Webcomic / Avialae
is a Boys Love
webcomic by Lucid that is, in the creator's own words, "about a gross bird boy and his nerdy wannabe ornithologist boyfriend--Imeanneighbor
who helps him out during the painful and bloody process of growing wings."
More specifically, Gannet Sharpe is an everyday emo gay teenage boy who hates his town, his bird-loving neighbor, and just wants to get laid. His existence becomes not-so-everyday, however, when he wakes up one morning and finds out that wings have begun sprouting from his back
. His bird-loving neighbor, Bailey Gilbert, discovers his secret and helps him bind his wings so that they won't be noticed by others.
Gannet now has to be careful to keep his still-growing wings a secret from everyone else, figure out just what caused them, and deal with his developing feelings for Bailey, all while trying to lead as normal a life as possible.
The webcomic can be read at Smackjeeves
(warning for R-18 pages at both sites). Its creator also has a Patron account
where extras and doujinshi
of the webcomic can be purchased.
This webcomic contains examples of:
- Adorkable: Bailey gets very blushy and flustered whenever Gannet or someone else catches him off guard (usually with sexual innuendos). Gannet even thinks, "Oh no. He's cute," after one of these episodes.
- Almost Kiss: Bailey almost kisses a sleeping Gannet in the first chapter, only to be interrupted by Gannet waking up.
- Ambiguously Brown: Bailey is brown-skinned in color illustrations, but his exact ethnicity isn't specified in the comic.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Used by Bailey to break through Gannet's refusal to admit that he's still reeling from Charles's revelations:
Bailey: You don't have to pretend to be strong around me. I'm not going to run away. It's too late for that. Now, I'm going to ask you again... are you okay?
- Auto Erotica: Gannet and Bailey's first sexual encounter occurs in the backseat of Bailey's car.
- Bishie Sparkle: Occasionally seen around Gannet or Bailey when they're looking especially fine or seductive. Bailey's older brother Jamie also gets them as an indicator that he's basically the hotter version of Bailey.
- Bland-Name Product: Gannet has "Bif" peanut butter in his house.
- Body Horror: When Gannet's wings start coming in, they do NOT look pretty with Gannet bleeding heavily and in acute pain. The bleeding and pain stop afterwards, but the wings continuing to grow cause Gannet and Bailey to fear about what will happen when they become too big to hide.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Gannet does this to his uncle-in-law Charles, calling him out for cheating on and leaving his uncle Everett and not even bothering to try contacting Gannet for far too long a time.
- Cast Full of Gay: Other than Gannet and Bailey's obvious gayness, Gannet's friend Addie is a lesbian, Gannet's uncle Everett was married to a man, and Bailey's older brother Jamie is transgender.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gannet, and Addie to an extent.
- Death Glare: Bailey, while normally a very nice guy, has given decidedly frosty glares to Luke and Charles.
- Destructive Romance: Gannet's uncle Everett was in one with Charles who emotionally abused and repeatedly cheated on him, eventually left him for a woman, and never bothered to visit him while he was dying of brain cancer.
- Emo Teen: Gannet and Addie both have dyed hair and piercings and like talking to each other about how much their lives suck. Ironically, Gannet actually acts less like one when his wings begin growing in; he still angsts about them, but he doesn't mope about more mundane things like he's shown to have done the entire day before he got them, and has developed a recent tendency to avoid thinking too much about things that terrify him.
- Fantastic Arousal: Gannet's wings prove to be rather...sensitive to Bailey's touch.
- Forceful Kiss: Gannet does this when he gets fed up with Bailey constantly running away from his flirtations.
- Freakiness Shame: Gannet hates his wings and has an identity crisis when he learns that he's not fully human, but Bailey thinks that he's beautiful and his wings are cool.
- Gay Guy Seeks Popular Jock: Before Gannet began really noticing Bailey, he desperately wanted to "wrestle" with Luke, the one member of the wrestling team who didn't act homophobic towards him.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: The comic initially appears to be setting this up with Bailey; Gannet is struck by how cute Bailey looks when he sees him without his Nerd Glasses and Bailey says that he actually sees better with the contacts. Ultimately subverted, however, as Bailey continues wearing glasses almost all the time (albeit a new pair with thinner frames) and Gannet finds him no less attractive, even saying that the glasses are part of his charm. The glasses briefly going are what causes Gannet to start thinking about Bailey in a different way, but the glasses ultimately stay on because Nerds Are Sexy.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Gannet is the offspring of a human and a Winged Humanoid.
- Happily Adopted: Gannet.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Gannet and Bailey insist this on multiple occasions to the family members who see them together while they're in their Just Friends (who occasionally make out) phase. Jamie in particular is less than convinced by Bailey's stuttering denials and repeatedly refers to Gannet as his "friend" in a clearly sarcastic tone of voice.
- Hollywood Nerd: Bailey is a Nerd Glasses-wearing adorkable bird geek who also happens to be fitter than the other main characters thanks to being on the track team.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Gannet and Addie, made worse by them both being gay and attending a private Catholic school where a number of students are homophobic. One of Gannet's primary complaints before the wing incident is that he hasn't gotten laid in over a year.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Gannet's response to learning that he's not fully human.
- Interspecies Romance: Gannet's Winged Humanoid mother and human father, which his mother got cast out from her society for. This causes Gannet's relationship with Bailey to be one in turn.
- Bailey, a massive bird lover, is allergic to birds. This extends to Gannet, who he has a crush on.
- When Gannet's mother asks him if he's dating Bailey, Gannet vehemently declares that will never happen.
- Ladykiller in Love: Gannet is heavily implied to have slept with a lot of men and views relationships as too complicated and messy to get involved in. It takes him a long while to admit that he feels more than just sexual attraction to Bailey.
- Luminescent Blush: Bailey is an undisputed master of this. Gannet is also prone to this from time to time.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Gannet, due to not believing in love after seeing multiple family members have ill-fated relationships, acts like this toward Bailey. The crowning example of this is when he thinks to himself that he has to stop encouraging Bailey's affections and then finds himself asking Bailey immediately after thinking this if he wants to make out. He does admit near the end of chapter 2 that he's terrified of his feelings for Bailey but wants to try out dating.
- Meaningful Name: "Gannet" is a type of bird.
- Multicolored Hair: Gannet has strawberry blond hair with dyed black fringes.
- Nice Guy: Bailey checks up on and helps a newly-wingified Gannet at the beginning of the comic in spite of the latter blowing him off in an extremely rude manner during their last meeting, and in general acts as an Understanding Boyfriend to him (even when they're not boyfriends).
- Not a Date: Gannet starts out adamant that he and Bailey not date as Just Friends "who occasionally make out", but quickly realizes that events like Bailey giving him one of his sweatshirts that he sewed to accommodate his wings as a birthday present feel pretty damn date-ish.
- Not a Morning Person: Gannet's mother made a deal with Bailey for him to wake up Gannet for school every morning because of this trope.
- Oblivious to Love: According to Addie, Bailey's been giving Gannet "gaga eyes" ever since he saw him and she never told Gannet because she assumed that he already knew about it. He hadn't. Bailey is also shown to be deep in denial about his own feelings for Gannet until the latter plants a wet one on him.
- Opposites Attract: Snarky, short-tempered, sexually experienced slacker meets adorkable, patient, sexually inexperienced nerd.
- Perma-Stubble: Averted. Bailey is shown with stubble in some scenes, but the stubble always disappears soon after with him implicitly having shaven it off.
- Playing Sick: Gannet does this to avoid having to go to school until he's gotten more adjusted to his new reality of having wings.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Happens when Gannet is freaking out about his newly-grown wings.
Wait - you can see them, right?! This isn't some kinda Black Swan
Bailey: I-I-I don't understand that reference — but yeah, I can see them...
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: Played for Drama when Gannet passes out in the middle of his first kiss with Bailey from his wings being bound too tightly, which not only kills the moment but also makes Bailey feel guilty and awkward enough to avoid him for the next three weeks.
- Right Through the Wall: Hilariously subverted.
Jamie: So how did things go with Gannet last night?
Bailey: Y-Y-You heard us?!
Jamie: WHAT?! No! Oh my god, I was kidding! Fuck, I'm gonna have to burn that couch now.
- Sarashi: A variant; Bailey binds Gannet's wings with the bandages his trans brother used to wear. He later replaces them with a modified chest binder.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Bailey seems to have this toward Gannet. His brother Jamie says that he never displayed much interest in any gender before Gannet to the point where Jamie wondered if the only living creatures he liked were birds.
- Deconstructed in at in Chapter 3. At the Halloween party the boys are having trouble with their relationship because Bailey's sexual hangups, which neither of them understand the cause of. However, Renee points out to Gannet that it sounds like his boyfriend demisexual.
- Straight Gay: Bailey and Gannet run into Luke at a Halloween party, who's brought a guy as his date.
- They Do: Gannet and Bailey kiss at the end of Chapter 1 and have sex multiple times before agreeing to date at the end of Chapter 2.
- Winged Humanoid
- Yaoi Fangirl: Gannet's sister Gracie is shown wearing a Free! t-shirt and thinking that Bailey's flustered explanation that he was "taking care of" a sick Gannet would be a good plot for a doujinshi.