His face on the last pannel!!! Sam just broke my heart
I know! I just want to give him a big hug.
Not too strong, the hug…
Agreed! He just looks so ashamed, it’s heartbreaking!
oh it is an actual binder
poor sam :C it’s not that hard on me
But there was the chores, in addition of the day at school…
I wore one all day and it’s not so bad. I wonder if he was sick to begin with. FTM before top surgery usually wear them a lot with not “much” trouble.
It doesn’t happen from just one use, but from prolonged and consistent use. Wearing it for a whole day is nothing like wearing it for 12, 14, 18 hours a day every day for weeks and months. It also depends on the individual person; some people’s bodies can handle the compression more than others. Trans people are all different and so are our bodies.
I guess I’m a little confused. Why bind your chest if you have no breasts?
Sam… does though.
Because Sam actually does have breasts… Or at least that’s what I thought. Isn’t Sam a breasted character person?
My interpretation of this is that Sam possesses breasts and really wishes he didn’t, thus the over-enthusiastic binding past the point of safety. What’s “wrong” with him is a disregard for his own safety which worries those who most love him. What he might read it as is a question of what could be so wrong with a person that he would feel in such a way that would cause such disregard.
It’s hard to be in the wrong type body, but it’s not wrong.
I agree completely, I just assumed Sam was male, and completely missed the About page, where it says he’s transgender.
Just breaks your heart, especially seeing the look on his face and seeing him put himself through something like this jut to feel ‘right’ in his body. :C
Sam does have breasts. If you go back to when he is first introduced to the comic, you can see that he’s fairly chesty (or it at least appears so from the angle).
This is from the character description page, if you click on ABOUT at the top of the page:-
“Sam has only come out to a few people closest to him as transgendered, so some family and friends still use feminine pronouns for him.”
Ahhhh, ok. I didn’t see that, so missed it completely.
Actually some cisgender biological men wear binders as well, usually if they’ve gone through some sort of surgery on the chest or if they’re overweight and want to slim down appearances.
Otherwise, as everyone mentioned, Sam is a transman~
Oh Sam sweetie, you and I share a name and a tendency to bind much longer than we should. The suggested time is 8 to 12 hours. All day could include up to 16, even 18 hours. And if he’s doing farm work, that’s going to put a serious strain on his lungs. I can’t run while wearing my binder, it makes it hard to breath and my whole torso hurts.
Three of us here, then! Three Sams, all binders. :0
Be nice, Lee!!!!
I think he’s harsh ’cause he cares & Sam knows it.
(though the words might sting)
Lee’s furious faces are as fabulous as Sam’s sorrow one b^^d
Oh Sam… :,< *Cuddle*
Honestly the worse I’ve gotten from my binder (which I wear too tight anyways, need to stop doing that) is bruised ribs and/or a rash, even doing farm labor and working out, and I wear mine…about 12 hours a day?
I am relieved, in a weird way, to see gender dysphoria being brought up. I get tired of how glamoured trans characters are by the majority of comics.
And, seeing as I suffer from very severe gender dysphoria, this is very easy to relate to </3
I have one friend who was in the wrong body. He had DD breasts and his binder made him look flat. We all got so used to seeing him with his binder on that we forgot he isn’t meant to wear it at all times. He collapsed one day because his ribcage had been compressed for too long and his airflow had been strained too long. He was told he couldn’t use the binder anymore, period because of health reasons. I haven’t seen him being ‘comfortable’ for nearly four months. We all treat him male and when he read this page (over my shoulder) he started to cry saying there is no way not to feel pity for Sam right now because this reflects what some people do have to go through…beautiful page, from both of us.
I bound my breasts once for cosplay and it was the worst feeling in the world. More power to you sam.
I just have to say how much I appreciate transgender issues being brought up in the comic! I’m not transgender and I had no idea what an danger binding could be. These are definitely things people in general should be aware of so it’s just awesome to see it brought up here!
Sam, no. Never leave your binder on for more than 8 hours! I had to be in hospital for a month because I wore mine every day for 10+ hours for 6 months (including in gym class). Don’t do it. If there was one thing I could change about my life it would be that, it caused so much pain, physical and mental, in myself, family and friends. Please Sam, listen to Lee. For the love of God listen to Lee, honey!
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