Really awesome news- Liberty Cabbage, Head Cop of The Webcomic Police, wrote this REALLY AWESOME ESSAY about Marie and her gender presentation ambiguity. A lot of the points he made are actually really spot-on as far as my intentions go, though there are a few misses. I won't elaborate further as I feel that'd spoil the fun of getting to know Marie through the comic as you read. But do me a favor and check out what he wrote because it's really, really good. And check out the rest of his blog, where he's been reviewing dozens of comics for a few months now (including one forLoud Era!). If you have a comic you'd like him to review, send him some love.
Heck, send him some anyway, because he's cool.
So what are your thoughts on Marie? She's butch, she's irritating, she answers doors with knives. What parts of LC's assessment do you agree with? Feel free to ask questions; I can't promise I'll answer them, especially if they'll be answered in the strips' future, but I'm down if you are.
Sometimes I answer the door with a knife. Or a .357 magnum. Usually though, it's open arms and strawberry rhubarb pie. I'm a nice person.
@The_Hankerchief: Of course, you open the door with the knife so that you can cut them a piece of the pie! :D I guess going trick-or-treating at your house is like Russian Roulette?
@mitchellbravo: More or less, yeah. :D
Love Marie. Love her haircut and her attitude. It's refreshing to see a girl character with this kind of style. She reminds me a little of Rocky from Lackadaisy, if you read it. (Also happens to be set in the 20s!)
@Bluezilla: Oooooh nice!!! I haven't properly given Lackadaisy a readthrough because the art is so lovely I just kind of melt onto whatever page I'm reading and can't process what's happening ;;
I probably say this about every character at one point or another but Marie is one of my favorites to draw/write because she has a little more- uh- behavioral leeway? Like, she's the closest I have to the stereotypical "wacky zany" character so she gets to pull a lot of the weird faces and say dumb things as jokes.
Awww, Eddie stammers more or less like I do! I rarely see characters stammering like that in comics, probably because writing several extra words in a bubble makes it bigger and we both know that bubbles often end up bigger than we originally hoped anyway.
And you know I like Marie! :D I'm not sure if we'd get along in person but she's really fun to watch!
@Oly-RRR: I love writing Eddie's dialogue, but like you said, it takes up more room, so I have to be extra thoughtful about it. His worst trigger words tend to have W's and Y sounds, but other words get caught up in it too. It was much worse when he was younger, but he never really "outgrew" it entirely.
I agree with your feelings on Marie :P I'd probably find her exhausting to actually have as a friend, though there's probably a trick to getting her to cool her jets a bit.