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Witchcraft, technology, spirituality, reading, listening to music, fixing things, playing Frisbee, these are my favorite things. When the ... I live in the wilds of Washington state, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Hanford nuclear reservation, as well as Mt. St. Helens. Was into comics as a kid, (Magnus, Robot Fighter) got back into the genre when The Bark Knight came out, then I faded on it. Now I am exploring the realm again, looking at transgendered work.
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    Scott Holman
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scootwhoman
March 15th, 2012
What do I see?
To me, it seems that Rudy does not see Rain as a boy, but rather as a person who he likes very much, respects, and admires. He has been shaken up out of his self-centered world by someone who is much stronger than he is, someone who has as much or more to fear from the herd.

Rain has been so alone for so long that she is willing to accept intimacy from anyone who will look past what her gender is to see her for the person that she is trying to be.

Rudy and Rain are both blurring the gender lines, causing those who know them well to be very confused. Our society places so much emphasis on gender roles that it can be hard to see the person behind the label.
Aww, isn't that special?
Rain and Rudy appear to be having a 'moment', one of those times when people can actually forget all the stereotypes, hang-ups, and fears, and express themselves to another human being through touch.

I don't think that there is any passion going on there, just love between two hurting individuals. High school can be so difficult with the raw emotions which have not sometimes come under control, the ... well never mind. Suffice to say that I am glad I don't have to face high school again.
scootwhoman
December 3rd, 2011
Big brass balls
Maria is certainly the ballsiest of the characters, in my opinion. She does not stand down to anything, except her parents, of course.
What Maria wants
Maria seems to be hoping that Rain is not interested in dating so that she can keep her self-esteem up. She wants to be with Rain, but she knows Rain probably likes boys.
A long, quiet walk
Did Rain and Gavin talk at all during that long walk, or was it just an uneasy silence? Was Gavin looking up at the telephone and power lines while they walked, wondering how all that stuff works, or was he watching Rain to see if he got any clues as to how she works?
What are friends for?
Rain appears to value Gavin's friendship very highly, or she would not be so upset by his attitude. But I keep coming back to the fact that Gavin and Ryan were much younger when Gavin moved away. Had Ryan decided by then to transition? Or was he still dealing with the doubt, fear, and shame that are created by our society's attitudes about sexuality? Elementary school children rarely make life-long decisions, at least in my experience.
Old friends?
As I recall the story, Gavin and his family moved away from where Ryan was living before Rain appeared. It seems like there was a span of several years between Gavin leaving and Rain appearing. Would Ryan have felt comfortable enough to tell his only friend something that could have easily driven that friend away when Ryan was not yet ready to come out? I don't think so.

If Rain had come out while Gavin was still around, and Rain never told Gavin who she was, then that would be different, in my opinion. But gender identity is one of the most difficult subjects to broach with someone who is not aware of the issue, especially with a young teenager who is dealing with stereotypes, uncertainty, and peer pressure to be 'macho'.

I feel for Gavin's pain at being excluded, but I understand Ryan's reticence to express his darkest, deepest secret.
Seeing two people in one
A very nice way of exposing the problems that gender identity issues can create for those who know the conflicted person. Sometimes, the person who is being repressed is popular with others, but does not feel right to the owner, and when they develop their new personality, they encounter resistance because they are going to 'kill' somebodies friend.
Great comic!
So far, I am really enjoying this comic, in part because it is comical. You have a wonderful sense of humor, yet you can portray your characters with compassion.