Comic 1222 - Who You Claimed to Be

15th Jan 2020, 8:28 AM in Ch. 38 - Supportive
Who You Claimed to Be
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Jocelyn 15th Jan 2020, 8:28 AM edit delete
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Lexi 15th Jan 2020, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
Having recently had to remove a family member from my life for deadnaming and misgendered me (and having the sheer audacity to mention ‘biology’), I can say I understand Jess feeling somewhat relieved and proud of Aiken. There’s kind of that hope that shitty people will learn and not hurt others, cause it’s never impossible for someone to change their ways. The fact that Aiken did so earns him mad props in my book, cause it’s very hard to overcome thought patterns that were ingrained in you from an early age.
Larryn 15th Jan 2020, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
Love the page. It makes me feel things. There are observations that feel like hope, but also the fear that is always there in those situations. I don’t know that all that is in the page itself, and how much is dependent on past context, but this is the big anxiety page for me. It hurts my feelings in a good way.
Vulcan 15th Jan 2020, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
Looks like there's some unresolved feelings remaining between those two.

Well, even if she can't forgive him for what he said, it looks like they can at least still be friends. That's pretty rare after a hostile breakup regardless of cause.
MavistheRainBeau 15th Jan 2020, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
At this point, I think I agree with you: there's too much bad blood between them for it to work out. That said, not every character needs to end the comic with a love interest, despite how the shippers in the audience (me) react whenever people kiss.
Guest 16th Jan 2020, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
I don't think that's what they were saying. Unresolved feelings can still be resolved, it's not necessarily "bad blood" that will keep em divided.
bgb16999 15th Jan 2020, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
Seems like we might be getting closer to Ruby's hope from last page.
DocMesa 15th Jan 2020, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
Hope. A rare flower in the wastelands of the past few years. May its seeds spread.
Pacce 15th Jan 2020, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad she doesn't automatically forgive him for making an effort while still recognizing that he is making an effort.
Zero 15th Jan 2020, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
Aiken's turnaround and willingness to do better has secured him as one of my favorite characters. It takes a lot of growth and humility to admit when you're wrong, and more so when you make an active effort to genuinely change (as opposed to pretending to just to "keep the peace" per say).

And I love the believability in this scene.
Will_Work_For_Bacon 15th Jan 2020, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
I won't lie, as little as a year ago, I was a definite Kellen. Really getting to be more like Aiken now, though! I definitely like this character, and I really like that he isn't just getting a free pass because he's trying ... although his effort is acknowledged, he still needs to earn back people's respect. Have been binge-reading this since three days ago, though, and I was so bummed when I kept pressing Right, only to have it not change ... and then glanced at the date, realized it was posted today ... NOOO! Really looking forward to more, and Jocelyn (if you even read this), lemme tell ya ... this comic has been more instructive, touching, and mind-changing to me than anything else. So ... thanks for sharing. You touch more lives than you know, even those who aren't going through this.
Mir 16th Jan 2020, 3:04 AM edit delete reply
I'm glad we're seeing this interaction, really highlighting the growth they've both had. As skeptical as i am of Aiken's complete 180, it's a relief to see it being acknowledged as such in story. We know that Jess outing herself was the end of their relationship, but I believe this is the first we're seeing that he also learned her deadname; the fact he never said it even as a close-minded asshole back during the Christmas arc also speaks to his character.
Vulcan 16th Jan 2020, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
Well, one must remember, he never knew her by her deadname. For him, she has always been 'Jess'. This probably makes it quite a bit easier for him to avoid deadnaming her.
Will_Work_For_Bacon 16th Jan 2020, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Meh ... we don't explicitly know that he never knew her deadname. She mentions that he didn't deadname or misgender her or Rain, which we saw him do several times, purposefully, right before Christmas. She must mean that he hadn't done it since he went to the coffee shop after Christmas. So he may very well have done it off-camera during that time too, we just don't know.
Will_Work_For_Bacon 16th Jan 2020, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
"As skeptical as i am of Aiken's complete 180"

I think he's decided he has a lot to lose here. In his mind, he's already "lost" the brother he knew; he's decided that it's more important that he accept Rain as a sibling and they continue to be part of each other's lives than not. That means accepting who she is, so it just makes sense (especially since Jess and her are such good friends) to try to patch things up with Jess too. It would be really awkward, not to mention senseless on his part, otherwise.
Lyric Hartwell 17th Jan 2020, 5:23 AM edit delete reply
Lyric Hartwell
Wow, finally caught up! This feels really strange honestly. Back in November last year I started live-tweeting my experience of reading Rain, and it feels like I went on quite a journey getting caught up!

While there were definitely some rough spots in my reading, I really came to love this series! I adore the characters and the drama and the writing, and just how kind-hearted and good the comic came to feel. It comes to a place where it feels welcoming and understanding, even while putting its characters through some harrowing situations that make it a real rollercoaster to read.

I'm so glad to have read it, and I look forward to following it as it keeps updating, and all of your future works, too! Silly as it may sound, I really wanna say thanks for writing this comic, Jocelyn ^w^
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