Comic 501 - Misty

3rd Mar 2014, 6:41 AM in Ch. 20: Just a Quiet Weekend
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 3rd Mar 2014, 6:41 AM edit delete
Let's derail the serious stuff again. Can't have a friend crying in your house, right? Kylie jumps in and offers a playful tease, and bam, Emily's laughing and we're in the clear. And don't worry about Rain's feelings either. I'm of the belief that if you're close enough friends, there's nothing wrong with a little teasing (that's clearly the case as she gets over it two panels later).

Somewhat pertinent: Prom would be a ways away in the story, but it's definitely something I want to include. So I would love to ask some of my teenage Rain Beaus if you know anything about prom policies in your school today. My prom was 12 years ago and I feel like a lot has changed between the time I was in high school and now. Not to mention, I don't remember any of the protocol (but at the time, I was also presenting as a guy with a female date at a public school for my prom, so my personal experience kinda fails me here). I realize it's probably different for every school, but the more I know, the more I have to work with. Even if your prom was a year or two ago (or coming up in a few years), it's more current than my experience. So any input would be most welcome. ^_^

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Jude P. 3rd Mar 2014, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
Wow, it's been like, nearly five years. I feel old. Anyway, my school's prom was hosted off-campus. Boys all had to wear tuxedos, no matter what. Girls could wear anything, apparently regardless of public decency laws. They served "food", which was crappy sushi and some microwave "pizza pocket" things. I think the year before they actually served a full-course meal, though. They had a photo shoot going on in one room. For some reason they didn't let us go outside for air or we'd get locked out. My high school was pretty dumb.
Nightsky 3rd Mar 2014, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
My school wasn't a normal school by any means (seriously, less than 100 students total and it was in part of a business building), so I don't know how relevant my prom experience would be, but I'm pretty sure they tried to make it as normal as possible. We hosted it off-campus (partially because of space issues), and before the dance had an optional dinner at a local restaurant (though last year it was at a student's house due to budget stuff, but my friends and I went to a different place for dinner). There was lots of music and a raffle: prizes were lined up along the wall, and everyone got a certain amount of tickets they could use to try to get whatever they wanted. There was also a "photo booth" and caricature artist. In my junior year, we got to leave early to get ready for prom, and I was surprised to actually need the entire time to get ready. xD

Prom policy varies between schools, so I think you have a lot of free room to work with. Given the strict and homophobic nature of Rain's school, I think girls would be required to wear dresses. No tuxes allowed. I also think same-sex couples might be all-out banned and have to fight for the right to go (though that might be a bit TOO much drama, so it's up to you in the end). Otherwise, most schools have emphasis on no grinding and overly sexy stuff, and there are usually refreshments and a DJ.

I hope that helps!
Ele 3rd Mar 2014, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
My high school is a strict, blue ribbon school. Everyone wears uniforms and anything same-sex is prohibited. The school gym is extremely large and is where the main part of prom is. The cafeteria is a long walk from the gym so the wide hallway outside the gym is used for food, drinks, picture booths, etc., Girls are required to wear dresses, any color is allowed besides black. The dress had to had sleeves or at least straps. If it had straps, you had to wear a cover over it. Boys had to wear tuxedos, any color besides pink. Even though they were allowed to wear different colors, most stuck to black seeing as they get scolded for any other color anyway. Eventually, everyone makes their way to the cafeteria for the dinner. It's normally steak, chicken, or spaghetti and it takes about two hours. After the dinner, everyone goes back to the gym for the slow dances of the night. Girls must dance with boys and vice versa, there is no same-sex dancing. You are required to dance a certain way, the staff would instruct you if you were wrong. After another hour or so, prom was over and everyone "who's anyone" went to the rich girl/boy's house for an after party. At the after party, everyone normally gets drunk or stoned, or both. It was completely opposite of the actual prom.
Zi 24th Aug 2015, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
That after party seems like a great illustration of why it doesn't pay to have strict regulations about prom... Kids will do what they want behind their backs anyway... Jeez, that sounds rough.
rexyplexy 3rd Mar 2014, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
(First I just wanted to say that I've read your whole comic and LOVE it!)

The last prom that I went to was about two years ago, but I can still remember it pretty clearly. We had ours at a local baseball field, inside one of those rooms that overlook the field or whatever. It was pretty decent, they had a buffet that had various foods on it. I think things like meatballs and chips with salsa. There was a photo-booth too. :D

Really the only strict rule that they have is that they do not allow anybody to leave the prom or go outside until it is over. It's really awful, I remember my friend had terrible stomach pains and they wouldn't let her go home until hours later when the prom ended.

Yea, that's really all that I got. Hope I helped a little! :3
Isolda 4th Mar 2014, 1:34 AM edit delete reply
My prom was about 5 years ago now, and it was actually good! It was held in a hotel ballroom, the food was fine, and the music ranged from "top 40" to "weird fun stuff."

I can't recall the dress code exactly, but it ended up being suits (usually tuxedo-style if not tuxedos) or formal gowns (mostly the long, silky traditional kind).

Our school was an elite public school in the middle of a major US city, so we didn't have any gendered restrictions. Most people did go the traditional route, but the star of our girls' basketball team and the head of our debate team (also a girl) attended as a couple. They had been going out for a while, though, including the previous fall when the basketball player had been crowned homecoming queen.
Jen Done 4th Mar 2014, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
Nya just had a terrible, dysphoria-ridden day that brought me to tears, but remembering "Misty McWaterworks" made me feel a little better TuT
Tualha 4th Jun 2015, 4:06 AM edit delete reply
Wait'll she starts hormones, Emily. You ain't seen nothin' yet :)
no 10th Nov 2020, 1:43 AM edit delete reply
that last panel... I´ve said it before and I´ll say it again: ky/lie is an absolute freaking mood
AndreaWiggin 18th Apr 2022, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
I really like Kylie as a character, and on this page. Rain, too.
I am enjoying this comic overall, too, despite how dated some of it feels reading it a decade after it came out. I started reading after hearing it mentioned a couple days ago.
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