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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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So, let's get right into it: the name. People have been asking about this nonstop since Wednesday. If Colette is a guy, what should we actually be calling him? Well, my answer remains the same as with any other trans person: whatever they say they want to be called. Where it admittedly gets tricky here, is that he hasn't specified. All we really know is that he's ultimately leaning away from ones that sound similar to his given name. So Collin (and other "Co-" names) are probably right out.

I have a name in mind for him, but I want him to be the one to actually say it. So, Colette is fine for right now, because he's hasn't said not to say it. I realize this probably sounds absurd to some people, but I think it's important not to project how others should transition and let them go at their own pace. I knew a girl who kept her distinctly masculine name several years into her transition because it just meant something to her. I knew a guy who didn't want to start HRT because he didn't want to lose his singing voice from the Testosterone. These people are valid! They are trans even regardless of their circumstances. Whether they don't change their names or don't take homones, their experience is valid.

To go kinda roundabout with all this: all I'm saying is that it's okay to call him Colette for now. As long as you're acknowledging he's a man, that's the important thing. For now, let's just try to be patient and let him announce his own name in time. :)


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@Guest:

Well, you're in luck! It's only Wednesday! That means you don't have to wait until Monday, as there'll be another page on Friday. ^_^
Some of you guessed where this was going. Some of you didn't. But here we are!

Thoughts are, as always, very welcome.

However, if you're the sort that can't deal with the "unrealistically high number of queer and trans characters in this story about queer and trans characters", and you were only going to comment to tell me how "absurd and unlikely" this all is: maybe don't? Besides that I've heard that song and dance following literally every time a character has come out, I don't believe for a second that there's anything unrealistic about this. So I would humbly ask that you spare me this once. Or at least find something else to say. It's not like you're going to convince me that this "isn't possible", nor am I gonna go back and retcon my characters and their arcs, no matter how often people whine about the overwhelming gayness of the comic. XD


As I say every time: if you don't like it, there are thousands of comics out there with completely cis het casts out there. So if that's more in line what you're looking for, take your pick. But it's a waste of your time and mine to complain about my comic for addressing the topics and themes that it revolves around. Especially after a thousand pages! Thank you very much. ^_^


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Let's talk about some future plans!

So, I've been looking over the script a bit last night, kinda fine-tuning the rest of the chapter. There's still about a month of updates left to this one, give or take a post day as I hum and haw over whether one particular scene will be a two-pager or two separate updates. There's been a lot of complaints about cliffhangers lately (which is admittedly a little frustrating on my end), but I've been extra excited for this chapter due to it ultimately offering a fair bit of resolution (or at least direction) to a number of arcs. And I sincerely hope you enjoy what's to come.

Following this chapter though, I always had plans for a hiatus. Originally, it was going to be for one week, to begin Moonlight Wanderers, (my second planned comic that I've brought up from time to time, albeit mostly in passing).
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2581427/moonlight-wanderers-coming-spring- 2018/

But I think I'm going to extend that. You might recall that before this current chapter, I took off from posting so I could have a week-long working hiatus. The plan was so I could get ahead with the page buffer again and lessen the deadline stress a bit. Then I got sick, lasting pretty much the entire week, and allowing me to get no work done. So, cue me coming back and starting our current chapter with no page buffer and continued deadline stress. (I mean, technically speaking, if there's ever an ideal time to get sick and not be able to work, it'd be when I'm not posting anyway. But still, it was very inconvenient for me!) ^^;

So, after this chapter is over, I'm gonna try that working hiatus again. I'm thinking two months, actually. And I realize is a long time (not as bad as last year's unplanned four month hiatus in the middle of a chapter, mind you), but bear with me here.

Part of it is going to be for building up the page buffer. And part of it is going to be so I can work on Volume 5 untethered to the usual stress. I will also probably use that time to work on Moonlight Wanderers some more as well. Without the stress of deadlines - and maybe an actual relaxing week or two off somewhere in there - I think I'll be able to get a lot done.

Ideally, MW will start in the middle of the hiatus somewhere there, so it's not like you'll have nothing from me during that time (though it'll have a new page and stuff to not confuse or annoy readers primarily here for Rain, as it IS a separate comic). And with the planned one-page-per-week structure I have in mind for that comic, it shouldn't be too intrusive to my work schedule. I think this is going to be win-win for everybody.

But I'm saying this all now, so that there's hopefully no surprises. The current chapter ends in late June, and then I go on hiatus. MW will start sometime in July. And Rain will return in the first or second week of September. I promise I'll have exact dates lined up before the end of this chapter, and of course, I will keep to them.

But before we need to worry about any of that, please enjoy the rest of the coming chapter over the next month. I'm really happy with what's to come, so I hope you'll like it too. ^_^
@Bandana_girl:

Actually, Emily is taking Rudy.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2439725/first-choice/

And Colette is going with a different underclassman, Aidyn.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2373910/colette/
So, if you don't remember Rudy and Colette's previous interactions, it's been a little awkward for a while. For starters, Colette literally bumped into Ruby in the ladies' room not long ago. At the time, Ruby was trying not to be spotted and took off with barely a word. Ana caught on to who it was though and suggested that Ruby should apologize. But of course Rudy would approach Colette as Rudy. If you reread the following couple pages from there, we see Colette is surprisingly receptive to all this, but misreads the situation a little, assuming Rudy is actually a trans boy, rather than a boy who was dressing like a girl. Rudy makes the correction, Colette gets embarassed, and that's the last we see of their interactions until they happen to encounter each other in the hall again on this very page.

Whew! Did you get all that? XD

Now, we have Rudy - following a venting session about his long-time bully to Brother Arthur - offering to similarly lend an ear to Colette. What do you suppose they'll discuss? ;)


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So, originally today's page was planned to cut to another scene. When I realized it was going to be the THOUSANDTH PAGE though (according to the official count; not SmackJeeves' numbering), I decided to keep it right here. There's a few reasons. Like, even though this arc isn't really specifically about Rain herself, I felt the character the comic is named after ought to be on this one. Plus, there's just such a sense of hope here, and it felt like a good tone to celebrate a milestone like this with. ^_^

The catch, of course, would be the nature of this page as a flashback, leaving everything in being monochrome. All I can think of is all the black and white comics I've read that would usually color a milestone like this. And here I am taking the color away for it in a comic that typically HAS color. XD

Page 1,000 is special though. To me, anyway. I can't believe I've done a thousand of anything. And I owe it to all of you for continuing to read and have interest in it. I don't know that I could've followed through without you. So thanks. <3

Just this once, I'll post a color version of this page later today. Because this one is special (even if it is actually a pretty standard page overall), and because I love y'all so much. I hope you Rain Beaus will stick around and continue to enjoy the comic as it goes on.


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So, there's the back entrance. Maria's made her way there at last. Now for... a little reunion. Perhaps too little as Rudy and Chanel couldn't make it. Hopefully, they catch up later?

And as a great big explanation to mostly irrelevant note, I'd like to address Gavin holding an umbrella here, because as you might recall, he didn't have one when he got to school. And while Rain and Emily shared an umbrella, Emily was the one holding it, and I kinda imagined it still being in her locker or something. Now, Maria and Rudy DID have umbrellas, but Maria wasn't going to waste time going to her locker just for that while on the run. This leaves Rudy's umbrella, which I decided he would lend to Rain and Gavin off-screen while they stood outside waiting. The catch is, you can't tell because this page is a monochrome flashback and the page depicting Rudy bringing his umbrella in, I trimmed the panel down to where it's only very barely visible.

None of this is important! But to avoid accusations of plotholes, I just wanted to explain that the umbrella situation wasn't meant to be so esoteric. My bad. I just didn't want these kids getting drenched is all. XD


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Today, we catch back up on Maria's escape (on her own now and actually escaping). I would imagine trying to not be spotted while walking down an empty hallway would be pretty stressful. Besides not having cover, those footsteps are gonna be pretty noisy. And if someone (like the very faculty you're trying to evade) starts coming around the corner you're heading towards while you're in the middle of the hall? What then?

So when Maria encounters gym teacher, Mrs. Parker, there's that moment of panic. Buuuuuut... it's not like every member of the faculty knows what's going on. And just as soon as the situation gets tense, it deflates again. Is that all there is to it though? I mean, even if Mrs. Parker is unaware of the situation now, she's now seen Maria on her path to escape. Hmm...


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Another fairly straight-forward page. Perhaps even expected. But it could be an important one...


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@Ray Smith:

I sent a you a private message. If you need to respond, please do so there so as to not disturb the other readers.
@Nessa:

Actually, yes. We have seen his eyes. I just kinda tend to "artistically fog up his glasses" when he's concerned or upset. If you go through the comic, we see his eyes a bunch. But they're most visible when he's happy (or at least, in more light-hearted scenes).

For example:
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1060935/squeak/
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1463283/distraction/
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2307474/no-shortage/

As for the color, they're just a dull shade of brown, so I guess it's fair if it looks gray. ^_^
@LunarJasmine:

Honored to see Twilight Roamers get a nod when it hasn't even started yet. This made me so happy. ^_^
@Anna Rei:

Please do not post these here. This really isn't the place for it. :/
Today we see Brother Arthur dial back to his usual tone for Rudy, as he starts asking questions. He's a very observant fellow, isn't he? It's a mostly straight-forward page, so I'm not sure what to add here. But as always, I hope you like it.


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@12AbbyRainbow:

I've been slapping a time/date stamp on the first page of every non-flashback scene this chapter to denote when time does pass in the present. In the flashbacks themselves though, only a negligible amount of time passes.

All the flashbacks in this chapter take place within the same relatively small window of time, so you can assume they either take place in immediate succession of each other, or at least split by a couple insignificant seconds/minutes. Nothing I felt was important enough to establish.
I don't know about you, but when a typically friendly, light-hearted person reaches that point where they just aren't having it anymore, it scares me a little. I just get so used to their usual warm presence, that I don't know what to expect when they get angry.

Like, of course no one would want to be on the receiving end of Father Quenton. We all know he's an unrelenting ass though (you don't usually get a nickname like "Evil Incarnate" lightly). But getting scolded by Brother Arthur? Actually hearing him raise his voice? A little unsettling.

Only thing that might be scarier is maybe Vincent losing his cool. XD


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I'm not crying; you're crying! There's just something in my eye! XD

Anyway, this one took a bit of extra time rewriting this page a bit today, because I wasn't satisfied with the original wording. I think I'm very happy with it now though.

For those of you who like to snark about me repeatedly adding new arcs without resolving the old ones: well, here you go. An arc is resolved. Maria and Emily have finally made up and completely forgiven each other after almost a thousand pages spanning their relationship of outright hating each other, to passive tolerance of each other, to "we have the same friends so we should try to be civil with each other". I dunno. Maybe it's just me, but these pages make me really happy. ^_^

And for some of my more cynical readers whose only takeaway is "but does Maria really have time to be wasting with this right now?" Realistically, no, probably not. But I'd like to offer the mental image of Pete (the receptionist Maria sent looking for supplies for Emily's alleged labor), frantically running into rooms incoherently shouting about how "he needs supplies because the baby is coming" and him not clarifying because he doesn't have time to explain either.

Because fiction. XD


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I'm sure many people have forgotten since I haven't brought it up in a while, but in panel 2, Rain's "recent experience of being taken aback by someone who didn't know Rain was trans but approaching her about it" is referring to her interaction with Debbie trying to call her a boy a few chapters ago.

But let's talk about the bigger topic of this page: the hypotheticals. Before I get into the story parts, I want to address the art. Hypothetical non-transitioning Rain and Ana are both based on prior appearances. Rain's being like the "Ryan the Totally Normal Guy" Rain Delay strips. And Ana's featuring a more grownup version of the haircut from her childhood photo.

I can speak only for my part (and my characters taking after me here, I guess), that while I'm super open about being trans now, I was as shy and untalkative about the subject as humanly possible back in my pre-transition days. Having someone reach out to me - even a fellow trans person - would NOT have made me feel better. It would've told me I'd been clocked. Knowing me, I'd have ducked further into the closet to deny it. Again, I'm sure not everyone is like that, but I was raised wholly on negative trans media that made me too scared to admit who and what I was to anyone for a very long time. But because of my past feelings, I think it's important to be very, very careful when reaching out.

My usual approach would be more along the lines of what Rain is saying. Be there, be supportive, let them know you're listening if they need to talk or have questions, but also let them come to terms with things at their own pace. I freely admit I don't think that'll work for everyone (maybe some folks need something more proactive), but it's the approach that DID help me, so I know it will at least work for some. Thing is, I don't know if there is a one-size-fits-all solution universally appropriate for reaching out to any and every still questioning or in denial trans person.

As a point of discussion for this page, I'd like to ask if any of you folks were helped (directly or indirectly) when coming out or accepting yourselves. I'm curious if being super ultra self-destructively cautious like Rain, Ana, or "ten-years ago me" is common, or if that's just us. Obviously only share if you like, but please be mindful and respectful of others' feelings and approaches.


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@12AbbyRainbow:

Rain came out to Ana a couple chapters ago.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2398012/the-stuff/