Comic 676 - Gawkers

31st May 2015, 7:23 PM in Ch. 25: Wings
Average Rating: 4.86 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 31st May 2015, 7:23 PM edit delete
This ended up being a far deeper page than I meant it to be. Change around a little dialogue, and suddenly I'm really connecting winged girl on a personal level. Go figure. XD

Anyway, as Rain walks through town, she overhears some random bystanders (represented by Debbie, Holly, Devon, and Randy). Stupid, awkward dream symbolism, indeed. Now's probably as good a time as any to discuss said symbolism too. What exactly are "wings" in this context? Or to be more precise, what do Kaminari's wings specifically represent? Hint: It's not Rain's privates, so don't even go there.

Side note: I am not used to drawing generic fantasy villager garb. I hope I'm not doing too bad with that so far. Of course, Holly's still wearing brown and white... ;P

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Zixx 31st May 2015, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
I assume it just refers to her otherness as trans overall. She passes well, so her "wings" are hidden.
Yuki-chan 1st Jun 2015, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
I believe that too. Her "wings" is being trans, but because she pass well nobody necessarily notices.
j-eagle12212012 1st Jun 2015, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
Just a guess but "wings" refer to being "visable" or open about being transgender... in Kaminari's world her black wings signify she's diffrent and are a part of her that she chooses to display, in Rain's case being transgender is a part of her being (her wings) but she decides who she can trust to share her wings with
Nightsky 1st Jun 2015, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
I understand the symbolism and all, but Rain. Those are wings. You can FLY, or at least look like you can! Plenty of people would give ANYTHING to have wings! I know I would.
Jocelyn 1st Jun 2015, 8:10 AM edit delete reply

Ah, but that's the thing. Kaminari CAN'T fly. It's mentioned in the fifth paragraph on the first page here. Meaning Rain can't fly either. Wings are super cool and beautiful and I love them too, but would you still necessarily want them if they were just for show and couldn't actually function?
j-eagle12212012 1st Jun 2015, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
Yes, just think about all the ways you could mess with people ^_^
Amelia 28th Jan 2022, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
this links to the page(upload) right after the one with a synopsis(not sure what it would actually be called) of black wing kaminari.
Jocelyn 28th Jan 2022, 9:52 AM edit delete reply

Nice catch. Thanks! Fixed now!
Mina 1st Jun 2015, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Based on what Holly says, it's something disturbing for most people but not the easiest thing to notice... Maybe it's a passing issue, such as a 5 o'clock shadow...
Or maybe it's depper than that. Rain says "no one needs to know", a passing issue isn't something others "know", but rather something they notice. So, I'll say it's Rain's homosexuality.
In this case, maybe Toria is like a "male kingdom", where people love women (have wings) in a male way (white wings). Rain loves women as a woman, so she's a outcast both in the kingdom of Toria and on the ground (which would be a "female kingdom" where people have to love men as women).
I'm probably overthinking it, actually. j-eagle may be right. ^^'

Your clothes are totally fine! :3
Mina 2nd Jun 2015, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
Or maybe it's her past as Ryan...

There's SO many ways to understand this, and none of them are stupid... That proves it's a pretty clever metaphor, I think.
Ashura Atsu 2nd Jun 2015, 5:21 AM edit delete reply
I'm sorry, but we need someone there to be all "I want one." Because wings look awesome. Even metaphorically speaking, there should be someone that is totally okay with this.
Tualha 5th Jun 2015, 8:18 PM edit delete reply
Heh. Kind of ironic that Jenn Dolari of ClosetSpace does another comic called "A Wish for Wings".
Guest 1st Feb 2018, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
I just can't stop thinking of it as a metaphor for skin color. The white wings vs black wings thing was pretty obvious imo. Of course black skin colour is a good metaphor for other pseudo-reasons for discrimination, and as such I'm also thinking about some of those. Like "his" girly hair or such.
meta 21st Mar 2020, 4:33 AM edit delete reply
there is something to hope for, a deep warmth, a longing. the way ahead is uncertain and it's a long way to fertile lands, i fear we cannot make it on foot..
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