Over 350 pages later, we're FINALLY out of February. Now that's what I call WOOOOO-worthy. XD
Anyway, the only truly important part of this page is panel 2, where the blazers are announced to no longer be mandatory (and yes, presumably, the students COULD still wear them, but I'm sick of drawing them so probably no one will). Why is not having blazers important? Emily will have a harder time keeping her pregnancy a secret, of course. Even if she continued to wear hers by choice, it would merely draw more attention to her.
Originally, this page was planned to just be an expository narration from Rain, talking about a couple different things (already mostly covered in the last few weeks worth of pages), and then "and now we don't need to wear blazers anymore". Since most of that narration was fleshed out by actual scenes, that really left the blazer thing as the only thing that needed to be talked about (and it IS kind of important). But how do you fill a page with one sentence of narration? You turn it into miscellaneous banter among lesser acknowledged characters like Devon, Rob, Aidyn, and Madison.
Special mention goes out to Aidyn and Madison because who the hell are they even? I wonder how many readers actually remember them. Their last canon appearance was in Chapter 6 and they didn't do anything. They're bit part characters who happened to have names, but never actually contributed anything to anything. For a while, I considered never including them again to just drop them from the story figuring no one would notice or care. But they may yet have some use. Not just yet, mind you, but as long as I'm having less common characters chat with each other here, it was a nice way to reintroduce them into the story. ^_^
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First! And I hate ties. I'm the only guy who knows how tie a tie and everyone's like "OMG Nick, can you tie MY tie?". Also, why do most women know how to tie a tie, and most men can't? Do you women just have an inborn ability?
@(V)(;,;)(V): No. In fact, I don't know how to tie one. But I believe it must be easier to tie one when you're not wearing it. Maybe you could try tying someone else's tie to check my theory.
Well, several years of Catholic school having to wear the boy uniform made sure I'll always know how to tie a tie (although, I really don't ever have to wear one again thankfully!).
That said, I can't tie anyone else's tie; just my own. I can't remember for what, but my wife had to wear a tie (costume or performance or something, I dunno), and she didn't know how. She asked me for help, but the backwardness of doing someone else's tie was so disorienting for me, I couldn't do it.
I seem to also recall a time when my nieces were very little, I wasn't very good at tying their shoes for them either (even though I can tie my own). So I think I'm just awkward enough that I can't tie anything for anyone but myself. XD
@LittleLynn84: You can always tie the tie round yourself, loosen it, then put it around the other person.
@LittleLynn84: Fair enough. But that reminded me of when I tried to teach my little brother how tie a tie... the clumsy shit (am I allowed to swear here?) nearly strangles himself.
He was all: "Ni~ick, it's too hard."
@LittleLynn84: Buttoning someone of the opposite gender's shirt for them can be odd.
Unbuttoning, on the other hand...
@LittleLynn84: I'm like you, but I find it incredibly awesome that I'd completely forgotten about how much I hated neckties in high school (which was also an "all-male" Catholic high school, though it was also liberal as fuck and I only had to wear it on formal days so it wasn't all bad)...
Agreed; hooray for hopefully never having to wear one again! It's like...why are neckties even a thing again?
@(V)(;,;)(V): I don't think so....? I wear ties cause I like the look of them and enjoy the style of suits, but I keep forgetting how to tie my ties so I turn to the internet. Every single time.
Which means my brother has to turn to me when he needs a tie. And which I believe is part of why my nice red zipper tie has permanently vanished after being loaned out to him.
Oh goD I'm having horrific flashbacks of having to wear a school uniform. I went to a Mexican public school a couple years ago with the cheapest uniforms you can imagine. The material was rough and starched, I was forced to wear a frickin' pencil skirt all semester, and the girl's shirts were so thin that you could see our bras through them (thus inviting boys to be jerks).
@Dark Queen of Nerds: I believe that having to wear translucent shirts is embarrassing, and I would call that an abusive dress code. But that's no excuse for boys to be jerks.
@GabiAPF: No, it's not. I should have phrased that better, though. I wasn't trying to say that they were justified in being jerk-ish, and I definitely don't mean that all of them were. Many of the boys (and all of my male friends) were perfect gentlemen.
This being a public highschool in a poor neighborhood, however, there were a lot of obnoxious teen boys who would make rude comments.... (I specifically remember one boy commenting on the fact that I was wearing an embellished bra and asking if he could 'get a better look at it' later, amongst other things. Idiot.)
okay, i get why you are specifying that day, but weird that you specify my birthday >.>
Like i said, yeah, i know, i know, it is because March 8 is International Womens' Day...
To my shame, I always forget about Women's Day. I think I've been meaning to draw something for the day for the past few years, and consistently don't realize it was THAT day until it's practically over.
I'm bad with dates. I very nearly forgot my own birthday this year. >_>
Anyway, point is, Women's Day is actually irrelevant to my choosing this specific date for the comic. There IS a point to it though. ;)
Yay! Madison is back. Madison and my ridicilous love for a character with no Screentime or Contribution to anything.
I always thought Madison and Aydin were supposed to be Rudys Friend Cycle in the beginning and Rudy wasn't supposed to be directly in the cycle of his older sister. Okay, that interpretation came from, I think, One Interaction between Aydin and Rudy and two Interactions between Madison and Rudy, so I was really overimaginative.
Dress codes with bad provisions are not the exclusive domain of religious schools. My sister was involved in getting the dress code at our school (medium-size rural public school district) changed to allow girls to wear warm leg-coverings - they wrote a letter to the superintendent's wife, explaining the problem and asking her to come out to the far end of the district some morning (in early February) - dressed in accordance with the code - and wait for the school bus with them. The lady did, and something like a week later the dress code officially changed.
(Two weeks after that, the remaining prohibition on girls wearing jeans was routinely ignored.)
Tights are a lie they do nothing for cold! there's a giant push for girls at my school to be able to wear pants. Also ties are only useful for killing your enemies and i hate them. (my lovely christian school we get to wear both!)
You know, it's surprisingly nice to get to see all these secondary characters having thoughts and opinions and lives even when the main characters aren't on-screen to observe them. It feels refreshing, really, and I didn't even know how much I wanted it until you gave it to us. Kudos! ^_^
@LittleLynn84: I'd love to see more interaction between Ky and Rain, maybe discussions about dysphoria?
This is already one of my favorite pages ^_^