The Life of Alexis Perkins

The Life of Alexis Perkins

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January 18th, 2017, 11:00 pm

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EmilyAnnCoons, January 18th, 2017, 11:23 pm

As you all might know, Life of Alexis Perkins has always been me wanting to write a "trans webcomic". As I've been working on the comic (at this point, I have written 10 chapters of it), I've come to realize an important fact. The comic is less about Alexis and her being trans as it is about the sexual orientations, needs, and desires of the characters within it.

What does this mean? Well, frankly, it means that I'm having trouble writing the comic in a way that keeps it PG-13. As the comic description states, the comic is "PG-13 at a low end, but may be closer to an R rating in truth". The fact is, having finished Chapter 10, and seeing the events transpiring in it... I don't think I can keep the comic at a PG-13 rating... I just don't think it's going to be possible unless I completely steer the comic in a vastly different direction.

I want your thoughts on this matter for a few reasons. Firstly, as I stated, if the comic continues along its path, it's going to become more and more about the "sexual awakenings" (if you will) of the characters. That's not going to be easy to keep PG-13. If, however, we do just say "screw it" and drop the PG-13 and go to the R rating, it means there will be things like actual nudity (not like in earlier chapters where we've covered things, but actual like... breasts showing and stuff), though I think we could still keep it to just showing the upper portions and managing to cover the lower portions.

Of course, this means that it could alienate our younger audience. After all, I am sure some of the readers here are under 18 (I know one person who was a reader and was 12, so there's that). Essentially, it could make it impossible for them to read the comic.

This is why I want your opinions on the matter. I've already spoken with both artists, and they've given me the "go ahead" on it. However, I don't want to do it if it would mean alienating a lot of our current readership. So, please, leave me your thoughts on this matter. I need to know if I should continue along the path that the comic has taken itself, or if I should push myself to keep the comic straight, "clean", and acceptable for... well... most ages.

Addendum: I should have made this a bit clearer. That was my fault. The characters in the comic are underage, but it would not be the underage characters that we would be depicting in that manner. There are other characters (such as Elisa) who are mature adults who are also playing an important role in the comic as well, and it's as much as their journey as any other. Also, I would be certain that if any of the characters who are underage were depicted nude and such with their parts showing, it would be after they have aged to 18.

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jason112usa, January 19th, 2017, 12:59 am

i say go R all the way

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Dragonrider, January 19th, 2017, 2:31 am

Made a long post with info it disappeared, sent PM please read it completely.

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CrystalMists (Guest), January 19th, 2017, 4:40 am

I'd be fine with R

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Ultimate Legacy, January 19th, 2017, 6:06 am

tricky

there are a few ways to spice things up while not completely going R, one of the biggest things is focus on things that aren't exlicit, like the faces while theyre in the act. Many Pg 13 movies do that, theyre doing the do and they only show faces or legs or arms, just not the main parts. One thing we have to remember is that teens aren't dumb, they know whats going on

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Renee (Guest), January 19th, 2017, 6:31 am

Do what you think is best for the story, restricting yourself to not tell your feelings and issues of the characters completely will mute how you write.

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FallingStar (Guest), January 19th, 2017, 6:43 am

As long as you make the age restriction abundantly clear, I don't see why it would be a problem. You may even want to put a "you must be 18 or older to view this website" thing up.

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Drakanor Dream, January 19th, 2017, 8:48 am

No worries. Was expecting a T or Ma rating to be truthful. I think we are all are fine from what I have seen in the chat.

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Emoroffle (Guest), January 19th, 2017, 9:26 am

I say go for it. It's honestly something that a lot of LGBT webcomics in general forget or refuse to explore.

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trans Homura (Guest), January 19th, 2017, 2:59 pm

Isn't everyone still underage? Still as long as it's not too raunchy should be okay

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Guest, January 19th, 2017, 8:03 pm

To an extent, I think you should tell the story you want.

There are a couple options you could do to try to balance things:

* Make the adult sections of the story skip able (with short summary of important plot things).
* The scripts may feel more age appropriate without the images. Have full comic pages for adults, and PG-13 script pages.

To be honest, it is sort of weird these things are taboo for teens given that is when many people go through these experiences.

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EmilyAnnCoons, January 19th, 2017, 10:14 pm

@Guest: Indeed. A lot of teens go through a lot of things, even sexual stuff. It's difficult to make a story about teens without exploring these types of things.

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Transgressingwaffle (Guest), January 19th, 2017, 11:41 pm

Hmmmm

I've thought about it and I will trust your artistic direction. The only concern I would have is with the characters being underage as well as potentially alienating younger readers. Don't get me wrong there are other trans stories they could read but your comes from a unique perspective not really explored in the medium. I say if you do go with the R rated route maybe put a warning up on the page and then summarize and crucial info that may be missed so younger readers can skip the more adult parts and older readers can get the full story. Then again this is basically censorship but it's the only compromise. I trust you in the direction you want to go.

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OtakuOfMe (Guest), January 20th, 2017, 4:35 pm

I think, R might me the right choice than. Just go ahead with it! ;)

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Anon-ish, January 20th, 2017, 11:29 pm

Sexuality is an important topic and can be really confusing. I'd ask my trans friends their thoughts on it but they may get confused why the ace guy is asking them lol...

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Castel (Guest), January 21st, 2017, 6:52 am

Well it wouldnt matter if it went R because no matter how big that 18+ only sign is, you know they're just gonna scoff at it. It's just the interwebs. But imo, if the story calls for it, drop pg-13, it's all about dat plotline bb

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CuteDress&TwinPonytails, January 21st, 2017, 1:22 pm

Write what is on your mind, heart, and soul, Emily, as long as you or your characters don't drift into XXX territory. You might consider only doing certain story arcs that deal with adult-oriented content, with the appropriate rating only for that particular story arc. IRL, the whole transgender experience is not a happy, smily, pleasant story, but can be anywhere from G to XXX in the things that transgender people experience. So to tell RLE in comic form, will result in the comic covering the whole range of situations, G to W(hatever). Take a look at "Wildflowers" by AnnaKrog. Events and situations like rape, attempted murder, medical misconduct, cutting and bloodletting, and partial nudity are all covered in the comic, but it is not done graphic or XXX, but done in a way to address these and others issues in an appropriate adult fashion.
Do what you think best, Emily, that is your writer's prerogative. Plus I will still stay with Alexis, and offer critique, as needed, as my prerogative as a reader and fan.

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dxnnydxnny, February 16th, 2017, 9:06 am

Yes, I think you should put a warning label on the chapter/comic that will include nudity or anything for children under the age of 18

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Goldeneve (Guest), January 16th, 2018, 5:21 pm

Plz keep it pg 13