Every Year
1st Jun 2016, 7:38 AM in Ch. 29: Transitions
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Over 350 pages later, we're FINALLY out of February. Now that's what I call WOOOOO-worthy. XD

Anyway, the only truly important part of this page is panel 2, where the blazers are announced to no longer be mandatory (and yes, presumably, the students COULD still wear them, but I'm sick of drawing them so probably no one will). Why is not having blazers important? Emily will have a harder time keeping her pregnancy a secret, of course. Even if she continued to wear hers by choice, it would merely draw more attention to her.

Originally, this page was planned to just be an expository narration from Rain, talking about a couple different things (already mostly covered in the last few weeks worth of pages), and then "and now we don't need to wear blazers anymore". Since most of that narration was fleshed out by actual scenes, that really left the blazer thing as the only thing that needed to be talked about (and it IS kind of important). But how do you fill a page with one sentence of narration? You turn it into miscellaneous banter among lesser acknowledged characters like Devon, Rob, Aidyn, and Madison.

Special mention goes out to Aidyn and Madison because who the hell are they even? I wonder how many readers actually remember them. Their last canon appearance was in Chapter 6 and they didn't do anything. They're bit part characters who happened to have names, but never actually contributed anything to anything. For a while, I considered never including them again to just drop them from the story figuring no one would notice or care. But they may yet have some use. Not just yet, mind you, but as long as I'm having less common characters chat with each other here, it was a nice way to reintroduce them into the story. ^_^

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User comments:

I hate having to wear button downs/ties. Fortunately our "light wear" as one might call it is a silk polo and no tie, which is wonderful.
YAY, February is OVER!!!!!!
Lemonado Girl
Oh my god the day winter dress code ended I was like YES NO MORE MAMDATORY SHIRT AND TIE AT SCHOOL to myself because that had been a constant dysphoria trip for me. But hey, zone with wearing them every day (unless whatever job I get requires them), I'm happy!
Yay...out of February! But I still have to wonder how they are in 2013. Every day last year I wore a white button down out of choice, but believe me when I say I would've rather worn a dress than a bulky ass blazer and tie at a wedding.
You've just described my past year in eigth grade.
Excuse me for note clarifying, that was for 8th grade
kyuubi no kitsune-hime (Guest)
It's a good you went with this, rather than a long winded monologue from Rain. "Show don't tell" is a pretty important thing to remember when you're telling a story that isn't in novel form.
@kyuubi no kitsune-hime

That's more or less my reasoning. While there are some narrated monologue pages throughout the comic, I tend to kind of hate those. This page feels a little random and out of nowhere, but it's considerably more interesting (I think) than just being told what happened. :)
Dandelions42 (Guest)
Agreed! And a bit of lighthearted banter is just what we need during all deh story drama ^u^
Also, awesome Drew is awesome :D
AndyB (Guest)
Heh... Rain complains about wearing a skirt all winter, having waited years to be allowed to do so in public :)

Of course, she did insist on wearing pantyhose rather than thicker tights like most of the girls!
AndyB (Guest)
Sorry, excuse my not noticing the hair colour and forgetting the hair length. Never mind me (but I wonder what Rain thinks about the uniform?)

Actually, Rain rather likes the uniform.

But one could probably attribute that to, like you said, her finally being able to wear that kind of thing. ^_^
Mina (Guest)
Rain has her endo appointment in three days, right? I bet she's happy to be finally begin a new month. :p

Emily could say that the blazers are more model student-like! To have a "perfect" year, one should be a "perfect" student. ~
Ellie (Guest)

Still, I feel we will see some drama between now and then, things rarely go perfectly. ;_;
I've been binge-reading "Rain" at work for the past couple of weeks. This is a beautiful story, and I heart your art. Thank you, Jocelyn :)
I wear a uniform at work. It is not the worst thing, especially when deciding what to wear in the morning (and when buying them, because I get a uniform-allowance, which means I don't have to pay a cent for work clothes)
Yeah for random characters who haven't been seen in a long time
I had to wear a uniform when I was in ROTC... god I hated that part of it...
I actually enjoyed wearing my Band uniform when I was in high school. I thought it was fun. Though, I never had to wear a uniform outside of that, so... I guess I can't really speak much.
Dandelions42 (Guest)
So did I with my middle school band uniform! All the males had to wear pants and the females skirts, which sucked, but I personally loved my uniform. It had a white dress shirt, a blue shimmery vest and bow tie, and a long black skirt, which not only went awesomely with my nonbinary gender identity, but also with my love of shiny things, flowy fabric, and any and all bow ties :3
HowIsJoey (Guest)
Oooh skirts in winter honestly that sounds horrible even with leggings
I know this is kind of an out of question and I don't mean to offend. But, from an artists position I have to ask the question of why trans people, like myself and several, if not many of us, are not drawn with our biological "gender" proportions. Just curious, I appreciate the lack of that thought In the drawing process. But, please enjoy your day and don't take this the wrong way.
Akane (Guest)
Wait a minute, wasn't it February 26-ish on the previous page? Where did a whole week in story time suddenly go? o.O
You tell `em, Madison! Sheesh, boys and their ties. *eyeroll*
I like them more without the blazers