LittleLynn84
My name is Jocelyn Samara DiDomenick. I feel like it's a little pointless for me to mention this since I'm on a webcomic site, but I'm an artist and a writer. My comic, "Rain", a dramedy is about a teenage trans girl. I should probably mention that I myself am a trans girl too. As such, the comic is a bit of a personal story to me.

When I'm not drawing/writing, I enjoy gaming (especially RPGs and retro games), anime (my tastes are pretty eclectic) and heavy metal (or more particularly, epic/symphonic metal).
  • Real Name
    Jocelyn Samara D.
  • Age
    33
  • Gender
    Female
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Also, I know I've posted all these links before, but I figure this is as good a time as any to share stuff regarding future or on-hold works of mine. In case, you need something to read to fill the gap (for a little bit).

Shangri-La
https://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/gallery/11493265/Shangri-La

Lavender
https://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/gallery/60136/Lavender

Magical
https://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/gallery/46861739/Magical

Impure
https://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/gallery/35259243/Impure

Something Dark
https://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/Something-Dark-401159333

Save the Princess
https://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/Princess-Sabrina-612706357

Silhouette
https://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/Silhouette-570209581
@Le fou:

Sorry for the delayed response. I only just saw this now.

I signed Jocelyn C.D. before I had actually legally changed my name. At the time, I was planning on changing it to Jocelyn Charity. Charity as a middle name didn't really bear any significance though, other than that I liked the way it sounded and flowed with the rest of my name. For years, I had it planned that this was what I was going with too.

Fast forward to the day I would send in all the name change forms, I last second decided I wanted Samara to be my middle name instead. This is the name I would've been given had my parents known they had another daughter, so it had a bit more meaning to me.

And that's what happened to the C. That was about four years ago to the day now, which is crazy to think about. ^_^
Sudden Comic Hiatus. Sorry. :(
Hey, Rain Beaus. This is kinda out of the blue - and I'm really sorry to do this - but I think I need to take a bit of a hiatus.

In favor of being completely forward with you, I've been kinda stressed out for a while. Not so much with the comic, but life in general. And while my anxiety isn't stemming from the comic, per se, it's not helping. My struggle to balance everything going on in my personal life has been leading to my very frequently slapping pages together the day they go up. And when I have time to start rebuilding my page buffer, life happens for a week, and it all goes away again. It's frustrating - downright maddening sometimes - and I worry about having my frazzled rush to finish pages becoming apparent, because you deserve better.

And even through this, I was tempted to keep going through to the end of the chapter (which still honestly has a few weeks left). But as of this week I've been experiencing some nasty tendonitis in my drawing wrist, preventing me from drawing, killing my buffer again, and leaving me with nothing for the next page, and no way to even make a new page right now.

To top it all off, I had my first panic attack in over a year last night. It's becoming abundantly clear that maybe I ought to allow myself a break. Pushing myself any more than I already am is not going to help, so I'm going to just take this hiatus while I can.

I am sorry to drop this all on you out of nowhere, and I'm definitely sorry for the short notice hiatus, but I really think I just need to do this right now. I don't want you to worry about me though; I'll be okay. This hiatus is to assure exactly that, after all. This break will not be permanent, and I promise to let you know when I'm ready to come back as soon as I can.

Thank you so much, as always, for your understanding and your patience with me.
Fun fact: This is a true story. Like in Rain's case, it wasn't serious, but my first kiss was with a girl in kindergarten, and I was made fun of for it until the seventh or eighth grade. I was super-closeted as a kid, so my gender identity played can't have played a part. I guess besides being quiet, kissing a girl was all they had on me. Elementary/Middle school is a weird time. XD

Once I got to high school, the teasing stopped. This is a little off-topic, but in my case, I didn't really get bullied or teased or... well, acknowledged really. I guess not having bullies was a plus, but I had very few friends too. I was pretty invisible. I have a hard time calling that an improvement. This is where Rain's story and mine differ, as she continued to get picked on (although the insults grew up).

There're a couple Chapter A references on this page. In the first panel, there're two random little girls off to the side, watching Rain and Allison's kiss. They're actually based on the same girls who make fun of Rain on one particular page. They're not terribly important, but it fit for them to be there. I probably had names for them way back when I wrote that chapter, but I don't remember what they were and it doesn't really matter. Make up your own names, if you like. ;P

In the last panel, Rain also touches her cheek while mentioning a "bad result from coming out". Allison slapped her when she came out back then, thinking Rain was making fun of her, but she has since apologized.

Anyway, that's enough yammering out of me. I hope you like the page, and feel free to share your thoughts on anything, as always. ^_^


©2004-2017
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

We finally started a Patreon.
Don't forget you can buy Rain: Vol. 1 through 4 here!
You can also follow Rain on Facebook!
@Person:

Your opinion is very welcome, and in hindsight, perhaps what you say would make more sense given the plot point. That said, Rain would probably want to avoid actual typos or mispronouncing it as her deadname as much as she can. Using typo as an excuse is still believable, I think (given some of the insane ways I've seen my own name butchered). The names are still pretty close after all. But changing one letter adds that extra degree of separation from actual slip-ups. ^_^

In the end, it's really just what I decided to go with though. I admit I did consider other spellings, like "Raine" or even "Raini", but I just liked the way simple "Rain" looked best. Incidentally, I'd never considered spelling it with a "Y"... though I had considered spelling Ryan with an "I" (ie, Rian). And in that case, again, I think I just decided to keep it to the simpler, more common spelling. I wanted the names to be similar, but I didn't make it confusing.

I hope that clears things up. ^_^
@Guest:

I mean, that's just kind of the nature of telling a story like this, I think. Every page is basically a cliffhanger until one that says "the end" on it. XD

That said, I actually hurt my wrist and can't draw at the moment, so this page (originally written to be a two-pager with the next update) just got split up to buy me a little extra time to recover. I'm genuinely sorry for the inconvenience. ^^;
Half-cute page. Half-drama page. One maybe surprising fact about Rain's past. Details next time. ^_^


©2004-2017
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

We finally started a Patreon.
Don't forget you can buy Rain: Vol. 1 through 4 here!
You can also follow Rain on Facebook!
Twenty pages into this chapter, it seems we might finally be ready to bring in the main character and the face of the chapter cover for a full scene. XD Rain and Emily return home from... wherever they were (yes, we'll get to that), and do a quick check in on Ky before a little chatting while they start to unwind.

This is mostly a transitional page to lead into the rest of the scene, so I admit there's not much to say at the moment. Lots of couples talk this chapter though. Some fluffy and positive. Some heartbreaking. I wonder how things will fare here.


©2004-2017
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

We finally started a Patreon.
Don't forget you can buy Rain: Vol. 1 through 4 here!
You can also follow Rain on Facebook!
@everyone

<shamelessplug>
As I said in the page blurb above, there is no new update going up tomorrow (back on Monday, I promise). That said, new images highlighting and discussing my upcoming second comic tend to go up on my Patreon every Thursday. Since today's image had already been prepared, I could still post today without bogging myself down. For just $3, this is the only way to see many of these drawings for the time being. So if the one day hiatus is getting you down, and you just need some new art or ramblings from me, you can always check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/RainComic
</shamelessplug>
Gratuitously cute page. I do always feel weird about including these. I mean, I like them ('cause I'm a hopeless romantic), but I'm always worried about them not really adding much to the story. And yet, I've been told they tend to be a lot of people's favorites. So just this once, I'm not going to question it. Besides, there's been enough people predicting impending doom throughout this scene, so having it close on an extra mushy note feels weirdly appropriate. XD

Next time, we'll be focusing on someone else. But, as much as I'm loathe to do this, next time will be Monday. There will be no page this Friday. I'd rather not get into specifics, but things have been rather hectic for me lately and I need to play a bit of catch up. So I am sorry to do this, but I hope you'll forgive me, and rejoin me for a new page on Monday.


©2004-2017
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

We finally started a Patreon.
Don't forget you can buy Rain: Vol. 1 through 4 here!
You can also follow Rain on Facebook!
@CatPerson:

Depends how you mean. Mrs. Parker got whapped with homework.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1106514/doctors-note/

Aiken got slapped.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1682766/just-like-him/

Rain got a pretty big hammer to the gut in her own dream.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2153207/cheap-shot/
There may or may not be more in the future. Who knows?

Admittedly, this was never meant to be a terribly action-heavy comic, partly because I'm not great at drawing altercations. But it's something I'd like to work on more for the future, as other comics/stories I want to write WOULD be more involved, action-wise.
After an exhausting day, I'm posting this page really late in the day. Unfortunately, I'm just fumbling over my words now and can't seem to work out what I want to say for my blurb. So instead, tell me what you think.


©2004-2017
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

We finally started a Patreon.
Don't forget you can buy Rain: Vol. 1 through 4 here!
You can also follow Rain on Facebook!
@Kimiko_0:

Chanel may have an interest in costumes, but she can't make them. I don't think it's established where she got the dress she wore on their date night, but the idea in my head is that she found it online or something.

Maria's costume-making talents have been alluded to a few times though. Admittedly, it's spread out, and probably easy to forget/miss. But it's there. ^_^
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1299295/long-hair/
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1961272/date-night/
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2377098/gorgeous/
Why yes, I am going to be coy and not show the dress in question. You might see hints of one or two dresses before prom, but I'm keeping them mostly pretty under wraps until the big night itself. Why? Because! XD

Anyway, I do admit to a bit of a fallacy on this page - that being that Maria pulls her whole phone out of one of her side pockets. I know; that's completely impossible. Girl pockets could never contain a phone! Originally, I was going to have her pull it out of her back pocket (which is more plausible), but I unwittingly gave her the "sweatshirt-around-her-waist" look in the previous page. And for some reason, I struggled with drawing her getting around that to her back pocket. So I hope you'll forgive me and suspend your disblief for this. (Moral of the story: This is why clothing designs really should be planned in advance in comics.) XD

Not much else to say except that I think these two are always so cute. But gee, what could that small catch be?


©2004-2017
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

We finally started a Patreon.
Don't forget you can buy Rain: Vol. 1 through 4 here!
You can also follow Rain on Facebook!
Very weird, random page that kinda jumps around a bit, but I rather like it.

In addition to the reveal of one of Chanel's sisters last time, today we get to see her mother too. Like the rest of Chanel's family, I don't see her mom being terribly important to the overall story, but with all the crappy parental figures in Rain, I think it's important to show that there are actually some parents out there that DON'T suck too. It's more elusive than it should be (both in the story and real life), unfortunately, but it happens. And it's always a breath of fresh air to hear about it. ^_^

I considered featuring an additional panel with her mom calling to Chanel that "her girlfriend is here" to really drive home that she's accepting. But upon further thought, I was worried about it reading as sarcastic or trying a little too hard. Maybe I'm just overthinking things, but I rather like her laid back, "not-a-big-deal" as is, so I'll leave it at that.

Small side note about Sofia dinosaur plushie (the Derpasaurus Rex) in panel four. It is only now that I see that panel in color that I'm noticing a resemblence to Yoshi. Much as I love Yoshi, I swear it's unintentional. It's really just supposed to be a derpy dinosaur. XD

We also get a small exchange regarding Rudy to explain his absence here. I guess he didn't tell anyone what he was doing today? Or at least not Maria? Hmm...

All the while, once Maria gets into Chanel's room, she begins tucking her hair behind her ears to show off her many earrings. I've actually been wanting to do this with her in an out-of-school scenario for a while, since she first revealed her earrings. Except I didn't do it in Chapter 28 for reasons I don't honestly remember. And then things have been very school-focused lately. So, it's been a long time coming for this fairly minor character touch, but I'm glad to finally do it.

Lots for me to talk about here, I guess. But what are you taking from it all?


©2004-2017
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

We finally started a Patreon.
Don't forget you can buy Rain: Vol. 1 through 4 here!
You can also follow Rain on Facebook!
Much like the last page, this one too is a bit of a late addition to the script (but has no bearing on the later than usual posting; that's just me being busy today). We're starting a new scene this week (presumably focusing on Chanel, at the very least), but I came up with the idea to smooth the transition with a brief interaction between her and Ky via text. Working with Chanel is always a pleasure for me, and keeping Ky interacting with various characters protects the kid from falling into obscurity for several chapters in a row. So this interaction on it's own may or may not add much, but I think it'll make things flow better later. ^_^

This also introduces one of Chanel's sisters. Little Sofia doesn't do much of anything here (she's much too focused on her cartoons), and probably won't play much of an overall role for the story as a whole. That said, I like her inclusion. Just adds a little depth to Chanel's home life. (As an aside, she has a college-age older sister currently dorming away from home too, and both parents at home. We'll maybe see them all at some point as well.)

The last thing I want to address because I think people will home in on it, is the mention of Rudy. That's not a mistake on my part, but it might sound odd considering where Rudy (well, Ruby) is, and without Maria. I'm not explaining it for now though. Just addressing that I know what it says and that's intentional. ;P


©2004-2017
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

We finally started a Patreon.
Don't forget you can buy Rain: Vol. 1 through 4 here!
You can also follow Rain on Facebook!
Presumably not longer after the last page, we see Drew leaving Ky's place and bumping into Rain and Emily (closing what might actually be the longest stretch of time Rain's been absent in non-bonus chapter pages). Don't get used to seeing those two much just yet though. That arc, and the face of the chapter cover, is how we're closing this chapter. So where Rain and Emily are coming home from and what's going with them today, we'll hear more about later.

I mean, I could've been anyone bumping into Drew here. But since Rain and Ky live in the same building (Rain and Fara upstairs, and Ky and Heather downstairs, if you forgot), it's not too surprising that Drew would cross paths with them.

This scene was actually added a bit more recently, with everything originally planned to cut off and shift focus to someone else after the last one. But Drew isn't actually seen for the rest of the chapter and I didn't want to leave him off on too sour a note. So this was included as a reminder that he's not a bad guy. Perhaps a bit of a fool sometimes who has a lot of growing to do and really needs to think before he opens his mouth, but he's not a jerk or a bully or anything. I wouldn't even classify him as an antagonist. While he doesn't fully understand what he's done wrong, he recognizes that he's done wrong. And Drew is seen here, making an early redemption attempt, passing on the message that whether he attends prom or not, Ky can still go.

Next week, we will see a scene shift, but not to Rain just yet. As for what will come for Ky and Drew - individually or otherwise - we'll see more on that later.


©2004-2017
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

We finally started a Patreon.
Don't forget you can buy Rain: Vol. 1 through 4 here!
You can also follow Rain on Facebook!
Oof. I know this one is an emotional roller-coaster, but I believe it's important for a lot of reasons.

I don't want to say much about the above as I'd rather leave you to offer your own commentary. But I should probably point out the flashback panel on the second page, giving a brief unclear image of Ky and Heather's mom (one of the worst - if not THE worst - parental figure in the story). I don't plan on going too much into her beyond this in this main story (because it's kind of just in the past and not terribly relevant overall), but there's a little further talk about their mother in the bonus chapter of Volume 3. The panel itself is a scene from there.

Beyond that though, regarding everything else. I'd rather hear your thoughts. On Drew. On Ky. On what this means for the future of these characters? This is potentially very sensitive subject matter for a lot of people though, so please be mindful of that and respectful of your fellow readers. Thank you.


©2004-2017
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

We finally started a Patreon.
Don't forget you can buy Rain: Vol. 1 through 4 here!
You can also follow Rain on Facebook!
I wanted to remind people (perhaps needless to say after the last one), that the next page is going to be a doozy. Lot of words. Very emotional. I don't know if it's triggering, per se, but it might be a little intense for some.

I just wanted the warning out there.
Oof... :/

I've spent a lot of time today stalling posting this page, because I'm pretty sure this won't be one that's well-liked. I mean, of course we all want to see Drew being super understanding and supportive of Ky. And it's probably safe to say he wants that too. But he's still pretty far from getting it.

Maybe it's his inexperience. Maybe it's the school. Or his cliques. Or his upbringing. Maybe Ky isn't great at articulating their thoughts and feelings. Whatever the reason, it should be noted that Drew's not intentionally being malicious. That said, it's also noteworthy that this isn't the first time his ignorant remarks have hurt Ky either (regardless of how unintentional they might've been).

Thoughts?


©2004-2017
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

We finally started a Patreon.
Don't forget you can buy Rain: Vol. 1 through 4 here!
You can also follow Rain on Facebook!