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And finally, two weeks after his first appearance, Rudy’s name is finally mentioned in canon! Huzzah!

Anyway. Super busy page here. It may even feel like two pages. That’s because I ALMOST was! Originally, I was going to have one page just be Aunt Fara lecturing Gavin, and then a separate page for Maria and Rudy cheering Rain up. But I felt like I didn’t really have enough to work with to spread either one out. Hence, I left it as is. I guess I kinda figure it still works since it’s more or less the same scene… I mean, they can probably all hear each other anyway.

And before anyone asks or tries to correct me: Yes, of course I know that “tranny” is typically regarded as an offensive term, and yes, of course I know that it’s not correctt to refer to Rain as a “he” or a “him”. I know that, and hopefully, most of you know that (or do now, at least). Maria and Rudy however, are a little less familiar with the subject though. Supportive as they may be, they’ve only been aware that they know a “real, live transsexual” for maybe about five minutes now and really don’t have the terminology quite down yet. And in my experience, it takes at least a night for even the most accepting people to get their pronouns straight. -_-

Uh… focusing on Rudy again for just a moment, it’s dawned on me only now, that somewhere after page 20, he’s lost his tie. I mean… he WAS wearing it… and now it’s gone. Whatever. It’s after school; he doesn’t have to wear it anymore. He probably just stuffed it in his pocket. And yes, that’s totally viable excuse for forgetting to draw a part of his design for three whole pages… because no, he’s not wearing it in the next page either (LE GASP! Spoiler! :ohnoes:).

Oh, man. So much to talk about on this page. I could probably keep going, but meh… I’ll open up the floor to you guys. It’s time for me to shut up, and you guys to talk. ^_^

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:icondreamingxashley:
DreamingxAshley Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rudy's "he's a tranny" made me want to help maria strangle him...
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dreisteine Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
I am Rudy in panel 4.
I mean, seriously. LGBT+ people just seem so cool. Of all the people I know who I know are not heterosexual and/or cisgendered, maybe one isn't a really cool, nice person.

Huh.
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PerilsOfRosella Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
I know this is years later, but Maria's line "I wanted to be your friend, anyway," is just the most heartwarming thing ever.
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amyelise16 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Is it acceptable to reach through the internet and shake Gavin for a while? Hopefully his attitude changes as I continue reading, but right now he's ticking me off.

I'm loving this, by the way. My friend introduced me to this and now I can't wait to catch up!
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MelodieRox Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:lmao: awesomeness.
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It seems like Rudy would have spilled the beans sooner or later anyways...
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ghostider5008 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Aunt Fara and Gavians conversation in two words
Bitch Slap
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sophienouveau Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, I love these kind of comics. It really gives me hope for my own life when I read something like that even if it's fictional. Same was when I read Venus Envy...
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you. I'm really happy to hear my work can offer some hope.

I feel like I couldn't find enough motivating stories when I was younger (especially not catering to this particular subject). So being able to inspire and motivate and give hope to people is really one of my major goals with the story. ^_^
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demigodchaos Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
hehe i know all's fair in love and war but that may have crossed a line, though i guess the line itself ain't that straight either or is it a circle..... to much thought now....
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NihilisticArktos Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I have to say, I haven't started reading this until 10 minutes ago, but once I started I couldn't stop. Then when I realized this if the most recent page you've done I burst into a chorus of "AWWW MAANNNN". I don't think a comic's ever drawn me in so quickly. Wonderful work, the characters personalities and the storyline just got me in so fast, maybe because I can partially relate. The only differences being that I'm in 8th grade and I'm FtM, not MtF. Still, I love this comic so far, and I can't wait for the next page!

Keep on rockin'!

+Tetsuo
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you very much! I'm thrilled to hear you're enjoying so far!

And in case you were wondering, I do have plans for an FtM in the story too. He won't be revealed for a while mind you, but I thought you might like to know. ^_^
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NihilisticArktos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! =]

Oohhh cool! I can't wait!
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shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First off that was funny, and second are we ever going to see rain's brother, or sister later on in the comic.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
First, thank you as always! ^_^

And second... we may see them soon enough I'm not telling! :XD:
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geeksquared Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
I saw her being lesbian coming since the first hints were dropped. ^^

Also, Rudy amuses me. I kind of want to give him a hug for being so fail socially.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Heh. When Rudy is around, even fail is win! :XD:
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, poor Rudy...
in panel 4, is Rain wiping her eye, or getting a headache, or something?
Rain's face in the last panel is great :D
Also: wow, Aunt Fara is good at reading people
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Rain is supposed to be wiping her eye. She was crying at the end of the last page after all.

You can't keep anything secret from Aunt Fara! She can READ YOUR SOUL!!!
Or... she just has a lot of interpersonal experience. ^_^
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vidwatcher1121 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Might be moving the hair out of her face. Or a facepalm. ;)
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:iconnaminenam:
naminenam Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
im happy rain is finally getting friends that except her ;)
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
I get the feeling if Rudy was my brother I most likely kill him despite being a adorable kid.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
He is. He's a sweet kid.

But he's a sweet kid who apparently needs to learn to keep his mouth shut. ^^;
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Reminds me of my own brother...there all evil.
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student Writer
Well the suspicions have been confirmed Maria's a lesbian I wonder if this might have some yuri in it. Didn't expect Rudy to be guy also defiantly interesting. I think that i understand Gavin because he's not sure what to believe anymore especially with an old friend.And like i said i think that Maria and Rain are going to be really close friends although i don't know if that will develop into anything. And Rudy probably just misplaced his tie for some strange reason, or put it in his pocket, also if you think about it could be symbolic that he is gay.

I love how Maria is ringing Rudy's neck and Rain is in the background with the look of shock, probably thinking she's a lesbian oh boy, or actually oh girl in Rain and Maria's case.
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
After readng I can definitely say its not over for Gavin. He still has some daemons to settle and may not do that on this arc. You really know how to layer in the problems. But either way, like people that really care, sometimes they don't know what to say for something they had no reason to deal with. Straight men can actually benefit from this, especially in what it means to be a man. By definition, to be strong for those you care for and to fight for what is important. And to understand that it isn't about looking at hot girls anymore. To be honest, having a personal experience with a tg when your a boy really forces you to grow up a bit more.

As for your comment on the 'tranny' comment, Rudy is a little hyperactive anyway. So he says what ever words pops in his head on the spot, especially since he's now with friends. You can love him or hate him.

It also makes the story real. You're like how. Welll, in high school there were some students that wouldn't read 'Of Mice and Men' the reason why is because 'it goes against my religion'. At that moment I really believe they lost the point. George's speech was a layer of his character 'Jesus Christ Lenny' thus making him an authorative character to Lenny. Even when he has to shoot Lenny himself to take responsibility for what he accidentally did. It really is a sad story, was it sacriligious, i didn't see how.

So the point of that rant is that this isn't personal, and changing what someone would naturally say is the one lie we as storytellers shouldn't do. Hope that made sense.

As for your 1 pg decision, it makes sense. The way the scene is set up a shifting view point is appropriate, adds to the tension of the scene. Remember those 'me and mommy have to talk' moments when you were young and remember your eye looking at everyone else in the room for a glance at emotion. That is the best way to put it.

Again, great page and love to see where this leads in this arc.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Gavin's reaction is apparently very typical. Most LGBT people who happen to have a sheltered straight friend, seem to experience a situation like this at some point. Sometimes it turns out all right; sometimes it doesn't. As such, I felt this was kind of an important issue to address.

I'm not really apologizing for using the word "tranny" or anything here. As I was saying to someone else, I actually LIKE the word. It actually sounds fun and endearing to me. But I want to acknowledge that a lot transfolk take offense to the word. I'm not afraid to say though that in my aim for realism in this story, we may see some words that really ARE offensive and are used in way that is MEANT to sound offensive. This won't be easy stuff for me to write, but it would have the potential to make select scenes exceptionally more powerful.
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I guess the only problem I have with "Tranny" is that it makes the public think its a fadd rather than a deep emotional pull that lasts forever (as well as transsexual sounding like a curable disease). Oh well, nothing I can do about it. But at least I know you try to make fun of the situation.

Hope for the best with Gavin.
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animeunderwaterfan1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
i think rain is straight she or he just like to crossdress.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Ah, but I believe there's a similar discussion somewhere else in these comments and so I'll challenge you as well:

What does "straight" mean to someone like Rain? Or "gay"? Does that mean she likes boys or girls? ;)
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animeunderwaterfan1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
he's really a boy so he must like girls.
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Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I thought Maria did not know yeat. Oh wel nice page.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Maria didn't know what yet?

Thanks anyway. ^_^
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Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That she was gay.
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:iconwindtrick57:
Windtrick57 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
*Fixes his newly acquired tie*

Photoshop is a bish :3

Anyways, nice job combing seriousness with a bit of humor at the end ^^
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Tie thief! :ohnoes:

And thanks! I'm glad you liked my combination of serious dialogue and comedic dialogue. I'm super pleased it works out so well. ^_^
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EllieNoodleSoup Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I always stuffed my tie away when I was a teenager. It was mostly due to the manliness of such a garment, but maybe Gavin just hates ties. It's not that implausible.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Oh, same here. I hated having to wear ties or suits or anything, and pretty much for the exact same reason. That and it always feels like it's choking me, even if it's relatively loose.
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EllieNoodleSoup Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly. I hated going to church with a passion just for that reason. Three hours with that godawful monkey suit costume on every Sunday for nearly two decades. It was the worst.
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animeunderwaterfan1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
wow turned out greek i hope gavin is still rain friends :)
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
It looks pretty iffy right now... but who knows...? ^_^
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Q9R42 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The last panel is hilarious!
It will be fun to see the developments from here on out... As usual. Haha
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks! I'm happy as always to hear that! :D
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Mage421 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
I'd imagine Rain doesn't appreciate being called a him/Tranny, but at least they're willing to give her a chance. Gotta start off somewhere, right?
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Jaded-but-cute Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Props for using the word "tranny." Yes, an insignificant detail to be sure but I'm so damn tired of the world trying to pin that word as something offensive when it's a simple abbreviation of transgender, transsexual, or transvestite.

"Tranny" is far simpler and easier to deal with, combines all three words into one easy to understand generalized definition, plus it rolls off the tongue far easier.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Yeah, I try to acknowledge in this comic that most of the transgender community seems to be pretty offended by "tranny". But I personally have no qualms with it.

Speaking personally, I actually really like the word and offline, I say it much more than it's more technical alternatives. I find it sounds like such a fun and endearing word. ^_^
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Jaded-but-cute Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
To me, Tranny is to transgender like Gay is to homosexual, not Fag (which I can't see as an insult either considering it means something entirely different in a country that oddly enough, speaks the same language we do).
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Writer
^_^ Aww......
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apsm Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Maria was already hinted as gay, but Rudy too? WHAT A TWIST!
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
Ok, yeah. I'm definitely like Rudy. Pretty sure I've said plenty of impulsive things that would incite the urge to choke me. ^^; On the other hand, I get the impression you weren't quite so annoying as the "third child".

Though I'm apparnetly straight. With slight traces of possible asexuality, which may explain how I could conceive and understad a character like "Miles" (who, unlike me, THOROUGHLY lacks sexual and romantic interests... aside from the fact that I obviously can't be an elf. And that she's biologoically female.)

Auntie is still very lax about all this, I see.

On a side note, considering Rain's personality, why do I get the feeling that "Rocky Horror Show" would be a very awkward experience for her unless she was a hardcore nerd/filmography fanatic? :confused: (Well, it was for me. Especially when everyone else watching along was chanting "GROUP SEX!" during portions of the "Let's Do the Timewarp" chorus musical number)
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