Comic 462 - 3 Years of Rain

29th Nov 2013, 1:17 PM in Special
3 Years of Rain
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)
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Jocelyn 29th Nov 2013, 1:17 PM edit delete
You know, I always wanted to do a comic. And I mean, long before I started writing Rain. Before it was even a thought in my mind. The concept of a webcomic in particular offered a medium with which I could tell a story to the world, without having to impress some publishing company. I could go at my own pace to tell my story the way I want without having to bend to the whims of some so-called expert saying, "nobody wants to read a story about that."

The thing is, I was always afraid I was too ambitious. I was afraid my ideas wouldn't catch on and no one would be interested. Or I was afraid that I'd start, but then get discouraged or bored or sidetracked or lazy and just drop it (as I have with pretty much every other writing attempt prior to Rain). I've watched it happen with so many of my favorite webcomics, and I didn't want to be just another quitter. And these fears held me back for a long time. Much in the same way, my fears held me back from starting transition until very recently.

But here we are. It's been three years now since the first page went up. The readership is far more vast than I'd ever anticipated. And people not just read, but appreciate my work. Some people say they have had their lives changed by it! It means so much to me. I don't even have words for it. What I have with Rain, I could never have predicted. And I have every single person who has ever read this to thank for it.

It was life-changing for me. I've learned a lot about the world, about myself, and about others like me since starting. I've started transition since the beginning of Rain, and I think writing this has been a bit of transition in and of itself into a serious writer. Because despite my prior fears, I've never felt burnt out with this story. I've never gotten bored. I've never dared to miss an update (excluding planned, announced hiatuses with planned, announced returns). I've had some new story ideas, but nothing that actually took away from this one. I would never dream of doing anything other than writing this to very end (which has many years left in it). And it's all because I have you: devoted readers of all ages, genders, orientations, etc. from all over the world.

So thank you. For helping me grow as a person, as a woman and as a writer, so I can continue to produce the best work I am capable of.

I love you all so much! Have an amazing day!
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Xiane 29th Nov 2013, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
Congrats on the three year mark, has been a wonderful read thus far and certainly look forward to what the future brings for however long Rains story is set to run.

So in short, thanks Jocelyn for bringing us this exceptional story!
j-eagle12212012 29th Nov 2013, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Thank you jocelyn
Jen Done (Tacopius) 30th Nov 2013, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
Much congratulations and thanks to you, Jocelyn~ Thank you for giving us Rain ^_^
MarianLH 30th Nov 2013, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
gnudist 30th Nov 2013, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
That explains why people use boats on the streets now.
Marlee-The-Creator 30th Nov 2013, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
Congrats on your three years! It's funny because today is mine and my partner's third year anniversary.
I haven't been with you from the start of your comic. I came about at the 2 year mark, I believe, but I really love how much your art style has evolved. It's comics where the art changes that attract me. I really appreciate growing artists c:
Kelly 2nd Dec 2013, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
Congratulations and thanks for diligently giving us three years of Rain.

But also congratulations to you for starting HRT and having tremendous success with it as well as your own transition.
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