You know, I always wanted to do a comic. And I mean, long before I started writing Rain. Before it was even a thought in my mind. The concept of a webcomic in particular offered a medium with which I could tell a story to the world, without having to impress some publishing company. I could go at my own pace to tell my story the way I want without having to bend to the whims of some so-called expert saying, "nobody wants to read a story about that."
The thing is, I was always afraid I was too ambitious. I was afraid my ideas wouldn't catch on and no one would be interested. Or I was afraid that I'd start, but then get discouraged or bored or sidetracked or lazy and just drop it (as I have with pretty much every other writing attempt prior to Rain). I've watched it happen with so many of my favorite webcomics, and I didn't want to be just another quitter. And these fears held me back for a long time. Much in the same way, my fears held me back from starting transition until very recently.
But here we are. It's been three years now since the first page went up. The readership is far more vast than I'd ever anticipated. And people not just read, but appreciate my work. Some people say they have had their lives changed by it! It means so much to me. I don't even have words for it. What I have with Rain, I could never have predicted. And I have every single person who has ever read this to thank for it.
It was life-changing for me. I've learned a lot about the world, about myself, and about others like me since starting. I've started transition since the beginning of Rain, and I think writing this has been a bit of transition in and of itself into a serious writer. Because despite my prior fears, I've never felt burnt out with this story. I've never gotten bored. I've never dared to miss an update (excluding planned, announced hiatuses with planned, announced returns). I've had some new story ideas, but nothing that actually took away from this one. I would never dream of doing anything other than writing this to very end (which has many years left in it). And it's all because I have you: devoted readers of all ages, genders, orientations, etc. from all over the world.
So thank you. For helping me grow as a person, as a woman and as a writer, so I can continue to produce the best work I am capable of.
I love you all so much! Have an amazing day!
Thank you for sharing Rain's story with us. I'm a straight female from a small town in the middle of nowhere. I love this story because it's not what you hear from around where I'm from-trust me. I've learned a lot about transfemales and how people feel about their gender. The biggest thing I think I've learned is that you are who you want to be and you have to be open to others. I plan to be reading this story for as long as it's around to read!
I absolutely LOVE this webcomic, Jocelyn! Rain's story is beautiful and I'm always eagerly waiting for updates! I think you've been doing a great job and I look forward to seeing how it develops further.
Thank you for being an amazing person! :D
3 years and going strong! Way to go, Jocelyn!
- Also, lately, it feels like Rain is updating all the time; I love it!
WHOOOOOO *streamers and cake*
This comic (you, and the people who read it too!) cheer me up... I keep hearing so many bad things and mean people it's nice to hear this. Also learning new things. It's one of my favorite comics and I can't help but beam every time I see it updated >3<
So yay for a sucsessful 3 years and here's to the many more this comic will have!
A fan from Canada >3< *throws maple syrup at you*
Hi, and congrats on the 3 year anniversary of Rain! I just started reading this comic yesterday and see that I've come to the latest page. So, how often do you update Rain? I don't remember...
Oh, you don't have to thank me. I already know I deserve it :P
But Seriously, thank you for this comic and congratulations for the 3 years of awesome. This is probably my favorite or at least second favorite webcomic now, mostly because not many other people would make a story like this. Certainly not in the mainstream. So thank you very much and have an awesome day XD
I've been reading Rain since before I realized that I was gay. When I first came to understand it, I felt kind of alone. It always helped though to be able to read Rain and it's this comic that gave me the courage to come out to my friends and family. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us!
Congratulations on 3 years! I've enjoyed watching your skill improve. This whole page reminds me of all the feels as I would read along. I can't stop grinning at her holding that bunny.
I can only hope this comic doesn't get trapped in the status quo, admittedly it has been very forward thinking with story progression and development. Best of luck to you.
Good work! ...that bunny looks like it is judging me....@_@...