We’ll get to meet Bernard’s new sweetie in strip #25, though for some it’ll be a reintroduction.
Long distance relationships are tough, especially for someone like me whose primary love language is touch like Audrey’s. When I was younger, I was adamantly against them, having the belief that ultimately long distance relationships were doomed to be shallow and disposable.
I turned out to be pretty wrong about that. Despite my efforts to avoid them, I’ve still managed to have multiple long distance relationships that have ended up among some of my best relationships.
This is my favorite holiday because it’s about letting imagination run wild, celebrating the dark and macabre, confronting fears, expanding our comfort zone, and exploring ourselves through the identities we choose to slip into for a night.
I hope everyone has the Halloween experiences they desire, so long as it’s all in good fun and no harm is done.
On that note, remember that wearing a costume is not inherently consent to be touched no matter how sexy or skimpy it is, people who are intoxicated cannot consent, and if someone gives you any indication that they’re not enjoying their interactions with you then you should back off. We’re supposed to be pretending to be fantasy monsters, not actually being real monsters.
That said, get out there and make some memories.
Happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day! Well, happy day before Celebrate Bisexuality Day, anyway. Being bisexual myself, I’m glad I actually managed to be aware enough of when the day was to make sure a strip about it fell on the same weekend.
The dark haired woman, by the way, is Joy. I don’t think I mentioned her name in her first appearance. To clear up some confusion people had about her, she’s a cis-woman who frequently dresses in traditionally male clothes.
Fun fact, though, Bernard’s brother Sam is trans. The first strip I wrote with him would have made that clear, but it was scrapped because it was more sad and potentially triggering than funny, being about how awful their extremely conservative parents are and why Bernard will be joining his brother in not having anything to do with them.
As usual, I want to signal boost the next Stigma Unbound event, Stigma Unbound: Lust for Life. I’m not affiliated with them, but I can almost always be found at them.