Comic 418 - Weakness

3rd Sep 2013, 5:47 PM in Ch. 16: The Exception
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 3rd Sep 2013, 5:47 PM edit delete
I second guessed the dialogue of the second page a bit. On any given day, I would look at the page again and think, “Oh, that Rudy. What a card!” Then I’d look at it again the next day and think, “God, Rudy! Don’t be such a jerk!” I drew this page well over a month ago, so I’ve had a lot of back and forth with myself about it. I ultimately left it though. Although his comment COULD be interpreted as being really douchey, obviously Rain doesn’t think so. And given his delight with her response, it clearly was just meant to be Rudy being… Rudy.

Both pages portray an awkward overall exchange to be sure, but what important dialogue in life isn’t horribly awkward in some way? :)

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Nightsky 3rd Sep 2013, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Well, at least it looks like Rain and Rudy won't be on bad terms after this. I was kind of worried there, but it looks like it will be a pretty amicable break up, at least as far as break ups go...
Asdf 3rd Sep 2013, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Aww (: , in the end it was a good thing that both of them started dating.
Luna 3rd Sep 2013, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
Well, Rudy is about the coolest guy I know now.
Nightsong 3rd Sep 2013, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
I'm gonna go ahead and say you got it right. Because that 2nd page is my favorite Rudy in ever.

Both for the joke, and because he looks awesome in that last panel.
j-eagle12212012 4th Sep 2013, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Rudy shows wisdom beyond his years, I feel for him because despite everything he's been through in life he can still be positive and funny.
Transginger 26th Mar 2016, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
I immediately like Rudy more from this. Because, well, I'd say the EXACT same thing.
AmbiguousMouse 2nd May 2016, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
Wow. Coming through this page again, it's striking how subtle Rudy's emotional cues are here. The shaken sigh of relief in the second to last panel, the way his eyebrows betray the expressions he's trying to express... Well done, Jocelyn.
Samantha 31st May 2016, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
That's why I don't buy the whole "transwomen into men are straight." It reduces them to an expectation of normalcy. I like women, because I was a male, and learned to like women. I can hang out with men but on some level it feels weird.
Jocelyn 31st May 2016, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

If a trans woman who is exclusively into men claims to be straight, there's nothing to "buy". There's literally no reason not to trust her claim. Even if you don't like her use of labels, it's not really anyone else's business to discourage someone from addressing themselves how they feel most comfortable.

That said, regarding labels: take away the prefix and trans women ARE women. Just as cis women are women. And women who are exclusively into men are very likely to call themselves straight. If we wouldn't question a cis woman for saying this, then there's no reason to question a trans woman.

And I'm not really sure what you mean by the "expectation of normalcy". I can only speak for myself (though I'm sure most would agree), but my orientation has nothing to do with anyone else's expectations. I didn't "learn" to like women because of the conditions of my birth. I was attracted to women pre-transition and I am attracted to women now. There's no "why"; I simply am.
Ruth 8th Aug 2016, 12:26 AM edit delete reply
Rudy has a defense mechanism built into his psyche... when his heart is breaking, he has to play the funny guy comedian. But inside his heart is still breaking.
Olivia 17th Nov 2020, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
Honestly, Rain's situation is similar to mine. I used to think I was pansexual, back before I came out to my family and fully accepted myself. It was only after my therapist brought up my attraction to me that I realized I might have only pretended to be attracted to guys because it was what real girls do. I'm not saying pan trans girl aren't valid, I'm just saying that I relate heavily to this situation.
Phrown 24th Jun 2022, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
It looks like Rain had an issue with Rudy’s actions. But that was aggravated by the turmoil of forcing herself to be straight.
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