It Never Rains, by Kari Maaren
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Monday, August 15, 2022
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Good news, everyone: It Never Rains has won its fourth Aurora Award in the category of "Graphic Novel/Comic." The Auroras are Canada's non-juried SFF fan awards. I'm not even sure the comic will be eligible next year, as the award committee seems to be cracking down on the whole "to win in a professional category, your work has to be commercially available" thing, which, if they enforce it, will eliminate 90% of all webcomics from consideration. We'll have to see. At any rate, four awards is fine with me. I've added another spiky award icon to the home page.

Thank you for sticking with this weirdness for so long. And yes, I know we've hit an "a character is in a coma!" moment, but there is a reason for everything that's happening, and we'll eventually find out what that reason is. However, there may be a fair amount of angsting before we get to that point. I can promise that not every strip is going to be as sad as this one.

Monday, August 15, 2022
Panel 1: In Iz's hospital room, Iz lies unconscious as Rose holds his hand.

Rose: My future self hasn't come back to tell me what happens to you, and I don't know why.

Panel 2: 

Rose: Wouldn't she do that if she could? What if she hasn't because you die? But you can't die. I've seen you in the future.

Panel 3: She lays a hand on his cheek.

Rose: Iz. Iz, I need you to help me make sense of all this. I need you so much.

Panel 4: Rose clings to Iz's hand in silent despair as she lowers her head onto his bed.

Alt-Text: That final panel is too sad for an alt-text.

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