Comic 1478 - Mass Text

4th Mar 2022, 8:55 AM in Ch. 44 - And When the Rain Clears...
Mass Text
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 4th Mar 2022, 8:55 AM edit delete
Friendly reminder that the next few pages are going to be pretty emotional, as they'll be going over the final letter of Mr. Bryer - following up on some earlier pages and going a little more in-depth and relaying some information we didn't get before. Just in case it may make some folks cry too, be mindful if you plan on reading from work or school.

In the meantime, who's that second text from? Chanel's ding dang thumb is in the way! XD

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Tokuben 4th Mar 2022, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
I think it's either from Fara or Gavin.

But move your dang thumb out of the way!!!!
ValeryGraciela 4th Mar 2022, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
I spot an N, so naturally, my first guess is that it's Gavin.

HOWEVER, measuring the pixels from the border of the screen, it's not a lot of space. So it's most certainly Ryan
NotoriousJeandarme 4th Mar 2022, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
This message encapsulates the dedication of Rain fans in a nutshell
toquat 4th Mar 2022, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
I'd disagree, the right side of the "n" clearly extends quite a bit further than the right side of the "y" in Rudy.

It's most likely Gavin.
bgb16999 4th Mar 2022, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
My first guess was Emily, but yeah, the ending of the character there doesn't look like a y, so I'd guess Ryan.
Chrissy 4th Mar 2022, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
I'm more guessing Gavin. That N is about as far in from the side of the screen as the end of Rudy. I'd expect the N from Ryan to be farther left.
ValeryGraciela 4th Mar 2022, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
Amelia 5th Mar 2022, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
yeah, but think about the length of Allison, it is noticeably longer than both Ryan and Gavin, so while it may be possible, it seems like the least likely.
TK-Dragon 5th Mar 2022, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
But look at the space behind Rudy above and Allison has a lot of thin letters, so it might fit actually.
ValeryGraciela 5th Mar 2022, 8:48 PM edit delete reply
Actually, I tested all of the three on an image editor.

It's Allison. 100% confirmed
Leona 4th Mar 2022, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
Hmmmm, based on the final letter seemingly being an "n", I'm inclined to say it must be Gavin or Ryan, except we know that they're somewhere else at the moment. And the text was sent to 8 people so Rudy isn't included in that and this doesn't really seem like something he'd send to Fara. So I'm expecting a twist that it's someone new that we don't know, or someone as changed their name!

Edit: Wait, I totally blanked on Allison, so my guess is that it's her lol. She's the only one not accounted for and her name ends with "n", so that seems to be the actual most likely option.
Phrown 4th Mar 2022, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
I forgot about Allison. I was counting who the six were. I got Gavin, Ana, Ryan, Ky and Emily before blanking out. Thanks for the reminder.
Amelia 5th Mar 2022, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
ah, but both Maria and Chanel received it, so there are 5 other recipients since it says(on both images) "Maria and 6 others".
Leona 5th Mar 2022, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
But it says "sent to", so Rudy wouldn't be listed there because he's the one who sent it. Plus everyone else is accounted for in where they are, so they wouldn't be able to see what's going on at the diner
Amelia 5th Mar 2022, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
no, we know it was sent by one person to 7 others(based on my limited knowledge of communication application(since I never use them, as I'm friendless)
Leona 5th Mar 2022, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
it says "sent to" so the person sending isn't included in that list of 8 people
Amelia 6th Mar 2022, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
I know, just missed the part where it said sent to you. only say the fact is said Maria and 6 others.
The Aussie Bloke 4th Mar 2022, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
Hmm... mystery texters name ends in 'n'...

Gavin is too obvious. Ima say it's Ryan ^_^
Talia 4th Mar 2022, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Why did I think one of these two would be pregnant?
Tokuben 4th Mar 2022, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
We all get curious. They would make great parents.
Syter6 4th Mar 2022, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
The name seems to be about the same length as rudy, and ends with a 'n'. My guess is it's ryan
Tesset 4th Mar 2022, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
It could be an "m" and the name in the phone is "Em" short for Emily. It's a little short to fit in there, but depending on font maybe? Or maybe the names are right aligned in this app? Could also be Allison, haven't seen anyone suggest her, though it's a bit too long. Or, my actual guess, it's Devon (Holly's boyfriend) >:)

(It's sent to 7 people, trying to think who those would most likely be. Maria, Chanel, & Rudy confirmed. Gavin, Ryan, Ana, and Ky then? So no Allison in there, though maybe swap Allison in for Ana, depending. I left Emily off there because obviously Rain's wife already knows, but she also makes the most sense to have that response, so I'm unsure.)
Lex 4th Mar 2022, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
I think it 8 cause it says You, Maria, and six others for a total of 8 and we know it not referring to the same person cause it on Chanel's phone and we know this cause of the color. So Emily can be the 8th person.
Amelia 4th Mar 2022, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
based on everyone we have seen so fars name bit, I think it is either Gavin or Ryan.


almost same length.


maybe It's Gavin(name seems slightly longer than Rudy, but I'm not a theorist so I'm not 100 percent sure. guess I'll have to wait a week and 3 days.
Rue 4th Mar 2022, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
I see an N, it's definitely Gavin
Sami 4th Mar 2022, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
Lining it up, it's easily a letter longer than Rudy, so I'm guessing Gavin.
Haelwenn (lanodan) 4th Mar 2022, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, and I guess it's a bit more likely for Gavin to be aware rather than Ryan.
J 4th Mar 2022, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
The text on Chanel’s says “Sent to you, Maria, and 6 others.” So a total of eight people are in this group chat. Now who in their group of friends excluding Rain have their name end with ‘n’? The only ones who come to my mind are Gavin, Ryan, & Allison. Also, if you look really close to the messages and use a straight edge to align it, the second name is long enough for the ‘n’ to be past the ‘y’ of Rudy. It actually starts where the colon is. Let’s compare their name lengths to Rudy.

Rudy: Rudy: Rudy:
Gavin: Ryan: Allison:

From what I see, Allison is the most likely person who replied to Rudy.
j-eagle12212012 4th Mar 2022, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
Pretty Heckin Gay face masks came in today
Wearing it when I go in the store later
Gilly 4th Mar 2022, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Only 6 people? Rudy, Maria, Channel, and who else? Gavin? Emily? Maybe Emily would know already, Ana maybe not. Most people seem to think Emily, Gavin, Ryan, but that means Ana, who Rain knew slightly longer, is not in it. I am curious who is not in the group text. Perhaps Ana, Ryan, and Gavin?
j-eagle12212012 4th Mar 2022, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
It's actually 9

Rudy (1) sent a mass text to Channel (2)[listed as you on her phone] , Maria (3) and 6 others

So there are 6 others that received the mass text
We can assume Gavin, Ky, and Emily are part of this group
So that leaves 3 others

Best guess is the visible Letter is either N or M
Meaning possibly Em, Ryan, or Gavin

Kat 4th Mar 2022, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
Everyone's guessing Ryan or Gavin so I'mma throw out a wild card: Devon. I feel like the name wouldn't be covered up if it were an obvious choice of character
Kat 4th Mar 2022, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
Other side characters whose names end in 'n':
Aelitha 4th Mar 2022, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
My money is on Allison. Gavin is such a prominent character, and this response coming from him not really surprising, that his name wouldn't be hidden. Ryan may gotten closer to Rain in the intervening years, but that doesn't strike me as a message that fits him, and the episode has already caught up with him. Allison, by comparison, was a relatively distant character for most of the series, joining the Main Group only in the later chapters. Last time we saw her, she was coming to terms with her relationship to Rain, and with herself. This opens the way for further pages to:
- catch up with Allison
- show us how/whether she has tied her loose ends from Chapter 42

Then again I may be entirely mistaken. Could be someone else, someone new, or someone we knew under a different name.
another_Leah 4th Mar 2022, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
Ooh good point, storywise whose name would it make sense to hide?

(Unrelated but after following this comic for years I FINALLY got a comicfury login just as it's ending. :D )
Meowzor 4th Mar 2022, 1:30 PM edit delete reply

Leaning towards Allison but Devon could be a wildcard there.Gavin seems to short and is accounted for and Ryan is definitely to short.

Will be interesting to see who it ends up being as that looks very much like an N.
Don Edwards 4th Mar 2022, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Total off-the-wall guess:

Someone forwarded the first message to Rain as a show of support... and the reply is from her.

(Do I really think so? No, but it's possible.)
HeavenHound 4th Mar 2022, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
Ok so I'm sure based on everyone's comments, the last letter of the name that Chanel's is covering with her thumb is an "n". Which means it can either be Gavin, Ryan, or Allison. I honestly think it's Allison because we've already seen Gavin and Ryan and as far as we know they're nowhere near Rain, but we haven't seen Allison so who knows where she could be. And another thing...

Leona 4th Mar 2022, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
If I had to guess, probably not. Because Allison is straight and sees Rain for who she is. So while she had a crush on Rain when they were kids the implication seems to be that she's decided that it's better to let it sleep, because she likes men and Rain isn't a man, plus she's was already in a committed relationship that eventually resulted in her getting married. Doesn't really seem like there would be a whole lot of reason to be a "homewrecker", especially when she's no longer even physically attracted to Rain.
HeavenHound 5th Mar 2022, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
Did you miss a few pages? It was revealed the last two chapters that she was Demisexual and still had feelings for Rain.
Beroli 5th Mar 2022, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
Demisexual is a different axis from heterosexual. It means someone who can only develop romantic feelings after already knowing someone well. All demisexuals are certainly not pansexual, and nothing Allison said takes back "I am not wired to be attracted to a woman."
Leona 5th Mar 2022, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
I didn't miss it, I may have misremembered that she was still attracted physically. But the larger point is that I don't think that she would have told Rain. I don't really see it as likely that she would do that especially at this point when Rain's literally married and raising a child with someone else
redbow.kimee 5th Mar 2022, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
@Leona Last we heard, Allison is definitely not over her crush on Rain.
Leona 5th Mar 2022, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
That might be the case, but that was 6 years ago for the characters, and while it's certainly possible that she still has feelings for Rain I'd stand by that it's probably the case that Rain isn't aware.
chrystal_dark 4th Mar 2022, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Im going to guess it was Allison, Whoever it is knows about the letter, and could even be sitting in a car outside Ben's Diner having driven Rain there...Or just by coincidence sitting somewhere inside the diner - we haven't seen any of the other tables - monitoring things! Because they seem to know that Rain is about to produce the letter!
Mild Lee Interested 5th Mar 2022, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Thankyou Rain-beaus! Your obsessive detective work on these little text clues today has made me very happy! I love that you all love this comic so much.
Fourth Nate 5th Mar 2022, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
I'd like to submit a dark horse bet: Vin(cent) ??? He's presumably heard about what's going on from Fara, who was concerned earlier. and I think the text sounds like something he might say. Maybe he is even nearby the restaurant as emergency backup. Narratively, it seems likely to be someone we haven't seen yet. (but why would Chanel have him in her phone with a nickname, besides suspense reasons?)
kat 6th Mar 2022, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
- the "hasn't been seen this timeskip and is a major enough character that it would make sense" tier: Ryan, Allison
- the "has already been seen so idk why this needs a cliffhanger but ok" tier: Gavin
- the "explicitly stated/implied to not be in this groupchat but damn it would be a power move" tier: Rain, Aiken, Kellen
- the "minor character that would make you shout in confusion and disgust" tier: Devon, Aidyn, Madison
- the "literal homophobic adult" tier: Ellen Parker (PE teacher), Father Quenton, Norman Strongwell (Maria and Rudy's dad)
- the "last name ends with an n, screw you" tier: Brother Arthur Feltman, Frank Johnson (Gavin's stepdad), Heather Coven, Kylie Coven, Chase Brenton
- the "character who i just remembered exists because i checked the Characters tab, in fact i'm keeping it open on a second monitor while i'm typing so i don't forget him" tier: Colin Stack, the transphobic anime distributor who was inserted into the plot to give Fara tickets to the anime convention in Chapter 22
- the "contrivance so stupid i've decided i'm actually rooting for it now" tier: Randy, who now goes by his middle name, which is Martin
Mturtle7 7th Mar 2022, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
Auuuuugh I knew it was gonna happen but it still hurts to finally catch up to the comic on a page like this...

FYI, I just binged the whole comic in 3 days and will absolutely be on the edge of my seat until the very end! I was put off by the art a little at first, but then fell in love with the story HARD. This is, by far, the queerest webcomic I've ever read, has some of the most well-crafted twists I've seen in ages, as is just in general and incredibly engaging high school drama/comedy. Also, all the ace/arospec representation makes me extremely happy (fun fact: I actually was lead here by a book, "The Invisible Orientation", which actually lists you as a prime example of ace representation in webcomics)!
Jocelyn 7th Mar 2022, 7:33 AM edit delete reply

Well, thank you for reading! I'm glad you've enjoyed the story thus far. ^_^

And as an asexual person myself, I'm glad I could do the topic of asexuality justice (and I've never read this book before, but I'm honored to hear Rain was mentioned, and I totally wanna check it out now).
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