People have been saying to me for a while, "Hey, Lynn! You need to update the character bio page!" To that, I've said the same thing, "I'm working on it." And I still am. It's been taking a very long time, and for that, I am sorry. Really, I'm just trying to be thorough.
One of the more time-consuming aspects is that I'm actually going back, and redrawing certain characters who might not have appeared since before Chapter 15 (where a bit of a shift in art quality happened), so that everything is nice and consistent and neat-looking. To add to the neatness, I'm shortening the exhausting length of the piece, by putting two supporting characters to a row, instead of one per like the main cast (that'll probably make more sense if you observe the pictures). This will hopefully make it a little easier to find someone if you're trying to locate a certain character.
Also, it will finally be getting a "Fictional Characters" section, containing Pandora, and Mad GigaKaizer X, and of course, the cast of Black Wings Kaminari. I've only been meaning to include this through the last few updates.
I'm also considering print-exclusive characters, but I'm not sure if I should. I mean, Allison (from Chapter A in Volume 1) is on the current one more so because she's been mentioned several times in the online pages as well. She's significant, and it IS possible she could pop in the main story (that I'm still debating). But I'm also considering Jack and Stacey (from Chapter B in Volume 2). I don't know that I have any future plans for them, but for the sake of being thorough, I'm considering it. Input would be welcome here.
Finally, descriptions will be getting a little bit of an overhaul. The current character bio page outright lies in a couple spots to avoid spoilers (for instance, Emily is listed as straight). For the upcoming one, I plan to keep in mind that I want to avoid spoilers, but I'm picking careful wording so that it technically remains true whether you haven't read it yet, or you're caught up to the latest page. Getting the perfect wording may prove tricky, and may take some time, but I think it's important (and may help make it more interesting to read).
One other small addition, is that I'll be including birthdays now too. I've mentioned them in the past for most characters, but I want to include them because... I don't know. It's fun to share a birthday with someone, even if they are fictional.
And this is what I'm working on between pages, Volume 3, and longings to do other art once in a while. So hopefully, I can avoid more "YOU NEED TO UPDATE THE CHARACTER PAGE!!!!1!" I know. Thank you. I'm on it. I don't like naming dates, but it'll probably be out before Chapter 25 (the next chapter) ends, if I can help it.
And once it's finally done, I'll get to the FAQ too!
AND if you wanna look at the old version, you can right here:
[EDIT] - There's an error on Ana's birthday, that I'm only noticing now. It should read 1994. My bad.
This looks really nice. I can't wait to see the final version.
On a side note, I wouldn't hate seeing a giant stamp mark over Marcus Flaherty that just said "JERK" or something to that extent.
Ana looks so cute here. ^_^
Here we see the biggest problem with this strip. Here we are, several hundred updates in, and the characters are still so simple that characters who showed up in the first few pages, like Fara, can be summed up in a single sentence fragment. What do you need to know about Fara? "She loves Rain a bunch." Nothing else is really known about her and nothing else matters, because all we need to know is that she dotes over Princess McMainCharacter.
I won't deny that many of the characters are quite simplistic, but I would argue that you're oversimplifying a bit much. There's a lot to be said about Fara's relationships with dating and her late sister, but I'm not going to go into that here. I don't want to talk about everything there is to know about her in what's supposed to be a brief, spoiler-free description. Fara's character does heavily revolve around Rain (hence the description chosen), but there's more to her in what we've seen, and what we've yet to see.
does rain take place in a year? i was born 1998 and im turning 17 this year
@Crestfallen- at the bottom of the page, it says that the characters are being given descriptions based on their first appearances. And Fara's first appearance was her showing all sorts of support and love for Rain...
I agree with this assessment to an extent, but I'd argue that's not much criticism because the story is fundamentally about Rain and the other characters are mostly contextualized through their relationships to her, we know enough about the characters we need to, but do we really need Fara's back-story and updates on her current situation? Rain could just become a queer soap series I guess, but as it is now that's really not what it's about
Ana is older than Rain and Gavin but her birthdate is listed as being after theirs?
Actually, I noticed a bit later, but that's a mistake. Even the month and day aren't even right. What happened is Chanel's birthday was entered into Ana's space for some reason. It's super embarrassing that that was an image I showed off to the public, but god knows how long it'd have gone unnoticed if I didn't. ^^;
Ana's REAL birthday is November 17, 1994. XD
@LittleLynn84: Rats. I was hoping that the date was correct and that either time travel or parallel dimensions where time moves faster would be involved ;-)
@LittleLynn84: Ana and I share a birthday!! Of course she's a bit (24 years) younger than I am... :)
About Anastascia and her dad:
1) Is she Russian? Or from Russia? I had an impression that her father was Jewish.
2) If anything in 1 is true - what she is doing in the Catholic school?
3) Again, if 1 is true:
a) Short form of Anastacia is not Ana - it's Nastya
b) Rubina is (f) form of Rubin surname. So her father's last name should be Rubin, not Rubina
1. I'm not entirely certain of her exact origins. I always envisioned her being a bit of a mutt of nationalities.
2. She's in a Catholic school because she's in a Catholic school. I know it's circular logic, but as someone who went to Catholic school for many years, I can vouch that non-Catholic people do wind up in there. Mostly other demographics of Christianity, but I knew quite a few Jewish kids too. The school never would've turned away anyone for practicing other faiths; it's just that when you were within their walls, you did things the Catholic way. In hindsight, that does seem strange, but it happened. TL;DR - Whatever Ana's origins or faith are don't really matter in this case.
3a. Anastacia shortens her name to Ana because it's how she likes it. It's her name. She can do whatever she wants with it. Just like my name is Jocelyn with one N, but if you shorten it, I prefer to see two N's on that Lynn. There are no rules other than what the individual suggests.
3b. I'm no expert on names, but I have never in my life seen a surname that's different for males and females of the same family. Unless I'm misunderstanding something, Rubina is a legit surname, and I fail to see the problem with it as is.
@LittleLynn84: "...never in my life seen a surname that's different for males and females of the same family..."
Unless, of course, one's background is tied to a language where the distinction exists, in which case the surname will *always* be different for males and females. (see what I did there?)
Ex-pats keep their surname or (rarely) change it formally to a gender neutral form. When naming children some switch to a gender-neutral form, some follow "the old ways".
Either way - assuming, as @carpenter117 did - that Ana's background is from such a language, Ana's dad's surname would never be "Rubina". It is rather unlikely that his name would be Rubina even if he weren't, though possible.
And that's my irrelevant-trivia-of-the-day contribution done with :p
Interesting. I didn't know that.
I guess I have an odd view on this because my last name is bastardized, and itself, probably shouldn't exist. In the past, our surname was di Dominico. But somewhere along the line, one of my ancestors was trying to hide the fact that he was Italian, and called himself DiDomenick. That's still our surname.
So, a lot of times when I hear "certain names are unlikely because reasons," it might be true, but as an exception to that, I feel like it is still always possible. Maybe Ana's ancestry is a bit like mine.
Or I could just... you know, listen to what everyone's telling me and change her dad's name accordingly.
This is pretty much obligatory in Russian.
E.g., Anna Karenina (feminine -- "a" ending) is married to Count Alexei Karenin (masculine -- no ending.)
I know a lot of Russian-born women in my office who have feminine surnames. (Their USA-born daughters generally don't, though.)
I feel like there are three very important characters that are not on this page. is this WIP or something?
A lot more than three characters are missing.
They'll be on the full version. These are just snippets.
Drew is much more important than Anastacia, dangit. To me, anyway ^_^