Comic 1443 - Eleven Years of Rain

29th Nov 2021, 8:40 AM in Special
Eleven Years of Rain
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)
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Jocelyn 29th Nov 2021, 8:40 AM edit delete
After eleven years, what do I even say except thank you for sticking with me through it all. It's been a heck of a journey and I'm grateful to have been able to share it with you all. I'm even more grateful that you all cared. Thank you! ^_^

We are near the end of Rain's story, but I do want to stress that that's not the "end", per se. Rain isn't going anywhere. If I can help it, the comic will always be available to read online. As long as DeviantArt and Comic Fury continue to exist, there's no reason for me to take it down myself. I'm more likely to add it to more sites in the future than I'd ever be to remove it (better safe than sorry after SmackJeeves' demise a few years ago, right?).

I also still have to release two more volumes which means at least two more bonus chapters. So even when it's done, it's not done. XD

And after all this time, it's impossible to detach myself from these characters. So if you like seeing Rain and her friends, keep an eye out! You'll probably keep seeing them from time to time even after the story is over. From random doodles, to cameos/references/crossovers with future works, to plenty of other projects down the line.

So, I know it's sad to think of Rain's story wrapping up soon, but it's not really the end. It's just the start of the next journey. And I hope you'll join me for that as well. ^_^


Thank you, once again. Whether you started reading Rain eleven years ago, or you just found it yesterday, thank you for all your love and support. This comic has been life-changing for me, and I hope it's left at least a little bit of a positive impression on your life as well.

As always: stay safe and stay healthy. I love you all. Have a wonderful day!


Also, I hope this doesn't ruin the moment, but there's still sales going on if you're interested and able.
You can get 30% off all print products at Lulu (like, say, Volumes 1-5 of Rain), if you use the coupon code, SAVE30. This runs from now until Monday, the 29th!
You can also hop on over to RedBubble, and use the coupon code, CYBER5 to get anywhere from 20-60% off of everything. This deal will be running until Tuesday, the 30th!
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jgrace 29th Nov 2021, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
Tokuben 29th Nov 2021, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
I am really going to miss her.
jgrace 29th Nov 2021, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
same :(
Lisa 29th Nov 2021, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Amazing how long the story has been for, btw after you finish Rain, what will be your next proyect?
Jocelyn 29th Nov 2021, 9:17 AM edit delete reply

I plan to make some announcements very, very soon. Likely before Chapter 44 starts. ^_^

Stay tuned!
Lisa 29th Nov 2021, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
I'll be looking forward to it!
someone_else 29th Nov 2021, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Let me guess: Rain the Animated Series and Black Wing Kaminari in any form.
TK-Dragon 29th Nov 2021, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
11 years already. Doesnt feel like that long, maybe cause I was only following it for 3, but still. Congrats on 11 years of Rain and 11 more of whatever else you make!
someone_else 29th Nov 2021, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
If Rob McKenna had this kind of rain he wouldn’t be a grumpy bastard.
Anna 29th Nov 2021, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
Unexpected Hitchhikers.
Lexi 29th Nov 2021, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Happy Rainiversary!
mio 29th Nov 2021, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
I’ve followed the comic since around April/May 2011.

It blew my mind when I realized Emily has been dating (or at least friendly towards) Rain for so long. In my head, it was a recent thing but it’s really not.

I read this book as I was trying to find the name of what I even was. I knew my feelings but I was a middle schooler who was in a very sheltered and bigoted family.

Someone on Yahoo Answers led me to SmackJeeves and I’ve been a regular reader since.

From not evening knowing what trans was to being fully transitioned, stealth. It’s nuts. This story has been part of my life for damn near half of it lol.
Tanny 29th Nov 2021, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
11 years? I could have sworn I was reading Rain in HS and that was 13 years ago... Maybe I'm just going senile. XD
Jocelyn 29th Nov 2021, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

Technically, I've had the character of Rain (as well as some of the supporting cast) since 2004. Some of that older art is on DeviantArt, dating back to a few years before the comic started. Is it possible you're thinking of that?

But I can say with confidence that Rain, the comic as we know it today, began in November 2010. :)
Sapphire Shield 29th Nov 2021, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Sapphire Shield
Jocelyn I really have to thank you so much for keeping Rain alive for all these years. You've helped me in no small part to understand and come to terms with myself in discovering that I'm Non-Binary. Again thank you so very much. <3
Zackwell 29th Nov 2021, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
I remember when you first announced this comic. I think it was on RPG RPG Revolution? I've honestly followed it the whole way through and it's strange to think that it's been so long. Really well done~
Jocelyn 29th Nov 2021, 12:25 PM edit delete reply

Whoa! RPG RPG Revolution! That's a blast from the past. I haven't thought of that place in forever. XD

Thanks for following along since that far back! ^_^
Fs 29th Nov 2021, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
Are the volumes only for sale physically, or can I buy them digitally somewhere as well?
Side note: links to those stores would be wonderful to put in the FAQ, I was looking for them a few months ago and couldn't find anywhere to purchase the volumes!
LemonDrizzle 29th Nov 2021, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
I don't know if links work in the comments but it looks like you can get print volumes in the link at the end of today's description (my attempt at linking it below)
Fs 29th Nov 2021, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, that's why I was asking about digital volumes. I much prefer to read webcomics like this on my tablet. I'll buy the physical volumes if that's the only way to get them, but I do prefer digital.
bgb16999 2nd Dec 2021, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
AFAIK there are no digital versions available (I've been asking for them for years.) IIRC, Jocelyn said there was a possibility (not a guarentee) that she would make digital versions of books 6 and 7 at the same time as the print versions, and then go back and make digital versions of the older books.
Katherine 29th Nov 2021, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
11 years! I feel like Razelle at the end of Willow asking "Has it really been so long?"

what a journey with a comic that has spoken to me so many times in so many ways, but even with it ending soon, there's still the Animated Series and this mysterious next project to look forward to!

congratulations on this truly incredible achievement
Lilian Rose Tyra 29th Nov 2021, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
I’m going to have to do a complete re-read of this entire comic again real soon. This comic helped me through a dark time when I first found it and I’ve absolutely loved it. Looking forward to the final chapter ❤️
BlakenAsh 29th Nov 2021, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
I'm so glad to have been here for most of them. I read quite a lot of Rain, but not on a weekly basis. I'll wait a few months once the Rain Delays hit, and then binge them in one go on my off days, when I'm feeling down about myself and my AFAB genderfluid gender woes. It never fails to brighten my day refocus my views.

But I'm glad I've been around for most of it. It helps me focus on the challenges I personally face, but also the characters and writing are oh so good.

I both love and hate the fact that this coming chapter is going to be the last. Love that the comic will have specific closure, but hate to lose this little peek into the lives of Rain and her entourage, like a Slice of Life coming to an end. I will keep following your projects, and I look forward to what you have in the future.

So congratulations on going strong for 14 years. :)
BlakenAsh 29th Nov 2021, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
*11 years

I realized my mistake right after posting this lmao. Still a hearty congrats! :)
Dave The Squirrel 29th Nov 2021, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
Even if you do wrap up Rain's current story, I like to think that from time to time nostalgia will lead you back to her, so we can see her at various points in her future.
Eule 29th Nov 2021, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
:O Has it really been 11 years?! I have to say, I thank you for keeping this story going to the end and the feelings it brought out that we can connect with. And the discoveries we've made. ^^
I say, congratulations on this feat.

Can't wait for the final chapter as this has been a nice ride to re-read again and fall for it all over again.
Willow13 29th Nov 2021, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
I've only been with rain for a year and a half I think but it's been incredible, and really helped me with working out my own gender stuff. Thank you so much for making this and I wish you all the luck for future projects!
Lana 29th Nov 2021, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
I've already said that I deeply regret not finding this comic earlier. Instead, I offer congratulations for 11 long years of Rain, and for sticking with it after all this time! Do you think it'll feel weird when you move on to the next project, or a relieving change of pace? (Or maybe both!)
Allison (not that one) 29th Nov 2021, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
I'm going to be sad when we reach the end, but I have to commend you for having a definite ending to the story.

IMHO, a good story has to go somewhere, and when it gets there, that is the end of the story. The end is the goal and that goal is what gives the story direction and the scenes in the story meaning. At the risk of making a fool of myself, I'll say that it looks like the "goal" in _Rain_ is for her to become what she said she wanted to be in the first scene: a mommy.

I've read stories (on-line) that go on and on forever, and they get lost in the weeds; they stop being about anything but the need to keep adding chapters.
yagirliris 29th Nov 2021, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
I haven’t commented before, but I’m left with an odd feeling in my chest right now. I knew this announcement was coming, I knew that there’s only one chapter left, and I even knew that I’d end up commenting on this page. But something about the way I feel is something I didn’t expect.

I first came across Rain on deviantart in late 2013. I felt a connection with Rain, but as dense as I was, I didn’t make the complete connection. Life picked up and I hit a point of attempting to repress my feelings again, and I stopped reading. Not to say I stopped thinking about what Rain and her friends were up to. In 2018, I caught back up with the story, and I’ve read each page as it came out since.

When the pandemic started, I gained an opportunity for serious self reflection. And I finally realized why this comic struck a chord with me way back then. (Still kind of miffed it took me so long haha). I came out publicly as Iris a little over a year ago (November 2020), and I started HRT in June of this year. I’m so much happier than I thought I could ever be.

When chapter 43’s last page was posted, I decided to read through the entire comic again. And I was reminded once again just how beautiful of a story you’ve written, Jocelyn.

I remember how you said a few times that when you started this story, you didn’t think it would mean much to anyone. Well I can say, at least for myself, that this story means so, so much to me, in ways probably nobody else will ever know.

So thank you, thank you so much. While the approaching end brings a bittersweet feeling, it’s done so much for so many people.

And I’m so excited to see what comes next. :D
WindandRain 30th Nov 2021, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
Ends are always sad... We love her so much
Absentia 30th Nov 2021, 2:02 AM edit delete reply
i mean, we already know Rain and Magical take place in the same universe thanks to Carmen, so at the very least we could see cameos from there. i'm hoping Ky specifically pops up from time to time, she's my favorite character (basically me but AFAB, so ye :3)
Syter6 30th Nov 2021, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
I'v only been reading this for 2 years, but rain has had some positive impact on my life. I'm gonna miss her, but it's great that the story will actually end
Elliot 30th Nov 2021, 4:01 AM edit delete reply
I’ve been along for the ride for seven years and have known I was trans for six of those years. Rain really helped me when I was a lonely queer teenager in a bad living situation. The comic and the trans commenters here reminded me that I could be okay. That I was going to get out and be okay.
I’ve been out and okay for three years now. Thank you so much, Jocelyn, for your part in helping me get here.
A.Farron 30th Nov 2021, 4:15 AM edit delete reply
I've been following Rain for just over a year, made my first comment when I had caught up to the story at that time. I couldn't be more happy that I found your comic. Funny how I only found it by googling "trans comics" and wound up here. I remember saying how this comic inspired me to go full time and your own personal story got me to reflect on how far I wanted to take my own transition. I feel like I owe you a debt of gratitude for all of this, so thank you, very much from the bottom of my heart. Can't wait to enjoy the final chapter of Rain, preparing myself for how much I'm going to cry.
Maxwell 30th Nov 2021, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
I've been reading since sometime in the middle of "The Flaherty Siblings," so about seven years. I have probably genuinely looked forward to this comic's updates more than any other I read. The way things have all slowly come together over the years has been immensely satisfying; everything fits together so wonderfully. You're a gifted storyteller with a real knack for creating memorable characters.

Thank you for your eleven years of hard work and my seven years of enjoyment. I'm sad to see Rain end, but I'm looking forward to reading anything else you put out.
Noonerboi21 30th Nov 2021, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
I’m certainly gonna miss reading this when it’s done
Candy 30th Nov 2021, 12:22 PM edit delete reply
Just wanted to say that even tho I've been only following a few months, it is great having the routine of checking what Rain and friends are up to every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday :)
j-eagle12212012 30th Nov 2021, 5:26 PM edit delete reply
I still remember when I found this comic
September 16th 2012 the page title was closet

I have been following ever since

Thanks to this comic I've been able to come out of my own closet and started hormones June 2019

Thank you Jocelyn for this amazing story
Xalofar 30th Nov 2021, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
aaaaaah!!! Waiting for Volume 6 ! ( and 7 but I know chapter 44 must be finished :p )
Now i know why i didn't see any news about it :)
gms 30th Nov 2021, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations for 11 years of Rain, Jocelyn! Thank you so much again for this wonderful webcomic! The last chapter really was very emotional and heartwarming especially the reveal of Mr. Bryer as Rain's true father and how Rain has finally managed to stand up to Marcus in her last dream with him. Really can't wait to see how the last chapter will go!
Draca 30th Nov 2021, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
It's been 11 years o.o;;; wow... I remember starting to read this comic when it was around Halloween in the comic or was it Christmas? or Valentine's? I can't remember how long x.x but I do know it's been a Reeeally long time... and yes I know I've been lurking for most of that <.<;;; but I've absolutely LOVED This comic The whole way through
Elliot 1st Dec 2021, 2:06 AM edit delete reply
Hi Jocelyn,

I just wanted to say thank you for this story. I've been reading since Emily's Halloween party, and as it comes to a close I can't believe I've been reading this webcomic since I was 15, just a few months after realizing I was trans. This webcomic meant a lot to me when I was a teenager desperate to see myself in any kind of media, and it means a lot to me now as someone who grew up with (...or faster than) the characters. I'll follow you as an author 'til you decide to stop writing altogether. Have a good day :)
Vera 1st Dec 2021, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
So i only discovered this comic 3 days ago
and binged it
This was such a wild ride
and i absolutely loved every moment of it
and i wish i could go back to reading it for the first time
its definitely one of my favourite if not favourite stories ive read
Summer Bell 1st Dec 2021, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
I started reading your comic about a month or two ago and and just finished that last chapter. And just wow! Crying my eyes out, happy tears.
I started transitioning 6 months ago, but like Rain my mother passed away when I was still young, and didn’t know who I was to become. I never got to come out to her and she never got to see me become the woman I am today. So when Rain got that letter from her (birth father?) it hit me in “ALL” the feels, my eyes won’t stop leaking, but it helped me get a sense of closure. That she would still love me and be so happy and proud of who I’m becoming. And as someone going through the name change process your silly little webcomic inspired me to add my mother’s name to my new middle name and again the water works are floating but thank you for that inspiration.
So from the bottom of my heart thank you for such a powerful, emotional, funny, and lovely story you have a fan for life.

Summer Carroll Bell
Mikey 2nd Dec 2021, 2:17 AM edit delete reply
I spent a lot of time binge reading this comic over the past week when I should have been sleeping. And I'm glad I did. I was surprised to learn a lot about myself, about others, and to really just fall in love with these characters.

While I'm happy that I jumped on near the end, and didn't have to wait to get here, I can't help but wonder what l would have discovered about myself sooner, if I had found this comic when I was younger.

So thanks for all of this. Looking forward to a happy ending.
RubyRuthNeal 2nd Dec 2021, 2:25 AM edit delete reply
This webcomic was crucial in changing my life, and it even gave me my name... after I discovered it at age 54!
I'll be turning 60 in just a few months, so nearly 6 years, or 10% of my lifespan will be with Rain, but 100% of my life will have not been possible had I not found this story.
@Jocylyn, I'll wager you probably never fathomed you'd be impacting peoples' lifes so deeply with your writing. Keep doing it!
cjc333 2nd Dec 2021, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Oooh I know the series is almost over, but Im really waiting to find out about what happens with Kellen! I have a few theories ngl xD
Long-Time Lurker 2nd Dec 2021, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
Wow. I know, intellectually, I discovered it 8-ish years ago but it still feels like it was "just a year or two back". Congratulations on sticking with it so long and so consistently!
indigo 2nd Dec 2021, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
this comic did help me through a very hard time in my life and it's really cool that you were able to produce a piece of art that could do that :)
Embunny01 3rd Dec 2021, 3:58 AM edit delete reply
Oh my. Where to begin. I started reading rain about one and a half week ago. Lots of “maybe should sleep now.. nah just one more page ^^”.

There has been so many things I wanted to say during my binge. Times when I wanted to congratulate you for your achievements, both with the comic, medical progress (surgeries, transition and suchlike) and many other subjects. Times when I wanted to say “Thank you” for spreading awareness about topics and issues, but also (in a selfish way) more importantly for articulating thoughts and experiences that I personally relate to but don’t have the words or right mindset to convey. Thank you for every time I could hand over my phone to my girlfriend and say “this”, thank you for every time I read something and then reread it because it was something that I didn’t even know that I was thinking about.

You have truly written a wonderful story. I am so happy and excited that I can join you and the community for the last chapter. Thank you.

Diana 3rd Dec 2021, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Wow 11 years.... I know I didn't start reading at the very beginning but it was somewhere in like the first few chapters, so I've been reading this comic for 10 years. That's hard to even wrap my mind around.

When I started reading this I was only out to a few friends, I was in a horrible relationship with someone who hated any hint of femininity about me. And at the time, I truely believed, I'd never transition, that there wasn't any point in doing so.

Now I'm married to a wonderful woman who calls me her wife, I'm even stealth to her family, I'm legally me in any way I care about, and the old me is almost forgotten. The idea of how much change has happened in 10 years is mind blowing.

I'm sad about this coming to an end, not having this on my list of webcomics to check for updates is really going to hurt. I've had these characters in my life for so long....

But, I do appreciate you finding a point where you feel the story is over and wrapping it up rather than just leaving the ending hanging... I still occasionally check to see if Venus Envy has updated to this day.

Thank you Jocelyn, Can't wait to see where you go next.
Kyla 3rd Dec 2021, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
I would just like to say that I still have your first copy of the comic with all it's blurryness and I will always love it.

While we don't always see eye to eye on everything I still see you as a friend and a awesome writer and artist.

Can't wait for the final chapter but I also don't want to see it end.
Tramuntana 4th Dec 2021, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
Will that next journey be "Magical"? been waiting since the beggining for that story to continue in some form... Also, the Pokemon-themed one sounds interesting, altough if THAT one is the next one you will probably have to suffer from 10 comments coming from me to ask you again and again for me to make a cameo in some form, EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE.
Feena 5th Dec 2021, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
I remember finding this comic way back in like 2013 and it resonated with me so much. Thank you so much for writing this beautiful story. I just found this again and I’m like holy cow it’s still going, I can’t believe it AND now I see we are close to the final chapter and I’m like, well guess I chose a good time to start the re-reading! Also I plan to buy the books from lulu!
Kristi 6th Dec 2021, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
I just found this comic about 2 weeks ago, but I wish I had found it sooner.

About 15 years ago I had a very bad experience with therapy that made me hide back in the closet. If I had known it was that common, I wouldn't have been so scared to try again. Still struggling to actually contact a therapist, but it least I'm accepting myself again.
maplesyrup2000 6th Dec 2021, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
Congrats on 11 years!! I found this comic from Twitter a few months ago and totally binged it in a few days!! I'm sad that I wasn't here through the years but it's been such an awesome experience. This comic taught me so much about the LGBTQ community, more than I knew before. It prompted me to research about topics I didn't know about. I just wanted to say that you're so amazing at writing characters. All these characters felt so real and relatable as an LGBTQ person in a bad household. Rain has made such an impact on me, and I'll remember her forever <3
Marina 23rd Jan 2022, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
I found this a few days ago.
Sad to see it end so soon after I found it, but, yeah, it feels right.
I'm absolutely getting the full set in print when I get the chnace. This is the sort of this I NEED in my library to share with whoever wants to read it.
Loving it. Nad thanks for making it!
Frisk 10th Feb 2022, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
Hard to believe that it's been 6.5 years for us. Finding and reading Rain on SmackJeeves is what gave us the kick in the pants to set up an appointment to start HRT, so it's truly a huge part of our life... The ups and downs, the orphanage and foster system being our "Marcus" (seeing the glasses break was unbelievably cathartic and I don't quite understand how)... and can't forget the endless waterworks after a few months on hormones, heh.

So here's to Rain, ehn?
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