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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@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!
I don't feel like there's much to say about this page, but I rather like it, personally. Ky's lighthearted sassiness is very endearing to me here. I may just love sassiness though. XD

Anywho, hope you like the page!


©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!
Ky returns! (Also Drew!) The last time we've seen these two interacting, they'd discussed meeting at their homes, rather than a public place like the mall. Hence, Drew's went over the Ky's place.

Of course, Drew throws his foot in his mouth in record time here. Luckily, Ky doesn't seem too perturbed about it though. But is this setting the stage for things to only get worse here, or are we starting from the bottom and moving up to a great day between these two?


©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!
@Guest:

It was just sliding out of the bag while Colette was holding it. Neither of them necessarily meant to look; it just happened.

...and now they can't seem to look away.
Much like that one time when Emily took interest in a girl-love comic, and it featured my own characters from some other story, the depiction of Save the Prince is also a reference to another work of mine. Unlike last time though, I don't think I've ever shown these characters anywhere before. In fact, the original subject matter, actually called Save the Princess, I think may've only been mentioned once in passing like a year ago (and only on DeviantArt). So, this one may be obscure, but as canon pairings between two guys go, this was the first to come to mind.

'Course, now it's fresh in my mind, so maybe I'll mention it again soon? ;)

Also, there's actually a fair bit of relevant plot and character stuff on this page here too. What're you taking from it?

(Next time: scene switch!)


©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!
Recently, my spouse got into My Hero Academia. I'd already been following it since the start of the current season, but now that she's just getting into it, I'm watching it all again with her. It's not often I get into shounen stuff (or superhero stuff for that matter), so I'm not really sure what it is I like so much about it, but I keep coming back to it. I dunno. It's just super charming and fun.

So I decided to draw one of the characters, Mina Ashido. I get the feeling she's not a particularly important character, there more to pad out the background of the classroom, but I think she's my favorite. Her design is just so unique and eye-catching that I've been wanting to draw her since the first time I started watching.

Happy I finally got around to doing so. I hope you'll forgive this random fanart interruption, and of course, I hope you like it. ^_^

Also, just a reminder that this was actually shown earlier this week on Patreon as part of one of the reward tiers. Being a patron means sometimes seeing fun art (and sneak peaks at future projects) before anyone else does. Check it out here!
By déjà vu, I'm of course referring to Rudy's first appearance in the story.

As for how Ruby isn't recognized: covered face, makeup, never looking up, etc.. Take your pick. Ana's a bright girl though; do you think she could figure it out? If not right now, then maybe the next time she sees Rudy? And what about Colette who technically saw Ruby WAY up close?

There's one more page to this arc for now. Originally, this was going to be a two-pager with the next one. But both ended up being pretty involved, so I split them out (sorry if this drags at all; in general, I'm trying to do fewer two-pagers).

But what could be left to see 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!
@Micahjjg:


"Can't ruby just go into the women's bathroom and use a stall?"

There's this whole five seconds from the entrance to the stall where you're just in a small, cramped room with any number of extra people who have nothing to do but stare at everything around them. The time spent outside the stall is longer if there's a line or if you really have to wash your hands afterward. In my personal experience, most of my worst trans experiences have happened in that incredibly short window immediately before or after the stall, but still in the bathroom.

You'd be surprised. A lot can happen in that time.
In my mind, I can already see the relentless barrage of comments saying, "But having to go to the bathroom doesn't need to be an issue. Why doesn't Ruby just _____." There's no time for that! The kid's been drinking a large soda from a fast food establishment; this is urgent! Home is miles away. The quieter bathroom is on the other end of the mall. The back alley is creepy. It has to be the food court bathroom and it has to be right now! XD

Hyperbolic silliness aside, Ruby could probably find a safe, easy solution with a little extra thought, but one does not always think clearest in these moments.


©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!
Incidentally, unless something suddenly changes, Todd's not even planned to appear in this chapter. But this particular arc with him is important, so I wanted to make sure it got brought up even if he himself isn't around. I wonder if there's any plausibility to the "machismo theory" though. Thoughts on that?

Also, as you can see in the last panel, Ruby is still there having lunch and remains totally unnoticed thus far.


©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 can't vouch for other people's experiences, but when I started presenting female full-time, strangers started being nicer to me. I don't if that has anything to do with attitudes towards women versus towards men. Or if it was just that I gave off a more positive vibe that people found more approachable because I was happy for once. Or both, I guess. Whatever the reason, it led to a lot more friendly tones and small talk (particularly from clerks).

I was actually somewhat taken aback by this newfound friendliness myself (I also have a lot of social anxiety), but Ruby seems to LOVE it. And interacting with all these strangers who respond very positively towards Ruby is very exciting.

But then we see other students from St. Hallvard (because what else is there for teens to do in this town besides go to the mall, apparently). We have Ana, Madison, Colette, and Aidyn. And among them, everyone but Colette knows who Rudy is and would probably recognize him right away. Would that be an issue though? It's clear Ruby is not excited to see them right now... but why? Is there any danger with this particular group of people? Or does Ruby just want that alone time right now?


©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!
@KrimsonNekros:

Nah. Chase has the longer, pointier, "devil" goatee. This guy just has a little soul patch. XD

For what it's worth, no one other than Ruby here is a main character.
An unusually non-chatty page today. Such is the nature of having just one character do their own thing by themselves, I suppose. But that isn't to say there's nothing going on here. Though little is actually said, Ruby interacts with quite a few people here directly and indirectly.

Wait... why Ruby though? I know a lot of readers will be like "Who cares? I love Ruby!" But surely, there wouldn't be any need to get all dolled up just to buy manga (I mean, I say that, but I've totally been there). XD

Solo debut, huh? My solo debut was awful. So whatever your reasons, Ruby, I'm rooting for 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!