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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
    33
  • Gender
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If you've been following along on my Patreon, you're probably aware I've been hyping up Moonlight Wanderers for a while now.
https://goo.gl/j84qQC

If you're not, I did finally name drop it this past September.
https://goo.gl/Q6gDJ7

I've since used a DA journal meme to informally introduce the main character a little while back too (though that'd only be at DeviantArt, so I'm sure some interested parties may have missed it).
https://goo.gl/PvgsqK

But we still haven't really seen or heard much of anything else. I figure with the release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon today (which I sadly probably won't be able to pick up any time soon), this is as fitting a day as any to finally start talking about my upcoming project, Moonlight Wanderers, a Pokemon Moon Nuzlocke comic.

If you're not familiar with the concept of a Nuzlocke, Pokemon games are generally considered to be a bit on the easy side. So a Nuzlocke is a self-imposed challenge where any time one of your creatures faints, you are to consider them dead and you can no longer use them. It leads to great emotional attachment and can sometimes be very intense, as every choice you make matters so much more. And a Nuzlocke comic is a fairly common trend where people basically write about their experience with the challenge.

Now, I've already long since done the run the comic will be based on, logging notes of Pokemon catches/names/partings, as well as some details of more significant battles, and any other information I thought might be important. That said, the comic will NOT be a retelling of the game's story (my notes are purposely vague to promote creativity). In fact, despite using the characters from the game as well the structure of the Island Challenge, the overall story will be going in a very different direction. The story will probably be considerably darker than my work with Rain (seeing as it will deal with themes of life and death), but also might be funnier/quirkier to offset this. Take that however you will.

***

If you are familiar with the Sun and Moon games, you probably recognize some of these characters in the accompanying image. And if you're not familiar, don't worry if you can't keep track of the names right now. But to go into specifics with the accompanying image:

First box:
Hau with Fire Cat (his Litten) and Waffle (his shiny Pichu).

Second box:
Lillie with Nebby (the Cosmog) and an unnamed(?) Eevee.

Third box:
Maya with Tsukiko (her Popplio) and Cerise (her Fomantis)

Fourth box:
Midori with Herbert (her Bulbasaur) and Nibbles (her Trapinch)

Fifth box:
Gladion with Null (Type:Null) and Fang (his Zubat)

Hau, Lillie, and Gladion are from the games, though their designs are slightly different and they're all aged up to late teens for the sake of the story. And while the basics of their personalities are more or less intact, do expect new developments and depth not seen in the game. The same will be the case for most other major NPCs too. These are just the main ones who would appear most often in Moonlight Wanderers.

Maya in the center is the protagonist, based off my trainer character. You've been seeing her as my avatar for a while. Don't forget you can read more about her here - https://goo.gl/PvgsqK

Midori in the fourth box is the other original character, and plays the role of Maya's rival (since Sun and Moon were a little weird about defining the rival and people like to argue over who it actually was, I just made my own).

I'll touch on all these characters in more detail at a later date, but because I know people will ask: yes, you CAN expect many established characters may potentially (dare I say, very likely) get the patented Little Lynn treatment and be queer and/or trans to some capacity in this comic (because that's just what I do). It wouldn't be a focal theme of the story like it is in Rain or anything; they just would BE what they are. ^_^

And as for the Pokemon, I thought it'd be a nice touch to include each of the main characters' two main ones here (as the story isn't just about the people, after all). Yes, there'll be MANY more Pokemon significant to the main story. But besides not wanting to add more to an already crowded poster, I didn't want to show more for spoiler purposes. Knowing the games could tell you what certain trainers (like Hau or Gladion) might have later. But who has what and at which point could be considered spoilers for a story like this (especially with Maya and Midori). So I wanted to keep it to two major front runners for everyone. In the average supplemental art piece, these are likely going to be the Pokemon you'll see most often alongside these trainers. <strike>That doesn't necessarily mean plot armor though.</strike>

And because I'll certainly be asked, yes, someone will have Rowlet. Like in Sun and Moon, I've decided the owner of the third starter will be kept a secret for now. But no, it's not who you probably think. ;P

***

The current plan for Moonlight Wanderers is for it to begin sometime in early 2018, and have it post alongside Rain. In other words, one should not affect the other. MW will have longer, more detailed pages, but will probably only go up once a week. While I haven't decided on the day yet, it won't be any of the Rain post days.

And while I would love for everyone to read and enjoy both Rain and MW, I understand and respect that there's a chance that many won't be interested in one comic or the other. As long as you can put up with me periodically using Rain's platform to hype MW for now, when the actual comic starts, they will be separated. DA will have separate folders. SmackJeeves and Comic Fury will have new comic pages setup. It'll have it's own Facebook page, independently of the Rain page.

Questions are very welcome, but be mindful that there's probably a lot I can't answer just yet.

Take care for now, everyone. ^_^
Good news, Rain Beaus! Rain, Volume 3 just came out! (Insert Slowpoke meme here...)

Seriously though, as I mentioned a little while ago, it suddenly vanished from the Lulu store, and is finally back! Sorry it disappeared like that for so long. This whole ordeal has been extremely frustrating for me, and I hate thinking that people just weren't able to get this one when they wanted it. As my apology for the inconvenience, Volume 3 will be sold at 30% off for the rest of November. And in addition, there's a Lulu sale going on right now through tomorrow for an additional 25% off using the coupon code LULU25.

Plus, I want to say that I took this opportunity to address a few concerns. The big one being that a number of readers pointed out with this particular volume, that images and words would sometimes bleed off the page. This time, I went back using the margin setup of Volume 4 to make everything fit cleanly and nicely on the page. (Also, more minor issues like the messy page numbering, and a minor table of contents flub that I actually think only one person ever noticed anyway was fixed.) I don't necessarily expect everyone to run out and buy a second copy if they already have one, but if these were problems that you had, know that they've been fixed.

Find Volume 3 and all the books here:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/LittleLynn84
A little something I doodled for Patreon a few months back (and also what I've been using as my DeviantArt avatar for a while). I'm very hard at work building up that page buffer as much as humanly possible before Rain returns on Wednesday, November 29th, but I just had an itching feeling like I really wanted to post something today. And I figured, why not? Let's share this today.

Not much else to say for now, but I hope you like it. ^_^
Rain is returning on Wednesday, November 29th. It feels fitting, as this is the comic's seventh anniversary. From there, posts will resume three days a week, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, picking up right where we left off.

I should point out, that while I would love to return from a 3+ month hiatus on an up-note, what comes next is actually going to be very heavy. It's important and I think it adds a lot, but it's going to get pretty real for a little while. The chapter itself isn't much longer from there though, so we just have to get through that. But I think it may be a hard read for some.

That said, there's a lot to look forward to. I'm finally happy with the current direction of the story and there's a lot of big things coming up, not the least of which including prom. And I hope you'll all come on back to read and enjoy the story with hopefully minimal hiatuses from this point on.

So remember. November 29th. ^_^
@different guest: @guest

Not to be contrarian, but while it's not always a doodle, I have been trying to post little updates at least every couple weeks to say "I'm alive" as you say. And while I don't want to turn this into a plug, I have been still posting art on my Patreon when I can. Not anything pertaining to Rain mind you, but art nonetheless.

As for "literally dealing with cancer better than this", perhaps you're not wrong. But I don't believe depression is something to take lightly either. That said, I am doing mostly better (though it's still kind of ongoing, I think I'm better equipped to deal with it now).

The reason then why this hiatus is still going, is that I wanted to take some extra time to work through plot issues I was having and then build up my page buffer again, without the added stress of having to pump something out (whether I think it's good or not) three times a week. I'm hoping that a longer hiatus now will mean fewer (or better yet, none) later. Plus other hiccups (like having to fix this Volume 3 problem), and of course writer's block (which would've eventually caught up to me anyway if I didn't address it now) slows things down. But even if it probably doesn't look like I'm doing anything, I want you to know I am in fact trying my best everyday.



@everyone:

I truly am sorry again that this is taking so long. Every day the comic isn't back up, I'm beating myself up over it a little more. I never wanted to be absent this long, and I'm itching to get back to posting. But I also really want to present the best work I'm capable of, so I'd rather just take the extra time to make sure that I can do that.

So thank you for putting up with me for this long already, and I hope you'll be patient with me just a little bit longer. There's still quite a bit of November left, and I still believe I can make my return before it's over. :)
So, some of you may or may not have noticed, Rain - Volume 3 is absent from my Lulu store. I'm not sure exactly how long that's been the case, but I want to apologize to anyone who's been hoping to buy it recently and unable to. It's gonna need a little work to bring it back, but I want you to know I'm on it!

In the meantime, Volumes 1, 2, and 4 are all still there and good to go if you wish.
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/LittleLynn84

In fact, there happens to be a pretty sweet sale (from now through Nov. 6th) for 10% off books, plus free mail shipping or 50% off ground shipping, if you use the coupon code BOOKSHIP17 (that's probably case sensitive). Sorry Volume 3 had to miss this one, but I'll make it up to you.

Again though, I'm really sorry this happened at all. I know this is a really inconvenient time of year for it to just vanish like this. I'll be sure to let you all know the second it's back up.
LittleLynn84
October 23rd, 2017
@RaphaelMorgan:

I do have a Patreon. You can find it here, if you (or anyone else) is interested: https://www.patreon.com/RainComic
I dunno. Maybe this is a little redundant or unnecessary to say, but I really wanted to share. :)
I finished watching Made in Abyss this morning and was like, well, fanart is pretty much inevitable. I just have to. It's what needs to happen. And here we are. XD

I was pretty torn on whether I wanted to draw either Nanachi or Marulk though (as I loved them both dearly). Ultimately, I went with Nanachi, as their design would offer a little bit more of a challenge. (That damn headgear. Even when looking for references within the show, it's notable that the character is very frequently only shown from the bangs down. So it is a little bit improvised on my part.) As for Marulk? Maybe that'll be a drawing for another time. I loved this show enough to be willing to draw more from it. ^_^

(Also, I did not draw the background. It's ripped from the opening to give this some kind of backdrop.)

I don't have much else to say, other than that it feels good to have posted two pieces this week. Neither are the main comic, but when you're working on buffer and writing stuff you can't show yet (leaving nothing TO post), I sorta fear it sometimes looks like I'm not doing anything. So going on a tangent for some fanart once in a while (which I think I said I was going to do a bunch of times back at the start of this hiatus... whoops), at least it gives me something tangible to show once in a while.

So, I hope you like this. Take care for now! ^_^
Fun fact: I'm still alive and working. ^^;

I feel like my whole life operates on webcomic time lately. It has indeed been over two months since the last story page. And while that's a long time, and it's felt like a long time, I find myself unable to wrap my head around the fact that this hiatus is actually still going. Like, it can't possibly have been two months; it's just been a exceptionally long couple days or so. Right?

RIGHT!?

Seriously though, I'm sorry this is still going. I know I've had a couple readers express concern about whether Rain is still going to continue. And the answer is "yes, of course!" It's not over until you see a page that says "The End" on it. That hasn't happened yet, so rest assured Rain will continue. And I want you to know that even I go quiet for a little while, it doesn't mean I've moved on. I'm someone who needs closure, so I couldn't walk away from this if I wanted to.

Especially since Rain is the biggest, proudest project I've ever done, I will always fight for it.

Anyway, the hiatus is still going because there were a number of little things holding me up. I think I at last know what I want to do with it all, so I can finally get this thing moving again soon. My hope is that when Rain resumes again, hiatuses will be far fewer and further between (if happening at all). And while I won't jinx myself with a date at this time (so the option of being early is there), I'm really striving to get this all back in motion by no later than November. And I hope you'll all be there, ready to join me when that time comes.

Thanks for your ongoing patience everyone. You have no idea what it means to me that you're still willing to stick with me through this all. ^_^
@Hpxx:

Yes. I will continue Rain. I can't say for sure exactly when, but rest assured, more is coming. :)
It's been a couple weeks since my last formal check-in update, so I'd like to take a moment to share where I'm at right now. And brace yourself: I've got a lot to say today. ;P

As I said last time, I am in fact back to working on Rain. I just want to work up my page buffer so I don't corner myself into having to slap everything together at the last minute (thus causing the stress that led to this hiatus). I've been doing exactly that (alongside working on my buffer for my second comic as well, as this is a good, convenient time for me to get ahead on that with no pressure). I've been trying to alternate between the two to reduce burnout and I think that's been working pretty well.

The catch is that I'm not always drawing. Upon a recent reread of the last few chapters of Rain (as well as the next few) after a long time away from it, I'm seeing a lot of pacing and tonal issues I'm not entirely happy with. So I'm spending a fair bit of time going over everything to better balance the story. The good news is that I'm getting closer to where I want to be. The bad news is I still don't know when I'm coming back, because I really would like this all to be completely ironed out before doing so. This way I can offer you the most enjoyable reading experience possible, while allowing myself the smoothest writing process going forward.

And while it is a process, I think it'll have been worth the wait when I can get back to regular posting.

~

If I may, I'd like to talk about my other project for a bit too. I've been very tight-lipped about this, but if I'm being honest, I've started planning for it probably close to a year ago now. I admit, I don't totally know why I've been so quiet though. I'm actually really excited for this, and I've been really driven for a while. I think I'm just nervous because it's not something previously announced/seen like Magical or Lavender, so I'm afraid people will hate it on principle for what it's not.

Maybe that doesn't make a lick sense. But irrational fears are no stranger to depression and anxiety. So let me try an push through my worry and finally unveil this thing.

This new comic is called Moonlight Wanderers, and it is a Nuzlocke comic of Pokemon Moon. If you're not familiar with the concept of a Nuzlocke, it is a self-imposed challenge when playing a Pokemon game where any time one of your creatures faints, you are to consider them dead and you can no longer use them. It leads to great emotional attachment and can sometimes be very intense, as every choice you make matters. And a Nuzlocke comic is a fairly common trend where people basically write about how their experience with the challenge went. That is Moonlight Wanderers.

Now, it's not just a retelling of the game's story with minimal input on my end. Rather, in the case of MW, I use the game story and characters as a guideline and go off the rails as I go to really make it my own. But if I want to tell my own story, why not something original, right? Well, I admit that in a lot of ways, this is just something I've always wanted to do. But also, this is going to help me with my original works later.

Rain, as you well know, is not the most artistically complex comic out there. Most pages are just characters standing around talking with little to no action, and backgrounds are non-existent about 98% of the time. For Rain, I believe this works. It doesn't require much to tell it's story, and I personally believe the minimalism is more optimal for its look.

But what about after Rain? Magical will feature battle sequences and monsters. Shangri-La also features combat, a large array of creatures, and a unique setting that is very significant to the story. What works for Rain, might not be ideal for my other works. And to be honest, I don't think I'm really prepared for that. I'm not sure how to approach drawing creatures and battles and backgrounds, and I don't want to present Shangri-La or Magical or any other stories as anything less than the best they can be.

Moonlight Wanderers gives me the opportunity to come out of my comfort zone, and forces me to draw a lot of things I wouldn't normally (thus allowing me to improve in more areas). But it does so with a sense of familiarity. Thanks to the Pokemon, I'll be drawing a wide variety of creatures very regularly. Battles would happen often enough that I'd have to learn a lot of more unique poses. A story focused around a journey means there will be a number of locales to be depicted, so paintbucketing a panel green and saying it's the color of the walls might not always cut it. And if I need help with any of these things, there are plenty of references to utilize. It's not going to be perfect, but it will offer me the practice I need to feel more confident in being able to present my original works that might themselves be more artistically demanding.

Tomorrow, I'm planning on posting the first page of Moonlight Wanderers on my Patreon. This isn't me officially starting to post it, and the comic will not be exclusive to there when it does start. When the first page eventually does go up widespread, it might not even look exactly the same. Rather, I just want to post this to a limited audience for now as a sample of what I'm hoping to work toward. And ideally, I'd like to hear what people think (good or bad). So if you want to be involved in a bit of an advanced screening and help me make sure I'm onto something good here, you can find my Patreon here. As long as you're a patron, you'll get to see it. ^_^

If you don't want to or can't do so, that's totally fine. The comic will probably start up some time before the year is out either way, and now that it's officially unveiled, I have lots to talk about to hopefully hype it up until then.

~

Final thing I wanted to say that has nothing to do with art or writing or comics or anything: As of a couple days ago, I'm five years on hormones. It's such a surreal milestone. I mean, the calendar can't lie, but it's really hard to believe somehow. I just still kinda feel new to all this. Is that normal? Any other longtime transitioners feel like this?

Of course, I am happy though, however hard it may be for me to comprehend.

~

Anyway, the hiatus has been long and still continues, but hopefully, this offers some good news and things to look forward to in the near future. While I can't name an exact return date just yet, we're getting closer and closer everyday. But thank you, as always, for your continued patience. It's meant the world to me through some difficult times recently, and I'm hoping I can reward you for that patience very soon. ^_^

Keep on being awesome, folks! Take care for now!
See accompanying wall of text. ;P
@Guest:

Of all the stories above, only Magical and "MW" are currently planned as webcomics when they start. The former won't start until Rain is done. The latter, I'll hopefully be announcing soon and will go up alongside Rain.

Lavender is prose, but you can read what's currently available here. ^_^
https://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/gallery/60136/Lavender

And although you didn't ask, I'll fill in the blanks for the rest if anyone's curious. Impure and The Scars of Redemption are also planned as prose, but are not yet started. Meanwhile, Shangri-La and Save the Princess are game ideas (the former of which, has a playable, if somewhat dated, demo).
@Elise:

Lavender was not meant to end there. There's actually a fair bit more I wanted to do with it. Unfortunately, I just kept never getting around to it.

I do plan on getting back to at some point. Hopefully sooner than later, but I can't say for sure exactly when.
@Le Fou:

Funny enough, I just really had no idea what to call it. Every title I came up with, I just hated, but I knew the story would be dark, so I just started calling it "something dark" as kind of in-joke to myself. I did not anticipate it'd take to another 2-3 years for me to come up with actual title though. XD

I feel like The Scars of Redemption is a wee bit campy, but I'm not against a little camp. And really, I kinda needed to call it something before I actually started writing it and legit ended up calling it "something freaking dark". XD
Yesterday I spent a rather absurd amount of time reorganizing my DeviantArt gallery. This might not matter to a lot of you here, but if you were interested to see a lot of my non-Rain work, that'd usually be where to do it. To be honest, it still kinda looks like a mess. But I guess that's to be expected when you've got well over 2,000 submissions (more than half of which, being the comic, or at least related to it). Still, it's nicer now than it was, with updates to the sub-gallery folder covers, and I now have one sub-gallery for Older Stuff, so that pre-Rain art can be found without having to sift through seven years of comic pages. XD
https://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/gallery/

As an update to my gallery cleanup yesterday, today I changed some gallery covers again to something nicer, and added a few for stories that didn't previously have their own galleries. I've also included a placeholder for my second comic (just a little "MW" for now, as I haven't formally announced it yet). I'll probably start setting up another comic here on SmackJeeves for that too pretty soon. ;P

Again, probably none of that matters to you if you're not following me on DeviantArt, but it did mean some new art. And it feels good to see all the gallery covers lined up like this, so I wanted to share.

It also feels good to flex out and work with stories and characters I haven't been able to focus on in a long time. I'm starting to suspect at least part of my current depression is stemming from burnout with Rain. I mean, doing almost anything for nearly seven years, burnout is probably inevitable.

But please don't take that to mean I'm throwing in the towel. Rain will continue toward a proper ending as was originally planned. Drawing, writing, and generally thinking about other things for at least a little while is helping clear my head a bit though. And when I am ready to finally start the second comic to go up alongside Rain, I think that will help too. While it'll technically be more work, I believe alternating between two very different stories will help prevent either one from growing too stagnant for me.

So again, thank you for bearing with me through all this. I'm hoping to reward everyone's patience with some great content when I can finally get past this thing. ^_^
I drew a thing! Huzzah!

It's been a while since I've drawn much of anything. Probably close to a month at this point. Honestly, you probably know me by now: of course, I want to get back to it. Like nothing else! But depression's kind of a bitch, and it's hard to stay motivated right now. That doesn't mean I'll just stop trying to what I love though. And this isn't even about the comic right now. I just want to draw anything at this point, really.

In this case, I happened to try out the Danganronpa V3 demo the other day, and decided it was as good a subject as any to work with. So here we have protagonist, Kaede Akamatsu, because I figured she'd be the easiest to safely look up a reference for (let's just say I've had problems with getting major spoilers for previous Danganronpa titles when I just wanted to look at a little character art, so this time I was trying to be more careful). Kaede might not have otherwise been my first choice to draw, but she was a fun - if simplistic enough - character design to work with for trying to get back into drawing.

I also got kind of experimental with shading. I don't really have an eye for that kind of thing though, so it might look terrible; I hope it's somewhat decent though. (And the background is just pulled from the game itself to give her a backdrop; I didn't make it.)

Either way, I hope you like this. I'm not ready to get back to routine comic posts, but I'm hoping to at least get back to drawing in general more again. I'm sure doing something I love at a steady, non-stressful pace could do wonders for me. So hopefully, we'll see more drawings and doodles in the future, until I'm ready to return to comicking.

So thank you again for bearing with me during this time. Your support is, as always, very welcome and means the world to me right now. :)
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. ^_^