Comic 1485 - Braid

21st Mar 2022, 11:23 AM in Ch. 44 - And When the Rain Clears...
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Jocelyn 21st Mar 2022, 11:23 AM edit delete
Finally, we reach Emily and Vincent. Vi, admittedly, hasn't changed too much (though his ponytail is slightly longer, and all you ring seekers will be happy to notice his wedding band). Emily, meanwhile, is rocking that heckin' cute braid that Rain apparently did for her (Rain wanted to keep her hair short, but I guess she still likes to braid, so it's win-win). ^_^

And Emily's a gender therapist too! The world could use more of those! Especially good ones. ^_^

As an aside, her patient was originally planned to be a reference to a future story (as I've done once before with another character from another story), but the timeline just didn't add up. Like, now that I'm about to start some new things soon, I'm trying to be a little more mindful of the logistics of cameos (like when and where characters could logically appear). And I know a cameo doesn't need to be canon, but it feels so good when it is and it actually works. So this kid is (probably) nobody we know or will know. But I guess not everyone needs to be plot-relevant. XD

Anyway, I wonder what Emily's crying about...

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Yuriko 21st Mar 2022, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
I like the little pan heart necklace Em has
Damoinion 22nd Mar 2022, 2:26 AM edit delete reply
Me too, that really stood out to me.
Allison (not that one) 22nd Mar 2022, 1:26 PM edit delete reply
I'm amazed at how good some people's eyes are. Or maybe other people are much better at deciphering manga than me.

All I could see was a pendant with some sort of colored stripes; I assumed it was a rainbow, but a pan flag makes more sense. And I didn't realize the little blot on Vincent's hand was a ring, let alone a wedding ring.

(FWIW, I also have a really hard time recognizing faces. Maybe there's a connection?)
evagrimm 21st Mar 2022, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Aww, what a great choice of profession for Emily! And I love love love the braid! A bit worried about Emily crying, but they're hopefully happy tears <3
Maxwell 21st Mar 2022, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
As a therapist, I think Emily is very well suited to the job. I guess she's still in her internship? 24 seems young to have finished grad school. Either way, this is a very happy development.

Strange to think that when I started reading this comic I was still in my teens, and now I'm adult. With a profession, even. Seeing Emily all grown up drove that home in a weird way.
ThisTransGuy 21st Mar 2022, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Thank you so much! I am so glad that Emily is a gender therapist I have a question for you will Carmen ever have a story? I haven’t seen it.
Matt 21st Mar 2022, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
I don’t know about where you are (though I can guess by the use of “grad school”), but here in the UK students can start university for a bachelors degree at 18, graduating at 21. A masters-level degree can follow straight on, and that takes typically 1 year. So by age 22 it’s not unrealistic to expect a perpetual student to have BSc (Hons), MSc.

If they are super-committed, and had a high pass in their bachelors degree, they can start a PhD (Doctorate) directly, without going through the masters degree. A doctorate can be completed in 3 years (though it’s tough going), so theoretically Emily COULD be Dr Rose Bryer.

Highly unlikely though, and I don’t think this level of work requires an actual PhD qualification as most medical doctors are not qualified to PhD (ie Doctorate) level.

I’d speculate that Emily has completed a relevant first degree, and possibly a Masters degree, and has recently started in practice.

redbow.kimee 21st Mar 2022, 1:45 PM edit delete reply it's already stated that Emily just finished her masters and it's her first day!!!
Maxwell 21st Mar 2022, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
*facepalm* Yep. All the relevant information was right there in the comic. Don't mind me.
Maxwell 21st Mar 2022, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
Here in the U.S., Emily would probably be in college for four years and then grad school for two. It's highly unlikely, if not impossible, that she has a PhD, as a doctorate in clinical psych would likely take at least five years. A PsyD wouldn't be that much shorter.

If Emily has finished grad school, she *just* finished. It would also make sense for her to be doing her clinical internship at Vincent's practice. (Though I don't think that's what Jocelyn is going for, if only for simplicity's sake.)
Oblellow Mlellow 22nd Mar 2022, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
@Matt If I recall correctly, here in the U.S. it takes four years to earn a Bachelor's Degree, then another two to four years for a Master's, depending on your field. Then, after that, another four to eight years, again depending on your field, to earn your Doctorate.
I think, and again I may not be recalling correctly, that Psychiatry is a two-year Master's and either four- or six-year Doctorate field (it's also SUPER expensive, like all medical fields). This matches with the timeline, since we've been told it's Em's first day at work, and in the U.S. you legally can't begin working as a Psychiatrist until you at least have your Master's Degree.
Guest 23rd Mar 2022, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
What people forget or just don't know is you also can get into therapy via becoming a licensed social worker. It's specialized training, but you can take on patients with a bachelor's degree. Though of course going further is better since it also means better pay, more opportunities, and deeper levels of care. But you can go from licensed clinical social work to a psychologist.
RubyRuthNeal 22nd Mar 2022, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
In many (Most?) of the US states, a masters degree is sufficient to get state licensed to be a gender therapist, for instance here in Texas the license is called a "Licensed Family Counseller" and there are many different specializations under that, for example marriage counselling, gender counselling, etc. but with the masters degree, you have to practice under the supervision of someone with a doctorate level license, and the doctorate gives you authority to practice under any or all areas of specialization. Most with only the masters degree are working on getting their doctorate degree eventually. That was the situalion with my gender counseller who was working on her doctorate when the Covid pandemic hit and screwed up everybody's plans and I don't know if she's had the chance to get back on track with that.
ValeryGraciela 21st Mar 2022, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
My best guess it's that she's crying because this person is her first patient since she got her master, and it's excitement.

Also, cute braid!
Phrown 21st Mar 2022, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
I was expecting the patient to be Carmen again. Though I guess at this point that wouldn’t work.

Some guesses about Emily crying:
-first patient excitement (can’t take credit for this)
-the patient is going back to a terrible home
-it hit home that Emily didn’t get a chance to be herself until well into her teens.
Tokuben 21st Mar 2022, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
OhMyGod her last name changed! Please tell me that Lydia is also a Bryer too!
Also nice necklace!
And what a great job she got.
j-eagle12212012 21st Mar 2022, 12:22 PM edit delete reply
The world needs more gender therapists
So happy to see Emily

Hopefully happy tears

Looking forward to the next page

redbow.kimee 21st Mar 2022, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
I'm soo happy for Emily. First day of her career, and first patient, and soo many firsts, and Vincent is there to guide her. When Rain said, "first day working in hwr chosen field", I was kind of worried that ahe would be doing something boring like stock trading or idk. But this is such a good fit for her (-:
Vessyra 21st Mar 2022, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
Wow, didn't see that career coming, but in retrospect, I can definitely see it as something Emily would be great at, and passionate about. Also, great to see Vincent again, I had been slightly worried that he wouldn't make it in
Ky 21st Mar 2022, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
Ummm.... Is Emily pregnant? Again!

I'd know them kind of mood swings anywhere lol
Tokuben 21st Mar 2022, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
Wait then who's the daddy?
Ky 22nd Mar 2022, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
Um.... There is no Daddy lol that's kind of how a lesbian relationship works 🤣
As for how she got pregnant. Well that can happen many many ways.
Me and the wife with our kids are prof of that lol.

But who's to say Emily is not just emotional because the person reminded her of Rain when she was younger or etc. Still hope that maybe Emily is pregnant 😊
ShoShone 23rd Mar 2022, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
It was just the one time.

Liriel, Anastasia, Gavin and Emily together. One wild night in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Or was it that one night Rudy slept over?
Vikki McD 21st Mar 2022, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999 21st Mar 2022, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
I am utterly terrified whenever I have to see a new doctor for the first time, due to past bad experiences. It's not much better if I'm seeing a doctor who specializes in treating trans people, since there's always a possibility that they are actually a bigot trying to trick trans people into coming to them.

I would utterly love it if I could have a doctor as nice as Emily.
bgb16999 21st Mar 2022, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
Oh snap! I somehow missed that Emily changed her last name when I read this earlier today.
Jocelyn 22nd Mar 2022, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

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Long-Time Lurker 22nd Mar 2022, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
I bet Emily sees a young Rain in her patient and is so happy her client is getting the same opportunity.
ShoShone 22nd Mar 2022, 9:43 PM edit delete reply

As we edge closer to the finish of Rain I have to wonder ...

Eventually, do you think you'll ever do a Rain spinoff?
E.g., Anastasia. It would be very interesting to read Anastasia's story. That's one possibility.
Terra 23rd Mar 2022, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
As someone in the process of becoming a therapist via being a licensed clinical social worker I am not sure if she really can be 24 and be one. A quick check showed needing a masters degree to be a gender therapist, and while you can get a bachelor's degree in 4 years or less, it actually isn't as common for a variety of reasons. Then there is the master's program which usually takes 2 years, though depending on the school there may be an accelerated program, mine has one if you get a recommendation.

Though you can become a therapist who works with transgender patients via becoming a social worker who then gets a special certificate. That's actually what I am aiming for to move into the field, and what my therapist has. It also makes you very well rounded for hopefully having understanding of navigating resources outside of what a straight psychology might give. Because over specialization can suck.

It isn't impossible Emily did up to a masters in four years and some change, but it's not very representative and is very much a straight up stretch of believability. But it is your story, I just kinda wished mental health training was represented with a little more variety then everyone having to have super specialization to work with transgender patients.
Mturtle7 23rd Mar 2022, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
Hey, if I was just starting in my new job and my first patient/customer/client told me that this was the best day of their life, I'd probably have a similar reaction (keep it together at first, then start bawling my eyes out once they're out of sight). I didn't wonder at all what Emily was crying about when I first read this page! I guess we'll see if my assumption was right tomorrow...

Also, am I the only one sort of delighted by the way "Rose Bryer" sounds? You know, since "Bryer" sounds a lot like "Briar", a kind of thorned plant similar to a's a very pretty last name(s)!
afton 23rd Mar 2022, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
idk why this page got to me so much but now im in tears too <33
cleyremettle 27th Apr 2022, 12:51 AM edit delete reply
when VIncent's character box came up I thought it read "Gender: Therapist" rather than Gender Therapist so
i dunno i found that funny for the few seconds before i reread it
Phrown 6th Jul 2022, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
I just realized this is a callback to the first scene. Because Rain was braiding her hair.
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