Comic 1458 - Different People

17th Jan 2022, 9:31 AM in Ch. 44 - And When the Rain Clears...
Different People
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Jocelyn 17th Jan 2022, 9:31 AM edit delete
Man bun! :D

I mean, Rudy! XD

And he's a teacher too. If you're completely taken aback and didn't see this coming, we'll go over his reasoning in the next couple pages. This wasn't really foreshadowed or anything (as I've said before, I rarely - if ever - focused on what these kids wanted to do), so don't feel bad if you didn't call it. It does make sense for him though. I know people often relegate Rudy to being little more than an embodiment of chaos and silliness (and yeah, kinda). But also, he's a smart kid and wants to see people being their best selves.

If you're gonna point out, "isn't he a little young to be a teacher?" The answer is a resounding "nope". When I was in tenth grade (repeating Biology after flunking it the previous year), my new teacher was likewise a 22-year old man, just out of college, teaching on his own for the first time. And he was the best science teacher I ever had. I like to think Rudy could actually be a pretty good teacher just like him. ^_^

And if you're wondering about every other character now... Well, patience, my friends. ^_^

For now, enjoy the next few pages of Rudy and Fara.

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Laura Brosens Barros 17th Jan 2022, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
"And if you're wondering about every other character now... Well, patience, my friends. ^_^"

noooooooooo I wanna know about everyone ASAP ;_;
chrystal_dark 17th Jan 2022, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
Yes, Me too!

To reflect some of the other comments further down, Are we going to learn which school they're both teaching at? If it's St H's the place must have seriously changed for Rudy to be teaching there.
Mild Lee Interested 17th Jan 2022, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
Young teachers are awesome! My best teacher ever in highschool was also a young man who taught geography from the perspective of someone only a few years older than me who had actually travelled and made me realise it was possible. (Thank you Mr Clive, you were great!)
Noraa 17th Jan 2022, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
bruh I thought that was fara and just went "why the hell does fara look so young all of a sudden"
Noraa 17th Jan 2022, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
omg im so stupid that is fara
Leah 17th Jan 2022, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
She's less stressed. :)
Adi 17th Jan 2022, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
Right before covid hit and ruined my senior year, my new history teacher was in his 20’s also, I don’t think its as rare as some think
ValeryGraciela 17th Jan 2022, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I didn't see that Rudy could want to be a science teacher. But in a weird way, it makes sense.

Rudy being Rudy, I guess 🤷🏻‍♀️💖
ValeryGraciela 17th Jan 2022, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
On a related note, I think Maria is a fashion designer, Aiken is in fact a lawyer, Kellen is a therapist, and Chanel is still in college.

I can't think what the others are
Phrown 17th Jan 2022, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
I was surprised at first. Then I read your reasoning and realized I only assumed he wouldn’t go for a “serious job”.

That said I bet he also performs in drag. He loves outfits and costumes, he has a female side he loves expressing and his sister even knows a performer to get his foot in the door.
Leona 17th Jan 2022, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
I'm absolutely loving the implication here that Rudy and Fara are co-workers (as it kinda seems like Fara called in from her work, as it's during the day and Rain was just in the middle of wrapping up a recording, while presumably Lydia is at school as well)
Absentia 18th Jan 2022, 2:04 AM edit delete reply
they probably are. unless they happened to meet up right before she called Rain, there isn't much of another reason why they'd be together right now.
j-eagle12212012 17th Jan 2022, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
My best friend and her husband are both teachers and they've been teaching for several years now, my best friend was around 24 when she started teaching
So Rudy being a teacher at 22 is plenty realistic

Syter6 17th Jan 2022, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
*points* PONYTAIL!!!
elle_jay 17th Jan 2022, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
From my experience, science teachers are Best when they're embodiments of chaos.

The only room at my school that had as many holes in the drop ceiling was the tech room with the disk grinder
Kyle 17th Jan 2022, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
My best Rudy's reasoning for being a teacher is to help students like him who are bullied and oppressed.
bgb16999 17th Jan 2022, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
Rudy seems like a good fit for teaching high schoolers.
Chrissy 17th Jan 2022, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
Interesting... Makes me wonder if a character we thought was done in the story after graduation may make another appearance... Is Fara still at St. Hallvard?
RubyRuthNeal 17th Jan 2022, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
So.... are we also gonna get to see _Ruby_ again too? 💃🏻 😁
And please tell us Rudy teaches at a public school or at least a non-religious private school where he has much more freedom and better resources at his disposal to mitigate any institiutional prejudice/discrimination/oppression coming from the administration/ownerership.
Selix 17th Jan 2022, 4:40 PM edit delete reply
It looks like St. Hallvard to me…
Adama 17th Jan 2022, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
I wouldn't think St. Halvard would hire an openly gay teacher. Unless things have changed.
Syter6 18th Jan 2022, 5:07 AM edit delete reply
I mean, they hired fara, and she is bisexual.
Then again, that might not have been widely known
Vessyra 19th Jan 2022, 4:14 AM edit delete reply
We have time skipped from 2013 to 2019, I believe are the dates. There was a decent amount of progress that occurred over that time, and with people like Brother Arthur and Fara willing to help nudge things along, I can definitely see that place having taken a turn for the better over the years
ValeryGraciela 17th Jan 2022, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
Actually, it would be nice if it's St Hallvard. That way he can be more or less like Brother Arthur. And help kids in his situation to feel safe.

But that's my opinion
Chrissy 17th Jan 2022, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
I'm almost wondering with that hairstyle, if the two personas have merged some.... And I swear I saw that exact hairstyle on someone else earlier in the comic, and I want to think it was Maria. In my mind, it's definitely after the slight drawing style change.
Rose Jade 17th Jan 2022, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
Science teacher really makes sense to me; I had a science teacher in y7 and y8 who had a lot of chaotic energy. He was very much part of the group and did whatever he wanted- once we just watched Reggae Shark in a lesson. When his kettle broke, he made his coffee with a bunsen burner. He was also Welsh.

Best teacher I ever had.
MoonWingJ 17th Jan 2022, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
K didn’t expect him to be a teacher. Eh, good for him. :)
TK-Dragon 17th Jan 2022, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Ah I see so this is the route you're going with. The "show different people popping up on the MC's road to the conclusion scene" ending style. I like it.
Fourth Nate 17th Jan 2022, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
I love Rudy being a teacher! I have fond memories of some of my teachers who had great senses of humor. Also digging his style. To be fair, 22 isn't too young to be a teacher, but it does make him a very young teacher
Some Ed 17th Jan 2022, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
Everybody starts doing their job at an age. Unless they have opted for a career path change, they're usually a "very young" whatever they are when they are still at that age.
Guest 17th Jan 2022, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
The fact that he's a SCIENCE teacher, especially, makes this worse for me. Seriously, is there anyone more closely embodying the concept of chaos and silliness than a Science Teacher??
BethofDeath 17th Jan 2022, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
Look at Chaos math, and how it has so many practical applications in the study and short-term prediction of weather, oceanic currents, climate... everything up past complex orbital dynamics to nebula evolution and galactic megaclusters, or down to industrial processes such as alloy creation.

I think you'll find that "science teacher to **teenagers**" is as absolutely perfect a role for such a chaotic-yet-good-hearted person.
Emma 17th Jan 2022, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
Still have my fingers crossed that Rudy is a drag queen 💅👑🏳️‍🌈
Tokuben 17th Jan 2022, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
Maybe he is science by day, drag queen by night.
Absentia 18th Jan 2022, 2:05 AM edit delete reply
even better, drag queen science by day! i can jsut imagine the students' reactions the first time Ruby shows up to teach.
Emma 18th Jan 2022, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
Oh my goshhh yasssss
MelissaAnne 17th Jan 2022, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
Here in Ontario, since OAC's (and before that, Grade 13) were eliminated, you'd typically start University at around 18. Standard requirement for teachers is a 4-year degree + a 2-year B.Ed, but several schools offer concurrent programs, so being a first-year teacher at 22 is certainly possible. I'm not sure how common it is, though, vs. doing them consecutively, or doing like my friend did and working for a couple of years in between.
Some Ed 17th Jan 2022, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
My math teacher my freshman year of high school was something like 25, and she'd been teaching on her own for several years, so she probably started around 22 or so.
Fungo 17th Jan 2022, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Woah. When I started reading 'Rain' I was Rudy's age at the time and now seven years later I'm... Still Rudy's age! Haha!
Damoinion 18th Jan 2022, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
Is Rudy teaching general science or a specialized branch? i.e Biology/Chemistry/Physics et al
someone_else 18th Jan 2022, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
While I didn’t expect Rudy to become a teacher, it fits. Well done.
Xiane 18th Jan 2022, 7:14 AM edit delete reply

Dunno if I'm more shocked he became a teacher... or that he's not a teacher and doing it as Ruby.

Somehow I can see him showing up for work first day in a hot teacher outfit just to screw with his class minds.
Anon 18th Jan 2022, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
Huh I guess school works differently in the States. I don’t think it’s possible to be a teacher this early in Canada unless you graduated high school early.
ElyIndigo 18th Jan 2022, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
I'm not surprised he's a teacher--he's very extroverted and it makes sense he'd want to do something like that. I am surprised he went with science, though, I always thought of Rudy as more of an arts guy.
RangerVI 18th Jan 2022, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
How dare you ask for patience right as I finally catch up >:( I need to know how Maria and Chanel are doing.
Lemonado Girl 18th Jan 2022, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
"Embodiment of chaos and silliness" is fit to describe two subjects of teachers, and Fara's already one of them, so Rudy ending up in the other doesn't particularly surprise me.
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