Rain FAQ
Last updated Dec. 4, 2010

What is Rain?
Rain is a slice-of-life/comedy/drama that follows the life of a teenage male-to-female transsexual named Rain, attempting to go through her senior year in high school identified only as a woman. It's intended to be a comedy, but it will also touch on some heavy subjects including acceptance from family and piers, blind hatred, and many of the other difficulties faced by members of the GLBT community.

When does it update?
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Where can I read it?
DeviantArt - http://littlelynn84.deviantart.com/gallery/27273884
SmackJeeves - http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=90588
Comic Fury - http://comicfury.com/comicprofile.php?url=rain

Are there any differences between them?  Do I need to sign up to all of these sites to get the complete story?
Not at all.  They're all posted at roughly the same time (give or take a few minutes) and will feature all of the same content.  I've considered doing things like making insignificant changes between the three (like giving someone a different colored shirt in each version or something) just to see if anyone notices, but meh… I'll probably never actually do that.

So, in which direction do I read it?
Left to right.  The "not Japanese way".

How long is Rain going to be?
However long it takes to tell the story.  There are a lot of arcs and topics I want to cover in this comic, and at three pages a week, I've accepted that that might mean it takes a few years to tell the story in full.

I don't like reading comics on my computer.  Is there any chance of Rain being made into graphic novel?
Ideally, yes.  I would want nothing more.  But it wouldn't be any time soon.  First I'd need to accumulate enough pages put into it.  

Why is it called Rain anyway?  Looks pretty sunny to me.
Contrary to popular belief, the title has absolutely nothing to do with the weather.  It's just the name of the main character.  That said, the word "rain" does have a bit of a melancholy connotation, which is perfectly suitable considering the themes of the story.  

If it's named after Rain, does that mean she's the only important character?
Not at all.  The story will have a pretty large cast in the end, actually, and there are many arcs that don't necessarily even revolve around her at all.  But she IS the main character, and basically ties all of the other characters and events together.  

Where are all the backgrounds?
You know, I'm pretty proud of my ability to draw people.  It took  a long time, but I'm pretty satisfied with the style I've adopted.  Everything else though, not so much.  I suck so bad at backgrounds, that unless it's absolutely crucial to define something, I simply won't waste my time on it.  Trust me, it'd be more distracting to have a hideous, indecipherable background then no background.

I've noticed you refer to "the original version" once in a while.  What do you mean by that?
I originally came up with Rain in 2004.  At that time, it was a fantasy adventure story that just happened to feature a transsexual as the main character.  Rain and Gavin were paladins, Maria and Rudy were royalty and even Aunt Fara was a bandit leader.  All the same GLBT themes, just in a fantasy setting.  In 2009 however, I came to the conclusion that the fantasy elements really got in the way of the story I really wanted to tell and even contradicted my points on occasion.  So in the end, the fantasy elements were removed and Rain became a slice of life high school comedy.  Obviously, it's quite different, but you'd be surprised at how much is quite similar.

I'd be totally into that!  Any chance you'll go back and do that too?
Honestly, chances are slim, I'm afraid.  There are a number of reasons why I decided against that version, and most of them were to remove aspects of the story I didn't like.  That said, I guess because I do still mention the original version from time to time, I obviously didn't hate it.  With that in mind, Rain and her friends are geeks (manga, anime, video games, etc.).  Their fandoms will frequently give nods to the original version with drawn parallels to emphasize certain themes and more.  

What is Black Wings, Kaminari?
It's a fake manga that Rain reads (in other words, don't look for it at your local bookstore; it doesn't exist outside of Rain).  There are a couple other ones too, including Halloween Princess Pandora and Mad Giga-Kaizer X.  I've even considered parody references of existing titles (for instance, Kill Book and Dragon Cube A).  What significance does this all play?  You'll just have to wait and see.  ^_^

Is Rain based off your past experiences? Or just something you thought of?
I've been calling Rain "pseudo-autobiographical".  Having not openly accepted myself as transgendered until age 20, obviously that means I never attempted to try to pass undetected in high school like Rain.  That said, beyond the basic setup of the story, it's pretty largely based off of my personal experiences, people I've met, things I've heard, etc. for better or worse.

So… is Rain like, actually a woman yet?
She was always a woman.  A transsexual woman is still a woman.

I mean, to put it bluntly, does she have guy parts or girl parts?
Well, if we're going to be blunt about it, then yes, Rain is completely "physically" male. She's pre-op. That means no hormone therapy, no surgery, no nothing. Just girly clothes, well-applied make-up, and an assortment of tools and techniques to feminize the figure a little.

Should I refer to Rain as a "he" or  a "she"?
"She" would be ideal, actually.

Why is Rain the only one whose dialogue is italicized?  And only sometimes!?
The italics to indicate that Rain is not using her natural voice.  In short, the italics imply they she's trying to modify her voice in such a way to make her sound more feminine.  When it's not italic (on the rare occasion), she is using her natural voice.  Every other character is using their natural voice so their dialogue doesn't look any different.

Does Rain only have one eye?
No, she has both her eyes.  Her left eye is obscured by her hair most of the time, but it's not hiding any kind of gross disfiguration or an eye patch or anything.

Is Rain gay or straight?
Good question!  Even I don't know.  I'm leaving that unclear quite intentionally.  Feel free to ship your favorite pairings.  I don't plan on revealing a thing.  ^_^

But in that one old piece you did, you depicted Rain with…-
I said I'm not revealing anything!

How old should I be to read Rain?
However old is needed to be open to the subject matter.  I would freely let anyone 13 and up read it.

How "bad" is the content?
There's some occasionally strong language, including swears, and to a lesser extent, slurs and the names of certain body parts.  None of this is excessive though.  There are sexual themes and situations, although I never to display any nudity (I'm not above a little fan service, but no ACTUAL nudity).  Finally, there may be depictions of people smoking or drinking.  This is also rare, and I don't even know if it's really that big of a deal, but I just thought it might be a good idea to mention.

Is it okay for me to say [enter statement here] in the comments section of a page?  I recognize that this story touches on a lot of delicate subjects and I'm a little worried about offending someone.
The fact that you're even considering other peoples' feelings before posting the first thing that pops into your head says to me that whatever you're about to say probably won't be ignorant.  Honestly, unless it's insanely ignorant or some sort of direct attack, I am personally a bit difficult to offend.  But I can't speak for everyone.  If you're ever REALLY unsure of something, it might just be best to play it safe.  

Do you mind if I do a fanart/fanfic?
I do not mind.  In fact, please, I would be most flattered.  Just make sure you credit me as the creator of the original story your work is based off (and of course, show it to me!).

What does your work on Rain mean for your other projects that you started and never finished (I'm of course, referring to Shangri-La and Lavender Town)?  Can we assume you're just abandoned these?
What?  No.  I never explicitly announced that I was going to abandon either project.  I'm just waiting to get my bearings on writing an ongoing comic before trying to do a balancing act with more stories.  I still don't want to name any release dates as I don't know what the future holds for me, but in a perfect world, I could find the time to finish both in 2011.  But seriously… don't hold me to that.

No, really!  I'm not just tooting my own horn; someone asked this!  
By the way, I still haven't figured out how to answer this.