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This is one of Those Things that I am inherently divided on. Because the biggest step to normalizing Queer people in media is for it be abnormal to find them odd, and push back from authors to these types of 'helpful critique' that are actually bits of thinly veiled homophobia is a great shift in that direction. On the other hand it's always a dangerus thing when authors attempt to normalize a demographic they are not a member of, I am inherently weary of queer or racial representation by a a white straight cis person, my knee jerk reaction being even good intentions can come to bad ends and bad intentions being more common then good.
It's one of those things you have to judge on a case-by-case basis, and I'm inclined to not judge Jeph to harshly for all this: Claire has been openly trans for more then a thousand strips, and there has always been the casual fact of Dora's bisexuality, Tia being a lesbian and so on. Jeph has frankly always been pretty good about queer people in his comics, and I don't think more is a bad thing.
Unrelated, but it's "wary," not "weary." I've been seeing this misuse a lot over the past six months or so, all over the internet, and I don't know why it's gotten so bad.
Anyway, if Jeph is that disinterested in the cast he already has, then he'd be better off starting an entirely new comic than introducing a revolving door of new characters for whom he promptly ignores the last characters he introduced and immediately gave a month-to-months-long arc.
That's what was done with Alice Grove, which was cut short, well, probably because he grew tired of it.
On the plus side, no more Renee.
Dodged a bullet.
Just a hunch.. but.. I suspect Jeph is intending for us to dislike this woman.
That was clear the last time she showed up.
Is this our first look at mama Hanners?
She's been around for a long time now.
Wait a minute. Two pages ago. Did Faye just describe her dream guy as Steve? I mean the conclusion we're supposed to draw is Bubbles, sure, but I mean. Like that third panel, if you cut it out of its current context most people would think Steve, wouldn't they?
I'm not sure about where Steve belongs on the Sliding Scale of Bro-iness, though.
If nothing else, Steve has bro-ish tendencies
edited 6th Nov '17 11:53:05 PM by MrMallard
Did anyone like 2012?
Not the movie, but the year was aight
x10 Nah, I think he wants us to like her.
Steve hasn't really done anything to earn ire.
I think they may have been talking about Hanner's mom.
Absolutely. Steve is great.
Ah, okay, my mistake.
edited 7th Nov '17 6:27:42 AM by Motyka5
Yes, I was referring to Hannalore's mother.
that horse is me
Being ridden hard by a blonde woman, kept in check with electroshock?
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