The Life of Alexis Perkins

The Life of Alexis Perkins

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January 2nd, 2017, 11:00 am

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EmilyAnnCoons, January 1st, 2017, 2:52 pm

And Alisha prevents Alex from being hurt any further. Yay!

Also, we now have Patreon integration. If you are a $5 or more Patron and you log in here with Patreon, you can see the next page as soon as it goes up (Jaclyn usually sends them to me a day before it is posted here).

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Guest, January 2nd, 2017, 10:18 pm

Thank you Alisha

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TallMist, January 2nd, 2017, 11:56 pm

IDK who this Alisha is, I don't believe, but she's a new favorite character

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EmilyAnnCoons, January 3rd, 2017, 4:43 pm

@TallMist: Alisha was a teacher at Alex's old school. This is likely the first and last time we'll ever hear about her as Alexis has never mentioned her before, and I have no real idea how I'd incorporate her again, since she's in an entirely different city.

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TallMist, January 4th, 2017, 6:29 pm

@EmilyAnnCoons: I'm just imagining how awesome it'd be if every trans person got a non-problematic person that is trained to the point of a blackbelt in karate to be our bodyguards. I know that's not what's happening in this photo, but it just gave me the idea and wish it were so.

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FacelessNeil, January 5th, 2017, 10:11 pm

Aye honest reviews

Hi! Love the comic so far and I must say, it really hits close to home for me. I myself have Asperger's Syndrome and I am trans, though I am male. If you wouldn't mind me pointing out a few little details, I'd like to give my honest opinion. The plot goes very fast and you've stated that part of this is based off of the comic "Rain" yes? It's obviously too late to change it but the plot struck me as way too similar to Rain. If you'd decide to make another comic, Id suggest coming up with more original ideas, smaller things that would make the story stand out much more. Also, not to say your art is bad, I love that you have your own unique style but I'd suggest studying anatomy and proportions a bit more. Overall I still love this comic very much and hope to see more c:

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EmilyAnnCoons, January 5th, 2017, 10:22 pm

@FacelessNeil: Ugh... we're still getting people saying we're similar to Rain? I figured after 3 chapters that were vastly different from Rain that we'd have squelched this by now? I absolutely HAVE been writing things that are completely unlike Rain, or at least so I thought... I thought that what happened in chapter 3-5 (and especially here in Chapter 6 now) were different enough from Rain that people would see us as our own comic and not a Rain clone...

Honestly, please tell me what is similar in our comic to Rain, because I really don't understand. Like... the ones I've been pointed to are things that aren't "similar to Rain" so much as they are common story tropes? Like, oh no, Trevor likes Alexis, but Alexis is trans, so he's confused. Isn't that like... real life? Not "Rain clone"? Okay, so Rain did it, yes, but we're not allowed to touch on similar subjects? Especially with such different characters?

And I haven't seen any characters in Rain that are Quoiromantic, or who are even highly sexual. All of the characters in Rain seem to be straight-arrow, non-sexual people. Yet in this comic we've had several points where sex has been talked about, including, but not limited to, a character whose whole thing was sex.

Then there's the fact that Rain has never even remotely touched on something as dark as this subject currently on hand? Like... you could say, that because Alexis was nearly murdered, we're now copying Venus Envy, because the main character of that trans comic also nearly got murdered? (Or was murdered? They haven't updated in years... and the last page had the MC being stabbed...)

Anyway, I appreciate the review but... I just don't understand what else to do to make this comic "Un-Rain-like". There's always going to be tropes similar to Rain. There will always be tropes similar to Venus Envy. This comic is about life... so there will be tropes about... well... life... Like, this is stuff that happens IRL. It's not "I copied this from Rain", it's "this happens, so I'm telling it".

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FacelessNeil, January 5th, 2017, 10:45 pm

@EmilyAnnCoons: I honestly didn't mean to offend you in any way, I was merely reviewing the comic. Yes the story changed and I am all too aware of the events that happen irl. Believe me, i myself come from a highly religious family, I know the consequences. I'm simply pointing out very similar things especially toward the beginning. The whole childhood friend, starting out with a boy not understanding that he can't physically be a girl, new school, first day being what you really are. I didn't mean to start an argument, I wished to try to point out a few things. I'm sorry for disturbing and upsetting you.

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EmilyAnnCoons, January 5th, 2017, 10:57 pm

@FacelessNeil: Yes, our comic did start very similar to Rain. That's always going to be a thing. However, you didn't state "the beginning was like Rain". You stated "the plot struck me as way too similar to Rain". The "plot" is the entire story. As such, I could only come to assume you meant the entire comic felt like a copy of Rain.

It's not that I'm offended... it's just... our first 2 chapters were absolutely full of "This is a Rain clone" comments. As a writer who deals with severe, suicidal depression, hearing that constantly only continues to drag me down and make me feel like I can't write worth shit. I've worked so hard these last 4 chapters to make sure that the comic was unlike Rain... and I thought we were doing good until suddenly, in the middle of Chapter 6, we get someone saying "You're a Rain clone" again... It really just hurt a lot and made me go "Even after 4 chapters, people still see us as a Rain clone? Am I that terrible at writing?"

Perhaps something to consider next time when you review something is to consider where the comic has gone. Also to consider the tropes. There's a very finite amount of ways to begin a comic, especially a trans comic set in a high school. Consider that, maybe, the writer of the comic couldn't figure out a way to write a different beginning, then notice the changes after. If the comic has steered away from being a copy of another, consider that maybe there just wasn't another way to start, and thus the comic isn't "copying another comic", but just happens to have a similar start. Also consider that when the author herself comes out and says "I know we started similar to Rain, but what other option was there? I'm hoping we're different now, though" that, if in fact the comic has changed, don't bring that up in the review.

There are things that can be changed in the comic, still, and there are things that cannot. There are finite ways of writing, hence the reason cliches, tropes, etc. exist. I understand that we had a similar start as Rain did, but I hope that we have veered away from that, and your review really just stated "You are Rain, even now" not "You started like Rain, but I've seen a difference in the story".

I'm sorry... I'm not mad, I'm not offended, nothing like that. I'm just... really hurt by the fact that Rain is so popular that every other trans comic on SmackJeeves is apparently being compared to it. I mean, yes, Rain was my inspiration to make this a webcomic, but I had already written a trans story before this in a high school setting, I just hadn't published it anywhere.

Just... please consider next time the idea that there are finite ways of writing... and so it's very hard to take an idea and make it truly and fully unique right from the onset, as you could see here in this comic. And please be more careful with your wording. Like I said, I didn't feel like you said "you started off Rain-esque". I felt like your words were saying "Your entire comic is Rain".

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FacelessNeil, January 5th, 2017, 11:07 pm

Honestly I didn't mean to offend you but for once, I'm trying to be blunt. I'm a very shy and antisocial person, even online. I know comments can make one upset and downright depressed, I've been there, but the fact of the matter is, it's always going to be there. While your comic veered away from Rain, that will still always be there and so will the comments. What I'm getting at is that being an author, artist, doing anything publically really, it will have moments like these and though i have no doubt you suffer from depression, the fact is, these are the things you can't let drag you down.I'm sorry for commenting in the first place, I really shouldn't have gotten into this comments section. I'm again, very sorry for upsetting you

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CuteDress&TwinPonytails, January 7th, 2017, 1:18 pm

An aspect to consider about people reading your comic, Emily, is this. It's possible that FacelessNeil has read your comic in a light, breezy, entertainment way, as one reads the funnies in the Sunday newspaper, with little or no though or concern about what is happening in the comics. Since 'Rain' and 'Alexis' are both transgender themed comics, then they surmise that both must have a similar story, copying from one another. Thus FacelessNeil makes their comment and review based on that surface reading and casual understanding.
However, your comic story and style is quite unique, one-of-a-kind, but more like 'Wildflowers', by AnnaKrog, and now much different from 'Rain', and that is why I made the earlier comment that 'Alexis' is not like 'Rain', at least not now. You see, I read your comic seeking depth of understanding and compassion, that for Alexis, and for trying to discern the relationships that she has with the other characters. Many times, after reading the comic for the week, I will meditate and ponder over what you have shown by your story and the artist's artwork for days later. This because I take this comic as a deeply intellectual experience, since I am a trans*woman myself, and not just a slight entertainment value work, as apparently FacelessNeil does. That may account for the difference of viewpoints between him and me, as to the thrust of your comic.
Keep up the good work, Emily and your new artist, I and many others will treasure it !

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EmilyAnnCoons, January 7th, 2017, 2:38 pm

@CuteDress&TwinPonytails: Well, that is good to hear. It really is a concern to me that our comic keeps getting comments saying "Your story is Rain's" or "Your similar to Rain". Even now... it's just... really hard to keep focused and keep going when people keep saying that. I get that the beginning is similar, that's absolutely true. I practically copied Rain's beginning, trying to modify it only slightly as I didn't know what else to do for the comic, but now, the comic is doing so much other stuff... I dunno... it's hard really.

But thanks for letting me know you feel it is different from Rain. I really didn't know what to think when I heard that it was still the same, despite the last three chapters being, what I felt like anyway, very different.

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FallingStar (Guest), January 9th, 2017, 7:02 am

One of the problems of writing a story is that, inevitably, it's going to be very much like another story. Especially when you write about a niche subject like transgenderism; culturally, "transgenders being abused by society" is a hot topic. But, you know, even if it wasn't, what else can you do with transgenderism? Like, if I was going to write a story with a gay character, it would only matter to the story if the "gayness" of the character was a plot point. If it wasn't, if it was simply a gay character and had no significance beyond that, well, it wouldn't be a story about a gay character. It'd be a story where the character happened to be gay.

So if Emily's story is similar to another one, well, I can't honestly judge, having fully read neither of them. But I can say that similarities, be they in plot, story arc, or characters, will happen, no matter how hard Emily, or anyone else, tries. Even the greatest stories had similarities to older ones, and you could probably trace them all the way back to the point where people didn't have the ability to write stories down. In fact, you can: Beowulf is one of the oldest stories we have copies of, and Beowulf was one of the inspirations behind The Hobbit, which was sequeled by the Lord of the Rings, and I do not need to enumerate all the works derived from that. Does that mean every epic fantasy about dwarves and elves and wizards is a derivative piece of crap? No. No it doesn't.

In fact, it means nothing. It's often quoted that every story has already been written; everything else is just a variation on it. And that's not far off from the truth. But we can read dozens of stories based off a single source and we can still love them.

So, Emily, if someone points out that this story is similar to another one, oh well. I know you're trying to make it different, but if you succeed, you'll only make it similar to something else. So whatever, right? What matters is that you're proud of it, right? Not that anyone else says anything else about it? That's the point, right? You're doing this because you want to, right?

And FacelessNeil, you didn't offend Emily. I've seen Emily offended; this is not that. And Emily does have a habit of writing derivative stories, or stories based heavily off of other things (I can't tell you all the stories she wrote about Legend of Zelda...), but even if this story was inspired by / derived from / blatantly plagiarizing some other story, I'd still be proud of her for sticking with this project for so long and making something of it. And that's really what it boils down to: it's an urge that she has in her heart to make something happen, and she is acting on that urge. There is nothing more human about that.

It's true that the road less traveled tends to make all the difference, but let us take comfort in knowing that the road oft traveled is still leading us somewhere. It's a difficult world we live in, but as long as we keep moving, as long as we rage against the dying of the light, we have hope.