Comic 1444 - Eleven Years of Rain

29th Nov 2021, 8:40 AM in Special
Eleven Years of Rain
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)

Author Notes:

Jocelyn 29th Nov 2021, 8:40 AM edit delete
After eleven years, what do I even say except thank you for sticking with me through it all. It's been a heck of a journey and I'm grateful to have been able to share it with you all. I'm even more grateful that you all cared. Thank you! ^_^

We are near the end of Rain's story, but I do want to stress that that's not the "end", per se. Rain isn't going anywhere. If I can help it, the comic will always be available to read online. As long as DeviantArt and Comic Fury continue to exist, there's no reason for me to take it down myself. I'm more likely to add it to more sites in the future than I'd ever be to remove it (better safe than sorry after SmackJeeves' demise a few years ago, right?).

I also still have to release two more volumes which means at least two more bonus chapters. So even when it's done, it's not done. XD

And after all this time, it's impossible to detach myself from these characters. So if you like seeing Rain and her friends, keep an eye out! You'll probably keep seeing them from time to time even after the story is over. From random doodles, to cameos/references/crossovers with future works, to plenty of other projects down the line.

So, I know it's sad to think of Rain's story wrapping up soon, but it's not really the end. It's just the start of the next journey. And I hope you'll join me for that as well. ^_^


Thank you, once again. Whether you started reading Rain eleven years ago, or you just found it yesterday, thank you for all your love and support. This comic has been life-changing for me, and I hope it's left at least a little bit of a positive impression on your life as well.

As always: stay safe and stay healthy. I love you all. Have a wonderful day!


Also, I hope this doesn't ruin the moment, but there's still sales going on if you're interested and able.
You can get 30% off all print products at Lulu (like, say, Volumes 1-5 of Rain), if you use the coupon code, SAVE30. This runs from now until Monday, the 29th!
You can also hop on over to RedBubble, and use the coupon code, CYBER5 to get anywhere from 20-60% off of everything. This deal will be running until Tuesday, the 30th!
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jgrace 29th Nov 2021, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
Tokuben 29th Nov 2021, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
I am really going to miss her.
jgrace 29th Nov 2021, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
same :(
Lisa 29th Nov 2021, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Amazing how long the story has been for, btw after you finish Rain, what will be your next proyect?
Jocelyn 29th Nov 2021, 9:17 AM edit delete reply

I plan to make some announcements very, very soon. Likely before Chapter 44 starts. ^_^

Stay tuned!
Lisa 29th Nov 2021, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
I'll be looking forward to it!
someone_else 29th Nov 2021, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Let me guess: Rain the Animated Series and Black Wing Kaminari in any form.
TK-Dragon 29th Nov 2021, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
11 years already. Doesnt feel like that long, maybe cause I was only following it for 3, but still. Congrats on 11 years of Rain and 11 more of whatever else you make!
someone_else 29th Nov 2021, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
If Rob McKenna had this kind of rain he wouldn’t be a grumpy bastard.
Anna 29th Nov 2021, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
Unexpected Hitchhikers.
Lexi 29th Nov 2021, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Happy Rainiversary!
mio 29th Nov 2021, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
I’ve followed the comic since around April/May 2011.

It blew my mind when I realized Emily has been dating (or at least friendly towards) Rain for so long. In my head, it was a recent thing but it’s really not.

I read this book as I was trying to find the name of what I even was. I knew my feelings but I was a middle schooler who was in a very sheltered and bigoted family.

Someone on Yahoo Answers led me to SmackJeeves and I’ve been a regular reader since.

From not evening knowing what trans was to being fully transitioned, stealth. It’s nuts. This story has been part of my life for damn near half of it lol.
Tanny 29th Nov 2021, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
11 years? I could have sworn I was reading Rain in HS and that was 13 years ago... Maybe I'm just going senile. XD
Jocelyn 29th Nov 2021, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

Technically, I've had the character of Rain (as well as some of the supporting cast) since 2004. Some of that older art is on DeviantArt, dating back to a few years before the comic started. Is it possible you're thinking of that?

But I can say with confidence that Rain, the comic as we know it today, began in November 2010. :)
Sapphire Shield 29th Nov 2021, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Sapphire Shield
Jocelyn I really have to thank you so much for keeping Rain alive for all these years. You've helped me in no small part to understand and come to terms with myself in discovering that I'm Non-Binary. Again thank you so very much. <3
Zackwell 29th Nov 2021, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
I remember when you first announced this comic. I think it was on RPG RPG Revolution? I've honestly followed it the whole way through and it's strange to think that it's been so long. Really well done~
Jocelyn 29th Nov 2021, 12:25 PM edit delete reply

Whoa! RPG RPG Revolution! That's a blast from the past. I haven't thought of that place in forever. XD

Thanks for following along since that far back! ^_^
Fs 29th Nov 2021, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
Are the volumes only for sale physically, or can I buy them digitally somewhere as well?
Side note: links to those stores would be wonderful to put in the FAQ, I was looking for them a few months ago and couldn't find anywhere to purchase the volumes!
LemonDrizzle 29th Nov 2021, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
I don't know if links work in the comments but it looks like you can get print volumes in the link at the end of today's description (my attempt at linking it below)
Fs 29th Nov 2021, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, that's why I was asking about digital volumes. I much prefer to read webcomics like this on my tablet. I'll buy the physical volumes if that's the only way to get them, but I do prefer digital.
Katherine 29th Nov 2021, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
11 years! I feel like Razelle at the end of Willow asking "Has it really been so long?"

what a journey with a comic that has spoken to me so many times in so many ways, but even with it ending soon, there's still the Animated Series and this mysterious next project to look forward to!

congratulations on this truly incredible achievement
Lilian Rose Tyra 29th Nov 2021, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
I’m going to have to do a complete re-read of this entire comic again real soon. This comic helped me through a dark time when I first found it and I’ve absolutely loved it. Looking forward to the final chapter ❤️
BlakenAsh 29th Nov 2021, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
I'm so glad to have been here for most of them. I read quite a lot of Rain, but not on a weekly basis. I'll wait a few months once the Rain Delays hit, and then binge them in one go on my off days, when I'm feeling down about myself and my AFAB genderfluid gender woes. It never fails to brighten my day refocus my views.

But I'm glad I've been around for most of it. It helps me focus on the challenges I personally face, but also the characters and writing are oh so good.

I both love and hate the fact that this coming chapter is going to be the last. Love that the comic will have specific closure, but hate to lose this little peek into the lives of Rain and her entourage, like a Slice of Life coming to an end. I will keep following your projects, and I look forward to what you have in the future.

So congratulations on going strong for 14 years. :)
BlakenAsh 29th Nov 2021, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
*11 years

I realized my mistake right after posting this lmao. Still a hearty congrats! :)
Dave The Squirrel 29th Nov 2021, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
Even if you do wrap up Rain's current story, I like to think that from time to time nostalgia will lead you back to her, so we can see her at various points in her future.
Eule 29th Nov 2021, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
:O Has it really been 11 years?! I have to say, I thank you for keeping this story going to the end and the feelings it brought out that we can connect with. And the discoveries we've made. ^^
I say, congratulations on this feat.

Can't wait for the final chapter as this has been a nice ride to re-read again and fall for it all over again.
Willow13 29th Nov 2021, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
I've only been with rain for a year and a half I think but it's been incredible, and really helped me with working out my own gender stuff. Thank you so much for making this and I wish you all the luck for future projects!
Lana 29th Nov 2021, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
I've already said that I deeply regret not finding this comic earlier. Instead, I offer congratulations for 11 long years of Rain, and for sticking with it after all this time! Do you think it'll feel weird when you move on to the next project, or a relieving change of pace? (Or maybe both!)
Allison (not that one) 29th Nov 2021, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
I'm going to be sad when we reach the end, but I have to commend you for having a definite ending to the story.

IMHO, a good story has to go somewhere, and when it gets there, that is the end of the story. The end is the goal and that goal is what gives the story direction and the scenes in the story meaning. At the risk of making a fool of myself, I'll say that it looks like the "goal" in _Rain_ is for her to become what she said she wanted to be in the first scene: a mommy.

I've read stories (on-line) that go on and on forever, and they get lost in the weeds; they stop being about anything but the need to keep adding chapters.
yagirliris 29th Nov 2021, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
I haven’t commented before, but I’m left with an odd feeling in my chest right now. I knew this announcement was coming, I knew that there’s only one chapter left, and I even knew that I’d end up commenting on this page. But something about the way I feel is something I didn’t expect.

I first came across Rain on deviantart in late 2013. I felt a connection with Rain, but as dense as I was, I didn’t make the complete connection. Life picked up and I hit a point of attempting to repress my feelings again, and I stopped reading. Not to say I stopped thinking about what Rain and her friends were up to. In 2018, I caught back up with the story, and I’ve read each page as it came out since.

When the pandemic started, I gained an opportunity for serious self reflection. And I finally realized why this comic struck a chord with me way back then. (Still kind of miffed it took me so long haha). I came out publicly as Iris a little over a year ago (November 2020), and I started HRT in June of this year. I’m so much happier than I thought I could ever be.

When chapter 43’s last page was posted, I decided to read through the entire comic again. And I was reminded once again just how beautiful of a story you’ve written, Jocelyn.

I remember how you said a few times that when you started this story, you didn’t think it would mean much to anyone. Well I can say, at least for myself, that this story means so, so much to me, in ways probably nobody else will ever know.

So thank you, thank you so much. While the approaching end brings a bittersweet feeling, it’s done so much for so many people.

And I’m so excited to see what comes next. :D
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