Comic 815 - Where is she?

29th Mar 2016, 9:47 PM in Ch. 28: Love, Trust, and Respect
Where is she?
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Jocelyn 29th Mar 2016, 9:47 PM edit delete
As promised, Ana makes an appearance in this chapter. It's just a cameo for now, but it at least offers some clarity as to where she's been all this time (even if the answer just begs more questions). And you can expect her to have a much more prominent role in the near future. As for what she's in the hospital for - what surgery she's successfully gotten through - maybe it's obvious but I'm not going to say anything outright just yet.

People have been asking about Ana a lot since her last real scene, wondering if I'd forgotten about her. I hadn't. Context just dictated she had to be out of the picture for a while. Especially given that in canon webcomic time, it's only been about a week and a half since her last appearance.

If you're one of the people who has forgotten about her, Anastacia (or Ana "with one N" for short) is the "January Girl", who transferred into St. Hallvard after the New Year. She and her father have moved around a lot for "reasons", to the point where she's been left back a year, placing her in eleventh grade instead of twelfth. Though many boys (and Rain) have crushes on Ana, Gavin was the one she got closest too. The stuffed octopus, Ivan McDorfleton, was a gift to her from him on Valentine's Day, when she was last seen in school. Although Ana told Gavin she'd be out on an "extended vacation", she never said where exactly she was going. She seems to have a lot of secrets like that. She did however, agree to discuss their future when she returned.

(If you need links for any of that, just ask.)

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Jacob 29th Mar 2016, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
I could've sworn there was a page with a flashback or something that made it very clear why she was in the hospital?
AmbiguousMouse 29th Mar 2016, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
That's why our lovely author said the reason "might be obvious." We did see Ana's father looking at a picture of young Ana, with a boy's name (Eric? I'm too lazy to look at the page) scratched out and replaced with Anastacia. It's easy to assume what sort of operation a person with those qualifiers might get that would leave them incapacitated in a foreign hospital for a length of time, but then Jocelynn theoretically might still have curveballs to throw our way about that.

Either way, good for Gavin, I guess? I'm sort of feeling like, if the obvious answer is correct, we'll be losing out on story potential from him dealing with having one of his "chaser fantasies" (for lack of a better term) actually pan out. In this case, if Gavin finds out at all, I don't see him as the sort of person to make a deal over it now that the operation is done since he's so accepting of trans people.
Sky Beams 31st Jul 2016, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Lol its Aaron
magicks 31st Mar 2016, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
Its on page 571.
Guest 29th Mar 2016, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
*sigh* Ana told Gavin "no". Not "not right now, wait for me". "No".

Him staying friends with her? Good. Him acting like there's a future there, or thinking about it? Disrespectful of her autonomy as a person and of her expressed desires.

Doesn't matter if Ana changes her mind in future— once somebody tells you "no", you stop.

This is pretty basic Respecting Other People 101.
Jocelyn 29th Mar 2016, 10:29 PM edit delete reply

Ana has never said no to him, though. She said, "never say never."

Followed by "we'll discuss this when I get back".

She's in fact never given him the slightest reason to believe she was uninterested. Even while apart, they've been kinda flirting with each other over the phone a lot.
AmbiguousMouse 29th Mar 2016, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
Our lovely author already removed the foundation of your claim based on evidence from the comic, but I'd like to chime in with a personal opinion that while it would be a whole different thing if he were continually pressuring her to be with him, it's not disrespectful of anyone's autonomy to privately hope they'll change their mind.

(And yes, talking to your close friends about it still counts as "private," though Rudy being Rudy would probably complicate that if there were anything to complicate.)
Binomial 29th Mar 2016, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
This comic is excellent.
One of my favorites
Reimi 30th Mar 2016, 2:43 AM edit delete reply
Well, soon you will have personal experience to draw upon when writing about Ana's experiences. :P
DiEvAl 30th Mar 2016, 3:46 AM edit delete reply
I doubt that this is that kind of surgery. That'd be way too obvious.
Rain Beau Dash 30th Mar 2016, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
If i remember correctly, Ana's father said something about 'making the wrong choice at the time'. (though not in those exact words).
Kitty 30th Mar 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
Standard transgender seems sort of unlikely... My guess is intersex, and had "corrective" surgery at birth, but to what turned out to be the wrong gender.
Share 27th Oct 2020, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
You mean, incorrective surgery
Megumi 30th Mar 2016, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Ana is either trans or intersex since her dad mentioned making the wrong choice a few chapters back. I'm leaning more towards intersex as that would align with what he said and now she had bottom surgery. Glad to see her coming back into the picture.
j-eagle12212012 30th Mar 2016, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
I'm thinking intersex as well based on everything you pointed out
Mina 30th Mar 2016, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
I ship it. ^^
Ashley_s117 30th Mar 2016, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
I'm Loving Ivan McDorfleton. everyone person needs a stuffed critter to cuddle with after any surgery. I still don't like Rudy/Ruby because they are all negative on everyone else's relationships because his one short relationship with Rain fell dead.

Reimi it took me until just now to realized your picture is of Pokemon 2000.
Nobody Special 31st Mar 2016, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
did she finish srs? I thought you had to be a curtain age to qualify
Trismegistus Shandy 14th Aug 2017, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
She turned eighteen in November.
Guest 29th Apr 2019, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
She's actually getting cybernetic implants to get superpowers
Waffle 29th Aug 2022, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
Did we get Ivan's second name? I don't remember seeing it before, but it's entirely possible it just didn't stick in my head.
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