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A walk with Laura

June 2nd, 2018, 6:03 am

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Reply skyangel, June 2nd, 2018, 6:08 am

When we first started out as an LGBT comic there was such a desperate shortage in the mainstream market anyway and the birth of webcomics was really the cork out of the bottle for so many of us, as both readers and writers. Our comic in particular started out life on a different site (the Duck) and despite a number of issues with bugs, lost data, re-designing etc. over the years and the near collapse of the site when it was formerly DrunkDuck, all the original comments have survived and make a fascinating historical snapshot of how the LGBT community especially embraced this new medium; swapping new discoveries, promoting each others work, and most importantly relating to the characters thoughts and feelings in a way that few people in minority groups had ever had the chance to do before.
In recent years things have changed a lot as we all know and it seems the ability to read comics via mobile phones has caused the biggest change in readers leaving comments as typing long messages is so much harder than using a proper sized keyboard. I imagine one day comic sites might feel forced to introduce a ‘heart’ and ‘like’ system like they have on FB so people on mobiles can interact with less stress but at the end of the day nothing beats that personal touch of leaving a thought in your own words and connecting with another like minded reader, often in a completely different country. Not for me anyway!

Next week: Sarah realises just how badly Laura's been affected by Rons threats!

Have a nice week ;)

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User's Comments:

Reply ohanyname!, June 2nd, 2018, 11:38 am

@skyangel: I've never thought of it as being an LGBT comic. You've never rammed it down our throats. Sure, the protagonists are girls who like girls, but it's primarily a great comic with great art and an enticing storyline, whatever your sexual orientation is. In my case, heterosexual male, with heterosexual twin daughters who also love this comic, which they have now read from the beginning (the comic is actually older than they are).

Tintin is right-wing Catholic, does that mean it's no good? As in Simply Sarah, the politics are there, but they don't dominate the message.

Sure, your portrayal of male characters is unsympathetic, but in comments you have explained you had an abusive father. So, we know where you are coming from.

When Simply Sarah ends, you're going to take a break, but I hope you will come back. The twins especially liked Cathy, which showed you have a lot more strings to your bow. Jane Blonde was just rip-roaring comedy, it was really fun!

What will you do next? If there is one thing I can be sure of, it won't be what we expect...

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The twins have just suggested a comic about being mixed-race in a country that has just elected a racist government. They'll do the Italian subtitles.

Reply Linn, June 2nd, 2018, 5:30 pm

Maybe Laura and Sarah will end up a couple, would be sort of a coincidence. Either way I hope Sarah will find love at the end in some way, its starting to get hard to predict anything which is good because it makes it more exciting!

Reply skyangel, June 9th, 2018, 10:47 am

@Linn: Haha It occurred to me while writing that this heart to heart they are having could so easily end in some kind of intense realization that they are two of a kind but I mustn't go there!

Reply kidcthulhu, June 2nd, 2018, 9:47 pm

I love a good comments section. You can really connect with your readers. Especially after a particularly dramatic or relatable arc. Getting insight from readers from other countries is always fun too ^_^

Whenever my dad tells someone about my comic, he's quick to add, "And make sure you read the all the comments; What goes on in there is almost as important as what goes on in the comics!" In many cases, he's not wrong.

Getting back to the story: Ron always struck me as too weak and vacillating to actually go through with having Laura bumped off.

Reply skyangel, June 9th, 2018, 10:53 am

@kidcthulhu: Your dads absolutely right. Often readers remind me of things I'd forgotten to explain properly or ask questions I can still explain in the pages to come. There is so much to be gleaned from reader input and it does become a part of the comic too. For the first three chapters I saved copies of every single comments section because I was afraid that one day they would be wiped, but fortunately they are still intact on the site now, 10 years after they were written!

Reply Fruitbat44, June 3rd, 2018, 2:18 pm

Interesting strip & interesting comments by Sky.

Yes, I guessed things have changed over the years. (I remember first reading this on Drunk Duck and followed it here when the DD had its troubles.) And I guess technology does impact, in the old days if you wanted to produce a comic you needed a printing press, these days just access to a near ubiquitous piece of technology. And I guess the way people access the comic does affect the way they can comment on it as well.

And I guess things have changed in other ways, not so long ago a same-sex kiss on TV was a really big deal, these days not so much. And no, not everything in the garden is roses, but things have changed.

And as for the strip. Well, yes I did correctly guess that Ron had edited his comments to Lucy. (Feeling - a little - smug, just a little though.) What Ron actually intended in the moment he had Laura dangling over the pit we'll never know, especially as Ron seems incapable of admitting the truth - even to himself - but Laura's perception of his intentions is chilling. No wonder she stayed quiet all those years.

And more of this quiet talk with Laura to come . . .

Couple of other points, love the scenery.

And the heart tattoo on Laura's shoulder, when did she have that done? And perhaps more importantly, why?

Reply skyangel, June 9th, 2018, 11:16 am

@Fruitbat44: As always you are a very discerning reader! You were right about Ron's reservations in telling Lucy the whole truth. As for his intentions, I don't think there's any way I could have him prove what he really did or did not intend to do that night. Sarah believes it was a one off moment of madness but Laura is convinced he really intended to do it. Personally though I feel if Laura still lives in fear of him even now then even if he didn't intend to kill her, he's done as much harm anyway.

The heart was an afterthought. It was only after it popped up in several panels in a row that I felt it was like I was hinting at it's importance but for now it's just decoration! ;)

Finally...good point about the kissing! I hesitated about any sex scenes very early on as there was a big ban on Hentai when I first started and I wasn't sure what it took to cross the line back then but after I saw what others were getting away with I relaxed a lot but still preferred to keep the art to a modest level. I often think how far we have come in the past 10 years from a general LGBT point of view. It does feel like the net helped so many people come forward who had always been in the shadows for so long which has been a wonderful change.

Reply Fruitbat44, June 14th, 2018, 5:31 am

@skyangel: Thank you for the kind words.

So sometimes a tattoo of a heart is just a tattoo of a heart . . . :)

About kissing scenes, sex scenes. Well, you first started this comic Sarah & Janey were both schoolgirls, so I guess you might have had some concerns there. But over the years you have done some very erotic & explicit, while still staying within what might be called good taste. I freely admit I have enjoyed those strips, but I never felt they were merely titillation. They were part of the characters lives. Although I'm still not sure about "salmon" though . . .

I think the net has changed things for good, as you say it has enable people to come forward and meet other people which is great. Okay, the net has had a negative effect, on a whole bunch of things, but a lot of things can with a downside.

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