Good to see you back, Rain Beaus. ^_^
It's strange. This may be one of the most minimalist chapter pages to date. And yet, I find myself staring at it a lot. Something about it (perhaps because it's so minimalist) just puts me into this weird, "melancholy zen" (if that makes any sense at all).
I don't want to scare anyone away, but based on reactions to the finale of the last chapter, I'm gonna come right out and say the story will get heavier from here on. I don't know if I can replicate "that page", and I don't necessarily plan on trying to. However, this wasn't Rain's first speed bump, and it's far from her last. On the plus side, every victory Rain has earned for herself makes her happier, stronger, and more confident. And it's my hope that by giving her and her friends ordeals to face and overcome, readers will feel like they're overcoming it with her to reach an ultimately more satisfying end.
All that said, continue to also expect more comedy, more cuteness, more romance, and more queer/trans shenanigans. The story may become deeper and evolve, but it's still Rain at it's core. ^_^
So if you haven't sworn off my comic after that last big twist (if you did, you're probably not reading this anyway), firstly: thank you. That means a lot to me. And secondly, please enjoy what is to come in the story. I've worked very hard, and I think you'll find there's still lots to enjoy. ^_^
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tbh, I'm surprised that people would be put off the story after the ending of the last chapter or have harsh views on it. Yes, it's something difficult for Rain to have to now face and some people may associate with it in a bad way, but it's a challenge to the story and to Rain and to the people around her. I'm glad you didn't end up trying to rewrite anything.
I don't feel like Rain as a comic has changed, other than improve over the time that I've followed it and become more of the things that I enjoy or make a good story. I'm excited and hopeful for what is to come! Thank you for this comic :D <3
@Atkar: This is just a guess, but I would assume people are put off by the last chapter because of something like how people stop reading/watching WataMote. It's not that it's changed at all, it just hits to close to home.
I had the luxury to read this whole story to date in one go... it is excellent and only got better by seemlessly bringing in more views on the subject matter (though more personal characters like with the "typical world view on LGBT" could be constructive. So far its mostly people with these "weird" feelings, standing their ground against hard headed people. Whatever path the story takes though im sure to enjoy!
Also EDIT: NO THE HAIR!!!! Please come back! I like medium/long brown and black hair!!!
If I may say this...
Rain looks like a beautiful girl with short hair. I don't see a trace of masculinity.
Perhaps others will see the same.
@guest: The issue is this is a comic with a fairly minimalist art style that also happens to be inspired by manga. Point is, differences between men and women are far less visible on those drawings than in real life.
Rocking short hair is often not so simple for transwomen. It's not so much the length of the hair as it is the way it frames your face that makes a huge difference in one's ability to pass.
Rain had the kind of hair I wish I could have. It really sucked to see it taken.
I'm up in the early hours of Wednesday, July 15th just waiting for the first comic. I read the first 24 chapters all in one read (it took me like 2 days), and ever since I've been reading just 1 comic a day and some days none, I just get more anxious waiting! Jocelyn your excellent!
You should never apologize for telling a dramatic, emotional story. To me, the best stories are the ones that DO hit close to home because I empathize with the characters so much I hate to see the story end, even though I know it has to.
She looks cute there :) And maybe content?
@LittleLynn84: I'm not worried about the next chapter, in fact I'm excited. As powerful and emotional as seeing "the page/haircut" might have been, I was actually impressed. No story can be successful without obstacles for the main character to overcome, and all the characters actions/reactions feel in line with who they are. I can totally see a family member reacting that way, no matter how horrible it might be.
In the end, I believe that Rain will not only survive this encounter, but potentially grow and learn from it. Hell, something I've learned myself is that very feminine haircuts don't necessarily need to be long (my most feminine/favorite haircut is pretty damn short. It all depends on how good the stylist is who cuts it).
Most stories in mainstream media with Trans characters in them focus on very negative elements, be it teasing, treating it like a joke, or even death. One of the things I love about both Rain and Venus Envy is the fact that there is a great balance between Humor, Drama, struggles, & the success of Rain being happy while staying true to herself, the whole time passing. I can't wait to read the next chapter, please keep up the good work.
So, I was one of the people who said 'The Page' should have a trigger warning. I would like to say that I am quite looking forward to this chapter, especially knowing it will be a little heavier. I'm just starting my own journey, and with less than supportive parents, and it's nice to know Rain will be here to help me through it as usual. Would I like Rain to remain a (relatively) carefree escape from the bad stuff that happens in the real world? Yes. But, showing Rain deal with her issues has helped and will continue to help people going through similar things.
Keep up the good work! I <3 Rain :)
This chapter image reminds me of an old story about the evils of gossip.
A man who gossiped too much went to his rabbi and asked him, "Rabbi, I have gossiped without care and hurt others. What should I do to fix this?" The rabbi told him to take a pillow to the tallest, windiest hill in the area, to cut it open and release all the feathers. When the man returned, the rabbi told him, "Now gather up all the feathers. Once you have gathered up every last feather, you will have atoned for your sin." The man was aghast. "That's impossible! There are hundreds of feathers, and they've scattered to the wind! How could I ever hope to collect them all?" "And how could you think," the rabbi replied, "that you could ever repair the damage your gossip has caused? Gossip is like those feathers. It scatters to the winds, and you can never reclaim it entirely."
Obviously, this picture is not about gossip. But it evokes a very similar feeling to me. This is not an action Kellan can undo, no matter how much she might wish that she could.
@LittleLynn84: Random Question: How did Rain deal with having one of her eyes covered by her hair? Because I keep forgetting to have my hair cut, it always gets into my eyes, and I'm just curious how she could stand an entire eye being covered.
Sometimes if it's been a while since I've trimmed my bangs, I unintentionally do the Rain look myself. Maybe it's easier for me because I wear glasses, but it can still be a bit of a hassle. It's probably not the most ideal hairstyle though (not to mention, it's really bad for your eyes in reality).
So how can Rain stand it? It's probably just one of the benefits of being a fictional character. XD
@LittleLynn84: Lucky duck. I swear, my mom keeps saying were going to get it cut, and then promptly forgets about it...it's currently long enough to lightly brush against the top-back of my t-shirt. It also likes to curve a lot, which looks odd.
I think this page looks really beautiful. It just has this feeling to it.
Okay so I actually read this section when it was posted, but I was afraid to post anything about it.
I've never had to transition, but I've had to lose my hair with my autoimmune disease so the struggle of femininity with loss of hair resonates with me. And I know that people will always say you're beautiful without hair, or hair doesn't make you feminine... It's hard to accept anyways because at the end of the day it matters what you think.
I really like that this comic took the sudden turn to hair loss (indirectly) and that I could read comments about people overcoming similar struggles. Now I love wigs and I wouldn't go back (too much work in real hair), but it is still a hard thing to adjust to especially when you're insecure. So thanks for making this.