The reveal everyone has been awaiting (and many have been expecting!)
Since her conception I had envisioned Oscar as a trans* person, because of the inspiration from her namesake, a gender-defying, favorite hero of mine. However, I wasn't sure if there would ever be a place to reveal it in the comic, or if it would be relevant at all.
My fiancée Ash (who is now a co-writer of the comic) had already helped me plan the bath scene with Claire and Co, which introduces some important foreshadowing about Catharine and Claire's relationship. We decided that rather than pull a J.K. Rowling, we should make a similar scene to reveal information about the other nuns- that Sister Olga is secretly covered in stretch marks, and that Sister Oscar is trans*. As queer people ourselves, we understand how important representation is.
A lot of readers have been leaving comments about their predictions regarding Oscar's body, but there have also been a lot of people expressing a lot of negativity and bigotry. I want this to be a safe place for all readers, and that includes anyone who relates to Sister Oscar and is hurt by transphobic comments. That won't be tolerated, and I'm afraid I'll have to ban people from commenting if they can't be courteous.
For those who are having trouble with this revelation about Oscar, just remember that just because you have new information about someone doesn't mean they have become any different. She might not have the body you expected, but the shape of it does not change her character. She is not now suddenly "a man," she is still Sister Oscar, and will continue to be.
I am typing this from the train back home after a very fun, productive, and exhausting trip to PA and NYC to sicn, package, and distribute my Kickstarter rewards! I couldn't have done with without tons of help from Megan Lavey-Heaton (author of Namesake) and her awesome husband Mike, who have been an incredible help by helping pack and ship everything. Megan will begin sending out the packages immediately, and she is emailing tracking numbers as she goes, so keep an eye out for yours!
I can't express how much relief I feel to have the majority of this work behind us. It's been nearly a year since we began this Kickstarter, and we learned a lot from it. I am confident the next Kickstarter will be much, much faster now that we have ironed everything out. Thank you so much for your support and patience, it shall soon be rewarded. <3
For those who wanted to back the Kickstarter and/or get a book but missed the chance, Megan will be putting some of the extra books up on her online store. I will make an announcement as soon as she does! But be warned that the leftover stock is extremely limited, so it is first come first serve. I will make a re-print of Book 1 a stretch goal for the Vol. 2 kickstarter, so there will still be chances after this, just not as soon. I am also taking some books to sell at future conventions, so look for my announcements on those soon!
Now that I have one less thing to stress over, I am going to focus on increasing my page output to 2 pages a week. Before I do so, I need to build up a buffer in case of travel or sickness, but I have alread scripted most of the next book out and I am very excited to get to work drawing it! =)