Comic 1327 - Good Luck

18th Dec 2020, 9:50 AM in Ch. 41 - Graduation
Good Luck
Average Rating: 5 (6 votes)
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Jocelyn 18th Dec 2020, 9:50 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
In case you've forgotten about Ky's mom...

As for Drew or Randy's parents, though, this scene has been the first we've ever heard about them. We don't know anything about them, or how Drew's folks in particular would react. And this is somewhat interesting to me because a very common assumption from readers throughout the whole story is that Drew's folks must be homophobic or problematic to some extent. Where else could he have learned that internalized homophobia? Why else would adjusting to Ky's gender identity be so difficult for him?

Speaking purely for myself, when I was Drew's age and younger, my parents never really gave me any reason to fear coming out to them. They never displayed homophobia (looking back, they'd even told me many times that they'd hear me out if I ever had anything to tell them). I learned homophobia from school and media, and I was afraid of coming out or accepting myself because of other people's coming out stories online and how they'd gone horribly wrong. My parents were never the problem; and when I finally came out to them at 22, they accepted me as they might've always all along.

I was my own gatekeeper.

And likewise, I never ever implied Drew's parents were part of the problem, because it's not what I was going for. Drew's story is far less about where it came from, and far more about how he was doing this to himself, and whether he can get past it. Fortunately, I think he's starting to get there. It's still a long road he's got ahead; discovery and self-acceptance is almost never easy. But we've seen where he started, and he's making some good progress. ^_^

Anyway, I've preached quite enough today, but I'll add that Rob illustrates another recurring theme in the story. Namely, you don't have to understand being gay or trans, in order to support someone who is gay or trans. It's not that complicated. Just listen and be in their corner. ^_^


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beth 18th Dec 2020, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
wait randy is queer?? i must have forgotten
Jocelyn 18th Dec 2020, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@beth

Yep. It was officially revealed here.
http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/1254

And unofficially revealed looooooong ago in a Rain Delay here. ^_^
https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/art/Rain-Delay-Coming-Out-Day-262875302
cookie godess 18th Dec 2020, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
does randy speak?
Jocelyn 18th Dec 2020, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@cookie godess

Why, yes. He technically spoke earlier this week.
http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/1324

And said a bunch here too.
http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/1254

These are the only times he's spoken on screen, but it's been implied he's pretty chatty when the camera's off him. XD
LemonDrizzle 18th Dec 2020, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
I'm really enjoying getting to see some of these more "side" characters just hanging out and chatting <3 One of my favorite things about Rain as a story is that it has so many characters and we spend so much time with each of them that when one person has one experience it doesn't feel like that's the way it HAS to be. Today's page is a perfect example of that. Everybody has a different experience coming out to themselves and their families
Chrissy 18th Dec 2020, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
Definitely. And it seems that most of the main cast has all had issues with family. I mean, Rain's dad and siblings are a huge part of the backstory of this series, the Strongwells have been pretty terrible on screen, Ky had issues with their mom, and I seem to recall Ana even had issues with her mom... I think Chanel is the only one from the main group that we haven't heard of a terrible back story from...
jesslc 2nd Apr 2021, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Gavin's parents seem alright from what I remember. Not perfect but okay.

Chanel's parents have been shown to be very supportive of her - which is great. I like that we get to see a realistic range of parents in this comic - good ones, terrible ones, somewhere in between.
Gabi 18th Dec 2020, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
That's a very interesting analysis. Many people tend to assume that if they can't understand why someone else is doing something, then there is no valid reason for them to do it, and thus they shouldn't be doing it.
And also, we often fear that the worst things that have happened to others will also happen to us, and that is not always the case because our circumstances aren't the same.
ryleeee 18th Dec 2020, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
cant help but feel there is a missed opportunity to have Randy be a real nonverbal character like using sign language or having nonverbal autism since that would be good reprsentation that you dont see a lot but the comic is really good for LGBTQ representation im happy the characters are accepting love rylee
Jocelyn 18th Dec 2020, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@ryleeee

If it makes you feel any better, while there's no explicitly nonverbal characters planned for Rain, I do have such plans for a future story. There's a character in a primary role who, just as you describe, communicates entirely through sign language or texting (and also she's queer too).

Though I think some Rain characters would fall under some form of neurodivergence, I would like to explore that more concretely in future works. ^_^
bgb16999 18th Dec 2020, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
That's a character I am definitely excited to see in the future:)
Phrown 19th Dec 2020, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
As someone on the spectrum I’d love to see how you’d handle a nonverbal neurodivergent character.

I’d also like to see Magical come to fruition as well
ryleeeeeee 19th Dec 2020, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
wow im so exited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and you are wonderful!
Guest 18th Dec 2020, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
Fuck Ky's mom. All my homies hate Ky's mom >:(
bgb16999 19th Dec 2020, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
Strawpoll was buggy for the last few days. It is seemingly working again. However, all votes "cast" during the period where it wasn't working still are not counted. Therefore, if you already voted in this week's Favorite Rain Character Tournament match, you should vote again.

Due to the technical issues, I am extending the voting period for this match to next Saturday, December 26.
Fourth Nate 19th Dec 2020, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
Loving this arc
bgb16999 20th Dec 2020, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
(Reposting since ComicFury seems to have eaten my post:)

We were never told that Drew's parents were homophobic. However, we do know, for certain, that they made a very poor decision in deciding what school to send their son to. That doesn't automatically make them horrible, since they may not have done so maliciously, but it does make them significantly flawed. There is abundant evidence that private schools, and Catholic schools in particular, do not offer a superior education compared to public schools, despite rampant myths to the contrary.

In the case of this particular Catholic school, even if you ignore the homophobia, the social climate at St. Hallvard is incredibly toxic, and that is not conducive to learning. They may not have sent him to a bad school deliberately (which is why I said last page that they may not be horrible). But choosing a high school for your kid to go to is a big enough decision that they ought to have researched what kind of school it was before sending him there.

And even if they didn't know what sort of school they were sending him to at first, Drew has been at this school for multiple years now. They've had plenty of time to figure out they made the wrong decision sending him here and put him back in a public school.

We don't have any indication as to whether Drew's parents are homophobic. And, we certainly don't have any information that suggests they are anywhere near as bad as Ky's mom, or Emily's mom, or Norman or Marcus. But when some readers (including me) say that Drew's parents are flawed and have not made the best decisions for Drew, I don't think that such claims are without merit from only the information we have.
Some Ed 21st Dec 2020, 5:11 PM edit delete reply
We don't have a sense for how things were in the public high school, other than Ky was used to how things were there and Maria found them to be much better than St. Hallvard. Situations do change.

Also, situations can be specific to individuals. I know that there were some people in some rather obnoxious cliques that were sent to the Catholic school by their parents, not because they thought the Catholic school was better, but the rest of their child's cliques wouldn't be there.

I can say the public high school I went to went through a rather bad time a few years before I went there. For about three years, the Catholic school in our area was the smart place to send your kid because of how bad the public high school had gotten to be.

Our high school recovered, in large part because the wealthiest people in our town were not Catholic and had kids around my age. But there were kids who started at the Catholic school during the last year our public high school had issues, and continued there for the rest of their high school. I don't feel those parents made a bad choice to leave their kids there, because continuity of education is important.
Alix 20th Dec 2020, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
Hellos!
I just refound your awesome work, it was so enlightening when I was questioning myself - I'm now and out transwoman : )
Anyway, I am also a bit of a print nerd and was wondering if you have any plans to release new trade paperbacks on lulu or an omnibus soon?
Thanks for your art!
Dr opal 21st Dec 2020, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
Dr opal
I just realized this comic has lasted longer than the wii shop.

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