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Another Love Song

Another Love Song

by Luca+
Fenella and her friends are normal teenagers and young adults; all looking for acceptance, love and a place in the world. It takes one confession for Fenella to realise she's different from her classmates, but she isn't alone.

A traditional watercolours comic about different people in the LGBTQ+ community, going through their lives at the moment their paths meet.
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Another Love Song

Fenella and her friends are normal teenagers and young adults; all looking for acceptance, love and a place in the world. It takes one confession for Fenella to realise she's different from her classmates, but she isn't alone.

A traditional watercolours comic about different people in the LGBTQ+ community, going through their lives at the moment their paths meet.

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kidcthulhu
21 minutes ago
This is a great page and I'm starting to really like Flora here. It's a shame she's leaving.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed when you enter a new group or community, but you'll learn more about them and about yourself as time progresses. I used to try to fit in really hard and study everything, I was so certain it was shameful to not know everything. Now that I'm more comfortable and I see kids/uneducated people get shamed, I feel sorry for them. I don't like it when new people in a group are shamed for their lack of knowledge, it's to be expected and none of us would have known anything if it weren't for the people who thaught us. You can't take knowledge for granted or get angry at someone who genuinly doesn't know, but is willing to learn. Of course that second part is very important.
@skyangel: That's true, I put in a lot more effort into a page when it's about something I'm passionate about. I'll put in more symbolism and details and you're definitely right in your analysis. I didn't really expect people to read much into the background and details, but it's nice to hear that you did :)
skyangel
April 21st, 2019
One thing I always love about comics like yours is that when they are on a subject close to the authors heart their own emotions exude into the artwork giving each page that much more additional atmosphere. It shows very beautifully in your use of colour and your choice of imagery especially. The middle panel alone on this page feels very symbolic, with two sensitive and vulnerable creatures connecting together within the embrace of another part of the natural world, that of a very large strong looking tree which in itself seems intimidated by the cold and uncaring world of steel and glass that surrounds them all; a place also notably devoid of other humans. To me that's Nature vs Man which comes across before I've even laid my eyes on the text. Similarly the distant image of two people caught in a loving embrace in the last panel is also clearly meaningful and perhaps somewhat suggestive also that they are on the other side of that glass/steel wall. Am I overthinking this? Maybe, but then that's really what good art is all about.
someone_else
April 21st, 2019
@skyangel: Different, but related: When a friend of mine decided to marry her girlfriend and introduced her to her family, one old aunt insisted the “girlfriend” would be a boy, she kept saying like “but that’s a boy” (it was very funny in her dialect). It’s somewhat understandable though, the girlfriend (now wife for some years) looks butch and is working as a craftswoman... Otherwise the family (they’re farmers) took it surprisingly well, and she’s a beloved member of the huge family now.
skyangel
April 21st, 2019
@someone_else: That's a very good point and I think you've probably hit the nail right on the head too. I've been on social sites where males are very openly aggressive about what they call 'fake women' and it's obvious that it's because they are either looking for a sexual relationship or sexual pleasure of some kind. In comparison I've never ONCE come across a female member complaining about the same thing or suggesting men they have been talking to are fake men. :)
someone_else
April 21st, 2019
@Luca+: I guess there’s also the whole women-as-sex-objects thing involved. Women are more interesting to the (male dominated) media, and “false” women seem to be frightening to a majority of straight cis men, while “butch” women are quite accepted.
Luca+
April 17th, 2019
@kidcthulhu: Thank you :) I appreciate that!
kidcthulhu
April 16th, 2019
This is nice. I was waiting for this reconciliation as well. Another great page as always. Luca.

You'll always have friends on SmackJeeves in your corner, man ^_^
Luca+
April 16th, 2019
I've been waiting for this reconciliation for ages :)
Some people need a bit of time. That waiting period can be hard, especially when it's close friends or family, but the wait is worth it. I'm also waiting for my family to start respecting me, but it will be fine, I know it will. In the meantime, as a lot of LGBT+ people do, I have my chosen family to support me :) If not IRL, there are always places to go online.
Luca+
April 11th, 2019
@kidcthulhu: That's a very good way of putting it. One person represents only themselves :)
The world is sadly lacking in empathy it seems, but I think it will keep getting better through normalisation and people sharing their stories.

Thank you! Layering colours makes all the difference :)
kidcthulhu
April 10th, 2019
I've said this before and I'm sure I'm not the only one to say it; if you know one trans person, you know exactly one trans person. Each person's journey is unique. I could never speak for someone else.

Nearly all of the trans folks I've talked to were fellow artists I met online. But I'd like to think my empathy would remain the same if it was someone I knew face to face. Sadly, there's not enough people out there with that mindset.

Great page, BTW. I like the transparency of Fenella's top. That's a luxury you get when you work with watercolor. I also like the girls hugging in the library in the background of the last panel ^_^
Luca+
April 10th, 2019
@Linn: Yeah, it shouldn't be necessary but if you want to live and talk freely, without worrying about the day you'll have to come out, it sadly still is. Because most people assume you'r cis and straight until you tell them otherwise, and you don't want it to become a big thing when you're talking about some exciting recent events. It shouldn't really mean anything, just another piece of information :) I hope society will move that way, that it will be seen as normal.
Linn
April 10th, 2019
Its odd, it shouldnt be nessecary to tell people you're trans but i get why some do it.... Sometimes out of fear of what could happen if they were outted and the person in the other end didnt take it well.
I know people in my circle who i've been told are trans (by their close friends) but never really felt like ask much about it as its really not that important, unless they talk about it themselves i wont mention it.
Luca+
April 10th, 2019
"Did you want to have dinner together?" is a good question to ask. Even if you don't understand something immediately, try not to react in a painful way. Don't ask invasive questions and treat them with the same respect you would treat any other person with.

And as a trans/gay perrson, you never owe someone an explanation and you never have to answer questions about your gender or sexuality, but doing so might help in the future. Of course you can always just point them in the direction of good information sources, so they don't stumble upon TERF sites by accident...
There are a lot of narratives for explaining being transgender. Sometimes people do relate with the story of the man who is becoming a woman, or the woman who wants to be a man. Another popular narrative to explain the feelings to cis people is the woman's soul trapped in a man's body. Some people feel that they already have woman's body even though it might not fit with society's views of one. There's no right or wrong way to feel when it comes to being trans. None of these narratives really resonated with me, but they help when it comes to talking to cis people.
Luca+
April 10th, 2019
@skyangel: Thank you!
Luca+
April 10th, 2019
@skyangel: Thank you so much!
Luca+
April 10th, 2019
@skyangel: Yeah, Kadan would rather leave unpacking for another day and enjoy the new environment for a bit instead of unpacking everything at once. There's still furniture outside, but it's nice to take a break haha
Luca+
April 10th, 2019
@skyangel: That's definitely true, women are more sensational in news, especially trans women. In the media I feel like there are more trans women than men present. I think it's because people can't understand why a man "would want to be a woman" but women acting more manly isn't as frowned upon. And there's the fact that trans men are usually indistuingishable from cis men after they've been on hormone therapy for a while.
In the meantime, I feel like there's a more visible trans man presence online, especially on youtube for example. Maybe the lack of media representation resulted in this, maybe trans women seek other ways of connecting. It's interesting hearing multiple voices though, I try to look up trans women's stories too :)

Thank you for reading and commenting!
skyangel
April 10th, 2019
I'm always interested in female to male trans people because it so often seems that the vast majority are male to female, and though I suppose on the face of it there is no real difference it does feel to me that the attitude to 'real women' must still affect you guys too but I'd imagine in a different way because our culture seems to idolise women as being more of a focal point.

and... I just realised I caught up! When I came on this morning I mistakenly thought there was a whole chapter I'd missed so I've just made tea and toast to continue and discovered I'm on the latest page anyway!