Someday I’ll get tired of naming testosterone-related comics after lyrics from Mulan’s I’ll Make a Man Out of You … well, more likely, I’ll run out of lyrics.
Seriously, though, being a teenage boy sucks. I smell gross and my face is constantly oily.
I wrote the script for this a few weeks ago, actually, and the phone appointment, wherein I can actually apply for disability, is tomorrow. Wish me luck.
I’ve been so frozen by overwhelm and stress and fear that I’ve been sitting on this comic for weeks, just because I couldn’t bring myself to finish it, because then I’d have to publish it, and then maybe what I’m saying in it is true, maybe I’m just done making comics … and that made me so sad.
So, I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m going to try to keep making comics, even when it’s scary, though “weekly” might not be a thing I can guarantee anymore
Mirrors are the devil’s work, designed to destroy the minds of artists. That’s what I learned this week.
My cat is a butt, but she’s also the best cat.
(Yes, that’s what I assume all cishets think, constantly.)
Anyway, yes this comic is a bit salty, but Pride Month tends to bring out the worst in cishets (the way International Women’s Day tends to bring out the worst in men–and yes, there is an International Men’s Day, not that you care about that any day but March 8)
Obligatory reminder that Pride exists because LGBTQIA+ folks have needed to demand our human rights, not because we’re getting special treatment. Also, if none of what I’ve said applies to you, then it’s not aimed at you.
One of the needles the pharmacy gives me is ridiculously huge; it’s really unnecessarily large.
I thought about giving myself a House shirt, as well, but I’m still trying to figure out which one I’d have been sorted into. All I have for sure is not Gryffindor.
Honestly, being gendered by strangers is almost always an icky experience and you should really stop assuming you know what my gender is by looking at me.
Chronic pain + binding is … a thing. Sometimes I can do it, and sometimes everything is terrible.
Pride weekend starts on June 1st here! I had surgery just before Pride last year, and couldn’t participate, sadface.
But anyway, my goal is to run queer-themed comics all month, in recognition of Pride. And I don’t want to turn this commentary into a lecture or anything, but there won’t be very many “yay, Pride is a celebration of all the things we’ve won, go us!” comics, because we still have kind of a long way to go …
But anyway, I love you all, especially my LGBTQIA+ family out there.
(Also, this is where I bought the shirt I’m wearing in the comic, and this is where I got my binder.)
Transcript after the jump.