Comic 718 - Blitzed

20th Aug 2015, 10:14 PM in Ch. 26: Cut
Blitzed
Average Rating: 5 (6 votes)
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Jocelyn 20th Aug 2015, 10:14 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
I know, I know. Cliffhanger. I'm a monster. XD

This really was the best option though. Originally, I was going to have Heather kinda "half-say" it, and then elaborate on the next page, but it felt clunky. Like, "why would anyone say it like that" clunky. I also considered having her go in-depth on this page, saying the whole thing, but this page is already really wordy (even for Rain). And I couldn't do a two-pager because the next one has to be.

Look on the bright side though; you have something to think about over the weekend. ;P

In the meantime, let's focus on the reveal that IS on this page. Heather has learned Jessica's secret... and really isn't phased at all. While she's undoubtedly embarrassed, Jess is quite relieved to hear such open-mindedness. But what's on Heather's mind here?

What IS Heather's secret? Place your bets now; the reveal is definitely next time.


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Clara 20th Aug 2015, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
The truth is she is a polymorphic sentient blob sent from space to destroy all life on earth
Rose 21st Aug 2015, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
I'm gonna go with this one, this is my favourite
TheFTM 23rd Aug 2015, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
@Rose
Okay, if you purposefully named yourself Rose just to make that comment I love it. If not, I still love the fact that a blatant Doctor Who reference is sitting on the page. =]
Vanessa333 20th Aug 2015, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
I can't even begin to guess. But cliffhangers are so mean Joycelyn! J7st kidding.
Vanessa333 20th Aug 2015, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
I'm so sorry for spelling your name wrong. I would edit it but I can't figure it out.
T-Dog 20th Aug 2015, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Her secret is she is a member of the Justin Bieber fan club! Or she secretly desires to become an Elvis impersonator in Vegas....OK I got nothing.
Vanessa 21st Aug 2015, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
http://tinyurl.com/k2hk476
T-Dog 22nd Aug 2015, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
Possible, most likely. But if it was as simple as that...how boring! lol ;)
defo18 21st Aug 2015, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
defo18
I bet she's from the future
Wanderer 21st Aug 2015, 12:25 AM edit delete reply
She was a member of Team Lyoko in her youth and is going to get Jeremy to set up a return to the past!
Kitsune_Chan 21st Aug 2015, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
Kitsune_Chan
My bet is heather is going to say her secret is that she is in love with jessica!!!
Ilaina Virus 381 23rd Aug 2015, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
Naaaa I don't think so that would be to obvious
steveha 21st Aug 2015, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
We have seen Heather making out with Fara. Heather brought up female/female dating with Jessica (page 662: "It weirds me out to think about sometimes, but then I wonder if it could work"). Finally, based on this page, Heather appears not to be attracted to males at all.

So my guess is that she has figured out that she is a lesbian but has historically been hesitant to act on her lesbian impulses. Either she only acts when alcohol loosens her inhibitions, or else she only allows herself to act when she has the "excuse" of being drunk. (I'm not saying that *I* think anyone needs an excuse to be of any gender, I'm talking about what *she* seems to be doing.) And it's implied that she has never done anything beyond making out.

On the other hand, Kylie said "[Heather] claims she has no interest in ANYONE, but then she gets all touchy-feely with EVERYONE when she drinks." (capital letters in original) If "EVERYONE" includes males, then perhaps my guesses are incorrect.

On a meta note, Jocelyn has said she wants to include characters who cover the whole spectrum of sex/gender issues (and that she didn't realize when she started how many there were). It's possible that Heather will now identify as "questioning"; I don't think we have anyone else yet. (Rain seems to be attracted only to females, but if she hasn't accepted that fully yet, perhaps "questioning" would apply to her as well?)

According to some web pages I just found, some people recommend the acronym "LGBTQ" and the "Q" can either mean "queer" or "questioning". One web page said (summed up in my words): "the 'Q' for 'queer' is inclusive of all the other possibilities (intersex, gender-fluid, etc.) without making the acronym super long."
Guest 21st Aug 2015, 1:15 AM edit delete reply
I'm confused; I can find absolutely no evidence in this page to suggest that Heather isn't attracted to men. She realises that she wasn't supposed to know that Jessica is a transWOMAN (penis =/= male), and so doesn't go any further. That doesn't say anything about Heather's sexual preferences, only that she isn't a rapist who would take advantage of somebody who is clearly too drunk to consent (which, given that Jessica can't remember the night before, she clearly was; & given that Heather was lucid enough to realise that she wasn't meant to know about Jessica's Trans nature, she was clearly capable of enough clear thinking to be held responsible for her actions). Not commiting rape when presented with the opportunity does not indicate a lack of attraction, it's literally the lowest bar imaginable on the "don't be a monster" scare! Similarly, respecting somebody's privacy says nothing about attraction, it's just being a half-way decent person.

We already have somebody who represents those Questioning: Drew. It's possible that we'll have more people as well, but we do have it represented.

I'm used to the acronym being LBGTQIA+ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, others).
steveha 21st Aug 2015, 3:32 AM edit delete reply
Hmm, I think you are correct on both issues where you disagreed with me.

Heather said "I was surprised, but not bothered." Thus I don't think she is anti-trans. Then she said "...I just knew I wasn't supposed to see that. So nothing happened." My initial take on that was that the knowledge that Jessica is trans chilled her interest, but re-reading it now, I agree with your deductive reasoning:

Jessica has clearly been keeping a secret; Jessica was so drunk she forgot to keep the secret; and therefore Jessica was too drunk to properly consent. Seems solid to me, but I didn't think of it myself, and I reached an incorrect conclusion.

And I agree, we have Drew as "questioning". One more thing I overlooked.
Boo 21st Aug 2015, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
I'm really, really good at forgetting personal details of characters, but...

Another possibility, and this is something I've read firsthand accounts of but have no experience of myself, is that her sexual and romantic orientations are an uncommon combination, like heterosexual and homoromantic. (or any other combo that fits what has been revealed so far)
Animelovestar 21st Aug 2015, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
Has anyone else notice the amount of "love" stories so far in this new volume/chapter. (I'm not sure which)
Aunt Fara and Vince, Jessica and Heather, and the progression of Rain and Emily's relationship.
Lemonado Boy 21st Aug 2015, 1:43 AM edit delete reply
Heather is going to reveal that she's actually a very cleverly disguised Uryom or however you spell it.

*shot repeatedly*
Smiley260 21st Aug 2015, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
EGS FTW Cheerleedra will save the day!
Yuki-chan 21st Aug 2015, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
Isn't the secret related to the fact Heather is infertile?. I mean, Heather said before she can't be pregnant but the reason is a secret, so I think it' related to that.
Nightsky 21st Aug 2015, 2:47 AM edit delete reply
Nightsky
Calling it now: Heather's had an abortion or miscarriage.
Guest 21st Aug 2015, 4:19 AM edit delete reply
I've had a theory regarding Heather for a while. I believe that she is intersex. It was revealed a while ago that she couldn't get pregnant. Also, when her and Ky were first introduced, it seemed like she wasn't crazy about Ky dressing as a boy sometimes. This could be because she knew herself that she wasn't entirely female either (biologically, I mean), and didn't like that. So maybe she was born with intersex genitalia and had to have surgery to be deemed female by doctors? Just a theory though.
Princess 21st Aug 2015, 4:23 AM edit delete reply
That's actually an even better theory than mine below!
Princess 21st Aug 2015, 4:21 AM edit delete reply
It is obvious: Heather is pansexual! :)
AnnaRose96 21st Aug 2015, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
I think I'm fairly safe in saying Heather is Intersex ;)
There are no IS characters in rain that we know about, and it is LGBTI after all.

Furthermore Heather has already stated she cannot get pregnant. Therefore i will make the further guess that she has AIS and thus no Uterus or Ovaries and a Y chromosone.
j-eagle12212012 21st Aug 2015, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
It is possible, but I'm pretty sure Ana is intersex and is having an operation at this time in the story to correct things.
Katherine 21st Aug 2015, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
I came to the same conclusion that Heather is intersex. As for j-eagle, I had guessed that Ana is trans (though I could be wrong). There was a brief part of the story where Ana's father reminisced about realizing he hadn't had a boy, like he'd thought, and that Ana identified as female.
Guest 21st Aug 2015, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
Uhm what did she see on Jessica she was not supposed to see?
Clara 21st Aug 2015, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
She saw the LuigiXBowser fanfic tatoo she has
Clara 21st Aug 2015, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Truth is she is garnet from steven universe
Lemonado Girl 23rd Aug 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
That would be rather interesting. Or if she was just some kind of fusion in general.
Clara 24th Aug 2015, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
She is Yellow Diamond
SilentNight 21st Aug 2015, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
First words out of my mouth were, "Goddammit Jocelyn." Curse you and your storytelling abilities ^_^.

@j-eagle: Any reason they can't both be intersex? We have at least two cis gay characters, multiple trans characters, both straight and gay. Not sure about Ana, but I can see them both being intersex to better represent the spectrum that label covers. Theory off the top of my head: Ana's parents decided to assign her as a male at birth and are now correcting the mistake, while Heather might have been born physically female, but is either infertile due to genetic reasons or never developed a uterus at all.
j-eagle12212012 21st Aug 2015, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
so Heather has 5-ARD ?
Silva 21st Aug 2015, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
Just blitzed through the archives in a couple days. Always hate that moment when the realities of production time set in... Which is to say, great comic, keep it up, etc. :D
Guest 21st Aug 2015, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
She's aromantic, duh. (And some variety of allosexual, bi/pan at a guess)
We know from Ky that she 'claims to have no interest in anyone' but then starts making out with everyone when she gets drunk (we've observed this before). So, she genuinely has no romantic interest in anyone, but is sexually attracted to people. Getting drunk allows her to hook up with people without feeling the pressure to turn it into a romantic thing, because, afterall, 'we were both drunk it didn't mean anything'.
Also, as far as I remember we don't have an aro character yet...
(of course, she could also be intersex as some people are saying - there's no reason she can't be both :))
(Also, Jocelyn, love the comic! I've been reading for ages but this is the first time I've posted anything.)
Epiphania 21st Aug 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Epiphania
Perhaps it is unrelated to this very strip, but there is something that annoys me a little. I mean especially if Heather is intersex.
First of all, I have to say that I really like Rain, it's helped me on several points (the sister relationship with Emily especially), and the caracters are very cute.
It's just that, so far, every trans character has been introduced while """passing""" (<- I use the quote because I dislike the term, but do not find better) and eager to be so/to have a transition.
But it is not the case of every trans person, some are still in the closet, and most importantly, some does not want any kind of transition.
I mean, in the end, nobody has ever been mistaken on the gender of someone based on their appearance (almost not even Ky, since people seems to give the gender they want when they feel masculine/feminine)
So I'm just a little puzzled here, to be honnest ^^"
Once again, I'm not criticizing this comic or anything, I just raise something that confuse me a little
Mina 22nd Aug 2015, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
There's a lot of teasing those times, huh? :p

To quote one of my favorite games: "Actually, I'm Santa". Well, maybe Heather IS Santa. Who nows?
HUNDmiau 23rd Aug 2015, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
Maybe she's a Intersex
Lex-Kat 25th Nov 2016, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
Lex-Kat
I do love Heather. She, of all the characters thus far, has never disappointed me.
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