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RAIN p.39 - Overreaction by JocelynSamara RAIN p.39 - Overreaction by JocelynSamara
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Flashbacks are in black and white. I established that back on page 1, remember? Rudy’s wristband however transcends monochrome. ^_^

I realize this a tricky sort of scene and something that may hit home pretty hard for some of my readers. My goal going into this page was to come up with both an absurdly over-the-top reaction (the father) and a painfully real reaction (the mother) and use both in the same context. I hoped I could portray this without detracting from the facepalm-inspiring humor of the one and the shudder-inducing gravity of the other. Did I succeed?

And for those of you wondering where the explanation for Gavin and Maria is: keep your pants on, I’m getting to it. The actual reason is fairly simple, but it does require a little setup. You’ll know the answer next week. I promise. ^_^

On SmackJeeves and Comic Fury, this page is called “Slight Overreaction”. That was apparently one letter too long for DeviantArt though. :roll:

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Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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SpaceRoma Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh man. "old-fashioned" parents. I can relate to that way to well
I'm there with you maria, on so many levels. groans
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CrimsonScissorhands Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*slaps the parents* Man... I definitely know that my parents will react like this when I tell them both about my being gay and gender-fluid. *sighs*
This is really great, so far. I love it. :) -has been reading nonstop- 
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amyelise16 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
I love that Rudy's wristband is still rainbow colored in the flashback. I love those little touches anywhere, and I think you used it as an amazing effect. :thumbsup:
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Tiny-Boy-Toy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Worst mother fucking parents ever
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Fairportfan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013

Hardly.


Dad's apparently not a drunk who beats Mom up and sexually abuses his daughter.


...and that's not the "worst" parents i can think of - ever read "J.D.Robb"'s ""In Death" mysteries?

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Fallenangel2002 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
i love the rambow wrist band GO GAYS, and FTM :D
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OANASAEAA Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
I thought we lived in the 21th century well most of us do, personnally i find the whole idea that Transgenders are unatural to be a logical fallacy because ultamatly noting we doo is natural, cars doo not grow on trees, not saying its unnatural but im just saying that the basis for the idea that it is wrong and unnatural is considerably flawed but this guy puts it much better than me here is the link [link]. Hope i didn't offend anyone. Just saying what i think.
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anivad42 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Trans guy here. Found this via fuckyeatranscharacters on Tumblr, and now I'm addicted and it's distracting me from lunch. XD I love everything about this series, and I'll be back when I'm done eating. o7
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eleventhdr Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
this is not a disease thier is no cure it is how people are born!
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wolf-blazer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Interface Designer
they are in a catolic school???
hmmm..now i see why she dondt say a word...
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LadySerena Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Been there, done that.
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aeris7dragon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I frackin' hate people that think it's "wrong" and that "gays are going to hell". Shut the hell up, Fred Phelps! Some of us are trying to support equal rights! Geez.

YAY RAINBOWS!!! XD
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Very nice symbolism with the arm band! ^_^
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Animasword Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...that was reactiion was funny but really harsh. Still, Rudy has gained my respect for still being able to be possitive and comfortable with who he is after his own parents act that way to him.
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
First things first, love Rudy's wrist band. The reason being that in a black and white memory our minds give color to what is important to us. I think to Rudy its the idea of being gay that's important, but more of the feeling that he isn't lying anymore. And to anyone that should be the most important thing. And a reason for anyone to feel sad for Maria, who has no band and thus still needs to lie.

The way Rudy's parents reacted I have to say is a kind of a blured barrier between love and concern. It may began as a feeling of love, but unfortunately personal feelings of such activity overwhelmed the love for their children. And to say that there is a choice implies that we are intentionally feeling this way the same as we choose to buy a book. But its as me and dad talk about, that there are 'old-fashioned' people that I just can't talk too.

Now I'm just going to throw this out there. Me and dad once talked about how christian history was heavily edited just to make people convert. Not to say that's bad, but now I'm sure there are gaps now that can't be really understood. Having said that, just like in Norse, Greek, Native American, and Pagan history there is evidence of really pure hearted people that have also been known to be 'both man and woman'. Angels also having a similar outlook in the eyes of god being simply described as 'beautiful and strong'. But these stories were forgotten about and by association limited growth. This isn't to insult, just to be honest, no different than what Rudy has done.

Really hope Maria can be happy too, from experiences nothing is more sad than knowing your own mom will say your going to hell.
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HiArtrt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
had they been protestants, the kids would have been sent to some summer camp against gender confusion
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow. There was something strangely funny about the "going to hell" oubtburst, even when I feel for them otherwise.

Why is it that guys like us are ALWAYS the guinea pigs for risks that could screw us over? :(

Seriously, if I weren't so dead set on cosplaying a Harvest Moon Character for Sakuracon, I would have made preperations to dress up as Rudy instead. Heck, he would have been an easier cosplay. XD
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StoryTypist Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Those parents are not fit to be parents. How can they think of themselves as parents when they can't even face the fact that their son is gay? And if Maria tells them that she's lesbian, it'll only make things worse, because they are the worst kind of "parents". They're intolerance ascends every level of "bad parenting", crossing even those that abuse their children. Or at least at the same level.

How did your parents react to you?
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Maiden-Of-The-Maggot Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
poor maria ; w;
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Dark7Hero Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
ironic how my mother wanted me to be gay
im like on reverse world sometimes i guess
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chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Writer
Why? :O
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Dark7Hero Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
I dunno o-o
she just said it to me the other day
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chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Writer
The mood swing between the two parents worked.

Now, for Chihuahua's Predictions O Savvy!!!: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Chances that if Maria gets a girlfriend, it will be Rain, but only after awhile: Very Likely

Chances that during Maria's First Kiss with a girl, an adult would catch them in the act: Very Likely

Chances that once Maria's parents find out, and they start arguing with Maria, either Maria, Gavin, Rudy, or even Rain will snap back with a awesome monolouge about accepting their daughter's orientation: Very Likely

What do you think, LittleLynn?
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chitttick1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
I like how Rudy's magic rainbow wristband, defies the laws of flashbacks :clap:
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Writer
Well their parents are definitely close minded, i like the fact that he asks for an old and a young priest don't get me started on some of their problem about being gay. Unfortunately there are still a lot of parents that are like this they think that being gay is wrong that their kids are doomed. Thou I think many are changing there mind as being gay is becoming more common and more people are accepting of it. I think that it just they way people are my response to those kind of people is this "How do we know that liking the opposite sex is not wrong." Must people don't question that but you don't know.
Homosexuality and Heterosexuality are inborn meaning that you can't really truly learn to be gay and people certainly can't program it out of people that are gay. That one of the many problems with religion is that it becomes a thing of certainty if you don't have it then you are doomed.
Finally I like the page it sets up a background of how Maria really feels.
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Omg first panal hilarious despite how sad the situation is.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps it was because my intro to human cruelty goes all the way back to elementary school, but I've always tried for the "fuck em' if they got a problem with me," mindset.
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Ageknight Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Its funny really. Religion teaches that homosexuality is wrong but the fact being that it isnt a choice to be straight or gay. Sad really... oh well. nice comic
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
XD
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LightningMegaRaichu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Pretty good.
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Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
My parents think im going there for thniking they don't
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Ouch...

My dad thought I was a cross dresser apparently. ^^; (he offered quiet acceptance and encouragement by mentioning if i got a girl friend i could borrow her clothes.

Nice, but awkward. >,> )
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
damn closed minded ppl :<
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Vira-Torres Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
I've been following since the beginning and I have question; Ruby and Marie are they twins? I mean cause they look alike and are both are gay
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Writer
They're not twins, but they are siblings. Maria is the older sister at 17 whereas Rudy is the younger brother at 15.

Someone else had asked the same thing just now too, which made me realize I've actually canonically said this within the comic. I've said it in the my comments below the pages, but never actually ON them. So, I'm going to have to go back and alter some dialogue to fix this.

Very sorry for the confusion. ^^;
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VIII-Bit Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
So if everything in the past is monochrome, then I guess his wristband is from the future...

Holding out on the answer to the Gavin/Maria deal for another page too? Lynn, you are a cruel, cruel mistress. ^_^
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfblike: @ Rudy's future wristband
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Time4CD Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
I feel like this is coming for me soon, but i'm 18 in a week, so it's whatever to me
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PrincessJessica Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Wait, Rudy and Marie are brother and sister?
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Writer
You know, this is kind of a mistake on my part, I think. After reading this comment, I was going to go back and link to the first page where it was mentioned that Rudy and Maria are in fact siblings... but then I realized, I never ACTUALLY said it canonically within the comic. I've said it in the my comments below the pages, but never actually ON them. :ohnoes:

This is extremely embarrassing on my part, but I'm glad it was brought to my attention. I may have to go back and alter some dialogue to fit it in there so that there isn't more confusion like this.

But uh, yeah. Long story short, Maria is the older sister at 17 whereas Rudy is the younger brother at 15. Sorry for the confusion, and thank you for pointing this out to me. ^^;
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PrincessJessica Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Ah I see.

And sure, glad I could help...I think ^^;
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PrincessJessica Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Oh, Poor Rudy....
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
btw i noticed a slight typo, when the mother is talking, u put one too many l's in there
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Writer
Actually, it's an exclamation point.

But I made the same mistake a lot myself since drawing this page... ^^;
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
o it was hard to tell. well we all make mistakes
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naruto3322 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
I hate parents who are like that =[....hell I came out of the closet when I was like 13...and my parents didn't overreacted that bad they were shocked but not mad =\ and thank god they didn't mind religion much XD
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Extermanet Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
close minded conservatives!!
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
damn those parents are really old fashioned, just like mine. if i told them something like that and was serious about it, they would think i was sick in the head
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Michael-777 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is why Nemmy dislikes religion, the phobia and intolerance of anything different according to their holy books.

Nemo: Ironic huh? An AI-girl hating on you Humans for your intolerance. Kinda funny ^^
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EllieNoodleSoup Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Old Fashioned" indeed. I can't wait until parents as intolerant as theirs are referred to as "Extinct" instead.
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