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RAIN p.9 - Squeak by JocelynSamara RAIN p.9 - Squeak by JocelynSamara
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I hope itís not too subtle. I wasnít sure how else to depict Rainís voice suddenly coming out ALL wrong.

This might sound kind of strange, but this is actually one of my favorite pages so far as it is based on one of my own very epic failsÖ and epic wins. Who wants to hear about the true story that inspired it? Well, Iíll tell you anyway. ^_^

About five years ago, on what was very possibly my first real outing into the real world presenting as a woman, a couple knowing friends and I went to a diner. Iím always quiet, but I donít think I opened my mouth once from the moment we stepped outside. Not until it came time to order. What came out of my mouth though was not the female voice Iíd been practicing all along to myself though. It was as though being silent for so long rendered me unable to find it on the spot like that. The end result sounded like Mickey Mouse trying to do falsetto after having already sucked in some helium. I was so embarrassed, and my ďwonderful, supportive friendsĒ burying their faces in their menus to try and hide their laughter wasnít helping. The funniest part: the waitress never caught on (or at least, she never gave the slightest inkling that she noticed anything was up). Maybe she thought it was just some weird inside joke? Whatever the case may be, one of the most embarrassing moments of my life was also kind of a big achievement for me at the same timeÖ because I passed even after practically giving myself away.

So, without fail, I look at this page and I remember that and I laugh. Every time. ^_^

Enjoy, everyone!
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akainu0 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Rain is a manga fan right?

She should always know that voices crack at the most inappropriate times.
wolf-blazer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Interface Designer
wow...a transgender girl...AWESOME!
maruul Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Aw, it's ok Rain! I'm FtM, and I've always squeaked!
chuckdaws Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
I just started following this comic. I like that you're sometimes adding such personal commentary about your creative process. I'm going to keep reading and enjoying what comes next.

I've been working on some ideas in the MtF comics genre. When I get them posted, Id really appreciate a critique of the art, writing and anything else you may think would be helpful. Chazz
Howardus Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Gavin's ''brock-face'' in the last panel is heroic.
coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
if i may ask, how did you go about practicing? the idea always eluded me... i want to in private, but i never have anything to say to myself.
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Writer
Truthfully, it is hard to find things to say. Even if no one else is in the house, I always feel stupid trying to talk to myself, just saying random things.

So what I try to do is read something aloud attempting to use a voice that sounds passable and doesn't strain your voice. A poem or song. A news article. The synopsis on the back of a movie/book/game. A recipe. Anything, really. Just something short while still giving you enough to say to really be able to hear yourself and gauge how you want to modify it from there. It's a tricky process (there may even be better ways; I am by no means a master at this), but it's proven well enough to get the job done. ^_^
coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
sounds like your thinking along the same lines i am. im gonna have to get my book out. i may even record myself, but i am afraid if i do that and hear it, it will ruin my little bit of confidence.
shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel real sorry for rain right now hope things work out for him.
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Writer
We'll just have to wait and see, I suppose. ^_^
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