Kb’s four years old tomorrow! Effin’ nuts.
Awwww Chandra’s so cute and awkward. Though I’m really hoping nothing too terrible happens to her.
She just got informed by her crush that said crush bats for the wrong team. That’s pretty terrible.
Not true. All that was implied was that she currently had a romantic partner. The only extent of Steffi having a heteroromantic orientation (or any romantic feelings, for that matter) is a sort of half-hearted “sure, let’s go out” and “I guess”.
My opinion would be Steffi is trying things out (like any good curiousity-seeker) but really doesn’t care about romance or dating at all.
If that’s the case, why did she get so freaked out when Ben said he’d thought she was a lesbian in the first place? The way she’s calling herself stupid on page 271 in particular reminds me more of someone with an actual crush. I think she really likes him. Your interpretation works somewhat if we assume she was just embarrased at getting angry; but still, she got really flustered later when he asked if she liked him.
Except she has always been really concerned about how Ben thinks of her.
And sorry if you’re committed to ChandraxSteffi but Steffi has shown much evidence of being hetero.
Page 268: “How could you not THINK about it!? Even a bit!?”
Then on the next page she freaks out when Ben assumes she’s gay. If Steffi was just “trying things out” she wouldn’t have such an aggressive response.
Then on page 271, like Dran said, she calls herself stupid, regretting she asked Ben in the first place.
On page 300 Steffi got defensive when Ben asked if she liked him. She was blushing. Then she got all flustered because she had been getting over Ben the whole week and was confused by the kiss. She blushed even more when Ben asked her out. Her “…Yeah, let’s do it” didn’t seem half-hearted at all. She just thought that Ben didn’t like her and she didn’t know what to say. The “I guess” could also come from her not being used to talking about Ben as her boyfriend.
There’s much more evidence of her being hetero than anything else. Who knows, maybe she’ll become bi by the end of the story. Maybe she’ll break up with Ben. But right now she likes Ben. Sorry if you can’t see it that way.
Okay, I admit that when I was Steffi’s age and younger, I was incredibly confused about the nature of romantic/sexual orientations, preferences, etc. but that is why I devoted so much of my time to figuring them out. I would like to call myself an expert, but I know there’s stuff I don’t know about.
What I DO know, however is that just because you like someone of a particular field (gender or whatever else), does NOT exclude other possibilities. This is also the answer to the “freaking out at being called something” question. “Lesbian” very specifically refers to a homosexual female person, and does not allow for any variance or expansions from that. And I know I get upset if someone refers to me with an inappropriate term.
I’ll just be opening up cans of worms I don’t care enough about to do anything with, so instead I’ll leave the rest of these comments alone, and hope you can figure out your mistakes on your own.
Finally, there has been no indication of Steffi being heterosexual, because frankly the last thing this comic needs is sexual undertones. With this in mind, I shall continue to refer to all relationships in platonic ways. (And I refer you to the earlier answer about being called “lesbian”.)
well I think you’re all being terribly mononormative to assume that just because she’s dating Ben she can’t form a romantic link with Chandra as well. BenxSteffixChandra OTMaT
(was going to use OTT but that is already “over the top” so had to make up a different acronym)
So…you clearly missed the whole “He’s my boyfriend” line then? Or are you confusing Heteroromatic/sexual with the common place “Homosexual/romantic”? First one means straight, second means gay. I ask because your argument about no undertones of Steffi being straight has happened had me confused.
And then you all COMPLETELY MISSED THE POINT.
Just because someone likes someone or is even going out with them, does NOT define their sexual or romantic inclinations.
Yes, Steffi has amorous feelings for Ben. Does this make her “straight”? No, it doesn’t.
Yes, Chandra has a crush on Blitz. Does this make her “gay”? No, it doesn’t.
(Also, those terms are pretty awful.)
I could go through and list every single tidbit of romantic hints from any character, but I HOPE that my point has become clear. Sexuality and romance are two of the most-complex concepts known to humans, but this is actually a very, VERY simple bit of them! You can like whoever you like, it doesn’t mean you are forced into liking similar people.
If you still don’t understand, go play “it’s just not your story” by Christine Love.
We probably won’t see eye to eye on this, but what gave you the idea that this story is about Steffi exploring and trying to find her sexual orientation?
Plenty of kids and even adults don’t know their orientation and will explore and I’m sure that’d make a fine piece of fiction or even nonfiction, but I’m pretty sure if there was an intention for Steffi to be “trying things out” it would be more obvious for us readers and and there would be more of a focus on it in the plot.
Yeah, only Mary knows how Steffi really feels but since we’ve been shown that Steffi likes Ben, romantically, why should we question anything else?
I would think that the plot would still revolve around the mysterious villains and how Steffi and her friends struggle with their “hero business” in their unique futuristic and quirky world. I don’t see any evidence that the story should start focusing on “What does Steffi REALLY feel?” or some kind of orientation adventure.
Not that’s a bad thing, it’s just that that doesn’t seem to be where the story’s going. Though, I don’t think it will, who says that it won’t? Maybe it will. But really, the basis of that idea only comes from assuming. Of course you don’t have to think so as well, and I understand if you don’t.
-But just because you don’t agree with others doesn’t mean you’re right and we’re ignorant and should “figure out our mistakes on our own.”
You have no more insight on this comic than the rest of us..
The point was:
NOBODY SHOULD EVEN CARE, OR TRY TO LABEL CHARACTERS ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.
I’m rubbish at explaining things, but I’m pretty sure I never gave off the impression that I thought “this is a story about Steffi exploring her sexual orientation” (what?!)
Ugh, I hate labeling and assuming. Like, a lot. Yep, never define characters solely on labels and stereotypes.
I guess nobody clearly understood what the other was trying to say. I was just trying to say that Steffi had romantic feelings for Ben and wasn’t apathetic about relationships. To question sexual orientations besides what we see is just a shot in the dark.
Honestly Shockpulse, fans are allowed to speculate and share their opinions. What you are trying to do is stop freedom of speech. Every fan of any kind of thing involving at least two characters will speculate about their sexual orientation. Who are you to say no one should care? As I said, everyone is free to speculate, they aren’t saying the story is based around such stuff, they are just expressing their own ideas and you are acting like that is a bad thing.
I literaly just checked this, dang yo. Sad news for lil Chandra, but also, happy early birthday to Kiwi Blitz! I really love these comics, and I can’t wait to see where things go on from here. Thank you for showing us all of this Cube, this is one of mine and I’m sure several others, favourite webcomics.
No No No.
Fuck. Hell no. No friggin’ way!
Not just after SophiexBen became a canon!
For all your no needs.
Warning: contains the less polite form of “heck”
I kinda prefer this one: http://youtu.be/31g0YE61PLQ
Oh man, sucks for Chandra So much awkward to come!
He’s like this guy I like….but he’s also my b@tch. Huh.
CHANDRAAAA :C Aww. I’m nervous for her now, Alter knows about her and KB.
Chandra brings “Socially awkward” to second to “Chandra awkward”.
I’ve been refreshin dis page since like 6 A.M. EST lulz
I read that as (somehow) “She’s four years old tomorrow”. ‘She’ being Chandra.
That was weird.
I thought I didn’t want romance in Kiwi Blitz.
I thought wrong.
Oh nuts. I still have the same avatar I had before I changed computers. Maybe it’s seeded based on your name and/or email?
I think it’s email based. ArtyD here. Lets see if it keeps my previous one shall we?
And based on the fact that I can see my comment is awaiting moderation it’s a combo of both your email and your name.
Email! I’ma type in a different email actually and see what happens, hopefully I haven’t gravatar’d that one before
Hi, I know this is unrelated, but where’d you get that name from?
Gravatar’s are based on your e-mail, so changing your computer doesn’t affect them in the slightest.
Oh poor Chandra!
Has to figure it out so suddenly!
Heart-break is the worst…
wow, have i really been reading Kiwi Blitz for four years. Time does fly. That is Effin’ nuts.
I know, right? I started before there was a kiwibot, and now Stephie is interested in boys and dating. They grow up so fast. Where does the time go!
(Ignores that its been less than a year, comic time)
say cube have you thought of changing your update schedule info to match your new Wednesday, Friday schedule
Where does it still say tuesday/thursday?
well it was in the synopsis
Well, it’s happened. The Raccoon officially crossed the barrier into too cute in panel 5. I hope you’re proud of yourself.
Oh, noes! Poor Chandra… And she was so excited, too…
meh, can’t sleep, and might as well check KB
:O Kiwi Blitz and I have the same birthday.
“This isn’t an April Fools joke”
Why must you troll us so, Cube?
Wish we could see her face in those last two panels! I am not thinking she’s devastated or anything but not showing her face does make me a little worried.
What do you mean, “work it out tomorrow?” You mean, after you’re kidnapped by evil furries?
Poor, poor Chandra. Hopefully she’ll catch that all-important “or… I guess” that Steffi dropped, implying she isn’t too devoted to the ‘ship.
I’m surprised I’ve been reading this for four years. Time certainly does fly.
Is it me, or does it look more like Chandra is going to be upset about her not being Steffies Sidekick?
Aaaaah so much suspense~
Happy Birthday for KB today! It’s also my cousin’s birthday, which is awesome~
I can see the next update has Chandra starting to shead tears.
HEY! This ship is starting to take on water!
“I guess he’s my boyfriend now? But he’s also, like, my sidekick? Oh yeah, and you’re snuggling a plushie of him in the second wallpaper so I guess you’ll like him too.”
Three seconds later, plushie Ben is burning…
Suddenly I love the idea that the wallpapers are both canon.
After Chandra developed feelings for Blitz, she used Alter’s resources to track down Steffi and her friends, enlisting Bombyx to make plush versions of everyone. The Official Reed Bahia Action Figure with Detachable Arm and NYPD Accessories™ comes from the police station’s gift shop, which Chandra visited on Bombyx’s insistence, since Bombyx makes and sells plush versions of Alter members and other criminals, including Gear and Raccoon, through the shop. Reed thought that it was stupid of Cheif Bahia to commission action figures of the police force, and offensive to have detachable arms as a feature on his, but Jones convinced him to keep the royalties after explaining the cost of a robotic limb.
Likewise, Steffi gave her sidekicks original Nintendo DS handheld systems for retro gaming, and forced them to play the MMO-like Pokémon franchise with her. Ben didn’t like the game at first, but it’s grown on him. Still, 42 constantly beats them both through use of stat-changing moves and other technician strategies to bend the battles in her favour for a clear computational advantage.
Why do I get a feeling that something awful is going to happen tomorrow to poor Chandra?
Meeting up without a costume is a serious no-no for superheroes. Altar’s going to turn up, I know it…
That’s right, Chandra. You can’t be her boyfriend OR her sidekick. You were too slow, someone else got there before you. Too bad. She’s got a robot, too! One who does all the dirty work for her. So she doesn’t even need you for that.
You’re superfluous, Chandra. You’ll never be more than third-string.
Fear not, Chandra will steal all the roles away.
Oh shoot! She’s feeding the Chandra x Steffi shippers! *bunkers down*
Also, does Steffi not realize that hanging out without costume implies free exchange of identities?
Well she already knows who Chandra is, 42 gave her that. I suppose she is trusting enough towards Chandra to be willing to give her that since Chandra has already 1) helped her steal back her Kiwibot and 2) gave her the name and location of a criminal from an organization that she is likely going to (correction, IS) get in trouble with for selling someone out.
On the subject, the hanging out thing may not be just because Chandra’s feelings for Steffi but just as it was brought up before, that she doesn’t have many friends. Reminds me of a current Pathfinder game where we sort of caused a ruckus by sitting down with an unpopular member of the Thieves Guild at their headquarters. People were upset with us, and the girl was confused as to why we would do that.
More-importantly, it’s a way of showing Chandra a bit of respect and gratitude. “I know where you live, but you know nothing about me!”
Actually, I just thought of something. Wouldn’t hanging out lower Chandra’s GPA even more?
Click to see dis GPA of 2.8!
Well you see, there’s this little thing called weekends…
Hmm…I think you’re right…
Come to think of it, I just experienced a “weekend”, I think, but I’m not sure…
no but she’s in like 6th (?) grade and 1) they don’t record GPA’s that actually mean anything until 9th grade, and 2) she could still spend the weekend studying.
despite my arguments being pointless and contradicting to each other, they should probably be considered. just things which may have been missed
Who else wishes that this universe was reality? It’s not THAT far off.
I think Chandra’s more dissapointed about Steffi having another friend, or bringing that friend along. Chandra’s at a young age who once she gets a friend, she probably wants that friend all to herself. I’m not a ChandraxSteffi shipper, but I honestly don’t think that Chandra has any ‘lovey dovey’ feelings for Steffi… She seems too young for someone to have those feelings, let alone be even a little bicurious.
Okay, disregarding the standard lesson on “early childhood ends at Age 8, and even before that children can form romantic feelings and attachments”, that final segment is downright offensive!
Point A: Chandra is 11-years-old. As stated above, the average 11-year-old is more than capable of forming romantic attachments, and doing so is perfectly okay. (Though watch out for creepers, and all that.)
Point B: “too young to be even a little bicurious”. What. WHAT?! Let’s put aside the whole in-the-KB-future-no-one-cares fact. It has NEVER been true that everyone is innately heterosexual/heteroromantic and needs to figure out their sexuality. Yes, it’s true that a lot of people (myself included) might swap around identities, trying things until discovering that one identity or label that fits perfectly. But on the other hand, plenty of people know exactly how they feel from a very young age.
Chandra has romantic feelings for Blitz. That is all that we know! Her romantic inclinations beyond that are a complete mystery, and so it’s pretty rude to be labeling her based on a single aspect.
Point C: While I do recognise and accept “bicurious” as a term, I’m guessing you’re uninformed and ignorant of these, so I will direct you to a pair of little things called “pansexuality” and “panromanticism”. (I’m assuming you already know about asexuality.)
I don’t disagree that it may be offensive when applying it to friends while discussing sexuality (personally I think people should be very careful on those subjects), but I think at age 11, peer pressure (not even friends, necessarily) can make someone feel that it is “wrong” to be “gay” or “not strait” as they would probably say (probably even with the spelling error), which, in turn, may lead that person to think he/she/ is heterosexual, at least for a certain amount of time.
Though it’s true she may already know what type of sexual orientation she has/is/.
While its true that society these days tends to force roles onto people despite not fitting, which can be extremely rough for a kid (I know this all too well), “Kiwi Blitz”" exists in a future where no body cares who you like, as stated by the Honourable Mary Cagle on several occassions.
I also agree entirely that sexuality is a topic best avoided, as it tends to cause more wounds than bridges.
Five stars says she and Ben will commence fighting over the position of sidekick soon.
Not bad…seems legit.
it’s very likely, actually; even if it doesn’t happen in this comic, in many other parallel…comics/universes/comically universal places, it does.
Must resist urge to hug panel 3 Chandra – must…resist!
My “Dangerous Plot-Point” sense is tingling! Some serious stuff going to go down soon…
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I drew an anime girl surprise!! Gotta warm back up after a week of being too sick to draw at home >:(
Ene from the Kagerou Project. I could still loop Lost Time Memory basically forever. Though I rented the Mekaku City Records CD today so I should probably listen to that!
STUDIO SHAFT AND THE GUY THAT DIRECTED MADOKA ARE DOING A KAGEROU PROJECT ANIME AND NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THE HELL I’M TALKING ABOUT EXCEPT LIKE ONE GUY. I’M SO EXCITED.
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