« on: Aug 28, 2016, 07:16 PM »
My opinion may not carry the most weight, but I would like to chime in on this topic.
To be perfectly honest and as unapologetic as you are in your original post, I don't think you should let what other people do with their characters affect you as much as it seems to. In fiction it's not uncommon for characters to launch into a relationship extremely quickly. In real life, on at least 3 occasions with completely different people involved in each, I've seen people meet for the first time and announce their relationship within the same day. People are horny, co-dependent, afraid of dying alone, desperate to find someone they can connect with on some small level, or any combination of the above. Most importantly though, it seems a bit spiteful or even envious of you to feel so flustered over other artists deciding to connect their characters in such ways.
My character is a 10 year-old boy. When I joined this site during an invitational one year there was another artist joining at the same time with a 9 year-old boy. Our characters were similar, and our positions as artists joining a community centered literally around judging everyone where neither of us knew anyone was similar, so we felt a bit of a kinship and decided to make our characters friends. Not wait until we battled each other and have our characters meet, but rather retcon our characters into being friends already and pop up in one another's comics. It was comforting to feel that connection and that sense of friendship amidst a bunch of noobies competing to be the new hotness and a bunch of oldbloods sharing oddly contradictory words of wisdom. If anyone had told me "the fact that your characters are best friends without taking 6 issues to establish that connection offends me and makes me want to give up making comics," my honest response would have been "good. Bye."
Don't let the happiness of others on matters that don't even directly involve you affect you so heavily. If tomorrow PunkRockGirl spontaneously came out of retirement to do a consensual 16-page three-way scissor-fest with Wizzie Belles and new character Gale Garland I honestly feel they would be completely justified in doing whatever they wanted with their characters even without your permission. If the story was entertaining, up to Hats' usual quality, and used the full creativity of the situation that I've already begun imagining then I feel it wouldn't matter how briefly the characters had known each other, given how little time it takes in real life for people to change their relationship status on facebook after they meet someone who shares their taste in beer and music.
And most likely Abigail Lynnhaven wouldn't have her world rocked by a woman-on-woman-on-woman tryst occuring on the other side of town, she's got important journalist things to do. So it shouldn't slow Nana-Banana's progress either.
(Unless you had Abigail develop the ability to suddenly view the full experience, whether she wanted to or not, anytime someone in the city was getting it on. Like a sexytime-sense voyeur third eye. Then she'd have a legitimate reason for hating spontaneous relationships. Sounds like a pilot you could pitch to Showtime. Hmm....)