Comic 1364 - Behold

16th Apr 2021, 8:58 AM in Ch. 42 - One Day at a Time
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)
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Jocelyn 16th Apr 2021, 8:58 AM edit delete
I love this page. Rain saying "behold" is so funny to me for some reason. And I also always hear the "monster truck rally announcer" voice in my head when I read "swimdress". XD

Anyway, swimdresses are a real thing. They're super awesome and effective, and I absolutely recommend them for pre-op or no-op gals who want to get in the water. It might still cling, but the added layer of coverage still always took a load off my mind. And even now, post-op, a swimdress would still be my prefered swimsuit of choice (I think they're more comfortable, and also just cute as heck).

Rain's particular swimsuit isn't based on any one specifically. But I was very meticulous about looking for designs that she'd appreciate. The look is fairly simple, but the overall black design and skirt helps hide what she doesn't want prominent, while the purple stripes and flaring of the skirt help highlight what she does. ^_^

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Asphodel 16th Apr 2021, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
*airhorns blare in the background*
Doombird 18th Apr 2021, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Yuriko 16th Apr 2021, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
insert jojo "yes yes yes yes yes" meme here
Chrissy 16th Apr 2021, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
And that last panel... Gavin's fantasies are rushing back... And they're also going into Blair & Maria's head....
Chrissy 16th Apr 2021, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Actually, I'm surprised we don't see some anime-style bloody noses...
chrystal_dark 16th Apr 2021, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
Only times I ever saw anyone get a nosebleed when looking at a pretty girl usually involved a fist...!
Chrissy 16th Apr 2021, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Tiggs 16th Apr 2021, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
And that the clothes Rain threw magically end up in Emily's hands perfectly folded is amazing xD
Chrissy 16th Apr 2021, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
Don't your clothes fold themselves when you throw them???
Some Ed 16th Apr 2021, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
My clothes do not. I assumed that Emily was just that quick with folding clothes.
Sammi 16th Apr 2021, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
That was my favorite little detail in this, it's perfect. <3
Absentia 16th Apr 2021, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
bold of you to assume they didn't choreograph this reveal in advance.
arkathenia 16th Apr 2021, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
They have such a close relationship, they coordinate really well.
jesslc 20th Apr 2021, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Clearly a hidden talent of Emily's is to be able to fold clothes as she's catching them... :D

Or perhaps it's a subtle way of representing that everyone has just been staring at Rain for several minutes, giving Emily plenty of time to fold the clothes
CaptainBlackstar 16th Apr 2021, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
That is an awesome thing I didn't know existed but now I must have.
RubyRuthNeal 16th Apr 2021, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
New sandals already in my Amazon shopping basket, still looking for a black and purple swimdress in my size. Dangit, Jocelyn..... you're gonna end up costing me nearly a hundred bucks today, lol!
Anastasia 16th Apr 2021, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
How both my girlfriend and I solved the issue! Also I found a 2 part swimsuit where the bottom is a skirt, so that exists too :3

I love Maria's reaction.
Ane Gartlin9 16th Apr 2021, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Ane Gartlin9
look at em being happy, aw
Kimee 16th Apr 2021, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
Ana's face like, "I should have tried that way back when". Also, I can confirm that swim skirts are a thing too, and they're also great.
Tesset 16th Apr 2021, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
I am waiting to be fully vaccinated (next month!) to go swim suit shopping for something like what Rain has, and I'm really excited for it. Feel like this chapter is going to be both timely and just a little too early for me, lol, I'm gonna be jealous of that swim dress all month! :P
Allison (not that one) 16th Apr 2021, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
It looks like some of the swimdresses I've seen in the "Woman Within" catalog. I bought some several years ago and they've made me feel far more comfortable with going in swimming. The only problem is that since they're from a "fat lady store," they are designed for a woman with a lot more "up there" than I have.
CaptJack2883 18th Apr 2021, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
I would suggest looking for a swim skirt instead of a swim dress. The idea is the same, but the tops and bottoms are sometimes sold separately instead of together, so you can get different sizes for the tops and bottoms.
Chrissy 20th Apr 2021, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
I couldn't agree more. Those can also help those of us with longer torsos, where a swim dress might get pulled out of shape... Besides, basic black swim skirt will pair with almost any top as things change...
bgb16999 16th Apr 2021, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
Woo! The Chapter 23-26 arc is a contender for my favorite in the series, so I'm really glad we are finally seeing this bit of foreshadowing finally come home.
Adama 16th Apr 2021, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
She looks very cute. And the instant reveal made me laugh.
Julia 16th Apr 2021, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
My solution was some slightly black swim shorts:) still cute but casual enough not to draw any attention. Or at least that's my hope - only came out fall of quarantine
Julia 18th Apr 2021, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
Slightly loose*
Ryleigh 16th Apr 2021, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
I was kind of hoping Rain would have chosen a two piece with a swim skirt because I really think she could rock the heck out of it but the swim dress is cute as heck too.
willowstream646 16th Apr 2021, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
Aaaaaaa!!!! I absolutely adore that confident smile!!!!!!! She's come so far!! What a great moment!!! I'll have to look into swim dresses, I've been wondering about swimwear!! I don't like how swim shorts billow up heh
Tepro 17th Apr 2021, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
I agree! After all the school year put her through, it's nice to see her feeling good about herself.
RubyRuthNeal 16th Apr 2021, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
My first time at a pool party after beginning transitioning I simply used a bikini top and a pair of daisy dukes cutoff denim shorts, since I never planned to go in the water anyway as I cannot swim. It worked well. I've had breast augmentation since then so the bikini top would work even better for me now, but...... the year of pandemic and accompanying excessive weight gain has not been very kind to my waistline and right now wearing tight short shorts would not be a very flattering look, lol! I've been looking at black swimdresses online all day long that have the plunging neckline I desire along with built-in tummy control, since black is a good color for hiding a belly, but haven't been able to find one I like in my size that isn't super expensive. Meanwhile, I'm working on losing the excess weight, but at the rate my diet and exercise plan is working, it's gonna be probably at least the end of August/Labor Day weekend before I'd be comfortable showing my midriff around a pool again. *sigh*
RubyRuthNeal 17th Apr 2021, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
...and, I finally found what looks like the perfect swimdress at a price that's affordable. Black with white polka dots, built-in tummy control with an A-line style skirt portion (non-pleated) that's long enough it can also pass as a summer evening cocktail dress, and it has a nice halter style top portion with deep V plunge neckline, and best of all is under $30 with good customer reviews on Amazon. It's styling looks extremely similar to the only other one I really liked..... that was $189, and obviously that would've been ridiculously out of my budget.
chrystal_dark 16th Apr 2021, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
Is it just me or is there more of a curve to the top part of that swim-dress that might have been evident (say) a few months ago? Pretty sure she's not wearing anything under in!
Casey K 16th Apr 2021, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Casey K
This is awesome. I'm not a swimmer, but I may look into them.
SpeedyQuidKid 16th Apr 2021, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
As a pre-op (and possibly never op? idk) trans girl, swim skirts are 100% going to be my thing when I next swim somewhere.
Guest 16th Apr 2021, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
A few things that stand out to me:

-Ana understands that finding a swimsuit might be a bit of an issue for Rain. This feels like something cis people wouldn't immediately consider. So this seems like a nice bit a trans camaraderie that will fly over everyone else's heads. However, the cynic in me says that Ana is trying to make Rain envious about the situation, by pointing out that Rain isn't able to wear a "normal" swimsuit whereas Ana is. Since this is a mostly positive comic and Ana doesn't come across as an awful person, I favour the optimistic interpretation.

-Panel 4 is a rare opportunity to see separate fingers in this comic because of Jocelyn's style of drawing hands. Interesting.

-The swim dress itself! I had not heard of these so I had no idea how this was going to be resolved and I was worried it would be glossed over or handwaved. But what really shocked me about this panel were the sandals. Maybe it's having been in lockdown for over a year, but sandals seem really odd to me right now. It's been ages since I've gone outside for a fun or frivolous reason. :(

-Lastly, Maria, Gavin and Carver all saying "Damn girl" at once is hilariously cheesy and I love it.

For next week, I'm looking forward to seeing whether Emily is also wearing a special swimsuit underneath those clothes. I have no idea what sort of swimwear they would make for pregnancy but I'm sure it exists. I hope at least that Emily is able to join the others in the pool because (I think) the buoyancy will take the weight of the baby off her body.
arkathenia 16th Apr 2021, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
Omg, I didn't know swim-dresses existed! That would make me feel a lot better about swimming.
Lemonado Girl 17th Apr 2021, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Honestly I can't help but hear the "BEHOLD!" in the exact tone that Owain says it as a critical hot line in Fire Emblem Awakening, because that is the exact energy happening here.
Rena 17th Apr 2021, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
Nooo Mariaaah
KuroDmon 17th Apr 2021, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
Is that a Yakuza reference I see? Because I think that's a Yakuza reference; pulling the corner of your outer layer and being able to make everything you want come off in one swing.
Absentia 18th Apr 2021, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
its a prevelent trope in a lot of media. Anime does it a lot with cloaks and stuff. if i'm correct, the official trope name is "Flung Clothing"
Absentia 17th Apr 2021, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
she looks so cute!!!

also idk why i jsut noticed this but she's growing her hair back. its slow, but she does look cute like this.
DarthMewtwo 17th Apr 2021, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
Swim dresses are a fucking godsend.
Absentia 18th Apr 2021, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
And once again, for the third time. I am up to date.

Time to reread it again!
Elaine 6th Nov 2021, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
I'm so entertained that we've got one panel with those who aren't sexually attracted to women just being like "Oh, you look so cute!" and then the second panel with those who are seemingly having *that* kind of reaction. (Being acespec myself, I never have *that* kind of reaction that easily, so it's always interesting to me in an anthropological sense to see others having it.)
Mturtle7 6th Mar 2022, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
Haha, also ace over here and I totally didn't pick up on the difference in reactions until I scrolled down to look at the comments!
Aster 7th Jan 2022, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
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