Comic 441 - Staring

17th Oct 2013, 6:47 PM in Ch. 17: Journey of 1,000 Miles
Average Rating: 4.86 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 17th Oct 2013, 6:47 PM edit delete
I love moments likes these. Few things make me feel better. ^_^

Anyway, just because I’ve mentioned it a couple times to a few individual people, this other character is Carmen. If you’ve been following me since at least early July or done a full run of everything in my gallery, you may have seen her before.

Yes, Carmen is the main character of another future story (because I LOVE intertwining stories with little references and connections). How significant the meeting of these two protagonists is remains to be seen, but it was fun for me to include. Perhaps, Rain will have to make a cameo in Magical at some point when the time comes too. ^_^

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Also, I'm saving for SRS, and to be perfectly honest, I could use your help! If you can, great. If not, don’t worry about it. I totally understand (you don't need to feel bad or apologize if you can’t).
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Nightsky 17th Oct 2013, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
I got the impression that Magical was set in a different universe. ...Also, that she was a tomboy. She didn't strike me as the type who would want to be pretty.
Jocelyn 17th Oct 2013, 7:16 PM edit delete reply

Oh no. Same universe. It works in context. When you see Magical someday, it'll make more sense. ^_^

As for Carmen herself, tomboys can't be pretty?
Nightsky 17th Oct 2013, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
I admit they can, but I don't usually see them overtly trying to be unless trying to impress someone. Also, the one drawing I've seen of her gives me the impression she's a tough girl who wouldn't care too much about being pretty. It just surprised me a little, that's all.

By the way, I personally prefer your other story idea (the unnamed one with Garry, Alexis and Lane) over Magical. I really love darker stories; a lot of my manga reading list is centered around the criminal underworld.
Kimidori 17th Oct 2013, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
It could mean Carmen is a more complex character.
Noelle 18th Oct 2013, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
I try to be pretty, and I'm the most tomboy person you'll ever meet. I spend hours on my nails, then I go rabbit hunting. I love wearing dresses, and I also love building computers from the ground up. You can always find me in a science lab, generally trying to give mushrooms cancer (I'm trying to prove a theory about mushrooms right now), but you can be damn sure my lab coat will match my boots.
Absentia 14th Apr 2021, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
am i the only one curious if @Noelle ever proved their mushroom cancer theory?
JustRaining 31st Jul 2022, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
Oh, this kinda explains the turn of events in the real world in last two and a half years! (just joking - I hope)
Jocelyn 18th Oct 2013, 7:22 AM edit delete reply

I love darker stories too. In fact, MOST of my stuff is actually really dark (interestingly, Rain is like my most lighthearted work by far). Even Magical will probably be a fair bit darker than I advertise, because when it comes down to it, I don't like to hold back when I write. The "something dark" story is better representative of my usual style though. ^_^


You know me well. XD


That's awesome. I love the unapologetic "this is who I am" attitude there. ^_^
Absentia 14th Apr 2021, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
As a cis male, i would just like to say

there are days when I want to be pretty. everyone wants to be pretty at some point.
Kimidori 17th Oct 2013, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
This page is really cute! c:
j-eagle12212012 17th Oct 2013, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
Very cute page. I'd be a little freaked out too if someone was staring at me.
Kimidori 17th Oct 2013, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
I noticed that Carmen is using her natural voice...

I don't know what that means.
Moor 18th Oct 2013, 3:48 AM edit delete reply
I'm not sure that lack of italics means "using their natural voice" -- Jessica's voice isn't in italics either. I think it's just that we're seeing the comic (roughly) from Rain's perspective, and so her voice gets italics because she has to actively think about what voice she's using, and so notices it strongly.

For other people, though, she can't tell whether they're actively controlling their voices -- and they probably can't tell about her, either.
Kimidori 18th Oct 2013, 4:05 AM edit delete reply
Thinking about it, the only time I remember another character having italicized speech was when Rudy was acting as Rain's "girlfriend" when Aiken was visiting. That would be more noticable to Rain. Interesting theory.
Jocelyn 18th Oct 2013, 7:07 AM edit delete reply

Carmen is actually still very young. We're talking like, just turned twelve. She's not on hormones yet either (ideally, I wanted to depict this as a first step for both of them), but she is lucky enough to not have had her voice drop yet. For Carmen, it's actually still kinda high, so she doesn't need to modify it.


The natural voice thing was certainly the original idea, but honestly, your idea is closer to what I actually ended up going for with trans characters. I think you articulated that way better than I did. XD

Aislinn 18th Oct 2013, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
Aww! This was adorable!
Lucy 19th Oct 2013, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
We're can I read your other comics at? :)
Jocelyn 19th Oct 2013, 7:40 AM edit delete reply

Inside my mind. ;)

I have a lot of story concepts in mind that I would like to write, but Rain is actually the first I've been really committed to. There are a few others like Shangri-La and Lavender Town which were actually both started before Rain and have some content available, but neither one finished. This comic kind of exploded, so I kinda couldn't focus on these right now, but I have every intention of going back and finishing them. And once that's all squared away, I can move forward with everything else. ^_^

Shangri-La -
Lavender Town -
AllenTGM 25th Feb 2020, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
You should probably add you in your comic. And if you are doing a collage sequel can I be in it.
Absentia 14th May 2021, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
So my real question is

If Magical is Canon in the Rainiverse, then how would the characters if Rain react to magic and monsters?
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