Comic 826 - Elephant

28th Apr 2016, 5:29 PM in Ch. 29: Transitions
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 28th Apr 2016, 5:29 PM edit delete
Some random small talk in the first couple panels. Some cute people being cute with each other while discussing some more serious stuff in the last few panels. Just a standard Rain page all around. Simple, but otherwise fitting for the 800th story page. XD

I did a vote for the color of Rain's headband on Facebook. Purple was actually the most voted. However, those who liked the black one best suggested it went better with her uniform. I'm willing to guarantee she'll wear that purple one in the near future too though. ^_^

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Jacy Em 28th Apr 2016, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
Yay! Canonical status fully achieved!
MtF Comrades 28th Apr 2016, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
I know this question has nothin' to do with the current page, but does Rain live in a state where those douchebags have enforced the Bathroom Bill?
Jocelyn 28th Apr 2016, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
@MtF Comrades

The comic takes place in (an imaginary town in) upstate NY. Thankfully, NY is safe for now (and will hopefully stay that way).
Guest 29th Apr 2016, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
Ah, thank the maker (which would be you in this situation), and honestly, I just don't get why people wanna enforce that bill.
Mina 29th Apr 2016, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
Homosexuality is widely known, now. So I guess it's easier to use poeple's fear of the unknown by oppressing trans persons.
I may be mistaking, though.
Artemis-Orion 30th Apr 2016, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
Rain is in my state? =D

I am oddly proud of this, considering the town Rain lives in.
Enterthefreak 30th Apr 2016, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
To be honest, having it take place in New York doesnt make very much sense to me. I live in New York and pretty much everyone I know is queer. :/ My entire school even takes part in Pride days and such...
RandomPerson 30th Apr 2016, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
I don't know, I live in New York too and most of my town is super conservative and would probably support one of those shitty Bathroom Bills if it were proposed. I suppose it just depends on what part of New York you're in.
Jocelyn 1st May 2016, 12:51 AM edit delete reply

I chose New York purely with the "write what you know" approach in mind. I've lived here my whole life. The interesting thing about New York though is - like RandomPerson says - depending where you are in the state, your experience can be WILDLY different. I grew up on Long Island, but have spent time in NYC, lived in Plattsburgh way upstate for seven years, and am currently residing in Albany for very nearly five years now. It's all New York, but each one was a vastly different place with vastly different values.

The setting in Rain is probably closest to my Plattsburgh experience. There was a pretty small, but otherwise close queer community (see the main cast), but there was also a very oppressive conservative side as well. Everyone I made friends with up there was queer or at least an ally. But outside my friend group, it was the exact opposite. It's a strange dichotomy, but I've seen it with my own eyes.
Doombird 1st May 2016, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
Truuuuuuuth. Syracuse is the same. If, say, you go to the university or live in that community, it's very queer-friendly, and just super individualism-friendly in general, but the flipside to that community is, like, all of the commenters on People who moved out to the 'burbs just to get away from anyone different from them. And not to stereotype, but just outside the city it gets rural fast, and super intolerant fast.
Eliza 3rd May 2016, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
I'm from upstate New York as well, but more towards the southern part of the center of the state... on the border of Tioga and Chemung counties. So it's cool to think of this in my home state.
thatguyinthecorner 28th Apr 2016, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
*head explodes*

but don't though
VDani 28th Apr 2016, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
They are official! They are official!
[releases a bag full of squees while chanting]
VDani 28th Apr 2016, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Also, that headband is super cute on Rain.
Not-Evil Chase 28th Apr 2016, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Happy-Rain! ^_^ That last panel just gives me all the warm fuzzies.
Nef 28th Apr 2016, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations on 800 story pages! That's HUGE!
Lemonado Girl 28th Apr 2016, 9:17 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Oh my god Rain you look so adorable

There's too much adorable on this page I freaking can't
say Taylor 28th Apr 2016, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
If anyone gives them trouble at school, I feel compelled to jump through my monitor unleashed the fury of 1000 angry Marias upon them.
...I get a little enthusiastic sometimes.
Jocelyn 29th Apr 2016, 12:06 AM edit delete reply
@say Taylor

I think "the fury of 1,000 angry Marias" may be the best thing I've heard all day. I'm going to have to remember that. XD
Reimi 29th Apr 2016, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
And in 40-50 pages that line will pop up and only a few of us will actually get it. :P
j-eagle12212012 29th Apr 2016, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
It will be our inside joke
Eliza 30th Apr 2016, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
DocMesa 29th Apr 2016, 3:23 AM edit delete reply
Fuzziest. Elephant. Ever.
Evalyn-Averis 29th Apr 2016, 5:16 AM edit delete reply anyone else reaaallly waiting for them to be ultra adorbes and for Emily to fix Rain's mismatched collar heights on her uniform...?
MtF Comrades 29th Apr 2016, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
MtF Comrades
I dunno about the rest of y'all, but I'm excited for the rest of the chapter!
Also, Jocelyn, I wish ya the best of luck with HRT!
Mina 29th Apr 2016, 7:45 AM edit delete reply
The headband is a nice idea! It's really cute. ^^

In french, we say "an elephant deceives a lot". It's not fun at all in english (and it's never fun for elephants), but in french, "deceives" and "trunk" use the same word ("trompe"). I know, it's silly.
... Don't ask me why I said that. I wonder as well. ._.
Elephant 29th Apr 2016, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
They're so adorable 'o'
KingNolad 29th Apr 2016, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
I can't wait to see where this relationship will go, also the headband is super cute~ :3
breaddd 29th Apr 2016, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Does anybody remember how long Emily has been pregnant? I honestly don't remember..
Jocelyn 29th Apr 2016, 12:42 PM edit delete reply

Since the end of October. So, about 17 weeks, thus far.
MtF Comrades 29th Apr 2016, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
MtF Comrades
This question might be inappropriate, but how does Emily keep her pregnant stumach hidden?
Delete if you find it inappropriate.
Sarah 29th Apr 2016, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
It's not that far in, so she isn't HUGE or anything yet. People, mostly Debbie and Holly, have commented on her "putting on weight." She's also fretted about spring, when they stop wearing blazers, so we can assume that her blazer conceals most of it.
EpicSD 29th Apr 2016, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
Reimi 30th Apr 2016, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
So, embarrassing confession. I forgot Maria and Chanel's names at work today, I just couldn't think of their names. All that kept popping into my head was Marnel. XD
SayaHeart 30th Apr 2016, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
Yay for more cute! ♥ You can never have too much cute ^~^ and therefore you can never have too much Rain ♥
Katherine 30th Apr 2016, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
The headband does look cute. ^__^

Also, yay for them finally being an official couple!
mecaterpillar 30th Apr 2016, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
6:42AM and just about ready for school. This is part of why I didn't miss high school.
Kathy5 1st May 2016, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
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DramaDork 1st May 2016, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
@mecaterpillar I'd kill to be able to be getting dressed at 6:42. If I'm not finished getting ready by 5:45, I'm either not getting and breakfast/lunch or stuck missing my bus.
mecaterpillar 1st May 2016, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
When I was in high school, it was out the door at 6:25AM every school day. I think I used to wake up at 5:40AM. It's horrible just thinking about it.
CaiteNeko 1st May 2016, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
I hate to dampen the mood, but what is the most passive way to relieve anger at someone who is closely related to you, who just called you(and many others like me)a freak of nature?
Sarah 1st May 2016, 10:50 PM edit delete reply
Whatever you do, make sure you're safe. That's incredibly important. Then, maybe talk it out with someone you trust, or write it out if that's easier. If you feel safe enough, (and even want to bother) maybe try explaining to them how not-okay whatever they said was.

I'm assuming you're talking about homophobia, transphobia, or one of their hideous siblings or mutant children, based on the fact that it's Rain. Please know that whatever was said, you're more than just one label and far greater than any stereotype.
CaiteNeko 2nd May 2016, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
The thing that got me about it was that he knew, and knew how I felt about it and he still said it.
Sarah 2nd May 2016, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Yeah... That sucks. People can be fools sometimes. Sometimes they just refuse to understand just how important that sort of thing is. You absolutely deserve respect, and I'd beat up all the homophobes in the universe if I thought that would change anything. It wouldn't:
"Hey, that pansexual girl just beat up a bunch of innocent people for no reason!"
"Well, that isn't very ladylike, is it? She was probably raised by crazy butch lesbians and is homeless and on drugs."
"Don't be that extreme. She's just violent because she's CONFUSED. Let this be a lesson to you. Everyone bisexual is a future criminal."
"Ya know, this whole thing totally reinforces my sexist, homophobic, and transphobic beliefs."
Really though, I'm so sorry you're having to put up with this sort of nonsense. Wouldn't wish it on anyone.
Guest 1st May 2016, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
Does it make me a horrible person that I laugh every time Rain pops a boner? I know it's a serious problem for her and every other transgender woman, but the situations are just so funny in the comics!
kyuubi no kitsune-hime 1st May 2016, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
No, you can be sympathetic and it can still be funny at the same time. That's down to timing, which is the key to a good joke. Especially because this joke is less at Rain's expense and more speaking to an issue a lot of trans women deal with. For most people with penises, getting an erection does not ruin the mood, for a lot of trans women it does... These situations played the way it was played last time is actually pretty funny. Laughing and then going "awww that sucks" does not make you a terrible person.

This isn't an issue just for trans people either. Most people people, cis, trans, or non-binary have the issue of having obvious arousal when it's totally inappropriate... Which is funny, when it's not happening to you.
no 12th Nov 2020, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
those last two panels are adorable. i swear i saw rain bouncing on the balls of her feet for a moment in the last panel before i remembered it was a static image.
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