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RAIN p117 - Long Hair by JocelynSamara RAIN p117 - Long Hair by JocelynSamara
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Upon finishing this page and rereading it, I noticed I packed a LOT of information into this one page. So much so, I probably could have drawn it out into two or maybe even three pages. Whether it be laziness or stubbornness though, I don’t know; but it didn’t end up happening. It’s still just one page. ^_^

First off, despite the occasional parody reference to real life products and franchises (like Porter’s Books, Funtendo or FaceSpace), there are in fact three wholly original products in the Rain universe. Namely, these are “Black Wings Kaminari”, “Mad GigaKaizer X”, and now lastly, “Halloween Princess Pandora”.

Whereas Kaminari is supposed to be something of a cult hit manga, and Mad GigaKaizer is supposed to be a classic old giant robot anime, Pandora is meant to be a bit more of a modern and mainstream title with both an anime and a manga adaptation. The idea is that it’s extremely well-known and can even be seen on TV outside of Japan, but TRUE fans buy the DVD (or pirate it online) to get the uncut version. Anyway, the concept of the story is that it’s a “dark magical girl” story; like an unholy lovechild between Sailor Moon and Hellsing (which probably really WOULD be quite popular).

You might not remember (or perhaps didn’t even notice), but you’ve seen Pandora before back on page 43. [link]

And uh… Maria used to have long hair, I guess? Presumably very long, judging by Pandora’s pigtails. That is, incidentally, supposed to be a picture of the character, Pandora, however… not of Maria dressed as Pandora. In this case, anyway. ^_^

Final note: I have a hard time NOT smiling at the second panel. It may be one of my new favorites.

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TheZleX Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
That's Tohsaka Rin right there xD
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FaebornStarseed Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"like an unholy lovechild between Sailor Moon and Hellsing"

... I just want you to know I <3 you so much for that AND am hoping to see Pandora in action!
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AlekPixi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Writer
I might just forget if we've already been told by now, but did we ever actually find out why Maria cut her hair? Or will we find out some day?
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Writer
We have not found out yet, but we will some day. ^_^
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AlekPixi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Writer
Looking forward to that! :D
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Come to think of it, couldn't Rain just buy a wig? *tilts head* Heck, so could Maria.
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Akane5679 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
To much money I gess I saw this one miku wig that costed $40
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Point.

No real need to comment and Note the same thing though. ^^;
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Akane5679 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Oh Thats right I worte a comment I have really short memory
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I think you were just a little overzealous. Not like I blame you, I would be a little too excited myself if I was talking about Maria's love for Pandora and her once long hair. Though it sucks she had to shoot Rudy down like that after he just got the hell beaten out of him. But remember, this is you now, don't be so hard on yourself now that you know that you just need to be more patient.

I also love your explanation of Halloween Princess Pandora, though it would've been cool to see it as another project, I do think it turned out better as a reference than a project. The fact it feels so deep and real as a comic idea makes it seem like didn't want to make some half assed attempt to make a fake comic for your own comic. Though it maybe a while, I look forward to reading more about Pandora in the Rain extras, I'm sure it would be awesome to see a cast list and episode list for the anime adaptation (same with kaminari and Giga Kaizer). Also, I'm a big fan of both Sailor Moon and Hellsing, so you saying that about Pandora really made it a great day.

I have my own personal feeling about Maria and her long hair, though I'm sure none of them are right. But the most likely explanation is that it made her too "frilley". Though it seems weird, some girls don't want to be seen as cute, but more of a stronger more capable individual. Especially if you are a lesbian.

I also love to smile at panel 2 in all its simpleness and one sentence wonder.
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PrincessJessica Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
lol good one :)
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student Writer
I agree with you the second panel is pretty funny but there goes the Kaminari cosplay everyone was hoping for. And Maria had long hair? I bet she looks really good with long hair that's definitely a must see. And nice response Maria in asking Rudy what happened, i also like Maria's embarrassed face.
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dastryin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
hahaha oh man i just read this from start to well this page and i like it alot can't wait to read the what happens next
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Animasword Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well there goes any hope of a Kamatari cosplay, although that was always unlikely, especailly when you remember how long it takes to make those costumes (that and the lack of any sewing ability doesn't help either :lol: ). Nice update.
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sophienouveau Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually start to love not only Rain but all of your characters. I think your very talented comic-artist, Lynn! :)
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Wow... for once, Rudy is speechless. Well played, Maria.
Seriously, though, this page digs a bit into Maria's character. For one, we learn that she can sew, and that she was/is an HPP fan (that's right, it's already getting its own abbreviation). The biggest new point, however, is that of Maria's hair. What significance does her hair hold, and why did she cut it? This page sets the reader up for a flashback, or at least an explanation - probably not in the following pages, maybe not within the chapter, but definitely sometime in the future.
As for the art, I really like the zoomed-out, lined-eye look in the second panel. It's very cute, and it fits the promptness of Rain's statement (especially when compared to her previous statement). It's just funny that she would mention not having materials to sew before mentioning not having the ability/knowledge to sew. Also, for the fifth (fourth-and-a-half?) panel, I like how Pandora is drawn with thinner lines, to distinguish her from the "real" world.
As a matter of continuity, however, I have to wonder - if Gavin reacted so violently to Rudy's appearance, why do Rain and Maria have practically no reaction? I mean, I know they're having a conversation and all, but it seems like they should be a little shocked at seeing him beaten and bruised... especially if, as Gavin's response indicates, it's not something they're accustomed to.
Other than that, however, this is another great page. It gives a bit more character development, and it provides the reader with a few leads. I look forward to more!
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Writer
First off, I want you to know that I approve the abbreviation, HPP. I can't help but think someone's going to think I'm talking about Harry Potter if I say that, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Either way, I'll also accept BWK and MGKX in the future for the other two fake fictions as well.

Oddly, the lack of reactions from Rain and Maria to Rudy's wound didn't dawn on me until moments before posting it today. Kind of surprising (and frustrating), actually; I can't believe I overlooked that. I may, at some later date, stretch this scene into two pages like I said I was too lazy to do in the comments, in favor of correcting that little mistake.
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16bithero1995 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Maria with long hair?!?! Must see!
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
My thoughts exactly!
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
i never knew she had long hair? :)
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chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Writer
Love Rudy's expression in the second-to-last panel.
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Adam-LOVES-HTTYD Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student
LOL at Rudy, I love this comic
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coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
I've been getting alot of flak for my long hair lately...
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Is it wrong of me to think that Rudy's black eye is gradually into a more comical look despite how he got that thing? ^^;
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Writer
Probably, yes. Although that could be my fault for making him such a happy-go-lucky character regardless. ^^;
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Maybe Rudy's aspiring to join the Black Eyed Peas.

*shot*
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seraphim-kimiko Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
all hail wigs! They make cosplay so much easier!
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yournamehere47547376 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The second panel is adorable. :)
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
well honestly theres some very good sites for watching anime out there for free. no need to pirate or anything. most of these can be seen in original Japanese with English subtitles, raw Japanese or dubbed in English (if it has a dub). my point is that you can see a lot of these outside Japan (lets just say im an expert on the subject) anyways, nice page and i cant wait to see what Rain wears for a costume
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Writer
And yet people still DO pirate anime even with legal alternatives. I don't approve of it either, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

Honestly, I think it's gotta be like a rule of the internet: "if it exists, someone's probably pirating it right now."
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
lol probably. i dont see the point of it myself. im a member of a legit anime site/forum. i even run a couple groups there. we have tons of anime that you can watch for free but we tend to not have the more explicit shows
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KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Smoothly handled Rudy
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Writer
Totally. Maria won't suspect a thing. :facepalm:
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naruto3322 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
lol nice :D
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