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RAIN p.21 - The Truth Is... by JocelynSamara RAIN p.21 - The Truth Is... by JocelynSamara
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Not as planned… :(

It could be argued that this might have been better spread out over a couple pages. I admit, I was pretty constantly conflicted with the layout of this and the next few pages too. But Rain knew she didn’t have time to come up with an excuse and that she had to tell someone about herself sooner or later… and who wouldn’t think their old best friend would understand?

Er-hem… well, there’s nothing left to do now but wait for the hate mail to roll in. ^^;

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dreisteine Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
I love panel 7.
If only I could remember his name...
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LiaHansen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artist
Augh, I love Rudy so much!! :D
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
*sighs* Just....sad....really, really sad..... >_<
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unit1138 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist
really? Gavin problem with it is that she lied? If I were in his position I'd be like "Ahhhoooohhh what the FFFFF**k? Seriously?" (referencing [link])
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
I love the emotional climax on this page. And, I feel that the reactions, put side by side, make for a great comparison and allow the reader to see more into each character's personality and perspective. This was clearly a difficult moment for Rain, but she pulled it off well.
As for Gavin's reaction... while I will agree that it is not the most favorable reaction, it is the most natural for him. If I discovered my old friend with a significant life change, after years of no communication, you could bet I'd feel shocked (and a bit betrayed, as well). While it's a shame that Rain's gender identity has come between them, the fact is that it has, and frankly, I think it's better for Gavin to deal with it authentically (as he starts doing later on) than to simply ignore it. The ones who ignore the elephant in the room are the most likely to get trampled. This is a serious moment for both of them.
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AmmyKaabiiPupupu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Yay, another ignorant school kid... I now hate Gavin.
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werecentaur Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
i like panel 1, looks pretty good^^ and what a douche she has had as a friend :/
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naminenam Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
aw i hope this heads in a better direction for rain
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SimpleLie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
aw~ :C poor Rain! i know how ya feel buddeh! went through a situation almost like this. GOOD LUCK my friend, i hope it turns out better for you!
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jocaypa Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Wow...
Shouldn't i had readed the ch. page at the comic domain?
Reading all the comments up there, something tells me i shouldn't had done so.

Also, i wonder if Maria will still be attracted to Rain or not anymore since her (Rain's) personality and looks are girlish but... you know... ¬¬.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Writer
Oh? Is there some drastic spoilers or something somewhere? I'm not quite sure what you mean.
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jocaypa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Well... since most people seem to ask questions that might had been easily answered by checking it.
And after that many comments, i'm starting to become a little paranoid... (you know, i'd rather blame myself than them)
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shanweeboy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
bah,i wouldn't deal with his crap
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Writer
I'd like to say I wouldn't either, but it's kind of hard to ignore. Since they're old friends, it's safe to say she probably wanted his approval most of all.
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shanweeboy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
bah...
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
EEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! :tears: GAVIN, YOU ASS! BE MORE FUCKING TOLERANT! Why is Rudy so excited?
on the art itself, Rain in panels 1, 2, & last is beautiful. Great touch on the shaking.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
Gavin... :shakes head:

Rudy is excited because... heh, he's just Rudy. All will be revealed in time. ^_^

And thank you. The shaking was actually a bit of a last minute addition, but I think it worked out pretty well.
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student Writer
Poor Rain, I knew this was going to happen but i think that after a period of time Gavin will accept it willingly or reluctantly, after all she was his friend before. But poor Rain she crying and shaking this might be the time for a friend to show up and help her.

On an unrelated thing Rain's pose looks kind of strange in the last panel.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
You know, every time I looked at this page since I drew it, I seemed to feel differently about the look of Rain in the last panel. One day I'd like it; the next, I'd hate it. It's like I can't win. I MAY change it if it ultimately bugs me enough (and you're not the first person to mention it either).
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student Writer
It looks great, the pose is just a little awkward.
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Noooo! *hits Gavin over the* Your suppose to be happy to be reunited after all these years than hug!!! That is not a hug!!!! *hugs Rain* THIS IS A HUG!!! Stupid boys! There stupid and mean! But Rudy is a good boy *gives him a cookie* Odd but cute.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
Way to cock it up, Gavin... -_-

As for Rudy, yeah, "odd, but cute" is a good way to sum him up. ^_^
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Maiden-Of-The-Maggot Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
D: noes! rain is crying! *hugs*
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
What you said about page 20 (being that you wanted a panel layout to continue to provoke a reaction ) has really played up well here. The top began with 3 panels, giving a feeling of clutter as Rain is questioned of her identity. Same can be said with the second row as it shows everyone's reactions. But than at the third row its 2 panels, purely on Gavin's reaction, a way to provoke sometype of incinuation from Gavin's words. And it ends with one panel of Rain, almost as a way of literally making her feel alone. And with no words in that panel with all the info before this it really makes a reader want to turn the page.

You also really achieved in making this page really scary. I once felt that way and it was a pleasant experience. Though Rudy and Maria's reactions were understandable, in my eyes (and maybe yours) it makes one feel more like a circus attraction rather than a human. And Gavin's reaction is understandable, we've discussed this before about 'lies vs. secrecy' and this page proves it. I'm sure like me you don't want confrontation despite that you are honest when someone asks. Despite how amazed people get at the thought of being tg, it isn't as magical as it is in manga/anime. To put it like this, I am hoping Rain AND Gavin don't lose an old friend because of this. That's definitely one thing none of us can live with.

Now I will point out that this is your best page (forgive me for being biased). Expressions, body language, dialogue, panel placement, and overall content makes you forget this is a story. Ironically this tells me you feel very strong about this scene and want to convey a point. It maybe personal, but this page must be a little more important to you. So as a way of replying :hug: and hope you never be so sad.

I thank you truly for the thought provoking page and hope it makes you feel happy that you made it.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
My best page, huh? Wow. I'm honored. ^_^

I'm pleased it could evoke so many different emotions as well. As you basically describe, this is terrifying, heartbreaking and humiliating all at once for Rain; this is just a devastating experience I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. To hear that I was able to convey these emotions in such a way that the reader shares these feelings (even if to a lesser extent), tells me I'm doing my job.

I thank you for enjoying this and every page before it. I am pleased with it despite - or perhaps, thanks to - the heavy emotions involved with it.
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SHarles25 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
no the compationative type this guy :D
and wtf with the orange colar guy, what is going on with him =D
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
The orange collar guy (Rudy) is a bit unique. Don't worry; you'll get to know him better soon enough. ^_^
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arnisd Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
hmm, one is wondering, the second is disgusted and feels her pride broken, the third is admiring but the fourth shows no emmotion anyway nice page^^
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Poor Rain! She's shaking!

I guess I should have expected Gavin's reaction - it's sadly one of the more typical ones, is it not? I'm very interested to see how Rain handles it.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
It is unfortunately an all too common reaction...
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Though Rudy's reaction balances things out, methinks.
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DCHorror Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Rain looks extremely hopeful in panel 3. Makes the last panel frustratingly depressing.

Kind of a jerk move dragging friends along to do this instead of in private.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
It is frustrating. I feel a little sick saying this, but I'm glad I could effectively convey that.

Actually, Gavin basically told them not to come along back on page 19 [link] . But you know, this is high school we're talking about; the other two followed him anyway out of curiosity... even if they were so wholeheartedly against Gavin confronting her like this.
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DCHorror Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It seemed more like a do whatever, but knowing that he suspected it, he could have told them not to come instead of just imply it. Again, bravo on your work. Wish I could be as consistent as you.
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LightningMegaRaichu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
How sad for her to revel the truth. Wonder what rain gonna do? :(
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dan1311 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student General Artist
okay, this one is awesome and the dude that said Rain is his hero, I think he really bump into Rain really hard
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
He did bump his head pretty hard, but it's not really strange for him to act like that... ^_^
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dan1311 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student General Artist
if you say so
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Writer
Awww ;_;
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velven1001 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
ok well one reaction was better then i thought, but Gavin....... he just don't understand... though he might come around later (might realize why Ryan is doing it... just a thought)
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Somehow, Isensed this would be the outcome.

At the very least, Gavin didn't go all anal, but it still hurt either way. It's a reasonable reaction, but a cold one nonetheless.



...why the hell am I starting to see some of myself in Rudy(is that the guy's name?) ^^;
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
See yourself in Rudy, huh? :XD:

I don't know. He's one of the quirkier characters, though he hasn't had a lot of time to shine just yet... ^_^
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Nice new avi, btw. :)

Yeah, quirkier characters.... he may have not been developed yet, but that fact alone is something I can easily relate to. ^^;
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Boltizar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
For a decisive moment, what happens next seems completely unpredictable.

Now to wait for Friday morning.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm just glad this page's release didn't land on a Friday. The extra day of waiting for the next page would've bothered me too. ^^;
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Boltizar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Ugh, that would be torture, but you know it'll happen at least several times during this series.
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smchronos Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
I guess this is when a sad face should really be used.

So, :(
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
:(
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apsm Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Ok...where's this gonna go from here?

And something tells me the 'orange shirt' kid has some 'confused gender' issues himself. Why else would he consider her confession heroic?
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Writer
Oh, the possibilites... ^_^

The orange shirt kid (Rudy) is an interesting one. No worries; he'll be clarified a bit later. ^_^
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