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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.
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wolf-blazer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Interface Designer
wow...a transgender girl...AWESOME!
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maruul Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Aw, it's ok Rain! I'm FtM, and I've always squeaked!
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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
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Howardus Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Gavin's ''brock-face'' in the last panel is heroic.
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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.
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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. ^_^
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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.
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shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel real sorry for rain right now hope things work out for him.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Writer
We'll just have to wait and see, I suppose. ^_^
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transweirdboy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Yeah, when working at a job that has one constantly interacting with the public, you sort of fall into a routine unless something really really goes wrong or stands out. So squeaking falls well within normal behavior (same with voice cracking for guys) and that's probably why she didn't react or seem to miss a beat to her "routine". At my job as a cashier, I've seen really really strange things, so I'm sure the waitress has too.

But anyways, I'm glad you can look back on the memory and laugh about it ^_^ Congrats! I wish I had your courage though.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Writer
I guess you're right. I can think back on all my years in front of a register - having to not make other people self-conscious when I notice their "quirks", so I pretend to not see anything.

And thank you. Very much. ^_^
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superdeformedchibi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
There was this guy that was afraid that his belly button would "untie" and all his insides would fall out. He got poked in the stomach (It wasn't me, this time!) and he made this horrible god-awful screech. In the end, he got made fun of for that awful sound rather than his ridiculous belly button phobia. This page reminds of that story. And yes, I'm supposed to be typing a paper right now and finding ways to procrastinate.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Writer
If you're reading this comment, you should be finishing your paper...

Or you're done. In which case, "YAY CHIBI, YAY!"
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superdeformedchibi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'M DONE!!!!!! WOOOOOT!
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This has to be the truest thing ever to happen. Though you can practice and practice you can never get it right the first time. Though I think its the hope for intent. To explain, I was on the phone and made this really girly voice as a joke and I swear they believed they were talking to my little sister. I spent 5 to 10 minutes on the phone and they never expected. It really must be different though when your in public and hope to get it right.

A bit of character is revealed here to that shouldn't be ignored. Maria for instance showing that she has a habit for little patience. Nothing strange, to this day people get both my first and last name wrong as it is uncommon to them. Gavin also proves to be the normal teenage boy as he seems indifferent to school ingeneral and is probably thinking about the latest volume of Giga Kaiser X he hasn't bought yet. Though at the same time it seems that he might be aware of Ryan now that he mentions his memory of the Flaherty name. Its no different than if you just here a name and when its brought up years later you still remember it. The brain is funny that way.

Brother Arthur also interests me a he gave light that its the catholic school system, another entity that is against Rain as they believe in man's intrpretation of God's word. It really is sad to worry about a name that should be all forgiving still judge you based off a superficial understanding.

Now for the final bit, its not happenstance that we see Emily Caston. She sits like a model and have those "I'm better than you" eyes. This tells me she came from a good background and probably value that her looks can get her what ever she wants. Completely polar opposite to Rain who sees her body as a torture and simply wants to be normal. I don't claim to predict the future, but I'm sure there may be trouble between the two one day.

Either way, great page and I thank you for continuing to raise questions.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Writer
To be perfectly honest, I'm terrible on the phone; I inevitably get anxious and awkward no matter who I'm talking to. Possibly for that reason, my ability to do a convincing phone voice seems to be nigh impossible for me. In person, I'm still kind of anxious (that's just me), but I'm generally much better at presenting myself.

I'm not going to respond directly to any of your character theories, but I am thoroughly interested in your opinions. Thank you for continuing to post your thoughts. ^_^
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Well, I'm sure it really is hard for you (not like I have any room to talk). Being a total recluse plays against me as well. Especially since I have a voice that is so boyish anyway (wouldn't say mannish yet.) But I do hope you get to that comfortable spot where there is no male and female voice but just your voice. Trust me I believe in you.

Sorry for making you so anxious with my deep descriptions. It does make me go "GERRRR I WANT TO SHARE WHAT I THINK ABOUT IT WITH YOU" but I can live with that. Just hope that my continous input is helping you in some way.
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TymFox Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
you have a new fan, im watching you :P
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Writer
Thank you! I'm pleased to hear it! :D
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superdeformedchibi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheese omelet...
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Writer
Don't you start... :XD:
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Oh god so funny! Squeak!!!! I did that once only cause I saw a dog and I made this sorta weird squek screech and had alot of strange looks. Rain you soooo adorable! Voice fail!
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks! :D

That must've been kind of embarrassing. I've been known to squeak from time to time; thankfully, it's usually when I'm by myself or only around someone I don't need to impress though. ^_^
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Lol I do it with my friends on the phone! The other day my friend told me great news and I fan girled squeak screamed right into her ear and dropped the phone. XD
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Student Writer
Whoops. I think that I agree with you this is my favorite one so far. But poor Rain, i hope she gets over this without too many problems.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks! I'm glad you like it. ^_^

I wonder what will happen to Rain next... :D
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student Writer
Your welcome. I guess we will see what happens.
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SHarles25 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
why Rain's voice go all wrong, she don't have a girl voice or it's just it came out wierd at the moment?
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Writer
It's hard to consistently keep up a girl's voice and your vocal cords don't naturally work like that. So, at this moment, it did end up coming out sounding really weird.
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! Sweetheart! Rain looks adorable, and I'm proud of you for passing even after your mix-up. :hug:
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Writer
Thank you, on both accounts! ^_^
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Maiden-Of-The-Maggot Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
somebody give rain a hug >\\\.\\\<
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Writer
Rain will need many hugs. ^_^
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Maiden-Of-The-Maggot Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
D: i see a storm abrewin! *gives rain a super hug*
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
P.S.

Dunno if Rain's voice was anywhere near THIS squeaky [link] .

I'd say the level of squeakniess displayed in this video clip is...Over Nine Thousand. :iconover9000plz: *lamely crushes scouter in hand* Rah.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Writer
I think "Aho" is quite close to what I'd envisioned. Now, basically imagine a male voice trying to create a female voice and that coming out.

Also, very interested to know what anime that is... if nothing else, I just want to know what the heck that scene was about...
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
The World Only God Knows.

A young man named Katsuragi Keima is trying to provoke the poor Student Librarian (Shiori Shiomiya) into starting a dialogue. Normally, she's painfully shy and quiet, but Keima decided to "commit sacrilege" against books to get those reactions out of her.

Apparently, Keima is the aforementioned "God" of the show, and he can always see the ending.
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superdeformedchibi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I want to watch that one soooo bad!
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
So you know much more about it than what I just went over?

I've heard it has a surprisingly sizable female fanbase despite (or maybe BECAUSE of?) its premise.
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superdeformedchibi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I read about awhile ago on some anime news webpage and there were a few people that reviewed it. While most people panned the first episode they seemed to love every episode after that. It's about an otaku that has "god-like" skills in dating simulation games. Then this demon chick shows up and something happens that makes her his demon or something and hilarity ensues. Sorry, I'm only vaguely remembering this..
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
Eventually, the demon chick comes to develop a love fire fire trucks, but that's irrelevent to plot.

The important thing for now is the librarian chick that's apparently as shy as Rain... only exaggerated.
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
Of Mice and Men... and Women.

The sequel?

For some reason, my brain cried "Corey Feltman" as soon as I read his last name. :confused:
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Writer
Corey Feltman...? I feel like I should know this one... ^^;
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
OH NOWS >.<! I hate the dreaded Squeak :(
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Writer
I know, right!? You and me both!
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
:)
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shanweeboy Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
squeaks aren't really considered worth making fun of unless you squeak all the damn time...so i wouldn't understand this
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Writer
Really? When I was in high school, people would laugh at any and EVERY thing a person could possibly screw up. At least, that's how I remember it.
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shanweeboy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
then your school SUCKED! cuz yeah we only laugh at ppl if they either screw up bigtime or they screw up all the time...
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