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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Bonus Comic One—Page 27

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And thus, a young superhero entered our world.

(And what? You really didn’t think only the bad guys would get special fonts for their names, did you?)

END SPOOKY/COMMANDER BONUS COMIC.

So, I’m writing this on the plane flight back home from NYC, and while Artifice did not win the Graphic Novel category (Nicole Georges’s excellent Calling Dr. Laura did), I had an amazing time meeting the other creators, experiencing an awards show and feeling so incredibly honored just to be there. Oh! And I also met Adam DeKraker in the flesh for the first time and he is just the coolest guy ever. It was so much fun being able to nerd out over The Young Protectors and its mythology together (and a lot of our conversation was about you, Dear Readers, and how lucky we are to have you with us on this journey.) I’m really looking forward to sharing a table with him at RainbowCon 2015!

Oh and…

***THIS IS A BONUS PAGE!***

Our forty-seventh bonus page in a row! And thanks to your generous donations, in addition to our regular Saturday updates, there will also be bonus pages on Wednesday, June 11th, Wednesday, June 18th, Wednesday, June 25th, Wednesday, July 2nd, Wednesday, July 9th, and Wednesday, July 16th! And look below! We’re already at $209 towards the bonus page after that!

Special thanks go out to long-time supporter Saxon B. (who makes their eighty-fourth generous donation to The Young Protectors!) for their generous donation over the last few days!

Big hugs go out to new friend of The Young Protectors Chris P. for their super-generous $25 donation!

And supehero-strength hugs go out to new super-friend Panin O. for their amazingly generous $50 donation and also to long-time super-friend Christopher M. for their amazingly generous $64 donation, their twentieth (!) amazingly generous donation to this comic!

Thank you all so much for your generous support!

So! We’ve come to the end of our surprise exploration of Spooky and Commander’s backstory. I hope you enjoyed this chance to get to know these two a little better. But now that the Bonus Comic is finished, it’s time to return to the main story, Kyle and the rest of Chapter 3!

Tune in this Saturday where we rejoin the entire team in the present, hot on the heels of that rascally Annihilator! Hope to see you there! 😀

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! Edit 6/4/14 10:14 AM: YOU’VE DONE IT AGAIN! You’ve yet again tipped over the target of the Donation Bar below. That means that, thanks to your generous donations, in addition to our regular Saturday updates, and bonus pages on Wednesday, June 11th (Chapter 3, page 33!), Wednesday, June 18th (page 35!), Wednesday, June 25th (page 37!), Wednesday, July 2nd (page 39!), Wednesday, July 9th (page 41), and Wednesday, July 16th (page 43), there will now be an additional bonus page (page 45!) on Wednesday, July 23rd! YOU ALL ARE TOTALLY AMAZING! THANK YOU!

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  • Got it memorized?

    Parker looks so amused by Boxer’s reaction to Jones.. and then get the ‘sting’ when Spooky is added.

  • davefragments

    Good page. I like he took the name all by himself and I like he has some toughness.

  • SofiaT

    I knew the reason he chose “Jones” was because it’s the most un-Chinese name possible (other than “Smith”; but of course Spooky wouldn’t go for something that common)!

  • Heh

    I… this page. I don’t even have anything to say.

    *cheers loudly*

  • *Snifs* Bye bye bonus comic. It was great. Look forward to see you again later.

    Hellooo main plot, I look forward to seeing a lot of you again 🙂

    .. oh and Alex! We still need a pic of you in a suit. Want to see it after all your troubles getting it pressed and on for the awards show. A new page isn’t distracting me from this 😉

      • SofiaT

        Adorkable!
        Great smile!! 😀

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Will I get ninja death squads sent after me if I say that it reminds me of the scene in Artifice where Jeff says, ‘and for your information, my grin is not goofy’?
          It will? Okay, then I didn’t say that.

          • SofiaT

            That scene is exactly what I had in mind 🙂

          • They say you should write what you know…

      • Looking geewd, Mr. Woolfson 🙂

      • Heh

        And here is proof that a nice suit and a broad smile does wonders.

        Look cool, huh?

      • Very suave, sir, very suave!

      • Sapfo

        Love that smile. But you are at a great risk getting your cheeks pinched 😉

      • Alex, you look so adorable! I echo everyone here: the smile is killer cute.

        Love the purple on purple too.

        • Heh

          From now on, alex shall be called ‘ the purple prince’.

        • purplefoxglove

          *splutters*

          Aw, Alex. You shouldn’t have 😉
          And you look like the happiest person on earth…or like Spooky eating his very first nutbuff after hell. Which is the same, really. 🙂

        • Thank you. Purple is actually my favorite color. 🙂

      • Adam Black

        Shame there wasnt an award for best smile

  • Summer

    ::cheers:: YOU GO, SPOOKY JONES! KICK SOME ASS!

  • Wooooooo! That’s right. He’s Spooky Jones and don’t you forget it.

  • Oh god.. this page gives me a whole new level of love for facial expressions.

    Every time I look at it, I giggle about how Spooky manage to get the verbal stabs in with just a few lines.
    And then that end line and the look he shares with Amanda while saying it. Perfect, just damn perfect 😀

    • He jab all the right people at all the right moments. Jones for Boxer and Spooky for Parker. So so great.

      • And Amanda is totally loving every moment of it… as am I 🙂

        • Yup! Even Tutt is smirking. lol

          • Heh

            The look on amanda’s mother face is hilarious.

          • That too!

          • She cracked me up.

          • Well considering her partner is a bit of an ass… I think her smirk is well deserved.

          • Danny

            I was smirking along with her. You deserved that, Parker!

          • Indeed, indeed! 😀

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Spooky obviously knows how to play to the crowd.

  • Danny

    I gotta say, the fancy text used for Spooky’s name really works. At first glance, I thought it was too plain, but it’s actually perfect. It’s subtle and under-spoken, just like Spooky himself. 🙂

    • Heh

      I agree with you in fifteen diferent levels. That was the perfect font for spooky. Seriously.

      [ I also tought that the priestess one was great ]

      • Danny

        Yes, definitely, and I’m glad I’m not alone in thinking it’s amazing. Each font works perfectly for each different character’s personality.

    • We worked on it for a long time and getting that balance right between the cool factor but also the understated way that Spooky is a superhero was very important. I’m really glad you liked what we came up with!

      • Danny

        Understated. That’s what I meant, but I couldn’t find the word… (Oh well, under-spoken works, too.)

        And it’s the little details like that, where you are all so thoughtful, that make this graphic novel what it is. We appreciate that! 🙂

        • Thank you!

          (And I should give a shout out to designer Paul Sizer, who is also working on the design for the book and trading cards, for creating this logo. 🙂 )

          • Heh

            PAUL, KEEP THE GOOD JOB BRO!

  • I love his stance. The trumpets sounding in the background are a nice touch.

    Wait, there aren’t really trumpets playing. I coulda sworn…

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I was sure I heard awesome theme music start up when he said his name.

      • Oh good, it’s not just me. 🙂

      • purplefoxglove

        I thought is was the sound of countless fans cheering and going “Squeeeeeeeeee!”

        Well, at least I did.

  • Toli Bera

    wait… He’s been missing for X number of years, with amnesia, and no documents? it’s gonna be hella hard for Spooky to get his life back on track. also, what about his parents? don’t they merit a looking up somehow? (comparing his fingerprints with birth records? or something of the like?)

    • One year is how long he was in hell. From his 13th birthday till now where he’s 14.

      • Toli Bera

        just the same, the parental types are probably still making themselves crazy waiting for him to come back home someday.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Dagnabit, I forgot what day it was and missed camping! Too caught up in Flight Rising. *shakes head sadly*

    • Heh

      There was almost no camp for me today, either.

      ANYWAY GIVE ME A HUUUG STICK I’VE MISSED U

      • stickfigurefairytales

        *hugs you* 😀

  • 500 lbs of awesome in a 100 lb bag. So wonderful! Thank you all.

  • Sapfo

    With a warning glance, I say that these are the words from a newly awakened rambeling person.

    SPOOKY JONES!
    Love to see you here!

    Are you related to Indiana Jones? (I do not know where that idea came from, but it was the first thing I thought when I saw the page. That was followed by a chain of thought that ended with a lot of lose ends, I stop any attempt to explain this idea here)

    I like our new hero. You, Alex, have given him a slightly sad backstory. But still captured the essence of Spooky. A little boy (man to be) with great powers, humor, and still feeling in the right place. (And don´t forget the cheeky part)
    It feels like he and Amanda will have a lot of fun working together.

    And Panel 2: Boxer, be afraid, that cinnamon bun can not protect you!

    Thank you Alex, Adam (great to hear you had fun) and Veronica for this great hero!

    • It’s a danish ;-p

      • Sapfo

        Nop, it´s a Swedish cinnamon bun. Everyone can see that ;P
        (maybe we should ask Alex before we start another Nordic war)

        • Heh

          Alex said it’s a danish.

          • Sapfo

            This is a sad day for cinnamon buns everywhere.
            Oh well, a Dansih will not protect him any better 😉

          • Heh

            You got closer than me! I looked at it on the previous page and all that came to mind was ‘ donut’

            I dunno why i thought of that. WE DON’T EVEN HAVE DONUTS HERE! geez

          • IamM

            A Danish from internal affairs, undercover as a honey bun.

    • Thank you, Sapfo. I definitely did have fun at the awards and meeting Adam. And your comment to Boxer cracked me up! 🙂

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Thank you, Alex, Adam, and Veronica for a fantastic bonus comic! I loved getting this look into Spooky and Amanda’s past, and I think that it came at the perfect juncture in the comic as a whole.

    • You’re very welcome, stick! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 😀

  • Saxon_Brenton

    ‘And I fight monsters.’ Okay, cool catchphrase. And am I misremembering, or didn’t Spooky more recently (in comic) call Annihilator a monster? Why yes, he did: chapter 3, page 29, panel 1. Methinks we have a theme.

  • Sapfo

    That´s it! SOMEONE GET THAT HERO HIS CAP!

  • Okay, so Boxer has a danish. Might I ask what flavor? Cheese? Cherry? Lemon? Apricot? Chocolate?

    • Heh

      Oh boy. Here we go again.

      • These things matter. I’m partial to Cheese and Cherry myself, but I would never turn down a lemon. 🙂

        • Heh

          I don’t like cherry that much but lemon is a fat chance here.

          • Sapfo

            I just remembered that there is have a cinnamon danish in my local store! 😉

          • Mmmmmm yum

          • Where is “here”?

          • Heh

            ‘Here’ in the current storyline, i guess. Lemon goes great with cofee due to some sweeter flavors may not be as refreshing after a big cup such as the one mr. frustrated cop [boxer] is holding.

          • True.

        • SofiaT

          Apricot danishes 4evah!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      It looks like a cinnamon roll or a honey bun to me.

      • I thought it might be a honey bun, but Alex said it was a danish.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          How intriguing. Well, since we have Word of God on the matter, I guess I must concede.

  • *pops in with the imperial March playing and a puff of smoke* I’m baaAAAAaaack!!!

    I just got home and was unloading the car when the page came up.

    Stickfigure, I got the game and just opened it….what a creepily awesome start to the game. ^_^

    I just want to say (before I go to catch up on almost a week of missed things) that I really love how Spooky, Amanda, and LtC Charleyboy are on one side of the room and the “detectives” are on the other. Sort of like there is a “sides chosen” feel to the scene.

    • Welcome back!!! (best welcome home present ever, eh?) I missed the Doki tweets ^V^

      • Sorry, I was just barely able to keep up with them. I did post a little on the tumblr, but there was that one day where the internet wasn’t working for mother’s laptop and I got behind. 0.0

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Yay! Welcome home!

      • It is good to be back on my own computer. *hugs her computer*

  • Heh

    Well, i think i’ll sleep now. Good work, Alex, Veronica, Adam. Stunning work as always.

    And a ‘ see you soon’ to my lovely camp companions, the best community by far in my webcomics run.

    • Thank you, Heh! And I’m glad you’re part of our community here too. 🙂

      • Heh

        [Blushing intensifies]

  • *dances in from dance* knew it would be up while I was in class…

    Amanda’s face just makes this page for me… she knows what his name is ahead of time and is just waiting for it. These two make such a perfect team and thank you for the opportunity to see it form!

    • Danny

      It does seem like she’s in on the joke ahead of time. And I agree, seeing this duo form and knowing that they’re only going to get more awesome is pretty, well, awesome. 🙂

  • Blarg! I want to stay around more, but I’m suddently again so tired I’m swaying in my seat. This is what I get for staying up till 1am to read some of a new book when I felt like going to bed at 8pm yesterday xD

    Good day/night every one.

  • silibub

    What a fantastic note to end on! Wow. You know, Alex, when you first said you would do a bonus story about Spooky and Commander, I figured it would be a quick, humorous vignette taking place shortly before the events of the main comic. That would have been great, but what you actually gave us is so above-and-beyond wonderful — it’s been a real privilege to be able to read it before the actual book goes to print, especially since it wound up flowing so well with the goings-on in chapter 3!

    (Great typography choice for Spooky, by the way.)

    And now I’m completely pumped to get back to the main storyline — I’ve missed the rest of the team. Congrats on your nomination, and even though you didn’t win, I’m glad you had a great time in NYC and got to hang out with Adam in person!

    • I’m really glad to hear that you enjoyed me posting up the bonus comic here. I know that folks were nervous about me breaking away from the main story, so it’s awesome to hear that it worked so well for you here.

      Thank you for the props re: the Spooky Logo!

      And thank you for the congrats. It really was an honor to be one of the four finalists for their brand new graphic novel category. And getting to hang out with Adam (and so many other cool queer creators at the Awards) was just amazing fun. 🙂

  • Jeabro21

    Well the bad guy fonts are really fancy this one looks “OK” to me

  • karmakat

    okay did the two cops teleported or that’s an angle thing?

    • Klaus

      Adam cut to camara #2.

  • manjamanga

    Go Spooky! Go Spooky! *dances around like an idiot*

  • Klaus

    The story has been delayed by this interlude. But look at the bright side: if things had gone as planned, we would not have had the oppertunity to discus this bonus comic page by page.

  • Noriam Gutierrez

    “And I am also super flipping adorable.”

  • EyeDontNo

    And I do believe there are bells ‘DINGING’ as background music for his official naming.

    • Alcinda Gamgee

      The bells are also ringing because we passed the $400 target, yet again. ^^

  • You go, Spooky. 🙂

    Love the little smirk on Parker’s face as Boxer gets a telling off, followed by the change in expression when he gets his own dose.

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    Oh yeah! Got some spunk! XD I love it.

  • Michael

    A hero is born.

    Just wanted to say, Alex et al., even though it’s probably been made abundantly clear by everyone else, I really appreciate you doing the bonus comic as a side-story feature rather than saving it only for the Kickstarter contributors. We unemployed fans love you (and Spooky and the team) just as much as those who can afford to contribute. <3

    • I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed it, Michael. 🙂

  • Hours

    I love the special font. Lots of great facial expressions on this page too.

    I’m sad to see the bonus comic come to an end since it was so interesting, but I am SO excited to go back to the present and get back to the (sexy?!?) action. 😀

  • Kate G

    Why did I hear the lyrics, “Bells will be ringing” when Spooky said his name? That’s a Christmas song. Oie vey, my mind is messed up from the death watch. A more apt song would be “We Will Rock You” or something like that.

    • Heh

      Nothing related to your comment, but i wanted to say that your avatar is cute… really, really cute.

      • Kate G

        Thank you. It’s my dog, Zena.

  • Sapfo

    Oh look at that! Another bonus page!
    Thank you all for this gift page. 😀
    Ding, ding!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      The mischievous part of me kinda wishes Alex was still tied up in New York, recovering from the afterparty, or whatever, which would give us free time to play DoubleDing again…
      Yeah, I’m a freak 🙂

  • Mary Klemzak

    This page needs an epic soundtrack. Anyone want to find a few YouTube examples? Like maybe “we are the champions” or “we will rock you”, by Queen?

    Perfect ending to the extra. Now I’m ready to go back to some YP goodness, like how our favorite redhead is doing. Guess we’ll find out, even though the next page will probably just be a title page.

    • No title page for the next page—we’re picking up with Chapter 3, Page 32. (And, of course, even if it was a title page, I always post up the first comic page of the new chapter at the same time. 🙂 )

      Glad you liked the ending!

  • bronakopdin

    I don’T know but this page makes me smile so wide, if I didn’t have ears I’d smile a circle around my head!

    I love how confident Spooky declares his new name and how he’s standing up against the guys responsible for his choice when he states it 😀
    (at least I think with the sterotypical suggestions of Boxer Spooky chose one of the most common American surnames on purpose xD and not some Asian sounding one)

    I also like how Parker kinda still smirks making fun of Boxer in panel 2 and totally changes his expression when Spooky faces him next xDD and the Tutt is the smirking one! I love all the smirks on this page ^^

    And the Birth of Spooky as we know him 🙂

    great Special! I’m seriously looking forward to the Hell bonus comic!
    But also of course how Kyle and the crew will go on about the current troubles!

    • Klaus

      That is not going to be a comic. An illustrated short story.

      • bronakopdin

        yeah, I know I meant that, I just wasn’t sure anymore what kind of medium exactly, but thanks for correcting ^^

    • Really glad you liked it, bronakopdin!

  • Nate

    Hey! I was close! 😀

  • OnyxLight

    Spooky Jones… so much love for that!

  • fujoshifanatic

    Such a good origin story! I’m sad to see it end, but ending it on such a satisfying page makes the pain of seeing Spooky’s Day In The Spotlight come to an close (somewhat) less traumatic.

    The art on this page is truly impressive; so much is being said and expressed by through the characters’ expressions, body language, and even their arrangement, that you can easily build whole stories from them outside of the main plot line of TYP!

    From the first panel, I can see that story clearly. You can tell from her expression that Amanda doesn’t even need to hear Spooky’s name; she has had the honor of coming to know him, even in that short time, and she definitely likes what she sees. This is an OTP, whether it remains as a strong friendship or evolves into something else (*crosses fingers*), that is the stuff of many exciting adventures to come.

    And then the next panel is so classically awesome in its arrangement and the expressions depicted, I totally see this as the opening page/setup of a whole new comic series starring our little Spooky. One the one side you have Spooklet and the Charleyboy Clan, kicking ass while fighting evil, and not afraid to break a few rules (and an interrogation room or two if necessary) to get the bad guys got. And on the other side you have The Badges, whose quest to fight crime can be hampered by bureaucracy, abiding by the rules, and even bumbling ham-fistedness (Parker, Boxer, I’m looking at you, though it seems like Tutt is secretly on the other side). Both are fighting for the same cause, but the friction that arises from the two groups’ interactions would be the stuff of amazing stories indeed! I won’t even get into each character’s expressions here, as I would end up late for work, but suffice to say I had great fun with the thought bubbles I placed over everyone’s head.
    😛

    And the naming font in the next panel was perfect–understated and simple, but impactful and attention-grabbing at the same time, just like our beloved Spooky! That’s why you can see both Amanda and Det. Tutt looking at clueless Det. Parker as if to say, “Remember that name; it’s going to mean something to the world!”

    And the last panel is where we finally see present-day Spooky emerge, from his confidently relaxed expression, to his cooly slouchy stance (concealing powerful fists ready to engage at a moment’s notice), to his simple declaration of being–“I fight monsters.” This Spooky, the one we know and love, is now ready to take his place in the main TYP storyline, as well as the alternate story (where he is the main hero) that this page could so easily inspire. Truly well done!

    I’m so sorry you didn’t win (this time!) Alex, but I’m so glad you and Adam had such a great experience at the awards (you looked so cute and regal in your suit!), and I’m sure you’ll have many, many more reasons to go in the future! 😀

    And thanks for turning me on to Rainbow Con! Finally, a queer con I don’t have to travel so far to enjoy, and in another one of my favorite cities (you must check out Ybor City while you’re there–so much fun, especially at night!). I’ve been looking for a reason to visit again, and here it is!

    Thank you for this wonderful bonus comic, TYP Creative Team! It gave us so much valuable insight into such a lovable character, and now I’m excited to see how Spooky will help Kyle and the other Young Protectors save the world! 😀

    • Thank you, fujoshifanatic, for such a wonderful, thoughtful comment. You’ve got me grinning ear to ear here. So much fun to read your play-by-play.

      And I hope to see you at RainbowCon! 😀

  • Sai

    Still going by the name he came up with when he was 14 eh?

    • purplefoxglove

      Well, Kyle is still going by the name he came up with when he was 12, if I’m not mistaken…

    • Derkins

      It’s his name. These things tend to stick.

    • Heh

      Anni also picked his name when he was very young

  • Monica

    Gosh I love Spooky right now! Such funny guy with a really nice groove 😀

  • Calahara

    ” END SPOOKY/COMMANDER BONUS COMIC.”
    Wait, what?! NOOoOoo-ooz!!
    Lovely that he got is own special “Spooky Jones” letters.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Soooo, was this what his parents named him…..or the name he chose?

  • Pikinanou

    Okay, but why Jones? Why not Smith? Or Li? STILL SO MUCH MYSTERIES SURROUNDING HIM!
    We need another bonus comic.
    No, really, we do.
    Right, guys? Right?!
    …okay, okay, maybe not right away but… you know, eventually!
    Pretty please?
    …look at me, Alex, I’m on my knees, now… 😀
    (awesome bonus comic! I gotta find a way to buy it, when it’ll be printed)

    • Derkins

      Indiana! Duh. :p

    • It’ll be included in Volume One which should be available for sale to the general public by the end of the year. 🙂

  • purplefoxglove

    Aw, is it really over? That was GREAT. At first, I expected a light and funny story, and while it did have its moments (epic nutbuff sharing), it was also exciting, and fascinating, and so, so awesome. Come to think of it, in panel three, Spooks could also have said “awesome”, it would have made a perfect match!
    I totally fell for Spooky…alright, I fell for him even more than before. He reminds me of a phoenix rising from the ashes of his past. (didn’t someone else suggest this on one of the last pages already..?) Anyways, it suits him.

    There are just two questions remaining…
    One: why would his eyes be spooky?
    Two: why does he wear that cap in the main story line? On top f it being stylish?

    Alex, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t win, but as your comics just keep getting better and better (although this seems hardly possible since they are all simply amazing), I see an award in the future for sure! And I’m glad Adam and you had so much fun. I hope you arrive home well and safe!

    • Thank you, purplefoxglove! I really glad you liked the Bonus Comic—and Spooky.

      As for the first question, you’d have to ask Parker about why he said that. But the second one, I will answer definitively in a future story. It won’t be covered in the Illustrated Short Story that I’ll be creating later this year, but there’s definitely a story there (with maybe even a little romance), and I look forward to sharing it! 🙂

      • purplefoxglove

        Yay, more Spooky stories plus romance! You just made me very, very happy 🙂

        So, Det. Parker – why did you call Spooky’s eyes spooky?

        Do you think he’ll answer me?

        • If he came back and was still in shock, he might have had some wild looking eyes just with that. Combine how his eyes sometimes glow when he does certain magic, maybe they got to see some pretty wicked eyes when they first saw him.

          (Look at Spooky’s eyes during the fire scene in early chap. 1)

  • Donald Burch

    Alex, Adam, and Veronica produced a marvelous page as usual. I’m uncertain how I feel about Spooky announcing his name without some kind of situational stimulus. Example, how the press named “Superman” by his feats of amazing prowess. How might one come about the name “Spooky Jones” in Hell? Jones is a name similar to John and Jane Doe. That is, it is so common as to fit a person with no name. “Spooky” strikes me as something a cop might tag on a nameless kid who drags in with a demon head and trashes interrogation rooms. I’ve used a lot of words to describe what I feel but it sincerely does not detract from my enjoyment of the scene.

    Rather, I enjoy the confident way in which Spooky puts himself out there and announces his name. The awesome font adds a nice touch though I would have laughed out loud had it looked more like “Married: with Children.” That is, creepy dripping letters colored like blood. On the last panel I see that would have been a bad choice because I see a strong hint of the Spooky I come to know and love in the future. Playful, chill, fun. Drippy letters wouldn’t have suited him. Lastly, I liked the way everyone else seemed to look on with support and approval. A bit of fantasy in my opinion but a good one. I’d like to think that despite our quarreling and differences in opinion everyone deep down only wants the best for others. A tidy wrap to the backstory! I cannot wait for more clues and revelations to come. Thanks again creative team!

  • Thank you, Rebecca! 🙂

  • Thank you, Nimue! 🙂

  • Danny

    I just realized, reading through some of the comments and re-reading the page, that Alex snuck in a James Bond reference. “The name is Jones. Spooky Jones.” Anyone else notice that?

    • JozefAL

      Well I don’t really have a problem with that, just as long as we don’t find out later that the Jones family had a pet dog.

    • Yup 🙂 I thought that right away. Another thing about the page that amused me.

      • Danny

        Once I noticed the reference, I could only shake my head in disbelief that it had taken me so long to see it. But it brought a new smile once it made its way through my thick skull. 🙂

  • justkeepondriving

    Awww that’s the end already?? I was hoping for a few more pages to help tie in with the present-day storyline. But I guess a 27 page bonus comic is pretty decent, and I’m glad it ends on a positive note. And I’m looking forward to getting back to Kyle’s story! Also, I like the typeface chosen for Spooky’s name, it seems very appropriate for him, unlike the bold typefaces chosen for Anni and PP. Good job everyone, thank you for a lovely bonus comic!

    • Glad you liked the comic and Spooky’s Logo, justkeepondriving! Thank you!

  • Klaus

    I see now that my comment below looks very negative. That was not my intention. I really enjoyed the bonus comic.

  • b3nc0

    What the…? Last night, Disqus wouldn’t let me post here, though it worked on the Prince of Cats… Now I don’t have time! sigh

  • Amber Rose

    Aww yeah, you tell ’em Spooky. 😀

    I ended up enjoying this bonus thing a lot more than I thought I would (I usually get really frustrated by filler). I’m a little sad that it’s over, for all i’m excited to get back into the main story again. Spooky is my favourite character by far. <3

    • Very glad to hear you enjoyed it, Amber, especially after coming in with concerns. 🙂

  • Adam Irving

    What a great interlude this has been. I just *love* the look Spooky throws Amanda in the last pane. Communicates a lot with just facial expression, which isn’t always the easiest thing to do (or maybe it is?). Being a fan of film scores, I couldn’t help but hear a nice little trumpet fanfare as Spooky finally announced his name. Heck, this mini-comic did a great job showcasing a lot of your artistic, writing, pacing and plotting skills, all with a bow. Three cheers!

    • Klaus

      And Amanda’s expression in that that panel.

    • Yay! Thank you, Adam! I know that people had concerns about us leaving the main story for this (and, as you know, it was not my intention to post these pages up at this point), so it makes me happy to hear that it worked for you so well.

      It’s actually a lot of fun to do a little standalone story, where it can all be wrapped up with a little bow at the end. Adam and I have been chatting about that while we were making this short comic and there are things I’ve learned about comics storytelling while creating this that I’m going to take advantage of in future pages of the main story. It was a pleasure to make this comic and it’s a pleasure to hear that it worked well for you. 🙂

  • SofiaT

    I liked the fists. The fisted hands when he gives his whole name have something of Superman in them.

    I half-expect him to launch into the air and take flight around the globe while his music theme is coming to a crescendo and then finishes in style. Spooky style.

  • Mickey Phoenix

    Darn it, you made me cry again. “And I fight monsters.”

    You make the best damn heroes, Alex.

    Also, everyone wish me luck — I’m interviewing at Google in another seven hours. 🙂

    • Good luck!

    • SofiaT

      Good luck! Hope you get the job!

    • Good luck, Mickey! I hope it went well. And thank you! 🙂

  • Yukiness

    I hope you liked NY and I’m glad you had a wonderful experience at the ceremony. But the YP is always a winner to me

  • Brad Johnson

    Amanda looks so turned on right now lol

  • Shinashi

    Gaaaaaaaaah!!! Every page is like a cool scene in a movie! 😀

  • WarGoddess

    OMG it’s gonna go back to the actual comic!!!!!! Not that I didn’t like this bonus comic, but I am so ready to see what happens next in the main story!!!!! 😀

    In addition to this, I never really get to camp anymore like, at all, because I always seem to be working. My availability is mostly evenings, after all. I’ve also been unable to get rid of this horrible case of artist’s block that has been plaguing me for quite some time. I miss the time I had to mess around on the internet and draw and do all of the things I love doing when I wasn’t working. But hey, work means money. so I will pop by whenever I can to say hi and comment on the comic! Bye for now guys!!! 😀

    • You are missed! Come back soon!

    • You’re definitely missed and we look forward to seeing you sometime soon.

  • Mentor Imvu

    That last panel expression Spooky gives just kills it. lol
    I love this comic so much. *hugs*

    • Heh

      This imvu on your name… is it the game?

      • Katsu Imvu

        IMVU is a chat website where you can dress up an avatar and express yourself. Large LGBT community, and there are RPs and it can also act as a dating service. lol

        • Heh

          I know! I play it too, Lol

  • Klaus

    So Spooky shares Kyle’s “speak in logo font” power. Will Kyle get a font too? Or did he already get his on page 2 of chapter 1?

    • Kyle does indeed have a font, but the first chance you’ll have to see it will likely be on his trading cards. 🙂

  • As much as I’m going to miss the bonus comic. I’m so EXCITED to see what are YP gang up to now! Bouncing in my seat here. 🙂

    • SofiaT

      I know, right!?
      Back to our usual speculations and theories… although now that we’ve gotten a glimpse of what Amanda is like when she’s not the austere Commander, I’m more optimistic about Kyle getting the support he needs to kick some serious ass (even if I like that ass too much to see it being kicked, dammit).

      • This is just getting more and more exciting. Commander’s gonna get fierce hearing one of her cubs was taken advantage of.

        • SofiaT

          Before the BC I also hadn’t realised the age difference between Commander and the other members of the team was so small. Now I tend to see her more as the big sister than the mother hen.

          • Big sisters are scary folks too!

            Is it time yet? Surely it’s time for the new page. 🙂

          • SofiaT

            *sigh* Only 8.22am on my part of the world, so… 3-4 more hours to go?

          • Almost 3:30pm here on the west coast. 3-4 hours is just too long!!

          • Heh

            just 7:28 here. Thats why i never see the first page if one of you guys don’t post a comment saying its up.

          • SofiaT

            AM of PM?

            I’m already on Saturday 😀

          • Heh

            I never learned how the am/pm system works, but it is night, and still friday.

          • SofiaT

            “Ante meridiem” = before noon
            “Post meridiem” = after noon 🙂

          • Heh

            Oh. I see.

          • SofiaT

            For years I was confused about the English way to tell the time, kept forgetting which was which. In Greek we use the ancient Greek “pro mesimvrias”/ “meta mesimvrias” (προ μεσημβρίας/μετά μεσημβρίας) instead of the Latin PM/AM English-speaking people use.

            So PM (before noon) for us is the opposite of your PM (after noon).
            It’s ok now, I finally got it right, but when you’re 10years old it can be mighty confusing.

          • Heh

            Here in brasil we don’t use AM/PM at all. In the morning, we put 7. When it’s night, we put 19. So when people use the english way on me my brain goes all messy and i dunno what is the right way to tell the time correctly.

          • SofiaT

            That can be done too. If you use the 24hour clock, you don’t use PM/AM with it.

            It’s why I asked earlier, because you wrote “7” and wasn’t sure if you were using the 24hour clock (in which case you would have meant morning) or the 12hour clock, in which case it could have been either pm or am. 🙂

          • Heh

            I am so sorry , i tried to use the 12hour clock so it would make sense to you guys, but instead i confused you even more. 🙁

          • SofiaT

            No worries, we ended up having a chat though, didn’t we? So it wasn’t a bad thing.

          • Heh

            Indeed!

          • The 24 hour clock can also be referred to as “military time”, at least that is one way I am used to calling it.

          • vessto

            Same in Bulgaria.:)

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Me too. But (and here’s the kicker) it’s possible that Kyle doesn’t know that yet. So there’s still room for more misplaced teenaged angst. Maybe we have a semi-cliffhanger where Commander is angry, and Kyle is quailing inside but determined to face the music like a professional superhero, and it turns out she’s mainly outraged at Annihilator.

    • MItch!!! Mitch Mitch Mitch Mitch Mitch Mitch!!!!

  • Heh

    Is it camp time yet? is it camp time yet? is it camp time yet? *bounces all over the place*

  • Starfighter just updated..

    And look who got a rare V there. Good thing I didn’t go to bed yet 😉

  • vessto

    Anni will return, yay!!!:D

  • Hmm.. to take a nap before camp or not? Alex.. any hints if this is going to be an early page, or more regular time?

    • It won’t be up in the next hour. But hopefully not too late. 🙂

      • Thanks for the update, Alex!

      • Mitch?

        • ALEX! 😀

          • Sapfo

            SAPFO!…..<..>

          • Morning Sapfo sweet!

          • Sapfo

            Morning!

          • Doki really really wants Mitch on the next page….if people couldn’t tell….

          • Sapfo

            What? I could not tell. But then I am almost not awaka yet.

          • Almost not awake? That reminds of when I was almost napping on my sister’s couch while visiting her. She asked me if I was almost asleep or almost awake, and I replied “both”. ^_^

          • Wakey sleepy, sleepy wakey.

          • Couldn’t tell at all.

          • Heh

            Im shocked.

          • Adam Black

            Janet!

          • Sapfo

            Janet, is that you?!
            Oh I missed you so.
            *hug*
            Janet, why do you feel so strange? where are your boobs?
            Why are you wearing a kilt? o.O

          • XDDD
            Adam/Janet looks very nice in that kilt, I would say.

          • ROCKY!

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Bullwinkle!

          • SQUIRREL!

          • Sapfo

            HAT

          • Rabbit!

          • Sapfo

            this camping is not going where I think it is?!…
            …..
            ….
            Alice?

          • HATTER!

          • DC

            We’re all mad here!

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Still crazy after aaall theeese yeears…

          • Call meeeee, AL!!!! Call me Al. *horns playing*

          • Don’t want to end up a cartoon
            In a cartoon graveyard

            Oh wait, that doesn’t apply here. Cartoons in all guises, graveyards and all, are just fine for us.

            Tho I kinda like the long lost pal part.

          • Sapfo

            Oh good. I thought it was only me. Phu!

          • *Doki wonders if she started this, or if Alex started this*

          • Alex.. definitely Alex. He’s tricksy like that 😉

          • DC

            Brad!

          • Heh

            Heh….

          • mogoskier

            ROCKY!

          • strangeangel24601

            Spongebob!

  • vessto

    My fangirl dreams about the next page: Anni (wet an shirtless after bath) remembers about what happened between him and Kyle. PP watches him in secret with hard jealousy in her eyes.

    • Heh

      And then Mitch, Spooky and Amanda walk into his hideout in these really really tight super hero suits, and tell him they want revenge on their friend. PP use her powers to make all of them think that the best way to settle the score is a fierce kissing battle…. shirtless. Shitless kissing battle and … *mumbles*

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        The Crisis of Transcolliding Six-Packs…?

  • Heh

    My mom came back from work with a box of sweets and in my expectation for the next page i just realized i on nom nomed 4 sweets all at once. Im gonna get fat D:

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Mmm, sweets.

      • Heh

        Chokito, suflair, milkbar, galak… Oh god.

      • Hey Stick! Do you think I will get my Mitch on the page?

        • stickfigurefairytales

          I hope so!

          • Maggey is interesting ^_^

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Glad you’re having fun. 😀

          • I am trying to stay away from the walkthrough this time. ^_^

          • stickfigurefairytales

            There are some parts where it gets tricky in the last case particularly, so let me know if you have questions.

          • Am I going to get to see Miles?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hee hee…wait and see! (Yes)

  • Well that was 2½ hours of almost none sleeping xD

    Peeped in about 50mins ago, haven’t slept then only dozed maybe 30mins, to see Alex had replied to me. Then decided to try sleeping a little again. Think I managed to doze off for another 15-20mins.. but resting helps too, right? *lol*
    Since my body won’t let me sleep.. camping here I am *yawns*

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Sorry you can’t sleep, though.

    • Good morning, Danish!

    • Morning Danish! You can always sleep after the new page right?

      • Yes, but only a few hours. Have plans later. I’ll manage and get a nap later today 🙂

  • That moment when you refresh to see a page, and for a moment your pulse speed up.. only to realize you refreshed the wrong tab xD

    • XD

      I have done that while flailing around trying to V hunt. Def not a pro like you.

      • >.< Pro you say.. well I just did it ..again, because it's definitely not the first time *lol*

        • These things happen when you didn’t really get much sleep.

          • *looks down comments and what is going on there* .. I’m definitely not enough awake for this *looks like a confused puppy*

      • Sapfo

        Today it is a bit hard to be a V hunter. Don´t really know which adress it will be.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Very true!

        • webcomics. yaoi911.com/ archive/ete-ch 3pt2-page-MITCH

          • Sapfo

            Dream on Doki! <3

          • ^_^ It could happen…..maybe

        • Yeah.. I have my guessing up as an address. They’ve often been good so far.. except when Alex decided to add an extra word or a *s* all of the sudden >.>
          I was right about it the first time he made double pages.. except for that damn *S* xD

  • davefragments

    I read some good news tonight –
    SHARKNADO 2 is going to premier on June or July 30 and there will be a SHARKNADO #3.
    An epic trilogy
    A paean to B movies
    A reason to drink in front of the TV.

    • Can I tweet this comment?

      • davefragments

        sure

    • I laughed out loud when I heard that Sharknado 2 was being made. Funniest ‘horror’ movie I’ve ever seen 😉

      • davefragments

        It’s clear from the trailer that the makers aren’t taking the movie too seriously but the chain saw makers are.
        Talk about product placement!

        • Ooh, I haven’t seen the trailer. I should look that up. Even the title ‘Sharknado 2: The other one’ just tell you how .. uhm serious they take this xD

          Of course Ian Ziering and Tara Reid is in it again, but what made me take a second look is that Hilton Perez, Billy Ray Cyrus and Kelly Osborn should be in it too *lol*

          • davefragments

            I checked, here’s the youtube link:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e0ieIpBhsg

            I didn’t see those three names on IMDB. Don’t know what the story is. I know that someone’s naked breasts appear in it. Don’t know why but it seems to be de rigueur nowadays for movies to have naked breasts wandering around in one scene or another.

            😉

          • They’re under the ‘All cast’ thing.

          • davefragments

            I didn’t look there. I just marked my calendar. Tomorrow I must visit two banks and by food to eat. And then Sunday is my Symphony Day. I have to go alone (first time in many years I’ll be there alone) and it’s also the Three Rivers Arts Festival and the Gay Pride Parade all at once. Parking will be a nightmare.

            One day I’d like to see a movie credit for simply
            “breasts, a pair of nice ones” and nothing else on the credit. Just to see if anyone reads all that credit roll at the end of movies

          • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

            But should the actress be credited, or the actress’s breasts? Because an actress cant’ play breasts–only her breasts can play breasts.

          • davefragments

            That’s up to the Writer, Director and Producer.
            Crazy credits are promo tricks for future movies.

  • Adam Black
    • But most definitely a YAY.. if it manage to hold 🙂

      • We will keep our fingers crossed.

      • Adam Black

        its happening,

        Th US supreme COurt just refused to step in to stop marriages in Oregon from a ruling earlier this year.

        http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2014/06/gay_marriage_supreme_court_dec.html

        Thats an assent to federal Judges listening.

        They dont want to get involved again until they are forced to.

        They want to lower Judges and legislatures to do the work, and they can merely approve when most states have flipped.

        Twelve states have ruled in favor since last Junes ruling

        Every single state left has an outstanding challenge against it.

        There will be new marriages tomorrow in Oregon.

        This is going to start happening very fast. JUdges are now ruling with no stays.

        The supreme court will turn down a few more states, and then Judges will quickly rule so their state doesnt end up on the Most-Bigot list, like desegregation .

        • Sapfo

          There is still going to be one state that is the last one. The one that waited until all the others have accepted that love is the foundation of marriage. And then it will stand there looking like a fool. Bad state

          • Adam Black

            Mississippi ?Alabama ? or Georgia ?

            There will probably be a block of 6 or 7 confederate states .

            At that point it will look identical to 60 civil right movement. No non-Confederate state wants to be the last Bigot standing.

          • Sapfo

            People will always remember the first brave one, and the last coward

          • Adam Irving

            Amen to that! I was so proud when my home state became the first one in the country to allow legal unions, at the least. Not the full deal (though that came later via legislature), but a definite step in the right directions.

          • Adam Black

            I live in the first state “the brave one” ( although Vermont smashed the glass ceiling first with civil unions )

            its totally normal and accepted here now.
            ( equal marraige at least )

        • It’s only a matter of time. It’s only a matter of TIME!!! Yay!!!

    • Sapfo

      This makes me happy!

      • Adam Black

        REad below

        There is already a pro-marriage equality ruling in atleat half the states, including conservative ones like Texas, utah .

        Many if these are temporarily stayed…

        But there is no where for them to go if the Supreme Court doesnt accept them.

        ITs going to be like Dominos

  • mogoskier

    Hey as long as we are talking about thing that are happy and good, have some Sailor Moon

    http://www.themarysue.com/sailor-moon-crystal-trailer/

    • Blarg! I had the wrong address. Sneaky Alex changed it again xD

  • Ree

    Oh man, I can’t wait until we get to hear more of this plot arc 🙂

  • Jeff Baker

    This is how good this webcomic is—-I sat down to catch up on it and maybe read a few pages. That was about three hours and four slices of pizza ago. The only reason I didn’t shut down and go to bed (I work early) about an hour ago is the Spooky Jones saga was a gripping page turner (or page clicker.) My compliments to everybody involved!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I’m a rabid fan, but I’m entirely envious at the thought of being able to get a huge chunk like that in one go. (not to mention pizza) ENJOY!

    • Thank you, Jeff! Very cool to read your note here! 🙂

  • Curt Clark

    Spooky Jones sequel series. NEEDS TO HAPPEN.