Comic 1289 - Resident

23rd Sep 2020, 11:02 AM in Ch. 40 - It's Okay to Cry
Resident
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 23rd Sep 2020, 11:02 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
To be abundantly clear, Jess deciding to move out neither means she's packed and ready to leave tonight, nor does it mean she's actually exiting the story. It just means in the very literal sense, she will seek someplace else to live and no longer live under Fara's (rented) roof. But I don't want her fans to worry, as she promises in the last panel, she probably won't be going far.

For the record, I didn't cover this in the recap because it's a rather small side point of the chapter overall. But if you need a quick refresher, Jess originally started staying here after her breakup with Aiken, in exchange for helping Rain meet Vincent to start transition. Rain has since begun her transition. And Jessica has very recently made peace with Aiken. She's fulfilled what she set out to do and gotten the closure she wanted. It's just time to move onto the next chapter of her life. All in all, with everything else going on, this is actually really good news, and making their apartment less crowded could ultimately prove very beneficial. ^_^


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bgb16999 23rd Sep 2020, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
bgb16999
Wow, I wasn't expecting that.

Anyhow, you can now vote in Part Four of the Rain Favorite Character Tournament! As usual, you can vote for as many characters as you want, and the top four will advance to the next round.
bgb16999 29th Sep 2020, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
bgb16999
Okay, weird: this post showed up now, even though after I made it Jocelyn said that it got eaten by CF (hence why I made it again below).
Jocelyn 29th Sep 2020, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
Real talk? I have no idea what's going on. It was just in my list of pending posts this morning, where it wasn't previously. So now I have no idea if I missed it somehow (usually CF tells me if there's something I haven't approved yet, though) or if there was actually some kind of weird delay (though, a week long delay seems unreasonable).

I feel like this might be my bad, if accidentally so. Whether it is or not, I'm sorry this happened. I'll try to make sure it doesn't happen again, though. :)
arkathenia 23rd Sep 2020, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
Now thinking, Rain is the only reason Fara's house has anyone living in it with her. If Rain wasn't in the picture, she'd never have been there to help take in Jess during her time of need, Emily wouldn't have any connection to Fara either, and Rain of course wouldn't live with Fara. Aunt Fara took on a lot when she took her niece in.
quinn 23rd Sep 2020, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
aunt fara is honeslty the biggest hero of the entire comic. she's an absolute legend
Willow13 23rd Sep 2020, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
Yup
MavistheRainBeau 23rd Sep 2020, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
MavistheRainBeau
Don't forget Puddle!
Phrown 23rd Sep 2020, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
Where is Jessica going to go? Is she moving back to her old apartment or is that Aiken’s apartment?
Some Ed 24th Sep 2020, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
I feel like it's unlikely for Aiken's apartment to be in this same town. It's my impression that Aunt Fara moved far enough away from Rain's other relatives so as to make it unlikely for them to just happen into them.

As such, this would be an announcement that she's now officially looking for a new apartment in town.
Rainily guest 23rd Sep 2020, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
YEE-HAW

I’M STILL NOT SURE WHETHER I SHOULD SHIP JESSICA AND AIKAN OR JESSICA AND HEATHER
Ness 23rd Sep 2020, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
Personnaly, whoever she end up with, I just want her to be happy and loved.
Larryn 23rd Sep 2020, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
Heather, I feel like Heather needs her more
William Melton 23rd Sep 2020, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
Jaiken or Jeather is a very hard choice...
Jinx 23rd Sep 2020, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
Personally, I'm a fan of the really long odds option: Jaikther. ;)
Willow13 23rd Sep 2020, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
Mischievous and Polyamorous
Drake Zephyr 23rd Sep 2020, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Pretty sure Lynn said Jessica was straight.
Jocelyn 23rd Sep 2020, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Drake Zephyr
I mean, Jessica herself said so. But shippers gonna ship. It's fine.
William Melton 23rd Sep 2020, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
So it's okay if I ship Jaikther as part of the front row for the Rainily wedding? ;)
Drake Zephyr 24th Sep 2020, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
ok
PeskyBirdTerry 23rd Sep 2020, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
I love this comic! And I wish I could buy it as a paper copy, but I'm not out to my parents yet, and being a closeted ftm, getting a book with a trans main character would probably be problematic. But, I'll continue to read Rain on ComicFury and can't wait to see what happens next!
Willow13 23rd Sep 2020, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
I'm sorry bro. Hope you are enjoying!
Ada Keren 24th Sep 2020, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
Or it could be a good way to test the waters on how your parents feel about trans stuff? I mean, you don't have to be trans to enjoy this great comic that happens to be about someone trans. Of course you know your situation better than me, but just a thought :)
Anastasia 23rd Sep 2020, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
Omg Rain's cute sad face in the last panel I wanna squish hug her <3

Also, I love the mamma feels Jessica is giving off :3
bgb16999 23rd Sep 2020, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
Whoa, that is not something I expected to happen so suddenly.

Anyhow, you can now vote in Part 4 of the Rain Favorite Character Tournament! As usual, you can vote for as many characters as you want, and the top four will advance to the next round.
Syter6 23rd Sep 2020, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
I forget about this every time, until you post a link, haha
William Melton 23rd Sep 2020, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
I must reread the comic, as I've completely forgotten who Gerald Broom is.
Shoto 24th Sep 2020, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
It's ok, so have I.
Does anyone know who Gerald Broom is?
Jocelyn 24th Sep 2020, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@anyone who forgot who Gerald Broom is

He's one of Chanel's teachers. We don't see him too often, but when we do, it's usually alongside Fara and Mrs. Parker.
http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/373/

Incidentally, people forgetting him might be my fault. I seem to recall coming to the realization a few years back that no matter how often he appears, I seem to always forget to address him by name. It might say in the blurbs (and definitely says on the character page), but if you strictly look at the comic, I could see it being completely missed. Unless I'm forgetting something, prom might be the first time he's addressed by name in canon.
http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/1132

My bad. ^^;
maya 23rd Sep 2020, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
quick question about the dialogue: it’s been established that rain’s speaking is written in italics because she’s purposely modulating her voice to be higher, right? but jessica’s speaking is written normally, so is she not doing that?
Jocelyn 23rd Sep 2020, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@maya
That is correct. My angle - as I've heard from many, many testimonies - is that some trans women are able to train their voice well enough to permanently change it. To the point where if they wanted to use their "original" voice, that actually becomes difficult to do. So whereas Rain's dialogue is italicized to note her active and constant effort to keep her voice in her desired range, Jessica (and also Ana) are not, because they have trained their voices well enough that it just comes naturally, without thinking.

That's my reasoning, anyway. As someone who has not been able to permanently change my voice, I wanted to be able to showcase both trans women who share my struggle and those who don't. We're all valid. ^_^
j-eagle12212012 24th Sep 2020, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
I've been told I have a neutral sounding voice. Especially over the phone I get people saying " oh I thought you were your mom" it's a nice validation. I haven't really tried altering my voice and am not sure if I will need to, But We are all valid as Lynn said so I support all my trans brothers and sisters
Neelix 24th Sep 2020, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
@Jocelyn

Would Ana have even needed to do that? Keeping in mind I've never read any of the bonus chapters from the books, and based on what she told Rain when she came out to her, my headcannon for Ana up to now has been that most of her physical development during puberty would probably have been normal for a girl... all while she was probably still effectively being forced to present as a boy at school...
bgb16999 24th Sep 2020, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
One fun wrinkle to Jessica's voice I noticed is that in chapter 38, she does speak in italics when she wants to imitate Aiken's voice. My interpretation was that she needed to make a conscious effort to do a masculine voice like Aiken's.
Jocelyn 24th Sep 2020, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@bgb16999

Indeed! That's the idea. Italics are used a couple times for other characters imitating someone else's voice. In a very relevant instance, there's one page where Emily's text is italicized (and bolded) when quoting her mom. I always kinda envisioned that as her doing a mockingly shrill, "squawking" voice.
http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/492/

Ruby also uses italicized text when talking to Aiken or Allison or anyone not in the know.
http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/271/
http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/784/

To oversimplify, italics is just "actively changing your voice". :)
Chloe 23rd Sep 2020, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
Not sure if it's just me, but has Rain been looking more mature these last few pages?
William Melton 24th Sep 2020, 5:48 AM edit delete reply
Heavy stuff is going on and she's grown up a lot over the span of this comic.
Fourth Nate 23rd Sep 2020, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad the cute fish shirt made it into the main story comic ^-^
Dr opal 24th Sep 2020, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Dr opal
I was hoping for toaster on fire personality lol
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