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I'm thinking about that weird thing that happened with a bunch of different webcomics in the late 2000s, where I guess a ton of artists all kinda realized at the same time "Oh shit! A very significant amount of my audience is gay teens, but also I kinda made my comic 100% straight people without really thinking about it! I should do something about that!" and then suddenly a bunch of queer characters popped into existence from the creative void

The interesting thing was tho, that because a bunch of these artists were straight and cis and didn't really have any fuckin idea how to write queer characters, they just sorta shrugged and defaulted to how they would write any other character, i.e. like a normal fucking person.

So the end result was a bunch of characters where it's like "oh also so-and-so is bi but also, I've been working on this character arc for four years and this overall plot for a decade, so I'm gonna establish it but also not make that big of a deal out of it. They're just bi. Now on to the shit I actually had planned."

This actually turned out pretty well tho bc the previous mentioned Gay Teens got some actually decent representation, brought about by the result of A) queer characters not being treated or written all that differently than cishet ones, and B) queer characters existing and doing shit and living their lives without their identity being framed as this perpetual defensive conflict

So even though I'm like 80% sure most artists fell into it back-asswards, it wound up doing a LOT to counteract the shitty message that was implicit in most other LGBT representation in fiction at the time (You're different and your life will be hard)

So yeah that's kinda neat

Anyway this was inspired by realizing that the first realistic trans character I ever saw in any sort of media was that red-haired girl from questionable content, whose name I can't remember because I haven't read that comic in like four years

HAHA ALSO I JUST HAD TO REPOST THIS ENTIRE THREAD BECAUSE I JUST REALIZED I SAID "WEBCAMS" INSTEAD OF "WEBCOMICS" IN THE FIRST POST, W H O O P S

@Dayglochainsaw

Again, I point to Wapsi Square, where the MC showed absolutely no signs of attraction to girls that I could tell (and I really *wanted* some lesbian or bi representation in comics at the time), so the sudden switch seemed highly artificial.

And yet, when he started with the new set of younger characters with a prominent bi relationship, it was handled a lot better, although still a little disjointed. But by then the whole narrative was disjointed, so it kinda worked.

@Nezchan Yeah honestly there were very levels of transition-smoothness, I think the comics with long-term overplots fared better overall because there was more of an incentive to stay the course and feel things out slowly, The gag-a-days had a lot less going usually so of course they'd jump on any new material they had

@Dayglochainsaw

I was reading Wapsi Square pretty regularly, and was surprised when the main character, up until then very heterosexual and devoted to her boyfriend, suddenly switched gears, dumped him out of nowhere and became a committed lesbian. Just about got whiplash from that one.

And then, shortly after, the whole focus of the series shifted (forgetting largely about the former MC) and focused on a new group of characters, one of the leads turning out to be bi. It was....strange.

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