Comic 1014 - Right?

26th Jan 2018, 10:53 AM in Ch. 34 - Promise
Average Rating: 5 (6 votes)
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Jocelyn 26th Jan 2018, 10:53 AM edit delete
Sorry for the down note for the weekend. Really. ^^;

But let's talk about this for a moment. Mr. Strongwell's threat of conversion therapy has been sitting quietly in the background for some time now. But would he really do it? Is he that insidious? Or do you think Chanel is right and this has got to be some kind of a bluff? That he couldn't possibly go that far?


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Jonnie 26th Jan 2018, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
I worried about the same thing when I that age :(
bgb16999 26th Jan 2018, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
Well, the good news is that in New York, where the story is set, conversion therapy is illegal and if they try it it could lead to them losing custody over Rudy (they already don't have custody over Maria since she's 18). Of course, then Maria still has to find a new place to live without her parents' financial support.
Artemis 26th Jan 2018, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
That didn't become the case until 2016, and this comic is set before that. I think in either 2010 or 2012?
Reimi 26th Jan 2018, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
Reimi 26th Jan 2018, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
A friend of mine went through this... Scared the hell out of me when I heard about it. Sickening part, the church made it seem like such an amazing thing when they invited one of the head torture specialists to talk about the "work" they do...
DocMesa 26th Jan 2018, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
Here's a slightly hopeful thought - remember how Brother Arthur said he let something like that happen to someone he cared about and how its haunted him ever since? I strongly believe that he is a good person and that there's no way in hell he'd watch it happen again to students under his care, given how painful it was previously.
DocMesa 26th Jan 2018, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
Oh, and one other thing - as someone that did do the very early steps in training to be a counselor, conversion "therapy" makes my blood boil. It is a complete betrayal of everything that good therapists believe in and people become scared of seeking genuine, beneficial support because of the idea that conversion "therapy" is legitimate.
Emily 26th Jan 2018, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
Ugh . . . unfortunately I don't think it's just a threat. If it was, wouldn't Maria's father have just scared her with it instead of doing research and not telling her?
alfalfascouting 26th Jan 2018, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
Hello, I am a new reader. I spent the past couple days reading this entire webcomic so far. You have a really good handle on writing a compelling story.

I noticed your faq hasn't been updated in 7 years tho. It says your graphic novel won't be out any time soon, but you have 4 of them now, right?
Guest 28th Jan 2018, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
This might come off as random (and maybe a little stalker-ish, I swear it's not supposed to be) but is there any chance your name is Nate?
alfalfascouting 30th Jan 2018, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
No, my name is not Nate. I don't know anybody named Nate, either.
Guest 26th Jan 2018, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
If you attempt to send your children to a gay conversion camp you should be dragged outside and crucified in your front yard.
Guest 27th Jan 2018, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Luckily for Maria, she's too old for her parents to force her to go (she's 18, right?). Rudy, on the other hand would be in for more concern, though that's assuming it's even legal in their state. Hopefully the father's research is turning out futile.
Queen Wolfen 27th Jan 2018, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
Queen Wolfen
She's 17 according to this.
Jocelyn 28th Jan 2018, 8:50 AM edit delete reply
@Queen Wolfen

It's true that at the beginning of the story, she was 17. Maria's canonically had a birthday happen on-screen since then though, so it's also true that she's 18 now.
Queen Wolfen 29th Jan 2018, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
Queen Wolfen
Oh I see... I forgot about that. Then I guess our guest has a point there. But yeah, that means Rudy is still a concern then. Though I suppose they could still coerce Maria into going via other methods? Maybe she'll go just to make sure Rudy doesn't have to endure that Hell alone.
Queen Wolfen 29th Jan 2018, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
Queen Wolfen
And yes, I'm aware who I'm talking to. But it's still fun to speculate. :P
PattyM 27th Jan 2018, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
the discussion refers to "conversion therapy" being illegal in some states.

However there is nothing stopping her father from sending her to an out-of-state facility.

If you are in one of the 29 states where this torture is still practiced give thought to calling your state representative and or senator.
Jennel 28th Jan 2018, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
I hope their parents don't try conversion therapy. My roommate went thought that nightmare and she suffers a lot to this day because of it. No one should have to go through what she has.
Fan 28th Jan 2018, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Would consider buying if it was an ebook, not really interested in physical copies
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