Comic 1465 - Wheelhouse

2nd Feb 2022, 10:24 AM in Ch. 44 - And When the Rain Clears...
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)
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Jocelyn 2nd Feb 2022, 10:24 AM edit delete
I wanted to have at least a few of the main kids have a hard time after our little timeskip. Everyone's story still ends in a more or less positive way anyway, but showing that little bit of struggle/realism even now is pretty important to me. Finding a job is hard, and Ana's struggle here is almost too relatable (at least for me it is). Besides, it shows that even now, these kids are all be looking out for each other.

Also, I like to think Ana is living happily in her stealth life, and that Ryan has no idea exactly how much of a compliment his panel 4 remark was (technically, same from Maria). He just happened to land on exactly the right thing to say.

I imagine Ryan being a different layer of stealth, by the way. He has no qualms bringing up his middle school cheerleading days to show he's rooting for Ana who already knows about him, but I don't imagine him being overtly out besides his friend group unless it's absolutely necessary.

Just all different trans people living all different trans lives, you know? ^_^

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Noraa 2nd Feb 2022, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
ValeryGraciela 2nd Feb 2022, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
It's kinda sad that Ana is struggling, but yeah. Finding a career is hard. Now I have a job I didn't imagine I'd have, and I'm quite good at it, and it's helping me with my own transition. But I was at a loss a few months ago.

So, I'm just trying to say I feel the realism here c:
TK 2nd Feb 2022, 10:48 AM edit delete reply
I understand how Ana feels. I changed majors recently and I've been having trouble with my job. I'm not unemployed but I'm a work study student and this semester they told me I couldn't start work till I got a form to confirm I'm allowed to work. And that took way more than the 7-10 business days they told me. Now its still processing.
Azrael 2nd Feb 2022, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
Maria is a glowing reference to have? Oh boy, what is her job now? Did she get her own Anime Show going?
evagrimm 2nd Feb 2022, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
Right? I was just wondering the same! It sounds like Maria is in a pretty good place right now.
Absentia 2nd Feb 2022, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
my theory is big time costume designer
evagrimm 3rd Feb 2022, 3:15 PM edit delete reply
Agreed, that seems likely. Probably well-known through convention appearances
Absentia 3rd Feb 2022, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
especially since she has Nelly to show off her designs
Phrown 4th Feb 2022, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
So Maria and Nelly combine to make something greater than either of them. Nellria is truly a force to be reckoned with.
Absentia 4th Feb 2022, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
i mean, isn't that how a good relationship is supposed to be?
Fourth Nate 2nd Feb 2022, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
Aw, there goes my crack theory of Ana's intro surprising us with a married name!
It's good to see the friends being supportive. And apparently Maria is a big name in VA now...?
Absentia 2nd Feb 2022, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
i see her more as a big time costume designer. still a big name in the industry, plus it fits well with her skillset.
Kyle 2nd Feb 2022, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
What do I have a scary feeling things between Gavin and Ana didn't work out.
Dawn 2nd Feb 2022, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
I have that feeling too, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Most people don't stay with their high school sweetheart into adulthood, and since we almost certainly have other characters who did, it would make sense for them not to be together. I just hope they are still friends and nothing bad happened between them.
Tokuben 2nd Feb 2022, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
Yes! Use those cheerleading skills son!
Absentia 2nd Feb 2022, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
glad to know things are going well for both Strongwell siblings
arkathenia 2nd Feb 2022, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
My, the characters really have had a lot of challenges over the past six years we were not with them. Strange.... a entire section of some of their lives has occurred - so much has happened.
ktprogamer 2nd Feb 2022, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
AHHHH, omg yes, I found this comic back in Dec 2021 AND JUST FINISHED IT! I can't wait for vol 6 and 7!. This story has been great!
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