Comic 314 - Dad

20th Jan 2013, 9:06 PM in Ch 13: Togetherness
Average Rating: 4.82 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 20th Jan 2013, 9:06 PM edit delete
Odd thought crossed my mind when I started to write this blurb. I don’t think Gavin’s dad has ever been mentioned before (maybe in Volume 1?). I can’t even recall a time when any readers addressed, “hey, what ever happened to Gavin’s dad?” Well, there you go. The question no one ever asked now has an answer. Surprised?

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Nightsky 20th Jan 2013, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
So... his dad left his mom for another guy? That must make the divorce sting even more.
Dan 6th Oct 2013, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
But why? I hear people say that, and that's the punchline of jokes all the time, but I just don't understand!
If someone breaks up with you because they realize that they're gay, doesn't that make it sting less? There's a clear reason for the break-up. It's very clearly not the fault of the straight person?
I realize that you have no way to reply to this...and that I wouldn't get it if you do...whatever.
Nightsky 6th Oct 2013, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Actually, it doesn't matter if the breakup had a clear reason. She probably loved him, and they had a child together. To find out he was actually gay the entire time would make anyone question how real that love WAS. Even if he really did love her, it wouldn't be the same way she loved him. That could make it even more painful than other divorces. At least in other divorces one person could look at memories and think about what once was; she'll look at her photo album and think, "How much of that was even real?" All of those years, all of it, would feel like a lie.
Lex-Kat 17th Nov 2016, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
birdyluv0 21st Nov 2016, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
That happened to my teacher. Their wife grew up in an extremely religious family, and tried so hard to hide it for so long. But she was in a band and ended up having an affair with her band mate... and that was when she decided to come clean.
Zor15 20th Jan 2013, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
In a way this explains some things.
j-eagle12212012 20th Jan 2013, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

Who would have guessed it. I figured Gavin's dad was off with someone else but not another guy.
TyRy 20th Jan 2013, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
Okay, I think this story is getting a little bit TOO unbelievable now. Was there any reason for Gavin's father to also be gay in a story with two gay siblings that aren't twins and a trans living next to a crossdresser maybe-also trans and now an asexual? I think we have all demos covered :\
Jocelyn 20th Jan 2013, 10:28 PM edit delete reply

I don't think I follow. It's unbelievable for there to be several LGBT folks in the same town? Some of whom that know each other? I don't know. It's really not as uncommon as you think. You'd be surprised. (And I can most certainly promise you I do not have all demographics covered either.)

ALSO, it's a story that revolves around LGBT themes. What were you expecting?
TyRy 21st Jan 2013, 4:24 AM edit delete reply
No, I understand that. Maybe it's just because it's Gavin's father, someone I personally never thought about or cared about hearing their story. If all this turns out to be is "this is why Gavin is okay with LGBT people" then I don't see the point. It's 2012-13, I can completely believe that someone is just okay with gay people just because they are, without having it in their lives previously.

Unnecessary would have been a better word.
Jocelyn 21st Jan 2013, 10:28 AM edit delete reply

Quite the contrary. Gavin's acceptance towards the LGBT community is virtually an irrelevant part of his dad's character. Rather I wanted to address a sadly very common phenomenon of gay people so ashamed of their sexuality that they marry a member of the opposite sex and have a kid in a desperate attempt to "cure" themselves of it. Happens a lot with transfolk too. And this isn't ONLY about reaching out to a demographic, it's legitimately plot-relevant.

Although, I will admit, having a gay adult male character was probably the only way I was going to get an opportunity to include a "bear" in the roster. So for both story reasons and inclusiveness reasons, I'm very happy I was able to include this character.

In conclusion, I would argue that "unnecessary" is incorrect. I feel this was necessary. And as a writer, I strive to make sure that nothing I do is ever pointless (no matter how much it might initially seem so).
Iseult 22nd Jan 2013, 12:16 AM edit delete reply
Pretty sure my friend group would blow your mind.

But seriously, I love the composition of the cast. Mostly because in my experience this is what happens, as opposed to the classic cishet group with one token gay.

@Jocelyn I also like that Gavin's dad is a big guy.
Some Ed 12th Jun 2017, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
I agree. I've far more often been "the token cis straight guy". When it's not just me, usually the others have a bunch of GBLTQA tie ins, and usually at least one is a relative. Sometimes, one or more of these tie ins will be strained or former relations.

Of course, me being the token cis straight guy's hilarious because I'm not. But when I first came out to a limited group of people, everyone immediately started pressuring me to look into transition. When I tried to explain that I didn't actually *want* to transition - sure, I'm not comfortable with my body, but I feel there's a reason for me to be this way - they then accused me of being critical of their choices. Which wasn't at all what I wanted.

I've started coming out of the closet a bit more again, now that the culture seems to be a bit more mature and realizing that everyone has their own path. Some trans people need SRS. Some just need hormone therapy. Some just need to dress so they can look the way they feel they need to look. And a few, like me, don't.
meta 14th Jan 2021, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
@some ed

so very shiny you found yourself without intervention!

i have alot of respect for that and hope society can stop being so impossibly challenged about it.
@jocelyn 20th Jan 2013, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
You drew my math teacher as Gavin's dads boyfriend XD
SERIOUSLY! He looks exactly like my algebra teacher!!
Kitsune kun 21st Jan 2013, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
Sorry, I forgot to put my name in the post that's above this one XD
Frankie 21st Jan 2013, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
Your algebra teacher is dating Gavin's dad!?
Jocelyn 21st Jan 2013, 11:34 PM edit delete reply

You know, at this point, I can't say for sure how important of a character he's really going to be. But if it comes down to it, and I have to name a job for him, I think I'll make him an Algebra teacher now.

Just because of this. ^_^
dempsy40 16th Jul 2013, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
is it me or does frank look like ky
coolgal2459 16th Jul 2013, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
dawnflower8 18th Mar 2014, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
I highly doubt this but is Gavin's dad's boyfriend Holly's uncle?
Lynn 4th Sep 2018, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
Oh my god, I came here to say exactly the same thing. I've been rereading and it occurred to me the second time through that Frank might be the uncle-with-a-gay-roommate Holly was referring to back just before Halloween. That would be fantastic, and for all we know likely since they apparently live within driving distance of each other.
Szarrukin 29th Dec 2020, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
It's my headcanon now
meta 14th Jan 2021, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
that would tie it up neatly, (frank: "kinky!")

and remember, they were roommates _before_ it was cool!
Sky Beams 30th Jul 2016, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
Wow, I did not see that coming O.O I feel bad for Gavin's mom, though. She's clearly sad. :(
seikueon 25th Apr 2018, 8:52 PM edit delete reply
Okay, so many years after the fact, but I'm rereading. It's relevant because remember how Gavin reacted to Rain? He wasn't mad about anything other than the lying. He's a child of a divorce, who had to live through it. His mom seems bitter. And it was about lying.
SleepIncarnate 26th Feb 2020, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Random thought, is Frank here Holly's uncle spoken about here? I mean, with how much everyone else seems connected, it wouldn't be weird if this was a connection as well.
Guest 23rd Apr 2020, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
Gavins second secret!
aaaaaaaah 5th Jul 2020, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
everone liked that
PSH who needs names 20th Jan 2021, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
Brain: *Slaps me* Stop. reading. comics!!!
Me: No
Brain: You need sleep!!!
Me: No
Brain: You have school tomorrow!!!!!!
Me: ...And?
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