Chapter: Part of the Circle
Page: Quite Gentle

12th Feb 2022, 12:00 PM

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12th Feb 2022, 12:00 PM Things have been going great at my new place! That’s not even me trying to be optimistic—my housemate is really nice, and a lot like me…just a lot older lol. It’s such a different experience, not being surrounded by people all the time. But I’ve found taking care of yourself is more work than I thought it would be, so sometimes I’m really tired, but not always :D

I tried a different colour for the shading here. I might keep it or play around with it some more. We’ll see what colour works best for Kat, since I always use a different colour for her shading than the others


12th Feb 2022, 12:53 PM Kairo my dude.... I wouldn't call that "gentle"

Also, I like the new shading colour! It's very subtly different but I think it looks nice!
13th Feb 2022, 10:11 AM It’s funny, because YOU know that and I know that, but Kairo honestly thinks that he is being gentle because he’s not being monstrous D:
13th Feb 2022, 11:14 AM :(
13th Feb 2022, 5:16 PM Also thank you for the compliment, sorry I read that too fast (^^;)
12th Feb 2022, 2:02 PM Okay Kairo you say that about Evan but Kat ALSO gets "stuck" from the way you treat her

Oh well, he'll learn ;P

Adjusting to your new place well, eh? Yeah it can definitely be tiring sometimes. When new situations get tough/scary, I find comfort in the familiar things, like my favourite shows/comics/games/etc. Those things stay with you no matter where you go.
13th Feb 2022, 10:13 AM Right? And that’s exactly what I called the previous page, come to think of it. (“Stuck”) I didn’t realize how well that sort of ties in to the dialogue on THIS page, which is cool!
13th Feb 2022, 5:17 PM Also I totally agree! Those things are very comforting to me <3
12th Feb 2022, 3:26 PM The fact that you can do shading at all earns my admiration. That one's still above my level.
13th Feb 2022, 10:25 AM It would be much more simplified shading if I wasn’t referencing 3D models every time, but thank you!
12th Feb 2022, 10:08 PM See, the trick is telling them when they get it right, too, not just always pointing out when something's wrong. Otherwise they get the impression that they can't do anything right, and look where that got you.
13th Feb 2022, 10:26 AM THIS. This is exactly the problem!!!
13th Feb 2022, 1:30 AM Kairo's got an interesting view there, but Yoshi's totally right to point that out too! He's coming from what sounds like a really harsh training routine...buuut can't see how it's effecting Kat unfortunately D:

Nice to hear you're adjusting to your new place well :D . That can be a shock especially at first, but sounds like it's going well. I can relate to the tiredness xD
13th Feb 2022, 10:30 AM Kairo is unfortunately so mistreated by his former peers that he doesn’t know what harsh really means :’(
13th Feb 2022, 7:48 PM Also thank you! And yeah I’m also happy that at least I’m not always tired lol
13th Feb 2022, 11:47 AM Glad you're enjoying the new place!

And Kairo my bro, when you were in the military I imagine you were still a big beefcake compared to Kat and Evan. And likely a full grown adult, unless my guess is wrong.

Address real people now, I'm currently leaning toward Kairo is just being a coach that doesn't always understand limits.
13th Feb 2022, 7:55 PM Thanks!

And yeah, Kairo as pretty much full grown adult when he was in the military at least, but he went through some other stuff when he was way too young—another reason he might be having trouble seeing what the problem is here.

But yeah I also think he’s a lot like a tough(ish) coach right now, he’s certainly not intentionally being unkind.
14th Feb 2022, 3:54 PM Let's see if we learn his younger self history soon, or whether we'll need a traumatic flashback to dig up this information.
14th Feb 2022, 7:40 PM Maybe we’ll get a bit of both? ;)
13th Feb 2022, 11:28 PM It's always a pleasure to get a new episode of your comic. Kairo seems to read Evan pretty well but not Kat. A little praise at the right time is just as effective as criticism. If you're going to criticize do it in a constructive way, something like "A moment before you attack, your eyes always do such-and-such." That way Kat or whomever has something to work on.
14th Feb 2022, 6:01 AM Aww, that warms my heart to hear <33 and thank you for reading the episode!

And yeah I think that’s totally true. I sometimes wonder if some people have this mindset (even subconsciously) like “if I can just get her to feel guilty enough so she understands the urgency here, she’ll improve faster.”
I of course do not approve of this at all though :(
14th Feb 2022, 2:46 PM WELL if you're comparing this to military training Kairo, 😅
14th Feb 2022, 3:41 PM He sort of is but is also just thinking about…life in general, like “survival of the strong” sort of
15th Feb 2022, 7:34 AM Right! Sadly, the tough love approach doesn't always work 😅
15th Feb 2022, 9:22 AM Especially not on her (^^;)