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RAIN p.42 - Hung Up by JocelynSamara RAIN p.42 - Hung Up by JocelynSamara
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Get it? “Hung up”? Oh man, that’s punny. (Or, you know, terrible…) I had a few other titles in mind, but I just couldn’t resist the stupid joke. -_-

I hope you don’t mind the whole “phone conversation” thing. I feel like I use it a lot in this chapter. Admittedly I debated turning this specific scene into an IM conversation just to break it up, but figured it’d be more dramatic to actually have Gavin and Maria physically yelling at each other. Verbal rage for the win (I guess).

I really like this page because I feel like it’s something ANYONE can relate to (making it so delightfully frustrating). I mean, they’re arguing with each other, but they’re kind of on the same side… it’s just a different view from the same side. If they just shut up for a second and listened to each other instead of trying to make their own point, they might even see that.

(Good times, good times.)

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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Fairportfan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013

Heh.  IM conversations can be fun in comics - Dan Shive does them as if the characters were their avatars and talking face to face.

...and he usually chooses hilarious avatars.

2ndAvatar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally thought that they were standing right next to each other but still using phones for a minute there. :XD: I love this comic, keep up the great work!
atsuyuri-sama Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I havn't read bios or skipped ahead, so for me, this is just a guess...

I have a strong feeling that Gavin is so conflicted because he is actually attracted to Rain. He was was before he knew she is still physically a 'he', anyway. Feelings like that don't blow over so easily, after all: if you're attracted to someone, you're attracted to them, whether you act on/accept it or not.
chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Writer
The art is getting better and better!

I think the theory that Gavin has a crush on Maria is very plasiable, or he is jealous.
chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Writer
Also, the phone scene is an awesome idea. It makes them look like they're actually agruing in person, and their positions and the background makes the scene look dynamic.

The Beard is Growing real fast.
jackiskarismas Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Oooh, this is getting intresting O.O
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Writer
This brings up some interesting plot developments. I think that Maria is more accepting of Rain but I think that she likes her. And I think that Gavin is less accepting of Rain but I think he be have to accept her because I think that he kind of likes her, which I have to admit is pretty confusing liking your friend a boy who you like as a girl. I am curious to see what happens next.
UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
And still continue to make me smile with your weird puns. It really is a silly thing to say after you just hung up on someone.

I myself really enjoy the thought behind phones. Logically they both live pretty close, so why talk on the internet? And most likely its Gavin who called first (for obvious reasons) and to me an IM just doesn't seem to personal. Reason I say this is because Gavin won't know if Maria's really listening to him. So the phone is important to keep the momentum going and the drama real.

Panel three being important also important to the 'same side' idea. The panel is the same color and they are only seperated by slightly altered speech. So I'm sure if they did stop speaking they will realize it doesn't have to be this way.

Now for Maria, considering her lesbian feelings, probably doesn't know what to think about Rain. To me it really must be hard, you don't understand whether she could love her because she's a girl or a boy. But I guess the best thing to feel is how they make you feel. Hooefully Maria will see that. Gavin on the other, proves to me that he still has a heart, though still confused about his old friend. I'm sure that at one point he felt like he could actually date her, but realizing she was Ryan made him really confused. Such as 'did my old friend really go away' or 'can we still be buds after this' or even 'did he make me fall in love with him or did I fall for him on my own'? These really are questions that really hurt boy his age. And to me, I really hope he betters himself as a man through this journey Rain has put him on. In the end, being diagnosed with gender identity problems isn't a condition you have to journey with alone.

:hug: Happy to know that none of us are alone in any journey.
Nelekra Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Aw :< he seems so sad D> yeah I agree :) I like this one more than any one you made ^^ I liek the zig zag chat boxes too, shows how they are going so jaggedly back and forth and back and forth! I think he might be gay or something ;) or like Rain. But we'll find out :3
dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
B'aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwww :cries: Gavin's just confused about his old best friend! and possibly attracted to her...
SHarles25 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
you said it, they are guetting really close at the same time since they are starting to understand too much each others, but they don't seem to perceive they point at the same direction... apparently ;)
Maiden-Of-The-Maggot Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i bet he is like this its because he is affraid of losing maria to rain ;w ;
Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Ooh, I love panel three! The speech bubbles crossed with the "phone line" reminds me of DNA. xD

I'm actually starting to feel bad for Gavin, and I can see why his stance differs from Maria's. Maria doesn't mind as much that Rain is "really a boy" (character's thoughts, not mine), because this is kind of what she's secretly been praying for - she's been wanting so badly to find a boy attractive, and now she has. Gavin, on the other hand, has only ever liked girls and has been happy as a clam that way, so to suddenly be attracted to a boy (even though Rain's a girl, silly Gavin!) must be freaking him out.

Yarr. Long comment be long. *hooks finger like a pirate*
KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
I think you made the right decision by making it a phone conversation. It loses something trying to walk away from a IM angrily.

Then again, they were speaking over cell phones. And unlike a land-line, you can't slam a cell phone off dramatically. You can only flip it shut in a kind of pissed off way....
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Professional Writer
Maria's phone isn't even a flip phone, incidentally, so she can't even close it angrily. In this case, she ends up having to try to "beep" the phone off as vehemently as possible.
jocaypa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
They're both sorta jerks, if you think about it.
Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
It's like Maria's acting tsundere over... yeah, this is weird. :confused:
VIII-Bit Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Hmmm... seems like Gavin might have the hots for Rain... Now THAT would that make for some interesting plot development... Gavin hasn't been seen in a very positive light so far, and that last panel kind of makes you feel sorry for him. The last two panels with him show that he's just as conflicted as everyone else. I'm wondering how he's going to handle this later on. Let's hope for Rain's sake that doesn't involve more shouting.
COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
looks like gavin is having a hard time :)
royalsunce Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
dada da ds
geeksquared Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awwwww. Gavin..... Wooby!

So much fail is he. But I kind of find it endearing. Because he really is almost kind of vaguely trying. You can do it Gavin! You CAN be understanding! Go Gavin!
Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
this was pretty good, too bad they cant just listen 2 each other
dragon8writer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
IMs can work, but you'd have to have mini-heads with different facial expressions on each one. :P




...*kittyglompmeowofweirdness* I'm writing something awesome and weird tonight! :D
apsm Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
I wonder if Gavin is gay too and has the hots for Rain?
KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Technically, since Rain identifies as a female, any attraction that Gavin might have for her would therefore be heterosexual, wouldn't it?
StoryTypist Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Ah, yes, the failings of the teenage mindset; the inability to talk things out rationally most of them, at least.

Or perhaps that's a redeeming quality. Whatever it is, it makes for good amusement.
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