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RAIN p139 - The Costume Thing by JocelynSamara RAIN p139 - The Costume Thing by JocelynSamara
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I enjoyed this page a lot. Itís always fun giving the foreground to a number of characters who donít normally get so many lines. Devonís ďcostumeĒ may actually be my favorite one to draw so far. It can be a chore to make sure the bandages (or toilet paper) line up in the appropriate direction, but I feel like the end result is so worth it.

Rob and Drew, being best buddies, decided to compete a little as ninja and pirate respectively. In Drewís case, I donít personally understand what constitutes a ďgay pirateĒ, but this scene is loosely based on a real incident at a real Halloween party in which a straight friend of mine was dressed as a pirate and was thought to be a ďgay pirateĒ by many people. Again, I donít really know what aspect caused this confusion, but I guess thatís just teenagers for you. Anyway, said theme fits well in the story, so I slapped it in here.

Then thereís Chase. Who the hell is he? Apparently, heís Emilyís boyfriend (at least, Iím really hoping thatís apparent by the last panel). But what kind of guy is he? You know, besides a much taller and seemingly older guy. The two of them together represent a popular couple costume choice of devil and angel.

And I canít even begin to list all of the ironic points in thereÖ

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:iconnatalie-jeanne:
Natalie-Jeanne Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Pirates just want to steal other people's booty.  They don't care whose booty!
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:iconjamieagatharose:
JamieAgathaRose Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just now noticed that Rob is a ninja and Drew is a pirate.

No wonder they don't get along. :XD:
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I was honestly convinced he was her older brother or something. Maybe a father.

Also.....gay pirate....maybe if you were a boy, wearing a pink headband with plenty of hearts...but I doubt thats what really happened. ^^;
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dogOFdark Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
sweet my name is chase and im in the demon/angle/yinyang thing so i get to love yet another page of this comic keep up the good work
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Again, I love the perspective of Halloween with the other kids. Drew seems to be having more fun, but at the same time wants to defend his intention. Again, its one of those comments on popular culture that all Pirates are pretty and gay the same as Vampires are sparkly. Devon is a little more refusal and maybe that is why he is wrapped in toilet paper, if he were to have chosen a costume he probably wouldn't have been punished like that. But I guess that is what happens to be with the popular crowd. Rob however is just there, I bet you he came for the food.

Now Chase leads me to question, this being his first time, I would've assumed him to be Emily's dad. But seeing he is most likely a boyfriend I assume he must be in college or something. Thus playing into the popular kid stereotype since it is considered a requirement for girls to date much older guys for better living. But not much to say about first meeting, except to say that Emily must be trying very hard to show she has an amazing life with he choice of Devil/Angel costumes. But as a said, its a consequence for popularity.
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LittleWolfDreamer Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Writer
Until the last panel I assumed Chase was an older brother.
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Yar, har, fiddle dee dee, Drew are a pirate!

Seriously, though, let the party start! We get a chance to see some of the minor boys in costume: Devon as a mummy, Rob as a ninja, and Drew as a (gay?) pirate. Devon's costume, coupled with his answer to Emily's invitation way back when, show his preference for routine (one of my own biggest traits!); his story reveals more of Emily's forcefulness. Drew and Rob's costumes use the pirate vs. ninja concept to express their friendship (and, perhaps, rivalry?). Emily as an angel could be used for a few things: revealing how highly she holds herself, ironic comparison for how bad she actually is, or feud with Rain over her similar costume. Also, we get introduced to a new character: Chase, who is Emily's dad! Wait a minute... boyfriend? What is he, like, forty? Well, this just got weird. Chase's devil costume is obviously used to pair with Emily's costume. It also puts his personality into question: by his interactions with Drew, he could be seen as either bullying or jovial. We don't know that he's bad, but we've no promise that he's good, either.

The last panel, of course, nicely sets up the next page, to show the main characters' reception. Emily had better be nice to them (she won't but...). They are the main characters, after all. They eat secondaries like her for breakfast.
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ivanprz Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Emily as an angel and Rain as a dark angel??? really... ¨¨
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
While Emily as an angel is REALLY ironic, it's always better to face the devil you know than the devil you don't. This Chase fellow fits the "devil you don't" category quite nicely.
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16bithero1995 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Guy in devil costume. I don't think that's just a coincidence
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:iconchihuahua0:
chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Writer
Yep. The open shirt is setting off red lights.
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:iconchihuahua0:
chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Writer
Also, I love those expressions in the second panel.
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Nericlak Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Something about the baggy, garishly striped clothes coupled with the large buckle and the exposed vest continuously trips off my gaydar IRL. Also frills.

Our poor society constantly associating certain properties to certain archetypes >.<
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Also: Chase's costume makes me think of Sweet from the Buffy episode 'Once More With Feeling'. [link]
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
haha poor Devon...
couple's costumes kind of annoy me, but that might be my snark coming out.
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DCHorror Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Pirates tend to be a lot of frills...so the gay may be more because if you're not dressed as a grungy pirate, you tend to be a pretty flamboyant one. Unless you can pull off frills while looking bad ass, people are generally going to think you're being flamboyant because of something.

Or it might be the open shirt.
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Rickyzatch14 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Oh no! Why do I feel that since Rain's costume and Emily's costume are very similar, that Emily is going to get super pissed!
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vidwatcher1121 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Boyfriend? I thought Chase was Emily's father. o.0
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chitttick1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
That's so what I thought too!!!
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:iconmusicallover1234:
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Writer
Well a bunch of people we don't know dressing up. Still its interesting to see the different costumes.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Writer
Technically, we do know these people. Perhaps we don't know them as well as the main characters, but they've all been around for quite some time. ^_^ For instance - [link] [link] [link] [link]

Chase is the only new guy here that we legitimately don't know.
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:iconmusicallover1234:
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Writer
That's true, they just aren't as prevalent i guess.
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SissyDemi Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On the upside, if the party runs out of TP, Devon's costume will be a huge hit!
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KirukaChan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Inb4 Emily gets mad at Rain for also being an angel of sorts, just...a more unique variety.
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:iconundertaker972:
Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
lol yea Emily as an angel? how ironic. and the whole pirate thing as i understand it goes back to the days of pirates. basically a bunch of men out at sea for months without seeing a single woman. yea draw your own conclusions
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Animasword Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm why do pirates look gay? Is a new fad that has gone over my head or what?
Anyway nice job so far, and I am finding it interesting that Emily is a white angel and Rain is dark angel, I guess I'll see whether or not that's significant later on.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Writer
If it's a fad, I don't get it either. Maybe we're the weird ones for not getting it. :shrug:
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
the gay pirate made me laugh LOL
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coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
I am inspired to write something about this. If I get time... And if I remember...
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:iconriderdahedgehog91:
riderdahedgehog91 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you can guess what i am thinking when i see a gay Pirate... >3
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Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Pirate vs Ninja? you really went there?

And that is not a gay pirate is twice as bloodthirsty and ruthless as the normal pirates so their crew know that what the captain wants the captain gets
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greatpeople123 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
I can just see Rudy being angry at Drew for being a Gay Pirate.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Writer
Heh. And then the cycle will keep going:

Rain is mad at Rudy for dressing as a girl.
Rudy is mad at Drew for dressing as a gay pirate.
Drew is mad at someone else for being a straight pirate.
The straight pirate is mad yet another person for...
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:iconchicken-yuki:
Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
Modern pirates are mad at people perpetuating an archaic stereotype...
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:iconlouisdragon109:
louisdragon109 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
emily as an angel how ironic
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