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RAIN p.56 - Cardboard by JocelynSamara RAIN p.56 - Cardboard by JocelynSamara
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I’m wondering how many people read the title of my pages before looking at them, and think “what the HELL is she talking about? Cardboard!?” until actually reading it. ^_^

This is an unusually text-light page, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to take note of. That said, I strongly suspect many people will notice none of these things in favor of remaining focused on the bottom row of panels.

Let’s see how well my prediction goes. :XD:

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Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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:iconinhumancreator:
InhumanCreator Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student General Artist
it would be awesome if it was a real manga...
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:iconharryeagle:
Harryeagle Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
The titles are below the pages. Kinda hard not to read the page first. :)
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Writer
That's perhaps true now, but when you're seeing new pages go up for the first time, usually people see the thumbnail and the title.  
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Shoprocks Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
I ship them I ship them I ship them
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:iconharryeagle:
Harryeagle Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
So do I. :)
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the1smjb Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013

"I’m wondering how many people read the title of my pages before looking at them, and think “what the HELL is she talking about? Cardboard!?” until actually reading it. ^_^"

 

*spittake*

 

These pages have TITLES!?!?

 

XD

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:iconryu890:
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
"Black Wings: Katamari?"
"Black Wings: Atari?"
"Black Wings: Cincinatti?"
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:iconmelodierox:
MelodieRox Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww so cute!!!!!!!
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Sad fact: Borders is now closed down for good. :(
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Writer
I know! It's weird knowing it's not around anymore too. I mean, as long as I've been alive, there's just always BEEN a Borders.

I've been wondering if I should change the name of "Porter's" (perhaps some play on Barnes & Noble, since they practically have a monopoly on the bookselling biz now anyway), or if I should just leave it the way it is as a homage.
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:iconharryeagle:
Harryeagle Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
If you make a play on Barnes & Noble, how about Barney & Nobility? :P
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Personally, I would leave it as it is, not only as a homage, but to make less work for yourself. (That, and I've heard rumors that Barnes & Noble is in trouble too.) Still, this is only my two cents, so feel free to do whatever makes sense to you.
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shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh theres Rain, nice work.
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Song-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Teehee... sometimes I forget to look at the titles... lol. This is getting quite more interesting all the time!
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:iconsomnambulasaurus-rex:
Mwahaha, that blush from Maria in the last panel was just adorable :3 Also, the calamari line just made me laugh XD
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:iconretro-spudnik:
Retro-Spudnik Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
XD I read the title, and still didnt realize it wasnt a real person
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:iconsharles25:
SHarles25 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
mega blush, haha =P
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:icondivinevalley:
DivineValley Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Cut outs are fun to look at! My friend has a Orlando Bloom one in her room. It sorta freaks me out cause it stands in the corner.
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MichelleHowe Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm just waiting for a horde of shippers to come out the woodworks... >_>
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Student Writer
Well its good that Rain found the Kaminari cut out. I love how she looks like she's love struck with the stars. And finally I love how Rain grabs Maria's hand to educate her, I don't think Rain realized what she did thou. On the other hand i wonder how the education is going to go ;), and i wonder what Maria is thinking considering that she blushing so much that her whole face is red. I guess we will see what happens thou.
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This has to be one of my favorite pages simply for pure OTAKU-NESS. I would also say the same for when you first introduced Kaminari to the story. To be honest, being a good manga fan is the best way to counter the drama of gender and what follows it.

The only time that a title appears on my cell is when I open the page. So by the time I saw the page and notice rain gawking at the cardboard display I automaticallly thought up what to say and when I saw the title it was as obvious as....well, the cardboard cut out.

I also relate to this because of my love for manga like Princess Princess and so on, only to notice my love for it can be one-sided. But at the same time it does renew my love for (fill in manga title here). Taking time to tell the story and explain some of my feelings of the story really does help me realize how deep it is. Even so far as people saying 'the way you described it really made it seem so different than how my friends describe it'. It really makes me smile madly.

I know that Maria has just stepped into into something she can't easily step out of. But that will be for the future. The romantic hint at the bottom is simply there for curiousity sake. Though I will say Maria will ebd up growing more onto Rain.
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha the sparklies XD
i feel like we've seen the carboard cutout's outfit before...
EEEEEEEEEE Maria blush! good job on the hands!
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HowardPhotographics Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Student Photographer
lol well done
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Howardus Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
What a world they live in. A book shop with a manga cut-out! All I get are adverts for exorbitantly priced tea
Top notch stuff
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adragonknight Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
a rain you humor me so much
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ekco-scott Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
When RAIN is looking at the cut out she is makeing the same face i make when i see an antique teddy XD i love them so soooo much thats why i never have money XD also whom ever is with me gets draged along XD

Delia :kitty:
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HiSenshi Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So...CUTE!!! <3 >w<

is it so bad I can SO identify with Rain in this one? I don't know how many people I've put through that kinda thing! XD

y'know...except for the secret crush deal.. >.>;

~ Hi-chan <3
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Animasword Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew it! Although I hope Maria can get her thoughts straight in time to discover the awesomeness :laugh:
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Writer
This is a good point! :D
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chitttick1 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Are you modeling this "Porters" after "Borders," or is it something else?
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Why, yes. Porter's is a play on Borders. :D

It's a little cheesy, but I kinda like it.
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chitttick1 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It was a good choice in name... too bad some Borders are closing though. :cries:
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Omnialificent Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Awwwwweeeeeee

Gotta love those moments when you are with the one you care for, being told about stuff they care about, but you don't really notice cause your in "lala land" and they don't notice that cause they are in fangasm mode.

=')
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Writer
It's funny how there's a lot of "not noticing" going on here actually. You know, all things considered. :XD:
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:iconnelekra:
Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
educate you on your awesome!
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Maria just got signed up for "Awesome 101", the best class there is! :XD:
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Oh yeah! :3! tee hee ^_^
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transweirdboy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
So......kawaiiii......*faints*
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Heh. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :XD:
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13BridgesofWater Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Maria's blushes around Rain are so sweet. Does Rain have any clue of the affect she has on Maria? I always read the title and wonder about what it means. This time I was actually kind of close.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Does Rain have a clue? No, probably not. She's too far gone into manga-nerd mode to have any idea what's actually going on in the world around her. ^_^
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DCHorror Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Why Porter's Books?

Actually, most of my attention went to the middle row. Reminded me of something. Maria's blush is cute.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Writer
It's a play on "Borders Books". Sounds similar, but isn't. I don't use any actual product or franchise names in this comic, but I'm not against parodies. ^_^

The middle row, huh? Interesting. I'm curious now. ^_^
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DCHorror Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Ah, just that the costume design of the cardboard standie reminded of a character from something else. I almost want to venture and say that you are or used to be a fan of Final Fantasy.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Writer
Well, I have drawn the design of that standee before. I just redrew it for this to have the styles match up better.

The design for Kaminari herself was really an attempt to make my style look less like my style. Though I referenced nothing when designing it, the end result reminds me of an amalgamation of random "Tales of..." characters. Albeit, someone else had brought to my attention that she also resembles a classic FF White Mage.
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DCHorror Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I could see that, but I was thinking of the White Mage as well, whereas the body type reminds me of the characters from Baten Kaitos, even if the wings are a bit short.

And I don't believe I've been following you that long, so I never saw that piece before.
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
Under certain conditions, Maria is more than willing to take orders.

*shot*
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Especially if they don't sound like such a bad idea. ^_^
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
*Does some suspicious sketching at the side*

....I kinda feel sorry for the creator of Black Wings Calamari.

(NOT A typo. I mean THAT EXACT TITLE...:ninja:)
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superdeformedchibi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love that Maria only thinks and speaks in female pronouns when it comes to Rain.
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