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Torino, September 20th, 2017, 6:08 pm ( Reply )

- We're slowly, slowly getting these done. Sometimes they take two weeks, sometimes three. At any rate, they always go up on a Thursday.
This new one has the same punchline as the old first one, with some of the content from the old second one mixed in.

As for why this one took so long, my ability to get anything done has been suffering a lot lately due to a deteriorating mental state. I wasn't going to talk about it here, but when it's having such an affect on my ability to draw and when it's something that does concern me, I can't not mention it. The following is something I'd prefer you to keep out of the comments section - I'd much rather comments on the unrelated comic above. The long and short of it is that my own government is currently allowing a vicious hate campaign against me, and people like me, in the name of allowing ''civil debate on both sides'', which is the kind of thing you would say when you're discussing the pros and cons of a movie and not someone else's civil rights. There is no civil debate. I don't even live in Australia at this moment (although I'm likely returning within a year), but the kind of things the 'No' campaign are for some reason allowed to say have a dangerous affect on my mental health. I cannot even imagine what it's like for people who are actually there and inundated with homophobic nonsense on the daily. It's been difficult to concentrate on almost anything without the nagging feeling that a very loud and very angry portion of the population thinks you are not only subhuman, but that it's their -right- to say so. Not that this is in any way news to me, but the government insisting on this being just an ''opinion'', let alone seeing so much hatred coming out at once, is enough to turn anyone's stomach and completely drain oneself and frankly it's a wonder I drew anything at all.
That said, I hope, no, I trust that any Australian readers of voting age are saying 'Yes'. If you are in the 'No' camp, I would tell you that I'm not comfortable having you in my audience, but to be honest I'd be completely baffled as to why you'd even be reading this comic in the first place, or would you'd even have been getting out of it - unless you took a wrong turn and ended up here somehow. I am sure that there are people who are ''''uncomfortable'''' with '''''politics'''' appearing in spaces like webcomics where they ''''''shouldnt'''''' be, and to that I only have this to say. It's easy to dismiss anything as ''politics'' when it doesn't concern your life, and I find it hard to care about other people being ''uncomfortable'' with what I say in an author's note section of a webcomic when calling my own feelings ''discomfort'' would be an understatement. And if I can make at least one queer reader feel like they're not alone, then it's worth it.
Anyway. This horrific farce is continuing until mid-November. I obviously still want to keep updating then, but expect delays.

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Hey Torino,

I know you specifically said you'd rather we don't mention this in the comments, but I want you to know that I'm so incredibly sorry our stupid government is doing this to you.

Obviously I'm Australian too, and I am furious with the spinelessness of the government on a topic that should just be legal instead of being made to jump through about a million hoops. I know it doesn't make it better, but I voted a big old 'yes', and so did my family and friends. The 'no' camp are being relentless, but if it is any comfort, I feel like they may be the minority in this. Thank you for continuing to update even through this trying period.

In regards to the comic, I love what you're doing. One of my favourite webcomics is Scandinavia and the World, and I adore that there is a (sort of) Australian version of it, since we seem to be forgotten or ignored a fair bit :P Not a big deal since we are not a huge country, but it is certainly refreshing.

Something I have been wondering for a while: do you think you will ever (somehow) introduce major state cities? I live in Cairns, Queensland, and we are sort of up there with the known/big cities in Queensland, and if there was ever a chance of seeing Cairns personified (maybe as Brisbane's child or cousin or something idk) it would be cool. But I totally get if this is not possible, since other states like Vic and NSW have too many major cities to personify all of them and it would end up being unfair.

Anyway, sorry for the long comment, and keep up the good work :)

posted by mistress_overlord on September 20th, 2017, 11:21 pm

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It's funny you mention that because there has actually been concept ideas for Cairns, Goldcoast and Alice Springs for a while, they just ended up being thrown in the pile of 'stuff I wanna draw for the comic eventually' and still haven't gotten to. These three mostly because they are arguably more popular than their state's capital when it comes to tourism. I am still working on their designs. Goldcoast is basically a younger, teeny-boppier valley girl version of Brisbane, Cairns is a stereotypical chill surfer (moreso than Perth) but it's hard not making him just look like adult Darwin, and Alice is basically a genderbent Darwin (but tougher).

posted by Torino on September 21st, 2017, 2:28 am

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I'm really glad to see a new page!Thank you, and kudos to you, for updating despite the very difficult times.

This is probably a weird thing to say, but the anatomy looks very natural here, which is hard to do especially in perspective poses like the lying down one (or at least, it is hard for me to do :p)

Also, how does one have a beach in the middle of a city? O__o Like a park? I'm going to have to look up photographs...

posted by L (Guest) on September 21st, 2017, 6:18 am

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@L: If you are interested the name of the artificial beach is Streets Beach. It's kind of like a giant pool with sand, but it looks pretty realistic. I've swam in it twice when I was a kid.

posted by Torino on September 21st, 2017, 9:16 am

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@Torino: Oh cool! I'll cross my fingers that Cairns will maybe make a future appearance :3 Some other possibilities if you happen to get an idea is Launceston and Coober Pedy. A personified Coober Pedy would be absolutely amazing :D

posted by mistress_overlord on September 21st, 2017, 10:03 am

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Woah, Streets Beach is really cool O__o It seems so surreal especially in aerial shots!

I too would love to see concept designs and guest appearances of other cities :D Even just rough sketches! Behind the scenes designs are something at which I always love to look.

posted by L (Guest) on September 22nd, 2017, 8:29 pm

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Yesss I liked the original, I like this :D

posted by Mastakazam (Guest) on September 23rd, 2017, 4:27 am

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