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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
    34
  • Gender
    Female
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@Guest:

Emily is currently living with Rain. :)
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2274830/concerned/
Of course, someone was bound to overhear and talk to Emily, but...

Well... thoughts?


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So, last we saw Emily, she stepped out into the lobby and take a call. It turns out it's her mother, who's been away for months at this point. Though we never hear the mother's side of the conversation, we get an idea of what she's saying to Emily by her reactions (assuming I did well enough writing Emily's side, I guess).

I actually did write her mom's lines. I ended up removing them partly to make it flow better (and less cluttered). But also, there's something more ominous that we've never seen this woman and don't even get to hear her. I don't think I'll ever change that either. We never see her in person, but we definitely feel the effects of what she does. The dialogue itself is also layed out in a labyrinthine way to make the page look overwhelming/stressful. We're watching only Emily's side of the conversation, and I wanted to really highlight her struggle to keep up with her mother by being "all over the place".

There's a couple very particular lines I want to address too. First of all, Chase getting arrested after he attacked someone, and Blair being there to see it. When did that happen? It was actually from one of the bonus chapters in Volume 5. I didn't think it was so important that it had to be part of the main story, but it's probably worth knowing about. But this also explains Blair's long, crazy story of how he learned Emily's pregnant, if you remember. I can flesh that out a bit later for non book buyers too.

There's also a moment when Emily almost comes out. She wants to brave and stand up to her mom, but whether it's something specific her mom says, or just the general attitude, Emily backs off, never getting further than mentioning "her gir-". Emily also reluctantly agrees to move back home, so maybe her mom is sticking around for a while this time. But it feels less than ideal...

I realize there's a lot to take in here, but I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts.


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@Guest:

Rudy's a sophomore (or 10th grade).
Aidyn returns from the soda bar, at last, while Rudy and Colette continue their conversation about trading outfits right in front of him! Of course, they say it all without specifying anything, so Aidyn is still amusingly in the dark. XD

In case you've forgotten about the entirety of Chapter 6, yes, Rudy's classmates have seen him crossdress before. Even ones not normally attached to his usual circle of friends. He didn't really see too much adversity then either. But in this case, it's the setting that might complicate things. That was Halloween. That was a house party. There were no teachers or even adults (there was Chase, but he's obviously not the responsible type).

This is prom, though. This is an event hosted by the school. There are many teachers and adults. So how can or will this go, I wonder?


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A lot of readers guessed this kind of thing was coming. But did we expect this little three-way gathering?

Also, to confirm: nobody is overhearing anything on this page. Colette doesn't hear Ky whispering in Rudy's ear in panel 3 (I mean, technically we don't either), and Ky can't hear Rudy and Colette talking in panels 6 and 7.


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Hmm...

Thoughts?


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While Rain, Emily, and Ky were talking last week, Holly and Debbie were going to talk to Chanel (established the week before). Today, we're catching up with that.

Not a whole lot happens here, but I like this one. It's a rare instance where we see Chanel on her own. Holly misses the point again in an amusing way (albeit, in a little bit of a frustratingly real way). And while I know a lot of you are worried about Debbie, she's quiet the whole time here (and even seems impressed, hearing about Maria's handiwork).


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As this is a PG-13 comic, Ky basically had to come up with another plan. XD

Not much to add here. This page is mostly for laughs, but I really like it. I hope you do too. ^_^


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Continuing the conversation from the previous page (that's this one, and not the April Fools parody of it, by the way), Emily goes on to lament that despite her presence on the nomination card, she doesn't feel confident about her chances of winning prom queen. Time has passed, and she's like a completely different person now. And not the kind of person she thinks the school would vote for. Hmm...

Anyway, the conversation starts getting cute just as Emily's phone goes off. I'll tell you straight out that it'll be a little while before we get to see her answer the phone; there's a myriad of other things I want to cover first. But who do you think it could be? What could it be about? There are certainly a number of possibilities.


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@TranshumanAr:

The ViewAskew universe is probably a really good example of how it works, actually. Some stories are very normal or mundane, and some are very much not. But it's all the same universe.

And like the Doctor Who universe, some of these are much lighter or darker than others. XD
@CarusELumen:

I don't know if this has been done before, but I've always had this understanding that in a lot of superhero or magical girl stories, the conflict is often relegated to a single country (maybe even a single town). And while the hero is fighting for their life to save the day, somewhere just like a couple miles out, someone else is having an average mundane day, oblivious to any of it. So the way I've always imagined it, is that there are these magical/supernatural oddities of all kinds in the Rainverse world even now; it's just that they're contained enough so that the Rain cast aren't seeing it, and it's not part of their lives.

I have considered maybe throwing in an oddity or two in Rain somewhere to help lead into Magical, but we'll see. ^_^
So there I am. It's Sunday afternoon and it dawns on me that April Fools Day would land on a post day this year. I don't typically do anything noteworthy for the day - except that one time - but for some reason I felt motivated. The timing with Rain canon just felt right. But I'm not a prankster and I don't necessarily want to mislead people like that. I'm just a silly person and I want to entertain. ^_^

Cue me frantically trying to get this idea done in time... only for Photoshop to crash 70-80% through and only recover like the first 5% of it. I was disheartened and just quit convinced I wasn't going to do anything for April 1st after all. At some point yesterday I felt compelled to give it another shot though. Better late in the day than never right? But it was a busy day otherwise and took me until just about the end of the day to finally get it done and I figured at this point I'll just post it tomorrow.

Tomorrow becomes today and... honestly I don't even like it anymore. It's not particularly funny and I'm not really sure what the takeaway is supposed to be anymore (other than an excuse for me to draw some of my other protagonists from other stories in "prom dresses" of their own). Mostly it's just weird. But I spent the better part of my work time for two days working on it so I guess I'm just going to post it at this point. ^^;

I know I'm a bit down on it but perhaps I'm just frustrated. I still hope you like it regardless of my grumping.

***

If you're curious:

Carmen is from Magical.
https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/gallery/46861739/Magical

Sabrina is from Save the Princess. (Sorry no gallery for this story yet.)
https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/art/Princess-Sabrina-612706357
https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/art/Inktober-2018-4-Spell-766839447

Maya is from Moonlight Wanderers.
https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/gallery/64055744/Moonlight-Wanderers
Raquel is from The Scars of Redemption.
https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/gallery/64055650/The-Scars-of-Redempti on


And yes Rain and Carmen actually do know each other. Their stories exist in the same universe and they've physically met.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1830433/staring/
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1834780/carmen/

The others not so much. Sabrina's from a more high fantasy world. Maya's from a Nuzlocke Pokemon comic. And Raquel... I haven't figured that out yet. Maybe it's still the Rainverse just many many years in the future. Maybe it's the future of Sabrina's fantasy universe. Or maybe the two universes have merged! I dunno but this is getting to complex for an April Fools piece. Try not to think too hard about it. They're just not "from this point and space" like Ky says. XD


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Firstly, there are probably a few names you don't recognize on the nomination card. That's fine. When I had you all voting for prom king and queen a year ago, there were a total of eleven characters to vote for between both categories. In favor of using an even number here to keep things nice and clean, I added a couple names. Sure, I only had to add one, but I threw in a couple more. Fourteen just felt good to me.

Don't worry though, this is a purely aesthetic decision on my part (by having people we don't know, it just helps make it not look like the main characters are the only kids in the school). So, if they weren't on last year's poll, they're not winning. No weird cheating results like "I know you all voted for [blank], but I'm gonna have this random nobody you've never heard of win!" No, no, no! That'd be a jerk move. <strike>Although, they're not exactly nobodies. If you're a long time follower of my DeviantArt, you may have seen those extra names before, as characters from old, abandoned stories.</strike>

The other thing I want to address is the mention of the origin of the nominations: from "the beginning of the year, at homecoming". We never saw homecoming in the story, but it would've likely happened sometime circa late September to early October. You know what else canonically happened in that span of time? Nothing. There was time skip from mid September to Halloween between chapters 5 and 6. So, really anything could've happened in that time.

Now, I don't know if this is typical. Much, much earlier in the story, I asked readers how and when king and queen nominations were chosen for their schools (because I don't remember who was nominated or even won at my own prom, to be honest). I had a few readers say this exact scenario: homecoming. Others said the nominations were decided a week before or even at prom. Some said there were no nominations at all and you could pencil in whoever that night.

But I chose the route we're seeing here because it was the most plausible way to give a lot of these characters a chance of winning. Because at the time of homecoming, it would've been before Maria came out and while she and Gavin were still a "cute couple". Before Emily had foregone her queen bee status or gotten pregnant. Before Rain's hair was cut or before she publicly dated Rudy, "the only gay kid in the school".

Like Emily says, "A lot can change over the year." And looking back at the mindset of much of this school back then rather than now, makes anyone winning feel more logical or possible.

I worry this is a little bit of a clunky page, but I hope you'll enjoy it all the same.


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Today, we see Rob, Devon, and Holly interacting. Debbie is also present, but curiously, she doesn't say much of anything. Lots of talk about the "Rain and Chanel getting in together" thing too. Hmm...

As a friendly reminder, Ryan can absolutely be an androgynous name. So it's not out of the realm of possibility for Devon and Holly to find nothing unusual about what they assume to be Rain's "real name". That said, as someone who only learned of the name's gender neutral nature in more recent years (I thought it was a strictly male name for a long time), Rob's reaction isn't implausible either. Different people know things differently, after all.

Admittedly, this page is mostly a little more stage setting for future scenes, but I'd like to hear your thoughts on everything all the same.


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Technically, not a lot happens here, but this a weirdly involved page as it helps set up the next couple weeks a bit.

The focus here is on Randy, Drew, and Aidyn talking about girls. This is Randy's first appearance in the chapter and we now know he came to prom with someone named Molly Finch. Is this some new character? Yes and no. A little bit of a random fact: way back in the beginning of the story, before Randy was made a recurring character by fan demand, I was considering this similarly unique character. Instead of being seen and not heard like Randy is though, this Molly would never be seen, but we'd hear about her a lot. Stuff like, a lot of "oh, did you hear what Molly said?" or "get a load of Molly's amazing prom dress" (that we'd never see). She was more or less cut in favor of Randy, as I figured two of this sort of character would be overdoing it. But using Molly here felt like a nice way to call back to her. ^_^

While on the subject of Randy, check out that suit. With all the black tuxes in this chapter, I wanted one to seem at least a little different. My spouse told it kinda looks like he's cosplaying someone, which wasn't really my intention. But given we know he does like anime and gaming and such (he was at the con, many chapters back), maybe it IS cosplay. I don't know of who, but I'm willing to run with it. XD

Also of note, Chanel is present at the head of the line but doesn't interact with anyone. Mostly just setting up something for later here. And we see Ky, Rain, and Emily at one of the tables. Again, we don't hear anything from them today, but we'll catch up with them soon.

Finally, we come full circle to address that most of the page is just these boys talking. And mostly, Drew and Aidyn talking about Ky. Your thoughts are most welcome here.


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Colette is on the record saying he'd much rather wait until college to really start transition. He's also said in the past that he's not willing to trade outfits with Rudy. He's been pretty insistent in both cases.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2622666/a-few-more-months/
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2706448/voice-of-reason/

For what it's worth, Colette is a senior. So he's not going to be waiting too much longer, at least. But prom is such an excessively gendered event, and I can vouch that that can make it really hard to cope when you're not dressed the way you know you should be. Colette's putting on a good face here, but surely this still isn't easy for him. Regardless, he won't seem to budge from his no trading outfits stance.

Tonight's plot thickens...


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Today, Colette and Aidyn (and not Madison) enter prom. We already saw the first two behind Rain and Chanel to check in a few pages back, but now they're officially in. As for Madison, this was all we'll see of her this chapter. I wanted to make sure all the kids got some kind of cameo in this chapter, but I also wanted somebody to represent that "screw prom, I don't wanna go" crowd (and then actually not go. Madison worked great for this, and she's even on the record saying she didn't want to go a few chapters back anyway, so it all checks out. She and Aidyn have never really been major characters (and that's probably not going to change now), but this actually ended up being a really fun page. ^_^

And as Aidyn wanders off in search of drinks (non-alcoholic, of course; this is still a school event), Rudy and Colette are left behind to chat about whatever they wish. I wonder what that will be. ;P


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Holly and Devon have seen Ky (in boy mode) with Drew at the mall. For what it's worth, Ky was also present at the Halloween party (again, in boy mode), though they never interacted then. Even beyond their meetings and sightings, Drew has talked about them to Devon in the past too. They don't know Ky per se, but they might still seem familiar. Devon and Holly still don't really know the situation though.

As for Ky - not in girl mode, but stuck in a dress at the moment - this situation is kind of a mood. Especially when I was pre-transition and not out to anyone yet. I could still have fun and smile and laugh and all, but every pause was just enough time to think about my dysphoria. More power to them for being such a trooper, but still, the situation sucks.


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Maria is still not here. If not by now, then when will she arrive? And when she does, can she get in after all?

At the very least, Rain seems optimistic. But what do you think?


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