I've been talking for a while about bringing shirts back for sale, and I mean for that to happen real soon (like if it's not set up today, then tomorrow). And with better quality, more sizes, more cuts, and more colors. So look forward to that. Plus, in addition to some returning designs, I'm trying my hand at some new ideas - of which some will be available at launch, and others will periodically come out over time.
This is one such idea that I've come up with since seeing responses to the reveal of Rain's new look a few weeks ago. A lot of you have been very willing to adapt to it, but there's a lot of resistance too. And I want to stress that it's okay to not be used to it; change can be hard, and sometimes we need time to adjust to it. But I do see an awful lot of "that's just not Rain anymore" or "Rain's not supposed to look like that." That kind of thing troubles me a little. It's one thing to be upset because she didn't want the haircut. But saying it's "not Rain" is very unsympathetic and really quite cruel to Rain. I hope no one would say stuff like that to a real life trans person. Like, if I were to hypothetically cut my hair short today, I hope no one would say, "you're just not Jocelyn anymore." Now, I'm not trying to call anyone out or say you're a bad person if you said something like that. Rather, I just want people to think about it, and realize what the implications are.
And that's what this piece is about.
It doesn't matter what she wears or how her hair looks. It doesn't matter what her voice sounds like. It doesn't matter if she's wearing makeup. It doesn't matter if she's presenting herself female, or she's stuck wearing drab. It doesn't matter that she hasn't started hormones or had any surgeries. What matters is who she says she is. She calls herself Rain, so she is. Rain is always Rain, regardless of anything else. And that's the same for any trans person.
If people like this idea, I'll make it a shirt. And if people really, really like it, I'd be interested in adding "Always Vincent" and "Always Ky" variations to the mix as well.
Soooo, let me know what you think.
Rain is always beautiful and she always will be. It doesn't matter if her hair is long or short. If she's male or female. Rain has a big heart and that's what makes her beautiful. and Vincents right. Short hair girls are cute ;D
General Comment is that Rain is still Rain no matter what her hair looks like. But on the same not some people have defining characteristics that just make them stand out, for Rain that used to be the hair covering the eye thing. So I don't think anyone is questioning that Rain isn't still Rain and still a female... she still looks adorable. But that defining characteristic has changed and it takes people time to adjust.
Hell yeah, an Always Ky variation would be awesome ^_^
And I do really like this piece and the thought behind it~
@Maplestrip: Oh hey, me, I caught up with you!
EDIT: Thank you, Smackjeeves, for giving me an e-mail about me responding to me.
I must be inattentive, as I didn't notice comments from people saying that Rain was unlike herself due to the haircut. I was only perceptive enough to notice comments of how the involuntary haircut was a horrible thing to occur, and people saying how it was unfortunate that Rain had to deal with a haircut she was unhappy with, which are both sentiments I understand.
On a cheerier note, I'd love to see a Ky shirt.
First off, I always love when an artist draws different variations on their character, and would totally like to see a Ky version as well.
But I'm wondering if some of these criticisms you mention are actually about the drawings and not Rain-the-person.
It's really common in "cartoony" art genres for creators to give characters very distinctive features like clothing, hairstyle, glasses, etc so readers can easily tell them apart. Think about Marcie (from Peanuts) and her glasses, or Waldo and his striped sweater.
Your art has a lot of extra subtle details (which is why Rain still looks like Rain to many of us), but people who are used to reading "cartoon" comics may only fixate on the obvious hairstyle/hair-color/skin-color cues and miss the rest.
So I wonder if perhaps the criticism is not "Rain/Jocelyn/whoever isn't herself without long hair" but rather "This picture you drew of the short-haired girl looks like a new character." (BTW, I totally disagree with that critique -- ahort-hair Rain looks very Rain-like to me and I'm looking forward to seeing how her look changes as she makes the new hairstyle more her own.)
But anyway, when I read that comment my first reaction was "art style" rather than "gender identity" so that might be the way it was intended, which is a bit less cruel to Rain.
@Just another Rain-Beau: Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. Those complaining might have exactly the same reaction if Superman decided to dye his hair blonde.
Rain is still Rain, she just needs to regain some confidence.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this
I would totally buy an "Always Ky" shirt. Genderfluid pride ftw. ^_^
I remember saying to someone "wtf Rain has 2 eyes? o.O", and I guess tbh that could be some of the criticism with that. She's still adorably Rain and that's what I still see it as.
A Ky shirt would be awesome. :3
Id totally buy one if it was a shirt, of any of them ^.^
(suffers heart attack from sheer cute of middle image)
Tha is an awesome idea for a shirt design!