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freud and slow time
So how long in Wildflowers time has it been since we've seen Flint, anyway? That little slip was entirely welcome, but seemed to come out of nowhere, though I am probably mistaken. I do hope that Annie spends considerable time pondering it and realizes she wants him far more than Bree; I've suspected that girl to be serious trouble from the beginning.
I'm with CuteDress on the cute dress: the one time of year you can get away with red and green is Christmas, and at that time it's actually pretty much expected. What I *was* going to note though is the "garden of crazy" that results when the bold yellow and blues are added: wow! Now we're in some wild tie-dye territory.
Feel better
PLEASE take the time to feel better. You owe that to yourself, and if there is anything that this weird life we all live should have taught us it is that no one is going to take care of us if we don't do that ourselves. Think of it the same way as the airbags in planes: you have to put your own on first. Always.
Some time in this life I want to live in Vancouver...
Damn! I wouldn't want to be driving on any road in BC and have a sudden scream in the seat behind me. I probably WOULD go off the road. I feel sorry for both Annie *and* her father.
I'm actually a bit curious about Emily. Um...shouldn't she be *showing* more??? Where ARE they coming from?
Well...I *would* think that bit would certainly be on her mind as well...
July 12th, 2017
I'm glad someone already replied to Ari's comment because I was going to make that exact point. Just days after transitioning I dressed as a man one more time in order to attend my school's graduation that year with no fuss. (The announcement to the community was made over the summer.) I've rarely been more uncomfortable, and there is no way it will ever happen again. I totally get what Ky is feeling.

I think also that they are probably right: Ky and Drew may ultimately be incompatible. It's sad because they are a cute couple and we *want* to like Drew and we *want* to like them together. But Ky is who they are and Drew is who he is. Unless Drew can swallow his pride and allow himself to deal with whatever bi part of his personality lets him be with Ky to begin with, this relationship is over. And Drew, who lacks the imagination to see himself as anywhere other than the lowest reaches of the Kinsey Scale, would need a massive creativity infusion for that to happen.

I see a breakup here. Maybe that makes Drew miserable enough to see himself in a new way; I don't know. Doubt it could happen before prom though.
"I'm not going to do anything about my fear except enjoy it." What a wonderful line! And how wonderful that Annie has made it so far that she can say it with an introspective smile on her face.
June 22nd, 2017
One way or another—cross-dressing, bigender, transgender, genderqueer, or what have you—Ruby is utterly adorable.
Loving the rainbow drum kit!
I keep thinking it has to have something to do with the odd spelling of "misinterperate," but I can't put a finger on it beyond the obvious aspect of the desperation of parents who can't figure out their daughter's deep depression but, as Mr. Razio (Razia? it is spelled once each way in Panels 5 and 6, AK) says, are grateful that at least she has found *someone* to hold onto.
So I'm wondering why Vincent wouldn't just assume she was calling him "V"? He can like or dislike that, but wouldn't it make more sense in his mind than "Vi"?

BTW: Silly is Silly. I like Silly. :-)
@EmilyAnnCoons: Yes, I just reached the end of chapter 4 and was disappointed to discover that it had been discontinued. Ah well... At least we have Alexis.
Half Chinese, half Japanese: this combination also appears in "Alexis Perkins." Significance?
You asked about the penalties. Here are my thoughts:

The child abuse penalty of five years in prison seems about right to me (though it could have been 10 so they'd have to serve at least 3 yrs or so each).

But the fine? That seems extreme. Even if, as you say, the law here stipulates a fine or penalty for looking the other way, the case her is dubious at best: Alexis called her aunt to complain about her mom's treatment but Elisa had never witnessed it. Upon witnessing it for herself she *immediately* took matters into her own hands. AND she turned her own sister in for abuse, a difficult thing to do. On top of that, the judge was awarding her--despite knowing her financial situation--custody of a minor child, demanding improvement of that child's welfare. I don't see any logical reason he would simultaneously strangle her ability to manage that welfare with an enormous and unjustifiable fine.

That's my opinion. :-)
No, I meant what she did before that caused all of this...
I guess I get that. But they could have had, like, utterly generic soundalike names? Callie and Cammie? Or something? Doesn't really matter.
I think she's forgetting that Bree doesn't know...


After a nearly TWO WEEK long binge, I have caught up to comic # 1634. And I have serious mixed feelings about it because, while I am very glad to have made it through the archives, at the same time I now have to wait, like everyone else, for what happens next. Thank you, AK, for being completely psychic and knowing that today would be when this would happen and making this comic NOT some kind of horrifying cliff-hanger. :-)

I have about a dozen tabs open to trans webcomics. Some are serious, like this one. Some are silly, like Trans Girl Next Door and Venus Ascending. Some are *bizarre*, like Mock Girl (currently in one of its frequent states of hiatus). The one I've been reading for years, Rain, is realistic (if you forgive the "superfriends" aspect of all of these LGBTQ+ kids in the same small school, neatly including at least one example of every part of the alphabet soup) but it is genial; the worst things that happen to the MC have to do with *acceptance*. With "Wildflowers," AK has taken her readers over the cliff of seriousness.

Awhile back, I posted a brief synopsis I had written of this comic for someone who was struggling with her own serious (not trans-related) acceptance issues. I don't have to tell anyone that "Wildflowers" gets very dark, but what I really appreciate about its forays into the darkness is that it does so in order to illustrate the harsh truths of transitioning in our society today. Annie is beautiful; she passes perfectly. Yet look what happens to her for no reason other than pure bigotry. But what is wonderful here is the way that she has begun, through singing and cheering and swimming and therapy and relationships, etc., to find the inner strength to look the darkness right in the eye and say, So What? As she said, the worst case scenario occurred at the cheerleading trip, and it not only didn't break her; it *strengthened* her.

I know she'll have more struggles, but I see her succeeding because she finally knows herself.

By the way, AK, I know we've sparred a few times about details. I hope you take it as a compliment: you've created something here that I care enough to spar about. I'm not spending a lot of time commenting on other comics. Annie, like Rain and maybe moreso, has become someone I love, someone I long to find out more about. Thank you so much for this wonderful creation. And don't ever worry about the art: I'm in agreement with the comment a few days ago that there is something in your style that just makes this all work. :-)
I should draw your life in a web comic...

Silly self referential moment is silly.