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RAIN p.41 - Smokescreen by JocelynSamara RAIN p.41 - Smokescreen by JocelynSamara
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End flashback sequence. ^_^

To be fair, some of you have correctly predicted the reason for Maria and Gavin’s “relationship”. Others of you, probably just read the character bios. The rest of you might be surprised… or not? It’s not exactly the most complex logic ever…

Artistic notes: the first panel was a bitch to draw (and I’m still not totally happy with it), but I’m generally pleased with it. Also, I really like drawing Debbie (the spectacled girl in panel 3) for some reason; I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I think it’s just that she’s so different from the other characters in design, that it makes her fun to draw. The second to last panel is also quite noteworthy. The “Maria Raspberry” and especially the “Happy Gavin” faces crack me up.

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:iconfairportfan:
Fairportfan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
As i said a few pages back, Gavin ought either shave that stubble or grow a full beard.
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:iconfairportfan:
Fairportfan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
"... imagine that ..."
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:iconliahansen:
LiaHansen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Artist
Wow! cool subplot!
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warn0238 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love your comic! Been going back through these first ones to just re-experience it. The idea of just going through the motions and that it'll "fix" you seems to run rampant in the LGBT community, everyone seems to think it and everyone that does eventually realizes what a fool they've been. Heck I joined the Army to "fix" me... yeah that worked out great. Haha
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Freddy-kun Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol Gavin's a Beard.
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:iconeleventhdr:
eleventhdr Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
so you are saying that gay girls can't have male friends!
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Writer
I beg your pardon? :O_o:

When did I ever say that?
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:iconstuartd9:
stuartd9 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
the bubble face thing is f-ing priceless :D
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I can understand your frustrations with the first panel. I think its mostly the angle and how the characters fit into the panel. I would also poinr out that sound effects written in kanji might add more impact to Rudy's beating. But that's just me, I really recommend redrawing panel one on its own sheet and not in a panel and see how it works. Who knows, your brain may click and say 'oh, it makes more sense to do it like this.' But at least you're still attempting these poses, every attempt counts (OCSC).

To be honest, I hope that Maria and Gavin stay friends too. Both of them as people are better than this little fued over Rain. But I guess it needs to happen anyway, just as a test of understanding. And even though the smoke screen idea is good, we all know a lie can't last. Poor Maria and Gavin it really is hard for both of them to be expected to be together.

About Debbie, it is quite funny that happens. Naoko Takeuchi-sensei said in an interview she enjoyed drawing Umino-kun the most from Sailor Moon because he IS so different. To me it is a little sad, considering that sometimes our artistic hands just like drawing a character so much that we find ways to put them in scenes. But are still disappointed because they aren't apart of the maincast.

But anyway, it really is a sad page. To be honest, straight people have it hard too. To be expected to fall in love with certain people. To be expected to be swept away by a noble knight and be fallen for by the fair haired damsel. It really is a fantasy most people wish boys and girls had but still don't feel in their hearts. Because all dreams are unique from that cookie cutter mold, and each magical in its own way.

Also went all giggly with your Gavin and Maria smiley faces. Awesome additions. Look forward to seeing Rain, Rudy, and Fara smileys as well.
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Maiden-Of-The-Maggot Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
maria and gavin faces in the bubble are just priceless XD

you dont F with maria D:
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
Maria: :iconioriplz: NAKE! SAKEBE! SOSHITE, SHINE!!!
Rudy: Ah, hikari ga.... *KO'D*

Gavin and Maria Win. FRIENDSHIP.
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chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Student Writer
I love the art in this page, and the first page is both well-drawn and funny. I love the variety of expressions that you used on this page.

Although I wish you drawn that skirt a little shorter. :blush:

...and the first panel...so interesting...

The art keep getting better and better.
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
All fear Maria and her foot of doooooom!
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Student Writer
So that how it happened. I love how Gavin's happy in his mind well Maria is like bleh.
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:iconwerewolf-hero:
Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Gavin should date Rudy. I would love those guys as a couple. Great Page I nolonger hate him.
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Dark7Hero Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
the lil faces there mad emy day XD
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gavin awesome face! I think you did the first panel really well! Did you have a friend model?
Also: who does Maria confide in if not Rudy? Gavin? I doubt it...
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PrincessJessica Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
ah, so that what it was.

great page
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:iconfakenameyfakenamey:
fakenameyfakenamey Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Gavin is gay, he's just so far in the closet he's looking out the other side
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VIII-Bit Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Okay... so my deductive reasoning is still in top shape... However, the fact that there are character bios already explaining this whole scenario puts a damper on my self-praise. But that's what I get for not lurking around your earlier work. ¯\(-_-)/¯

As far as this page is concerned, between Maria trying to squish Rudy's head like a grape (which looks great by the way), and Gavin's awesomeface, this definitely made me grin. This is just another good page that balances the serious and the funny quite nicely.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Writer
This is pretty much the last bit really described in the bios. Everything from here on out is unknown territory. So, it's equal footing for everyone now.

Anywho, I'm glad you like the page! :D
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:iconenkidude:
Enkidude Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
The last two screens are almost tear-jerkingly good - very good. MOAR! =)
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Writer
Tear-jerkingly good? Nice! I can live with that. :XD:

MOAR is on the way, my friend. ^_^
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Enkidude Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Huzzah, I say! :dummy:
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Student Writer
Cute ^^.

The first panel turned out really nice ^^. Reminds me of Azumanga Daioh very much. So cute.

The colorized patches are cute too ^^.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks! I'm glad you like it! :D
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:iconmajorkerina:
majorkerina Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Writer
Always love Rain ^^.
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
wow this story is going very nicely i hope this becomes into a movie :)
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Writer
A movie? You shouldn't say stuff like that or I'll get unrealistically ambitious. ^^;

I mean, I guess it could happen...
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
sorry :XD:
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:iconstorytypist:
StoryTypist Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
...I seem to be having trouble coming up with things to say on a whim.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Writer
You don't have to say anything on a whim if you can't think of anything. I've been known to give myself a day or two if I can't think of something right off the bat myself. And I'm not one of those people who gets upset if there's a comment on an older piece either. So, just speak your mind when it comes to you, I guess. ^_^
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StoryTypist Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Alright then.

Nothing to say. :D
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OrangeDemi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the first panel is quite epic
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you! It was epically tough to draw too, so I'm glad it payed off. :XD:
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
i saw this coming, it was pretty easy 2 figure out. but anyways i like how the first panel came out, its pretty funny. and i do wonder y Maria stopped confiding in Rudy lol jk
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Writer
No biggie. I'll just have to surprise you later with something else. :D
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:iconundertaker972:
Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
alright, i look forward to it :D
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Love it :)!
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you! :D
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:iconnelekra:
Nelekra Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
You're welcome :)
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
"Yay! i got the hot girl!"

"ugh! i got a BOY."
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Writer
Two sides to every coin, as they say. ^_^
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Yep.
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:icondiggerman:
Diggerman Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ah the truth from the boy who's more than happy to speak. If weren't for him we'd be left in the dark.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank goodness for his love of gossip! :D
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naruto3322 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
awesome face for him :D!
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Writer
It suits him somehow, doesn't it? :D
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naruto3322 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
no flipping duh XP
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Extermanet Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Gavins reaction to the pretending :iconimhappyplz:
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