Comic 1075 - Surreal

20th Jun 2018, 1:44 PM in Ch. 35 - Weather the Storm
Surreal
Average Rating: 4.88 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 20th Jun 2018, 1:44 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
Today, instead of spreading the focus across a whopping 17 characters, let's narrow things down to just two of the major players of this chapter. Rudy talks about some pretty heavy stuff at home, but due to his nature of hiding his feelings a lot, it's kinda hard to tell how he's really feeling about everything. To be fair, he seems to still be processing it all himself.

It's a bit subtle, but if Brother Arthur seems sad to hear Rudy hasn't seen his sister in a couple weeks, it's because he is. That's something that would hit close to home for him. It's going way back, but one might recall Arthur has a younger brother he hasn't seen in years too. The circumstances are much different though, and fortunately, Rudy at least seems pretty sure he'll see Maria again soon.

This page probably raises a lot of questions about Maria though. All I can say about that is that there's one more page left in this chapter. Let's see where this goes.

And don't forget that following this Friday's post, I will be on working hiatus until September (buffer catch-up, Volume 5, other projects, etc). It's going to be a busy time for me, but I won't just completely leave you hanging for months. I'm hoping to have lots to share with you during that time. So I hope you'll look forward to that. ^_^


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Comments:

DocMesa 20th Jun 2018, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Just a small suggestion but bunny pictures are always welcome during a hiatus....
Jocelyn 20th Jun 2018, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@DocMesa

Heh. Duly noted! ^_^
Lyss 20th Jun 2018, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
I strongly second this suggestion!
Elliot 20th Jun 2018, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Thirding the plea for adorable bunnies.
Gigglebox 20th Jun 2018, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Gigglebox
Or possible guest artist Rain Delays?
DocMesa 23rd Jun 2018, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Guest artist bunnies! :p
Cassie 22nd Jun 2018, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
I wholeheartedly support this. Also, Rain Delays are always fun.
BASHparallel 20th Jun 2018, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Damn, I hope we still see Maria just as often in future chapters.
bgb16999 20th Jun 2018, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
Were I in Maria's place, I would finish senior year at public school unless I had a guarantee that Brother Arthur was permanently the principal. And even then, I'd be very hesitant to go back to that school.
Kate 20th Jun 2018, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
Well she's in her senior year now, and Brother Arthur is the acting principal for the rest of the year, so she could finish her senior year there without worrying about Father Quenton or any other evil incarnates.
Some Ed 20th Jun 2018, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
I would think that her father was the bigger concern. If she goes back to school, she's in a place he knows to look for her, and her mother isn't there to protect her.

Also, if it's been a few weeks, going back now would be very hard, scholastically speaking. She seemed on the ball enough that getting a GED would probably be pretty easy for her, so she's probably planning on going that route. Depending on the particulars of the area, it's possible that the GED will only be an option a couple of times a year, roughly at semester's end. As such, she would probably be busy studying up for her GED right now. Because, while she seems smart enough for the GED to be doable, she doesn't seem so smart for it to be a complete cakewalk, and part of her being smart enough for it to be doable is her knowing when it's time to study.
Sammi 20th Jun 2018, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
@Some Ed

The thing about Maria and her father, though, is that she's 18, so he legally can't do anything like send her to camp. And even if her mother isn't there to protect her, Brother Arthur would back her up, since he seems to be understanding into the matter of why she wouldn't want to be around her father.

Regardless, I don't really blame her for not wanting to go back, and getting her GED is definitely a viable option. Maybe we'll see soon what she's decided to do.
Guest 20th Jun 2018, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
Sadly, "legally" is an important word there.

It's not like a LAW BARRIER would drop the instant Maria's father tries something.
Kyle 20th Jun 2018, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
YES!!!! So happy for Rudy things are looking up. I still don't believe his mother will ever truly accept him, but at least his father is out of the house for know. I hope Maria decides to come back. I want her to walk Chanel triumphantly on to the dance floor at prom.
PanicAtTheRainbow18 20th Jun 2018, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
I agree with Kyle as Mrs Strongwell isn't accepting of Rudy or Maria, but she did do a good thing with throwing Mr Strongwell out.

On another note, this comic is amazing.Keep up the good work!
Ravenna 20th Jun 2018, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
I just read the last three 0ages and you would not believe how big a smile I got reading them. Looks like things are finally going well for the kids for a change. Especially with both father Quenton and Todd out of the school, and brother Arthur as the stand in principal while a new one is being looked for. Hopefully the new one isn't as bad as Quenton was, or worse...
Ravenna 20th Jun 2018, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
I just read the last three 0ages and you would not believe how big a smile I got reading them. Looks like things are finally going well for the kids for a change. Especially with both father Quenton and Todd out of the school, and brother Arthur as the stand in principal while a new one is being looked for. Hopefully the new one isn't as bad as Quenton was, or worse...
Ravenna 20th Jun 2018, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Stupid phone, double post and a typo :(
FishEye18 20th Jun 2018, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
Urg.
The desire to give Rudy encouraging cuddles while watching gay movies refuses to leave me.
Darn fanboy genes. >.<
Tracy 20th Jun 2018, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
Woah. Way to go, Mrs. Strongwell! I hope she comes to fully accept and support her kids. But throwing out Mr. Scatbag is a very promising step.
Ruth 21st Jun 2018, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
Ruth
Maria is like 2 months from graduating. That's a no-brainer. With Quenton gone, Todd gone, and her dad out of the home picture at least temporarily, she needs to come back and finish up school here since she's so close and the immediate danger level is down dramatically, Even if she stays with Blair and doesn't move back home. He's got a car and it wouldn't kill him to drive her to/from school for a mere 6 more weeks Then she's got her whole life ahead of her.
Neelix 21st Jun 2018, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Agreed, though I can also think of another good reason for her to return to school, that being to spend more time with Chanel.
Ruth 21st Jun 2018, 3:06 AM edit delete reply
Ruth
And I just though about another small, but very important detail...... With Arthur in charge for the remainder of the school year, he has the power to ensure Rain's diploma says "Rain Flaherty" on it and not "Ryan Flaherty" like her official school record has for legal name.

Speaking of which, I wonder if I can get a reprinted diploma from my university with my new name on it? I know they'll change the name in my official transcript, but don't know about getting a new sheepskin. I don't know if my old high school will do either, but that matters very little since it was almost 40 years ago I graduated high school.
bgb16999 21st Jun 2018, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
I hadn't even thought about trying to get my old high school diploma changed! I know the only openly trans professor in my department couldn't get the name on papers she had already published changed, which unfortunately makes it really easy for people to figure out her dead name.
Queen Wolfen 21st Jun 2018, 5:06 AM edit delete reply
Queen Wolfen
I think Arthur needs some hugs.
Potato 21st Jun 2018, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Random question but roughly how tall is Rain?
Gigglebox 22nd Jun 2018, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
Gigglebox
I apologize in advance if this isn't quite satisfactory, but I don't recall that it has ever been stated for any characters, but for some reason, I feel Chanel is around 5'2 or 5'3, and given the differences when they stand next to each other, it feels like Rain is maybe 6 - 7 inches taller, so... somewhere from 5'8 to 5'10? This is just complete fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, though...
Jocelyn 22nd Jun 2018, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Potato

Rain is 5'4". I don't remember if I shared it here, but I made a height chart a few years back, which you can see here:
https://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-Height-Comparison-559296296
DoctrDoc 22nd Jun 2018, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
I swear this chapter feels more and more like a finale, last call, coda to Rain as a webcomic. You'd just flash a montage of: prom, graduation, and a toast of all their friends at some pizza joint show a sunset and play the end credits.

At the very least things have been changed in such a way that they won't be undone. "The Status Quo has left the station please see the ticket booth to rearrange your travel plans."

I'm nervous and also excited.
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