Comic 1219 - I Don't Like You

8th Jan 2020, 11:44 AM in Ch. 38 - Supportive
I Don't Like You
Average Rating: 5 (1 votes)
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Jocelyn 8th Jan 2020, 11:44 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
I've been having conflicted feelings about these pages for a while. I think a lot of important stuff gets said, and I definitely think Heather is the right person to say it all. But I dunno. I feel worried about it too. Maybe I'm overthinking things (as I do). Hopefully, I am.

But let me know what you think. How do you feel about Heather's lecture? Kellen's response? (And let's keep it civil, yeah?)



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Phrll 8th Jan 2020, 1:50 PM edit delete reply
Very well done!
Alice 8th Jan 2020, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
I think it's information Kellen needs to hear, and certainly based on this page I agree that Heather is the best person to talk to her about this. So I like it!
zophah 8th Jan 2020, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
Definitely blunt enough for this discussion, and I'd expect for them to move on for now.
Daisy 8th Jan 2020, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
I really like Heather’s response here. It’s very in character for her, and has potential to be a much needed wakeup call for Kellen. Kellen has been willfully ignorant and is behaving selfishly, but I do believe that deep down she wants to be a good sister and (however misguided and traumatic her methods) she wants what’s best for Rain. The issue is that she’s certain she knows what’s best. It’s a kind of “looking through a glass darkly” situation: Kellen doesn’t have a clear image of reality and what Rain really needs: acceptance, love, and support. Hopefully Heather’s comments will clear the glass up (so to speak) and help Kellen pull her head out of her ass.
Guest West 8th Jan 2020, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
I agree that was very well said by Heather. It's what Kellen needed to hear.

I've seen people like her before. Trouble with her is she doesn't want to hear it. We hope she'll listen to good sense and pull her head out of her ass. Maybe she does want what's best for Rain. But she's already decided what that is. It's doubtful she'll really listen but take it as an affront to fuel more anger.

I think the best thing would be for her to step in front of a bus.
Daisy 9th Jan 2020, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
I see what you’re saying. I don’t know that Kellen dying would be the best option for her character but I understand the frustration behind the sentiment. However, I have met a couple real life Kellens who have come around and changed for the sake of their family. Maybe that’s a rare occasion, but it is possible.

From a writing perspective, while I don’t doubt for a second that Jocelyn could pull off Rain, Aiken, and Fara leaving Kellen high and dry with marvelous execution, (see the reactions post haircut) I think that it makes more narrative sense that there will be some kind of reconciliation. It’s a more satisfying character arc than her not changing, a good relationship with both of her siblings leaves more space open for Rain to come to terms with her childhood and abusive father, and ultimately despite the low points, Rain as a comic is shaping up to be one with a happy ending.

Things that aren’t necessarily realistic but serve to take the story in a positive direction are already happening. Todd got expelled, Father Asshole got removed by the diocese, and Rudy and Maria’s mom kicked their dad out. In my experience, these things don’t usually happen because the real world is a harsh place. But the beauty of fiction is that things can get wrapped up nicely with a bow, and I think that’s where the story is going.

Who knows though, maybe Kellen will blow her top again, storm out and get hit by a bus. It’s equally likely, based on her past reactions, and as they say “karma’s a bitch.” And I can’t deny that it would be satisfying to see Kellen get the Regina George treatment.
Anyway, this got long and my english major is showing, thanks for coming to my TED Talk everyone 😅
Bowshooter 8th Jan 2020, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
I like this one quite a lot!
Blue Sawyer 8th Jan 2020, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
Holy crap! This is unrelated to this page, but Jocelyn, I finally figured out who you look like. Mara Wilson.
Adama 9th Jan 2020, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
Great lecture, I think. And more insight into her character.
Guest 9th Jan 2020, 3:14 AM edit delete reply
Heather is saying exactly what Kellen needs to hear, and it looks like Kellen May be beginning to feel a little guilty conscience about how she’s been treating not just Rain but other people in her life too. It’s a good thing that hopefully will give her the desire to genuinely begin growing and improving her interpersonal and social skills
Guest 9th Jan 2020, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Chace gets around....
Vicky Michelle 9th Jan 2020, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Coming from Heather, Kellen may listen to this information in a way she would never have listened to her siblings. It is much easier to take in information from someone we have no emotional ties. Sometimes those emotions make us put on blinders and earmuffs to things we wish not to hear.

Well-framed, Jocelyn. This may just be the turning point for Kellen.
Vulcan 9th Jan 2020, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
Never ask a question if you don't want to hear the answer.
Guest 9th Jan 2020, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
It always strikes me how much Kellen looks like pre-haircut Rain, and on this page it's particularly apparent, with Kellen almost hiding behind her fringe like Rain used to do. Perhaps that's why Kellen cut her hair: because she recognised too much of herself in Rain.

Also, yay double page! And did people say "take" in that sense in 2013? :P
Guest 9th Jan 2020, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
I like it a lot. Just a note that there's a small typo on the first page - "intuition tells me seems decent enough" missing a "he". Thanks for your comic as always x
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