Comic 722 - Any Plans

30th Aug 2015, 4:34 PM in Ch. 26: Cut
Any Plans
Average Rating: 4.91 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 30th Aug 2015, 4:34 PM edit delete
Originally, the first panel was Jessica asking Emily to talk, and then the rest of the page was them talking. It felt like a really weird scene transition though. So I added this short exchange between Rain and Fara regarding the leftover ponytail. I know I haven't shown it since the haircut happened, but I imagine Rain held onto it. When I had to cut my hair short for the first time when I was 21 (for a terrible job I quit after two days, no less), I kept it out of some kind of sentimentality for a long time before finally doing something with it.

Regarding where Rain and Fara's talk go, I never planned to specify what it was that took Liriel Flaherty's life. And for what it's worth, I may even leave it at what's been said here, but the dialogue probably offers some pretty clear hints. If you don't get it, don't worry about it. I'm not 100% sure this page was even necessary. I don't know. I think it's just my own personal experience that made me want to include this. I didn't need to go through chemo (thankfully), but I actually did lose a fair amount of hair from the stress of my second surgery.

So, sorry if this is a weird, potentially unnecessary, downer of a page, but thank you for indulging me. Jessica and Emily will actually talk next time.

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Robin 30th Aug 2015, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
I have to say I really like this page. I finally understand a bit more about why Rains mother died. I kept wondering...
Also, will we see anything in the story about the father? I'm really curious, since I never saw him and we don't know anything about him.
Jocelyn 30th Aug 2015, 5:52 PM edit delete reply

Expect Rain's dad to just be in the background as a name mentioned once in a while for a long time. I do plan on using him eventually, but I have scripts that go about ten chapters beyond this and he still hasn't made an actual appearance yet.

So yeah. Someday. But even I don't know when. :P
Ashley Moni 30th Aug 2015, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
I like this page. The oblique cancer reference adds verisimilitude to the story. It helps build the impression of real characters with complex pasts that exist outside the scope of the story.

Makes it feel less like a self contained play.
Mina 30th Aug 2015, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
I'd never have guessed the reason why Liriel died if it wasn't for the above comments. XD

Don't worry, this is not weird at all. ^^
purplespacecats 30th Aug 2015, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
oh hey actually i really like this because it gives rain a cover story. i mean obvs she can be like "yea i just wanted to try a new 'do" but that might be hard for her to fake, so she can honestly tell people "yeah i donated my hair because i lost my mom to cancer" and let people assume that she cut her hair willingly for that express purpose.
j-eagle12212012 30th Aug 2015, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
That could actually work very well. I am curious about what kind of cancer Rain's mom had because with transition the risk factors of certain cancers can go up due to family history
Ruth 14th Aug 2016, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
I'm guessing breast cancer. My sister (3 yrs older than me, who dressed me up for the first time and gave me the name Ruth) survived breast cancer after a long and tough battle at MD Anderson. Now that I'm about to start HRT, I guess my chances of getting it are going to increase a lot.
Boo 30th Aug 2015, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
"Cover story" is an interesting idea, but I might be surprised if she goes that way. Rain probably wants to stay well away from the centre of most people's attention at this time, and trying out a new hairstyle is something people see others doing all the time.


FWIW, I don't think it's weird, do agree that it helps build realistic complexity, and have always enjoyed this comic since being pointed to it- even when it reminds me of things I'm really sensitive to. I'm learning to expect that cancer touches the lives of a hefty portion of peops around me, based on how often I've heard near-strangers mention parts of its impact on them. At the very least, every one here is enjoying at least some of your stories. :] For that matter, since you've shared so much of your own experience with us... in my little socially stunted corner of the world, one cousin died a few years ago after a lifelong struggle with leukemia, and right now my only friend outside my family is nearly done with a series of surgeries and going to start chemo soon. I usually don't [know how to] talk about it, but I can't seem to go a day without thinking about it.
Lemonado Girl 30th Aug 2015, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
Never underestimate Fara's ability to put the silver lining in the clouds if it isn't there already.
Emma 30th Aug 2015, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
Wow, this page hits me hard... My mom died of leukemia (well, actually of graft vs host after the fact), and seeing her with no hair was really difficult for me as a kid.

Every dark cloud had a silver lining, though- because my mom got a bone marrow donation, my cousin talked to his mom about being an organ donor- just half a year before he died of a blood clot. And, because that bone marrow donor gave me a few years more with my mom than I would have had otherwise, I became a bone marrow donor and organ donor myself.
Monika 31st Aug 2015, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
I think this is a really nice comic. Don't worry about it being "unnecessary".
Lex-Kat 25th Nov 2016, 5:02 AM edit delete reply
Her hair almost matches Fara's.
Guest 7th Mar 2018, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
Ugh, I'm tearing up here. Even after going through trauma, Rain doesn't hesitate to do good deads. :')
Guest 25th Apr 2019, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
Thank you so much for this page Jocelyn.
Absentia 4th Apr 2021, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
as someone who lost their dad to cancer, i suddenly feel even worse for Rain than i already did. i know how difficult it was for me, and i can't imagine what she felt like dealing with that while still pretending to be a boy.
skrbunny 15th Sep 2022, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
my son (who is fine now) went through 2 years of leukemia treatment... some 3 years later, i decided to grow my hair out with the idea of later donating it (i had never grown my hair in the tiniest bit before cos of work).

well, doing research online at the 10 month point, i wasn't finding anyplace that actually used the donated hair... it was disappointing and frustrating.

i was confused what to do, when i started noticing that people were presuming i was female... that... started to change things...
Mila 24th Nov 2022, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
This one really has a special feel to it, it's hard for me to describe... maybe bittersweet would be an adequate term? But the conclusion is just about the most heartwarming thing I've seen in a long time, especially looking at Fara in the final panel.
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