Robyn Seale draws the comic The Watcher of Yaathagggu
Your comic is absolutely wonderful, and it inspired me to recently undertake to read all of Lovecraft’s prose, quite an undertaking that was. I also enjoy that Pieta eschews gender norms and just is Pieta, without bowing down to society’s standards.
Pieta reminds me of some people I know - some trans, others just very independent without much regard for gender norms. My question is, how much of her character reflects yourself, or the personality you consider ideal for yourself?
Ooh awesome! I’m glad you’re undertaking it! Rule of thumb: avoid all of his collaborative work. It’s just… not good.
In terms of how much Pieta is like me: There’s a lot of unintentional similarities. Re: gender norms - I don’t have much regard to them. I don’t, in fact, have a lot of regard for most things traditional unless there’s a significantly practical reason for it. However, Pieta serves a larger purpose - the everyman, so to speak. As a queer person, I wanted to read about LGBTQ individuals where sexuality and gender wasn’t the main issue.
I think it also provide another benefit to people that prefer working within a system that already exists. Without the limitations of a society that cares deeply about gender, does it really matter? It’s easier to think about if the playground of the story is neutral.
Personality-wise, she’s very much a reflection of where I was at 4 years ago when I started the comic. Nice, good person, but not assertive enough to forge her own happiness. This flaw was not an intentional choice, but it’s been a good learning experience and it’s a fun mental exercise. If someone is weak-willed, and makes poor life decisions that unintentionally causes suffering to others, are they a bad person? What if they don’t learn from their lessons and keep unintentionally harming others? If they start standing up for themselves, but then cause harm by proxy does this make them a bad person? Where’s the line?