Comic 1190 - Error

24th Jul 2019, 7:33 AM in Ch. 37 - Prom Night
Average Rating: 4.6 (5 votes)
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Jocelyn 24th Jul 2019, 7:33 AM edit delete
Maybe I can have a short non-blurb again today. I feel like I've gone over everything that needed to be covered in the last couple pages. So I'm hoping this one doesn't require much elaboration, as I'm not sure what to add right now.

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j-eagle12212012 24th Jul 2019, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
I wonder if Rain is going to be announced as Queen... If she is I expect her to either
A. Refuse the nomination and give the crown to Emily


B. Out herself publicly and ride off in to the sunset with her Queen Emily and live happily ever after ?


C. Offer to be co-queen with Emily and share the crown

(Personally I'm hoping for B , but A and C seem more likely)
Ruth 24th Jul 2019, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
“Go on.....” He’s not done? Who exactly is this douchebag, and what possibly could be not be done fessing up to?

Yay, another cliffhanger leaves us with imaginations running wild.

Did Mr. Douchebag Announcer tamper with the ballots himself? And if he did, for what purposes and did somebody else put him up to it?
j-eagle12212012 24th Jul 2019, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
I don't quite understand why people think there is a grand conspiracy against Rain, this is a slice of life comic not a soap opera lol.
Ruth 24th Jul 2019, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
And looking back a few pages, I see Jocelyn gave him the name Derek. What a coincidence, My former supervisor who committed sexual harassment to me, ultimately resulting in my losing my job earlier this year is a Derek. I also worked with another Derek a couple decades ago who was an ex-cop and who was suspected to have murdered two people who were about to provide testimony implicating him for being a dirty cop. I’m sure there are plenty of guy guys named Derek out there, but the name has become one I can’t help but hold a little prejudice and suspicion towards now.

A wild guess here.... somehow Chase is involved here.... maybe he’s somewhere behind the scenes lurking around the place, and bribed Douchebag Derek with a wad of cash to do this as some way to get back at Emily by hurting her friend Rain, who he already deduced if trans.
purplespacecats 24th Jul 2019, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
i don’t think mr announcer guy is a douchebag; i think it was just an honest (if careless) mistake that was mostly just a result of having no idea who these students are, and also the really weird way the ballot was structured with just initials and no indication of gender; like, even if there hadn’t been a trans kid with her deadname on the prom register, it was still a misgendering waiting to happen, given how unisex names aren’t uncommon

like, don’t get me wrong, it’s fucking awful that rain got deadnamed and misgendered in front of her classmates! i just don’t think there was any malice involved
Evelyn 24th Jul 2019, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
Take it easy on him, it's an honest mistake probably originating from the school's roster having Rain listed as "Ryan."

He's apologized and offered a plausible explanation that doesn't indicate that her name is legally still Ryan... "You're not done" might be the results of the recounted ballots, naming Rain prom queen and someone else prom king.
Roche 24th Jul 2019, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Aren't they being a liiitle harsh? I mean, assuming this guy doesn't have anything else to confess, wasn't this an honest mistake?

It doesn't speak well of his competence, sure, but really, he's just some working stiff like the rest of us, probably underpaid. And Rain wasn't outed; no one's even saying mean things. So it's not like the consequences were particularly grave. They don't have to publicly embarass him.
Jocelyn 24th Jul 2019, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
The kids don't know who's responsible. Whether he personally counted or not, he is representing the venue, so he is right apologize for the error regardless.

I don't think it's wrong to feel bad for him, mind you, but he's an adult getting heckled a little by a couple of teens (not calling him names or swearing, just speaking out in support of their friend). I promise you, he's gonna be just fine.
readingchameleon 24th Jul 2019, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
I'm inclined to agree. It looked like a few pages back the forms weren't designed particularly well, either (e.g. it didn't have the first name, only the initial - I could go on). Honest mistake, IMHO
Ick. 24th Jul 2019, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
I agree that they’re being too harsh. He made an honest mistake that was basically guaranteed to happen due to the rather contrived way the names were listed on the ballets— even beyond simply listing “R” instead of “Rain”, given how incredibly common unisex names are (as Devon pointed out, “Ryan” is actually a unisex name), not separating the students into columns for ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ was basically setting up every student with a unisex name for the risk of being misgendered.

The guy made an honest mistake, one where the school was at fault for not making their ballots more sensible. All that needed to be done is to calmly explain to him that Rain is a girl, remind him that ‘Ryan’ is a unisex name, & point out that everybody who voted for Rain also voted for a King.

Rain is fine. The rest of the classmates are just confused. Meanwhile, the guy has had Fara going off at him; made to feel that he’s completely ruined some poor kid’s night; and is now being publicly humiliated in front of a jeering crowd.

The age of the people he’s being humiliated in front of is irrelevant to the fact that he’s being humiliated (especially given that he was also yelled at by Fara). And even if nobody is specifically calling him names, lines like “Get on your knees and beg for forgiveness” are incredibly harsh to shout at an already apologetic stranger.

None of the other characters know this guy. For all they know, he could have a million issues that he’s dealing with outside of work— even serious ones— and now they’re humiliating him further when he is already apologetic and embarrassed for something which again *is not actually any more his fault than the school’s*. That’s the sort of experience that can easily tip an already suffering person over the edge.

It is 100% *Irrelevant* from a storytelling perspective if Jocelyn announces that Derek has the bestest life ever and will be totally fine, because *the characters themselves* DON’T know that, which means that their cruelty has no excuse like ‘oh but we know he’ll be fine’. I’ve honestly left tabletop games over GMs who would MetaGame like that with their NPCs— a character cannot act on knowledge they don’t have.

The dude made an honest, easy mistake. After already having to deal with an irate Fara & pissed off Emily, he came on stage to apologise— and despite knowing that Rain is fine, the other core cast members (especially Maria, who should *really* know that you can’t judge a person’s Life Situation without knowing them) decided to be complete arseholes and insult him further. A simple cheer would have sufficed.
Guest 25th Jul 2019, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
Gotta agree with you Ick.. While I think it's realistic that Rain's friends would react that way - they're just trying to be supportive of Rain after all - I can't help but find it rather petty of them. As far as I can tell, it is basically just a clerical error, and one that stemmed from a risk that Rain was willing to take.

Then there's the fact that the more fuss you make over how bad it is to misgender someone, the less likely it is that that someone is cis. Rain's friends' enthusiasm could increase suspicion about her. At least that's how I feel when people make a fuss about my gender
SmtmsIReadComics 24th Jul 2019, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
I guess whoever got the most votes after Rain is the rightful king?
FishEye18 24th Jul 2019, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
As a gay guy I wholly support the new Queer Empire and Rain and Emily as our glorious and fair Queens. God save the Queens!
Drake Zephyr 26th Jul 2019, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Any kind of monarchy is the enemy of democracy. So I vote we reform it to a democratically elected president. #RainForPresident.
Jocie 24th Jul 2019, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
"Get on your knees and beg for forgiveness!"

who knew maria was so brutal
Emerald_Kittem_Tail 24th Jul 2019, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
I was going to write something really deep about how the school year is almost up but then realized i will just have to save it for the farewell.
Guest 24th Jul 2019, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
I get what you were going for, but Maria's "beg for forgiveness" line over an honest mistake REALLY rubbed me the wrong way.
Drake Zephyr 26th Jul 2019, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Pretty sure it was meant as a joke, but yeah I see what you mean.
freekate78 25th Jul 2019, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
hahaha. gotta love the Rain parade, that are her friends!. and the look on her face, love it... equal parts pride and embarrassment where (assuming) minutes before it was quiet surprise and determination to not let it ruin her night. and she even got an apology from mr announcer guy.
I had a feeling this was going to come but i was expecting a few more pages in-between, for drama and possibly even character exploration/ morality revealing. however, i am glad that those pages dont exist, it could have turned ugly. lol...

I still stand by one of my earlier posts in that i suspect, when - not if the votes are re-tallied, Rain and Emily will either be tied for queen or Rain will be the all out victor through votes. either way i think Rain would let Emily have the crown anyways since it WAS her dream of a perfect year and queen being at the top of that list. She might have given up on that dream but I cant see Rain wanting to take that from Emily at this point, regardless of the votes.
I could even see whomever is crowned king would even give the crown (or at least try to) to Rain in a misguided attempt to let Emily and Rain be co-queens regardless of the name mixups. though that might cause more troubles than anything else, if she accepted it might reinforce the Ryan name onto her subconsciously with some of her fellow students. I dont see her accepting it if that were to happen just to prevent those suspicions, even though they are already there if they ever will be after the nights mixup.

this kind of stuff makes me both happy and sad that i never went to my prom. LOL.
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