Comic 1328 - Graduations are Boring

21st Dec 2020, 7:42 AM in Ch. 41 - Graduation
Graduations are Boring
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Jocelyn 21st Dec 2020, 7:42 AM edit delete
As you may have realized by now, I wanted to get a lot of the bigger recurring players into this chapter. There are very few exceptions of characters who will not appear this chapter, like Aiken and Kellen, but they both get namedropped here. So that's something, right? ;P

But we do get Vincent and Fara sitting together at the local cafe. Heather's at the next table over, and perfectly within earshot. And Jess - practically as always - is working. So, in a way, they're all kinda hanging out with each other. I know some folks might huff about Jess or Heather "butting in", but if Vincent and Fara wanted privacy, maybe the place where one friend works and another frequents isn't the optimal location.

And here's just a few quick refreshers in case you'd forgotten what everyone's talking about.

- Yes, Heather has met Kellen, and doesn't like her much. She would delight in making her sit through a "long, dull ceremony". XD

- Kellen is very slowly coming around, though. She knows what she's done...

- ...And she is - in her own way - rooting for Rain. There's still a lot she can learn, which might indeed make seeing the whole school call her sister Rain a big deal. (But no, she still shouldn't be at Rain's graduation either way. Heather's just spiteful, and Jess may just be overly optimistic at this time.)

- But Rain did use her deadname to get Chanel into prom.

- And her deadname is, consequently, in the yearbook now. Meaning, that it is possible it's at the forefront of other school documentation, and might be how she's called down at graduation.

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EmeraldKT 21st Dec 2020, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
Ooh! Ive been waiting for the adults to get together and talk about this. Hopefully the next page or two with go even deeper into it.

Also, thank you Jocelyn for creating and continuing this story over so many years. This story was one of the few things that kept me grounded and laughing in my early years of transition. So, thank you so much.
William Melton 21st Dec 2020, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Maybe they can be instructed to call Rain by her name when calling her up for the diploma?
Tan 21st Dec 2020, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
Y'know, "It's spelled R-Y-A-N but pronounced 'Rain'" would be a perfectly reasonable claim to at least get it spoken correctly even if what's written is wrong.
Tipsie!~ 21st Dec 2020, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
doesn't she usually write it "Rain" on most things though? I mean I don't think it's been confirmed she does, but it's a reasonable assumption that she wouldn't want to write her deadname
bgb16999 21st Dec 2020, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Yay, I called that it would be a Fara and Vincent scene this week:)

My high school made graduation interesting by having each teacher-advisor go on stage with their students and tell stories about their students one at a time. It would take to long to do that at a larger school though.
Jess 21st Dec 2020, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
IF the adults did invite Kellen to the graduation, they should probably ask Rain about it first. Rain might not want her there.
Larryn 21st Dec 2020, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
No huffing from me, Heather is awesome and I support her righteous anger face.
Tipsie!~ 21st Dec 2020, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
This is a bit of a rambling, and let me preface it with this: Not even I know where I'm going with it.

I found this comic for the first time over the weekend. Naturally, I did an archive binge to get myself caught up... and I ended getting caught up in the emotions instead. Rain has come so far over the years...
I know I wasn't here for that progress, but I want you to know I'm here now. I, and whoever else I can convince to read this, and those who were here before me and those who will be here after. We're here. For you. To support you, and support the work you do. And we'll all be here until we can no longer be.
But no matter what else happens, or what anyone else thinks... I'm proud of you. You, the creator of this incredible comic, and You, the characters the writer creates. I am proud of you. And I can only hope that your lives continue to get better.
Tipsie!~ 21st Dec 2020, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
Rain has inspired me. She has done the simple things, the little things... the ones I once thought impossible for me to do. Rain has shown me that my life *can* get better, and how to work towards that goal. So, Rain... if you do ever see this in any sense... Thank you. You've changed me, and now it's time to change my life. Thank you.

Jocelyn, we may not know each other... but know that I support you, and that what you do supports me. I haven't said this yet, so I'll say it now: I'm trans. Not a big surprise, I know, but I feel it's important context for what I've been saying, and for what I haven't said yet. I'm... Well, to put it frankly, I'm jealous of Rain. Envious, even... She may have family issues, but her siblings are making an effort, and she lives with her really cool aunt, whereas I live with my parents. While my parents aren't nearly as bad as Rain's, I don't have anywhere else to go, I don't have any siblings to help me deal with them, and despite them saying they're supportive of me, well... When I first came out, they first tried to insist maybe I was gay instead. That lasted about two weeks, maybe longer. Next, they tried to convince me maybe I was genderfluid or something. That lasted at least two months, but most likely over three. After that they tried a variety of other options, all of which contradicted being trans. Eventually they stopped doing that, but even now they're not supportive like they claim to be... most of the time they still use my deadname, I have to specifically tell them to buy girls clothing and even then they still mostly buy boys stuff, and even with therapy they screw it up... I specifically ask to go to therapy, and need to do it several times to even get them to listen (let alone agree), and even when they do agree to get me therapy, most of the time they find some wackjob-run group "therapy" thing that most likely barely qualifies as anything above torture for most people... The few times I have gotten actual sessions with actual therapists, while the therapists were nice people, they were way off from what I need, and my parents won't even let me say things like that because they consider it "disrespect" or some shit. My mother especially is the worst offender, going as far as cutting me off from my friends, blocking most social media sites, deleting some of my accounts, and even taking my phone. They still have some excuse or other to try and rationalize it away, but the "reason" itself falls apart at the seams if you think about it for even a few minutes, and on top of that it's been years since all of this started anyways...
I'm sorry for rambling about my personal life like this, Jocelyn. I really am. I just... don't have anywhere else to vent right now.
I suppose I should end off this comment soon, huh... it's getting pretty big... Oh well.
Jocelyn, before I move on, I have a few questions...
1. Where can I get some falsies like Rain has?
2. Could you help me with getting a good therapist (a̶n̶d̶ ̶m̶a̶y̶b̶e̶ ̶s̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶i̶t̶t̶y̶ ̶s̶k̶i̶t̶t̶l̶e̶s̶)?

The last thing I want to mention before ending this comment off is simple: I wrote a lullaby. One semi-inspired by Rain (the comic, not the character).

If you made it this far, thank you for indulging me in reading my crazy ramblings... I hope you have a good holiday season and a better year (soon enough).
Jocelyn 21st Dec 2020, 5:02 PM edit delete reply

1. Where can I get some falsies like Rain has?
I ended up getting mine (aka, the ones that inspired what Rain has) at my local Walmart right in the bra section for like $13. (And if Walmart is not an option for whatever reason, I figure any store the sells bras probably has them too.) They're just simple soft foam pads you slip into a bra that add to the bust and feel comfortable and mostly unobtrusive. You can wash them or replace them if need be and all is good.

They might also have adhesive silicone padding available, which probably costs a little more but should still be under $20. I personally preferred the foam ones in general (more comfortable to wear for long sessions, easier to work with), but the adhesive ones probably looked a bit better.

I can't name brands or anything, unfortunately. I know I had to replace mine a couple time over the years, but they always seemed to be in different boxes when I'd get them again (and it's been a while since I've even needed them). But the different brands always worked the same, so whatever they have should work. :)

Finally, if you should end up having to search online, I believe the more technical term would be "bra inserts" or "breast forms" or something along those lines. Falsies are more of an informal term that just sounds more fun, so I default to saying that.

2. Could you help me with getting a good therapist?
I used this website.

You simply type in your area code, and it will bring up all the therapists in your general area, with info on them and their styles of treatment and areas of expertise and information on how to reach them. For me at the time, it was also very beneficial in that it also tells if there's payment options or sliding scales if you don't have insurance or something. I very much recommend it. :)

I hope all this is helpful. ^_^
Tipsie!~ 21st Dec 2020, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
okay firstly I did not expect to get an actual response oh my god aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

secondly thank you for the answers! you're a big help~

okay but really I am literally blushing
bgb16999 21st Dec 2020, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
Could you please edit your comment to put a line break in the middle of that long string of "a"s? Having a single really long uninterrupted word messes up the page layout on some devices.
Gecko 22nd Dec 2020, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
Ah, so that's why the site gets like that sometimes. I was wondering.
Tipsie!~ 22nd Dec 2020, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
oh I'm sorry, I didn't realise! I'll be more careful next time
Guest 22nd Dec 2020, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
Every time this happens, I think Jocelyn's done a special double page. Then I remember that this happens if someone spams a bunch in the comments. It's basically vandalism imo
meta 30th Dec 2020, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
maybe you won't see this now it's back a few pages, tipsie, but a have a brast-form reccomendation. i spent a few years with those high street stick-on 'cleavage enhancers', really thin ones at first. gradually padded my breasts a bit more now and then, so people would subconciously notice before they had anything to frreak out about. but after working my way up to three thick pairs, i needed something less .. uncomfortable, awkward, messy ..

full breast-forms can be expensive, but they can be really rubbish too. there's usually a really time consuming procedure for cleaning and reapplying the glue. there's only one product i've found that made that realy simple without compromising on the comfort and form of them, amo-lux. the don't do very small, so it's a bit of a jump to start with, but my friends had already grown oblivious to them. the regluing and drying takes about ten minutes for both, which i could do with a little decanted bottle of the special gel while on the toilet, and i could wear them comfortably for four days at a time. i finally felt like i could just forget i was wearing padding, and get out the door, instead of weeping in a pile of gel-inserts, stick-on pads, and those odd cleavage things.

after my very own finally grew in, and the amo-lux didn't sit right on top of them anymore, i was able to pass them on. that was difficult though, as i was obviously smaller again, but it was easy to say i'd just gained enough confidence to stop padding, because this time i knew what it felt like to be confident.

regarding therapy, not so much to say, because it took me a long time to approach a local clinic, which eventually went very well. so i'd say it is important to remember it's a matter of respecting yourself enough to talk openly. any therapist that doesn't respond immediately may still be trying to be supportive, bringing you out of your shell about what brought you there. when i got the breast-forms my therapist saw the change in my self-confidence imediately!

that's alot more than i expected to write, sorry!
RedstoneFlux 21st Dec 2020, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
just read the backlog and...
oh s*** im an egg now
Tipsie!~ 22nd Dec 2020, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
then you always were, and now your shell is cracked
RubyRuthNeal 21st Dec 2020, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
Dunno if Rain is quite this brave or not, but as she walks across the stage at the graduation ceremony to receive her diploma, that would be a golden opportunity to request to say a few brief words into the microphone and boldly and proudly come out to the entire graduating class and audience.

And to the reader who was looking for a source for breastforms, you can buy them on Amazon as well. There's a type of silicone, stick-on ones called "Nu-Bra" that has a plastic clip in the middle where you can stick one on each breast a little low and wide, then when you pull them together and fasten the clip over your sternum, it'll create some decent cleavage too. I used these underneath a soft spandex-like "Add-a-cup-size" push up bra to hide the silicone, and basically got near B-cup size breasts under cute outfits, until HRT began to do its magic and grow my own.
Tipsie!~ 22nd Dec 2020, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
thanks a lot!
Drake Zephyr 22nd Dec 2020, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I mean yeah it kind of makes sense, she don't have to see any of them ever again and she would have technically already finished everything by the ceremony to graduate. Although I don't know if Rain would be that direct.
Celeste 22nd Dec 2020, 12:51 AM edit delete reply
I just spent a few days going through some pretty intense stuff and finally accepted that I'm trans, I've spent nearly a week just reading comics about trans characters and that's -for the most- why I've finally come to terms with it; I've been aware of it for a few months now, but I just picked my name (Celestia), and I came out to my dad this afternoon. I was honestly shocked at how well he took it.

Sorry I rambled, my only real point was; thank you for making this comic, it's been really helpful for me in accepting who I am, and I'm honestly sad I'm caught up now; I really don't wanna wait.
Tipsie!~ 22nd Dec 2020, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
what a beautiful name! I wish I was that creative when I came up with mine...
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