Comic 781 - Pause

14th Jan 2016, 7:06 PM in Ch. 28: Love, Trust, and Respect
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 14th Jan 2016, 7:06 PM edit delete
I'm not sure if this is surprising or not. Ky's certainly no stranger to being impulsive. I mean, that was still out of left field, but I guess it's still a pretty Ky thing to do. XD

But I open the floor to you. How can we interpret this? Does Ky have some kind of returned feelings for Drew, or is he just taking the hit because he thought that'd derail Drew's thought process? And what of Drew? What must be going through his head right now?

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Luna 14th Jan 2016, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
You're right, that is a pretty Ky thing to do...
I wonder where this will go next.
I'm actually really interested in this story arc, as it explains a 'new' kind of story- Drew knows next to nothing about being LGBTQIA+ and so Ky is having to teach him, whereas he seems to be struggling with feelings for Ky and not really understanding his fluidity, though from what I've seen in this chapter he seems to be getting a better grasp on it.
Lemonado Girl 14th Jan 2016, 7:51 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Drew. You sir, just got Ky'd.

Though I think this was a very effective way to shift the focus of the conversation away from Rain, so points to Ky for that!
Reimi 14th Jan 2016, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
Bravo Ky
SilentNight 14th Jan 2016, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
Ky, master of the sneak attack kiss, save or lose all thought process.
Guest 23rd Mar 2020, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
This is at least the second time in this comic that that's happened... First was Gavin...
Sobi 14th Jan 2016, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
Kisses from someone you really like, more powerful then the MIB memory wiper every time
Long-Time Lurker 14th Jan 2016, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
Ky is in boy-mode... Does this mean Drew is officially (at least) bi?

And Ky -- you ROCK.
steveha 15th Jan 2016, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
This means that Drew is officially attracted to Ky in boy-mode. I don't think we have, in canon, seen him attracted to anyone other than Ky and perhaps Rain. He's all questioning himself right now and thinking "WHAT IF I'M BISEXUAL" but I think his thoughts have been going in circles and he hasn't progressed much past that.

I think this is the root of why he is suddenly so interested in the possibility that Rain is trans. If he's attracted to Rain, and Rain is trans... does that make him bisexual? (Thoughts in circles again!) Or, if he can prove that Rain is female, then does that mean he's *not* bisexual?

The thing is, he hasn't started ogling all the guys around him. So even if he is a bit bisexual, it's situational or selective or whatever.

Maybe he is just attracted to people who look like Ky looks. Stranger things have happened.

I agree that Ky rocks... this is my favorite Ky moment now.
sesquipedalia 15th Jan 2016, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
Yup, I remember going through a similar experience.
Guest 15th Jan 2016, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
Given that Ky was the first time Drew was strongly attracted (crushing) on a masculine presentation, we don't know. Part of the confusion about it may be that he has had similar but weaker feelings about other men, and assumed it was non-sexual since of course he's attracted to women. The fact that his first crush was gender fluid does probably add to his confusion. (This isn't a negative thing or anyone's fault. It just is.)

Its possible Drew is attracted more strongly to women than men. A large portion of the bisexual community has some preference. However, I don't think even Drew knows it at this point. He may have been suppressing his feeling about the same sex up until this point (or thought that because he liked women, he assumed hetero). Right now he's probably too confused to do too much ogling of anyone.

As someone who has never had a lot of crushes, figuring out how I felt about other men was not normal was confusing. So I empathize here.
Lemonado Girl 16th Jan 2016, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Someone needs to introduce poor Drew to the Kinsey scale. This is his seemingly only attraction to a male persona, so if he is otherwise straight, he's simply a one rather than a zero
Ranthog 16th Jan 2016, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Personally I think it does a disservice to put Drew anywhere but in the questioning identity right now. He doesn't really seem sure about his attraction to anyone right now (based on pass scenes in the comic).

I think if you asked him the questions right now to try to place him on the Kinsey Scale he'd probably give you a lot of I'm not sure and I don't knows as answers. From my experience, you can incorrectly label things as sexual attraction or as platonic if you're confused about these things. (Especially if you think your attraction should be one of these things.)

I would guess he'd might develop into wind up identifying as Bisexual (or one of the more specific labels in the bisexual spectrum)... I'm less sure of where he winds up on the spectrum between 1 and 5. But I don't think the character is any of these yet.
Quest 17th Jan 2016, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
It's a little weird seeing everyone looking at this sexuality thing when to my eyes... I look at Drew and Drew's behavior and think "Egg who is developing transdar"
DocMesa 15th Jan 2016, 4:05 AM edit delete reply
Draca 15th Jan 2016, 5:17 AM edit delete reply
Well it seems to me like in the first panel she's almost a bit hurt that he's so interested in Rain when you know, they're kinda on a date... >.> I mean yes she's trying to protect her friend, but still I'm pretty sure she has returned feelings there, and the kiss just synchs it.
Mina 15th Jan 2016, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
Yep, a rarity. Good ol' Ky. ~
j-eagle12212012 15th Jan 2016, 7:07 PM edit delete reply
So tempted to post a picture of Rarity and go "No this is a Rarity" ^_^
BillycannotFly 15th Jan 2016, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
I love the character progression Drew's been getting.

Should I call Ky by the page and use the pronouns they had on that specific page, or should I just use they? This is a webcomic, so it's not like real life where pronouns would change as that person would as time progressed, but say I went back a couple pages, and I would change pronouns to fit that time, on that page, not when referring to it. The actual question: Should I use the most resent pronouns that Ky used on a page, or should I use they/them when referring to Ky? Because I can use the most resent pronouns, but when they're not on page, it will be weird to refer to them if /I haven't seen them in a while. I'm thinking too much into this, aren't I? I don't know...
Pinecone1532 15th Jan 2016, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
I would imagine its best to use the pronouns that suit how Ky (or Kylie, as the case may be) is presenting at the time. Its been a while since he's last appeared, but afaik that's how its always worked before.
Jocelyn 15th Jan 2016, 2:16 PM edit delete reply

Ky's preferred pronouns are never explicitly stated. My vision with Ky is that he isn't too strict about pronouns, so I'm willing to leave that up to reader discretion.

However, the way I personally talk about Ky lately is based on his presentation in the current page. When in boy mode (like in this page), Ky would prefer male pronouns. In girl mode, female pronouns. When androgynous, both sets of pronouns are acceptable. It's okay to refer to him as "Ky" with any presentation, but "Kylie" should NOT be used when in boy mode. Most readers also use "singular they" and some use gender neutral pronouns like "xe" when referring to Ky, and I don't feel like he'd have any problem with those either. Really, as long as it's not blatant misgendering, the kid's pretty laid back (like, just don't call him a girl on this page).
Mikasi 15th Jan 2016, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
I really enjoy this section so far, because while I haven't had a Ky to put me on track, or off track as it were, but I've had to question my preferences before. I would put a solid bet that Drew is hetroflexible, in so much as if he likes you, then he likes you, but he has a very, overwhelmingly strong preference to girls.

Ky's just that awesome ;3
j-eagle12212012 15th Jan 2016, 7:05 PM edit delete reply
I got nothing, Ky is just awesome.
Guest 15th Jan 2016, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
hey Jocelyn, are you ever planning on doing a Rain-Volume 1 Remastered.
So like you redraw it more crisp and clear or am i asking to much
SnapGrunt 15th Jan 2016, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
Forgot to put my name
Also enjoyed all the print exclusive chapters
Reimi 16th Jan 2016, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
I'd rebuy it, volume 1 is kinda low res and I would love to see a version on par with volume 2 and 3.
Zii 17th Jan 2016, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
I'd back an indiegogo to get it in color and through a more solid publisher than Lulu.
Guest 16th Jan 2016, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
I really hope Drew figures out what's going on before the year is out. :(
Guest 17th Jan 2016, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
My guess? Ky is trying to have fun, and kissing he confused boy seemed fun. Nothing about personal romantic feelings or altruistic played a decisive part in the decision.
Lex-Kat 26th Nov 2016, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
Yay Ky! Love you!
Some Ed 16th Jun 2017, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
(Feminine pronouns for clarity only)
She's out with a boy who's really interested in her and trying to figure out how his attraction varies based on her presentation. Why would she be willing to put up with him having thoughts about someone else right now?

Yeah, I can come up with reasons. Him trying to figure out personal details about one of her friends isn't a good one. So, time to refocus.
Emily 7th May 2018, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
Ohboy, I'd forgotten about this.

Suddenly I wanna punch Ky/lie in their blithely inconsiderate face. Physically restraining someone in order to kiss them, after not even asking if you may? Ky, repeat after me: We shall remember and respect that other people have boundaries. It doesn't matter if Drew likes you or not, and it REALLY doesn't matter if you're annoyed with him or not; YOU SHOULD HAVE ASKED.
no 12th Nov 2020, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
where was the physical restraint? you mean laying a hand on drews shoulder?
Absentia 23rd May 2021, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
Drew: ky just... kissed me. Unprovoked. It was... weird...

Gavin: you too? Welcome to the club.

Drew: yeah...

Drew: wait what?
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