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To Be Kind by VanHeist To Be Kind by VanHeist
a note about this comic: I drew this before Valentine's Day, but for one reason or another never finished coloring it or expanding upon what happens. Regardless, i think it works decently as it is and i thought i'd share it.

This one's a little different tone for "Bomango" so i'm not sure how it'll go over. I've personally felt the same way as Andy lots of times, but it wasn't until I became an adult that I really felt regret over being an ass to people by omission of action or compassion. Good intentions have a way of feeling less "good" when you don't actually put yourself on the line, even if it's nothing really world-shattering.

It's weird how these sorts of things feel more life-or-death when in school. Andy might be a good kid, but he's still wired to worry about what people think, and visibly reaching out to someone who's the school whipping post might be noble, but for some reason it's really hard to do.

Of course, Didi sees no such distinctions, so the solution is simple to her. (And anyway, Andy's friendship with Gogo should really have worn away his "worrying what people think" stigma by now, don't you think?)

so yeah...kind of unfinished, kind of different, but there it is.

thanks for watching :)
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:icontheshylion:
TheShyLion Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
If you ever have the time, please finish this. I'd really like to know what happens. Friends? Enemies? I need the story! :)
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Kleptoid Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
i did that once... and failed... i still have regrets to this day about it
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:icontheshylion:
TheShyLion Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
Wait, what did you do? Send flowers to the misfit in class? Tell us, share.... we bee curious, we is. ;)
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Kleptoid Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
I don't want to talk about it
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Whiteshadow943 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is great, and I just found this out for myself this year. I was afraid of people making fun of me for spending time with some unpopular girls, but I knew what was right, and I ended up making some new friends. I don't think people deserve nasty behavior, and what could possible be wrong about befriending someone, you don't have to go into a relationship you don't want, but you should be willing to lend a hand to others, as you would much love to recieve friendship so would others.
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:icontheshylion:
TheShyLion Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
You, I like. You're right, you shouldn't care what other people think.  If they don't matter to you, then their opinion doesn't either. Good for you! :(
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Whiteshadow943 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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Lapulta Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Didi suddenly became the most beautiful person in the world...
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fatmatt1220 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Continue this arc please sir.  I really want to see what would happen if Andy really did reach out to this girl:  would she become his friend would she think it's some kind of cruel joke, or will the other kids make fun of both of them for trying to be buds?  Who's to say?  You are Van.  You are.  
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TheChickKnownAsPanda Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
TOTORO!
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derpalicious39 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
That stuffed animal in the last panel :O
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:iconthechickknownaspanda:
TheChickKnownAsPanda Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's Totoro!
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derpalicious39 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
C: squee its so cute Cx
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TheChickKnownAsPanda Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
MMHMM
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footlongpixie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013

uuuuuurgh!!! your lineart!!!! it's beautiful and i'm mad at you for that!!! >.<

but on another note, i'm really glad you brought up this subject, especially with didi (she has a knack to cut to the chase).

thnx for this awesome comic, you just made my day :)

(luvin those mini-cheerleader didis! ^_^)

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ThePoeticDragon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, being kind isn't always the easiest way to go, but it's the right way.

You did an AMAZING job showing off human nature and just how confused we can be.
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:iconmehf:
Mehf Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Do it Andy.
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JGraphic1 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   Interface Designer
Good to care
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:iconsp85:
SP85 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012   Digital Artist
I gotta say my life definitely got better the day I stopped caring what people think :)
Didi is so awesome, I love her so much! :heart:
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VanHeist Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
it's a hard web to crawl out of. it DOES matter what people think (to a certain extent), but how much concern to put upon it is an elusive formula, hehe ^^;
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patientbear Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Chibi cheerleader Didi? Well I suppose that would really help drive the point home...
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NCWeber Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you ask me, this sounds like typical Andy. There are always areas where you're sure of yourself and others where you are just lost. Usually when Andy gets lost, he needs an emotional GPS. Thank goodness for Didi, no? :D
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cherry12 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
worry about what people think? fuck that. follow your :heart: :iconimhappyplz:
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zippo360 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
you know after reading this I couldn't help but remember what I said to a new friend of mine...

"When you are a little kid the world is full of magic. But as you grow older you find the world is harsh and unforgiving, so you must find a little magic in every day life or it will be a very short lived life."

So in other workd dont under estimate a simple smile and saying hello to people once and a wile.

One magical thing that keeps me going is (My Little Pony) I know its not for everyone but it feels me up with worm fuzzy feelings.

OH AND I REALLY LIKE YOUR ART!
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Meemzer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
I really like the way that you drew this. You are impressive. I hope you can see the ways that you are getting better and better as an illustrator. Good job! Deep topic too. I have felt similar. And I've also been in Erica's shoes too, where kindness was offered to me but I didn't know why and I couldn't tell if it was sincere. I hope that as I have grown I have learned to not care, and help whoever needs it. I'm not perfect, but I have had a few personal victories.
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ndgmtlcd Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
This is not unfinished. This is complete.
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EJ-Payton Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so, Didi turned her body into a phone, huh? that gives ne an idea for a character.. basically, an android like those from Ghost in the Shell, but have all sorts of abilities, such as "telepathic" speaking to electronics (such as phones, computers, radios, etc.), ability to scan and recognize things, and all kinds of other awesome shit
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greenteam06-33 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I love the expression on Didi's face at "What do I do now?" Even though her face has a different shape than usual in that panel. And I love Didi's Snow White moment with the birds. And of course, Totoro. How can Andy go wrong with Totoro backing up him?
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AngelMeeble Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
This is the most beautiful thing, subject and art
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SamBlob Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
1. Is Didi's comment on looking like a crazy person by talking to no-one in any way inspired by people using earsets on their cell phones?

2. I didn't know Andy had a cat and I *really* didn't know he had a Totoro cushion.

3. Andy's friends with Gogo *and* Hector and he cares what people think?

4. I wonder who Leela would less want to see Andy associating with, Erica or Gogo?

5. For that matter, what does Leela think of Didi?

6. I nearly spelled Didi "DeeDee"... which makes me realize how similar they are in personality and how different they are in intellect. Didi had DeeDee's personality and Dexter's intellect. *imagines Didi dancing around in a tutu*
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NF8th-DaniT Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome and so relate-able.
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spliter Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I really enjoyed this strip. it makes you think of things you'd normally wouldn't worry your head about.
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JJoseph Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That hits a little close to home...

Deeper than the usual works, I like where this is going, in a platonic, non-humorous kinda way.
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Rither Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
DUDE. This whole page just reeks of improvement on your part! You've actually really settled in to your style! Before, you had a lot of inconsistencies between panels, especially on character faces, but this page is just rock solid! My guess is that drawing The Lost Girl really helped to stabilize your hand and give you that last bit of security. Seriously, I don't see one line drawn in doubt; you know exactly how to approach each frame, each stroke.

SO HERE'S A QUESTION:
I know you've started to dabble in web-comic format and getting Bomango off the ground by yourself. But I caught myself wondering (and here's my question); do you have a complete proof-of-concept of Bomango? Do you have a script?
Whether you have or not, have you considered simply drafting a high-quality proof-of-concept and showing publishers? Have you been in contact with any publisher and showed Bomango off?
Really, looking at this page, it just feels as legit and professional as any other published comic. I think that if you just pull all your beautiful shit together into an awesome looking concept and show publishers, you actually might land a deal! Plus, now you also got some professional work under your belt to further ensure your legitimacy!
AND SHOULD YOU STILL BE REJECTED BY ALL (GODS OF METAL FORBID), then look on the bright side, captain.
You'll just use that work to kickstart your webcomic.
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UncleSi Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Thats what i like about Bomango. It's got a brilliant range of ideas and characters which means it can tackle so many different subjects and still feel 'right' with in the whole story :D
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bloodmaker Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
It's kind of funny that I was so engaged in the story and the art, that I didn't really notice this wasn't colored like you usually do. @__@
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Writer
I love Erica's "don't give a fuck" face.
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sweetandsimple Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
The girls guessing who got Erica the flowers reminds me... The class a year younger than us voted for a girl on the prom court who considers herself a vampire. She's blissfully unaware (I assume?) that they did it to make fun of her. Sometimes I hate people.
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StormyD Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Dear God, didn't they see how Carrie ended?
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VanHeist Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Some people have a thicker hide about insults and mockery and can just reap the rewards regardless. Most, though...yeah, people can be cruel.
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piccorotto Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Man... great job with the facial expressions. I mean really great job. Especially Didi's during the "So what do I do now?" panel. You've come really far dude, both as an artist and as a storyteller, and it really shows on this page. Kudos. =)
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:iconvanheist:
VanHeist Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
even so, Andy could use a few more expressions besides "pensive", "concerned", and "reluctance" :XD: thanks!
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SamBlob Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I think he has "WTF?!" down, too.

Then again, he had that down at least since the first time he saw what eventually became Didi.
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piccorotto Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Heh, perhaps, but at least for this page, I think those sufficed. |D
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MarbiChora Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
God damn do I love Didi.
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aquatus1 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Andy is in an interesting situation. He is stepping into his role as an Alpha, albeit anonymously. He acts almost out of a sense of duty to the pack (in his case, his classmates), taking action to correct a perceived imbalance. Indeed, he is evidently not the only one who notices this, as the two girls handing out flowers seemed happy to have the opportunity to interact with Erica without malice. Andy provided them with a way to still treat her as an Omega, but not in as abusive a way as it is implied she is currently being treated.
At the same time, he recognizes that if he does this too overtly, he will have to face the social consequences. Not just from the other schoolkids, but from Erica herself. It is entirely possible that Erica simply isn't all that likeable, for whatever reason, and Andy may not be interested in being her friend (in all honesty, Andy seems to be somewhat picky regarding his friends). He may not be so much reaching out to Erica as simply making a blanket statement to the rest of the class to tone the aggression down a bit.
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SamBlob Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
What makes you assume that they are interacting with Erica without malice?
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aquatus1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Same as everything else. Their expressions. Also, when people are picked to do this sort of thing, the snarky ones generally do not volunteer, and even when they do, other students (even their friends) tend to be hesitant about giving a person with that sort of attitude an opportunity to be even more obnoxious than usual. It's part of the behavioural balance thing.
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SamBlob Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I guess you and I are looking at the same pictures and seeing very different things. The girls "having fun guessing" appear to me to be making fun of her in their guessing, and the looks they have when talking to each other look rather snarky and malicious to me.
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aquatus1 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Now, as a separate point, of course we are referring to fictional characters here, and on top of that, to an artist's intention, both mentally and physically, to convey that character's feelings, so a large part of what we are doing is nothing more than speculation. That is pretty much a given on these boards.
That said, art reflects the artist, so we can assume at least that what VanHeist drew reflects what he felt while drawing. I look at the two girls handing out the flowers and I see the anime expression on the second one, the expression that is usually used to convey a sort of apologetic condescension, a certain "I'm sorry that happened to you, but you look so adorable!" one would use on a puppy that got its head stuck in a snack can. Ponytail girl I could go either way on, but as ponytails are usually used on more aggressive characters, I can see her expression as a sort of tolerant acceptance, if nothing else than because her friend is entertained by the little Omega.
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