Comic 1371 - That Name

3rd May 2021, 8:05 AM in Ch. 42 - One Day at a Time
That Name
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Jocelyn 3rd May 2021, 8:05 AM edit delete
A lot of readers have already expressed concern about how Rain may (or may not) respond to "that name" after the last page. In hindsight, it makes me wonder if maybe this page should have been attached to the last one for a two-pager. Oh well, sorry if today feels a little uneventful as a result. I hope you still like it. ^^;

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Friendly reminder that Rain is now available in French (courtesy of the translation of my friend, Mia)! We're up to seven chapters now live as of this weekend, and more will go up every Saturday. ^_^

While I know most of you can and probably do already read in English, the option is there if you're bilingual, or if you know anyone who is more comfortable reading in French that you think might enjoy the story. I invite you to share this with anyone you think this might benefit. ^_^
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Haelwenn (lanodan) 3rd May 2021, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Me when seeing the title: Oh finally, Rain reacts to ryan's choice of name!
Jocelyn: No, you'll wait more, enjoy Ana' welcoming Ryan
Syter6 3rd May 2021, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
Same. but it is wholesome so i'll allow it
Diakko 3rd May 2021, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
The law of equivalent exchange stares that to make one thing something must be sacrificed, therefore rain can just say she sacrificed her dead name to new Ryan boom.
Johannna 3rd May 2021, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
If memory serves, the law of equivalent exchange stated that man cannot achieve anything without first sacrificing something of equal value.

Rain is not a man, so I conclude that Ryan’s old middle name, which he has decided to sacrifice, is Rain.
Dwere 4th May 2021, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
Why not? I gave mine to my friend's dog. He was perfectly happy with it.
Guest 3rd May 2021, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
my guess is that rain will do a surprised face, you know with the little lines but then be okay
Chrissy 3rd May 2021, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
I just realized this, but other than following her in line at Prom, I don't think Ryan has really met Rain.... While we've been focusing on how she's going to take it when she hears the name, I wonder how Ryan will take it when the person he got the name from is here... Though I suppose Rudy may have prepared him for that....
LadyAnastasia 3rd May 2021, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
I really hope Rudy did.
Chrissy 3rd May 2021, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
I hope so too, but it's kinda obvious that he didn't give others a heads up... Then again, I suppose he did have some idea. After apologizing for the headbump, Ana did say something along the lines of thinking Rudy was a trans boy.....
CuteZoeyMonster 3rd May 2021, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
I'm not sure if I want him to have explained it it's it's a very confusing thing it's kind of hard to explain that without outing someone and though rain would probably not mine too much at this point through this instance it's still like you know it's a hard thing to explain if I'm being honest. I'm 90% sure that rain is not going to actually be upset about it because ultimately it's just a name and I can hear people using my dead name even be happy if another trans person took my dead name as a name that brings them Joy because ultimately the only person the name Hertz is me and it's not being used for me it doesn't hurt me I may have a slight panic attack every time I hear it thinking someone is calling me out but it's a common name and did something that I've gotten used to. But again I feel like actually kind of explaining the stuff to Ryan cut out rain to him and that probably just not something we would want to do at this stage in the comic. I mean he has out a drain to people before but like he did not know any better
Neelix 5th May 2021, 5:09 AM edit delete reply
Rudy's reaction when Ryan told him his new name would have been hard to miss. ( Although we never saw the immediate continuation of that conversation, I suspect that at the very least Ryan knows that he's about to be introduced to the girl who's given name he appropriated as his chosen name and understands that some brief weirdness may ensue as a result.
Elfi 3rd May 2021, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
As someone in Rain's shoes here (albeit with a really uncommon name, so it was a surprise to see someone else have it to begin with), it's a really awkward situation to find yourself in, but I've found nicknames usually help with clearing the air
bgb16999 3rd May 2021, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
Suspense increases as we all wait to hear Rain's reaction....
AshleyTheTaguel 3rd May 2021, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
I had a guest lecturer in a queer studies class who was a trans guy with my deadname. I was mostly just perplexed because it's like, the opposite of a trans guy "go-to" name.
RubyRuthNeal 3rd May 2021, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
Is there a list anywhere that has the characters' middle names? All I've been able to put together so far is:

Anastacia Elizabeth Rubina
Emily Rose Caston
Randy Martin Guy

and most recently Lydia Wynn Caston
Jocelyn 3rd May 2021, 1:25 PM edit delete reply

I'm afraid not. That's all the middle names we know at this time. I didn't want to stress out too much over coming up with additional names for characters when I figured I'd never use those extra names. I don't like repeating names in my stories, so I didn't want to feel like I couldn't use something in the next one because I "used it up" on a middle name in this one.

I'm sure I'm overthinking it, but that's just how I am. XD

Anyway, the four middle names that we know are all exceptions. Emily's middle name has small story significance. Lydia's name just adds a touch of realism to a mother-to-be trying to name her child. Randy's middle name (or at least, middle initial) is part of the joke. And Ana was actually named by a reader. I didn't change a thing in her case; I just used what they said. Generally speaking, though, I won't worry too much about middle names unless I feel like there's something I can do with it. ^_^
IsabelleTheDonkey 3rd May 2021, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
Wow Ryan’s repping the dysphoria hoodie can’t believe I didn’t notice that before.
Chrissy 3rd May 2021, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
Yep. Now we're just waiting for the other character who routinely wears the dysphoria hoodie to show up. (Though IIRC, they usually go with the green one instead of the blue one)
Absentia 3rd May 2021, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
Five bucks says it used to be Rudy's.
Pseudonym 4th May 2021, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
Can a dysphoria hoodie come with cat ears and tail, or would that defeat the purpose?
Chrissy 4th May 2021, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
I see no reason why a dysphoria hoodie can't have cat ears or a tail... I mean, the reason dysphoria hoodies are what they are is they are good at hiding body shapes.... I could totally see something like this becoming common in the trans community...
gamecake 3rd May 2021, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
after 2 months of reading i cuaght up with 10 years of comics and now i have to wait for new parts
sbrl 3rd May 2021, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
It's almost helpful if someone else uses your deadname, as can sometimes help to associate the name with someone else rather than your past?
Ryan #7382 3rd May 2021, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
I mean... realistically speaking, she’s probably encountered people with that name before. It is *dead* common. At a summer camp I went to once, I was in a cabin with two other Ryans and one Brian, in a group of 8 people total.
bgb16999 3rd May 2021, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Given that Rudy is a webcomic fan, and Rain also reads comics, it's likely at least one of them has read Reptile Toons by another Ryan🙃
Zibiah 3rd May 2021, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
These sorts of situations make me so glad I had a really uncommon name. I've only ever met one other person with my deadname.
b 3rd May 2021, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
rudy looks so cute
Tesset 3rd May 2021, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Honestly, Ryan is doing a ton better at coming out to a bunch of relative strangers than I would have in his place. Even a predominantly queer group like this one. I'm impressed with his self confidence
arkathenia 4th May 2021, 1:32 AM edit delete reply
Oh my, I hope Rain is ok with this. She's a really strong girl. I do hope she's been able to get past her old name by this point. I think she'll be surprisingly cool with this, and more happy to see another trans person in her life ^^ <3
Pip 4th May 2021, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
Now all we need is for Rain and Ryan to become great friends, then go and visit Rain's siblings together...

Kellen: "Hey Ryan --"
Ryan: "Yes?"
Kellen: "Not you! My brother!"
Aiken: "Yes?"
Rain: 😁
Share 4th May 2021, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
Kellen has started to come around (it was brief, but there was the prom chapter and that therapy session)
Ivan the not so terrible 5th May 2021, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
The angst...
It's coming...
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