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30th Nov 2016, 1:00 PM
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josie 30th Nov 2016, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
the panel divide in 14-15 and the way sugar's cough crosses over into lola's panel is interesting... it has an effect to it, i'm not sure how to describe it. a sense of quiet timing. comics are Good
josie 30th Nov 2016, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
lola clutching at their shirt is also like... it feels very visceral
josie 30th Nov 2016, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
it's a bit of a visual parallel to the car scene, too - they pulled at their shirt like that one other time so far, and it was when they were washing sugar's snot out of it

lola's stomach area has had an interesting focus on it, visually, with how often they're resting their hand on it, or sugar's lying her head on it, or in this case here
Uncannysmuggler 30th Nov 2016, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
I love the rain shadows from the car they look like phantom tears on Lola and sugars face
Guest 30th Nov 2016, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
Is there any way to see the other past extra comics? I was looking for the one of Lola as a kid again but can't seem to find it anywhere!
bluestar 30th Nov 2016, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
i think they're all here:

http://shorts.webcomic.ws/archive/

hope this helps!
Bowsmed 8th Dec 2016, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
Also, if you are using a tablet (bluestar's link isn't working on mine; I'm using an iPad) you could click on Gray's username and find them there.
Guest 10th May 2017, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
the comment about "every father wants a son" is so telling re: what Lola probably even remembers/has been told or interpreted about her dad. At least from what we saw in the short comic, Jason's attitude toward the gender issue doesn't come off that way to me? But then, if it's "one or the other" as coercive assignments tend to go, and her mom fought so much for one side... Suppose any opposition would be framed within that binary from her account.
Nobody 11th May 2017, 3:55 AM edit delete reply
Nobody
you are very correct!
lola's perception of their father is a complex composite from information from their mother, knowing that she was likely biased and a liar, while also knowing she was the only source of information they had about him. it isn't wholly accurate, though.
Anonymouse 26th Jun 2017, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
On the off-chance that you see this, I was wondering about Lola's name. They mention that their parents gave them a unisex name, but (at least where I'm from and from my perspective) Lola is a rather feminine name. Is Lola a nickname or a pet name (like how Sugar isn't Sugar's birth name), or is it more unisex than I think it is?
Nobody 26th Jun 2017, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Nobody
lola is transgender and her name is one she picked for herself. it is indeed a feminine name (on purpose). the only information to be released about lola's birth name was that it starts with an A (from a short side comic).
also, sugar is actually sugar's birth name.
bunk 26th Oct 2017, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
I think Lola and Sugar's dynamic is an interesting take on the "nature vs nurture" theme. Sugar's problems seem to stem from her genetic predispositions and resulting schizophrenia. She's made mention of her childhood not being "that bad" and I see that as a way of invalidating and blaming herself for her issues. Lola, on the other hand, represents nurture. Their childhood seems to be more influential; in one comic, Lola asks Sugar if being intersex could have been caused by their parents doing drugs, showing how they tend to put culpability on upbringing and environment instead of genetics. Both of them are valid in different ways, which provides an even balance in their relationship.