The Life of Alexis Perkins

The Life of Alexis Perkins

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February 24th, 2015, 11:00 am

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EmilyAnnCoons, February 22nd, 2015, 12:22 pm

What? Those aren't the Mane 6 from MLP FIM. They're different colors and have very minor differences beyond that!

Introducing Adrian Perkins! He's Alexis' big brother. The two of them are IMing each other here on the computer. The two images there are their avatars.

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transgressingwaffle, February 24th, 2015, 2:33 pm

Twilight Sparkle is best pony!

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EmilyAnnCoons, February 24th, 2015, 3:34 pm

@transgressingwaffle: I prefer Fluttershy myself. That's why Alexis wear's a Fluttershy shirt

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Can't think of a username (Guest), February 24th, 2015, 8:34 pm

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So, I've been reading your comic and figured you might want a little helpful criticism. Don't worry, I did enjoy the comic, but since I prefer to end on a positive note, I'll start with the bad.

The story. After a flashback of the main character being made fun of for wanting to be a girl as a child, we skip to her first day in her new high school, in a town that she moved to with her aunt so she could finally start living as a girl. While she's worried about getting clocked, she ends up passing fine, but it turns out a childhood friend of hers goes to the same school and suspects her true identity.

Now, there's nothing bad with any of that, but it does sound a little familiar, in that it's the exact plot of Rain, which I'm going to assume is one of your inspirations. The similarities are rather obvious, so I'd recommend throwing a curve ball and going in a different direction as soon as possible, if you don't want your comic to forever be remembered as a Rain clone.

The art is a bit of a mixed bag, but then again, that's true of every webcomic in existence. Have you seen the early Questionable Content strips? Those look horrible! All things considered, your art is actually pretty damn decent compared to most new webcomics. The coloring in particular is really good, though you seem to struggle with keeping proportions consistent. Still, you're doing good work so far and I'm sure you'll get better over the next few months.

Now, the good: you've done a really good job so far of establishing the personalities of your three main characters. Julie is aggressive and outspoken, yet not in a mean-spirited way, and I totally buy Trevor as that one laid back dude who's chill about anything despite being slightly ignorant. The fact that you've managed to establish these two in just a few pages is impressive, considering most webcomic characters are usually still settling on a personality at this point.

Alexis in particular is a wonderful creation and a very interesting character, which is always good for your protagonist to be. Granted, I may be a little biased here, because her being both transgender and autistic makes her very relatable to me. I like that you don't use her shyness to make her endearing and instead convey that she's just really bad at interacting with people. The part where she awkwardly explains to Trevor that she has Asperger's is particularly well written. I hope you continue in this direction.

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EmilyAnnCoons, February 25th, 2015, 1:46 am

@Can't think of a username: Rain is definitely one of my inspirations. In fact, it's the comic that made me want to start this comic. In fact, Renske actually made mention that the start seemed much like the beginning of Rain. Unfortunately, there's only so many ways you can go with the start of a trans webcomic, and most have been done before because of that. I wanted to portray Alexis' parents as being similar to my own (you'll see this in the next chapter), so I couldn't keep her there. I decided on going with the Aunt idea just because it seemed to make sense to me.

That, of course, is one way this comic differs from Rain. Alexis' parents are still very much in the picture. Also, Adrian is Alexis' brother. Rain's brother was (and even still is) ignorant and hating of Rain being female. Adrian, however, in just this one comic is shown to be accepting of the fact without question. These are things I've done to step away from being a "Rain Clone" but in truth, it was also done to avoid cloning the other trans webcomics I've read such as Venus Envy.

As for the art, Renske and I have been working on webcomics together for over a year now. Probably even over two years. So she's not exactly new to making webcomics (she was making webcomics before I asked her to start one with me). So that might be one reason the art is a bit more refined then most so early on. Still, I'm sure Renske appreciates the fact that you like the art so much already ^^

Writing for Alexis... it isn't that hard, to be honest. I've taken traits about myself and put them into Alexis. So, if I want an idea of how Alexis would react to something, I just think how I'd act towards it. It's why I'm able to write Alexis as being autistic so well. I actually am autistic (Asperger's) and have had the conversation about what it is before. In fact, one of the earlier pages had Alexis walking into school on her first day and I had to spend a little while explaining to Renske exactly what Alexis would be feeling and how to portray that in the comic properly. All in all, it's not hard to write for a character that is basically me ^^"

I'm glad you're enjoying the comic so far, and don't worry, once Chapter 2 hits, you'll see that Alexis isn't a Rain clone. Again, starting it off, I wanted to show Alexis' old life, then show her in her new life. I also couldn't keep her with her abusive parents, so I gave her someone who took her in and was accepting of her. The fact that those things are similar to Rain is true, but really... if you start looking at those things as similar and thus calling a comic "a clone of another comic", every comic has similarities to other comics and you could consider them clones. I'd agree with your thoughts on it if the comic had been out for a while and still had a very Rain-esque plot, but it's only the first chapter (which is almost done actually), and there's only so many ways to start a story, especially one such as this.

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rensje, February 25th, 2015, 2:53 am

@Can't think of a username: Thanks a lot for the critique :)

Proportions are my greatest learning point indeed. It's the things I practice the most so it will hopefully get better ^^
I must say comments like this really motivate me to try harde so thank you a lot :)
I'm hoping myself that when I get proportions right the style itself will also become more consistent ^^

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Grenartia, February 27th, 2015, 11:28 pm

Great Comic

I can't wait for the next update.

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EmilyAnnCoons, February 27th, 2015, 11:46 pm

@Grenartia: Should be on Tuesday. Will be the last page of Chapter 1 ^^

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R (Guest), March 1st, 2015, 6:34 am

Nice to see a comic about an aspie girl, I don't often find relatable characters. You are doing a good job so far. :)

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EmilyAnnCoons, March 1st, 2015, 7:06 am

@R: Thanks ^^

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Catlord (Guest), March 1st, 2015, 2:54 pm

Your comic is AWESOME! I am an aspie, and questioning my gender! wow!

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EmilyAnnCoons, March 1st, 2015, 5:49 pm

@Catlord: Glad you're enjoying it ^^

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Mia the Slime, July 23rd, 2015, 5:07 pm

Whoa, so much fandom!

So Alexis is a brony, or pegasister, if you prefer, but judging by that avatar, is Adrian a furry? Because if he is, this comic just got 20 _times_ cooler! And so did he, hehe! Loving it so far, even if the dialogue doesn't quite feel natural, but it is only the thirteenth page after all. I'm sure that I'll see lots of improvement by the time I catch up!

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EmilyAnnCoons, July 23rd, 2015, 7:35 pm

@Mia the Slime: Adrian is very into cat guys. :3

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Johng404 (Guest), September 21st, 2015, 8:15 am

Cheap goods

I'm really enjoying the design and layout of your website. It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Excellent work! gdekeecgceke

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JaxRhapsody, October 7th, 2016, 5:33 am

@rensje: I'm an artist myself, and regardless of porportions, I gotta give to anybody who can draw the same thing consistantly. I have a few comic/manga floating in my head, one being a transcomic, but one of my weak points is not being able to draw the same thing over and over. I have early work on DA, but I've been putting my newer stuff on IG....more convenient anyway with lack of an internet using computer, and a scanner.