Comic 1119 - Before Prom

16th Jan 2019, 9:26 AM in Ch. 36 - New Directions
Before Prom
Average Rating: 4.9 (10 votes)
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Author Notes:

Jocelyn 16th Jan 2019, 9:26 AM edit delete
Last pages of this chapter. I admit this scene was originally going to be a little more drawn out with a couple extra pages of Chanel interacting with her family. But if you recall from last week, I mentioned my spouse had hip surgery, and I've been dedicating most of my time to making sure they're taken care of. It's dug into my time with the comic a bit. Don't worry though. You're not missing anything here. This is really just a condensed version to move things along. It honestly flows better this way. XD

You might also recall a few pages ago, I brought up that I'd be taking a hiatus after this chapter. In general, I've just been falling behind a bit thanks to, you know, life. So I'll be taking a few weeks to care for my spouse, and using my time to catch back up when I can. I'd like to be able to return to posting three times a week when I get back too. While I won't name a return date right this instant, this should not be one of those months-long hiatuses I've unfortunately been putting you through a lot of in recent years.

Besides, next chapter is prom and I don't want to drag things out any longer than necessary! I've been looking forward to this one for YEARS!

Oh, and if you can't read my Maria's chicken scratch:
"Nelly, Sorry for how long the dress took. I hope it fits well and that you like it, as I won’t have time to fix it at this point. Really, there’s a lot I have to apologize for, so I hope you’ll allow me the chance to do that at prom. Love, Maria."

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PixelWhoIsHuman 16th Jan 2019, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
AAAAAAA this page is amazing it's so cute I'm dying
Tani 16th Jan 2019, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
I like how was completely unphased she was about Chanel's haircut.
Neelix 16th Jan 2019, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
That isn't surprising really, by this time she's had 6 days to get used to Nelly's new look. :-)
PanicAtTheRainbow18 16th Jan 2019, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
this is amazing!!!aaaah. yay!! im so happy and today is actually my birthday!!
AgentKuga 16th Jan 2019, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
happy birthday, person!
Draca 16th Jan 2019, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
This page is amazing, after seeing what was in the package, I'm pretty sure she's going to prom.
Draca 16th Jan 2019, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Wish I had the ability to edit my post x3
Lemonado Girl 16th Jan 2019, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
sVzdvzgcsg shifty gets CHANEL IS SO PRETTY
Haelwenn 17th Jan 2019, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
Eh, now that I see Channel’s family I wonder how friendly they are on her girlfriend and maybe rain…
SilentNight 17th Jan 2019, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
There's a bit, I think after Maria comes out, where Chanel mentions how her family is real supportive of her relationship, but, "might not be happy if it gets her kicked out of school". I've seen nothing to contradict them being super supportive and loving.
Legalize Grebulons 18th Jan 2019, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Maria did visit Chanel's house once before in the comic, and possibly other times that we didn't see. They like Maria, especially Chanel's adorable little sister.
Say Taylor 17th Jan 2019, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Queen Wolfen 18th Jan 2019, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Queen Wolfen
Oooh pretty~
Drake Zephyr 18th Jan 2019, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Honestly not a fan of it. But if Chanel likes it, that's all that matters here.
Guest 18th Jan 2019, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
I love the way you draw hands
Catlife333 18th Jan 2019, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
Lol I love Chanel's little sister xD
Marah 21st Jan 2019, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
I think I often read your comments under the strips, but new to me that you have a spouse. :o
So s/he/they is on your side, that is awesome.

and ha, my birthday is soon too lol
Anon 21st Jan 2019, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
I hate that I am trans, and you know what I hate the trans community too. I didn't choose to feel I was born wrong, and most trans people act like i am a terrible person for not feeling I was born the right sex. Funny because I thought the trans community would b the most accepting people ever considering they are one of the biggest groups of hated minorities. Sadly I was dead wrong. They can' understand a simple concept such as hey maybe not everyone likes how they were born and maybe they just want to be a normal person. Sad to say that most of the time they don't accept others at all. Ironic they argue that all must be accepted but throw their own under a bus. I do not care if you do not like this message, I do not care if you believe it, or whatever nonsense you have to say. This is the truth and the community has hurt, abandoned me, and made me feel worse about existing at all. It is already a terrible world out there and now I know there is truly no one to turn to when you are in need.
Drake Zephyr 22nd Jan 2019, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Ya know cousin, it's cool. You just need someone who does accept you and want to help. I get what your saying. It takes a long time to accept yourself. Take me for example. I am polysexual, and a devout Christian. You can see how that sound contradictory. And I used to tell myself I was born wrong all the time. But my sexuality is not something I can just change about myself. So I've accepted it as a part of myself. But I still live by the morals and laws of a good Christian man. I found someone I can rely on. And you will too. Just gotta keep looking. Maybe stop looking in the LGBTQ community. Maybe just find some nice open minded friends. Because I do agree that people in the LGBTQ community can act in extreme ways, even those that are the opposite of accepting. Nothing is wrong with you, though it is natural to think so. You are a human being like the rest of us. And everyone around are all cousins. We gotta watch out for each other in this world. Nobody should ever turn their back on their own friends, family, or comrades. I hope you figure things out eventually. Everyone should have a chance to be accepted. If it means anything, I accept you.
Anon 22nd Jan 2019, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
No, I was born wrong. there is something wrong with me. I was born a sex I should have not been. You are invalidating I am trans by claiming "nothing is wrong with me". By claiming that you are saying there is no reason I should be trying to fix my sex and body. You are basically saying my dysphoria isn't a problem and not real. There is nothing wrong with not accepting you are trans and I certainly will never accept I how I was born. Also if you are going to yammer about accepting yourselves. Then accept you are trans and do not take HRT. No point in changing your body if the objective is to accept yourself as is. It's contradictory. I am trans because I know I was born wrong and do not function as the sex I should be. It's people who demand I have to accept myself I hate. I do not, I will take more HRT, and I will try to change my body to the correct sex it should be. Maybe you should find more open minded friends, you can't even understand a simple concept of being born wrong.
Drake Zephyr 22nd Jan 2019, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
You could not have misinterpreted what I was saying any greater. I was saying nothing was wrong with you because I meant nothing is wrong with being trans. You are just stuffing words in my mouth. When you said you hate being trans. Which yes you literally said that. I thought you meant you didn't want to accept being trans and didn't want to change your sex. That IS how you made everything you say sound. Of course you should transition if changing your sex is what makes you feel validated. I was encouraging you to do that. You said the trans community is bad right? Well I tried to help you, and you straight frikin warped everything I said to make me sound like the bad guy. Of course dysphoria is a real problem! You literally are stating the opposite of everything I said! And I have a crap ton of open-minded friends! The girl I'm in love with is trans! One of my longest time best friends is gay! I have plenty of great friends. And I don't care if you get all mad, but screw you. I tried to help you and make you feel accepted without even knowing who you are! Yet, you decide to just say nope and turn me into this terrible criminal who was bullying you. Take some English lessons, so next time you rant, you can properly word your sentences! Just do whatever! I don't care anymore!
Anon 22nd Jan 2019, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
I don't accept I am trans, and I am going to do my best to change my sex as much as possible. There is something wrong with being trans for some people. It is called Gender Dysphoria.
Araiel 22nd Jan 2019, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
Just because I think it's important to define terms in these situations to avoid conflict arising from ambiguity:
Transgender: denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.

Gender Dysphoria: a differentiation between someones sense of personal identity/gender and their birth sex.

If it weren't for the fact that one describes a person(s) and the other describes a state of being the two words could be considered synonymous. I imagine a difference in definition of transgender vs gender dysphoria has sparked this. @anon am I correct in saying you would not consider a Transgender person and a person who suffers from Gender Dysphoria to be the same thing?
Anon 22nd Jan 2019, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
I would say that those definitions are accurate to an extent but not eactly. For example. I am trans because I have gender dysphoria. I feel I am the wrong sex. it is painful and terrible for me. I hate it. If having gender dysphoria didn't hurt me I wouldn't care if I was trans or not. For some people having gender dysphoria is being trans. It is how I know I was born wrong, it is what tells me my body is not correct, doesn't function how it should and needs to be changed in order to have any sense or normalcy and lack of pain. It isn't a choice, I hate it and telling me it is okay to be in pain bothers me. I do not wish to be trans, I do not wish to feel the wrong sex, or have gender dysphoria. I do anyways, sadly that is the dice I rolled for life. To be forever stuck being born wrong.
Quin 26th Jan 2019, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
As far as I know, almost all of the Trans community is supportive of "wanting to correct your body" if that is what you need to do.

So, if I can ask, why do you feel that the trans community has let you down?
PixelWhoIsHuman 24th Jan 2019, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
More precisely, gender incongruence is the disconnect. Gender dysphoria is the distress caused by that disconnect.
Guest 28th Jan 2019, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
Sounds like you wish you were cis. If that's the case, then I feel the same way.
Anon 23rd Jan 2019, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Another day, another day I have lived with a body that is unwanted, not working, and harming me. This is truly a hell and skin prison. Who do you turn to when your body is your own prison?
Drake Zephyr 25th Jan 2019, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I am done trying to help ya, if your not gonna let people help, the don't expect help. People can only make an effort to understand if you help them understand.
Anon 26th Jan 2019, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
You mean you are done trying to force your agenda of "accepting being trans" which i do not consider "help"
Drake Zephyr 26th Jan 2019, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I never forced any agenda! I was trying to help with my limited knowledge! I never said you HAVE to do anything, you said that.
bgb16999 25th Jan 2019, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
I don't think it's unsual for trans people to resent being trans, or to want to be "normal." Rain herself expresses a desire to be a "normal girl" on two occasions that I can remember: first in chapter 4 and again in chapter 16.
Anon 26th Jan 2019, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
I thought it wasn't but a lot of trans people act like it isn't okay to feel that way
Quin 26th Jan 2019, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
I have met trans people who do not feel dysphoria; I have met people with such severe dysphoria they would consider any surgery immediately.

I'm not sure what part of the community you have met that claims your dysphoria isn't real or valid. It is real. It is painful. I am sorry you are going through it and hope you get to change your body the way you want as quickly as possible.
Laurelephant 28th Jan 2019, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
Anon, what part of the community have you met? Because it sounds like you've encountered SJWs, and not real members of the LGBT+ community.
The LGBT+ community tends to be incredibly supportive of each other, and is generally good people overall (though it does have it's outliers, like any large group).
Modern SJWs, on the other hand, are nothing but self-aggrandizing attention whores and bullies pretending to be allies simply as a convenient cover to use to attack anyone who stands up to them. Anyone who doesn't agree completely with them is the enemy and must be destroyed ("99% agreement is the same as 100% disagreement"). As a whole, SJWs have done far more harm to the LGBT+ community than any other anti-LGBT movement.
I once made the mistake of trying to have a civil discussion with some SJWs in college and wound up getting shouted at, called a "fake tranny" and a "shemale patriarchist" (whatever the hell that means), until the school's actual LGBT+ group got involved and had campus security kick them out (it turns out only one of them was a student there).
Interestingly, the original Campaign For Social Justice really was established as a sort of public watchdog group to advocate for minority groups and people with disabilities, but it rapidly went downhill until around 2011 when it completely imploded into it's echo chamber of selfishness, bullying, and generic hate.
Drake Zephyr 28th Jan 2019, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Preach it cousin!
Anon 30th Jan 2019, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
The trans part of the LGBT community
Elise 1st Feb 2019, 5:56 PM edit delete reply
The dress arrived on my first birthday out to the world. This makes me so happy :)
William Melton 1st Feb 2019, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Happy Belated Birthday, Officially Out One!
Iejir_Isk 8th Aug 2020, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
So, this plot line has pained me a good bit, as I feel for Chanel. Being a ace-spec that is currently away from my partner, and a massive worrier.
Been catching up in last week from a recommendation, and thanks for the ride~. Been a not so fun week, so this has shed some nice light in it.
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