June: mag im still not over each of the outers owning a helicopter
Mag: I just
don’t get it
June: THEM HAVING ONE HELICOPTER WAS ONE THING
ALL OF WHICH ARE HELICOPTERS
YOU GET A HELICOPTER
AND YOU GET A HELICOPTER
YOU ALL GET A HELICOPTER
Maybe their rich mystery patron is Oprah
oh man I’m kinda tempted to visit now but NO NO NO NO NO
Lemme give you the taste I have tasted:
Zoi: The GC forumites though…they are so consistently terrible it makes me worry that Tom will never have any explicitly queer characters, because so many of his fans are so homophobic.
Zoi: Not that Tom panders, but he’s got to support himself.
Mag: How homophobic are they? And are they really the majority?
Mag: And no one thinks Zimmy and Gamma are excplicitly in love with each other?
Zoi: So I haven’t been there in a while—although sometimes people on Tumblr make posts about the forum—but it’s basically just an overwhelming dismisal of the possibility any character could really be gay. Like even Zimmy and Gamma are like, “Yeah, okay, MAYBE, but we don’t actually have any proof they’re anything except incredibly close friends.”
Zoi: And when this chapter opened, there were apparently several posts in the forum about how Shadow and Robot are actually good friends, and one person who accepted they were in a romantic relationship, but said they “had forgotten Shadow’s actually a girl.”
Zoi: The consensus of the whole thing with Kat is what she’s worried about is people THINKING she’s gay, because she’s obviously not gay, come on.
Zoi: If you talk about gay characters you’re a gross shipper completely misreading Tom’s work, but extensive talks about Annie possibly being PREGNANT at 14 (when she was in her coma thing) because she’s shown next to a boy in two panels is a-okay!
Zoi: Like I can’t overstate how gross I’ve found the forums to be when it comes to queer interpretations. Or, you know, CANON.
Zoi: And that’s why I mostly avoid the GC fandom. ^^;
Mag: That is
Mag: pretty gross
Mag: Is it like a lot of people really or just like one or two super avid idiots?
Zoi: It’s not just one or two. I’d say 95% of the forum either actively dismisses any queer readings or just completely ignores it. And woe to anyone who tries to talk about possibly queer characters.
Zoi: It’s not like violent or vicious. It’s just totally dismissive.
Mag: That sounds like a very poisonous forum
Zoi: I don’t even know. Like I said, I haven’t visited it in ages because of the atmosphere. Maaaaaybe it’s gotten better? (Except Tumblr suggests it hasn’t.)
Mag: Ugh ugh ugh ugh
Mag: That just makes me so mad because if any comic deserved an excellent and understanding fandom, it’s GC
Mag: Like how did Homestuck do it? I feel like even with the stinky bits of HS fandom, I like it more than most fandoms becuase there is so much diversity in it!
Zoi: The worst part is that aside from sexuality talks, the forum members are really observant and intelligent and make interesting points!
Zoi: But as soon as anything gayish shows up HOLY SHIT
Mag: HOLY SHIT GAY
Zoi: Actually, this is almost funny. You remember this page: http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1051
Zoi: The forums freaked out so much about Annie potentially touching her BEST FRIEND’S HEAD that there was a HUGE discussion about how it possibly wasn’t Annie’s hand, like maybe Kat was laying on her own arm or something, although that was quickly proven to be impossible.
Zoi: It got to the point where Tom had to field multiple Formspring questions confirming that yes, it’s Annie’s hand on Kat’s head.
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