Okay. I’d like to talk about this page, so bear with me if I ramble a bit.
Normally, I would not touch subjects such as sexual abuse with a 100-foot pole. It’s something that makes me deeply uncomfortable, even in fiction.
So, why is it heavily implied here?
It has to do with the main character’s arc and development. So far throughout the comic, she has attempted to ignore/deny problems as a means of avoiding guilt from past mistakes. When I started drafting this page, I already had it in my mind that this was going to be a turning point. Something needed to happen to open her eyes. A wake-up call to the fact that if no action is taken, bad things will continue to happen.
I apologize for getting philosophical here. I just wanted to explain my thought process, because like I said, I usually avoid this kind of topic.
Oh, additional trivia I forgot to mention: The plethora of words going on behind everything was my attempt at depicting sensory overload. Since Bad is a self-insert, I wanted to hint at a little of my everyday struggle with that.
I wanted to capture the feeling of way too much background noise combined with distressing visual input that is characteristic of a typical sensory overload episode. (Granted, the visual input for me is usually something like harsh lights or rapidly moving objects. But the concept remains.)
I will keep my hopes up them.
Shitty people hardly tend to learn. And someone that makes a living by creating hellgrenlims doesn’t strike me as the kind that will learn unless the pain affects her directly.
Still, hope to see more from you soon.
Very understandable. Not pulling punches if something audiences often want but never consider how the creators feel making it. I’ve heard that the new Mortal Kombat game allegedly had artists getting traumatized while researching how to accurately depict the blood and gore. Lots of pictures of dead bodies, animals, etc.