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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 56

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Feelings?! Ewwwwwwwwww…

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So! Looks like The Platinum Priestess has The Annihilator’s number. What is she going to do with this information? Will The Annihilator deny it? Will that mean that The Platinum Priestess will have to show us even more examples of the hot guy-on-guy sex that runs through her imagination? And will any of it involve the actual, historical Galahad? (Who I’m told was a total dreamboat.)

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  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    Laampros must be getting impatient.

    • Congrats, Jakk!

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        Thanks 🙂

        • Yes congratz again 😉
          And apparently this computer is slower than expected at catching up. I double refreshed with only a couple secs between, because it was acting up, and I went from no page to page – and you had already commented o.O
          I can’t wait to get back to my own computer xD

  • davefragments

    It’s the new page! And I”m a bridesmaid (sort of)

  • Oh yea.. that.. boy.

  • This page is amazing!

  • Sapfo

    That was a beuty.

  • This! This was the conversation I sorta predicted all that time ago.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Way to go, Doki!

      • Though, in my prediction, she was laughing at Duncan, when he admits by silence, I am not so sure that she will laugh now. She looks kind of angry/disgusted.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          It’s because of all those gross feelings.

          • silibub

            Seriously, get those away from me, what if they’re contagious?!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ugh, it that compassion?! Get it off, get it off!!!!

          • Darling, is that…that RESPECT? Get away from me! *puts up crossed fingers*

  • davefragments

    Do those colors POP off the page – and just off enough to be a memory.

  • silibub

    Whoo! Lovely page — the layout, colors, everything! And an unexpected look at young Duncan, who would have thought?

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      I agree, great-looking page!

    • SofiaT

      A Duncan who dreamed of being Superman *sigh*

  • OMG! I don’t really have any words. Yes that boy. That boy chinked that armor you thought impervious.

  • Sapfo

    Alex, are they going after the Grail?

    And yes, I do belive that PP will have to show us a whole lot more of what she thougth was going on between Duncan and Kyle. (makes me almost forget that duncan is a liar and a villian)

    • I second what Sapfo said! A lot more…

      • Ha! 🙂

        • Sapfo

          Please give me a hint. I kind of forgot the legend, did not Galahad fight agains the big giant ninja pig, or were they on the same side?

          • Don’t forget the swarm of small ninja pigs inside the glass box he’s sitting in front of!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I thought the plural noun was a “flight” of ninja pigs. Since they’re airborne and all.

          • Hmm. Pigs in general are a drift or drove but swine are a sounder. How about a drifting flight of ninja pigs?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Sounds good to me! Although maybe we should work something ninja-ish in there…

          • A stealthily drifting flight of [mini] ninja pigs!!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            If necessary, we can shorten it to a “stealth.”

  • Richard Grant Muir

    I LOVE the PP. She is a cross between Karen Walker and Emma Frost. Her genuine surprise at Duncan growing feelings for someone tells as much about her as his feelings do him. Love it!!

    • i was thinking the same thing about PP…. “Shoulda, coulda, hexya!” lol

  • SofiaT

    Duncan had siblings?

    Also, is Sircea imagining what happened or did Duncan fill her in… and lied a little bit? Because one of those panels are definitely not accurate.

    • Maybe he didn’t tell her much and she has to fill in details.

      • SofiaT

        That was my first thought. The way she’s imagining things is more dominant and less tender than what happened. Either because anything else she’s simply incapable of imagining… or (and that was my second thought) that was the impression Duncan wanted to give her -if he indeed provide details.

        • Lillihandra

          Imaginations are terrible things to waste.

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          Sofia, don’t forget about Sircea’s mirror, or whatever it was that was in the poster. She may have ways of seeing what is happening far away. Duncan has probably told her about growing up. She may even have met him when he was very young. There is a lot we still don’t know.

          • SofiaT

            I’m talking about the first panel.
            She couldn’t have seen that in any looking glass, because it didn’t happen.

          • Steven K.

            You mean because Duncan never quite “mounted” Kyle from behind like that?

    • silibub

      Looks like a combination. And now I’m laughing because ha! She’s picturing them having sex — looks like Spooky was onto something in the interlude.

    • purplefoxglove

      Yes, I agree. When Duncan held Kyle up like that, our hero wasn’t dressed…or visible, sadly. She got the expressions all wrong, too. See?

      http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch1-page-50/

      *solemn nod*

      Of course, I totally can’t blame Sircea for trying to imagine what might have happened between those two…

      • SofiaT

        Actually, that part, (very Dirty Dancing, or what?!) could have happened but when the camera was not rolling, sort of speak.
        They’re both wearing suits, so I’m thinking it’s the beginning of their date on Kyle’s birthday, the part we didn’t get to see because that scene started with them landing on the platform outside the storage house.

        After all, if Kyle “flew” in Duncan’s arms while he was super-leaping to their destination, Duncan must have picked him up at some point.

        • purplefoxglove

          Aw, that would be totally romantic…*dreamy face*

          Hm, I just went and checked…Kyle didn’t wear a tuxedo on the birthday date. Or did he wear one, and for some reason, he had to change clothes? As in: “Kyle, darling, you may want to change into something less sensitive* to high speed and dead insects. I’ll help you, just to make sure you pick the right clothes…and take your time undressing. I *cough* have to contemplate your wardrobe.”

          I think Alex needs to fill us in on some scenes.

          *is that the right word?

          • SofiaT

            You’re absolutely right!
            I thought it must have been the birthday date but you were right from the start, that must be the Hong Kong date -and the second time Sircea’s imagery is wrong.

            Hm, strange how she go the warehouse scene, of Duncan leaving Kyle, right. Was that coincidence?

          • purplefoxglove

            The lifting is probably right after Duncan went through the portal and reunited with Kyle?

            I could imagine the PP would want to keep an eye on the ritual and waited just outside the warehouse to make sure everything went according to her plan. She’d get a good look an Duncan’s expression…or she’s only imagining what may have happened, with Duncan being so obviously infected with *feelings*.

  • ….Duncan used to be a child? He had parents? He had siblings?

    • silibub

      I figured he just sprung Athena-like into full adult existence. (Not really, but it can be difficult picturing some characters as kids!)

    • And feelings. Hopes. Dreams too. Wow.

  • Lillihandra

    I love how you guys laid this out. It’s very intuitive and helped the flow more than most would think.

  • Okay, I found more words.

    Sircea’s words are just dripping with disgust and condescension. Feelings! He developed feelings. What did he go and do such a stupid thing for. Feelings. How revolting.

    • silibub

      “Feelings” are for dumb gay babies!

      • Sapfo

        Is that a bad thing? 😉

        • silibub

          LOL, I guess it depends on who you ask!

          • Sapfo

            Well my big bad dragon/wolf, I am sure you pull if of with style 😀

      • Men, such foolish creatures.

    • That’s great! She’s showing a little jealousy too.

      • I would think so.

        Of course she would deny such a thing. She would be above such petty feelings.

        • “Feelings are sooo…tepid…and useless, Duncan my darling!”

          • “One cannot rule the world with feelings.”

          • Lillihandra

            One most certainly can. One just can’t be the one feeling them.

          • Well, I suppose one could rule with the feeling of absolute superiority and arrogance and disgust and and and…

          • Lillihandra

            People rule with Fear all the time. Same with Awe. And let’s not forget the infinitely useful feeling of Patriotism, shall we. There are tons of useful feelings one can instill in the general populace that makes ruling so very much easier.

          • davefragments

            That’s why they called him “DICK” Cheney

          • HA!

          • Steven K.

            “Schmuck” Cheney would have been even better.

  • Duncan looks like he’s about ready to retort in that last panel. Clenched jaw, balled up fists.

    I hope, I hope he tells her stop talking about Kyle like that and that he’s a much better person than she will ever be! Not likely to happen though.

    • …I think if he were to actually say that to her, she will either have to vent her anger in some way, or almost bust a gut laughing….”OMG Darling, how on earth did you say that with a straight face!”

      • XDDD

        Awww, that’s great, Doki. I can totally picture her saying that.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Dang it, I forgot what day it was!

  • silibub

    It’s striking how put-out Sircea looks even as she sarcastically expounds on Kyle’s purity — she really doesn’t like to share, does she? And it makes me wonder if some, possibly minuscule part of her is uncomfortable and unhappy with the knowledge that she can’t be like that anymore, and could never hold that particular sort of appeal for Duncan or anyone else.

    • Lillihandra

      I don’t know, she could be a rather appealing part of a May-December. She just has to get past the squidgy _feelings_ that are so apparently awful.

      • silibub

        I would never deny that she’s appealing (blasphemy!), just that it’s not the innocent/pure of heart kind of appeal that Kyle’s got in spades!

        • Lillihandra

          True, but that only appeals to so many people.

          • silibub

            You’re definitely right (I don’t really go for it myself), but I wonder if part of Sircea’s feelings for Duncan is not wanting anyone else to upstage her and divert his attention. And if Duncan likes the sweetness and innocence he saw in Kyle, then she can’t really compete with that because of who she’s become.

  • EldrinSMP

    So, umm… When did that top flashback panel happen? I completely missed that. No, seriously, I want LINKS! 🙂

    This page is absolutely gorgeous. Some nice insights into where the PP is with all of this, and I can foresee a nice reaction from Duncan in the next few panels. I’m starting to truly hope for a redemption of the Annihilator by the end of the comic.

  • Well.. this page is just evil to my poor emotions.. and her recall of events just rubs it in.

    We got to see Duncan’s face as he left Kyle behind. We couldn’t see that earlier.. but there was moments either we didn’t get to see the imagery off (which is logical)- or PP has her version of how it might have looked from what Duncan described.. and while I love her imagination if so, I think there’s a limit to what he told her in details.

    Anyway.. my poor emotions – and that all while the page looks absolutely amazing.

    • purplefoxglove

      Woa, you’re right, that’s him walking away from Kyle – at first, I’d thought that Duncan was making that face as he recalled leaving Kyle behind, but he’s actually part of that memory.

      I’m…not sure if I want to hug him, or if I want him to show more remorse.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Ewww, stinky dumb feelings!

  • SofiaT

    Duncan’s fisted hands on the last panel.
    That is all.

  • Sapfo

    A very good way to show both the high and low of Kyle in this page. When he was happy and when he was devasted.
    And then Duncan as a kid. I am often amazed at how people who make cruelty can come from completely normal conditions. It makes me wonder Why?

    These flashbacks, I like the colors and the softness around them in contrast to the “real” PP and Duncan. The emotions really shines through.

    • SofiaT

      Duncan started out as Kyle.

      Something happened along the way to turn him into The Annihilator.

      • Lillihandra

        Cruelty and lack of acceptance can do wonders to warp a young, impressionable mind.

  • Am I the only one that pictured Duncan as an only child?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Nope – that’s definitely how I pictured him.

    • SofiaT

      Nope, I thought so too.
      Mostly because when I was thinking of Duncan being young, I thought of another version of Kyle (or, more often, Clark Kent)

    • I did too.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      I too had the impression that he was an only child. I wonder what happened to his parents and siblings?

      • It also looks like he might be the oldest?

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          That’s what I thought too!

      • silibub

        I think he told Kyle he lost his family after he came into his powers and attacked the ones who bullied him — could he have been abandoned, or did he leave his family behind because of what he had done? I’m sure it’s sad as hell.

    • I also pictured him as an only child.
      But the other kids might be his close childhood friends, they are not necessarily siblings…

  • Totally going to admit to jealousy over Sircea’s abs.

  • She looks so perfect in that second “panel”: arms crossed, looking to the side. Everything from her expression to her boots and belly is condescending, bitter, and beautiful.

  • silibub

    Spill it, Alex — did you have Adam draw up a bunch of these alternate sex scenes to drop into questionably-accurate flashbacks? Do you have them all stashed away in a file somewhere? Ve have vays of making you talk.

    • SofiaT

      “Do you expect me to talk?”
      “No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die”

      • silibub

        *proceeds to monologue for fifteen minutes*

        • stickfigurefairytales

          (“I expect me to talk.”)

          • silibub

            Okay this comment keeps getting funnier every time I look at it.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hee hee! 😀

        • Sapfo

          Can we at least have that cute new Q involved in the scene.

          • Me like the cute new Q (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCNb5QDtc18)

            Huh. I think I ship them. That’s it! I saw that scene and really liked it, and him, but didn’t know why. Looking at it again, here with my friends, and it’s become clear to me 😀

          • Sapfo

            I really do hope he will be in the next movie. He was great.

          • Steven K.

            He’s like my ideal boy-of-my-dreams.

          • Steven K.

            Cute, sexy, adorable, intelligent, brilliant – best of everything.

          • Sapfo

            Yes, 34 year old britsh person. Sounds smart and funny and he have a twin. Just the right age for me 😉

            Edit. only on problem, I dont think he is that into me XD

        • bergulme .

          Skyfall had lot of fine specimen, although Ralph Fiennes irritated me. On one hand super hot and on the other Lord Voldemort. My libodo was like Yes, no, yes, no.

      • Steven K.

        That’s the best line in that.

    • There are two more print volumes that will require stretch goals…

  • Steven K.

    Aww – I don’t want to see the image of the sad, huddled, naked little Kyle anymore – makes me want to cry all over again.

  • Klaus

    This is a great composition. The muted colors/crisp colors distinction works really well. It must be what PP thinks happened, since that first picture never actually happened.

    Where did the glass box go?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      It wandered off since it didn’t have any lines in this scene.

    • silibub

      I think Sircea’s blocking where it would be in the middle of the page. Cunning!

    • The glass box was actually part of the art of this page, but I always crop the art to the final, trimmed book page dimensions before I post and it got cut off with that. Picture it just offscreen top left. 🙂

      • Klaus

        I was thinking of the bottom right, where PP seems to be standing where the box should be.

        • Ah. Then I think as someone else mentioned, the big Priestess is supposed to be blocking it. I suppose an argument could be made that some of it might still peek through, but I suspect that would have made the pretty art look not as nice and some artistic license was taken. 🙂

  • Nitroglycerinispanic

    This has to be my favourite page by far! I adore the tenderness of the pictures and how they contrast with the cruel honesty of the words.

  • Adam Irving

    What fantastic art. It’s like a non-montage montage. Gangbusters. Ghostbusters. Mythbusters.

    • silibub

      It’s a really brilliant effect!

  • TwilightDreamer

    ok…seriously blushing here XD….I love this page!! 😀 All the different parts joined together, it’s brilliantly done 😀
    Gah! I want to squeal out loud XD love it so much. Well done 🙂

  • bobbyjoeguy

    What does Sircea’s voice sound like? I picture deep and husky with a vaguely Eastern European accent.

    • silibub

      I’m curious about that, too! I always pictured her sounding like Morticia Addams, haha.

      • Steven K.

        That would work – lol.

    • Steven K.

      You mean like Greta Garbo?

      • Sapfo

        Greta was not from eastern Europ, she was from the north

        • Steven K.

          Well, I was referring more to the tone/quality of the voice, not necessarily the nationality.

          • Steven K.

            Maybe he means someone more like Natasha from Bullwinkle and Rocky.

      • bobbyjoeguy

        YES!

      • DC

        When I saw this comment 3 days I meant to go looking in you tube to listen to her voice but found this clip instead. No sound, but I think some of the facial expressions really fits the Platinum Priestess.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qCXhioGRis

    • Soirbleu

      I like that, and I can see it. I pictured low but not overly so, and a little prone to going shrill.

  • Steven K.

    Galahad couldn’t have been more dreamy than Kyle – or that new Q we were talking about below.

  • Hours

    What a great page! Amazing job TYP team. 🙂

  • Justin

    The art on this one is beautiful! And it reminded me of my favourite/most hated moment, in the last frame of the last page of chapter 2, where it triggered so much feeling, with Kyle in an empty warehouse, alone in the bed, but I almost wish I didn’t have to have those feelings.

    It makes me think, if I can get a print of just the full last panel, it would be amazing, but it would always just be a downer to see.

  • karmakat

    oh god forbid missy… a bad guy with a conscience? pfff GET USED TO IT lol

  • John

    I’ve got to say, this is the most emotive page yet. The layout and pacing are superb, and the colours and expressions are spot on.

    Y’all should be congratulated

  • Alex, once more you weave complex thoughts behind what has traditionally been verbose villainous grandstanding, i.e., “gloating.” You continue to intrigue me with the possibilities. I know better than to predict what might happen next as you are quite adroit at throwing your readers the switcheroo. My compliments and thanks for a job well done this week. Now, about the art.

    I behold a truly a beautiful page. The detail continues to be of a consistently high quality. Adam and Veronica! You took Alex’ words and breathed… er… LIFE into them. *ahem, adjusts collar awkwardly*

    SO, Platinum Priestess reveals more with every page that she feels no empathy for anyone. I have a terrible time imagining her as doing anything for the good of the human race. Her verbal jabs at Duncan appear to be more to keep him off-balance until it is too late to successfully stop her. As for Duncan he seems to be the sort of man to make harsh decisions in pursuit of a more important goal but since he is an anarchist, he might be of the camp that really wants to leave the world a better place and “better” means nobody can be trusted to form governments. Such a man might believe in personal integrity and accountability, that we as human beings must learn to govern our own lives as individuals.

    If this is the kind of anarchist he is then it is possible that Duncan feels that he besmirched his integrity in betraying Kyle. The motive is still personal but it is driven by a desire to set a good example. Duncan hasn’t and that might nag at him. Sure, a “best case” scenario of saving a few people from hell on Earth might look bad and when the possibility of a better idea comes to mind, why shouldn’t a man like Duncan entertain it?

    What is wrong with simply checking out if it is possible for Spooky to make a difference? It isn’t like they aren’t sitting on boxes twiddling their thumbs while flunkies work on their stargate. Oh, wait…

    This leads me back to the ultimate duplicity of Platinum Priestess’ position. Whatever she plans specifically calls for the steps she has taken and she doesn’t seem to give a rat’s anterior docking port what happens to anyone else. I see this going bad quickly, folks. Hang on to your seats!

  • Dennis Grace

    Woof!

  • Kiri

    PP – Keep gloating please – I’m really enjoying your imagination. 😀

  • justkeepondriving

    My reaction to Sircea’s final conclusion: Ooooooooohhhhhhh… Shiz gon’ hit the fan!

  • december

    Stunning exposition!!!!!!!!!

  • Monica

    Ohh Alex!!I really really enjoyed this page so much!! I read you every update, constantly waiting for the next insta-love from my side. I really really like the comic in whole and everything, but every now and then it comes a page that just grabs me by the heart. This is a page like that.
    I really love the memory bits, the soft faded colors on those memories. And Anni’s reaction to them. How he goes from angry/defending mode to just sad and guilty and then become defensive agaian(maybe you didn’t thought it, but I see that when I look at the page). SO many things happens, and I really really like this! Gosh this page is great in so many ways! Can’t wait for the next one now, to see Anni’s reaction to all of this. And in the mean wile, I will develop my own webcomic world better ^w^

  • Mary Klemzak

    Finally, our favorite redhead makes an appearance! Sort of..

    And of course Duncan falls for Kyle! He’s adorable! Duncan’s human with a heart and feelings. Kinda hard not to. Even if he was just acting a part.

    Is that Baby Duncan getting sprayed by a sister?

    Looks like Sircea hit the nail on the head.

    Time for Duncan to go full Tsundere. You can’t hide from your feelings forever!

  • LL

    Ultimate sad face Duncan!

  • And I finally get comment access back in time for an utterly gorgeous page. 🙂

    (Been moving from an XP box with obscure and elderly software to a shiny new 8.1 box. Slowly and carefully, and manually adjusting settings in things like NoScript. No Discus access for the last couple of weeks…)

  • fujoshifanatic

    So glad to be back! And to such an awesome page! I love when you do these kind of monologue pages–the art and exposition combine to tell so much of the story and backstory in such a concise and effective presentation! Your filmmaking talents really shine in this medium, Alex. Love the bleeding panels format here; you can still follow the flow of the storytelling, while the lack of defined panels contributes to the beauty of the overall artistic composition of the page. Well done, Adam! And the subtle distinction between the coloring and crispness of the flashback and present elements are spot on, Veronica! I appreciate how much work went into making that so seamless on a panel-less page. Awesomely done!

    Way to go Adam for revealing so much about Anni’s past through that visual of his childhood, and making it so believable that he would have pangs of guilt and conscience, even at this stage of his and Sircea’s nefarious plan. Even if his path took a left turn at some point in his life to make him who he is today, you can see in that brief scene, and subsequently in all his actions to date, that he is not truly evil, nor was he raised to be that way. You can buy the moral crisis he is having, even as he is so close to his plan’s fruition. Truly the mark of great storytelling.

    It will be interesting to see Anni’s response to Sircea’s question; either he will admit his “weakness”–at least from a villain’s perspective–or he will have a more tsundere reaction as a protective measure. I am totally up in the air about which way that’s going to go–which is also the mark of a great storyteller. 🙂

    • Steven K.

      This “tsundere” speculation is interesting. However, in terms of the Duncan-Kyle relationship so-far, I’d say that Duncan’s interactions or responses to Kyle would be more “reverse-tsundere”, as I understand the concept. But I’m not sure that would really apply, given that Duncan’s initial outward attitudes toward Kyle were faked, and all his words were just lies to further his ends. In other words, did he really go from affectionate to cold, given that the affection was faked and inside he was cold through-and-through from the first, yet was just good at pretending to be otherwise.

  • bronakopdin

    This is just SUCH an awesome page!

    I guess I still didn’t comprehend everything to the fullest…

    concerned Duncan wondering what the Platinum Priestess is about to say, excited Duncan and Kyle (even if just imaginated :D) happy Duncan giving happy Kyle a Disney-like princess raising, Happy young Duncan (are those his siblings? o neighbor kids??), and then sad Duncan… who apparently feels like shit knowing exactly what he has done…

    This page is so full of any kind of emotion, I love it very much!
    I try to blend out the Platinum Priestess though… she’s a mood killer xD

    no really, Kudos especially to Adam and Vero! This is one of the most beautiful pictures of the whole comic for me 😀

  • Klaus

    It would be interesting to know more about the cooperation between the creators for a page such as this. Did Alex specify present Duncan in the top left and bottom right corners, or was that choice left to Adam? Was the muted colors in the past scenes Vero’s idea alone, or something they discussed? That kind of thing. Actually it would also be interesting for a regular page.

    • Soirbleu

      Yeah, it’s an interesting question.

    • I’m a bit buried at the moment, Klaus, but ask me this question later. This might be a good page to talk about our process. 🙂

      • Klaus

        An idea for extra material for volume 2, perhaps.

  • Nate

    Now, that’s just beautiful page composition (although I must confess, in dim light, it looked like young Duncan was running around naked 😉 )

  • Nate

    Actually, I have a question for you, Alex. Assuming those are Duncan’s parents, were those character designs chosen specifically?

    Because when I see a beefy guy with dark hair and glasses paired with a woman with straight black hair, IN A SUPERHERO UNIVERSE, I start to speculate…

    After all, there IS precedent for a certain form of invulnerability to be susceptible to magic….

    • SofiaT

      You think his parents might have been reporters?
      His father a very mild-mannered one? 😀

      • Nate

        Indeed, though his mother may have a different career… such as an ambassador for her mother. 😉

        • SofiaT

          Ha!
          I don’t see a lasso around though…

          • Nate

            Well, it’s her day off. 😀

          • SofiaT

            It’s on the back yard, hanging on the clothesline to dry.
            It was laundry day that day 😀

        • Saxon_Brenton

          You know, that would fit. Because in such a situation Duncan clearly has much the same powers as his red-headed sister A-ko 😛

          • Niggle

            Ha! omg, first person I’ve run into who knows A-ko.

          • Nate

            I was wondering if anyone would be old-school enough to remember that. 😀

    • While Adam and I will often work through multiple iterations of character designs, the adults in the bg of that panel are all him. 🙂

  • Keys2tkingdom

    Wow. Just wow. This page is incredible. Sepia-tinted flash backs, to happier times – and then sad times. An outstanding layout than emphasizes an excellent flow. This is definitely one of my favorite pages so far.

    Also, I am glad that Ducan seems to be more hurt by hurting Kyle by using him to further this plot than he let on when he made the deal. I kind of Than Ducan and Kyle can patch things up at least to the point where they can talk and smile at each other again. Anything more might be asking for too much.

    It also has become abundantly clear that PP sees the world through rather think Jade Colored Glasses – and that view is skewed further by her selfishness (i.e. saving the world is just a nice bonus to go along with restoring herself at any cost). Plus, it seems to me her (apparently) vast age has given her a bit of a god complex to the point where emotions are nothing more than shackles. While Lampros may be a demon lord, PP seems to be more of the Big Bad here because her motives. And the way this conversation is heading, I can’t see PP wanting to tolerate Ducan’s presense at the site for much longer.

    • bergulme .

      “Wow!” was my first reaction to. i didn’t expected such tender imagery for this conversation.

      Oh, and Duncan has feelings, maybe not love (yet), but feelings. I am curious if he will admit it to PP. He is ballsy enough. He maid even call out PP for being so cold hearted (again).

      My guess for the next page:
      Duncan: Yes, I have feelings, but I am grown up enough to not let this interfere with our plans.
      PP: (sneer) Sure. (mentally taking note elimate Duncan if needed)

      or

      Duncan: The boy is Lampros’ son. A closer connection to him could be useful!
      PP: Sure, Mr. Heartbreaker. You go try getting on the good side of his bed again.

      • IamM

        Oh I’m sure Sircea’s had plans for eliminating Duncan as a threat for a long time.

  • Best. Page. Yet.
    I have nothing more coherent to say than that. Apologies.

    • SofiaT

      Completely understandable.

      • ^_^ Ta.
        I feel a bit derpy with comments like that, but today I couldn’t just lurk. The page is beautiful!

        • SofiaT

          It is indeed 🙂

  • SofiaT

    That part of the page where a young, care-free Duncan plays with his siblings, so innocent and happy… fills me with dread.

    I don’t know which scenario would be worse for our Duncan: having to see his family die, or having his family reject him in fear and abandon him when he comes to his powers (X-men II comes to mind and the reaction of Iceman’s parents when their son told them he’s a mutant… and yes, I’m well aware that scene was a metaphor for a gay kid coming out to his parents, down to the detail of his mom asking if he has “tried not being a mutant”).

    What happened to that couple on the background and what happened to that little boy and girl? Are they still somewhere, wanting nothing to do with Anni, or are they long gone?

    Either way, it sucks. And I want to give Duncan a hug for all the things he had to go through when “the world revealed its true colors” and that we’ve yet to find out.

    • Eve

      You bring up a good point. Poor Kyle has a triple whammy in terms of getting acceptance: demon heritage, powers he can only partially control, and being homosexual. Thank goodness he has teammates around him who accept him even if some of them are upset with him right now.

      • SofiaT

        Yeah, Duncan doesn’t have the demon heritage part (although I’m not sure he’d mind if he did), but I bet it was hard for him to control his powers (especially his strength) in the beginning, possibly even hurting people by accident or when he got angry; and of course, we already know he had been bullied as a kid for being gay.

        So the two of them have quite a few things in common. Except, I don’t think Duncan had anyone to accept and stand by him like Kyle does. 🙁

  • L. Bellamy

    “Help me Max, I’m . . . feeling!”

    *Sorry, couldn’t help it!

    That being said, I really like this page. Every time this comic updates, I find myself more and more interested in Duncan’s back story(Is it bad that he’s my favorite character?). As much as many people seem to instantly hate him for what he did to Kyle, I feel that Duncan did him a bit of a favor. After all, Duncan didn’t make Kyle lie/hide who he is to his friends. Kyle made choices and now he has to live with the consequences, just like Duncan made tough choices in his life. In a way, they are even more alike(I get the feeling that Duncan was betrayed by someone he trusted in his past as well).

    I really enjoy how this comic subtly explores growing pains both in adolescence and in senescence. On the surface, it’s the “good guys vs. bad guys” superhero dynamic that I usually stay away from. However, it touches on issues that everyone can relate to—Insecurity, whether it is in ourselves and our own abilities/bodies or within our relationships with the people we choose to trust as we move through such dramatic stages in our lives. The emotional and physical metamorphosis your body and mind goes through is just as jarring whether you’re turning 18 or 65.

    And as much as I hate to say it, I feel like Duncan is most likely going to get severely injured or die saving Kyle/protecting Kyle from Sircea. It’s probably the only way to redeem himself in Kyle’s(and the reader’s) eyes, through self-sacrifice(unfortunately, all my favorite characters have the nasty habit of dying 🙁 ). But I leave it in Alex’s capable hands to make it a great story, regardless.

    • SofiaT

      I’ll cry like a baby if Duncan dies, I’m not ashamed to admit.

      • L. Bellamy

        I’ll hand out the tissues.

    • Eve

      While I wouldn’t say that Duncan did Kyle any favors, I am definitely finding myself more sympathetic to Duncan and really interested in his backstory. This scene was very touching. I really hope Duncan doesn’t die, because I will also cry like a baby if that happens.

      • Keneu

        Agreed. The fact that it didn’t turn to be a complete disaster because Kyle’s friends supported him doesn’t change the fact that the Annihilator manipulated him. Taking into account the issues Kyle already had around sex, and that he, a hero, was used to bring harm to people, I’d say it is a big blow to him.

        • SofiaT

          I don’t think Bellamy was implying that Kyle is unscathed and should thank Duncan for the experience; I rather understood it to mean that the whole incident forced Kyle to come out to his friends and he is now able to be himself around the people that care the most about him and he doesn’t have to hide anymore. Also, he’s no longer as naive and innocent as he used to be. He will be more vigilant and alert now; he learned a valuable life lesson. And as far as being duped by a villain goes, it’s a good thing he was duped by Anni. Another would have probably “mwah-ah-ah’d” and maybe even killed him after being done with him.

          • Keneu

            I know, and yes, any other villain would have killed him afterwards. He was lucky the Annihilator left him alone, but I don’t think that making the best you can of that kind of situation should ever be called a “favour”, as if you should be thankful. I know I’m probably being too fussy and emotional, but the word choice bothers me.

          • L. Bellamy

            Hi, I didn’t mean for my word choice to be upsetting, I only chose the word to further convey my point. Favors aren’t always nice gestures, sometimes they’re just actions that just so happen to have favorable outcomes in the long run.

            It sort of reminds me of this story:

            Once upon a time, there was this little sparrow, who while flying south for the winter froze solid and fell to the ground. And then to make matters worse, a cow crapped on him, but the manure was all warm and it defrosted him. So there he is, he’s warm and he’s happy to be alive and he starts to sing. A cat comes along and he clears off the manure and he looks at the little bird and then he eats him. And the moral of the story is this: everyone who craps on you is not necessarily your enemy, and everyone who gets you out of crap is not necessarily your friend, and if you’re warm and happy no matter where you are you should just keep your big mouth shut.

            (From the movie, Assassins)

          • Keneu

            Hahahahaha! i haven’t seen that movie, but that’s a great and very insightful fable. Actually, I should start incorporating this teaching into my life, because it’s something I tend to forget, as with Kyle and Duncan. You’ve just hitted a quirk of mine, because I know a few people who resort to the “it was nothing serious and it turned out well, didn’t it? Actually, it was for the better” thinking when it is indeed something serious, but they don’t want to feel guilty or take up responsibility for their mistakes. It’s something that drives me nuts. Guess I got both mixed up. :S Sorry for the fuss.

          • Soirbleu

            Agreed. I wish I had something more potent to add, but you really summed it up for me, and very well.

    • Soirbleu

      I don’t feel he did Kyle any favors, but I like how you talk about how the characters are complex, and facing greater issues than “just” good vs. evil. It’s well said.

    • Very nice analysis, L. Also fun for me to read. Thank you for the kind words. 🙂

  • purplefoxglove

    And we’re getting closer to the very important question of Which Hair Colour Did Anni Have When He Was Young?

    Obviously, he had dark hair, but was it black or brown? In comparison with mom in the background, I’d veer more to brown, but it’s hard to say for sure with the sepia-toned picture (which is totally gorgeous). Plus, I’m wondering…is Duncan the boy with the red or the blue shorts?

    • SofiaT

      Black.
      Only because I have a thing for black hair and blue eyes 😀 (those being Superman’s colors has nothing to do with it, of course. Completely coincidental. As is my avatar.)

    • I believe that Duncan is the boy with the blue shorts.

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        He could be the father hovering in the background, and maybe married to Charlieboy.

        • I did entertain the idea that he might be the man in glasses but it did seem too surprising… Still, let`s not discount the possibility! Charlieboy – as in, Commander`s mother? Now that would be mind-bending…

        • purplefoxglove

          I don’t think Duncan is the father, because – if I recall correctly – he got his powers when he hit puberty, and from what the PP says here, I take it that the awakening of his powers were the turning point that made him a supervillain. Of course, the world revealing its true colours could refer to a completely different event, but it sounds to me like there was one specific moment when suddenly, superpowers became reality.

  • SofiaT

    And we have a ding!! Whoever pushed the bar over, THANK YOU! 😀

  • Kathy

    Ok, this is quickly becoming my favorite online comic of all time because I have _absolutely no idea_ where this is going. Will Duncan defect? Who will end up with who at the end? Will they get de-aged first? Absolutely awesome.

  • bergulme .

    I looked at some of the older paiged lately and I must give a compliment. Drawing and coloration improved very much. Backrounds, details and consistency!
    Kudos to you!

    • Kathy

      I love the shading of the skin tones. You don’t often get colorists who can do such delicate shades of “white skin tone”.

      • Soirbleu

        True!

  • purplefoxglove

    PP’s last line totally made that dialogue from Pirates of the Caribbean 4 pop up in my head:

    Jack Sparrow: “I may have had… briefly, mind you… stirrings.”

    Gibbs: “Stirrings?”

    Jack Sparrow: “Stirrings.”

    Gibbs: “What, like feelings, you mean?”

    Jack Sparrow: “No, no, no, no, not quite all the way to feelings. More like… Alright feelings, damn you.”

    If you’ll excuse me now, I’ll be off to enjoy the mental image of Duncan cosplaying as Captain Jack Sparrow.

    • Steven K.

      As odd of a contrast as it is, it still does seem rather apropos.

  • Kit the Coyote

    She is just rubbing it in and making him face the reality isn’t she? hehe.

    —–

    Latest addition to the chatting hench monks. I’ve decided to call them Norm and Cliff as I started hearing the Cheers characters voices on them in my thoughts. And in reflection of the discussions last issue on the PP’s costume.

    Cliff: So Norm the boss lady’s pretty hot in that getup of her’s don’t you think?
    Norm (glancing at PP and Anni talking in the distance): Well I suppose but I think….Nah.
    Cliff (taking a drink from his canteen): What, spit it out buddy.
    Norm (looks embarrassed): I was just thinking it would look better on the Annihilator.

    Cliff (spit takes): What!?
    Norm (taking the canteen): Well I’m just saying you know.
    Cliff: Geesh Norm (looks over at Anni) but it would accent his butt nicely.
    Norm (spit takes).

  • HermeticallySealed

    Assuming she isn’t being purposefully snarky, the way Sircea is unraveling this thread as though some great mystery shows just how alien her thinking has become; attachments no longer a part of her experience. She certainly seems to have lost touch with her humanity, which wouldn’t be surprising if she is being truthful about her age. And if she isn’t really that old, then she definitely has a well developed case of disassociation.

    Then again, it could all be a show, and the next thing she utters is a big “Seriously, Duncan. Get over it.”

  • Kit the Coyote

    Duncan is now regreting of his actions. hehe. His betrayal of Kyle is an unforgivable sin, no matter what follows it will always scar their relationship but even unforgivable sins can be forgiven if both parties are willing and able to deal with it honestly. But Duncan has a LOT of work to do to get there.

    • Steven K.

      Agreed on all those points.

    • Phyre Storm

      “even unforgivable sins can be forgiven”

      Try that one again.

      • Kit the Coyote

        *smiles* the irony was intentional.

        • Phyre Storm

          Ah. My bad.

  • Wow, Duncan used to have black hair?.. That surprises me. Hmm…

    I somehow suspect that he turns out to be the youngest boy in that flashback. His complexion looks more like Duncan`s, his swimming trunks are blue (while The Annihilator`s costume has dark blue parts and the suit he wore on his dates with Kyle was dark blue), (and his hair color is grayish – for some reason, I always imagined young Duncan’s hair to be grayish…) And while it certainly is possible that Duncan used to be a (black-haired) tanned* youth, and it`s true that things like complexion (and hair color) and color preferences in clothing can change any number of times throughout a person`s life – isn`t it also true that comic book characters, especially when they happen to be superheroes or supervillains, often tend to stick to one color scheme their whole life?

    * – But, come to think about it, we know that The Annihilator`s skin is fireproof under normal, non-demonic, conditions – wouldn`t that sort of invulnerability prevent him from getting a tan?

    Speaking of colors, I wonder what part The Platinum Priestess might have played in “revealing the world`s true colors” to Duncan? She seems to have known him back then.

    • SofiaT

      Hmm… I vote for the boy in red. His expression reminds me heavily of adult-Duncan but there’s another reason:
      Duncan received his powers in puberty, and it all went to hell from there. We don’t know what happened yet, but we do know he hurt the ones who bullied him, badly, and that resulted to him losing his family.
      Now, that’s more of a hunch than a proof, but to me it makes more sense that we get a glimpse of innocent Duncan right before his life changed. It makes for more dramatic contrast. So he’d be the boy in the threshold of puberty rather than the tiny one.

      • I admit that it does seem more likely that Duncan is the elder boy. But I’m still not 100% sure.

        I agree about the expression (I didn’t notice how much it really resembles The Annihilator`s until you pointed it out) and about the flashback being a glimpse of time right before everything changed. The boy in red is more Duncan-like. And he is in the center of the flashback. (And he is closer in age to Kyle with whom Sircea compares young Duncan.)

        I just think that it might be possible that we are led to believe that the older boy is Duncan but when more of the backstory is revealed there might be a surprise there we find out that Duncan was actually the tiny younger boy. (Or I might just be in denial about the black hair ^^)

      • Soirbleu

        Actually, that’s part of why I thought it was the younger boy. (I mean, I admit that I first just assumed it was the older boy, because he’s more central in the picture. But the tan skin threw me, so I started looking for other characters.) While the older boy *does* have more of an adult-Duncan feel, as you say, the younger boy seems more innocent. And since it was before his innocence was stripped?

        Ahhhh… I just went back and looked and the older boy is not only more central, he’s also the only one who’s not done in “background colors.” Everyone else seems to fade away except for him. Oh, Hell, I think I just talked myself out of my own point. 🙁 So I guess I agree with you?

    • Steven K.

      Interesting point about the tanning (or lack thereof).

      • Isn’t it? I just thought about it and now I can`t help but wonder…

    • Klaus

      The kids all have brown hair. The girl has darker hair than either boy, but still brown. The woman in the background has black hair.

      • Yes, I agree with you. I didn’t express myself properly. It was an unfortunate choice of words on my part. I meant ‘black’ as in “really dark”, not necessarily “jet black”. I wanted to use the world ‘brunet’, but was not sure if it`s used in English that way. (But I still think the younger boy has grayish hair, grayish brown ^^) (Also, everyone`s hair and everything in the flashback probably looks a little browner than it really is because the picture is tinted sepia.)

  • WarGoddess

    Feelings?! Feelings!! Feelings ahahahahahahahaha yay!!!!!!!!! 😀 This makes me so happy!!!!!! I wanna dance around the room like a nut right now.

    • davefragments

      And I can just see the PP and Dincan standing on the beach singing:
      Feelings
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUcxCEEuwd0

      Just like their idols – Julio and Barbara
      (I wanted the muppets but couldn’t find the video)

  • YangYueLan

    Oh my god, that said face! Its grumpy cat!

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    On Earth 617 1/2, the White Queen watches Magneto initiate Mr. Gene Grey into the Hellfire Club.

  • gumboluvr

    I haven’t read through all the comments, but I guess I’m in the minority when I say I hope that Kyle and Duncan do not wind up together. Duncan used him, abused him, left him there naked to find his own way home from that remote place (he should have at least left a change a clothes and shoes). I rather hope Kyle ends up with one of his teammates, like Flyboy (when he’s of age, of course). 🙂

    • Steven K.

      I’ve pretty much had all those same feelings since Duncan betrayed Kyle and left him in the manner he did. So might not be as small a minority as you may think.

    • xLizardx

      Agreed. Regretting an action doesn’t negate the impact of committing it. I could see them possibly working together in future for the greater good, but I hope that Kyle does not get back together with Duncan. He deserves better.

    • Phyre Storm

      I’ve thought Duncan was a jerk from the start, actually. He’s not completely evil, but Kyle could do MUCH better. I also like the Kyle/Mitch idea, and why even wait for “legal age?” Plenty of 15-year-olds are in serious relationships, and three years isn’t that big of a difference.

      • Garnasha

        After writing a bit about it a while back, I’m becoming more and more a fan of the Kyle/Mitch ship. Admittedly, Mitch has been a relatively minor character so far, and we (or at least I) can’t tell for sure if they’re a good match because of that.

        On the other hand, whenever it’s been applicable, Mitch’s actions&statements regarding Kyle have been very sweet, bordering on naive. Could be youth, could be affection, could be both. In any case, it gives hope that he both deserves and wants Kyle.
        And Kyle’s innocent (and pure-hearted/good) enough to preclude any of the usual creepiness vibes an 18-year old dating a 15-year old might cause.

        In short, it’s a great ship, and I’m all for it. Go team Firefly!

        • Phyre Storm

          I think someone already came up with that, but I’ve only been reading for a few months and have only skimmed the top few comments for most pages.

          I don’t think a 15/18 relationship is creepy at all. I had a thing for a 20-year-old when I was 14 and would have been delighted if it had been mutual. 17/58 squicked me out a bit, but even that could have worked if Duncan had been sincere.

          Mitch clearly likes Kyle a lot. We don’t know if it’s a crush or just a big-brother-I-never-had thing, and maybe Mitch doesn’t either. If a hypothesis I proposed a few pages ago is right, though, and Mitch is Duncan’s son, he might just be impervious to fire too.

          Annihilator 2.0 on the Good Guy team, anyone? 😉

          • Garnasha

            Yeah, search turned that up as well in archives, but recent comments weren’t showing it, which is why I missed it. Anyway, that’s why I changed it. And you were too fast reading it 😛

          • Phyre Storm

            Yes. I read fast just to annoy you. ^_^ Cuz, you see, I’m actually Duncan’s daughter…

          • Phyre Storm

            Deep in the closet. Drunk. One night stand. Mom was some army lady with a dorky last name. I think I also have a half sister who’s a hero or some shit. I’m not telling you what powers I inherited. Any other questions? ;P

  • Terri Sutton

    Can I just say I really want Duncan’s next lines to be something like this; “Um no. I just got sent to hell, experienced it first hand and experienced physical pain for the first time in my life. What have you been smoking?”

    Because I just kind of fell in love with him as a character when he betrayed Kyle. You know back when he was a villain who was doing all the wrong things for the right reason. But now he is all “conscience” and “feelings”.

    • Klaus

      Duncan has experienced pain in his childhood. And as late as last week, in Hong Kong.

      • IamM

        Still it’s a good come back/cover.

    • Steven K.

      I pretty much lost all like for him when he betrayed Kyle in the way he did. Interesting how the same thing can evoke opposite responses.

    • Phyre Storm

      Jeez. I really hope you have better taste in men IRL. O_o

      • Hi Phyre, lets be careful of such personal comments. Thanks! 🙂

        • Phyre Storm

          Hi Admiral, let’s not take attempts to encourage other women to not be abused as insults, OK?

          Ms Sutton, if what I said offended you, I sincerely apologize.

          • SofiaT

            Assumptions and comments about people’s personal lives is a no-no here, according to the comments policy, which you can find here: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/comment-policy/

            Whether Terri was insulted or not is not the issue, AJ had to remind you of the rules.

            I hope that clears things up.

          • Phyre Storm

            Oh FFS. Once again, if anyone was upset by what I said, I’m honestly sorry. Otherwise, I don’t see a problem.

            I can see this conversation is going nowhere good, though, so I’m done. Good night, ladies.

      • Terri Sutton

        I am curious as to how you automatically jumped from me loving a villainous character with interesting motives instead of being the bog standard “For The Evulz” Snidely Whiplash character to me being a heterosexual who is into arseholes?

        • Phyre Storm

          Stupidity, I guess.

    • SofiaT

      I know what you mean. I love Duncan because he’s a complex character with multiple layers and a sharp mind.

      If he turns into a love-sick puppy, focused only on Kyle, he’ll lose half his appeal to me. But I know this won’t happen, because Alex is very good at giving depth to his villains. He won’t do that to us. 🙂

      (That being said, Duncan always had a conscience. His is just differently wired than what most people’s or a superhero’s conscience would be like. As for “feelings”, he’s not the one making a big deal out of them, Sircea is).

  • lex thousand

    Ooohhhh~ Busted…

  • Frater Gymnos

    naked kyle, yay! naked kyle… oh, bummer…. he’s crying…

  • Inuhime

    I think he can deny it all he wants, it won’t make a difference. XD” damm i can’t wait till Kyle is in front of him again.

    • Frater Gymnos

      That will be interesting…

    • Derkins

      The look on his face says it all. I don’t think he can pout any harder.

  • Soirbleu

    I think this might actually be my favorite page so far. The little vignettes used to showcase the emotions/make Sircea’s point are perfectly done, and the layout is amazing. The faint color variations (almost sepia for the memories, combined with that subtle fading out vs the sharper, harsher colors for present day) really lend well to the “then vs. now” contrast. And the whole page is really rich with emotional resonance. Sircea’s sarcastic tone comes across, but the inset pictures covey a much greater level of emotional depth than she would be likely willing to acknowledge. All in all, the text, images, and color variance layered perfectly, and the final result is subtle, evocative, and really slams into the reader.

    Also Sircea’s expressions are interesting to watch as the comic progresses as well. In her first stance, she is being coldly logical — just laying out the scene for him as a lawyer at trial would do. By her third stance, she’s really set the scene, and is becoming almost convinced by it herself. (I get the feeling that first she was just trying to goad The Annihilator, but then, as she started piecing it together, that she began to believe what she was saying as well. ) And in the final panel, all she feels for him is disgust. (“Feelings? Bah! Developing feelings is the first thing you learn never to do as a supervillain! What is wrong with you??”)
    But my favorite is the second stance. In it, Sircea seems bitter, slightly puzzled… and almost a little… wistful.

    • A very nice “panel-by-panel” analysis, Soirbleu. Fun for me to read. Glad you liked the update. This was a fun one for us to put together. 🙂

  • Galopa WXY

    I love the page as well <3 so sexy.

  • Hmm – obviosly she did not spy on them, as she got the position wrong in her imagination… I’d say I’m a bit disappointed, i thought she had more Magenta in her….in another Dimension, with voyeuristic intention….

    • “I ask for NOTHING!”

      “And you shall receive it… IN ABUNDANCE!”

    • purplefoxglove

      I think Duncan and Sircea need to discuss in detail what happened, what did not happen, and what might have happened. For a few pages.

  • Phyre Storm

    Yeah, OK, I got a crush. Like that’s never happened to you in 6000 years. >:(

    • Artemis

      It probably never did. She seems like one of those Artemis types.

      • Phyre Storm

        I always figured your namesake was a lesbian, but I guess asexual makes just as much sense.

        • SofiaT

          She was neither -she had just taken a vow of chastity because she didn’t want any man to control her (the ancients believed that a woman belonged to the man who deflowered her).

          We know from mythology that she fell in love with Orion and was even considering breaking her vows, but Apollo went all big protective brother on her (another version says that Apollo fell in love with him too and was jealous) and to save her virtue tricked her into killing Orion.

          • Phyre Storm

            OK, you clearly know your Greek mythology better than I do. So what if you get deflowered by another girl? Do I own my high school girlfriend, or does she own me? 😛

          • SofiaT

            Doesn’t apply 😀
            Women can’t own property, duh! 😉

          • Phyre Storm

            So I belong to a slimy Cajun jerk who took advantage of my relief that he survived Katrina? Ewwww. Time to go General Jinjur on this joint. JOIN ME, LADIES!

          • Phyre Storm

            In case that wasn’t clear, I have no problem with Cajuns in general. Just that one guy. (Steve W, if you ever read this, YES, I’m THAT Phyre, and I’ll still break your big nose if I ever see it again.)

          • Phyre Storm

            OH COME ON. I know I’m not the only feminist with a sense of humor around here. >_<

          • SofiaT

            I’m a feminist but I don’t know who General Jinjur is 🙂

          • Phyre Storm

            Pfffft. Read your Oz books, woman!

          • Phyre Storm

            If you have a Kindle, you can get them for free.

          • Artemis

            (I just want to say that not all stories said she was in love with Orion.)

          • SofiaT

            It’s true that myths have many versions and they tend to evolve throughout the centuries, but in the original she was.

          • Artemis

            Can I have the source you found this from?
            (I don’t want to seem rude or anything by that I’m genuinely curious.)

          • SofiaT

            You’re not rude 🙂
            But I don’t have a source for it, because I don’t go looking for myths online. I was taught them in school (I’m Greek).

            That’s the version of the myth I was taught.

          • Soirbleu

            Wow, I didn’t know any of that. It’s super interesting–thank you.

          • SofiaT

            My pleasure 🙂

            Yeah, I “love” how women could be claimed as property back then and sex was one way to enslave them.

            When Jason and Medea escaped Colchis, her father’s ships went after them, and caught up with them in Corinth. They demanded from the king of Corinth for Medea to be returned to her father, and because they hadn’t had sex yet, Jason couldn’t claim her and he’d have to surrender her. So the king delayed the messengers while Jason slept with Medea and her father had no rights to her anymore, the messengers had to leave empty-handed.

            Up until a few decades ago, in various parts of Greece (especially Crete, a very traditional island) the word for both father and husband was the same: kyris. It means “master”.

          • Soirbleu

            YUCK. I guess they sure water down the versions told for Americans… o_O

            I thought I was familiar(ish) with Greek mythology, but all the stories I’ve heard have been much shorter, and considerably more “tidy”. It’s really interesting though. As an avid bibliophile, I’m always curious to hear variants of stories…especially from someone who grew up with them. If you don’t mind my asking, are these stories told as religion? As history? As “faerie tales”?

            I don’t come from a homogenized culture, so collective mythology has always fascinated me.

          • SofiaT

            I don’t know if they water it down or mutate it to be honest; I blame Hollywood. Most Americans think Aphrodite was Zeus’ daughter and Iolaus was Hercules’ best friend. Not to mention all these movies with Perseus riding Pegasus: that’s like saying the Red Riding Hood had the magic beans. Two completely different myths, no idea how they got mixed together like that.

            In elementary school, mythology is taught as part of history class. At that point it’s still more abridged and censored enough to be appropriate for young minds, and usually goes along with the period we’re being taught about at the time: we learn about Theseus and the Minotaur when we study the Minoan period, Menelaus & Agamemnon when we do the Mycenaean period, etc.

            Then in secondary school, ancient Greek is a big part of the core curriculum: 6 years of a combination of at least 2 different classes a day; grammar/syntax, history (Thucydides & Herodotus) and literature, all taught in the original text. Literature was where the most contact with myths happened, especially Homer and the theater plays we read.

            To me, Greek mythology is more familiar than Rapunzel and Snow-white, but it doesn’t feel like a collection of fairy tales, it’s just part of my people’s traditions. For example, the third night after a child is born we still leave sweets in the room of the newborn, to bribe the Fates so they will give the baby a long and happy life. And when we refer to death, we say “Haros” and don’t second-guess why, we just do.

        • Artemis

          You know, I forget that I put my name as Artemis.

  • anonywolf

    I just ADORE the art on this page… I mean – DAMN!

    • 😀 yay! Thanks Anonywolf!!

      • anonywolf

        Trust me Adam – were I capable of paying you – based on this page alone – I have PLENTY ideas I’d attempt to hire you for. Unfortunately I’m broke so I’ll just have to appreciate the artwork as is.

        • When my schedule eases up, I do take commission requests. It’s been awhile since I’ve had the air in my schedule for ’em though. Gotta get through all the work from that Kickstarter and maybe I can get back to forming a commission list. For now, I’m just happy to hear folks are enjoying what we’re putting up! Thanks again! 🙂

  • Rae Goldberg

    UGH!!!! Wednesday cannot get here FASTER!!! I want to know I want to know darnit *pouts flailing* Darnit Alex!!!! you and the authors of Death Partners are skilled at torturing a lover of the male nudy arts… The suspense is gonna kill me if you let it continue!!! *flails*

    >.> AND WHERE IS MY YOUNG PROTECTORS WALLPAPER DARNIT!!!

    • I was thinking the same thing a few days ago. We are so many chapters in and I haven’t seen one real wallpaper for this comic yet.

      How come…. and with that said… if you just make this page long, instead of tall, I’ll take it. 😀

      • There are a number of The Young Protectors wallpapers—they’ve been some of the earliest digital rewards for the Kickstarter backers. I suspect that at some point I will send some of those wallpapers out to my mailing list subscribers as well, to be added to the Artifice and Tough wallpapers I’m already sending out. But until all the KS rewards are made and are in the backers’s hands, I’d like them to remain a special treat for those who backed the printing of Volume One.

        So, glad to hear you both would like some. Coming attraction. 🙂

        • Rae Goldberg

          >.< *flails* They better be worth the wait or I'ma hunt you down and glare at you for days Alex!! I'll do it!! I swear I will!! (*friend in background whispers to another friend* "What the heck is glaring at him gonna do?")

        • I half thought that the kick start was why. 🙂

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    Sircea should have had that “stargate” portal completed by the time Duncan got back from making a deal with Laampros.

    The longer they delay the greater the chance that something could happen to interfere or derail the whole thing.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      That… is a very good point.

      • Toli Bera

        Maybe something is Supposed to interfere? IE it could be a trap to set the whole ritual in motion?

    • Klaus

      Mayby the stars must be right (see http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch3pt1-page-21/) . Or it will not work in daylight. Or something like that.

    • silibub

      True, but if she needs some kind of specific stellar alignment, then she might have to wait anyway regardless of whether the portal framework is complete.

      • SofiaT

        I can’t imagine they left it till the last minute for no reason.

  • Pikinanou

    Gosh, lady, you sure love twisting that knife in the wound, don’t you?

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    On this day, as I post this, the date is August 31….my 51st birthday. Bitter sweet memories of the friend who encouraged me to find something on the internet that fit my desires and my inner persona. I am now alone again,as my old friend and roommate…..crossed over to the other side yesterday. No more pain, no more sorrow. He was 73.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss, Wayne.

    • I’m very sorry for your loss, Wayne. I’m sending you my warmest thoughts.

    • Phyre Storm

      I’m very sorry to hear that too. Like you said, at least he’s not suffering anymore.

    • davefragments

      We are the most selfish of creatures – we want our loved ones with us forever and yet that cannot be. Remember all the good. I offer my deepest sympathies.

    • silibub

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Wayne. You’ll be in my thoughts.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I just saw this, Wayne. I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Steven K.

      My condolences! My dear mom just passed away a couple months back, and last week I lost my closest and most supportive colleague at work to a battle with Cancer. I know what you are going through. It’s nice that you can remember and hold onto the positive things. Hang in there!

  • silibub

    Man, the more I look at Sircea in the second “panel” (with her arms folded), the more I want to hug–uhhh, gently pat her on the back, maybe? It’s a little ambiguous because of her cape, but it looks like her shoulders might be hunched forward, which as far as body language goes is much more vulnerable than angrily crossing her arms as she talks. I could very well be wrong, but so far I like the interpretation that she feels threatened by Duncan’s feelings for Kyle — whether because she’s interested in Duncan herself or is just possessive of him.

    I’m going to repeat myself a little, but I think the kindest possible reading of their overall relationship — that is, one that sets aside the possibility that she’s been manipulating Duncan all along and planning to double-cross him — is that Sircea’s come to like and respect Duncan after working with him for a while, and is hoping that he’ll be her companion in immortality after they pull off this stunt. Maybe he’s the first person she’s let herself care about in a while, because the unfamiliar vulnerability that comes with being mortal again after such a long time spurs her to open up a bit emotionally. Everything seems like it’s going swimmingly, until suddenly ole buddy’s having second thoughts and doubting her — all because he’s met someone else. Someone he might even like better than her. Thing is, if she genuinely does care about Duncan, she’s opened herself up to hurt and rejection for the first time in ages, because that’s the risk that always goes with connecting emotionally with someone. If she thinks he’s abandoning her, or even just prioritizing someone else over her, I imagine she’ll consider that a betrayal and the fallout will be unspeakably ugly.

    The shift in her demeanor from relatively calm to defensive and accusing over the course of this scene seems to back that up. Initially she might have thought Duncan was only having some last-minute jitters and she could talk him around, but once it became apparent that his doubts ran far deeper than that, she started lashing out — dismissing his concerns as being stupid and infantile, insisting she knows best, and now preparing to dig at whatever feelings he might have for Kyle. So she has a real temper, and she’s not in a good mindset to go anywhere near this subject right now, because she’s already deeply irritated and unsettled by Duncan’s wavering commitment. I doubt her pride would let her say anything approaching, “I don’t want you to ditch me for this kid,” so she’ll probably just try to steamroll his feelings like she attempted to steamroll his doubts (which has clearly worked out so well). But if she pokes too hard at this hornet’s nest out of anger, she could really push Duncan away.

    Basically, I don’t foresee any happy resolution to this argument before Team Adorabadass shows up — it’s gonna be a clusterfuck. Either Sircea’s always been planning to stab Duncan in the back and they’ll fall out, or she’ll interpret Duncan’s misgivings as stabbing her in the back and they’ll fall out over that instead. And then: apocalypse.

    Anyway, there are plenty of far less sympathetic interpretations of Sircea that are just as valid as what I’ve put out here, so I’m not trying to woobify her or anything. I’m just interested to see what turns out to be true, and the good news is that she’s a very compelling character even if she turns out to be a scheming double-crosser. Great writing!

    • Great post! Both members of Team Silver are truly compelling and i like this possible interpretation. Indeed, whatever happens, I foresee a clusterfuck of epic proportions.

      Woobify! I love it.

    • Thank you, silibub! Great post! A really interesting analysis that I quite enjoyed reading. Nice!

      I have to say, y’all have been having such interesting discussions on this page. So fun for me to read. Adam, Vero and I really wanted this page to be special for y’all, and it’s so gratifying to see y’all respond in such a thoughtful way to it. A real treat. Thank you all. 🙂

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      Very good post! 🙂

      I think Sircea has been planning this a very long time. When she met Duncan and realized that he was invulnerable to fire she realized that he was the perfect candidate she needed to go to hell and survive long enough to make the deal.

      She probably has been manipulating him ever since she met him to make sure he would be able to do it.

      It would be interesting to find out whether she just happened to find all these opportunities by chance or whether she created some or all of them herself to achieve her goal.

      • silibub

        Even though I tend to want to go the sympathetic route when it comes to characters’ motives, I’ve gotta admit that your scenario is a lot more likely. I’m thinking Sircea’s staunch adherence to this plan, and angry dismissal of whatever alternative Duncan’s trying to propose here, means that she has a scheme of her own that she doesn’t want derailed by someone’s pesky conscience. Whether achieving her goal will involve betraying Duncan is less clear (and even if she wasn’t going to before, she might now if she’s insulted enough by Duncan’s wavering), but the fact that she’s going to get a significant power boost out of all this seems too convenient and very suspicious. I have no doubt that she’s coaxed Duncan along this particular path, whether because she was manipulating him from the very beginning of their partnership or because she saw an opportunity and is going for it full-throttle. I’m really looking forward to finding out (and dreading it a little too!)

    • SofiaT

      I wanted to leave an eloquent comment to your post that would say how much I loved it, but then I read the words “Team Adorabadass” and all thoughts went out the window.
      Now I’m just grinning like crazy 😀

      • silibub

        LOL, I’m glad you liked that!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          So great. 😀

    • I too wanted to compliment this swell post all over the place… then suddenly I learned my new favorite word… “woobify”. And everything blew right out of my mind. Thanks, and please imagine a long-winded complimentary appreciation of this nifty post right… (here). 🙂

      • silibub

        *nods along sagely to the appreciation I’m imagining* Why thank you, that’s so flattering…oh no, no, I couldn’t possibly accept an award that big. Made of solid platinum, you say? Well, I’m tempted…

        AHEM. Thanks, Chris, I’m glad it was a good read! As for “woobify,” TV Tropes can be a goldmine for creative terminology.

        • (psssst) The award comes with removable breast-plates. (*sfx: standing ovation*)

          • silibub

            Hahaha, sold!

    • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

      And considering her line of dialog while folding her arms “so innocent, so sweet, so pure…” perhaps she misses her lost innocence? Regrets?

      • silibub

        I wondered about that, too. Something about her posture paired with that line conveys bitterness. I don’t think she’s just scornful of those qualities — she seems almost jealous, if not of Kyle’s innocence, then at least of his attractiveness to Duncan because of it.

        • I also wondered in a different direction. There seems almost the kind of unintentional scornful puzzlement of someone forced to talk her way through a set of events that she doesn’t (or no longer) really quite understands, so she sounds both a little grand (to show how above it she all is and that she doesn’t really care) and a little bemused as if she’s re-witnessing something she may have forgotten about at some point.

          Sorta surprised that this could happen to HER Duncan. (If he should be having these ‘feelings’ for anyone it obviously should be HER… right?)

          That last panel is almost funny because it sounds like she’s come to some world-spanning realization, when all she’s saying is something that is so simple to most of us… “Dude… you like that kid… don’t you?

          Funny, because it’s something we’ve all been pondering since page one and it’s like she’s having a brain explosion with this “realization!”

          Of course, it’s deftly written so it could be either way, but still there is an air of… puny humans… and those odd ‘feelings’ they have. So strange. LOL.

          • silibub

            I like this reading, too! It goes well in hand with her disbelieving emphasis on feelings, ugh. The idea that she’s reluctantly spinning her mental gears to try empathizing with/understanding Duncan is actually pretty funny.

          • silibub

            Oh, and, I’m curious whether her brain explosion is over the earth-shattering notion that people in general tend to care about those they spend quality time with, or because she didn’t expect Duncan in particular to be susceptible to something as petty as emotions when he should have been focusing on The Plan.

            (Sorry for the multiple replies — I don’t seem to think as well when I’m writing from my phone!)

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’m guessing that it’s the latter in this case.

          • Oh exactly. See, brain explosions no matter which way we go. Wow.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Sooo… Either the Priestess plans to kill/sacrifice the Annihilator (and this is arguably the best option because she’ll do it with a modicum of cool dispassion and not bother use either more or less more pain/trauma than is necessary to further the plan)
      Or she’ll go “Those hugs were MINE!”, get extremely angry and join Team Pitchfork.
      Not an enviable situation to be in.

      • silibub

        Basically! I hope Duncan’s on the ball enough to tread very carefully now.

  • Organic With Attitude

    Sure bitch, twist the knife in the wound… Yeah… that will work to get him back on your side.

  • Ellen Harman

    I think Duncan does like Kyle and regrets having to use him to save the world form magic running wild. Per Sircea, as we only have her word that she is trying to fix instead of make it worse.
    Duncan will have to deny everything that she suspects, and do it so even we will believe, otherwise Sircea will have Duncan’s weakness to use to keep him in line. Kyle is a Lord of Hell’s son but he is young and will not have his full powers yet. Of course the second the States become a part of Hell Kyle will get a power boost, just like when he was tied to the bed and was able to hurt Duncan.

    • Dakejev

      I thought the Americas were to be left to Duncan and PP, and the rest of the world would become the demons’ playground.

    • Steven K.

      Hmmmm….interesting possibility on which to cogitate.

  • Dakejev

    The image fragment where Duncan walks away from Kyle damn near breaks my heart – extremely well done, artists.

  • Sapfo

    Hi you all!.
    Just wanted to say that Buying time is up again after it´s break!
    How I missed it so.

    http://buyingtime.the-comic.org/comics/72/

    … I blame AJ for not telling me!

    • I’m sorry. I forgot until late last night. I need to go reread it considering I was half asleep. 🙁

      • Sapfo

        I blame you no more. Here is a pillow for your sleeping needs.

        • Yay for special pillow! I shall use it this eve.

    • Thanks. Made me cry right of the bat. Dang. It’s great to have that comic back. I was reading it thinking that it couldn’t be stylistically more different than TYP, but they do a wonderful job of capturing human emotions in fantastically different world.

      Thanks again Alex for another great recommendation. Sapfo is right. It’s been greatly missed. AJ’s sleeping excuse is entirely unacceptable… Moderators are not allowed to sleep. FACT!

      *chris runs while dodging a bombardment of muffins*

      • *Yawning and rubbing sleep from eyes* Pardon me. *loads catapult with stale muffins at chris’s retreating form* READY! AIM! FIRE!

        • Sapfo

          AJ, you don´t happen to have some fresh ones for a sweet gal like me?

          • I have a whole basket full of fresh muffins for just such fine people.

            *smacks Chris’s hand*

          • Sapfo

            Thank you AJ!. ^_^

            *Take a muffin, and then one more when mod don`t see it*
            @chrisdangerfield:disqus

          • *Taps foot* Mod always sees.

          • Sapfo

            I have no idea what you are talking about <.<`

          • *counts muffins* 😛

          • *chris get’s his muffin catching net and gets ready to land breakfast!*

            HEEEEEEEEEE!

          • Sapfo

            I see you!
            *Hand over fresh muffin*
            missed you.

          • All for a stale muffin or two. *tsk* Careful, don’t bust a molar.

          • Damn, so I have to run to get muffins? *Sigh*.. this is hard work.

          • There’s a basket over there. —-> Of fresh muffins for everyone else.

            *slaps Chris’s hand again*

          • Wohoo!

          • Sapfo

            at least you are not slapping my hand ;D

          • Just don’t steal anymore muffins for that rapscallion. I know he has those big confused yaoi eyes, but don’t fall for it. It’s a trick.

          • Sapfo

            But, but…. *looks a cute Chris Dangerfield avatar, look back at Admiral Jane.*

            Are you sure? 。゚( ゚இ‸இ゚)゚。

          • Very very sure. He’s a trickster, a cousin to Loki I’m certain. Or was it to Coyote? Well he’s a trickster. He’d steal all the muffins for himself.

  • Timothy Carpenter

    Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! When did that image on at the top middle happen?
    How did I miss THAT!
    Or is that only Sirsea / Circe’s active imagination…?

    • Her VERY active imagination.

    • Denise Cruz

      It’s a beautiful image, isn’t it?
      I almost had a heart attack when I first saw that, ’cause, of course, I wasn’t expecting for it, right now. Even so, I truly enjoyed seeing it. 🙂

      • Timothy Carpenter

        Definitely beautiful … and quite evocative…

        • Denise Cruz

          Yeah! <3 *v* Let's hope it's as strong and evocative to Anni as it is to us. 😉

  • Perverzak

    I hope he has, cause then he can feel a sliver of the pain that Kyle felt.. so much angst, my heart is breaking at each mention of how things ended between them T.T

  • kestrelsama

    Can we get a detailed image of the Platinum Priestess’ broach/cloak clasp/amulet thingie? That thing is bitchin.

    • SpookyDomme

      Agreed. Some of the metalwork on her outfit looks almost Greek-inspired, which delights me.

  • Wohoo.. a double Ding, Ding, Ding.
    So awesome to see the times that happens.

  • Denise Cruz

    This page looks AWESOME! Such a rich piece of art!
    It didn’t matter how much I tried, there was no way to notice where ended up a moment between them and where started another one.

    Amazing work, guys! Kudos to Adam and Veronica! (Y)
    Now about the five million dollars question… I do believe he’s going to strongly deny it. Again. What is kind of expected, since he’s still struggling with himself, about these new feelings…
    Anyway, what worries me the most is that, once that damn hag has noticed it, she’s going to be even harder to defeat. She probably has a B plan or has just started thinking about it. And this can’t be good for our young friends, who are heading there.
    Well… let’s hope her senescence (Come on! 6000 years?!) makes her weaker than she thinks to be.

  • Reece Crump

    Discoverd the comic yesterday, first time reading the dooply do was today. 59!? Here I see the community funded webcomic model working for once and I didn’t even need to be a part of it! Is this real life!? And the comics about super powerd dudes kissing n’ stuff! Too good to be true.

    • Welcome to the community, Reece! Glad to have you with us. 🙂

    • SofiaT

      Welcome to the fandom!
      It sometimes feels too good to be true, but once you get to know how Alex works, it all makes sense and seems less unreal -the loyalty of the fans included. It’s a very engaging community, happy to have you join us!

      Hope you enjoy it too 🙂

    • Welcome, Reece! So glad to have you here. How did you find us? 🙂

      • Reece Crump

        If I remember correctly, it was an add on menage a 3 or sticky dilly buns. ‘Prolly dilly buns.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Welcome, Reece! Glad to have you aboard!

  • davefragments

    I’m really hoping for another page or two of Platinum Priestess snottiness or haughtiness or snark as she plays Nancy Sinatra singing “These Boots are Made for Walking” to The Annihilator.

    Duncan ought to get all David Allen Coe on her and sing a few verses of “Linda Lovelace” . . . (Now that’s the bragging of a REAL man)

  • I’m checking in early. Need to do some writing so I’ll be in and out for a bit. I can’t wait to see what Duncan says to PP, if anything.

    Congrats to us all with the second new page! Excellent!

    • Good luck with the writing sweetie!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Gryphon! Good luck with your writing!

    • Waves! Also more good writing luck. I’m practicing Cain makeup and spiky hair *swears at wig*

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Ooh, I’m excited to see pictures!

        • She will only post teases

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aww…

          • It’s hard to take pictures by myself :p the bf is out recording a band so I have no help tonight!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ah well, maybe another time!

      • Can’t wait to see it! So your wig arrived finally?

        • Safe & sound (although I was getting worried) all good now 🙂

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Hey, Sapfo – when you get here, I found a post you might like: http://rumminov.tumblr.com/post/96498839070

    (Dangit, I can never get those “@” thingies to work right!)

    • That looks so good!

    • *stomach grumbles* XD

    • That’s just evil… *looks down at simple bun with cheese and straberry jam* Now I want cake.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Sorry! Didn’t mean to taunt anyone with visions of unattainable deliciousness.

    • Sapfo

      My first reaction (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
      Oh thank you Sticky! Love them all.

      • Morning Sapfo sweet!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Yay! Glad you enjoyed! 😀

  • *Settles down in the chair* … I’m ready.

    • Do you think a double update tonight? (hopefully… come on SF…)

      • I say tonight along with TYP or later along with Teahouse 🙂 I count on a tripple update (three comics) on my wednesday.

    • Morning Danish sweet!

    • Lately, I’ve been going to bed too early to see the pages when they go up… *yawn* I don’t like being a real adult with a real job…

      • *lol* I’m doing that as well, even though the going to bed early isn’t always happening 😉 I PLAN to, but sometimes it just become a nap before I get up again.

        • I usually go to bed later than I ought to, but it’s still way earlier than I used to… *sigh* I could stay up later if my commute wasn’t so freaking long. I need to look for a new job at some point…

    • Good morning, Danish!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Guess what, everybody? I was out walking a dog (my neighbor’s) today and I happened to see a little mole scurrying along! It was so cute!!

    • silibub

      Little buddy! What was he doing above ground?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I don’t know! There is one that lives around/below our house’s back steps that I’ve seen once or twice running from one side over to the other, but this one was just hurrying along in a little divot between the sidewalk and the tree lawn. It seemed purposeful, though, and didn’t look sick or injured.

        At first I thought it was a mouse since I just saw a little dark gray furry thing, but when I stopped to get a better look it poked its little snout up in the air before turning back to its course. I was so excited to have seen it!

        • silibub

          Aw, that’s adorable. Maybe they like to run around in the daylight every now and then.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Maybe. I remember that Kenneth Grahame (the author of The Wind in the Willows) found a mole in his garden one day and wanted to keep it to show to his son, but it ended up getting out so instead he told him a story that became the first seeds of the book.

  • Watching tv (or have it going in the background) and reading or playing games – all while refreshing the page every 5-10mins. Just a normal camp 🙂

    This next page is so anticipated.. I want to know what comes next.

  • Dennis Grace

    Gotta say, that is one damned uncomfortable looking bra. She’d have permanent chafings etched into her flesh. Perhaps she has a special little cantrip: secrete soothing ointment or somesuch.

    • davefragments

      moleskin and double-sided sticky tape

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m not even sure how she puts it on, come to think of it. Although I’m guessing magic is involved.

      • silibub

        Yeah, like…does it actually separate into two pieces that she locks together in the back? Or is it on a hinge or something that opens up so she can get into it and close it back around herself? Of the many mysteries surrounding this character, her outfit is one of the big ones.

        • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

          It’s one of those Japanese bras that open only for true love. (Which hopefully does not occur in front of other people.)

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Maybe it goes on like the Iron Man suit?

          • davefragments

            a bionic bra.

            I dare not say bionic panties, do I?

          • silibub

            Sounds dangerous.

          • davefragments

            think of the vibrations

          • silibub

            Even so!

          • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

            think of how sweaty and sticky it would get, unless she has some kind of cleverly-hidden lining

          • Sticky dancers tape! (secret to how they keep those tops/bras up/on)

          • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

            Six Million Dollar panties!

          • silibub

            That would be awesome!

          • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

            she opens her attache case while topless…?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Well, naked, I guess, since I’d imagine that it would do the bottoms as well.

          • silibub

            Or, hell, she’s a magical lady — she might just bust out her own anime-eque transformation sequence whenever she has to suit up, and it doesn’t really matter what she was wearing before.

          • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

            It’s Sailor Nibiru!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            (Does that mean platinum?)

          • silibub

            There’s a theoretical phenomenon called the Nibiru cataclysm wherein a planet supposedly smashed into Earth and (I think??) put a chunk into orbit that became our moon.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh, cool!

          • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

            The name came from Zecharia Sitchen, an ancient astronaut theorist, and referred to an unknown planet orbiting our sun, with a 3,600 earth-year orbit (and causing catastrophes with every approach). Its inhabitants started humanity as slaves, as recorded in various ANE texts including the Hebrew Bible (none of which are affirmed by scholars of such texts). A few years ago the idea got connected with the 2012 stuff, which Sitchen never did.

          • silibub

            This is all really interesting stuff — I’m definitely going to read up on it more when I have the time. At any rate, very apt Sailor Scout name, I salute you!

          • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

            Thank you! Here is a site debunking Sitchen, by a bona fide ANE scholar: http://www.sitchiniswrong.com

          • silibub

            Cool, thanks! *bookmarks*

          • Steven K.

            Sounds similar to the Nemesis theory that is used to explain mass-extinction events and their periodicity. Some darker companion-star or some-such body that they call Nemesis, with an eccentric orbit, every so many million years comes close to and disturbs comets from the Oort cloud, sending a bunch of them on their way inward toward our sun, and putting Earth at risk for cometary collisions (such as the one that has been hypothesized at the end of the Cretaceous Period, helping to put an end to the “Age of Reptiles”. I might be a little off on some of the details of that, but I was too tired to go look up and verify that I had everything correct.

          • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

            Or Sailor Klendathu, if that’s clearer. Or Sailor LV-426.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I like that notion!

          • Steven K.

            I think that’s more/most likely. Just like how she snazzed-up Kyle.

      • I guess she goes bippitty-bobbity-boo

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        It gets hammered into place.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          >.< Ouch!!

    • DC

      I think of it as made of some sort of malleable metal not of our world.

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        Gravity-defying Nth-metal, like Hawkman uses.

      • davefragments

        unobtainium

    • silibub

      Maybe that’s the real reason she’s so on edge — she’s been lounging in sweatpants for over a week and today she had to shoehorn herself into this getup.

  • Sapfo

    Hello good people!
    I saw this yesterday (and so did maybe some of you also) But here it is for thouse who did not.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb9l988kqL4

    • davefragments

      That was strange, funny but freaky.

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    Will the rectal rodeo never end?

    Hey–if those two have a butt-baby, I bet it would look like a leprechaun. You know, with Duncan’s beard and Kyle’s hair color…?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m pretty sure beards aren’t directly inherited through genetics.

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        Magic butt-genetics, on the other hand…

        (Maybe that’s what the ritual is for. That big wreath-like thing is a symbol. A “gateway,” I believe they called it…?)

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Well, yeah…

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    And notice how her armor doesn’t cover her crotch. Is that so it can breathe? When she goes to the bathroom, does she unlatch the whole thing, or just untuck the cloth portion, like a loincloth?

    • davefragments

      It’s a magical teleportation device. She doesn’t poo or piddle the device just teleports it to her private port-a-potty that travels behind her entourage.

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        (Cue cease-and-desist letter from Star Trek)

      • Steven K.

        Where can I get one of those? And do I need to get an entourage first?

        • davefragments

          contact your department of Magical Resources, Panties Division.
          😉

  • I just voted for TYP on the Yop Web Comics…
    Have you? >.>

    • Sapfo

      Your comic needs YOU!

  • Hi all, My internet died and I’m pulling my hair out trying to fix it so no more camping for me tonight 🙁

    Have fun and I will see you all later..

    • Damn!

    • Sapfo

      Bad internet. Hope it will fix itself fast.

    • Awww. Sorry about that. We’ll be here when you return. 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Oh no! I hope it gets back to normal soon.

    • silibub

      Ahhh, that’s so frustrating. I hope you’re able to sort that out quickly! Have a good night regardless.

    • *hugs and doesn’t let go* But you cannot leave!!! It is against the rules!!!

  • EMR has books! http://elanmeetsrafa.com/buy-books/ (I helped edit ^_^)

    EMR has updated! http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/ch21pg15

    And for anyone that hasn’t read EMR yet, but would like to read another BL webcomic that has an absolutely amazing story, and some have said “hand porn”, you can begin reading it here: http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Ah, I see what you mean about the hand porn.

  • I need sleep… you all have a nice rest of the night camping *falls into sleepy bliss*

    • Night Starr!!

    • silibub

      Goodnight! I’ve got like another hour in me and then I’ll have to turn in, too.

    • Night!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Goodnight, starr!

  • Not long now…

    • silibub

      *collapses* Oh thank god

    • That sound.. it’s the stampeed of f5 buttons running away.

      • silibub

        Man, I’m over here manually clicking “refresh” like a pleb.

        • Same. The hunt intesifies from ‘surprise’ to high hunt like a pack of lions as soon as Alex decides to announce it instead of just doing it 😉

          • silibub

            I like when he announces it — I like picturing the frenzy >:D

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I also like it when he announces it, since it helps me know if it’s worth trying to stay awake just a little longer.

          • silibub

            True, plus it gives me a very helpful shot of adrenaline.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            And if he instead says it’s still going to be another hour or two, or that it’ll be a late update, I can go to bed if I’m really exhausted.

          • silibub

            Yeah, I’m trying to shift my sleep cycle back to normal human hours, and honestly if this scene wasn’t focused on Team Silver Fox(y) I’d go to sleep and enjoy waking up to the page instead.

          • Yes, it’s good 🙂 Also think the surprise rush is just as fun though *lol*

          • Sticky….I don’t think my cat wanted me to play….he decided the DS was a good place to lie down…

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aw, kitty, we need to find the truth!

  • Klaus

    I need to leave now to go to work. God fornøjelse to rest of you.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Have a good day!

    • silibub

      Bye, Klaus! Have a good one.

    • Sapfo

      have a good time you too.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    You know, every so often I remember that people don’t necessarily look like their icons (unless it’s a picture of them), and that confuses me.

    • o_o .. You mean, I’m not a talking wolf? My life has been a lie 😉

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I always wonder how you type with those paws.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      Yes that’s true, for example, I don’t really look like a chihuahua. 😉

      • stickfigurefairytales

        No, that’s not true!!

    • Danny

      How about those who have changed their icons? Are they secretly chameleons?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Shapeshifters.

        • Danny

          That’s more fun, I think. 🙂

      • Plotting against me.. that’s what they are xD
        (Confusing me who reference an icon with the commenter)

        • Danny

          Same! I become very confused when the icon is new, yet the name is old.

          • silibub

            Imagine if people could change both.

          • They can.
            Oh no, I did NOT just say that D:

          • silibub

            Oh, god.

          • Or at least they could earlier. Don’t know if that’s been changed with new versions.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I need some stability in my life!

          • silibub

            Don’t tell me that — I’ve changed my tumblr name way too many times, it’s like an addiction!

          • If you can on new version I’m not telling you how >.<

          • silibub

            GOOD, I’m not going to look it up! I’m striving for consistency here.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            *curls up whimpering in dismay*

          • Danny

            Some I think I would be able to recognize by speech patterns, but for the most part, that would just be very confusing. Still, imagine the April Fool’s Day possibilities…

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I would be ten ninjas.

          • Danny

            Your icon, or your name? 😉

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Maybe I could switch from ninja one to ninja two, and so on! (I wouldn’t actually do it though. I am too lazy.) 😛

          • Danny

            It would be a lot of effort, but the effect would be pretty cool.

          • Shhhhhh!

          • Danny

            Er, I mean, nothing to read here, move along!

    • ….I don’t think I would mind being sexy men….(as most of my avatars are/have been sexy men)

    • Shhhh, that’s a towel tied about my shoulders.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I think you might need to eat more, Admiral. (Seeing as you’re a stick figure and all.)

    • Sapfo

      <,.>
      I do, but only parts of me ;D

    • DC

      Meow, meow.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Who’s a good little kitty that knows how to type and think critically? You are!

    • ….I know have the urge to change my avatar and it is all your fault!!!

    • YangYueLan

      Yeah, I’m no where close. I was not alive when this picture was taken, my parents had to met (not even in the same state!) and I am female. Also, I’m more of a fleshy-pinky tone than and gray-ish sepia-tone.

    • Kate G

      Well, mine IS my dog, does that count? So, she is kind of a reflection of me as there are studies that say that people do see similarities between dogs/cats and their owners?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Sure, I’ll allow that!

  • stickfigurefairytales
  • Kate G

    Hm, this speech sounds awwwwwwwwwfully familiar. Where have I heard it before? WAIT, I KNOW!

    *reels back to 1959* *Sleeping Beauty plays*
    “Oh come now Prince Phillip. Why so melancholy? A wondrous future lies
    before you – you, the destined hero of a charming fairy tale come true.
    Behold – King Stefan’s castle. And in yonder topmost tower, dreaming of
    her true love, the Princess Aurora. But see the gracious whim of fate –
    why, ’tis the self-same peasant maid, who won the heart of our noble
    prince but yesterday. She is indeed, most wondrous fair. Gold of
    sunshine in her hair, lips that shame the red red rose. In ageless
    sleep, she finds repose. The years roll by, but a hundred years to a
    steadfast heart, are but a day. And now, the gates of a dungeon part,
    and our prince is free to go his way. Off he rides, on his noble steed, a
    valiant figure, straight and tall! To wake his love, with love’s first
    kiss. And prove that “true love” conquers all!” *EVIL CACKLE OF DOOM*

    Mixed with a little:

    “If there’s a prize for rotten judgement; I guess I’ve all ready won that [..] I won’t say I’m in looooooooooooooooooooooooove.”

    • Kate G

      Disney, I watch too much of it, especially if I can MOSTLY remember all of Maleficent’s speech. <..> Nobody saw me write all of this, right? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. DAMMIT, stop quoting Disney, KATIE!!!!

    • *EVIL CACKLE OF DOOM* (yeah… once more…)
      *EVIL CACKLE OF DOOM* (heh heh heh) *EVIL CACKLE OF DOOM* (love it…)

      • Kate G

        HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Hee hee hee hee hee. HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR.

  • LL

    Sircea seems to have come up with her own idea of what Duncan and Kyle did ~together~

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Oh, well observed. I’d forgotten all about that. HA.

      • LL

        haha Sircea’s like “They totally did it. Hot damn…” When in reality…