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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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:iconlolice-scarlet:
Lolice-Scarlet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd say you achieved your goal perfectly.  ^-^
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:iconanimeviewer66:
animeviewer66 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
rudy is so cute ^^
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:icontrichter43:
trichter43 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Awww what a cutie :3
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:iconhawkflight-fax:
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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:iconmckenmic:
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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:iconjape27:
Jape27 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
What. Ryan is cute as a girl, and now Rudy is too. Damn.
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:iconhisenshi:
HiSenshi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehehes, "Ruby" is so pretty when the right woman gets her hands on her! ^^

~ Hi-chan <3
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:iconajischaos:
AJisChaos Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student
If this ever becomes a animated series I think Todd Haberkorn should voice Rudy. The personalitys just match so well
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:iconsyn-the-guardian:
Syn-the-Guardian Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I've read enough genderbenders to see through "Ruby", the chin line in panel 3 is what told me, well done by the way.
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SHarles25 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Hehe, a very funny page for a change =D
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PrincessPetticoat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
And thus Ruby learned how to fly.
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:iconanimasword:
Animasword Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ten seconds since he started going undercover as Ruby, and he already slips up...this does not dobe well.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Writer
That's our Rudy! :XD:
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:iconmckenmic:
mckenmic Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
dont you mean ruby lol
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:iconon2xsecretprobation:
On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Gavin's face in panel two...I can't stop laughing.
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
LOL you never stop being a smile on my face well done :)
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Seeee? Rudy/Ruby's the kind of guy who would could make crossdressing a hobby. That said, it IS a pretty dress. (And I love his expression! So much~


Also, floaty! Styrofoam Ruby! Wheee!


Huh. I guess I don't have anything serious to say here. Thus....whee. *nods sagely*
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Karenlyn30 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Ruby is sooo cute! No doubt they can pull it off. I'm really hoping they don't. It reminds me of when I was asked to appear as male for a family event. I just couldn't do it. It makes me sad that Rain is going through with it.
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KirukaChan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good on you for not doing it. I've never done it either.

Dignity > family
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:iconzorua076:
Zorua076 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Ruby's just getting into the role. It's a lot easier for her to be a girl if she pretended Rudy wasn't there.

Why is Rudy so thin? I thought his body wasn't that thin. Did Rain lend him a corset or something?

Just noticed the background colors for panel 3.

...overdue for this, actually. +watch
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Rudy's so thin because drawing consistency with proportions has never been one of my strong points. But we'll call it a corset if you like. ^_^

Also, thanks for watching. :D
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PhoenixDaimon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm thinking Gavin's mom could have won $10 from her son
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Dark7Hero Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
awn *3*
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:iconmaka00:
Maka00 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Aww Ruby you look so pretty, Ryan's going to be surprised!
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echic10 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Awwwww, Ruby's CUTE!! :heart:
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:iconfreddy-kun:
Freddy-kun Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD This would be perfect if it weren't for Ruby's face. I don't know, Ruby just is acting kind of ridiculous lol
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Heh. Ruby's using the dreaded "duck face". :XD:
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:iconfreddy-kun:
Freddy-kun Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh gods, you're right. That's what it is. I knew there was something.
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waffliesinyoface Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Panels 2 and 3: In which Gavin thinks thoughts about Ruby similar to the ones he thought about Rain here:[link]
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:iconprincessjessica:
PrincessJessica Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
he looks more pretty than on halloween :)
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:iconpeacebird99:
Peacebird99 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Artist
Cute!!! :D
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CloudCoverdMoon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yay the update is here!

Wait where did Rudy get the fake boobs? Dis Gavin's Mom give them to him or are they attached to Rain's dress?
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Writer
In theory, Rain lent those too. ^_^
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samrules4 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
so hold on, so if rain lent the stuff and gavins mom saw all of them, then knowing that no ordinary female would posses fakes, its possible for gavins mom to assume rains "secret"
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:iconrobynpaulson:
robynpaulson Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Even if Rain did lend the fakes to Rudy, unless someone said something about it Gavin's mom would probably assume Rudy had bought them to complete the 'costume', and that the dress is all that Rain had lent to him.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Like Ikayn said, lots of genetic women use them. Contrary to popular belief in the trans culture, they're MADE with genetic women in mind.

Also, how do you know she saw them? It's not like Gavin's mom is watching Rudy change.
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:iconlkayn:
lkayn Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
...Fakes aren't only made for crossdressers or transwomen. o_o
Plenty of women use them for a variety of reasons.
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:iconcloudcoverdmoon:
CloudCoverdMoon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That makes more sense. Thanks for clearing that up!
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
wow, Ruby looks really cute. minor suggestion, you should do the classic eyelash thing where theyre sticking out a little bit to the sides. that would make it look like hes at least wearing a little makeup
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lucario515 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Rudy mklamk Damn you, you sexy trap Hnnng <3
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CheapGrotesqueries Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
AHAHAHA Gavin's face in panels 2 and 3 xDD And SPEAKING of panel 3-- aww, 'Ruby' looks so pretty c: i think he's gonna enjoy dressing as a girl a little TOO much... But ah, well xD Whatever floats his boat.

And it seems like Gavin's mom is kinda picking up on a few things... o:
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FlashOfSonic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Ruby might want to work on a girl voice.
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:iconchicken-yuki:
Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
Actually, I would say that this time he almost looked like his sister...
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:iconboristus:
Boristus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh good gods, you're right. I totally wouldn't have noticed.
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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ryan and Ruby are friggin adorable and work frighteningly well... I'd read about Ryan and Ruby xD
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