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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Bonus Comic One—Pages 16-17

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Memories… light the corners of my mind…

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(Oh, and because I’m sure this question will come up, let me Word of God this right now: no, these are not the same demons who tried to “mess with Spooky’s head” with sex and love. These critters have an entirely different set of intentions…)

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So! Looks like we’re having another flashback within a flashback and are getting a chance to see Spooky’s first few moments in Hell. And it seems there was a welcome wagon there to say hello! I wonder if they brought him some baked goods — that’s what I like to do for new neighbors! Maybe a new cake to make up for the one he just dropped?

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

Mmmm. Cake.

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  • Sapfo

    wow, So it was a doubble page. And a real good one also. But poor Spooky

    • Adam Black

      Double page?

      • The aspect ratio is for a double page spread in the print version.

      • Sapfo

        Yes this is both page 16 and 17 in the coming book. I have tried to convince Danish that this is two virgins in one. She does not seem to buy it. .

  • Spooky’s horror

  • ;-; I want to huggle him!

  • YangYueLan

    …He lost weight…now we know why.

  • Well…he had clothes when he went…that is something right?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Only flip-flops for shoes, though.

      • Well, that makes a bit of sense, if he was in his house or in his back yard when he was sent. Flip-flops are my around the house foot wear.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Well yes, but I can’t help thinking that they’re going to come right off his feet the moment he starts running on this landscape.

          • Poor Spooky and his feet…

            🙁

          • Well, I never said they were practical foot wear for sudden trips to a hellish plane. ^_^ I am sure if he new about it ahead of time he would have either gone barefoot or worn sneakers. ^_^

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Yeah. My first thought was: holding cake like that, he definitely didn’t get any warning that he was going on a bad trip. Choice of footwear simply reinforces that.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh, I’m sure he didn’t have any warning. I just meant that it was unfortunate.

          • Klaus

            Whem going to hell, always remember to wear sturdy boots.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            With good ankle support.

          • Elrohir

            Funny, one of my co-workers was caught in the shower during the Loma Prieta earthquake and vowed afterwards to “never be completely naked again” so that he could run from the house at need. 🙂
            Perhaps that’s why Spooky wears those heavy boots all the while. Never be unprepared? And I bet that overcoat has buckets o’ defensive/shielding spells on it. Just sayin’…

      • SofiaT

        In Australia “thongs” are the national footwear even in winter 😀

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Even though I know that they’re called that, I still giggle every time I hear someone mention thongs in the footwear sense.

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Dialect differences do end to throw out amusing discrepancies like that 🙂

          • Elrohir

            Like the old English phrase (I don’t think it’s much in use any more):
            “I’ll come by and knock you up in the morning”
            which is a perfectly innocent offer to stop by and knock on your door in the morning…

          • b3nc0

            In French, we call them that too, but write it tongs… There’s also tapettes in Africa, gougounes in French Canada, nus-pieds in Swiss & of course my favourte slashs in Belgium!

          • purplefoxglove

            Thank you for this piece of wisdom. I should really know better than to eat while reading the comments, shouldn’t I? 😛

        • I have a friend who prefers to were them even in the snow…though in the warmer months she prefers to go barefoot. ^_^

        • Klaus

          Do they have winter in Australia?

          • Saxon_Brenton

            We import a judicious amount of winter each year, for sentimental purposes 🙂

          • Sapfo

            Yes

          • SofiaT

            Of course. We’re entering winter now -got cold pretty quick.
            I was in a tropical climate just last week so it caught me by surprise.

          • DC

            not as cold like you might know it, but definitely too cold for thongs on our feet, at least in the south eastern states.

  • SofiaT

    Holly atomic bomb, Batman!
    O.o

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Thank you for that Word of God, Alex.

    • SofiaT

      It is a small consolation… Phew.

    • I have to admit it didn’t even strike me until I read it, and then I was so relieved.

  • Heh

    This page woke me up. It is full of impact.

    Your work is gorgeous as always, guys.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      You made it! 🙂

      • Heh

        You too! Yaay!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Well, there’s your answer Danishwolf. The proportions look like a double page spread.

    • Yup.. I already told Alex on twitter that I actually had the page numbers 16-17 written correct in the address bar for my refreshing, except I hadn’t counted on ‘page’ being ‘pages’ this time xD
      So close to guessing it right and Sapfo snatched the V *lol*

  • Sapfo

    This is a horror page. One of the worst days in young Spookys life.

    But oh the art on this page is so good. Love it all, they Shelobe monster, the cactus plants, the sky (no george) It feels like another kind of hell then the one Kyle went to. But still hell like.

    But most of all, the feelings from both younger young Spooky, and Amanda. That is pure horror.

    Thank you Alex, Adam and Veronica. I don´t know how long it took you, but it look amazing.

    • Thank you, Sapfo. We wanted this to be a special page. 🙂

      • davefragments

        It will contrast well with that bland color palette of the police station. The police station has the color palette of bureaucracy – beiges, browns, slate blues, grays, dull things. This is yucky green and vomitous.

        It’s too late at night to spell properly

  • Well, I have nothing to say other than I really hate spiders. And now spider like demons. Poor Spooky.

  • silibub

    Wow, beautiful page(s)! I can’t wait to see how this looks in the printed book! This is really interesting, too, because the landscape is very different than it was when Kyle and Duncan dropped in for a visit. I can’t tell if the plants are part of hell, or if they’re breaking up around him as he passes into that realm. And I wonder if hell kind of shapes itself according to the person who’s there — maybe Duncan envisioned the usual fire and brimstone scenario, so that’s what hell looked like to him and Kyle, but Spooky’s experience of it was different? Or it’s just a big place with all different kinds of terrain. Great speculation fodder all around!

    I feel really bad for Spooky, though, suddenly clutching his plate and fork and obviously taken completely by surprise…I wonder if he still likes cake or has lost his taste for it after all this.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I had figured that there were multiple different hell dimensions, although that’s probably the influence of too much Marvel comics.

      • silibub

        I hadn’t thought of that! It would explain why there are apparently multiple kings of hell.

    • Great comment! I hadn’t thought that hell might shape itself according to the person. I wonder what that says about Duncan…?

      • silibub

        That he’s hot?

        I’ll show myself out.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        That he’s grandiose but slightly unimaginative, perhaps? No, scratch that – if he were responsible for George, he’s plenty imaginative.

        • I agree about George but perhaps it might indicate that he was so focused on Kyle that the fire and brimstone was a natural extension of that.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I could buy that.

    • Klaus

      Spooky was not expecting hell at all.

      • silibub

        Much like the Spanish Inquisition, no one ever expects hell.

    • Heh

      I thought they appeared in diferent ‘circles’ of hell [ wich would explain the humanized devils, and the alien like – devils ], but this may be right too.

      So many valid theories, so little time.

    • b3nc0

      If Hell was an alternate reality plane (or other dimension) we could reasonably presume it has the size of a planet, thus different climate, geological and ethnical(?) zones… Imagine a poor young demon on his 1800th b-day

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Tomorrow (now today) is Free Comic Book Day! Those of you who can should stop by your local comic book store. 🙂

  • Sapfo

    A question for the maker. Is this the same hell as Kyle went to, or are there diffrent hells?

    • It is not the exact same place that Kyle went to.

      • silibub

        Thank you, Alex Vagueson! (<3)

        • I’ll add this: it is not close to where Kyle was.

          • kamishiro

            Oh my, knowing that my hearts ache for Spooky ;'(

          • Adam Black

            why do I think that little tidbit, is going to come back as important?

          • Elrohir

            Umm…perhaps because you seem to be a pretty smart individual and history has shown you that Alex has so many levels in play that it’s almost guaranteed to be important? 🙂
            I have come to think of Alex’s thought process similarly to that of the protagonist Belisarius in the novels by Eric Flint and David Drake. The first book, “An Oblique Approach” refers to his thought process and that he never goes at a problem straight on as most people do. Frequently other characters refer to the concept that trying to follow his twisting thought processes is a guarantee of a headache.
            **Wishing to assure Alex that the above description is meant/offered with the utmost respect and deference to his storytelling prowess.**

          • b3nc0

            Like different places = different hellish kingdoms = wars between demon kings = Spooky & friends will go back to trick his demon king to fight Laampros ?!

          • b3nc0

            You mean ‘where Kyle will be?

  • TwilightDreamer

    Spooky!! D: Oh man….freaky as!!

  • Sapfo

    I was thinking of the demon head from earlier. It seems to fit into this environment.

    • That one had multiple eyes. I wonder if that means it has more power. Plus, they talked about Spooky’s “spooky” eyes.

  • Wonder if someone can develop a phobia for number birthday candles?

    • Klaus

      What is “birthday candle shaped like th number 13” in classic Greek?

      • I’m trying to think of a witty reply, but I’m drawing a blank.

        • davefragments

          Triskaidekaphobia

      • SofiaT

        “Κήρος γενεθλίων τρεις τε και δέκα φαινόμενος”

        (Although number symbols are arabic and more modern than classic Greek -so take the translation above with a pinch of salt)

        • Klaus

          So kerosgenethliotreistekaidekaphainomenophobia?

          • SofiaT

            See above 🙂

    • SofiaT

      Treiskaidekakirosgenethlionphobia? 😛

      • Now that’s a mouthful.

        • SofiaT

          More than the cake!

          • HA! Might not be worth having as a phobia. I mean if one can’t say it easily and it stops someone from having cake.

          • SofiaT

            Anything that keeps you away from a piece of good cake should DIE, phobia or not!

          • I concur!

      • I won’t even try to pronouce that – except that it ends on phobia. That I can say xD

        • SofiaT

          Don’t worry, I can barely pronounce that! 😀

          • Archidel

            It’s almost as bad as this one: Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia. And that’s a legitimate phobia, though a weird one; the fear of the number 666. Also oddly appropriate here.

          • SofiaT

            Actually I can easily pronounce that one because that’s how you pronounce 666 in greek 🙂

          • Archidel

            I knew that. I forgot you were Greek for a moment, which would make it easy for you indeed. That said, no offense, but to the rest of us, the Greek word for 666 looks a lot like gibberish. Actually, Greek tends to look a lot like gibberish in general, much like Magyar (Hungarian) and Suomi (Finnish) do and for much the same reason.

            Most of us have at least a passing familiarity with languages from the thee major (Western) linguistic branches; Germanic (German, Dutch, the Scandinavian languages except for aforementioned Finnish), Latin (Italian, Spanish, French, etc.) and Slavic (Russian, Czech, Polish, etc.). Greek doesn’t fit anywhere in there, nor do Magyar or Suomi, which make them sound very alien to our ears.

          • SofiaT

            No offense taken. 🙂 Greek is pretty much a language with no affilitations (unlike germanic or romance languages) and it’s a very hard one to understand and master if you’re not born into it. Which is why I have immense respect for people like Sir Christopher Lee, who can actually speak ancient Greek just by studying it. I know I can’t; I’d confuse it too much with modern Greek if I tried and make too many errors.

            That said, not all Greek is gibberish to you. Words like mathematics, or telephone or airplane make perfect sense to you and so do countless others. So you’re more familiar with it than you think. 🙂

          • Archidel

            True enough. Science and technology in particular have borrowed heavily from Greek, even if the words often get bastardized quite a bit.

          • SofiaT

            Ah, and this is an interesting graph about the “distance” between different European languages. Greek is just sitting there on its own, not being included by the other kids in the playground, very lonely indeed. http://elms.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/lexicaldistanceielangs.jpg

          • Elrohir

            And is it coincidence that the only other “single – sort of loner” language in the chart is a neighbor of Greece? That being Albania? Maybe it’s a regional thing? 🙂 As a side question Sofia, do the modern Greeks understand Macedonians easily? Or are they very separate linguistically?
            @Archidel:disqus I know what you mean about Suomi and Magyar sounding like nothing else. Interestingly to me, I have read some articles that suggest those two languages come from the same source (i.e. the same migration of people that split into two groups one ending in Finland and the other in what would become Hungary). I have to say, having visited both countries that I could never hear the similarity between them. Neither of them sound “familiar” to me in the sense that other languages do.

          • SofiaT

            Not a coincidence at all -both the Greek and Albanian nations are considered “έθνη ανάδελφα” = nations without brothers. So our languages are different from that of everyone else. Albanians have had close contact with both Slavs and Italians so their language has borrowed heavily from both, but the root is ancient; If I’m not mistaken they’re considered descendants of the Illyrians, the ancient kingdom that neighbored the kingdom of Macedon. Speaking of which, the ancient kingdom of Macedon and what you refer to as Macedonia (Greeks refer to that country by its UN-approved name, FYROM, as “Macedonia” for us is a prefecture in Greece and no other) are different. The country “Macedonia” used to be part of Yugoslavia and is inhabited by two nations, Slavs and Albanians. The ancient Macedonian dialect was a Dorian dialect of Greek, as Macedonians were part of the Dorian tribe (same as the Spartans). The modern “Macedonian” language, is a Slavic language, a dialect of Bulgarian to be more precise. As Slavs didn’t arrive in the Balkanic peninsula till around 900 AD, their language has very little to do with both modern and ancient Greek and ancient Macedonian. So no, I can’t understand a word of it 🙂

          • Librarican

            The side of me that always loved English classes loves hearing about all this stuff. I wish I had even a passing capacity for languages other than English. Thank you to everyone for enlightening me!

          • Librarican

            Hexa is six! I know that part!

  • Missy_Z

    Thank you for Word of God’ing right of the bat to head of that line of thought! It wouldn’t have been a very happy one.

  • Different dimention of hell I guess, since Laampy was ‘a king of hell’ of his part of it – which looked nothing like this.

    Raises the interesting question of how many kings = how many levels/dimentions of hell and such. Are the varieties of hell based on the power of the king – or the other way around. Like Laampy was one fiery dude and his ‘kingdom’ reflected that.
    This is basically an opposite version of hell from Laampros’, so I bet another king.

    The question now is how Spooky got there. From his clothes it looks like he was in the middle of just eating his birthday cake at home, and the next he’s somewhere else. Damn what a birthday.
    Did it just happen as a reflection of his birthday and powers kicking in fast and hard, or did someone still use him and sent him there?

    I’m starting to wonder if Spooky even had any sighs of powers before going to hell, or if the hell visit created them in some way. Did Spooky end up in this hell because his powers are somewhat earthbound, opposite Kyle’s being based on fire, or did he have powers in the first place?

    Such a little glimps of Spooky’s year in hell, but so many questions xD

    • And all good questions. 🙂

    • And it looks like poor Spooky might have gotten up in the middle of the night to have one more slice of his cake which might explain his sweats and flip flops? Was someone waiting in the kitchen and sent him there? Or maybe that slice of cake had a spell woven into it.

      • It could have been a family member doing spells and Spooky managed to walk right into it when going for cake, and it backfired – as one example 🙂

        • Elrohir

          I’m going with the, there is a family member/friend of family who saw Spooky as a threat or works for the dark and the candle was enchanted so that when Spooky took it he got transferred.
          Assuming he comes from a family/village where magic is practiced (he must have gotten it from SOMEwhere) if it was anything other than an ambush the other family members would have seen it and defended him.
          So, I’m going with betrayal.

          • Yes, I wondered about the candle for a theory as well. It looks like the wig has been on fire for just a second, as in doing that = *poof* hell dimension.

          • Elrohir

            Nice eye @DanishWolf:disqus the wick on the candle does look like it’s barely been lit. And no sign that any time really passed for the candle to melt down a bit…I hadn’t caught that…

          • Klaus

            He is certainly coming from a place were modern consumer goods abound. Not from the past (via “time flows differently”) or some village with little contact with the world. That candle is a dead giveaway.

    • Klaus

      If he was used, he was oblivious to it.

    • David Welbourn

      Ditto on “so many questions”. It’s as if he wandered away from his own birthday party within his own backyard and made a wrong turn into Hell somehow.

  • So this flashback has a green tinge to it. Kind of like how it is inside The Matrix, and Amanda’s flashbacks were reddish-sepia toned. I like how Veronica gave each person a different flashback palette. The green tinge fits the flora of this place.

    • Klaus

      Making the non-green Amanda stand out as obviously not part of the scene.

  • Madock345

    Somehow knowing that he got dropped in to that totally by surprise is even worse, not knowing where you are or why, or who sent you. I hope this comic cheers up quick, I’m not sure how much more Spooky-abuse my heart can handle before it breaks.

  • I want to know who enchanted the candle.

    I mean having a candle like that on a single slice of cake, it just has to be enchanted.

  • Wohoo, a new *ding, ding, ding* The speed they’re coming in and the bonus pages are up for almost two months ahead now 😀

    All you awesome tributers ROCK! I hope I can give a little again when I’m back from my vacation.

  • Chibi

    I must be a horrible person >> is anyone else thinking.. “NOO NOT THE CAKE!”

    • David Welbourn

      I did briefly think ‘oh no, not the cake’ until I saw it was plain vanilla, and then I was ‘oh, we can lose that one.’ Because, honestly, there’s so many other more yumlicious cakes out there.

      • But all that delicious icing! Surely the icing is worthy of saving?

        • David Welbourn

          Types of icing vary widely in quality, and it’s hard to tell from a picture just how delicious icing is. While it’s certainly possible to have most excellent vanilla cakes, I just don’t see it in this instance. I’m seeing plain icing on plain cake.

          Also, I’m an old enough fuddyduddy to think that in good cake, the cake itself is the star and the icing supports it. If cake were merely an excuse to eat icing, you might as well skip the cake part altogether. Of course, one *might* do that, but know that Lovey Howell will frown at you when you do.

          • I like to think cake and icing are in a symbiotic relationship, with icing adding a delightful flourish. Cake with crappy icing no matter how good is just brought low, but crappy cake with great icing can be somewhat salvageable.

          • David Welbourn

            Okay, I can’t argue with any of that. I can’t help but feel that a research grant to test cakes is in order, though. It’s possible I haven’t tasted quite enough cakes in my life and need more experience in this matter.

          • I would like to take part in this research if you manage to gain that grant. I think it’s an important study, ground breaking even. This must be studied!

          • Sharon Kerr-Bullian

            As a hobbyist baker, I have to thank you for this! So many times, I’ve eaten cake where the icing was delicious, and the cake was a sorry excuse for a baked good with no good qualities to speak of. Down with bad cake smothered in icing to try make up for its inadequacies. Viva la cake revolution!

      • b3nc0

        Hm ¬_¬ I was wondering if the green hue of the hellish recalling scene hadn’t, somehow, tinged our perception of the cake? It might be more golden colored (caramel or root chicory flavoured *yum*) or genuinely yellow-greenish (lime or lemon *utter-yummy*).
        TLDR in doubt, SAVE THE CAKE‼

    • Archidel

      Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter. Nothing is lost. The cake is a lie.

      • David Welbourn

        Well, I do wonder how accurate this memory is. Memories change over time, and maybe this is just a synthesis of what Spooky felt was important to remember. That is, the cake might’ve been eaten minutes before his abduction not dropped during, but perhaps he remembers it this way because he needs or wants to remember that it was his 13th birthday that day.

        • Rumored

          I think this memory must be some sort of synthesis, because I’ve never seen anyone put the numbers on a single slice of cake like that. This looks to me like a conscious effort to circumvent his loss of self in hell. I do wonder if the things he remembers as his “favorites” are really favorites or if they are just things he did not have an emotional reaction to that became his favorites because hey, he knew what they were so he must have like them a lot to remember them, right?

          • Nightshadengale

            I don’t think it’s that unrealistic–I’ve seen people pick up the number candle and put it on the birthday kid’s slice before giving it to them on multiple occasions.

          • Archidel

            Either people here just aren’t familiar with the Portal games and missed a rather popular internet meme, or it is interesting and somewhat funny to see how a casual post regarding said meme sparks such analysis of the validity and accuracy of the memory portrayed in this page. 🙂

      • Chibi

        IT’S A LIE!!!???? TT _ TT NOOO WHAT CAN I BELIEVE IN NOW!!! ::sobs::

    • Klaus

      Not horrible at all. My thought when he dropped it: “There goes the only thing you know is safe to eat in this place.”

  • Now.. to make this go completely spacy.. have Amanda ‘see’ Spooky in hell thinking back to, and missing, where he just came from before he ended up in hell.

    It would be the ultimate flashback within a flashback within a flashback.

  • So I went back and read a couple of pages and though I think I’ve said this before, I think it bears repeating…but first a reminder:

    Spooky: But if you don’t give up, if you don’t buy into some bullshit conclusions about your fate, believe me, really good things will happen in your life.

    Kyle: You’re saying you’ve seen the future and it’s happily ever after for me, huh?

    Spooky: I’m saying you’re a hero, Kyle. And heroes don’t let the monsters win.

    Reference: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch3pt1-page-30/

    HOW. DID. SPOOKY. SURVIVE. THIS. AND. TURN. OUT. TO. BE. SO. AMAZING????

    • To this I will quote something I have just put up on twitter:

      “What lies behind you… pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

      • Curator

        that quote just made me cry

    • SofiaT

      The question would be, how could Spooky survive this and not be the most amazing person ever?!

    • Sapfo

      Magic!

  • bronakopdin

    oh my.. what kind of shock must this have been… if youre just about to eat ylur birthday cake but then it smells like that and you’re thinking “forget to eat, start not getting eaten”…

    but in fact… when I saw this page I actually smiled… because Spooky has a cute little belly xDD
    how much cake did he eat before?

    Ok but back to situation: I guess he was helped by someone… or rather something… to even survive this situation?!
    Or did he already have powers that moment?
    If he get “help” I fear we already know the prize he had to pay…

    • b3nc0

      Methinks it’s not a mere too much of one-birthday-cake belly bulge but more of a toomany-unbirthdays-cakes tummy ( ̄― ̄٥)

      • bronakopdin

        probably xD
        but in fact: many people have bellies nowadays… why does everyone always have to be slender? I don’t mind him being overweight in the past 😀
        as long as it’s not troubling the health in the whole I think it’s fine to have a good weight
        Better than starving yourself super thin
        If something happened with out food sources all those would die first I guess ^^’

        • b3nc0

          True, actually, I hold noyhing against a man’s rounded belly except if I can hold meself against it

          • bronakopdin

            HA!

  • Adam Black

    I think I can speak for all of us when I say:

    WORST …. BAR-MITZVAH……. EVER…….

  • DC

    I suppose hell could be different for each person. Whatever horrors are within your own mind could be reproduced in your own part of hell.

    • SofiaT

      Or maybe there are different levels or “rings” of Hell… Which would explain why there are more than one kings in it.

  • Derkins

    Interesting to see the pre-hell version spooky. so soft and innocent.

  • I’m turning in, fellow campers, have a great weekend!

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    13-year-old Spooky sure is chubby.

    • Chubby? I think your definition of chubby is different from mine, so I respectfully disagree with you 🙂

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        Look at his belly on the bottom right. Also the way it extends over his waist on the top left.

        • Most normal youngsters have such a belly.

          • petros0359

            Well he does like cake.

          • Mmmm, cake. 🙂

          • petros0359

            Chocolate mud cake?

          • Once it’s hit the ground there in hell, but I wouldn’t trust the chocolate or the mud.

        • Alright, he’s not lean I’ll give you that. Again, it’s probably just the definitions today. Chubby has become a little too synonym for fat for many today (including me) especially when it comes to girls being called it. Based on your definition, you’re right he’s chubby, and based on how I usually see the word these days is why I also feel I could be right in disagreeing with you – if that makes sense *lol*

          • Librarican

            Didn’t Alex word of God at one point that Spooky was the one to use the Headquarters Gym the least? Would his magical abilities impact his metabolism and/or burning of calories? So after spending a year exercising his powers and running from demons, it would make sense that he would have lost the “belly”. Although we really haven’t seen him in anything except the police sweatshirt, but I seem to recall his face was thinner.

          • SofiaT

            To be honest, we haven’t seen Spooky in anything but sweatshirts, baggy jeans and a trench-coat ever anyway, so we can’t be sure of his physic now either 🙂

          • The first word that came to my mind when I saw him was pudgey. Is that a slightly better word for you?

  • I was just listening to a song and while the rest of the lyrics didn’t fit the situation (as we know it), first lines was pretty good for this page:

    “It cannot be seen
    But there’s blood on the green
    Only God knows I’m innocent
    Take me, take me home”

    (From the song Battlefield by Blind Guardian)

  • petros0359

    Flip-flops may be called Thongs in Australia… however in New Zealand they are called Jandals… (Short for Japanese Sandal).
    I will go with the ‘he got up in the middle of the night for another slice of cake’ theory. …oh and how exactly do you manage to rip one of those demon’s heads off…? Clearly Spooky managed it somehow.

    • SofiaT

      Ha! In Greece we call them “sagionaras” 😀

      • petros0359

        Well clearly they are the multi-purpose-all-terrain-all-dimensions footwear!

      • Librarican

        When I first read that I thought it said sayonaras, which makes since in my brain because they always fall off my feet.

        • SofiaT

          That’s exactly what it says, I just spelled it wrong 😀
          We call them that because of their japanese origin.

          • Librarican

            Unless you were referring to the old name of the Vietnamese city, then it would be Saigonaras. 😉

          • SofiaT

            *sigh* I’m a total fail with Asian words’ spelling tonight.

            Edit: Nope, just googled it. The Japanese word for goodbye is spelled “sayonara”. That’s what we call them 🙂

          • Librarican

            You are not a total fail. I’m just a total fail at making a funny.

    • In Denmark they’re called klip-klappere:)

      • petros0359

        …and I don’t need to speak Danish to know what that sounds like. 😀

    • Heh

      In brazil, we call them ‘ chinelos’, Totally unrelated, but well.

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    Welcome to Klendathu!

  • SofiaT

    His hair doesn’t seem too much shorter than it is now and while he appears to have lost some weight the difference is not that great -not enough for a year anyway (supposing he didn’t eat anything in Hell). I wonder if time moves differently there.

    I’m actually hoping -for his sake- that what was a year here in earth, was “only” a couple of months or weeks in that dimension *closes eyes, crosses fingers and makes a wish*

    • *dumps a sack of coins in a fountain* It can’t hurt.

    • Elrohir

      Indeed. And young boys are not infrequently given to growth spurts that cause the “baby fat” of youth to turn into a lanky build at 13 too.

    • HermeticallySealed

      One thing to consider, it is a common trope with alternate “spiritual realms” that physical bodies tend to stop aging, and that metabolism functions differently. He could have been there for years, but his physical form not change much.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        [thinks] Which would imply that Spooky’s loss of baby fat wasn’t from physical starvation, but from mental toughening up as his self-perception changed? Maybe I’m overthinking this…

        • b3nc0

          We LOVE overthinking @_@

  • SofiaT

    Btw, if I didn’t know that Alex loved “Alien” as a child and has drawn inspiration from it, it would become obvious on this page 🙂

    • Ah, so I was not imagining things when I thought “That page looks rather Gigeresque.” 🙂

      • SofiaT

        “Alien” was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the page(s). And I could be wrong but, knowing that Alex loved the movie, makes me think there’s definitely been some influence there.

        • b3nc0

          Doesn’t anyone see a Predator vibe instead?

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    The narration captions are unnecessary, given that they do not add any information beyond the illustrations. Discuss.

    • SofiaT

      Amanda is not talking to us, the readers, she’s talking to Spooky. So these are not “narration captions”, they’re part of the conversation she’s having with him. We’ve been following that conversation since she was left alone in that room with him.

      It would be very, very weird if a whole chunk of the conversation suddenly went missing because we can now “see” what Amanda is seeing by being in Spooky’s head.

      And I’m very interested in finding out what Spooky’s reaction to all of this is going to be.

      • if he’s already encountered and vanked Hell Spawn, i’d reck’n Fluffy shouldn’t find it too out-of-place that a nice woman, with very gorgeous hair (veronica and adam, ;-).), may have the power to peek in his cute little noggin
        perhaps

        • petros0359

          If it wasn’t for the captions then we would not know that the smoke smelled like rotten eggs, which is probably hydrogen peroxide, which was totally kick ass to make in chemistry class, back in the day. Just sayin.

          • Klaus

            Brimstone would be more traditional for Hell.

          • Nate

            “Rotten Eggs” is hydrogen sulfide, not peroxide.

            And Sulfur IS Brimstone.

          • petros0359

            Oh yes, my bad… Hydrogen sulphide… We are talking 30 years ago… But all I do remember is that it smells pretty bad.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Ooo, ooo! And following on from the discussion above about being observed and recorded, perhaps her description is at least partly for the benefit of Col. Charleyboy and Dt. Boxer et al.

    • Klaus

      The command “Discuss” is unnecessary, as this is what people do here anyway.

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        Touche!

    • Kyletin

      I would like to believe some part of Spooky tried and at least PARTLY succeeded in pushing some of this from his working memory, and that by her narrating it, she is also bringing it back to his awareness. It may not be necessarily correct, but I think it helps give purpose to the narration, if it bothers you.

  • Toli Bera

    I’m gonna name this beasty Felicia. because well, what else would you name such a beauty? so, everybody say it with me now. “Bye Felicia.”

    • timemonkey

      What is that reference to? Everyone keeps saying it but I don’t get it.

  • Librarican

    I feel like if there was ever a soundtrack made for this story, this song should be included:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l50L4GYhpLc

    Any other suggestions for the playlist, or should I save this question for future camping? (I couldn’t stay awake long enough last night).

  • Pikinanou

    Unbeknown to Amanda and Spooky, there’s mics in the room and the adults are all listening to this. And Boxer is like: WTF, your daugther is on acid!

    • SofiaT

      Or they’re watching from those one-sided mirrors. 😀

      But wouldn’t Amanda be able to “hear” them?

      After all she knew which was Spooky’s favourite candy before she even entered the room he was in.

      • Klaus

        Maybe she needs to actively check to discover them. Maybe she is letting it pass rather than further frighten Spooky by making a fuss.

      • Pikinanou

        yeah, i also thought that they could be watching them from those mirrors or with cameras. Imagine their face when they saw the kid react because he was given chocolate.
        ‘What?! I’ve been trying to get him to say a word for hours and all that was needed was some chocolate?!’
        But nah, wasn’t really trying to come up with a real theory, it was just for the lol :3

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Maybe I’m assessing the probabilities wrong, but:
        Amanda as presented as a smart and competent operator. She would know that at the moment Spooky is provisionally but almost certainly being treated as a potentially dangerous individual with trauma issues. Under those circumstances she would recognise that they are being monitoring through mirrors or mikes & cameras or whatever – even if it’s just for her safety, let alone gaining information about the mysterious kid with the decapitated demon. So, yeah, she’d be able to psi-hear them, but she’s either not worrying about it, or not letting herself be seen to be worrying about it.

        Slightly more interesting for me what the reaction to the reaction to Amanda’s reaction is. This is a world that knows about superhumans, even if the discussion that Kyle and Annihilator had at the start of chapter 2 implies that it’s only been within the last generation. Will Boxer go (as Pikinanou suggests) ‘WTF where is she getting this stuff from?’, at which point Col. Charleyboy can calmly reply along the lines of ‘She’s a psychic, and a damn good one. You wanted reliable intel, fast, on this boy. That’s why we’re here.’

      • Elrohir

        I have no doubt that she knows that they are watching and listening. How would they not be? However, if you think about it you already know too much of the storyline. “They” don’t. If you think about what it would look like so far from the Police point of view:
        1. She told a partial story about her past.
        2. She made the point that the world isn’t safe.
        3. Spooky responded that it wasn’t (first thing he said).
        4. She offered him candy and soda.
        5. He acknowledged that the candy was his favorite and he wasn’t afraid of her “cooties”.
        6. As he eats the second candy bar she looks into his mind and begins a series of declarative statements (story). None of these statements “so far” mention Hell or Demons.
        7. Spooky’s reaction would clearly indicate to me that she was pretty much spot on.
        Now, given that they found this young male teenager wandering the docks, naked, carrying around a demon head (that I doubt they have an explanation for) and with scars on his body that indicate he has been injured; I don’t think she has said anything ‘YET” that sounds crazier than the situation they found Spooky in to begin with. Or maybe it’s just me (frequently a good answer).
        Now, where Alex takes us from here? Gods only know. But so far, I think they’ll be listening avidly.

        • SofiaT

          To be honest, I couldn’t care less what any one of them is thinking of! They’ve already proven they’re way over their head here -they found Spooky and kept him safe till the Colonel and Amanda got there, now their use has expired, as far as I’m concerned.

          The only exception is the Colonel; I’m very interested to hear what she thinks of all that. But I have a feeling she will be neither surprised nor shocked. I half-expect her to be carrying black sunglasses and a device to alter people’s memories a la MIB with her, so I think there’s not much that can phase her.

          Spooky is the one whose reaction I care about the most. I wonder if he’ll think that Amanda is some sort of demon “messing with his head” too…

  • Heh

    Look! His birthday cake looks so tasty even one of the demons are aiming for it!

    No cake in hell.
    No wonder these thingies are angered, evil, and have all these issues.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Fantastic double-page spread! I love the progression of shock, confusion, and terror depicted on poor Spooky’s face as he tries to assess his situation, as well as the sadness and horror on Amanda’s face as she’s “watching” it unfold. And as I suspected from present-day Spooky and his manner of dress, he does have the propensity for adorable fluffiness, which makes him that much more cuddly in my eyes. :-3

    Now, judging by his outfit, which screams pjs to me, it looks like he was “zapped” to Hell in the middle of enjoying a late-night snack (from an earlier birthday party perhaps?) with no prior knowledge he was about to make that trip (poor thing!). As to exactly “where” in Hell he was zapped, I am of the camp that thinks that it’s his deepest, darkest concept of what Hell would be (I know as a chubby kid, Hell would have certainly been filled with monsters trying to eat me as well). It’s probably why Kyle’s manifestation of hell was so fiery; fire was not really a good thing for him since his childhood, and while he has learned to harness it and use it as a source of good, I am sure it still holds a…problematic place in his psyche for him.

    As to why he finds himself in Hell, I think Sircea, and by extension, Anni, have something to do with this. Remember, this is happening six years ago, right around the time that the Annihilator changed his criminal MO and began to go more under the radar as far as bad guy stuff, at least according to Kyle on their date. I think that’s when he and Sircea had begun to devise their Hellish plan. I think Kyle is not their first attempt to gain access into Hell. I think they sent a guinea pig to see if it was a) possible and b) survivable from this realm.

    They probably found him using some sort of detection method for finding the kind of “demon energy” to open the portal, and since they probably didn’t know how to bring him back from the particular way in which he went there, they probably “left” him there, thinking he may be dead or something, forcing him to find his way home or something.

    At any rate, Spooky has had a hell of a time (in the worst way) and could probably use a good hug right now. I know I need one. D-:

    • Klaus

      This must have happened during his birthday party. He has been given the slice with the number candle, which has not burned noticably. If he was getting piece of leftover cake, he would hardly have taken the piece with that candle, or if he had, the candle would be burned.

      • fujoshifanatic

        Good point. I was thinking either that or the late-night snack theory; I only went with the latter because he is hardly wearing party attire, even if it was only close family at the party. :-

        • Klaus

          Good point. A private celebration, maybe? Possibly with a more formal party the following weekend. Though that would have had to be cancelled.

          • Elrohir

            We’re also forgetting climate. So far, other than he seems Asian, we don’t know where Spooky is from. And a huge chunk of that population lives in climates where formal wear is…umm…more impractical than one might think. T-shirt, shorts and sandals/flip-flops would be pretty common and sweat pants only slightly beyond that.

        • JozefAL

          In fairness, maybe it was just close family. I actually grew up in the “Brady Bunch” era (where the kids wore fairly dressy clothes, even to a birthday party) but MINE were never like that. Since my dad was in the Army we did a lot of moving around and I never really had a full-scale birthday party with friends (mainly because I just never could get the knack of getting close to someone, knowing that one–or both–of us wouldn’t be there next year, maybe not even next month). But even when we did have the neighbors over, everyone dressed pretty casually.

          Spooky looks like he’s dressed in what would be fairly casual clothes, especially for a slightly chubby kid, on a mildly warm day. BUT………maybe Spooky, at that age, just didn’t have many friends. Sometimes, even the “class clowns” don’t really have *friends*–they might get invited to OTHER people’s parties because they’re great for the jokes, etc, but when it comes to their own, “something suddenly came up” (getting back to the “Brady Bunch”) and, on the “big day,” Spooky’s party was just the family.

        • I’m definitely going with the midnight snack theory.

          • Klaus

            As someone pointed out earlier, memory has this habit of rearanging things. Maybe the candle is a memory from earlier in the day that intruded into his memory of the midnight snack.

          • Hmm. That kind of makes sense especially since Spooky points out how important birthdays are to begin with. What better way to put an exclamation on the memory than with a big 13 candle?

    • purplefoxglove

      *hugs you*

      • fujoshifanatic

        *sighs* Thank you. reading this comic can be draining sometimes.

        • purplefoxglove

          I know what you mean – but it’s also very rewarding. Just keep in mind what an awesome person Spooky will turn out to be 🙂

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Well, that’s probably part of the reason why the comic has a large fan base. It gives us teh feelz, and not just the romantic ones – and characters that we can emotionally engage with and worry about when they’re in trauma keep us coming back for more.

  • Duke of URL

    They stole his cake? THE MONSTERS!

    • LimpBiskit

      Even worse, they made him DROP his cake. That’s why they’re in Hell.

    • Cman65

      worse they made him whach them eat the cake

  • Heh

    And thus, spooky never made a midnight snack again.
    Ever.

  • KryX

    That’s one hell of a fat camp. Da dump dump.. chish!
    I’ll shut up now.

  • Adam Irving

    Love the colors. You all have such a great way of making each time period, the difference between reality and memory, so very distinctive. Yet another one of the details showing how much love is going into this comic. It’s marvelous to behold.

  • Sapfo

    Hmm, would it not have been better it the family hade put his name on the cake instead of the candel. “Happy birthday, Mike? John? Thor?”
    Oh to late for that now.

    So this is the first five(?) minuts of young Spookys time in Hell. As guessed before there are more then one king in hell. But we don´t know who many. And what part of Hell is this. Alex was a bit vague on this.

    It feels like young Spooky was lucky to survive the first few minuts in Hell. Thouse spiders looks a bit hungry, and a bit of cake would not stop them.

    The bad part of this backstory is that I so want to know more about Spooky. And that is bad, for I also want to know more about Kyle and what is happening in real time.
    Alex you are making me hungry for more, so you better not stop. Please.

    • b3nc0

      Maybe his name was somewhere else on the cake?

      • Sapfo

        Nom nom nom, ‘.’
        What cake?

    • Not to worry. There’s more. 🙂 And some of Spooky’s time in Hell will actually be revealed in the Kickstarter stretch goal bonus short story…

      I’m looking forward to sharing that, actually.

      • Sapfo

        I hope I don´t have to tell you that I am doing the “fan”-dance right now.

        (I just googled “fan dance”, apparently there is something called so, and it was not what I thought it was.
        The Fan Dance is part of the Fitness and Navigation phase of the selection process of the UK’s Special Forces personnel.)

        • Elrohir

          Ah Lady Sapfo…you quite spun up my heart rate there for a moment…you see…when the world was younger the term Fan Dance (at least in the conversation among the male of the species) most commonly referred to something like this (warning, this is a potentially NSFW video link):

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_FvwBPzkwU

          Though I suspect that you were speaking of the combination of being a FAN and doing a HAPPY DANCE at the same time. 🙂
          Just struck me funny to see the phrase used…

  • Sapfo

    Starfighter have a new page.

  • vessto

    Eeh, cake… I also didn’t feel these demons to have some *coughs* erotic emissions. 😀 But they look hungry and I doubt the cake is their target. *shudders*

    • SofiaT

      Hi vessto! Just the person I was looking for.
      Can you provide some info, please? I was under the impression that the Slavs arrived in the Balkans around 9th century AD (mostly because that’s when Cyril & Methodius were sent to them by the Byzantines) but wikipedia mentions in some articles it was the 5th century AD.
      Can you clarify which is correct?

      • vessto

        OMG, no!! No history, this is the subject I disliked most at school!

        Bulgaria is founded in 681 year from two species – pre-Bulgarians who came from Asia and Slavs which were on this territory already, they didn’t came from anywhere. We study about Bulgaria from there so what happened before, where and when the Slavs came from etc, is not connected with BG history. Not that it doesn’t matter just 681 is the official date of the founding of our country.

        • SofiaT

          Ah, thanks for that! Then I assume the articles that mention Slavic presence in the Balkans since the 5th century AD are right.

          And, LOL, I was the opposite, history was my favourite subject at school 😀

          My only problem was that it was too ethnocentric, so we didn’t bother learning anything about other countries’ histories unless they interacted with us. *snort*

          • vessto

            Indeed Slavs might be here from many before 681 but I don’t remember if we studied that. We studied history as wide as possible, every age, every place/continent. But I blame historians here talk too much about the period when Bulgaria was a part of Osman Empire. This cause hate on ethnic base now. History should be known but not a level that to cause contemporary issues.

  • GrumpyPanda94

    are we actually going to find out his name??

    • SofiaT

      I have a feeling that no, we won’t. :0/

      But that only adds in the mystery and charm of Spooky Jones! 🙂

      • Derkins

        But how do we know that his last name is jones, then?

        • SofiaT

          We don’t. We assume he came up with it the same way he came up with Spooky. (My guess, he went for the most un-Chinese name possible, just because that detective was so annoying)

    • Saxon_Brenton

      That’s one of the big questions at the moment. Maybe Amanda can fish it out of Spooky’s mind telepathically.
      OTOH, on a previous page I wondered whether there were missing child reports that could be used to trace Spooky. Now, in this page we can see he’s loved well enough to get cake on his birthday, so it’s highly unlikely that he can vanish and not be missed. And if, as the discussion below points out, that the state of the candles on the cake means that he transported over to Hell during the party rather than during a late night snack raid… Well, that’s unusual enough that the information that Amanda has just provided should prove able to make a link. More so if he vanished while being directly observed by someone else.

      • Elrohir

        Oh man…I just had a really stark thought. It would seem that in current time, Spooky either never regained his memory of his name or records of his disappearance didn’t exist. To your point Saxon, why wouldn’t a missing child report be made from the disappearance of somebody who was obviously no pauper, well cared for, not living in poverty (clothed, people cared enough to have a birthday party, enough to eat, clean- not living rough)?
        And the dark side of my mind whispers that perhaps in the shock of Spooky’s disappearance the betrayer destroyed the family in a fashion that looked like everybody died (fire, gas explosion, etc)? So the people who might have tried to follow Spooky and rescue him were killed and ditto for anybody who might have filed a report. But in such a fashion that all are believed lost.
        Perhaps Spooky was the strongest raw talent of his family and the betrayer feared him growing to adult. So he sent him on what he thought was a one-way trip to Hell and destroyed the clan that might have saved him? But man that feels dark…
        Thoughts?

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Hmmm. Yes, a dark thought, and possible, but equally we may be speculating ahead of the facts. *If* Spooky’s transportation to Hell was done deliberately, then those responsible could have deliberately killed Spooky’s family, or not cared enough to bother.

          (And then again, a hypothetical death of his family may have been collateral damage that those responsible knew about but not cared about one way or another. Consider: we don’t know whether the explosion that Annihilator caused when he tricked Kyle was a mainly (or entirely) a function of Kyle’s fire powers, or of the fact that he was creating a gate to Hell.)

          So, variables to keep in mind: Did Spooky get sent to Hell deliberately and maliciously by others? Or was it an unplanned accident? Would Spooky’s family be around afterwards? Would Spooky’s family know enough to recognise what had happened, and take action in response – such as unleashing a horde of cyborg ninja pirate flying monkeys? Would the person who sent Spooky to Hell have sufficient or insufficient power to protect themselves if Spooky’s family tried to do something like that?

          Still, yes, dark thoughts. Take some of these chocolates and comfort yourself with the fact that *at the moment* we know so little that maybe Spooky did indeed get reunited with his family and it’s just that he’s such a driven and busy superhero that he only gets to speak with them on the phone once a week.

          • Elrohir

            Ah chocolate…that balm to the haggard soul that restores both mind and spirit. Many thanks.
            The questions continue, finding a consistent set of “facts” that fit the scenario is a challenge. I fear we must all wait on our master storyteller to expand our horizons and the world of TYP before we shall know.

          • Nightshadengale

            Off topic but your icon looks really familiar and I’m almost positive it’s from Robin Wood’s art book of DRoP…F’lessan?

          • Elrohir

            Indeed it is. I got hooked on Pern early when “Weyr Search” was published in Analog. And Robin Wood’s work at a Boskone event. So, yup. F’lessan. It’s the eyes and the smile. 🙂

          • Great character choice from a great series. 🙂

          • I sent you an important email 🙂

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Or it was his family that sent him there in the first place.

          • …..maybe Spooky was an orphan, like Kyle was, and was sold out by his foster family…

            Shady Character: So, you have been having trouble with that kid you adopted….I can take him off your hands for you….all you have to do is *whispered instructions* and you will never see him again *Shady character evil laughter*

          • Elrohir

            Unfortunately a story that gets retold time and again. Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Kidnapped” (a childhood favorite of mine) has similar family interaction around a young man who’s existence is…”inconvenient”…

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ooh, that is chilling.

          • Curator

            …Wait… are you saying… THE CAKE IS A LIE?!

    • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

      It shouldn’t be THAT hard. To begin with, the kid speaks English. That and other cultural quirks (like accent and food preferences) could help narrow down what region he is from. Also, facial recognition software, unless the demons thought to remove all mention of him from Facebook.

      • IamM

        You’d think. But years later he goes by Spooky Jones, so I guess not.

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    My attempt at replacing the narration with non-redundant (vis-a-vis the artwork) dialogue:

    “What is this place?It smells…foul. Oh shit, this is hell!”

    “So there is a hell. That explains the severed demon head. Wait, why were you in hell?”

    “Is this where we go when we die? Or did someone make a deal with…”

    “Ohfuckohfuckohfuck STOP TOUCHING ME! GET IT OFF ME! NOOOOOOOO!”

    (And then Spooky hits her and wakes her up on the next page.)

  • Jac

    Oh NO – chubby adorable Spooky wore sweatpants on his birthday I’m going to cry a lot

  • b3nc0

    I’ve only read half the comments i know i still got to improve my english so maybe the subject was already broached.
    Here could be approaching the first hellish seduction/deception: a strong, heroic (handsome?) figure shall appear & save the young lost prince from the stinking stalking stabber-wannabees.
    *hallalujah*
    not so fast
    This ‘savior’ will, bit by bit, day by day, simultaneously befriend and demean his ‘protégé’… Instilling both trust and dependence in the bottom of his desorientedand lonely heart.

    I’ll have to leave the rest to your daring imagination, but as I’m beginning to bury myself in angst, I’ll personnally leave it there (・・;)

  • Nightshadengale

    Was going back through the previous pages and noticed two things:
    -Alex said in the comments on 10 that Spooky smells a bit like vanilla right now–presumably this is somehow related to the cake?

    -Amanda’s lipstick vanishes between pages 9 and 10. I’m having a hard time imagining what she’d look like on the recent pages with it on, though.

    • Sanbai

      It DOES vanish! But she looks waaay better without it. The simple, youthful look is way nicer on her. It also gives her a disarming sense of charm and authority.

  • …..Don’t hate me for changing my avatar….again…

    • Elrohir

      And how would one hate a sunset avatar? 🙂 Beautiful.

      • Some people get a little upset over avatars changing. They get used to associating a specific user with a specific avatar.

        Thanks. ^_^

        • Since I know I’m one of them.. it’s oki, I don’t get upset.. I just mope about it a day or two until I get used to the new 😉 No hate at all.

        • DC

          I wouldn’t worry. I tend to associate people more with their user name, not their avatar, and yours is quite unique. If changing an avatar bothers anyone I must be a huge bother because I have changed mine at least 6 times 🙂

          • Kitty!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In a hat!!! *goes off into adorable kitty in a hat space*

      • Sapfo
    • bronakopdin

      huh? so what was it inbetween?!
      anyway it looks beautiful 🙂

    • b3nc0

      *annoyed voice* (you can’t see it but my eyebrows are furriously furrowed & my face menacingly pale as my head is drained of blood by anger `_´)
      Couldn’t you, at least change your avatar on all your accounts at the same time?

      Edit: did I forget to ad any LOLling clue? ;°)

      • ….but with the accounts that have a background image available I don’t feel I need to change my avatar to a sunset.

        I guess I could change all the background sunsets to the same one…

  • InnocentUke

    Man spooky has made a major body change growing up he was fat kid then the skinny/muscular guy later on. I can’t wait to buy this comic someday soon

  • Shinashi

    Alex, stooooop! lololol

  • Vinny Gothika

    Psychic powers? wowza, that explains a lot.

    • She’s a telepath. If you go back to the first pages on chapter 1, she’s using her ability when they stop that fire.

      • Vinny Gothika

        yeah, took me a second to realize it was the same girl, oopsie ^^;

  • GrumpyPanda94

    Just re-read the entire comic again for like the millionth time and something came to my attention.
    Duncan said that most heroes/villains come into there powers in puberty, Spooky’s 13 here and still looks pretty much the same age, if not a year older in the interview room (so i’m assuming he’s 14-ish) (i’m also assuming he’s roughly the same age as Kyle, just so you know) so he was there for a long enough period of time to forget who he was and have Satan knows what done to him (unless time moves differently there) and he was probably very new to the whole “powers” thing, or quite possibly didn’t even know he had any.
    basically, what i’m getting at is, right now he would technically be neutral right?
    not a hero, not a villain, right now, he’s fair game.
    if a hero (Amanda) tries to get him on the hero side, doesn’t that mean a villain is gonna try to get him on the villain side?
    which begs the question.
    is this where the platinum princess makes her first move??
    coz when Kyle first met her, he said that he has heard about her from spooky, so they obviously know each other from the past, right?

    • Heh

      It is possible.Well tought, hmm,..

      • davefragments

        Spooky is 13 y/o in this flashback. That’s why the cake say 13. The mother or aunts or father or uncles that put that candle on his cake ought to be shot for doing that to a 13 y/o boy.

        He is 14 y/o in the interrogation room with the Commander.

        In the main comic Spooky is 20 y/o. Six years have past since he first met the Commander and they split a candy bar and can of soda pop.

        In the main comic Kyle is 18 y/o when Duncan uses him to blast his way into the hell dimension.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Thinking about it, there’s actual circumstantial evidence that could be interpretted either way. Certainly the Priestess is in cahoots with Annihilator and has probably been Up To Something for a while, and as Davefragments notes the timeframe is right. And this is my preferred reading. But on the other hand Kyle’s description of how Spooky was invited to the official regional teams because Spooky was such an active and successful superhero means that he and the Priestess could have met more recently during some random fight scene.

  • Sapfo

    So what should I then call this little piece? I think the easiest would be the “analysis- conspiracy theories – admiration the art” – moment.

    This is a different (beautiful) page our creatives have given us. I have previously referred to this as a horror-page .

    If I take a closer look at young Spooky. He is dressed comfortably, not very formal, more “good to be home” clothing. sweatpants , t-shirt , flip-flop. This to me says, that he was most likely only with his nearest family, this is not clothes for a larger party. Perhaps there was some of his friends there also. (the conspiracy theory: The family did it?)

    And now a look at hell. This part of hell seems a little more… well populated? An aggressive environment. Not that hell that Kyle came to was not aggressive. But this is more agresiv as in “WE WANT TO EAT YOU! ” style.
    (Rotten eggs? The marsh gas, swamp.)

    I have to admire how this part of hell is designed. The sky, the plants, the monsters. This would perhaps not be called hell in the classical way. But what is hell, if not a horrible place, with horrible things and creatures that scare, hunt and twist a person’s sense of safety and security.
    I would also like to point out the contrast between Spookys clothes (which speaks of a peaceful and secure environment) against the reality he is in (not peaceful, not secure). Younger young Spooky. He was certainly not prepared for this.

    Thank you to Alex, Veronica and Adam. This pages where intimidating wonderful.

    • David Welbourn

      Considering all those monster teeth and that we know Spooky *wasn’t* eaten, I think Spooky must have acquired a patron, a boss monster that set the rules on how Spooky could be used and abused and kept the other monsters in check.

      I agree that Spooky was very very likely at home when this happened, but I’m by no means convinced that any family member caused this. For all we know, there could be an ancient covenant between Earth and Hell that permits Hell to capture a child thirteen years of age every century, and unfortunately for Spooky, he won that lottery that year.

      On the other hand, I do wonder what happened to Spooky’s family. As a superhero, Spooky is a public figure. Why hasn’t any of Spooky’s family seen him on the news and tried to contact him? There’s something odd there.

      • Klaus

        Maybe some enemy sent all of the family to Hell, and only Spooky made it out. Or maybe his identity has been wiped not only from his own mind, but from reality as a whole. His family does not remember him, there are no school records or anything.

      • And good analysis here too, David. 🙂

    • Nice analysis, Sapfo. And you’re welcome! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  • wow…now I’m even more curious about how Spooky managed to survive and then escape…and even more interesting-

    He didn’t seem to become like his tormentors.

  • OMG, chubby spooky is adorable. I mean, not that chubby, but he’s got a lot more of a belly than it looks like he had after going through hell. Which makes sense I guess.

    • Pudgey? I usually use pudgey when I don’t think chubby applies.

      • Yeah, pudgy works. Though I love the way you spell it. Reminds me of pidgey from pokemon, lol.

        • ^_^ Will you be camping tonight Brother Vile? We have missed you!

          • I hope so. Who’s bringing the s’mores? haha. And I’ve missed you too, Sister Doki. It’s been kind of a crazy few months, but I’m now back in Chicago, helping my sister move into her new house. Though, I’ve been playing a lot of Marvel War of Heroes lately too, so that’s been kind of a distraction, sorry. lol

            Which by the way if you use Line, feel free to add me. I use that a lot nowadays. Better than facebook. Same name, viletybalt.

          • What is Line?

          • It’s a phone/computer app for free texting and phone calls. It’s especially useful for international communication, so you don’t incur insane data charges.

          • Oh cool, I will have to look into it! ^_^

            Okay, I have to see if I can find allergy eye drops….my eyes are getting irritated. *sigh* I hate allergy season.

  • Here are the sunset pictures of tonight’s sunset: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/118082431292164101352/albums/6010503815637279649/6010503815772578978?pid=6010503815772578978&oid=118082431292164101352

    I hope you like them ^_^ as I am now braving allergies and bees to take them. ^_^

    • Wow, those are really nice. Sorry to hear about your allergies though. Hopefully spring will be merciful on you 🙂

      • ………HA!!! There is no such thing when one is allergic to grass! My allergy season starts when it begins growing again and doesn’t stop until winter begins…

        I am just suffering particularly bad because I had to spend too much time outside yesterday. ….and Mother mowed our yard today…

    • stickfigurefairytales

      These are beautiful, Doki! Thank you for braving the airborne dangers!

  • o_o Hello to everyone lurking around on this camping.

    • Morning Danish! I am not lurking! I am multitasking!!

    • SofiaT

      Hello, Danish! 🙂

    • Morning, Ms. Wolf!

    • Sapfo

      What where you doing last night just after I went to bed? Hmmm!

      So are the Danes doing a good job? Or do they need a real Swed to help them? 😉

      • Morning Sapfo sweet! Did Hamlet’s SnK ls give you good dreams?

        • Sapfo

          Morning to you to Doki!
          The dreams i got where vague, so I dont really know what I dreamt. I guess thats good.

      • We have been judged to be doing a great job, one of the best in years :-p

        • Sapfo

          mmmmm -_- Sweden was good last year….hmmmmm….

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Danish!

  • Sapfo

    Adam, Chris?
    You need to stop doing things like this. Canada is a nice boy 😉

    http://satwcomic.com/

  • Sapfo

    One of the good things with Eurovision is SatW comic about it afterwards. Sweden always goes into a hyp (Besides I who apparently slept through it)

    http://satwcomic.com/the-winner-is
    http://satwcomic.com/eurovision-2012
    http://satwcomic.com/eurovision-2013

  • stickfigurefairytales

    *runs in* I’m sorry I’m late!

    • …..too busy reblogging Ace Attorney on Tumbler again? 😛

      Finally heard Lana’s side of SL-9…..poor Edgeworth….everyone owes him a big apology….geeze…

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Yep! Well, mostly catching up on my dashboard since this afternoon. And yes, poor Edgeworth! His life sucks so much.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          At least he has Phoenix, though.

          • I was about to say that!!! lol

          • stickfigurefairytales

            😀

  • davefragments

    strange day. I’m happy for the update tonight.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Welcome, dave!

      • davefragments

        Hope your day was as nice and sunny as mine. It made the chores easier.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          It was indeed! I am in an ongoing war against dandelions, though.

          • davefragments

            I pay a lawn service to get rid of them.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    So, what else is going on with everybody?

    • Saw Spiderman today

      • Sapfo

        Was it any good?

        • I luffed it!!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Cool!

          • I really do love Andrew Garfield as the new Peter. Jamie Fox wasn’t even too bad in his roll.

          • Sapfo

            Don’t know if it’s okay to luffe something. Must check my etiquette book.
            Hmmm hard to say. Maybe you can luffe somthing at a first date

          • It’s okay to luff it. And luff it a lot.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            What about…wuv?

          • Wuv is good as long as it’s twu.

          • SofiaT

            Twu that.

          • You know it’s twu!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Too twu.

          • Sapfo

            I will update the book then: “it is Oki to luffe something, even on the first date. ^_^”

          • Depends upon the date. 😀

  • Saxon_Brenton

    A semi-random observation: I went back and skimmed chapter 2 last night as bedtime reading, and was reminded that this time last year we were in the middle of the kickstarter campaign. Of course, funding for printing the book was assured almost immediately, so by the third week the focus of attention was whether enough would be pledged to get Spooky caps (Later it would be whether enough would be pledged to get the complete trading card set). Ah, memories…

  • Yay for camping! Just like old times. Btw, do we know that it’s gonna be a single page update this time? Otherwise refreshing the next page’s url won’t really work

    • I believe it’s a single page tonight

      • Cool, so I’ll keep refreshing and hopefully Alex will give us a heads up when it’s about to go up. *takes a seat by the campfire* Marshmallows anyone?

        • stickfigurefairytales

          I’ll take a few!

          • Do you prefer them burnt or golden brown? Or uncooked?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Golden brown is my favorite. 🙂

          • Awesome, mine too. Just had some a couple weeks ago for the first time in years. I’d forgotten how amazing they taste like that.

        • Any one up to listening to the Phantom of the Opera with me? Michael Crawford as the Phantom……*sighs dreamily*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aw yeah.

  • davefragments

    oh where, oh where has page eighteen gone?
    oh where, oh where can it be?

    Can Page eighteen come out to play?
    We only want to play stick ball in the street.
    mumbly peg in the bedroom, naked
    plank joust over the mud pit in our sunday suits. . .

    Beautiful Page eighteen, harken to me,
    starlight and moon drops are waiting for thee.
    Gone are the days of refresh, refresh,
    Beautiful page eighteen don’t make me bang ht server too long.

    or something like that

  • Simba

    I have a migraine from hell (… I didn’t even realize that was a pun until just now, forgive me) but I’m camping anyway! Take that headache! XP

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Poor Simba! Glad to have you here, and I hope you feel better soon.

  • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-bonus1-page-18/

    New page.. I made it back to camping in the right time 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I can’t tell if you or Doki were first..

  • Rashel Izro

    How did she just???know? I mean..? how!?!?

  • Calvin Wilkinson

    The top two demons remind me of Koh The Face Stealer from Avatar: The Last Airbender. or wyrms from M.T.G.

  • Birthdays have power, and Spooky was sent to Hell, but by whom? Friends and family would naturally know it was his birthday. And if they haven’t found his folks or if they hadn’t reported him missing…I suspect loved ones have something to do with his disappearence. (far fetched? yes, incredibly. Just a theory)