Kay and P

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Kay and P: Issue 15, Page 13

19th Feb 2015, 12:00 PM in Issue 15
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Kay and P: Issue 15, Page 13
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Jackie M 19th Feb 2015, 12:00 PM edit delete
Jackie M
...at least you've got some fruit now? Everyone loves a good citrus.

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Comments:

animeswords 19th Feb 2015, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
ROFLMA ... poor ... poor ... P ...

Thank you for this ... I needed a good laugh today. (^_^)
Jackie M 19th Feb 2015, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
Jackie M
<3 My pleasure!
Nightsky 19th Feb 2015, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
Nightsky
Do all those charms actually do anything?
Jackie M 20th Feb 2015, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
Jackie M
Well they look hecka cool.
Jinx 19th Feb 2015, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
Maybe P should leave an offering of goodwill for miss. Woo?
Jackie M 20th Feb 2015, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
Jackie M
This, this is a brilliant idea. Maybe if he starts doing her laundry too Ms Woo will enjoy his presence more...
Liska 19th Feb 2015, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
I knew something fun was coming this update, after the last one! So funny. Poor P, he'll never live that one down ... he just wanted a shower!
Jackie M 20th Feb 2015, 1:52 AM edit delete reply
Jackie M
Isn't that always the way? Finally get in the bath and POOF the landlady shows up!
SeaCrest 19th Feb 2015, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
Just in time for Chinese New Year, too! Still loving this comic~
Jackie M 20th Feb 2015, 1:52 AM edit delete reply
Jackie M
<3
Twothoughts 24th Feb 2015, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
I feel a little uncomfortable with some of the characters in this comic... Ms. Woo and Juan seem to be kind of racist stereotypes. It's put me off of a comic I use to follow religiously.
Jackie M 24th Feb 2015, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
Jackie M
I am really sorry you feel this way. :( obviously that's not my intention at all. I am not sure what specifically turned you off, but I didn't think I had done anything harmful.

Juan for instance is actually white (if you look back before Kay sees him properly), and his behavior was more of a commentary on how some white people perceive African Americans to act, and try and emulate that for various reasons. Granted that is a little racist in it's portrayal, but that was kind of the point. In contrast, Tio and Chandra don't act anything like that.

Ms. Woo is a Korean immigrant, and her family practices a version Korean shamanism. This is the origin of the prayers and talismans. She really does believe in spirits, which is why she can sense P at all. I would consider it akin to a Christian putting up lots of crosses and burning candles.

Again, if I have portrayed anyone in an offensive way I am truly sorry. I did my best to do research and try to portray different people of various cultures and walks of life with care.
twothoughts 25th Feb 2015, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
No no don't be sorry! I'm sorry, I didn't mean to phrase that comment in a "calling you out" kind of fashion. I feel uncomfortable but I definitely am not the nation's expert on what's racist and what's not. I'll explain a bit of why I feel uncomfortable and maybe you could explain some things because I may be really wrong. Also, I am a really big fan of this comic and have been reading it since the beginning but lately I've been considering a few things about these characters.

So, I considered Juan to be hispanic, which turned out to be wrong (sorry about that!) Being white definitely changes his character for me. I was hesitant with Juan because the humor of his character was being derived from his stereotypical "black" behavior and unintelligence, but I felt uncomfortable because I felt that some people could be laughing at the "black" behavior as opposed to it being funny that a white person is being problematic and appropriating black culture. Also, from my memory (which definitely could be wrong!), Tio and Chandra don't really address race or their experiences of people of color, so the only person who is representing a view of black culture or experience (albeit stereotypically) is humorous because of their representation.

I really don't know enough about Korean culture to make an informed comment about Ms. Woo, I just was seeing a "mysterious old Asian person" trope and maybe a bit of a "bumbling Asian" trope in her character but again this could be totally off center and I had no idea that she was a representation of a specific type of religion.

Again, I hope this is more constructive than my original comment, sorry it was a little prickley. =x
Jackie M 28th Feb 2015, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
Jackie M
Hey, it's okay! I certainly don't mind having rational conversations about stuff, sometimes it's just really hard to read inflection over the internet!

Glad we cleared up Juan a little bit - sometimes it's hard with a character you only see every once in a while to do all the things you'd like to do with them. I don't really feel like any of the non-amortal characters have really discussed their race (with the exception of Ms. Woo mentioning her familial beliefs at one point), which may be a failing, but I would really have to do some in depth research/discussion with people from those experiences to feel comfortable approaching that. I would certainly be open to such things, however if it made sense in the story, and I will look into it.

Also I didn't really even think of the "mysterious Asian person" trope! I just wanted to show there were some people in the world besides Kay who experienced the amortal side of things. I love Ms Woo and I think of her as a strong woman who would make sense for showing that aspect. She owns and runs an apartment building, moved to a foreign country as a young woman (which is part of her back-story we haven't discussed yet but I hope to touch on) and is very feisty and confident in herself. We will definitely see more people who have the ability to interact with amortals in the future, so hopefully that'll make the "tropeyness" of Ms Woo a little lessened. If only I had a whole company to help me draw everything all at once so you could see everything in my head! :(

Thank you very much for your interest and comments about the comic! It's always good to get constructive feedback!
otterkit 15th Mar 2015, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
otterkit
HAHAHAHAHAHROFL can't breathe for laughing!