Comic 621 - Chapter 24 - Of Cons and Kisses

4th Jan 2015, 4:07 PM in Ch. 24: Of Cons and Kisses
Chapter 24 - Of Cons and Kisses
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Jocelyn 4th Jan 2015, 4:07 PM edit delete
So at last, Center Con! Although it wasn't named at the time, it was technically first brought up way back in Chapter 9. I don't know if I originally meant for it to take this long to get here though. Now I worry it won't live up to the hype. That said, the last chapter ended on a heavy downer, so I'm hoping this one will at least lighten things back up a bit. Not to say there won't be drama (I mean, come on! Think about whose webcomic you're reading here!), but I am going to be aiming for something a little more upbeat for a while.

As an aside, virtually all depictions of cosplay or general "anime/manga characters" will be my own characters from other stories (ones that aren't part of the Rainverse though, so no Magical and no Lavender Town). But apart from the occasional Kaminari or Pandora, anticipate me chiming in if there's ever a seemingly random character in the background to tell you where they're from. XD

Foooor instance, on the Center Con banner we have a group of random peeps depicted. While my personal con experience is fairly limited, a commonality I've noticed from knick-knacks brought back by friends, is that anime conventions seem to often have characters that aren't from anything as mascots. Usually it's just some variation of a cute fluffy monster/animal thing, a robot, a swordsman, and/or a cat-girl.

As such, Center Con's mascots are from left to right: cyborg girl, Camille, a cute critter known as a wüffle, and swordsman-esque hero, Cole (all from three different older works). I don't think I have any cat-girls, so I had to leave that cliche out. The two characters can be found in my 100 Character Challenge piece I did a while back (numbers 37 and 82). The wüffle is something I'd honestly forgotten about until making this page (it might not even be entirely accurate to how I used to draw it ages ago; I don't think I still have any references though).

Getting back on track, I also want to add that Rain is agonizingly cute in this chapter for no good reason. It's so basic, but this may be one of my favorite outfits I've put her in for a while. The orange wristbands, by the way, are just signifiers that they've presented tickets to get in. I'll be seriously impressed with myself if I get through this chapter without forgetting it. XD

Oh, yeah... and I guess there might be some kissing or whatever. I dunno.
Probably no one cares about that. ;P

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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Torne 4th Jan 2015, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
"Of Cons and Kisses"? Oh, this is gonna be good...
tmes2000 4th Jan 2015, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Kisses and they're the only two on the cover... If this doesnt happen this chapter between Emily and Rain i will unleash so much fury into the comment section...
Torne 4th Jan 2015, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Jessica and Aiken is my hope ^_^
j-eagle12212012 4th Jan 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
Raimily kiss for the win.
Rain Beau Dash 5th Jan 2015, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
Just have some patience, Raimily takes some time to develop, otherwise it would feel unnatural ;)
tmes2000 5th Jan 2015, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Well yeah but now if it doesnt happen we know shes just baiting us with it, i mean seriously of all the chapters this is the one. The cover says it all.
Rain Beau Dash 5th Jan 2015, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
That's how you see it. In my humble opinion, a writer shouldn't always listen to the fandom, because if she always listens, there would be no element of surprise anymore.
Yuki-chan 4th Jan 2015, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
Isn't that also the day of the date between Ky and Drew?
j-eagle12212012 4th Jan 2015, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Speaking of fluffy charecters as mascots I've been re-enjoying Dragon Age Origins and have to say the Nugs are super cute. right?
Shade Tree 5th Jan 2015, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
*SMOOOOOOOCHES* :DDD Okay, seriously though, I've been reading this for a few months now, and I've actually gone back and re-read the whole thing like 5 times or something, and I am absolutely in love with this work. Just from the name I can imagine so very many scenarios, any of which could go very well or very badly. The fan boy in me hopes for something good to happen to Rain, because I empathize with her so much, but the author in me hopes something crushing happens just for the added drama and because sometimes I need to cry over imaginary characters. *crosses fingers for both*
Mikusagi 5th Jan 2015, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
Are you planning on drawing something for Femslash February?
Jocelyn 5th Jan 2015, 5:23 PM edit delete reply

It sounds self-explanitory, but I feel like I've got to ask: what's Femslash February? I've actually never heard of it.
tmes2000 5th Jan 2015, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Well Femslash generally just describes something of a lesbianic*is this even a word?* nature and from my experience it almost always involved sex or something along those lines. So im guessing february is the month for writing/drawing it? IDK
HarJIT 6th Jan 2015, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
I think "sapphic" is the adjective you are after.
kristalcosmic 6th Jan 2015, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
To clear things up, it is a month where people typically draw 2 characters as lesbian even if for a brief period of time, this can be as simple as kissing, but can be more. The slash refers to \ that is usually used to separate 2 names in fanfics.
Mikusagi 6th Jan 2015, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
It's a big thing on Tumblr, but you could do it in other places as well. You post pictures or fanfictions of female shippings, no gender-bender is allowed since it was created because male characters had to much focus and the females were in the shadow. It doesn't at all have to be sex, it can be anything you find romantic (or sexual if you are more into sex when it comes to ships).
Nug 5th Jan 2015, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn, I just wanted to thank you, During the entire time you were on hiatus you kept us updated, let us know what was going on with the comic. I have been dealing with another comic that has been incommunicado during hiatus, and I just wanted to let you know how much I and other fans appreciate it. Keep up the awesome work on the comic.
Jocelyn 5th Jan 2015, 9:11 PM edit delete reply

Thank you. I try my best. ^_^

Back in the day, there was this little webcomic called RPG World. It was possibly the first that I really followed and remained one of my favorites for a long time. At some point, the author started missing updates a lot without explanation. And when readers would comment on that, he'd get bitter about it. This caused a huge rift between the writer and the readers. In the end, he starting rushing towards a conclusion to get the story over with (complete with a drop in art quality) and even then never finished it. And unless I missed a memo somewhere myself, I'm pretty sure he just stopped doing it without a word to anyone (I stopped checking after the first year of no updates).

If writers want to move on to something else, or something big happens in their lives, I can understand. But it's not the readers fault, and I think the least that could be done was a little communication. I've seen situations like this a lot, and it stuck with me. So it became a cornerstone of how I choose present my webcomic. If, heaven forbid, I can't make an update (whether for a day or for a couple weeks or even a couple months), you guys will know ahead of time. I will repeat it as many times as I can so everyone gets the memo (and chime in just to say hi occasionally while I'm gone), because I don't want my readers revolting at me, when they could just as easily be totally okay with me needing time. I guarantee I would've lost a lot of readers over the years if I just went ahead and never said a word about my hiatuses before they came. So I think communication is integral. I'm not trying to say I'm better than other webcomic artists; I just try my best to learn from others' mistakes. ^_^

I probably didn't need to share all that, but this is actually pretty important to me, so I hope it's at least interesting.
tmes2000 5th Jan 2015, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Exact fucking reason we all love you (at least i would hope that most people reading this regularly would). And of course you make this comic :P
KitsuneChan 6th Jan 2015, 5:25 AM edit delete reply
There is a webcomic I follow called two kinds, he used to update it twice weekly then to once weekly, now we are lucky if we get an update once every 2 weeks, he doesn't really tell us why all his updates are all random now, i have been a dedicated reader of two kinds for the last 10 years but i now rarely check it for updates.

I love how I can trust when your webcomic will be updated it is so refreshing, I love it.
Zi 13th Sep 2015, 3:22 AM edit delete reply
I totally followed RPG World too! I can barely remember anything about it now aside from the characters, and the gala Cherry had to dress up for.
Terra 11th Jan 2015, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
"virtually all depictions of cosplay or general 'anime/manga characters' will be my own characters". So you're saying this convention won't be flooded with Deadpool's? Well that's not very realistic. :P
Guest 31st Jul 2016, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
"Chapter 24 of Cons and KISSES"?!
Is Emily gonna kiss Rain?
Is Rain gonna kiss Emily?
Is Emily going to kiss Aiken?
*runs around in circles*
Sky Beams 31st Jul 2016, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
Btw, I'm Sky Beams, just forgot to add it! ^.^;
Gabibutcher 25th Nov 2021, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Wow, this has got to be the best chapter title, is it wrong to be even more excited for the kisses than the con? (And I am excited for the con too!)
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