|Oct. 11th, 2007 @ 02:54 pm (no subject)|
|I have noticed an unusual pattern forming. Thus far I have seen it in three widely scattered examples. Three different webtoonists. All three widely separated. All three quite broadly and openly liberal. All three engaged in extreme gender deviancy.... one pre-op 'transsexual' (Ozy and Millie, I Drew This) one post-op 'transsexual,' (Pastel Defender Heliotrope) and one a bisexual living in a polyamorous relationship with multiple partners in the same house (Unicorn Jelly.)|
All three comics written by people violently rebelling against their own natural gender roles. All three feature, as a concept, worlds where the very laws of physics and matter are radically different from the normal universe. In UJ and PDH, where the authors have both plunged headlong into their "lifestyles," it's an open feature of the world the characters live in.... everything (gravity, the elements, the weather, subatomic particles) is "reinvented" in a schizophrenic new form; in O+M, where the author is still just sitting on the edge of the pool as a "woman in a man's body," the bass-ackwards universe is restricted to the World Under the Couch. (his chronic reinvention of reality in his political comic could make up an entire "chapter 2" of this topic.)
I will be accused of "reading to much into it," but I note that all three of these people obviously feel the urgent need to fabricate a world where the laws of reality itself, right down to the subatomic level, have been rewritten to suit their tastes. I'm not above voicing the suspicion that, having opted to re-identify themselves as something they are not--- even to the point of surgical mutilation of their bodies--- they have discovered to their immense dissatisfaction that it has made them not one iota more satisfied with themselves... that the underlying reality of their lives and their natures has not changed one bit, despite the cosmetic or social alterations.