Comic 1303 - Brutally Honest

28th Oct 2020, 11:04 AM in Ch. 40 - It's Okay to Cry
Brutally Honest
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 28th Oct 2020, 11:04 AM edit delete
It's kinda hard to comment here, but I hope it's clear that this is not the end of Rain's statement. I could have made this a two-pager with the next one, but I kinda felt like this page and the next needed a little bit of breathing room.

Like, I realize it's all a lot to take in, and Rain's "brutally honest" point can be a tough pill to swallow. When we're sad or angry or grieving or anxious, it's so easy to get impatient and want to be over it already. We want that quick and easy solution, but sometimes it's just not quick or easy. Sometimes there's not even a solution.

And starting this arc for Emily, the hardest part was accepting that I couldn't solve this quickly or easily. That although I would need to "finish" this arc at some point, I felt it would be disingenuous to tie a neat little bow on it and say everything's just dandy now. Because no matter what, when this section of the story passes - even if we never talk about her mother again - Emily will still carry the weight of what her mother did to her. Just like Rain's still burdened by what her father did. It's still there. Those effects linger. The wounds close at some point, but sometimes the scar remains.

And I know this is all a huge bummer, but I want to be clear that I'm not saying Emily can't ever get past this. I am saying it's gonna take time. More time than I can even go into in a chapter spanning like half a day at most.

Fortunately, in the meantime, distractions can help, as they have for Rain and Emily just a few pages ago. And the other good news is the other part of what Rain said. Emily is free to get to know herself now. That will also take time. Maybe years. But she doesn't have to go it alone. And Rain's also just beginning her journey of self-discovery too. As they get to know who they really are and who they will be - together - the burden of their abusive parents may eventually lessen.

It's not quick. It's not easy. But they'll survive and they'll overcome.

We'll survive and we'll overcome. We're all in this together. :)

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Some Ed 28th Oct 2020, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
I think it was this year that I realized that not only had I not finished working through all of the issues I still have due to abuse I suffered as a child, there was actually one area where I hadn't even *recognized* I had issues due to that abuse, and yet I've been nigh completely crippled in that area.

I'm closer to 50 than 40, and I'm feeling like it's probably going to be at least 5 years, maybe 10, before I can get a proper handle on this new aspect.

My parents weren't nearly as bad as Emily's mother. I can't even imagine the sort of therapy process she'll need.
Fox 28th Oct 2020, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
I think Rain's is reasonable here, i wish i was this tactful, honestly.

We all rather just want to get over things fast, but yeah, some things just take time.
arkathenia 28th Oct 2020, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
These exposition comics are very different than usual, and adds an element to this comic. For this time right now, that is really fitting for this moment.
bgb16999 28th Oct 2020, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
I think it flows fine with a break here.

It's Wednesday again, which means you can vote in part 9 of the Rain Favorite Character Tournament! You can vote for as many characters as you want, and the top three will advance to the next round. This one is a doozy, with three of the main characters in this match.

(And to those who have forgotton:
Blair is Emily's ex-boyfriend, whom Maria is staying with. Carmen is the main character in Jocelyn's upcoming story Magical, and she also cameo'd in Rain when Rain was first waiting to see Vincent.
Guest 28th Oct 2020, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
5 lovable characters! This is an absolutely brutal matchup, especially since it's only the second round.
Share 28th Oct 2020, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
Hey, I heard something about a discord. What’s the link?
Share 28th Oct 2020, 4:12 PM edit delete reply
Just going to say, it says that your story has frequent strong language and sexual themes. I think you might want to make it be occasional strong language and sexual situations
Jocelyn 28th Oct 2020, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

Oh, interesting. If I recall correctly, when I joined Comic Fury, they didn't have such distinct categorizations. So I guess having those boxes ticked in the first place defaulted them to the extreme whenever they changed that. Heh. Thanks for the heads up, and it's fixed now. :)

And to answer your other question, you can find the Discord here:
Guest 28th Oct 2020, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Now I'm trying to imagine Rain (the comic) with frequent strong language...
Phrown 29th Oct 2020, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
Dude she’s a <beep> lesbian.
Guest 29th Oct 2020, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
wow Rain has come a long way. at the beginning of the comic, she’d be the one RECEIVING thoughtful reassurance advice like this, but now it shows how much she has grown and shows the relationships she has developed that she is willing to GIVE this kind of reassurance now! it’s nice to see her really mature into herself. and best wishes to Emily!
Darak 29th Oct 2020, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
I binged this entire comic in one night. and I don't regret a single thing. The entire comic is beautiful, it deals with themes and plot points that I never expected going in. I've been hooked by the characters and their relationships, and I cannot wait to see how this chapter unfolds, for all the emotions it brings with it.
Tis a shame tho, I read in the notes a bit back that we're in the last 1/4 of the comic's life and while I'm excited to see what becomes of the characters, it's bittersweet that I couldn't be here for longer.
JuneXXI 9th Nov 2020, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
She’s exactly right
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