When this page first came out, there was some speculation that Eve's mom was one of the topfree activists (the one knitting) in the first panel. I never followed up on this idea but I really liked it. In a way it kind of became a bit of canon for Eve's mom in my mind. She was an activist before Eve was born, but became disillusioned by the demands of life and the limitations of 2nd wave feminism. I even had a story idea where Hanna realizes Dawn Ning is an early feminist hero of hers, having written several books in her prime - but by then Dawn doesn't want to hear about it.
In these early stories, OP's characters are actors in stories that are a little bit bigger, a little more political than their own lives. As the series progressed I wasn't really interested in that anymore. To me there's more value in relating an experience through art than preaching a political idea. Maybe the latter happens as well, but not so explicitly. I was much happier with what it became.
I would like to point out that this comic was drawn many years before the iconic bikini court scene in Spring Breakers. Not that I'm mad for such things; I am happy.
5 thoughts on “#039 – bad connotations”
I'm glad you didn't get all preachy. It worked well.
I love the show-don't-tell philosophy in OP, from the big picture to the little details.
I LOVE this headcanon about eve's mom!!
I like that the duck has gradually accepted its fate with Marek.
I'm pretty happy with what it became, too.