I'm thinking about that weird thing that happened with a bunch of different webcomics in the late 2000s, where I guess a ton of artists all kinda realized at the same time "Oh shit! A very significant amount of my audience is gay teens, but also I kinda made my comic 100% straight people without really thinking about it! I should do something about that!" and then suddenly a bunch of queer characters popped into existence from the creative void
Again, I point to Wapsi Square, where the MC showed absolutely no signs of attraction to girls that I could tell (and I really *wanted* some lesbian or bi representation in comics at the time), so the sudden switch seemed highly artificial.
And yet, when he started with the new set of younger characters with a prominent bi relationship, it was handled a lot better, although still a little disjointed. But by then the whole narrative was disjointed, so it kinda worked.
@Nezchan Yeah honestly there were very levels of transition-smoothness, I think the comics with long-term overplots fared better overall because there was more of an incentive to stay the course and feel things out slowly, The gag-a-days had a lot less going usually so of course they'd jump on any new material they had
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