Comic 784 - Old School

21st Jan 2016, 6:59 PM in Ch. 28: Love, Trust, and Respect
Old School
Average Rating: 4.83 (12 votes)
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Jocelyn 21st Jan 2016, 6:59 PM edit delete
A lot of you guessed this. Gavin's phone conversation in the previous chapter was worded very particularly so as to sound like he was meeting up with Ana tonight. I managed to mislead a lot of you, but a fair few cautiously brought up a "what if it's Allison?" since then. ^_^ Also, because I'm sure there are some concerned Ana fans wondering where she is, I will say this: Even though Ana will NOT actually be meeting up with Gavin here, you have my word that she IS still in this chapter.

Anyway, let's get back to the point. Allison is kind of interesting. Her name has been dropped a few times over the course of the comic, but apart from one random flashback, she's never actually been seen... unless you've read Volume 1's bonus chapter. And even then, this is the first time anyone is seeing her in present day. If you're fuzzy on who she actually is, that's okay. The only really important thing you need to know going into this is that Allison was childhood friends with "Ryan" and Gavin back in the day. Book buyers might have a little advance knowledge of one particular thing, but it's nothing too big and we'll all be on the same page before this chapter is over.

But let's hear your thoughts on the girl. Are there any immediate takeaways regarding what kind of person Allison is we can gather from her short presence in this scene? What "rough stuff" could she be going through? Could there be ulterior motives on either her or Gavin's part? And most of all, what IS Ruby doing?

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Er-hem. I hope this doesn't detract from story-related comments, but as you may or may not have heard, I've got an appointment for SRS consultation scheduled for the end of the month (oh god; it's next week!). Maybe - just maybe - something good will be in my future. This also means your help was never more welcome if you're willing and/or able. Buying books, or shirts, or scarves/wristbands, or just plain donations are all very helpful right now. Obviously, if you are unable to or don't want to offer anything, that's totally fine. There are other ways you can help. Like voting for Rain on TopWebComics or joining/sharing the Facebook page can help spread the word about my work. Thanks for anything you can do; no hard feelings if you can't. ^_^
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Mecaterpillar 21st Jan 2016, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
Hehe, I was right! It helps that Allison still wears her hair in pigtails. I'm not sure I would've recognized her otherwise.
Guest 21st Jan 2016, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
i told you guys i knew it
GigaNerd17 21st Jan 2016, 8:12 PM edit delete reply
The resemblance to Fire Emblem Awakening's Robin is uncanny.
Lemonado Girl 22nd Jan 2016, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
I'm not the only one good!
Reimi 21st Jan 2016, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
Nice to see Allison finally make a proper appearance in the online comic. Now to see why she decided to meet up with Gavin. (got two possibles running through my head)
Mina 21st Jan 2016, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
True fact: you want this skirt.

So Ana's in this chapter... Great! I love her. ~

You really can't tell if Allison "has been going through a lot" by just seeing her. In-universe, it's nice, if only Rain could do it, too... The readers, though, will have a hard time knowing what she has in mind.
Anyway, Allison seems lovely. If she doesn't mess with The Ship, I'll probably like her a lot. ~

By the way, I wonder if Rain really loved her, or actually loved Allison's femininity... If it's the later, then the Rainily ship is probably safe. ~
Well, it's pointless if Rain doesn't run into Allison. XD

I... Actually didn't know that "what the shit" was a thing.
no 12th Nov 2020, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
true fact: the whole outfit, actually
j-eagle12212012 21st Jan 2016, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
As one of the readers who bought Rain vol 1 (and vol 2, and just ordered vol 3 earlier today) I will keep my thoughts on this to myself for now (my theory relates to the bonus chapter A)

j-eagle12212012 21st Jan 2016, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
On a side note, Allison looks kinda like that other in universe Manga character.... something Pandora?

Edit* Halloween Princess Pandora. First mentioned back in chapter 5 on page 126 titled "Long Hair"
Guest 22nd Jan 2016, 12:26 AM edit delete reply
Well i kinda know where this is going
Guest 22nd Jan 2016, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
…wow, every time I think I can't dislike Rudy (/Ruby) more, he (she) goes and acts like an immature brat again. It's incredibly rude to basically manipulate people into inviting you to tag along, especially for purely selfish and nosy reasons, and extra especially if you know that they're needing time alone.

This chapter is entitled "Love, Trust, & Respect". So far, Rudy has failed to show either of those latter two things, and only somebody as painfully immature as Rudy would think that Love can exist in any non-toxic form without the latter two. Personally, I seriously hope this chapter is going to include Rudy getting some sense [verbally] beaten into him :-/
Zii 22nd Jan 2016, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
Allison is very cute!

I was pretty sure it was going to be her as of the title page for this chapter, even though the hair color threw me off.

But now suddenly most other things in this chapter feel irrelevant to the pressing question for me; how will Allison react to Rain?

I have no idea, and I'm waiting to be led through this series of events. I can only hope time hasn't built too strong of a wall between her and Rain... and they didn't leave off on a particularly good note... So many mysteries to unravel here!
LComix 22nd Jan 2016, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
I can't wait to see how this all unfolds with Allison!

Also lulu sent me new copies of the books and everything is as it should be :) the customer service was really helpful.
Safronoff 22nd Jan 2016, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Rudy = all time favorite character
CaiteNeko 22nd Jan 2016, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
I wish I could pull off what ruby does...
This is an interesting panel and I honestly didn't quite understand what was going on until the comments revitalized my memory. I never thought we'd see Allison in present day, only in flashbacks. I want to know what happens so bad!
dumok 23rd Jan 2016, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
So Rudy decides to cock block Gavin, after clearly being told to take a walk...Not a good sign.
Yay 24th Nov 2016, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
I don't know what happens next, but Rudy is a dick and Allison obviously is another LGBT person.
no 12th Nov 2020, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
there has been absolutely no evidence for the second part up to this point, unless it was in the bonus chapters.
Szarrukin 2nd Jan 2021, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
I am pretty sure Gavin is going to be the only non-villain cis straight person. Maybe Allison is aromantic? There is no aromantic character in "Rain" yet.

Also I agree, Rudy is an asshole.

Hooman Bean 13th Jan 2021, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Whaaat? No, Rudy is amazing!
pojo 22nd Oct 2021, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
Ruby's face, that smug look. It just cracks me up I love it! : )
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