This strip was thrown out onto the various social media pages for Discerning Deviant way back in June when I was going through some shit and put everything related to this site on what I thought would probably be a permanent hiatus. I’d already been sitting on it for quite a while and nearly didn’t release it at all except that it nagged at me, so I released it in the laziest way I could and didn’t bother actually updating this site.
I’d forgotten this little detail when I went to upload the first new strip since the hiatus and realized that if I didn’t make a post for this one there’d be a gap. So here’s that post.
For those who care what’s going on with me, due to health problems I have left New York and returned to my birth state of Georgia to be closer to my family and support network. I’ve been staying with family in Gaineville (GA, not FL) while getting some extensive dental work done (an average of two dentist visits a week…so much fun) and trying to work out where I’m going to work and living in Atlanta.
My health has drastically improved since leaving New York. I’m in nowhere near the levels of chronic pain I was in before. Where I was spending most of my time between 8-10 on the ten scale in 2019, I’ve been staying mostly in the 2-4 range lately which is certainly much more livable.
Because I have no income right now, and I pay D. White to draw the Deviant Life strips, I’m only able to get back to posting strips again because of my wonderful Patreon supporters. So, much love to them for letting me continue to indulge in one of the few things that brings me joy through these dark times.
Deviant Life isn’t the first time D.White and I have worked on an online comic project together, as we’ve been friends for the better part of three decades. The world has only seen a tiny sliver of the stuff we’ve created together since we met in seventh grade.
A long, long time ago there was Roth & Earl, a comic about a redneck and a goth being roommates. Sadly, I didn’t really know what the hell I was doing back then so it never got much of an audience and most of the strips have only survived my lack of organizational skills in terrible resolution messes. I really loved those characters, though, and had been thinking about working Rhianna into the cast already when D. White suggested we do a triple-size Deviant Life/Roth & Earl crossover for Deviant Life’s 25th strip.
Rhianna and Roth’s Sadistic/masochistic dynamic had been mentioned a few times throughout the Roth & Earl strips and it was established that they weren’t entirely monogamous either so Rhianna joining the cast wasn’t any kind of stretch for her character. I was also looking for a way to establish that Bernard was a switch so it just seemed natural to make Rhianna and Bernard an item.
I could probably count on my fingers the number of people I know who remember Roth & Earl, so really this crossover is pretty self-indulgent, but I also know that a bunch of those who do remember are going to squee hard over seeing these characters again. I just hope those who don’t know these characters still enjoy it too.
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.
I eat a lot of Five Guys burgers for lunch since it’s the nearest fast food joint to my day job, so it was inevitable that I make a joke about it. Also, when I was a pornographer’s assistant I will never forget that one of the videos the guy I work for made involved a naked woman eating a bunch of cheeseburgers. Definitely not my thing, but clearly if there was a demand for that it’s not far fetched to believe someone would pay Audrey to eat Five Guys on cam for them.
I often say that tabletop role-playing games are my second favorite group activity, the first being sex. Given how hard it can be to get into a decent game of Dungeons & Dragons when you’re an adult, I can absolutely understand Bernard’s priorities here.