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A mini comic produced for Grayhaven Comics' upcoming compilation, 'You Are Not Alone.' Written by =Destiny-Smasher, this standalone comic also serves as a slice of backstory for Jane Fitzpatrick -- one of the primary characters of the Avatar: tLA/LoK fanproject, 'What I Learned at SRU.' Jane's character concept was directly based on 'Smellerbee,' and in the story Jane serves as a reimagining of the character.

You Are Not Alone will be: "A 200+ page anthology of hope with tales of overcoming bullying, homophobia, racism, depression and abuse." You can find more information about it here: [link]

You can read more of Jane's story in this short piece: [link]
Or read the full story here on DA: [link] or over at FF.net: [link]

Here are links to other work I've done involving this character: [link]
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SaddamEinheit Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
about time there's a character that is intersex! deviation from the sex/gender-binary would be refreshing.
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Genetically, what is she?  If it were me, I'd just get surgery to confirm my DNA.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, that's the thing -- it's a problem with genetics, that's what causes it. The DNA contains mutations.

In some cases, the children don't get to make the decision, and the parents -- or even the doctor -- make the decision when they are born.
It seems that in recent times it has become at least somewhat more common to let children decide for themselves, but complications can start to arise if this sort of thing is left alone without medical attention (not always, it varies).

The idea in mind with Jane is that as she's starting to go through puberty, her bodies' mixed signals within itself are causing stunted growth and health complications, so she ended up deciding that she identified with the female gender. In her case, she actually still would continue taking hormone pills after the fact to continue training her body to chemically 'think' like a female body, if that makes sense.
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What I mean is, is she XX or XY?  Because if she's XY, going with a physiologically female body is probably not going to prevent health complications.  It's best to go with the programming.  Get that proper chromosome turned on and working as it's supposed to.  When our physiology doesn't agree with our DNA, that's when problems arise.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think it's as simple as all that. Especially since some times, people do not just have XX or XY. They might have XXX or XXY, or both XX and XY.
In either case, to focus on the "programming" is to miss a main expressed idea here, which is that not everyone develops (as a human being) in the "natural," expected way. And that this isn't inherently bad.
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Understandable.  For my part, if I were in that situation, I'd try to be who I was made to be, not something I was uncertain of.  Two of my top strengths are Connectedness and Belief.  Meaning I believe everything has a purpose, and when something doesn't work as designed or advertised, it should be cause for concern.  I'd opt for surgery and therapy that trained my body to do what it was supposed to do, regardless of my emotional opinion on the matter.

To be fair, though, in an XXXY individual, the boys are outvoted three to one.  So I wouldn't be surprised if such an individual decided to go with the majority.  It might be best for them.  Depends on how vocal the Y is.

All I'm saying is that she needs to be careful to make sure that what she wants is really what's best for her.  What we want and what we need are not always in alignment.  I suppose, in Smellerbee's case, only time will tell.  Also, it's a good thing she got the surgery done before completing adolescence.  It's pretty much impossible to change the shape of your hips once they've stopped growing.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"I'd try to be who I was made to be"
Once again, you're missing the point. She wasn't "made" to be anyone -- she was "made" as something outside of the black and white interpretation of gender.

I'm not so sure someone who can't appreciate how this kind of phenomenon occurs or functions has a right to say what someone "needs to be careful" about. What she really "needs to be careful about" is making sure she surrounds herself with understanding and supportive individuals and to not let the opinions of others affect her self-esteem. That's basically the theme of the comic here.

We're also not referring to Smellerbee here, we're referring to Jane Fitzpatrick.
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Green-Ruby Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Its sucks society lets kids be such fantastic a-holes to children like this.
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DoodleBuggy Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional
if only parent were given more power to discipline, maybe that wouldn't be so.
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cRaZy-dOOdler Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, that's amazing :wow: the fact that she's BOTH a boy and a girl is yet fascinating yet upsetting. It makes me want to read more :D
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DoodleBuggy Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional
Yay! Thats good!
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The character was born as an intersex individual, and this comic takes place shortly after the character has decided to identity as a female and has had surgery done, her name changed, etc. to reflect this new identity. There can be a lot of complications regarding this sort of thing, but I tried to summarize it as best I could for a younger audience in a short space -- and doodlebuggy did a wonderful job with the character design in particular, I think. ^_^ She was a pleasure to work with.

Thanks for reading this comic, and if you aren't familiar with this character, she is actually a primary character in a larger body of fiction and artwork I've been working on for a long time.
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cRaZy-dOOdler Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Really? Better check it out then :P you did a great job! :heart:
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If you do give it a look, thanks!
You can read it here: [link] or on FF: [link] (It's technically fanfiction, but also not? You can go into it as if it's a standalone story, basically.)
The extensive art gallery for it can be found here, but if you're worried about spoilers, be careful: [link]
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cRaZy-dOOdler Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ha, I've actually been reading a bit right now, and all I can say is: I. LOVE. IT :love: everything about it is so interesting and great! :D
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for checking it out!
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shorewall Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Awesome! When I heard about this, I wasn't sure, but the art is amazing and this is a nice start.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Doodlebuggy was the perfect choice for this, and I'm very thankful she took on the job. Her character design choices for Jane were perfect.
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shorewall Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Oh yeah, I really like Jane's design here.
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ChrisMist Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
poor kid
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Don't worry, things work out well for her in the end. :)
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ChrisMist Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
YAY :iconheartrollplz:
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