“As you wish…”
Thank you for some wonderful conversations over the last few pages! It’s been great seeing the positive feedback to Kaden’s reveal.
Have a great week!
I like Accel more and more each page=)
Kaden is reminding me of Subaru from Sakura Wars: So Long My Love. “My gender irrelevant. How I am perceived is meaningless. Subaru is Subaru. Nothing more, nothing less.” Kaden is Kaden. Nothing more, nothing less. Right? I still love Kaden just as much. :3
And just like that Kaden became a much more interesting character…
I’m really enjoying the dialogue between these two :)
That just makes Kaden even more of a badass breaking society rules and whatnot
Very interesting gender based twist. Used with meaning and tied to other relevant concepts ! I approve :).
Excellent, I am happy to hear so. :)
I need to stop forgetting to check this site for a few days at a time, I always end up shocked at old news. XD
I imagine this must be an odd scene to jump back in on! :P
Something about Lenna’s posture in that last panel tells me that she isn’t finished nettling Kaden about this.
I agree, LA. Maybe she’ll take the compass next…
Is Lenna missing a bandage on her left elbow in the last panel?
There is such a thing as being too good at what one does in such matters. If affects the psyche, willy-nilly. Gender is NEVER irrelevant.
I dispute that statement.
Gender is utterly irrelevant to the agendered, and to a lesser extent to the asexual.
You’d be amazed how much such things completely fail to matter when one doesn’t perpetually obsess over the old plug-and-socket game.
I can see Lenna accidently using a ‘she’ pronoun now and the others finding out that way. ‘Others’ being whoever’s in earshot at the time.
Between the curtain and shading, the first panel did a really good job at making Kaden look rather traditionally feminine at a quick glance then resolving into background elements + shading + character. (Curtain that could be long hair, shading on the shirt that could just hint at breasts on first glance.) If intentional, you did a great job at using the imagery to play with the new context through which we view the character (as even people trying to refrain from doing so can still find themselves unconsciously trying to pick out features we read as gendered). If unintentional, uh… happy accident?
Yes, I overanalyze things.
Oh, cool… I hadn’t noticed that effect with the curtain before. But now that you’ve mentioned it, I can’t not see it. I love how that looks.
Also, over-analyzing things is fun!
Over analysing ? Over doing is the minimum, man ;-)
The way I see it gender roles are a social construct anyway…
Breaking society rules ? Well, among the group of half-elves resistance fighters, there also some females, even one in what seems to be a leading role (She’s blonde, but I forgot her name). That “rule breaking” seems to be quite common.
Curiously, now that I know Kaden is a woman, I still find her, you know, beautiful. In a “fighting lady” way. Sort of.
Ya know, I think I actually like Kaden more. I like cool woman characters, and she’s really cool. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy learning about shadows of other people’s pasts?
Oh no. NO!
Can anyone point me to a good fantasy webcomic that does NOT suddenly pull a Felix on its readers and reveal itself as a propaganda device of gender politics?
Oh, I am so sorry, all the good fantasy webcomics I’ve read so far have the terrible evil propaganda of gender politics – and even gay people, can you imagine that?! Have you considered looking for BAD fantasy webcomics?
Sorry if you find a character taking two pages to explain that she doesn’t think the way she does or does not dress should affect the perception people have of her. If you think two pages of character development makes the other 350 ‘propaganda’; then I truly believe it is you with the issue, not the story.
What you call propaganda, I call realistic character development.
Enjoy whatever comic you land on next, though I’ll think you’ll find the majority of the good ones have a varied cast that often reflect current social politics. Literature is meant to challenge society and inspire change, and has always done so. If you think this is a new trend, then perhaps you should dip into some of the classics: As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, and Hamlet. All of these plays have cross-dressing/transgender characters, and I would hardly consider them ‘propaganda’.
Just good art.
On another note, the character’s name is Kaden. If you’re confusing her with the villain of the story, then I imagine you weren’t too engrossed with it to begin with.
Sorry if you find a character taking two pages to explain that she
doesn’t think the way she does or does not dress should affect the
perception people have of her.
Kaden intentionally dresses as a man in order to pass as one, and she is largely successful. That’s quite some affecting of perception. If this is the opposite of what she desires then some friendly soul should probably hint her that she is doing it wrong.
For something to qualify as realistic character development, it must be character development to begin with. A character in a fantasy comic using the word “gender” in its real-world western feminist meaning is not character development. It is a propaganda spot interrupting the show.
On very much the same note, I was quite into the story, and the disappointment brought by this sudden but premeditated plot screw prompted me to compare the story itself to Felix.
I read/watch/play fantasy stuff precisely to escape from the universe overrun by ideologues who constantly remind me that my gender is collectively, excusively, eternally and irredeemably to blame for all evil, the ozone hole, all evil, identity inconveniences experienced by people like Kaden, and did I mention all evil. I don’t need fantasy with more of the same, and I desperately DO need fantasy with absolutely none of it. My original question was not rhetorical.
What you consider modern gender politics might as well be based on existing past and present cultures who can have very different ideas about genders.
But that is not the issue here.
You come here and complain that the piece doesn’t cater to you because it challenges your worldview and ask of people to recommend something that doesn’t. As you have hinted you are born as a man and define as a man which means MOST OF THE POPCULTURE is aimed at you and your comfortable worldview. So if you cannot bear an element that is not catered towards you – well though luck because that how most of the mainstream media feels like for people like me.
This piece is NOT aimed specifically at straight male audience and it is NOT your place to complain or demand of people here to recommend things for you. You can do it somewhere else but HERE you are being rude and offensive towards the creator and the readers. It’s as if you realized you were in a vegan restaurant, complained they have no bacon and loudly started asking people around you for a steakhouse.
What is interesting is that nothing here suggests “men are evil” rather “Kaden is dressing as a male and suggests they don’t really identify as a woman anyway.” If that is a threat enough to your comfort than I feel sorry for you.
Please have enough decency to just leave quietly; and as you do you SHOULD donate a couple of dollars to the creators first because you yourself said you enjoyed the story so far and you’ve offended them and spoiled their day with your inconsiderate comments.
What you consider modern gender politics might as well be based on
existing past and present cultures who can have very different ideas
It might be. But is it?
As you have hinted you are born as a man and define as a man which means
MOST OF THE POPCULTURE is aimed at you and your comfortable worldview.
That might have been true up to the early 1970s. By mid 1990s those who neglected updating their view of the objective reality might have still genuinely believed it to be true. But in 2014 such a claim cannot be anything other than a conscious lie.
What is interesting is that nothing here suggests “men are evil”.
I maintain my opinion on this.
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