Comic 1297 - Only Two

14th Oct 2020, 9:54 AM in Ch. 40 - It's Okay to Cry
Only Two
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Jocelyn 14th Oct 2020, 9:54 AM edit delete
I've had a number of people asking me since last week, "Do Rain and Emily really have enough money to be buying that much manga? Especially with the baby on the way?" To which I say, no, of course not. But no one ever said anything about buying manga. Many bookstores (notably, like Borders, the namesake of this Rainverse version, Porter's Books) have lounge areas where you can sit and read without spending money. They tend to encourage buying a coffee or some kind of cafe item while you're there but - at least in my experience - they don't really demand anything of you. Which might contribute to why Borders doesn't exist anymore, to be fair. But I still appreciated the lack of pushiness, and the option to do this was essential to me as a poor, geeky youth.

Anyway, I hope that clarifies that. Maybe they'll grab a bite to eat at some point while they're here, but this trip was never really about spending money. It was about giving Emily a nigh endless supply of distractions to take her mind off of things with her mom. Rain knew something there would appeal to her.

With that said, Emily reads through the two available volumes of Birth of the Lilim and reaches the cliffhanger end. Don't worry too much about the context here, though. I've talked a bit in the past, about the character of Lilith, and how she's from an old "story" of mine that never really went anywhere. I didn't really have much any kind of plot for it, though; just a few characters I thought were neat and some potentially compelling story beats. So there's not even much to say beyond Emily's panel 3 description. Hence, using Lilim as the Rainverse "eternal cliffhanger manga" is kinda fitting. XD

We've all read one, right? At the very least, eternal cliffhanger webcomics are sadly common. (Doesn't mean we don't love what's there; it just means we never get closure.)

Final thing I wanted to say (actually, I think there might be more, but I've already rambled too long), but Rain is reading Moonlight Wanderers, in case anyone was wondering. I'd share a direct link, but I think the image I used is only currently available on Patreon (which I know I've been slacking with lately - it's this year, honestly - but I have some things I want to post very soon).

Anyway, I think that's it for now. As always, thanks for reading my mindless babble and I hope you enjoyed the page. ^_^

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Phyrax 14th Oct 2020, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
I always thought what did Borders in was the rise of the E books like kindle so very few were shopping in book stores the same way people stopped going to Blockbuster with things like Netflix.
Jocelyn 14th Oct 2020, 10:55 AM edit delete reply

Actually someone else was just telling me how Amazon pretty much sabotaged Borders. I thought it was just eBooks and delivery convenience and stuff too, but I guess there was some really sketchy contracts involved too, pretty deliberately targeting and killing Borders. I knew Amazon was involved; I didn't know it was quite as ruthless as it was, though. :(

It just adds to another of many, many, many reasons I won't use Amazon.
Phyrax 14th Oct 2020, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Sadly that makes a lot of sense complete bs that they got away with it but with everything I’ve heard about. How Amazon does business it makes sense some of my favorite manga I got from borders
Microraptor 14th Oct 2020, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Amazon's business model is basically "we're rich enough that it's not a crime when we do it."
doombird 14th Oct 2020, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Yes! It turns out nothing is actually illegal, if either a) you are too powerful for anyone to hold you accountable for doing it, or b) all the people who DO have the power to hold you accountable don't see a problem!

It's like 1,000 Father Quentons. Remember Father Quenton? Wow, if every month is a year long, which they are, that was like.. I'm not doing the math but that was like a decade ago.
Lauriane 14th Oct 2020, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
I completely and totally agree and understands the reasons for people not wanting to use amazon.... and at the same time I know it is useful for people, like a friend of mine who's a writer and after his publisher closed down (and experiencing how much the industry sucks, especially in France), he used sites like amazon to self-publish for a while. It was a way for him to just keep doing what he loved, and ii broke his heart a lot having lots of people in France from libraries blaming authors like him for their falls and insulting them as not being "true authors". And lemme tell you, snob there was. :/
ShinyaXmachina 14th Oct 2020, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
funny thing is the way i heard it borders was already doing kinda badly financially towards 2008, which is where the merger with waldenbooks came in. but one of the most notable reasons they fell was they were tied strongly with Tokyopop, and that business collapsed
Drake Zephyr 14th Oct 2020, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
ONE OF US! ONE OF US! (referring to Emily reading manga now)
Shoto 14th Oct 2020, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Guest 14th Oct 2020, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
gods I wish Borders still existed...I know places like Barnes & Noble are still around but it's just not the same...
Syter6 14th Oct 2020, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
i may be reading to much into this, but is the 3th panel a meta joke?
Shoto 14th Oct 2020, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
Gilly 14th Oct 2020, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
This still seems like stealing - reading new books and not buying. They should really go to a library instead.
Eh 15th Oct 2020, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
I dunno about where rain lives but my library had almost no manga. It only really had shonens so our only choice as teens was to go to the bookstore to read manga. If I had the money I would've bought them but I was very broke as a teen so this kind of thing makes sense when there aren't other options. In a perfect world libraries would be jampacked with books of all types and there would be libraries in every town but this world isn't perfect.
Rose 14th Oct 2020, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
I'm all caught up finally! :v
Guest 14th Oct 2020, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
I wonder if Emily's description of Birth of the Lilim isn't also some meta-commentary about the Rain webcomic itself, perhaps?
Guest 14th Oct 2020, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
i love rains hair on this page.
bgb16999 14th Oct 2020, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
So Moonlight Wanderers (or the Rainverse equivalent: LunarBright Explorers or something) is available in 2013!

Anyhow, round one (i.e. parts 1-6) of the Rain Favorite Character Tournament is now complete. Let's kick off round 2 here! As usual, you can vote for as many characters as you want. The top three will advance to the next round.
Shoto 14th Oct 2020, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
*casually chooses every character*
Fourth Nate 15th Oct 2020, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
Tough choice today. I'm really enjoying these
Guest 15th Oct 2020, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
Puddle is literally above Gavin and I find that really funny
DocMesa 14th Oct 2020, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
You know, something about that question bothers me a little. It often has a certain judgemental tone to it? "How can you afford stuff like manga when you have a child? You should be spending every single penny on that child and anything necessary to *your* wellbeing is a frivolous luxury you must do without."
drs 15th Oct 2020, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
Questions *can* be like that, but they can also be a more legitimate "you're having trouble meeting basic needs like rent, food, and utilities, why are you spending on this?" If you and your kid end up eating substandard food to support a manga or other habit, that's not healthy.

Not sure what the situation is here. I think Fara will be supporting them, Rain probably plans to get a job after graduation, Emily's family is rich but I think she can't count on anything?
astro mike 15th Oct 2020, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
oh I agree wholeheartedly that it's often said judgementally and that it's unrealistic and frankly inhumane to expect people to be so frugal that they're eating beans every night, so to speak. that being said, the sheer amount of manga recommended by rain would come out damn near close to my rent anywhere other than a penny sale, so I can understand the concern about affording it here lol. I'd be less optimistic in my interpretation of that question if they were only looking at one or two mangas
seikueon 14th Oct 2020, 5:08 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, the manwah Ragnarok, and no, I wasn't going to play an online game where the story supposedly continued (as far as I can tell, it didn't). I'm still like come on!
glmdgrielson 14th Oct 2020, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Ah, I remember getting into a particular webcomic and getting frustrated with the fact that it had no update schedule.

It was called Colour Wheel for anybody interested.
arkathenia 14th Oct 2020, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
I sometimes have a habit of reading depressing things when I feel gloomy. I feel sympathy with the characters; we're going through horrible struggles, and I feel together with them. I feel so together with people through our experiences, even if they're not the happiest of stories.
ProfessorAnastasia 15th Oct 2020, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
I used to do the exact same thing in the Manga section of my public library... before the pandemic hit :(
Johnnnie 15th Oct 2020, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
Something’s been in my mind the last couple days. I think I might be trans, but I’m not sure. I am hoping that y’all who might read this could help me figure myself out.
Guest 16th Oct 2020, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
tell me about it. Recently went back in the closet after being out for 4 years
Johnnnie 16th Oct 2020, 8:59 PM edit delete reply
I am assigned male and still in high school. Let me get that out of the way first.

When I was younger, I believed that I should have been a girl. There was some disconnect in how I thought and how other boys thought. With a couple exceptions, most of my friends have been girls and I would generally rather be with girls than boys. My memories are a little foggy, but I think that I spent most of fourth grade confident that I shouldn’t have been a boy because of some notion I had that girls were better. Since then, I have been in social contexts where gender was of no importance and avoiding all labels was the “cool” thing to do. I overthink everything to a substantial degree and decided then and there that gender didn’t matter to me; I could be myself and that was enough.
I’ve always pushed back against things I saw as being particularly masculine, although I saw myself as having other reasons.
Quarantine has been the only event for a long time when I have had time for self-examination. One of my friends came out as trans to me in February and I started educating myself on what that meant and found that I could empathize with a lot of things that people had experienced.
The other day, I shaved for the first time in months and noticed that I looked feminine from the shoulders up and something just clicked. Maybe it was the fact that I finally got rid of all my internal stigma, but I was able acknowledge that I could be pretty one day and it felt good.
I don’t know if all that would point towards me being trans or just being a relatively effeminate boy who has embraced the fact, or something else altogether.

Complicating things is the fact that I am still dependent on both of my parents for financial support and my dad is (I think) mildly transphobic or just poorly educated and sheltered based on some things I’ve heard him say.
Johnnnie 17th Oct 2020, 3:00 AM edit delete reply
Note to self: never write while tired. In my defense, I know on some level that "tell me about it" is a figure of speech. Whoops.
Quin 20th Oct 2020, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
I had the same thoughts, but the other direction (I'm assigned female). Never could convince myself that stopping female hormones and taking T injections was worth it because of my needle-phobia.

It took me many years before someone talked about non-binary, demi-genders, and the whole spectrum "in between the norm or completely outside it". Now my state ID has my gender as X, so I just need to change my name and convince my state to do the same to my birth certificate.
Johnnie 17th Oct 2020, 1:59 AM edit delete reply
Oops. Was that a figurative “tell me about it”?
gal 17th Oct 2020, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
reddit can be a bit of a mixed bag but I've had a lot of help in self exploration in certain communities there. I would definitely recommend as a good starting point! You can ask your own questions, or search through past people's questions to get their thoughts/questions and see other's responses to them too
Johnnnie 17th Oct 2020, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
same guest as before 18th Oct 2020, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
oh sorry for not checking back sooner. Yeah it was meant figuratively, but it was an interesting read and you clearly needed to talk to someone about it. I'll agree that the internet can be a great resource for learning about trans stuff (and therefore potentially learning about yourself), but as I'm sure you know, there's also a lot of toxicity, hate and plain ol' misinformation out there, so try and be discerning. Best of luck to you!
Johnnie 18th Oct 2020, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
16BitGirl 25th Mar 2021, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
I'm hoping the fact that it ends unexpectedly on a sour and unexpectedly dark note with the main character in a rough shape with the authors next work being only tangentially related isn't another example of fictional works being used as foreshadowing in Rain.
Thea Hills 1st Apr 2021, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
This one came out of my 21st Birthday!!
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