Comic 871 - Rain to return soon

16th Sep 2016, 8:11 PM in SRS Hiatus
Rain to return soon
Average Rating: 5 (9 votes)
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Jocelyn 16th Sep 2016, 8:11 PM edit delete
It's been a while, so let's talk Rain. Like, when is the comic coming back? And if my recovery is going so well, why's this hiatus taking so long?

Firstly, despite this being the longest hiatus ever, I want to thank all of you so much for being so patient with me. I know a lot of you are itching for your Rain fix, but not one of you has badgered me about it, and that means a lot to me. Just a wonderful reminder of one of the many reasons why you're the best fandom the internet has to offer. ^_^

Anyway, I am drawing on a pretty regular basis now, and I've got a setup going where I can sit for longer periods. So recovery isn't really an obstacle for this anymore.

However, I'm working on Rain - Volume 4 right now, and I want to at least submit it before I return to posting regular pages. I mean, I wanted to have it done BEFORE I had surgery, if anyone remembers me saying that. But those last few months were so hectic - with so much touch and go regarding whether the surgery would even happen or not until the very last moment - that I decided adding the extra stress of yet another deadline probably wasn't healthy. XD

But now, here I am with no other obligations going on. And I believe I should be able to have the bonus chapter finished this month. There's still a teeny bit of extra work beyond that, but my tentative goal is resume posting by October. Second week would be the best case scenario. I know that's still a ways away (and truthfully, I really am dying to jump back into it), but it feels like this book is never going to get done if I don't take care of it now.

So once again, thank you for bearing with me. I know you want Rain back. I do too! She and all her friends will return soon though. In the meantime, maybe now's a good time to give yourself a little refresher and read the last couple chapters again if you need to. ^_^

Take care, Rain Beaus! <3
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Zyla 16th Sep 2016, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
I'm so happy to hear that Rain will be coming back soon! It's certainly one of my favorite comics, it makes me feel happy being myself :)
But I'm also glad that you're making sure to take care of yourself first and foremost, and I'm glad that you take the time to do quality work for all of us instead of forcing yourself to speed up your work by posting before you're ready!~
Reimi 16th Sep 2016, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
lol, just as I type out a comment about this post on the last page, you add it here, oh well, now I can go into a bit more detail. :P

Sometimes I wish I was out on facebook and could just comment what I want, not be afraid that my post here might be linked back to my actual name and out me before I am ready, so often I either censor my Facebook posts or don't make them at all on trans issues. (If I do make a point, I will usually post a bunch of other political stuff with it so it blends) I can't wait for when I can stop hiding my wings and be open about it. Maybe someday soon I'll have the courage to actually share your comic openly on it.

Also, very excited to hear that the fourth chapter is in the works, already got a space on the shelf for it alongside the other 3 volumes.

I'm happy that everything is healing fine and you are able to get back into regular drawing. Happy recovery and keep up the amazing work! (at whatever pace you feel is best)
Dove 16th Sep 2016, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
AmbiguousMouse 16th Sep 2016, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
Not even *one* fan has badgered you about getting off your hiatus faster? Even with how awesome we are, the fact that any substantial fandom can pull that off is... Staggering. Off-putting, even. I must restore balance to the Force!

Badger badger badger badger badger... Mushroom! Mushroom! Badger badger badger badger badger... Mushroom! Mushroom!
wm105 17th Oct 2016, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
Eek! A snake!
Trouble Thundia 17th Sep 2016, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
Rain is the thing that helped renew my love for webcomics after I read it in two nights! It also helped me pick a name I like and get to use, Ky. It's what motivated me to start my Non Binary transition,![I'm pre everything though, I can't wait to take P every two weeks!] even with my extremely LGBT+ phobic mother[Like Father Quinton! (Sorry, name might be spelt wrong.] I hope you're okay, and don't rush, take your time! We know healing takes time! After all in in this community, we're all under the same *Rain*bow!^_^ ~Trouble/Thundia/Ky
Anonyoumiss 17th Sep 2016, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
I LOVE this picture! Rain with the flag and that it's your new profile pic! Looking forward to October now. This comic has been just awesome. Since I first discovered it a few months ago, I've always checked it weekly for updates, more if you leave me on a cliffhanger! I'm really not even into comics myself. But I love your characters, the topic and the artwork.

Take your time, recover and when you're ready, give us more Rain! ^.^

Quin 17th Sep 2016, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
I remember how long I took to recover from my assignment surgery at 14 (no, not reassignment, longer story) and how long I've taken to recover from other surgeries in my 30s. A few months to recover is almost no time at all; and I'm sure the joy of having it done really helps the recovery process. But I'd still be reading and checking in if you took a year to recover.
Lemonado Girl 17th Sep 2016, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Oh please, you think this is bad, Level 30 Psychiatry's hit such a rough patch that I don't know if they've had much in the way of actual pages in 2016 at all. I can handle this, especially since it helps me with information when I go to get the surgery myself.
Say Taylor 17th Sep 2016, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
Best weather forecast ever! :3
ohobbit 18th Sep 2016, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
Your hiatus has nothing on the one for Venus Envy, you're good. I don't mind waiting for things if the reason I'm waiting is important.
DramaDork 18th Sep 2016, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
Hopefully October will be a good month for me. On the 6th is my endocrinologist appointment and then Rain should be coming back shortly after!
arthursbeardbone 19th Sep 2016, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
cutest drawing of rain you've done yet! :)
SilentNight 19th Sep 2016, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
The new profile pic perfectly captures my reaction on hearing this announcement. Glad to hear all's going well!
EpicSD 19th Sep 2016, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
EpicSD 19th Sep 2016, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
Rain updates in October.... Just another reason to love the mouth!!!! I love October so much now! It now has tow of my favorite things Halloween and Rain updates!! (^-^) yeeeeeee
Xiane 19th Sep 2016, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
Resuming Rain in October...

*Snoopy happy dances for everyone!*
EpicSD 19th Sep 2016, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
@Jocelyn Do you ever go back to when you first stared writing "Rain" and look at how your art changed or relive those moments when you were drawing/writing?
glasswings 19th Sep 2016, 8:59 PM edit delete reply

Can I thank you for something small? That is probably the most joyful and hopeful I've ever seen you draw Rain.

And it's spilling over into my mood too. Thank you.
BlackSocks 20th Sep 2016, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
Hi, I only recently discovered this comic, but I absolutely love it and read the entire archive in 5 days*. So.... this is a beautiful webcomic. Keep up the good work!

*An average of 174.2 comics/day, for those math people like me.
Tilyene 21st Sep 2016, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
Oh gosh... yeah, I want Rain back, but I am sooo not tripping. You just take all the time you need, OK? =)
Morendur 23rd Sep 2016, 3:46 AM edit delete reply
First I just want to say that I'm glad you are doing well and that your SRS went well, I just found the comic tonight and have been binge reading it, but throughout it all I would read bits from the comments below and so as I followed Rains journey I found I was also following yours and I'm thrilled that everything is going so well in that regards.

Second, I absolutely love the comic and I've book marked it and can't wait for October, just make sure to take care of yourself and don't push to update before your ready, Rain will understand if you have to wait a little longer, she's awesome like that ^_-

Robin 23rd Sep 2016, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
Good to hear your recovery is going well! Cant wait for Rain to return I read the whole thing one night as I was finding myself. Now have a good therapist and Hrt is just under a month out. Thanks for Rain it defiantly helped me!
Ruth 23rd Sep 2016, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
My paperback volumes 1, 2 & 3 arrived in the mail today. Can't wait to order volume 4 :-)
Jessica 25th Sep 2016, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
Any idea when Volume 4 might be out?
Kaylan Heineman 25th Sep 2016, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
You are one of the most inspiring people I am fortunate to call a friend. I can't figure who is more heroic--you or Rain. You both have been through so much and grew from your struggles to blossom into amazing women. I look forward to October even more now!
Ruth 25th Sep 2016, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn is Rain.
I am Rain.
You're also Rain.
We're all Rain! (except for Donald Trump, he thinks he's Batman)
Reimi 26th Sep 2016, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
Trump is the Joker in that Episode of "The Batman" where he thought he was Batman.
EpicSD 26th Sep 2016, 1:32 PM edit delete reply
So may dad who stopped talking to me when i came out as trans wants to come over for my brothers birthday and there all asking if im okay with it and i dont know what to do. I dont want him there but at the same time he and my brother get along prefetly and i dont want to be the reason he dosnt see his dad.
Lemonado Girl 27th Sep 2016, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
I bought a sticker of one of the chibis for my laptop, they're just so adorable!
EpicSD 27th Sep 2016, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
witch chibi?
Pip 27th Sep 2016, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Dammit Jocelyn! Ever since you told us when 'Rain' is coming back, I feel like Rain did after finding out she would be getting therapy soon... Time has slowed down and I can't stop checking and re-reading even though I know it's not October yet!!

Jokes aside, I'm so glad your recovery is going well. You take all the time you need :) Much love <3
SayaHeart 28th Sep 2016, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
It might just be my excitement, but every time I reopen the homepage, Rain looks a little bit brighter and happier ♥
Artorigus 1st Oct 2016, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
So no pressure to actually change this, since you're working on Volume 4 at the moment and then you'll want to jump back into the comic, but since it's October, does anybody else think it's kind of funny that the Halloween arc happened a fair bit before the Christmas arc but we've had a Christmas shirt for a long while with no Halloween merch in sight? :P
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