3.2 #12

I tried a few new things with this page that didn’t turn out as I had hoped. Still, you live, and you learn.

  1. *Careless Whisper saxophone solo starts playing*

    Camera shifts to behind Neil and Gabe, now holding hands. Camera starts zooming out.

    Screen fades to black.

  2. This is still my guess:

    Gabe is short for the name of an angel. Angels are
    beautiful, crazy strong, don’t have a gender (and they are how the west
    fights demons, so it works well for the story.)

    Gabe is either literally an angel, or else a nephilim!

    The question now is if he’s here to offer a trial and judgement (to see if
    Neil uses his powers selfishly) or if the nosebleed was a genuine
    accident. :p

      • How serious are you taking the lore? 😛

        Mary becomes pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit, who has no gender, but is often shown as female. But that’s not pregnant through sex, but more like a mad science sort of thing. (They don’t have sex, she just accepts and then *poof,* pregnant. Also, the Holy Spirit isn’t an angel, but seems relevant here because of the similar lack of a body.)

        The Nephilim term goes back to this freakishly obscure passage that seems to have been the ancients trying to explain humans with giantism (think David’s Goliath.) A big giantism tell is that some of those giants had an extra finger, which happens sometimes with modern day giants.

        It’s doubtful that they had worked out angels were genderless when the tale was first told, it was closer to other ancient pantheons that impregnated everyone and everything. The “heavenly court” was probably pretty gendered in the story teller’s mind then, or perhaps they took on human forms just for sex.

        They’re basically Jewish Demi-gods, but monotheism leaves no room for minor deities.

  3. There’s a click as “Gabe” deactivates the holo-imager, his/her form replaced with a robotic form with a monitor for a head…

    …psych!

  4. It looks great, maybe not as you hoped. And you don’t even need to read the dialogue to follow these pages, the pictures are so expressive.

    Neil tells a story about pickles (that’s true, except it was olives),
    Olive You.
    (The sparkles and the faint hearts are a nice touch.)

          • Maybe Gabe uses he/him/his, or she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, zie/zim/zis, ze/hir/hirs, ve/vim/vers, ey/em/ers, ne/nem/ners, or any one of the many other gender pronouns out there. Though I’m pretty sure most people react negatively to being called “it”.

            For simplicity, maybe we follow Neil’s example and use “he”.

          • I stick with the more ambiguous and less prickly singular version of they/them/theirs and avoid the special snowflakes that are screaming for attention despite being overall not that special and usually worthy of being summarily ignored as an irritant.

          • I know mine had nothing to do with gender. I was being all slick and subtle suggesting Gabe was an Oni or an ally thereof.

          • Oni might have genders too!

            Maybe. I wouldn’t want to accidentally misgender a group of magical murder monsters.

          • Or Classical Greek, which apparently had NO gendered pronouns – direct translations i’ve seen use only “it” in the third person.

            Then there’s French – where the big, scary, snarly furry DEFINITELY male Beast still takes a feminine article: “La Belle et la Bete”

  5. Would be cool with Neil realising he might be gay, I’d have to say I wouldn’t have been expecting it.

  6. i thought gabe said “hitting on you” instead of “hitting you” and i was just like neil in panel five like Huh???

  7. Neil’s looking a lot like his mother in he first panel. Family resemblance doesn’t usually doesn’t come across that well in comics.

  8. Gabe, I’m gonna have to ask you to, uh, please turn the other way for a few minutes because I am currently experience sparkle beauty overdose. You’re too much.

  9. Fortunately, that isn’t true. They/them is a pronoun that functions a lot like “you”, in that it is both singular and plural depending on the usage. From at least the late 1300’s, singular they/them has been a fully functional neuter pronoun used by people such as C.S. Lewis, Geoffrey Chaucer, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Walt Whitman, George Eliot, Shakespeare, William Thackeray, Jane Austen, and Oscar Wilde. The King James, Tyndale, Bishop’s, and Geneva’s translations of the Bible also use singular they.

    You would be hard-pressed to find someone who speaks the English language fluently who doesn’t use singular they/them. It’s only somewhat recently that academic authorities have attempted to change this rule, and that was only to replace it with he/him as a neutral pronoun. That alternative was completely unnatural to English speakers, so it never caught on. That caused a lexical gap in what was considered formal writing, which is why in some settings you’re forced to use the unwieldy “he or she” as a replacement for they/them.

    But with the budding acceptance of nonbinary genders (both culturally based and not), there’s been a recent push to accept singular they/them pronouns in academic settings again. They/them has been a singular neutral pronoun in formal writing for around 500 years, and has been used consistently in informal settings for even longer. There’s nothing to worry about when using they/them as a singular neutral pronoun. There’s a lot more history supporting it’s usage than there is denying it.

    • Thou are aware that English already lost one pronoun because someone though it’s not necessary to distinguish singular and plural? 🙂

  10. You know there is so much potential for irony here.
    We could find out that Neil is gay or that the guy is actually a girl.
    The biggest bit of irony I see possible is if both of those statements are true. Cus then Neil would be a gay guy who turns into a magical girl who is also attracted to this girl who looks boyish and if that isn’t irony then I obviously will never understand irony.

  11. Uhm, they their theirs is singular though we are sliding into tenses and all their weird grammar stuff like that.