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Comic 309 - Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

19th Nov 2013, 11:00 PM in Rainy Day Filler
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19th Nov 2013, 11:00 PM
Martin F.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomics Project

Back when I first really started reading webcomics, probably the main ones at the time (though they weren't my first three) were The Wotch, Misfile, and Venus Envy. All three of them, much moreso Misfile and especially Venus Envy, deal a lot with trans issues and would on occasion do something for the Transgender Day of Remembrance every November 20th.

To that end, as I'm one of those bleeding heart liberal sorts, transgender people are one of many groups that I have sort of a lot of interest in seeing excel and do well. It isn't really an issue WaR's directly touched on, but Venus Envy likely did play a bit of a part in forming Alex as a character; if nothing else, it led to be wanting to do more in the way of gay and lesbian characters in the comic which led me to decide for John to be gay (at the time, he was a villain and a rather minor one) and that led to Alex being bisexual as sort of a past between them which led to the expansion of John as a character and his changing role in the story.

Incidentally, Venus Envy's main character is also a bisexual born as Alex who now is living as a girl under a different name. Most of that's a coincidence, since it's entirely different circumstances and that's not where Alex's name came from.

So, it has always been sort of a desire of mine to be part of this project. The last few years for whatever reason (the comic was really too new at the time for 2010, then the last couple I just remembered it too late), but this year, knowing it fell sometime in the fall I've been eyeing it since about August and just kind of occasionally checking back on it. Then I forgot about it and I checked a few days ago once again to make sure I hadn't missed it, and sure enough this year we finally got the chance.

So, hopefully things improve over the years and people become more accepting all around. Until they do, I'm going to try and make this a bit of an annual tradition.
20th Nov 2013, 12:46 AM
Adam C.
I will admit that when Martin sprang the idea for this on me, I wasn't terribly enthusiastic, only taking a "Yeah, okay," approach to it. I've got a ton of stuff already that I need to get through, with three ongoing comics, commissions, stuff I'm doing for Martin's birthday, this one side-comic I've been meaning to get to, 16 hours of schoolwork plus homework and studying, blah blah blah, life is so hard.

When I asked Martin for pictures other people have done for this project, I was only interested in a reference so I could get this out quick. But when I started looking at those, I began to realize the impact of the project and just how serious what it is we're talking about.

I don't want to and probably can't begin to imagine what a lot of transgendered people especially in high school, go through every day. My own high school experience was very brief but very hellish; having no social skills, no friends, and no idea of what was cool attracted a fair share of bullies. But the kind of treatment suffered by others is far worse, and leads to especially tragic consequences.

To me, both this comic and Blues are very special, but to other people I'm sure they're nothing but silly little webcomics made by dorks. I doubt this one picture will make much difference. The greater scope of the Webcomics project, and the Day Of Remembrance in general is something that could, at the very least, give comfort to those who are suffering and raise awareness among those who are in a position to stop the violence.

So.... for what it's worth, we're thinking about those who are hurt.