Comic 1187 - Prom King

17th Jul 2019, 12:03 PM in Ch. 37 - Prom Night
Prom King
Average Rating: 4.78 (9 votes)
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Jocelyn 17th Jul 2019, 12:03 PM edit delete

Based on the comments from the last few pages, I think most of you saw this coming. Those who didn't expect it, still dreaded the possibility. And I want to add that I do hear you when you say this literally can't happen because of the reader ballot. I can't respond to anything directly; all I can say is please keep reading.

As a lighter side note, I've always considered the story to be PG-13. Now, the rules of that rating allow for one "f-bomb". I'm still undecided on whether or not I'll ever use it, but I came real close to having Rain drop it in the last panel. It'd make sense and all given the situation, but somehow, it still just didn't sound right coming out of her. ^^;

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lare290 17th Jul 2019, 12:22 PM edit delete reply
So who's this Ryan person then? Some rando in the school totally unrelated to Rain but somehow has her deadname, surely.
MavistheRainBeau 17th Jul 2019, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
What's a rie-...han?
Guest 17th Jul 2019, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Ryan: The totally normal guy
Ness 17th Jul 2019, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
At least the general reaction look like people voted for her without realising her name was in the king side. If handed carefully it should't out her.
jaidedfury 17th Jul 2019, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
Honestly, if this *doesn't* out her to at least Debbie or Devon… that'd be a disappointment.

I hope it does out her, though, tbh. Follow-through! It'll be insane ;w;
lare290 18th Jul 2019, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
Her name _was_ on the queen side, they voted her for queen. It's just a mistake on their part.
Pseudonym 17th Jul 2019, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn 17th Jul 2019, 12:41 PM edit delete reply

I'm sorry. That's... harsh, but you're entitled to that.

As stated above: all I can say is please keep reading.
LadyAnastasia 17th Jul 2019, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
God dammit.

Girl. God dammit. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
DocMesa 17th Jul 2019, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
What the hell? How is someone using my account name on here?!

Whoever posted that message was MOST CERTAINLY NOT ME. I've been a huge fan of Rain for many years and would *NEVER* use such disrespectful language.

@Jocelyn: I apologise on behalf of whichever idiot has stolen my identity on here and can only reiterate that whoever made this extremely rude post does not speak for me.
baldaŭvolapukas 17th Jul 2019, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
The first time a web-comic has had me freaking out, leaving f-bombs all around me.

I thought, “no way that'll happen,” and now… shittttttt this is the best twist.
Kyle 17th Jul 2019, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
A set up! This has got to be some kind of set up! The question is who's behind this? Debbie, Todd, Quentin, mr. Strongwell. Hell, any one of them or all of them, could be in cahoots.
AroAce127 17th Jul 2019, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
Excuse me
How dare you make me wait 2 days for another page
Rusty Söldner 17th Jul 2019, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
That one F Bomb is over the course of an hour or so of movie though...

As a PG13 comic you should totally be allowed more F bombs and this was a highly appropriate place for one.
Guest 17th Jul 2019, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
1 F bomb per page please
Sc4rlite 17th Jul 2019, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
Yep. Was kinda obvious that Rain had more votes than Emily. And then when the school system accumulates the votes, what else should it return?

I gotta say you've outdone yourself in the last panel. Probably the best, most detailed and most emotional facial expression in any issue so far. Add that together the extensive coloring.
Pseudonym 17th Jul 2019, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Reminds me of Zoë Carter snapping in the locker room in the old days. Ahh, nostalgia.
LadyAnastasia 17th Jul 2019, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
This is the perfect opportunity for Debbie to redeem herself.

I hope something good comes out of this >.<
Timmi The Enchantrix 17th Jul 2019, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
All I will say is Rain looks very super cute in panels 3-6.
j-eagle12212012 17th Jul 2019, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
I can honestly say a few pages back I thought about this scenario and actually went back to comic (1140- Check one) to see if there was a chance it could happen, sure enough R. Flaherty is on the side with the male names.

As for why this plot twist happened despite Jocelyn telling us for months that it wouldn't .... Come on people it's her comic and she totally faked us out, give her credit for keeping this plot twist mostly unexpected.

As for the PG-13 thing
This is totally the perfect F-bomb opportunity although I think the word has become far more common in media
Gigglebox 17th Jul 2019, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
It's pages like this that make me wish I wasn't up to date and having to wait for the next post... I just want to hammer the "Next>" button until it loads the next one XD

Maria though. Maria would totally drop that F-bomb.

Eagerly looking forward to more @Jocelyn.
Drake Zephyr 17th Jul 2019, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I bet this is Rain's nightmare? As it's literally not happening?
SmtmsIReadComics 17th Jul 2019, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Hail to the girl king!
Drake Zephyr 17th Jul 2019, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
This is not a good thing.
Torne 17th Jul 2019, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
While many of us saw this coming, and frankly it was probably the right move from a narrative stand point, I question whether or not Rain was actually well known enough/popular enough for this to ACTUALLY happen.

Out of EVERYONE else, it was her...that said, onward! To the next page!
Guest 17th Jul 2019, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
Who says a girl can't be King?
AmbiguousMouse 17th Jul 2019, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I was sort of surprised when Emily got called up, because while the male side is anyone's game, I was pretty sure our favorite main character had won the girl side of the poll. Especially since at the time she hadn't indicated not WANTING to win. And as we can see in-universe, Rain was clearly so overwhelmingly popular that she won even though everyone, failing to realize that she was on the King side, put a competing vote against her on every ballot that voted for her. That probably means that, if she'd just been on the Queen side as normal, she'd have won by a HUGE margin.
freekate78 17th Jul 2019, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
at first i was all, NOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo!!!
but when i got to panel 7... ROFLMAO over and over and over. the look on her face is priceless. its bewilderment, shock, anger, surprise, and oddly joy.
i dont know what you are going for here @jocelyn, but i have faith in you that it will all turn out good. i saw this coming though in all honesty when devon asked Rain if Ryan was her real name a few pages back. but hoped it wouldn't happen.

with that said... Rain has matured, like a lot, the last few chapters. she has faced many tough situations with grace and a tough skin. all the while staying upbeat and positive about it all. she has found a kindred spirit with Ana, found a supporting soul in Emily, and come to realize that she is SHE, not some he-she trying to fake it and fool everybody. this is her moment to show them all that she is stronger than everybody outside of her group of friends think she is, and i have confidence in her staying strong and showing grace under fire. when all else fails, if she falters and bungles everything up there is always Aunt Fara in the background watching this all, who will never let her down, and would go down in flames to make sure that Rain doesn't.
freekate78 17th Jul 2019, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
OH... and the expression on Emily's face in panel 2 is equally priceless. LOVE!
AliJ5533 17th Jul 2019, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
Gotta say, I figured the audience vote would remove the potential for drama for the Prom King title.
My bet is that Rain informs mic guy that there's been some kinda mix-up, and the crown goes to whichever guy is in second place (the actual audience-vote winner).

But holy crap, good job turning a potentially mundane event (not really many exciting candidates compared to Prom Queen) into a dramatic gut punch.
A+ writing.
umop-3p!sdn 17th Jul 2019, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
The same situation happened at my Senior Prom, but opposite. His middle name was Ashley, so the people counting the ballots read his first name as "Michelle" instead of "Michael" and counted his votes for Queen. Everyone was a good sport about it, and they quickly fixed the mix-up (he won King by a landslide anyway), but during those few minutes he proceeded to OWN the Prom Queen title.
spoon 17th Jul 2019, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
i mean, the reader ballot only really counted towards the end result. what i expect is that we'll get a double twist because the school realizes this can't be right, and then the real prom king will end up being something crazy (e.g. Ky somehow despite the fact that they don't go to this school and also are not a senior)
Jessica Bright 17th Jul 2019, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Sophia Clay 17th Jul 2019, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
I'm not sure whether to be happy of sad for her.

people voted great!
she got voted King, that has to be crazy stressful.
RubyRuthNeal 17th Jul 2019, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
If Rain does say "You've got to be f'ing kidding me", then it must also be WITHOUT itallics.

@Jocelyn I can't f'ing believe you had the balls to do that to us.

(There.... I just got even, on behalf of all the readership, lol!)

Ok, now it's time for Rain to wake up from her little daydreamed side-trip and that was just her imagination run wild.
William 17th Jul 2019, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
I can see no way in which this does not go directly against comments you have made. I have not gone back to check if there were any "clever" tricks but this cannot be squared with the general sense of your promises.
Jocelyn 17th Jul 2019, 5:53 PM edit delete reply

I can't explain myself or what's going on yet, so all I can say is please be patient and have faith in me.
Guest 17th Jul 2019, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
Ahem... hecc.
Drumada 17th Jul 2019, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
What a tweest!

But in all seriousness, I can't wait to see where this goes! I understand it's probably one of Rain's worst nightmares, but i'm sure you didn't deploy this panel just to torture poor Rain here, so I have faith in where ever you might take this.

Keep on trucking, hateful comments or not :)
duck 17th Jul 2019, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
So my theory: Rain and Emily had a draw in the readers' vote. Now somebody (maybe Emily) will say: Hey you got this mixed up, her name is Rain and she is a girl, now what?

And then they will make both of them queen and see who is voted king. What this means about outing herself or anything I don't want to speculate about but I am sure the situation will result fine even though pretty stressful right now for Rain!
Izzy 17th Jul 2019, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
I can't believe you joce! I've been betrayed! But that look on rains face is the best expression in the entire comic
Drake Zephyr 17th Jul 2019, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Did Randy not win?
William Melton 17th Jul 2019, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
Rain can always justify it by pointing out the number of women who held the title of King in real-life monarchies.
Guest 17th Jul 2019, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
That's not exactly the kind of birthday present I expected, but thanks anyways!
Tan 17th Jul 2019, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
I am super-unhappy. I realize that there are directions this could go that are less terrible the usual 'wacky shenanigans' one could generally expect, but even with that in mind, I am super-unhappy. I had been chortling to myself at the other commenters worrying this might happen, 'knowing' it was guaranteed not to because reader poll, so this feels like a tremendous slap in the face.

Whatever you're doing this for, I hate that you're doing this to get there. When Kellen cut Rain's hair without her consent, it made me deeply uncomfortable, but I could appreciate the realness of it. When Rain agreed to misgender herself for her friends' sake, I could appreciate the nobility of it. Some random misgendering her in front of the whole school due to author's convenience confluence of events? No. Not on board at all.

Maybe you'll change my mind next page, but I doubt it, and even if by some slim chance you do, you still shouldn't have made me sit with this until then.
Dechaineaux 18th Jul 2019, 2:23 AM edit delete reply
If a bucket of animal blood appears, there will be rioting
Guest 18th Jul 2019, 4:16 AM edit delete reply
She has a lot of explaining to do
Tualha 18th Jul 2019, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
My bff is working her way through the Steven Universe episodes now. She just finished Season 3.

I’ve tried very, very hard to avoid her getting any spoilers, especially for the BIG surprise near the end of Season 5.

I thought, after she heard the big surprise at the end of Season 3, that I might have to ask her to trust Rebecca, or trust me. Trust that the story will still be good, even after it turns out that you-know-who did you-know-what, which was a big shock to Steven, and probably to many viewers.

Turned out it wasn’t necessary; she’s still enthusiastic about the show and still watching it.

My point is, sometimes an artwork will take an unexpected turn, and some readers or viewers will be very turned off by that turn, as has happened here.

The question to ask yourself, when that happens, is: Do you trust this artist? Do you believe that she knows what she’s doing, and she’s not just making a big mess of the work she’s been creating for the last several years?

I trust Jocelyn. (Even though she misinterpreted one of my comments a couple of years ago and took off on me.) I trust her not to ruin her own work. I trust her to make good art.

I will keep reading, and wait to see how this comes out. I think it will be good.
The Other Mike 18th Jul 2019, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Panels 3-7 look like part of a video game sprite sheet.
DocMesa 18th Jul 2019, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
This utterly sucks. I've been posting regularly on here for literally years under this name and trying to be a positive member of this community and a random stranger on a guest account can use my name to harass one of my favourite artists on here?

This is appalling. :(
Jocelyn 18th Jul 2019, 7:49 AM edit delete reply

I'm gonna keep on eye on that for you. I really did think it was strange when it seemed like "you" were saying something like that to me. Because like you said, you've been commenting here for a long time and never once behaved like that before. But I also recognize this page has drawn some intense reactions from some folks, and part of me just worried I'd crossed that line for you.

At least now that I know, I'll try to be very mindful of familiar names using guest accounts to say out-of-character things going forward. I'm moderating comments right now anyway, so I'll just need to pay a little closer attention to little details and guest accounts. So, to all long-time posters, try not to forget your passwords. XD

Seriously, I am so sorry you got mixed up in this.
DocMesa 18th Jul 2019, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Thanks for the reassurance Jocelyn. It really helps. :)

I should probably look into getting an avatar, as afaik guest accounts can't use them. I have just the image in mind...
Ciary 18th Jul 2019, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
I am curious to see where this is going

I didn't actually expect this, but ever since the plan to get everyone into prom got pitched, I was scared that using rain's old name was not as innocent as they thought. Back then I already wondered if this would lead to some people finding out? But never linked it to the prom king/queen vote though. Not this publicly
Guest 18th Jul 2019, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Oh this is so painful I love/hate it so much! Thanks Jocelyn for this wild craziness! It's amazing and I can't wait to see where you're going with this!!!
j-eagle12212012 18th Jul 2019, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
Can we seriously cut back on the really long words that stretch out the whole page on mobile? This is becoming annoying 😡
Erin 18th Jul 2019, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
Ahhh!!! I called it!! I knew if you were gonna do something bold it would be this. Omg.
Long-Time Lurker 18th Jul 2019, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
I trust you, @Jocelyn, because in the 9 years this comic has been running you've never led me down a path I didn't enjoy (even if it hurt, such as Kellen's infamous haircut). BUT, having explicitly siad the girls would have a mostly-good night and that Rain wouldn't be crowned king -- implicitly 'not at all' rather than 'not permanently' -- this does feel unfair to the readers, and a slap in the face to anyone who took your words at face value. I get wanting to reply to comments or drop teasers or give folks hope for Rain's school-life long-term, but I would have been much "happier" with this development if you hadn't made those comments.

I'm really hoping my current feelings on the matter don't color the rest of my reading of this chapter. I want to enjoy the changes the next 6-ish pages bring, which I know were probably very carefully planned.

Ruby for King, anyone? XD
Vulcan 18th Jul 2019, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
Ah... this really really stresses (if not outright breaks) verisimilitude.

This is simulating a high-school reality. The STUDENTS would be the ones voting for King and Queen. And... no one would have heard of Ryan, so no one would vote for him. There'd probably be a lot of confusion over this. Rain would have been asked repeatedly 'Who's this Ryan guy on the ballot? Is he related to you?' WELL before this point. Indeed, she would have seen her deadname on the ballot and, at the very least, seen the possibility of this coming and not have been completely blindsided by this.
Jocelyn 18th Jul 2019, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
I see this comment a lot, but I think people are forgetting that we've seen the ballot already. It only lists the nominees' first initials. None of the other students could question who "Ryan Flaherty" is, because the average student literally never sees that name. They see the ballot listing R. Flaherty and know that can only be "Rain Flaherty". Hence why the peanut gallery in panels 3-6 all sound so confused by this name.

The average student also doesn't know that Rain registered for prom actively and intentionally using her still legal deadname. She was trying to slip Chanel past the rules barrier and get her into prom as her guest by purposely having the school assume the wrong gender. Rain figured "Ryan" (the name she's enrolled with the school as) would only be seen by school administration - who don't know her and couldn't make any connections to her - and whoever was working check-in at prom. She figured that those would be easy enough to get around without causing too much trouble for herself. And for what it's worth, she was right insofar as the plan got her and Chanel into prom rather painlessly.

I can't say much else for the time being, but I've been alluding to this possibility for a long time. As such, I tried to make sure the setup was handled just right. Still, I am sorry if there's been any confusion.
Amb 18th Jul 2019, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
A lot of people sure have missed that part where Jocelyn said this wouldn't just be a comedy webcomic, but that it would deal with some of the heavy-hitting aspects of LGBT life. It's not much of a story if everything is always hunky-dory and free of conflict and drama; and it's unfair to get mad at the author for wanting to show this aspect of our lives when she stated from the beginning it's how it would be. I understand y'all don't wanna see anything bad happen to the star character but, idk, welcome to life?
Say Taylor 19th Jul 2019, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
Anyone else hear the sound of glass breaking in that last frame o_0
Queen Wolfen 20th Jul 2019, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
Queen Wolfen
...Well, sh!t.
haelwenn (lanodan) 25th Jul 2019, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
I was stuck in a loop of "What the aaaaaaaaah" for a good minute.

Aaaaah I want it to end up well~ but I know it might actually not work that well.

(Originally though it would be gavin or Rubdy)
16BitGirl 25th Mar 2021, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
I gotta admit, I did not see this coming at all. And I definitely dropped an f-bomb when I got it.
AriaOfEffect 21st Jun 2022, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
ah heck
Waffle 29th Sep 2022, 3:42 PM edit delete reply

Well, at least her classmates seem to be supportive, despite what she feared when Kellen cut her hair.
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