Comic 654 - Black Wings Kaminari

31st Mar 2015, 6:00 PM in Ch. 24: Of Cons and Kisses
Black Wings Kaminari
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Jocelyn 31st Mar 2015, 6:00 PM edit delete
Behold the wall of text! :O

Although Rain and Emily are nowhere to be found, keep in mind that the text is all italicized, so this is actual dialogue from Rain right here. She may be shy, but man, can that girl talk when she's into the subject matter.

If we want to be technical, Rain's already gushed about Kaminari way back in Chapter 2. If you thought she said a lot then, keep in mind she kept it to a single panel. This fleshes things out a bit. Does that mean the story of Kaminari is actually plot relevant though? Sort of. Pretty much everything in there is symbolic (whether to the comic itself, or the themes within it), so there's actually a lot to take in.

Artistically, I've gotten used to drawing Kaminari a lot. The rest of her party, I'm still pretty new to (but it was fun, finally officially working these designs out). We've seen Aneko and the back of Hokori in a rare manga page sighting back in Chapter 3, but that didn't make this any easier. I tweaked Aneko's design a lot in particular. It's similar for sure, but I thought her original look was a bit blah compared to how flashy Kaminari was. Hokori's design meanwhile is almost entirely based on a character from an abandoned story of mine from ages ago. I think he fits pretty well here. Rei was completely new. I made him up as I went. He's not my best, but I still kinda dig the way he came out. Especially his staff. ^_^

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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Nightsky 31st Mar 2015, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Woohoo! Explanation! :D Though now I have to ask: what if someone was born with one white wing and one black, similar to the emblem on Rain's shirt?
j-eagle12212012 31st Mar 2015, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
Or what about someone with One black wing?
j-eagle12212012 31st Mar 2015, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
I saw the name of the kingdom and This came to mind. Simialar spelling
Jocelyn 1st Apr 2015, 11:54 AM edit delete reply

It's no secret that I love me some Final Fantasy 4, but that had no bearing the kingdom's name. (It might have had bearing Kaminari's hair color though. Rain obsesses over her about as much as I obsess over Rydia.)

The kingdom's name was originally going to be called "Tori", because it's the Japanese word for "bird". But after a lot of time thinking about it, I wasn't sure how well that would translate to a non-Japanese speaking audience. I was afraid people would be like, "That's a person's name, not a kingdom's name." As a result, I tacked an extra letter on at the end to make it sound different. I don't think it means anything anymore, but it does sound more like a fantasy place.

And then someone on DeviantArt exclaimed their sister's name was Toria in response to the page. So I guess it's still a person's name. XD
Vellikat 31st Mar 2015, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
Oh, so it's a story about racism.
drs 1st Apr 2015, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
Sort of? Doesn't map well to usual racism against whole populations. More like anti-ginger prejudice, ramped way up. Or female infanticide.
Jocelyn 1st Apr 2015, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
As far as prejudices go, it's more so meant to be representative of transphobia (because that's what would be pertinent to the story of Rain). Obviously, it's not exact, but there are a few notably analagous points.
Jules 31st Mar 2015, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
But wait what happened to the black-winged baby? Did I miss something? How can she be the only winged creature on earth if the baby survived the fall?
Jocelyn 31st Mar 2015, 10:12 PM edit delete reply

Whoops. I meant to mention that. The farmers offer to take care of the baby. I'll edit that in later.

And what I mean by "the only one on the surface world with wings", I mean winged people don't live on the surface, so Kaminari isn't likely to come across any more as long as she's down there.
Cant settle on a username 31st Mar 2015, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
I'm starting to see why Rain likes this manga so much
tmes2000 31st Mar 2015, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
If this was a legit manga I would read this
Bane 1st Apr 2015, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
@Jocelyn Do you mind if I used the characters from Black Wings Kaminari and write a short story based on the story that was established in this comic?
Jocelyn 1st Apr 2015, 11:40 AM edit delete reply

If you mean that you want to do like a fanfic, sure. Go for it.

If you mean that you want to tell the story of Black Wings Kaminari, then no. I might still have plans regarding that.
BusTotem 1st Apr 2015, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
It isn't topical to this specific comic but did I miss some sort of agender character somewhere? I think I've ticked just about everything else off.
Jocelyn 1st Apr 2015, 11:45 AM edit delete reply

Unfortunately, there is no agender character in the story at this time (nor one planned for now). Doesn't mean it can't happen, but I just haven't made such a character yet.
BusTotem 1st Apr 2015, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Sobsob. *phooeys*
I'll just try adopting anyone that looks cis if they do anything that looks the slightest bit inept at or rejecting of any gender roles like I was for now. I know how invisible we can be.
Niceguy Eddie 1st Apr 2015, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
I can't help but think, "why are you doing rain, instead of BWK?!" Awesome sounding manta. Would totally read that!
Epiphania 1st Apr 2015, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh!!!
Do you plan to do a comic/fiction on this? I just love the concept
Though I am wondering why we do not see more winged characters in it, as you mentionned in the begining that they can easily go from one side to the other/that black winged children sometime survives
Guest 1st Apr 2015, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
so its like rain. kaminari is rain hokori is gavin aneko is maria and rei is rudy
Kitsune_Chan 2nd Apr 2015, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
O m g this could totally be turned into an awesome webcomic! *rolls around* O-O unless it is one already o-o .... just the thought of a story with such a tragic start that leads to goodness just makes me ...... OuO
Rain Beau Dash 2nd Apr 2015, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
This also makes me hungry for calamari ^^
*referencing to Marias original reaction*
Long-time Lurker 2nd Apr 2015, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
Can you please make Kaminari into an actual series when you're done with Rain? This sounds amazing and I'd LOVE to read it.
Syrup 30th Apr 2015, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
The mage kid is hot
Sonne 3rd Apr 2016, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
"...leaving it in ruin."
I see what you did there xD
Samantha 31st May 2016, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, it's about transphobia. This is why Rain connects with this. All the graves of the black-wings.
elizabeth 5th Feb 2017, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
the characters from black wings kaminari seem very similar to the characters from rain.
BASHparallel 14th Feb 2018, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
This actually sounds so awesome and I would absolutely read it.
BASHparallel 14th Feb 2018, 6:24 PM edit delete reply
Also, would you mind if I actually wrote this as a fanfic? I'll obviously credit you and link to Rain, but I just love this concept so much. Also, Kaminari x Aneko!
Colourfrag 13th Jan 2020, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
It seems to me that...
Kaminari— Rain
Hokori — Gavin
Aneko — Maria
Rei — Rudy

Also I read “leaving it in ruin” as “leaving it in RuIn” XD
no 11th Nov 2020, 1:49 AM edit delete reply
actual story for kaminari? finally!

But the symbolism... is this confirmation that maria is going to leave home due to her parents homophobia?
rat 28th Apr 2021, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
i would definitly read this
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