Q:I remember you made a post about character names some time ago and was wondering if the fact that "Al" looks the same as "Artificial Intelligence" when abbreviated (AI) was another reason you decided on his name or if it's just a delightful coincidence?
Q:Will you be going to TCAF again this year? It would be super awesome to see you there again! (And buy more stuff. :D)
Not this year, unfortunately! I will be going to just one Canadian convention this year, and that will be VanCAF on May 24 - 25 in Vancouver. Not to say I won’t try coming back to Toronto again, but it may not be until 2015. But if you are going this year, seek out some of my friends who are tabling, like Melanie and Sfé, and talk about how great I am.
Q:It looks like the O Human Star website is down? Did something happen?
Basically, the gist is that enough new readers visited the site over the last few days that my web host temporarily took OHS down to prevent server overload. I’m now in the process of convincing them that the traffic spike won’t happen again and cajoling them to bring OHS back online. It’s a pain.
Q:When is the Chapter 3 book going to be out?
I’m honestly not sure yet! The last few months have seen me hustling to finish a few different projects as well as planning this year’s convention appearances. Between planned expenses like airfare and taxes, money’s been a little lean this spring, and I probably won’t prepare the next OHS book until I hear back from certain other folks about certain projects later on this spring. So we shall see!
Q:So I'm curious here Blue, The future (or present I guess) pages are always in blue while the past are in the red. And you associated those colors with Al and Brendan respectively. So does that mean we will eventually see green pages that focus on Sulla? And will represent a different time period as well? My curiosity is running rampant and I can't stop it! I also wanted to praise you for the wonderful characters and story you've created! I'm always jumping in joy when a new page is out.
Here is basically the way I’ve organized OHS. Al is the character that the story centers around, and the blue sequences are what he is experiencing as the present. The blue sequence begins at his death and proceeds with his awakening because he’s experienced them as one right after the other, with no time gap in between. From then on the blue sequence continues in a straightforward way through 2021.
The red sequences, likewise, begin in 2001 and proceed in a straightforward line. It’s okay to associate this timeline with Brendan because the red timeline will continue past Al’s death, but I still consider Al to be the focal point of this timeline, too, especially early on.
There will be a third timeline that focuses on something with Sulla, but I’m not telling anyone when it’s set yet.
Hi, new followers!
I’ve seen a fairly high number of new followers in the past month or so and I’m genuinely curious as to where you’re all coming from! If you’ve started following me fairly recently, can you let me know how you learned about me and/or OHS?
Q:I really like your comic (if you couldn't guess by the URL and profile picture) and was instantly sucked into it, and honestly found the characters relatable, specifically Brendan (being a young, gay guy into the sciences). You are doing a terrific job and I feel like this is a great way to give the GSRM (gender, sexuality, and romantic minorities) a proper media representation. So thanks, really. Happy holidays.
Gosh, I hope so. Thank you. And thanks to everybody who’s been reading OHS over the past two years. I’m looking forward to jumping back into the story in the new year after I take some well-deserved family time.
Happy holidays, everyone.
Q:Possibly a weird question, but. What do you make of commenters' anxiety over Ty's gender? To me, it's really interesting to watch the comments play out because it's like something right out of Gender Trouble, or maybe Gender Trouble 2.0 because it's a queer comic. It's okay for Ty to present as androgynous, but there's still an epistemology of visibility, a need to know Ty's identity. Was it your intention to point this out? Because it's really interesting and cool and so is OHS in general :)
It’s been super interesting to keep track of what people think about Ty. Probably a lot of it comes from me having to slowly dole out information over a long period of time, which leads to a lot of people making guesses based on the very little I’ve provided so far.
There’s a couple reasons I decided to incorporate a kid like Ty into Sulla’s story. Firstly, I wanted Sulla to see another kid, another person her age, who is unmistakably crossing gender lines and doing it in a way that’s very different from the way she’s done it. Sulla’s interest in Ty is partly about her need to interact with someone else who is even remotely like her. And those interactions are going to be a challenge for her.
But secondly, I wanted to write about a young protagonist being infatuated with an androgynous person without their androgyny being an issue. Sulla and Al are both bi, but I wanted to establish that aspect of their characters in ways that were unique and appropriate to each of them. Al is in a relationship with a man but keeps putting up cheesecake calendars in their home. Sulla gets a chaste crush on someone cute, and the fact that she isn’t entirely sure of their gender isn’t a dealbreaker for her.
It’s refreshing for me, as a queer person, to write about and I hope it’s refreshing to read.
Q:hello!!! i would just like to say that i really really love your webcomic (if u didnt notice the url and icon haha!) and that you are a huge inspiration to me!!! ohs is great and the characters are great and you are great and i hope you have a great day and rest of your week and such!!!
Guess who just made my morning???
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Q:When you imagine Al, Brendan and Sulla speaking, what do their voices sound like? Do you imagine any particular voice actors for them?
I wrote this about a year ago, but to recap - almost from the beginning Al sounded like Ron Perlman, Brendan reminded me of young 1980s actors who’ve kept their boyish voices into their forties and fifties, and Sulla was just a lower-pitched, very expressive teenage girl voice.
When I thought recently about who could actually play them in a movie adaptation (HA HA), I came up with a few actors who look pretty different from how I originally pictured the characters but who would be amazing in the roles. It’s just embarrassing because the exercise hinges on deciding which actors I’d like to see make out. :T