Comic 1208 - Rain's return!

26th Nov 2019, 12:35 PM in Special
Rain's return!
Average Rating: 5 (4 votes)
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Jocelyn 26th Nov 2019, 12:35 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
Rain will be returning December 16th, 2019.

New pages will be every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (including Christmas and New Years).

Normally, I'd spend too much time over-explaining things, but let's just keep it simple this time.

I hope you'll look forward to it. ^_^
Jocelyn 4th Dec 2019, 11:18 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
So, this might not matter to most of you, as I assume my followers here on Comic Fury probably follow Rain here on Comic Fury. Still, I've been getting a lot of messages about SmackJeeves, so I'm gonna level with you: I have no idea what's going on.

It seems they've changed the site layout to a hideous, unintuitive new design, and let no one know ahead of time. I've heard people saying they've been getting error messages when trying to find Rain and other comics they read. The whole thing is a giant mess.

To make matters worse, I can't even log in. My saved settings don't work, and they won't respond to my attempts to restore password. I'm super pissed right now. Makes me wonder if I'm the only comic author being screwed over like this, or if SJ is ruining everything for everyone.

The good news is I'm prepared for this. This is why Rain gets posted on multiple sites. If something happens to one of them, I still more to work with. So even though SJ is a disaster right now, Rain is still accessible both on DeviantArt and here, if that helps.
DA - https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/gallery/27273884/rain-comic
CF - https://comicfury.com/comicprofile.php?url=rain

I'm going to continue to fight with SmackJeeves to see if I can get on again. And as soon as I can, I'll let you know (hopefully you'll hear back from me soon). In the meantime, if the worst case scenario happens and I still can't use the site before Rain resumes posting later this month, this site and the DeviantArt location are still available.

This one's not really my fault, but still if you're here from SJ, I'm really sorry for the inconvenience.
Jocelyn 5th Dec 2019, 2:08 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
I've been getting a lot of new information from other SmackJeeves users, both authors and readers. SJ is removing or arbitrarily resizing comics to the point of ruining them. It's also removing message boards to make communication even harder. And at least for my part, it's also removing all my page blurbs (which I'm extra bitter about, as I frequently put a lot of work into those too).

Also, another SJ user explained to me why I can't sign in anymore. Apparently, "SJ made new password rules and locked out anyone who's passwords didn't fit the new requirements." You know, rather than just making people create a new password or anything (that would've made too much sense). But nearly 48 hours and several new password requests later on my end, I've still yet to get a single email from them for a new password. This should be quick and easy and automated for them, so it's pretty infuriating that they can't even handle that right.

If anything, I'm grateful I had the consideration to put the comic up on multiple sites. Partially for extra exposure, and partially as a precaution in case one of the sites ever went down or something. Didn't think I'd ever actually need it like this, though.

Unfortunately, not every author had considered that. Some apparently even lost their comics. If anything, that's what's really ticking me off most: seeing people who used this service for years and watching everything they built in that time get nuked... and for what exactly? Filling the pockets of someone behind the scenes?

Then there's the people who strictly read on the site who also get screwed. Because they might not even have accounts, and therefore almost definitely don't know what's going on. They just know their favorite comics are suddenly stopping or outright disappearing. And doing that to them is just adding needless confusion to an already poorly conveyed situation. The whole thing is just so gross to me.

At this point I'm struggling to find anything they didn't completely botch. And I just can't support that place anymore. They clearly don't support us: author and reader alike.

I think at this point, even if I ever do get to finally log back into my SJ account, I'll probably just shut it down. Delete everything, and slap some links to some better websites where people can continue to read Rain. (Like here and DeviantArt.)
DA - https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/gallery/27273884/rain-comic
CF - https://comicfury.com/comicprofile.php?url=rain

I'm beyond done with SJ, though. Again, I'm sorry for everyone that this inconvenienced. :(
Jocelyn 6th Dec 2019, 10:49 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
I know you're probably all sick of hearing me talk about SmackJeeves (and I'm pretty sick of talking about it too), but I just want to share one last follow-up for you.

I made a new account at SJ. Even if I can't actually sign back in on my normal account, I can at least contact any readers who followed the comic exclusively through SJ, and not the other comic sites, nor Facebook, nor Twitter, etc..

It's clunky. I knew the posts were going to be in order of most recent to least recent, but I did not anticipate the embarrassingly strict character limit. So I've got four backwards posts on the most recent Rain update there. ^^;

Still, I hope it reaches any remaining readers who might still be wholly unaware of what's going on.

As a final point, this seems slim, but I guess if anyone here knows someone who reads Rain (or any comic) on SJ, if you can let them know the situation (assuming they don't already know), that would help too.

Either way, Rain will resume posting both here and at DeviantArt on December 16th as originally planned. And I hope to see you all there. Much love, Rain Beaus! <3

DA - https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/gallery/27273884/rain-comic
CF - https://comicfury.com/comicprofile.php?url=rain
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Comments:

Guest 26th Nov 2019, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
squeeeeee!
Guest 26th Nov 2019, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
Best birthday present ever!
AliJ5533 26th Nov 2019, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
AliJ5533
:D
Trasee 26th Nov 2019, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad to hear that it's returning soon. This has always been my favorite webcomic. ^.^
Alison 26th Nov 2019, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
I'm so excited! keep up the good work!
Larryn 26th Nov 2019, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
I can’t wait!
Lentrax 27th Nov 2019, 4:34 AM edit delete reply
A Rain forecast. Just what I needed in the middle of this snow storm. Perfect excuse to stay inside and snuggle under a blanket!
Guest 27th Nov 2019, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Yay! :D
Joy 30th Nov 2019, 5:55 AM edit delete reply
I just binged the entire Rain comic and I absolutely love it so much, I can't wait for more :D
guest2 30th Nov 2019, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
looking forward to it
bgb16999 4th Dec 2019, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
The situation with Smackjeeves is frustrating. While I almost always read Rain on ComicFury, there are several other comics that I read on Smackjeeves. Unlike you, I haven't been locked out of my account, but the new website layout is awful. I've heard others describe it as a clone of Tapas/Webtoons, but I think it is even worse than those two.

Also, the change to Smackjeeves did more than just change the default layout. Previously, comics on Smackjeeves could you custom layouts, and could use their own domains rather than smackjeeves.com subdomains. Both of those features have been removed.

Several of the comics that I follow which used custom layouts or domains have moved to other hosts. One of my favorites, Inhibit, moved to Comic Fury (which still allows custom domains and site layouts). Others have announced plans to move.
Rezby 13th Dec 2019, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Rezby
That’s because webtoons bought SmackJeeves. Maybe they’re trying to make it look better, for their definition of better. Or maybe they’re trying to get everybody to abandon SJ, because other alternatives (like webtoons!) exist.
Guest 16th Dec 2019, 3:21 AM edit delete reply
I doubt they are doing it to move people to webtoons. There are too many other options for people to choose from.

On the other hand I've had a misfortune of working for bosses who had strong (and wrong) opinions of what constitutes good UI/UX...
Mavis the Rain Beau 5th Dec 2019, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
@Jocelyn, I was rereading Rain for the 20th time and I came across the story concept for Something Dark. Is that completed? Will it ever be completed? I love the concept
Jocelyn 6th Dec 2019, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Mavis the Rain Beau

So, the story here is that Something Dark was always kind of a filler name until I came with something a bit more permanent. I now refer to it as The Scars of Redemption. I'm hoping to get back to it pretty soon. I was actually planning to do it for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, with the hope of launching the first chapter by now. Unfortunately, I ended up scrapping what I had because I just wasn't happy about the way it read.

I'm back on my way with it and feeling better about everything, but with Rain starting back up soon, that's my top priority. Still, I am excited to return to Scars soon, and I'm hoping to see it go live sometime early next year. I'll be sure to keep you posted once it does. ^_^

And thank you very much for your interest! Also, there's not much, but I have a little bit of art available to peek around at if you're interested. ^_^
https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/gallery/64055650/the-scars-of-redemption
BudderApple 9th Dec 2019, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
HECK
Sarah 10th Dec 2019, 5:07 AM edit delete reply
Geez, sorry to hear about SmackJeeves. Here's the thing though... if they were handling passwords securely, they should have no clue how long they are or anything else about them once properly encrypted. That just smacks of a data breach waiting to happen.
Guest 16th Dec 2019, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
That's what I thought too, but it's possible they lock you out on your first login attempt.
Sylvi 10th Dec 2019, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
Jesus hell, smackjeeves is so bad now. They broke all my RSS feeds and actually I'm not 100% sure they even *have* RSS anymore??
Jocelyn 11th Dec 2019, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Sylvi

It's to my understanding that they do not anymore. Apparently SJ just wanted to destroy everything that made it what it was. :/
Patty M 11th Dec 2019, 3:32 AM edit delete reply
I've been counting the days since you posted the return date...
This is my favorite comic and I missed it.
Aeren 11th Dec 2019, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
I just found this comic a couple days ago and have been binge reading it and now I'm finally caught up. I love it. I have been particularly moved by each scene of people working past their hang ups and coming to accept Rain and her friends. It's given me some things to think about as I approach how I want to come out to my own family. Anyway, you've got a great story here. Thank you for writing it and good job. :)
naobi_lynn 12th Dec 2019, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
Honestly, SJ has been awful and I've been finding all my favorites on other sites and apps. Your comments on SJ is how I'm here. Thanks for going through the effort to let us know!
Lemonado Girl 14th Dec 2019, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Well, I'm glad the Cyber Monday update on SmackJeeves stuck around-I'd originally jumped over there to read because of a really bad spat of CF just not working/loading anything. Granted, SmackJeeves making very annoying changes is nothing new-they completely disabled guest commenting a long time before the hiatus even started, so I hadn't even been able to gush over all the prom events.

But my lord, the new SJ is the "graphic design is my passion" meme made real. It's so horribly laid out (at least on Mobile devices, but I have no faith in Desktop regardless), all old HTML no longer flies in the comment/blurb section...it's a mess. This is a mercy in comparison.
Yevhenii 16th Dec 2019, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
Jocelyn, I think it is still possible to log into your old account.
1. Go to smackjeeves.com/login.
2. Enter your old username+password.
3. Open the browser console (Probably something like Ctrl+Shift+I).
4. Type $("login").submit() into the console and press enter.
5. Cross your fingers.
Pseudonym 16th Dec 2019, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
Heya. During the last chapter I said I'd bet a fiver that Rain, thinking herself cornered, would grab the mic and out herself.

That didn't happen, so I'll donate the five bucks to the first charity anyone can recommend. (Though I'll keep veto power - this /is/ still the Internet.)

I'd bet another fiver on the goings-on in the next chapter, but what social skills I have are franctically trying to signal this miiiiight get crass.
Guest 16th Dec 2019, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Trevor Project is always a good choice?
Pseudonym 16th Dec 2019, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
Done, thanks.
Guest 16th Dec 2019, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
Against Malaria Foundation
Lauren 9th Jan 2020, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Thank you so much for leaving those updates over at SJ! I'm so sorry that whole debacle happened to you, but I'm really glad I can keep reading Rain. Those comments you left at SJ helped me find your work again!
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