Comic 1209 - Chapter 38 - Supportive

16th Dec 2019, 10:00 AM in Ch. 38 - Supportive
Chapter 38 - Supportive
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Jocelyn 16th Dec 2019, 10:00 AM edit delete
Welcome back, Rain Beaus! :D

It's been a weird few months on my end, with me getting a lot done, but not always the stuff I meant to get done. Looking back, it feels somehow very productive, and also like I don't have a lot to show for it. But thank you for indulging me this time to work on some other things so I don't burn out. Now I'm starting to get that itchy feeling from not posting for a while, so I better get back on that! XD

Last chapter, as you might recall, was prom. We got to see the kids looking all dapper and cute (in their tuxes/dresses/monocles/etc), while they chat and dance and character develop. I dare not try to write up a recap because it was the longest chapter in the story by a lot, and quite a bit happened with over a dozen characters. There was so much even, that I had to leave some stuff out.

Particularly, I wanted Jessica to finally approach Aiken. But this arc felt so disjointed from everything going on at prom; there was just never a good time for it. So, I decided the prom chapter would only be prom. If it wasn't happening at prom itself, it'd just have to come later.

And later is now! This chapter runs parallel to prom. Same night, just somewhere else. There will be no cutaways to new scenes at prom, though. There were over eighty pages of prom, so there doesn't need to be any more of it. However, there's more to say for the night itself, so that's what we're going to focus on this time.

Once again, I'm happy to be posting again, and I'm happy to see you all back here. I hope you're looking forward to more laughs, more drama, and more of that Rain experience. If you already have some thoughts to share, please feel free. I'd love to hear! ^_^

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AmberPeacemaker 16th Dec 2019, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
On the one hand, YAY RAIN IS BACK!
On the other hand, aww just a Chapter splash page T.T

totally kidding. I feel like I've checked for updates every week even though I knew it would be a while. Glad to see that you're back
bgb16999 16th Dec 2019, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Woo! I've been waiting a long time to see more of how Kellen and Aiken develop (Chapters 23-26 is a contender for my favorite arc in the whole series).

Welcome back!
Val 16th Dec 2019, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
I've never commented here before but I want to say, I found Rain three years ago when I was first starting to figure out my gender and read every single page in two days. Rain has meant a whole lot to me ever since then and I'm so excited it's back! The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was check for the new page. Much love and gratitude for making something that's touched so many people <3
Larryn 16th Dec 2019, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
I’ve seen a number of comments like this, and I feel the same way.

For me . . . I was on vacation for southern decadence (sorta pride thing but different) and the people I went with knew, but I wasn’t really out yet. I only brought femme clothes, because I wanted to stop being a coward and it was a low risk situation, but when I got there I was afraid to leave the hotel room.

I found Rain, read for about 8 hours straight, got dressed and went outside and everything was better. It’s kept getting better ever since.

Rain is more than a fun story. It’s, like, pixelated therapy somehow.

I think Jocelyn has really helped a lot of people.
Tramuntana 17th Dec 2019, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
Same for me here, altough I am still trying to fully figure myself out. The closest I can define it is something near "Genderfluid", but for now I'll take a page from Dan Shive and define it as "non-commital shrug". Oh, and thanks for the advice with Halloween, it worked wonders for my close family (parents and brother), altough I am still too chicken to come out to anyone else.
RubyRuthNeal 18th Dec 2019, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
I found “Rain” literally at the very beginning of my own transition, 3 years ago too, at the end of July 2016, when I wasn’t sure if I could actually go thru it. I binge-read all pages available then, non-stop, and that’s what gave me the resolve to finally begin. Bear in mind, that I’m likely not your typical Rain reader..... I was 54 years old . Yep, that’s right. OLD.AS.DIRT !!!

I’m 57 now, will turn 58 this spring. But I still feel young in my heart.

Thanks to Jocelyn, not only did I find the push I needed to start my own transition, but also got my new name, which is actually Ruby because my birth first name was Rudy.
This webcomic was also my primary education into learning all the lingo, etiquette, do’s and don’t stuff about being and interacting with other transfolk in the modern times, because everything is very different from when I first tried to transtion myself..... when I was 18, in the year 1980. Literally a lifetime ago, but I’m here now, doing this now, and there’s no turning back. I’ve been on HRT for over 3 years now, just got breast augmentation surgery 6 weeks ago, and definitely look like a completely different person. But I’m not completely different.... I’m just (more) complete now.
Minim 16th Dec 2019, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
This chapter sounds interesting and I can't wait for the next page.

Rain is Back!
Guest 16th Dec 2019, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
ooh I'm very interested in the implications of the combination of chapter title and having Kellen in the background of the splash page
Sig 16th Dec 2019, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
Yessss Rain is back! I'm sorry you're having issues with Smack Jeeves, but I'm glad I found your website for the comic :D I hope the hiatus has been productive and that you've had some time for yourself too :)
MavistheRainBeau 16th Dec 2019, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
HOORAY! No more rereading the comic 20 times!

Jocelyn, I feel like this is a good time to say thank you for writing this comic. It's helped me to both understand trans people and my own sexuality (hetero/demiromantic asexual), and I'm confident enough in it now to gladly wear it on my clothes and as my profile picture.
Barnarnar 16th Dec 2019, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
I had a boss who began asking for a weekly report, and at first I thought it was a waste of time, and was frankly scared that I would not have much to report about what I did at work to justify my job. I have a one-track mind and always notice the time I spend not working, but barely pay attention to anything when I am working on something except the job at hand. After a few weeks of writing those weekly reports, I realized that I actually do a heck of a lot, and stopped beating myself up about taking a break to read webcomics once a day. So, even though that boss left and the new one doesn't require it, I still keep a record of my activities just for my own peace of mind. It really helps to take a step back from the trees so you can appreciate the forest as a whole!

I look forward to the coming chapter, even though it seems I'll have to wait until the following one to see Rain herself again.
Long-Time Lurker 16th Dec 2019, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
Rain's back! Rain's back!!! RAIN'S BACK! <3

I've been checking every few days despite knowing it wasn't the date yet. Aaaaaaa I am so excited! Also pretty intrigued because that looks like Kellen on the cover...
Inaya 16th Dec 2019, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Yay Rain!
Daisy 16th Dec 2019, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
I’m glad that Rain didn’t get nuked with the SJpocalypse! I’m so so so excited for more Rain!! Keep up the awesome work!
EnderFrench 16th Dec 2019, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
I'm so glad that rain is back I've been reading this since the beginning of august checking every day for updates I'm glad your back i cant wait to see where this story goes it has helped me to dress a bit more openly and be myself around friends, thank you!!
dwere 17th Dec 2019, 3:42 AM edit delete reply
I just went over there a minute ago. They have all your comics lined up vertically from the first one, numbered, but without chapter or titles. Interim or not, that is one messed up way to "organize" a comic.

Someone's doing some bad acid over there.
SometimesIReadComicd 17th Dec 2019, 4:34 AM edit delete reply
It's back! Merry mid-December, everyone!
MeWho 17th Dec 2019, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
I clearly spend too much time on Facebook; I keep wanting to like various comments on this, rather than just repeating what was said, and being frustrated that there isn't such an option. So, heck, I 'Like" pretty much most of the comments, and agree with all of those. Yes, Jocelyn, we haven't forgotten you. And my Patreon says so, as well !
Guest 18th Dec 2019, 1:30 AM edit delete reply
Have you considered posting Rain on webtoon? It might be a better planform for you than smackjeeves
RubyRuthNeal 18th Dec 2019, 1:43 AM edit delete reply
That would be so cool to see Jessica and Aiken reconciled and back together. It would even be so much more exciting to see them resume plans to get married.
AlexRobin 18th Dec 2019, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
Hey, just thought I'd leave a comment. Sad to har that Rain is drawing to a close, but in that Slice of Life way.

Its been with me for a few years as I discovered things about myself, and while I have no hopes of ever being out of the closet to one or two people, Ky has become my hero in my bigender quest.

I know its not over, and I intend to keep checking, but I wanted to say thank you, as Rain kept me company on another dark, lonely night and helped chase away the bad thoughts.
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