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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 18

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Hmmm. Seems like Kyle has a few issues about being the “son of Satan…”

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  • Am I going to get this?

    edit: I DID IT!!! YAY!!

    That said. There is no one cooler than the Spooks. “We’re still friends despite you being the son of a Demon.” Thumbs up!

    • Sapfo

      AJ; I am SO pround of you! I could not have lost the virgin to a better person (okay, there are a lot of people, but you been fighting for it for so long)
      And I think Sofia, must take a look at her powers. There might be something wrong with them.

      • Holly

        *doesn’t read the things in parentheses* GASP MEAN!

        • Sapfo

          Now, now Holly. You got some vigrins. I think this is AJ´s first. Look at her. She is so glad right now.

          • Holly

            You said AJ was better than DW and I. *android Glare*

          • Sapfo

            But you have virgins. and so do Danish… o.O

          • Holly

            “AJ; I am SO pround of you! I could not have lost the virgin to a better person”

            *RUns off crying*

          • Sapfo

            But your an android. I don´t understand this. What did I do wrong? o.O

            (I was thinking of a person not having a virgin yet)

          • Holly

            @admiraljane:disqus @DanishWolf:disqus SAF SAYS ANDROIDS AREN’T PEOPLE!!!

          • There there, have a muffin. 🙂

          • Holly

            *noms* I’m Peoples right AJ?! *puppy eyes, as I am a WEREWOLF ANDROID, in case anyone forgot*

          • Have another muffin. 🙂

          • Holly

            *NOMS* but I am right?

          • Have another muffin… What? Yes, yes, androids are people too, I mean corporations are people, why not androids. Have another muffin.

          • Holly

            *has two muffins, does not nom* so you also don’t think that i am a people!

          • Sapfo

            You are better then people. You are Holly! Have some cookies.

          • Holly


            *noms cookies and pouts*

          • Sapfo

            Yes… o.O
            I have no know anymore….here just take the cookies.
            *Runs out screaming*

          • Holly


            … *eat cookie*



            *whispers* come back I’m lonely

          • Sapfo

            *look around the corner*

            are you sure…..

          • Holly

            … My battery might be low. That might cause server malfunctions.


          • Sapfo

            Can I have one of AJ muffins?

          • *offers Sapfo a huge basket of muffins*

          • Sapfo

            Thank you AJ!
            Friends will be friends
            Andriods will also be friends, thats in your programing Holly ^_^

          • Exactly so!!

          • Holly

            …. I think I might powerdown.

          • Sapfo

            Good night Holly!

          • Holly
          • Sapfo


          • OMG I KNOW!! SO CUTE!!

          • I can have them all right?

          • The best part is the background music! thanks.

          • Jamie Dutton

            omg, the cuteness!

          • Night Holly!!

          • RESET BUTTON!

          • Christ is stealing snacks from you… wow that’s kind of flattering. LOL

          • I never said that. Have another muffin.

            Edit: Corporations get special tax breaks and stuff.

          • Holly

            … There are a lot of muffins today… *noms…suspiciously*

          • Well Chris has been behaving and you haven’t been around and… *leans against bulging door, muffins trying to fall out*

          • Holly

            OOOO That is a lot of Biofuel. O_O

          • Yeah…uh…have a muffin. 🙂

          • Chris is waiting for the satellites to align, just so we miss the the Pacific and the west cost. It’s a narrow window…………..

          • Good plan. Oh wait… Hmmm

          • Bwaaaaahahahahahahahah…

          • I’m sooo glad I amuse you. 😛

          • Awwwww I love me some Admiral! 🙂

          • As you should!! *smooch on the cheek*

          • Adam Black

            Does that mean you transform into a mechanical wolf?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            You’re a werewolf android? Well don’t worry, you’re still our friend first and foremost.

          • Oh kids… didn’t you know hat Holly has the VIRGIN APPRECIATION MODULE installed. (we have to explain these things the the fleshed….)

      • Thanks. I am soooo giddy. Dancing in my seat!! 😀

        Hmmm… *gasp* could it be just a fluke… (ooo pun)

        • Holly

          *puns hugs* Hooray for getting the Virgin. It really is a cherry position.

        • Sapfo

          Oh No! Now you got the thirst for virgins :O

        • stickfigurefairytales

          “could it just be a fluke”

          Well, if he hasn’t had sex yet, then yes. Yes it could be.

      • SofiaT

        I was tricked. Woke up, read Alex’s post about late update today and went back to bed for 10 minutes… that ended up being an hour. *sigh*

        • Sapfo

          So you did wake up and a new page came. Your powers works 😉

          • SofiaT

            What good is it if I’m late in reading it!!

          • You are using your powers for the good of all and not just for selfish reasons! Right?

          • SofiaT

            *grumbles, grumbles* …Right.

        • Whatever it was, it got me the virgin!! 🙂

        • I know!!!! Sly Woolfson that he is. I thought he was above such Alex-foolery. But apparently not.

          iI shall not be fooled again!

        • Gather ’round children… see the story went like this…

          Six years ago, Alex, Sircea and Duncan began to plan on a way of getting around SofiaT’s wake-up page powers. Of course, this was years before Sofia even knew she was destined to a super moderator. They began to plan a dastardly way for Alex to lure Sofia into another 10 minutes of sleep and that slipt into an hour…

          And, thus children, The Admiral is in possession of this week’s virgin. So remember to tell her we’re still her buddies, despite the fact that she put the entire virginity of page 18 at risk.

          And that’s our story for tonight.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Looks like it.

    • Wohoo.. it happened.

      … just don’t get use to it 😉 Doesn’t mean we’re letting you just do it again :-p

      • Oh no, I’m pretty sure I’m a one and done! Just happy to get the one and I will love him and squeeze him and keep him safe. 🙂

        • Sapfo

          So you don´t want a harem then. Look over att my 16 TYP virgins (atleat I think they are 16)

          • Holly

            Oh were we keeping count?!

          • Sapfo

            I did a counting some time ago. Don´t know if that is the true number. I keep forgeting and I don´t put numbers on them.

          • SMUGGGGGGG-NESS!

          • Sapfo

            I beg your pardon Mr Dangerfield. I am not smug.

            I am Pompous, Portentous, Prim, a Pet and I like to Play with Laampros.
            There you see, I can not be smug. It begins with the wrong letter. Smug my ass ^~^

          • Oh it’s an alliterative “P” thing… So you mean, SMUG your “posterior.” (got it) XD

          • Sapfo

            Precisely! I am only smug on Saturdays.

            I am also sneeze, but that is more like a right now kind of thing. I hope it will pass until Saturday.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            “I am not a number! I am a MAN!”

          • Sapfo

            Oh hush you cute number 14 and proceed to lick the chocolate of number 3. Muahahaha!

          • You didn’t notice. YES counting AND smugness.

          • I never said that, but I’m not going to hold my breath that I’ll get more. So saying I’m happy just to get one. 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      HOORAY!!! Congratulations!!!!

    • Ho Hum… Now THE ADMIRAL has a “virgin.” Clearly there is going to be no living with her for months and months to come. The cool and the groovy… Spooky and The Admiral. Oh dear.

      Well, thank goodness I’m around the keep everyone grounded around here. 🙂

      *chris wanders off to ponder the creation of new software that will automatically sense when new pages go up… Autoprevirgindetection… yeah, something like that…*

      • What you think FAME is going to go to my head?

        FAME! I’m gonna live forever…

        Now look what you made me do. *jazz hands*

        • Oh dear lord. The Admiral is dancing on the table now……… I want you all to remember I predicted this!

          • A once in a life time post and you want to ruin all my fun. 😛

            …I’m gonna learn how to fly, HIGH!…

  • Sapfo

    Love Spooky even more now!

  • davefragments

    More embarrassing than sex with an older man…

  • Holly

    DARN IT ALL TO HECK! Think I have two hours so I leave and start applying for jobs, so I lose the virgin AND I don’t get muffins.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Good luck with the jobs, though!

    • Don’t worry Holly. The Admiral will shortly realize that the virgin well get her almost nothing on ebay. Sapfo and Danish have flooded the market. GO FOR THAT JOB.

  • Angila Conatser

    ….If Spooky was an actual guy, I’d totally date him in a heartbeat. No questions asked and no hesitations. 🙂

  • Saxon_Brenton

    I think Kyle’s letting his emotions get the better of him. If he continues this line of arguement with a Daffy Duck style “I demand you smite me now!!!” I am going to be very disappointed in him.

  • *LoL*.. I took one for the team it seems. I was AFK for 5mins and it’s up xD

  • Holly

    Paul: You are NOT Hell Spawn.
    Spooky: NAW you are SO a prince of Hell, dude. But you are still my bestie.

  • Toli Bera

    Dammit Kyle Genetics don’t mean a damn thing. You’re a good person no matter where you came from. it’s your deeds that matter. *Jiggles him relentlessly*

  • Simba

    Oh man Spooky… Just totally cool about everything. You’re part demon? Eh. I’ve had worse friends, I guess. No bigs.

  • Amanda

    Damn it just accept it Kyle! George is going to your new stepmother.

    • davefragments

      George is Laampros’ proctologist

      • Holly


        • silibub

          No, but think of the fortitude it would take to be Laampros’s butt doctor! In a way it’s kind of a compliment!

          • Holly

            George has no hands, how could he be a proctologist?

          • silibub

            He could just kinda…look up there? Idk, I don’t know how all-seeing of an eyeball he is! Haha

          • X-Ray vision

          • Heh… one word “colonoscopy” NOT funny.

          • HA!

          • Erm…. thasssssss true.

          • Sapfo

            Or like my friend once said: “If you give me more of the good stuff (liquid valium) you can do it again:” 😉

    • mogoskier

      I love the fact that one of the most loved about character in this comic is a giant eyeball we named George. It just makes me happy.

      • SofiaT

        I will name him George and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him!

  • Terri Sutton

    Would it be considered rude if I made a joke about teenage histrionics?

    • strangeangel24601

      Yes, yes it would. Please do.

    • Jamie Dutton

      go for it, Terri!

  • No_One_Special

    maybe someone should tell Kyle he may take after his mom you know good person.. I love spook he so open mouth insert foot, kind of guy.. Thanks for the update..

  • Sapfo

    Wow Naya Yukida! Now I have to learn Portuguese 😉
    Thats a lot of work! impressed!

  • silibub

    Awesome, I was wondering when the implications of Spooky’s demon-fighting career would come up! Although his body language and inflection in panels four and five are throwing me a little…I’m sure it’s my own misperception, but at first glance he read as coyly sarcastic to me.

    Anyway, still good to see Spooky taking this in stride. Maybe he has definite reason to believe that Kyle is only half-demon, so he isn’t too concerned (although, would Laampros claim him so proudly in that case?) — or, he might have an inkling that Kyle’s hellfire could come in very handy when it comes to taking the world back from the demon horde.

    • Yeah, his first reply does come out coyly sarcastic, but then his line in the next panel contradicts the sarcastic feel. So confusing.

      • silibub

        I’m glad it wasn’t just me, at least. Something about the shape of his mouth in panel four and the way his eyebrows are raised make him seem insincere, I guess?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I read it more as “Well, actually…” type correcting in a wry “yeah, sorry” sort of way. (Wow, did I use enough odd descriptors here?)

      I’m more of the opinion that Spooky isn’t too concerned because he knows Kyle and knows that he’s a genuinely good guy, part-demon or not.

      • silibub

        I think your reading’s the correct one — looking back after my initial weird impression, I got other non-sarcastic vibes from him. It’s just strange and interesting how differently some postures and expressions can strike people. (And those descriptors were perfect, no worries, haha!)

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Aw, thanks!

  • Holly

    For the record, I am MUCH more curious about Spooky’s Demon hunting history than I am about anything else right now. I do not even care about the end of the world. I just want EPIC FLASHBACKS!


  • This page is filled with new info that just makes me so damn curious to get more details… especially about Spooky.
    This scene .. I just want the next page now! Good thing there’s only three days wait and not four this time xD

  • jreed3842

    He fights EVIL demons, Kyle… EVIL demons… Last I checked, you’re not evil!

  • CH

    Gotta say Spooky’s “still buds” smile is a very big happy birthday to me.

  • Sapfo

    *Saturday, when will Saturday come*

    Alex, it’s Saturday now! Don´t look at your watch, just trust me on this. It´s Saturday!

    • Guest

      OMG, it totally is! What’s that about? *hides calenders from Alex’s eyes* Just trust us, Alex. We wouldn’t like… it’s a pride thing,

    • jreed3842

      OMG! It totally is! *hides the calender from Alex’s eyes.* Trust us, Alex. We wouldn’t lie… It’s a pride thing!

    • Holly

      Sadly no one told Adam and Veronica and they are both very confused.

  • I love totally chill Spooky is on this page. He’s just like, “Nah, it’s the truth, you’re totally the son of the King of Hell. No biggie.”

  • Spooky is so nonchalant about the demon thing. A shrug here, a thumbs up there. And poor Paul trying to help Kyle feel better. Heh. This is so awesome.

    Alex, Adam, and Veronica what a great page. I can’t wait for the next page.

    • Thanks, AJ! Writing the dynamic of the three of them is something that was a lot of fun for me. 😀

      • I bet it was! It’s so great when a group of characters just mesh so perfectly. The writing is fun, the experience of them is fun, and of course reading them.

        I could just see the three of them in real life causing all sorts of mischief. 🙂

  • Madock345

    Kyle’s demonic powers appear to include keeping his hair perfectly gelled and styled no matter what. Sex, hell-portals, and explosions included.

    Glad Spooky is keeping it real, he could have easily kept quiet right there to make Kyle feel better, causing who knows how much drama down the line.

  • dereule101

    Young Protectors in Portuguese? Muito bom!

  • Sapfo

    I´m trying to think who the next page will be.

    Version 1
    Spooky: “Yes, And that is Why I love you. Please! Kiss me now. Your ass is so fine!”

    Version 2
    Spooky: “Yes, and that is why I now most kill you all. Muahahaha!” *w*

    Version 3
    Paul: “Phuff!”

    Version 4
    Spooky: “Not only is Laampros your dad, but I am your mother! Now stand up tall, drink up your blood and no cursing.” o.O

    Version 5
    Sapfo comes in and steal Spooky away. Leave a note behind that read:
    “Alex, Adam and Veronica Rocks!”

    Version 6
    Mitch comes in
    Kyle: “Mitch!” Turnes to Spooky: “What is Mitch doing here? Did you leave him outside. Alone!”

    Version 7
    Adam DeKraker comes in dressed in a bathrob, pink fluffy bunny slippers and a cup in his hand:
    “Not going to be a new page today. Took the day of, doing … you know… stuff.”
    walk out again, sipping from cup.

    Version 8.
    Spooky: “Yes, I do. But I known you for a long time and you do evil demon. You are good demon!” 😉

    The waiting is going to kill me! o.o

    • Jamie Dutton

      No. 7 would be hilarious!! Adam should totally draw that and troll us big time!! Lolololol! 😀

      • Seconded!!

        • Jamie Dutton

          Ok, everyone let’s all give him the Unstoppable Puppy Eyes of Doom!

          • Sapfo


          • Jamie Dutton

            Um Sapfo, I think you did the stink eye, lol ><:;

          • Sapfo

            I know. Not very good at the puppy eye, so I thought a good stink eye would get him to do both the page and the troll page. 😀

          • Jamie Dutton

            then it was the Best stink eye, ever!

          • Sapfo

            yay! ^_^

          • Adam Black

            whats in this stuff?

          • Sapfo

            *Oh no! Adam is here and he sees me handing cup over to other Adam. THis is bad!*

            Hi Adam!

          • Adam Black

            He was slow, I already drank it …
            ……Did you always have 2 heads?

          • Sapfo

            Thats good, it was to you anyway. Other Adam is hardly ever here anyway. <..>

            2 Heads?

          • Adam Black

            Is it rude not to cover one with a Birdcage, or has that Zaphodism passed its prime?

          • Jamie Dutton

            o.0 What was in that cup, Sapfo?

          • Sapfo

            I don´t know. I just got some new tea and this was the first cup…. Might want to throw the rest of it away.

            I got rid of my seconed head ages ago.

          • Jamie Dutton

            Um, yeah I think that might be a good idea. Hopefully it doesn’t last too long.

          • Sapfo

            maybe this is a good thing.
            Please can you draw the next page. The tea should have given you super powers to read Alex mind.

          • Meant to tell you that when I went to Google up “zaphodism,” this very quote, linking back too this page, was #10 in the search list. Not bad. People pay for that kind of thing.

          • Adam Black

            wow… Should i be honored or sad?

            hmm out of what?

          • At the very least.

          • *PUPPY EYES!!!* Wait wait *ANIME PUPPY EYES*

          • Jamie Dutton

            This one of the best reasons to have big brown eyes 😉
            *stares up through lashes with large, glistening ANIME PUPPY EYES*

          • Drat. Well I’ll just be one of those blue eyed breeds! *ANIME PUPPY EYES*

          • Awesome!!

          • Sapfo

            Doki, the master of anime puppy eyes. 🙂

          • Holly


            As he is a dog demon!

          • But seriously….Sesshomaru? doing those eyes? = world ending

          • Holly

            Yes exactly!!!

          • heh….although I find Inuyasha cute and adorable, I find Sesshomaru sexy….^_^ mmmm Sesshomaru…

          • Holly


          • Jamie Dutton

            Mmmmmm, Sesshomaru >///<

          • Lulzlullylulz
        • Shame on @admiraljane:disqus and @Jamie Dutton:disqus for such horrible thoughts…. now you belong to Laampros. Oh so sad…. :/

          • *Anime Puppy Eyes of Doom*

          • Sapfo

            Everytime I think of Laampros I see him as Southpark Satan. Makes me think he is not so bad after all.


          • Jamie Dutton


          • Steven K.

            Yeah – Southpark Satan was usually on my mind as well with Laampros.

          • Adam Black

            is it the abs?
            or is it that he’s gay and available?

          • Sapfo

            What! He´s gay? I did not know that. I wonder if there is something that is keeping him from telling me. o.O

          • Adam Black

            What did you think South Park Satan and Sadam Hussein were up to ?

          • Sapfo

            Hugging…. without kilts on….

            Yeah that’s right. You told you what two guys do in the bedroom. Wrestling. Sorry, I forgot.

          • Steven K.

            Neither are my type, though I do appreciate some nice abs in general. Just that one made me think of the other, as Sapfo mentioned. I guess we assume that Laampros is straight or bisexual, assuming that, to produce offspring, he has to mate with a female entity of some sort. Given Kyle’s appearance, one also assumes he mated with someone very different looking with more human characteristics, but I’d like to know how demon or Hell-lord genetics work – are those rather obvious Laamprosoidian traits (large size, red, horns, wings, etc.) all recessive?? The only feature or trait that seems to have been passed down to Kyle is the flaming part – though not a constant expression of that as with Laampros. Other than that, aside from a little bit of the “red” showing up in Kyle’s hair, it would seem that the rest of his characteristics were inherited from the other parent.

          • Adam Black

            Kyle just hasnt molted yet

          • Jamie Dutton

            You forgot to put Sapfo on your little list. It was her idea and she gave Adam some of her weird tea too.

          • Thank you. Good point.

          • Jamie Dutton

            Always happy to help, Chris 😀

          • Jamie Dutton

            Chris, you do realize that between the 3 of us, Laampuuru-kun wouldn’t be a King of anything for very long, right? Anyway you also forgot to put Holly on the list too 🙂

          • No demon stands a chance against us!!

          • “cc: All those inappropriately forgotten.” 😀

          • Sapfo

            Oh, you rememberd me! That´s so sweet…. wait a moment. You think I belong to Laampros. I thought I belonged to Spooky!
            You break my heart -_-

          • Oh no! Laampy belongs to us. You, me and Jamie, he doesn’t stand a chance!!

          • Sapfo

            Power to … what is our name?

            Three strong people united agains a red demon king… I have it. Power to the Starzingers!



            Oh, so you never heard of them? They fight monsters. and monsters and monsters and more monsters. o.O

          • They look like three of the guys from Voltron! O.O But it’s not Voltron! But but…

            But that could work!

          • Adam Black

            are they like the Star Blazers?

          • Sapfo

            Don´t know. Starzinger was about transporting moon Princess Aurora to the Great King Planet, to save the univers. She hade three warriors with her. To fight monster after monster……

            What was Star Blazers about?

          • Adam Black

            We are off …to outer space
            we are leaving Mother Earth….
            to save the Human Race
            C”Mon @chrisdangerfield:disqus Sing it with me
            ***OUR STAR BLAZERS***

            ( I think its one of the first Anime’s )

            They just redid it too ( watch the old one first )
            New one looks great!


          • Sapfo

            Okay, that it Adam. No more tea for you!

            Looks like I have some “work” do then. 78 eps! O.O Better make some coffee!

            Btw Adam! You are cute when your nostalgic ^_^

          • Adam Black

            actually after … a long time.. I still havent seen the comet empire ( season 3 )

          • Sapfo

            Somethings should not be seen. Just like some books should not be re-read. The nostaglia don´t always survivs a seconed look as an adult.

          • Adam Black

            It was rotoscoped, and the character writing and English language acting wasdnt bad.
            The japanese is supposed to be better but to my ear most spoken japanese sounds flavorlessly angry ( sung is very nice )
            The edit out some of the drinking and sex in the american version.

            The new Japanese Version, while not a frame for frame faithfully carrie the spirit of the original but just looks phenomenal.

            It Looks better than most modern scifi movies. It actually has far less Nostalgia Collapse than you would imagine as an adult.
            Partly because its is literally a Space Opera with adult themes. Earth is nearly destroyed. The main characters brother dies in the first episode.

            The science in the first one is pretty goofy though. The errors are so large you have to handwave them away as a misreport.

            The cheesy space march helps a lot. It was imprinted on a generation of boys my age.

          • Hmmmmm…..I don’t think Japanese sounds angry, there are some that just about make me melt listeninf to them…..though I do think Korean sounds a bit whiney.

            Sounds interesting, I am going to have to add this show to my list. ^_^

          • Adam Black

            Like Spanish, there seems to be a big gulf ( emotional expression-wise ) between spoken and sung.

          • Sapfo

            It is good to find new enjoyment as an adult in things you liked as a kid. I don´t know how many comics, anime, movies, books can withstand a adult viewing.

            I find that if you love something you are more willing to ignore the flaws. That can be a good thing.

          • Adam Black

            You mean like Doctor Who, Hitchhikers Guide, Lord of the Rings… um General Hospital*

            *it wasnt my fault. My older sister wouldnt let me watch Star Blazers!!! … Luke and Laura and the Weather Machine, and who killled Diane? The evil Casadines and the World Security Bureau Secret Agents…. well, became my Star Blazers supstitute—and thats why I never saw season 3 of Star Blazers. Damn General Hospital. They were both Science Fiction Soap Operas. If I could have explained that To Debbie , maybe she would have watched Star Blazers

          • Sapfo

            Lord of the ring, Hitchhikers guide. can withstand everything! Add Highlander and Star Trek next generation on my list. (Mmh Captain Picard, you make all the bald men look sexy)

            However Batman (the 60-show) and Baywatch. Well I dont really know what to say about them. They are… interesting?

            My brothers never got in my way, they helped me. I still got my brothers lord of the rings. I wonder if he wants it back?

          • Adam Black

            keeps the precious, you will!

          • Sapfo

            I will precious! Precious will never leave me.

            and considering it was 20 years ago I took it, I don´t think brother dearest is missing it so much.

          • Wow, I think that makes it yours.

          • Adam Black

            LOTR? oooh!
            tell me I am your favorite person….and i will fill you with a happiness you didnt even know you needed….
            right now

          • Sapfo

            Of course you are my most favorite. You are my bear hugger in kilt.

          • Adam Black


            Aaron Diaz Illustrates and explains the Simarallion!


          • Sapfo

            Is it allowed for me to drool?!
            I think I need more hours in the day, 24 is not enough

            I upvote you six times, But then I relized that would just leave you with no vote at all. So I upvoted you one more time.

          • Adam Black

            and try 36 , maybe that will work…

          • Sapfo

            Jupp, just what I need. More hours to sleep 😉

          • Adam Black


            Im slow
            I meant 36 …votes up… but try it your way.. ill miss you tonight

          • Sapfo

            Tonight? I guess you mean tomorrow
            Timezone humor XD

          • Adam Black
          • Sapfo

            That was not yesterday I heard Genesis.


          • Adam Black

            Now, we know why has been updating so slow this year

            ( i hope you read already, or you will need to clear the next 8 hours of your life )

          • Sapfo

            That comic looks great!
            No I have not read it yet. But thanks to you my day have extra hours now.

          • Adam Black

            Every page is a deep lush painting, with a unique visual style

            Hes one of the best web comics creators.

            There are 2 Large Books
            Hob, and Dark Science—the second seems almost complete
            trippy transhumanism

            I spent 5 hours yesterday reading

          • Adam Black

            extra hours?
            ( no sleeep ?)

          • Sapfo

            Okay I will sleep. I need it a lot

          • Adam Black

            i stayed up late and got current on

            its really good.
            then i had a dream about it. if you call dreams about humanoid aliens turned into humans who then have ots of gay sex ( whoops, side effect ) still about it.

          • Sapfo

            Sorry Adam, but the link did not work.

            Me, I dreamed to. No gay sex, but I did not mind that. Spooky is quiet good…..

          • Adam Black

            Yeah, but I fixed it a while ago,
            I thought before you even replied —- this arrived late

            Starts off good , then tapers off to total awesome.

            Im tempted to tell you what it is about since one of the main topics was a very late spoiler—- Imagine discovering 4 chapter in YP was a gay romance superhero comic. It would be totally awesome. Although there is still like 5 massive godaman mysteries. Its the Doctor Who school of thought. Dont mention Gallifrey until 10 years later. 50 years later, still dont say his name. Every once in a while, give the Doctor a random superpower, like Superhuman Typing*, or being a radiation Sponge

            * You knew that, right? That is totally a thing. he can type a few thousand words a minute

            Yeah, I hear Spooky is quite the …exorcist

          • Sapfo

            Adam, you spoil me!
            So many great new comic for me. I have now made ​​a list called Adam recommends 🙂

            Well as a thank you I would love to give you (new I hope) to read.

            The only problem is that the few I can think of don´t really have a yaoi theme and some of them are not very long. But I´m giving them to you anyway and hope you find one that you might like.

            Demons of the underground. this one is not so long and it have not been updated for over a year. The creator is not doing so well. But you might want so take a look anyway.
            (Trivia: The first comic I ever commented on 😉

            Then there is another Spindrift. It have not come very far and it might not be to your taste. But I love the artist on it. candy for the eyes. Flying elfs (or elf like people) how are a bit racist.

            And then I found this. Gunnerkrigg Court. What can I say about it. There is a girl in it… and a robot…. and a shadow… I don´t really know how to describ this one. But I did not move from my screen for half a day when I found it. It´s much longer then the other two. And it´s just something about it.

            I would not mind tasting my some Spooky…Ops! ^_^

          • Adam Black

            Spendrift looks visually lush..

            Gunnerkrigg is in my comic bookmarks.
            I have tried twice to get into it
            “And it´s just something about it. ”
            thats the problem i dont know what that is

            I think I have to know to have more information about everything in it , to get sucked in. I did try twice.

            Demon looks interesting…

          • Adam Black

            dammit.I didnt read that very closely.

            finished Demon, Its never going to update, on a clffhanger too

          • Sapfo

            Sorry Adam.

            I am still hoping that Bob is goingt to get better and start on it again. But right now there is little to non known how she is doing.

            I love Demon. I thought it was going to be really good. Especially when you got to see the small spoilers of the comic.

          • Adam Black

            Someone has to finish it

          • Sapfo

            So you liked it?

            Adam, have a good night/day. Im of to work now.

          • Adam Black

            ya, but it ended way too early.
            i think the writer has written much farther out

          • Heh, I have had the LotR extended edition on my wish list for a very long time. So since I never got it, I would always borrow my mother’s copy for extended periods of time. ^_^ Now I don’t have to borrow hers anymore. ^_^

          • Adam Black

            I finally Googled StarZingers.

            When I grew up there were two big Anime shows that aired.
            Star Blazers and “Force Five”
            Force Five was a collection of a bunch of differnet animes including Starzingers

            But they all seemed like poorly made imitations of Star Blazers. We would watch force five, but we would make fun of them. and I cant remember any details about it.

            Star Blazers was a phenomenon. Aside from spawning look-alikes it has a new series and 3 live action movies

          • Sapfo

            I don´t think you understand what kind of 3.ed world country I lived in growing up. Starzingers was the only thing anime I got. (If you ignore Sandybell and Genshi shonen Ryu)
            It was so hard, so when I saw Starzinger for the first time, it was like a new wolrd opening up for me. And to be able to see it, I had to walk through a swamp in a snowstorm, with wild dogs chasing me.

            So don´t you bad mouth Starzingers, Mr Black!

            Okay, Kids anime in Sweden sucked when I was young. It´s not even good now. To get the good stuff I either have to import or go to a specialty store that is dedicated to anime. (or stream it)

            But I’m hardly an expert on anime, I just look at the things that really catches my interest. So in other words, an anime must least have one of three things in it: Ethical dilema, relationship drama or cuteness.
            And If I can get all three of them, it´s even better.

            Looking back I just have to say that Starzingers is a retro anime and it brings out a couple of laughter every now and again. Not really my thing anymore.
            As Star Blazers, like you said, the technology is interesting XD

          • Adam Black

            I am sorry Sapho, I dont mean to step on your childhood, but that was what we did.

            Just imagine, me , the korean kid down the street his blonde twin friends playing dungeaon and dragons. Star Blazers was on TV , and force five comes on next…W would argue whether we should watch it. I argued against. But once it was on, it was a love-hate relationship.

            It looked like Star Blazers, but with poorer writing. and they would mercilessly make fun of it. ( OK I joined in )

            One day we just spent the whole arguing about the hairstyles on it. And whether that could be some kind of power/talent on D and D. There was just WAYYYY too much reverence to make fun of Star Blazers…
            ( in it: Ethical dilemma, check , relationship drama Supercheck , or cuteness, oh, yeah .. Princess Starsha, they have to go meet her.

            and what Girl wouldnt want to date dashing Derek Wildstar?
            Well Nova was hard to get… but as you see here, there was Romance in the Stars…:



            I plead the case of nostalgia. I cant separate childhood Nostalgia from making fun of Star Zingers. Well actually just Force Five. ( I cant really be sure which of the 4 shows we made fun of ) But even though they ruthlessly ragged on it, they wouldnt miss it!

            I was not actually a big fan of Anime until this decade : DeathNote, Inyuasha , full Metal Alchemist..

          • Sapfo

            Sometimes childhood nostalgia is not so bad. and I don´t mind if you make fun of StarZingers. (I do)

            But right now it is No. 6 for me. I really like it. DeathNote have been on my list for over a year now. Maybe that should be my next Anime trip. Heard a lot of good things about it.

            Oh and Adam I lied to you. I did not have to walk through a swamp in a snowstorm, with wild dogs chasing me. I just when home to my friends house. And we watched either StarZingers or some R-rated movie that kids was not suppose to watch. (Ramdo, Jaw…)

          • Adam Black

            I would put Deathnote at the top of your list.

            Lies? I am shocked! I had no idea there was some small section of Sweden not covered in swamps and snowdrifts.
            You shouldnttake advantage of American Ignorance of geography like that.

          • Sapfo

            hurm… I mean I am so sorry Mr Black. It will most likely happen again.

            Deathnote it is then.

          • Adam Black

            Your morals havent even been started to be twisted—yet…

            Its deliciously dark

          • Sapfo

            And here I thought it was me that corrupt you. 😉

          • Adam Black

            I’m the one giving you the Deathnote*

            ( *the power to kill anyone, anywhere , by writing their name. its a sociopathic superpower )

          • Sapfo


            what name to write down first?
            Old Highschool bullies or some criminal who has done one of the worst crime I could ever imagine?



            To be honest I have for many years viewed death as something not always bad. Maybe it’s my job that makes me think so. I have faced death several times and most have been good.

            I remember when I was sitting with my grandfather a few days before he died. He was 96 years old and very sick. He just wanted to be reunited with my grandmother. It was all quiet and peaceable.

            However some death are not so good. Some lifes are to short.Today is one of my friends birthday, she would have been 33 years today. She only became 31. Damn facebook for reminding me.

          • Adam Black

            KIRA doesnt choose between.
            He Chooses all of the above. A world without criminals—except for himself

            I am not a big fan of facing death— especially my own. Although I have a few times.

            and Corpses are so… inconvenient.

            I am sorry about your friend. You may have had more time than you think. My entire life would be very different if my best friend lived till 31 (instead of 19 )

          • Hikaru no Go has relationship drama and is cute.

            Nabari no Ou has ethical dilemma, relationship drama, and I think parts of it are cute….though I think most of the cute parts are when Miharu is being a little devil. ^_^

            Fruits Basket has cuteness and relationship drama. I absolutely love Fruits Basket, there are a lot of good messages in it.

            I can always give you more. ^_^

          • Sapfo

            Thank you!
            Now i have a lot of watching to do. just need the time to do it also. 😉

          • I would also recommend reading the manga of those. After reading the manga, there soooo should have been a second season of Fruits Basket….There was enough left over for it.

      • Holly

        April the first is a Tuesday this year. That is practically Wednesday. I can see that happening for the April 2nd update…

    • 100000 upvotes for this.

    • jreed3842

      Version 8 makes me think of The Wizard of Oz “Are you a good demon… or a bad demon?” “I’m not a demon… demon’s are old and ugly!” *a chorus of giggles*

  • Jeabro21

    I didn’t know Demons had Pride

    • jreed3842

      Well… it is one of the seven deadly sins!

      • Jeabro21


      • Jamie Dutton

        Well, who wouldn’t be proud to have Kyle as a son?

        • Holly

          His adoptive parents

          • Ouch. (True, but ouch)

          • Holly

            I know I couldn’t resist. Am I evil? Or just accurate?

          • Have a muffin. 😛

          • Steven K.

            Well, they didn’t deserve him, anyway.

          • Jamie Dutton

            Preach it, Steven! 😉

    • davefragments

      You should read PARADISE LOST by John Milton

      • Elrohir

        “For here we may reign secure. And to reign is worth ambition, though in hell. Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.” -Lucifer

        I think…doing it from memory. Been a long time (no, I wasn’t actually there…as far as you know). And as we all remember from our Latin classes. Lucifer translates roughly as “Light Bringer/Bearer”. And after all, Lucifer was first among the host of heaven…before the fall…

        Am I the only one wondering at the moment, how the moment of conception took place? If Laampros couldn’t cross the plane to earth without a focal anchor, did he have one of his minions bring Kyle’s mom to him? “Minions! Bring me a totally righteous and buxom lass to defile!” And then pondering who Kyle’s genetic mom might be? What was her contribution to the gene pool? Do demon spawn have the same number of chromosomes as “normal” humans? What elements/powers may still be in hiding that came from Kyle’s mom? Was she, as certain aspects of Kyle’s appearance and demeanor might suggest, a captive angel? Someone from the side of light to properly set the duality in the character? Has Mr. Woolfson set for us a quandary where the salvation of the world is mirrored or completed in the salvation of a single soul? And what if that salvation were to be had just as an eventual result of the love of one’s friends? So many questions…too few answers…to long to wait between pages…(looks over his shoulder to see if Alex was listening)…umm…that wasn’t a complaint Mr. Woolfson sir.
        But to Kyle’s question the answer is Dumbledore’s. “It is not our abilities which define us, but our actions.”
        And so, before seeking the balm of sleep again, let me echo Chris and say, Awesome job Alex and team!

        • davefragments

          The description of The FALL and the Great Tract of Hell as Milton calls it is described in the first chapter (Book 1 or Verse 1) of Paradise Lost.

          Lucifer rebelled against The Almighty and in thaw war that followed was hurled headlong “nine times the space that measures night and day” to “To bottomless perdition, there to dwell In Adamantine Chains and penal Fire”

          Lucifer is an archangel, nearly as powerful as the Almighty himself and he has failed. When asked by a despairing angel he answers with a famous speech (is this the region, this the soil, the clime…” and justifies why reigning in Hell is better than serving in Heaven. He also rallies the fallen to hope for a second battle where they will regain Heaven and rule over their tormentors. If they cannot regain Heaven then they will despoil the latest creation — Earth and Mankind tempting man to sin.

          Milton’s lucifer has no regrets. He still rebels. This is the mythology and view of Lucifer that informs the modern beliefs and images.

          Dartmouth University has the poem online:

    • mogoskier

      It is one of the 7 sins.

  • I have so much love for Spooks. Seriously. He is my spirit animal. (lol)

    • Spirit animal! LOL 😀

      • Adam Black


    • Jamie Dutton

      Actually he would be a bit like coyote and raven, right? Both are sort of magical tricksters.

      • mogoskier

        So what you are saying is that he is Loki.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Maybe Kid Loki.

  • Leon

    Spooks is the best literally. He can do what we all really dream to be able to do and that is judge someone for who they really are and not the mistakes they’ve made. I really love Spooks and I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE MORE OF HIM.

  • EldrinSMP

    I know I shouldn’t, but I have to laugh at Kyle in this one. Poor guy is dealing with earth-shattering (literally) stuff and Spooky is all “But we’re still buds.” Reminds me of when I came out to my best friend in high school and he says “OK” and rolls over and falls asleep (we were on a school trip and sharing a room). I was fuming for hours because he had such a blase reaction.

    • SofiaT

      Your friend might have known already 🙂

      …which means is possible Spooky did too?
      Although brutally honest that he is, Spooky would say so if he had his own reasons for thinking Kyle to be the son of a demon before Laapros’ revelation. Instead of saying “nah, pretty sure it’s true because Laampros wouldn’t lie about that” he’d say something like “nah, it’s true, I kinda suspected it already anyway”.

    • I saw and Up-vote video today that was all about a gay proposal and wedding. Very sentimental and sweet. But the best part was the one guy who said his father said, “What is wrong with you that you don’t trust me enough to tell me you’re gay? I just want you to be happy.”

      That was pure awesome. PURE AWESOME!

    • Sethy

      Agreeing with Sofia, your friend might have already suspected.

      I remember shrugging it off too when my best friend came out to me during our freshmen year of college. It just really didn’t matter to me. She’s my friend and I support her, so I didn’t give it much thought. Now five years later she’s engaged to a lovely woman and living on the other side of the country and she couldn’t be happier.

      With this page I can’t help feeling that Kyle freaking out about just having told his friends he’s gay is rather silly compared to everything else that going on. xD

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Yeah, that was kind of the situation with me when my best friend came out to me as bi. I just went, “Oh, I know.” (She had always had the hugest crush on Sailor Uranus, for one thing.) She found it really funny (and relieving) because I can be a little oblivious socially at times.

  • Jamie Dutton

    Yes, I was pretty sure that Laampuru-kun was telling the truth to Kyle at that moment. Just the tenderness in his expression and the proud way he said it had me convinced.
    Btw, Spooky’s face in that first panel is just so honest. There’s no joking or trying to lighten the mood. You can see that he’s been in Kyle’s shoes at some point in his life. For that moment he’s letting Kyle and us see underneath the super confident, almost flippant mask he wears.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      “I remember when I learned *my* dad was a king of hell…”

  • TwilightDreamer

    I was pretty sure that Laampros was telling the truth when he said it, but wasn’t absolutely certain if he meant his actual son…or if maybe he was planning to sort of adopt him or something…:P
    I think Spooky is right about the whole demon pride thing though.

    • Jamie Dutton

      Whoops sorry bout the down vote, stupid mouse has been acting weird lately :/

      • TwilightDreamer

        Lol, that’s ok, it’s not showing any down vote :)…..and I accidently did that once before two ^-^
        Thanks for the vote up 😀

    • mogoskier

      I think he meant actual son. I can’t see being able to brake a binding spell and burn Duncan would be enough to impress a king of hell to adopt someone. On the other hand Kyle is a very young demon( most likely seen as a new born in the eyes of older demons) and he is already this strong, only imagine how powerful he will be in 100 years. That make a papa proud.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Awww, baaaaaaby demon! (well, half-demon)

      • TwilightDreamer

        Yeah, I figured he most likely meant actual son, it was just such an unexpected twist, that I had to wonder….
        …still, an awesome twist at that! 😀

  • Oh Alex, you Veronica and Adam (I just felt like shaking up the order), are so awesome at giving us things we never expect. Thank you!

    I love that we get to really hit the parentage issue on this page. I love that we get “King of Hell” — whatever that means? Well Laampros would have to be SOMETHING to offer life and health unending. That is NOT a small thing,

    However in Spooky’s world, it still doesn’t matter. Nothing has anything to do with WHO Kyle is. That is Spooky’s genius. Gay? Whatever. Son of a Prince of Hell. Whatever.

    He let’s Kyle get it ALL OUT! It is just not the important thing. Spooky is the king of perspective. Important? Not really so Important.

    What could be better than those last three panels? Paul in shock, “THANK YOU SPOOKY!” *eyes are rolled* Oh I just love the resigned resignation of Paul at this point. His big brother has done it again. So perfect.

    But still Spooky (my love) will NOT lie. Nope nothing but the respect of the truth for his buddy, Kyle. But then Spooky returns to the MOST important thing, “But, like I said, we’re still buds!” That is so perfect to a gay man. You are a son of a demon, but your friends don’t care… buds are buds. I love it so much. (Sorry to rabbit on about this but to be gay is often to be demonized… who are your buds?) Who is strong enough to love you regardless?

    And what is Kyle’s final line but the set up for THE CHOICE Kyle will have to make.. who is he to be. Like his father? Like himself? Something we can’t imagine? Spooky is so damn wise… he does this right now. He lets Kyle decide — WHO DO YOU CHOOSE TO BE?

    On the side: I had a sad moment… Duncan had this moment in his 58 years… some were… a momment he could have chosen. He didn’t have a Paul and Spooky to show him so clearly that he had a choice. That he could be loved and that it didn’t mean to be weak. I know, how sentimental of me, but we are all the sum of the special people in our lives, they who shape us.

    Kyle has a choice. He is not his father. He is not Duncan or anyone else. So, what/who does he choose to be? Well given some of those looks Paul has given him, I don’t thing he’ll be able to go to the dark side with out some serious ass kicking. Or, at the very least, missing out on some serous kissing. I think Paul is NOT just a serious buddy… there’s deeper emotion there. IMHO.

    WHAT? WHAT? DID I SAY THAT? Ahahahahahahahaa,

    Oh thank you for another spectacular page, full of emotion and heart. Friends helping someone they love deal with a hard truth. A very hard truth. A still unknown truth. Thank you so much Alex. I know that this gay boy reads his own “mo” love and acceptance into this page. Friends who love you no matter what, and now the life-choice is up to you.

    And thank you, Adam and Veronica for superb facial-body expressions. From Spooky’s expressions and shoulder shrugs, that say so clearly he’s sorry to have to deliver these hard truths. To Paul’s physical exasperations at not being able to make this easier for this friend that he loves. You both do amazing wonderful work expressing emotion and mood visually in a way that supports story and makes it so much more.

    Both visually and in dialog, it’s all there in the body language. Right into the last panel which tells us Kyle is not yet settled… but considering what he’s been through. How could he be?

    Just wonderful work… thank you all!

    My serious thanks,

    • Well put, Mister!

      So saying I’m going to ride on Chris’s coat tails and say: What he said!!

    • You’re very welcome, Christopher. Another wonderful comment that’s made my night.

      I’d say more. But… spoilers. 🙂

      • Jamie Dutton

        What kind of spoilers, Mr. Woolfson?

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Hint: It’s about ferrets.

          • Jamie Dutton

            Super hero ferrets or regular “so cute I could die” ferrets?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            …both. Their cuteness is their superpower.

  • SofiaT

    “Laampros is a king of Hell”.

    There are more?

    • Sapfo

      Observant my dear Sofia

    • I was wondering about that.

    • Jamie Dutton

      Well back when he dropped the daddy bomb on us all, he called Kyle “a” Prince of Hell. Maybe that was a hint to the fact that there are other Kings, but I just thought he meant he had other children….hmmm, dangit Alex :/

      • SofiaT

        Both are possible -at the time I had thought it to mean that as a general rule: a Prince of Hell should be like this and that and blah blah blah, you’re all that and I’m proud to call you my son.

        • Adam Black

          We all assumed he meant son, and not “son”

          • SofiaT

            What do you mean?

            I always thought he meant it literally, and I’m sure others did as well, but the theory he meant it metaphorically had also been expressed by a number of people.

          • Steven K.

            Adam means “son” as in the situation where a gay older man (the “dad”) is romantically/sexually coupled with a younger gay man (the “son”). As in “dad/son” play or roleplay.

          • Adam Black

            what @stevenklimecky:disqus said.

            Its often self-identfied.

          • I can’t really do the “Daddy” thing with Duncan and Kyle. I really understand what you’re saying, but when “Daddy” transports you to hell, and in fact to meet your real father who happens to be a King of Hell… yowza.

            We’ll I think it’s just time to get a new kink, and call it a day.

          • SofiaT

            “Daddy” role-playing gives me the shivers -I know it’s supposed to be prevalent and normal in some gay relationships but whether it’s an older man with a girl or a boy is irrelevant -it makes me uncomfortable either way. Few things can turn me off faster than a guy saying something stupid like “who’s your daddy” to me.

            I guess that’s why that meaning of “son” never crossed my mind.

          • I’m exactly with you. We all have our own squicks and trigger words. There is no predicting it and no understanding. But YEAH. Just NOOOOOOO.

            Besides, I’d never in a million years get Laampros thinking any of that. He’s either messing with Kyle’s brain or it’s just plain true.

          • Oh god yes!!

          • Adam Black

            i guess he’s not your daddy

          • Umm… yep. True that.

    • Well, of course, the rest of the Young Protectors need parents too.

    • Cman65

      More Kings than you could count in a human life time

    • mogoskier

      Then it is possible for there to be a Queen of hell. Guys I think there is a new candidate for “who the hell is Kyle’s mom” contest.

  • RustyBurrell

    Oh Spooky really is confirming what Laampros said? I thought he was being sarcastic. Hard to tell sometimes. Hey, 2014? Can we get a font for sarcasm please?

  • Alright.. I’m gonna be going. Can comment later when I don’t have one heck of a headache (wonderfull to start work like this -_-) .. I got to see the page before going, so that helps, but what a morning.

    -Having what is treathening to become a migraine.
    -Clothes panic when realizing two of the three white bras I have are in the laundry basket and I couldn’t find the 3rd – and need it because the work uniform is white (I found it now)
    – Realizing that the bus I planned on taking to work every day from now on isn’t driving anymore (route cutdowns) and I had to call the bus company to find out if I can order one of their taxi-busses before 7 in the morning (will get final answer out this afternoon).

    ..and now I go outside in the dark on icy roads and heavy wind.

    Besides the page this is so not my morning today. Send me good thoughts .. that I make it through the day without having a full migraine.
    I want to start my job making a good impression!

    • Jamie Dutton

      *sends DanishWolf lots of good thoughts and internet hugs*

    • Good luck! And definite thoughts your way!

    • Sapfo

      if you drank coffee I would suggest you do that. It can help against the headache.
      Take care.

    • Wishing you everything good today Danish… and just don’t let them see the bright red bra you’re hiding under that top today and you’ll be fine! Good luck!!!!! x, CD

    • Sapfo

      Danish! A white bra! What are you thinking. You should have a champagne colored one. The white one is going to stand out… just saying

      • Maybe it’s one of those fab push-up ones that give a girl that Bette Midler look?

    • SofiaT

      Good luck, Danish!

    • Good thoughts and good luck, Danish! 😀

    • Adam Black

      Good Luck

  • Steven K.

    It’s O.K. Kyle – I (and a bunch of other readers here I’m sure) still love and adore you – totally unconditionally!

  • Jamie Dutton

    Ok, Alex that 7th panel has to be in your next set of cards! I can think of so many situations that that would be perfect for. So you wrecked your car running from the police after deciding to streak at the mall: “But like I said..”

  • Hours

    I think it’s interesting that Spooky said Laampros is “A king of hell” as opposed to “the” king of hell. Hmmmmmmmmm…

  • bronakopdin

    Oh Spooky!
    I love your casualness xDD
    I seriously do ^^

  • There is not a page where I don’t admire the artwork. Spooky’s poses totally say it all. Poor Kyle, it’s going to take some convincing his friends are on his side. Dialogue is brilliant as well ‘we’re still buds’ 🙂

  • I shouldn’t say this. I really shouldn’t, but is anyone else hearing William Shatner in the very last panel. *runs away*

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman


  • Kitkat822

    Yay birthday page! 🙂

    • Jamie Dutton

      Happy Birthday, Kitkat 🙂

    • Happy Birthday!

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      Happy Birthday 🙂

    • SofiaT

      A very Happy Birthday to you, Kitkat! 🙂

    • Happy Birthday!!!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Happy birthday!

    • Happy birthday, Kitkat822!

    • Kitkat822

      Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!

    • purplefoxglove

      Happy birthday! 🙂

  • Sofia Rodrigues

    “In the comments, let’s all send out our thanks for the help for our Portuguese-speaking readers that Naya just provided! You ROCK, Naya!” Good job, but shouldn’t it be pointed out that it is Brazilian Portuguese and not European Portuguese? There’s quite a difference in grammar (more than comparing US vs UK for example).

    • Denise Cruz

      HI, Sofia!
      Naya Yukida, here! 🙂
      I said that to Alex, when I first asked him if he would like some help with those translations… (It’s in somewhere, in the comments – long time ago.).

      • Sofia Rodrigues

        First, let me thank you since part of me was still afraid I’d be bashed for pointing out the difference. >_>
        And I see, it’s up to Alex to put it as BR then!

        • Denise Cruz

          Oh, no way you’d be bashed out because of this. There are, indeed, some differences.

          I’m friend with a Portuguese girl, on Facebook, and we always laugh about it. ^v^ It’s quite of funny, sometimes.

          But, although we struggle a little bit, with those differences, for someone who doesn’t understand one single word of English, it’s easier even with them. Don’t you think? 😉

          • Sofia Rodrigues

            True, it is easier. 🙂 It just miffed me a bit to not state whether it was BR or PT e_e Call it a pet peeve I guess ^^;

          • Denise Cruz

            No. I also looked for the BR / PT, at first. But, for the people who don’t speak Portuguese, it probably seems to be the same thing.
            Kind of an English student who doesn’t understand/notice the differences between US/UK English… It’s pretty normal! 🙂

          • Hey Sofia and Denise!

            Yep, you’re right! And actually, I was aware of the difference. When I started the translations way back when, this issue came up with French—a reader from Québec wanted to create a completely separate translation (and category) for Canadian French vs. European French. And while I can certainly understand the desire, because I have to review each of these translations and individually post them, I found that having two separate French translations added a bunch of extra work—and after posting both translations on a few pages, I was having French readers from both sides of the pond telling me it wasn’t worth it. (They thought I was being a little crazy…)

            So… if y’all are telling me that there are big enough differences that it’s worth creating two separate categories for Portuguese, then I’ll definitely make that happen. But if the one translation is useful for folks from all countries who speak Portuguese, then I’ll probably just keep things the way they are.

            Let me know. 🙂

          • Sofia Rodrigues

            I hadn’t thought of it from the point of view of having two translations (PT and BR). From my experience, unless it’s slang, European Portuguese can easily understand Brazilian Portuguese so it should work as it currently is. It was really just the matter of labeling it as it is, but if that brings people wanting to do the European one like what happened with Canadian French vs European French…@_@

          • Good, I’m glad to hear that it can be understood well in both places. Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

          • Sofia Rodrigues

            You’re welcome!

          • Adam Black

            I’ve never had a problem understanding British English. ( except for Rhyming slang .. but .. thats stupid how do you understand words that are missing? )

            But I dated a ( southern ) Irishman ( hot redhead rugby player. I miss him . Moved back ) I couldnt understand a word he said.

            He spoke in as near complete string of metaphors and idioms for common conversation .. It was definitely a different language using English words

          • mmmmmm, got to love the Irish ^_^

          • Adam Black

            he was irish-polish ( no curse ) ,
            and I did

          • And I suspect you did it well and thoroughly.

          • Adam Black

            That sounds accurate

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Wow! I didn’t know that. But it makes a lot of sense, like Québécois versus European French.

  • Nate

    Can I just say how much I love Spooky’s body language on this?


  • “And will Kyle’s thick-headed friends ever understand why they just need to abandon him once and for all?” -Alex

    Sometimes AW, it takes a while for your page commentary to sink in. Hysterical! I have a few friends like this… of course I’ve never had to tell them I’M demon spawn, it’s usually the other way around. 🙂

    • Sapfo

      But you are a demon spawn, right?
      *Hug Chris really hard*
      “I´m-not-letting-go! Never!”

    • 🙂

    • Adam Black

      None of mine ever seemed to have that difficulty.

      • Oh I guess you just have nicer friends. Figures.

        • Adam Black

          No, the opposite

          • Ha! Why do mine friends just ASSUME that I’m Demon Spawn. So unjust. I’m the very soul of gentle sweetness… no it’s true I am…. go figure. LOL.

          • Adam Black

            i dunno… Did they meet your parents?

          • Point.

        • Adam Black

          You find where they are all hiding all let me know

  • Steel_Man

    Kyle – Drama Queen. Spooky is turning out to be quite the favorite. Telling it like it is!! Yes, please!! NICE work, Alex!

  • Fakesubmite

    I so love Spooky he’s the coolest friend anyone cold ever want.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I know it was just a typo, but the fact that you wrote “cold” after calling Spooky “the coolest friend” seemed very appropriate. 😀

  • John

    I thought Spooky’s life was being a Hero. Is he like a demon expert in the Hero world or something? Is this why he keeps getting invited to the adult teams; specialist knowledge?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I think so (re: Spooky being a demon expert). He’s also super competent and may not have the same sort of issues that keep the other Young Protectors from being accepted onto the major superhero teams. (But who knows on that last part?)

  • Sethy

    Spooky is so cool, can he get his own spinoff comic?

    Come on guys there will be time to discuss questionable life choices after you’re back at HQ or even in the car. Get your booties moving!

  • Denise Cruz

    I knew it! Spooky knows EVERYTHING!! Always!
    I don’t know how he does that, but he always knows more than everyone else…

    Probably he did accept being part of those ‘Senior’ Groups of Heroes, but couldn’t tell the truth, just to keep an eye over his younger friends and keep the team in activity.

    Well… I know it may sound weird but… being friends with Hellspawn looks pretty good, now! XD

    Oh, come on! Kyle can be spawn of whoever he wants/doesn’t want to; it doesn’t really change who he is. Does it?!

    He’s always been nice, sweet and well-meaning. He IS a nice guy!

    Maybe, this is why Spooky looks so at easy like that: He knows that our little redhead has all the potential to end the invasion that he allowed himself, (even without wishing for it).
    The boy is ‘the Prince of Hell’, after all. Perhaps he can… handle with his DAD, somehow…

    • Thank you for all your help, Denise! 🙂

      • Denise Cruz

        You’re very welcome, sensei! ^v^

    • SofiaT

      Fantastic work, Denise!

      How long did it take you to translate the whole comic?

      • Denise Cruz

        Thanks, Sofia!! ^v^

        It took me a few weeks. The Holidays and a health problem slowed me a bit… But, I enjoyed myself throughout the process! 😀

        • SofiaT

          I’m thinking of making a translation in Greek if Alex is interested. The thing is, I don’t know how useful it would be. Most Greeks speak English anyway. And it’s added work for Alex too.

          But it does sound like fun! 😀

          • Denise Cruz

            Well, ‘Most Greeks speak English’ isn’t the same as ‘All Greeks speak English’… (Yeah! I’m that kind of person! Everyone should be able to read it or I’m not completely satisfied!) XD
            You should talk to Alex, anyway. Reading it in Greek sounds pretty interesting to me! 😉

  • Cman65

    I only fight the “Bad ones”

  • Sai

    “Like oh my GOD, guys! Stop being so accepting of everything!”

  • At least Kyle has a get out clause now if Commander catches him lazing around on the job, leaving the toilet the seat up, or leaving his dirty dishes and clothes everywhere: “My demon-side made me do it!”

    • John

      She’d probably just ground him or something and go ‘my maternal side made me do it’ 😛

      • mogoskier

        And now I want a T-shirt that said my maternal side made me do it.

        • John

          Maybe if we ask Alex nicely enough he’ll put in his store. Come one people, chime in so Mogoskier and I can get a ‘maternal side’ Commander T-shirt! 😀

  • Mary Kelleher

    Oh my god, shut up you whiny fuck!

    • HermeticallySealed

      He’s just turned 18, discovered he’s not human (demon spawn at that), and just doomed the world. Hardly something I would think the vast majority of people in the world would just shrug their shoulders and move on. I think he’s earned the right to freak out a bit.

      • Mary Kelleher

        I understand that to some extent, I have anxiety problems, but quit pushing it on your friends. They accept him, now he has accept it.

        • HermeticallySealed

          Realistically, that isn’t going to happen in 5 minutes. Even though the pages have been drawn out for weeks, I think we need to keep in mind that in story time, only about 5 to 10 minutes have actually passed since Spooky and Fluke arrived.

          • Mary Kelleher

            Yeah, but that doesn’t stop me from screaming at the screen.

  • LL

    I think they need Kyle on their side in this fight. Having the son of a king of Hell on your side can’t hurt. “But Dad, the Annihilator was super mean to me!”

    • Steven K.

      Exactly. I kinda hope Kyle does get to say something like that to Laampros (though you’d think he would have gotten that clue from seeing Kyle all bound and paralyzed, unless he assumed that they were just having some mutually consensual kinky fun and then using it to take the trip).

      • stickfigurefairytales

        (Laampros thinking) “Kind of an odd way to go about meeting your dad, but who am I to judge? I’m a king of hell, after all.”

  • Raven R. Bloodwolf

    *claps* Thank you Spooky for not giving a f*ck about Kyle’s origins. Best friends don’t care who your parents are. Only who you are. I salute you, you are now my favorite.

  • Mary Klemzak

    I’m loving Spooky with every page! His “Doesn’t matter, we’re still buds.”

    Loving how Fluke is in ever-always eye-rolling mode.

    And .Kyle… SHUT UP! If your friends don’t back you up in the hard times, they’re not worth having in the good!

    So get back to HQ, sleep it off, then get back to normal. Probably won’t be that simple, but this will be am interesting time for everyone. Im guessing the rest of the YP will be cool, maybe a bit stunned at first, but all in all, everything should work out. Have a little faith in your comrades.

  • Hey guys,
    Just a quick update since I’m on my way out the door again.

    My first day at work went really well. I’m sure all the good thoughts from you helped because the pills finally kicked in just as I arrived at work and after the first half hour my bad heacache was completely gone 😀
    My feet ache and I’m tired, but awesome day and nice people there .. oh, and we get free breakfast and free lunch (depending on what we chose), so I’ll be saving on my food budget for the next 3 months. The best when you live on financial aid <3

    And best of ALL. Because they heard that I would have to order a taxi-bus every morning to be there in time, because my only bus would mean I was 5-10mins late, I have been allowed to meet those 10mins later – meaning I can leave home 30mins later now, have a shorter walk to the bus .. and camp a little longer on wednesday mornings with you guys ^_^
    I get to see the page before leaving except for the few days it's up late-ish (after 10pm in Alex-time).

    • Denise Cruz

      That’s wonderful, DWolf!
      I’m really glad for you!
      Let’s hope tomorrow will be even better! 😉

    • Yay! Glad for the awesome day and nice people (and more convenient commute!) 😀

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hooray! That’s so awesome! 😀

    • Kate G


    • Woohoo! That’s wonderful, Danish!

  • vessto

    Kyle is too harsh to himself.:( Hell spawn or not, he is not guilty for that!

    • TailKinker42

      He’s on a major guilt trip. Despite being lied to, he still feels he went against obvious signs that Duncan was major bad news, so in his state of mind it is really easy to make connections that say everything is his fault.

      • vessto

        His guilt abt Anni may be discussable but his guilt abt being a hell offspring? He has zero guilt here. Atm as if he feels as Harry Potter when he learned he knows snake’s language.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I think it would be extremely unbelievable if Kyle just shrugged and “got over it” as some seem to want. Teenagers are not emotionally stable, they lack many of the coping mechanisms (especially in short term situations), and are not terribly experienced/rational in the best of circumstances. Take that along with the fact that he pretty much just found out he isn’t what he that he was (i.e. human), that that particular fact and his own naivety just made the end of the world possible, it’s pretty natural for him to freak out.

    For him to just go, “Oh well, you guys are such good friends! You’re right, no biggie! Now let’s kick bad guy ass!” would just be unbelievable, and frankly, bad writing. Kyle freaking out IS what would happen, and I am glad Alex is handling it.

    • Niggle

      I quite agree. Add to the trauma of what just happened, there is no way he’d be able to take this calmly once the subject came up. The page made me “awww” because Kyle freaking out makes me sad, but it makes perfect sense that he is. And frankly, who wouldn’t freak out if they found out they were hell spawn?

      • I don’t think I would…..I would be a little more “Oh! Well, now everything is starting to make sense…..huh”

        • Niggle

          Hilarious answer. XD

        • stickfigurefairytales

          That reminds me of an early episode of Buffy, when Oz first finds out about vampires! He was like, “No, that actually explains a lot.”

    • Steven K.

      Agree as well – that’s an important observation I think. Nice comment.

    • Maria White

      Spooky: How long have we been friends?
      Kyle: What does that have to do with anything?!
      Spooky: Kyle, I’ve known you for a long time, you’re not evil just because your father is.
      Kyle: I’m still a demon!
      Spooky: So?
      Kyle: But! But!
      Spooky: No buts…. at least not for awhile.

      ((I’m so sorry, I can’t help myself.))

      • Wayne Lunkwitz

        See my comment above…..neither can I 🙂


  • SleepingDragon

    Let’s be honest here, if you wanted a teenager to obey you and help you achieve your goals despite them thinking they know better “being their parent” would probably be the least effective way of going about it.

  • mogoskier

    I vote for Kyle villain name to be hell spawn.

    • EyeDontNo

      I vote for Kyle to change his hero name from Red Hot to Hellfire.

      • Dark_Otter

        Hellspawn and Hellfire are a little too obvious. All things considered, “Incubus” has a nice ring to it.

  • SofiaT

    Ding ding ding!!!!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Hmmm. You know, since late 2013 we’ve been relentless (but at modest speed) racking up the number of bonus pages we have in backlog at any one time. I wonder if/when we reach having five in the queue?

      • LOL… careful. Sofia has a Greek parable about greed. I’m quite sure of it. 🙂

        • SofiaT

          I do? 😛

          • Yeah? Don’t the Greeks have a parable or story or myth or saying or something that covers every possible situation? I saw MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING?


          • SofiaT

            Ok. You got the myth of Midas then, if you insist.
            I’d never want to prove MBFGW wrong!

            But greed for bonus pages is never a bad thing in my book.

          • So agree with that !

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha!! Spooky is my favorite! No, wait, Paul is my favorite! No, they’re both my favorite! And also Mitch, and Kyle, and Amanda, and maybe some others as well.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    He may be Demon Spawn,but he’s cute, and if he uses his genetic traits for good rather than evil, the fact of what he spawned from is not an issue!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      ‘Channelled in a proper fashion’ is definately an important point. Don’t want to fall into the Sith trap of being angry all the time in order to increase his power levels.

      • EldrinSMP

        Of course, anger could go the other way and make him Super Saiyan. Just … ummm, sayin?

        • EyeDontNo

          Alternatively- Continuous anger may make him Hulk-out in green flames…

      • Klaus

        He does not need to do that. He has another way to increase his power.

  • TailKinker42

    I knew it!
    No really, I knew it. I kinda cheated. 🙂
    Poor Kyle. Talk about major freak out.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I can’t get over how amazing the facial expressions are on this page. Spooky’s grave seriousness is the first panel, Kyle’s exasperated disbelief, Paul’s worried but earnest look in panel 3, Spooky’s “Yeah, actually…” and “I’m just sayin'” expressions in panels 4 & 5, Paul’s look of “Oh my God, Spooky, why must you do that?” in panel 6, Spooky’s adorable smile of affirmation in panel 7, and Kyle’s shocked disbelief in the last panel…yeah. Just so fantastic. Add that to Veronica’s rich tones and perfect shading, and of course Alex’s amazing writing that hits every note I want it to…wow!

    I love this comic so friggin’ much.

    • Klaus

      Spooky looks as if he is being sarkastic. What, a demon lie? Never! That is how I would interpret his body language.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I can see how you’d get that, but I think that his following line points to Spooky being genuine rather than sarcastic.

        • Shjade

          That and he’s making a good point: a king of hell claim some random human as HIS son? Not bloody likely. If Laampros just wanted to screw with him he could’ve said much worse things than that.

          Besides, why else would the Annihilator have needed him to get a portal to that particular demon? There’ve gotta be other sources of supernatural fire he could’ve accessed without the wining and dining if all he needed was some superheat to do the job. Makes a personal connection more likely.

          All that aside: seconding stickfigure’s comment pretty much in its entirety. This is great work.

  • Pikinanou

    Hey, do you think Spooky can now summon Kyle wherever he wants?
    That would be funny 😛
    And do you think Flyboy is growing tired of watching the car? Does he have super hearing and heard the whole thing? Or did he surrender to temptation and crept Inside the warehouse to eavesdrop on his friends?!

    • Klaus

      And if Kyle does get summoned, will he eat the computer?

    • SofiaT

      I imagine Mitch to be very confused right now…

      And your comment brought a mental image of Kyle materializing out of a cloud of smoke every time Spooky calls, wearing harem pants like in I Dream of Jeannie. Except he’s pissed. 😀

      • Denise Cruz

        XDDDD I loved that image! XDD So funny! Poor Kyle!.. Spooky would never leave him alone! XD


      • Comic Reader

        or better yet materializing from the shower still wet and soapy 😉

      • I can’t put Spooks and Barbara Eden together in my head just now, so you’ll have to forgive me on that one, but I do have that damn theme music burning a hole in my brain.

        1) I can see Mitch as you describe him, for sure.

        2) However, I can also see him listening in (like his sneaking to the computer and the porn in the interlude). He’s 15, but it’s also 2014 and he’s not naive, so he may very well be listening to all of Kyle’s story with: shock, sorrow, sympathy, anger… IDK.

        3) I can also see that Spooks, Kyle and Paul may all be very aware of how much hero worship Mitch has going on for our Kyle, and how important it is for Mitch that Kyle get himself together before they go out to see him, so they don’t freak him out.

        4) He may simply have heard all of it with his owl hearing and he’s so furious that his friend was treated like this that he’s taken off to go find Duncan and kick his ass (well in his 15 year old mind that’s his plan) and now they have to go stop/save him. Emergency!

        Just knowing how little wasted space there is on an Alex page, I feel like we’ll be jumping right past this moment in some fashion and not repeating all of this. I just don’t know how Alex will do it.

        Is it Saturday yet?

    • Steven K.

      Yeah – I hope Mitch gets involved soon – they promised they would bring him in as soon as Kyle gets suited up and that they would all work on things together. They also promised that they would tell Kyle that he’s there for him as well. They haven’t lived up to that yet.

    • OnyxLight

      LOL I hadn’t thought of that but that is hilarious!

  • Lindsey Amethyst Hampton

    I’m just very pleased by this page in general. :3

  • purplefoxglove

    *poof* a picture of baby-Spooky in diapers appears in my head, complete with him wielding the demon-slaying rattle of purity and painting magical symbols with his crayons of light.
    …I should not play the pony-level of Diablo III and then read the new TYP page, should I?

    In other news, I came home today and was completely baffled to find a package for me. I couldn’t remember ordering anything of lately…then I saw it was my copy of Artifice. I totally hadn’t expected it this early! Best surprise gift so far this year 😀

    • EyeDontNo

      LOL on baby-Spooky!
      Yay on Artifice!

  • Soubi

    LOL. Spooky is literally the cutest guy ever.

    • OnyxLight

      He is! Love his character. I hope he plays a big part in this comic as it progresses

  • Sapfo

    aaah! The sweet sound of Ding Ding is going to put me to sleep.
    Good night you all! ^_^

    • Night Sapfo! Feel better.

      • Sapfo

        Tomorrow I will stop being sick (its no fun)
        Thank you! ^~^

        • Mind over matter!! 😀

          • Mind over mucous.

          • Tissues on your nose.

            Edit: Okay that didn’t make sense… I think I meant, throw away the cold like throw away the tissues.

          • Nasal carols being snorted by the fire
            And Sapfo popping pseudo-fed by the dose
            Everybody knows a tissue and some menthol rub.
            Help to make their breathing right
            Tiny Sapfo with her snot all a blow
            Will find it hard to sleep tonight

          • Hahaha!

          • Sapfo

            “I am healthy now! ”

            *Blows my nose. Red eyes and mild nausea*

            “I am not sink any more!
            Want a hug?”

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Good night! Hope you feel better soon!

  • Adam Black

    Does anyone else think, in the very next scene,

    Spooky takes off his cap to reveal horns?

    Let the outings continue…
    Its certainly the right moment for the reveal

    • Well, thank goodness it’s not a bald spot. Demon spawn costs a lot less than Rogaine.

      • Adam Black

        So , you have priced both?

        • ebay, craig’s list, costco… pick your poison.

          • Adam Black

            so, you are saying horns come off with wart remover?

          • Mine did.

          • Adam Black

            barbed with Justice?

    • Klaus

      We would already have seen them on page six.

      • Adam Black

        Alex is trixsey…
        and has revealed that Spooky has a reason for wearing a cap…

  • Comic Reader

    I totally think I am in love with Spooky now!

    • Jamie Dutton

      Actually that’s Paul in the 6th panel. Mitch is still outside…I think.

  • OnyxLight

    Further proof you just can’t beat damn good friends! THIS!!

  • Ali

    There’s going to be a bonus page next Wednesday?! Best birthday present ever!

    • Jamie Dutton

      You’re birthday is on Feb 19th too? Yay 🙂

      • Ali

        January 29th, actually. I think it’s been established that there would be a bonus comic that day, but I only just now noticed.

  • Kiki

    Somehow, you’ve gotten me to love Spooky even more.

  • Vasyl

    technically you’re a half demon flame boy

    • Jamie Dutton

      Well, we still don’t know who or what Kyle’s mom is. So he could be only a quarter human if his mom is half demon as well, or half of a different kind of demon, etc.

      • Sapfo

        Or a quarter of the loch ness monster

        • Kyle’s Grandma is actually the Lake Champlain monster, affectionately known as “Champ”, but you figured it out, Sapfo! Well done, you! 😀

          • Sapfo

            I knew it! You can see it in Kyles eyes. He is the spitting image of dear Grandma.

          • You have a family tree up on your bedroom wall, don’t you?

          • Sapfo

            Chris, you have been in my apartment? It was you who ate all the cookies! Admit it!
            BTW it´s not a family tree, it´s just Yggdrasil. It confuse people all the time.

          • You got THE TREE OF LIFE AT A CON? That is so awesome.

          • Sapfo

            Yggdrasil is not the tree of life, it is the world tree that we live in. So not only is in my home, It is also in your home. It is the tree that we all live in. We are the tree….Ooooommm….

            Moment of zen is now over, we are now in the moment of cuttlefish. Feel the cuttlefish, smell the cuttlefish, be the cuttlefish.

          • Oooommmm…

            Is there a certain type of tree that’s the spirit tree or can any tree be a spirit tree?

          • Sapfo

            My parents have an oak tree, my brother has a blood maple and our large family home has a birch

            But the most commen spirit trees are oak, chestnut, linden, maple, ash, elm, birch and rowan. However it is not so common that fruit trees are spirit trees.

          • That’s awesome! And those tree make a lot of sense. I’ll need to make note of this for my writing. Thank you so much for the trivia!!

          • Sapfo

            I love trivia myself.

            Btw, my family had a big treeplanting fest some years ago. The family home tree was very old and was going to die. So we planted a new one. The whole family was there for it. Maybe it was not just to plant a tree, but it was nice that the whole big family could gather for once.

          • Oh this, I love things like this. To learn little bits of another’s culture. 😀

            Poor tree. I always hate seeing trees die.

          • Thanks for straightening me out on the tree Sapfo… I knew I was off there somewhere.

            Now cuttlefish?

          • Sapfo

            Why not cuttlefish.
            I can not be zen all the time you know 😉

          • Point!

          • Steven K.

            Aww – points to you for that reference to the “world tree” of the Norse legends – I always liked that. I love all the names of people, creatures, places, and things in that literature.

          • Ho Hum… Sapfo is Alex’s favorite. He’s always spilling spoilers to her. Want to know what Duncan’s up to right now? Just go to Sapfo… 🙂

          • Sapfo

            Spoilers? I don´t know what you are talking about.
            *hids book under hugging-pillow*

          • Steven K.

            “Hugging pillow” – to borrow an iconic phrase from a famous musical “I think she’s got it!” – lol – I’m so proud of you.

          • Denise Cruz

            So true!!
            She seems to be like Spooky: ALWAYS knows more than everyone else! XD

          • Sapfo

            Denise! I love you right now. That is the highest honor I have ever received. Thank you! ♥

          • Denise Cruz

            Awwnn! It’s true, honey! ♥

  • Kiri

    So O.K. How come it isn’t Saturday yet? What if I wish really hard? Wish, wish, wish, wish. Is it Saturday yet?

    • Denise Cruz

      Wishing too!

      • Klaus

        Just keep wishing for a day or so.

        • Denise Cruz

          That’s our only option, isn’t?! At least, it’s not a whole week! XD

    • Jamie Dutton

      *tosses in a wish too*

      • Denise Cruz

        Almost there.. 😉

  • Malachite

    Naya, you rock! Thanks for doing the translations for YP, that’s really really awesome!

    • Denise Cruz

      Thank you! 🙂
      It was really funny and I hope it’ll help some of our friends who still don’t understand English language enough!

  • Interpolation

    Spooky is going to have to keep repeating that. Eventually it will get through to Kyle. Hopefully.
    Dang, those guys are good friends. Also, Paul’s sarcasm face in panel 6 is amazing.

  • SofiaT

    Fwends. Twu fwends iz vat bwings us togeder tooday.
    Fwends, twu fwends will fowow you foweva…So twesuwe youw fwends, Kyle.

    • Duuuuuuuuuuuuude……….

      • SofiaT

        I assume you got the reference? 🙂

    • Amanda

      Two weeks ago I tested positive for the Flu and Strep both. My tonsils swelled so big they were pressing on nerves in my face making my lips and tongue numb. When I would try to talk that I sounded like that. When I wasn’t wishing I would die, I would look around and go. “Wuv, Twu Wuv..”

      • SofiaT

        That’s awesome! 😀
        …Quoting the Impressive Clergyman, not the swollen tonsils. That sucks.

        Are you better now?

        • Amanda

          Im better now, but by the end of that week I had a stomach virus. When I do something I prefer to go full throttle. Why get sick all winter when I can apparently do it all in one week?

  • Sarah314159

    Does anybody have a clear picture of what Spooky’s powers are? Was that dragon he called up at the fire a demon? (It seemed so… nice.)

    • Denise Cruz

      I’ve started thinking that maybe he’s also a demon or a half-demon-half-sorcerer or something like that… But, NOPE! Nothing has been clarified about him yet.

      • John

        I’d suggest that not every witch/wizard/conjurer/sorcerer is related to a demon/angel. Also, the summoning of spirits is fairly standard magic, mythically.

        That said, there is a suggestion of unusually broad and deep knowledge for spooky hinting at an unusual past. But that could be no more than he found/has a spell/artefact to slow aging and he’s actually a LOT older than the others guys in YP.

        • Steven K.

          Well, if that’s the case, maybe Duncan should just have captured Spooky (instead of Kyle and subsequently making the deal with Laampros) and make Spooky use his anti-aging abilities for him or Sircea. Or maybe Sircea tried to do just that back in the past for her and Duncan.

          • Denise Cruz

            It probably would have been much more easier than all that fuss they made around the poor Kyle.
            Not to mention that crazy-weird-tough meet with Mr. ‘Big Red’ AND that freaking giant eyeball, (HI THERE, GEORGE!! – waving), looking over everything…

          • John

            I’d imagine Spooky harder to manipulate than Kyle, and I suspect that actually MANIFESTING in Hell (or manifesting Hell on Earth) probably takes more than a simple witch/wizard. Else Sirceae could’ve done it without any intervention from anyone else.

            They needed that link Kyle has with Hell I’d suggest.

        • Denise Cruz

          I didn’t mean that every witch/wizard/conjurer/sorcerer is related to a demon/angel. Not at all! I didn’t know what of those things could make better sense when it comes to Spooky. Once he can make a lot of spells, evocate demons, knows a lot of things, I thought he could/should be more than just a human being. Maybe he’s also ‘different’, like Kyle. That was what I meant when I wrote: ‘a half-demon-half-sorcerer or something like that…’ ^v^

  • purplefoxglove

    I really, really love how the boys come up with exactly the same questions and are discussing precisely the same points the humble fans have been wondering about since the little meet-your-daddy-trip.
    Was Laampros telling the truth? In how far is Kyle responsible, and for what? How do you best approach him after what happened? Did any of the magic that was done to Kyle have lasting effects on him? We even have the fans’ comfort-Kyle/cheer-Kyle-up/stab-Duncan-to-death-with-his-very-own-throwing-knifes-dilemma (thank you, Paul, for voicing the fans’ raging homicidal tendencies).

    I think that shows just how much thought Alex put into the characters’ reactions and personalities. They are realistic, and believable, and very, very human…and they say and ask just what any of us might have said and asked in the same scenario.

    I can imagine that, as an author, it may be hard not to rush on with the story, but to sit back and contemplate how to make the characters appear lifelike, even if that means to go in circles and repeat some minor points of the story, like Kyle probably being injured. He seemed physically unharmed to me, and I would not have thought of any invisible wounds…physical ones, that is, so I would not have given it any more thought. Still, it makes perfectly sense for the group to be worried about just that. The same goes for Alex taking the time to pick up on loose ends and making Spooky actually check for magical residues. Probably not a major point, but something a few readers have been wondering about.

    Another point concerning realism is the way Duncan has been manipulating Kyle. I don’t know about the other fans, but when I have been re-reading the comic, I totally fell for Duncan again – although I KNEW what was going to happen. He’s just so damned charming and…tasty…ahem.

    Kudos to Alex – when the readers’ and characters’ reactions concur, you know you have been writing as if we were watching a real-life drama unfold. And on top of being totally believable, the comic is also thrilling, exciting, sexy, funny, full of suspense…and the very best every Saturday and (in the near future) Wednesday has to offer 🙂 Thank you!

    • Thank you, purplefoxglove! I actually put a lot of thought into making sure the characters have realistic reactions to what’s going on. (My personal mantra for genre fiction is “The situation can be as extraordinary as you want so long as the characters’s reactions to what is going on feels real.”)

      This includes having Spooky take a page to do a full-body scan. It also means that while Kyle can be cheered up, it doesn’t mean that he’ll be instantly OK from that point on, the moment he’s able to smile. In my experience, when dealing with any kind of trauma or grief, the feelings hit you in waves and are rarely overcome forever the first time you get relief.

      I know that that kind of story-telling is going to work more for some people than others so I’m glad to hear that what I’m trying to do is working for you. (And even in my own stories, there are certainly limits after which a character beat loses its impact and juice and I am likely to reach those limits far more quickly than they would in real life—but I at least want to create a realistic “feel” of those waves I was talking about.)

      You’ll sometimes see in the comments here “Well, you could have totally skipped over those five pages of character interaction!” And that’s true. In fact, when it comes to telling a story, you can skip over pretty much anything. I could have gone right from Kyle on the bed at the end of Chapter 2 directly to Kyle facing the entire team after Spooky, Flyboy and Fluke had already picked him up. I could have started Chapter 2 with the sex skipping the pre-sex chatter. I could even have skipped the entire Chapter 2 date and Hell Scene and only made reference to the events in flashback or even just in conversation. All of these are valid story-telling choice, IMHO.

      By my lights, what you leave out is just as important as what you choose to show and so it ultimately comes down to what the author finds interesting, what gives them “juice.” I like exploring the power of friendship. I like banter. I like trying to understand how we come to terms with pain and loss and how we might become stronger and kinder for it. For me, these character interactions are just as interesting to me as whether The Annihilator’s evil plans reach their fruition. YMMV, but as a creator, I like taking the time to get to know these guys through having them process an event like this together and taking enough time so it feels real, so you’re likely to see a lot more of this kind of thing in this comic.

      My focus on trying to create realistic character interactions is not for everyone, I do understand that. But I’m glad to hear it’s working for you. 🙂

      • purplefoxglove

        It’s not only working, it is one of the points that, to me, make TYP one of the best comics I’ve ever read. I always loved it when a story took time to display the characters’ traits and show the dynamics between them. It makes me feel as if I knew them personally, and puts me right in the middle of the action. IMHO, you’re setting the story to just the right pace.

        Had you left out the beginning of chapter 3, we would have missed crucial parts of Kyle and his friends coping with the situation. The pre-sex chatter was absolutely necessary for making the trust Kyle put in Duncan believable…experiencing everything with Kyle just made everything very real for me, and later on, less explications to the whys and whats will be needed because we simply were there with him.

        Plus, this pace makes the comment board explode with theories and discussions – which rocks 🙂

      • Frater Gymnos

        I am consistently grateful that you are able to reveal character in everything the characters do – I’m writing a sex scene for a future graphic novel and I realized – i didn’t know these people well enough to know what they liked or didn’t like. I need to know more about my characters so the sex is an outgrowth of the personalities rather than just “put a porn scene here)! Back to the drawing board for me!

        • For me, I’ve often found that sex scenes can reveal a lot about character personality. What a character likes, wouldn’t touch with a ten foot poll. Sometimes a character learns what he or she likes within that very scene, something that the character didn’t know before hand, even an experienced character.

          Edit: Granted I’m not writing a graphic novel, but this is what I’ve learned, for me, while writing.

        • For me, the sex in stories isn’t really sexy unless I have a real feeling for who the participants are. It’s one of the reasons why conventional porn usually leaves me icy cold.

          If I’ve given you some juice to let your readers get to know the characters more before the sex scene, then that’s awesome. 🙂

          • I so completely agree… ‘Fade-to-Black’ vs the most ‘On-Page’ types of erotica are equally fine and exciting… if we care about the participants.

            Without that… we readers have nothing.

            I also believe part of what works so well in your work, is that your choices, in ‘what’ and ‘how much’ you share directly, feels good to you. I think that’s essential for an author. Trust me, we will fill in ‘details’ just fine, as long as you give us that launch pad.

            Oh dear, when I’m into rocket euphemisms, it’s time to stop. 🙂

      • Thank you for this Alex. It is always a real treat to have the author talk about his/her process and what they find important and essential to making it work.

        I think the fact that you are aware of your audience, but never sacrificing your own personal, closely held, goals is a big part of what makes this story (and ARTIFICE) so compelling.

        Thank you for sharing and for the exciting story telling.

      • Sarah314159

        I love the character development. It’s what’s kept me reading something that I initially looked at just for a turn-on–why I’m still totally engaged now that there’s no sexy stuff going on. These characters seem very real, and the friendships between the team members are heartwarming in a totally believable (never sappy) way. It makes me feel good to see how these guys care about each other. I’ve started to care about them myself, and want to see how they get through this as *people* as well as superheroes.

  • Denise Cruz

    I’m thinking about what Kyle said at at panel 2: ‘You KNOW, BETTER THAN ANYONE what that means.’
    It’s pretty clear that Spooky knows much more than everyone else, but it seems like Kyle knows something about him that WE DON’T… Do the other guys know that too?!

    • Valja

      I’m curious as well, maybe he’s a sorcerer and a demonologist and fights demons to gain control over them and consequently evoke them?
      By the way, I just LOVE Spooks’ carefree attitude! The “shrug” in panel 5, that EPIC panel 7… I bet he’s the type of guy who, in case of a massive invasion of demons and the conversion of Earth into a flaming hot living Hell, would pull the meat out of the freezer and say: “Barbecue for everyone!!”

      • Denise Cruz

        XD I do love Spooky, too! Everything about him! He is, indeed, a great mystery for all of us. At least, untill right now.

        Yeah! He could fight demons to get control over them; But, what he’d need to be, to perform this kind of thing?!
        A simple demonologist wouldn’t have such a strenght, I think…

        I still believe that he’s also ‘half-something-else’.
        He always knows/understands everything around them; he handles things with such a quiet /balanced attitude AND he insists that Kyle is STILL his friend; even when the kid himself is freaking out about being a ‘half-demon’.

        If Spooky isn’t also a ‘half-something’, I don’t know how to explain all of that…
        Ofcourse, he could be insisting about their friendship exactly because he always fought demons and he doesn’t want to fight Kyle; so he may be assuring him that, but, even so…
        Who the heck is that boy?! (The question of a million dollars. XDD)

        • Valja

          Mmmh about him being a half-something, you know, you’re pretty convincing! xD

          • Denise Cruz

            lol Sorry! I do tend to think too much when I’m curious/ excited … ^v^

  • So true!! lol

  • Valja

    Now I’m dying to know two things.
    First: since Spooks said “..a king of hell” and not “the”, (if my knowledge of the english language isn’t failing me) just how many kings are there? And if there’s more than one, does Lampy plan to organize a big happy party together with his colleagues when he invades us, or he’d rather keep the Earth conquest for himself and his close servants (and family, right Kyle?)? And if he plans not to involve the other kings, how will they take this? I’m sure they’d be quite *coff* offended if left behind. Usually an offended demon is a running-amuck demon.
    Second: what’s Anni doing right now? I’m sooo dying to see it! Is he at least a little overcome by remorse? What’s he planning? Did he know who exactly he was pissing off? That Kyle is nontheless the son of the supreme big boss? And what does Sircea have to say about all this?
    K’, I’ll stop here. I’m getting myself on my nerves with all these questions ^^”

    • davefragments

      Lucifer, the leader of the fallen angels, is called “King of Babylon” in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament.
      He was a Seraphim, the highest of the ranks of angels and the keepers of the throne of God.

      In Matthew (12: 24-30) Jesus calls Satan a “king” indirectly but the reference is unmistakeable.

      This is the Satan of Christianity. Laampros is apparently one of the higher angels who rebelled and was cast out of heaven with Lucifer.

      • davefragments

        Curses to DISQUS for not letting me edit that.

        There is no reason for Alex W. to follow these myths (I want to say something other than myths because that sounds disrespectful but there isn’t a better word. I don’t mean any lack of respect.)

        • EyeDontNo

          Possible ‘better’ word: references. Or maybe sources.
          doesn’t mater; I’m sure we understand your meaning.

      • Randy Patton

        Nice background information.

      • Valja

        Yeah, I know a little bit about Satan/Lucifer being called a king in some scriptures (though I admit I didn’t remember the Babylon thing) and that’s why the question came to my mind, since in the beginning I imagined Laampy as an alter ego to Lucifer, but the sentence “a king” threw me off. I guess, as you said below, that Alex may have reinvented a complete universe 🙂 I’m so curious!

  • Valja

    Well said! And also how often Demons become Demon Hunters themselves! xD

  • Amber Rose

    To be more accurate, Kyle’s friends fight EVIL. Maybe most of that evil is demonic, but that doesn’t mean they have to be.

  • Adam Irving

    Love the development…and this page makes me more curious about the other heroes, realizing a lot of the story has been devoted to Kyle so far. I mean, he IS the main character after all, but still. This panel, heck, this entire comic, does a great job of giving essential information to further the story without devolving into exposition. It’d be easy (and tempting) to give a lot of backstory, perhaps, but it would rob the tempo. I like how this page particularly conveys the familiarity of friendship. All three know things about each other that we do not, yet don’t stop to explain everything up front.

    Or, the short version: thanks for not breaking the fourth wall.

    • Klaus

      I friend is someone who knows you well, but who likes you anyway.

      • Valja

        …..and is still always ready to dress you down when you make a mistake 🙂 Because he cares about you

  • I risked frozen fingers and toes to take some pictures of the sunset tonight. I was going to post them sooner, but I think I crashed firefox again….

    and before I could them up here I noticed something a little red alert in my gmail….I click on it and this is what I see:

  • Jamie Dutton

    Yay, I’m getting a bonus page on my birthday, too! (Feb 19th 🙂 I was hoping it would happen!

    • My birthday this year is on a Friday. No birthday bonus page for me. *pout*

      • silibub

        The page can be a late birthday gift! I’m lucky that my birthday’s on a Saturday this year — I’m curious to see how things have progressed by that point.

        • Ooh, good point. Mine’s on Aug 1st. Wonder where the comic will be then. 🙂

          • silibub

            Oh, yours is pretty far out! That’ll be fun, because who knows what might happen by then? Mine’s March 15, so we’ll still be in this chapter.

          • Yeah, got a bit of time before my birthday comes. I wonder if we can keep up the bonus surplus. If we do… himmm… Someone able to do the math on that? lol

          • Your birthday is a week after mine!

          • So a Leo?

          • Yep. Though in some books they put me in the “cusp” (transitional period?) which means I have some traits of the crab as well as the lion.

          • It all depends on the time. Some say there is no actual cusp because of that aspect: that it becomes this one thing on this exact time. But who knows. It’s not an exact science. 😀

            But my rise is like that. It’s almost virgo.

          • I just remember reading something like that when I was in high school.

          • It all depends on the astrologer I guess.

  • Simba

    Oh camping day, oh camping day….~

    • Denise Cruz

      XDD I loved that! Love the song, too! XD
      Oh camping day, oh camping day… (rocking arms)

    • How lovely are new pages…

  • Shinashi

    I want to freaking marry Spook. Like this is all personality-wise now. Totally lovable.

    • Cydney Sabin

      I read that as you want to marry Spock. I need to go to bed…

  • Denise Cruz

    It’s not impossible… (thinking about) Alex does like surprising us!..

    But… would an angel insist that much about keeping a friendship with a half-demon guy?!

    I know! I do! Spooky is Spooky! XD He isn’t, by definition, a very orthodox guy. So… maybe?! 🙂

  • HPatGoF is on ABC Family……watching it just really reminds me of how much that movie SUCKS compared to the book (GoF is one of my most liked of the books). I absolutely HATE how they redid the tasks…..and I completely cannot stand how the did the maze. Where is the Sphinx with her riddle, and the gravity reversal, and the Blast-Ended Skrewt, and everything else that made the maze awesome? The movie maze is just hedges and mist….how boring is that?

    How long until they are able to remake the movies?

    • My favorite book was the Prisoner of Azkaban, but the movie was kinda Meh. And then later I never quite forgave JKR for killing off Sirius.

      • Book or movie? Because I remember being extremely confused the first time I saw the movie. The more I watched it the better it seemed to flow. I saw that one in the theater and remember leaving confused.

        • Ellen Harman

          The movies were all action no background that’s why people who did not read the book did not like the series. Without reading the book you would have no real background on the characters or how they developed as the series went on. They replaced Dobby in the tournament with Neville. While that was good for his character it left out the development of Dobby and why is was so heartbreaking when he died.

          • *sigh* Which is why I love ALL the books over the movies. I am eagerly awaiting for the remakes of the movies.

          • Steven K.

            That’s kind of why I was so disappointed and annoyed and frankly rather bored with the second installment of “The Hobbit” on film – all action and not much of anything else. They put in all kinds of fight scenes and action scenes where conflict didn’t occur in the story, put in various other elements that didn’t belong or exist, and left out other interesting things that did – all in the goal of added fight scenes or battles and romance that was never in the story. They even made a big battle after the escape in the barrels, plus had one of the dwarves (Fili or Kili – don’t remember which he was supposed to be) fall in love with one of the wood-elf warrior-maidens (a character that never appeared in the original). I did love the depiction of the wood-elf realm, and the bit of expansion of Gandalf’s encounter with the “Necromancer” (which at least is mentioned in the book), although Gandalf is supposed to have prevailed in that battle and driven him from Dol Guldur. But, on the whole, I found myself almost falling asleep several times, which is saying something because I dearly *LOVE* “The Hobbit”. Maybe many would think it’s cheesy, but, right now, after that second film installment, I think I love the old Rankin-Bass animated version better.

        • Yeah I was editing my post, realizing I didn’t specify which on, when you commented.

          I preferred the 3rd book to the 3rd movie. Which was why the 3rd book annoyed me, because there was so much more to that book than what they showed in the movie.

      • Steven K.

        Well, of course she also kills off the only gay character as well (and JKR only admitted in personal interviews and outside of making it explicit in the stories after all the books were published that she conceived Dumbledore as gay). Things are otherwise rather progressive – but I guess even more parents would have been in an uproar if such a popular book for young people contained (*GASP*!) an openly gay character, even though junior high and high school students are dealing with their own “alternative” sexuality everyday, and those of friends and classmates – it is something they live out and are exposed to all the time in real life. It would have been nice to take a stand and explicitly make the most powerful role-model for good in the books (other than Harry himself) gay – I think it could actually have helped many young people. As it is, it’s just dripping with young-person heterosexuality, so I don’t think a little gay content (at least among the aged) would have hurt.

        • I think were these books being written now, it would be different. The first book came out in ’97, closing in on 20 years ago. So much has happened in that stretch of time.

          • Steven K.

            That’s a good point.

          • I don’t think we always see the progress that’s made as we live each day. It’s only ever seen when we look back.

          • SofiaT

            I’m a huge JKR fan, not just as an author but as a person as well. She rocks hard and I’m not ashamed to admit I have a girl crush on her. I doubt that she’d allow something like the times or social taboos to get in the way of her writing something if she really wanted to (I believe that her books were burned in some American towns, so they were controversial to begin with anyway).

            I think that Dumbledore’s sexuality wasn’t mentioned in the books because it wasn’t relevant.
            Professor Mcgonagall’s sexual orientation isn’t mentioned either; why should it be? The books were following Harry and Harry’s goal was to defeat Voldermort, I don’t think he cared to discover his teachers’ sexual preferences. Although, to me (and I’m sure many other readers as well) it was quite obvious when reading the last book that Dumbledore and Grindelwald had been romantically involved. Harry didn’t pay attention to the undertones -or if he did he didn’t show it- because I don’t think it would make a difference to him if Dumbledore was gay or not. Whether he had lied to him was his problem…

            If JKR had gone out of her way to fit in the books that Dumbledore is gay, it would probably seem forced. Something doesn’t have to be in the books to be canon. Once the author has confirmed it, it’s still part of the Universe -and now we know for certain that the most badass wizard of all times just happened to be gay. He wasn’t “That Gay Wizard” that just happened to be badass. I personally like it better this way.

            As for him dying… I don’t think the “lets kill the gay character so the real hero can get the girl” formula applies here. If anything, it’s the “lets kill the mentor
            so the pupil can shine” formula. See Star Wars and Obi Wan Kenobi. And just like Obi Wan, Dumbledore is still badass even after he’s dead.

            …Wow. That was a whole essay, wasn’t it?

          • Well, it wasn’t definitely wasn’t stated outright in the books, but there were hints. If there hadn’t have been any hints, I would have been totally shocked that APWBD was gay, instead of “…..all those little things make sense now!”

          • SofiaT

            That’s why she was asked that question to begin with. People read the books and thought that there was evidence that Dumbledore was gay. They asked her if that was the case and she simply said “yes”.

            She didn’t go out of her way to make it obvious and she didn’t go out of her way to hide it because it doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t make Dumbledore any less awesome or more awesome, it’s just a tidbit of information that allows us to know more about him. That’s what book companions are for.

          • Heh, sometimes I have no problem picking up on the little hints and other times I have that “Oh yeah..” moment when some one else points it out. ^_^

          • The books here were burned because of the whole witch/wizard/magic thing being considered in some circles to be The Evil. 😐

            I’m not certain how things would have been perceived had any character’s sexuality been stated to be gay. At least in this country.

            That said. You’re right, it doesn’t and didn’t matter what any of the character’s sexuality are/were, it doesn’t change them as characters, it didn’t define them as characters or the type of characters they portrayed as it doesn’t define an individual in real life. Nor was there any reason to mention it or go out of her way to do it.

            But were these books being written now, there is a possibility that such a thing might be mentioned, fitted in so that it didn’t appear out of the way, then again it might not be because as you stated it didn’t matter and the books were/are about Harry.

            Though I’m sure she held off saying anything regarding Dumbledore’s sexuality, because had she said anything…we’re back to the point in my first paragraph. At least in this country. Because when she answered that question, there was a whole flurry of angry people here. :

          • Funnily enough that is actually how the series came to my attention! The huge negative outpouring over it and people claiming it would make you worship the devil……I was like, “Heck, if it has all these religious nuts in an uproar it must be something good!” ^_^

            And there have been MANY a great book that has at one time been banned. ^_^

            *edit* And that Laura person I think should have been locked up for the safety of everyone……

          • Very true. 🙂 I was in the midst of reading it when I heard the hubbub. I never quite understood that.

          • SofiaT

            Angry people will be angry, nothing we can do about that other than shrug and ignore them. 🙂

            You’re probably right -maybe she’d add it, maybe she wouldn’t. And there are always the editors to consider too. She wasn’t self-published like Alex is, she doesn’t get the final say in what goes in the books and what doesn’t. Although her popularity and marketability does get her a lot of leeway.

            I just like that she answered the question, simply and very close to the release of the last book -she wasn’t coy about it and she didn’t wait years to let us know, in a companion for the 20th anniversary or something. If she didn’t want to put it in the books because it would affect the sales, she wouldn’t have said something so close to its release either, the way I see it.

          • Well yes. I’m thrilled she answered the question. If people have a problem, well it sucks to be them.

            It is one of the pluses of being self-published, to control the content of the work. 🙂

          • SofiaT

            What I wrote above, about her letting us know in 20 years or so, reminded me of an article I read recently.
            Apparently Ben-Hur was written as a gay character -and everyone was told when given the script except Charlton Heston. The director didn’t think Heston would react very well to finding out.

            Rock Hudson was actually first offered the role and he refused it because it was too close to home.

          • Poor Rock Hudson. It always saddens me thinking about such things.

          • SofiaT

            Yeah. Although I get more angry when I think of Alan Turing or Konstantinos Kavafis. So much potential gone to waste. Geniuses punished instead of celebrated.

          • Oh indeed, indeed.

          • SofiaT

            P.S.: ’97 was almost 20 years ago???
            Shit. I’m one of those people who think that 1990 was 10 years ago…

          • It wasn’t? It was just yesterday right?

          • Well yes, me too! I had to think about it for a moment. I can’t believe that so much time has gone by.

    • Ellen Harman

      I actually liked all the books. My problem with the movies was all the gave you was the action scenes, none of the substance needed to fill out the characters.
      I wished she had left Severus live. He would have been free finally no longer controlled by either side. And how about Remus and Tonks both dying and both Creevy bothers. And yet the only Weasly that died was Fred. What made that family so special? The only surviving light Blacks were Andromeda and baby Teddy, even the Malfoys made it out alive and intact.

      • …..Of course the Malfoys made it out alive, despite their “loyalty” to Voldemort, they value first and foremost their own lives. Cowardly, wimpy….(fill in your own words)

        ………Heh, just had a thought, how many people are magically bound to Harry magically for directly saving their lives….there are most of the Weasleys, Draco, Wormtail (until death), (and crap my brain won’t let me remember any others)

        • Ellen Harman

          I think it will be at least 10 years till they even contemplate any remakes. That will be the next generation and people may be willing to sit for longer movies. If they follow the books more then it will make them even longer than they were. It will also improve the special effects though that may make it wait 20 years like Star Wars did.

          • I think that won’t be a problem, because most of the people I know are/were already complaining that the movies weren’t long enough.

          • Ellen Harman

            Maybe when they do instead of 8 movies it will be 17 or 18. Two for the first 6 books and 3 or 4 for the last. Though they did not leave as much out of the 7th book as they did the others. The 8th move was pretty close to the book, of course is was all action so they would put more in.

          • Though I think I could do without the hug between Voldemort and Harry where it looks like they are about to kiss before going over the wall. That seen was sooo disturbing. So very disturbing…..

          • Michael

            Regarding remakes, I think it would be a mistake to remake it as a movie series, a weekly television series would probably be better, like they did with Game of Thrones. The format lends itself to the structure of the novels much better.

          • ……That might not be such a bad idea……I think I like it.

            I think I like it…..a lot.

          • This would be pretty cool. I was thinking it could also be done in an animated setting as well.

    • As much as I love cats and kittens……Umbridge makes them creepy.

      Seriously, those plates of hers are really kind of creepy.

  • *Yawns constantly*

    Made it.. getting out of bed was hard. I need Spooky to be around for some magical healing.. and getting me a cup of hot chocolate ;D

    • Morning Danish!

      • Morning *Yawns again*

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Mmm…morning danish…

        • Ha! Which flavor?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I was thinking cherry but then I realized I was mixing up danishes with strudel.

          • Mmm…strudel. But cherry danish and cherry strudel are both good!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh good! Yum!

    • Sapfo

      Good morning Danish. Sorry Spooky is busy right now..mmm…. but he might…yes, thats the spot…. come over to you later

      • Sapfo!!!!!!

        • Sapfo

          Did I say to much?

          • I am just happy to see you. ^_^ I was wondering if you were going to be back in time.

      • And a Good Morning to you as well!

        • Sapfo

          Good morning AJ ^_^

      • silibub

        *walks into room with muffin tray*

        ………*backs out slowly*

        • Sapfo


          But I wanted on of thouse muffins.

          • silibub

            Oh! Well…*chucks one into the room from the hallway*

          • *holds pot of coffee and cups around door way.* I’m not peeking.

          • Sapfo

            But I have clothes on. I just got my back scratched. What did you think I did?
            Dirty minds! XP

          • You’re talking to people on an erotic gay webcomic… Of course we have dirty minds. XD

          • Sapfo

            And I like messing with people. And you know that 😉

          • It’s why we love you so dearly! 🙂

      • Humpf.. really now. Well you’re just making sure I’m not leaving the seat for anything this morning before the page is up.. I don’t think I can move xD

        • Sapfo

          You love me. Admit it 😀

          • I’m gracefully sharing.. isn’t that enough? 😉

          • Sapfo

            I take what I can get.
            Give me an hand and I take your arm 🙂

    • Morning!

    • He gives a mean foot rub too… 🙂

      • Sapfo

        There see @DanishWolf:disqus, nothing dirty at all. 🙂

        • Depends on how it’s done :-p

          • Sapfo

            I know! XD

      • *Groans* I need him to be real. With my bad feet I could so use one every day after work. Getting home is a pain in the ..uhm feet in this case 😉

        (again why I question my sanity for planning to start a weekly training too)

        • If you believe hard enough… he will become real. He does know magic, after all.

          • Wohooo! I do believe in Spooky, I do, I do *claps*

          • Sapfo

            Do you have your rubyshoes?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            *claps fervently with you*

          • Sapfo

            There is no place like Spookys place! >___<
            Are we there? ^_^

      • purplefoxglove

        Tell him I’m willing to make a deal: a foot rub in exchange for a massage with singing bowls.

        • Something tells me he would take you up on that. 🙂

          • purplefoxglove


  • *Stretches and yawns again*

    Jesus christ! And I plan to start training once or twice a week after work. I work 6 days a week for the next 12 weeks (another cleaning job on sundays).. I must have lost my mind >.>

  • Sapfo

    Btw, I got a game. Want to play?

    Quiz or whatever you may call it
    So how would you answer these questions?

    How you found TYP:

    Where you’re from:

    Favorite character:

    Favorite page:

    Which character you’re most like:

    Which character you wish was real:

    What character scares your testicles/uterus:

    Best TYP quote:

    This was my reply

    How you found TYP: It found me 😉

    Where you’re from: My sofa (but also Swe)

    Favorite character: Spooky right now.

    Favorite page: Do I have to choose? Okay I will.

    Which character you’re most like: Apperently Spooky XD Thank you Denise ♥ You made my week.

    Which character you wish was real: George ¤

    What character scares your testicles/uterus: Laampros…… o.o

    Best TYP quote: “Before you put your suit on, I want to check you over….”
    Yes, I have a dirty mind and I love it

    • Madock345

      It showed up in an ad on another comic I liked, I can’t remember which. Probably Grrlpower or Pictures of You.

      Hard to answer, I’ve moved around a lot. Currently attending college in northern mississippi.

      The Annihilator. I Love a good villain, and the subtle, plotting kind are the best.

      Favorite page? Damn, I don’t know. Probably This one: just because it looks so incredibly awesome.

      Probably Fluke, we’re a lot a like. Sense of humor, but not a clown like Spooky. Plus a little too serious sometimes.


      The Platinum Priestess scares my testicles. She seems like she would be a heavy Dom type. Scary bondage and shit. I’m guessing that’s where Annie got his trick with the fire.

      Quote: That tickles! Like… A Lot! Um, even on the inside!


      • Sapfo

        That is a really good page. I love fire!

    • silibub

      Ooh, I’ll play!

      How I found TYP: I followed an ad on…Teahouse? I think? Best decision ever!

      Where I’m from: St. Louis

      Favorite character: (do you have to ask) Sircea! But out of the characters who have had more development…I’m gonna say Duncan for now.

      Favorite page:

      Character I’m most like: Saying Spooky feels sort of self-congratulatory, but I guess he’s the best fit as far as I can tell. Maybe a bit more Sircea on my meaner days, haha!

      Character I wish was real: (inarticulate mumbling) My body says Sircea but my brain tells me that would be bad for reality.

      Character that scares my uterus: Hunter the Cyborg!

      Best quote: “Young man, may I have your permission to put you in some nice clothes, or do we have to talk about it for the next 20 minutes?” Love it.

      • Sapfo

        Daring Fav page Sili 🙂

        • silibub

          It haunts me in the best way — I really get chills when I reread it, because on the one hand Duncan’s in kind of a vulnerable place emotionally, but on the other hand that almost makes him more menacing because of what he’s willing to do to stomp out that “weakness.”

      • SofiaT

        When deciding on my favourite page, I was between the one I ended up choosing, the one you did and this one:

        Can you tell I have a thing for Duncan showing emotion? XD

    • Cydney Sabin

      How I found it? I really don’t remember. I found Artifice first; I remember that much.

      Where I’m from? Oh, Nort Dakoota dontcha know?

      Favorite character? Kyle. He’s just too freaking adorable.

      Favorite page? ALL OF THEM!!

      Character I’m most like? Spooky. Hands down.

      I just wish all of them were real. Yes, even the villains.

      And Laampros scares my testimicals off.

      Best quote is hands down: “That you’re a big ‘mo and the son of Satan? Oh, yeah, I got the 411.”

      • Madock345

        Funny story: I also discovered Artifice first, but I discovered them totally separately. I got on board with Artifice when it was about half way through, and then when it was done I stopped, I somehow missed the memo that Alex was doing another comic. A few months later, I saw an ad for TYP and ended up back here. Was pretty surprised when I realized it was the same guy doing them.

        • Cydney Sabin

          I discovered Artifice about the time that Fluke was discovering that one… infamous…. website. I remember finding TYP right after, because I remember the suspense of having to wait two whole days to find out what they were going all wide-eyed over.

      • Steven K.

        I have to agree on the Kyle is “just too freaking adorable” part. Mitch is almost tied with him though.

    • Heh

      Yaay! Let me play!

      How you found TYP: I <3 yaoi 911

      Where you're from: The dark side of the internet ( also Brazil )

      Favorite character: Fluke all the way!

      Favorite page:

      Which character you're most like: Spooky, i guess!

      Which character you wish was real: Well, Sircea. DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT SHE CAN DO AT ALL? NEITHER DO I! Thats fascinating! Her powers are like spooky's and seem very flexible in nature, and it would be so awesome if we could have a real priestess here. ( Even if she is a little on the evil side )

      What character scares your testicles/uterus: Laampros. You cannot see what is in that demon's mind. YOU SIMPLY CANNOT.

      Best TYP quote: " Would you like to use my cel? I got unlimited minutes… "

      • Sapfo

        Fav page. Hi I like things that falls to. We got a lot incommen. 🙂

        • Heh

          I like how easily duncan do all those flips too.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      How you found TYP: Hmm, how *did* I find this? I think I may have come across a webcomics rec list that somebody compiled, but I no longer remember who it was.

      Where you’re from: Ohio, USA

      Favorite character: Don’t make me choose! I guess if I were really pressed I’d say it’s a tie between Spooky and Paul/Fluke (although Mitch, Kyle, and the Commander/Amanda are very close as well). I find all of the characters fascinating so I like them a lot from that perspective, even if I’m not very happy with what it is they’re *doing.*

      Favorite page:

      Which character you’re most like: Paul

      Which character you wish was real: Spooky!

      What character scares your testicles/uterus: The Platinum Priestess – I would *not* want to go up against her!

      Best TYP quote: “It would just be a very *small* demon!”

      • Sapfo

        It is a good quot. Spooky is good, belive in the Spooky XD

    • This is a really fun game for me to follow. I love reading your answers. 😀

      • Sapfo

        Thank you Alex. Games should be fun for everyone. 🙂

    • davefragments

      I found ARTIFICE at the first page and I can’t remember why I was searching the web. Possibly off OGLAF. Then I followed to TYP.

      I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Nowadays I live in the countryside nearby.

      Kyle is my favorite character

      Favorite page: The warehouse and the explosion into hades. Also, the great flower explosion when Kyle is invisible.

      I’m not that introspective that I could say who I’m like.

      THe real one: Spooky.

      Sircea scares me. She’s the cypher in all of this. The unknown quantity.

      Best TYP quote: too many

    • Eve

      How you found TYP: I found Artifice first, but I forget how.

      Where you’re from: Tennessee, but I don’t speak country. Well, TOO country.

      Favorite character: Kyle I love his naivety! Spooky is a close second.

      Favorite page:

      The look on Paul’s face is priceless and it was so good to see Kyle laugh again!

      Which character you’re most like: Paul and I both have the mother hen gene.

      Which character you wish was real: I wish Spooky was real, because he would get along so well with my husband! I can see them drinking the night away.

      What character scares your uterus: Sircea, hands down. She’s diabolical, manipulative, and I have a feeling she could give Anni a run for his money.

      Best TYP quote: “That you’re a big ‘mo and the son of Satan? Oh yeah, I got the 411.”

    • Ellen Harman

      Clicked on the ad in Teahouse,
      From cental PA
      Favorite character George of course
      Page is chapter 2 pg 45
      Most like Kyle too trusting
      I would like Flyboy to be real like to see someone fly
      The bounty hunters they don’t seem to care about collateral damage
      best quote Lampt to Kyle “my son” very vader

      sorry using my tablet and typing with one finger

      • Sapfo

        Oh I forgot about the bounty hunters. They are scary.

      • I went to college in central PA!

        • Ellen Harman

          Which one there are 4 around where I live.

    • I love that your fave page is Mitch finding the site. ^_^

      • Sapfo

        It was hard. But i really do like Mitch. He reminds me of 15 year old me. 😉

    • Now that the new page is up, I can answer this and not be distracted 🙂

      How you found TYP: I read it from page 1 since I already read Artifice, and Alex started this before ending that. I found Artifice, probably through Teahouse. Can’t remember exactly, but I was reading since the the first few pages.

      Where you’re from: Denmark

      Favorite character: Despite what some might guess, I’m going to say Kyle. Alex wanting to tell Kyle’s story is what gave us the comic, so no other than him can be my fave 🙂

      Favorite page: Can’t say just one. The new page (19) is way up there towards the top.

      Which character you’re most like: I would say I’m a mix of Spooky and Paul (or Commander) but sometimes see a lot of Kyle in myself too.

      Which character you wish was real: Hands down.. Spooky, but that probably can’t surprise many 😉

      What character scares your testicles/uterus: Clave (isn’t that what we named the key?) Come on. It can open the gates of hell and unleash demons on earth! If we talk a ‘living character’.. Laampy.

      Best TYP quote: To mention one of them..
      ‘Real sex is about tryly being with someone. Completelyly with no barriers. It’s about letting go.’

      I have too many, would need a ‘Favorite 10’ – or 25. *looking through some of my faves *..or more like a Favorite 50.
      ‘It would just be a very small demon’ would be on the list as one of my fave funny quotes.

      • Sapfo

        Yes Danish, the keys name is Clave.

        So you do it now, chicken ;D
        Well You did get the virgin so I understand why you waited.

        Thank you for playng 🙂

    • How you found TYP: I think through a link on Starfighter

      Where you’re from: I was born in California.

      Favorite character: Mitch

      Favorite page: I was going to post links but then my list got too long.





      2-1 to 2-5 for the amazing sunset


      2-36 & 37

      2-41 & 42


      3-3 & 4

      3-6 & 7





      Which character you’re most like: I am thinking I am going to go with Mitch. At least somewhat smart, curious, promising not to do something with fingers crossed (curiosity WILL, 9 times out of 10, get the better of me), and usually getting left behind by my friends.

      Which character you wish was real: Mitch

      What character scares your testicles/uterus: Hunter. He is worst of the stupid jock/asshole military type. Not only does he use nasty guns and rocket launchers, but he also doesn’t give a flying f*** who he hurts.

      Best TYP quote:

      Spooky – “I would totally be the one on top.”
      Commander – “My biggest fantasy is that all of you actually manage to shower on the same day.”
      Commander – “I could break you in half Magic Boy.”
      Spooky – “It would just be a very small demon.”
      Flyboy – “I’ll make sure he doesn’t come back.”
      Spooky – “That you’re the big ‘mo and the son of Satan? Yeah, I got the 411.”
      Spooky – “There are lots of ways to get people to do things, including saying yes.”
      Spooky – “Well, I’d maybe leave that last one off your personals profile…”

      • Sapfo

        Yes,I agree. There are to many pages to really choose just one as a favorit. And Mitch is so cute. My 15 year old self would mind tapping that 😉

        • Were I 15 again, yeah, I’d be all over Mitch. Of course thinking about that as the age I am now, despite it being my 15 year old self… I feel pervy. 🙂

        • Oh, and P-22 is on there because it reminds me a little of what Jareth told Sarah.

          I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for *you*! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations. Isn’t that generous?

    • SofiaT

      How you found TYP: The day was July 24, 2013. I was home and bored, had run out of webcomics to read and followed a link to the best 100 comics I found on google. I browsed through a few but none held my interest till I saw the “Superhero. Supervillain. It’s complicated” banner (don’t remember where but I think it was Teahouse) and clicked on it. I was hooked.

      Where you’re from: Born and raised in Athens, Greece. But I consider myself a citizen of the world 🙂

      Favorite character: Duncan. I love his complexity and many layers.

      Favorite page: The last page of Chapter 2. Minimal dialogue, extremely powerful impact on the reader. The kind of page that reminds you comics can be a wonderful medium to tell a story and convey emotion without too much fuss.

      Which character you’re most like: Fluke. I am caring and in a way maternal when it comes to the people I love, but tough with them as well. I also have little patience for stupidity and would defend my friends fiercely.

      Which character you wish was real: Kyle. The world could use someone like him.

      What character scares your testicles/uterus: Laampros. You don’t become a King of Hell by being a nice guy.

      Best TYP quote: “I became the most powerful and feared supervillain on the planet. After that, the “gay thing” didn’t seem to matter so much.”

      • Sapfo

        Super mod and super fan Sofia. ^_^

        For you I hope Duncan will turn out to be the true anti-hero (save some of the day) and maybe even be forgiven by Kyle.
        I’m impressed that you remember exactly the day.
        Since I first found Alex through Artifice, I can not say I found it, because TYP really did find me. 😉

        • SofiaT

          Heh. I only know the day because after I spent the night reading TYP and Artifice, I subscribed to receive the updates (and Alex’s other comics on pdf) and I still got the welcome email 🙂

          • Sapfo

            That´s cute!
            I never subscribed. I am here so often anyway so I do not feel the need to do so.

    • Now that my brain seems to be in working order… 🙂

      How you found TYP: I kept seeing the ad for The Young Protectors and I could no longer resist the “It’s complicated” I mean Superhero and a Supervillain attempting a relationship? How could I stay away.

      Where you’re from: California

      Favorite character: At this point it’s Spooky.

      Favorite page: This one. How could it not be seeing Kyle struttin’ after getting his first kiss.

      Which character you’re most like: Probably Fluke. The worry wart that he is.

      Which character you wish was real: Team TYP for more than one reason.

      What character scares your testicles/uterus: That would be George. Staring and staring and staring.

      Best TYP quote: “It’s even stupider than you thinking a guy called The Annihilator would be a fun date”

      • Sapfo

        Must say this game was fun. Will probably have to reado it on another camping, but with some other questions.

        And I would probably also do if one of my answers (while I keep my old one).

        How did TYP find me?

        My previous answer is not so far from the truth. I was completely engrossed in admiring two men who tried to overcome their problems. Yes, Deacon and Jeff. My favorite boys kissing and action, trying to surviv. It was warm, it was hot, it was sexy and then this red head walks in….. What?!

        Anyway,My boys was running with weapons raised…. Okay, what is it you want, I am very busy here…. Yes, i might like you later but right now I am watching my boys how have just gotten away…. And I was in mourn because my fav webcomic has ended…HELLO! SuperHero and SupeVilain Kissing… I can digg this! ^_^

        And that is the true story of how I met the young protectors.

        • Staring and staring and staring… O.O Staring. Just staring. How do you escape it? Any time you turn around. Staring. 😀

          It was a great game. Seeing which pages people liked, their fav character etc. How they found TYP.

          • Sapfo

            I did have few more question from the beginning. but I removed them. Did not want to have to many in one go.
            So maybe I will do this again in a few week.

            Sapfo staring, staring and staring o_o

          • But at least you blink on occasion. 🙂

            I do think that a few questions at a time is good. Too many and it can become a little overwhelming.

          • Sapfo

            You don´t actually know that 😉
            Darn it I blinked.

            It did take people longer to answer than I thought. I did i quiet fast myself, but then I knew the questions before hand. XD
            It is hard to say what it so much or to little. And what questions to ask without starting a fight with someone. (a problem that is not very commen here. but do happen at TH more often then I like)

          • And here I was about to ask: Or do you blink? Glad to know you do. 😛

  • Steven K.

    I’m surprised no one so far has commented on Kyle’s pubic-area suit topography (i.e., “bulge”).

    • Sapfo

      Codpiece! Gotta keep valuables safe. 🙂

    • Steven K.

      It would appear he tucks his, well, for Kyle, let’s call it his “candle”, down over his ‘nads rather than upward against his lower abdomen.

      • Cydney Sabin

        I always just figured it was a fold in the material over a built-in codpiece.

        • Steven K.

          That might be the logical safest explanation.

  • SofiaT

    I see that I made it in time for camping -but the Internet connection is patchy. *sigh*

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Welcome, and I hope your Internet connection holds up!

  • Cydney Sabin

    Umm… I could help point out a couple…

    • Please don’t let us stop you! 🙂

      • Cydney Sabin

        Just off the top of my head, I can think of Blue Exorcist and Inuyasha. If I wasn’t so tired, I’d probably be able to think of more.

    • SofiaT

      And not a minute too soon: I had just gotten a blanket and made myself comfortable on the couch on the upper floor where the internet connection is better.

      My super powers rock! 😀

  • Sapfo

    If anyone feel like watching a Livestreaming Hamlet is on the go right now. 🙂

  • Curt Clark

    Is it wrong that I’m kinda crushing on Spooks at this point?

    …yeah, it kind of is.