Comic 1399 - Spacing Out

17th Aug 2021, 1:18 PM in Ch. 42 - One Day at a Time
Spacing Out
Average Rating: 5 (16 votes)
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Jocelyn 17th Aug 2021, 1:18 PM edit delete
Okay, welcome back, Rain Beaus. Sorry again for the months long hiatus in the middle of a chapter. It was important and necessary, but I'm still glad it's over and I can get back to posting. XD

Random fact: this page was originally going to be the last one to go up before the hiatus, but my biggest problem a couple months ago was a complete lack of focus and motivation, and that first panel was just killing me. And apparently my computer too; I don't feel like it's really all that busy (especially compared to some later pages), but my computer really chugged through this one. This also explains why some characters are missing. If you're thinking, "where's Blair or Isaac or Frank?" The answer is, "my computer was being fussy." If you want, you can probably easily imagine some contextual reasons for them not to be present, though. Line for the bathroom. Making popcorn or gathering snacks for the show. Take your pick. ^_^

Anyway as a result, between my low mood at the time and then the frustration of my computer being inexplicably slow; I couldn't get it done in time. It's okay, though. In hindsight, I think the previous page worked better as a drop off point, and this one works better at new starting point.

Anyway, you might notice I've posted this Wednesday page on a Tuesday (in my time, at least; I guess it's probably Wednesday somewhere). I have a dental appointment tomorrow morning, and I'll likely be sedated out of my mind, and probably not fit to post for most of the day. But I also wanted to come back on a Wednesday (rather than Monday or Friday) for optimal flow of the story, so rather than push the return date back yet another week when I'm raring to go, I decided to post early just this once.

To be clear, this is a one time thing. Friday's post will still be on Friday. Next Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's posts will still be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday respectively. It's just the one time. :P

Other than that, not much else to say except welcome back, and I hope it'll be worth the wait.

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

One last thing, I included this in the blurb of the preview post, but I do need help so I don't want it to get too buried. I hate asking for money, but I've set up a GoFundMe to help me try and get my teeth fixed.

If you can help, great. If you can't, no worries! Remember, even just sharing the link can be a huge help!
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Katie-- 17th Aug 2021, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
Welcome back Jocelyn! <3
bgb16999 17th Aug 2021, 1:54 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, if there were a TV adaption of Rain produced by a big studio (and not by a small team on Youtube) then I'd be worried it would not live up to the source material.
Evlen 17th Aug 2021, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
lol Rudy is crushing on Ryan along with Allison on Rain
Chrissy 17th Aug 2021, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Yep. Her old crush hasn't completely gone... Maybe she's not as straight as she thought....
Jazmin 17th Aug 2021, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
Absolutely STUNNING page, from the shot with so much of your wonderful cast in it, to the smallest detail of each person's expression and stance(rudy, we see you!)it really is amazing and at least for me, made my day! Thank you so much for all you do, and I agree, this is a great starting point =D
elaine_awesome 17th Aug 2021, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
Welcome back!!! What a lovely surprise :) Also that first panel is just... *chef's kiss*

What is Allison flashing back to? I don't remember that page
E 17th Aug 2021, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
It's not a flashback ;)
Kinkajou 17th Aug 2021, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
She's not flashing back to anything. I think she just thinks Rain is really cute while saying that.
Pip 17th Aug 2021, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
It's not a flashback, she's spacing out and staring at Rain... maybe having Feelings (TM)?
Some Ed 19th Aug 2021, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
I think she's unlikely to be staring at Rain, given the seating arrangement in the establishing shot. But she is trying.

Since she's failing and Ky doesn't know the history, Ky's probably thinking Allison is looking at Ana's knees, or maybe at the wall between Ana and Fara. That doesn't seem like a normal place for someone to look, so she's asking about it.

But as far as the penultimate panel goes, I think she's having a 2/3rds of a panel flashback, to when she was dating a pre-comic, pre-transition Rain.
Jocelyn 19th Aug 2021, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
@Some Ed

I think she's unlikely to be staring at Rain, given the seating arrangement in the establishing shot. But she is trying.
Allison is exactly looking at Rain. The fourth panel is intended to establish this, with the fifth panel confirming it.

I think she's having a 2/3rds of a panel flashback, to when she was dating a pre-comic, pre-transition Rain.
To confirm, flashbacks in Rain are always in black and white (for instance). So rest assured, this is no flashback, as what Rain says in panel 5 is her natural response to what Fara is saying in the one before.

It's also woth noting that Allison never dated Rain, pre-comic, pre-transition, or otherwise. They both liked each other, but their respective anxieties prevented anything from ever happening. She even expressed envy to Ruby's past relationship with Rain in the past.
doombird 17th Aug 2021, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
Welcome back!! You do such awesome work. Love how everyone in the group shot definitely has their own whole world going on and is reacting to different things.

You mentioned earlier about major dental work! Is that what's happening tomorrow? Are you still gonna post a GoFundMe for crowdfunding? Can we just hit up your venmo, and then you're totally not asking us for money so it's totally fine??!

Jocelyn 17th Aug 2021, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

You mentioned earlier about major dental work! Is that what's happening tomorrow?
Yeah. The first of a few parts is happening tomorrow. My mouth is a mess, so it's gonna be a bit of a process. Tomorrow, it's gonna be fillings and deep cleaning. I'll have further appointments in the near future for extractions and several route canals as well. It's all a bit harrowing, but it needs to get done.

Are you still gonna post a GoFundMe for crowdfunding? Can we just hit up your venmo,
The GoFundMe is live here. As for Venmo, I... am embarrassed to say I actually hadn't thought of that. I only used it once like two years ago to send money, so I'm not quite sure how it works anymore. I may have to get back to you on that, but it's a really good idea!
doombird 17th Aug 2021, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
Oof that's a lot - but I wish you the best and hope it goes super well! This is the energy I wish for you:

Thanks for the crowdfunding link!! Wow it's doing so well, boy is our entire system a terrible nightmare or WHAT but I can tell ppl super care about you and that is rad <3 best of luck tomorrow!!
Shipper on Deck 17th Aug 2021, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
Anna Gartlin9 17th Aug 2021, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
Anna Gartlin9
he a new page, yep still great.
now serious i hope you had a productive break from the comic and i hope the rest of the story is as great as ever. <3
Kyla 17th Aug 2021, 6:33 PM edit delete reply
Why was my first thought after seeing the last panel was;
(Hmmm are we going to get a polyamorous relationship?)
Fourth Nate 18th Aug 2021, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
We do already have *a* polyam relationship cluster- did you see Blair's charts at the beginning of the pool arc?
Kyla 18th Aug 2021, 4:10 PM edit delete reply
To be more specific I mean with Rain, Emily and Allison 😉
Some Ed 19th Aug 2021, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
I think Allison is hoping for that. But there's two other people whose opinions matter that we haven't really heard much from.

If I recall, Rain still associates Allison with some of the trauma from being in the closet. That's not an insurmountable hurdle, but she's almost certainly going to be reluctant to go there because of it.

I'm not sure that Emily knows of Allison's interest. It's possible it's come up and I forget, or it was a minor enough disclosure it was handled off-panel.

But a more important detail is I don't think that Allison and Emily really know each other. It's very awkward to have a triad with two of the people not really knowing each other - but being in the same social circle.

I've heard of a triad working in which two people didn't really know each other, but were both up for having the third person have a relationship with this other person they knew. However, that's difficult, and I've since heard that it broke down shortly after I heard about it because those two people met... There were reasons why they'd been OK not knowing, relating to their insecurities, and it just didn't work with them knowing.
Chrissy 19th Aug 2021, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
I have a feeling that won't work.... I got the feeling that was part of why Emily and Blair aren't together anymore....
Absentia 19th Aug 2021, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
no, Emily was completely accepting of Blaire. the problem was Emily still wanted to act like the "perfect girl" for her mom and Blaire wanted both of them to come out as pan, which would have ruined that reputation for her.
TK 21st Aug 2021, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
Well maybe completely accepting later on, but in pages where Emily noticed how Blair started acting more polyam, dancing with other people n stuff, she didn't appear to take it well and seemed sad.
Absentia 22nd Aug 2021, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
she knew he was pan before the dance. she was sad because he had just broken up with her. it had nothing to do with his orientation.
Chrissy 22nd Aug 2021, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
That's exactly what I was refering to. Even back then, and even though she wasn't ready to come out, I don't think she had an issue with Blair being pan, but more of an issue with poly. She seemed kinda upset with the prom flashback of Blair and Isaac dancing...
Lilian 17th Aug 2021, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
I am now the exact same age and the exact same amount of time into hrt as Rain is. Thank you so much for the euphoria boost your comic has given me over the years Jocelyn! <3
Kinkajou 17th Aug 2021, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
Yaaaaay Rain is back!
Oooh Allison - that's not "just spacing out". OOOOOOOOH.
In all seriousness though, I might see some trouble coming from this. If Allison's still in love with Rain, and Rain seemingly only into Emily, that could get... awkward. And might cause more heartbreak for Allison.
Pip 17th Aug 2021, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
AWESOME page, I love it! Worth the wait and I hope you're doing better <3

Also it's Wednesday here ;)
(Love from Aotearoa New Zealand xoxo)
Absentia 18th Aug 2021, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
you know, something tells me Allison isn't as straight as she thinks she is...
Adama 18th Aug 2021, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
I assumed Frank was sitting next to Gavin's dad just off camera.
Jennifer 'Schism' Kayla 18th Aug 2021, 2:47 AM edit delete reply
Nope, nope, nope. Allison is <i>absolutely</i> as straight as a nail</a>. Heavens, she <i>told</i> us that, remember?

Why, look at this page. Seems like it's pretty clear cut that she's utterly straight, and not still attracted to her, right? ...right?

So there's <i>no chance whatsoever</i> that she would have a crush on Rain still, after all this. Why, that would be ridiculous.
Neelix 18th Aug 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
Welcome Back, Jocelyn. :-)

That first frame is so crowded I really wasn't surprised not to see the whole group in it. I figured the rest were probably sitting out of frame to Trevor's right.

That being said maybe they are looking for more chairs. (Looks like Vincent was the last one standing when the music stopped) ;-)
Some Ed 19th Aug 2021, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
Considering that at least three people are sitting on the floor, I feel like musical chairs would be an odd game for them to be playing. But they certainly could be looking for more chairs.
NotoriousJeandarme 18th Aug 2021, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
The cliffhanger would have left me frothing at the mouth for months on end if it had been the last posted before hiatus. It's only just returning, but already this thing is making me write theories at a scale large enough to make MatPat blush. Good to see you're back!
Fourth Nate 18th Aug 2021, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
What a great page!
Look at Rudy blushing!
Long-Time Lurker 18th Aug 2021, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
This page is fantastic, especially that first panel! I'm glad you waited until you felt it was ready. <3
Tokuben 18th Aug 2021, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
Nice to see you back in action.
Sarah 18th Aug 2021, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Wonder what Anna is looking at, or who she's talking to.
Doomblob 18th Aug 2021, 12:39 PM edit delete reply
HUZZAH! Good to see this back, hope dental stuff goes well!
Julia_ 18th Aug 2021, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
Ah yes, straight Allison. This looks interesting :)
Alexi Rose 18th Aug 2021, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
Heck yeah, Rain is back!!! Cant wait for more
Pseudonym 18th Aug 2021, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
I like Ana's look of having her hood up with no pants, but it still throws me every time I see it.
WhoDoesn'tKnew 18th Aug 2021, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Hope the dental went well. I know some people who are deathly scared of the dentist, but finally overcame it. Took a lot of work to get back to normal and healthy.
Jocelyn 18th Aug 2021, 11:32 PM edit delete reply

It did go well, fortunately. I was asleep through most of it. My mouth still feels weird, and basically all I've done is sleep today since (and I'm probably just going to go back to sleep again soon). But also, the situation inside my mouth - while still in need of a lot of work - has seen a marked improvement. :)
Alexi Rose 18th Aug 2021, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
I was wondering, is there a discord for this?
Jocelyn 18th Aug 2021, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
@Alexi Rose

There is. ^_^
Xalofar 19th Aug 2021, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
As Expected… Ky Roxxe!
Come on Allison! Too late for a crush on Rain!
RyeBread 19th Aug 2021, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
I started reading this comic 4 days ago, and now that I'm all caught up for now I wanted to say thank you! As someone who came out as trans only in the last year at 30, I wish I had known about this 10 years ago. You've helped me and I'm sure you've helped a ton of other people as well. I'm looking forward to seeing more pages in the future! :3
stag 19th Aug 2021, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
Hello! before, during the hiatus, I was going to say "This might sound a little harsh, but the best motivational quote I can give is 'CHILL'" Now, I have to think of something else! er.... um.... Have a nice day!

Oh hi I'm back. The new quote is... Have fun doing stuff!
Alex_Just_Puked 20th Aug 2021, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
I love this series!
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