Lasers

posted July 31st, 2015, 2:01 am


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August 16th, 2014, 3:23 am

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I won't lie, this one left me (the artist) in a pretty bad place after I drew it. It isn't just me who has spent so long pretending to be happy when all we wanted to do is lie down and be still. My life has become so much better since my days of pretending - I can only hold on to the hope that the lives of others will become better too.

In the meantime, apparently the school I am modelling Annie's school after doesn't actually have a football team. Seriously. They have a joint football team with her old school. I guess they are pretty good, according to the school website. But they have some weird acronym name instead of something cool, so, whatever, these cheerleaders are going to cheer for the basketball team. Go Lasers?

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July 31st, 2015, 7:55 am

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The high school in Calgary that I went to did the same thing with their football team. I didn't even know we had a sort-of team until I looked at a year book at the end of the year! And every team at that school was the Patriots, which I guess was alright.

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July 31st, 2015, 10:41 am

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For some reason, Annie's comment in Panel 4, and the look of horror on her face in Panel 5 seems to, in my mind at least, cross-reference with
Panels 5&6 in No. 7, Signs-School Call In.

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July 31st, 2015, 11:49 am

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@CuteDress&TwinPonytails: That is because I don't have a lot of skill at facial expressions, and it forces me to recycle the stuff I can actually do.
Elsewise, I recycle expressions because it shows how cyclical emotions and experiences can be. I asked in another author comment this week, 'are we our experiences?'. For Annie, is how she responds due to who she is, or is it because of how she has been treated? Is how her father responds in school call-in based on his experience, or who he is? His initial response, and expression, is not communicative of how his response is when Annie came out later in her life, right? Did Annie's father overcome how he feels? Or did he only feel that way because he believed he should feel that way? Is Annie doing the same, acting how she is expected, or trying to overcome her expectation? When she fights against her feelings instead of talking about them, is this because of how her father responded before, showing her to shut down? Or is it because that is truly how she feels?

...there is a lot of reason why it should remind you of earlier strips. We handle this a lot more in January, when Annie is actually ready to deal with these issues.

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October 27th, 2015, 9:57 pm

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So wait... Annie is still living with the hell-bitch? I would never tell anyone I liked where that woman lives. She deserves nothing but hate.

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October 27th, 2015, 10:43 pm

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@Lex-Kat: Lives with? Technically she sleeps there some night. I doubt any level of food, parenting, or basic humanity. Plus in this case, it looks like her goth stuff is there, which she needs after cheering.

As for you hating the person who is essentially my real life mother (I am not a good writer and have had a shitty life), I get that. But I can also tell you this. Nobody deserves to be hated. Hate only make things hurt. It only makes you wish for things that can't be undone. It tears you up inside when they might have no idea you are even so against them.
In this case, Annie's mother, aka my biological mother, is Catholic. And not particularly bright. And she had a shitty upbringing by Catholic and not very bright people. She was raised a certain way and was never given a chance to learn anything else. She has done some truly terrible things because she simply doesn't know better or have the capacity to know better. Hating her never helped me. It never helped me grow as a person. And hating her won't help anyone anywhere grow as a person. It will only beget more hate.

Your posts tonight have been really angry, and I'm sorry for the things that make you feel that way. I can only hope that you can forgive people and move on with your life. It isn't easy. It will never be easy. But it is much easier than letting that hate fester inside you.

Make the world better. Show it how to be better. Some day, nobody will hate anybody.

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