Comic 1102 - Spotlight

23rd Nov 2018, 10:11 AM in Ch. 36 - New Directions
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 23rd Nov 2018, 10:11 AM edit delete
While Emily and Chanel are away talking and doing whatever else, let's shift our focus back to Rain, Allison, and Ana, as they continue to talk prom. This time, instead of the dress, they talk crowns. ^_^

Not much I want to add here. I'd be more curious to hear your thoughts.

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Anyway, I kinda hate plugging, but If you're interested in getting Volumes 1-4 of Rain for yourself (or someone else; holidays are coming up), now's a good time for it. Lulu has a pretty sweet sale going on. Just use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY25 at checkout for a whopping 25% off any or all the books. ^_^

Oh, and if you can't afford it or already have it or something, that's fine too. You can still show some support by spreading the word. :)
Jocelyn 26th Nov 2018, 8:56 AM edit delete
If you still want any or all of the Rain books (for yourself or as a gift for someone else), the deal for Cyber Monday might be just what you've been waiting for. Just use the coupon code CM35 at checkout in order to save a whopping 35% on all the books. This is today only.

Just check out the store to find them:

Also, this is probably my last plug for now. I always feel weird about doing this kind of thing, but it helps me out a lot so I do what I can. Thank you for putting up with me through these past few days, and especially thank you if you bought any of the books. If you can't or don't want to buy the books, but still want to show support, you can always spread this message around so that maybe someone else will. ^_^
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Kyle 23rd Nov 2018, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
The anticipation for prom is really building up. I'm looking forward to seeing the dress Maria is making for Chanel, what mode Ky is going to be in that day, if Drew will forget about peer pressure and dance with them, if Gavin and Ana will have a romantic moment, if Rain and Emily will openly dance together, if Rudy will sneak in and find someone to dance with, who will be prom queen, and how much of a culture shock it will be for all the brainwashed students of St. Hallvard seeing so many LGBT people being so open.

I do fear something bad will go down that night too. Todd pulling some Carrie-esque prank to get back at the school, Mr. Strongwell storming in and attempting to take Maria and Rudy to conversion therapy, or Father Quentin either leading some protest or if he'll somehow contact all the student's parents and inform them the school is "infested with unholy vermin," meaning Rudy and Maria. That might be a little over the top, I admit, but I believe people like Todd, Mr. Strongwell, and Quinton are capable of anything. Hatred knows no bounds.

I do have a question for you, Jocelyn. How far along is Emily at this point?
Jocelyn 23rd Nov 2018, 1:41 PM edit delete reply

Emily would be about 29 weeks in by this point. I promise I'm not gonna do the overused trope where she goes into labor at prom. XD
Kyle 24th Nov 2018, 2:18 AM edit delete reply

Part of me was predicting Emily would go into labor at prom, but thanks for putting that theory to rest. :)
Neelix 23rd Nov 2018, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
Why would Rudy need to sneak in? I seem to recall Emily inviting him to accompany her.
Kyle 24th Nov 2018, 2:27 AM edit delete reply
@ Neelix

I don't remember that, but if Emily did invite Rudy, then I hope he accepts. I just think it'd be cool for him to go so he can hang out with his friends, maybe even dance with Colette. I know Colette is going with Aiden, but I think it'd be nice if at least one boy would dance with Rudy. If it could be anyone, I'd be glad its Colette....unless Gavin wants to volunteer, XD!!
bgb16999 24th Nov 2018, 12:40 AM edit delete reply
While we're speculating about which past antagonists will reappear and cause trouble between now and graduation, what are the odds that Marcus shows up around prom-time and causes chaos?
Kyle 24th Nov 2018, 2:32 AM edit delete reply
I have two theories as to what could happen should Marcus return. 1. He can be the same horrible person he was before, ridiculing Rain and her relationship with Emily, and it could also perhaps lead to a sort of redemption arc for Kellen, but I don't know how I'd feel about that.

2. Marcus could return, revealing that he himself is trans and that he, unable to accept himself back then, took his anger out on his family. I find this theory very unlikely to happen, but I agree that if he does come back, he will cause trouble.
Guest 25th Nov 2018, 4:15 AM edit delete reply
I keep having horrible images of Todd assaulting Emily at prom and causing a miscarriage, but that's probably too dark for this series.
Kyle 25th Nov 2018, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
That's pretty dark. My darkest theory about the comic, next to Marcus returning, Rain being exposed at prom, is that Emily will die in childbirth. The baby would make it, but not Emily. In that way, Rain would get to be the mother she always wanted to be, but Emily wouldn't be there to raise it with her.
bgb16999 25th Nov 2018, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
IIRC, early on, Jocelyn said in the comments of Deviant Art that no one would die during Rain, aside from the people who were already dead before the story began (like Liriel).
Kyle 26th Nov 2018, 1:43 AM edit delete reply
Oh really? I didn't know that. Well, I'm still sticking with my theory of Emily eventually dying, but hopefully I'll be proven wrong.
Jocelyn 26th Nov 2018, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
Emily will not be dying. Nor will the baby. Nor anyone. This is not even a spoiler. I've never even humored these kinds of ideas for the story. As bgb16999 said, I made a promise, and I mean to stick to it. No one dies in Rain.

In future stories, all bets are off. But for Rain, you don't have to worry about that.
Guest 26th Nov 2018, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Based on hints Jocelyn has given (That Rain has an ending planned, and weaker hints about the expected lenth) I suspect that the story will end with the end of high school for Rain. If so Emily will probably not have given birth.
The end of high school seems a natural end. Prom would also make a natural end but I think there are a few to many loose ends to tie up before the prom.
Loose ends that I can think of:
-what is Kellen discussing with Vincent (this probably includes information about Marcus)
-What is the mystery with Blair
-We have been promised one poly relationship (may be related to the last point)
-will Ana agree to become Gavin's girlfriend. Will we learn any more about the assault by her last boyfriend.
-Will Jessica talk to Aiken
-Will Vincent and Fara announce some sort of relationship (last I remember they we taking it one day at a time, but it has been a lot of days)

Anyone think of any other loose ends?
Phantomgal 23rd Nov 2018, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
Ok, I don't know how this all works but... Rain has her name down as "Ryan" and put that Chanel is "his" date for prom... So if Rain IS called to be prom queen, wouldn't they announce "Ryan and Chanel"? Or is it like a tally thing and people put names in a box? My prom isn't until I graduate and I haven't watched too many movies with a prom in it so I don't know necessarily how prom king and queen are chosen
Guest 25th Nov 2018, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
I would assume that the Prom King and Queen stuff is being run by the student Council and the information the school administration has is irrelevant.
Ciary 23rd Nov 2018, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
"Thing is is, ..."
isn't that an "is" too many?
RubyRuthNeal 23rd Nov 2018, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Rain has also been known to stutter a little too, especially when nervous, upset or worried...
Here's some early examples.
Drake Zephyr 23rd Nov 2018, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Is there a spelling error in the last word bubble? "some in my shoes".
Suppercut 23rd Nov 2018, 7:49 PM edit delete reply

I didn't expect a sale to be at your site too and I bought two books yesterday. Lucky me.

also rain's getting hotter
Drake Zephyr 26th Nov 2018, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I kind of want get some of the rain books. But if I tell my mom what they're about, she would thinks it's weird. Because I'm cis, but polysexual. Still though ya know. I don't want people to think I'm a girl or something. No offense.
Jocelyn 26th Nov 2018, 4:06 PM edit delete reply
@Drake Zephyr

You do you. But if it offers any piece of mind, the books come in a standard brown shipping box like it would from anywhere else. Lulu is a general book publisher, and not just the source for my queer books. So it's not going to broadcast Rain's themes anywhere in the shipping.

Nor does anything on the books themselves read "If you bought this, you're clearly gay and trans. Please enjoy reading this gay book, fellow gay trans person!" Rather, Rain is "a story for boys, girls, and everyone in between", so everyone can enjoy it (and I can vouch that I know many cis het readers who've bought the book too; there should be no shame in it). I purposely keep it kinda low-key since I know a lot of my readers are in the closet and/or living with dangerously homophobic/transphobic family. Obviously, some still won't risk it, and that's their call. You know your situation best. But with all that said, the content of any of the books isn't going to be apparent unless you open it and read it.

Finally, as for telling your folks what the books are about: "It's just a coming-of-age dramedy about a band of misfit friends and their adventures in high school." Which is, for the record, 100% exactly what Rain is. Again, if you don't want to broadcast your orientation or identity, these books are not going to make you.
Drake Zephyr 26th Nov 2018, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Hm, okay. If i do just order with my paypal or card, It'll probably be fine.
William Melton 26th Nov 2018, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Oh, hey, looks like I have my Christmas book shopping done >.>

Please keep up the excellent comic!
anon 10th Sep 2021, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
I like that Rain's hair grows slowly over time! Nice touch of realism
Waffle 23rd Sep 2022, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Totally understandable. Even aside from natural introversion, having so many close calls with being outed against her will seems like the kind of thing that could very easily make Rain attention-shy.
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