This piece was conget, well-written, and pithy.
Hi Dana. I just wanted to say, I liked the original Raine dog comic. It was dark, gritty, heart wrenching and original. I don’t understand why you rebooted Raine but it’s actually turing out beter then the original. The first two pages draw you into the story, the passing is better and your art skills have noticeably inprooved.
I know you’re probably busy but would you mind telling use when your nexst page mingt be?
P.S. There is a lot more fans that love Raine Dog then there are trolls slinging shit. Ceep your chin up and remember that. =)
Hello, I found your web comic today, and I was wondering if you dropped it. I kinda hope not; ever since the first page I fell in love with it. Also, if you did drop it, just know that I’m not the kind of person that feels like I’m entitled to more pages. This is something that you do because you want to do it, not because we want you to do it.
P.S. What State is the comic set in?
Raine Dog misses you…
And we miss Raine Dog.
I really want to know where this is going. Please do update soon!
I Like This Comic So Far But, I Remember The Original Comic It, Was Good I, Hope That Some Day It Comes Back Please, Bring The Original Comic Back But Also This, Comic Is Quite Positive So Far Give, Us More Raindog Signed, Ben Ashcroft A, Fan
To tell the truth I don’ understand what was so wrong with the original story, but if you feel like redoing it it’s fine. 🙂
I can see it’s been long since you updated the comic so I guess it’s been dropped again so I’m sad, but still I’ll keep your link saved just in case. 😉
It’s been a few months and not a word from you, not even to confirm rather this comic is truly dead or what. It’s sad, I was excited when I saw the remake starting. But now just disappointed that it’s dropped off the face of the earth it seems.
Sad to say but I’ll be removing your link on my site and my own webcomic. It’s sad to see a comic like this dropped with out any word or warning like so many others.
Dana’s been incredibly busy with other projects, but there is new content coming.
Raine Dog is a side project and the posting schedule has always been highly erratic; I understand your impatience, though. If you have an RSS reader, you can plug the site feed into it so you’ll automatically be informed about updates.
Eh, the reboot was shorter than the original but no less anvilicious. Honestly, the whole thing seems too pushy to not stand for anything, yet it feels a bit furry for a civil rights movement allegory and I’m not sure what else it’s supposed to stand for. (I won’t follow the previous crop of haters in assuming it literally calls for voting rights for dogs.)
All told, maybe it’s best to let blue dogs lie. I wouldn’t mind seeing another few arcs of Ozy and Millie though. Maybe even a triumphant return to I Drew This, fulfilling the promise to Obama made in the final update: “Don’t fuck this up, new guy or we’ll be back.”
I don’t know exactly where Dana stands on the political spectrum, but I know some hardcore leftists who despise Obama as much as they do George W. Bush, viewing him as a sellout.
That’s the idea.
Obama is a far-right extremist; openly advocating torture and claiming the right to order American citizens murdered by the army without charges or trial or even any oversight isn’t “selling out,” it’s as bad as Bush or even worse.
Hence, the suggestion that Dana fulfill the promise: “Don’t fuck this up, new guy, OR WE’LL BE BACK.” He fucked up. Now she ought to be back.
Any chance of the old Raine Dog comic being put up in the archives? I have no objection to the fresh start or new story ( I actually really like the new intro) but it would be nice to still be able to read the old version 🙂
I have enjoyed all of your projects from my first discovery of Ozy & Millie through your showing us your initial Girl comics.
Regretfully, other than the pages of this update, I’ve not seen any of your new work online.
I hope that we get to see more of Raine, Girl and your other projects sometime soon.
hey Dana? i would like to ask you a favor…. plzzz dont change the comic, i dont care of all the drama and reviews from ’09, and there are many more who doesnt care either, the storyline is (as far as i can gather) deep and beautiful… if it involves any yiff… so be it… if when u first started, it came out that way then leave it. from review from both views, i side with the one the the comic is great and should continue. if u must list it as yiff comic, who cares! (if my spelling is bad, plz forgive me im typing fast before i gotta to work) i would like to see the original. i know u took it down but im sure you have a copy. ok?
Id would like hear a hey or nay… cya!
Yiff or no yiff, the real problem with the original Raine Dog was that the comic storyline was obviously rushed and confusing as a result. Presumably that is why the comic is being rebooted. And now we see Raine acting like a regular pet dog would.
The best works are never timed
funny i don’t remember yiff being part of the original but as i recall it was set after Raine’s the fighting for equality was over and she had hunted down her old owner was was going to see him. it was a story told primarily in flash back form.
Hi, I thought I should state my opinion on your “reboot.”
I heard a lot about this comic Raine Dog and thought it would make for a interesting read, But by the time I actually get around to it, not only do I find that it has been Rebooted, which is fine by me, BUT the entire original comic is GONE, I cant even find it on the internet, I find the fact you wont leave the original in the Archive unfair.. Rebooting the comic is fine, but not leaving the original up for people like me who WANT to read it and didn’t get the chance is just unfair, although the reboot is looking good, I have seen to many good webcomics get rebooted and end up being dropped, please, put up the Original comic in the archive, not just for some random commenter (me) but for any and all who actually want to read it.
Thank you for taking the time to read my comment/rant.
Hey, i’m hoping, to see some updates to this. i enjoyed the original raine dog comic. and am a little dissappointed by thee reboot. and the fact you’ve not bothered with it. trying to stay a fan, but losing sight of it all in my dissappointment and just coming back here every few months and thinking “yea, she’s being unreliable and forgotten this project” please.. tell this story.
Hope to see some updates. It is sad that this story is remaining untold…
I had read the old Raine Dog comic quite a while ago, and then drifted away from it after it didn’t update. I was rather surprised to find this- although the art and story does look like an improvement. However, would it be too much trouble to still keep the old Raine Dog comic in the archives somewhere? I’m not pressuring you about update speed, or even asking you to continue the old one. I’m just saying that it would be nice to be able to read what you had written before, as it was an enjoyable story in its own right.
A dead reboot that in my opinion is inferior to the original story arc which was just fine in my opinion. The original had a lot of promise… but so be it.
Someone should put a link to Heavenly Nostrils here. Dana’s syndicated comic. http://www.gocomics.com/heavenly-nostrils/2012/04/22
I’m sorry, but it’s clear that this direction isn’t a good idea. The simplistic, raw, objective (except in the case of that awful Blue Dogs Party plugin), nature of the previous comic immediately introduced the audience with the simple yet engaging and very much relatable character, “Raine”. The comic at first seemed bubbly, with hints of a foreshadowing dark nature that was interesting. The color scheme was dead-simple, as was the general drawing style, looking sleek and stylish while still remaining simple to produce (with some backgrounds drawing exceptions). As we followed this dog, we were forced to acknowledge her pain, first with controlled dissappointment as we see her discriminated against at a glance, then sharp sadness and frustration as we see her involuntarily lose her innocence to the end of the story of Laika that she chose to indulge in, only to soon after be involuntarily spayed at slightest loss of innocence she chose to indulge in with Jeff. Now we’re presented with a depressingly mellow depiction of sepeparation, dependency, abandonment, adaptation, and a new, painful, but loss of innocence: Independence; trust in one’s decisions over other’s; intellectual maturity, or even enlightenment. All the while, these are merely the flashbacks, seamed into the true series of events, building the significance of this emotionally momentus trip Raine is departing on.
Each installment left the reader on the edge of their seat, but alas, it ended abruptly, making way for this…
Bigger pictures, potentially higher resolutions, finer detail, character shading… Yes, it looks pretty, but was that ever the appeal of Raine Dog? There’s a slew of artists on furaffinity with multi-hundred panel comics in full color with dozens of recurring characters, each panel with multi-hundred times the detail than in the finest panels in Raine Dog, yet too many share disappointingly less splendid plotlines than Raine Dog; There was nothing graphically to improve in the original comic that was worth investing in. If anything, production time was the most pressing problem, and taking one’s improved art skills to kick out the panels faster would have been a much more prudent choice. But at any rate, here we are… actually, at the same place as the first comic, except instead of the discreet “glance” of discrimination in a coffee shop, we’re immediately plowed with the public assassination of canine-humanitarian civil rights activist, mayoral candidate Raine, broken immediately by the dead silence of a field of tall summer grass captioned with a poetic quote from James Thurber. Are you shitting me?
Am I immature for ending a paragraph like that? Perhaps. Such is shock value.
I suppose it’s unfair to negatively judge something 4 panels long, but with this objectively pathetic excuse for a project going absolutely no where, the only other choice is silence (and considering the low level of conversation here, perhaps I’m just making the lesser choice).
I really enjoyed this comic. I was sad when Ozy and Millie came to an end, but Raine Dog was an exciting new project that I looked forward to reading.
Despite all of the criticism, I actually liked it in its original form. There are too many zealots out there that just like to make people feel bad in order to feel better about themselves. If they really wanted to make the world a better place, they would realize that their negative comments are doing nothing but hurting others and not actually doing one bit of good. When it comes to art, I say, “If you don’t like it, don’t look.” I admit I am an idealistic person with high standards, but I would rather teach by example than putting down others and acting like I am the morality police, thus actually causing others to dislike me and my message.
It seems that sadly, the naysayers have killed the desire to keep the comic going. It would be funny to go against the grain and continue the comic as originally planned, but I guess you have to decide whether or not the negative attention would be worth it. It’s sad that people get so caught up in details that they can’t enjoy anything without picking it apart.
You have a supporter here if you decide to revive Raine Dog.
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