Hold On
27th Apr 2020, 9:19 AM in Ch. 39 - The Aftermath
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If this feels like a strange way to end the chapter, you're not wrong. As I've said a couple times in the comments recently, though, I'm taking a hiatus for a little while. Originally, when I wrote and started drawing the chapter - before I knew the world would be in its current state - I didn't plan to have a hiatus here. And while the script called for one more scene after this, it's just not the note I wanted to leave off on. It's not written to be a cliffhanger with a long break, so I'd rather just save it for now and cut off on this note today instead. ^_^


Anyway, starting now, I'm taking a hiatus. Like I said, I didn't want there to be one yet, but real world events kinda killed my motivation for a while, and now I'm extremely unprepared. I'm trying to work through things and catch back up as best as I can, but I'm taking things very slow right now while I deal with... everything.

While committing to my work is difficult for me right now, I understand the last few weeks of pages could have been a brief escape for some of you. So even during hiatus, I'd like to keep posting something. Filler stuff, fanart, future story previews. I'll keep you occupied. I just need to not have that deadline stress (among other things) for a little while.

Thank you for understanding. And rest assured, Rain will return. In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy. Love you all. And I'll talk to y'all again real soon. ^_^

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User comments:
glmdgrielson (Guest)
...all I can really say right now is that you're making me really want a "in the not too distant future" sort of epilogue when this wraps.
You're not the only one! I'd been hoping for that sort of thing for years.
Eliza (Guest)
Yeah, a time skip epilogue at the end to show where everyone is in the future would be great... though I will say whenever I hear or see the words "In the not too distant future," my brain continues with "Next sunday AD".
glmdgrielson (Guest)
Oh good, I'm not the only one who does that.
Microraptor (Guest)
Hopefully the hiatus will be shorter than Mage & Demon Queen's.
Madeline (Guest)
Yeah, how long is that one supposed to be anyway?
Sine (Guest)
Think we can all safe we appreciate the effort, take as long as you need - as the world has gone crazy - and we'll look forward to Rain's return. Whenever that may be.

Stay safe everyone.
Larryn (Guest)
I understand the need for a hiatus, and, yes, you are one of the ropes holding me up, but I also have other ropes!

I wish you health and rejuvenation.

Thank you for all you’ve done for me. You’re a brilliant artist.
So long as the hiatus is shorter than Young Justice, I'm fine.
Anastasia (Guest)
Ana is so cute here <3

I really relate to wanting to hold onto finally feeling like you belong. It took me until post-college to have that.
I hope you can get your motivation back and these are really good. You are right this is quite helpful and now my family know I am questioning I am going to get Rain volume 1 through 5
I followed the Link but cannot find volume 2 and 4.
Can you help?

It seems Lulu is experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment. I just saw notice that this is happening to a few people. I'll do some digging around, but it may take some time.

I'll try to keep you posted if anything changes. ^_^
Thanks (!~!)
Wow, I've actually had a question about that since I started reading Rain last April-ish. Anyways, I'll miss you!
Any chance we can get the traditional hiatus bunny photos?
Fourth Nate (Guest)
Honestly, if it ended here - a little bit of new development in friendships, a little bit of individual hopes for the future, and then not hearing anything for a long time, like an optimistic cliff hanger - that would be a lot like my own high school experience.
William Melton (Guest)
I understand far too well how recent events are causing problems. I'm hoping the break ends up doing you a lot of good.

And, I'll still be here. I didn't quit Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, even though I'm pretty certain that hiatus is permanent, and took years to quit Venus Envy.
Some Ed
I only quit on Soup Comic because the website has basically been down for years. I mean, it's sort of come back a few times, but the last few times, it's gotten as far as showing "Index of /", and a directory listing that only shows a cgi-bin directory. The most recent one's been up since 2018...

Wait, the fact that I'm still tracking that might suggest I haven't quit on it after all...
meta (Guest)
lools, fara been boiling to say that lot for a while. thankyou so much jocelyn you mega shiny bean, happy hiatus.
that is one of the most unique compliments I have ever heard
Commenter commenting (Guest)
I will miss this comic while it's gone, but you deserve a break when you need it! We will be here when it returns. Just keep us in the loop :)

Stay safe and well during these chaotic times and thanks for brightening our worlds with your art! This comic is wonderful.
I couldn't have put it better myself
Hiatuses are hard but us Rainbeaus have been through them before and we survived
Apart from those of us who are recent Rainbeaus but we will also survive
yeah this is my first live hiatus, in the past I could just just click next a few times and be back to the story
William Melton (Guest)
Binging the archive helps with surviving. And reminds you of details you may have forgotten.
Elliot (Guest)
It’s also a great time to fall in love with a second comic. During my first hiatus, someone linked me to EGS. I’d be happy to return the favor now for anyone who’s interested!
EGS is awesome highly recommend
Hey there, blasted through your entire comic and wanted to say your story has definitely given me a deeper appreciation of LBGT+ (sorry I don’t know all the terminology) life.

I personally know that I’m somewhere in that and haven’t entirely figured it out yet, but that’s okay because I’m not unhappy as is.

It’s really made me think about how to handle one of my own characters in one of my stories and truthfully I’m not sure which way to take them yet.

But, regardless, thank you for the awesome work.
708i (Guest)
Were all somewhere in the middle m8
Have a good hiatus. I'll be here. Don't stress deadlines. Just do you.
Neelix (Guest)
Heh.... I only just now noticed how appropriate the title of the strip is considering it's the last before the hiatus :-)
Heh. Someone noticed. ^_^
Avery/KammoKid (Guest)
Holy shit I havent checked out this comic in a year! I totally forgot about!!!!!!!!! I love this comic so much and Rudy is best boi. If I am being honest when I first started reading this I had no clue about anything LGBTQ+ and now I know everything and I have researched everything and I can inform people about this kind of stuff. This comic helped me find myself and have the courage to come out as a Lesbian and I am so very grateful for that. I'm still trying to figure out my gender identity and see where I fit on the gender spectrum, but I think I might be gender fluid. Not only did this comic introduce me to the LGBTQ+ community, but it also exposed me to the Anime and Manga community. I have made so many friends and have been exposed to so much in the last few years reading this, and I just wanted to say thankyou!
Ellie (Guest)
Wow! I’m so glad I found this comic! I’ve been reimagining my senior year vicariously through Rain’s story. I’ve recently come to terms with being MTF at age 35 and this comic has been a great help! Thank you!
I discovered Rain at age 54 at the very beginning of my own transition, which it's been an incredibly vital component of... I don't think I could've done it if I'd never come across this story and binge read the whole contents existing then in a single long weekend, almost 4 years ago. If my new first name bears resemblance to one of the characters here, that is no coincidence at all. That's how big of an impact this story was on me... such that it's now a permanent component of my own life story..... forever.
Nina Alexandra (Guest)
Hey, I just binge read Rain in three days.
It's only been abit under 8 months, accepting myself, but with supressing things for 19 years, it's been a bit of a partially involuntary speedrun. I've been full time for just under 6 months and started HRT just under 5 months ago.

I'm so happy that this comic exists, it's giving me something I never had, a glimpse ito what things could have been like, if I had been born 10-15y later.

But I realized that transitioning much earlier would have been perilous, a year or two would have been possible, maybe. I wish getting hormones officially would have been as easy and quick as for Rain, but I can't complain too much, just with the built up pressure, waiting for months is just torture.

I'm changing my name, got my first of two psych evals for that done today, the second one is in two weeks, and then it's time to burn my deadname out of existance.

I'm eagerly awaiting new pages. Take your time though, and thanks so much for writing such a wonderful story.
Zoe-guest (Guest)
Wha... No... N-noo! 9½ years of Rain, the blurbs, the life-changing events, most of the comments... read in the span of a few days!

How? How could I be "cought up"?
I really appreciate this comic and I really want to thank you Jocelyn for it. I’ve been following the comic for a few years now and I have to say it’s the reason I really began to understand LGBTQ+ culture and even my own sexuality. As a cis male I never understood the topic this comic has spoken about, but by reading I was able to question myself and the world around me and be so much more accepting and understanding of myself and others. The hiatus is well deserved especially in these uncertain times. Thank you for such a great comic, can’t wait for it’s return.
Nearly 6 weeks after this page was published, I came back to read it again and suddenly it hit me..... After graduation, and presumably the closing of this saga of Rain's first year of transition and RLE,... do I see this page as the foreshadowing of a spin-off story? With Ana as the character of focus, centered around her senior year at St. Halvard high school?
Swqan (Guest)
Just spent the last few days getting caught up. I love this comic so much, just thank you for making this!
Waffle (Guest)
Ah, so I was partly right.
"before I knew the world would be in its current state"

Oh, how surreal that is. I've been caught off guard a couple of times by the references to specific games and such coming out over the course of this comic, but seeing this reference is the real kicker.

This story began being published back in 2010 - when I was still in middle school -- and was still being worked on during the start of this pandemic that's plagued the last three years of my adulthood. It's crazy to think about a decade of time in such a personal context. And crazy that this work of fiction that I've fallen so heavily for over just the last few days was being worked on for so much of my life, unbeknownst to me.

I know I'm getting near the end, much as I hate to admit it. And right now, I'm really not sure what I'm gonna do once I'm finished. I'm so utterly absorbed in these characters, their relationships, and their stories that I can't think about much else. So I guess, having the colossal amount of time put into perspective... I just want to say thank you. Thank you, Jocelyn, for putting so much love into this series over the years. It accompanied you through much of your transition, and in a way it'll definitely accompany me through mine. These characters will have a place in my heart forever. So thank you for sharing them with me. With all of us.

... sounds really final, even though I've got a few chapters left to go. I guess I'm just feeling emotional right now. Wanted to get some of that off my chest.
Overall a pretty good chapter

1. Ch. 23: The Flaherty Siblings
2. Ch 14: No More Fake Smiles
3. Ch 5: Cordially Invited
4. Ch 4: Not the Same
5. Ch. 37: Prom Night
6. Ch. 28: Love, Trust, and Respect
7. Ch. 27: Same Girl, New Look
8. Ch. 35: Weather the Storm
9. Ch. 34: Promise
10. Ch 15: The January Girl
11. Ch. 19: Vincent's Story
12. Ch. 24: Of Cons and Kisses
13. Ch. 26: Cut
14. Ch. 29: Transitions
15. Ch. 32: Unfeminine
16. Ch. 39: The Aftermath
17. Ch. 33: The Calm
18. Ch. 21: Valentine's Day
19. Ch. 20: Just a Quiet Weekend
20. Ch. 31: A Symbol of Trust
21. Ch 13: Togetherness
22. Ch. 36: New Directions
23. Ch. 30: Little Victories
24. Ch. 17: Journey of 1,000 Miles
25. Ch 9: One Week
26. Ch. 38: Supportive
27.Ch. 18: Sunny
28. Ch. 16: The Exception
29. Ch 12: Drab
30. Ch 11: Big Brother
31. Ch. 22: Valentine's Night
32. Ch 7: Mixed Feelings
33. Ch 10: Friendship
34. Ch 6: Fallen Angel
35. Ch 2: Secrets and Lies
36. Ch 3: Normal People
37. Ch 1: The New Girl
38. Ch. 25: Wings
39. Ch 8: Confrontation