Although any LGBT kid probably wishes they had Aunt Fara for a parent, the fact is that most of us are stuck with ones like Mr. and Mrs. Strongwell here. Honestly, even as fictional characters I’d created to play the of role of unaccepting parents, they still frustrate the hell out of me. I just can’t figure out which would be harder to deal with: their overcritical father or their ignorant mother.
Rudy displays a rare moment of weakness here. And yes, it’s not over getting beat up. It’s the fact that not only did he not get an invitation to the party, he didn’t even know about it until Gavin brought it up to him. Surely his parents aren’t helping either (at least Maria tries to help). Some readers might find this strange and that he has his priorities mixed up. Not so much. Rudy’s just the type that has an easier time dealing with physical pain than emotional pain. Neglect and feeling outcast can be especially damaging to a teenager.
But is it really just a case of kids being uncomfortable with him like his dad implies? Or was Emily and her posse just unable to find him when they were passing out flyers.
On a lighter artistic note, yes, I am very much aware that the table is oddly tall. I didn’t notice how much until I actually colored it. I do plan on fixing it, but not just now.
Also, I originally planned to have a field day with the newspaper their father is reading, but space constraints did not allow it. I wanted to sneak in the reference headline: "Mysterious department store blackout caused by mouse." just to see how many people would get it. Not that it bears any significance to the story; I just like making references. ;P
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
Rudy needs that PSI Healing? xD
I just noticed that the dad's name is Norm. His name is Norm. He wants his kids to be normal, or fit into the "norm." Clever girl. (Speaking of references....)
P.S. I'm MtF and due in large part to this webcomic, Rain is going to be my middle name. (I've always loved the name, but this comic made me realize how much I want it to be part of my name.) It would be my first name if it weren't for the fact that I'm still a minor (I'm 16 and have been on hormones for three months and two days, and am full-time as a girl, even at my high school), and my mom absolutely refuses to change my first name to Rain, so we worked out a compromise in having it as my middle name and me just telling people to call me Rain.
Anyway, keep up the amazing work! I've had an MtF (pre-transition) friend of mine tell me that reading this webcomic has made her feel a lot better about being trans, and it's helped me as well. Thank you so much for giving us all the gift of Rain!
@V. Rain: ...Oh my gosh... I'd never even thought about changing my middle name. I'm /SO/ glad I saw this, because mine is so /not/ gonna work. Oh gosh, now I'm all excited! I've had a couple ideas for my name, but I haven't really had a lot of options that I liked. Now, this opens up a lot of new doors!
Why cant people accept that someone can love another of the same gender?
Sadly people happen to fear what they are ignorant of or do not understand though this being an instinctual fear it is still not fair or, right.