Comic 860 - Minimon Proceed

22nd Jul 2016, 10:05 AM in SRS Hiatus
Minimon Proceed
Average Rating: 4.73 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 22nd Jul 2016, 10:05 AM edit delete
Okay, really the last comic I post for a while. I just had a lame joke in my head that worked so well with the timing of Rain starting hormones soon as well as the popularity of Pokemon Go. Of course, this is wildly non-canon, since it's 2013 in the comic so Rainverse equivalent "Minimon Proceed" won't be out for a few years yet. And obviously, I couldn't change the name of Spearow without very well killing the (already terrible) joke. So don't take this one too seriously.

For those who don't get it, Spearow is a Pokemon, obviously. And Spiro (short for Spironolactone) is often used as an anti-androgen by trans women. Yesterday, I happened to encounter several dozen Spearows in Pokemon Go, and due to grumbling about it out loud all day, noticed for the first time their similar pronunciations. This gave me a chuckle (because I laugh at the dumbest things), so I made it into a comic. And here we are! XD

Doing this also allows me to more formally address the fact that people have been asking a lot if they can do fan strips while I'm on extended hiatus. To which I say "very yes!" If you're interested in making one, go nuts! Send it to me, and I'll share it (with full credit to you of course), so that maybe the hiatus doesn't feel quite so agonizingly long since we'll get to keep seeing Rain and her friends. I don't even care if it's for laughs, cries, ships, or what-have-you. Just at least keep it PG-13(ish), and have fun! (Of course, fan art and fan fics are also totally welcome!)

As a final note, while I don't think I'll be drawing much through my recovery (unless I can find a position where that works), I would like to keep mentally active and do at least some work. Mostly writing, I'm sure. The books Rain and Emily are reading here tease which ones I've been thinking most about lately, so you could see something on those in the near future (but of course, I'll get into those specifically at a later date).

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Other than that, SRS is just four days away (but I mean, who's keeping track?)

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I'd also like to mention that a friend and reader set up a Discord server for Rain. So if you'd like to chat with other readers in real time, or at least, have a safe space to discuss other non-comic things, you should check it out here -
Jocelyn 26th Jul 2016, 12:46 PM edit delete
Hey, peeps! I'm out and awake and I'm told everything went great. ^_^
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DocMesa 22nd Jul 2016, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
A wild Puddle appears!
SayaHeart 22nd Jul 2016, 5:56 PM edit delete reply
I would use every ball and berry I have to catch a Puddle O~O and I'm up to ultras!
Rain AND puns? I didn't think I could like this comic more than I did!! Guess I was wrong ♥
Megadaman 22nd Jul 2016, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
Maybe some prism glasses would help find a comfortable drawing position. You could lie on your back and see forward.
Guest 22nd Jul 2016, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
i was so excited then it was Pokemon go. XD
Lemonado Girl 22nd Jul 2016, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Haaaaaaa. Rattata are everywhere I live, as are eevee. Not that I mind the latter.
Jocelyn 23rd Jul 2016, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
@Lemonado Girl

My apartment has an infestation of Drowzees. No wonder I'm not sleeping well. XD
SayaHeart 25th Jul 2016, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
Holy wow! you too? My street (and mostly everywhere nearby) is just sick with nothing but Drowzees! (\>,</)

Good luck with tomorrow!!! :D So happy for you!
♥ about 8 hours left ♥
Ellie 25th Jul 2016, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
I always find Pidgeys and Rattatas. There's an abundance of them where I live.
Reimi 27th Jul 2016, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
Same, Pidgey and Rattata everywhere, barely any Eevee either...
pansexualangel 23rd Jul 2016, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
ingress is better than pokemon go.. less server issues
Jocelyn 23rd Jul 2016, 8:51 AM edit delete reply

But Pokemon Go has Pokemon. ;P
The Other Mike 23rd Jul 2016, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
Thanks for explaining the joke. The only Spiro I knew about was Spiro Agnew, and I didn't think that was what Rain was referring to. (Pretty sure he's not her type.)
HUNDmiau 23rd Jul 2016, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
I don't get it. Can someone explain this to me.
Jocelyn 23rd Jul 2016, 11:10 AM edit delete reply

Spearow is a Pokemon. She is playing Pokemon Go on her phone.

Spiro (short for Spironolactone) is often used as an anti-androgen by trans women. In other words, it reduces the amount of testosterone the body produces (naturally being something Rain would like).

Hopefully that clears it up. ^_^
HUNDmiau 23rd Jul 2016, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Yep, everything's clear now. (I thought pokemon have the same name in all regions with latin letters)
But the Spiro-thing is new to me.
LilithSturlson 23rd Jul 2016, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
Anti androgyns are like testosterone blockers right?
Jocelyn 23rd Jul 2016, 11:07 AM edit delete reply

Yes. That is correct. ^_^
Guest 23rd Jul 2016, 5:05 PM edit delete reply everyone I know this joke

2.tell them I also want a spiro

3.explain it

I will come out with this joke
AmbiguousMouse 24th Jul 2016, 4:03 AM edit delete reply
Wow. All else about this page aside, I'm kind of surprisedly wondering if we've ever actually seen Rain pull such a "proud of my own joke" face before. This might be he first time, and it's still time-traveling semi-canon rather than an in-story thing.

But it works so well for her.

Rain, girl, you gotta get more Rudy.
SaraDroxyGarcia 24th Jul 2016, 11:03 PM edit delete reply
3 days of continuous emotional reading. Love the comic~ And congrats on your SRS I hope everything goes well or has gone well!
Katz 25th Jul 2016, 3:09 AM edit delete reply
Good look with your SRS tomorrow! ^^
Robin 25th Jul 2016, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
Good luck with your SRS! ^w^
Falicity 25th Jul 2016, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
Need to be careful with potassium intake with Spiro though
DramaDork 26th Jul 2016, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
Artorigus 26th Jul 2016, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
Geez, I'm just a fan and I'm this stressed and excited about your surgery, how in the world are YOU holding together? :p
Dee 26th Jul 2016, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
thinking of you today, Jocelyn! hope all goes well ❤️❤️❤️
The Laughing Man 26th Jul 2016, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
Good luck with your SRS!!!
miiohau 26th Jul 2016, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
I've started a wikia community at as companion to the facebook group.
Joshua 26th Jul 2016, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Nice, hope you are very happy! Is there any reason why you felt it important to specify that its exactly 2013 in the comics?
Long-Time Lurker 26th Jul 2016, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations, Jocelyn! I'm so glad everything went well for you! :D Thank you so much for this amazing comic. I hope you have a speedy but relaxing recovery.
Yossarian 26th Jul 2016, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
Congrats, Jocelyn! Glad to hear it went well
OpticianOfUrza 26th Jul 2016, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
I just started reading the comic today after this one was put on reddit, and now it's 2:30am and I'm all caught up. Excellent work, well done, and damn the fact that I now need to wait for each update ;_;
Anonymus Longtime Reader 26th Jul 2016, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
Ahh I am so so happy that everything went good concerning your surgery, and I am so excited for you !!!
Nobody Special 27th Jul 2016, 4:09 AM edit delete reply
Congratulations XD seriously your soo lucky maybe drop us some thoughts in everything maybe compare your feels idk first accounts make me feel hopeful
Longtime Guest 27th Jul 2016, 4:26 AM edit delete reply
We are so happy for you Jocelyn. You have been a great support for me and my mtf daughter.
KT 27th Jul 2016, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
So glad everything went well!! Congrats! Take some time to rest and recover--we'll be here :)
Mikasi 3rd Aug 2016, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
I'm horrible because I saw Spiro and thought Spiro the dragon instead. Which also worked for the joke in my head.
Ron 25th May 2022, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
Yes the dragon! That's what I thought too.
I have some additional irony in that I work in a pharmacy, sometimes handle spironolactone, didn't know what it was for (I'm just a first-year tech so I don't have to), and think of the dragon every time the drug comes up. Rawr. xD
MoveslikeQuagger 21st Aug 2016, 3:13 AM edit delete reply
Oh my god, I've been naming my Spearow the exact same thing :0
Midnightoil24 5th Feb 2020, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
Who could ever grumble about catching the best bird? Fearow kicked butt for me in ultra sun and soul silver
no 13th Nov 2020, 4:11 AM edit delete reply
this one messed with my head, trying to figure out what the reference was while comparing the current date and posting date and in world date to figure out what could and couldn´t fit here.
JoGo82 29th Apr 2022, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
I loved the joke, it’s a shame I can’t use it as I’m on a different blocker 😊
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