Comic 1460 - The Next Generation

21st Jan 2022, 8:52 AM in Ch. 44 - And When the Rain Clears...
The Next Generation
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Jocelyn 21st Jan 2022, 8:52 AM edit delete
A lot of people have been asking if this is indeed still St. Hallvard. And a lot of people have also been asking why Rudy (and Fara) would want to teach there and not some more LGBT-friendly school. This page aims to answer both of those questions.

Yes, it is St. Hallvard. And they both want to work at this school explicitly because they know it's not an easy school for the queer and trans students who might wind up there. The ones we knew have all graduated by now, but that doesn't mean St. Hallvard won't have more. Gay kids and trans kids are still going to happen, and they can still find themselves in this school. And Rudy and Fara (and Brother Arthur too, even if he's not in this scene) will be there to help in any way they can. ^_^

Also, this is probably kinda subtle, so I want to address the last panel as well. I haven't actually said the exact date for this chapter as I usually do (beyond six years since the previous chapter). But "Here's to a great year, and I look forward to working together with you" is meant to imply that this is the first day of classes, which would put the current in-story date in early September (that also probably makes today Rudy's first day on his own!). The date will probably be made a little more explicit a bit later, but folks have been asking, so I figured I'd use this opportunity to clarify. :)

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

Also also, on Wednesday, I went to the dentist and had the big appointment I'd spent most of last year saving up for. To give the full story, I took terrible care of my teeth (and hygiene in general) as a kid, because if I couldn't be a "pretty girl", then I definitely didn't want to be a "handsome young man". That came back to bite me later, because it turns out you're working with the same body after transition. I had many cavities, and my four front teeth basically rotted away into stumps due to my early lack of care that I couldn't catch back up to. The good news is that there was basically never any pain. The bad news was that the inside of my mouth has been scary for years, and people have been known to visibly flinch when I talk to them in person.

This is also why none of my selfies have an open mouth or toothy grin. But dental insurance is separate from medical for some reason, and I've just never been financially sound enough to do anything about. So the irony is that while I could get SRS, I'd basically resigned myself to having awful teeth forever.

Then I sort of inherited some money last year, and this was the first thing I thought to do with it. It still ended up requiring a lot more (hence the GoFundMe I had going for a while), but it started me on the path, and for the first time in many years now, I'm not too ashamed to smile (though, I think I have to relearn how). XD

And I just want to wrap this up by saying thank you so much to anyone who helped this happen. Whether through the GoFundMe, or buying the books or merch, or supporting the Patreon or whatever else, I was only able to make this dream come true because of you. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much!

And don't forget to take care of your teeth too! ^_^
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Noraa 21st Jan 2022, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
ValeryGraciela 21st Jan 2022, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
It's good to learn that brother Arthur is still in the scene. I hope we can see him soon, too.

And I'm also very happy for Rudy.

I am also very frustrated with insurance companies, now that I've been working for one in the last month xd
anastacia 21st Jan 2022, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
I love this so much, Rudy and Fara staying back to create a more welcome environment for LGBT+ kids
I really wish I had a Rudy or a Fara when I was younger and unsure of my identity, though I'm happy where I am now
Leona 21st Jan 2022, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Helping each generation be more accepting than the last is an extremely important and worthwhile endeavor, and it's very fitting in a way for the first person to figure out that Rain is trans to also end up helping other trans and gay kids from that same school as well.

Also congrats on finally being able to get your dental work done!!!
YuriaOfLondor 23rd Jan 2022, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
Im not trying to belittle anyone here, and i love rudy but... he only found out because he bumped into her enough to see up her skirt X_X Personally i think he probably would have figured it out anyway but we cant forget that little tidbit XD
Phrown 21st Jan 2022, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
Those are beautiful teeth Jocelyn. Display them with pride.
TK-Dragon 21st Jan 2022, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
It's amazing how despite the fact these pages are probably written a decent bit in advance, they always seem to answer everyone's questions from the previous page.
glmdgrielson 21st Jan 2022, 8:48 PM edit delete reply
I mean, that's probably a natural side effect of the pages being snippets of a continous story. Things aren't always resolved within the boundary of one page. Also I get the feeling Jocelyn is deliberately trying to work in some surprises.
LadyAnastasia 21st Jan 2022, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
Rudy is so cute :3 He's a good bean.
Kyle 21st Jan 2022, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
Are we going to see Ruby helping kids who were like him? Is Brother Arthur still around? What's his status?
Selix 21st Jan 2022, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
In the blurb, she says that Arthur is still there
Kyle 21st Jan 2022, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
That's nice. Still, I'd hope we get an update with him. How he's improved the school on his own.
Absentia 21st Jan 2022, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
well now that we got updates of these two, i can't wait to see who we'll focus on next week.
Damian 21st Jan 2022, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Fara's dressed like Lois Griffin
Vessyra 21st Jan 2022, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
I love how gosh-darn INSPIRED Rudy looks in the second panel
Emma 21st Jan 2022, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
A lovely page, really hit the feels.
someone_else 21st Jan 2022, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Thank you for the current story (and for all of Rain, of course)!

And congratulations for your teeth job. Incidentally yours is similar to the story of the only genderfluid person I know personally. (I would hardly call them a friend, but we’re both on the board of a club.) They had really ugly teeth (also from smoking) and generally was unhappy until they finally came out last year, stopped smoking, had their teeth done and dared to wear what they liked... Fortunately not only their partner was very supportive, but also from our club at least I heard only positive comments.
arkathenia 21st Jan 2022, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
Rudy is such a pure boy, staying there for all the kids who have it hard, having to be in that school. He is so <3
Kristi 21st Jan 2022, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
I understand the teeth problem. My teeth are a nightmare, but I'm slowly working on fixing what my neglect caused. I'm glad you got it done and they look really nice. I hope mine can look that good when I'm done.
j-eagle12212012 21st Jan 2022, 8:12 PM edit delete reply
I like the reasoning behind them teaching there
The world needs more teachers like that
rottenwraith 22nd Jan 2022, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
Hi, long time reader first time commenter.

First off, I love this comic and am sad to see it approaching its end, it was a nice read when still figuring myself out (MTF).

I've got to ask, did Rudy ever apologise for when he shamed Maria for being closeted (whilst dating Rain, essentially going back into the closet), way back, because I've kind of hated Rudy ever since and makes me think here, 'I don't think anyone really needs a Rudy in their life'.
Koamer 23rd Jan 2022, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
When did that happen?
Emma 24th Jan 2022, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
Agreeing with @Koamer I'm not sure when Rudy did this, are you misremembering or have I just not reread in a while? (And if this really happened, Rudy most certainly would've apologized on his own) Do you maybe have a page link?
Infected Genes 22nd Jan 2022, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
Infected Genes
Huh just realised going off Rudy's age at the start of this comic he would be 27 right now in 2022 making him only 2 years younger than me.

I guess I always assumed he was much younger than that.
chrystal_dark 23rd Jan 2022, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
Rain's Make-up:

Um yeah, sorry this is a couple of pages late but I was re-reading may favourite chapters, something I do when I'm bored or need cheering up. And I kind-of kept reading and just now I got t this page...

I probably wouldn't have noticed if Emily hadn't pointed it out. This is obviously a "Chekov's Gun" of some sort.
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