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Reply mitchellbravo, July 16th, 2013, 11:53 am

Dr. Galen violatin' some HIPAA laws, there, methinks.

Happy tenth anniversary to The Mansion of E! It updated every weekday in 2003, and since 2004 has been updating 7 days a week. That's dedication. Loud Era and The Mansion of E did an art swap back in October, and I made a recommendation back then, but I figure it's time to make one again now. An enjoyable, mysterious, scifi-ey fantasy-ey exploration of an otherworldly labyrinthine mansion.

Meanwhile, back at the farm, I had a pretty rough time with this page. It wasn't until the last two panels that things started to catch on and get easier. It was really difficult for me to get expressions right for some reason, but I'm decently satisfied with the way they came out here.

Tony came out looking a little "Law for Kids" in the first panel, though.

'Nother update coming on Friday. <3


Reply The_Hankerchief, July 16th, 2013, 3:18 pm

Joseph's face in that last panel amuses me.

Reply mitchellbravo, July 18th, 2013, 10:04 pm

@The_Hankerchief: (whispers) I originally forgot to color his little tongue :'(

Reply Oly-RRR, July 27th, 2014, 10:35 am

*singsong voice* Tony said the C-word! Tony said the C-word! >:D

...okay, it wasn't considered THAT bad back then and the way language develops and what we make of it is a fascinating topic in itself. Like any term for developmental disabilities will become a playground insult as soon as it gets any usage and will soon have to be replaced with some other word that will have the same fate. And some words will start out as ordinary words, then get attached to some group as a derogatory term and then will be "claimed back" by that group as a way to show they are not ashamed of themselves ("gay" and in a way "mad" and in a way also "crip" though opinions vary there). And how people use words, literally or ironically, says a lot about them too - I listen to a podcast about disability made by disabled people and a thing they laugh about nearly every second episode is how a part of non-disabled audience feels the need to seek permission to laugh at their jokes (and like Adam Hills put it in an entirely other programme "and if you're wondering if you can laugh at this - you can BECAUSE IT'S FUNNY"). And in the end words don't matter much because some people with very PC language can be absolutely appalling when it comes to their actual attitudes and actions and vise-versa.

Er, uh, anyway, I can see that Joseph's friends genuinely care about him but I can also see how that concern makes him feel not quite equal. :[

Reply mitchellbravo, July 27th, 2014, 11:36 am

@Oly-RRR: "And in the end words don't matter much because some people with very PC language can be absolutely appalling when it comes to their actual attitudes and actions and vise-versa." Yes! Sanitizing the language itself does not address the underlying issues!

And again you got it right on the nose. It's difficult because Eddie and Cecilia are the two people who best understand what Joseph goes through, for different reasons of their own personal experience that will be explored later but also because they're the two who've been closest to him at his lowest points- which is why they've opted out of this conversation, more or less. Tony and Cal have less of a basis for reference (even though Cal thinks she's super-savvy because her father is Joseph's doctor). It's not like they ever just reduce him to his disability, but it's kind of a somewhat understandable double-standard that able bodied people can make dumb decisions without anyone trying to step up to stop them, but if a disabled person does, suddenly it's like call the Safety Police.

Reply Oly-RRR, July 27th, 2014, 12:05 pm

@mitchellbravo: Aw, I noticed that Eddie was just silent and Cecilia actively refused to take part and I thought "aha, that means something". X)

Oh gosh, I just tried to imagine this situation in Cop Story context and thought that if Teague found out his doctor discusses his health issues with his non-disabled friend over dinner he would probably start with passing out but would immediately begin nurturing homicidal plans as soon as he came to his senses. Nnnot a good job, Doctor Galen. 8I

And yeah, there's definitely a difference between malicious prejudice and well-meaning double standards but it doesn't make it easier for people they are applied to.

Reply mitchellbravo, July 27th, 2014, 12:15 pm

@Oly-RRR: Hooraayyy picking up subtle things!! XD

Teague would ensure there was hell to pay, no doubt. Ugh!! And for him it'd be even *more* an invasion of privacy than it is for Joseph just on the basis of the severity of their conditions!

Agreed on that- which is why you apologize after you step on someone's foot, even if it was accidental! Good intentions do not erase hurt.

Reply Oly-RRR, July 27th, 2014, 12:59 pm

@mitchellbravo: Yeaaah. D: Teague sort of switches from being purposefully in-your-face about everything to being really self-conscious, plus being a teenager and all... That and it's different when you decide to be frank about something and when someone violates your privacy. I really need to get to some story that's more about Teague because he acts more like the straight man in the page that was up so far and in the page I'm working on right now.

And definitely agreeing about apologising!

Reply mitchellbravo, July 27th, 2014, 1:22 pm

@Oly-RRR: I imagine that a lot of the things teenagers are normally troubled about are really magnified for Teague, and that he developed his demeanor as kind of a self-defense mechanism. Looking forward to seeing more about him!

Reply Oly-RRR, July 27th, 2014, 1:36 pm

@mitchellbravo: Yeaaah... He overdoes it sometimes (like when he treats his classmates like crap) but I can't blame him entirely - there's this weird effect when people society is prejudiced against build up their own set of surprisingly similar prejudices to shield from that. :/

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