UPDATE: I sketched a small follow-up after going swimming finally! Click here to have a read!

Up until 2018, I haven't swam for half a decade since I've moved to Australia. This comic is an attempt at talking about my body image issues mostly to myself and for myself, but please feel free to have a read! This only speaks to my personal experience as a cis queer man of colour without body or gender dysphoria. 

Run best when downloaded, and it's free! Donations are enabled because rent still needs to be paid but please, no pressure at all :)


The morning after I finished drafting this comic, I looked into the mirror and felt this strange pride. 

As a comic artist, I LOVE characters with distinct physical traits and features. Never flaws, just parts of the characters that make them unique and recognizable. After drawing my “flawed” body for 60+ times, every thing that looked "wrong" became endearing.

Like, those parts made me recognizable to me (and I’ve had problems of not recognizing myself before) and allowing myself to say nice things about my body to me was… really nice!

Anyway, my swim shorts (that look exactly like they do in the comic) just arrived and I’m gonna go swimming for real  soon. I’m very excited!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed it!

Updated 19 days ago
AuthorHien Pham
GenreInteractive Fiction
Tagsbody-image, comic, fatphobia, Twine


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his is good as fuck and it hits home. also really well put together. good job dude 

i love this more than i love anything else really. i love you, bb. <333

you're amazing and beautiful

Glad ya like your body at least sometimes! Im gettin bigger like you myself and I also like bein this way

Awww, this is so personal and cute, Hiem!

I dunno if I'd be able to dissect all the things I don't like about my body... and yet being so adorable (and brave in overcoming the discomfort) like you are in this story.

And yeah, it's really really nice to hug a shy and tender teddy bear like yourself ^^

Hehe... awkwaaard ^__^"

A big furry hug to you, keep novels coming!


Encouraging for sure. Spiting those who can't agree with who you are and what you looking like is even better. As a skinny bone jones, string bean, bean sprout, tall person with an inability to gain weight I can relate. Hating details about yourself because of the people around you. Not wanting to go out and exposing ones body to avoid the glares in public. Reason why I like baggy cloths growing up is because it made me not look anorexic. I am not by far, I eat enough to the point I am loathed from my women friends, but kids can be cruel and words stick. But like this comic, learning to like you for you really makes life better. I can wear skinny jeans and tight shirts and be fine with my tall skinny self. Sometimes, because honestly I do love baggy cloths because they're to too comfortable and regardless of what I wear I feel happy with myself.