Comic 1459 - Clown

18th Jan 2022, 4:18 PM in Ch. 44 - And When the Rain Clears...
Average Rating: 5 (12 votes)
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Jocelyn 18th Jan 2022, 4:18 PM edit delete
You might have noticed that it is not Wednesday (in the US east coast, anyway), so this page is a little early. I have a big dentist appointment tomorrow morning (the big one I've been talking about for months) that will essentially put me out of commission for the day, and I forgot to announce this was coming. I don't want to screw up the posting schedule (I'm aiming to have the scenes all running through the week this chapter), so I'd rather not just skip the day as I might normally.

Instead, I'm opting to just post a little early. This is going up on Tuesday, but it's the "Wednesday page". And the next page will go up on Friday, as regularly planned. I hope this isn't too big an inconvenience for anyone. ^_^

Anyway, I don't have a lot to say about this one. I don't recall having Fara and Rudy interact that much, but I really like them chatting like this. I think they play off each other well. ^_^

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

Small side note: I hit 2,000 followers on Twitter today. Thank you to those of you among them. I mostly just post links to the new pages there, but sometimes, I also share extra little doodles and thoughts that don't make it anywhere else. For instance:
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Emma 18th Jan 2022, 4:47 PM edit delete reply
I was just coming here to look at the comments one more time, and was like "wait- another page already?" Wishing you luck for your appointment tomorrow, Jocelyn!!
Selix 18th Jan 2022, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
We couldn’t just let that joke end, could we?

In all seriousness, I’m curious to see how this all goes.
We’ll have Rain, Kellen, and Rudy all in the same room for the first time…

Grab your popcorn, everyone.
ValeryGraciela 18th Jan 2022, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Yeah. Totally beating a dead horse after so many years.

Still, it's so lovely. I love how Rudy matured (¿?) over the years. I'm so happy for him.
Alaris 18th Jan 2022, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
Woah, Rudy at St. Hallvard? Never would have guessed he would go back there.

Then again, he will certainly be a good ally for the (oddly high) percentage of LGBT+ students that seem to go through those halls.
Some Ed 19th Jan 2022, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
I've found "oddly high" percentages enough places I've been to suspect that the Kinsey surveys somehow did not actually turn up honest information about how prevalent alternative sexuality is, but shocker it's skewed in the same direction that alternative sexuality deniers would want to skew it.

That said, I know I also have lied to surveys that ask me about my personal preferences, especially when I was asked in the presence of someone I felt would judge me negatively if they knew how I really felt about stuff. I'm not gay, at least to the extent I count as a cis man, so I haven't contributed to any skew on the LGB part of that stuff.

But there's also issues with "does this particular survey actually cover the options that I represent?" Especially back in the 1990s, the answer to that was frequently "no", at least not for the definition of transsexual they provided at that time when I asked. Assuming they even had *that* option on the survey.

Add to this the people who haven't figured themselves out yet, and the whole 10% homosexual, 1% trans numbers seem really weak.

All of that having been said, it's been pointed out frequently that there's another issue with people noting the "oddly high" percentage of LGBT+ students at St. Hallvard. Specifically, in order for a student there to get into the cast of this strip, they need to be significant to Rain. The best way to do that is be LGBT+ and be supportive. So there's a lot of selection bias.
RubyRuthNeal 19th Jan 2022, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
Whenever someone (who I don't really know) asks me (in person) what my preference is I usually rapid-fire back the following 3 questions in the same breath just to see their reaction and if it rattles them / knocks them off balance at least a little bit:

"Why? Are _you_ interested in me? How much income do you earn?" (while batting my eyelashes at the end)
ThisTransGuy 20th Jan 2022, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
It’s not high we are everywhere!
Phrown 18th Jan 2022, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
New Rain is a ice surprise.

I never found that old to be overused. It was used sporadically enough and in various contexts so it didn’t overstay its welcome.
chrystal_dark 18th Jan 2022, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
And an answer to the question of whether they're still at St Hallvard. At least that's the logical conclusion from the line "at the very school you hated for so many years."
AnadiaRose 18th Jan 2022, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
Hey its Wednesday here in Australia. So technically you posted on the correct day here
Arcanist Lupus 18th Jan 2022, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Ooh! We can be dentist buddies tomorrow! I too, am going to the dentist tomorrow, because I apparently have far too many cavities.
Jocelyn 18th Jan 2022, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
@Arcanist Lupus

Best of luck to us both in our toothy endeavors tomorrow, then! ^_^
Kyle 18th Jan 2022, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
If Rudy and Ryan aren't together, I'll die!
abitenum 18th Jan 2022, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
Them both teaching at St. Hallvard was not my first guess after the previous page. Fara was talking about possibly applying to teach at other schools back in Ch. 39, so I would have to assume that thing changed for the better over the years for both to be teaching there. Ch. 35 mentions that there would be a new head of the school the year after Rain et al. graduated, so I hope we get at least some indication how that all that went, and how things are at the school now.
Absentia 18th Jan 2022, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
i'm never gonna complain about early Rain. good luck tomorrow Jocelyn!

now I find it even more fun for Ruby to show up as a teacher on some days.
Vicky_Michelle 18th Jan 2022, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
Am I wrong or do we see Ruby in the last frame? It's surprising how often the female self comes shining through...even when we are not trying to show that side of ourselves.
Vessyra 19th Jan 2022, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
It is so weird seeing Rudy all grown-up. How he matured definitely makes sense, having maintained his silliness and sense of style while picking up some more formal clothes and a man-bun; but after 10 years of him being 15, it's so hard to wrap my head around the idea of adult Rudy, no matter how many times I look at panel one
ThisTransGuy 19th Jan 2022, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
Dentist spacer buddies
TK-Dragon 19th Jan 2022, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
Well I didn't check till wednesday so from my perspective, it's like nothings changed at all.
Tepro 19th Jan 2022, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
I love the whole "where are they now" thing this chapter is doing! It's nice that we get to see what happens to the main cast before the series ends.
Guest 19th Jan 2022, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
I hope that the appointment goes well!
bgb16999 19th Jan 2022, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
Seeing them still working at St. Toxic Culture is...not what I expected. Maybe the learning enviroment has improved in the last six years (and maybe Fara and Rudy helped with that.)

On the other hand, in the real world Catholic schools still routinely fire openly queer employees, and sometimes employees who are known to support their queer relatives. Even if the culture at the local level is better, Fara and Rudy would have to worry about losing their jobs in the blink of an eye if someone higher up the ladder of the church hears about them. Although, maybe the Rainverse version of the Catholic Church is less bad.
Rena 19th Jan 2022, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
I can't help but notice that this hairstyle makes Rudy look a little girly but it suits him
Selix 20th Jan 2022, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
That might be the point…
yet another closeted girl 20th Jan 2022, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
just read thru 11 years worth of comics to be called a clown
WindandRain 21st Jan 2022, 2:25 AM edit delete reply
Best of luck Jocelyn!
Phrown 5th Jul 2022, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Rereading this series I saw how much Rudy understood people and how to act. He’s wise beyond his years.
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