Comic 1389 - Furball

9th Jun 2021, 9:48 AM in Ch. 42 - One Day at a Time
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)
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Jocelyn 9th Jun 2021, 9:48 AM edit delete
Because I wanted get as many important characters as I could into this chapter, let's have some of the kids talk about Puddle. XD

And as for Ana (and anyone in Ana's position), don't beat yourself up if the name scheme didn't click before. It's been one of those funny things, where every single page in which Puddle's name is mentioned ends up being the first time somebody realizes. And I thought that it was delightfully ironic for Ana to be the last to pick up on it, at least in the meta sense. Because very similarly, every single page Ana is on is the first time somebody realizes she has two different colored eyes (also known as heterochromia). O_O

So, how long did it take you to pick up on Puddle's name or Ana's eyes? Be honest. It's okay; there's not judging here. ^_^

(Oh, and yes. I've already kinda said this, but just to confirm: everyone who was going to show up at this party, has arrived. No sudden late arrivals. We're just working with who's here.)

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Guest 9th Jun 2021, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
I thought that puddle was named for being a puddle of fur not a joke about Rain.
Selena 000 9th Jun 2021, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Selena 000 9th Jun 2021, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
... truly a reveal of open secrets this page
NotoriousJeandarme 9th Jun 2021, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Okay, this one introduced two different things I hadn't yet realized, but kind of saw once the idea had been brought to light.
Willow13 9th Jun 2021, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
Didn't notice Ana kinda figured Puddle
AliAngel500 9th Jun 2021, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
I was today years old when i Realized that Rain and Puddle was a joke and Ana Had Heterochromia (Which i totally didn't look back to notice)
Lunella 9th Jun 2021, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
I was today years old when I learned both of these things.

Also...... heterochromia squad!
LadyAnastasia 9th Jun 2021, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
Diakko 9th Jun 2021, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
How did I not realize this?!
Eva Grimm 9th Jun 2021, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
I've been reading Rain for years, and though I caught Ana's Heterochromia, I am embarrassed to say I didn't pick up on the Rain/Puddle pun ^_^; It's especially bad since I love puns!
Kris 9th Jun 2021, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
Huh, I never noticed the hetochromia but I've also never looked that close either
Alison 9th Jun 2021, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
I was today years old when i realized the connection between puddle and rain XD
Zero 9th Jun 2021, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Never picked up on the name scheme... I always thought Puddle was a funny name, but the dots did not connect...

But I did notice Anna's heterochromia as soon we got a close-up look at her whole face. My screen's on the smaller side, so things like eye color aren't always easy to discern in group shots (such as like this page for example).

Small details I pick up on pretty quick being detail-oriented. Subtle naming puns? That can take me a bit, lol.

CuteZoeyMonster 9th Jun 2021, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Same Ana
erebuslost 9th Jun 2021, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
I was today years old before I realized either of these things.
Neelix 9th Jun 2021, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
I first noticed Ana's Heterochromia when the cover page for Chapter 31 went up. (

Got to be honest though, I somehow never made the connection between the names Rain and Puddle until it was pointed out on this page. Go figure.
Some Ed 9th Jun 2021, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
That cover page was when I noticed Ana's eyes. I noted the connection to Puddle's name much earlier. I'm not sure if it was when Puddle was introduced or if it was some time after that.

However, I did not know until today that Rain was aware of the connection. I had thought it could have been some joke Jocelyn had that she could have made her main character oblivious to.
Neelix 10th Jun 2021, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
-LOL- Given that Rain almost certainly chose both names that seems unlikely, but if by chance Rain herself had not made the connection before now it's possible she still hasn't, given that she doesn't appear on this page so might not be listening to this conversation. ;-)
Some Ed 11th Jun 2021, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
I've read some comics where some of the most obvious name puns were completely lost on the characters, including the characters purportedly responsible for the names.

I will admit that most of those comics have been of the "everything is translated because the story is of an otherworldly culture and I think I'd lose the audience if I invented another language for them especially since I've no idea how to do that" variety. Still, there have been at least a couple of exceptions where everyone was speaking English, it happened in this world or an analogue, and the referenced things were in the world also. So I try my best to not assume.
bgb16999 9th Jun 2021, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
It took me a few years to realize the Rain/Puddle naming connection. And I love meta jokes so I laughed at this page:)
Staren 9th Jun 2021, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
...I didn't get it until you pointed it out. Oh my god.
Oz 9th Jun 2021, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
I use to see Ana has heterocrhomia but even when people were talking about it on this pannel, the little bits of colors on her eyes are toosmall for me to see the difference !

Lynn 9th Jun 2021, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
Oh my god, how did I never pick up on that?! I just thought "Puddle" was a cute (if odd) name. This is absolutely amazing.

I also have to admit that I didn't notice Ana's heterochromia for the longest time either, but for whatever reason I don't tend to pick up on just about anyone's eye color in real life, either.
ever-present guest 9th Jun 2021, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
I found out about Ana's heterochromia from reading the comments, but Puddle's and Rain's names being connected is not something i had read anywhere or realised myself.

However, this does bring up an interesting point! Puddle was 2 years old at the start of the comic (according to the Characters page). Assuming Rain named Puddle not too long after he was born, that means Rain picked her name at least around 2 years before attending St Hallvard. I'd guess that this might be something already known to readers of the books' bonus chapters, but I think it's new information to me.
Neonshi 9th Jun 2021, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
I noticed Ana's eyes when she was first introduced, however, it was today I realized the connection of Puddle's name.....
chrystal_dark 9th Jun 2021, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
And there I was thinking it was because he wasn't properly house trained...! *hides*
Xalofar 9th Jun 2021, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
Didn't notice for Puddle : "Sorry, I'm french" :p
But the eyes of Ana… why didn't i see it?!?
Guest 9th Jun 2021, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
I didn’t notice either of those, in fact I never noticed eye color at all. Here are my guesses at most of the relevant characters’ eye color:

Rain: Green (confirmed through text around chapter 28ish by Aiken)
Gavin: Blue
Maria: Brown
Rudy: Brown
Chanel: Brown
Ryan: Blue
Emily: Green
Debbie: Brown
Holly: Brown
Allison: Green
Ky: Blue
Heather: Blue
Jessica: Brown
Fara: Blue
Vincent: Blue
Aiken: Green
Kellen: Blue

Jocelyn 9th Jun 2021, 2:41 PM edit delete reply

Rain: Green
Gavin: Brown
Maria: Blue
Rudy: Blue
Chanel: Green
Ryan: Brown
Emily: Green
Debbie: Brown
Holly: Brown
Allison: Brown
Ky: Brown
Heather: Brown
Jessica: Brown
Fara: Brown
Vincent: Gray
Aiken: Green
Kellen: Green
arkathenia 9th Jun 2021, 2:18 PM edit delete reply
Awwwww, Rain and Puddle <3 Don't worry, Ana. I took several months to pick up on that, too! <3
arkathenia 9th Jun 2021, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
Also, that sky is getting really dark. We might have two Rains, soon <3
Chrissy 9th Jun 2021, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
This is supposed to be a nice, drama-free chapter. The author just wants to keep putting us in suspense of possible drama...
Discoh 9th Jun 2021, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
oh my god, I never picked up on that either! o~o
I knew about Ana's heterochromia, but in fairness it is pretty hard to notice. It only ever takes up like two pixels, if it's even visible at all.
Monika 9th Jun 2021, 3:59 PM edit delete reply
I never noticed either :D
SureenInk 9th Jun 2021, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
... Today is the first page where I discovered both the name pun and Ana's heterochromia haha
Anna Gartlin9 9th Jun 2021, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
Anna Gartlin9
ana's (no did not steal the name) eyes: was i think a few pages ago (tnx comments).

puddels name: after reading this page the second time lol.
Haelwenn (lanodan) 9th Jun 2021, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
OMG I didn't catch the joke on puddle's name after so many years of reading this comic (easily 7+ years) either.
Guest 9th Jun 2021, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
Swift 9th Jun 2021, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
I was today years old for both of those things. o_o
Chloe 9th Jun 2021, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
I never picked up on the Rain/Puddle joke until this page dropped either.
InfinityGirl 9th Jun 2021, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
Have I been reading this comic since 2014? Yes.
Have I reread this comic in its entirety multiple times? Yes.
Have I bought and experienced the physical volumes? Yes.
Did I make the connection between the names Rain and Puddle before this page? Absolutely Not
Lexi 10th Jun 2021, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
Kalen 10th Jun 2021, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
I had always thought it was a Stargate reference, because bunnies jump, so the bunny was a puddle jumper.
Chrissy 10th Jun 2021, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
I think that'd be a SG Atlantis one... That's where the puddle jumper is....
shimmy 10th Jun 2021, 2:30 AM edit delete reply
This whole time ive been pronouncing puddle slightly diffrently so i never made the connection.

i wanna explain so here it goes. jews right? so me. and my fam. So, brother's name is Judah, and we call him yudy, but also they got the nick name yuddle, and after that got the nick name puddle, but not like the water thing, like, diffrent.
I wish i words good.
Absentia 10th Jun 2021, 3:21 AM edit delete reply
i noticed Ana's heterochromia

but how IN THE WORLD did i never pick up on Puddle's name!!!???
doombird 10th Jun 2021, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
When I was a kid I had a white rabbit named Cloudy, and..... just putting that out into the universe.

[pumping fist and quietly chanting in the corner] SECOND BUN. SECOND BUN. SECOND BUN
Rebecca Marie 10th Jun 2021, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
I just wanted to share this song I found as a trans girl living with abusive parents after trying to come out as a girl this song has became my go-to to feel better about myself
Kuro Corrin 10th Jun 2021, 12:45 PM edit delete reply much fun must be had with jokes that still keep giving over so many years. Been following for since before the last few hiati, but the full weight of Puddle just dawned.

Had Ana's eyes though; hard to see in small pages on a big monitor, but still. Wonder how common it is in real life...
RubyRuthNeal 10th Jun 2021, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
Nearly 5 years of reading Rain since the beginning of my own transition and the "rain puddle" thing never clicked...... like totally "Whoosh!" right over my head. I always presumed the name "Puddle" probably came from him peeing on the floor a lot when Rain first got him. Oftentimes, a new pet's first behaviors influence the choice of name they'll given.

I picked up on Ana's heterochromia pretty quickly.... as I was also just discovering the heterochromia / genertic chimerism connection at the very same time as I was trying to learn why my own eye colors changed as soon as I began HRT, and soon learned that I am also a chimera.
Tepro 10th Jun 2021, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
bandana_girl 11th Jun 2021, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
I didn't even realize any of the characters had eye colors, much less Ana having two different ones. These are new and interesting times.
Gabi 11th Jun 2021, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
Same here, I had to stop and look carefully to see what colors Ana's eyes were... But that was a while ago when I read someone else's comment on the subject.
Lemonado Girl 11th Jun 2021, 4:56 AM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Speaking of bunnies, I'm taking a summer class virtually rn and the professor has two bunnies, they're both adorable
Keiya 12th Jun 2021, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
Huh, I didn't notice Ana's eyes! My only defense is that I read through on my phone so her eyes are pretty small XD
Queen Wolfen 12th Jun 2021, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
OK see, Ana is NOT the last to pick up on that pun, because I only just noticed it myself, and it had to be spelled out for me too. o_o
Also didn't notice the heterochromia either, so bonus points, I guess..?
guest 13th Jun 2021, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Haha I've been reading the comic for 7+ years and I never realized this!
Emily 17th Jun 2021, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
Yup, for sure never picked up on the heterochromia or puddle/rain ~ not the most observant person.
ValeryGraciela 13th Dec 2021, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
Heh, in my defense, I did thought Puddle was just a cute pet name, and I had to look up the meaning of the word (because spanish is my first language), and I also felt dumb for not picking it up earlier xd
JustRaining 11th Aug 2022, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
OMG! I realized Ana's eyes on one of the first pages she arrived, but Rain and Puddle just came to my mind in the moment it popped into Ana's mind 🙈
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