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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 76

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That mean ol’ Platinum Priestess doesn’t stand a chance against these plucky kids!

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  • davefragments

    Hey, you want him to do that in public?

    • davefragments

      That is a great page.
      I love the action

    • Heey, where did you come from? xD .. as in your comment didn’t show for me until I refreshed. I thought I had it, but my computer is slow (because updating) so it tricked me *lol*

      • davefragments

        I never try to explain disqus

      • Terri Sutton

        He just a Ghost In The Machine.

        • Kind of like how Danish is The Doctor in the Tardis.

          • *LOL* Oh yeah. That theory that I was the 12th doctor (until the 12th doctor was reveiled).

          • Damn that was a long time ago, wasn’t it?

    • Congrats, Dave!

      • davefragments

        Thanks

  • Ooh dear.

    (*pats Doki*)

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Still no Mitch?! 🙁

    • Terri Sutton

      It’s like he suddenly no longer exist! Boooo!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        He’s probably off acting as lookout.

    • Maybe he’s still in the plane doing something else?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I would have guessed that he’d be rescuing the hostages, but it looks like not yet. Although he could be standing by to take them to safety once Commander and Fluke have the device deactivated, in which case it would make sense to try to keep him out of harm’s way until it’s time for him to step in.

        • Um, I hate say this but…if Duncan and PP want to do some serious damage, they might attack Mitch first if they’re able to. After all, he’s the one who flies the plane and could take the hostages away.

          I hope that doesn’t happen!!!!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            That’s my best guess as to why the team might want to keep him out of sight (assuming Sircea’s magic is like Spooky’s in terms of requiring line of sight).

          • Ahhh! Now that makes a lot of sense.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    That is a nice pile of minions there. Very tidy.

  • Need bigger Prayer circle Friday.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Indeed. I’ll bring some candles.

    • silibub

      We’re loading up on incense next time. I’ll fumigate the whole campsite for ya!

    • Terri Sutton

      I’ll have to chant harder!

    • I’ll bring the censor and a really big rabbit for Cthulhu.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Does Cthulhu like rabbits?

        • Cthulhu will eat anything. He likes it! He likes it!

      • Jen Roberts

        Maya Hansen: Is…is that normal?
        Tony Stark: Yes, this is normal!
        Pepper Potts: Sadly, that…is very normal.
        Tony Stark: It’s a big bunny, relax about it!
        Pepper Potts: Calm down!
        Tony Stark: I got this for you.
        Pepper Potts: I’m aware of that.
        Tony Stark: You still haven’t even told me that you liked it!
        Pepper Potts: I don’t like it!
        Tony Stark: I asked you three… You don’t like it?!
        [Starring Donald Burch as Tony Stark, stickfigurefairytales as Maya Hansen, and Cthulhu as Pepper Potts]

  • DC

    They did a good job handling all those minions.

  • silibub

    Huh, I wonder what that potion does.

    Somehow Amanda’s mental image of Sircea all flummoxed by the team’s assault seems…optimistic. Me, I’m just happy to see her on the page! ♥

    • I was about to say, would that potion turn her hair red

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Or at least stain her outfit!

        • silibub

          Noooo, it would be such a hassle to launder!

          • Indeed! Her outfit is too perfect to mare with stain.

        • Or…. I hate to say it…but it could bedazzle it. o.O

      • Ugh, red is SO not Sircea’s season!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          She’s definitely a winter.

          • Keneu

            That gives a new meaning to the “winter is coming” motto.

          • That can be taken in so many, many ways. Most of them wrong. Bless you.

          • Keneu

            Gah, I didn’t even realised it! I swear it was unintentional.

          • LOL.. I was right there with Donald, thinking that.

          • Keneu

            Now I’m starting to feet bad, lol. But I’m also starting to cry of laughter.

          • Laugh! he rest of us do 😉

          • Keneu

            I’m sure of that xD

            As long as Sircea has different tastes than the Lannister twins, I’d be all in for a TYP/ASOIAF crossover.

          • The fact that you caught it fills me with hope for the future.

          • Keneu

            Hey…!

            I know I can be a unaware comedian sometimes, but don’t rub it on my face xDD Because that’s what you meant, right? Right…? 😛

          • I’m sorry, I’m laughing too hard at all the inappropriate innuendos.

          • Keneu

            Oh come on. Again? I swear I don’t do it on purpose – I’m not an English native speaker so I don’t realise- but at least I hope you had a good laugh. xD

          • Keneu, your English is quite impressive. It is my very, very naughty brain. I can’t help it. I use a periscope to peek up into the gutter.

          • Keneu

            Well, I’m not going to put aaall the blame on myself 😛 And thanks, I think I still have a long way to go on anything English-related, but that’s reassuring.
            I admit I laughed a bit too much with the “Key phrase there being “pull off.” With that costume it’s a miracle it stays on.” comment taken out of context. x’D

          • See, that was unintentional on my part but after you mentioned it I remembered what “pull off” means overseas. As George Takei might say, “OH, MY…”

          • Keneu
          • Ha! Cute!

          • D. Garrett

            i think you and i r sharing that periscope and its my turn!

        • I’m sure she could pull off any color she wanted to. I mean she is Sircea.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            True.

          • Key phrase there being “pull off.” With that costume it’s a miracle how it stays on.

          • Again, she’s Sircea. (Imagine it being said, like: I’m Batman but in a woman’s voice.)

          • Jen Roberts

            Platwoman?

          • HA! Maybe

  • James Wade

    This plan is far to complicated. The IJN would have loved it.

  • davefragments

    Anyone taking bets about Laampros showing up in the middle of all this “planned chaos”?

    • silibub

      Now I’m not a gambling lady, but I’m pretty confident about these odds.

    • In the middle? No. I’ll bet he’s show up, but not during any real chaos. What are my odds on that?

      • davefragments

        my guess – even

        • 50/50

          I can live with that.

    • Could happen. Then what?

      This has been mentioned before, I think but I keep thinking PP might be underestimating this whole unleash Hell thing. I’m wondering if she knows what’s she’s in for.

  • Spooky is doing a bit of multi tasking in this plan.

  • silibub

    Tch, I really do have to go to bed, so I’ll catch up with y’all later. Lovely page — thanks Alex and team! It’s always a good update when I get to see the wife, unhappily flustered or no. Good night!

  • I love how Amanda is planning this like a well thought out military attack – despite only having seen the ‘battle ground’ for a few minutes. She must have had time ahead to think about what role each is going to have, and then is incorporating it into the situation.
    In the age of 22 she really is a true commander 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Amanda is awesome. 🙂

    • Terri Sutton

      And what exactly is she utilising Mitch for?

      • We’ll get to see soon.. when Alex stops teasing us ^_^

        • Alex will never stop teasing us…. just what he teases us about changes… though hopefully the Mitch tease will end soon… maybe…

    • I agree Amanda is awesome and that is what is getting me through this. I don’t share your optimistic appraisal of the plan. Me, I’m concerned Amanda is stretching her resources too thin and she has yet to mention Mitch. I hope she is saving him for some kind of brilliant keystone in the plan but my gut tells me she is “keeping the kid out of danger” and relegating him to the getaway glider. Yes, it is critical to be able to escape and quickly but against the Duncanator and Platinum Platypuss-er, no, not using that nickname. *Ahem* Against the Silver Duo Amanda needs all hands on deck focused on a single objective.

      • I never said that it being well thought out is equal it will succeed. Even the best plans can fail, but that she’s thought so far in such a short time.. that’s impressive. It’s like watching a SWAT team or something getting ready to go into immediate action.
        Now, I just hope it won’t fail miserably!

        • Okay, I grant you that. Amanda is planning on the fly with many unknowns. That she is able to put anything coherent together so quickly is impressive.

    • Jen Roberts

      This isn’t her first time at the rodeo, after all. She’s fought with this team for awhile now, so she well knows their capabilities and where/how they’re most useful. Add in her military upbringing/training, and I’m not the least surprised 🙂
      I mean, naturally it’ll all go wrong – something’ll happen she didn’t/couldn’t plan for – but I actually really look forward to it. A good leader has to be able to adjust for those wrenches in the works as best they can, and she ain’t called Commander for nothing.

  • DC

    Some of those skull bones in the portal are looking a bit more human like.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Yeesh. Good point.

    • Terri Sutton

      No no no no no no no no!

      No they don’t I refuse to believe you!

    • Let’s just hope they aren’t the Pygmy guys from the Mummy 2.

      • DC

        Did they come ‘alive’?

        • Yep. And chased Rick and everyone around trying to stick them with their spears. There were hundreds and hundreds of them. Nasty boogers the lot of them.

          • DC

            If they do come alive I’m hoping for them having been unwilling sacrifices and therefore join forces with TYP 🙂

          • Just so long as it doesn’t become Mummy 3, sure why not. 🙂

  • I see Spooky throw that potion, and all my mind is thinking of now, is him going ‘It would just be a very small demon’ .. one of my favorite Spooky lines ever!

    Hmm.. given the situation it might be better with a dragon again, or something like it 😉

    • stickfigurefairytales

      😀

  • Yup, the utility coat is beating out the utility belt. Two sides of potions, dang.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      And enough pouches to bring back the 90s superhero comics, if they were on the outside.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Yup. Last page people were asking what was on the other side of his trenchcoat. Now we know: more potions and magical gewgaws.

      Although I still think it would be cool if:
      Platinum Priestess: “Foolish youngster! Only a Staff of the Archmagi can save you now, and you clearly can’t fit *that* into your coat!”
      Spooky Jones: [Calmly draws forth the required Staff]
      Platinum Priestess: “Wha?”
      Spooky Jones: “Hammerspace.”

  • WarGoddess

    I still have a feeling it’s not going to go as planned. Am I paranoid? Maybe. Just maybe.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I doubt you’re being paranoid.

    • You’re in good company.

      • Put me on record. Kyle moves to burn the torus/circle — the very first step in Amanda’s plan. He sets eyes on Duncan and just… stops. Rut-roh, Raggy!

        • Ruh roh indeed.

        • davefragments

          Fire had been a theme on TV in the past few weeks. . .
          first: The Walking Dead had exploding, burning zombies in its first show and
          Second, a leak from Game Of Thrones has an inside look of dragon-fire destroying a bunch of troops charging it.

    • Zimzat

      Paranoid? Not at all. Speaking practically the more of the action being drawn now the more likely none of it will happen as they’re planning.

      From an artistic point of view it would be a waste of time and resources to draw the same panels with only minor variations (speech bubble changes? point of view?) twice.

      From a story perspective it would be incredibly boring to repeat the same sequence twice, and it would be insanely anti-climatic if this is anywhere close to how it goes down.

      No, things might go according to plan for about three pages and then the wheels will go flying off for the next thirty.

  • Darrien

    So other than someone dying from the team, they could get there and the deed is done or 80% underway.

  • And I’m sure this is all going to go exactly as predicted. 🙂

    • davefragments

      Why it’s absolutely, positively, guaranteed to go . . .

      crazy and awry and into the porcelain receptacle or south or bottoms up or wrong.

  • David Boccabella

    The best laid plans of Mice and Men…

    • The mouse that roared or, in this case played the sax.

      • David Boccabella

        Sadly we are no longer in Grand Fenwick and that particular vintage is long gone..

        • davefragments

          but I can use a bottle of Pino Gran Fenwick or Fino Gran Penwick
          It’s always better than that stuff that comes from Ohio in plastic squeeze bottles.
          wink, wink

          • David Boccabella

            The thing that comes in bottles is the juice of the Grape…
            The thing that comes in the plastic squeezy bottle is the juice of the Tomato.

            Please.. Please.. never mistake the two at a cocktail party 🙂

  • Bleeh, I wanna be here for the fun, but as I would have to be up again in 1½ hours I better go get what nap I can before that.
    I’ll be back for the fun and speculations later today.

  • Jen Roberts

    Spooky just looks like he’s having the time of his life. Like he might actually start singing. (There’s the wrench in the plan: SPONTANEOUS MUSICAL NUMBER!)

    • It’s just a jump to the left.

      And then a step to the right.

      With your hand on your hips.

      You bring your knees in tight.

      • Jen Roberts

        First reaction: Slow clap of approval.
        Second reaction: The Annihilator as Dr. Frank-n-furter.

        Either way, well done. I hand over my share of the internets to you for that.
        … … … I’ll be in my bunk. *cough*

    • Samurai Jack

      Springtime for Duncan and Sir-er-cea! Winter for Red Hot and Spooks…

    • Marz

      That gate to Hell is going to open and Sweet from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode will come through, and everyone starts singing!

      I’m the heart of swing
      I’m the twist and shout
      When you gotta sing
      When you gotta let it out

      You call me and I come a-runnin’
      I turn the music on
      I bring the fun in
      Now we’re partyin’
      That’s what it’s all about

    • D. Garrett

      that would be an awful spell of sircea’s doing, no doubt. *is now afflicted with a horrible shrek flashback of ogres dancing. face palms and sighs…PLZ. ANYTHING BUT THAT!

  • Finzz

    Can Alex give an update without saying, “So!” I’ve been waiting since Artifice to find out, so far it’s fruitless, but all the power to ya dude!

    • Jen Roberts

      sorry, completely off-topic, but that dog in your avatar is ADORABLE.

      *ahem* and no, I don’t think it’s possible for Alex to avoid the So!-ing. 🙂

    • No.

  • I’ve had so much fun with comments that I forgot to give Alex and team feedback. For crying out loud I sound like a broken record for those who remember what those are. The page is gorgeous. The quality is impeccable. The way Alex, Adam, and Vero work together is like magic. My eyes are drawn to the fire but especially to the way Spooky’s magic is drawn. I enjoy the choice in color and the fanciful designs Adam worked into it. Nicely done. I see an incongruity that leaves me laughing, however.

    Look at the detail on Sircea’s tiara and the trim of her cape. The brooch is masterful and yet the bones in the torus look like skulls from “Nightmare Before Christmas.” Don’t take this as a bad thing! I find it highly entertaining. As an artist I wonder if Adam struggles illustrating bones or he ran out of time. If it is deliberate I’m more impressed because it is a stylistic decision that leaves a very subtle, if funny mark on the page.

    To close, I’m sure I think this because I know precisely how intelligent and clever Alex can be but I agree with the thought that Amanda’s visual of a flummoxed Sircea is sheer wishful thinking. Until Mitch moves the moon, make mine TYP!

  • TwilightDreamer

    more and more awesome planning! aahhh! I want to see it go into action! XD

  • Mir

    Fluke has one hell of an ass. Just throwing that out there.

    All this planning has me nervous that everything is just going to go wrong one way or another. Come on guys, I know you can do it!

  • Jen Roberts

    I just thought about this: Spooky is like the inverse of the entire rest of the time, at least superficially. They all have costumes, and he’s got the hat-hoodie-utility coat-jeans thing going on. Remember Elastigirl’s thing in The Incredibles? “Can you see me in this in the supermarket?” Spooky can go from a mission straight to the store and no one’d look at him twice. Also, the team all have “normal” names along with their “hero” names (Amanda/Commander, Mitch/Flyboy, etc.), but Spooky is just Spooky and never anything else.

  • Keneu

    I had a great camp tonight, but I’m leaving. Good night, everyone! Have fun.

    • Jen Roberts

      G’night! Sleep tight! Don’t let the supervillains bite (unless you want them to)!

      • Keneu

        Thanks 🙂 I’m afraid the only thing that will bite me are mites xD

      • Laampros can bite me. ^_^

    • Good night, Keneu!

    • Good night!

  • Steven Klimecky

    Relative to that last panel, all I could think of was (whispered:) “Roseblood!” (For those of you who are into classic films and bad puns.)

  • I do wonder a bit. When the fight will take place, will we get to see all the same pages just with different speechbubbles? I have the bad feeling that it will not go exactly according to plan.

  • Kuca

    Damn it, was resting and nearly forgot.

    Does this mean we’re finally about to get to the ass kicking?

    One thing I find kinda funny in reading all this is that in all of these imaginings, the PP and the Annihilator never seem to fight back much at all. That sure ain’t gonna be the case.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      That’s a very good point. We shouldn’t loose track of the fact that this is the Commander presenting her plan, and because this is a comic there’s a visual accompaniment. It’s obviously the heroes’ counterpoint to the visuals that we got when the Priestess was giving her monolog. Lots of cool, fan-pleasing imagery in both cases – but it *is* just one person’s point-of-view.

      I expect that the Commander is enough of a tactician to have looked up the intel on Team Silver and have anticipated at least their obvious countermoves. I mean, she was thorough even to take note of the description of the power nullifier from Red Hot’s debrief and follow-up on it, so trying to anticipate how the Priestess and Annihilator might defend themselves should be a no-brainer. We just haven’t gotten to the end of the primary attack plan yet (no mention of Fly Boy yet!), so we haven’t had the opportunity so see the projections of the Team Silver countermoves and the Commander’s counter-countermoves.

    • timemonkey

      90% of the plan is to keep the two off guard so they can’t fight back. The other 10% is mess up the sacrifice and run away.

    • The plan seems to unfold very quickly in Amanda’s mind. The Duncanator and Platinum Palpatine have no time to react before kids are spreading across the field wreaking havoc. Amanda clearly intends to hit hard and fast, keeping the bad guys off-balance. That plan has merit. Nonetheless, a plan that fails to account for the worst the opposition can dish out troubles me. Yeah, I know I repeat myself ad nauseum but so far I haven’t seen anything to change my impression of the plan.

  • Jeffrey Jacobson

    Commander is excellent in many ways, but her inexperience is showing. I don’t know of any plan in my life with that much detail that went by the numbers. Combat is even less predicable.

    • Combat like cooking benefits from the K.I.S.S. principle. “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” Amanda is multitasking her team to the point of twisting them in knots. Overworking some while leaving others underutilized, like apparently, Mitch and definitely Gordon; the latter of whom has the ability to wash cultists way with a single action and who might be able to short an electrical device with ridiculous ease. Never a good sign.

  • “No plan of attack survives engagement with the enemy”?

    • SofiaT

      I think this is the fourth or fifth time someone quotes this phrase and I’m getting really curious: where is it from?

  • SofiaT

    I had a busy day and haven’t had the chance to read all posts yet -so forgive me if this has been commented on before. But isn’t Fluke the guy who doesn’t even know how to delete a computer’s browser history? How is he expected to help Amanda shut down an electrocution device?

    I hope Amanda is an electronics wiz and what she means is that she’ll work on the device while Paul stands nearby for an extra boost of luck. :0/

    • Terri Sutton

      Maybe he is a total boss at fixing cars and the HQ’s electrical system and Amanda figured that these skills translate or something.

      That is one of uncles in a nutshell. He doesn’t even know how to turn the modem on/off.

    • Jen Roberts

      I assumed he’d be using his luck powers in that regard. LUCKILY, Amanda happens to pull the right wire or short out the right box or something.

  • Librarican

    I’m getting tired of this falling asleep during camping and waking up a few hours later bit. One of these days…

    I know Spooky is good at what he does and super skilled, but seriously?! He has to keep the Annihilater occupied, provide cover for Gordon AND back up Kyle? And Kyle is attacking the priestess all by himself?! Heck, the gate got both Kyle and Tsunami, and that (hypothetically) doesn’t fight back. Tsunami looks like he’s doing some sort of 70s disco move and then running away out of embarrassment. Can he help with something? And I agree, I don’t think the team has come across a “real fight” before, and I don’t think acts of public service (putting out a mortal’s house fire) are going to translate very well to this fight.

    • Here you put your finger on the most important point. TYP is a search and rescue team; essentially paramedics and firefighters with super powers. They might have trained for combat and they might have encountered villains at a few of their rescues scenes but it isn’t their core focus that I know about. Given the limited information available this plan seems totally nut-bonkers. Thus, reason dictates that it is that unknown element that Alex and thus, Amanda plans from. That is the surprise; perhaps a showcase of the teams true capabilities? Who knows?

  • john Johnson

    Anti-hero here again. It would really mess up the ritual if Kyle incinerated the sacrifices before they could be sacrificed. No sacrifice = no gate, or at least no deal and a falling out between the baddies.

    • D. Garrett

      that would be really ooc 4 him and burning to death is a terrible way to go. it would be more merciful if amanda killed them with her mind, blocking their brains signals to their hearts. (if she could.)

      • Justin Blatt

        The heart has its own neurons. Some people have even called it a “mini-brain.” In certain brain-dead patients, the heart has kept beating.

        • D. Garrett

          kept beating for how long though? eventually the person would die. and if the brain is dead they shouldn’t be able to register pain anymore i would assume. it would still be more merciful than incineration. or if she wanted to employ a different tactic, couldn’t she manipulate the brain to send too much electricity to zap their hearts into inactivity? like an inner lightning strike? this is pure speculation for me. i have little knowledge of the limits and capabilities of the sending of electrical signals in the body. but from watching house, lol, it seemed that the heart could be shorted, like a broken fuse circuit, then given a “jump”. i know i could be wrong here…*physically and mentally shrugs. im too lazy to google right now. dont laugh at me people!

          • Justin Blatt

            Um, the brain is not a generator. I suppose Amanda might have some way to damage the heart, but it wouldn’t be done through some sort of electricity oversurge. Electricity in the body sends messages, it does not power anything, and there are no circuits that will break (there are actually just ions that move around a membrane). Theoretically, Amanda may be able to send her target into cardiac arrest, but that’s a bit of a stretch.
            But sure, depending on the strength of her powers, she might be able to mentally kill her target (although unlikely, as even Xavier seems incapable of that, and the powers do seem relative).

      • john Johnson

        Actually, I was thinking super heated plasma temperatures. Reduce everything to ash before they can feel anything.

        • D. Garrett

          i wonder if kyle is capable of that intensity of heat. but if he is, that would work. cold blooded tho.

          • john Johnson

            Might depend on whether tall red and horny is really his father. I can see the big guy ruffling Kyle’s hair: “You did well, son. As a reward I will give you the Platinum Princes, and what’s his name – as pets.”

  • Pikinanou

    that plan reminds me of those World of Warcraft raids I used to do and the guild leader spending a good half hour telling us over teamspeak how to beat the boss. 😀

    • Takehai

      Oh, no. Now I’ve got the “Leroy Jenkins” video stick in my head, and I’m waiting for Mitch to crash and burn the entire thing. . .

      • Pikinanou

        and then, he’ll bubble-heart right after :3

    • OMG yes and it was worse for me because I was hearing impaired. I depended on a designated player to type the salient points of the attack plan to me. I got it in 30 seconds. Thirty minutes later and I’m all but snoring.

  • larry

    This is starting to remind of the “plan” scene from “Shawn of the Dead”, or this one episode of “Pepper Ann”. None of that elaborate planning worked out for them either. It is kind of amusing though that the Platinum Priestess is an immortal (war?) goddess who’s been around for centuries; yet the ever optimistic, yet dreadfully inexperienced Commander believes PP is gonna be easily overwhelmed by this “attack”.

    • Amanda might be going by law of averages. Normal reactions to tactics like this. She is making a lot of assumptions. Each time I read “should” in her dialog I wince.

  • D. Garrett

    i think it would be interesting if sircea put a sleep spell on typ. it doesnt work on kyle due to his being half demon and it doesnt work on spooky cuz he is able to block it. what would happen then???

    • It might not work on Amanda because of her telepathic shields. The others, for all I know are meat to a sleep spell. This is one reason why I have a strong feeling this plan is going to go the way of the dinosaurs quick. A first-level spell can take down over half the party. Sircea doesn’t need to whip out her fireball.

      • D. Garrett

        good point! i forgot about her telepathic shields. cant wait to see what DOES happen.

  • I just wanted to say thank you for always keeping up on updates. You’re always so lovely and on top of things, it’s really praiseworthy!

    • Well, thank you very much! We put a lot of hard work into making that happen. It feels good to know that’s appreciated! 🙂

  • JM

    Good Lord, how many pages have they spent talking about their plan of attack? I’m not going to lie, as much as I love the detail, I’d kind of like it if things got moving. Especially since things probably won’t go according to plan, anyway. 🙂

    • Dave Nguyen

      I sort of assumed that this was one of those “narrating the plan while it’s actually happening” sort of thing that comics do every now and then. As in, this is all actually happening. I could be wrong, though.

      • Librarican

        I don’t think things would be succeeding as well as we are seeing it if it was actually happening. I picture us viewing the exact opposite, like an ironic comedy of errors.

        Amanda: Looks like 20 to 1. Not a problem, right.
        (Zoom in on Fluke’s face)
        Fluke: not a problem at all.
        (Fade out and fade back in)
        (Zoom out to see Fluke and Amanda have been captured by the minions)
        Amanda’s narration continues: Spooky you can handle some more stuff, right?
        Cut to Spooky dangling Annillihator over a campfire while making s’mores for all his loyal fans and signing autographs.
        Spooky: sure, why not. It’s not like I’m doing anything important.

    • beautyandbutch

      I kind of agree…I’m getting a little tired of page upon page of talking in a plane. The art is beautiful and what not, but the story hasn’t actually moved forward at all for several pages. :
      Edit: about 10 pages of attack planning to almost 20 pages of a conversation between our villains…

      • Derkins

        I think it’s probably about to wrap up

    • Kisa ‘Yuki’ Johnson

      Oh thank goodness I wasn’t the only one thinking “okay enough planning can we actually have the action happen?!” >.> I really do hope something actually happens soon…

  • Jon

    These panels are incredible! As a set-up device to illustrate Amanda’s plan in the classic Kurusawa cinematic style of “he said/she said” exposition. 100% sure Amanda’s plan will fail magnificently as PPAnni are seasoned fighters with powers and resources that have not been accounted for in the plan.

    I think after this heroes’s exposition is done, there will be a set of panels from the villains’s perspective in real time about how the plan failed and how they captured members of Amanda’s team. There wouldn’t be THE big twist and THE explosive finale without this plan failing (for one: I still expect Anni to turn his coat in the end for the “greater good” and resolve the emotional issue with Kyle, Laampros to make an appearance, PP to get sucked into a hell hole, Flyboy to be the deus ex machina that comes to the rescue in the end, etc.).

    Can’t wait to see how Amanda’s planned attack points are countered by PPAnni in the villain’s version. Those panels will be spectacular!

  • Derkins

    lol I just know this look of helplessness and confusion that they’re imagining the platinum priestess is going to have … is pure fantasy. She’d be more likely to have an expression of pure rage, I think. Also, if there is one hole in the plan, I’m thinking it’s in underestimating how easily our two super villains will be detained.

    • Sterling Ericsson

      At the very least, they are severely underestimating the Priestess’ abilities. Heck, we as readers don’t even know the full extent of her abilities.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Sterling noted: Heck, we as readers don’t even know the full extent of her abilities.
        [sing-song voice] “We’re still waiting for the powers caaarrrd…”

        Actually, is the Prietsess getting a powers card? [checks email updates from the kickstarter] Yes, she is.

        That said, I fully expect she has surprises up her metaphorical sleeve. Stuff that even the Annihilator doesn’t know she can do, and which certainly hasn’t made it into any government intel file.

        • Sterling Ericsson

          Heck, if Spooky has things up his sleeve and he’s basically just a kid, you can bet a millennium old goddess has things up her sleeve.

          • Derkins

            That’s a scarily valid thought. You just gotta wonder where she’s hiding it o.o

      • Derkins

        Not even close, I’m betting.

  • It occurs to me how Alex could play this scene out in a striking and dramatic manner. Finish Amanda’s plan, they say “GO!” and the very next page shows from high overhead as robed minions are dragging unconscious TYP members to a pile while those still conscious are trussed up, on their knees facing the Duncanator and Platinum Palpatine. The field is covered with blast marks and other signs of fierce battle. There are robed flunkies strewn like cordwood but clearly the battle turned against the attackers. We wouldn’t need to know any specifics, only that the plan failed spectacularly. Then we get to the meaty interaction and the surprise Alex has waiting in the wings. I’ve seen this kind of page layout in some of my most favorite comics. Namely, X-men vs. Hellfire Club. Whatcha think?

    • D. Garrett

      i dont think they will fail to the point they need rescue. i think they will fail in completing the objective, until at the last minute 1 of the typ comes up with a brilliant, no fail strategy that pp and anni have completely no defense against.

      • I’m a throwback to the days when comic book heroes got trounced in the first engagement with the villains. Villains put them in death trap, gloat, and then heroes use gloat to escape and kick villainous butt. So, “devastating defeat” doesn’t necessarily spell doom for our heroes. If anything it gets both sides talking and we, the readers finally get some answers.

  • Sterling Ericsson

    It’s so sad that we get to see this awesome plan and know that it’s not going to work out like this at all.

    • I remember it as a time-honored tradition in team comics. Spell out the plan and then jump to the aftermath, often with the villain triumphant. It’s a shocking move when played out well.

  • bronakopdin

    indeed… I can’t imagine anyone looking CUTER while fighting ^////^
    seriously, that smirk there Spooky 😀

    I start to wonder a little more with every page though… I do like the plan mostly but there are too many uncertainties IMO >_>’
    I just hope there won’t be a major consequence if anything goes wrong :((

  • ….And nothing of this plan will work because PP cast Protection from Good on everything and everyone that is part of the ceremony. It might be a low-level spell, but I am sure PP’s caster level is insane. Meaning they would have to roll nat 20s all around every time to even have a chance of anything working.

  • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

    Spooky is sexy. I forbid Spooky from getting with Kyle because Spooky will get with ME. Mwahaha!

    • ….. You are going to have to get in line. Quite a few people have already laid claims on him. ^_^ (I am not one of them)

      • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

        While I understand the “I found him before you did!” mentality, it isn’t a matter of who laid claims first, but who is the best fit! And while others may have gotten in line first, Spooky and I are surely the best match. But surely there is no need to fight, and we can be superhero friends together. ^_^

        • Terri Sutton

          Just how many people do you think you can take on at once?

  • That is one completely knocked out pile of minions.
    (Now that’s a sentence I never saw coming)

    • Terri Sutton

      This is a superhero comic, how is a picture of a pile of unconscious minions unexpected?

      Although I have to ask why the YP have moved them into a creepy-hood, sleepy-time doggy pile and not just left them where they fell.

      • Derkins

        haa that description

  • YangYueLan

    Is it just me or is this battle a little dependent on Spooky?

  • Holly

    I am really interested how well this plan will actually work.

  • D. Garrett

    I wonder if anni’s contract/bond with laampros will effect spooky’s hold on him. hmmmm. *hears jeopardys final question music in my head.

  • Matt Lohkamp

    stargate made out of bones is lookin’ pretty rad.

  • irriella

    such a nice well-rounded and thought out plan!! I can’t wait for it to go horribly wrong!!!

  • Lleyn

    S’cuse me, but where does Flyboy feature in all this? And that plan hinges on too many things to go right to work – meaning that it won’t.

  • bronakopdin

    am I the only one who thinks of these guys each time I see someone writes “minion”? xD

    http://i.imgur.com/9kr1sIE.png

  • MaddBookish

    This plan is doooooooomed.

      • MaddBookish

        Definitely doomed.

    • Derkins

      lol the complete consensus in the comment section that there is no way in hell this plan is going to work is pretty funny. If we can all agree it’s not going to work, let’s start taking bets on what *will* happen… i mean specific outcomes, not just that it’s doomed :p

      like… will the people in the box get zapped? I’m thinking they may run into trouble assuming it’ll be so easy to disconnect. I can see them scrambling to do something at the last second before the timer runs out, leaving them vulnerably distracted considering any prior successes they may have had.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Derkins wrote: lol the complete consensus in the comment section that there is no way in hell this plan is going to work is pretty funny.

        Yeah, I suppose when you put it like that, it is. And now my paranoia is jumping up and down and screaming that Alex just wants us to think that way, and is doing Admiral Akbar impersonations about it being a trap.

        Ahem. That said: On a previous comment page I made the observation that we’re only on in the third chapter of a five chapter story, and for this reason I expect that the Young Protectrors will not be fully successful in their immediate mission. Basically, I’m expecting a mid-story plot complication to raise the story telling tension. And I stand by that assessment.

        However, a lot of the comments that have been made recently have pointed out that the Commander’s plan is overly complicated (which can agree with) and will fail spectacularly (which I can’t agree with). So while I admit that I might be wrong, I’m once again falling back on story telling conventions. If this were an ongoing story and/or focused on the Commander, it might me an interesting to have a tale where the well-established team leader makes a strategic mistake and have a proverbial ‘long dark tea time of the soul’ of self-doubt, until they accept that the stakes are so high that they simply have to overcome their doubt and do the best they can.

        But here’s the thing. The Young Protectors is indeed about a person overcoming their self-doubt and striving to become an awesome superhero. The problem is that isn’t about the Commander. It’s about Red Hot. Remember him?

        So while I can’t say answer Derkins specifically about what will go wrong, I will nail my colours to the mast and say it will be a desperate last-minute save by Team Silver (probably the Platinum Priestes). I refer back to Alex’s comments about the battle of wits between Deacon and Dr Mavin in Artfice: that it’s not a satisfying story if one participant wins because the other gets to carry the stupid ball

        As I’ve indicated previously on this comment’s page, the Commander hasn’t even finished outlining her initial attack plan (there’s been no mention of Fly Boy yet, even if he’s relegated to emergency escape). I expect the Commander will then outline a few sensible contingencies, based on what the known abilities of Team Silver. So: the plan will be implemented. Initially the Young Protector’s attack will go freakin’ great. But then Team Silver will pull a rabbit out of the hat, snatch victory from the jaws of deafeat, and knowing the Platinum Priestess’ habit of pop culture references, she probably even quote the song lyric about old age and treachery overcoming youth and skill.

        There you go Derkins. Is that good enough for you?

        • Derkins

          heh that’s a lot more than I expected, so yes. that’s more than ‘good enough’. I think your assessment is really well thought out all the way down to the pop culture references. I look forward to seeing your predictions come true. 🙂
          Also, I’d forgotten this was chapter 3/5… that’s kinda sad. I just want it to keep going forever, just like I did with Artifice! Even though the resolution was sooo satisfying

      • MaddBookish

        My main issue is all of the ifs in this plan and how many pieces of it hinge on every other part going exactly as the Commander envisions it. Lots of room for fail and not a whole lot of contingency planning.

      • Klaus

        They will not even get that far. PP and Duncan are prepared for just this kind of attack.

  • Adam Black

    The People in the Box are an illusion.

    As are the people out of the Box.

    Our heroes will come and attack fake people. While PP and and Duncan are safely ensconced in the diamond Box under an illusion

    • Klaus

      It is worse than that. Even the heroes are fake. It is all a comic.

    • So Sircea built an illusion of her and Duncan having a huge argument over Duncan’s fake moment of conscience? One that only we (the readers) saw? Wow, that’s some dedication.

      Well it’s okay. I’m an illusion too, so it all works out. Heh.

      • Adam Black

        They were in the Box
        It was a fakeout

  • I’m with @Derkins:disqus. This “doomed plan” list is cracking me up at the moment. Let’s look at the facts.

    1) We all are fully aware of @alexwoolfson:disqus’s predilection for always doing the predictable and fully expected thing in his story-telling.

    2) We are also aware that he is a penny-pinching creator and works constantly to avoid the “new” and “expensive.” You can tell this by the ‘minimalist’ or ‘Simpson’s’ style that Adam and Veronica employ… saving time and effort.

    3) Therefore this entire successful battle plan is obviously a three-parter:

    a) First (currently) Amanda is telling and showing us what is going to happen (thus… battle pages are created).

    b) Second, the battle will happen exactly as Amanda predicts, allowing Alex to save money and artist time by reusing these exact pages and simply changing the dialog in the voice bubbles.

    c) Third, after the battle is won, TYPs will have a round-table review of the battle (slying pretending to use power-point slides, but actually using these same pages yet again). This will allow these exact pages to be re-used a third time with only the application of a sepia overlay to denote the past, and the insertion of a few floating heads to ground the sense of a ‘meeting’.

    So remember people… you’ll be seeing these pages again and again. At least twice more. So, soak up the excitement. They tell you what’s going to happen, it happens, then we talk about what happened. It’s classic Hollywood.

    Always remember you can COUNT on our reliable Mr. Woolfson to ALWAYS do the most expected thing. So stop worrying. The plan is going to work perfectly.

    Regarding @saxon_brenton:disqus’s timely reminder that we have more chapters yet to go… well Kyle still has to fall in love and figure out how to have an intimate moment without toasting someone that’s gonna take a couple of chapters for sure. Without that part they’ll take away Alex’ Yaoi card.

    Hope that clears things up… glad to help. Ta!

    • Kisa ‘Yuki’ Johnson

      It took me a moment to realize you are most likely being severely sarcastic. >.>

      • Kelly Johnson

        that or he just outed woolfson to not even creating new pages and then pretty much charging for new content(400 bucks a page people… lets not forget how much 400 dollars 69 times is)

    • This is your most ingenious comment yet, Mr. Chris. My hat’s off to you!

  • *puts the candles in a large circle (large enough for quite a few people to join), grabs an incense stick @silibub:disqus left the other night, lights the candles, lights the incense in her hand, then picks a spot in the circle to pray*

    • Can we pray for my poor dead iPad… iOS8 killed it. They say it’s a hardware issue… but working fine until that update ;___;

      • Well, this is for Mitch being on the next page. But I do plan on having a service for my hard drive at some point that your iPad can be a part of.

        • I’d be happy to join the service for your dearly departed iPad and hard drive 🙂

        • I’m going to even upload a video of it freaking out to YouTube for entertainment purposes

  • In for camping and for those of you interested, I’m fine. The doctor said the lump on my head was a benign, calcified cyst. Yay!

    *looks around, goes to Doki’s circle, sits quietly, joins the prayer…for Doki’s wishes and to say thanks for my good fortune*

    • silibub

      I’m really glad you’re okay! It’s scary to have to get things like that checked out.

      • Thanks so much! I was really scared but it was helpful knowing everyone was sending good thoughts my way.

      • Will you hand Gryphon a stick of the incense you brought? (unsure just how many were left over)

        • silibub

          Heck yeah. As many as you need!

          • Oh! Thank you. *inhales* Nice and spicy, just like Mitch! Good choice, Silibub.

          • ….hmmm…. I imagine Mitch smells a bit like like Peter Pan… You know, like how Julia Roberts as Tink describes it…

          • THAT is very appropriate!

    • The good things this week! It has been really good (even with a few scares/bad things)

    • Adam Black

      Bone, all the way through?
      I’d ask for a second opinion

      • Doc said I could have it removed though it would involve shaving that part of my head. I’m thinking of doing it.

        • davefragments

          Just think, for fun, You could get one of those cheap wigs that are just slightly too dark and remind people of giant tarantulas perching on some poor soul’s head.

          • silibub

            If I were going to wear a wig temporarily, I’d go for something really long and pastel-hued.

          • Or an electric colored bob!

          • All of these…excellent choices! If I do it I might just have to get one of each so I can go incognito.

          • silibub

            That’s a solid plan — a new identity each day!

          • Yes yes yes! Multiple Gryphs! One for each day of the week. I LIKE.

          • LOL!!! That is perfect.

          • Woohoo! That should be fun! Of course picts of the wigs. 😀

        • Adam Black

          I was reading about head-transplants yesterday.
          I would be very suspicious.

      • You are so fussy on these medical issues.

  • Adam Black

    Dotor Who fans: The ballad of and Ruselll and Julia
    ( David Tennant, Catherine Tate, and John Barrowman )
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/bpsQP1TQJ8F

  • davefragments

    hello.

    • Hello!

      • davefragments

        It got cold here.

        • Sorry to hear that. I always can’t wait for summer to stop it’s torment, but then the cold sets in and I wish it would start to get warmer.

    • *from inside the prayer circle* If you would like you could get a stick of incense from silibub and join?

      • davefragments

        That would be nice.

        • Kindly said, but I don’t think Dave needs incense to comment here. He pretty much has a full pass… It happened long long ago when magic was young in this world.

          What? This is a new story to you striplings? Well, gather around and let me tell you. 🙂

          • Silly Chris! The incense is for the praying for Mitch on the next page!

          • *from inside the circle*

            I have a lighter if you need it, Mr. Dave.

          • davefragments

            It’s already filling the air with (can I say?) raspberry sherbet smell

          • silibub

            Whoa, I smell a saga. I’ll just freshen everyone’s coffee while you get started.

    • silibub

      Hey Dave!

      • davefragments

        I’m in denial – wink, wink – the weathermen said “Scarf and gloves weather”

        • silibub

          I haven’t been able to bring myself to get my coat out, either.

          • It’s warm here. I refuse to get accept your cold realities.

          • silibub

            Oh, my mistake! It’s downright tropical.

        • Steven Klimecky

          I’ve been going through that the last few days here as well in lower Michigan – most of last week was actually rather nice when it wasn’t drizzly, but now it’s damp and windy and dreary and cold.

          • davefragments

            My last lawn mowing of the year was Wednesday just before the cold snap. I had a fellow clean the gutters today and they were packed with leaves. Amazing how many fall in just two weeks. I hate this weather

  • Anyone want to see an iPad freak out?

    iPad may be possessed (literally), but at least it picked a happy theme song? Share in my pain as I very likely have to pick up a new one, of course none of this happened before the iOS8 update and it’s a ‘software’ issue. Yes… if I could roll it back to iOS7 bet you it isn’t…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMFXCicuXP8&feature=em-upload_owner

    • Very weird. You described it so well but seeing it is kind of creepy. Did it really play that song on its own? Wow.

      • Yes…. it picks songs, starts typing emails, starts just typing period. It’s creepy…. ;____;

        • Reminds me of Supernatural, of course, but then everything does.

          So odd the way the picture would start waving like that. Sorry you have to go through the expense of getting a new one.

          • Apple at least knows the update is part of the cause so it’s discounted quite a bit, but still *meh* Luck of technology

          • I’m glad they gave you that much!

          • Steven Klimecky

            Know what you mean – I’m into the 7th episode or so of Season 9 on Netflix at this very moment (I actually have this paused, but I forgot exactly which episode it is).

          • I’m mostly caught up. I need to go back and finish watching Season 3 but otherwise up to date now.

  • Camps.. and it’s getting around the time of year where I sometimes needs a blanket to sit here. There’s a bad draft from the windows and the ventilation pipes that runs in the wall in the corner where I have my desk.
    Old houses have their quirks, some worse than others (this is the worst one).

    • silibub

      Poor insulation is one of the major downsides of old houses. My dad’s for instance — I’m watching his dog over the weekend and it’s chilly in here. The dog’s basically a heating pad at this point!

      • The outside walls of this house are really thin. Makes the house too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. 😐

        • silibub

          Boooo, you get the worst of both worlds!

          • Yup. I always say we have two seasons (with about two weeks inbetween of “nice” weather): Dammit! and OMFG!

            Pick your choose, they’re interchangeable. :X

          • silibub

            And whichever of the two extremes we have, I invariably wish for the other one.

            The dog just stole the blanket and I’m threatening to eat him and wear his pelt for warmth.

          • That’s usually how it goes.

            Run, puppy, run! No, wait, use big puppy eyes and don’t forget to sparkle!

          • silibub

            He’s lucky he’s cute, is all I’m saying. (And that I’m a big sucker!)

          • That’s why puppies are cute. It’s their best way of survival.

      • Yes. My living room has once been two smaller rooms so the heaters (which aren’t the best) have trouble heating the pretty large room that it is now to more than 65F/19C when it’s cold outside. The longside of my living room has 4 badly isolated windows xD
        I’m used to that, but the draft in the corner can be chill after a while when the temperature drops there.

        • YES but now we get to imagine Danish W. slithering into a poly-something underwear as she seeks warm body temp place…. yeah… slinky minky for sure. Hmmmmm…..

          Edit: did I get too sassy on that one?

          • You have the best way to describe my attempts to find heat .. one way or another.

          • No you did not 🙂

    • Steven Klimecky

      I sure know how that is – similar situation where the desk/computer is here as well – in a small addition to an addition onto the back of the house, and it’s drafty AND there is not good heating all the way back here.

    • Kuca

      I used to have that problem, just glad I moved my computer into another room, would always get so cold at night.

  • Danny

    I’m afraid I’ve been AWOL for a few weeks, so I’m sorry if I’m repeating something someone else has already commented on, but does anyone notice that Flyboy has no assigned duties? (Yet, at least.)

    • silibub

      Nice to see you back! Doki has a prayer circle going for Mitch’s reappearance as we speak.

      • Danny

        Thank you. I probably won’t be able to stay very long, but I’m happy to be back for now. 🙂 & may the prayer circle be effective! Everyone needs more Mitch.

    • We’ve all been wondering what Mitch is going to be doing AND there’s a prayer circle in progress to wish him onto this next page.

      • Danny

        I figured it hadn’t been missed by sharp folks on here. I just have not had time to go through comments. Hopefully Mitch will get to do something cool in the next few pages!

        • We’re glad to see you! This way we can all find out what Mitch is going to be doing…together. We hope.

          • Danny

            Thanks. 🙂 & YES! May it come to pass! (But sooner, rather than later.)

  • Holly

    *sneak*

    • *temps with muffins.*

      • Holly

        *sneaks in direction of muffins..sneakily*

        • *waits with string to spring trap and trap Holly*

          • *watches proceedings closely*

          • Holly

            *GLOMPS the gryph then disappears, muffinless*

          • *back to the drawing board*

          • *looks around in confusion and not a little sadness then slinks back to the prayer circle*

          • *puts platter of muffins and pot of tea*

          • Holly

            *sn…ea…ks*

          • *waits…with bated breath*

          • *also adds cookies (biscuits)*

          • Holly

            *loom*

          • *adds hot cocoa*

          • Holly

            *plans how to get cookies, muffins, tea and cocoa without being nabbed*

          • *puts down sticky paper*

  • Heyla campers!

  • SofiaT

    Hey all! 😀

    This is the best camping ever: by the pool, eating cheese snd crackers…

    Why do people have to work for a living?
    Can’t I be on vacation for ever?

    • Hola Sofia!

      • SofiaT

        Hola, Donald!

    • Holly

      If only someone would pay for your cheese and crackers, you could.

      • HOLLY!!! *waves energetically from inside the prayer circle*

        • Holly

          Doki I am trying to escape capture so explain the circle. (Translation; Holly is too lazy to read old posts to figure out what the deal is)

          • I have set up a large circle of candles so that people can sit inside and pray with me for Mitch to be on the next page. silibub is providing the incense.

          • Holly

            ….
            …..
            I am torn. If I join you AJ will capture me. but this NEEDS to happen

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Okay, I’ve got my candles. Now we just need to decide what scent is the most Mitch-like: spice pumpkin, lilac, chocolate, vanilla bean, cranberry, or sage & citrus.

          • Terri Sutton

            Vanilla. I think of Mitch when I smell vanilla.

          • But didn’t Alex say that was Spooky’s scent?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh, good point!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I also have one called “Whoopie Pie”, which is basically chocolate but with added hilarity.

          • Terri Sutton

            Do you think Mitch likes fart jokes?

          • davefragments

            Is he male?

          • Terri Sutton

            I actually know guys who don’t think fart jokes are funny, and I know gals who happily giggle at fart jokes.

          • davefragments

            I still giggle. I guess I’m a case of arrested development in regards to humor.

          • You mean we don’t all have an inner 12 year old? o.O

          • I am spice pumpkin… of the others… sage & citrus maybe?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Okay, I’ll try a spiced pumpkin and the sage & citrus.

      • SofiaT

        *sigh*
        And what would life be like without brie and camembert?

        • Holly

          Not that Gouda. HEHEHHE PUNS

    • silibub

      Sounds awesome!

    • Of course then you would need a vacation from your vacation.

      • silibub

        Blasphemy!

      • SofiaT

        It is tiresome laying in the sun all day. *dramatic sigh*

        • Holly

          All this fun in the sun bores me time for…a SKIING VACATION.

          • SofiaT

            Ha!

            Actually, I went for horse riding this morning.
            My butt took quite a beating on that saddle…
            It’s why I decided to stay by the pool today, had no energy to go to the beach.

            …and after reading what I just wrote, I feel so privileged, guilt is starting to set in.
            (But not enough to get me away from the pool)

          • Holly

            Pools are nice. Especially the grown up kind with the floaty bars.

          • SofiaT

            I’ve never seen those. Do they have milk-shakes?
            Because I don’t do alcohol.

          • Holly

            Mostly fruit juices and booze.

          • SofiaT

            I would go with a watermelon juice right now…

          • Slushy kind?

          • Holly

            YES THE SLUSHIE KIND!!!!

          • SofiaT

            Wot?

            What is a slushy?

          • Holly

            Slushies are beverages made with crushed ice. They are very cold and refreshing.

          • really really crushed ice. It all becomes one semi frozen bit of yumminess.

          • SofiaT

            Ah, no then.

            Just a watermelon juice for me, cool but not frozen, please.

          • Well we do have that thing for ice here. 😀

          • SofiaT

            Yes, I remember!

          • Thanks for explaining to Sofia!

            Yep, AJ is right. We do like ice here.

          • silibub

            No need to feel guilty — you deserve fun as much as anyone else! I haven’t been horseback riding in years, and now I remember why…

          • SofiaT

            I also think I got more of a (farmer’s) tan sitting on that horse than I did all day yesterday baking in the sun.

            The Aussie sun is strong and the one in Queensland is not kidding!

          • davefragments

            beware the back of the neck – – everyone forgets to put sunblock there.

          • SofiaT

            Neck, ears, got it all covered!

            Bought me a cowboy hat too.
            Can’t normally pull hats off, but this one doesn’t look too bad.

          • silibub

            Cowboy chic! Excellent.

          • SofiaT

            Complete with jean daisy-dukes, sandals and a scarf-turned-top.

            I’m very en vogue, daaaaarling.

          • silibub

            Yikes, you wouldn’t be able to find me under the layers of sunblock. Glad you’re tan and not burned!

          • SofiaT

            Med genes.
            I don’t get sunburned 🙂

          • Just be carefull anyway. The sun is harsh and a lot of Aussies get skin cancer at least once in their life (has a horror thought to Hugh Jackman who’s going through skin cancer treatment for the 3rd time in a year).

          • SofiaT

            50+ sunblock, don’t worry 😉

          • davefragments

            I’m not that bad but 20 or 30 minutes and i’m red.
            Longer and I burn.

          • SofiaT

            Strangely, the only time I’ve been sunburned in my life, was in England.

            My friends in Greece never let me live it down.

          • Holly

            I burn my chest Once a year and that is usually my only burn each year. It tends to be in early spring.

          • SofiaT

            I used to be out in the sun all day every day in the summer, back home, as a kid.
            Never wore sunblock, never got burned.

            Now I make sure even my face cream has 30+ protection . But that’s more vanity and protection from aging skin than anything else.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh jeez! Poor guy!

          • SofiaT

            Yeah, it was a big deal in the news here. :0/

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I hope he’ll be okay.

          • silibub

            Any burn I get turns pretty quickly to a tan, but my skin-related vanity and paranoia are unparalleled.

          • SofiaT

            I’ve started to get that too once I got here -especially once I turned 30.
            People tell me I don’t look my age and I’d like that to continue to be the case for years to come, thankyouverymuch.

          • silibub

            You — I actually had no idea you’re 30! I could have sworn you were closer to my age, like mid-twenties at least. But hey, it’s a good “problem” to have, being mistaken for younger than you are.

          • SofiaT

            *whispers* 32 this January.

            And yes, it’s a “problem” I’d like to keep having. More than I like the sun on my face.

          • silibub

            It’s nice. I get carded all the time, still, and I’m always like, “Thank you, I sincerely appreciate that.”

          • Holly

            I only ever get carded when I am with someone else who does not have ID, it is my fate.

            it’s hilarious though. Even at 26 I still have people think I’m like 19 or something, but I NEVER get carded. I was 19 with braces and didn’t get carded

          • SofiaT

            I got carded back in August. Hadn’t been carded since the day I turned 26 and was buying booze for my birthday party in London.

            My first thought was “really???”
            But then I decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
            I don’t care if the man was myopic, he made my night!

          • Terri Sutton

            I was told when I was 15-16 (which was almost 15 yrs ago) that I could go drinking with some of my older classmates and wouldn’t get carded because I looked old enough to drink.
            I was like wow! Thanks you are the best friends ever, telling me I look old.

          • SofiaT

            The foolishness of youth!

          • davefragments

            At eighteen, I had a black beard that I had to shave twice a day. Everyone thought I was over 21. The joke that at Noon I had five o’clock shadow was true. So at 25, one bar where I Wasn’t even headed to drink, I get carded. I busted up laughing it was so silly.

          • Terri Sutton

            Glad I live in a country where the drinking age is 18 or I would have been really insulted.

          • davefragments

            At eighteen, I walked into the betting parlor of the Meadows horse racing track and wasn’t carded as underage (you have to be 21 to gamble in Pennsylvania).

          • Terri Sutton

            So in the US at the age of 18 you are old enough to vote and die for your country, but not old enough to do anything that might be enjoyable.

          • davefragments

            In some places. Most states have dropped the drinking age because it’s rather ridiculous to keep it at 21. I never care because I wasn’t a drinker.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I…don’t think that’s accurate, actually. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 made it illegal to sell alcohol to people under the age of 21, and as far as I know, that hasn’t been changed.

          • davefragments

            Gee, it took forever for that post to show up.

            I could be wrong. I haven’t worried about underage drinking in many years.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I think that some states vary as to laws about underage people consuming alcoholic beverages in private residences, but I’m pretty sure the age requirement for purchasing alcohol is universal.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            You can buy porn, too. Actually, it used to be that you couldn’t vote until you were 21, so back in the Vietnam era you had young men who were subject to the draft but weren’t allowed to vote yet, which was horrible.

          • davefragments

            I was one of those “long haired hippy protestors” who objected to the vote. The first “draft” was when I was a sophomore in college.
            Pennsylvania had “blue laws” that prevented businesses from opening on Sundays.
            It’s a remnant of prohibition and all sorts of other silliness.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Same here – I’ll be turning 31 in just under two weeks.

          • silibub

            *readies the birthday confetti canons*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            ^__^ My birthday is November 20th. (Not an update day, though, sadly)

          • silibub

            Noted!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Eeeeeee! *is excited*

          • davefragments

            Happy Birthday in advance. My Mother’s was Nov 22, which turned into a bad day in history.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Thank you! (Which events in history are you referring to, by the way?)

          • davefragments

            JFK and on the other hand thanksgiving could hit right her birthday. Messed up holiday. My Dad’s birthday was Dec 23rd and he was just awful about any gift near the Christmas tree on his birthday.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh, okay! And yeah, that must have been quite tough for your day.

          • davefragments

            It was very weird, very strange sometimes.

          • Next year it is – as is mine next year. It’s on a friday for both of us. I don’t even need to look at a calendar because it’s 3 weeks after me 🙂

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hooray! Also, happy belated birthday to you!

          • The 15th? Right?

          • SofiaT

            Right! 🙂

        • Absolutely exhausting! Where’s the poolboy!

    • Can you join the prayer circle when you’re sitting by the pool? Maybe Doki knows…

      • silibub

        The prayer circle is not constrained by time, space, or swimming pools. All it needs are believers!

        • Better toss Sofia an incense stick then 🙂

          • SofiaT

            I’m allergic to incense :0/

          • Gah! How about a candle instead? Or maybe just send your good thoughts from poolside?

          • SofiaT

            Done!
            Good vibes sent your way!

    • Kuca

      That’s just not fair. Too damn cold over here.

      Hi there, though!

      • SofiaT

        Hey, I just got out if a cold, cold winter, about time I enjoyed some spring! 😀

        And hi to you too!

  • o_o I go away for 10mins and come back to 48 new comments. You’re on a roll tonight.

    • Holly

      *STALKS DW*

      • O)_(O

      • I feel you… watching me >.>

        • Holly

          I missed you. But I must hide from those who are trying to capture me.

          • *Starts building a camp for Holly to hide in*

          • Holly

            Why do I feel like this is just also a trap?

          • I have no clue what you could mean with that.
            *puppy look*

          • Holly

            *wonders who will capture her first with their traps*

          • Holly

            *settles in camp*

    • Not so much a roll for me. Mine is more like a cheese danish microwaved just enough to be gooey and scrumptious.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        You’re making me very hungry.

  • Terri Sutton

    Hello everybody. It figures that the day I start camping late is the day that everyone is so chatty.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Wow, how did it get so late all of a sudden? Oh well, at least I made it for camping!

    • The time change is messing me up. I keep thinking it’s later than it is and then suddenly it is later than I thought.

      • Holly

        I got yelled at at work because someone who hadn’t reset their clocks thought we were like 30 minutes late on something.

        • davefragments

          Not good. Not good.

        • I once went to school too early having forgotten about the clocks. D’oh!

        • silibub

          *rolls eyes back into skull* I hope they felt good and stupid when they realized their mistake. Jeez.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Poor Holly!

      • When I lived in Copenhagen I started work at 5am, meaning in the winter time I saw both the dark 5am + 5pm each day.
        I often took a nap after work and one time I woke up to see the time was almost 5.10. Quickly grabbed the phone to call my colleague, telling him I’d be about an hour late – only to have him chuckle and tell me he’d hope I waited till the next morning, as time was 5pm xD

        • Ha! oops. At least you weren’t late. 😀

          I really hate the time change.

      • Kuca

        That stuff is always so very confusing, takes me some time to adjust; that’s for sure.

        • My dogs sure don’t get it.

          • Kuca

            haha, too true.

  • Just saw a tv commercial for a new kids toy that made me go ‘Really? Seriously??’ o_O

    So now you can get a ‘karaoke’ box where you can set an autotune so when you sing you can sound like various voices (aka. sounding good). Now that’s a way to ensure a generation of horrible singers who think they’ll be the next big tv talent xD

    • The commercial even play on a kid singing where it doesn’t sound good, and it goes ‘try this so you can sing right/better like you want to’.

      • “Don’t worry about having real talent. Let us autotune your voice to death and give you a false sense of ability! We don’t care as long as you pay! Only $19.99 not including tax or supporting apps.”

        • Terri Sutton

          Lets face it, it was probably what Ka$ha’s parents did.

          • Holly

            Kesha can actually sing. But that doesn’t sell so auto-tune it’s annoying

            Example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th_-AQXd9ss

          • Terri Sutton

            Yeah Kesha can sing, and it isn’t completely offensive, but it’s not something I would spend money on because her voice is “just okay” and not “good”.

      • Terri Sutton

        Whatever to the good old days where parents would send their kids to vocal training or perhaps encourage them to sign up for the school choir in an effort to encourage their children’s love for an activity and to improve it.

    • Terri Sutton

      I’ve been seeing a lot of ads recently for children’s toys that have a related app (which aren’t free). Seriously they have fine print at the end of these ads that say you must get your parents permission to buy the app.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Not cool.

  • SofiaT

    Phone running out of battery. :0/
    Guess I’ll see the update later.

    Bye everyone, happy update day!

    • Have fun at the pool 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Goodbye, and have fun relaxing!

    • Enjoy the pool!

  • Sapfo

    Hi there all campers! Hope you are all doing great today.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Sapfo! How are you doing?

      • Sapfo

        I am having a great time trying to camp and be at a LS at the same time 😉

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Ooh, fun! Good luck with the attention-splitting.

          • Sapfo

            I will try and be at both places at once.

        • Hamlet’s?

          • Sapfo

            Yes Hamlet. She is doing some great Eruri NSFW

    • Hello on this fine, cold morning where I’m unexplainable awake, as in not tired at all right now.

    • Hi Ms Sapfo!

    • Hello Sapfo! Would you like to join the prayer cir…. *slumps over asleep*

    • silibub

      *stifles yawn* Now that you and Danish are here, I hope the update isn’t far behind. I’m weirdly exhausted.

      • Sapfo

        Let´s hope the internet godess is happy today, so that Veronica and Alex can complet the page.

        • Ramen! Er… “amen!”

          • Mmmm, ramen.

          • It isn’t just for cash-strapped college students anymore!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I saw this awesome video about the making of the film Spirited Away, where all of the Studio Ghibli animators are trying to meet the deadline and they take turns cooking a late-night dinner for everybody, and Hayao Miyazaki makes ramen.

          • Never! Although it’s not as cheap as it once was.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Still pretty cheap, though.

          • True. But I remember when they were 10 to 15 cents a piece on sale. Now most places a sale is 3 for a dollar.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Good point.

          • And of course back then we didn’t know how bad MSG was for you.

            Food has been ruined for me. Just ruined.

      • I must second this!

    • Hi Sapfo, nice to see you!

    • Holly

      SAPFO

      • Sapfo

        Someone screams my name… do I know this person? o.O
        Holly! Is that you!

        • Holly

          TIS I! *rushes*

          • *leaps and misses* Dammit! *puts out more muffins*

          • Holly

            AJ and DW have tried to catch me all night. DW technically did catch me but didn’t acknowledge it.

          • She was trying to lure you into a false sense of security. Look up, there is a net above that camp ground she built.

          • Holly

            you put out a string trap around the muffins

          • I wasn’t hiding it. *Shades of Wile E. Coyote*

          • Holly

            If you just give me the muffins, I will no try to escape, but no boxes

          • Sapfo

            *Put away pizza box*…. Oki
            I just thougth you would like some pizza

          • But you’ve been sneaking. What am I supposed to do when you’re sneaking?

          • Holly

            Leave the muffins and let me come to them? it’s like trying to catch an alley cat.

          • That’s….no fun. 😛

          • Cydney Sabin

            ♪Do you want to catch a Hoooollyyyyy?♪

  • Kuca

    Hrmmf, bed time for me. I agreed to work 8 hours tomorrow when I went in to check my schedule for next week; early night for me. Goodnight all!

  • Comment #500 .. just to let everyone know :-p

    • silibub

      Wow, the comments really exploded tonight. Wasn’t it around 250 when camp time started?

      • Yes. The 50 comments made in the 10mins I was gone earlier told the tale of a busy camp site 😉

        • silibub

          I’ve been making myself dizzy following the “new comment” notifications, haha!

          • Terri Sutton

            Disqus is still playing up on me.
            🙁

          • silibub

            I guess a little consistency is too much to ask.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aw, not cool. Bad Disqus! Be nice to Terri!

          • Yeah, there were too many for this poor computer to keep up with. I had to refresh many times to see new comments. I was pretty much having to keep up by reading my email notifications.

          • I just checked my notifications 5mins ago, only to see I’ve missed a few replies because it’s been to busy 🙂

    • Congrats!!!

      • *lol* It was more to let everyone see how many comments we’ve made today. I just happend to scroll up at the top when it was 497 🙂

        • XD I just realized! Too much in too many different places. I keep trying to like comments on the LS.

          • Yes, it’s a busy night/morning right now. I’d need more than my one screen to keep up everywhere. I keep switching between 4-5 tabs.

          • Don’t usually go back and forth like this but for some reason I’m feeling up for the jumping in and out of places.

  • Holly

    Camping has been fun, and i do not wish to go to bed. but I’m starting to feel the need for rest. not leaving yet. just a heads up

    • Sleep well when you do leave. It’s been great having you back to camp 🙂

    • Indeed sleep well!

    • Agree with Danish. We have missed you Holly!

    • Sweaty dreams! Wait, did I type that out loud?

    • Holly

      Speaking of sleep; Does anyone else think that if you ask someone to help you with something before they go to sleep, you can only reasonably wait a short period before the person you are asking is allowed to flake?

      • If you’re about to go to the sleep that might apply.

        • Holly

          Well I mean if you ask someone to help you with something before they go to bed and then go off and do two hours of other activities. Or if someone says they are going to bed, and you ask for their help with something first, but again turn around and not take care of the task

          • I would say the short period applies in this instance. Am I making sense? Might not be cause I’m jumping from place to place.

  • Holly

    off to bed. Goodnight all. I’ll comment on the new page when I awake

    • Good night!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Sleep well, Holly!

  • D. Garrett

    im @ camp yall! i got candles. there’s pumpkin spice, toasted marshmallow, fresh pine scent and midnight dahlia. cant believe i made it before the page 4 once.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Welcome! Excellent candle additions!

      • D. Garrett

        thank you!

  • Back from Con floor. Page up soon. 🙂

  • Cydney Sabin

    So tired… but page up soon… What to dooo…?

    • Put water in your face and wait a little longer.

      • Cydney Sabin

        *looks for bucket*

    • Terri Sutton

      Pray for insomnia?

      • Cydney Sabin

        If only my insomnia worked when I wanted it to…

        • Terri Sutton

          I remember when my insomnia resulted in surviving months on end with only 3-5 hours sleep at night. Man those were the days, I got so much done.

          • silibub

            I’m jealous — mine only lets me stare at the wall for hours. Too tired to do anything productive, yet not tired enough to sleep.

          • Sometimes I’m able to write.

          • Cydney Sabin

            Sometimes, but not tonight, I’m afraid. My muse fell asleep a few hours ago.

          • That sucks when that happens. Been there. Just staring at the screen.

          • Terri Sutton

            Nothing is worst than scrambling in the middle of the night for a notebook and pen because you just had this “waking dream” and need to write it down before you forget.

          • During those times I don’t even bother attempting to go to bed. But yes, I agree scrambling to write down a magnificent idea and then something goes wrong and it’s not what you originally thought of and well what you originally thought of is gone.

          • Terri Sutton

            Now it is mostly restless insomnia for me; toss, turn, toss turn, get up and have a walk, toss, turn.

          • silibub

            Blech, that’s too bad. If your brain’s going to keep you up, it should at least keep you up for a reason.

          • Terri Sutton

            Or least without stubbed toes and bruises from walking into things.

    • DC

      Do a mexican hat dance, it might keep you awake and it looks like you have the hat 🙂

      • Cydney Sabin

        The hat is at my dad’s house. -_-

        • Terri Sutton

          No renegade traffic cones lying about?

          • Cydney Sabin

            Ummm…. I have an Easter basket…?

  • Terri Sutton
  • D. Garrett

    i think we should pick a song for this battle scene. our choice for soundtrack.