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RAIN p230 - Expository Banter by JocelynSamara RAIN p230 - Expository Banter by JocelynSamara
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For those of you who donít remember Chanel (first panel), she was the girl from the Halloween party that was wearing the army camo (and really dug Mariaís costume). Although the two characters met and connected a bit at the party, they didnít really ďhang outĒ per se. I felt like I had a really hard time coming up with a reason for the two to actually talk to each other again. I knew I had to set this in motion, but I couldnít figure out how.

The end result came from probably my strangest idea that, ironically enough, barely had anything to really do with either Maria or Chanel. Letís take a couple random guys and have them develop the little known Chanelís character, just as Maria passes by to hear the most convenient part. Normally, I hate this sort of thing, but I actually really like the way this one came out. It manages to feel more natural than any of the other ideas I had.

Iíve mentioned this in the past when I last did this, but the three boys being uncolored IS indeed intentional. To reiterate, if I donít color a character, it means they will never contribute to the overall plot and will most likely never appear again in the story. In this case, I actually loosely based their designs off a certain trio of characters from a late 90s cartoon (kudos to you, if you recognize them). I just thought the nod would be neat as long as Iím not ever going to use them anyway. ^_^

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FaebornStarseed Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe they are too new of characters but the three guys make me think of Keigo Asano, Ichigo Kurosaki, and Mizuiro Kojima respectively.
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SonicANIMEfan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Only after looking back do I realize I suddenly find the title of this page funny.. Expository banter.... if I may try to link it...
"ENOUGH EXPOSITORY BANTER! Now we fight like men! And ladies! And ladies who dress like men! For Gilgamesh, ITS MORPHIN TIME!"
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Writer
Surprsingly, I think you're the first in a year and a half to catch that (or at least catch it and say so).
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SonicANIMEfan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Only after playing Final Fantasy V and fighting Gilgamesh in the XIII-2 coliseum do I finally get that one....
(and I still haven't updated my own profile.. I'm up to four stories now...)
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TornadoWraith88 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
I... kind of shipped Maria and Chanel since the Halloween party. /shot
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Dangit. My nerd-senses fail me. I don't know these three. >_<

Still, I smiled. And my mind played a little 'doowip' sound effect when Maria turned around.
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thediremoose Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
My mind played the "WRANG!" sound from Metal Gear Solid when she turned around. I think it was the exclamation point.
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Yin88 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yay for an awesome comic! Introducing a possible connection here? Or maybe not.

Also, those three kind of remind me of characters from Daria. xD;

EDIT: Scrolling down made me realize this has been said. /shot
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Writer
Poor Maria walking in at the right time. And we see Chanel who we haven't seen in a while, she might just not be interested in anyone right now.
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KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Ah. I was wondering why everyone except Chanel and Maria seemed to be suffering from color failure. :P
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Lol I love the title xD!
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Heh. Thank you. ^_^
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Yw =]!
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Animasword Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The plot thickens! Will this lead to another pairing? Or will Maria be completly rejected....again? Guess we'll find out on the next update.
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CrazyChief Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Does anyone else see Maria in the last three panels
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
I'm kinda curious if she actually might be asexual...
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I'm wondering the same thing myself, as it happens. Or, heck, maybe she's just not interested in that sort of thing YET - she is, after all, still only in ninth grade.
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I never thought of Rain as a story of class struggle, but seeing the blue-collar Maria set against those white-collar boys... it makes me wonder.

Seriously, though, this is an interesting new style, as the first page that has consisted solely of the conversation of the meaningless whitewashed non-characters. What's significant here is not who they are, but what they say, and who's there to hear it. The suggestion they plant in Maria's head - that there may be another lesbian at St. Hallvard High - has, at the very least, gotten her intrigued. Combined with the fact that she's already met Chanel, and it looks like Maria is in prime position to, at the very least, try to get to know her better. Of course, whether or not Chanel really is lesbian has yet to be seen. Maybe all the guys who've asked her out are jerks, or maybe she's just not interested in a relationship, and the trio is just making a foolish assumption. If anyone's going to figure out the truth, though, it's Maria.

All-in-all, this is a really good setup to bring a side character to the center of attention, and I'm looking forward to seeing where Maria and Chanel go.
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Kage1Hisakata2Girl Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yay!! New Rain comic!!! I'm so happy!! Thank you for drawing!

~ME!!! :dygel:
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
those guys do look familiar but i cant put my finger on where ive seen them before
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atsuyuri-sama Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And who are they based off of? Also, I agree - this feels like a natual development. I can't wait to see what it turns into with these two.
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frozen-chicken Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I suspect they might be Quinn's trio of boyfriends from the show Daria.
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Tomari1 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
oh thats right! i knew the one with slick back hair looked familiar! good call
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Bingo! :D
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Freddy-kun Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH GOSH. I DIDNT EVEN THINK OF THAT BECAUSE I WAS BUSY THINKING OF ANIME BOYS! XD ahahahaha!!! That is brilliant. I love that show. It doesn't seem to have as much hype as it should.
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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yesss.... YESSSS... All is going according to plan... mwuha ha ha ha...
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