something nice for his wife.

Or they could have gone the in vitro route for the kids, since I just remembered that Tansy told Thorn she still has eggs on ice.

Just because you don’t want sex, that doesn’t mean you don’t want children!

(Same applies to same-sex couples, who may want certain kinds of sex, but not “the specific kind that produces babies.”)

And yeah, it’s been mentioned in the comic that Larch and Tansy used Magical IVF. Hasn’t been spelled out that “Larch is asexual” is the reason…but there have been enough hints that at least a few readers already guessed.

Most of the flags I recognize off-hand, but I don’t recognize Captain Sigrún’s, and I’m not sure whether it’s due to the coloring of the background interfering, because I can’t make out the bottom half, or I just don’t recognize a “married to my work” flag (which is not the same thing as Ace).

That link 1. caused Firefox to give me a security threat warning, 2. goes to a 404. But the “More to read” on the sidebar here did give me your post about it: “Hey, who wants to see another Lesbian Pride Flag design proposal?”

…That’s wild. On my browser the link just redirects to that post. (Which is what it’s supposed to do!)

Yeah, for me it gives me this, titled “SiteGround Web Hosting”: https://imgur.com/3urSlqG

Dare I ask, how are the Webcomic Woes, And Shine Heaven Now, and Leif & Thorn Kickstarter redirects looking?

Webcomic Woes: “Warning: Potential Security Risk Ahead”, then 404, same as the original link
Shine: Fine
Kickstart: Same as Woes

I’ve been using Firefox 80.0.1 (64-bit) for all of these. Checking on Chrome (Version 85.0.4183.83 (Official Build) (64-bit))…

Lesbian flag: “Your connection is not private”/unsafe, then 404
Woes: Again, warn then 404
Shine: Fine
Kickstart: Again, warn then 404

“Security threat” … the real technical reason:

webcomicwoes.erinptah.com uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for the following names: *.sgcpanel.com, sgcpanel.com (Error code: ssl_error_bad_cert_domain)

kickstart.leifandthorn.com uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for the following names: *.sgcpanel.com, sgcpanel.com (Error code: ssl_error_bad_cert_domain)

Oh, those two better not fuck this up if they don’t want to wind up in front of a court martial for fraternization.

If you mean Leif and Thorn…again, there’s nothing new in this strip that they haven’t been doing for ages now, and Thorn notified his superiors back in Volume 2, so I don’t know what’s prompting the sudden worry.

If you mean Sigrún and Sigvard, they’re just friends!

I was under the impression that Leif was pansexual?

The English words “bisexual” and “pansexual” don’t have separate translations in Sønska! And I want English-speaking readers to go ahead and feel represented by the characters, no matter which one they use.

This wallpaper used bi flags, and other real-world flags that don’t map exactly to in-universe labels, because it’s for a bi pride day and it’s about celebrating real-world identities. But I’ve drawn Leif with both bi & pan colors in the past, and will continue to switch it up in future appearances.

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