Comic 787 - Blue vs. Gold, Page 17

18th Sep 2018, 11:00 PM in Blue vs. Gold
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Adam C. 18th Sep 2018, 11:00 PM edit delete
Adam C.

Whew... Yeah, jeez, I mean, we've been sitting on this for years and everybody kinda knew, but seems like nobody wanted to dicuss it unless it was official. Including me and Martin so... There it is. Big-time smooching. Thought that the big climax to the story-arc was a good time to finally have it happen, especially since in-universe Val's about to try doing something really dangerous.

Hell, on the EXTREMELY off-chance somebody was confused by this and didn't pick it up, we actually put together a supercut of all the moments clearly indicating these two were a couple. Enjoy!

But yeah, this has been in the works for a looong time, but actually WASN'T a plan at first. Hell, I was actually a bit resistant to it at first.... The idea with Heather and Valerie was going to be that they were best friends and that was it. It's just that as we wrote their interactions, especially the mini-arc with Heather finding out Valerie's a super-hero (which wasn't planned, actually; it just kinda happened), they didn't come off like best friends, they came off more like... "Best friends." So we eventually decided to lean into it.

If you're curious, the idea is that none of the kids knew besides Grant, who's made references to it. I don't see Val as precisely closested, just not really volunteering the information. The other kids are all young enough that they might not know what it means, so she might have to explain it to them if she let them know and that would be a really awkward conversation.

That's what the kids are mainly reacting too, I'm not sure they know about girls and other girls kissing being "a thing" so they look just kinda surprised. Related note, I was reallllly afraid that Nicky's reaction would look like he was grossed out by the gay angle when he's actually just reacting that way because kissing is gross. Wound up tweaking his dialog at the last minute.

Uhhh... Yeah, jeez, what else is there... Lenore can't watch Grant taking his clothes off because she's a proper lady, uh... Few kids see them in their rush to change into their costumes... Yeah, kinda hard to focus on the rest of the page when we're finally revealing this.
Martin F. 19th Sep 2018, 1:46 AM edit delete
Martin F.
By now, yeah, would have to imagine this has been pretty obvious for a long time, and be kind of disappointed if it wasn't given we've been deliberately playing it up for a long time. I think it was in the middle of Blue Guardians it was decided to settle into going in this direction - remember that Adam brought the idea up and I'd been thinking about it for awhile. I was pretty much instantly pushing to roll with it while Adam had some reluctance, but I pretty quickly convinced him to go with it. Naturally this decision was made early enough it wasn't TOO much of a retrofit - you'll notice the only stuff actually from before that point in the page of foreshadowing Adam brought up is the stuff in Blues in the Night, and that was the chapter directly beforehand anyway.

Interesting note on the coloring, I actually had to do a bit of tinkering to get the blur to work right on this one. What I wound up needing to do for the Heather and Valerie shot is doing all of the stuff on them, exporting the page at full size, copying them, trimming the background and such out of being around them, and then pasting it back in on a higher layer. Think it's probably the best integrated the blur has ever been as a result but it did take some experimenting to figure out how to get it right since my usual way to fix the issues that arise from that is just to erase the blur which isn't always optimal. This way going is pretty easy to do and would've been easier if I'd prepared for it earlier in the process, so probably pretty much how stuff like that will end up looking from now on.

If anyone's wondering, no, we won't be getting much in the way of immediate follow-up to this - there is a little bit but we're focused on Marvelous Man for the moment. Still, I have been eager for the other show to drop on all of this for a LONG time, and this has always pretty much been planned as the moment when it happens. After all the concern Heather's shown about Valerie doing this in the past, it makes sense going into what's arguably the kids' most dangerous fight (it's either this or Salix I'd say) that they wouldn't have terribly much regard for being subtle at the moment.

Either way, yeah. Super happy with this page and especially eager to see feedback on it.

Oh, and if anybody's wondering, they're gay, not bi. Valerie's comment back on the dating page should make that clear at least in her case, but I thought I'd clarify in case anyone was wondering.


Rastaba 18th Sep 2018, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
I look forward to the chaos to come from the other blue kids learning the truth that their classmates have been sneaking out in costume for reasons! A teacher has to find out! And it isn’t hard to reason out their reasons! Yay chaos to come!

Also, awwwwwe! I sorta had suspicions and absolutely shipped those two head-canon wise but honestly didn’t expect them to push beyond good close personal friends who care deeply for each other and aren’t afraid to be around the even more yay! So much yay, I feel i might explode!!!!
Adam C. 21st Sep 2018, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heheh. Nah, after a point we decided to stop being subtle and just go as far as possible with it without actually saying it until now. Seriously, I was amazed how many little moments I was able to put into that Supercut I did of those two.
Wolfintina 18th Sep 2018, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
I figured out they were gay but a person's sexuality is not something I feel comfortable discussing unless it's completely confirmed to be that way, wonder what's going to happen next.
Rastaba 19th Sep 2018, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
Perfectly valid reasons for not saying anything! But I can tell you what will happen next...I explode from too much yay!
Adam C. 21st Sep 2018, 10:50 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heh. Makes sense. ^^ Do hope you'll enjoy what's coming though.