(Her name is Maya, but I'll get to her in a minute.) ;P
First off, where is Rain lately!? Well, I've sort of explained this on social media and journal entries, but I forget not everyone follows that stuff. So... Rain will resume posting this Friday, March 31st. I'm incredibly sorry for the holdup. I know I promised to be back before March ends, but I really didn't anticipate dragging it to the last day myself. ^^;
Anyway, the hiatus began so I could power through the remainder of Rain - Volume 4, and finally submit and release it. And I did indeed finish and submit it. But when I received my proof copy, I discovered a technical error that required fixing. It is done again, and I'm just waiting on my second proof to be absolutely sure it's best quality possible before releasing it. And good news: I think this is the best-looking Volume to date. I'm very excited about it. And in the best case scenario, it should be available later this week or early next. ^_^
All the focus on the book lately though, meant I didn't really have any time to prepare upcoming pages. Not to mention, life in general happened to me a lot these past few weeks (for better or worse), also slowing things down. So, right now I'm playing a little bit of catch up, which is why we're waiting until Friday. I need that page buffer to feel comfortable.
Also, with the completion of the fourth book, I have been able to finally start putting serious effort into another project of mine (which is where Maya here comes in). I mean, I stubbornly dabbled with this other project a little bit over the last few months (because it's very exciting for me), but now I can finally dive into it guilt-free! My philosophy is that as long as I can get my Rain work for the day done, then there's no reason I can't have fun with this. And fun, I shall have! ^_^
But it does make those page buffers more important. This IS a second comic, after all. "But Jocelyn", you ask. "Why would you do this to yourself?" Being honest, I don't think of it as more work. In fact, I think this will actually help me a bit. I mean, yes, I could be wrong. But let's call this an experiment. I'm testing something (a few things really). And the stakes are pretty low. If I can't balance two comics at once, I simply return to just Rain as I'm already doing. But if I can manage the two side by side (and I truly believe I can), then it will mean more to me than I can really put words to right now. So instead of trying to dissuade me from "overworking myself", I would rather appreciate your encouragement in my interest in challenging myself to do my best.
We'll just have to wait and see what happens though. For now, Rain will continue on its own (on March 31st). I'll practice with this new project on the side, building it's own page buffer, and post supplementary content for it between Rain pages for a while. And maybe, we'll be seeing a brand new comic from me going up on Rain's off-days sometime this Summer.
I sincerely hope you'll look forward to it. ^_^
Both girls look beautiful. Rain is a good webcomic, so I think a new webcomic can be as good or better.
At the end of the day, the only one you really have to answer to is yourself (and maybe your wife). Do what makes you happy, don't stress, and us Rain-beaus will enjoy what you give us!
March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibilty - so fitting! Yayyyyy
Hey, I personally think it is great, exciting and inspiring to hear you are tackling a new project! Rain has never once lost my interest as a webcomic and the set of characters and story are peerless and it has been a pleasure to watch your art evolve and grow with the story, i have no doubt new work will only bring more joy yet!
Are we ever going to get more of the Rain Delays? Sorry if I'm being rude or ignorant but this is right when one usually shows up.
I look foreword to what ever you make. Chris of Misfile does two just fine so why not. :P
Hey - March isn't ended till after the 31st, so if you post ON the 31st, you're keeping your promise.
Apologies aren't necessary. If I apologized for every delay I've suffered I'd never shut up. See you Friday.
I'm excited about the 4th book approaching release! It gives me an excuse to re-read the first 3! I'm also looking forward to your new comic, but you gave us such a tiny little tease of it ... what's it going to be about? Well, I reckon we'll find out when you get it out to us. I'm a fan already, so I'll be with you on the new one.
I've been meaning to ask the same question that GLMDGRIELSON asked. Any chance we'll be seeing more Rain Delays? I love those things.