March 31st, 2013, 4:54 pm
Average Rating: 5.00
March 31st, 2013, 5:00 pmReply
And that's how a man who couldn't forget and a woman who couldn't remember helped each other forget and remember and saved each other's lives.
What did you like best about my little comic? (Characters? Story? Themes? Other?)
Thanks to everyone who took their time to read my comic and especially those who took the time to leave comments. If not for your feedback and encouragement, I would never have finished.
That was one heck of a year and a half project!
I think everyone goes through some time in their life when they want to write a story. And by golly, I actually did it!
I'll also add some Q&A pages to smackjeeves, but yes! This is the final page. ^.^
If you want to see this comic printed, please consider donating. :)
April 30th, 2017, 7:27 pmReply
March 31st, 2013, 5:16 pmReply
You need to turn this into a book and sell it. You'd make a ton of moneyicytha,
March 31st, 2013, 5:30 pmReply
Cue dramatic soundtrack
I'm so glad you shared this story with us. This has been a joy to read. I second Koren's comment! Beautifully done, heart-wrenchingly so.
I look forward to seeing what else may come!
March 31st, 2013, 7:35 pmReply
Such a brilliant story. I'm really kind of sad to see it end, but happy to see both these two happy! You're a wonderful story teller, and I third Koren's comment! Especially since you had fun making the story. :)
March 31st, 2013, 9:41 pmReply
Awwww, it's over!Outer Court Comics,
April 1st, 2013, 12:14 amReply
I know you only just finished this, but I hope you'll be starting up a new comic soon!
Wonderful art and excellent story flow. You style is very graceful in this comic and I love your way of interpreting the animals into the more humanoid form. It's like a great throw back from Disney's Robin Hood.
Look forward to more!
April 1st, 2013, 3:27 amReply
When I first read the comic I was impressed with your style and your abilities with backgrounds, emotions, etc. From the start I had a gut feeling that this would be a wonderful tale.
I consider myself lucky and blessed to have stumbled upon this work of art and I am thoroughly glad and happy for you that you were able to finish it. I would find myself coming back here almost everyday anticipating the new page and loving it all the while. I felt for these characters throughout the chapters and enjoyed it all the way. Thank you for gracing us with this amazing work of art and one day, perhaps I will see more works for you. Regardless, I will always be excited for whatever you do and I will gladly come back to this once in a while just to read through it all over again. :)
April 1st, 2013, 5:12 amReply
This was, and still is a wonderful comic. I hope you continue producing such wonderful works!
Glad I found it too. :P
April 1st, 2013, 5:54 amReply
Wow, hard to believe this is over.
May the Rain Come is one of the most beautiful and touching comics I've ever read and I always looked forward to your updates - SmackJeeves and the MtRC comic were always two of the first tabs I opened when opening up Firefox. I'm so glad that I found this little gem.
Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story with us :)
April 1st, 2013, 8:17 amReply
I'm sad its over! That was like one of my to fav comics! Thank you for making it. <3GracieC9 (Guest),
April 1st, 2013, 12:09 pmReply
It's over! T_T
Congrats on finishing the comic!!! I'm sad to c it end, bt it was a good story and I'm just happy u could share it <3
To answer your question, I loved just about everything! The characters were interesting and though I don't usually pay attention anamorphic comics I thought yours was intriguing and the designs mirrored the character really well. Iv been reading this comic closely from near the beginning and I have to say your storyline is amazing and it made me wonder if any of this is true, if u or someone u knew experienced all this! What I loved most though was your constant use of iconography and metaphor to make simple objects like a ribbon make me cry like a baby. And for all ppl that hav ever felt broken, i think u NEED to make this into a published comic or a book (it's just that good)! Sorry to get sappy on ya bt I'll really b rooting for you and I hope u get published!!!!!!! ^_^
April 1st, 2013, 10:08 pmReply
@GracieC9: I'm looking into getting it published, but we'll see! It's very expensive. :0BLackShadow (Guest),
April 2nd, 2013, 2:07 amReply
I've read a lot of comics, webcomics, online stories, poems...but nothing has made me laugh and cry all in the same storyline bt this one. The style of the art reflects the moods, the characters are some of the most well-developed I've seen, and I want to read a sequel, should you ever make one. This also made me think back on some harder times of my life, and...it actually taught me something. Life can throw some pretty hard and unfair times and situations in your way. It can take the things that matter the most, and can turn you into nothing but a shell of your former slef. But with love and care from the right people, you can pull through and become an even better person than before.
Thank you for writing such an amazing tale. :)
April 2nd, 2013, 2:18 amReply
@BLackShadow: Thank you for reading it!Sasha (Guest),
April 2nd, 2013, 10:53 amReply
....I'm both happy and crying sadness right now...You have written and illustrated one of the best, if not THE BEST story I've read in. my. life. You are talented beyond belief and I honestly hope that you have another story in mind because it would be a shame to lose such an inspiring author!! All I can say is thank you. Thank you for all of this!! You've touched my heart and changed my life. Thank you...Zimeta08,
April 2nd, 2013, 10:54 amReply
@Sasha: ^.^ Thank you! I definitely have more stories to tell!deviantxy,
April 3rd, 2013, 2:15 amReply
Well I'm pretty sad its ending but I'm happy with the ending. In fact I'm crying but its been awesome and I can't wait for another one.Ana Mizuki (Guest),
April 3rd, 2013, 3:23 pmReply
I found this story accidentally when I noticed a picture in your Deviantart gallery.
Let me just say, that I am glad I did. Even though your character art could use some refining, I absolutely love your use of colours. Not only do they create just the right mood, but also give the sense of a much simpler time and place. The reds of the beginning are choking, stiffling and making you feel the heat. The blues of the night scenes give a sense of calm coolness to the scenes.
But without a good story, even the best art would be wasted. While i feel this story really fits better into the less glamourised World War One, the story still gives a great sense of the loss William faced. His recovery is very subtle and I like that, often stories of PTSD don't really give time for the reader to realise the quiet despair. And Sonia is not only adorable, but also a nice example of how easily people dismiss and coddle those who have mental difficulties.
So yeah, I loved this.
April 3rd, 2013, 8:13 pmReply
@Zimeta08: Oh thank goodness!!chart501,
April 3rd, 2013, 9:24 pmReply
:D more please!!Zimeta08,
April 4th, 2013, 4:29 pmReply
@Ana Mizuki: ^.^ Thank you for reading it and taking the time to leave a comment!
I'm very happy you liked the read. :D
April 4th, 2013, 10:56 pmReply
Truely wonderful This is by far one of the best comics i have read on smackjeeves. I agree with the statement that i want this on my shelf. I find my self with tears of joy for your characters happy endings. I feel like i know these characters personally and it really plays with your emotions. Thank you for making this comic you are a very gifted story teller. I will share this eith everyone I know in the hopes that they will donate towards tge publication of this. It is truely a gem.Zimeta08,
April 5th, 2013, 3:10 amReply
@Ana: Thank you! I'm glad you took the time to read all 500+ pages!RedScarfLuxio,
April 6th, 2013, 2:24 pmReply
Thank you for this! That was by far one of the best comics I have read and I hope you make some more works in the future! (maybe more about these two?) Congratulations on finishing and well done! Red xxxxZimeta08,
April 8th, 2013, 2:10 amReply
@RedScarfLuxio: I'm definitely going to make more comics. :D
Thank you for reading!
April 10th, 2013, 6:54 pmReply
So beautiful- I'm still floating on a cloud of feels over MTRC. It's kinda wierd that it's over because I checked everyday for updates.Teron,
April 29th, 2013, 9:33 pmReply
Oh, geez, I didn't even know this was over. I guess nows the time to catch up where I stopped reading.
Really glad you kept with this comic all the way; I really didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did when I found it but it was really, really well done.
April 30th, 2013, 8:30 pmReply
@Teron: Thank you for giving it a chance!Xaryna,
May 5th, 2013, 5:29 pmReply
Your comic is amazing. It's captivated me for a long time and made me cry a few times. You're a great artist and storyteller. It really deserves a bigger public!
Are you going to publish it in some way?
May 6th, 2013, 6:03 pmReply
@Xaryna: Thanks! And yes - I plan to have a book version of it soonish. I'm busy redrawing the first chapters at the moment, but after that I'm going to try. :)Crystalbear,
June 2nd, 2013, 12:48 amReply
Perhaps this is biased of me to say, but I declare MtRC to be one of the greatest comics ever created. I have read many comics before, but only a few of them by a few respected individuals have ever graced this level of perfection, and this would be one of them. Unlike many other comics and stories I've read, this one actually has a point to it. A meaningful one, and it's just so packed with power and feeling behind it. I admit that I didn't catch all of the symbolism, as I'm quite the slow fool lol, but the ones I did really struck a chord with me. The expressions... the yellow ribbon and it repairing the dogtags... and the life seen in what is otherwise perceived as dead. This comic is truly amazing, and beautiful.
I admit that at first I was reluctant to read, because I don't normally go for lengthy comics, especially when I find them too late and they already have many pages, and I kept telling myself to save it for later. Well, I'm glad that I finally gave it a chance. Though I would have loved the comic all the same even if I started earlier.
I also really relate to Sonia... In some ways, she reminds me very much like myself, to the point where I might even say she has the same kind of dysfunction I have actually. I'm not quite as forgetful as she is/was, but the reminder is still there. I felt a good connection, and seeing her help and be helped was really moving.
All in all, this is a great comic. You should feel proud for making this, and I certainly respect you for the amount of work you've done. Truly I don't think I shall find another comic quite like this one. Good luck in your efforts on getting this published. More people should read this art.
June 2nd, 2013, 5:57 amReply
@Crystalbear: B'aww. Now you're bringing tears to my eyes. I'm glad I made a work that's had an impact on my readers, and I'm super-glad you gave it a chance and read the whole thing!
Thank you for such a thoughtful comment. It means a ton to me.
July 28th, 2013, 2:58 amReply
Work of art
I don't remember the last time I've wept--longer than William, not as traumatic, but more slow motion. But MtRC brought the rain. My own blessed "Sonia" has a similar effect on me. She has a different disability, and she loves me for the same reason as William, being loved, not pitied. She's in disability studies, too. I'll be happy to show her an authentic depiction of a disabled character in the visual arts. You do such a magnificent job capturing the sadness and hesitation of both William and Sonia--the "invisible bleeding," the weaknesses other people never see or are quick to judge. MtRC has such a beautifully developed storyline: touching, tender, haunted, redemptive. Keep going. Your work belongs with Maus.
I do have to laugh at one thing: Chekhov's gun got used! (Yay, Sonia! :-)
Just sent a donation. Hope you're able to get this beautiful work into print; would love to have a physical copy someday.
July 28th, 2013, 3:00 pmReply
@Melon Collie: B-belongs with Maus? Well, I wouldn't go that far, but that's one heck of a compliment! ^0^ Thank you!
Yes - Chekhov's Gun was used. It's one of my favorite principals of writing. Hehe.
Thank you so much for the donation! It'll definitely come in handy.
August 5th, 2013, 3:48 pmReply
Thank you :)
A hug can lighten even the darkest corner in your life, and let you recover way faster.
Great Job and Well Done!
i'm just curious where the story is setup American / Russian. if i had to guess i would go for the Russian first war. but this one don't get along with the life of which they do life. but then again the... NAARG. screw it- Rices, read the introduction page! (Memo for my self): like you says, you don't wanted to do an indepth research about that time. :)
if life ease up here, i will look for a tip for your print project of this one. it has brighten my day aswell with the upcoming holiday since 7 years. [funny he was gone for war the same long time ^^']
August 9th, 2013, 11:42 pmReply
@Rices: It's definitely America, and the war era is ambiguous. In some ways it's like WWI, and in some ways it's like WWII.
Thank you for reading it!
September 3rd, 2013, 6:05 pmReply
Discovered your story today and quite happily found myself clicking through all 519 pages in a single setting.
It was wonderfully done, thank you for taking the time to tell it.
September 4th, 2013, 11:09 amReply
@Marcus: Thank you for reading it!Garbud (Guest),
October 5th, 2013, 1:38 amReply
this story you have told. i read it to night from 9 to now and i have to say i had to get a tissue or two. for some reason if feel good and sad about this story. and that makes it my favorite comic i have ever read.Zimeta08,
October 5th, 2013, 10:01 amReply
@Garbud: Thank you so much! I'm glad it elicited an emotion from you. ^.^k_monou3,
October 13th, 2013, 3:32 pmReply
beautiful ending for a beautiful story Thank you so much for sharing it^^Zimeta08,
October 14th, 2013, 4:14 pmReply
@k_monou3: Thank you for reading!OrnSteamer (Guest),
October 15th, 2013, 7:53 amReply
Wow, I got to hand it to you, that was one amazing story. The length is perfect for a one-night read.(okay, I have no clue how long I spent reading it, but to entertained me for an entire night)Seeing an author know what story she wants to tell and not drag it on beyond it's life is refreshing. I have all the same compliments for your storytelling and characterization that for more eloquent speakers than I have already found better ways to express. One of the things that really drew me in is the feeling of reality. Despite being anthropomorphic, your characters and their story stayed grounded in reality, and you did a splendid job expressing depression.(an all too familiar friend to some of us) I wish you the best of luck in your future projects, including getting this published.(from all I've heard, publication is a bear. Even this great story will need all the luck it can get)Zimeta08,
October 16th, 2013, 7:30 pmReply
@OrnSteamer: Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked the feeling of reality. ^.^Mint (Guest),
November 18th, 2013, 2:33 amReply
Thank you This comic is a beautiful little gem, I'm glad I stumbled upon it, thank you very much for taking the time for telling us this story in your own unique way!Zimeta08,
November 19th, 2013, 12:38 pmReply
@Mint: Thank YOU for taking the time to read it!Crystalwind (Guest),
February 23rd, 2014, 4:34 pmReply
A magnificent read
Thank you for this comic. I especially liked the story around William, especially the contrast between his dislike of the war and the non-soldier's admiration of it. It was remarkably realistic, and I do feel that war is glorified quite a bit. I also loved Sonia's story, as it was very touching and it felt very true. More than anything, I love the contrast between them: William remembers too well and knows too much about the horror of the war, and yet his situation is made to seem more glorious, while Sonia's forgetful and innocent, and is underestimated and thought to be much worse than she is.
I am truly grateful that I found this comic. It is one of the greatest ones I have ever seen, and it dealt with rather complex issues in a truly beautiful way, without watering them down.
February 24th, 2014, 8:12 pmReply
@Crystalwind: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the themes of the story.
And I'm humbled that you say this is one of the best comics you've read. ^0^
January 20th, 2016, 3:39 pmReply
The end TToTT omg this was so beautiful i have tears in my eyes~ ♥
Thanks for making this sweet and touching comic :) Bless you ^_^
January 23rd, 2016, 12:00 amReply
@Raichi: Thank you for reading it!SKitFox,
October 8th, 2016, 2:29 pmReply
3 years on
I'm sure you're not likely expecting a comment so long after completing this wonderful comic.
But I had to re-read it. And it's just as beautiful as I remember (And still makes me cry my eyes out)
On a technical note, the rebooted pages are lovely. The change is so subtle, which is fantastic because the art in this comic has always been perfect. But Will's design is much more constant now, right from the beginning. The squarer face always suited him much better <3
October 26th, 2016, 9:31 amReply
@SKitFox: Thanks for dropping by to say so! It was kind of a crazy effort to re-draw seven chapters of pages right after the comic ended, but I couldn't leave it THAT inconsistent. XDR.I.P,
January 1st, 2017, 3:25 pmReply
I'm incredible late to this party I know (Several years in fact), but only just happened to see your webcomic pop up in recommendations and the title got me, and then I read what it was about and my gut instinct told me that it was going to be good.
I literally just read the entire thing in one go.
As someone with PTSD myself (hence the reliance on the gut instinct) I thought you did brilliantly with the nightmares, the numbness and the feeling of just existing not actually living anymore, and the being on edge and needing to be brought back to the present.
It was painful to see/read, but such a brutally honest portrayal, without the added stigma, that it kept me engaged and hoping that Will would be able to get better. :)
It was a whirlwind adventure of feels that almost had me sobbing my eyes out unshamedly for a lot of it.
So thank you for creating this beautiful, and powerfully emotive comic. It took my breath away.
January 1st, 2017, 5:14 pmReply
@R.I.P Thank you so much for taking the time to read it and leave such a wonderful comment. I'm very happy it had an effect on you.Critic,
April 11th, 2017, 9:15 pmReply
Man... It hasn't even been a month since I first read this comic, and I'm already re-reading it. I don't know why I didn't leave a comment the first time around, but here it is this time: This comic pure. The story is so simple, but what you touch on is so complex. The way you portray everything is amazing. Everything ties back together, even the smallest of details. The characters are all so lovable, and the emotions I can't even begin to describe. I always tear up when I reach certain parts of the story, the emotions just get to you. As someone who loves to write, I just love the way you've set up the story, and then there's the story itself. I can't even begin with how amazing this story is, but thank you for sharing it.Zimeta08,
April 12th, 2017, 6:09 pmReply
@Critic: Thank you! And thank you for leaving a comment. That means a lot that you've read it twice in once month!