Meet Sara McCauley 18 yrs old, high school junior, 5'3"
Sara is: + A genuine, honest joker + More mature than assumed + Takes things in stride - Blindly eager-to-please - Wavering self-esteem - Bottles it all up
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Bishoujo sad Sara with her hair in the wind ;3; *bites hanky* Just an fyi, Sara's age was bumped up a year due to technicalities. She was held back in 2nd grade because she was busy trying to become a pokemon master.
Next up is Jess! I may not be as quick about it as Tybot over there though, I'd like to finish Stella's sheet before posting Jess's. We'll see how that goes!
Ahhh, Jeez, I just wrote a stupidly long comment on one of Ty's pieces relating to Picture This, but now I really want to write a novel here, as well. Picture This is a team effort between you too, so you should both get love! //whispers you have been warned this is quite a doozy oh God.
Man, I have to say upfront that Sam and Sara are my favorite couple out of all the PT girls. I just relate SO much to these two, especially since I'm now around their age. It's hard dealing with high school and all its little cliques, but the way you have illustrated their universe and their world reminds me of how much I do love all the ridiculousness of high school. There is so much happiness to be found and so much drama to be had, but the drama makes the sweet moments sweeter.
Here's where I get sappy: These characters mean the world to me. Yep. In fact, I relate to these girls so powerfully and have such an emotional attachment to them that I find myself struggling to call them characters. They're more than that. They're so fully fleshed out and they have friends and hobbies and character quirks and negative, despicable traits to balance their positive, beautiful ones.
What more, I love the fact that these girls all fall under the QUILTBAG spectrum. So often I see a comic with just a few QUILTBAG characters, or none at all. Sometimes I see comics where the queer character is a joke or ridiculed. Then there is yaoi and yuri, both of which I used to hate, love, and have complicated feelings about. With Picture This I have none of that. Everything is true to life.
Sometimes I ask myself, "Why do we need comics with QUILTBAG characters? It's 2013. " despite the fact that I am a part of the spectrum myself. Yet I remind myself of this one conversation I had with a friend of mine where I expressed my love for this project, pouring my heart out, and all they could say was, "Ok" and sort of give me a half-laugh as if to say, "You're silly."
Why is it silly to get excited about a project that finally represents me and who I am? Why is it silly to be excited about characters who are not a part of the cishet norm we so often see in media, especially fiction? I've sat through a bunch of movies and comics and books and music describing the perfect cishet life, and while I can relate to those, too, I take comfort in queer media. It validates me. It reminds me that it is ok and that it is normal to be queer.
I love this project so much.
Before I go, though, I'd like to say something about the picture itself: Sara is totally cool, and this is the earliest piece I could find of her. It still says "Sara" as much as any of the newer pieces do, but she has EVOLVED like WHOA. I especially think her body structure, mannerisms, and fashion style have definitely become more defined in the past two years!
Also, an unrelated question, but is there an exact year when this comic takes place? I ask this because of the doodle with Sara on her bed next to Cheesepuff, it appears as if she's using a walkman?? You don't see those anymore, that's for sure! Although they're still sold, there's a certain kind of nostalgia for me when I see them. Brings me back!
TL;DR: Wow what a great project. Seriously, the way it has evolved and grown with time makes the two years well spent. Take all the time you need, because if Picture This is this great now, imagine how great it will be tomorrow or in the following week.
You and Ty have so much to be proud of with this comic. I love it, and I know many other people do too.
Seriously, terrific job and keep trucking! Your work is fabulous!!
WAH HELLO OH MY GOD WHAT A COMMENT THIS IS Please excuse my slowest poke reply! I really wanted to find a moment to really sit down and reply to this properly! But I completely encourage any future novels you'd like to leave because those are always complete treats to read!
I'm so so happy you can relate to samsara! It's a little nostalgic for us too, since highschool- though ungraceful and messy a transition- was a really important growing point for both of us too. We pull a from a loooot of personal experiences in HS for this series, so I'm really happy it can reach you- and hopefully even more so when the comic starts!
Oh god though the sap! I don't know what to say!! :faints: As someone who has always sort of identified characters as people too- or at least, people that could easily exist. That's honestly the most important thing to me as a creator and a storyteller, I can't get attached to anything if I can't connect to a character as a real person. So it makes me so so soooo happy to hear you say that.
To be honest, it's not just a QUILTBAG story- I am a QUILTBAG artist! I don't think I'll ever have a story that DOESN'T have queer characters in some regard. It's integral to me as a person, and people I've known, and things I feel strongly about. The least I could do- and it's a dream really- is to share those feelings and experiences with other people via art. Both Ty and I do enjoy doses of yuri//yaoi (though we prefer bara, which is written by men for men), but we were tired of the narrow scope of yuri as a "rose tinted, virgin story that only lasts until they get real husbands", or the tragic nature of a lot of them in general- and don't even get me started on all the sexist things wrong with yaoi or yuri written by straight men for men.
As for american webcomics, it's a different set of problems- tokenism, stereotypes, and joke characters, ESPECIALLY with trans* people, which boils my blood. So.. essentially everything we ever write will challenge all of those things, and normalize what is true to life like it should be, so young people like us won't have to struggle to find an invisible safe space like we had to do. And your feelings about getting excited over something pointedly about something you can relate to- that's exactly what we want the most. Cishetero media may be tolerable since it's all we've had to work with for so long, but it doesn't have to be anymore- and like hell I'm going to make myself or anyone else settle for that again!
And gosh I am so embarrassed and flattered you chose this piece to comment on! And that you feel the evolution Sara (and all of the SxS cast) have gone through! Even though it's only been two years, I feel like a different artist, almost- I've never had the opportunity to pour my everything into a characterization before, so feeling Sara truly come to life from this piece to my most recent profile sheet leaves me speechless. I can only imagine how much more they'll grow...
As for the years this takes place, I'd have to say samsara are about y2k/millennium babies, give or take a few years. The walkman is actually from her siblings, who are 90's babies! She hangs onto it because she likes her CDs for nostalgia sake. She does stay plugged in to her ipod at school though! I had my walkman till the poor thing died on me when I was in high school. I've still got my cassette of backstreetboys laying around somewhere, too |///D
I READ EVERY SENTENCE AANNND I wholeheartedly appreciate the time you took to type this up for both of us. And I'm so happy to have to tagging along as a fan. This was really great to read and I'll probably be thinking about your words for some time. So thank you, too!
I have to admit I am straight but i do like the ideas for the character's you two came upwith and am open-minded about it. I love your creativity and it really show through your characters. Sara is probably my favorite out of the girls ^^