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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 63

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So, some updates!

First of all, after a long drought, we have some new Fan Art! 🙂 Two new pieces, to be precise! The first is by Craig Greene, “Pepper” and it riffs off one of the awesome ideas y’all put forward in the Comments, showing the “angel” and the “devil” of The Annihilator’s conscience. The second one riffs off of one of my quips from these notes asking about what commenter silibub might wear on a prom date with The Platinum Priestess. Well, she took matters into her own hands and created art that shows just that! You must check these out! 😀

Also, I’m happy to report that thanks to your generous Kickstarter donations, the GaymerX3 Kickstarter campaign was funded and that means the convention is going to happen! Yay! I’m definitely going to be there next year, so I hope a whole bunch of you can come too! And in similar news, another Con I’m going to be attending (BENT-CON 2014) is having their own Kickstarter. There are a bunch of different rewards and you’ll be able to get a pass to the Con as well. It’s definitely a great time, so be sure to check that out too!

So, good news all around there! And in more good news, we had our sixty-second bonus page in a row on Wednesday. And, thanks to your generous donations and in addition to our regular Saturday updates, there will also be bonus pages on Wednesday, September 24th (page 64!), Wednesday, October 1st (page 66!), Wednesday, October 8th (page 68!), Wednesday, October 15th (page 70!), Wednesday, October 22nd (page 72!), Wednesday, October 29th (page 74!) and Wednesday, November 5th (page 76!)! And look below! We’re already at $150 towards the bonus page after that!

Big hugs go out to long-time friends of The Young Protectors Shannon S., & Robert B. for their super-generous $25 donations! And this makes Shannon’s third, and Robert’s eighty-fifth (!!) super-generous donations to this comic!

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Thank you all so much for your generous support!

So! Should The Annihilator just be bad and is that good? Will he never be good and is that not bad? Should he just learn to love himself the way he is and accept that there’s no one he’d rather be? And will he actually get to say something on the next page?

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

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  • silibub

    Just keep twisting that knife, babe.

    • Congrats, Sili!

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      congrats! 🙂

    • Gaah.. those damn extra seconds xD Congrats, you’re on fire on these PP-pages 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Sili, I love your fanart!

      • silibub

        Thank you!

        • Yes. Is pretty.

        • justkeepondriving

          Me too! Very elegant gowns 🙂

    • Of all pages for Silibub to be first on! Well done m’lady!

      Did Alex rig this one?? Anyone?

  • Dayum… blood thirsty much 😉

  • Whoa!

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    He still can’t get a word in!

  • Sapfo

    Oh gosh! You when there PP!

  • Good grief. She’s eviscerating him.

  • davefragments

    I’m ready for my closeup Mister DeMille

  • She has a nice imagination. ^_^ I wonder if Kyle would really do that or if he is still too mad at Duncan?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Kyle’s a really nice guy, so I think I could see it happening.

      • But would he be that mushy about it?

        • I think she sees mushiness as weakness so maybe she’s assuming he’d be overly mushy.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Well, technically all he’d have to do is stroke Duncan’s hair. I don’t think the forgiving of trespasses necessarily has to be out loud. (Though that gives me a hilarious mental image of Paul, Spooky, and Mitch butting in with a chorus “I don’t, though.”)

    • Saxon_Brenton

      [mildly freaked out] The Priestess obviously has telepathy, because that’s pretty much how I imagined the scene in the previous comments page when I made that comment about Red Hot giving Annihilator Love’s True Kiss.

  • SofiaT

    I really like cartoon-silibub’s hair. My fringe will only fall the way it’s supposed to on random days. *sigh*

    • silibub

      Enough threatening with a curling iron will usually make it behave even when it’s ornery.

      • My hair laughs at curling irons! It will do the opposite just because.

  • silibub

    So how much of her glee is the result of picturing Duncan spewing blood fountains versus the sweet satisfaction of cornering him? I’m thinking it’s like…40/60.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    My hurt/comfort fangirl side is going nuts over that imagined dramatic death scene.

  • Love the Fan Art! Both drawings are awesome. Nice job @silibub:disqus and Craig!

    • David Welbourn

      Yay, new Fan Art! Happy, happy.

  • SofiaT

    Now I hope more than ever that Duncan doesn’t die in the end. Much as I like to see him and Kyle on the same panel again (even if it’s only on Sircea’s imagination), seeing him die hurts us, my precious.

  • Jose O. Gonzalez Lopez

    Is it time to punch her in the face yet? I feel like the next panels should just be like something punching her in her ugly face. Anyone else with me?

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      After what he did to Kyle, he deserves everything he’s getting and lots more.

      • Jose O. Gonzalez Lopez

        NU UH!!! THIS IS LOVE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT!!! This is just a boo boo in superhero supervillain love relationships!! And not to mention the guy who made the contract with was Kyles FATHER. Theres lots of years of making up to be done, I’m sure he could get his organs unmelted.

    • Steven K.

      Yeah – kind of. Or Duncan snatching that silly tiara off her head, pulverizing it in his hands, and letting it drop to the ground, with a further step upon it as he turns to go sit back down.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    You know, it could be my imagination, but I think that Sircea might be kind of mean.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      Let’s see how she does if she has to go up against Laampros.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Yeas, Laampros does strike me as someone who’d be highly resistant to cutting remarks. Plus she doesn’t know him nearly as well as she does Duncan, which makes it harder to know where to hit him.

        • Steven K.

          Well, we don’t know how well she knows Laampros – one has the sense that she has dealt with him to one degree or another earlier or previously. However, if she were to talk in this tone or manner to the big L., I think he’s probably just take in a big breath, let out a huge “HAAAAAH HAAAAAH HAAAAH HAAAAH!”, and then swat her away.

    • SofiaT

      Oh, c’mon, don’t be so harsh on her.
      Enjoying the thought of your only known friend and ally dying an agonizing death does not make a person mean!

      You only have circumstantial evidence, at best.
      I bet she’s as warm and cuddly as a fluffy bunny.
      …With red eyes and fangs.

      • Heeeeeeee…

        • Sapfo

          I see you that you did a long comment this time dear. 😉

      • silibub

        Like the Monty Python bunny. RUN AWAY!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Ah ha ha! I though the same thing! 😀

      • stickfigurefairytales

        The dread killer rabbit of Caerbannog!

        • It has teef!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Look at the bones!

    • silibub

      How could you say such a thing, when she’s been nothing but gentle and supportive throughout this entire conversation?

    • What do you mean? She build me a cake house. I think she’s nice.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        True – she did give me this delicious-looking apple for free, too.

        • It’s this cabin she has that walks around on chicken legs that creeps me… but whatever. 🙂

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Nah – the fence of skulls told me there was totally nothing to worry about there.

    • Sai

      She does kind of have a point though. Even if Duncan is secretly wishing for that scenario, I don’t think Kyle’s going to be so magnanimous.

  • So, in short.. what PP is saying here is that right now it’s good to be bad or bad to be good. She doesn’t leave a lot of options here 😉

    When I thought she couldn’t creep me out more, she goes all happy-thoughts over how Duncan could die. Is she gonna fly next?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Your comment made me think of the Elton John/Leon Russell song “If It Wasn’t for Bad,” which I just realized would be absolutely perfect for Kyle to sing.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Seriously, look at these lyrics!:

        I knew from the first night I met you

        Something just wasn’t quite right

        Loving like an innocent stranger

        But something was just out of sight

        How could I know that you had used me

        Fill out some plan of your own

        I could have known you’d abused me

        Leave me here hurt and alone

        If it wasn’t for you I’d be happy

        If it wasn’t for lies you’d be true

        I know that you could be just like you should

        If it wasn’t for bad you’d be good

        • As written for Kyle.

        • I hadn’t heard that before. But you’re right — it’s eerily appropriate. We’ll have to get the rights for the musical.

          Think Elton would be up for that? 😉

          • stickfigurefairytales

            There’s always a chance! I bet he’d enjoy this comic.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Seriously, look at these lyrics!:

        I knew from the first night I met you

        Something just wasn’t quite right

        Loving like an innocent stranger

        But something was just out of sight

        How could I know that you had used me

        Fill out some plan of your own

        I could have known you’d abused me

        Leave me here hurt and alone

        If it wasn’t for you I’d be happy

        If it wasn’t for lies you’d be true

        I know that you could be just like you should

        If it wasn’t for bad you’d be good

  • YangYueLan

    I am a firm believer that immortality will drive people to insanity. The amount of loss alone would cause a mental break. Thank you, PP, for confirming this.

  • Sapfo

    This so reminds me of the game Fable.
    “I am giving you power over life and death.”
    Yes Duncan, will you choice to be the hero or the villian? What will it be?

    Alex I do enjoy the possible future picture being painted here. So dramatic and so typical of PP.

    Edit: the funny part about Fable, I never been able to play it as a villian. I just can not do that

  • Yuuup, and she’s the most SANE one o_o .. I wouldn’t want to see any of the other magic-doers.

  • She really has him by the…er…um yeah. She just keeps squeezing and squeezing…

    • Owie… (I’d take the rolled up newspaper).

    • SofiaT

      I think it’s Laampros who has him by the… er, those.
      She’s just enjoying it.

      • She sorta handed them to Laampros on a silver platter.

        • Garrett Compton

          A platinum platter, if you will.

    • davefragments

      He made the deal with Laampros, she didn’t. I wonder if she planned that in advance. . . If it all goes bad, Laampros blames Duncan and not Sircea. Clever plot.

      • Of course she planned that in advanced. At least I think that’s what she did. Duncan’s doing all the dirty work and she just sits back and reaps the rewards. If he bites the dust, well, at least it wasn’t her.

        • Mathew Cole

          I don’t think so. Just recall what he said – if Kyle had been straight, Sircea would have been the one seducing him. And therefore sealing the bargain herself.

          • That’s probably what she told Duncan. “Well, darling, if he likes girls, I’ll happily seduce him.” But for all we know she had a female “associate” lined up to handle that end of the business.

            I just don’t see her as getting her hands dirty (meeting with Laampros, being marked) in such a fashion. Granted, she’ll do the workings to strengthen the walls, but have herself marked or placed in danger before she has her immortality back? Nope. Maybe not even then. I’m quite certain she would want to be able to walk away clean and clear in all situations.

  • Terri Sutton

    Bitchy thy name is Sircea.

    I’m kinda turned on now.

    Which is really creeping me out.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I want this to be a haiku so badly, but the syllable count isn’t quiiiiite right.

  • Sapfo

    I’m probably a little tired. Zoomed in on PP’s tiara. Interesting details.

    Well I am having guest in a few hours, so bye bye for now.

    • Have fun!

    • Baaai, have fun.

    • silibub

      Bye! Enjoy yourself!

    • silibub

      Bye! Enjoy yourself!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Take care, Sapfo!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Take care, Sapfo!

  • Steven K.

    Well, I guess that first scene/panel is out as a way of this story being resolved – would have worked for me, Duncan somehow sacrificing himself for Kyle and the rest of the world in order to set things right. Now, that CAN’T happen, so should we assume that Duncan will not or cannot be redeemed now? Was a slim possibility beforehand, which would have required an extreme sacrifice, but now since Sircea has made fun of that, I’d think that’s off the table for him as a character, and for us as a resolution.

    • SofiaT

      Or maybe it’s a foreshadowing of exactly that.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    I’m kind of wondering what the Priestess gets out of this extended rant. A bit of catharsis for her and some nice fan service art of her fighting dragons and Kyle cradling Duncan? Well, that’s plausible – in small amounts. But… I’m wondering if the loss of power that she’s undergone means she doesn’t have the ability to blast Annihilator (either to death, or into unconciousness so that she can place a mind control whammy on him). And yet… that bit a few pages ago where basically Annihilator goes ‘Watch your tone” and she replies “Or you’ll do what?” strongly implies that he fears her power.

    Maybe I’m misreading the Priestess’ personality entirely, but from what we’ve seen of her on the previous few pages with her ‘conquer and rule an area’ history, I would have thought she’d be more of a ‘direct action’ person than this. A few quick, biting comments seem likely if she’s mildly irritated. But if she’s really as angry as this extended period of snark suggests, then I would expected her to simply smite the Annihilator.

    I can’t shake the feeling there’s something more going on here.

    • davefragments

      This is the reveal to Duncan and the reader that HE is HER stooge and he better like it because she pulls all the right strings.

      at least in her mind.

      • Steven K.

        Dave – give P.P. some of those tar sands to chew on for awhile – maybe it will temporarily shut her up at least.

    • SofiaT

      I honestly don’t think she’s angry.
      I think she’s desperate and lying through her teeth, playing it cool.

      She’s gone on the offensive as a defense mechanism and overplaying her indignation. I think she had seen that moment coming and had prepared for it -everything from her surprise, to her fake understanding to her taunting, has been planned in advance, to have a certain effect on Duncan: manipulate him to do her bidding.

      • Derkins

        Sounds like what we know about her personality.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      She may need him to complete the bargain of his own free will.

      If they succeed, it will be interesting to see how she treats him.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        I considered that. But while her sarcasm might be able to get his co-operation, I feel that it would create enough ill-will that it runs the risk of not quite counting as ‘free will’ for magical purposes.

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          it seems to me that as long as he is in control of his own mind it would count as free will. Which may be why she hasn’t zapped him with a spell.

    • Steven K.

      Yeah – all that does make one wonder.

    • Evoru

      I think she’s pointing out to Duncan just how ridiculous his second thoughts are at this stage of the game. Duncan may be struggling with himself, but he isn’t stupid.

      I also get the strange impression that Duncan and Sircea are…lovers? That she’s raised him to be the villain he is as a sort of consort for her, and now she’s a bit jealous and incredulous that Duncan believed, on some level, the cock and bull story he was feeding to Kyle. Because of this bit of jealous and insecurity (how could you POSSIBLY prefer a TEENAGER to a GODDESS?!), her valid points are coming out a bit snarkier than she would have delivered them usually.

      It wouldn’t strike me as odd that someone like Sircea would “train” consorts for herself over the years as an attempt to have someone else on a level close to hers to converse with. Otherwise, I can’t see her reasonably attempting to share ANY sort of power with ANYONE. Duncan, being a smart cookie, probably knows that what happened to these other consorts was…less than pleasant…which made his time with Kyle all the more painful, in that it showed him what a relationship COULD have been like, were he not knocking super-boots with an evil goddess.

  • Laundry done, folded and I’m crashing quickly. G’Nite all. I had fun, as usual.

    • davefragments

      good night

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Goodnight Gryphon!

    • Goodnight!

  • Mary Klemzak

    Ugh the feels!

    I kinda want her to shut up and make Duncan go already. He’s having second thoughts obviously. Then again, he’s pretty much committed. He wouldn’t be honorable if he didn’t follow through. So he’s an honorable thief? Is there such a thing? One thing I hate is a wishy washy bad guy/good guy. Pick one!!

    I so have t checked the fan art lately. Lots of great creativity!

  • silibub

    Kyle and Co. might arrive on the scene before Duncan has to make a final decision one way or the other — even if he seems cornered now, that might change once the situation escalates. Still, I’m really curious what he’ll say to Sircea, if anything. I mean, even if he decides from a practical standpoint that it’s better to go through with the plan, I’ll be shocked if there’s any warm feeling left between them after all this. Once your buddy’s smiled creepily over the thought of your dissolved innards, it’s time to reevaluate the friendship.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      I’m wondering how much of the plan she explained to him beforehand.

      Did she tell him that he was going to be branded by Laampros? That he would belong to Laampros and would be killed if he didn’t complete the bargain?

      • silibub

        I think he must have known there would be fatal consequences for not following through, since Sircea supposedly ironed out the details of the contract beforehand and his trip to hell was to confirm the deal. I don’t know if he was prepared for the branding, exactly, but I think if he felt like she lied to him about what to expect he would have brought that up already. He didn’t seem angry with her until she started mashing his buttons.

        • *grins* Sooooo, Silibub, you’re basically saying you’d still go on THAT date, you’d just be careful about blood, sigils, runes and verbal agreements… yes?

          Sircea rolls her eye’s over a lovely bread assortment and the sparkling waters (with a lemon slices)…

          (sarcastically) “Yes sweetface, I’m OFFERING to buy you this dinner free and clear with no deal implied or entered into.” (she leans in toward Silibub with that smile) “Honey-child, when I intend for us to DEALLL… oh, you’ll know! Now relax and enjoy your entré. I promise you only the best. (another gator smile)”

          *sillibub smiles cautiously and thinks that the dish does look and smell quite delicious… she picks up her fork and tries not to stare at those delicious breast plates.*

          • silibub

            LOL! You make me sound so demure. I think my reflexive sass would get me killed in the first stages of our relationship.

            “Sure, seems legit, just do me a favor and never call me ‘honey-child’ again. Now lean back for a second, dollface — I’m about to go savage on that bread basket. (And where the fuck is my vodka rocks, I ordered that like ten minutes ago.)”

          • Awesome! That sounds much more in character. Actually I spent all my time in trying to figure out how not to name an entré, as I was sure I’d pick wrong and you’d be vegan or something. 😀

            I think you need to give Duncan some lessons in how to talk back to the Platinum Priestess. 🙂

          • silibub

            I don’t have the willpower to be vegan — I generally don’t eat red meat, but chicken and fish are very much on the table, as it were!

            *put upon sigh* If Duncan also has a death wish, I can coach him in some backtalk, or at least in affecting an air of cheerful indifference when she starts throwing barbs. I’ve flummoxed many would-be enemies in my day with that method.

          • Heeeeeee, I suspect you’d be a date that our Sircea would find jussssst right. Now, whether you’d survive it or not is a fine question. But, she’d certainly have a good time… and I’d like to film that bad boy for YouTube later. Heh.

            We just know a good time would be had by all… well as long as the restaurant remained standing. 🙂

            Thanks Silibub. Great fun.

          • silibub

            Haha, I’d bring my A game — but I can’t make any promises about the structural integrity of the restaurant afterward. You’re great, Chris!

    • “Once your buddy’s smiled creepily over the thought of your dissolved innards, it’s time to reevaluate the friendship.”

      NOW, you tell me? I have some friend re-evaluations to go do… erm… excuse me.

  • karmakat

    my god EACH PAGES i want toe SLAP HER and KICK HER more and MORE i swear…

    • Dave Nguyen

      And lick her boot…

      wait what?

      • karmakat

        she won’t be able or needing to wear any after am done…

        • Garnasha

          Procrustes would be proud.

          • karmakat

            good for him,,,but i wouldn cut her feet. i would TURN HER WHOLE BODY INTO TARTAREhehe

  • These descriptive pages are so gorgeous, not like that is anything new, but I love how well Adam has one ‘panel’ glide/overlap into another. Vero’s amazing coloring puts the final master touch on Adam’s lines. Makes it stand out.
    PP’s monologue might show how wacky she is, but I almost want them to continue when it brings pages like these 🙂

    • Garnasha

      As far as I can tell, that’s not just an artistic effect. It’s magic visual imagery conjured up by magic users when they want to make a point. First used by Spooky in the bonus comic, and now Sircea is spamming it (and often explicitly looking at the images she conjures). I wonder how it is perceived by in-universe characters?

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    Seems like Sircea is the real annihilator here, nothing gets in her way.

  • yaoi fanatic

    Saw that this had updated on Facebook and the little picture was of dying Annihilator and I totally started to freak out

    • Tricksy Alex xD

    • SofiaT

      If I had seen the Facebook post first, I’d have had a heart attack.

  • BUT… as a character… Visually and verbally, she is pure fabulousness on this page. It’s like what she is saying is being imaged just for us it’s so grand. Oh she is a special piece of work.

    Giant kudos to you three, Alex, Adam & Veronica.

    This is a wonderfully communicative page! She is pure. Pure naughty evil. Pure vindictiveness. We can FEEEEEEL that she is enjoying every minute of punishing Duncan (I don’t know why… envy? or what she gets from this, besides twisted pleasure), but she is!

    This is a beautifully realized page. Thanks for the great work.

    • To find sanity in the mind of the insane, you might have to dig a little deep. To find reason, dig even deeper.

      • Ouch! Too true that!!

        • Sapfo

          You don’t need to worry Chris.
          we in the audience are all equally insane

  • Dennis Grace

    Sircea’s a pseudonym, right? That vicious grin, the arsenic smiles, that hydrochloride-acid-dripping sarcasm–I recognize all of it. She’s 4chan incarnate! Well? Amiright?

    • Dennis Grace

      Or possibly Ann Coulter…

      • Ann Couter… wishes she could pull off that outfit. (expletive)

        • IamM

          Or say something clever.

      • I only know a little about her, but what I do know is enough to make that a good thing.

        • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

          Ann Coulter isn’t smart enough to be Sircea. She’s a greedy right wing attention %&#@! At her worst she’s banal and evil.

    • Terri Sutton

      I object on principle to 4chan being a God/Goddess.

  • Larkle

    Pwned.

  • Looking at PP’s tiara and cape, I wonder if Adam sometimes feels like Gibbs-smacking himself for the making it SO detailed 😉
    I know an artist on another comic who now feels like that every time she has to draw a characters’ full tattoo when he’s shirtless.
    All the times we’ve gotten a close-up of PP’s outfit now. I’m not sure I’d have the patience!

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      Yes it would be more time consuming, but at the same time it makes it look more elegant and higher quality.

    • Sapfo

      Or maybe he want to gibb-smack Alex for that 😉
      Well either way, there is a lot to enjoy in this comic and the details are wonderfull.

    • Vik-Thor

      (or, he’s got it saved as a separate file / layer, and he can just drop it in where needed?)
      I don’t know enough about how he works to know if that’s possible?

  • L. Bellamy

    “I am bad and that is good, I will never be good and that’s not bad, there’s no one I’d rather be than me” – Wreck-it Ralph

    (Sorry, this is the first thing that came into my mind after reading Alex’s comments.)

    Anyway, onto the analysis. This page is one of the reasons why I like Duncan the most of all the characters so far. He’s the one character in this story that we aren’t completely sure about. Duncan could go either way(save the world or destroy it) and that is what makes this web comic so interesting for me. Without him, I don’t think that this story would be quite as fascinating.

    At the end of the day, Duncan has to make a decision—whether to go along with Sircea’s plans or act on his own and try to stop them(Both choices have their pitfalls and consequences). And like Kyle, he is starting to realize all the implications and naivete of going along someone else’s plans. You never know exactly how much or how little the other person is telling you to get what they want until it’s too late.

    This page also just reinforces my belief that Sircea is simply manipulating Duncan(emotionally as well as mentally). She needed someone to seal the deal with Lampros but she didn’t want to sacrifice herself to do so. Also, that mark that is on Duncan’s arm, is it there forever or just until the “deal” with Laampros is completed? Anyway, I just hope that Duncan comes to realize the truth(that Sircea only looks out for herself), before it is too late. Then again, there are always ways to negate contracts, even if they are literally blood deals made with the devil.

    For example, the terms of the deal is the safe passage between realms for Laampros and his “considerable” forces,” in exchange for “an eternity of youth for both you[Duncan] and your witch[Sircea]”. So, if perchance, Sircea attacks Kyle, and Duncan moves to save him and ends up dying in the process(before Laampy makes his debut), doesn’t it negate the agreement?

    Sorry for the super long comment, but this comic just brings out the analytical side in me ^_^

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      I think that Duncan has committed himself to this course of action and is not going to change it at the last minute.

      He also doesn’t know of any other way to stop the walls from collapsing and this plan at least saves part of humanity. And it looks like there is not much time left to start researching for other plans.

      It’s my impression that Sircea is going to start the process real soon, if he reneges on the deal he won’t survive long to be able to do anything about anything.

      I think he’ll stick with it.

      • L. Bellamy

        “Darling, nothing is final ’til you’re dead, and even then, I’m sure God negotiates.” -Baronesss Rodmilla De Ghent(Anjelica Huston) Ever After

        Yay for movie quotes!

        • ShaedowDancer

          “You’d be surprised at what you can live through.” – Iago, The Return of Jafar.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Now that’s an interesting idea. Duncan is something of an intellectual (or at least has the pretensions of being one) and just wanted to angst a bit in a Hamlet-like soliloquy. He’s always been committed to going through with the plan. However the Priestess – either because she comes from an earlier age and therefore has a different mindset and/or wasn’t quite sure of Duncan’s loyalties – has gone into her current scathing rant.

        And now as a direct result of her snark the Priestess has caused the one thing she was trying to prevent. Duncan has seen how little she cares for him, and will now go against her. In the style of the best Shakespearean trajedy, she has caused her own downfall. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          We’ll find out soon, hopefully he will begin to talk in the next page! 🙂

    • Tahir Raines

      Tbh, “an eternity of youth for both you[Duncan] and your witch[Sircea]” doesn’t necessarily equal an eternity of life. Duncan could still be eternally youthful as an eternally young/never rotting corpse. Like Sleeping Beauty, but dead.

    • “And like Kyle, he is starting to realize all the implications and naivete of going along someone else’s plans. You never know exactly how much or how little the other person is telling you to get what they want until it’s too late.”

      Swell post. I continue to be so interested in thoughts that compare and connect Duncan & Kyle’s pasts, presents and current choices and journeys. Thanks.

  • Evoru

    I have a desperate, aching desire to know which, if any, famous goddesses Sircea was in her past.

    She has the steely eyes and wisdom of Athena. Her tiara is engraved with both a bull and two rampant stags, while her cloak is a moon-like white, symbols of Artemis. She bends men to her will and bears a name similar to Circe. She fought fiercely in her youth like Ishtar.

    Ah, who could she have been? None of the above, but someone peculiar to this ‘verse?

    • Klaus

      Eris. I can just see her plotting her revenge for not being invited.

      • Sapfo

        Oh you bet me to it XD
        She might also be the femal version of Lokie.

    • SofiaT

      Athena is my patron goddess, I’m not crazy with the idea of her being compared to Sircea. 😉

      She has the spite and pettiness of Aphrodite, not to mention that she uses her sexuality as a weapon, like her. Athena would never wear such a skimpy outfit and while Artemis would be ok with wearing a short little number (easier to hunt this way), sexy would be the last thing she’d try to accomplish. Sircea is flaunting it.

      • Patrick Parker

        But Aphrodites all spite and pettiness. She is the goddess of love. People forget she is the goddess with domain of the strongest of emotions. Dont you think that would be hard to control? Not to mention she not really a god but a Hybrid of the First generation of Titans and Gods. She has far more power than any other Olympic god. But i really dont understand why people make her spiteful and petty. Thats not really her thing. I got a friend that Aphrodite is her patron and they dont have her like that at all. Sircea cares only for herself. Aphrodite isnt like that

        • SofiaT

          I didn’t say she was evil. With only a couple of exceptions (Ares, Eris) the Olympians weren’t all bad as far as gods go -they could be selfish but they could also be protectors. Hera, for example, has a reputation as a bitch but she was a good goddess to have on your side, if you played by her rules. She was still one of the more spiteful goddesses, as were Aphrodite and Artemis.

          Hestia, Athena and Demetra, not so much.

          • JozefAL

            By “Demetra,” do you mean “Demeter?” Granted, she may not have been “spiteful” in the strictest sense of the word but she certainly wasn’t above taking an “eff you all” attitude when she felt it necessary. (Hint: Persephone.)

          • SofiaT

            Being so depressed that you forget to do your job isn’t the same as making a girl lust after her own father to punish her for not worshipping you 🙂

            Demetra is the modern Greek pronounciation of her name.

          • I agree. Being depressed never make me lust after my dad (ewwwwww). And, either way, the pronunciation of my name is still Christopher.

            Although not a bit Greek. 🙂

          • SofiaT

            Um… Your name is very Greek 😛
            The original is Christoforos = he who carries Christ.

            Here, so you don’t think I make these things up 😛 http://www.behindthename.com/name/christopher

      • Sapfo

        If Sircew should be compared to a greek godess, it would be Eris (I think). She is enjoying this a lot.

        • SofiaT

          Honestly, I don’t think so. Eris liked to cause discord for discord’s sake. She’d drop her hints and once people started fighting she’d leave, happy as a clam.
          No other agendas, just make people fight with each other.

          Sircea enjoys playing Duncan but she has a goal in mind, that’s just the tool she uses. I think she’d be happy to never have anyone fight ever, as long as she’s the reigning queen.

      • Falconfly

        Aphrodite, however, was also a goddess associated with the outcasts and the downtrodden, which I doubt Sircea would like to associate with.

        • GS Talbert

          The vulgar goddess, perhaps.

      • AliceVenturi

        Aphrodite was originally a goddess of both love and war, in the very early days of Greek civilization. In fact, in most of the Mediterranean cultures of the time, goddesses of love were also goddesses of war. Ishtar and Inanna are two other well-known examples. The connection between love & war is passion and desire, something we’ve only seen hinted at in Sircea’s case. Maybe this is what happens to goddesses who hang around for too long; the passion wears away and the desire corrupts or degrades or mutates into something else.

        If Sircea was Circe, it would seem that she hasn’t changed much; she’s still manipulating other people into fulfilling her own goals and desires. Not that I think Duncan is in the same class as Odysseus, but you see what I mean. 8)

        • Steven K.

          Well, I also don’t think Odysseus did much dallying with other men – or boys. Even though there are a fair number of male-male relationships of one sort or another in Greek mythology and epic poetry/literature, it seems that he spent most of his erotic exploits with women, with his wife Penelope, Calypso, and Circe being the foremost, according to my recollection. I don’t remember much in the way of homoerotic incidents, but Sofia, I think, has a memory more in tune with these stories than mine still is at this point, and maybe could verify or alter this perception? (Most of my reading of Homer was done in high school [and in translation for the most part], and I haven’t revisited the text very thoroughly since then).

      • silibub

        This might be a dumb question, but how do you determine your patron goddess — is it associated with your birthday or career or something like that?

        • SofiaT

          No idea. I’m not a Wiccan nor do I follow the old religion, I’m an agnostic with very little spiritual inclinations.

          I’ve just always assumed it was the case.
          I was born and raised in Athens and my name is Sofia. Doesn’t get much better than that (when referring to Athena, we almost always accompany it with “i thea tis sophias” = “the goddess of wisdom” but in this case literally “the goddess of Sofia”. 😛

          Even my University has the Own as its crest.

          It was meant to be!

          • silibub

            Sounds like it! As far as goddesses go, I think she’s a great one to be associated with!

          • SofiaT

            I concur! 🙂

    • Klaus

      Another posibility is Freyja. Goddess of love, sex, magic, war, death, prophecy and wealth. Half of the Einherjar, the fallen warriors gathered by the valkyries, went to Folkvang to serve in her army. The other half went to Valhalla to serve in Odin’s.

      She is, BTW, one of only two gods to have a chemical element named after her. (No, the other is not Mercury. The metal is named for the planet, which is named for the god, not the other way around.)

      • Steven K.

        Well, you are right as to Mercury, since the chemical symbol for the element is based on the name “Hydrargyrum”. But then, in addition to Vanadium from Vanadis (= Freyja in Old Norse), you still have Uranium (from Uranus, Greek god of the sky), Neptunium, Plutonium, and Thorium. There is also Cerium from Ceres, Palladium from Pallas and Selenium from Selene. You have a couple more for the mythological figures of Tantalus (Tantalum) and Niobe (Niobium), though they weren’t quite gods. Finally there is Titanium for the Titans, a group of mythological beings. Even if you consider Pluto a “dwarf planet”, rather than a “regular”(?) planet (whatever the 8 others are collectively referred to), that still leaves at least 6 other gods/goddesses by my reckoning. Unless you meant one of 2 named for Norse gods, but there is not a planet in this solar system named for Thor. You could count Earth relating to Erde, but there is no element. The only planet names that are also used for names of elements (excluding Mercury) would be Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

        • Klaus

          You are right, I overlooked Palladium and Cerium. My bad.

          Selene and Helios are the Greek words for moon and sun. The gods are named for the heavenly bodies, not the other way around, and the elements are named for the moon and sun, not for the personifications. Uranium, Neptunium and Plutonium are also named for the planets.

          • Steven K.

            Well, you caught one that I didn’t – the element Helium related to the god Helios- guess that one was just too obvious to be noticed in my scrutiny – lol.

          • Derkins

            Wow, you two. Still. So much random fact just happened. Good team work?

          • Klaus

            According to Wikipedia, both palladium and cerium were named for the astroids, which were considered planets back then, not for the gods. Like uranium, they were each named for a planet that was newly discovered when the element was discovered.

    • Falconfly

      Prsonally, I’m thinking actually Circe herself. Also, the overabundance of silver and white reminds me of Hemera.

    • TheManBehindTheCurtain

      Who knows??

      Like the saying goes though, “The truth at best is a fleeting thing, but legends live forever.”

    • I don’t think Sircea have a name similar to Circe, unless you mean spelling only, as the C’s in Cirke are pronounces as K’s (Kirke).

      I think it might be hard to guess her origin based on her clothes. Since she probably changed her name several times throughout the millenias, there’s a good chance her clothes now also reflect more than one of her past selves.
      She’s clearly been a part of several civilisations with each their deties, and yes, I’m also interested in knowing if she used to be one of these deties – or just worshipped as a deity because she happens to have special powers.

      IF she’s even truly of human origin, she might have been the first meta-human.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        You’re right about the correct pronunciation, of course, but at least in the U.S. people tend to pronounce Circe’s name with “s” sounds, which could suggest a connection. I think you’re right about her probably having had multiple identities, though.

    • Derkins

      Anyone mention Pele? Innana?

  • Garnasha

    So… PP is the only sane magic user, and we know this because we have PP’s word for it. And just look how calmly and rationally she’s presenting her arguments to Duncan as to why he should stay.

    What interests me now: with her power diminished, is she still stronger than Duncan? What would happen if Duncan decides she’s just revealed herself as too cold, manipulative, and evil to deal with? Would he be able to just take her out, him being a physical combat power house, her being a diminished mage?

    • Michael

      As much as real-life violence to women sickens me, I kind of want to see Anni lose it and just slap her one across the mouth. Would she go flying, or would her magic dampen the physical effects?

      • Garnasha

        Real life, violence is bad, period. In some situations, it’s a lesser evil, but it’s never good for its own sake. Violence against weaker parties is worse than violence against equal or stronger opponents, and in real life men tend to be stronger than women. So it’s not surprising boys get taught at an early age: don’t hit girls. Without the difference in physical strength, that rule wouldn’t be necessary on top of the plain “don’t hit people”.

        However, PP is not a real-life woman, she’s a) probably a lot stronger than most men and b) fictional. On top of that, if a real-life woman, of average strength and the capacity to actually suffer, were to go this far (planning a major atrocity, threatening a reluctant partner with a very real threat of a gruesome death), the prohibition on hitting women is void. That’s for normal, civilized, everyday life. If a woman is trying to kill you, you knock her out the same as you would a man. Not doing so is maladaptive, a weakness. And the Annihilator is nothing if not so very, very strong.

    • Derkins

      I’m just so curious how he’s going to react to all of this. He isn’t exactly stupid, or without pride. She has been sort of grand standing and hasn’t given him a moment to respond yet. I don’t see him appreciating her talking to him in this way. At the same time, she’s clearly affecting/upsetting him. He just let her grab his arm and toss it away when she was done looking at it. He has been coming across as submissive to her this entire time. And the points she has been making do seem to be hitting him where it hurts. After that, I don’t imagine him saying “no” to all this… yet at the same time, kind of like on the plane with the heroes, and Tsunami yelling at the “children,” she isn’t providing Duncan with an opportunity to save face here. If he goes through with it, it is going to be with his pride swallowed and a lot of resentment. I feel like Duncan is too much a main character (one of the 2 main characters, that is) to have him just killed off in the story. Yet, i can’t see everything turning out the way our villains had originally planned, either. Especially after this conversation that they’re having. How is Anni going to get himself out of this one, and reconcile his actions with Kyle, as has been foreshadowed? Will be an interesting ride.

      • Steven K.

        This is a very good summary analysis of the situation for him – and those are indeed all the main points and questions at this juncture regarding his situation.

        • Derkins

          Not trying to state the obvious, just thinking out loud. My point was I, like everyone else, am dying to know what’s happening next. As always. Also made a couple connections and predictions. That’s what we do here. 🙂

          • Steven K.

            No – I didn’t mean that negatively – I meant you really did do a good job of making those things explicit for people and summarizing the major points of his situation for us here. I thought that was a very good and concise analysis and a very good posting for people to read. And I guess what I also meant is that I agree with your assessment of his situation.

          • Derkins

            lol oh, okay thanks, then. I’ve been kinda on edge lately. Sorry I jumped to negative land. >.>

  • timemonkey

    Just reach out and snap her neck.

  • Pikinanou

    I love the image of Kyle and Duncan. Very well done. Even though I wish it’s not going to happen

  • Nate

    Ah, between the writing and the facial expressions, the snark just DRIPS from the page… I love it.

  • Klaus

    OK Sircea, stop beating around the bush. Do you think it is good idea or not?

  • Alt+F7

    She’s simply magnificent. Crush on fictional character now in full bloom.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Only Sircea can lay your options out with such evil aplomb. Mic drop indeed!

  • Denise Cruz

    Jeez! I hate that old hag so very much! Stupid greedy bitch!! (What only proves the amazing job you, guys, are doing here! :D)

  • justkeepondriving

    Dat headdress ♥

  • larry

    She is such a bitch… and I love it!

  • Tahir Raines

    She told no lies.

  • Inuhime

    This just proves you need to know who you’re getting into the proverbial bed with because it can and most of the time will come back to bite you. LOL Boy when she shows her claws she does make a show of it don’t she… XD”” I feel almost sorry for Anni here.

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    Sircea is my spirit animal.

  • bronakopdin

    talking about rewards, if there was one for having the most evil grin then Sircea would have no competition…

  • Jac
  • TheManBehindTheCurtain

    You know, through all her snarkiness PP has reveled that she does not understand Duncan very well at all.

    She and Laampros both assume he fears dying, but that is clearly not the case. Back in Hong Kong when he and Kyle went on a date and the power nutralizer blocked his powers, he was didn’t try to run and hide from facing his attackers. He fought back and faced what was nearly his death.

    Kyle knows the truth about Duncan. Death doesn’t scare him, but growing old, weak, and vunerable from the slow decay that is aging is what he truly fears to face. Especially alone as he was before he got involved with Kyle, he probably though he would die withered and alone in some hide away.

    I think PP may be in for a surprise. Soon, if not now.

    • Keneu

      I also think he might have been afraid that someone like Killer and Hunter would take advantage of the fact he’d grow weak and old.

      • TheManBehindTheCurtain

        Hence why I stated “…in some hide away”. He’s not that old and weak yet, but I’m sure he already has alot of safehouses around the world.

    • timemonkey

      The whole date was a plan he came up with. The whole thing was meant to manipulate Kyle into trusting him.

  • Thanatopia

    Methinks perhaps that Ms. The Priestess has read a few fanfics in her time? (Kidding!)

    But in all seriousness, it’s an interesting insight into what she assumes to be Duncan’s mentality. And from a meta angle, also a great way to diffuse the “obvious solution”. I mean, maybe there are better ways to stop the world from the Pit, but getting your insides carbonized just to say you’re sorry won’t help anyone. (But then Sircea done went and added a creative constraint! Be careful, Milady: you’re forcing him to think outside the box!)

    • Klaus

      So that is why he was sitting next to that box. He was thinking out of the box!

      • Thanatopia

        Quite! The Priestess’ doom was already decided the moment she let him not do his thinking in that very box!

        Villains. When WILL they learn that smart allies are even more dangerous than dumb ones?

  • ShaedowDancer

    I am in awe of the subtleties of the expressions drawn. Never have I been so inclined to slap a comic character for -one- little line on their face more than for their words than I have on this page. Such awesome work!

  • Shinashi

    Man this is vibrant. I love it so much. Good art makes me like any character no matter how terrible they are XD

  • SSF

    this flawless villain <3

    • flame821

      She’s got ice water in her veins. I love it.

  • TwilightDreamer

    I applaud your patience Ducan…I would’ve hit her silly by now…lol, you know? providing I actually had the power to XP
    Great detail on the disk on her cape by the way, really intricate.
    Still….that shot of Ducan and Kyle…*heartbreak*!

  • Demie Duken

    Well geez PP, just BRINGING all the guilt to the fore for Duncan.
    Though in her own right, this makes her more attractive with all the grins she’s got going on.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    I don’t know if Kyle would be that easy on him…..She sure seems to enjoy brinnging him to his emotional knees though.

    • I can’t predict Kyle, but I know that (after only 24 TYP hours) I wouldn’t be feeling that cuddly about Duncan’s fate, but I’m stinky and contrary that way.

      (Chris as Kyle) “LIQUIFY you Duncan innards, you! LIQUIFY! Hey, Spooky you hug him for me okay? I’m just not feeling it today. Oh and thanks Pappa Laampros. Appreciate the help!”

      Seee? Okay, I guess it’s clear I’m not hero fodder. Awwww well. It’s not like I didn’t know that. Heh.

      • Steven K.

        Or Laampros threatening to liquefy Duncan’s innards if he doesn’t make an honest boy of Kyle.

        • purplefoxglove

          I shudder at the thought of what in Laampros’ book is an “honest boy”.

  • himitsusj

    I gotta be honest, I LOVE the Platinum Priestess. More and more with every passing page. She is exactly the kind of grey-area, amoral, complex character I love to read. Right now, she’s doing villainous things, but ostensibly for the good of the world–perhaps, however, to save it just to rule it? I don’t know, but I am loooving her.

    • Jeffrey Jacobson

      She is an excellent character, and the artwork on her face has been excellent.

      IMHO, she is definitely practicing a species of evil, out to win at all costs. In that, she’s old-school medieval, doing what kings and conquerors have done throughout history. Many still are, but the cost of cruelty is going up as media makes everything known to everyone.

      Maybe she is saving the world from hell, or maybe that’s just a line she’s feeding Duncan.

  • Sapfo

    Dramatic reading of Platinum Priestess dialog.
    Cherry, thank you for making this. Great hugs to you.

    http://cherrymilkshake.tumblr.com/post/98001737899/dialogue-from-pages-57-to-63-of-chapter-3-if

  • Perverzak

    She’s brilliant.
    She doesn’t expect him to be good or evil. She doesn’t care what he feels, he’s there to get the job done and she will make sure that he does. I can’t even put it into words. God, she just seems undefeatable. I can’t even imagine how the guys are going to get out of this one!

  • Steven K.

    The name of the current mission to Mars is MAVEN.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) is set to enter Martian orbit at approximately 9:50 p.m. EDT tonight, Sept. 21.

  • Kate G

    Somebody is monologuing. But, she is fabulous and twisted.

    I love the little bit on the side of Kyle holding dying Duncan like a dramatic soap opera as well. PP sneering at it just shows how much she’s seen that twist. She’s a twisted deadly woman, ain’t she?

  • grimsister21

    I shouldn’t be turned on by this.
    Damn you, Platinum Priestess!

  • This is an awfully long monologue considering Duncan never actually said he was quitting!

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      He might want to quit now!

    • Steven K.

      Got that right. She just seems to be reactively over-the-top shaming and spiteful just from some inkling of one factor that might be involved. Queen Gertrude’s famous line also comes to mind.

  • Terri Sutton

    Is this the point where you maintain eye contact while slowly backing away from the crazy person?

    PP is the only same magic use as decreed by PP herself, you see, this is why we need second opinions.

    • purplefoxglove

      I don’t think any of the second opinions survived.

  • Toli Bera

    oh you know how granny gets when she misses her stories. let’s get her settled in her rocker with the nice quilt that she likes and a nice spot of tea and she’ll relax.

    • davefragments

      my dealings with old folks in nursing homes taught me not to cross them, they’ll hurt you real bad. Especially the smiling quiet ones. Why, you might lose parts of your anatomy.
      🙂

  • OMFG Is she breaking the fourth wall? Anyone? I feel like she’s staring at me! *GULP* I should go to sleep, yeah…

  • Lunam_Kardas

    Yeah well… YOUR CROWN IS UGLY!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Mic drop, huh? I guess this is the last opportunity for only partially-informed speculation on how Annihilator will react in the next update.

    A page or so ago I speculated on the Annihilator’s conflicting priorities.
    tldr summary: he currently has a way of saving the Earth in the long run, but at the cost of lots of people getting nommed as demon chow and also with no chance of winning Red Hot’s respect/affection. But if he risks working with Spooky he might be able to save the Earth *and* all its people, but at the risk of definately getting on Laampros’ bad side and probably getting killed horribly, and only possibly winning Red Hot’s respect/affection. He can’t have everything, so he has to make a choice. Which of these things does Annihilator desire more?

    Let’s try something completely different now. Random ideas and vignettes sometimes pop into my head, and I try to follow Terry Pratchett’s advice to pay attention to what my imagination is babbling at me, because you never know when it might be a useful story idea. So, in this scenario Annihilator is mainly interested in saving people, but he holds little-to-no hope of regaining Red Hot’s trust or respect. Not because he doesn’t want it, but because he feels to guilty and unworthy. This is an extremely painful emotion for someone as proud as the Annihilator, so he pushes away even thinking about it let alone examining it.
    Now, here’s the thing: If the Annihilator has any melodramatic tendencies, then the Priestess’ lurid scene of the Annihilator dying in Red Hot’s arms will cut far too close for comfort, prompting him to lash out. But if he doesn’t, and he’s able to keep some sort of emotional detatchment, then the Priestess’ rant could be the thing that makes him realise that she doesn’t have a very good grip on reality, and maybe that includes her assessment that she is the only one who can solve the collapsing dimensional walls problem. So the Annihilator just turns and walks away, or superleaps, or has to fight to get away, or whatever.

  • davefragments

    Wy does this computer think that everything is four days old?

    • Disqus has been acting up a bit tonight. Maybe it has changed the comments to show as Best and not Newest. It did that too me on all comics I opened for a while. Try changing it back, and it should be fine or make things work again.. I think.

      • It has been doing that to me too, but I am having to change it back I think every time I revisit a page. Like I don’t keep the tab open for Teahouse, but I have had to change it back to “newest” every time I have gone to that page.

        • Yes, I think it’s because they’re making some coming changes on Disqus. Might make the system act up a little and going to old default settings.
          Who knows, maybe it’s just wonky 😉

          • ….Not more changes….

          • Oh yes! These are GOOD changes, if they manage to do it right 😉 Some of the things that should be changes/coming back is:
            – Deciding it you want to be noted about upvotes.
            – You be able to remove a follower from your followers list (like if you’re being stalked).
            – Ability to see comments from those you follow much easier than now.
            -Improvements of the automatic spam filter.
            -To see more comments in a thread you’re mentioned in easier.

            Stuff like that.

          • davefragments

            oh good. (that was sarcasm) Now I will never post to anything else on the internets but this website ever again. Disqus told me it remembered 17 posts on Crooks and Liars (politics) and I don’t want that, not at all.

          • If it’s comments you wrote before getting a profile, you can decide not to merge it with you account under your profile. Otherwise, everything you’ve written under your account will be remembered – UNLESS you go back to each of those 17 comments and delete them. They’ll still be shown, but they’ll be shown as ‘guest’ comments and they’ll no longer show up in your feeds. That’s how it should still be.

          • davefragments

            I’ll live with those posts. I looked at a post on C&L once and it had 6000 comments on it and the total was running up like they were giving away $100 bills for free. Absolutely not worth even thinking about posting it. At least we get a graphic novel out of Alex every few years. All you get out of political posts are heartburn, depression, and abuse.

      • davefragments

        That worked. I hate when that happens all by itself.
        Not that I didn’t flog the computer and beat up half of my cookies. I went looking at comments on some of the political blogs just for funnies and the damn things might have polluted me.

  • And of course, after being wide awake all night so far, I just hit the wall right before camping is really about to start. I think a power nap will come in handy right now. I’ll be back soon 🙂

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Oh-ho. Just piggybacking on Danish’s comment: is anyone else getting Disqis eating the last four days or so of comments?

      Oh, and good morning to you, Danish.

      • It is because Disqus is dafaulting everything to “sort by best” change it back to “sort by newest” it should be fine, but don’t close the tab and expect it to still be on “newest” when you come back to the page. Keeping the tab open is good, I am not sure if it “resets” if you refresh the page though.

  • SofiaT

    Stupid disqus shows me comments from 4 days ago, everything else is gone.
    Arrrgh.

    • davefragments

      I did that to me and Danish Suggested looking at the “sort by” selection. It might be set to BEST rather than NEWEST.

      • SofiaT

        True! Wtf? When did this happen?
        Seems to be fixed now.

        • davefragments

          I don’t know.

        • Just don’t close the tab it will reset to “best” when you come back.

          • SofiaT

            Thanks for the heads up.
            *mumbles* Stupid disqus *mumbles*

          • *joins the chorus of grumbles*

    • Saxon_Brenton

      And it keeps doing it! I expect these comments will be un-personed as well 🙁
      [edit] no, dokidoki has pointed out that Disqis is default to ‘sort by best’; change the default to ‘sort by newest’ and everything comes back. Phew.

  • Back! Nap didn’t happen. Despite hitting the ‘wall’ I couldn’t fall asleep. I guess I’ll find out if lying down and closing my eyes for 40mins will do the trick *yawns*

    • *hugs* If it makes you feel any better when I have gone to bed the past few nights it has taken me forever to go to sleep, no matter how tired I was when I laid (?) down.

  • Just a heads up for those confused with the behavior of Disqus tonight (i.e. “Why am I only seeing comments from 4 days ago???”)

    It seems they are doing some kind of update and it seems like in the process they’ve changed the default sort from “Newest” to “Best”. But if you click on the “Sort by…” drop-down menu (under my featured comment here, just under the bolded number of comments), you can change it back.

    Hope that helps! 🙂

    (Thank you to DanishWolf for troubleshooting that!)

  • Librarican

    Prince of Cats *sort of* updated. Two week break, then another break in November just before finishing in December. I didn’t realize there was so little left. The end is near! 🙁

    • Aww.. now I don’t know how to react. Various comics has been dragging my emotions all over the place tonight – and not even necessarily because of a page update, but various announcements.
      And with pages to upload tonight, it’s not over yet.. oh my god.. *emotions going on overdrive*

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Danish, you read Nimona, don’t you?

        • No.. and now I almost fear to check it out *lol*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Yeah, it seems like it’s going to be a pretty heart-rending ending. 🙁

          • It’s one of many in my ‘To check out later’ bookmarks, but the way I’ve seen people react to it recently (seeing it mentioned) I’m waiting to see IF I ever check it out 😉

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I think there are two pages left, so…we’ll let you know.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Hi everybody! So, Disqus is being difficult again, huh? (but in a new way, it seems)

    • silibub

      At least Disqus changes it up now and then. It didn’t want to let me comment earlier, either.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I’m just picturing whoever is in charge of making changes to it chuckling to themselves, saying “Oh, this’ll get ’em!”

    • SofiaT

      It likes to keep us on our toes.
      “Never bored with Disqus! Frustrated? Maybe. Bored? NEVER!”
      It’s their new marketing motto.

    • Someone fed the Gremlins again after midnight. But at least there is some semblance of… Oh never mind. Gremlins after midnight are gremlins after midnight

  • Hi everyone! How is it going tonight? Was going to try and get laundry done & it didn’t happen… watching KnB got in the way…

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Going all right – I’m just making some hot chocolate now. How about you?

      • Napped too long then got distracted by anime… Free! last episode tomorrow… *heart hurts too much*

        • stickfigurefairytales

          I know!!!!! D:

    • Do the best to digest the pizza from dinner

      • Pizza… I still have yet to find food which is the next part of the plan…

    • Kuroko <3 I plan on watching some episodes this weekend, perhaps some before, now that it won't mix with how I read the manga *snif, another thing being finished*.
      I still hope an independant sequel to the manga will be made. There seems to have been a hint or two, or it was just to make people curious to what artist's next story will be.

      • Oh they are doing bi-weekly (2x monthly… something like that) epilogues I think in Shonen Jump from what I remember seeing? 🙂

        • Yes, something will be coming, but there’s also been hints about how the whole new story starting in december could show another ‘miracle’. That is a very tricksy way to talk about next upcoming story from the artist.

          • Oh I hadn’t heard that yet!!! Very exciting if it happens! 🙂

    • Sapfo

      Pff, you candy people are so strange, it´s morning.
      (sorry Starr, that was a typo and when I saw it, I just had to keep it XD)

      • *head tilt* you’re all making me hungry! XD

        • Sapfo

          Oh here is an apple and some tea if you like. (I eat the candy last night)

    • SofiaT

      Hi Starr!

      I had to supervise a photoshoot this morning and got the afternoon off, so no office for me today.
      I should be at home in an hour or so, hopefully before the page updates. Happy Hump day to me 😀

      How are you?

      • Ooh that sounds like fun! 🙂

        • SofiaT

          It was in a hospital, with sick children. Thry giggled and laughed and what I saw of the photos looks great, but it was bittersweet, as it always is. :0/

    • *glomps starr* Kuroko is my fave…well he is tied with Kuroko 2 ^_^

  • Sapfo

    Morning all of you!
    Any word form our dear Captain Alex?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      We have. Nothing about the time of update. Merely patiently explaining how Disqis is broken this week.

      • Sapfo

        and @disqus_P2huBPd9nS:disqus Yes I see now that Disques is having one if it´s moods. XP
        Well happy camping anyway

    • SofiaT

      Only a heads up that Disqus is in a bad mood.
      Nothing about the time of the update so far.

    • Good Morning, Ms Sapfo.

      • Sapfo

        Good morning Admiral. Any icebergs this night?

        • Not that I’m aware of.

          • Sapfo

            Well I think someone put one in my contry. So cold outside the last few days. But the sneaky person who did it, took it away before I could really see it

    • Morning.. from someone for who it still feels like night because she hasn’t slept 😉

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Aw, poor Danish! 🙁

      • Sapfo

        Someone still feel like it is still night for she sleept to little. XD

        • I tried! Well, luckily I don’t have any plans for today (wednesday) so I can sleep later. At some point it should happen.

    • Morning Sapfo! ^_^

    • Morning! I think my newest zine purchase was teleported here… TX to Canada from Friday to Tuesday should not happen… but it did XD

      • Sapfo

        That is so great. happy future reading then

        • More like staring at the pretty pictures and making loud noises that scare people… but yes XD

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Would anybody like to try playing that alphabet game again? I was thinking that this time we could do it only using the names of webcomic characters…

    • Ooh!!! Starting with A for…. ABEL 😉

      • stickfigurefairytales

        B is for Ballister Blackheart

        • davefragments

          C for Catwoman

          • stickfigurefairytales

            (That’s regular comics, though.)

          • davefragments

            Catwoman isn’t regular? She needs some fiber, I guess.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            No, she is regular – she’s not web, that’s what I’m saying.

        • Sapfo

          C is for cain

          • D is for Deimos!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Or Duncan! (poor guy, he didn’t get A for Annihilator either)

          • DEIMOS

          • Sapfo

            E is for Encke

          • F for Fluke

          • stickfigurefairytales

            G is for Goldenloin

          • I was waiting for Goldenloin

          • Sapfo

            H is for Hot as in Red Hot!

          • H is for Hebert!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I is for Isabel (from Paranatural)

          • stickfigurefairytales

            J is for Jones, Spooky Jones.

          • K is for Kyle

          • L is for Laampros.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            M is for Mitch!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            N is for Nimona

          • Sapfo

            O as in Obsidian-Mirror

          • Sapfo

            P as in Pogo

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Or Platinum Priestess!

          • silibub

            (♥!)

          • Sapfo

            Oki I am leaving the webbased and go for Q as in Q….

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aw…

          • Sapfo

            Both the James Bond one and Star Trek

          • stickfigurefairytales

            …I will allow it.

          • Sapfo

            R is for Rory, Reed, Remy….

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Red Hot!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ooh, and Rafa!

          • Sapfo

            @silibub:disqus now is your time to shine… S is for….

          • Sapfo

            S is for Silibub and Sircea ♥

          • silibub

            Beat me to it, but I like the way you think!

          • Sapfo

            Well I could go for Silibud, Sircea and Sapfo…. but you kind of claimed her for yourself 😉

          • silibub

            We’ll have you over for tea. (DO NOT DRINK THE TEA, she does weird things to it)

          • Sapfo

            Oh I can bring my own tea…. <.<`

          • T for TJ! XD

          • Sapfo

            Does no one know a U?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’m currently scrolling through webcomic pages on wikipedia looking for one.

          • Sapfo

            Oki I am going for a non web again Usagi

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Okay, that’ll work!

          • Sapfo

            Good for it was hard otherwise. Now you do V

          • stickfigurefairytales

            V is for Von Pinn (from Girl Genius)

          • stickfigurefairytales

            And W is for Gilgamesh Wulfenbach

          • stickfigurefairytales

            X is for…hmm, xkcd? Not a character, but it is the name of a webcomic.

          • Sapfo

            Y is for Yvette Atros

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Z is for Zeetha (or Zola)

          • Sapfo

            Do I really have to find Webcomics charathers on Å Ä Ö? For that would be very hard I think.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Nah, we’ll call it a win right here!

          • Sapfo

            Yay! WE WIN!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            All the points for us!!

          • DC

            Xanthe

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Nice!

          • SofiaT

            S is for Spooky!

          • Sapfo

            I belive you are right. S is for Spooky and Sapfo. Well now I am happy 😉

          • stickfigurefairytales

            And Sofia! And Starr, and Stick!

          • Sapfo

            Yes, you three can have a lot of fun together 😉
            Spooky and me will have couple dinner with Silibub and Sircea

          • SofiaT

            (Disqus is being REALLY stupid, it wouldn’t even let me upvote you)

          • stickfigurefairytales

            (Dang it, Disqus! More like, disqusting!)

          • So looking forward to that update…^_^

          • Sapfo

            And Red Hot ^_^

          • stickfigurefairytales

            (Wow, Jones stopped looking like a real name to me for some reason as I was writing this, and I got all worried that I was spelling his name wrong.)

          • J is for Admiral Jane… HA So is A.

          • SofiaT

            A is for Amanda 😉

          • I think you mispelled Ethos…

          • Sapfo

            No dear I did not

          • ^_^ Ethos is my cutie ^_^ It’s okay that you like Encke better.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Okay. Am I correct in assuming it would take the form of:
      Artie/Arthur Narbon (from: Narbonic/Skin Horse)

      • stickfigurefairytales

        That’ll work, but you’re late! We’re already on Q!

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Holy crap, you’re right. I got sick of waiting, hit refresh just in case because I’m about to head home for the afternoon, and discover all this *stuff* I’ve been missing out on…
          Clearly Disqis has redundant evil backup plans for when we thwart it on its primary evil plans. >:-(

          • Sapfo

            Bad Disqus.

  • Maria White

    Update. Update. Update. OH GOD PLEASE UPDATE. *breaks down sobbing*

    • stickfigurefairytales

      *pats on the head* There, there. It’ll be here, you’ll see.

      • Maria White

        I CAN NOT WAIT! *wails*

  • Gaaaah. My disqus comments is being a troll! Takes forever to show a reply and won’t let me reply to half of the comments.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Oh no! D:

    • Sapfo

      Yes, it is hard today.

  • Is it just me or has disqus slowed down a little bit?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Mine still seems to be working okay (knock on wood)l.

      • It is taking a moment to show a comment after clicking on it and it is taking longer for the upvote button

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Hmm, how odd. And frustrating.

    • I’m having issues too, but it’s only here on this page right now – no other sites. Guess the glitchy disqus doesn’t like an active site with lots of comments coming.

      Edit: My computer has restarted this one tab twice now in 10mins because ‘site is not responding’. All my other tabs work.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Why doesn’t it appreciate our love?!

        • It’s only this site that’s crashing for me right now, so might just be my computer that doesn’t like some feature on this site mixed with a glitchy disqus.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hmmm….

          • I suspect it’s the long game thread doing it. For some reason a long thread on this site seems to make my disqus act up. I just remembered it’s been an issue before o.O And again, this particular issues is only on TYP I’ve tried.
            *Curses internet gremlins*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            *scuffs foot on the ground* I’m sorry my game broke the site for you…

          • It’s oki. It’s doing a bit better now. I sometimes wonder if I only experience it here because this is the only active site I follow where the comments section is ‘narrow’ so a long thread will go beyond more than one ‘page’ of comments.

          • Yeah things are better on my end too, it isn’t just you that has those problems Danish love

          • davefragments

            I get troubles with too many windows open or an email notice from the ISP.

  • Sapfo

    Hi, some fun reading while waiting.

    Harry Potter Quotes take out of context 😉

    http://www.quickmeme.com/news/?p=3974

    • I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe oh God I hurt hahahahaha

      • Sapfo

        Happy reading!
        Well I am slipping of to bed for a little spell… and with that I mean some sleep 😉

    • Terri Sutton

      I do my best to avoid fanfics where #22 seems likely to happen.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I think #10 may be my favorite.

  • I think my cat has hiccups??

  • davefragments

    My cell phone just scared the crap out of me.
    It chirped really loud like a text but that was the OS wanting to update itself.
    What fool would do that at 1am and not think that they were waking people?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Not cool.

      • davefragments

        It’s done. Theyt said it would take 16 minutes and it took 5.

        That’s worse than my clothes dryer that always takes too long.

  • Those damn seconds when you think there’s a new page, only to realize you refreshed the wrong tab xD

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Oh yeah, I know that feeling.

    • Whoops! That and refreshing SF every 5 minutes… 😉

      • *lol* I’m keeping it down to about every 8-10mins on SF. Here I do about every 1-3mins 😉

      • Oki, now I’m doing it more often (saw Alex’ comment).

        • Hehehe *stops watching Yowa for a bit*

          • I’m not hoping too much on getting V’s here anymore though. Not as long as my computer acts up so I have to scroll down manually while it loads the page *kicks computer*

      • Sapfo

        Have there been any indication that SF will update?

        • No idea but I’ve been getting the tingles all day… it’s going to be soon I can feel it…

  • Terri Sutton

    I’m not late for camping, am I?

    Damn Disqus! Where was that note during Monday, when I needed it!?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Nope, you made it!

  • Up shortly!

    • …That was amazing.

    • Terri Sutton

      Is it appropriate to snicker like a school child while making a comment about what exactly is coming “up”?

  • I have just had the most horrible day. 🙁 I need a new page.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Oh no, I’m so sorry! I hope tomorrow is much better.

    • I’m with Stick, hope tomorrow is better!

  • Holy crap.. that new Fluke fanart. Wet~ *gazes lovingly*

    • Terri Sutton

      Maybe I’ve been searching for fan-art without safe search on for too long because that “fig leaf” seems to be a little small.

      • purplefoxglove

        Yeah, it was bigger in pencil but shrunk during colouring. Guess I need moor training to do poor Paul justice 😉

    • purplefoxglove

      Glad you like it ^^

  • Page is up.. as I was nicely distracted by wet Fluke

  • Alright I am very sorry for my comment explosion, but I know a lot of us are artists, and sapfo’s link got me looking at subsequent links, and this showed up and just…oh my God. It is so beautiful. It’s about 5 minutes long, and well worth it. Holy crap. http://www.quickmeme.com/news/?p=4372

  • Frater Gymnos

    Is it my imagination or does Kyle have the ability to suck the… fire out of things (like the first scene where he controlled the fire)? Maybe he could suck the … fire, uh, yeah, out of Duncan and keep him from internal combustion!

  • usagi66

    bitch -_-