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H$H - On the Fence by hostage-fiver H$H - On the Fence by hostage-fiver
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More character development/practice stuff, just something to chill with while I recover :'D

Ben I'm pretty sure we all know by now, our incredibly sensitive Scottish sergeant with the nerves of a small rodent. Generally a fun, generous and considerate guy unless you set off his randomly explosive temper. Slight drinking problem. Yeah, we've got Ben.

This other guy in the specs then, this is Jules, Ben's husband. He's a northerner. He's also a very cuddly & relaxed kinda bloke. Pacifist, soft, but not easily phased; actually I think he's generally blissfully unaware of whenever people are threatening/being rude to him.

He basically lives on another planet, which suits his lifestyle. He is his own boss, dabbling in multiple little ventures, and as such, he does what he wants whenever he wants. As in, he prefers not to constrict himself to routines, rather, he will sleep when tired, eat when hungry, and show up to your party/gathering if he happens to be awake, remembers, and feels like it. Some people hate his attitude, it's just best to have more relaxed expectations with him.

Apart these two can be a bit funny. They have a basically symbiotic relationship; Ben needs Jules to lean on, calm him down, and sort out his thoughts - Jules needs Ben to keep him somewhat grounded in reality, for a bit of stability, and to depend on when others give up on his philosophies. They get along ridiculously well, maybe because of rather than in spite of their slightly awkward history together, and defend eachother vigorously.

They will always have eachothers' backs.

Characters, art & story belong to me!
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mesai Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seems like a healthy and charming couple <3
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hostage-fiver Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :heart:
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3Fangs Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Aww, what a wonderfully poignant piece...And, again, you showcase excellent black&white (okay, more like sepia-tone) art!

I need to say that I am intrigued to see another comic by you!! :excited:
EVERYTHING YOU CREATE IS MADE OF GOLD AND I WILL CONSUME IT! :eager:

Also: Hunter&Hare is a great title. (You have a lot of those, too...great titles.) ^,~

And I'd like to say that I'm glad to see a married couple, too. (Vermont already allows same-sex marriage, so yay!!)
It's not often you see main characters in fiction happily married. (Makes for a nice change.) :nod:
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hostage-fiver Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's still a little way away unfortunately, but I'm so excited about getting started on this one! Just need to find more time to finish practicing & planning :'D

Thanks ;A;
I wouldn't say it's made of gold but I certainly try my best ;3;

I think the tendancy in fiction is to assume that all the interest and drama comes from characters forming new relationships, breaking up or cheating on each other... I think there's just as much interest & development to be had from a happily married couple. I want to show that relationships in stories don't have to be about getting together or breaking up, and especially in this case all the angst generally associated with LGBTQ characters in stories!
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3Fangs Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I look forward to seeing your practicing and planning come to fruition--this looks like fun!

I think you hit it on the head there, and I couldn't agree more...I've never understood how people seem to disregard happily married couples as lacking interest/development. I mean, relationships are constantly evolving things, even when they ARE established; how could they NOT have just as much drama/importance?
I'll be looking forward to seeing Ben&Jules' relationship in this series. :nod:
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hostage-fiver Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've almost finished the planning for the first major part now :dance:
Can't wait to pull it all together. Just need to get character designs/art style sorted out @A@
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Illuminated-City Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awwwww, Ben has a husband! How cute! :heart:
So I'm guessing they allow same-sex marraige in England? Sorry, but I don't know...lord knows the US has a long way to go...

The way you describe them sounds a lot like my parents' relationship (I live with my mom and her partner (cuz, you know, the US is too uptight to let them get married))...

Sorry for rambling. This is an adorable picture! :heart:
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hostage-fiver Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm going to do a bigger ramble now :P

It's a big debate at the moment actually, it's not legal yet but I believe sometime in the future (hopefully by the point at which H&H takes place) it will come about. They're looking at it right now but as per usual with these kind of talks there is still a lot of resistance from people who, imo, need to wake up and smell the love. The reality is the majority of those people are the Churches. And while I don't support forcing them to change their definition of marriage, there are churches that would embrace the LGBT community, and I believe they should at least have the choice to include everyone in their institution.

There are lots of arguments saying we should just be happy with civil partnerships, and all the arguments about definitions and traditions and such, but there are people out there who are of LGBT nature and also equally religious. People who love God and their same-sex partner. While I personally am not religious, and would prefer to choose some method other than marriage anyway, through writing Ben's character (as he is a deeply attached Christian) I have come to understand to some lengths the position these people have been put in. Being torn between your love of God and the love of your partner does not feel like fun, he is only lucky that in his day and age he managed to bring the two together, although it has still - to some extent - left him a bit of a nervous wreck.
Luckily Jules knows how to keep him in check :'D

/rant

Thanks :heart:
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Illuminated-City Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for that very informative rant.
And I couldn't agree with you more, actually :heart:

Isn't that the best part about writing, though? You get to put yourself in positions that you never thought you could take, and you can understand the world better...
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hostage-fiver Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad someone does, the amount of opposition is almost scary!

And that is exactly right. I've found, on more than one occasion, that if I come across a type of person or situation I don't understand or can't seem to handle, creating characters based around those can really help to build my understanding. And often, the characters that arise from things I find uncomfortable or even hate are the ones I become most attached to.
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