Comic 1115 - Makeover

2nd Jan 2019, 9:50 AM in Ch. 36 - New Directions
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 2nd Jan 2019, 9:50 AM edit delete
It looks like we've got ourselves a "New Year, New You" situation. Of course, it's only the new year in real life and not the comic. Plus, I in no way actually planned for this page to line up with this exact date; it just kinda happened. But I'll take it. ^_^

But why this? Why now? If I'm being honest, I've been wanting to change up Chanel's design a little for a while now. Make her stand out a bit more. Her previous look resembled other characters, and this is way more individual. In story though, there's probably a bit more to it. Your thoughts on Chanel's motives are very welcome here.

And of course, your thoughts on how she looks are welcome too. ^_^

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DramaDork 2nd Jan 2019, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
She looks so cute!!!
bgb16999 2nd Jan 2019, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
This could just be me, but Chanel actually looks more androgynous now. Maybe that's intentional on her part, or maybe not.
Drake Zephyr 3rd Jan 2019, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
It's not just you bruh. I lot of us agree.
Draca 2nd Jan 2019, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
It looks Wonderful on her!
KK 2nd Jan 2019, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
I think the length suits her, and it is cute, but I think technically that whoever did the haircut did not do a very good job. It looks like an amateur mall hair stylist job. I think its the bangs that im not a fan of. Fortunately, it will grow out, and she can adjust it accordingly.
I think it was a good idea to include the haircut though, as it associates positivity with getting a one of the crews girls getting a short hair cut, in contrast to Rains and Maria's, which are associated with traumatic experiences.
Drake Zephyr 4th Jan 2019, 8:50 AM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I wouldn't know much on hair. My hair never gets longer than 2 inches before it's cut.
guest 2nd Jan 2019, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
oh..... yikes im not a fan. chanels always gonna be cute to me but huh. not into it, i gotta say. glad shes happy tho <3
GuestWest 3rd Jan 2019, 1:27 AM edit delete reply

I've seen a lot of nice artwork from you. You're good. But you've flubbed up this time. Her hair looks all chopped up. It's bad. You should redo it.
Elmephmut 3rd Jan 2019, 2:13 AM edit delete reply
In all honesty, my first thought of the hairstyle was "Rudy with muttonchops". From what I can tell, it looks like a "boy's regular" but with even shorter bangs and long sidelocks, and I feel... well, more confused than anything. Is there a photo or something that you used as a reference? Because maybe this hairstyle looks better in real life and just doesn't come across well in your drawing style.
readingchameleon 3rd Jan 2019, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Hey! I discovered this comic a little while ago through r/asktransgender on Reddit. I've just gotten myself all caught up - and it's been a wild ride so far! Thanks so much for this.

I can't imagine Ruby not going to that drag show actually.
RubyRuthNeal 3rd Jan 2019, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
I discovered Rain from Reddit too, can't remember if if was /r/MtF or /r/asktransgender but it was on the very last weekend of July 2016 and I spent that entire weekend binge-reading the entire contents from the beginning. It was a turning point for me to help me get off the fence on whether or not to transition and one month later was starting hormones. Now approx 2.5 years later here I am fully legally transitioned with new name (Ruby, guess where I stole that!) and gender marker, and about 50% medically transitioned, awaiting surgery as soon as I sell my house to pay for it.
readingchameleon 3rd Jan 2019, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Specifically, it's helped me come to terms with 2 things:

1. These feelings are *not* going away (ever)
2. I should probably consider doing something about it
Drake Zephyr 3rd Jan 2019, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I was just searching up like LGBT Comics and art because I was doing some soul searching, and trying to understand the community. And I somehow stumbled across this. I really do connect with Gavin. But Ky is my favorite character, and would make a super awesome partner.
RubyRuthNeal 4th Jan 2019, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
@readingchameleon You're definitely correct about the feelings never going away. I had my epiphany of knowing that I was not my assigned-at-birth gender when I was 8 years old. In the year 1970... for nearly half a century (finally began transitioning at age 54) I tried to make them go away. I failed 100% of the time, the best I could do is push those feelings aside and mask them with something else temporarily but they always kept coming back. Always. And one day they will come back so intense that there's only one way remaining to make them go away.... the permanent way. Unfortunately that way takes you permanently away too along with everything you could possibly become if you'd just accept those feelings as really who you are and give in to them. But that's not easy either. Too often doing that results in an avalanche of stubborn and mean spirited opposition coming back at you. I'm facing that now, and unsure if I'm going to make it thru that either. I sure wish now that I'd transitioned much younger when my resolve was much stronger. I wasted the resolve of my youth fighting and masking the feelings instead, and now in hindsight I recognize how futile that was.
RubyRuthNeal 3rd Jan 2019, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
I like the short hair on Chanel. I wonder how others will react at the prom when they see a short hair, big boob Chanel as the date of a now flat-chested, short hair Ryan?
bgb16999 3rd Jan 2019, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Nice new(?) avatar.
RubyRuthNeal 4th Jan 2019, 3:11 AM edit delete reply
Thanks, yeah it's a new one. I'm going with a shorter hairstyle too, and dark brown hair since that's my original natural hair color. The curly blond wigs were fun for a while but this look is more realistic, plus I overlayed my real name at the bottom of the pic in case anybody wants to find me on facebook and see more pics of my journey.
Phrll 3rd Jan 2019, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
It's very different from what she had and it's a little unusual but I like it. It reminds me of Rally Vincent's hairstyle from Gunsmith Cats, Rally's was just a little fluffier on top.
bgb16999 3rd Jan 2019, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
Saw an endochronologist today and got a perscription for spiro, which I can start tonight! I'm trying just antiandrogen for awhile to see how that feels before trying estrogen.
RubyRuthNeal 4th Jan 2019, 3:20 AM edit delete reply
Anti-androgen without estradiol will not take long to make you feel like crap. Spiro is bad for you overall too. I wish I hadn't taken it for my first year of HRT and had started with injected estradiol instead like my friend who began HRT only 5 months before I did and feminized so rapidly, grew D cups and passes quite easily now.

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Fourth Nate 4th Jan 2019, 2:31 AM edit delete reply
... is it shaved in the back?
Drake Zephyr 4th Jan 2019, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
What's wrong with that? My friend shaved the sides of her head so she could have a death hawk.
GuestWest 5th Jan 2019, 2:58 AM edit delete reply
Reasons for sporting a deathhawkk are not about being pretty. As for those who look good with one it's that they look good in spite of it. Not because of it. They usually look better with something else. For those whom a death hawk complements them best it's that their looks are so rough such that a rough hairstyle is needed to match. Their looks may be striking but never pretty. They can be two very different things at times. But then some people find little import in pretty.
Drake Zephyr 14th Jan 2019, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
You saying my SUMBFFF ain't pretty?
Emily 5th Jan 2019, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
She's super cute from the front, but from all other angles . . . longer bangs would be good, I think. That said, I like Chanel with short hair, something about the pixie-ish-ness suits her really well :)
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