I’m assuming you are talking about the human ships here because I made it plenty clear what I ship within the Pokemon teams.
FYI, I do enjoy both Checkmateshipping (Hilda/Cheren) and Ferriswheelshipping (Hilda/N)…and same with the Hilbert counterpart ships. There are aspects of these ships I enjoy and hate…and going in between is always fun (I believe it is called Grandmastershipping if you do the threesome Cheren/Hilda/N thing).
But just because I enjoy the ships does not mean I cannot poke fun at them. I feel like some of the initial N and Nina stuff was to maybe turn some Ferriswheelshippers’ heads because I kinda got tired of seeing the “cool, collected” N with “smitten” Hilda scenario that seemed to saturate the fandom at that time. Despite looking similar, Nina and Hilda are different characters to me so the interactions Nina has with N and Cheren might just be inherently different.
As for Checkmate, there was so little to begin with that I just kinda did my own thing (i.e. make Cheren be a decent guy???? Like woah???). I’ll admit he’s kinda a broken record (B/W’s “HOW BOTHERSOME” bot) ingame but he and Bianca are supposed to be BEST FRIENDS. I tried to show that aspect whenever I could…but of course some of these things can be interpreted as crushing on the MC.
IMO given the proclivities of my readers to find shipping in everything you can say there is already romance in the comic. On the other hand it can all just be sexual frustration. Story-wise I don’t plan to make this a romance comic so the little dregs of it I do draw (???), I hope you enjoy.