It looks like it just a hug to me, but i can understand how everyone feels. I think that they are just close friends and friends can hug like that. But it did make me sad to see Maria cry like that after all she thinks that she is losing her crush to her brother, that's pretty bad.
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KISS MY ASS MaRain!! KISS IT! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!
Ahem, I'm sorry that kiss my ass comment was rather rude on my part I was just rather excited... Rather being a TOTAL UNDERSTATEMENT!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! This moment of a happy couple being born deserves a celebration! *puts on party hat* Who wants Cake, Ice Cream, or Cake AND Ice Cream?!
Everyone is shocked that Rudy and Rain are hugging; am I the only one shocked that Rudy is now taller than Rain?
Seriously, though, this page comes as a surprise to all those (myself included) who expected to see them kissing. It's not that big a surprise, though, because either gesture would convey the same meaning: Rudy and Rain are both expressing that they care deeply for one another, in a more-than-friendly way. It should be noted that this page parallels the climax of chapter 6; in both cases, the top half showed characters' reactions to what was happening in the bottom half (and, both pages starred Rudy and Rain). What is interesting is that this scene, a simple hug, is actually far more romantic and emotionally meaningful than their earlier kiss (because in this case, both Rudy and Rain choose to do it, as opposed to the less-than-consensual kiss). Does this mean that they're "going out" now, either in their own eyes or the eyes of their peers? We can't know yet; all we can know is that they like one another.
While there are quite a few reactions on this page, the most dramatic comes from Maria. The image of her with her hands lifted, her eyes wide open, and tears streaming down is simultaneously one of the saddest and most frightening faces I've seen throughout the comic. Clearly, she is deeply troubled by what she sees transpire between Rudy and Rain. Given that it appears Maria already knows how Rudy feels, what is troubling her is probably that Rain reciprocates his feelings. Her own brother stole away the girl she was interested in, and her friend fell in love with her brother when she was supposed to like her... I can see why she'd be upset. Perhaps Maria will get over Rain, perhaps she is cursed to love someone who will never love her back, or perhaps they still have a chance to be together in the end.
And, weird side note: I'm having trouble looking at them hugging without hearing "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" from The Lion King. Of course, great song, so no harm done. Wonderful page, revealing Rain's feelings toward Rudy and opening the door for them to be in a romantic relationship.
Ah, but he isn't taller. Look at their shoulders, combined with her leaning her head down. I admit to having absolutely no regard for proportional accuracy sometimes (okay, all the time), but this one I really tried to get right!
Ah, I should have looked more carefully; indeed, Rain's shoulders are above Rudy's. CRISIS AVERTED. For what it's worth, I think your proportions are usually quite good; at least, far better than anything I could draw (not that that's saying much, heh heh). There are cases where they look off, but this hug scene isn't one of them.
Oh wow poor Maria. I have to say though, Rudy and Rain hugging is pretty cute. I'm not really sure what to think of all this though; did Rain accept Rudy's feelings or is it something else?? I guess I'll just have to wait; I'm sure whatever it is it'll be good.
if you ask my honest opinion, you tried to hard to make it look like a kiss in the first drawing they're too much apart form each other to be a hug plus everybody's reactions were way over-acted, I mean what is the big deal about this, its just a friends hug what is the douschebag "not buying"? a hug??? and why would everyone leave the room to go see two people hugging??
you tried to hard to keep it like a secret till the last page, so much that now it doesn't fit