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RAIN p122 - The G Word by JocelynSamara RAIN p122 - The G Word by JocelynSamara
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Although any LGBT kid probably wishes they had Aunt Fara for a parent, the fact is that most of us are stuck with ones like Mr. and Mrs. Strongwell here. Honestly, even as fictional characters Iíd created to play the of role of unaccepting parents, they still frustrate the hell out of me. I just canít figure out which would be harder to deal with: their overcritical father or their ignorant mother.

Rudy displays a rare moment of weakness here. And yes, itís not over getting beat up. Itís the fact that not only did he not get an invitation to the party, he didnít even know about it until Gavin brought it up to him. Surely his parents arenít helping either (at least Maria tries to help). Some readers might find this strange and that he has his priorities mixed up. Not so much. Rudyís just the type that has an easier time dealing with physical pain than emotional pain. Neglect and feeling outcast can be especially damaging to a teenager.

But is it really just a case of kids being uncomfortable with him like his dad implies? Or was Emily and her posse just unable to find him when they were passing out flyers.

On a lighter artistic note, yes, I am very much aware that the table is oddly tall. I didnít notice how much until I actually colored it. I do plan on fixing it, but not just now.

Also, I originally planned to have a field day with the newspaper their father is reading, but space constraints did not allow it. I wanted to sneak in the reference headline: "Mysterious department store blackout caused by mouse." just to see how many people would get it. Not that it bears any significance to the story; I just like making references. ;P

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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This is one of those times where it's almost like a who's worse scenario.  The dad for actively putting him down or the mom for pretending it doesn't exist and "trying to fix it."
garbud Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
i'm kinda feel guilty that i never have to worry about having parents like this. woo gay parents!
DreamsUnderStarlight Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Trust the indenial-mother is MUCH worse. You're always mommies little boy, you're (figuratively) bashed over the head with comments reminding you of what you are physically. Wth an asshole-dad I feel there's a better chance he will stop being an asshole, and atleast you know how he really feels.

Amending: asshole-dads can trump in-denial-mothers if they are physically abusive.
Aquatic-Knight Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
I'm A lucky one I guess. I'm a transgirl and my parents are both super supportive.
TheFlorifant Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could say the same. :( I want to be a girl so bad I have been sure of this for more than 5 years and they still ignore me.

AcceptableReject Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm like Rudy..... I'm more afraid of being shunned or out-casted than of being beaten up. Me and him act alike too. Too cheerful and jocky for our own good ^_^ :P My parents are like that too
purplebunnygirl Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really not liking Maria and Rudy’s parents
HitorazeKaiju Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
oh the me and boys want to mother rapping, timmy hey timmy hey, timmy hey and their father dies in a weeeeeeeeeeell
Tiny-Boy-Toy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
i can imagine him yelling "FUCK OFF" in this scene
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Reference...? A reference to what?
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Writer
"Mysterious department store blackout caused by mouse."

If you're unfamiliar with this headline, you should play Earthbound. ^_^
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Hmm...I probably should. Is it on the Wii Shopping Channel? Of course, I promised my brother I'd buy Rhythm Thief first. ^^; He can't get these songs out of his head. And neither can I.

3, 2, 1, Go.
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Writer
Sadly, no. It's like, THE most demanded game for Virtual Console at this point, but for one BS reason or another, Nintendo is content with not putting it on there.

The only affront that potentially rivals this, is Mother 3 (Earthbound's equally brilliant sequel) also never seeing US release. Mind you, I've played it (twice) via emulator, but I'd much, MUCH rather own a physical copy.
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Right up there with Final Fantasy 6 and some other third thing.... *sighs* It seems like Nintendo, (heck, same with Sony), are content to keep their fans from what they all seem to be clamoring for.

Strange though. People keep resorting to piracy, but only because the companies won't make it remotely possible to give them what they'd gladly pay money for.
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Actually, Final Fantasy 6 IS on Virtual Console. It's just called "Final Fantasy 3". The actual second and third installments of the series weren't released in the US way back in the day (Square of America believed they were "too complicated" for American audiences). So when they originally released 4 and 6 (and not 5 for the same reason), they were released as Final Fantasy 2 and 3 respectively. It wasn't until Final Fantasy 7 came out that people in America realized they'd been gypped of SEVERAL installments in the series, and it would still be a few years after that before we saw the actual installments and the correct numbering.

So, FF6 is there. They probably just legally HAVE to call in FF3 when referring to the US SNES release because that IS what it was called at the time. But I think it even admits in the description that there was a naming error and that it is actually FF6.

As for Earthbound, the whole reason they claim they won't re-release in Virtual Console is that one of the battle themes sounds a lot like an actual song, so they're just trying to avoid copyright infringement. This is Nintendo's actual story. I call BS though. I mean, it WASN'T infringement years ago in its original release, so why is it now? Furthermore, the track is only played TWICE in the whole game. If they're so afraid of using the track, would it be SO hard for them to substitute it with another one? Hell, I'd play those two fights in silence if it's what it took; that song being there - while cool - just isn't that important to me.

Finally, Mother 3 PROBABLY didn't see US release because of Nintendo of America strict censorship policies. That doesn't make it okay, but I do get it. In a lot of censored games, they get around things by fixing little details here and there or changing the word ever so slightly. But there is actually a fair bit of (tactfully written) homosexual innuendo and humor, a (very clever concept of a) race of "genderless beings" that look like drag queens, and an entire (brilliant) dungeon that revolves around a drug trip. Of course, I only speak for myself, but none of these things bothered me. The story is one of the best to be in a JRPG in almost ever, the game is a blast, and if they had to slap a "T" or even an "M" rating on the cover just to get it over here, fine; it wouldn't change my thoughts (or most peoples'). But, Nintendo would just rather... not.

And this has been my long trivia rant from "Lynn: The girl who knows too much about video games". I hope I didn't bore you too much. ^_^
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Ni. *listens intently, taking notes* Dangit Lynn! Now there are so many options. XP I only have so much money, and half of it is reserved for non video gaming things!
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Uuuuugh. Do they even realize how stupid they sound? Its almost like a child's program thats trying to deal with a touchy subject. Like when The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog tried to teach about sexual harassment.
wolf-blazer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Interface Designer

IS FOR ....GAY!!!!
UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Seeing older people is always fascinating, and right away I see plenty of differences between the Strongwells and Aunt Fara. That in someway they do love their kids, but value tradition over all else. Though I hate parents that do that, I still don't blame them for not feeling comfortable deviating from their everyday norms. Though as a toss up I would not approve of the ignorant mother. Mostly because they will offer help, but they will offer help that has nothing to do with why their children are sad. It is a sad circumstance since all we need are people that really want to be open to what we have to say.

I do understand what you are saying about Rudy, him being the joker he is. It really does cover up that he is sad. Its not something you can explain, but if you have to die, its worse to be forgotten and left behind in comparison to being beaten (a terrible analorgy, but attention is attention). Its great to have sisters like Maria around to at least make it seem like you are wanted.

I do agree that the table is oddly tall, but I believe the chairs are just oddly short (there is a difference you know). And I bet you the mouse was planning to attack the department store for a long time. Rain is just full of conspiracies.
RoteyMazareth Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
And only half of Numbskull Norman's face...
Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I don't like Rudy's parents
On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I see that both parents have...interesting...ways of dealing with Rudy.
Life-Is-My-Bitch Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Ok, Aunt Fara needs to smack Rudy's parents. Really. Hard.
KirukaChan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
As much as their dad seems like an ass, I can't help but agree with his take on the situation. I can't really think of any other reason that Rudy wouldn't be invited.

If Rudy can't get into the party, he should just suggest to Rain, Maria, and Gavin that they have their own Decemberween Rain's house, so Aunt Fara can be irresponsible without Rain being forgotten about. Then they can invite the neighbours too....and maybe Gavin's mom. Then, they pool their candy together, and EAT ALL THE THINGS!

...Or they could go for Plan B: subject Emily's house to a severe egging and toilet papering. It's autumn, the rain will wash it all off eventually. The evidence, that is; not the mess.
majorkerina Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student Writer
it bothers me that there is no more of this
it bothers me that there is no more of this.
14bj337 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Oh my grash... Rudy appears four times, and he isn't smiling once! Quick, give this boy a puppy!

Seriously, though, OUCH. I know that Emily, Father Quenton, Heather, Mrs. Parker, and even Gavin have been made out to be antagonists, but Norman Strongwell has, in my view, topped the charts as far as villains go. He only has one line, but it is by far the cruelest thing said in "Rain" so far. I mean, he's Rudy's father! How can he say that to him? He's implying that Rudy has brought this upon himself, that he deserves friendlessness for being true to himself! One of the few things I have no tolerance for is parents who can insult their children in cold blood. Why is there no child protective services for fictional characters?

Besides The Dark Lord Norman, however, this page is also our realtime introduction to Donna Strongwell. After hearing Norman, I kind of like her. Now, I'm not saying that it's right for her to live in denial of the fact that her son is gay; I agree, it's wrong. But I think she does it because she loves her son. As strange as it sounds, I think she believes herself incapable of loving her son as he truly is, so she denies the truth in order to maintain her love. It's the same for Norman; instead of denying the truth, however, he accepts it and simply becomes cold to his son. Donna is the one who asks about the kids' day. She actually becomes concerned, and takes action, when she sees Rudy's injury. She is a loving mother, albeit in denial.

Artisticly... I don't think Rudy's and Maria's biggest problem is that their parents won't accept them. I think it's that they live in a sea-green subspace made up of themselves, their parents, and a table. I like the parent's eyes in this one; Norman's look cold, hardened, and accusatory, while Donna's look warm, soft, and sorrowful. Also, I like Rudy's and Maria's twin faces of frustration in panel 6.

All in all, I like how this page provides the first real Strongwell family interaction. I look forward to seeing Aunt Fara slay The Dark Lord Norman I MEAN seeing how they develop together, although I fear it will be a road rife with strife.
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Writer
There's so many points in this spiel I could directly respond to, but there's one thing in particular that I feel special attention needs to be drawn to:


That cracks me up so much, I may have to draw him at some point wearing a huge mantle and stroking a cat on his lap while laughs maniacally.

Genius! You're an absolute genius!
14bj337 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Aw, thanks! But I mean, if you wanted your son to grow up to be an emmisary (almost certainly didn't spell that one right...) of evil, what name would be more fitting than "Norman"? And I would love to see such a picture of him (with his pinky finger on his mouth, of course).

And while I appreciate the compliment, you are the real genius! You're the one writing "Rain", after all! You must be a genius, to come up with such great dialogue and such well-defined characters. You create, but all I do is analyze.

And on a more noob-ish note, how do you comment in bold and italics? I figure it's either something obvious I'm missing, something exclusive to premium members, or one of your 108 secret talents.
Xallamax Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
My mum is totally the ignorant mother.

Kinda hits a cord.

Thanks for keeping this story up, I always look forward to reading it.
coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Rudy is invited to my halloween party.
djrug91 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
just read ur whole comic up to now interesting to see it from the side of someone going through it if someone told me they were transexual id hope id be like rudy and be supportive anyway good comic keep it up and ill keep reading
louisdragon109 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
wow rudy has it rough :S he's pretty good to keep that smile up most of the time

Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
lol the poor mother in denial. im sure they just couldnt find Rudy at the time
RedMay33 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gah I really hate this one because I just KNOW I would be like their dad if my child was homosexual. I don't hate it for anything other then the fact that it points out stuff I hate about myself. Good job though!
samrules4 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
they said the whole school, either they meant except for Rudy (meanies...), forgot to give him one, or expected one of the others to cover up for them (which you can obviously tell they weren't in contact by Gavin's problem).
royalsunce Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
wow there mum sukes "know one fit that word'
that is just sad is the only word I have for this Anger
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student Writer
Well unfortunately stuff like this happens and their will be parents that won't accept their child except as their ideal image of that child. I think both parents are hard to deal with but the mom might be harder because she won't even consider the issue.
Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011   Traditional Artist
Well, no one in that house is certainly "happy"...
16bithero1995 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Basically my household with the word "transsexual"
Lahar0 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
WOw those are the most annoying kind of parents you can have and he has one of each nya =_= poor of Rudy seriously and no wonder Maria doesnt want to come out with parents like those nya

your reference of the "deparment store blackout caused by a mouse" is from a Mother videogame nya??? im sure i remember it on one of the games just dont remember wich one nya =P
Kleptoid Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
maybe the dad is just short?
chitttick1 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
I was thinking the same thing =D
coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
i agree with this.
Q9R42 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This feels unreal to me. Almost as if you drew the inspiration of the mom and dad from the depths of your wildest imaginations.
But it's the sad truth.. Some people are just closed off to what's different.
Animasword Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor guy...not everyone can be happy go lucky all the time. Still, (as I've said many times before) kudos to him for being comfortable and open about himself despite that ^_^
ritsu-x-mio Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Stupid mooks, and that silly mouse... and OUCH, those records hurt. :XD:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Writer
Heh. You got it! I guess it's just a mouse's sixth sense. ^_^

And yeah, I hate those records... -_-
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