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RAIN p247 - Shocked by JocelynSamara RAIN p247 - Shocked by JocelynSamara
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(Earlier than usual post. I may not get another chance later tonight though. No one will complain about early though, I’m sure.)

If I do say so myself, I’m impressed with the third panel here. “Ruby” looks exceptional. And by which I mean, this representation looks decidedly more feminine (than the costume back in Chapter 6) to the point where someone jumping into the story unknowingly right here might think Ruby was a real girl. Yet, I – personally anyway – still see Rudy through it. This is more or less exactly what I was aiming for too, so I’m kinda proud of it. ^_^

Someone is inevitably going to think they’re clever and say something like, “it doesn’t look like Ruby’s wearing makeup though!” Makeup that fixes up your look while simultaneously not appearing as though you’re wearing makeup is really kind of what you want to go for. Mrs. Kurz is apparently good at achieving this.

Anyway, there’s a little bit of development peaking in here, and lots of funny faces.

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Lolice-Scarlet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd say you achieved your goal perfectly.  ^-^
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animeviewer66 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
rudy is so cute ^^
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trichter43 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Awww what a cutie :3
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Hawkflight-FAX Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
'Ruby' may have to work on her voice....
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geneseepaws Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Found a link on TWC, and followed it -- read the entire archive in one LOooonnng sitting, and now I'm smiling. (You can't tell I'm smiling because I'm wearing a mask, but I'm smiling because I, also, am not left handed.)
I love this comic. If only life were this easy 50 years ago. I love Gavin for his strength, I love Maria for her great heart, and I love Rain for fighting to be who she is, even tho' it's fraught with peril and Todd Piggass-Bitner. And Rudy for being un-naturally happy, -- I mean really, does he need an exorcism, or what?
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
...Oh, Rudy. You were already cute, but now you're just so adorable that it's kind of painful. He even has the little heart... gah, Rudy, how do you win at everything?!?

Seriously, though, wow. That was... a dramatic transformation. He looks a lot slimmer, his hair's been styled, and... did he borrow Rain's chest? It would be interesting to see Rain wear that outfit, though, at a future date (considering Rudy borrowed it from her). And I wonder if I'm mistaken in gleaning significance from the blue-to-pink background in the central "panel"? And while the central panel definitely provides us the most detailed look at "Ruby", I have to say that him getting pulled through the air by Gavin in the final panel (with his face of pure joy) possesses the cuteness of about three hundred Cleffas.

Gavin's mom also takes something of a starring role for this page. First, we get her suggesting that Gavin "not get any ideas"... after all, he's such a stud! Beyond that, there's her curiosity over Rain, after Rudy revealed the source of the dress. I wonder - would revealing that it's Rain's dress really mean anything? I mean, Simone knows that Rain is a girl, and that she's Gavin's friend, and that Rudy and Maria are Gavin's friends... while Gavin seems like the private sort, I'd be kind of surprised if she was never told that Rain is friends with Rudy and Maria. Even so, it seems like any queries she has could just be answered by "we're all friends"; then again, the fact that Rudy admits getting the dress from Rain, and that he is "pretending to be a girl to help a girl who's pretending to be a boy", may suggest to Simone that Rain is that girl. Might she dig any deeper? Or is this just a one-time case of Mom being nosy?

Personally, I'm surprised that these pages aren't interspersed with pages of Fara, Aiken, and Ryan conversing; I think that would enhance the sense of time passing that was likely necessary for the 'd' to 'b' transition. Then again, perhaps the show cannot go on without "Ruby". I'm looking forward to seeing how the four of them (or five, if Gavin's a part of it [wow, I just got the crazy idea that Gavin's going to be the one to slip up]) get along.
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Stibitzki Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I must say, I like crossdressing Rudy better than crossdressing Rain.

Great comic btw. :-)
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mckenmic Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
NO RAIN IS BETTER!
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Writer
Well i gotta cay that Rudy actually looks pretty good as a girl. And that's a really pretty dress it a good thing that Rain gave it too him. And the fact that Rudy slips up a few seconds after coming out, but that's Rudy for you. I foresee Rain being amazed (and flustered) at how well he passes.The meeting is going to be interesting the question is whether or not Aiken will believe the Rudy is a girl or not.
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robynpaulson Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
'Ruby' is adorable in the third panel! That outfit is so very cute, and even the goofy duck-lip expression adds to the effect.

Well done!
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