Comic 1321 - Ryan

7th Dec 2020, 8:07 AM in Ch. 41 - Graduation
Average Rating: 5 (10 votes)
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Jocelyn 7th Dec 2020, 8:07 AM edit delete
(By some fluke, I haven't used this as a page title yet. A bonus chapter title, I know, but not a page.) XD

So, it's been a while since we've seen these two. Some of you may be fuzzy on details and struggling to remember what's going on here. And some of you may remember and feel like this doesn't quite add up. Let's address both of these! :)

The last time we saw them was towards the end of Chapter 39, where Ryan here - a trans boy - indeed picked the name "Ryan" for himself. Coincidence? Not really. He indirectly got the idea from Rain (but the two have never actually met).

Just before the name reveal, Rudy offered to introduce Ryan to the main cast, but he seemed hesitant. Now, it's been a a little over a week in canon, but Ryan's exclaiming that he's "never said that before" and that "only Rudy and his mom know now". I hope it's clear that this is meant to imply he hasn't actually met with the main cast yet (I mean, that's probably not something that should be happening off-screen, right?).

Catching up to now, Rudy's mom still struggles to understand her son but the two are getting along better with his dad out of the picture. She's still completely blindsided by this little development, though. Poor lady probably won't ever understand Rudy or his friends. XD

But I hope that clarifies things. Please don't hesitate to ask if you need any further elaboration or refreshers. Other than that, I hope you all enjoy the page!

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Tanny 7th Dec 2020, 8:38 AM edit delete reply

He is the cutest and I want to protect!
astro mike 7th Dec 2020, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
good for Ryan! I remember using my name for the first time, such a nice experience ^-^
William Melton 7th Dec 2020, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
Good for Ryan! And, this will be interesting...
Icej 7th Dec 2020, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Hi, I just want to say I started Rain last week and got all caught up yesterday and thank your for sharing this beautiful, heartwarming and necessary story with the world <3

I'm glad to see Rudy and Ryan having fun. i SHIP IT. Here's to hoping Ryan sticks to Centerville U and gets to see Rudy very often.

Also I am glad to see Rudy's mom being non-threatening at the very least. Her surprise is kind of funny.

Cheers ^_^
Phrown 7th Dec 2020, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
I’m glad I’m not the only Ryby shipper.

Seeing him made my day
Yuriko 7th Dec 2020, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
Idk what Rudy's plan here is, but I can see this going... Interestingly
Gilly 7th Dec 2020, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Rudy is such a troll. lol
Syter6 7th Dec 2020, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Why is ryan so cute aaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Cutezoeymonster 7th Dec 2020, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
For the first time I heard someone call me Zoey I felt so happy
Chloe 7th Dec 2020, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
Is she going to think that Ryan is using the name in the feminine.

Not trying to be rude, just trying to understand
meta 7th Dec 2020, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
perhaps donna would not have noticed, until ryan says "my new guy name". i expected he wouldn't hype about it until they were upstairs, but rudy's exuberant attitude must be rubbing of on him!
bgb16999 7th Dec 2020, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
Oh dear, I would not have started with someone I didn't know was safe. I hope that doesn't lead to any trouble for Rudy.

Okay, I actually sort of did do that. Not about my gender, but about my orientation. The first two people I told were my parents, and I got a bad reaction, somewhat softened by the fact that my mom then outed me to my sibling, who reacted really well. After that I decided I would avoid telling anyone unless I expected them to react well. Which, now that I think about it, is probably why I'm so hesitant to fully socially transition: I know there will be some bad reactions.

But my parents even at their worst weren't as bad as the median of what we've seen from Donna. What Ryan does here is more dangerous than anything I've done, both for himself and for Rudy.

EDIT: Somehow I messed up the order of paragraphs on my previous edit. Hopefully I got it right this time.
Zero 7th Dec 2020, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
I'm really happy that Rudy's mom still seems to be trying and that it doesn't seem to be a reactionary thing, like Rudy was concerned about in the page you posted a link too.

And yay for Ryan seeming to have some newfound confidence in being himself. :)
Drake Zephyr 7th Dec 2020, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I do wonder why Ryan didn't change out of their school uniform? It's not like it'd raise suspicion and I'd think he'd be more comfortable in a shirt and pants.
Jocelyn 7th Dec 2020, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
@Drake Zephyr

I figure they just came over straight from school. No time to change.
meta 7th Dec 2020, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
oh lovely how donna (yes i had to check the character page, lol) seems relatively relaxed. the strongwells had alot to process and it's moments like these that help a family move on.
Guest 7th Dec 2020, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
How aware is Ryan of Donna's 'phobia? Seems like an odd choice for your second coming out
Drake Zephyr 7th Dec 2020, 5:04 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I'm not so sure if that was exactly "coming out" as much as them just using their new name. Like Donna probably won't think much of it.
Guest 8th Dec 2020, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
"It's my new guy name."

Then Donna says "Your new... Wait what..?"

Even if he didn't mean to come out, he's still letting people know.
purplespacecats 7th Dec 2020, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
ahh, i so want ryan to meet the main cast; especially rain. having a trans friend who he knows is trans would be so good for him! like i totally get why ana isn't broaching the subject so as to not like forcibly out him or anything. just if rain casually came out as trans to him like she did with ana, i bet ryan would feel comfortable coming out to her, and then he'd have a great friend to help him with transitioning!

but like i'm sure they'll meet eventually, so: looking forward to it!! ^_^
arkathenia 7th Dec 2020, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
Awwww, Mommy Strongwell seems like she's willing to try to accept people like Ryan, even if this is a surreal and uncomfortable situation for her to learn of people so different to her. She really does seem like a person who can come around, and break out of the delirious indoctrination of hate she's been brought up in. This comic is so sweet and I love this <3
Gilly 8th Dec 2020, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
I wonder if some of the mom's reaction is about her homosexual son presumably going to his room alone with a potential romantic interest. Even the most accepting of parents usually have an issue with that.
Chrissy 8th Dec 2020, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
I don't think she's quite processed what Ryan said to the point of seeing him as a potential romantic interest of her son... It'd really blow her mind if she knew about Rain....
Neelix 8th Dec 2020, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Actually to me that just implies that he hasn't come out to anyone else yet, not necessarily that he hasn't been introduced to rest of the group as a friend of Rudy's. (It had occurred to me that he might have decided not to come out to anyone else at all yet, so seeing him come out so casually to Rudy's Mum is kind of surprising actually) That being said, I am hoping and expecting to see that first meeting happen on-panel, so I'm kinda glad to hear it hasn't happened off-panel in the meantime. :-)
Catlife333 8th Dec 2020, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Haha I still get this excited when people call me by my name, 2+ years later ^-^
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