Thank you, Mom.

posted January 16th, 2014, 2:01 am

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July 28th, 2013, 6:29 pm



The arm in frame 5. I know. I think it needs more angle? Urgh. I didn't have a camera or anything I could visually reference in the hospital while I was drawing this. Things kinda went to hell.

I know there isn't a lot of content in this page, but the weight of frame 5 has enough meaning that I feel it warrants it's own page.


I imagine a few of my readers asking, why are you writing a side story like this? It doesn't have anything to do with Tony/Annie and her transition.
The answer is that it has everything to do with it. The people you surround yourself by directly image the person you are, or want to be.
Lexi knows the pain of losing someone, even if that person never really existed to her. The same is true that Tony never really existed.
Julie had strong feelings of being a parent, even knowing that she couldn't bear her own. So taking in another, a pivotal action in Annie's life, had reasoning behind it far beyond 'she is nice'.
People aren't one dimensional. They aren't a plot device. Just like in the real world, people have motivations and feelings that can't be ignored.
So that's why I write the side story. It may feel like it is outside of Annie's story, but really, it has everything to do with her.

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June 21st, 2014, 4:47 am



@GreenKrog: Added onto which, as Julie/Lexi/Dan are effectively Annie's unofficial family, it's useful for both Annie and us to gain insights into their background, history, and motivations.

Added onto which, it also gives a further clue as to why they view her as more than just another patient (something you alluded to way back when), as well as another comment you made when their skin tones were first revealed relating to their appearance. It's all building pieces of the proverbial jigsaw - with each piece, their actions become clearer but it'll probably be a while yet before we see the full picture.

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