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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Bonus Comic One—Page 26

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Look at little Spooky calling Charleyboy “ma’am.” Such a nice boy…

I’m going to be in New York on Monday for the 26TH ANNUAL LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS. Artifice is one of four finalists for their brand new Graphic Novel category. It’s my very first awards show and I can’t wait to meet the other finalists, whose work is excellent. And the book would never have happened at all without the amazing support of all of you, which means this wouldn’t have happened for Winona and me without your amazing support! And I’m over the moon about it. So thank you all so much! 🙂

We had our forty-sixth bonus page in a row on Wednesday and then you yet again tipped over the target on the donation bar below! That means that, in addition to our regular Saturday updates, and bonus pages Wednesday, June 4th (page 27!), Wednesday, June 11th, Wednesday, June 18th, Wednesday, June 25th, Wednesday, July 2nd, and Wednesday, July 9th, there will now be an additional bonus page for Wednesday, July 16th! You all ROCK so much!

Special thanks go out to long-time supporters Alban J. (who makes their second generous donation to The Young Protectors!), Ilona F. (who makes their ninth generous donation to The Young Protectors!), & Saxon B. (who makes their eighty-third generous donation to The Young Protectors!) for their generous donations over the last few days!

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Thank you all so much for your generous support!

So! It seems our young demon fighter does have a name! I wonder what it might be?

Tune in this Wednesday to find out! Hope to see you there! 😀

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  • Yup.. stupid attitude is met with attitude.

    And this is a hero team in the making 😀

  • Alex.. hope Artifice wins the award. It deserves it!

    • Thank you, Danish! 🙂

      • SofiaT

        What The Wolf said 🙂

        • Danny

          I third this. Good Luck!

          • Elrohir

            Indeed Alex, wishing you all the very best! And also that you have a grand visit in New York.

      • Do you know if there’s any way to follow this, like a twitter or something, or do we just have to wait until you’re able to tell if you won or not?
        It’s so great that you made it into the category the first time it’s on the programme. Also nice to see that graphic literature get some recognition.

      • b3nc0

        *crosses fingers*
        *whishes you to break your leg… hand?*
        *wishes good luck* oops
        *knocks on wood*

    • bronakopdin

      same here, I cross my fingers 😀

  • SofiaT

    Freaking. Awesome!!!

    The name is Jones. Spooky Jones.

    • Heh

      You know the rest. *smirks and walks away*

    • I was just thinking that.

  • *Insert suspense music* Love everything about this page!

  • Toli Bera

    “Princess Tinklebottom!”

  • Heh

    I just love spooky in the last panel. He got me good with that smirk.

    • Not a donut. A danish. 😉

      • That makes me want it more. Mmmm, danish.

        • petros0359

          Hotel breakfasts… Unlimited danishes… Mmmmm….

          • Oh the divineness of hotel unlimited danishes.

            No fair!

            Note to self, ask for a danish for birthday breakfast.

      • Heh

        That makes everything funnier because of @DanishWolf:disqus

        • And we don’t even call a danish a danish in Denmark 😉

          • b3nc0

            How, then? Kanel rundstykker?

          • That is just one part of our various pastry. We call it ‘wienerbrød’.. translated that is Vienna bread, so we still refer to a place when talking about it *lol*

          • b3nc0

            Geo-named pastries have the weird tendency to change names in Belgium too: what we call Berlin balls in Liège is called Liège balls in Namur! WTF?

          • It’s just a pastry, yes?

          • I just replied to B3nc0 with the answer 🙂 We have a great variety of pastries.

          • I think we’re pastry impaired here. 🙂

          • b3nc0

            Poor thing (⊚ ̰⊚٥) Why not start a pastery-volution?

          • Ha! Mmm, pastry..

  • Well Detective Boxer seems impressed. As he should be. Is this the start of Spooky’s snark or has he always been snarky?

    On another note…. Is it bad that I want his donut?

    • Mary Klemzak

      Looks more like a cinnamon roll. How rude of him!

      At least spooky had some good ole junk food.

      • I think it’s a honey bun. And I want it either way. 🙂

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          Looks like a cinnamon roll to me too. 😛

        • Mary Klemzak

          Me too!

    • petros0359

      I was trying to eat a vanilla slice today and I just about got gang busted by a bunch of rainbow lorakeets!

  • I still wonder about Spooky’s name. Well not his first name, since we know where he got that inspiration, but his last name… Will we see him pick it right there?

    If he can’t remember his last name either, why did he chose Jones?

    1) Could it also be Amanda’s name, since she doesn’t necessarily have the same last name as her mom (not that likely).
    2) Jones is one of the most common American surnames. Picking a generic American name, making him able to be one of many, which would actually also be a sting towards Det. Boxer – who tried to make Spooky tell his ASIAN name.
    3) On top of choice one, or more likely the 2nd, he could be a fan of Indiana Jones as well. That’s who the name Jones always makes me think about first, and that character sure has battled/faught against weird things. I’m gonna laugh if he refers to this.

    • Elrohir

      You know though…I LIKE the “Raiders” reference for this…why not? 🙂

    • Derkins

      I just like to pretend it’s a nod to Indiana.

      • b3nc0

        Which was an alias, too! It was the dog’s name‼

    • Klaus

      Maybe he is just trying to keep up with the Joneses.

    • Pikinanou

      Funny of you saying that, because the first time I saw Spooky, he reminded me of the asian kid in the Temple of Doom movie, but grown up! 😛 sorry, I only know the name they gave him in the french version and it might not ring a bell to anyone but yeah…
      my fav. Indiana Jones movie 😀

  • Sapfo

    Aah, Detective Boxer finally have some coffee and a cinnamon bun. There see, a bit of sugar will make the big man nice again…. OH NO! Panel 4, this is Boxers favorit room. Look at the mess they done D:

    And Spooky to be talks about himself in plural. He might be royal then? Is Spooky one of the kings of hell now? o.O
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_we

    Well maybe next page will give us all the answers we need.
    Is that not right Alex?

    • HermeticallySealed

      I think it was a snarky response to Boxer’s “Do we have a name?” comment.

    • Klaus

      Not all. But a name. Wich will be Spooky Jones.

    • b3nc0

      Or is Spooky-to-be including himself in the Forces of Law?

  • jreed3842

    Totally missed the camping session…. Ooops!
    This week has been busy though we’ve been getting ready for my sister’s high school graduation party. There have also been a lot of senior stuff for who that we’ve been going to.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Aw, I missed camping. But I did get to see Eddie Izzard live!

    • I love Eddie Izzard!! How was it?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        It was awesome! I had a really good time. 😀

    • SofiaT

      Ohhhh, Eddie Izzard!!

    • Librarican

      I have a friend who was at that show tonight. Without prying too much, do you live close to that venue or did you drive in for it?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I do live close by! My dad and I did drive into the city, but it only took about 15 minutes.

        • Librarican

          We should have a webcomics meet and greet! I’m close by too.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            That would be awesome! 😀

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Detective Boxer is late to the party.

    • davefragments

      I suspect Detective Boxer is in for a surprise.

  • davefragments

    Missed Camping. I finished up a short story I was writing and was right in the middle of the climax which occurs in the Sumatra Straights just slightly west of Java. About 120 years ago.

    • b3nc0

      Oooh! Exoticismic‼

      • davefragments

        This was one story that I wanted my characters something other than caucasian.
        Plus, Krakatoa is west of Java in the Sumatra Straights.
        The drama is built into the location.

        • b3nc0

          Extrabulous‼
          I just read last week this Belgian comic http://www.slumberlandbd.com/bd-jeunesse/242369-Agence-Quanta-Tome-2—Krakatoa–9782749307299.html the heroine of wich is the medium allowing a top of the line travel agency to send its wealthy customers not accross the world but back in time visiting well-known events and the 2d book had them stranded on an island in the vicinity of the Krakatoa with the medium heroine ill from the Spanish flu (caught in the previous book) unable to bring her clients back (forth?) Angst!

          • davefragments

            interesting. I’m going to look at that. Half of my inspiration was Simon Winchester’s book on Krakatoa. There’s some horrific first person accounts from survivors. The other half of my inspiration is kind of embarrassing because it goes back to college days and the “dirty ditties” that used to get sung on party nights. One of my characters is “born in a whorehouse, raised like a slave, drinking and …” get the idea? So he’s an orphan and the other character is a runaway who left left an abusive father. Both are damaged. The third character who calls down the apocalypse is a ghost from 1883 when Krakatoa exploded in one rather extravagant act of self destruction.

  • And Starfighter just updated too 🙂

    • Derkins

      From one cliffhanger to the next. I don’t trust that guy with Abel half as much as I do Cain. Even though Cain is … Cain.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Oh my gosh Adam, congrats on being a finalist for such a prestigious award! And I’m sure I’ll be congratulating you on your win when you come back. 🙂

    Work was hectic this week, so I didn’t get a chance to comment on the last page, but it’s just as well, since this and the last page dovetail so nicely into each other. The look of resolve he musters while wiping away his tears in panel 4 of the last page mirrors nicely the expression he sports in the last panel of this page, showing the progression of Spooky deciding to step into his new identity, unafraid and ready to kick ass.

    Even though we are given some important plot information (we now know some of how Spooky managed to get out of Hell, and that there is cause for concern about other not-so-dead demons making it to Earth, and that Spooky had attained some adeptness over his powers while in Hell), we still have not lost the emotion from the last few pages.

    Spooky’s face says so much in the last panel–that not only has he found his voice, he has found his spirit, and most importantly, his purpose, and with a little help from a new-found friend, he is ready to fulfill his destiny. We are witnessing the birth of a young hero, and it is a welcome sight indeed.

    Thank you for another couple of great pages, and I wish you the best in winning the award. Hopefully you will also have a little fun while you’re in the Big Apple! It’s truly one of my favorite cities, and I always have a blast when I visit. 🙂

    • Thank you, fujoshifanatic! Nice analysis of these pages and thank you very much for the well wishing!

      I’m only in town for the day, really, but I’m going to get to meet Adam for the first time in person and I’m really looking forward to that!

      • fujoshifanatic

        Honey, I’ve done one or two “day trips” to the city where I’ve experienced quite a bit of fun, especially when I’ve had a cohort to find trouble (of the best kind, of course) with. 😉 That’s the magic of the city; it will always leave you with something good to remember, if you’re open to the discovery.

      • b3nc0

        Give our greetings and thanks to Adam!

  • Danny

    The way the detectives are acting, one would think that they’ve got a bet going on who might have gotten the mystery kid to talk first. I wonder if any of them will adjust their attitudes and/or perspectives? It seems that Tutt and perhaps Boxer may be open to accepting facts eventually (particularly once Boxer has had time to get over the hit to his ego), but I wouldn’t bet on Parker.

    It also seems as though our Spooky-to-be is beginning to come into his own; he won’t be silenced again. I look forward to when he can use snark in good humor as opposed to using it defensively.

    • Nicely put. 🙂

      • Danny

        Thank you. I must admit, from a personal standpoint, fun-snark is a lot more fun than defensive-snark. 🙂

  • Librarican

    When I don’t camp, it comes early. When I do camp, it’s two hours late. Moral of the story… Don’t change your plans for comics. After a frustrating day at work I had a wonderful evening. Best of luck in New York Alex!

  • Klaus

    First Parker and now Boxer. Don’t police officers get training in that kind of thing? Or have some common sense. I don’t know anything about it, but it seems blindingly obvious to me that when you have difficulty getting a traumatized person to talk, you don’t say “Have you got him to say anything” or “You got him takling!” in his hearing.”

    • John

      They do, but most of the police officers I know tend to forget it pretty quickly. You need to be quite emotionally durable and cynical to be a cop. That doesn’t help their people skills

  • Klaus

    Congratulations with your nomination, Alex! And best of luck with getting the award.

  • Fingers and toes crossed for Monday, Alex!

  • Nina Sanchez

    Someone tell detective Tutt that the men of her precint are suffering an extremely serious case o asshole resting face (and asshole resting attitude to make it worse!). I hear it ain’t contagious, but it might end up with a kick or two to the gnads. It’s scientifically proven.

  • Elrohir

    In the previous page when Spooky is describing the type of demon head he was carrying back he says, “they guard the gates” as in plural. In tonight’s first panel he says, with determination, “Just me. I made SURE of that.” so in my head I’m picturing Spooky taking the guard’s head in order to use the Gate and then smashing the gate behind himself so that nothing else could come through.
    In most of the literature I’ve read a fixed Gate or permanent portal (such as would have a guard) are serious power constructs and would, in my opinion, require huge power to bring down or collapse. I’m thinking that I want to run a new estimate on my view of Spooky’s power reserves. Temporary portals (such as the Platinum Priestess’ spell to take Duncan and Kyle to hell as I understand it tend to be unstable by nature and require a lot of power to keep open (in that case using Kyle’s power to do so) which just made me wonder for a moment how evenly matched our two friends are?
    In panel 2, we have the Lt. Col. actually refer to Spooky as “son”. And Spooky responds with deference. Not taking the usage as “condescending”. It took me a few reads of this, but I think that because of Spooky’s bond with Amanda and because of the way that the Lt. Col. treats Amanda’s comments as serious and is not dismissive, Spooky treats her statement and question as a request for a serious security appraisal, which I think it was.
    However in panel 3, we have Detective Boxer (who I actually do tend to believe is a good, though not necessarily perceptive, guy) speaking in a very condescending tone. I mean, I get that he probably viewed Spooky as a puzzle to solve, but to @disqus_8gizXhsHgE:disqus point you’d have to have a very poor sense of people to make such a statement in the presence of the person being described. Furthermore, you have a young teenager who is found wandering the dockside (not some kiddie’s playground) naked while holding a demon head you might consider that it took some serious personal strength and character to get free of wherever he had been (given the scars he carries, I don’t think anybody would have been tempted to believe his previous location was a party).
    Panel 4 has just SUCH and interesting perspective to it. I was trying to figure out what Alex, Adam & Veronica had done here, and the thing that kept popping into my head is that it looks like a combat ring or gladiatorial arena. The three detectives to the entrance side, Lt. Col. Charleyboy standing in a power position of judgment (moving to arms crossed from the open position she took with Spooky) and then Spooky and Amanda to the opposite side. The downward view and the aspect of it just hits me as the sand of the arena and Detective Boxer has just walked in after the first couple of matches (there is the functional equivalent of blood on the sands).
    In panel 5 you see the Spooky who took the demon’s head, used the gate and smashed it behind him. Sure they found him exhausted by the ordeal of his return. Caught up in the uncertain of his own introspection and the belief that he had been permanently maimed (“I’m a monster too”) by the ordeal. And so unresponsive to their previous attempts to get him to talk. But Amanda gave him a mirror to see that he is NOT a monster. And as good an equivalent to a blood oath as I’ve ever seen that he will never face the real monsters (internal or external) alone again. And the Lt. Col. takes him seriously and treats him with respect. So now we see the man, even at 14, that is Spooky. Scarred but not beaten. Power that is deep but back under control. Self doubt held at bay for the moment (that one is not going to be healed in a 5 minute talk). Responding to the condescension (intentional or unintentional) of Detective Boxer. The strength in that heart and the determination in that gaze. That says to us all, “Here stands a guardian of the light”. Here is power to be respected. One who would do anything (including bringing down a permanent hell gate) to protect the innocent and the defenseless. Look carefully Detectives! All three of you. Your assessments were incomplete. The balance has changed. And in his statement to Detective Boxer what I see is a gauntlet thrown down that says, “dismiss me at your peril, for I am NOT a child, but a warrior proven in battles that would make your blood run cold”
    I suspect that @alexwoolfson:disqus is actually going to surprise us by having the police Detectives come to the realization that initial perception is not always a good measure of reality. That mutual respect will come and recognition of good intents and good hearts on both sides. But like all of us I will have to wait and see what light the Wizard chooses to provide to illuminate his story.
    Like @DanishWolf:disqus , I find myself in two minds about being this close to the end of this back story. And like @Adam Black I would like to spend considerably more time in this story line. And because this is true, I have to say thank you again to Alex, Adam and Veronica for creating another wonderful addition to the story and the world of TYP. The scope and content of the artwork is a wonderful match to the scope and content of the story. And that, I think, is a rare thing. Well done folks. And thank you.

    • And thank you for a wonderful, insightful analysis Elrohir. Really fun to read. 🙂

    • Nicely said, you!

    • Klaus

      Very interesting analysis. So “guard the gates” may not mean keep unwanted people (sensu lato) from going through. It might mean prevent them from being destroyed.

      • Elrohir

        Exactly. The permanent gates have value in that they allow the demons to stage “raids” into the mortal world. And so I see them as guarded for their own sake, as well as guarded from the other factions of hell.

    • Really nice analysis, Elrohir.

      • Elrohir

        Thanks Jules. I really liked your point about the way the Lt. Col. is treating Spooky like a traumatized soldier with time sensitive data. That’s a really good descriptor for the dialogue between them.

    • John

      As is often the case, by the time I come to post my thoughts someone else has, far more coherently (and with greater patience) already analysed the page, reached similar conclusions and posted a succing and insightful expose.

      I will say, though, both thank you @disqus_E1BJEAP7bC:disqus for pointing out the gladiatorial bit (which I missed) but also that ‘the gates of hell’ tend to be gaurded to stop A) the condemned from leaving and B) to stop interfering busybodies rescuing the inhabitants.

      This is predicated, however, on hell as a gaol for the damned, an aspect we have not yet seen in this comic. If, indeed, it is ‘merely’ a repository for evil then the gaurds would have the sole job of gaurding a construct that no native denizen would threaten. I’ll imgaine that complacency and boredom would set in.

      In regards to relative power-levels lets not get too ahead of ourselves in putting Redhot second. sure, the portal he created was temporary but either it moved both Kyle and Anni into hell for an appreciable period (which isn’t exactly childs-play) or it summoned hell for an area beyond the horizon. Given one of the criteria for that abortive ‘date’ was seclusion either could have been the case and BOTH requires a great deal of power over a long period.

      And Kyle still burned Anni.

      While you are probably correct that destroying an Occulus Infernum is not somethign any teenage conjurer can do I’m willing to sit on the fence a bit longer on this one.

      • Klaus

        I am not so sure that Spooky actually destroyed the gate. He may just have closed it. They seem to be very hard to open.

        • IamM

          He may have just made very sure there was no one alive to go through while he had the gate open.

          • John

            Both of these are possible but I’m learning more towards the ‘destroy’ option. Even ‘destroyed’ they can (if Alex is using demonic literature as opposed to mythological as his inspiration) be rebuilt relatively easily.

            Key word being ‘relatively’.

          • Heh

            Or he destroyed one gate, and another way to get into hell / gates existed, so Duncan made use of that.

          • Elrohir

            @disqus_vjaZVquW4S:disqus That was more the line I was going for. In other fiction that I read there is the concept of permanent gates/portals and temporary ones. The permanent ones take a lot of work to construct, but are then fairly stable. The temporary gates (as I would term the one that PP and Duncan created using Kyle’s power) take a lot of energy to bring into existence, but because they have no “permanent anchor point” in the way that the permanent gates do, they take enormous energy to create AND to maintain. And are, by definition, less stable.
            My thought is that there are multiple permanent gates at various points through the hells and that each is jealously guarded by the hell faction in who’s territory it lies. In the same fashion and for the same reason that one might guard a gold mine.
            I believe that Spooky used one of the permanent gates after taking out the guard and then smashed it or blocked it on his way out. That’s my thought anyway.

          • John

            Oh there have always been multiple entrances to hell. Demongates, hellgates, hellportals etc etc.

            They tend to be grouped under the term ‘occulus Infernum’; meaning ‘eye of hell’.

            I guess that means, from the point of view of the demons, they’re occulus terrans?

        • Wayne Lunkwitz

          If this leads where I think it does Duncan (Annihilator) uses Kyle to reopen the gate ,and they meet an older version of Spooky’s Little Red Corvette…..umm I mean Demon….sorry I was listening to Prince earlier 🙂

      • Elrohir

        John Thanks for the kind thoughts (and thanks to Jules Jones too) and the discussion. I hadn’t reached some of the same conclusions that I’m seeing in your post and in the post from Klaus; but I can see how my post might have led you that way.

        I have a couple of starting suppositions that you should all feel free to pull apart and check for inconsistencies.

        1. Kyle’s dad is styled as “a” King of hell as opposed to “The” King of Hell. Which leads me to believe that there are multiple political factions/power bases among the hells.

        2. Historically, controlling a passage point between two domains is a strategic advantage. Guarding the gate would keep “other” kings of hell from launching an invasion of Earth through your gate.

        So, I hadn’t thought of it in the more traditional sense of a gaol for the damned. Though it certainly could be. But rather as a strategic map, where if I wanted to be the one to conquer that new territory I would block other powers from using my gate to reach it and conquer it for themselves (which is why my response @disqus_8gizXhsHgE:disqus is “yes, I do believe that permanent hell gates have guards, because I think they have strategic value”). As far as complacency and boredom, it is the millennia old problem for every guard/watchman who has ever stood a post and why so many attacks are scheduled towards the end of a watch by which time the guard will be bored and complacent. 🙂

        As to the relative power levels between Spooky and Kyle, I think that I was woefully unclear in my comparison. I was trying to point out that a permanent gate being stable (relatively as you might say) it would take enormous power to destroy it. A temporary gate being unstable (again relatively) it would take enormous power to establish it and hold it for any length of time. So, the conclusion that I was trying to get to is that our two friends are much more evenly matched than I had previously thought (which observation is rife with assumptions who’s validity I cannot prove).
        Hopefully my tortured logic is a bit more transparent in this post. But please, walk through it and pound out the bits that make no sense. I welcome the help. 🙂

        • John

          Thank you for the clarification of your thoughts.

          I do agree that Spookie and Kyle are more closely matched than (certainly I) had thoughts, and I further agree that the portal would be a strategic asset.

          However I suggest there is still a being, either directly above, or removed by a few levels, who can command all the legions of hell. Whether he is called Lucifer, Satan, Beezlebub, Little Horn, Baal Zabul, Meririm or some other more obscure name.

          • Elrohir

            Hmm…perhaps in the manner of a medieval king over his feudal lords? I could see that. Though I would imagine with all the politics and squabbling for power that one would expect in such a scenario.

    • *Annoyed that you can only like a comment once* 😀

  • Elrohir’s already posted an excellent analysis. I just wanted to add that what really struck me on first reading this page is Spooky’s interaction with Charleboy. Over this and the previous page she treats him seriously, as she would a soldier under her command reporting back from a dangerous solo mission injured and traumatised but with time-sensitive information. And he believes her, and responds in kind.

  • petros0359

    Not so sure our Spooky is going to be quite so all “yes ma’am” polite to ole Detective (“Please Sir may I have another”… [jelly doughnut] ) Boxer. Heh.

    • petros0359

      ** excuse me ** just read the discussion…
      “Cinnamon Roll”….
      (Ooh. Cinna in Hunger Games… :: sniff :: )

  • TwilightDreamer

    gah!! I squealed upon seeing that last panel! XD…it may only be a small smirk, but there’s the Spooky we know and love! ^^…he’s sooo precious!! XD love him.

  • bronakopdin

    That last panel makes me smile so much! I think here we see the current Spooky’s beginnings 😀

    Boxer’s reaction xD

    and the way how Amanda and Spooks are standing before Charleyboy, like mom is scolding their children ^^

    great page again 🙂

    • b3nc0

      I think you’re on to something with the Mom/Children thing…

      But if Col. Charlebois obtains custody for No Name Child, the brand new ship will start sinking or at least the cruise will give a weird vibe off!

  • Pikinanou

    Hey you got him talking… and destroy the room… :O

    • purplefoxglove

      He obviously fells like being at home, doesn’t he? 😉

      • Pikinanou

        imagine the face of the cleaning lady, later that night 😛

  • purplefoxglove

    That smile…the severed head…Spooky kicking some demon ass on the last pages…

    Run, Det. Boxer. RUN!!!

  • BurstThrough

    we?
    I got a little scared.
    Even more for Det.Boxer

  • purplefoxglove

    A thought just popped up: a lot of people here seem to think that Spooky was sent to hell by the Annihilator and the Platinum Priestess. I’m not so sure about that. Spooky recalls the events that lead up to him being send to hell, he just doesn’t know who he is: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-bonus1-page-15/

    If Team Silver had been behind it, would Spooky not have mentioned it to the team? Something along the lines of: “I fought the Platinum Priestess today, still couldn’t get back at her for sending me to hell.” Okay, Kyle says Spooky never talks about what happened to him, but I reckon he’d warn his teammates about something like that. Or at least mention it here: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch3pt1-page-26/ “It was on my birthday too. When I was sent to hell. And it was also by the Annihilator/ But in my case, it was by the Annihilator’s accomplice, the Platinum Priestess. I know just how good they are at manipulating people.” But Spooky doesn’t even hint at it. I guess that means he either doesn’t know who sent him to hell, or it wasn’t Team Silver.
    Or I’m completely off the track, and knowing who sent him to hell is part of what Amanda refers to as remembering anything about who he is.

    Your thoughts?

    • Klaus

      I don’t think PP or the Annihilator had anything to do with it, or if they did, it was behind the scenes. It is also possible that PP was more openly involved, but not the Annihilator. We really have no idea how long they have been cooperating. Even if it has been for years, we don’t know that anybody but themselves know about it. It is quite possible that Spooky simply does not know of a connection between the two.

    • b3nc0

      When Amanda says he remembers everything from before he was sent someplace awful, I don’t think she’s talking about just before, but more the everyday life he had… Anyway, the person who sent him may not even have been there or visible, so if Spooky remembered the ‘transduction’, he may still not know the perpetrator… IMHO, the Nihilum Priestor theory is still valid.
      now you know why i rarely elaborate my comments my english is laborious at best and unintelligible or plainly sucks at worst

    • Danny

      Based on the characters that we’ve met so far in the story, we really don’t have any other prime suspects, so to speak, regarding who sent Spooky to hell. Unfortunately, our prime suspects — the Annihilator and/or the Platinum Priestess — don’t seem to have much motive for sending Spooky to hell; Spooky came back with powers that, I feel, he probably would not have had if he had never been sent there. Being sent to hell has made him the perfect, background-less superhero. I haven’t really thought much about this, but here’s some food-for-thought: what if Spooky had been sent to hell by a group that, supposedly, was considered “good”, in order to become the perfect hero? A group that wanted to make him powerful and erase any background history that might stop him or hold him back from being what he is today? It’s a rather chilling thought, that a “good” organization or individual would go to such lengths…

      • purplefoxglove

        That’s rather..disturbing. But entirely possible, given what some people do in the name of good.

        • Danny

          Yes, I can’t say I felt great when the thought occurred to me. To go one step further down this dark path… if the person(s) who sent Spooky to hell did so in order to create heroes, are there more children that have been tormented in the same way “for the greater good”? And if so, it can be pretty much guaranteed that not all of them came back…

          In fact, if this is the case, this could tie into how the Annihilator may possibly (just maybe) redeem himself, assuming such “do-gooders” exist and rear their heads prior to the Apocalypse scheduled in the near future of the comic. He’s already claimed that he does not, one bit, support or allow harm to children. He didn’t go after Kyle until after Kyle’s 18th birthday; though I do not condone his selfish reasons for making a literal deal with the Devil, I do note that he seems to keep to his “honor code” as far as underage youths are concerned. Therefore, I do not see the Silver Fox as being behind Spooky’s stint in hell.

          The same cannot be said, however, of the Platinum Priestess. Although I do not think that the Annihilator would be an accomplice in kidnapping and child torture, he may be unaware if she herself is secretly plotting against kids. That would add an interesting dimension — a double betrayal, the Annihilator both betrayed and betrayer — but I don’t see a motive for her yet for sending Spooky to hell.

          • SofiaT

            Things aren’t always what they seem to be and I always go for that angle regardless -because it’s more fun. Case in point, I watched Maleficent last weekend and absolutely loved it. Made much more sense to me than Sleeping Beauty ever did. (I’d say more but then I’d have to issue a Spoiler alert).

            I expressed a theory a while back, that Spooky could have been sent to hell by his own family or mentors, like a test, or for training purposes. I still like that scenario, although I realize now that with his memories gone we may never find out. I like it because it gives him one more way of connecting to Kyle; being betrayed by someone he trusted to take care of him. It also gives a spin to the good vs evil fight: what is “good” and what is “evil” and who is to say which is which? In Philip Pullman’s His Dark Material trilogy, these terms are turned on their head and those who seemed to be the ones fighting for “good”, were the antagonists all along. Meanwhile, the real heroes of the story had to make some really morally ambiguous decisions (if not downright bad) and could have easily been pointed as the villains in several parts of the trilogy.

            I’m not in any way implying that Anni is the real hero in this story. What I’m saying is, I’d rather wait and see what happens before I start pointing fingers at him and The Priestess as the reason for every bad thing that happens. Small details peppered throughout the comic have convinced me that Anni is not as evil as he himself thinks he is and I’m curious in finding out what purpose that will serve in the end.

          • Danny

            I agree; the unexpected twists in a story, that make sense in hind sight, are lots of fun. I especially appreciate when writers can surprise me — I’ve read so many stories that most pivotal plot points just aren’t a surprise anymore. But thankfully, Alex Woolfson always seems to have something novel up his sleeve. 🙂

            By the way, your points are very well taken; there’s an old saw about assumptions, after all. It’s pretty boring if the bad guys are one-dimensional, and so far Alex has given us vibrant, 3-D characters, both villains and heroes, with no one 100% good or 100% bad. I also agree with you that the Silver Fox, while somewhat self-serving, still lives by an honor code and is thus redeemable and interesting.

  • Nate

    You can call me… Cuddly! No, wait! Spooky!

  • b3nc0

    Inspector Boxer is lucky his roll and coffee hadn’t shared Amanda’s cola & Kyle’s springrolls fate… ¬_¬
    Tell us Alex, is he your friend or do you have a special weakness/respect for cinnamon?

    • purplefoxglove

      Well, the scene isn’t over yet…

  • Kitkat822

    Good luck getting the award, I have my fingers crossed for you!

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Boxer is lucky he wasn’t there when Spook “demonstrated” his power…..or it could have been…….let’s say….a bit more “focused” >:)

  • tom

    almost two months in the interrogation scene :/

    • HermeticallySealed

      Um, with it being released two pages a week, what else would one expect?

      • tom

        More pages in a week, more action, at least a change of scenario, or a monthly comic (like almost all comics) instead two pages per week; i mean, i dont want to be missunderstood, i love Young Protectors, but is too sloow; in this way we will have the development of the story in a year; and there are so many characters to develope.

        • But that’s what the comic is doing. Developing characters.

          I get why you can think the comic is moving to slow, because many comics are plot based and have a faster drive because of that. The thing is that TYP is a character based comic, not a plot based, so it usually go in a slower pace.
          Sure there’s plot, otherwise it would be damn boring, but it’s common that this type of comic moves at a slower pace.

          For someone, maybe like you, reading a lot of plot based comics, a character based comic can feel like it takes forever to move forward – but we will get there.
          Alex has said that later on there will be a lot more action in the main plot. The bonus comic here has been about showing who Spooky is and how he started developing into the man he is in the main plot.
          For me, I could continue this a lot longer than just one more page before we go back to the main story again. I find his character developement that interesting 🙂

          • tom

            i think i have been misunderstood, i know what a character based comic is and i enjoy it, i understand what TYP is about, and i also enjoy it, what i mean is that this development will take almost two years when perfectly could happen in a less time, its not about what way of narrative TYP uses, its about the time that it takes to explain something that could be explained with less dialogues.

            I wont to sound rude, but for me, its just about money; we have to make a donation to get an extra page, and they, seeing this, make it longer than the needed; so… why we cant pay for a monthly comic with more pages that help to develope the characters better than this way, at less in diferent spaces; im not making a donation to seeing for two months an interrogatory scene that honestly, i dont feel that need so many redundant dialogues that makes every page similar to the previous one; there are so many comics that are published in this way, in the characters based comic way, without action, even in the same place for more than 100 pages and even without dialogues and really, those comics feels better, dynamic and interesting. im not talking about explosions, plots, subplots, and whatever, its just about dynamism, the money and time we invest reading it.

          • SALK98

            Hi all. I must say that I felt pretty much as Tom: I used to come by with a thrill to see the next
            page, I even did “camping” a few times… and I always felt disappointed. Again, as Tom does, I love the comic, the story and their characters,
            but it’s obvious money has a big place here. In the other hand is obvious that Alex and team have every right to do it that way: it´s their brainchild and their work deserves it. So, I suggest to Tom and everyone who feels like: come by less often! about once every two weeks or once a month (this is what I do). At current rhythm you will have about four or eight pages to enjoy AT ONCE. Believe me, you will enjoy it better. After all, if it were printed, that’s what you would get! Isn’t it?

          • Howdy SALK98,

            I talk about the money thing in my response to Tom above, but I’m glad to hear you’ve found a reading pace that works for you here. Glad to hear you’re loving the comic! 🙂

          • Hey Tom,

            Thank you for your thoughts. Yep, reading a webcomic as it updates isn’t for everyone. I’m someone who doesn’t even read the monthly periodical comics (too slow!)—I wait for the trades—so for the longest time I thought narrative webcomics, which often only update a page a week (or less!) were the dumbest idea ever! Until I got hooked on a couple, and then my view changed…

            I remember when I first started releasing Artifice as a webcomic, there were many folks in comics reporting who felt that narrative webcomics couldn’t work as a format at all. That unless a webcomic was a standalone joke strip, like what you’d read in the “funnies” in a newspaper, it was doomed for failure. I was pleased to discover that that was not the case. And that this format allows the creation of stories that would never in a million years have gotten past the gatekeepers of traditional publishing.

            You’ve gotten some good suggestions from folks about ways to enjoy a comic that updates at a webcomic’s pace, and I’m going to add another in a moment, but before I do that, let me clear up a misconception. As I mention in my FAQ, I never, ever add extra pages in the hopes of getting extra donation money. Not ever. The “bonus pages” are just the same page that would be published on a Saturday for free—it’s just posted early.

            The donations are indeed very important because I could not afford to pay my artists without them, but they do not influence the pacing of this comic at all. My goal is the collect my stories in book form so everything I write is paced in a way so it will be enjoyed when read all at once.

            Every page costs me a lot of money and a lot of time and effort. I know that people have to wait a few days between pages so I do try to make each page in some way “satisfying”—and in that respect, the pacing of a webcomic influences the pacing of the pages—but other than that, my goal is to tell my story in the minimum amount of pages possible. As Danish pointed out, the Engaging the Enemy arc is a character-based story so those pages are often devoted to conversation and character interactions, but if I feel a page is unnecessary either for the moment or to set up something later, out it goes.

            I hear that it might feel confusing why we don’t release more pages in a month. After all, major publishers seem to put out 24 page monthly books. (Although, I’m sure you’re aware that they usually have large teams of rotating artists, that they often miss that target and that comics that have highly rendered naturalistic art, like we use here, almost never are actually released at that pace.) And frankly, money wise, it’d be much more in my interest for us to pump out a ton more pages. I’ve learned with Artifice that the “real” money (meaning, doing more than breaking even) is in book sales. If we could even double our pace, it would be huge for me.

            But the truth is, my artists and I are working as fast as we can. The whole reason I posted this Bonus Comic here, which was not my original intention, was because it needed to get done before the first book could get published and my artists were already at their limits creating 2 pages per week of high-quality art.

            Perhaps you yourself or people you know could create many more pages per month of the same quality art and storytelling than we can. In which case, I bow to y’all with respect. But we spend many, many hours on each page getting it just right and 2 pages a week is what we can sustain with this quality over the long haul. And we are in it for the long haul.

            But I hear you that it just feels too gosh darn slow. It’s definitely a good suggestion to hold off and check in once a month or two months for a more satisfying “chunk.” (And there’s really no difference between you doing that and me saving up 8 pages and publishing only once a month, other than that it also allows those who enjoy the twice weekly updates to still enjoy them. 🙂 )

            But IMHO, the real secret of enjoying webcomics is in participating in the community. I think that’s a major reason why people put up with the slower pace. It’s a chance to connect with group of like-minded folks (and even the creators) once or twice a week, and have a chance to really explore the themes of a work and what it evokes for folks. The ability to savor and analyze a comic panel by panel with a bunch of cool folks is an experience that is simply impossible with any other format, outside of a classroom. And for me, that’s something that, both as a creator and as a reader, adds a lot of value. And we do have an especially wonderful, thoughtful community here.

            Would participating in our community be enough for you to show up more frequently? Maybe, maybe not. But I’m glad you and SALK98 chose to participate today and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy the work we’re putting out there. 🙂

          • Adam Black

            A Longtime reader I wish to thank-you for posting the bonus story for me for free , even though I didnt pay for it.

            I think character arcs update very well.
            ( I have only asked for an extra monthly page during high action scenes to keep the subjective time flowing )

            My suggestion last week to give equal time to both time perioids wasnt tongue-in-cheek. I am enjoying the bonus story more than I thought I would

            ( Actually despite following you from Artifice I was YP skeptic. I was like Gay-Superhero Romance are you serious ? Obviously , You were! Im asure Ill be just as skeptical when your next comic is about Lesbian Time-travelling Robot detectives But I will still read it and get hooked. )

          • Elrohir

            As someone who found Artifice after it was complete and read it “front to back” in a very short time (even though I could be guilty of having read it several times) I will confess that I didn’t jump immediately to TYP (and much to my everlasting shame missed the kickstarter as a consequence). I think the TYP team was maybe halfway through the first chapter when I came in. And after a quick “big gulp” of story I was back to the update wait. But then I discovered the community here. And I lurked for quite a while before joining in (because you all had so much more depth in the story arc than I and it seemed a bit daunting).
            But I find that the careful crafting of the story in partnership with the community speculation, discussion, imagination and sometimes outright craziness just really makes it a whole different experience. I have no doubt that when I buy the book copies (plural because I will most assuredly be gifting copies to friends) of this work I will be just over the moon with reading a story I love (I have been known to re-read beloved stories so many times it make other folk doubt my sanity) all in one piece. But there will be only one time for me to participate in the process like this with such a wonderful bunch of, if you’ll allow me the courtesy, “friends and colleagues”. And that’s an experience worth every bit of the dual investment of time and emotion. And I fear that it will be over too soon, much like a chocolate malt on a hot summer’s day. 🙂
            I have faith that @alexwoolfson:disqus and Team TYP will continue to develop story arcs for other characters and I sincerely hope that the success will allow it. And much like @disqus_FidZAwLkzS:disqus I find myself really liking this Spooky “origin story” and not wanting it to finish as soon as it will. Not because I don’t enjoy the main story arc but because I’m probably a bit greedy and I want everything. Ummm…and right now thank you very much. But, lacking a TARDIS as I am, I find myself unable to jump about the time stream dropping in to participate in all the eventual story arcs and character development as they happen.
            In the final analysis (speaking only for myself here) I find the combination of story updates and community participation a uniquely enjoyable experience which I will not willingly give up. And I hope everybody else finds their own path to enjoying the TYP world as much as I do. 🙂
            “With a deep bow of thanks to Alex, Adam and Veronica for all they do to keep this world growing.”

          • Klaus

            There is no shame in missing the kickster. Vexing yes, shameful, no way.

        • Hamish Kanakaredes

          I used to feel the same way. In fact, during Duncan and Kyle’s decade long date (that’s how it felt at the time) I stopped checking for updates and deleted my bookmark. I went months without returning. Finally curiosity and a link I came across somewhere had me come back. I read all the updates I’d missed and since, the snail’s pace hasn’t even occurred to me. We’re different people so there’s no guarantee it would work for you too but you should try it. If for no other reason you don’t seem to be enjoying this experience so the break part would probably make you happier. If it leads to you some months down the road coming back and enjoying the experience again that’s two wins…

          • tom

            i know it will works, because thats the way that i discover this comic, at the ending of the Duncan and Kyle decade long date (i like this name hahaha) so, this is what i mean, why they cant publish it in this way? a monthly or bi monthly comic. But well, i will take your advice, i just hope i can remember to return in… i dont know, 4… 5… 6 months? how many time will i this comic need to develope a story and a character? i leave, c u in a time.

          • Randy Patton

            With all the calendars that we update with alerts…just set one on your phone or computer for 6 months from now. I have to have my fix immediately. This comic makes me happy.

  • Adam Black

    I have a question for the Creator, @alexwoolfson:disqus ,

    I have noticed for a while that Spookys features do not look full Han Chinese.
    ( In all fairness China as the “Central Empire” has many nationalities
    and ethnicities. It is a quirk of History and politics that one of many ,
    the Han dominate the population ) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_groups_in_China )

    I am actually better an guessing the nationalities of Asians than Europeans ( to the surprise o many asians, since most americans dont bother to learn to tell them apart )

    I have thought for a while that he looks Euro-Asian. This could simply be because the artists are westerners and its natural to smooth over ethnic differences a little. MInd you I am NOT trying to make Spooky more like me.

    Sometimes he looks like he is part Polynesian. Although today I would swear on a copy of taoteching, that he looks thoroughly Japanese.
    ( IRL when someone looks like a confounding mix of Asian nationalities , I go with Malayian, and I am usually right )

    My question is ( if you can give it at the present time in the plot )

    What is the Full ethnic background of Spooky?

    I realize, like with Kyle this might be a plot point, and you cant WOG it
    ( You also might not have thought past Han Chinese )

    BUt , you are thorough; if you don’t answer it now, I am sure you will sooner or later .

    • I have an answer to that question, but it’s something I’d prefer not to WOG for now. I’ve heard different takes on him from Chinese through Filipino to “hapa.” Spooky has his own opinion, of course

      Maybe I’ll have someone ask him in the Truth or Dare Bonus comic… 🙂

      • Adam Black

        I had to look up “Hapa” .

        Truth or Dare?

        ( How could spooky do a Dare? )

        • It is true. Not many Dares that Spooky wouldn’t be happy to do even without the game. Not many Truths, either.

          But there are a few… And we might just run into some of them in this story. 😉

    • Takehai

      Wow. I thought I was the only one. Although to be fair, I sometimes have a hard time when it comes to telling the difference between the Han, the Cantonese, and others from greater China unless I have them standing next to each other. Probably because there aren’t as many in my area. But I can generally tell at a glance if someone is Thai, Vietnamese/Laotian/Hmong (another case of needing to have them standing next to each other, or hear them speak), Japanese, Korean, etc. And I have never met a North Vietnamese to get a good look at them, but the Southern Vietnamese I know say they are different from them. 🙂

  • Yukiness

    The one time you are in NYC and I can’t see you cuz the tix are 125$. Fate is withholding the high five I owe you. Congratulations on your nomination and I shall cross my fingers for your win sir.

    • Thank you, Yukiness! (And I’m sure I’ll be in NYC again in the next year or so. 🙂 )

  • GrumpyPanda94

    Oh look, he has hair again…

    • Klaus

      If you go back to page 6, you will see that his hair has been colored.

  • MichB

    THERE’S our boy. Gettin’ his spark back 🙂

  • Kate G

    Heeeeeeeeeeeelloooooooooooooo? *hears crickets* Are you serious? Nobody’s here? Ugh.

    Why is it I always find weird times to come back? Anyway, I love that Spooks has to be sarcastic and say “WE have a name. ” Way to go Spooks!

    Anyway, on the home front known as Katie’s Disaster Zone (I guess it works) since I know everyone will want to know since I have been absent, Grams has been put in long-term hospice. One day she said, “I’ve been given a new job; I’m going to be an angel” and I just lost it when my mama said that. Cried for hours and hours and hours (and Zena was stolen from my parents’ room that night, as you might have guessed.) We finally finished going through all of Grams’ stuff as we decided to do it ahead of time to save ourselves doing it when we all are in deep grief and are more prone to fighting over something…and I cried when I saw the ballerina snowglobe. Oh, and my mom stole Grams’ recipe box right from under my aunt’s nose (nobody tell her. Sh. We deserve the box anyway.)

    And then my mom and I laughed hysterically when we counted up the amount of Christmas boxes we got. Do you know how many boxes full of Christmas junk we got? 21. TWENTY-ONE BOXES. That doesn’t even cover the boxes we own in the basement. I think we are going to have to rotate Christmas decor now because we have way too much Christmas crap. How did my grandma keep all of the Christmas stuff straight in her head as I know my aunt got boxes of Christmas stuff too!

    The only thing we haven’t gone through is the photos and we are saving that for after she passes. It feels really odd having divided everything though because I feel like we’re stealing. She isn’t dead yet. I feel like we’re committing some sort of mortal sin. “Hey, Grams, we took your stuff, you don’t mind, do you?” No one tell my grams, please. I’ll be murdered.

    And today I go to my first therapy session for grief. I’m not looking forward to this as I have a chronic mistrust in therapists, but I know I need to see one. Where are the therapists that let you have fun?

    *This very long update brought to you by Dr. Pepper because Dr. Pepper puts pep in your step…and fuels your neighborhood dog-addict in times of need.* <-currently not sleepy at 2:34 am

    • It’s great seeing that spark of mischief in the Spooklet’s eyes.

      Sorry to hear about your Grams. It’s never easy losing grandma.

      • Kate G

        Yea, it’s harder for me I think because I only have one grams. But, I have lots of people helping me so I know I am not alone.

        Spooks should throw a ghost at the police officer to really spook them out. HA HA HA!

        • That’s good, that you have others around. I only knew one of my grandmothers; I insisted on being a pallbearer at her funeral. The other died before I was born so I’ve always wondered what it would’ve been like to know her.

          That would be cool, but I think they’re already a bit spooked by him. 😀

          • Kate G

            Are we twins by some weird time warp? I only have one granny too because my mom’s parents died long before I was born. My mom told me how her parents were so I never really wanted to know them (they weren’t the best.) I was always quite jealous of my cousin on my dad’s side because he had TWO sets of grandparents (and let’s just say they were veeeeery wealthy.)

            I *never* had that; so naturally, when my granny had the stroke back in December and he was saying, “Myyyyyyy graaaannnny” I was screaming in my head, “YOUR GRANNY?! YOUR GRANNY?!?! She was MY granny eight years before you!” Jealousy comes out at the worst of times.

          • Jealousy always does. 😐

  • Tony Lugo

    I just sat down and read all of the pages up. It took hours especially with my stupid slow internet and ive cried 2 times and have almost thrown my computer cause it wouldnt load fast enough. How could anyone possibly wait sooo long for new pages. Ill never survive the wait……

    • Welcome, Tony! I’m glad you’ve found us!

      And as I mention below, one great way to “survive the wait” is to interact with your fellow readers here in the comments, so I hope we’ll see you again! 🙂

    • Luckily this updates twice a week, because of the bonus page donations 🙂 Be around again tuesday night/wednesday at some time – depending on where you live.
      We’ll be camping for the new bonus page.

    • Hi Tony and welcome!

      Alex is right. Survival to the next page is made much much easier socializing with us down here in the comments! We’re a pretty friendly bunch. 🙂

  • vessto

    They still don’t realize it but history is made here!

  • vyloran

    Is anyone able to get a hold of the writers/artists of Mahou Shonen Fight? It looks like their page was hacked. There hasn’t been any activity in a while so I wasn’t sure if they were aware of it.

    • Yikes! Well, that’s no good. Let me shoot them an email!

      • vyloran

        Thank you for passing the message on. I saw they were starting to fix it this morning but… they were hacked again it looks like. =/ I just don’t understand the need to be disruptive like that. They’re not making a statement of any kind, just being jerks because they can get away with being jerks. I hope they can get it fixed without too much trouble to themselves.

  • Darby

    I just caught up a few days ago with this comic. Speaking as a straight male, this comic is excellent. Keep going with it. 🙂

    • Thank you, Darby, and welcome! There definitely a cool contingent of other straight guy readers here, so you’re in good company. I’m very glad to hear you enjoyed the comic!

      I’m curious, how’d you find us? 🙂

      • Darby

        I read a butt-ton of webcomics already, and I saw an ad for this one. I can’t remember which one it was, but I’m glad to have found this. Artifice was badass too, btw.

        • Well, thank you, Darby! Hope we get to see you here in the comments again. We have a really great community here and there is “camping” every Tuesday and Friday evenings as folks wait for the update. 🙂

  • petros0359

    Uh oh… They shouldn’t have called him that…
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aXAEsyuW3Uw#
    Tee hee.

  • davefragments

    This isn’t as funny as CRACKED thinks it is but the ALF Comic is worth the price of admission to any freak show. Five unexpectedly disturbing comic book covers and story lines.

    http://www.cracked.com/article_21247_5-unexpectedly-disturbing-childrens-comic-book-covers.html

    It’s 5 or six comic themes that shouldn’t have been drawn and is they were, we suspect 1) drugs, and 2) the need for psychotherapy or confinement.

  • SofiaT

    Oh, oh! How did it go on Monday??

    • I didn’t win but I had a lot of fun and met some awesome people, which is why I went in the first place. Very glad to have made the trip and I’m fired up to write more cool stuff. 🙂

      • SofiaT

        Being in the finalists is no small feat anyway!
        Glad you had a good time and even more glad Artifice made it to the top 4. It deserved it. 🙂

  • So… I’m on a plane back to San Francisco, using WiFi… Might not be taking a flying car home, but this still feels like living in the future. Think I’m going to have to update from a mile high in the sky……..

    • SofiaT

      Gives an entirely new meaning to “mile high club”! 😀

      I had heard that there are airlines who offer wifi during their flights but usually that’s restricted to business and first class. Are you flying business or have they made it available to coach as well?

      • I’m in coach flying Virgin Airlines for the first time — and they make WiFi available to everyone, for a price. 🙂

    • davefragments

      I suspect you are more than merely a mile high – more like 5 to 6 miles high. The future of 24 hour access is here, right now, in the present.
      I’m not sure where this will be in ten years. Cars driving themselves for sure. Maybe even planes flying themselves
      added: Maybe universal WiFi from satellites.

  • davefragments

    I’m really thinking (and hoping) that Detective Baker gets the living daylight scare out of him and throws that donut and coffee all over the walls.
    And it his coffee splattered over Detective Parker’s suit, I might even cheer too loud for the neighbors.

  • Uuuughhh *stumbles in half asleep* .. I was SO tired last night, and still I ended up being awake until a couple hours ago – a new book release on such days are dangerous xD

    This is one of the very rare times I’ve thought about skipping camping on purpose, but today is out last bonus comic page if I’m not mistaken. Wanted to be around for that.

    So let’s see if Alex has this page become a part of the mile high club 😉

  • OH.. and just as I said that.. page is up, so the answer is yes LOL
    First refresh and it’s there xD

    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-bonus1-page-27/