Comic 227 - Courage

8th May 2012, 10:29 PM in Ch 9: One Week
Average Rating: 4.9 (10 votes)
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Author Notes:

Jocelyn 8th May 2012, 10:29 PM edit delete
Crazy page. So many points I want to make! I’ll focus on the big things.

Brother Arthur’s explanation of how he figured it out actually has a second purpose, moreso from a technical standpoint for me as the writer than anything plot-related. For the longest time, I got really hung up on how Rain could be enrolled in a school like this when her legal name doesn’t match the name she goes by. After all, I’m relatively certain such documents must be presented upon enrollment; the fact is, I don’t know if in real life anyone COULD go through high school without ANYONE knowing who they are. Members of the faculty would probably have to know. It’s a minor, forgettable hole that one could easily overlook because it IS fiction, but I guess it bothers me. Hence, this sort of explains it. Sort of… ish…

Also, I changed the dialogue SO MANY TIMES on this one. This page may have won the award for most dialogue rewrites of any in the story thus far. From Rain’s reaction, to Brother Arthur’s speech, I probably spent a literal day pacing around my apartment working out this dialogue. It’s still a little campy towards the end, but I think I generally like it for the most part.

Anyway, big important page. But I hope you all like it.

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CyberSkull 8th May 2012, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
Time to cancel the murder and coverup then?
Jude Paxmrosy 9th May 2012, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
I'm still waiting to see how Rudy "turned straight". I don't get it.
Isolde Sophia 9th May 2012, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
Bi all along. I had the same experience actually. Sometimes it emerges outta nowhere.
Jocelyn 9th May 2012, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
@ Jude Paxmrosy

He didn't turn straight. His classmates have assumed he did because he's dating a girl, and he's really just playing along. He is still plenty gay, in actuality. His attraction to Rain is just deeper than sexuality.
Transginger 20th Mar 2016, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
Oh, wow. I can't believe I didn't make this note before; pansexual is a thing. He can have a preference for men, but still be romantically attracted to women (As is Rain's case).
ghostboi 9th Aug 2017, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
i think that he'd actually be a gay panromantic, as pansexuality implies sexual attraction and the term panromantic represents romantic attraction to all genders
Sara_L 23rd Jun 2019, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
I'm tempted to take a leaf from El Goonish Shive and go for 'Rainsexual', as well as gay.
Ok, that sounded cooler in my head...
ainopi 17th Sep 2012, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
"bro youre cryin"
j-eagle12212012 23rd Oct 2012, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Brother Arthur is officialy my Hero... to not only be a Religous person who is understanding but to also risk his job so that Rain and Rudy can be themselves is awsome. I would give anything to have someone like Brother Arthur say what he says here
Lex-Kat 16th Nov 2016, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
This page... (;_;)
Anon E. Mouse 26th Feb 2017, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
As far as my school was concerned, you could have any name listed, but you had to change your name in the system to whatever is legally on your birth certificate by January of your senior year. I don't know how different this would be with private school though.
Some Ed 11th Jun 2017, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
If they'd gotten Rain's name changed legally, getting the transcript names changed and the doctor's note would be trivial. But that's obviously not happened.

A trans friendly school system could have provided paperwork with the updated name, and still been someplace that Rain would've wanted to move from, because of all the people who knew her as Ryan. And her aunt could've easily gotten a new job somewhere and had to move - especially if she just got her teacher's license.

But in this sort of school, it's really helpful to have a faculty friend, even if they can't be public about it.
Guest 17th Aug 2017, 5:59 AM edit delete reply
jesslc 1st Feb 2020, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
It probably won't be shown in the comic since he's just a minor character but I really hope that Brother Arthur gets in contact with his brother one day.
Chrissy 5th Feb 2020, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
I agree. Seeing it would be a nice distraction/intermission page.
Naomi 26th Mar 2021, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Brother Arthur is best boy
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