Comic 1317 - Ten Years of Rain!

29th Nov 2020, 12:00 AM in Special
Ten Years of Rain!
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Jocelyn 29th Nov 2020, 12:00 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
Ten years ago today (November 29th), at exactly midnight (EST), the very first story page of Rain went up. As of this writing, the comic is still going too. There are currently 41 chapters. And 1,228 pages. Over the course of TEN years! I've never done anything for ten years! :O

If you'd asked me back in 2010 how I thought Rain would be going in the next decade, I probably wouldn't have had a confident answer. I've talked about this in the past, but it was just supposed to be a story I wanted to tell for myself. Rain is the story of a trans girl and her friends who just want to live her lives the way that feels right to them, and the struggles they face - internally and externally - to achieve that. There's legit hardship and many of the characters have faced serious trauma, but the story always maintains a certain positivity and hope. It was the story I needed growing up, but didn't have. And at the time, I honestly didn't know if it'd resonate with anyone else. I honestly didn't think anyone but me was gonna care.

I'm grateful to say I was wrong. :)

Seeing how much Rain has meant to people, has been everything to me. Readers have shared so many stories with me, and it never ceases to fill my heart with joy to know I was able to help in some way. How it's helped people accept themselves or feel validated. How it's helped people come out or start transition. How it's helped people understand gender identities and orientations they don't relate to. How there are some people who've told me they're still here today because they found Rain. And even on the lower stakes side, that there are just so many invested in seeing what comes next in the story. All of that keeps me going.

I can't stress enough that as much as I've loved pretty much every story idea I've ever had, I've never been so committed to anything until this one came along. And the big difference, I think, was that this mattered so much to me. And I guess that helped, because it ended up mattering to other people. And I'm eternally grateful for that.

So, thank you. I'm still by no means a confident person, but all of you who've followed Rain up to this point (whether you were here ten years ago, or you just found the comic yesterday), you're the reason I've been able to keep at this, and follow my dreams. I'd never have made it this far without all of you being in my corner. ^_^


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If you wanna have some fun and share some stories, tell us how long you've been reading, about your favorite characters or pages/scenes/chapters, and/or if you really wanna get deep, what Rain has meant to you. I'd love to hear. ^_^

And as always: stay safe and stay healthy. I love you all. Have a wonderful day! <3
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Comments:

Mr.A 29th Nov 2020, 12:34 AM edit delete reply
Mr.A
I will definitely say, it's commendable that your comic gained enough popularity for me to see people who've never even heard of comicfury sharing pages of it in the wild.
Very good.
EJ 29th Nov 2020, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
How long I’ve been reading this great comic? Have to say about a couple years or so. When I first discovered I binge read it. Sometimes I would kinda reread it all over again.

Also congrats on 10 Years. I hope you’re staying safe.
DocMesa 29th Nov 2020, 3:26 AM edit delete reply
DocMesa
I think I first heard about Rain through an LGBT group I used to hang out with on another forum. It was definitely the first comic I read on Comicfury and I'll always be grateful for the introduction to this website.

As a straight guy, Rain taught me a ton about gender and sexuality - although the lessons weren't always easy to read, especially when it came to challenging some of my own beliefs.

I guess what I'm saying is thank you Jocelyn for a wonderful journey so far and I look forward to seeing how the story continues.

PS: Huge fan of Puddle and his adorable nibbling mischief!
no 29th Nov 2020, 3:57 AM edit delete reply
YOOOOOOOOOOO I FINALLY CAUGHT UP!!!
And i successfully, intentionally, timed it to within an hour of the decade release! *pats myself on back*
its great to finally be here, in the present. i look forward to seeing where the remainder of this comic goes.
Phoenix Mouse 29th Nov 2020, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
You’ve definitely improved as an artist. Of course, your old style was still lovely. However, your new style is even better. It’s adorable and beautiful.
j-eagle12212012 29th Nov 2020, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
10 years is quite the milestone

I love that you show how Rain looked every year since the start, she has gotten cuter as the years go by (and yet she doesn't age lol )
Kaiden-kun 29th Nov 2020, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
:0 has it rly been that long?
Good luck with the following years and stay safe ^^
Anna 29th Nov 2020, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Wait.... Rain has had that short hair look for half the comic?!! That Kellen episode seems so recent, where has the time gone?
Long may Rain continue. It's one of my favourite webcomics I always look forward to. Thank you Jocelyn.
Lena 29th Nov 2020, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
I am only reading this comic for about a year. But your comic is part of the reason why I was able to figgure myself out.

Rain is one of the 3 comics in total that I follow and whenever a new page is published, I read it right away (even if its right at work)
Minim 29th Nov 2020, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
Minim
Happy 10 years!

Rain is one of my favourite webcomics. It's just so nice to have a cast full to the brim of queer, trans and intersex characters who are all managing to rock the world in so many ways. All of them have grown in their own ways and it's just brilliant that they all get to have some positives even though there are negatives as well. Aiken calling Rain baby sis melts my heart every time I reread. I hope one day I am able to inspire fellow LGBTQ+ folks as you have done, and I hope you continue to write stories like this for a very very long time. <3
Evelyn 29th Nov 2020, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
I think I started reading about 3 years ago, and when I first found it I read the entirety of it in a few hours. And then reread it entirely again on each of the next couple days. I've loved this story ever since.
meta 29th Nov 2020, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
thankyousoverymush!!
Galaxy 29th Nov 2020, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
10 years ago I was 3 and couldn’t read. That’s how long you’ve been drawing this comic. Wow!
Mild Lee Interested 29th Nov 2020, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations! This is a really impressive achievement. I've learned a lot by reading Rain over the last few years and really enjoyed the journey.
bgb16999 29th Nov 2020, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
Happy 10 year anniversary!
Noonerboi21 29th Nov 2020, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Noonerboi21
10 Years of Greatness that is this Comic
Molly 29th Nov 2020, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
I have been reading for a few years now after my friend suggested to me. It has been heartwarming and amazing to be able to see myself in character like Rain.

Congratulations on 10 years of Rain and thank you for sharing her with the world!
Tesset 29th Nov 2020, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
Congrats!
Long-Time Lurker 29th Nov 2020, 3:15 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations!! (Also wow, I've been following gor longer than I thought. It feels like so recently!)
00Stevo 29th Nov 2020, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
00Stevo
wow, I can't belive it's been 10 years
Lyra Nyx 29th Nov 2020, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Wow, hard to believe its been going for so long already! I've been reading for about 4 years now and I wanna say thanks again for the courage this comic brought me.

I'd already known I was trans for a while, but I was still partially in the closet, particularly with work and my extended family. When I came across Rain, I was really touched by the support she got from everyone around her. It gave me the courage I needed to tell my family and work, so thank you very much for that :)

Ever since i've been happy to tell anyone and everyone to read the comic! I've even had one of your doodles as my phone lock screen for the longest time. Thanks for everything you do and I can't wait to see what comes next!
Zoeanne 29th Nov 2020, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
It's crazy were about as far away from the hair cut incident as it was from the start...
SirCorgus 29th Nov 2020, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
SirCorgus
Wow, I was three years old when this started. Crazy
0717 29th Nov 2020, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Hi, congratulations!!!
I'm found the comic as I went through a difficult time two years ago. It had nothing to do with my gender, but it gave me somthing else to think about. And I learned so much from you, so thank you so much!!!
Your doing somthing wonderfull I wish someday I can do a comic as well as you with a story that goes directly to the heart. I love it!

I can relate to Fara the most. I work in the schoolsystem and hope I can be helpfull to all my students who struggle with themself or with the people around them.
Anon 29th Nov 2020, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
Oh damn! Wowie
Victoria (For now) 29th Nov 2020, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations on 10 years, I'm glad this has been such a positive thing in your life. I started reading about a year ago, and being locked out of making transition progress at the time it really helped me stay sane.
Pichu 250 29th Nov 2020, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
Pichu 250
Happy 10th!! I don't remember how long it's been, but I've been around since before SJ went kaput and after trying DA found that this site works the best! But more importantly, I've learned so much from this that allowed me to understand others better too.
Darak 30th Nov 2020, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Hi, I've been here a month now, and when I first found this comic,I binged the entirety of Rain over the course of one night (from 6pm-3am to be exact) and fell in love with it totally. The characters to story to everything about Rain is brilliant. It feels so fresh and different to other comics out there, like it's subject matter that isn't done enough (or perhaps I'm not reading enough web comics). Either way, you should be so proud of what you've achieved and all the people you helped. Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into this project, the world is better place cause of it. And thank you for showing me that brilliant comics can be made without the detailed backgrounds or super intricate/realistic art style, it really opened my eyes to what my art could be if I stopped splitting hairs over realism and stuff, so thank you.
Fourth Nate 30th Nov 2020, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
Happy 10 Years! I'd already been out as genderqueer transmasc for a while when I found Rain for the first time. (Ky is my favorite ^.^ ) I'm super here to find out what happens next!
Guest 30th Nov 2020, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
I started reading Rain when I was 9 years old (if you can believe it). I'm 16 now. This comic has been a constant for me throughout my life, which is a greater wish than I could have asked for. This story introduced me to a community that I never thought I'd be a part of when I was just a kid. Realizing I was trans took some time (14 years), but without this comic, I don't think I would be the same person that I am today. Thank you, Lynn.
Casey K 30th Nov 2020, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
Casey K
I've been reading since October. Reading your story actually inspired me to start writing my own, to add my story to the growing collection. It's been an absolute pleasure reading and joining you on your journey.
Hooman Bean 30th Nov 2020, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
I've been reading this comic only for about 6 months, but it has inspired me and help me discover myself. Thank you so much!!
Cluedrew 30th Nov 2020, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
I started reading right before volume 5 came out. I forget when that was now and I am kind of scared to check.

I don't have a cool story about how it helped me, maybe queer characters are a bit more common in my short stories now, but I am just here because it is a great story.
WindandRain 1st Dec 2020, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
I've said it before but Rain is the biggest support I've had as I've discovered my identity, and I can't thank you enough for creating the character of Rain. There's something about seeing a character in a story who you have that much in common with succeed that is inspiring and also comforting in those times when I'm feeling down. You've developed such great characters for this story, and they've really come to life. You are so inspiring, and by writing Rain, you've helped so many young girls, boys, or other young people to find who they are. Thank you so much!! ! <3
WindandRain 1st Dec 2020, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Also I have to say the community Rain has created is a lovely place, and having a supportive, queer community for people is so important. This comic has created that community, with so much love and caring between its members, and that is another amazing feat.
Ava 1st Dec 2020, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
I’ve been reading for over 2 years now and this has helped me come out even tho my family doesn’t accept me I’m still in this for the long hull I am trans MtF and Omnisexual this story has helped me find myself and helped me become who I am today thank you for writing this story.
Tadashi 4th Dec 2020, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
YAY 10 Yrs
Willow13 4th Dec 2020, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
Willow13
Been reading this for around a year (I mean since I first realised I might be Trans) And this has been a great constant so Lets celebrate 10 years of a Great Comic!
Lily 5th Dec 2020, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
Thank you so much Jocelyn for drawing all of these amazing comics over the course of TEN YEARS?!?!?

Jesus up in heaven, I hope it goes on for another ten more.
trans-meerkat 6th Dec 2020, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
When I found Rain in the spring of 2019, I was a depressed high school senior who read the comics alone in the library at lunch. I took pride in learning about trans stuff as a Very Good Ally, and the story captivated me. At some subconscious level, I secretly wished I could be a trans girl like Rain and thought it was too bad I wasn't trans.

A few months later, I realized I was a trans girl. So many things clicked into place. When I started college, I was out and used a new name I had chosen for myself. In a way, I got to achieve my dream of going to a new school as my true self like Rain did.

Eventually I came out to my parents, started HRT, and met my gf at a trans support group. Things are far from perfect, but I'm so much happier now than I ever could have imagined before I realized who I was. I can't thank you enough for Rain.
Darak 7th Dec 2020, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
Something I forgot to mention when I made my original comment. I was listening to Oasis on shuffle when I first discovered Rain. Now, when ever I go to check out the latest page, I will always listen to "Champagne Supernova". Just a fun detail I wanted to share.
Pseudonym 12th Dec 2020, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
Token cishet guy of the comments section here.

You asked, so: I'm concerned over how much I see trans people in webcomics and how little (far as I know) in real life.

As a reader, I'm privy to the thoughts and history of characters like Zoë Carter and Rain Flaherty. I can know their hearts in a way that's impossible to know about a human being. Not to mention the their place in the narrative. All these tell me transition is the right thing for them to do, the only way they can live with themselves & be happy.

When I meet transfolk in real life - say, if a friend or relative comes out - will I remember that real people can't possibly live up to the same standard? Or will I bother me that they don't? Could it lead me to think it's a phase, or they just need self-confidence?

(It doesn't help that both characters I mentioned are prodigies at passing, Rain's voice notwithstanding.)

Well, it's probably not worth worrying over. I just fret. I also have Asperger's, and with it, the social graces of an enraged parakeet, so I'm not dreading this would be an issue for others.
Jocelyn 12th Dec 2020, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Pseudonym

> When I meet transfolk in real life - will I remember that real people can't possibly live up to the same standard? Or will I bother me that they don't?

I'm not entirely sure I follow. What standard can't real people live up to?


> It doesn't help that both characters I mentioned are prodigies at passing

I can't speak to Zoë, as she's not my character and I'm not responsible for her. But for what it's worth, Rain has been clocked a fair bit (I'd hardly call her a passing prodigy). To my memory, at least by Rudy, Brother Arthur, Heather, Debbie, Todd, and Ana. She wasn't outed to the school or anything, if that's what you mean, but that doesn't discount that all those other instances. It's still a big deal for her every time.
Pseudonym 13th Dec 2020, 11:32 PM edit delete reply
> I'm not entirely sure I follow. What standard can't real people live up to?

Rain's efforts to present as a girl and transition are just and morally righteous. They should be celebrated, cherished, and defended. Other people should allow her to be who she is. Just like trans people in real life.

The difference is that since Rain's a character in a story, readers are privy to a number of things (e.g. inner monologue, backstory, your remarks about the story you're telling) that really hammer home the point that she legitimately is the gender she identifies as, and should be acknowledged & respected as such. I know intellectually that the same goes for transfolk in real life, but what I fret about is, what about emotionally? If I get my ideas of what trans people are like from stories, am I going to feel that real trans people, who don't have the benefit of such a hammering, seem lacking in comparison? Inauthentic? Phony?

To be clear, I'm not trying to talk about any kind of standard or obligation that transgendered people should try to meet. Neither am I criticizing your work. This is entirely about the inside of my own dang head. I worry about my emotions in advance - kinda like Rain's friends way back in chapter 11 - as I want to do right by people, but have a knack for tripping myself up.

> She wasn't outed to the school or anything, if that's what you mean, but that doesn't discount that all those other instances. It's still a big deal for her every time.

I agree with every part of that. I don't want to start splitting hairs about the definition of prodigy, so I'll defer to your expertise and retract the prodigy comment.
Pseudonym 16th Dec 2020, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
Oof. I think the above has gotten away from me. I'm bad at talking. I loathe that about myself. Can I please try again, in shorter form?

Ten years of Rain! Nice! Congratulations. I enjoy your comic a whole lot, and if I deserve to be called an ally, trans representation in fiction has a lot to do with it.

But you asked about personal meaning, and for me it's actually concern. If I read about trans people but don't meet them irl, will I get the wrong impression? Yes, of course. What impression? Well, most trans protagonists I know have long since figured out they were trans. Many basically always knew. They're armed with an ironclad certainty of who they are.

What's more, the story they're in backs them up. Do I have it right when I think you'd much rather draw water running uphill than have Rain turn out to be a guy? That's what I mean about a standard that's outright impossible for real people to meet.

There are exceptions, like Riley's story in Magical: Before the Magic.

So if a friend or relative turns out to be questioning, just figuring things out, an egg starting to crack, will I be a good ally? Or will I be dismissive over a dumb notion that trans people are supposed to know all along?

Fretting about how I'll react feels kind of silly, but not like that stopped half of your comic's cast.

None of this is your fault. There's no single trans experience that'd fit in a comic, and anyway the care and effort you've put into diversity is obvious. Thank you for the comic. Congrats for sticking so long to something you love.
Jocelyn 16th Dec 2020, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Pseudonym

I think the important thing to remember is that I never claimed to be writing every trans experience. It's just one of many. Even between Rain, Jess, Ana, Vincent, Ryan, the main cast of Magical, and any other future trans characters I write (of which there will be many) - there's technically a lot of trans narratives represented here, and yet I still wouldn't say I've even begun to scratch the surface. No matter how much I write, I'll never be able to cover even a fraction of the possible narratives.

So, if a friend or relative turns out to be questioning, you can be a good ally by not worrying too much about a fictional character from a dramatized story. Pay to attention to the real person and hear what they have to say. If they want to share their story, listen to them. If they request to be called by a certain name or set of pronouns, use what they ask. If you mess up and say the wrong name or pronouns, just apologize, correct yourself, and move on. That's how you be a good trans ally. Don't make it more complicated than it needs to be.

And if they change their mind down the road and realize it wasn't the path for them (mind, I don't think that's going to happen often, but if it does), all you really need to do on your end is ask what name and pronouns they want now, and use that new suggestion from then on. If you just listen to what they say, they will probably tell you how you can help them. :)
Dr opal 21st Dec 2020, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
Dr opal
Created in the renaissance of the internet and lasting through the dark ages
Allie C 23rd Dec 2020, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
I discovered this on Sunday and literally binged the whole thing in two days. Thank you so much for putting in all the work on this story and sharing!
Colorless 23rd Feb 2021, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
I have read this webcomic for almost 4 years and am happy I got to experience it. It really let me realize some feelings I have never thought of before. I have to say, I really appreciate this webcomic and I am happy I have read it.
Cecilia...? 30th Mar 2021, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
I just finished Chapter 40 today (and I can't wait until more are released, but I'd rather binge stuff). I started yesterday.
Right now, for me, Rain is a role model, someone I almost idolize. Someone I'm so, so jealous of.
The story has been an emotional rollercoaster for me. I started reading it on a whim: "Hey, I've seen this title a few times before. Fuck it, I'm reading this now." And then I got hooked (though I do this with everything I like), and just kept reading. Unfortunately for me, I started feeling like Emily on her last date with Rain as I read Rain; stop reading for ten seconds and my mind went back to... jealousy. Envy.
I realized as I was watering the flowers today that reading Rain had let me part of her journey and that her successes were mine in a way... and that this was probably some kind of euphoria that I'd never experienced before.
I'm eighteen right now, and I say I'm questioning, but I really think I'm just in denial that I'm a trans girl.
For now, I'll leave you with a tentative thank you for taking me on Rain's journey, but I'm sure I'll feel overwhelmingly thankful to you in a few years.
I love Rain, the story for boys, girls, and everyone in between.
L 8th Apr 2021, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
I really really really like this comic. I don't even remember the exact year, but it's at least been five or six, possibly eight years since discovering you on deviantart. There were quite a few nice people creating trans art there. Seeing the music made for this comic Little Victories just made me tear up and realize how far I got myself since I started reading. Transition has been kinda rough, but I have the opportunity to focus on other aspects of my life now.
Philine 11th Jun 2021, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
I've started reading a couple of weeks ago, now I am almost up to date.

Rain helped me a lot, it gave me confidence and hope, I also learned a ton.

Few fictional stories have had me get this emotional
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