This strip was supposed to come out at the beginning of the month as the end of the mental health hiatus I’ve been on and the beginning of a series of Pride related strips. Obviously, I fucked up and my hiatus apparently needed to be longer. But I wanted to make sure this one got out before the NYC Pride March on the 30th since it was already done.
Hopefully I’ll be back to regular strips soon, but I’m not making any promises I’m not sure I can keep.
There appears to have been a failure of communication here. Some people just like a well crafted endorphin cocktail and others like to push the limits of endurance. Preferences really should be sorted out before play happens, but during play it’s never a good idea to not let your top know when you’ve reached the point you’re not having fun anymore.
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.