Stop Changing

posted June 7th, 2014, 2:01 am


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September 7th, 2013, 12:04 am

GreenKrog

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You are going to be all right Annie. Maybe not right now. Maybe not for a while. But you will be all right.

Let others be your strength for a while so you can rest.

Even if it is Vic.

You deserve to rest for a while.

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Did you expect him to kiss her in frame 5? Whats wrong with you! Ok, to be fair, I did really want to write that, but it wasn't the right time.

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//end Sept 6 postings//
Well, that was a productive week. I reached out to a number of other web authors for permission to link their comics in the 'Stuff I read' section, and I got permission from every one of them!
I created a facebook page, and within hours I'm at 4 people! (Hey, its a big deal to me, ok?)
I did almost three weeks worth of pages in one week, bringing me ever closer to that elusive 'longest running' title.
And I got to make Annie smile at least once. Hopefully some day she will be able to return the favour.

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June 7th, 2014, 4:17 am

Cynn

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Vic has come a long long way.

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June 7th, 2014, 4:21 am

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@Cynn: I'd like to think that anyone who isn't entirely sociopathic, given time, will want to care for and protect those who need their help.

Fundamentally, we are all good. We just need the chance to cultivate it and show it.

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June 7th, 2014, 10:06 am

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If a person like Vic can eventually come around and see Annie for her true self, and go beyond that and comfort and encourage Annie, then others can do that, too. Never give up hope that family or friends may eventually see through or around their pre-concieved ideas and have a change of heart, and reach out to their transgender relative or friend !

Panel 4 really was a cliff-hanger. So many things could have happened, a kiss, a slap in Annie's or Vic's face, a struggle and fall to the floor, a broken arm, or even worse. But in panel 5, we see how it turned out. Sometimes you are just brilliant, AnneKrog.

" Make it stop, Vic " in panel 5 refers to Annie's own self-loathing shown in panel 2 ? At least that is how I took it.

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June 7th, 2014, 2:54 pm

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@CuteDress&TwinPonytails: When she says "make it stop" she means all of the hurt. Not just how she hates herself, but how others hate her. How she tries too hard to be the best at swimming and ends up hurting herself that way. Basically, she just wants to end every struggle in her life, because that seems to be all that she knows is fighting.
It was definitely framed to show how much she is hurting inside right now though because of her own self hatred. Everything that Kyle said yesterday is everything she is afraid of being true.

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June 21st, 2014, 1:21 pm

mittfh

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I nearly said this on previous strips, but Vic's really becoming the new Jamie.

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June 22nd, 2014, 3:39 am

GreenKrog

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@mittfh: Is that in any way a good thing? I mean, think about it. Jamie turned out to be.. a bit of a tool. He had his reasons, but, when it came down to it, he was nowhere to be found.

Annie deserves better than Jamie, that's for sure.

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June 22nd, 2014, 3:50 am

mittfh

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@GreenKrog: Well, before Jamie departed, a hug and kiss rebooted Annie before a concert. Now, Vic's doing similar to reboot her before a swim.

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June 22nd, 2014, 3:57 am

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@mittfh: I would be really nice if she could find her own strength instead of needing it from others. Finding her own way, standing up for herself, and most importantly, loving herself enough to keep going.
Even if they are good for her, the saying goes "you need to love yourself before you can love anyone else".

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June 22nd, 2014, 4:03 am

mittfh

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@GreenKrog: In time...
After all, her initial reaction to verbal abuse was to run and hide, storing it all inside herself. Now she's starting to learn to hold out and in some cases even bite back, but still lets the emotions build until finding a convenient person to use to safely discharge the emotions. The next stage will be learning to discharge the emotions herself without external support. Probably by this time next year (real time), she'll be able to get by the majority of the time, but possibly still have some days where external support comes in useful.

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