Comic 894 - Hard Truths

15th Dec 2016, 9:20 PM in Ch. 30: Little Victories
Hard Truths
Average Rating: 4.82 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 15th Dec 2016, 9:20 PM edit delete
I think I can actually hear some of my more cynical readers rolling their eyes at how easy and formulaic this probably looks. XD

But is that really the case? Where could this go? Consider every point Kellen has chosen to ignore thus far; what do you think Vincent can say to change her mind now? And is she even looking to redeem herself? I mean, yes, she's here seeing an expert on the subject and seeking answers. But is it to bring her family back together the way Rain originally wanted, or is it in the hope that she can find a way of doing it the way she wants? And even if she did try to redeem herself, could Rain still accept an apology at this point?

All that said, maybe the reality of losing contact with her family is setting in. Maybe Kellen is actually looking to reform. Maybe there is hope for her. But who can say? There are any number of possible outcomes to this. What do you think?

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thatguyinthecorner 15th Dec 2016, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
Wew! Penance. :P
Lemonado Girl 15th Dec 2016, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl

There is hope yet that some of the UNQUENCHABLE BLOODFLAMES of the readership may in fact be quenched.
BlackSocks 16th Dec 2016, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Perhaps for Kellen, but soon after another target for bloodflames must arise....
Riley_05 18th Dec 2016, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Probably their father
BlackSocks 19th Dec 2016, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
Or Debbie.
Sapphire Shield 15th Dec 2016, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
Sapphire Shield
I bet she gives up after 5 minutes... and that's being generous. Considering most people wouldn't even consider let alone attempt to understand it.
Callisto 20th Dec 2016, 3:25 AM edit delete reply
I dunno - Jocelyn has an incredible talent for redeeming pretty much everybody but Chase. ;)
Sapphire Shield 20th Dec 2016, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
Sapphire Shield
Well Chase was a special kind of douchebag.
sobi 15th Dec 2016, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
yay ^^
Rynn'kya 15th Dec 2016, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
I don't know where this will go, it could go well or it could go terribly, but I'm hopeful that something positive will come from this.
Reimi 15th Dec 2016, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
Well this was low on my list of likely outcomes, and on that note... DAMN YOU WEEKEND CLIFFHANGERS! Especially with the current 2 comics a week update cycle.
RubyRuthNeal 15th Dec 2016, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
Somewhere buried deep inside all that stubbornness and blind narrow-mindedness and prejudice there still beats a heart. I sincerely hope Vincent can help Kellen free that heart!
SilentNight 15th Dec 2016, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Certainly surprised me, I thought we were going to a scene of Aiken drafting a letter to Jessica or something.
Lex-Kat 16th Dec 2016, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
Genuinely surprised. I can see Kellen doing this, actually. In the previous scenes, where all you see of her is when she is calling Aunt Fara, she seemed very concerned about her family, and trying to bring them back together. It's why I initially liked her.

So yes, I can see her listening and trying to better understand. Will it really work, or will she just pretend is the real question, for me.

It's like every other prejudice out there. When it becomes popular to not hate one of the "others", the ones with hate in their hearts don't just disappear, or change. They just learn to hide it better... usually.
Guest 16th Dec 2016, 2:29 AM edit delete reply
Okay, so the session goes bafky for Kellen as she sees nobody is going to help her force Rain to be a boy. Also, the foundations of her bigotry, prejudice and misinformed definitions of sex (provided by society's patriarchy) are shaken. She's badly upset and runs out crying. She doesn't see a speeding monster truck or Hummer as she steps into the street. She is struck down and is DOA.

Not really.
BlackSocks 16th Dec 2016, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Adding to my To-Write fanfiction list.
Guest 16th Dec 2016, 2:32 AM edit delete reply
Damn, I hate when it double posts like that.

Also, it's "badly" not "bafky."
Guest 16th Dec 2016, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
Can we get a map of where everything is in this comic?
BlackSocks 16th Dec 2016, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
If memory serves:
Everything except the con and chez Kellen/Aiken are in Centerville.
Those two places are in a larger city nearby, but I don't recall the name. *departs for an archive-hunt*
RobynKM 16th Dec 2016, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
I may just be bitter with tons of baggage from my own family, but I basically hate her so much that I want to see her suffer more than I want to see her reform herself.
EpicSD 16th Dec 2016, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
Reimi 16th Dec 2016, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
Only two people on the last page guessed it, so bravo for being right. I didn't expect this development for a long time, if ever, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the page.
Miiohau 16th Dec 2016, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
reminder Rain has wiki at
Drumada 16th Dec 2016, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
Wow, this kinda made me do a 180 on kellen. After the last page I totally hated her, but yet here she is actually making *some* kind of effort. Hopefully she at least sticks it out.
Drumada 16th Dec 2016, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Also I didn't realize Vincent was shorter than Kellen.
BlackSocks 16th Dec 2016, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
I didn't call it. :(
Guest 16th Dec 2016, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

She's not. It's called perspective. Kellen is drawn larger in that frame for emphasis.

No, I don't really know that it's the artist's intention. I'm just guessing. Looks like it to me but webcomics aren't so exacting.

Ask the author.
AmbiguousMouse 16th Dec 2016, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
I don't think so. They seemed to be receiving equal emphasis (and at equal distance) in the last panel.

It would make sense. Kellen's actually pretty tall.
Jocelyn 17th Dec 2016, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
@Drumada & Guest

Actually, Fara and Kellen are about the same height, and Vincent's a little shorter than Fara. So naturally, he is a little shorter than Kellen too. He's a pretty short guy. :)
Noticenverz 16th Dec 2016, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Not related to the page in question, but I just had a crazy theory. According to page 227, Brother Arthur has a brother he hasn't talked to and has said some nasty (read: transphobic) things to, which he regrets. Now the way religious titles work, is that Arthur would be his first name, so we don't know his last name. Now comic universes are usually super interconnected. Given Brother Arthur's words from pg 227, we are looking for a sibling who is a trans man, could it be that Arthur's last name is Valverde? Could it be that Vincent is his brother? Before you assume I am crazy, I know Brother Arthur is a lot older than Vince and Fara's age, but it's possible to have siblings which have considerable age difference. I know, it is quite an unorthodox conspiracy theory, but it's possible.
Jocelyn 17th Dec 2016, 11:23 AM edit delete reply

I don't mean to shoot you down, but Arthur's brother and Vincent are not one in the same. Brother Arthur's last name is Feltman, actually. We learn that waaaaay back in his first appearance, so don't worry, I'm not surprised people would forget.

In addition, like Anon said, Arthur mentions that his brother is named Will.

Now, it's entirely possible for a person to change their last name too, or change their name more than once, still making it technically plausible (albeit in a very convoluted way). But my intention was that Vincent and Will have nothing to do with each other. There are a lot of connections between the characters, but I wrote Will hoping to keep him his own entity unrelated to the main cast (not all trans people know each other, after all). Maybe he'll appear someday and meet everyone else, or maybe he's just a reminder that there are more trans people out there than a lot of people seem to think. ^_^
Anon 16th Dec 2016, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
I was just taking a look at the comic page you mentioned for clues about if it's possible that Vincent is related to Brother Arthur and I don't think he is. On the page in question, (which is comic 226, not 227 by the way) Brother Arthur says that his brothers name is Will. So I think that makes the theory about Vincent being his brother very unlikely.
Kellen 17th Dec 2016, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
So... now I have to see the character who shares my name... :)
Erica-Jane 17th Dec 2016, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
I've been giving the scene here a lot of thought. Lots. I keep thinking of what I'd feel as Rain. Assuming that Kellen does decide to pull her head out of her ass and try to make amends. I know what that kind of betrayal feels like. If Kellen were to try and make amends, I know what I'd say as Rain. I've been in a very similar situation. I'd say something along the lines of, "Apology accepted. I love you. But, you need to know I will never trust you like that again. If you're okay with that, we can move forward."
Guest 18th Dec 2016, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
In the eternal words of Admiral Ackbar, "It's a trap!"
BlackSocks 19th Dec 2016, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
The question is, who's setting it....
Flying Fortress 19th Dec 2016, 6:33 PM edit delete reply
Those gosh darn commies of course, who else?
Jessica Bright 18th Dec 2016, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
I thought for sure she wouldn't even show too. Sometimes people take longer than others though. Kellen ignored a lot of great points but that doesn't mean she can't change. Some people take years. Others take a month. Others understand instantly. It feels like my therapist has been helping my family but it's hard to say.
Guest 19th Dec 2016, 1:18 AM edit delete reply
I literally pumped my fist and cheered when I realised that Kellen is even trying. I'm gonna be cautiously optimistic about this.
Niceguy Eddie 19th Dec 2016, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
Le *gasp*!!!
Niceguy Eddie 19th Dec 2016, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
Also... Please check your FB messages. ;)
Anon 19th Dec 2016, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
Hey man, Nice shirt!!!
Guest 20th Dec 2016, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
Am I the only one who wants to see Kellen as an axe murderer? It'd make no sense, but some of this story doesn't make sense either way.
RubyRuthNeal 20th Dec 2016, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
Naw... It makes perfect sense to me.
Everybody is capable of changing for the better. I know I have.
Jacy Em 21st Dec 2016, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
Today is my birthday! Well, it will be in 28 minutes.
BlackSocks 21st Dec 2016, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
*blows streamer* *throws confetti everywhere* And a happy happy birthday, to you!
skrbunny 19th Sep 2022, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
this was... a total surprise... usually i at least have some inkling for plot twists. this? nada :)
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