Comic 1344 - Bright Future

20th Jan 2021, 8:15 AM in Ch. 41 - Graduation
Bright Future
Average Rating: 5 (19 votes)
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Jocelyn 20th Jan 2021, 8:15 AM edit delete
In case you don't remember, Brother Arthur spoke to Rain about his trans brother, Will, some time ago. It's a big part of why he's been so supportive of Rain all this time. (I probably don't need to refresh anyone, though. It's been over a thousand pages since Will's last mention in the story, but readers ask about him a lot, so I assume folks just remember. But for those who don't, I got you covered.) XD

And again, no, this is not the ending. :P

Friendly reminder that starting today we'll be doing a [hopefully, rather short] hiatus. (Perfect timing, because I've gotten no work done in weeks thanks to some technical issues followed by getting pretty sick; still recovering too. But once I recover, it'll be time to play catch up!) I won't name any dates just yet, but I'm hoping I can start posting Chapter 42 some time in February (or worst case scenario, March). I'll try to sprinkle in some filler art or Rain Delays in the meantime, but the comic will come back before you know it. ^_^

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William Melton 20th Jan 2021, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
Go Brother Arthur!

And a nice high note to end the chapter with.
MashedJens 20th Jan 2021, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
Great place to end the chapter. It's nice knowing that Brother Authur reconnected with his brother and understands thanks to Rain.

Also, I hope you feel better. Take all the time you need!
Drake Zephyr 20th Jan 2021, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Ugh I just woke up, why you gotta make my heart melt like that! SO WHOLESOME AND HAPPY!
Prog 20th Jan 2021, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
I completely forgot that Brother Arthur knew about Rain. It's been so long. With the hiatuses I wonder how many other details I've forgotten..
gms 20th Jan 2021, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
Hey Jocelyn! I just want to say thank you so much for this wonderful and heartwarming webcomic! I've been reading it since August 2020, and it's so heartwarming how Rain has a huge support group that helps her no matter what struggles she goes through, and Rain and Emily's relationship is just one of the sweetest things about this comic.

It's really nice to see Rain's presence making a difference in others' live, like Emily and Ana opening up to her, Aiken improving his relationship with her and Jess, and helping Brother Arthur give the courage to talk with Will again.

Right now, I am questioning my romantic and sexual orientation. I know what my gender is, but I really don't know what gender my future love will be. Like you and Drew, figuring out my romantic/sexual orientation is something that doesn't happen overtime, and I should give it time.

This is one of my top favorite webcomics that I've read in my whole life. Thanks again, Jocelyn, and I look forward to the rest of the chapters in this comic! I also can't wait for Ryan to meet Rain! ^_^ Just take it easy and hope you feel better soon!
WindandRain 21st Jan 2021, 3:48 AM edit delete reply
Just going to echo this- this comic means so much to so many people and Rain has played such a huge role in my gender identity discovery. I can't say enough how dear this comic is to me
j-eagle12212012 21st Jan 2021, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
Continuing this echo

This comic helped me in so many ways, and it's helped so many others
Representation is important and Jocelyn has offered something that has touched the LGBTQ+ community in a powerful way

NixieSeal 20th Jan 2021, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
A very nice note to end the chapter on. ^_^
Mega Gay 20th Jan 2021, 1:33 PM edit delete reply
Mmmmmmmmmm is da mega gae
Guest 20th Jan 2021, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
Better than my terf-adjacent dad thanking me for widening his viewpoint saying "I can see both sides now"
Selix 19th Jan 2022, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
That’s still less bad than unadulterated terfism
Szarrukin 20th Jan 2021, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
YESSSS, I always knew he's a good guy.

Is this the last time we see Brother Artur?
Long-Time Lurker 20th Jan 2021, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Awww, what a nice end to the chapter! TBH, *this* is the page I would have called Closure (and I guess called the other one "Loose Ends"?).
arkathenia 20th Jan 2021, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
Awww, this was so cute of a way to end this chapter! It really closes St. Hallvard for the story, and ends it's arcs nicely. I was wondering what would happen with Arthur and Will, and I'm so happy it turned out this sweet! <3 So now he's brother and Arthur <3
bgb16999 20th Jan 2021, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
Excellent chapter end.

And now is the perfect time to begin the semifinals for the Rain Favorite Character Tournament! Vote here in the first semifinal, which, admittedly, I don't expect to be close. Voting will last for two weeks.
Chrissy 20th Jan 2021, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
I'm presuming this is the end of Brother Arthur in the official comic... If so, can we at least get a rain delay of the reunion with his brother?
Long-Time Lurker 22nd Jan 2021, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
Ooo, I love this idea! Seconding the suggestion of a Rain Delay of Brother Arthur and his brother.
unicorn_flavor 20th Jan 2021, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
Just wanted to say how much I love this comic! I read through the whole thing up to some point (I forget when, sometime last year) and have been following it since! I decided to make an account on comicfury just now so I can comment further in the future. Thanks for making something so wonderful!
a thankful teen 21st Jan 2021, 12:22 AM edit delete reply
Hi author of Rain,

Thank you so much for this comic!

It's helped me alot with figuring myself out, and I've figured out that I definitely want to be a girl!
This comic has given me so much more confidence, and I hope that going into my last year of secondary school I will be able to find out more about myself and become more the person I want to be!
Xana 21st Jan 2021, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
I dont know why but that line that father art gave made me cry I'm glad he redeemed himself... now for rains sister to redeem herself
Hooman Bean 21st Jan 2021, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
Kellen? I'm not sure she even wants to though. Redeem herself I mean. I hope she does end up understanding Rain.
Leaves 23rd Jan 2021, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
I mean, she (Rain’s sister) is going to therapy so maybe
blah blah blooooo 21st Jan 2021, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Some Ed 22nd Jan 2021, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
And it turns out it is about how she's different.

But in a good way.

As nerve-wracking as it is to be pulled aside, I've learned that we need to keep tabs on the kind of person each person we know is. What we know about them, what they do and how they know us.

And if they pull us aside, and they're someone we trust. Sure, it's nerve-wracking for a bit, but we can remind ourselves that they're a good person and it's probably going to be OK. Like this.
Guest 22nd Jan 2021, 6:24 PM edit delete reply
Hey Jocelyn, quick question. Do the characters have canon heights? I've been looking for them but I can't find any. I don't know why it crossed my mind all of a sudden. :)
Jocelyn 23rd Jan 2021, 10:20 AM edit delete reply

They do! Check them out here. ^_^
Phrown 25th Jan 2021, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Wow Chanel is short. Which is probably why she was a pixie in Rain’s dream.
RubyRuthNeal 25th Jan 2021, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
I'm shorter than Ana, but taller than Rain.... currently a bit under 5'6". When I was a freshman in high school, I wasn't much taller than Chanel... 4'11". When I graduated high school, I was about 5'4" and weighed around 113lbs. I grew a couple inches taller in my early 20s and reached a peak height of 5'7" but lost more than an inch of height from HRT. We'll not discuss my current weight right now, lol! But a year ago before the pandemic struck I was at my optimum for my age and height at about 135lbs.
Pseudonym 26th Jan 2021, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
...wait, where does the height go? O.o
j-eagle12212012 26th Jan 2021, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
Hormones change a lot of things, it's possible that your spine cartilage becomes smaller and some people experience 1" or even 2" of height loss
RubyRuthNeal 26th Jan 2021, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
MtF hormone therapy shrinks cartilage, and also leads to some pelvic tilt and spine curvature in a more feminine geometry. It's also not unusual to drop down a shoe size or two.... or to experience a change in eye color (which may unmask a hidden DNA influence such as chimerism, as it did in me)
Chrissy 26th Jan 2021, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, but Jessie was the other pixie... (don't comment on her height...)
Katie-- 26th Jan 2021, 5:31 AM edit delete reply
Glad to see Brother Arthur finally accepting his brother ^_^
Natalie 26th Jan 2021, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
When are you going to post next??? I neeeeed rain!
samarcand 26th Jan 2021, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
Although I have all five volumes of the collection, this is the first time I've actually read much of Rain online. I have spent the last few days reading through the entire thing when I should probably have been doing other things - like my own writing (I have three projects on the go at the moment and I've pretty much ignored them all while reading Rain). I think I've reached the present day at exactly the right time. It feels like jumping in to real time updates with the end of a chapter is pretty much how I would have done it if I had planned it. So, I just want you to know I'm here for the rest of it and anything else you will be doing afterwards.

Briar 27th Jan 2021, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Finally catching up with this comic- I'm really bad at following webcomics consistently, even the ones I love. I think it was right before the Prom that I lost track a ways back, but this comic had already been such an enormous help to me both in coming to terms with things in myself and wrestling with my extremist, pseudo-puritan family and upbringing. It makes me tear up a little, coming back to these characters and finding them in such a positive place after they helped me get started on my own path to the same.

I was a bit surprised (but very happy) to find when I came back that Rain was still running, and I'm excited that I'll be able to follow along in the comments section for the finale (which sounds like it's likely to be sometime in this coming year, if I haven't missed something?), and even more excited to see Jocelyn's next project, whether it's her Nuzlocke comic or one of her other story ideas.

(On a side note, I'm slowly catching up with the Pokemon games, since the last main series game I played years ago was Diamond. I'm finishing up HeartGold now, and plan to go in order until I've gradually caught up to the current games. So if the next project *is* the Nuzlocke comic, there's a good chance I'll be going through that game for the first time at the same time the comic is starting. :D )
Pseudonym 29th Jan 2021, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
Brother Arthur may be selling himself short, giving Rain the credit. His desire and labor for righteousness are why he can light up a scene just by being there.

Oh well. All the best to him.
Em (formerly Emily) 29th Jan 2021, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Been a while since I appeared here last! But I just HAD to comment. Not sure I can really express how much it means to me, as a queer Christian kid, to see someone like Brother Arthur. An authority, in a traditional church, who is affirming. Thank you so much, Jocelyn; these last two comics have been cathartic and healing in a way I didn't even know I needed.
Guest 30th Jan 2021, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
Queer and Christian as well, and brother Arthur means a lot to me as well. Rain is such a great comic and means so much to me.
WindandRain 31st Mar 2021, 12:55 AM edit delete reply
I can't agree with this more. I really appreciate this presence in the comic to show that not all Christians are hateful, only the hypocritical ones.
Claire Rain G 30th Jan 2021, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
This episode has me crying. I discovered Rain about 6 months ago(she also inspired my middle name) and it’s the first wholesome, in depth LGBTQ+ comic I’ve ever seen and it just brings so much joy in my life. Thank you for making this 💙
M 31st Jan 2021, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Hey Jocelyn, I feel like I've seen you or someone else who looks exactly like you near my neighborhood and just wanted to check if it actually was you, or someone else. Do you live in pittsburgh Pa? (Specifically Mt.Lebanon).
Jocelyn 1st Feb 2021, 7:28 AM edit delete reply

Definitely not me. I've been to Pennsylvania a few times, but I don't think I've ever been to Pittsburgh. That said, even if I was over there, you might still not see me. I'm very high risk, so let's just say I haven't gotten out much in the last year. XD

To be fair, though, I've been told I have a lot of doppelgangers. Perhaps you've just run into one of them. ^_^

M 6th Feb 2021, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
Haha,ok 😅. I've been told I have a bunch of doppelgängers too.
Jeandarme 8th Feb 2021, 2:06 AM edit delete reply
After just starting on the series, I read through the entire thing because I can jut relate to it so much. I come to the end to see this wonderful example of what can happen at best within the meetings of humans. I don't think I could ever readjust to not reading this every day (although 0-3 per week is somewhat healthier than 800 in a single day) but it helps. The point is, although it might have not come across as clearly as it could, that this series has changed my life without my previous intention or knowledge. It changed that for the better, and I hope that you get better soon. (Although my somewhat unhealthy newfound obsession seems to demand reading hundreds of pages per day, I can satisfy the craving with rereading this as it is good enough even for that. Take all the time you need to feel better.)
Callisto 8th Feb 2021, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
There is a certain euphoria in when our stories help someone to understand, even if the journey to get there can be harrowing.
Rain 11th Feb 2021, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
I have been reading Rain for the better half of a decade, and
it has directly played a part in the development of my identity. My name change certificate says "NEW GIVEN NAME: RAIN" for a reason.

I wish to say that this is indeed a fitting end to Rain's school arc, and while I am saddened to see it conclude (what may one say but that it is a time of seishun), I am excited to see what changes are in store for her, Emily, and the rest of the cast. Thank you for continuing to tell her story over the years, Ms Samara, and I look forward to seeing what dreams may come.
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