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xLightsOutx February 8th, 2015, 12:27 pm

helloooo smackjeeves, long time no see! this comic is a project i'm currently working on for school. idk if the pages i'm uploading here are 100% complete or not. may add more to them later depending on how much time i have.

edit: as suggested, i made the writing darker/bolder so it would be easier to read! if it is still difficult to read, please let me know!

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IvyTiny February 8th, 2015, 12:32 pm

It's pretty hard to find this kind of comic, where they talk about asexuality, so I'm really glad I found this, since I'm also asexual. Your art style is so pretty and realistic!! I hope you can continue soon :3

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xLightsOutx February 8th, 2015, 12:36 pm

@IvyTiny: thank you!! always good to meet another ace! *v*

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ethickca (Guest) February 9th, 2015, 10:24 am

As an asexual, I am pretty excited to see where this comic goes. I am loving your art style and I can't wait to see what you post next!

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SSBBrawler February 10th, 2015, 2:08 am

The art style is really good, but it's difficult to read the words when the thickness of the strokes used in the writing is very thin.

On another note, is asexual pride a thing? As an asexual, I never really see anything to be "proud" of.

Anyway, I'm interested in seeing where this goes.

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xLightsOutx February 10th, 2015, 12:35 pm

@SSBBrawler: thank you, i will write with a thicker pen from now on!

and yes, asexual pride is definitely a thing! it makes me a little sad that you would say there's nothing to be proud of LOL... you should always be proud of your identity and embrace it. i think it's important for asexual people to be more proud and open about their orientation so that others become more familiar with it and more accepting of it. i have met very few non-asexual people who even know what asexuality is. that is a problem. people act like i am abnormal because of my sexuality. this comic will address these things. i hope very much that my comic will help you to understand why ace pride is important and necessary.

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xLightsOutx February 10th, 2015, 12:35 pm

@ethickca: thanks so much!!

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summerstorm February 10th, 2015, 5:46 pm

I can't sa i know much if at all about asexuallity but id be lying if i said o dont want to see were you go with this comic of yours. Please enlighten this heterosexual if you will.

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xLightsOutx February 11th, 2015, 3:30 pm

@summerstorm: haha i'll do my best!! thanks for your interest in my comic!

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SSBBrawler February 12th, 2015, 4:22 am

@xLightsOutx: I dunno. I never really found much reason to take pride in things that are (relatively) random. Would I like to be discriminated for it? Of course not, but I don't see a reason to take pride in something I have absolutely no control over.

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xLightsOutx February 12th, 2015, 11:06 am

@SSBBrawler: pride raises visibility/awareness, which generally leads to normalization and lowers the rate of discrimination. the root of discrimination is a lack of understanding -- how can we expect people to be accepting of us if they don't even know we exist or understand what asexuality is? ace visibility is a huge problem right now. that's why being proud is important to me. if it's not important to you personally, then that's fine. u do your thing. but i'm still going to continue to do my best to increase ace awareness so that non-asexuals can be more accepting and comfortable with the idea of asexuality. i have personally experienced discrimination due to my sexuality, and that's why trying to fight against that is important to me.

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SSBBrawler February 12th, 2015, 3:55 pm

@xLightsOutx: Fair enough. However, I think there's a difference between wanting to bring awareness to an issue and taking pride in it.

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xLightsOutx February 12th, 2015, 6:36 pm

@SSBBrawler: this is true! which is why i said pride raises visibility/awareness. they are not the same thing and i never said they were, but pride does help to result in awareness. i personally find pride to be a wonderful way to raise awareness because along with increasing visibility, it helps me to also become more comfortable and accepting of myself. struggling with self-acceptance is not an issue that is unique to me; many people who are not straight deal with this problem and so i think pride is a pretty nice way to both raise awareness and help with self-acceptance. again, if these aren't things that pertain to you, then that's fine! but they are things that pertain to others such as myself.

this comic is autobiographical, and therefore is intended to convey MY experiences as an asexual person. i am not in any way attempting to speak for other asexuals, so my inclusion of the asexual pride ring in this comic is simply intended to reflect how i present myself, not how others do. if you don't relate to the pride ring (or asexual pride in general), that's okay! i hope that you relate to other experiences that i will discuss in this comic! but if you don't, that's okay too, because this is simply about my experiences.

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Guest June 28th, 2015, 11:24 pm

ink this and it'll look clean and finished

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xLightsOutx July 1st, 2015, 3:26 pm

@Guest: thank you, but none of the pages are intended to look super clean! i intentionally used sort of scratchy/imperfect lines to imitate the feeling of anxiety that these situations cause me. buuut the earlier pages have been fixed up to look like the same style used in the later pages (because although both styles were loose/scratchy, i felt that the later pages conveyed anxiety more effectively). although i've left the unedited pages up online, the edited pages are available in the print version of this comic! :^)

i think it's really important to understand though that not all comics need to have clean and precise lines! i believe that lines should reflect the mood of the comic, and in a comic like this that's about feeling flawed, precise lines really wouldn't make sense imo?

i hope my explanation makes sense!