Always Raining Here
Sometimes you randomly stumble upon an amazing story through research for another webcomic. Always Raining Here is adorable and reflects the awkward relationship between many high school students. The story began in 2011. It reflects the audience it is aimed towards and their relationships. It also broaches subjects or topics that may be uncomfortable for many teens to actually discuss. This story brings the experiences and the obsessions that I would have liked to have had as a teen. Hence, high school is awkward. It was a time of many emotional discoveries and many loves won and lost. As well as exploring what is friendship, how it develops, and how it could have a potential for more as people develop.
Always Raining Here starts with two main characters. One of which is looking for an outlet for their frustration and the other is suffering from an unrequited love or crush. Carter Brooks is desperate to get some action and has no real goals in life. Adrian Hlaváček is a musical theatre geek and is not interested in what Carter has to offer. Bell’s story is about developing feelings and developing friendships. It goes beyond development into evolution. It explores how experiences change people, their perceptions, and their friends.
Always Raining Here’s art differs online from the printed version. Online you can see the roughness that smooths out through experience. Hazel’s style is rounded and emphasizes the cute characteristics of the characters. However, the colouring is vivid and distinct. Some of the details were rough as well, but have become more accurate. The art illustrates the innocence and the lack of experience of the protagonists. It also highlights the adorableness of the characters. Whoever you are, whether an adult or a high school student, this story shows how hard and, sometimes easy, it is to be a teenager. The art is part of that narrative and expresses it in a way that the verbal communication can’t
I highly encourage all of you to read Always Raining Here and enjoy the experience of such a great narrative. It is simple but poignant. It is not filled with actions but with experiences that we all face at some level or another. Certain readers would relate more if they were gay and going through high school where there aren’t many queer people and no support groups.
If you want to start, here is a link for the first page.
Also, the comic has links to other webcomics that are amazing and have the same ideas. Although some are more adult in nature. If English isn’t your first language, there are many languages to read in!