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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 28

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For the love of God, will someone think of the spring rolls?

All righty, I’m posting “Wednesday’s” bonus page super-early because I’m on the road and since y’all were all so generous in making it happen, I didn’t want y’all to have to wait. 🙂

Also, BIG NEWS: I’m going to have a table at BENT-CON 2012 in Burbank, CA this weekend (11/30-12/2) and it looks like I might have a few copies of the printed, trade paperback version of Artifice for sale! These would be special ADVANCE copies sent to me by the printer ahead of the bulk run (which I’ll receive in January) and I’ll only have a handful. But if you think you can make it to the Con, please stop by and say hello. And maybe even pick up one of the first ever printed copies of Artifice!

Oh, and that right:


The eighth bonus page in a row! Woo hoo! 😀

And we’re already at $42 towards the next bonus page!

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So, great balls of metal, what is going on here? And what’s going to happen next? Tune in this Saturday to find out!

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DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! Edit 11/30/12 8:39 PM: Well, heck! Thanks to some amazingly generous donations, we’ve managed to hit the bonus target yet again! So that means that in addition to next Saturday’s regular update on December 8 (page 30), there will be a BONUS UPDATE this Wednesday, December 5th (page 29)! Wow—you all are AWESOME! Hope to see you there!

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  • YEY! Update!

    I wonder who’s attacking them. Anni’s enemies? Which can possibly be a hero (oh now that would be embarassing Kyle dear)… Or is this an elaborate setup from sly Duncan, a way of getting to out cute and innocent lil’ hero? Who knows who knows (Alex does! LOL)?
    Hmmm hmmm curious! 

    •  Elaborate setup from Duncan was the first thing I thought XD
      Might be to have some fun with the press or just to show him his protective side, but still, I say he planned it all.

      • Yeah, right? I’ll only say that for sure when I see see who’s attacking them. But I have a strong feeling that may be that.

  • Ohh an early update! Yay!
    I’ve been very quiet here lately because my glasses broke so I haven’t been able to see anything other than blurred words lol but I’ve been trying hard to keep up with the comic since I just cannot do without! <3
    Cannot wait to see how this whole thing pans out…. hope everything goes well for these two! ;-;

  • How sweet!! He’s protecting him!

  • I bet you it’s on of Anni’s friends doing this. Is this all part of the big plot?

  • Well that was fast. D=

  • Patrick Long

    Round shot…..Slow enough that the villain has time to react and to SPEAK.
    ………..What idiot designed that weapon? I bet the whole thing was staged.

    • KiannaLeigh

      I think that it’s a capture device. Like Magneto’s metal balls.

      Metal balls …. *snicker*

  • oh yes save him from peril! you go Anni!!!!

  • AnyOtaku

    omg this is so funny! Just look at them, you aren’t so brave now huh, Anihilator?

  • toli Bera

    I have a feeling that ball is going to explode so I’m gonna say it now.
    “That’s not the kind of bang I was expecting on this date”

    you may all resume gazemazingly staring at Duncan’s Action Body.

  • Frin

    …Yeah I’m siding with the folks calling BS on that. Sorry Anni but that shout of Good Lord just doesn’t seem kosher.

    • I have to agree, sad to say.  I would prefer to give Anni the benefit of the doubt, but i detect a faint whiff of fish from the direction of Denmark now. 

  • Whoelsetherealone

    Rest in peace spring rolls…

  • Monica

    Ohh noooo Anni!!! No-one should be after him!! I will bite them!!! XC 
    But wow… I love how this turns out! 😀

    • KiannaLeigh

      You’ll bite them?

      • Monica

        Yes!! I will bite those who wants to hurt Anni! :C I like Anni!!!

        • KiannaLeigh

          Well nothing says “Don’t touch him” like biting someone.

          • Monica

            I know!! And I can bite hard as well… I have been told :3

  • Spring Roll and Dumpling, you’ll always be heroes in our hearts.  [sad salute.]

    • KiannaLeigh


      Hmm … my actually LOLing to these comment is becoming more and more common.

  • Is Anni jumping to save himself, or to protect Red?

    I have to say I’m with the majority on the whole “this is a stunt” theory.  Good way to get yourself on top of your prey, Anni!

    • KiannaLeigh

      Protect Red.

      Also: Oh yes, he’s so on top of him! XD

  • streetwalkersan

    “GOOD LORD”? Is this guy really a super villain? XD

    Also, I don’t know if this is staged or whatever. Might be. But even if Duncan is trying to protect Kyle, that last panel makes me think of a large feline predator pouncing on their prey… >.>

  • “GOOD LORD!”
    I heard this in three different ways:
    “GEWD LAWD!!”/ “Oh Mah LAWD!”
    The British appalled voice
    And the Scottish angry voice!
    ….good lord….

  • b3nc0

    I’m scrutinizing this page to see if it has fallen from his pocket during that epic, for a senior, across-the-table leap but is the /potion/ to be taken now – by Duncanni – as an antidote for whatever comes out of the steel ball?

  • b3nc0

    On a side note, about the Artifice books, honestly, that would bum me a tad to not be among the first ones to have it, as a Kickstarter founder U_U
    Yeah, I know, my own egoism ashames me m(__)m

  • b3nc0

    WOO-OOT 199 in the TWC!
    Congrats to you Veronica, Adam & Alex!!! b^^d

  • auburncrow

    Actually, I find Duncan’s exclamation perfectly in character. (And awww, he seems to be getting into position to shield Kyle if the ball goes “boom”! Feeeeeelings! :D)


    (RUN, KYLE!!!)

  • kungfunurse

    Holy smokes! I came here to camp and found a gorgeous, exciting new page instead! And I may be the only one who thinks this, but I’m gonna say that Duncan wasn’t expecting this attack at all. I may be proved wrong later, but I honestly think that was pure surprise and fear on his face. I’m likely biased because I’d love to see him in a situation where he has to extemporize as he goes – it would finally give us some real insight into his character.

    Adam you’ve made the action feel so real and organic – I completely believe in the movement and sounds I’m witnessing on the page. And Veronica, the colors make everything touchably real. This is such a gorgeous work of art.

    Alex – thanks for posting so early! Wish I could get out of work to join y’all at the Con!

  • (R.I.P. 
    Chicken Spring Rolls
    October 21, 2018, 4:19 P.M. – October 21, 2018, 4:54 P.M.

    “We’ve barely digested thee.”)


    i told you that anhi had stopped his dirty little sentence short because he saw something  from the corner of his eye.

    i don’t think this is staged, because clearly there’s a red out-line (the first time it’s shown up in this comic, if i am not mistaken) around the “good lord!” speech balloon.
    you don’t invoke one of those if you’re not being serious.

    actually.. consideration of that bottom panel, it appears i’m seeing some of this foreplay which i had theorized will bring the house down.

    look at it: that’s totally anhi’s sex face.

    (he’s putting a tingle in my spine just thinking about the ravishing that’s about to happen!

    :: UNF! ::)

  • Rascal_C

    Does that ball seem suspiciously Platinum-y, or is it just me? 

  • Rascal_C

    Does that ball seem suspiciously platinum-y, or is it just me?

  • Rascal_C

    Does that ball seem suspiciously platinum-y, or is it just me?

    • ya know…

      …it’s probably her anti-yaoi twin brother, cock-blocking.

    • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

      Yes, stop spamming.

      • Rascal_C

        Accident, no need to be rude.

    • Interpolation

      When you think about it, wasn’t she the only other person who knew where they would be?
      Plus she did make that face when seeing Duncan off.

  • Selim Nagisokrov

    My money is on this all being planned the moment he reached into his pocket. It screams evil in a “Oh my god, you almost died, Anni!” “I know, you can make this better and put out” sense.

  • Finally, the feelings of everyone on the last page were realised in that first panel! Also, I have the desperate urge to be suspicious of all of this… But I’m going to TRY to be a good person and maybe kinda sorta trust Duncan to not be completely evil. (that was a joke it was him all the time for sure)

    • b3nc0

       He even got Kyle seated behind a wall to prevent him seeing anything going on outside!!

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    O_O Anni’s immedieate first reaction….is protecting Red! That is so awesome. He looks honestly surprised.

    • b3nc0

       Well, if can utter a convincing “Good Lord” before pouncing across the table, he should be able to /look/ ‘honestly surprised’!

  • CommodoreZelda

    Aw, Duncan’s protecting Kyle!! At least, that’s how it looks. <3 So sweet.


    • Marc Bloom

      The person Duncan paid to shoot at him. Remember, this is a set up.

  • Bad_Guy_Lover

    wow… didn’t quite clear that table did you, Duncan? lol

    • LimpBiskit

      BAHAHAHA I was just thinking DAT FASE. The ultimate D: it is. He’s just like “Fuq yo table, I’m outie.” And it amused me entirely more than was proper.

  • I think we need to be a little more careful about what we wish for! Fangirl powers of “wishful thinking” have obviously activated, with the usual strange consequences. Oh c’mon don’t give me that “Why whatever could you mean?” look, people. I for one was secretly hoping that Duncan, the sly sexy silver fox would dive across the table and um, lol, yeah… 
    Well, anyway I guess I wasn’t alone in thinking that and voila! Of course this being Alex’s baby, it had very little to do with smexy time and more to do with “What the hell is that smashing through the window and all that lovely sexual tension?!”
    Btw, my theory at the moment is that Foxypants had something planned, but this wasn’t it. 

  • That’s a big bullet, and fastest route out of it’s path is across the table.

    Catch him Red, the spring rolls are already doomed.

    • Jay

       o: I know you from Teahouse. fancy meeting you here.

      • ithilloke

        Reunion time!

      • Hello there 🙂

        Yes, I’m a bit all over a lot of the webcomics and much on TH. I often recognize names across the different comment boards.
        We BL fans tend to mingle the same places 🙂

  • melanie powers

    I like how everyone else is all “Yay, Duncan’s protecting Kyle.” and all I can think is that it looks like a scene out of pro-wrestling…except in suits and a fancy restaurant. 😀  But hey, you can’t have everything.

  • (stayed tuned for more “Duncan Wells: The Old Protector™!!”

    ♥ ♥)

  • Hmmm adrenaline rush + cheating death = probable sexy times?

    I do hope so!

  • xenie

    So is he just trying to save himself or was part of him trying to protect his young date? 

  • CJ

    I’m sure we all want them to change uniform in the public.

  • ithilloke

    Nice reflexes! 

    What I’m wondering is…what is it that the people in the street see? They’re all looking too high for it to be the projectile. The assassin maybe??

  • hapax

    Obligatory Star Wars Reference:

    Kyle:  He’s coming in too fast!
    [Waiter:  We’ve lost the lateral rolls…]
    Anni:  You hear me, baby?  Let’s hold together!

  • VanQuinn

    Taken out of context… in the last panel Duncan looks like he’s attacking Kyle mid-pounce.

  • DarkFeanix21

    I can’t figure out if that’s a bullet or a bowling ball… It all depends on the perspective, I guess. I just wish I could figure that out as well.

    •  It looks about grenade sized.

      • DarkFeanix21

        Oh. *Face-palm* Yes. A grenade definitely makes a lot more sense than my bowling ball comparison. Thanks. Sometimes I just don’t think.

        • Leigh Nelson

          Haha I thought that was so cute ^_^

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    I hate to admit this ,but actually ,to me anyway…it looks like something out of the old Pokemon animated series. That totally fits because that was anime and this is the Orient. The only question remaining is WHO  would aim for Anni? How many enimies has he made over the years?

  • Meagan ghazi

    All of these donators, coughing up $25+ are amazing.

  • Epistasthai

    What is it? What is it? Hmmm, did Duncan know it was coming? Oh, the spring rolls!

    thank you, donators, for making Bonus Wednesday arrive so many times!

    And thank you Alex, for making such an interesting and entertaining read! (Man, I sure wish I could get to Bent-Con 2012 to see your table and to thank you in person) 

  • Question! Is this your full time job now? ^^; I ask this because of all the wonderful detail of your comic and how timely the manner your posts are

  • xLizardx

    Aha! The “evading-mutual-peril-leap-resulting-in-landing-on-top-of-one-another” maneuver!  I like where this is heading 😀

  • Madisuzy

    Nice action panels!  Really loved the details.  Also, the fist line underneath the comic from Alex made me choke on my tea. LOL!  Poor springrolls… they’re always overlooked.

  • Caffienated

    What’s interesting to me is that the whoever was aiming at Anni, couldn’t see Kyle. If both could be seen, would he/she/they not have attacked? What if it’s Kyle’s team? Either way if this gets shown on the news, Kyle will be on TV

    • Fazzey

       Kyle was behind the wall. From the angle that the shooter was at, they couldn’t see him. And it’s most likely another villain. Because they don’t seem to care if civilians are caught in the explosion.

      • Caffienated

        Ok, point taken on that it’s a villain because of no safety to the civilians. Now we wait for tomorrow to see what new (or old/familiar) villain we get to meet. 

  • Ooo I wonder what the silver doom ball does?

  • Ryn

    lol, sorry for the long absence. We adopted a 3 week old kitten about 8 weeks ago and getting back to my old routine has been slow. And OMG have i missed a lot! certainly there is more to this story that i thought. But i’m getting things are less black and white that they would appear.  and it would seem that despite Duncan’s lack of other world interest someone up there seems to be interested in him.

  • Zebriane

    Nothing like a near-death experience to set the mood, amirite?

    And “WHOOPS, didn’t mean to land right on top of you all suggestively there, kid. So, how about those spring rolls?”

    Duncan sure knows how to make a memorable first date! ;D

  • KNT609

    Some intense dodge ball going on right there!

    • Leigh Nelson

      Next dodge ball match I find I’m using as an excuse to cop a feel too ;D Thanks for the good idea!

  • Leigh Nelson

    Oh! Oh oh oh! OH OH OH! OHHHHH!

    He moved to save Kyle! How utterly cute!

    Or hey…is this just a plan to get Kyle’s faith and trust >__< oops.

  • Meghalodon

    Taking too long for the shot to land O_O

  • . . . ah, the spring rolls . . . TnT

  • So, what? Anni can leap an entire building in a single bound, but he doesn’t clear a little table? Something makes me sense ulterior motives here and, if he lands right, they will be in perfect position to smooch! {^.^/} da tobi approves that pounce!

    • amanda damron

      maybe he dont wnt to give up his cover as a supervillin. that might be his fav restraunt that would suck if they never let him come back with kyle for another date. lol


  • just found this. I like it so far. keep it up

  • Anybody else looking at that dodge ball and thinking it screams ‘Platinum Priestess’? Total ploy for Anni to get on top of Flamey?

    • Marvin_Arnold


  • iTVXQ

    EVERYTIME I open the tab with this comic, I can’t help myself. I _have_ to say “Good LORD!” too. I just can’t stop. Cause it would be last thing I’d say if I had to flip over a table filled with delicious food. All that food. Wasted.

    What? Oh. There’s a huge metal ball coming against them?
    Excuse me but food vs life. I believe I’d go with the food.

    •  If it’s any consolation, it seemed like they were mostly through the meal before the table-flip.  Though frankly, i usually omnomnom the crap out of the spring rolls as soon as they hit the mat, so they would have never met that sorry fate. xD

    • strangeangel24601

      Food IS life!

  • Duncanni: And that’s how I spring roll.

  • Fryt07 Ha

    I think it’s just some villan or anti-something attacking cause The Annihilator was trying to discretly give Kyle something… so for now his plans were delayed. But what I really want to know is what will he do or how he will react to someone that just ruined such a carefull operation. 
    I want to see why he’s called “The Annihilator”…

  • Slowest projectile ever lol.

  • Is it camp time yet?

    • Cooking the new page in the oven right now…….

      •  My head popped up in exactly the same way that it does when someone says that cookies are in the oven.  <3!

        • Avengelyne

          Yeah me too.

        • kungfunurse

           As a measure of how hooked I am on this comic, my cats got me out of bed at 1am Central time, and of course the first thing I do is check to see if there’s a new page…

          •  Heh.  Meanwhile, since i was up late anyway, i couldn’t possibly go to bed without. ;F

          • kungfunurse

             Um, yes. I sorta just stayed up now. YP being more important than sleep, apparently. LOL!

    •  camping 🙂  mmm, raviolis and yaoi!

    •  it´s time for camping…but im so sleepy!
      (Germany, Berlin 07:49 am)

  • Well that’s one heck of a jump.

  • Such an amazing action page!  I wish I could camp, but I am recovering from being sick.  Have fun everyone!  I give you cranberry bread and other yummies!

  • oh god not the eggrolls! anything but… and they’re authentic too!  assassin be damned!

  • Ah it’s the sphere from…!!! Crap! What’s that movie? Where the flying sphere has spikes and hits people in the back of the head and does this gross brain drain thing…it was like the 80’s or early 90’s or somthing…ah, fudgit.

    • TheManBehindTheCurtain

      I’m dating myself, but your thinking of the Phantasm movie series with the unkillable undertaker and his creepy dwarfs in monk robes.

  • coyoteconscious

    So, I’ve been thinking about this for _days_.

    And I keep thinking it’s odd that The Annihilator would say “Good Lord.”

  • Anneka

    No seriously, this read-through is 100% dedicated to those spring rolls.

  • Oh, no a bomb. PROTECT THE YAOI!

  • Not the dim sum…. ;n;

  • Emiko

    I just have to say… panel 2 Anni looks JUST like Sabretooth from X-men origins.. you know… Liev Schreiber.