Chapter: Part of the Circle
Page: Stuck

29th Jan 2022, 12:00 PM

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29th Jan 2022, 12:00 PM Oof. Intense stuff here. (Minus the goofy devils in Kat’s imagination ;)
Tbh, I was pretty scared about something too when I drew this, so maybe it’s even more raw-looking because of that, I’m not sure. Either way, I hope it comes across that the thought of going back to that life of being stuck inside her own home, is just too much for her to handle anymore.


29th Jan 2022, 12:01 PM some positive reinforcement usually makes people more motivated to work on themselves
29th Jan 2022, 2:22 PM Yeah tell that to Kairo!
29th Jan 2022, 12:38 PM That fourth panel is incredible!
29th Jan 2022, 2:23 PM Oh thank you! T - T that panel was so hard, so this means a lot <3
29th Jan 2022, 12:40 PM Ah yes, my experience in my Muay Thai class when I'm trying to undo the Karate and Taekwondo movements (something about partial vs full, and my bad hand eye coordination). Also hard to gauge how some coaches think sometimes.

Stoner thought: curious to see whether Yoshi or Kairo has the legitimate argument, or Kairo is a tiny bit autistic (very objective, at a cost...).
29th Jan 2022, 5:20 PM That’ a great question! I don’t know if Kairo’s autistic (I don’t know enough about that to say) but he definitely has some very bad experiences clouding his judgment, and has learned some very unhealthy coping mechanisms to survive in his environments
29th Jan 2022, 10:26 PM I noticed a potential pattern of autistic people being very good at identifying trends objectively (e.g. STEM fields), but we aren't good (or able) with identifying social cues, emotional responses, tone, critical thinking, etc. IOW, good with black + white, but no gray areas. Kairo's assessments of Kat were objectively correct (in context at least), but he didn't account for Kat's mental state and in the moment responses for some reason or another. If he was autistic, the reason would be he just didn't have the capacity. If it's a different reason, let's see in the following pages.
30th Jan 2022, 9:59 AM Hm I’m actually not great with black and white areas either, or at least I used to be terrible with them. I think Kairo is so detached from how humans work that it takes him longer to get some things through his head, but he’s not incapable I don’t think. I think his capacity has been severely damaged though.

And yeah, you can tell me further how you perceive him in the next few pages, it would be helpful!
31st Jan 2022, 6:05 PM For now, I'll assume events caused him to believe different things, without assuming he is subtly a version of my sociopathic character.
29th Jan 2022, 1:47 PM Yoshi to the rescue! I like her, is she married? (grin)
29th Jan 2022, 5:22 PM Lmao X’D unfortunately I’ve imagined that she has a casual boyfriend. She is pretty though, wait till you see her with her hair down!!
29th Jan 2022, 1:50 PM She certainly is very emotional.

But the solution isn't to rip her apart for that, but rather to find a way to work with it. Don't try to force her to adjust to your methods, instead adjust your methods to her!
29th Jan 2022, 5:25 PM This is exactly what he needs to hear, thank you!
29th Jan 2022, 3:06 PM This is a really great page! I can really feel Kat's anxiety and worry here, it's palpable great job. Poor Kat..

Kairo's definitely a soldier! Good to see Yoshi again I'm curious to see how that convo will pan out :)
29th Jan 2022, 5:28 PM Ah, thanks, I’m glad!

Yeah Kairo was sort of a soldier or he at least trained with soldiers. He has a lot of experiences but few of them are very normal!
29th Jan 2022, 4:07 PM I, too, sit behind the toilet when I'm feeling like crap.
29th Jan 2022, 5:28 PM You too? T - T
29th Jan 2022, 11:14 PM Just tell her to stop being so emotional Kairo. That always works.
30th Jan 2022, 9:56 AM Ugh right? :(
30th Jan 2022, 7:50 AM Well, at least she isn't actually failing!
30th Jan 2022, 9:56 AM No way! She’s not doing nearly as bad as she thinks, I think Kairo just has an issue with her emotions mostly, not her performance otherwise. But she assumes the worst since he doesn’t tell her she’s doing well
5th Feb 2022, 9:09 AM this is a serious scene and all but... the little devils are so funny!

Is Kat's soul leaving her body? :O
5th Feb 2022, 3:12 PM Lol thank you!

And no, she’s just supposed to be rocking back-and-forth on the balls of her feet! My apologies for rushing that panel
6th Feb 2022, 1:07 PM I think after all of us being stuck at home during the pandemic, we can definitely relate a little! :-(

Also, those little horns crack me up.
6th Feb 2022, 1:11 PM Unfortunately, that’s probably true :’(

Haha thank ya ;)