Comic 187 - The "Real You"

6th Feb 2012, 12:00 AM in Ch 7: Mixed Feelings
The "Real You"
Average Rating: 4.86 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 6th Feb 2012, 12:00 AM edit delete
Heather really is a different breed of “oppressive guardian” than the Strongwell parents. She really wants what’s best for her sibling; I mean, she genuinely cares. She just doesn’t get it. She’s blind to Kylie’s reasons for doing what he does. That said, it probably doesn’t help that even Kylie is also filled with uncertainty most of the time.

So when Heather says, “the real you”, she’s not really trying to be a bitch. Ignorant perhaps, but not with any active malice. The odd thing is that she doesn’t even seem unsupportive of Kylie showing interest in a girl…

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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Visioneer 6th Feb 2012, 2:25 AM edit delete reply
I have to say, when I first opened this comic (I was procrastinating from working on my own project) I was a little iffy with what I saw... I mean "drama?" Who wants to read "drama?" Needless to say, this comic is powerful, well written, and extremely entertaining. The cast of characters is fantastic, and the story has an fantastic sense of plausibility to it. Jocelyn, you are an insanely talented writer and artist. There are a few things I'd like to say:

1.) I don't care what anyone says, Gavin is freakin' awesome. He and Maria are my favorite characters. Personally, despite what I read (especially in the beginning) I do not feel that Gavin is any form of a "jerk," granted, he has the verbal tact of a rhinoceros, but he is genuine, and most often tells people what they need to hear, not what they want to, and that is the truest sign of a friend.

2.) Continuing to procrastinate, I decided to make some fan-art, I loved this story so much. I hope you do not feel that I destroyed or failed to capture your characters, as I tried my best as I could. The small version can be found here:
(BTW: I looked and looked for Gavin's eye color, but couldn't find it. So I went with brown.) I hope you enjoy.

3.) Keep up the fantastic work. I am not part of the LBGT community, but I have a number of friends that are, and this story, I think, helps me understand some of their plights a little better. All in all, great job! EPIC WIN!

For the high-res version of your fanart, please go here: (it is 7megs.)
Jocelyn 6th Feb 2012, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
Thank you for your wonderful comment. I'm thrilled to hear that you're enjoying my comic so much and even getting something out of it.

I also want to just say "HOLY MOTHER OF AWESOME! I LOVE THIS FANART SO MUCH!" Seriously, it's beautiful. That's some brilliant work.

As an aside, Gavin's eyes are brown. I realize I tend to draw him with eyes consisting of a single bored-looking line, but in the rare instance it is actually drawn normally (I must have done it somewhere at least once, I'm sure), they would be brown. ^_^

Once again, thank you, for everything! :D
Zi 27th Jul 2015, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
Awww, the fanart seems to have evaporated :(
EatingAllZebras 6th Oct 2018, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
Let us mourn the loss of what I assume to be an incredible piece of artwork
DominoJaye 6th Feb 2012, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
That's an incredible fan-art; I should really try my hand at doing one myself (probably one everybody wants to see, with Rain finally making out with Maria ;) ).
syrup 5th Sep 2014, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
the only thing i truley belive anymore is that people should be exacley who they want even if that brings harm to others which as in my case im completley cycotic and loosing all sense of sanity and im pretty much sending this from behond the grave at this point but to whoever reads this id like to to know you are a super cool wonderful person and you should be exacley who you beleive you are if your gay embrace it if your catholic embrace it if your a cycotic cyco killer dont embrace it
Lex-Kat 16th Nov 2016, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
In a small way, I think Heather might be right with this one. Only in that, if Kylie wants Rain to be open with him, he needs be brave enough to open up to Rain.

And I put it on Kylie only because he is the one who wants to know her secret. Rain doesn't even realize Kylie has a secret to know.
MeWho 30th Sep 2018, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
I was dating a girl in high school. When she went off to college, she figured out she was gay. When I tried to share my transgender issues with her, her reaction was that I MUST be gay, and just subverting those feelings into thinking I was a girl. But I wasn't really very interested in guys. Since I couldn't figure out how to correlate that with my feelings of being female, I went along with staying overnight at a friend of her's place ( a gay male ). Well, it was somewhat interesting. The guy obviously found ME attractive. And he was nice and all, and not TOO pushy. But it did little to convince me I might really 'just' be gay. And left me more wondering about how someone who was a lesbian found me so attractive, more so than 'any other guy' ( her words ). Yeah, figuring things out with little information is hard, and sometimes newly learned information just gets someone stuck in the 'it must be THIS way' train of thought.
For some reason, this panel and comments just brought back that memory very vividly. It was a stepping stone along the way, and enlightening in certain ways. Now, so many years later, it is so very bittersweet, and tied in with sorrow for a good friend lost and astray on HER odyssey... after I thought she had found happiness and success. Cherish each good day with friends, and don't EVER let the 'b@$turds' grind you down !
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