Comic 480 - Token

13th Jan 2014, 12:37 AM in Ch. 19: Vincent's Story
Token
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 13th Jan 2014, 12:37 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
This was actually a really hard page. I spent a lot less time worrying about getting the style of the year right (1998), and more on the specific designs of a "15 years younger Fara that who is still identifiable as Fara," and a "15 years younger pre-op, pre-hormone Vincent that doesn't really look like the current, but you can totally kinda see the resemblance." And that's exactly as convoluted as it sounds. XD

I tried to achieve this for Fara more with her hair than anything. I guess it just seems like the easiest way to address the passage of time. But I couldn't have a long-haired Fara. It just does not work for her. So I needed a younger, cuter variation of her typical very short style. It's not exactly a big jump for her, but I think I like it. The flip in back is quite charming.

Vincent's younger "Vivian" presentation was even trickier, because it required more than just a specific design, but a distinct sort of expression. What I knew was that I definitely wanted him to be very feminine-looking. Even exceptionally so. This is a person who really internalized his dysphoria so well, that he blended seamlessly as the gender that society wanted him to be (even if it wasn't what he wanted). But I also wanted to give the impression that he didn't entirely hate who he was back then either. Not in the sense where he could be content with "either or," but in the sense that his old life wasn't actually that bad. He liked to sing and he got to sing. He liked women, and he got to fall for one. So everything is fine and dandy, right? Just a regular cis lesbian woman, right? Obviously not, but that's what he wanted people to think. TL;DR - Trans person that doesn't want to be trans or transition.

And that entire last paragraph had to be packed into this character's design. How'd I do?

This blurb is long enough, but I just want to give special mention to the band name and it's logo. When I was younger, the "toaster on fire" design was like my emblem. In high school (maybe even middle school), I would draw them all over my notebooks. And back when anyone still cared about Guitar Hero, that was always my band name. By extension, it seemed the obvious name for Vincent's band. ^_^


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j-eagle12212012 13th Jan 2014, 1:15 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
I think you did a good job on both charecters.
Rainey 13th Jan 2014, 1:52 AM edit delete reply
Rainey
Flaming Toasters o.0
Jadelynn 13th Jan 2014, 2:03 AM edit delete reply
Jadelynn
I think you did a PERFECT job of the character designs. They're still recognizable, and Fara's fangirl face made me grin.
Nightsky 13th Jan 2014, 2:27 AM edit delete reply
Nightsky
I like "Vivian"'s design. Feminine yet punkish. I also like Fara's hair. She looks so rebellious; they both do.
kyla 13th Jan 2014, 4:40 AM edit delete reply
kyla
I love this comic ^_^
Jen Done 13th Jan 2014, 5:39 AM edit delete reply
Nyaaaa younger punkish groupie Fara, so cute! ^_^
DocMesa 13th Jan 2014, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
Cute couple! ^_^
Noelle 13th Jan 2014, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
Sigh, this makes me happy about hormones. WHICH I'M GETTING APPROVED TO MAYBE TAKE. WOOT WOOT~
Jen Done 13th Jan 2014, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
Yays :) They're kinda great :D
Guest 15th Jan 2014, 4:38 AM edit delete reply
Tara looks amazing in this page. On a different note Gavin and rain playing fighter frogs they beat the last level rain kisses Gavin maybe hopefully cause that would be awesome
_Malevelynt_ 31st Oct 2014, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
OH MY GOD. ITS GAVINS TSHIRTTTTTTTTTTT
Tualha 4th Jun 2015, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
Tualha
I wonder to what extent Vincent helped Rain here, by confronting Fara with the concept of transsexuality when she was younger and more open to new ideas? Rain might have had more trouble gaining her acceptance if not for that.
Akane 24th Jun 2016, 2:13 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm. I can't remember what sexuality Fara is :x But they sure looked awesomely cute togehter ^-^
Ruth 12th Aug 2016, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
What memories the band story brings back!
At around age 20-21 I played guitar and sang in a heavy metal glam rock band, this was the early 1980s. I was so skinny back then and had a full head of long brown hair down past my shoulders and on stage wore red satin pants that showed off my girly-shaped ass so well. The times were horrible back then for trans people though, any trans girl was referred to as a "female impersonator" (or worse) and outside of stage performances, an object of ridicule and humiliation. I caught so much hell just for presenting as a longhaired male. I so desparately wanted to get both my ears pierced back then, but didn't have the guts to face the barrage of judgement that would have brought, and today I still do not have pierced ears, but my first pair of earrings are on the way... just got the email from Etsy saying they shipped yesterday afternoon.
Ruth 12th Aug 2016, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
P.S. Since "Ruth" was "born" on Halloween night of 1970 when I was 8, it's only fitting that my first earrings should be the October birthstone, so Australian Opal posts they are. I was always fascinated by Opals anyway, and I hope these will glow with pink and blue shades against the white.
LGBT_Izzy 27th Mar 2017, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
LGBT_Izzy
Vincent+Toaster= I keep thinking FNAF XD
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