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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 32

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And we’re back! CHAPTER 3 CONTINUES… right where we left off. 🙂

Oh! And I’m going to be at the Queer Comic Expo at the The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco this Sunday. I’ll be selling and signing Artifice books and stuff. If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by! 🙂

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So! Looks like The Young Protectors have their own jet! Or plane/glider/whatever — I don’t know what it is but I bet it flies! And it looks like they’re hot on the case of tracking down the villains. Will they find them? And if they do, then what happens?

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  • Mitch!!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      A tiny background Mitch, but Mitch nonetheless.

      • Any Mitch makes me happy. ^_^

        And this is my 6th V ^_^

        • Congrats on the V, Doki!

          As soon as I saw that first panel I thought of you.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Way to go!

    • Heh

      And fluke! 2 times fluke! Fluke speaking!

      • I think you’re mixing up Fluke and Tsunami 🙂

        • Heh

          Wow, i just did. Guess i need to sleep BADLY.

  • They’re ba-aack 😀

  • TwilightDreamer

    wahoo!! Not that I wasn’t loving the flashback, but great to be back to the present story 😀
    lol, that group moves fast. Love their team work 😀

  • Sapfo

    Yay!
    The story will go on!
    Bye young Spooky Jones.
    Hello grown up Spooky Jones! Oh my you looking good today! 😉
    And Amanda! <3

  • mogoskier

    They have a plane. Awesome

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Hmm, yeah. Either a loaner or they’ve got more budget than Commander’s comments about nobody feeding any computers to any demons would lead us to suspect.

      • mogoskier

        That or they spent the budget on the plane.

        • Heh

          Or her mother let them borrow it on the weekends.

          • mogoskier

            I hope it is a loner because there logo is on it, and I want it to a magnet they put on it before missions.
            Just imagine

            Okay lets run down the list to make sure did everything.
            Fully fueled, check
            Good flying weather check.
            Logo put on the tail of the plane, check
            aright lets go.

          • b3nc0

            And they can put it on too when they borrow the subvee, the humvee, the van or the tank…
            Oh yeah, I forgot the hovercraft!
            hooo them sooo lucky (≧◡≦) always wanted a hovercraft of my own
            Wonder what super-secret gov-agency logo it covers?

      • Well I think if it was a loaner, someone will be a little upset that the YP put their initials on it. 🙂

        • Klaus

          Unless it is a long time loan.

          • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

            Or it was borrowed from some Yellow Pages company.

      • strangeangel24601

        Or they found it on Craigslist.

      • Elrohir

        From the looks of the landing gear, I’m going with the guess that this aircraft is VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) similar to a Harrier jet. I’m also really loving the cockpit canopy. That’s HUGE. The glimpse inside with the row of jump seats with multi-point harness suggests that the craft has crazy aerobatic capabilities.

        It’s hard to say from the perspective we are given (or maybe I’m just up too late) but it looks like the aircraft might have a forward swept wing design:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forward-swept_wing
        Which would be cool.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    GO TEAM!!!!

  • YangYueLan

    Awwww man! Alex! I wont be in SF till the following weekend!

    (After going back and looking at ‘were we left off’)
    I forgot they hugged!!! ^.^ Go get ’em!

  • Sapfo

    Was was reading this page and started to think that it is kind of good that we know who Amandas mother is. But then If Alex was going for a dramatically revealing, it will no longer be as dramatic.

    • Klaus

      It was always the plan to publish the bonus comic in volume one. Those who read the comic on paper will have read the bonus comic even before chapter 2.

      • Sapfo

        Yes, but if there was to be a reveal in this chapter to come it would be out before the bonus comic.

        • Klaus

          The comic is written with the print edition in mind. If Alex wants a big reveal, it will be a big reveal for the paper readers also.

          • Sapfo

            but the bonus comic would be in the back, which would be read after.

          • Klaus

            Volume one contains the prologue, chapter one, and the interlude. Plus the bonus comic. Chapters two and three are going to be volume 2.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Well, I’m not seeing any slump-shouldered teenaged angst on this page. Everybody seems to be walking tall with clenched fists of superheroic determination.

  • Heh

    OH MY GOD WE ARE BACK AGAIN
    WHERE ARE THE VILLAINS EVERYBODY IS SAYING

    *likes to think the plane has sound system and commander makes backstreet boys play while they’re flying*

  • davefragments

    Exactly 92 minutes have past in storytelling of the flashback, not 90 or 95 but 92 precisely.
    wink, wink

    • b3nc0

      About timing, I wish there had been a wallclock too on the bonus last page as on the first one: 7:26… We could tell how many “minutes have past in storytelling of the flashback”…
      nudge, nudge

  • Sapfo

    Finally outside again! Veronica Love the colors!

    Great work all three of you.

  • Heh

    One backpack and 5 kids – Amanda is now a official mother hen. Gotta make sure they are all suited – up and in the plane, ready to fight crime in 92 minutes. Tough work.

    • Elrohir

      Hmm…any chance that Spooky used magic to create a Commander equivalent to Hermione’s carry bag in Harry Potter? Or, and you should all imagine a David Tennant voice describing the TARDIS:
      “It’s bigger on the inside.”

      • Heh

        One backpack as big as her heart!

  • Quick thoughts on this page:

    1) That’s a damn cool plane/glider/whatever.. I want one xD
    2) Love how exact the minutes always are *lol*
    3) Amanda has a lot of great contacts, probably most due to her mom but still.
    4) I don’t know if I’m slightly dissapointed or relieved that we didn’t get to see Kyle tell the others what’s going on, but they’ve gone into action as fast as the sunrise 😉
    5) That thingy Spooky has. I want one of those too (I’m starting to sound greedy :-p)

    P.S. Alex, you just love making it hard for us V-hunters when you change to new scene and change the address again, don’t you? 😉

    • Sapfo

      1. Yes, we could go to all the places AJ and Chris been showing us.
      2. Time is important “I’m late! I’m late !For a very important date. No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”. I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.”
      3. I think Amanda might have made some of her own also. But moms are great for contacts!
      4. … Yes
      5. Jupp!

      and the PS. Yes Alex, you are making the hunting into a real hunting XP

      • Yes! TYP plane/glider to…to the castle? Norway? That beach? Oh, and I’ll bring wine and other drinks, you guys bring the food and loud music and…
        PARTY PLANE!!! [GLIDER!]

        • Sapfo

          Yes!
          Why save the world when we can all go on holiday in that plane? Glider? Hovercraft?
          Yay for holiday!

    • David Welbourn

      I want to name Spooky’s technomagical item the ‘iScry’.

    • Mwa ha ha. 🙂

      • b3nc0

        Do you come up with those yourself or is there somewhere a room/basement/cave full of woolfsonish minions testing new URLs?

  • Why do I have to be in the East Bay when Alex is going to be at the First Annual Queer Comic Expo? Grrrr…

    Maybe I can make it back over the bridge in time.

  • The jet kind of reminds me a little of one of the X-Men jets….

  • Adam Black

    Just “check it out” ?
    this team has less status than a civil air patrol.

    Either Amanda is understating something, or the Young Heroes are going to have to bypass the military and do all the work.

    Im going with Number 2

    • Heh

      Probably number 2. The perks of being a hero, even a group of them, is that most of the time you gotta do your stuff on your own.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I think it’s probably safe to guess that they’ll end up coming into direct conflict with either the Priestess and Annihilator, or at least the minions, at some point. Simply for plot story telling purposes.
      But from what we know about the group (the whole ‘not officially sanctioned’ and ‘potential public relations disaster from endangering underage kids’) then simply doing intel gathering and then passing it up the line would be what Commander could be expected to plan to do in the first instance.
      I would expect that once the Young Protectors have found themselves on the front lines with no backup, have fought and acquitted themselves well, then their reputations will go and people will be less likely to think of them a ‘just a search and rescue team’.

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        Surely they will split into three teams, just like in the days of Gardner Fox.

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Ha! Oh, that would be a tip of the hat to classic superhero comic tropes.

        • Klaus

          How would they split? Much as my immidiate reaction is to pair Commander and Spooky, each of the teams would need one of the three more experienced heroes. Tsunami is very protective of Flyboy, so there is one team. Kyle with Spooky or with Commander? It could go either way.

          • Heh

            I think kyle will team up with commander, probably to talk more about the situation, and fluke and spooky will be another one – its ok, they all seem to very good friends.

  • TwilightDreamer

    *tilts head*…..I just noticed….is that….Spooky Jones…ON Spooky Jones’s cap?
    XD rofl!

    • Heh

      Inception!

    • Yup.. it’s a ghostly looking Spooky. The caps are being made IRL for sale later. Some backers from the first YP kickstarter is getting it with their packages.

      • TwilightDreamer

        for real? that’s awesome! 😀 lol, tempted to get one when they’re out…

    • Adam Irving

      That is fantastic. I love nods like that.

  • mogoskier

    How tried must Kyle be. He spent the day partying with his friends, then got ready for his date with a super villain, had sex with said villain, had an orgasm that sent him to hell, found out his father is the devil, had to come out to his friends and now this. Someone get that boy a coffee.

    • Something tells me he won’t be sleeping on the plane.

    • ‘A coffee’.. nope, either a whole pot or even better a pack of energy drinks.

    • Adam Irving

      He’s 18. He doesn’t need coffee – he has hormones.

    • Klaus

      An orgasm that lasted 30 minutes or so. Must be exhausting.

  • I like seeing how fierce Kyle looks in the third panel. He’s ready to kick some bad guy butt, especially coming from the from the first panel with his hands fisted, his body tight, his head forward as if about to charge.

    I am a little concerned with how Fluke is looking at Kyle in the first panel. I wonder what’s going through his mind. Is he still stuck on what he learned about his best bud?

    I wonder if we’ll see what the Commander has to say to Kyle once the plane is in the air?

    • Kyle just had to ‘fess up to the others. I think Kyle looks both determined and somewhat dejected in panel 1, or maybe it’s more that he looks tired.. but yeah I wonder what’s going through Fluke’s mind after having heard the story again.

      • I don’t know how much of the story was told with only 92 minutes having gone by. Which was why I wondered if we would get more of a reaction from the Commander while in the plane.

        • Adam Irving

          I’m hoping for that too. Heck, it must be eaaarly morning where they are, since the previous panel in the morning had it still dark outside. I’d be disgruntled like Kyle looks if I had to be up at that point in the morning, even without the night he had.

          • With the low clouds and fog, definitely early early morning, especially with only 92 minutes gone. Of course they could have some base high up.

            Oooh, suppose they have a sky base?

          • Adam Irving

            That’d be one heck of a way to earn frequent flyer miles. I like the idea, though!

            You should, er, float the idea?

          • HA! 🙂

      • Heh

        I think he is very worried about kyle’s mental condition. He knows he is stressed and weak both in body and mind. He must be thinking what to do if he passes out, in my opinion. 🙁

  • Having practically been awake all night, I’ll now do what Kyle can’t.. go to bed.
    As much as i want to talk about the page, I should try to sleep for a few hours until I have to get up again. Like the page, it’s now morning and sun is shining here 🙂

    • Heh

      I’ll go to sleep too, Danish. After i mistook fluke and tsunami 3 times i guess it is time. Good night and see you next camp. 🙂

  • David Welbourn

    I’m all a-curious who the ‘crazies’ are. I’m hoping they’ll look like Thing One and Thing Two from The Cat in the Hat.

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    So, now that Kyle is 18, isn’t he legally required to unmask? Or did that detail never become canon?

    Also…good God, those Dale Lazarov ads. It’s gotten to where I don’t dare open this page at work anymore! Not because of all those thumbnails depicting hard-core explicit butt-sex, mind you, but one of his books was titled “English Bulldogs” when the characters seemed to be Scottish (judging from the kilts), and this kind of thing might tip the upcoming referendum and change world geopolitics.

    • Klaus

      Now that Kyle is 18, he is legally permitted tro unmask.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      So, now that Kyle is 18, isn’t he legally required to unmask?
      I interpreted it as the other way around: to protect the underage heroes they were required to be masked, and the media is required not to go looking for and then bandying about their identities. I think at least some of that is WofG comments from Alex. I don’t recall that we’ve ever gotten info about whether the over-18s have restrictions on their costumes one way or another.

  • petros0359

    So Spooky has a t-shirt, hoodie and a coat… and Tsunami is bare chested. Interesting how different people perceive ambient temperature.

  • karmakat

    WOOT WE BACK ON TRACK HEHE
    i liked the story with spooky but still i am very curious to read more of the regular hehe

  • Maria White

    When the commander wears red like that she reminds me of Elisa from the Gargoyles. I don’t know if that has been said, but she looks quite a bit like her. Give the commander a bit of a tan and PERFECT.

    • Gargoyles! Elisa was a great character. Kick ass cop and ally!

    • Adam Irving

      I loved that show growing up! The added fact that half the cast from TNG provided voices from it was an added bonus. 🙂

      • Heh

        If it is a comparison with shows we most likely watched when we were growing up, i think the TYP team is very similar to teen titans. A bunch of talented individuals that united to fight crime on the city! 😀

  • Adam Irving

    Huh, so they’re all just going along on a scouting mission. Probably some concern about no contact or anything. Maybe sort of like Trek’s Prime Directive? Because THAT rule never got broken. Awesome to see the team together again (and slightly older Amanda/Spooky)!

    Seems odd seeing Amanda all grown up now after that interlude!

  • Klaus

    Amanda’s mother is part of a unit responsible for reacting to demon threats. Or she was six years ago. Military officers tend to get moved around a lot. If not moved, he should have the clout to get two or three places checked. But of course narrative logic requires that he heroes investigate in person.

    What is that thing on Tsunami’s arm? In chapter one he is wearing golden bracers.

    • Adam Irving

      Upgrade? Combat model? Bracer bling?

      • Klaus

        This one looks much less blingy than the golden ones.

        • Adam Irving

          True, but you never know with modern art these days.

          I’d love to see the job application process for that demon threat unit – even if it’s just a broader organization to deal with weird stuff. I shudder to think what the fine print would detail…

          • Elrohir

            Too funny…you just reminded me of the scene in the Hobbit where Bilbo is reading the “standard” contract that the Dwarves offer him and gets to the section about damages for injuries…I can picture a pretty long list for Demon hunters…

  • Klaus

    To answer Alex’ questions: Will they find them: yes. Then what happens: that would be telling.

    • David Welbourn

      Well… in broad strokes, I imagine that first the Young Protectors would get an early small victory, followed by a devastating setback, followed by a whew-all-is-not-lost moment (thanks to good planning), then a omg-what-now?, then excellent teamwork, followed by some good one-on-one battles. Maybe.

  • SofiaT

    Ugh, I was having a massage and missed the page update.
    Yay, the whole team is together again!

    …and it’s great that we read the BC, because now, when Amanda mentions her mother, we know what she’s talking about!

    Also, go Spooks! …and has Tsunami been brought up to speed with everything yet??
    The whole team seems to be acting like a unit. Can’t make out Kyle’s expression on my phone but will check everyone’s face closely when I get to see this from my laptop.

    Thanks Alex! Great to be back to the main story again!

  • Hours

    “92 Minutes Later” 😉

    This feels like the episode of an old 80s cartoon where they introduce the shiny new transportation vehicle, so you can then subsequently beg your parents to buy it for you. Comes with bonus Spooky Jones Spirit Bowl/iPad app! 😀

    I am SO READY to see TYP meet up with their enemies. Let’s do this!

    • Or even 60s and 70s cartoons — my immediate reaction was “Thunderbirds are go!”. Followed immediately by “Battle of the Planets!”. 🙂

      I’m showing my age, aren’t I? I’d just to point out that I first saw Thunderbirds on repeat, not original broadcast.

      • Elrohir

        Hey, I’m okay with the “Thunderbirds are go!” scenario. Does that mean that Tsunami gets Thunderbird 3? And Flyboy gets Thunderbird 1? 🙂

    • Samurai Jack

      What, no interest in the Spooky hat, with an image of Spooky himself?

  • JKO

    Of course they have a cool plane.

    You can’t be a superteam without a cool plane.

  • Michael

    Just curious, including the future bonus pages that have been guaranteed, how many bonus pages have we had without skipping? It has to be at least a year or more worth…

    And all you guys are so awesome for making it happen. <3

    • Klaus

      We have now had 47 in a row, and the next 7 are paid.

    • SofiaT

      More than a year’s continuous updates; I think the time before last the donation bar tipped over, marked a whole year. 🙂

  • Kit Jamea

    This took place 92 minutes after Spooky revealed his name? That was fast.

    • Klaus

      Heroes have to grow up fast.

      • Kit Jamea

        Yes they do.

  • Klaus

    Where did the night go? Duncan and Kyle arrived at the love nest at sunset. We have a talk over a glass or two of wine, sex, and the trip to hell. None of these took an hour. Kyle picks up the communicator as soon as he is certain Duncan is out of hearing (or so was my impression). 57 minutes for Kyle to explain and the team to get there. A heart to heart talk with Spooky, less than half an hour. And then 92 minutes later we have full daylight. That is six hours at the very most. Quite a bit less, actually. We don’t know where or when this is, but if this in the US outside of Alaska, the shorthest night is more than 7 and a half hours long. If ot is as far south as Chicago or Northern California, even midsommer night is 9 hours long. It does not add up.

    • SofiaT

      We don’t know how long they were in hell for and how that time translated to Earth. For all we know, it was close to dawn when Spooky and the others got to Kyle.

    • It looks as if they’re back at a YP base, or at least wherever it is they park the plane. They’re not necessarily in the same time zone as either the love nest or the city we saw earlier.

      • Klaus

        Ah yes, there is that. Flyboy would need to be very fast, even with passengers in an open car. Maybe he is.

        • Klaus

          I have done a bit of math. At the lattitude of the northernmost point of the 48 states, you need to move a bit more than 1000 km to gain an hour on the sun. If this is midsummer night, you would need to gain at least two hours. More at any other time of year.

          A the lattitude of northern California, you would need to move more than 1250 km to gain an hour on the sun. You need to gain more than 3½ hours.

          And remember that only east-west movemen counts. It is probably easier to visualize time zones. 2 respectively 3½ time zones. Is Flyboy that fast?

          I would also understands Fluke’s “you’re in the mountains” to mean some nearby mountains.

    • I think this is a fair critique, Klaus. 92 minutes doesn’t make a lot of sense considering how bright things are. When I had written the script, I had pictured it as pre-dawn, but I see I didn’t specify that (doh!) and with the bonus comic intervening I missed that the timing wouldn’t line up with a bright morning sky.

      That said, even if it were dark, for other story reasons, I was actually already questioning my initial choice of having it only 92 minutes later. I think my original intention was to show how quickly Commander could pull the team together and in the first passes of the script it made sense, but knowing now more clearly all that she and the team had to set up (Spooky’s divination, etc.) along with how much of Kyle’s story he was able to share along with what comes next, it’s not feeling realistic to me.

      As much fun as it is for me to give exact times, upon reflection, I think a different choice is needed. I think I’ll change it to “Hours later. Shortly after dawn.”

      Thank you for your close reading. 🙂

  • Klaus

    Starfighter chapter 4 page 16 is up.

  • Justin

    Teeheee, I thought after the fantastic storyline in the bonus strips, I thought it’d be hard to get hooked again on the main plot, but the very first comic back proved me wrong. I’m intrigued and totally ready to continuously waiting to get a chance to read the latest instalment of this comic!

  • kamishiro

    Smart by wrapping up the bonus with the main plot with Amanda and Spooky talking x3

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    At the risk of inciting controversy, I feel the Commander’s costume could use a redesign. We’ve got a headband (but not a useful one that can hold back her decidedly un-regulation hair–it seems to have been inspired by her Native American-ness, though a feathered bonnet would have crossed some kind of line), a Prussian jacket (calling to mind marching bands, or maybe an equestrienne), and a pair of nondescript but very tight white trousers (what, no jodhpurs?) over which red boots are worn. The overall effect works about as well as 1970’s Wonder Man (the one with the red safari jacket). Since her powers are primarily mental (and supervisional), why couldn’t she wear an evening gown and high heels, and ditch the backpack for a purse?

    • Klaus

      Are you serious? Heels and an evening gown are not very practical. A typical task for this team is searching for a lost kid in the woods.

      See also http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        Oh, evening gowns are very practical! You can make them blow in the wind, like a cape, whenever she uses her powers. Very impressive.

    • Acintyabedhabedhadasa
    • SofiaT

      In my experience, any comment that starts with “at the risk of inciting needless controversy and bad feelings” (even if that is just in the head of the commenter), should probably not be written.

      As Alex mentions in his Comments Policy, “this isn’t the place
      for humor (or other comments) intended to provoke or “get a
      reaction”. Don’t be a troll”.
      http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/comment-policy/

      You haven’t broken any rules and I’m not saying you should delete your comment. But if you think -as you seem to do above- that a comment you’re writing may create controversy without actually adding anything more to the discussion, I’d suggest you consider twice before posting it. And that’s a rule of thumb for anyone posting in this community.

      I’m sure that creating “bad feelings” -as you put it- in the community is not something that you’d like to do. 🙂

      We all like comments that are thought-provoking, not plain provoking. 😉

      Thanks!

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        Sometimes I get the feeling that the principle of using “I” language is too easily subverted.
        I erased the line about “bad feelings” because, on second thought, I thought it was a bit ridiculous that anybody would get worked up over the clothing of a fictional character. My mistake!

        • SofiaT

          While it’s stated in the Comments Policy that all commentators should be careful with the use of “you” statements (i.e, not use them), that doesn’t mean “I” statements are completely harmless. It depends on the context.

          For example, I cannot say something provoking, such as “I feel that the Holocaust never happened” and expect because I’m using “I” language, people shouldn’t or won’t get upset over it. I cannot make racist or sexist or homophobic statements, no matter how vague, and expect to get away with it simply because they’re my opinion.

          Whether it is ridiculous or not, or whether people have the right to get upset over a comment or not, is besides the point. What I tried to explain on my reply to you above, was that -regardless of if they should or shouldn’t get upset- the question the person writing the comment must always keep in mind is: will people get upset over it? If the reply to that question is “yes”, and especially if the reply to the second question, “but will my comment offer something constructive to the community and the progression of the discussion?” is “no”, then that comment most likely should not be posted.

          When you stated that you felt your comment posed the risk of creating “needless controversy”, it seemed that you had asked yourself that first question and the answer was indeed “yes”.

          If a person continuously makes comments that serve no other purpose than to provoke the other commentators, then that person is dangerously drifting into trolling territory and will have to be banned.

          We have no trolls here, thankfully, but as a moderator, it is my duty to explain to people when their comments might inadvertently create that impression. This way we keep this a pleasant community for all. 🙂

    • Omar Cantu

      Are… are you trolling? Because the high heels and purse suggestions are not only impractical but kind of sexist.

    • Her powers are primarily mental of some sort, but as some who trained with the Seals for 11 month, she can kick ass if needed. Would be damn hard in a dress and heels.

      I think it’s downright refreshing that we have a female in a hero suit that won’t defy logic gravity in a fight 😀

      Asking for her to change outfit would be the same as saying Spooky should do it because a trenchcoat and a cap.. what kind of unhandy outfit in a fight is that!?
      (I don’t mean this last paragraph serious but if you question outfits then hit is the most non-practical)

  • Pikinanou

    When we were first introduced to the Commander, I thought she was, at least, in her late twenties, and when I read that she was 22, I found it weird, because she had seemed way older than that to me, not enough “baby fat” on her cheeks, you know 😛 But, now, on this page, she really looks her age.
    I dunno if the change was intentional or not, but I like it 🙂

    • SofiaT

      I agree, I look at her in a different light now too.

      I think we tend to “see” things in the characters of the comic depending on our preconceptions about them or random conclusions we’ve drawn, “just because”. I thought she was older too; maybe because she’s the leader and in my head that meant she had a wider age gap with the rest of the team -so I thought she looked older too. But now, knowing her real age, she looks younger to me.

      I don’t think that’s an intentional change in the drawing or coloring of her character, but most likely the way we perceive her now that we are a bit more familiar with her 🙂

  • Cydney Sabin

    Now here’s a great way to start the morning! Spooky is much more adorable when he’s not covered in dirt and scratches. Just my opinion, though.

  • SofiaT

    -“We have to assume she’s been planning this for months, years even.”
    -“Or longer”.

    Longer than years? What would that be? Decades? Centuries? o.O
    …How old is The Platinum Priestess exactly?
    And now I’m starting to feel that I should ask, what is The Platinum Priestess exactly?

    • Klaus

      She is not by nature unaging, at least as far as Duncan knows. Otherwise he would not need to include her in his deal with the devil.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      I had that thought too, she may not be human. Sonny thought that she was probably as bad as Circe, perhaps he’ll turn out to be right.

      • SofiaT

        If Sircea is a minor Greek goddess, I’m going to start liking her 😀

        But, as Klaus mentions below, I somehow doubt she’s immortal; or she wouldn’t need the deal with Laampros.

        Maybe she’s a creature that ages slowly, but still ages; like the three witch-sisters in Stardust.

        • I’ll have to join you if she turns out to be some sort of minor greek deity.

          You know it’s possible her immortality was stolen or waning. And so this is her plan to get it back?

          • SofiaT

            That… would be a very interesting twist.
            It might even make her the likable, redeemable victim-turned-villain, if she was an immortal creature to begin with and somebody used trickery to steal her immortality.

          • It would actually be pretty awesome. Ancient deities were always screwing each other over, it wouldn’t be unheard of.

          • SofiaT

            Going back to the hypothesis that The Priestess was immortal and now her immortality is waning… it brings to mind the Olympians, who died when people stopped believing in them (the tomb of Zeus is supposed to be in a cave on a mountain in Crete).

            Could The Priestess be serving a deity that granted her immortality, but when that deity disappeared due to lack of followers (clap, clap, clap!), The Priestess started aging? And if that’s the case (long-shot as it may be) wouldn’t it also mean that her powers should start waning as well?

            I think The Priestess is a very powerful woman, aging or not -and Spooks confirms it on this page. So I don’t think this is the case. But that theory has a certain allure and I can see some interesting fanfiction coming out of it when the arc is completed. (That’s a hint to those who write fanfiction, because I can’t put together two paragraphs without making people fall asleep).

          • It’s possible that she steals what she can and makes deals where she can to remain strong, but she’s now looking for something more permanent. But yes, either way it’s an interesting concept and could prove quite exciting.

  • Zaneta McDonald

    I like Spook’s hat….nice touch. 🙂

  • Nate

    I love the body language in that first panel. Even in the small scale, you can see how nervous Kyle is.

    • Klaus

      And Paul knows it.

    • SofiaT

      Oh shit. I didn’t think about this before (why didn’t I think about this before??). If they’re successful in finding them -and I don’t see why wouldn’t they, with Spooky on their side- Kyle will have to face Anni again. So soon after everything that happened!

      The boy can’t catch a break. I don’t know what men do after a bad break up, but most women (myself included) need at least some time to wallow in self-pity (or anger, depending) with friends, movies and a big tab of ice cream.

      I hope that super-duper awesome jet comes fully equipped with ice cream.

      • Miri

        Amanda knows how to look after people (according to Bonus Comic, she was somebody people turned to for help by the time she was 14). I’m pretty certain she’s got it covered 🙂 I suspect right now Kyle’s focusing on “preventing the end of the world” but once that little detail’s taken care of and it all hits him again, Spooky and Amanda will collude to whisk Kyle away, and tell the rest of the team they’re not allowed in unless they’re going to play nice.

        So Flyboy’s in, Paul’ll be ordered to check his “We’ll find you a nice guy when this is over. Who isn’t a silver fox and evil. Honestly, what did you see in the mean old man?” routine at the door (and from Amanda, he’ll take it, methinks), and Tsunami… Might explain it’s porn he thinks is sick and degrading, not gay porn showing him and his teammates getting it on in particular that he has an issue with? And then the team will have a sleepover with ice cream, chocolate, pillow fights and bad rom com movies 😉

        And there will be comics showing it. Yesss… If I was up to it, if Alex and co. were to gloss over these details, I’d produce fan art, but unfortunately I’m just not good enough an artist to do this justice!

  • fujoshifanatic

    Aaand we’re back! What a cool jet! Was it a gift/commission from Commander’s mom? Looks like a cross between a stealth bomber and a drone or something. Spooky’s spectral geo-locator thingy is cool! I was going to say I want one, but on reflection, the less I know about dark magic (and where it might be in relation to me), the better! It’s good to see the gang together again! I wonder how much of Kyle’s story do they all know as it relates to the mission at hand? This might be an interesting plane ride conversation, where they may have a chance to actually react to everything they’ve heard. I wonder what’s in Commander’s bag? Is that where they keep the spectral geo-locator thingy, along with other super-hero goodies? And just how much taller is Commander to Spooky? I think it’s very cute! *squeeing as my thing for short cute guys pops up* Anyway, on to the action!

  • Emmagem803

    YAY Plot! I loved the Spooky stuff, but I’ve missed Kyle and duncan

  • Valja

    I’ve read all the Bonus comic in one fell swoop (I LOVE having many pages to read in one go xD) and, what can I say? This webcomic is definitely a must read, really!
    At first I bumped into TYP cause of the superhero topic, then I found more reasons to stay thanks to the homoerotic theme good guy / super baddie which I found so intruguing and sexy – I’d never read anything about gay superheroes before and the relationship between a hero and a villain was something very promising, me being a lover of “it’s complicated” stories (and yes, THIS is just like the apotheosis of the “it’s complicated”).

    But then… there’s SO MUCH MORE in it. There’s well thought out backgrounds, great displays of friendship, emotional fragility but also inner strenght acquired through experience… And the dialogues! The Amanda-Spooky scenes in the bonus pages were perfect! Great story, and these characters sort of give ME strenght as well.
    Yes, I don’t read minds, I’m no demon offspring and honestly, though I don’t remember my 13th birthday (I don’t remember what I ate yesterday, let alone something that happened almost 10 years ago), I’m pretty sure I haven’t been sent to any parallel dimension – even though my 13th birthday marked my entrance in high school and now that I’m out of it I can frankly say it occasionally SEEMED like a living hell)…
    But we all have our “demons” to face right? And I bet all of us would like to have someone like Amanda, or Spooky, or Paul in our lives 😉

    *Ok now, back to being a superficial and carefree fan*
    OMG I can’t wait to see our heroes show off their powers a bit! After the bonus comic I’m totally hyped up about Spooky (that is, even more than before lol) who’s now officially my favourite character.
    Together with Kyle. And Amanda.
    Ok, I don’t have a favourite character, but Spooky’s got a special spot in my heart *grins* And his powers! How strong can the guy be?! And I shyly admit I still don’t understand how he got these powers.
    Also, I’m very curious about Fluke’s power! I should probably go back re-read the parts in which their powers were explained, but I don’t think that his was accurately cleared up – was it a kind of “channeling misfortune” power? BRILLIANT xD
    Can’t wait to read more! Thanks for creating this webcomic and sorry for the rant 🙂

    • This is a lovely comment, Valja, that’s got me grinning from ear to ear. Very fun for me to read. Thank you. 🙂

  • Madock345

    Spooky’s Scrying looks so technical, more like something you’d see on a computer screen on NCIS than magic, and that’s interesting. I wonder if that’s how every spellcaster would do it, or if that’s just the way he thinks about it.

    Tell me Alex, did you intentionally wait to give us a direct shot of the back of Spooky’s hat until you had finalized the design? 😉

    I hope Tsunami’s powers include not getting cold. His costume is awesome, but someone should at least give him a matching vest or something. Wouldn’t want him getting sick…

    Are you just teasing us with Flyboy hanging out in the background? I want more Mitch.

    • It’s definitely not how every spell caster would do it. It’s, as Sofia might say, “Spooky style.”

      The logo needed to be created first, so I had to wait for that until I could show it on the back of his cap in the Interlude.

      Tsunami doesn’t get cold easily.

      You will get more Mitch. 🙂

    • Klaus

      We got our first good look at that cap April 12, 2013: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-int1-page-4/

  • Xalun K

    I dig the way Spooky’s scrying. It looks like a little electronic bowl. 🙂

    Also, the fact that there seems to be zero judgement on the part of the YP team, just a desire to get their job done now that they know what’s going on, is a testament to not only the strength of the team but the strength of the writing. Loving this more every day.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I would dearly love for there to be zero judgement, but I seriously suspect from a storytelling point of view Alex wanted to speed up the pace a bit after the (non-bonus comic) scene of Spooky talking with Kyle on the clifftop. At the very least get the team back together and into the air to give the sense of forward momentum. I’m guessing there will be interpersonal interactions (including judgements) coming later on. I mean, after all of teh feelz we’ve had so far, it would be downright strange for there weren’t.

  • Mary Klemzak

    For some reason, I was thinking there were more people on the team.

    Does anyone else hear “The boys are back in town”? Or is it me? Ok so I have an overly dramatic imagination. If it was a movie or tv series(sitcom of course! Or maybe a Family Channel or CW drama), everyone would be walking in slow motion to that exact song.

  • silibub

    Bah, I was sick and went to bed early so I completely missed the update. Anyway. This is a great way to come back to the main storyline, an exciting page with a bunch of interesting equipment (they have their own plane, holy crap!) and the gang all together! Plus plentiful mentions of my wife — what’s this about her getting “the crazies to step it up”? Does she have minions? Somehow I pictured her and Duncan operating in relative isolation, but in retrospect it makes much more sense for them to have a lot of manpower on their side. The scope of this whole operation is larger than I was picturing (although I guess what do you expect from opening a hell gate?)

    I’m intrigued by the notion of “ritual sites” — was that just Spooky’s name for the locations or are there specific areas around the country designated for serious magic use? (Incidentally, I also really like Spooky’s electronic scrying bowl…thing!) I wonder if all the magic happening in those forty or fifty sites is related to the gate-opening ritual, or if Sircea simply deployed a bunch of people to create a kind of magic-noise smokescreen to divert the team away from her location. It would be kind of staggering if it turned out they were all linked somehow — that gate would be huge.

    Can’t wait to see where this goes — thanks for the awesome page!

    • You’re welcome, silibub! Those are all good questions. I am fighting off a cold right now myself so I hope you feel better soon!

      (Oh, and there are some special moments involving your wife ahead. I think you’ll like them… 😉 )

      • silibub

        Thanks Alex, I’m feeling a lot better – I hope you can say the same for yourself soon!

        And now I’m really eager to see what’s coming, more than usual, which is quite a feat. Well played!

    • Elrohir

      Well…and this is a TOTALLY unsubstantiated stab in the dark…I note that as we look into Spooky’s iScry we see what would seem to be a map of the southwest US and Mexico (including Baja). The largest of the indicators (and I’m working from the assumption that the size and/or color of the circle indicates it’s level of magic/energy) would appear to be near Mexico City. Given the amount of ritual sacrifice performed there that seems like a reasonable correlation. So, I think Spooky is saying that Team Silver needs a ritual site for what they are planning and he is scanning them to locate it. But that’s just me.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      There’s a whole bunch of issues here, many of which I’ve been thinking on overnight.

      The references to ‘the crazies’ could be almost anything. Maybe Spooky is so unimpressed with people who use dangerous and immoral dark magic that he dismisses them as crazy, while at the other extreme they may be literally insane. But the idea of the Priestess having minions is interesting. I admit that my first thought went to the Diana Wynne Jones novel ‘A Sudden Wild Magic’ where a powerful magical circle need to harness a lot of power as part of their defence against an other-dimensional incursion, so they send out the word to get as many other groups as possible to do their own magic workings at the same time and in so doing raise the overall energy levels – and some of those other groups are fiercely independent, don’t realise they’re being directed, and have to have the rationale for why they should be doing a magical working at this particular time tailored to fit their own magical ideological worldviews.

      But another thought has occurred to me: Is Alex throwing a bit of misdirection at us by hiding what the Priestess is in plain sight? This is a superhero story, so we tend to default to thinking that the name ‘Platinum Priestess’ is simply a kewl alliterative codename being used by someone who is ‘just’ a sorceress. However what if she really is a priestess/hierophant, literally a religious leader? She could have lots of minions who would be better described as ‘dangerous fanatics’ rather than ‘deluded fools’.

      With regard to the ‘ritual sites’ I suspect Spooky means ‘places where rituals are being carried out’ and which he can the detect on his scrying device. Given the size of the magical event being prepared for, this probably includes any sites that have innate magical power or which because of frequent use have been imbued with magical power (and in that sense could be considered ‘designated for serious magic’), but if push comes to shove it may also include any old place that is convenient.

      [Thinking out loud: ] This contrasts with a notion of ‘registered sites’ which strikes me as something that this world wouldn’t have developed yet. I mean, from the comments Kyle made when the wine was being served super teams are all (or almost all) registered and being directed by government or corporations and not being independent. ‘Not being independent’ being the operative phrase here, as in: it doesn’t seem to be like getting a drivers license or marriage licence and then just going off and mostly policing yourself. If the super teams are being actively managed (maybe even mircomanaged), then I can’t see something like magical sites being any less controlled and restricted. Especially if, as per the bonus comic, there are people in the military who have been investigating posible demonic incursions for at least half a decade now. Another thought: control of super powered individuals and potentially powerful magic all raise interesting questions about how far the U.S.Aian right to bear arms extends in any superhero class universe.

      • SofiaT

        Lots of food for thought there, Saxon.
        If PP is indeed a priestess… then for whom? What deity does she serve? And do demons count as deities in this case?

        Although, by the way Duncan spoke about Laampros, as a necessary evil he has to use and work with, but without being happy about it, and assuming that The Priestess shares his views, I can’t see her worshiping this king of Hell at least.

      • Nice analysis and good questions, Saxon. 🙂

      • silibub

        These are great questions! I’ve been wondering about Sircea’s exact function (for lack of a better word) for a long time, since “Priestess” seems like such a specific title to select, and particularly curious since it doesn’t necessarily denote magical involvement. That is, the primary association with the term “priestess” is religious, like you said, and yet at this point we really have no idea what Sircea’s work entails or if she serves any particular deity. She may have attracted a sort of cult following, and might in that case pay lip service to some kind of god as a cover while she manipulates her believers for her own purposes. (I actually really like this theory, since much like Duncan she seems to have a lot of charisma — I can easily see her being able to wield influence over a group of fanatics. Of course, then we’d have to ask what the process of indoctrination would be like, and how she goes about recruiting…I’m sure the answers wouldn’t be pleasant.)

        I think you’re probably right about there not being designated ritual sites, especially since the Spooky and Commander bonus comic strongly implied a sort of taboo around using magic: that it makes you crazy and dangerous. I wonder if that attitude has changed much in the past six years — it’s possible that Spooky’s fame has put a positive spin on magic — but likely not enough that anyone’s roping off special zones for spellcasting. In any case, it makes sense that substantial ritualized magical activity would have to take place out in the desert, or somewhere removed from populated areas, to avoid interference.

        I can tell I’ll be mulling over this for a while now. Thanks for the brain food!

        • Klaus

          We know next to nothing about how magic works in this world. Is there a system of ley lines or similar that determines what places are suitable for major rituals? Or can any site, after proper preparation, be used for any ritual? Is magic one thing that every magician understands in much the same way? Meaning that what is possible and what is not, what is difficult and what is not, is the same for everyone. Or are there entirely different kinds of “magic”, so that a mage from one tradition has no clue what a mage from tradition unknown to him is capable of?

          And what are magicians capable of? Did PP spend hours preparing for her meeting with Kyle? Was the time and/or place carefully selected to be conductive to the planned magic? Or can she make portals, change people’s clothes and analyze their powers whenever she wants to, with no need for preparation? Is that staff necessary? A help? Just for show? There is so much we don’t know.

          • Miri

            Given that she apparently analysed Kyle’s powers during their probing-tentacles moment together, the references to Solomon, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee’s consternation that the invisidust wasn’t affected by their toy (although it was a set-up, Kyle should have a decent understanding of magical theory etc. in order to do his job, as Spooky’s friend, etc., so I think we can take that as believable) I’d say that not all people use magic in the same way, powers can come from various sources, some of it is understood to the point that there are technological inhibitors which can contain it (so Amanda sending the military after Duncan and PP shouldn’t mean she’s sending them to their certain deaths) but there are other, lesser-known sources and methods. So to clarify, I suspect that most of PP’s power can be contained, but that she may have other artefacts or options for preventing interference, and may also be capable of arming Duncan, and others. Whether they are likely to have done this as part of their prep may depend on how rare/difficult/potentially painful it is to produce them, and on the bad guys’ expectations of how likely it is that Kyle will tell his teammates everything, how good they think Spooky (potentially with Fluke’s help) is, and therefore how likely it is that anybody will turn up to challenge them… I don’t think they’ll have no protection, but I’m not yet able to speculate on the level or form of that protection…

      • Klaus

        A right to keep and bear spells?

  • Derkins

    nice spooky memorabilia hat, Spooks.

  • mogoskier

    So how dose Commander put on that head band under her hair like that?

    • Miri

      The quickest and easiest way to do it that neatly would probably be to put the top section of her hair in a pony tail, put the band over her head, slide it up, and align it with the bottom of the top section, then release the top section so it hangs over it.

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  • I just want to say that Veronica does amazing cloud work!

    • SofiaT

      I think the “cloud” part was unnecessary. 😛
      Veronica does amazing work, period. (But yes, I agree about the clouds, just messing with ya)

      • Well sure, all of Veronica’s work is amazing, but those clouds are super amazing! 😀

        😛

    • I really liked what she did with the clouds here too. 🙂

      • There’s both volume and movement in these small spaces.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    I just noticed: the opening text block now says ‘6:37 am’ rather than ’92 minutes later’. Never let it be said that Alex isn’t responsive to constructive reader feedback. 🙂

    • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

      Didn’t he say a few pages ago that the pacing of the story was already worked out well in advance, and that no amount of criticism would cause him to alter this? Well that was just a LIE!
      😀

    • Klaus

      And at the same time, Tsunami’s bracer changed color.

      • Frater Gymnos

        i think tsunami should switch over to a thong or a loincloth… what do they wear down there for traditionals?

  • Edgardo Perez

    Yay it’s finally back I liked the backstory but im dying to see what will happened when the two love birds meet again and who kills who (good will always triumph but I still wanna see) Also do you have any idea what you will do after this little story arc is over.

    • this “little” arc is far from over – it’s chapter 3 of five, so we’ll either see a small victory to crush us even more in Number 4, or we’ll have the beating right now, so the evil forces assume they’ve won, and Nr 4 sees a regrouping against all odds…. plenty of time till we will see the end of this….

      that said, i do feel the same about beeing back – to be honest, the bonus comic didn’t grab me enough to look twice a week, but now i’m back in the game!

  • Emiko

    “Months, years, even.” “Or longer.”
    WHAT DOESS THAT MEAN

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      Decades? Centuries? Millennia?
      We’ll have to wait for Alex to tell us how long she’s been planing it.

  • Noriam Gutierrez

    Amongst EVERYTHING, I only have one question, Alex. I couldn’t help but notice the zoom-in on Spooky’s cap… is that design supposed to be him? Or is that a cartoon character he cosplays daily? I must know. 0_0

    My guess is that Spooks had always dressed like that. And one day, he bought that Spooky merch cap made by his fans and he switched them to show his gratitude? I mean, the character design looks like he could use magic. Look at the sparkles coming out of his hand. MAGIC.

    Ahhh, I’m probably soo off. Haha! But besides that, I kinda geeked out about those clouds. *-* They’re the big, white, fluffy poofs that I like best. :3 *Gasp* And the sky is soo blue! <3 Ughh, thank you for such a beautiful page! The trees look really interesting, too. I like the colors Veronica used on them. You guys really did a fantastic job. (:

    • Klaus

      Spooky it is. You get a better look here: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-int1-page-4/

      • Noriam Gutierrez

        I can see that it’s him but why? Lol.

        • SofiaT

          Apparently, from what has been stated previously by The Master of this Universe (aka @alexwoolfson:disqus), Spooky is famous and has his own merchandise line. How he became famous and why we never see him without his cap, is yet to be revealed 🙂

  • WarGoddess

    The Young Protectors are gearing up to fight! The level of awesomeness brings a tear to my eye.

  • Frater Gymnos

    thoroughly enjoyed the interlude. glad to be back at the main story, however. now i see a spooky who has so much more depth and intrigue than even he had before. i could go on and on gushing about the art (especially the young spooky/older spooky differences) but your storytelling is amazing. thank you so much for sharing your talent(s) with the world – and, somehow, making the world a better place (at least on Saturdays and Wednesdays).

    • Thank you, Frater. I’m glad you the Bonus Comic added a bit of depth to Spooky for you and very glad to hear The Young Protectors is making your world a better place. 🙂

  • bronakopdin

    just back from my sisters’s place, playing a lot with my 12 years old niece and nephew twins and doggie Kiro ^^
    Nice “Pfingsten” this year (do you even celebrate it in US or elsewhere? What is it called over there? What did you guys do to celebrate it? For me it was mostly having some nice family time and great food by my sis’s godly hands xD)

    aaaaaand back to the main story 🙂
    Kinda happy to see Kyle after such a long time 😀 and he looks good! Really determined somehow! I thought he might still be very down, noone could blame him but at least in that one panel we see he’s not drowning in misery anymore! Fight Kyle!!!

    Let’s see if Spooky can do what Commander wants him to 😀 seems he’s already working hard and concentrated, not responding anymore…
    (and hell I love his cap xD everytime I see it again I like it more ^^)

    Looking forward to Wednesday’s page 😉

    • Klaus

      Here it is “pinse”. I am part of a group of friends who meat Mondays to play board games. The two holidays that are always on a Monday, second day of easter and second day of whitsun, we start early. I played a superhero game this pinse, Sentinels of the Multiverse.

      • bronakopdin

        sounds like fun 😀 and yeah i think Whitsun is one of the English equivalents, the other may be Pentecost?

  • b3nc0
  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    Oooh….a dreamcatcher? Spiffy. I like Spook’s style. XD

    • b3nc0

      ‘Til now, I saw it like a kind of portable pensine but now that you mention it… Guess it’s a techno-magical-mixed penso-dreamo-GPS?!

  • b3nc0

    gave up on the comments on camping too ==> photos https://plus.google.com/photos/114661535605160092496/albums/6023431463664511009
    apparently i also gave up on proper grammatical sentences oTL

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Lovely photos!

  • Heh

    For personal reasons, i cannot be present on camp duty this update. But i wish you guys had a great week start, and i promise i’ll see you all on the next one.

    Ps: Save some spooky for me!

    • You can can have all the Spooky you want, that means more Mitch for me ^_^

      I hope everything is alright!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      We’ll see you on Friday! Hope the rest of your week goes well.

  • YangYueLan

    I am torn between seeing the new page now or waiting till after my final on Wednesday…..

    • DC

      Good Luck for your final 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Yes, good luck!

  • Meh.. it’s too hot to sleep, so after a couple hours of trying, I’m joining camp a little early instead 🙂 I’ll just have to hope the sandman doesn’t drop by before the page is up…

    Who else is here, lurking behind their screens?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I am, but that’s because it’s nearing midday here an I’m taking a short break.

      • It’s close to 4am here. I really wish I’d gotten a nap before camping but at least I’m not having any plans until in the afternoon, so can get some sleep later when I’m too tired to care about the heat xD

        • I am here! I just finished catching up on my tumblr. I got a late start today….take note it takes me about 4 hours to catch up things when I have been away from the computer for most of the day.

          And it is 10 pm here. ^_^

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I know! I have the same problem with my tumblr.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I just got here.

  • So.. I think he is/has been out of town, and therefor hasn’t been around the last days, but it’s not gonna stop me from saying this .. in case he does make a quick peek on the page later…

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHRIS <3

    Thank you for being such a great part of the comments community, and for all your donations that has helped give us the weekly bonus page for over a year now.
    Where ever you are, and with whom you're with, I hope you've had a really good day 🙂

    • Happy Birthday to you
      Happy Birthday to you
      Happy Birthday dear Chris
      Happy Birthday to you
      ….
      and many more on channel four
      keep it alive on channel five

    • silibub

      Woo! Happy Birthday Chris, we love you!

    • mogoskier

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Happy Birthday, Chris!!

  • Holly

    *Bursts forward*
    I AM HERE! I AM HERE! THINGS ARE NOT HAPPENING THAT AREN’T CAMPING SO I AM HERE! FOR YOU, I missed you all. (I realize it’s kind of funny I disappeared at the beginning of the bonus pages and return for the camp for the second page of the second part of chapter 3)

    • *glomps Holly* YAY!!!

      • Holly

        YAY HI DOKI

        • I have some M&M and Hershey Kisses, want some?

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Also, virtual birthday cake for Chris.

          • *sorts M&Ms by color and arranges them into a cake shape*

          • Holly

            YAY CANDY
            did you see my text about my work award?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I didn’t see that – congratulations!!

          • Holly

            I won an award for being the peppiest at work. It was a Velociraptor on top of a jar of chocolate coins

          • stickfigurefairytales

            That’s awesome! 😀

          • Holly
          • stickfigurefairytales

            That is so fantastic.

          • Yes I did Congrats!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Holly!!

      • Holly

        Hi stick wicks

  • Okay, this is the first time today that I’ve been able to just sit down and just sit down. Except it’s not going to last too long because I’m going to have to go start dinner soon. Blarg!

    On another note (following Danish’s lead)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!!! (wherever you are)

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Glad to have you here, even if it’s only for a little bit!

      • It’s just one of those day where you keep remembering you have to do things just as you think you’re done.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Those are exhausting.

          • Yes, yes they are. Which doesn’t help when my feet hurt. :

            How’s your day going?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            It’s been good. I’ve been getting some stuff organized and I did yoga this evening.

          • Yay for good day!

            Yoga, I really should take that up.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I really like it. I find it very relaxing, although it depends on the studio and teachers. I know some places are a lot more workout-focused.

          • It looks it, relaxing that is. I could use to relax

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’m sorry that your feet hurt. 🙁

  • SofiaT

    On my lunch break -hello everybody!
    Crazy busy again in the office today, I have the sneaky feeling I won’t be able to see the page till I’m home tonight.

    Enjoy the camping and camp some for me too!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      We will – have a good rest of the day!

    • Don’t they know it’s page day?!

  • Sapfo

    Chris shaped friend!

    Hope you are having a good day. Even is you might be an adult now, you can still come and play with us. ♥♥

    • stickfigurefairytales

      (Is that first bit a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer?)

      • Sapfo

        Yes it is. I miss that show

  • *Joins camp* yay made it this time (although my dance instructor tried to murder us…) turns, turns, turns, direction change, turn – dizzy. Bah!

    Also… HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Welcome! Glad you survived dance class.

      • Me too… but dance = glass of red wine. Hard work = being rewarded 😉

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Hard work should always be rewarded. 🙂

    • Hey Starr!!!

      • Hello! *hugs tightly* laughs evily about fungeons…

        • Did you see that Gryphon promised to bring whips and cookies when she visits our lair?

          • Yes I did and approve! You know where are the virgins are going to have to stay though right? *more evil grins*

          • I can bring other…things too if you want. Just place an order. I can do sweets and bondage apparatus at the same time!

          • Ropes and cuffs and collars might be needed…..

          • It’s on!

            I’ll throw in some leashes and cupcakes with lewd shapes in the frosting too. *thoughtful* I’ll look around for some ice cream. Might come in handy for those times when you’re in the mood to lick something.

            You guys have a freezer in the fungeon, right?

          • Hmmmm, Not sure….It is Admiral’s Castle….but our fungeon

          • Sure, it’s Admiral’s Castle but can’t we bring out own furniture?

            I’ve already moved a jacuzzi into my tower and am thinking of adding a sauna.

          • I was just saying, I am not sure if she had electricity put in the dungeon or if we are going to need a generator..

          • I hope there’s electricity we just put in a bunch of LED lights.

          • Yes, but did you remember to wire the dungeon? A lot of people forget….though I do like the idea of candlelight ^_^

          • The outlets are there, just hidden so as not to ruin the ambiance.

          • Doki’s right! I totally forgot about wiring the dungeon. I’m glad she was thinking things through.

          • okay good, we can fix the freezer so it blends in with things. ^_^

          • There might be some “stone” or granite veneer you can add to the front. Plus, does it need to be very large?

          • I wasn’t planing on a huge one…what do you think Starr?

          • Agreed. It will be chilly down there two so plenty of cuddly star blankets and pillows!

          • Thinking along the same route…I think I’ll bring leather cuffs with cozy fluffy linings. Gotta keep those wrists and ankles warm!

          • Lets see whips, cookies, leather cuffs & handcuffs with fuzz, ice cream, chains, blankets & pillows… the whole cast of Teahouse including Mercutio and his ‘collection’ along with Starfighter… decisions, decisions… 😉

          • This is a good start!

            What about outfits? Shoes? Over the knee boots? Leather, vinyl, corsets? Maybe some masks and a cape or two might be fun.

          • Over the knee boots, leather, male and female corsets, and as long as we aren’t doing any super hero/villain work then capes are okay, but only to be worn in the safety of the fungeon…

          • While scouting around for bridal shower lingerie the other day, I thought this was soo lovely http://www.darkgarden.com/products/tailored-cincher

          • lovely!!!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ooh, nice!

          • Yup, lovely veneers of rocks and collumns and alcoves.

          • Candles… wax… yes. Also oil… too many great ideas 😉

          • NOW you’re talking!

          • Holly

            Non flammable oil because we don’t need THAT happening again…. >_>

          • Furniture away!

          • We will get one… especially for the ice, ice cream and other such things that need to be kept frozen.

    • Hello!

  • Huh….Prince of Cats is almost over…

    • Shhh.. don’t say it. Let me live in pretended ignorance for a little longer. TJ & Amal also just ended, and some comics on my reading list have gone on long term hiatus.
      I hate the feeling when a comic ends, not matter how great the ending is. I don’t want to think of it xD

      • Sapfo

        I just got TJ and Amal in the mail yesterday…. and Kung fu Hustler 😀

        • Ooh.. I need money for those at some point. Want to read Kung Fu Hustler *sad panda about being very broke*
          Btw.. has the package for me arrived yet?

          • Sapfo

            Yes it have!
            Can you go on Skype for a moment?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I was so sad about TJ and Amal ending!

    • Endings create new beginnings (comics?) + a fresh set of characters and plot for an artist is never a bad thing 😉

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Nimona is heading towards the end, too. 🙁

  • Hi everyone! How’s it going?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Pretty good. How are you?

      • Doing well. Was running around finishing laundry. Now I can relax and toast some marshmallows.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Yay! I’ll take some marshmallows over here if they’re up for grabs.

          • *hands over some marshmallows then rummages for some chocolate square* Here you go!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Thanks much!

    • Its the person I keep making jealous on twitter!!! 😛 *hugs* How are you doing this night sweetie?

      • Ah yes, I figured you and Starr need a bit of a friction with what you’ve got going on between you. XD

        I’m doing well. A little sleepy. You?

        • not too bad. ^_^ I was fine until you said you were sleepy now I am yawning…..

          • Sorry about that…I’m wide awake and ready to jump UP AND DOWN!!!!!!

          • So you stole my awakeness through the computer….

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Fiendish!

          • Yes, Gryphon is fiendish and sneaky!

          • Me???!!!
            XD
            Though not tricksy like @alexwoolfson:disqus.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Tricksy, tricksy Alexes.

    • Hello! Writing hour done & now camping time? 😉

    • Hello!

      • A.J. is the Queen of the Castle(s)!

        • Ha! Why yes I am! 🙂

          • I was careful to make sure there was more than one castle noted.

          • There do seem to be a plethora of castles.

          • We just really like them and they’re large enough to house all of us.

          • That’s true. On both counts. Castles are awesome.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Well, the princess always seems to be in another one…

          • I read that article. It is the article you’re referring too right?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Actually, I was referring to Super Mario Bros. ^_^

          • I’ve never played Super Mario Bros as you can tell. 🙂

          • *dies in shock*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh wait, did you mean the one by Arthur Chu?

          • Yes, I meant that article. Very interesting.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Yes, I really enjoyed it! I actually know him irl (we went to the same college and he’s married to a good friend of mine), and I was really proud of him for it.

          • I loved that article.

          • Excellent! Tell him that I enjoyed reading it and it gave me really good food for thought. And tell him I’m proud of him too.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I will, thank you! 🙂

          • zunden

            I second Gryphongirl2’s comment. It’s a good article.

          • I also. It was very well written.

  • Megan Staples

    What will they do?

    Kick ass! ha ha ha ha

  • Megan Staples

    I now have an urge to sing the Mighty Mouse theme…

  • mogoskier

    Guys I have a weird theory about Kyle’s mom. There was that one idea that the mother was an angel and that is why Kyle still looks human but what if it was a fallen angel. What if Kyle’s mom is Lucifer.
    Thoughts

    • Mpreg Lucifer?

      Anything is possible, for sure, though Lucifer’s daughter burst out of his head, much like Athena burst out of Zeus’ head. Or so says Milton.

      • mogoskier

        Ahh the coming from the head trope, when a culture wants the male gods to birth kids but don’t want to them to have those yucky vaginas

        • I’ve wondered about that at times. I mean, what could be better about having your head busted open like that? Even if you are immortal.

          • mogoskier

            Well the ancient Greeks were really sexist. Just read the myths of Athena for proof of that. Having Zeus the ideal male specimen having anything to do with women’s childbirth was a big no-no. The closest to it would be Dionysus but it was only carrying on his thigh and a special case.

          • *nods* Makes sense.

          • Holly

            yeah Dionysus’ mom exploded and Zeus just sewed the womb on his leg

          • mogoskier

            I always thought that was funny because in any other mythology the god in question would just turn into a women but nope. You get to be on my leg.

          • LimpBiskit

            Is that the ancient Greek version of a Pocket Pu**y? ROFL

      • mogoskier

        Not Mpreg exactly. Angels have no true gender, so Lucifer could choose to be a woman.

        • Yes, now I seem to recall that but I still kinda like the idea of Mpreg Lucifer.

  • Holly

    I think I forgot how to camp. OR I have been ignoring so many things online I can’t juggle it.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS I TOTALLY CAME BACK BECAUSE I KNEW THAT!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Would you care for some toasted marshmallows?

      • Holly

        *Blinks then pulls out hershey bars and a box of graham crackers* This is right?

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Perfect! *passes you a stick with a pair of marshmallows on it*

          • Holly

            WE NEED KYLE! XP

          • zunden

            I’m not Kyle, but I love s’mores…. Any chance you’re willing to share…?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Sure thing!

          • zunden

            Thanks! 🙂

          • stickfigurefairytales

            *hands you some marshmallows*

          • zunden

            You’re amazing. *takes marshmallows, pulls out a stick to roast them with*
            Have we started a fire yet, or should I do that?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Well, we were hoping Kyle could put in an appearance, but in his absence your help would be greatly appreciated!

          • zunden

            Great! *pulls out a bunch of firewood and starts setting up a campfire* We can give him a few more minutes, if you want. Either way, it’d be good to have the wood ready, right? 🙂

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Good call.

          • zunden

            Thanks.

        • LimpBiskit

          Ooh, you know whats really awesome? Cut a pocket about halfway through the ‘mallow, tuck a slice of strawberry or other yummy fruit inside and toast as usual. THAT’S awesome.

          • O_O
            That sounds fab!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            How do you get it to stay on the stick if it has a slice cut into it?

          • LimpBiskit

            Easiest way is to basically just stick knife straight down from the end. the ‘mallow will stretch enough for the berry slice without tearing, and you can press it back together. Then insert stick as usual, being careful to squeeze the ‘mallow around it. I’ve never had one just drop off, have overmelted a few though 🙂

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I see. Good to know, thank you!

  • Holly

    before posting that this the comment count was 333. The sign of the….um…. Kyle? I mean he’s half demon….

    • Saxon_Brenton

      If he’s got a non-demon mum, sure. But if his mother is also a demon, or Laampros spawned him by parthenogenesis, or by visualising him into existence as tulpa-like solid though form…
      What? Oh don’t mind me, I’m just babbling to keep myself occupied while waiting for the next page to post. (Mmm. Nice virtual marshmellows.)

    • LimpBiskit

      HA the sign of Kyle… That made me happy.

  • Vero has had some computer issues so things are taking a bit longer. I’m estimating the page will be up in another 45 minutes. Just a heads up. 🙂

    • We’ll just keep the camp fire going with more wood! ‘Tis all good! 🙂

      • Good thing we have extra marshmallows!

        • Who wants wine? (yes the cat has vino…)

          • Depends on the wine….I cannot drink it if it tastes like wood.

          • I like sweet/more fruit tasting. Californian is my favorite *winks*

          • OK, good. ^_^

          • Wine might have been a bad choice… sleepy… I may fall asleep before it’s up… If I do, happy hunting everyone! *yawn*

          • I am getting very sleepy too…we had too much fun and wore ourselves out…

          • All that fungeon-ing, decorating, and trying on outfits will wear you out.

          • Yeah…

          • mogoskier

            Me please, have a mini cinnamon bun

          • Would love some. I’ll drink whatever Doki doesn’t want.

            And I’ll add some dark chocolate to taste with it. *holds out small bowl of chocolate to all*

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Thank you for telling us!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Cool!

    • Our sun is considered a very ordinary star but it’s so beautiful and it looks like a living entity (or maybe it is and I just didn’t know). Thanks for sharing, Doki.

      • Yes, I thought the pictures were at the least very gorgeous….the story was only a secondary thing really.

        • I’m fascinated by that video though I have to admit it made me think of Doctor Who.

      • Gryph, there are a number of brilliant Frank Herbert books, where all the stars are indeed sentient creatures, even if a good bit beyond our ability to understand. Deep deep books and quite wonderful. The DUNE books are just the tip of the Herbert iceberg. 🙂

        • I read the first two Dune books and thought they were interesting but if you have some star books you can recommend, I’d give them a go!

  • Donald Burch

    *wakes up and peeks in on the gang as they camp and eat s’mores.* Hi y’all! Can’t camp with you but I’m with you in spirit.

  • EMR has updated!! http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/ch20pg33 And don’t forget that it is two pages!!

    And for any that have not read this amazing comic yet, you can begin reading it here: http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/

  • Holly

    I sadly must give up. work in the morning night

    • Awwwww *hugs* Night Holly love! Sweet dreams!!

    • Good night, Holly. Sleep well!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Aw, good night, Holly!

  • *peeks in from the lurking* Reading a book isn’t the most social camping thing LOL .. and I also have to remind myself to check for page a couple times.
    My computer is acting up and the sandman came to visit me about 45mins ago.. but I will not give in. As a hardcore camper I will stay till the page is up.. or I basically fall asleep in front of the screen :-p

    • We are glad you are here, sleepy head!

      • I read a lot, have always done that since I learned to read, but I’m really in the mood to read books at the moment.. and with that longer list I have at the moment that is a good thing 🙂

    • So THAT is why you have been so quiet….

      • Yeah, I’m at the end of the 5th book that I’ve been reading for the last week’s time.

  • davefragments

    I’ve been peeking back and forth from my short story (editing) about 3 tween witches and their victim and a demon.
    waiting,
    waiting,
    waiting
    for the update

  • Not sure if I am going to make it….

    • Doki doze.

    • Same here. Damn not being able to sleep earlier.

    • Come on down to the dungeon instead *yawn*

      • If I were to do that I would just end up curling up with one of my V’s and passing out…..you were the one who brought in the pillows and blankets…

        • Curls up next to Cain and inhales the scent of his hair. Coils her claws around his torso… are you sure?

          • ………*narrows eyes at Starr*……
            …..
            …..
            tease

          • Deimos spoons from behind and breathes in her ear… You sure?

          • mmmmmm maybe?

            *my brain is starting to get sleep foggy*

          • I’m dozing off, so out. Abel was bad though, so you can sneak in if you decide to join us… NIGHT!

  • Adam Black

    Hi campers…

    New drive up: http://www.drivecomic.com/

    new The End : http://www.endcomic.com/

    New Dresden Kodak:
    http://dresdencodak.com/2014/06/09/dark-science-32/

    Seriously those are some of the best written ans drawn comics on the web , if you are not reading them

  • Sorry, y’all. Vero’s computer problems continue. At least another 15 minutes before I can update…

    • I will try to hold out a little longer.

      Do we have an emergency IT person to call for situations like this? Or is Mitch good enough to fix it?

      • He’s working hard on it, Doki. He actually has a line of dialogue on the new page…

        • I WILL STAY AWAKE!!!

          • … and that reply was like a 6-pack of energy drinks for Doki 😉

        • Madock345

          Now I can’t possibly go back to sleep >:(

    • davefragments

      computers have hated me this year.
      I must go sleep.
      Bye

    • DemureDesire

      I blame retrograde Mercury…

      • Oooh, I forgot about that guy. I will second the blame on retrograde Mercury!

    • Maria White

      ITs okay, I can work on my cross species love in my Animal crossing game.

  • And the comments just died out with the intense waiting 😉

    • Been a while since we’ve had a late night, eh? We’ve all lost our endurance for camping into the wee hours.

      • I’ve actually passed my tired point now and can keep going for a while longer. I’m up on a wave right now *lol*

  • Damn.. my last comment made me a second too slow to refresh LOL

    New page http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch3-page-33/

  • Jay Demetrick

    Wait, isn’t Kyle now of age and not allowed to wear the mask anymore…?

    • Klaus

      He is now of age and not required to wear a mask anymore.

  • Scott

    Can’t wait for the next one ^_^

  • MegaAnimeFreak7

    Oh. So that’s Amanda and Spooks now