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I sort of hate the way I brought Maria and Chanel into this arc. I kinda wanted to do a lot more with them, but I felt like their role seemed mostly disjointed to everything else going on that it was hard to work in. That said, I didn’t feel I could leave them out entirely. This little segment with everybody seeing everybody and Chanel pretty much learning everyone’s truths all at once kind of helps reattach them to the plot after all.

Theory time: Will Rain actually come out? Would she even need to at this point?

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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
In my personal opinion I feel that Aiken is going to Hulk out by the time they start explaining
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thediremoose Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
AIKEN SMASH PUNY TEENAGERS!
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Vegeta5887 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
I blew through every page till now in two days.
HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG
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isha-quetzal Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Poor Rain. But also poor Chanel. I hope she starts feeling less left out now, though.
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Writer
Well this is a good page and brings up a lot of good things. Now everyone knows about everyone else and they are all together. Regardless of whether or not Rain decides to tell her brother she learned that since nobody thinks any less of her that even if her brother hates her she still has a family that she can turn to and that's the best thing that anyone can have. I hope she does tell her brother because I think she can tell him, and it will straighten things out a bit in the story too.
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KurtCoBlainebows Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'M SCARED
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mckenmic Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
im with you. but im realy wana know how he will take it. ><
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kazuhiramiller Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
i squeed and loved this page... and then... [link] is now stuck in my head x3
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trichter43 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Guess if she does it, she will dread her decision, but it's for the best.
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PrincessJessica Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
ooh...
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lil-schadenfreud Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist
wow i just read all of it!XD what a great comic!!
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PerilsOfRosella Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh Chanel, don't be bitchy. This isn't about you.
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Animasword Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see what you mean about the transition being a little disjointed, but if you were going for everyone being together when Rain comes out to Aiken, then it would be wrong to leave them out of it, so it had to happen in a way. I guess it would be nice to have a little more focus on Chanel's opinion of the whole thing, but that can be brought up in later chapters, and there so many other things to focus on right now.
In short, it's a little iffy, but necessary.

As for whether or not Rain will come up, after seeing this page I believe she will (especially with her friends behind her), but what I'm worried about is Aiken's reaction.
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Keveak Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
*Hugs Chanel*

Mrrr, I really want to comfort Chanel and explain how Rain would not have told any of them had things not gone as weirdly as they did. Being left out is never fun, and Chanel really does not need to feel left out by the Rain gang. :<

I also hope that Rain's coming out to Aiken goes as well as possible. Wanna. Hug! >_<

The fourth wall is cruel. u_u
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awww...Poor Chanel. I'm glad she seems not to be bothered by all this craziness but it is revealed to her at the cost of her own feelings. I hope she'll still want to be friends with the gang.
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moonpuppy4 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I think she will, and I dread her brothers reaction...
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
If they're planning on getting Aiken and the six of them all together at one time, they are going to have to find one HUGE janitor's closet.

Seriously, though, this page jumps past the whole "Chanel reacts, then stuff gets explained to her, welcome to the Rain Gang, by the way" phase. Admittedly, though, that might have made for a boring, unnecessary-to-the-reader page, so the jump is justified. Chanel's reaction... I hadn't really thought of her feelings up to this point, but now, I feel sorry for her. Hanging out with them for almost two months, but never really being "in", in the same way that the core four were... it sucks to be left out. At the same time, I don't think Rain should have felt obligated to let Chanel in. She has her image (and continued attendance) at school to consider, she wants to be seen and treated like any other girl, and there's never been an instance when telling her would be necessary (as it kind of was when Gavin, Maria, and Rudy stormed her house in chapter 1). Hopefully, Chanel will be able to understand Rain's reasons, and not begrudge her for it.

It's interesting, the complementary roles that Rudy and Gavin perform in panels 4 and 5. Rudy is the shield, reassuring Rain, letting her know that she's among friends, and that her secret's safe. Gavin is the sword, encouraging Rain to not sit back and hide, but to face her brother, and tell the truth. Personally, I wouldn't go into battle if I were lacking either one. Rain's friends provide her with a safety net, there to catch her if she falls, to care for her when others despise her... but they also give her confidence in who she is, confidence to tell her brother the truth. Their very presence legitimizes her identity - by accepting her as she is, they implicitly tell her that it's right for her to be true to herself. Rain recognizes the security and strength that her friends provide her, and it's for that reason that she asks them to come along.

This page provides a good setup for Rain's overdue, yet necessary, confession to Aiken. He may not like the truth, but he needs to hear it, and Rain needs to tell it. They're family, after all.
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red227 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
This is not going to end well.
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echic10 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
Lots of optimists here. My experience has been 'it doesn't get better', and 'once a bigot, always a bigot'. Forgiveness is kinda thin on the ground, especially from family.
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Fairportfan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013

Quoting David Drake's SF war novel "Rolling Hot": 


"Does it get better?"


"Naw - but it gets over."

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JamieAgathaRose Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand how that is.:cry: Which is why I hope that no one else should ever have to go through it.
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JamieAgathaRose Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Honestly, I think you can do more with Chanel and Maria in this chapter. But then again, I don't know what your plan of attack is. Or actually you said you already drew it all, right? I mean, I see how it could be done but...you know I'm not good at planning. I'm kind of a "shoot from the hip" person and I'm just thinking out loud and I should probably stop doing that in 3...2...1.


I really admire your work. :blushes:
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atsuyuri-sama Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THis page, I'm not focused on Rain - I'm worried about poor Chanel! I just want to :hug: her, and remind her that not everyone knows everythign all the time.
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coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Can't really tell what reaction Maria is having in the last panel. Her and Chanel seem to disapprove. I'm horrible at gauging reactions though.
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Luna-Lovecraft Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Oh my god I just want to hold Chanel tight. 8<
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CrazyChief Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
from left to right this is what i am getting from the face expressions. sure we girls have to stick together. sure why not. um ok. ummm. awkward.
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snoissesbo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
I think Aiken will confront her when she's about to come out, but I don't think he'd hate her. I think his reaction to Jessie's coming out had more to do with shock than a closed mind, and a big part of it is probably because he was hurt that she didn't trust him enough to come out earlier, even if he doesn't realise it. Even if he reacts badly when he learns the truth about Rain, I'm pretty sure he'll just need some time to get over it and then he'll go back and apologise to both Rain and Jessie.
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mercury7x Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why do i keep saying things can't get worse? because now Chanel feels put out and awkward and Rain is gonna tell her brother the truth when everyone whohas been reading knows she won't like his reaction. at all. I wish your character luck, JCD, and anticipate the big reveal.
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AJisChaos Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student
I know the feels Chanel.
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
i have a feeling hes gonna confront Rain about it, she wont need to reveal it to him. hes gonna be pissed, thats for sure
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stantonphl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, if the world ends (It won't, just a joke), this is how you leave it?!

On the plus side, go Rain!!! PLEASE tell him everything!!
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Ha! You know, I never considered that. I think I was just so hung up with the idea of the world not ending.

After all, Rain actually confirms that. This entire chapter is taking place on December 22nd of this year, and everyone's doing just fine. ^_^
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coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Woo load off my mind!
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JamieAgathaRose Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought it was Dec. 22 '11? I mean it's still only 2 months since the Halloween party right? I mean in the choronology of the comic that is.

Oh Lord, I hope I don't sound like some obsessive compulsive psycho fangirl... :worry:
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Writer
No worries. Doesn't sound bad to me. :D

Ah, I don't think I ever directly stated this, but the story began in 2012. When I started the comic in 2010, I wanted the story to be a few years ahead so I could keep things current. If some big thing happened (whatever that may be) in the following years, I'd have the ability to reference and keep the commentary current.

I actually debated making the comic take place a little later, but the dates fit best for this year. ^_^
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JamieAgathaRose Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okie Dokie! :thumbsup:=D
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chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Writer
Nice way of thinking about it.
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stantonphl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice ^_^ And also consider that modern day mayans say nothing will happen, and both science and religion for once agree nothing will happen...

I just hope her brother can accept her....and even, because he accepts her, gain a newfound respect for transgendered people and get back with that girl!!
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Pippyrae Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think Aiken is going to beat her to it, but I also agree with *foreverCTY. It doesn't matter if her brother (who she's barely seen in the last few years, mind) hates her. She has a new family full of loving friends who will accept her no matter what. Family isn't always what you're born into. I think she'll realize that after the initial heartache.
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foreverCTY Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whether or not she comes out isn't really the point I got across on this page. What I thought was "she has a family now." And I think that's more important. Because no matter what she's going to have all these people behind her, and that's what counts.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Good answer. ^_^
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