Comic 1470 - Practice Run

14th Feb 2022, 8:21 AM in Ch. 44 - And When the Rain Clears...
Practice Run
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)
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Jocelyn 14th Feb 2022, 8:21 AM edit delete
So, I hope it's very clear that Gavin is not actually proposing to Ky. I knew I wanted the fakeout to open the page - especially since it's such a great segue from the last page - but I don't want to give anyone the idea that Gavin betraying Ana or anything like that. But I could also see people just focusing on the imagery and glossing over the page title and dialogue.

Sorry, if I caused any confusion. ^^;

Poor Ky, though. Still living the single life (if ever there was proof I don't meticulously plan what days pages go up, I actually felt really bad when I realized they would announce that on singles awareness day). At least, they have some sweet pink hair. Probably one of the more dramatic glowups.

Also, I won't really be focusing on their occupations in this scene, but the thought I had in mind is that Gavin's journalism and Ky's programming aren't doing a lot for them financially at this time, so they actually ended up starting a podcast together, where they talk about these things anyway (and that actually does well!). I always liked their dynamic, so I could see them being business partners like this. And naturally, they both show up on Rain's channel from time to time (and vice versa).

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Rue 14th Feb 2022, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
wow, ky became a programmer, of course they did
Lily 14th Feb 2022, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
Now all that they need are programming socks!
Some Ed 14th Feb 2022, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
Ugh. Not SOCKS. I mean, has anyone ever done anything bad enough to really deserve being subjected to programming SOCKS?

To be clear, I'm not saying that David Koblas and Ying-Da Lee did a bad thing. They had a particularly thorny problem, and their solution eliminated a *lot* of those thorns. Just not all of them. Also, I've found some of the remaining problems to be very frustrating.

I don't have current examples, as it's probably been a decade since I had to deal with those issues.
redbow.kimee 14th Feb 2022, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
As a trans woman and full time programmer, I had to look up what "programming socks" were... Instant regret. Anyways, I'm a little surprised that Ky isnt doing better off with it, idk, maybe they got into indie games or something really hit-or-miss like that. Although I do like the idea of them podcasting with Gavin.

On the whole, it is a rather ironic scene for 'singles awareness day' as Jocelyn called it. I'm also not loving Gavin's beard too much, but, ehh, its his face... Anyways lets get Ky programming sockets. Far more dignified, in my opinion.
Chrissy 20th Feb 2022, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm.... Is there something wrong with working with the Socket Secure (or SOCKS) protocol??
Leona 15th Feb 2022, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
I don't think they're talking about the act programming socks, they mean wearing really long socks while you're programming, which is a trope for non-binary and trans programmers to wear
Chrissy 21st Feb 2022, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
I know. Just trying to derail the ranting.
Selix 14th Feb 2022, 2:18 PM edit delete reply
The enby programmer trope deserves a long life. But yeah Ky seems to fit the job
Allison (not that one) 14th Feb 2022, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
What?? There's a trope that programmers are enbies (or enbies are programmers.)?

I'm kind of enby -- non-binary in my soul, but living and presenting as trans femme, because explaining non-binary to everyone I meet is too much of a hassle -- and I did make my living programming (well, until I retired.)

So, do I fit the trope?
Leona 15th Feb 2022, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
The trope is that Non-binary people who program have striped socks that go practically all the way up their legs, and they're called their "programing socks". The purpose of those socks is to be super comfortable and low effort to put on, and are supposed to be ideal when you're just at home sitting at the computer all day and just want a comfortable low effort outfit
Oz 14th Feb 2022, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
for a hot second i thought Gavin was really proposing to Ky and thought "WHAT ????? Crackship !!! But i m still living for this"
chrystal_dark 14th Feb 2022, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Looks like someone hasn't been shaving again!

While it is nice to see on "singles awareness day", I get the feeling this would have worked better on April 1st! Seriously, you had me worried for a second!

And oh well so much for the good ship Aliky...!
Absentia 14th Feb 2022, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
i like to think that the moment he graduated, he never shaved a single other day in his life specifically to spite the school.
Vikki McD 15th Feb 2022, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
I'd expect a longer beard if he hadn't shaved in six years...
Absentia 15th Feb 2022, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
not necessarily. i know when i grow mine out, it grows to a certain length and then basically stops because the hair curls so much it jsut tangles up instead of being longer. maybe Gavin is the same way.
redbow.kimee 14th Feb 2022, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
April first is going to be a Rain Delay where Gavin proposes and Ky actually accepts instead of panicing.
Absentia 15th Feb 2022, 2:08 AM edit delete reply
April first is going to be a Rain Delay where Gavin proposes to Rudy and Rudy accepts.
Lentrax 14th Feb 2022, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
I see that Gavin never managed to get past the "overthinking everything" thing of his.
NotoriousJeandarme 14th Feb 2022, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
And of course they've got the pink hair.
Now the only core character left to appear in this chapter is Emily... (unless I forgot someone, which is only too likely)
Jocelyn 14th Feb 2022, 9:31 AM edit delete reply

We're still waiting on Maria and Chanel too. ^_^
The Aussie Bloke 14th Feb 2022, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
It's even funnier when you notice that Ky is wearing their binder, which means they're in boymode
Maxwell 14th Feb 2022, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
I think they're in girl mode, actually. Jocelyn wouldn't call them "Kylie" if they were in boy mode, and I'm pretty sure their chest isn't flat in panel four.
Jocelyn 14th Feb 2022, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
They're androgynous right now. ^_^

Ky is wearing a binder (typically a boy mode thing), but also wearing a hair clip which is usually their main tell for girl mode.

That said, I like to imagine the modes are blending a little. Ky can't just dye their hair at the drop of a hat at any moment, so they do likely spend a fair amount of time as a pink-haired boy. And hey, it's not like a girl can't bind, right? :)
Unknown 14th Feb 2022, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
I've met plenty of guys that totally rock pink, a handful of them while I was in middle school interestingly enough. And society really needs stop separating colors into "masculine" and "feminine" ones anyway. :)
Kinkajou 15th Feb 2022, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
Chrissy 18th Feb 2022, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm.... Another webcomic I read has a character that's now a pink haired (and skined) boy (robot). Though, that charecter did originally have the form of an iPod....
Absentia 18th Feb 2022, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
too bad we haven't seen Winslow in a while. miss the little guy. tha being said, i'm loving both the Marigold exercise plotline and the Emmet-Sam plotline (especially the second, Emmett is adorable!!!)

anyone who doesn't know the webcomic will be very confused by this comment :3
Chrissy 20th Feb 2022, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
They definitely are adorable. Then again, while no robot butts here, I could see both of those two also fitting in with the main cast here...
Absentia 21st Feb 2022, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
ah. glad to know my hunch about the comic was correct. favorite character?
J 14th Feb 2022, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
It’s interesting that both Gavin & Ky are podcasters. Do they work together on the same podcast?
Tanny 14th Feb 2022, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
"Hi I'm Ky!"
"And I'm Gavin!"
(Together) "And this is Game News and Reviews!"
(Gavin) "Where we give it to you straight."
(Ky) "Well... Sort of."
evagrimm 14th Feb 2022, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
Omfg, that's an amazing intro. I absolutely love it <3 <3
Kyle 14th Feb 2022, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
1. Love Ky's hair.
2. EEEEE!!! Gavin's gonna propose!
3. He's gotta get rid of that beard!
TK-Dragon 14th Feb 2022, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
You really had my anxiety kicking in the first 3 panels I was like "what the heck?!" But also Ky saying they haven't been asked out in a long time, I feel kind bad for em. Guess that means Krew didnt pan out at least not atm. Maybe that means Mr and Mr Guy is a thing though.
Long-Time Lurker 14th Feb 2022, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
It's been six years... Has Ky gotten to surgery (if that's something they want) or are they still using a binder?
Jocelyn 14th Feb 2022, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
@Long-Time Lurker

They're binding here. ^_^
Allison (not that one) 14th Feb 2022, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
Granted, "every non=binary person is non-binary in their own way" (my take-off on Tolstoy's famous line), but I would think surgery wouldn't make gender-flowing (my attempt to make "genderfluid" into a verb) any easier, and might make it harder.

Now, some magic transformation ring(s) -- that might work.
Chrissy 14th Feb 2022, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm... Does Gavin dye his beard, or bleach his hair? We know Trevor has dark hair, and I thought Simone had light hair... I suppose I am not used to that much contrast in terminal hair on one person....
Jocelyn 14th Feb 2022, 11:05 AM edit delete reply

Through most of the comic, Gavin's hair has mostly blond with a darker buzz in the back. I figured that'd just be the way his "shorter" hair looks, I guess. So, when I decided to have him grow out his hair a little, covering his buzz, I used that color for the beard. At least, that was my thought process. :)
TK-Dragon 14th Feb 2022, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
Something I've noticed with some of my friends is that all of them were born with blonde hair that slowly darkened as they got older.
Tokuben 14th Feb 2022, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
I like Ky's hair color. It's cute.
Also Happy Valentine's Day.
Zero 14th Feb 2022, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
Don't look at it as Singles Awareness Day - look at is a the day before Discount Chocolate Day!

Today's the the day we make battle plans. Which stores shall we plunder?
How do we maximize our bounty while staying safe? When should we expect online-ordering platforms to begin displaying discounts? At which stores can we use curbside pickup and not worry that they'll try to substitute our Russel Stover caramel hearts with marshmallow ones? It is go-time!

This message brought to you by the Fictional Cohort of Chocolate Lovers and the Imaginary Association of Aromantics (neither of which actually exist but definitely should). XD

(To comment on the actual page, Gavin continues to be one of favorites. Cheers to us awkward and anxious folk, lol!)
Ms. Hart 20th Feb 2022, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
I look at as day before discount personalized items day!
Absentia 14th Feb 2022, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
not gonna lie, almost didn't recognize pink haired Kylie for a bit.

Phrown 14th Feb 2022, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
I just realized Rain’s ring is black. Did she come out as ace during the time skip?
Leona 14th Feb 2022, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
Probably not, as the ace ring is typically worn on the right middle finger, or just either middle finger in general, rather than on the left ring finger.
somnia 15th Feb 2022, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
I'm ace and have never heard of an ace ring??
Leona 15th Feb 2022, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
Basically it originated back in 2005 from a forum belonging to The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), where people suggested using a subtle indicator that would let ace people be able to recognize each other in public, similar indicators having already existed for other orientations for various reasons. And the agreed upon indicator was a simple black band worn on the right middle finger. It's since then basically evolved to any at least mostly black ring worn on either middle finger.

They aren't super common, as naturally it would only be ace people wearing them, and even then only by a portion of ace people. As you demonstrated it's not even universally known in the ace community, much less outside of it.

But yeah, it's just a way to let other ace people who are in the know that you are also ace, as a show of solidarity, self-expression, or basically any other reason you personally may have.
Kinkajou 14th Feb 2022, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
Wait, isn’t today Maria’s birthday? :0
And also Ky is rocking the pink hair! (Reminds me a little of when Rain’s hair was shorter) Funny thing one of my friends just dyed their hair pink today too lol
AmbiguousMouse 14th Feb 2022, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
Oh no, Gavin! I normally like facial hair but you can't do the chin strap to us, man!
H 14th Feb 2022, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Pink-haired Ky and bearded Gavin are oddly cursed. Probably just because they look more different than their high school selves compared to others. Kinda dig the looks though
j-eagle12212012 14th Feb 2022, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
I read the article title of the page before the image loaded so I didn't get the fake out but still an adorable page

Made me forget for a second that we have to wait till next Monday to hear Rain's funny story about her ring 😜
bgb16999 14th Feb 2022, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
So Ky prefers programming languages with dynamic typing, right?
Pseudonym 14th Feb 2022, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
I finally noticed that Ky never italicizes their voice and wanted to ask about that. Does that mean they never change their voice? Do they use a boy-mode voice and a girl-mode voice, and if so, what about androgynous? Are there more than those? Has this changed over the comic's run? Is this something that has occupied Ky's time and attention?

And thanks to thinking about this so much I now imagine Ky sounding like the speaking voice of Glendale from Centaurworld and I'd rather I didn't. >.>
Jocelyn 15th Feb 2022, 5:36 AM edit delete reply

Ky doesn't need to change their voice. I always envisioned them sounding kinda like Veronica Taylor's Ash from Pokemon. Technically high for a boy, a little gravely for a girl, and making for a sound that just works no matter how they present themself.

I don't know what Centaurworld is so I'm afraid I can't comment on that.
Pseudonym 15th Feb 2022, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Phrown 15th Feb 2022, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
Centaurworld is a cartoon in the vein of Adventure Time, Gravity Falls etc. it’s about a horse from a war ravaged world who ends up in a silly world inhabited by a bunch of wacky, hyperactive centaurs.
WindandRain 15th Feb 2022, 2:16 AM edit delete reply
I love how we get to see not only the primary friendships continuing strong, but the "secondary" frienships are also blossoming!! Plus, everyone's so cute!
iHateFridays 15th Feb 2022, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Ky is a mood fr
Melior 15th Feb 2022, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Surprised nobody has commented about things apparently not working out with Drew. Hopefully we’ll be able to see how he’s doing this chapter.
Pseudonym 15th Feb 2022, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
Ky and Drew, cute as they were, were on the outs. And then the volcano the outs were built on top of exploded. There was an evac flight, it went smack into the terrain on its way in.
TK-Dragon 16th Feb 2022, 4:19 AM edit delete reply
I did. But now i'm almost think someone's Mr and Mr Guy ship worked out. Personally I almost thought there would be a Randy, Drew, Ky poly thing or something.
RandomWalk 18th Feb 2022, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
That's a beard ?!? I thought he was supposed to be wearing some sort of microphone !
Crocadino 7th May 2022, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
Holy shit my heart stopped!!!! I was like "omg what?! What is this?! These two like barely had their relationship explode and know Gavin proposing to Ky wtf did I miss?!! Also Gavin not bi/pan How tf is he gonna be married to a man when Ky is in man-mode?!?? Holy crap was he not the token straight! But Anna Called him her man?!" Then I read the last panel 😂😂😂
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