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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 25

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“Hell stuff,” my ass. They are so going to make out!

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So! Fluke’s ready to help Kyle find a nice boy. Spooky’s pulling Kyle aside for God knows what. (Don’t they have, like, a world to save?) And Flyboy has apparently flown the coop. What’s Spooky thinking?

Tune in this Wednesday to find out—for on that day, Spooky’s secrets are revealed! (At least one of them, anyway…) Hope to see you there!

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  • Hey Alex. Why do you always leave it on cliffhangers like this? 😛

    (Oh what? did I get the first comment?)

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Congratulations!!

      • I’m so confused! That never happens! (Mostly because I’ve been too busy to camp or do anything. I didn’t even camp today!)

        • It was a trick update *lol* The address for the site has changed from what it usually is, so adding a number as normal wasn’t enough.
          Now I wonder for the next page .. this address bar + the new page number, or the ‘usual’ address bar + a new number xD

          Hunting just got a notch more difficult.

          • Our Alex is keeping us on our TOES!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            It’s like we’re on the next level of a video game!

    • Congrats, Kinzie!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Either that, or a fake first comment that you sneakily cloned earlier… 🙂

      • I don’t have time/patience for that. I actually just followed the link from Facebook. Haha. I thought I would be joining an active convo. Pleasant surprise!

        • Holly

          I don’t think any of the Virgin Hunters use the facebook link, they just change the page number and update. So no one knew.

          HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS THOUGH! ^_^

          • Sapfo

            I was on twitter. But No virgin for me. -_-
            I will go play with SF virgin later.

          • I WILL TAKE YOUR HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS.
            (In my mind, you said that like Thor)

          • Holly

            Yeah twas my intention. XD

    • Jamie Dutton

      Did you get the V, Kinziechan?

      • Pfft, I got the V years ago. >_>
        <_<

        • Jamie Dutton

          Lol, I meant the page’s V.

  • Sapfo

    Let´s see now. Where are we, what are we doing…..

  • SofiaT

    Looks like Paul is gay and he likes Kyle…
    But right now I want to punch him. Good thing Spooky is there.

    • I’m with you sister!

    • silibub

      Hmm, maybe. And if he seems a bit oblivious, well, I guess at times like these it’s good to remember that he’s a year younger than Kyle. As practical as he’s been during this conversation, he definitely doesn’t have it all figured out. I’m enjoying the character nuance, even if he rubs me the wrong way a bit on this page…

      • I guess his luck can only take him so far before he steps in it. 😐

      • SofiaT

        He seems a bit too happy to rub it in that Kyle can “do better” than dating a villain.
        I smell jealousy in the air.

        • silibub

          Good point. He’s also (probably unintentionally) letting Kyle shoulder the blame, which is irksome. Hopefully part of what Spooky has to say is an assurance that being manipulated doesn’t make him responsible for this.

          • SofiaT

            Judging by the way he says “right”, I count on him to set things straight 🙂

          • silibub

            Yeah! It’s so odd to see Spooky look annoyed, you know? So you know it’s gonna be serious.

          • Donald Burch

            No, never “straight.” FORWARD! 😀

    • Saxon_Brenton

      So, what could Spooky want to talk about? ‘Kyle, now that you’ve created an inter-dimensional portal once it will become easier, so you’ll need training to avoid to it by accident’? Hmm, nope, I don’t think that’s a reason to send Fluke away. How about ‘Kyle, I’ve detected a spell placed on you by the Priestess to make it easier to spy on you’? No again for much the same reason, and besides Spooky would have already taken countermeasures. Well, unless someone comes up with a better idea, I guess ‘Kyle, Paul is gay too, but is even deeper in the closet than you were, be gentle with him’ will have to do as a placeholder until Alec inevitably reveals a plot twist that renders all our speculation futile…

      • stickfigurefairytales

        “Seriously, he’s so deep in the closet that he’s in frickin’ Narnia.”

      • SofiaT

        Nah, even if Spooky’s thoughts run along my own, he wouldn’t out Fluke like that.

      • How about

        ‘Kyle, every time you have an orgasm, you’re going to blow hole through hell and singe off George’s eyelashes…oh wait, that’s already been done.’

        ‘Kyle, every time you use fire on something, Annihilator is going to feel the burn all over again in his charred hand. You can try to time it when he jerks himself off.’

        ‘Kyle, I’m sorry to have to be the one to tell you but…we’re all gay and were wondering how to tell you about it. Why do you think we always shower together?’

        (okay, that last one didn’t use Hell as a subject but I wanted to bring out more beautiful young men with cascading water and soap suds)

        • ‘Kyle, every time you use fire on something, Annihilator is going to
          feel the burn all over again in his charred hand. You can try to time it
          when he jerks himself off.’

          THIS.

    • Jamie Dutton

      But seriously someone needs to reach over and firmly close Fluke’s mouth. Hand or mouth is fine, he just needs to stop talking now!

      • Sapfo

        I think it might be best be done with a pair of lips. Making him to lose breath. Get his heart to pounding hard. His skin feeling so warm under exploring fingers and a hint of a blush on his cheeks. Yes, Paul would not be able to speak after that. ^_^

        • I’m sure Chris would gladly volunteer

          • Sapfo

            Chris and many more. Paul will not be able to speak for weeks 😉

          • I would not volunteer, but him being silent for weeks has its appeal

          • Sounds like a plan!

    • Steven K.

      I had those reactions as well. Like Paul is rather obliquely coming out himself – and coming onto Kyle (no – not that way, but maybe that is something he’s hoping for in the future).

  • Sapfo

    YES! Spooky will take Kyle away and they will, hrmmm “Talk” ^_^

  • silibub

    Oh! OHHHH! I’m bouncing in my seat, here — maybe Spooky’s finally going to fill Kyle (and therefore us) in on some of his history…where maybe he got tangled up with a villain, too? *clutches hair* I’m so curious!

    • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

      I figure he’ll confess to having slept with Sircea under similar circumstances. Either that, or we’ll learn that the hellgate will only open for true love.

      • silibub

        I’m leaning toward past involvement with Sircea, myself, but maybe it’ll tie into “hell stuff” somehow. He had to learn about demons somewhere, and Sircea’s title makes me wonder exactly what/who she’s a priestess of — maybe Laampros himself.

        • David Welbourn

          Sircea’s name is so similar to Circe of Greek mythology, that I just assumed some connection to one of the Mediterranean pantheons. But yeah, there’s a lot of stuff we don’t know about our cast. I suppose, if something matters, it’ll come up in the story. We’ll just have to wait and see.

          • silibub

            I think it’s telling that Circe is famous for turning men into pigs.

            I’m not terribly informed when it comes to ancient Greek religious practices, but a priestess would serve in a deity’s temple, which is why I figured someone who calls herself the Platinum Priestess might serve a demon king. Priestess doesn’t have any particular magical connotation, so I thought it was an interesting choice of title for a magic user.

      • Steven K.

        Hmmmm….that second option would be an interesting turn to ponder.

    • SofiaT

      If our suspicions of Spooky having previous interactions with Sircea similar to those Kyle had with Duncan are correct, now it would be the time to say it 🙂

  • Holly

    THE CODE WAS DIFFERENT FROM THE LAST PAGE! >_<

  • DarkJokerOfAmuro

    hey Alex there’s a typo…. you spelled Frest Start instead of Fresh Start…other than that great page 😛

    • Heh. Just one of those days. I’ll fix that. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

      • silibub

        Aw, other things to worry about today! I didn’t even notice — that was a good catch.

        • Sapfo

          One of the few good things about dyslexia. I do not always see typos but my brain reads it right anyway 😉

  • mogoskier

    Paul really needs to learn tack and how to read facial expressions.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      *tact – But I agree.

    • That’s the word I was looking for! Tact, Paul is lacking right now.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Goddammit, where is Mitch?!

  • Ok, Alex, the BF and I agree. You need some betas. 😉 We volunteer as tributes.

  • Holly

    “Hell Stuff” eh?

    Me thinks Spooky wants to talk about something else all together. Like how unintentionally callous Paul is being. OR other stuff. OR maybe it really is hell stuff. Who knows?

  • Holly

    Ugh imagine if the next page is Mitch talking to Paul with the others in the background, but we don’t know what Kyle and Spooky are talking about. And we NEVER FIND OUT. Or at least not for a while…

    • Errf. Please no!

    • bobbyjoeguy

      bite your tongue!

  • Heather Kallinger

    Oi, Fluke. Friend fail.

  • Sapfo

    It´s kind of funny that the first thought in my brain is “I can make a thousands naughty jokes with this page”. My second thought is “Please Spooky! Give us some really good information on the next page”

    My brain always prioritize smut first of all xD

  • mogoskier

    So who thinks the secret is sleeping with platinum priestess and he knows how it feels to be taken advantage of by a hot villain.

    • silibub

      It’s really possible. My feelings about it would be so conflicted!

  • Yay for secret secret revealing! Is it Wednesday yet?

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    Mitch disappeared again. 😐

    • Holly

      He’s just out of shot. He was several meters away, and this page is all very close up shots. He’s just off panel. ^_^

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        Or the whole thing is a Mitch-eye view. We are Mitch.

        • Holly

          *weird mental images* …okay O_O

          • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

            Or we could be that giant eyeball thing, the one you call George.

          • As Holly pointed out before! George staring across dimensions even if we can’t see him. Always staring.

          • Holly

            STARING TOGETHER! …though I can’t see beyond dimension. Damn glasses. *pouts*

          • silibub

            Pervy eyeball, watching everybody shower… *shakes fist*

          • Shower? How about watching everybody have sex?! The ultimate voyeur, George might be!

        • silibub

          *strums acoustic guitar* Aren’t we all kind of Mitch? At one point or another?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            …Dude.

  • I just love how everyone is mourning the loss of Mitch from this page.

    • Holly

      Well we’ve been waiting for his return for a while, and Wednesday we caught a glimpse, so we THOUGHT we’d see him today. ^_^

    • silibub

      Oh, wherefore art thou, Mitch? Miiiitch! *overdramatic wail*

      • Holly

        Technically, in Shakesperian Dialect, “wherefore art thou?” means “WHY are you?” not “where are you.”

        So he’s mitch because his parents named him so?

        • silibub

          Haha, I know! First thing that sprung to mind, though, so let’s say…why does he have to be Mitch, and therefore not prominent on this page?

          • Holly

            haha I like that

    • Jamie Dutton

      Not trying to diss any Flyboy fans here or anything, but I could really could care less if Mitch is in this page or not, cause Kyle looks so sad and tired in that first panel! Even his hair looks sad 🙁

      • silibub

        …Damn, it kind of does!

      • Holly

        OH MY GOD HIS HAIR DOES LOOK SAD!? How is that even a thing! *SLOW CLAPS ADAM AND VERONICA LIKE MAD*

        • Gen-i-us! *joins Holly with the slow clapping*

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Poor sad Kyle and his poor sad hair! 🙁

        • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

          Gingers–hated and feared by the world they have sworn to, oh never mind.

          • Holly

            I LOVE GINGERS! Many are quite sexy.

            Not all though. And then they assume you don’t like them because they are ginger. Very annoying…

          • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

            I think they still blame us for the Ginger Holocaust.

          • Holly

            What with the what now?

          • Adam Black

            thats probably ‘too soon’.
            maybe in another 100 years.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Personally, I’m waiting to see if the prediction made last page (by Sofia, IIRC) that Mitch wouldn’t last a minute before starting to ask awkward questions, comes true.

      • His hair is mourning the loss of his virginity and innocence.

  • Ravyn DeLevain

    I dunno. Fluke seems to be more into Kyle than Spooks is.

  • Adam Black

    @Alex Woolfson:disqus

    One day , i hope you call your own bluff on the tagline.
    Afterwards, you can display mock surprise, for us not accepting a spoiler straight up.

    • Sapfo

      Do you mean that he knows what is going to happen?

      I missed you. Hugs!

      • Me too, Mr. Black!

        • Adam Black

          thx.

      • Adam Black

        he just might.
        Do you think he’s good for “They are so going to make out!”?

        maybe one day he will spoonfeed us a ‘prediction’ that we don’t believe, but should.

        Thanks,
        I almost made camping. HUgs

        • Sapfo

          I am really hoping for a good makeout scene to come next. But Alex will not show me the script for the pages to come.

          Alex is our trickster-word-of-god. How knows what he will do.

          Btw, I got you a kilt for the bloody-hearts-day ^_~

          • Adam Black

            Maybe he will trade for Kilts?

            I didnt stab enough hearts today. Round some up ,so we may feast on them

          • Sapfo

            Chris and AJ was kind of getting a lot of hearts on the previous.
            But remember, I might have a tough heart. Please don´t hurt it. It´s the only one I got.

            Here is AJ´s heart link.

            http://www.redwombatstudio.com/blog/2014/02/14/morally-ambiguous-honey-badger-love/

          • Adam Black

            have you tried a pineapple marinade?
            That usually softens them up

          • Sapfo

            hmm, No but it might help. I will try it later on.

          • Adam Black

            that and olive oil will do wonders overnight

          • Sapfo

            Pineapple and Olive oil for my heart. Right, I got it ^_^

            Do you read Starfighter?

          • Steven K.

            I’ll get the chac mool ready.

          • Adam Black

            mayan God of rain?

          • Steven K.

            Term for the Aztec sort-of “ritual alter” that they put the hearts on for sacrifice after they have been cut from the chest of the person being sacrificed. They are usually in the form of a reclining figure, head facing to the side, toward the “audience”, legs bent at the knees, hands holding a “bowl” on the chest area that the heart is put on. There may be alternative spellings. Google or Wickipedia should have plenty of images, I’d imagine.

    • Jamie Dutton

      Hi Adam 😀 Good to see you!

      • Adam Black

        hi thanks.

        Here, have a cripsy heart. Its not too burnt. I wass going to make slippers out of it, but you look hungry

  • Jamie Dutton

    That first panel just says SO much! I think I was right when I theorized that Kyle only told them what they wanted to hear. Fluke is being kind of clueless, right now. I just wanna Gibbs slap him for yammering on like that! I’m glad Spooky caught it though. I wonder what secret he’s gonna reveal on the next page? Did he get his heart broken by a villain or is he perhaps he comes from a demonic or supernatural lineage himself?

  • David Welbourn

    This is probably stylistically awkward, but I can’t help but giggle at the thought of a possible sidebar panel that shows Commander’s word balloons as Fluke fills her in, while the main part of the page is devoted to the “Hell stuff” chat between Spooky and Kyle.

    And of course, at least one of those word balloons of Commander’s will be outlined in red. Because um… reasons.

    I kinda feel sorry for Commander’s next hour. She’ll have all this responsibility suddenly on her shoulders, plus she’ll probably be the one to fill in Tsunami, and won’t that be a fun chat? Oh well, I’m sure she’s up to the task otherwise she wouldn’t be Commander, would she?

    • Your comment about filling in Tsunami is the icing…just the icing.

      • bobbyjoeguy

        Now I picture a Tsunami shaped cake with Tsunami icing and fruit filling! lol

    • bobbyjoeguy

      She could tell Kyle that it’s his responsibility to tell Tsunami…

      • Holly

        WHAT IF TSUNAMI HARMS KYLE?! I mean we don’t know much about this member of the team…

        • Deep breath Holly. All will be well. 😀

          I mean you don’t want to pull out all that lovely hair.

          • Holly

            I can’t take the drama! 😛

          • Imagine yourself on a quiet sunny beach… ohmmmm 🙂

          • Holly

            mmm Sorry. Just my life is such a hectic thing right now with all the issues, that the TYP drama is just getting to me more than ever. PAUL IS BEING MEAN!

          • Nah, just sticking his foot in his mouth. Needs a good Gibbs smack to knock his brain back into place. 🙂 Imagine Gibbs smacking him. 😀

          • Holly

            I never said he was doing it intentionally.

            Haha Oh Gibbs, he smacks well!

          • No on messes with Gibbs! And no one smacks better!

        • bobbyjoeguy

          hmmm that’s very true… and he does seem a little aggressive. I have a feeling though that Mitch wouldn’t let Tsunami hurt Kyle… I picture a Pocahantas style intervening by Mitch on Kyle’s behalf. Maybe that’s how Mitch comes out to Tsunami and then Tsunami changes his mind on how he thinks of gay people! (one can dream…)

    • All I can see in my head is Paul talking on the TYP emergency phone to The Commander and that sound the parents in the Peanuts holiday specials used to make, “Bwwaaa bwa bwaaa bwwwa” coming out of the phone. Then the Commander’s “BWAAAASSS” just get a bit louder…

      Sorry, it’s early. That’s all I got. But I’m with you. There’s certainly going to be a lot of chat behind the scenes shortly.

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    I hope you are all enjoying your V.D.

    • Holly

      venereal disease O_o

    • David Welbourn

      I plan on enjoying the day after, looking for candy and chocolate bargain prices. (Or maybe not. I’m disinclined to shop just for the sake of shopping. But I do like cheaper prices.)

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Mmm…discount chocolate…

        • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

          It’s like discount love.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            But more reliable.

          • Holly

            And less likely to make you ill…. :/

        • Holly

          My brother’s boss didn’t give him his pay cheque, so I don’t get my grocery money until Monday. I HOPE THERE WILL BE CHOCOLATE LEFT! OTL

      • Jamie Dutton

        Nothing like fancy chocolate 75% off! Mmm 🙂

    • Adam Black

      I m going to firebomb a card store— i mean, I love everyone.

      But between Black History Month, Presidents day, national Secretarys week, Groundhog day, Susan B Anthony Day, International Condom Day, Parent Leadershio Month, American Heart Month National Wise Health Consumer, Parent Leadership Month …I just cant keep up

      • You forgot National Pizza day.

        • Adam Black

          did I ? There is still a serious chance I celebrated it anyways

          • We just happened to celebrate it, but we learned about it when it was already planned for it to be pizza day. I believe it was last Sunday. Sooo…

          • Adam Black

            Well, you missed World nutella Day on Feb 5!
            http://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/nutella-day/
            I’m surprised @smsif:disqus and @disqus_5yYGRkSeuL:disqus didnt tell you

          • Sapfo

            I´m allergic to nutella 😛

          • Adam Black

            and there is NO Nutella-allergy-Awareness for the Cure-Day, for you .

            I am so sorry. One day society will care enough cure sufferers .

          • Problem is Nutella has not very good things in it in this country. 🙁

          • Sapfo

            You don´t like Nutella?
            Wow, i thougt I was the only one. (Or maybe I read your comment wrong and you do like it)

          • Oh I like it, to a point, but only the stuff that’s made in Germany. At least the stuff my friend brought back in the 90’s. Who knows what they’ve done to the formula since then.

          • Sapfo
          • Is it hazelnut? And is it hazelnuts you’re allergic too?

          • Sapfo

            It also contains peanuts, but I should watch out for any kind of nuts.
            Yes, it is hazelnut.

          • That’s a harsh allergy to have.

          • Sapfo

            You just have to learn and live with it. And it gets easier with time. At the same time it is kind of amazing how ill informed people are about allergies.

            I can have a reaction if someone eats nuts in the same room as me, and I have hade people being offened when I asked them not to open a bag of peanuts. “What, but you don´t have to eat them?”
            I just get tired of it.

          • I can see that. That’s a bummer.

          • Sapfo

            I think I am kind of lucky. It could have been something else. I´m only allergic. ^_^

          • That’s one way to look at it. Do you have an anaphylactic reaction?

          • Sapfo

            Yes.

          • I can’t even imagine. So much in this country is made with nut products.

          • Sapfo

            I do most of my own cooking and when I eat out I am careful. I normaly don´t eat things that I dont know what they contains. My home is a nut-free home…Balls are allowed, but no nuts.

            I think it is kind of like not eating dairy or gluten. You can do it and after some time, it is not so hard anymore. And I know that dairy and gluten are harder to avoid then nuts.

          • I suppose it would be.

            My mom developed a bit of an intolerance for the trees in the yard and has been having cross over reactions for the last several months so it’s been a trial trying to find what causes her to have issue. Nothing like anaphylaxis, but still issues. So it’s been interesting. A lot of trial and error. So we’ve been doing a lot more cooking from scratch to make certain to keep any issues to a minimum.

            We are always checking labels for things like corn syrup (causes my mom heart palpitations) and doing what we can to avoid soy, but so much is made with soy and corn. But now because of these new issues we’re looking for other various ingredients.

          • Sapfo

            I think being allergic can make you aware of what it is you are eating.
            I like cooking from scratch, but then I come from a family where everyone likes a homecooked meal and also everyone knows how to cook. But sometimes it´s like: “Oh, the recipe says nuts. What can we use insteed?”

            Mostly it´s sunflower seeds and almons. It is interesting and challenging.
            But sometimes I feel like a bor when I try to order something from a menu.

          • Adam Black

            no pesto for you

          • Sapfo

            Make my own pesto with sunflowerseeds. It tast good.

          • Yes, it does give you an education regarding ingredients. Sometimes it makes it depressing trying to eat, because you learn about all the crap that’s put in food. At least here.

            It’s never easy having an issue that’s on the outside of everyone else. 😐

          • Sapfo

            I think that eating without knowledge is a bit irresponsible. I am not a health freek (not by far), but I would like to know what´s in the food that I eat. I also like to know where it is from and how it was made.

          • Exactly. It’s the same for us. It’s nice knowing just what it’s made of and where it’s from. I don’t think that’s too much to ask?

            But that’s why I made the biscotti for the crust on our cheesecake. Graham crackers have corn syrup. Really? Blarg!

          • Sapfo

            But is fun to make diffrent things. And it sounds really good ^_^

          • That’s true too. We’ve come up with some interesting things trying to avoid various other ingredients. My skill in the kitchen has improved I will say that. 😀

            We’re going to attempt Irish Soda Bread in the morning. Fingers crossed. 🙂

            Edit: Besides, I’ve never really liked graham cracker crust on cheese cake. Biscotti is much better!

          • Sapfo

            Never tasted it, but it sounds good. Have fun!
            Now I am taking a nap, got up a little bit to early.

          • Sleep well! 🙂

          • Archidel

            If you want to talk harsh, while not actually an allergy although it is colloquially referred to as such, I once new a guy who had a bad form of aquagenic urticaria. Now that’s harsh.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquagenic_urticaria

          • Indeed so.

          • Steven K.

            OK – without looking, I’m guessing that means that water makes him itch. That would be rather inconvenient if one would otherwise have a desire to bathe or shower.

          • Adam Black

            like what?

          • Last I look it had partially hydrogenated oil and fake vanilla. Apparently they’ve changed to palm oil, while not bad for you, they’re destroying the rain forests with bad harvesting practices.

          • Steven K.

            Rather high quota of allowable rat hairs?

      • Sapfo

        You could always enter my world of deline. It is kind of nice place to be. I celebrating life in the best way I can, by having fun. No cards!

        (but I do have chocolate)

        • Adam Black

          No cards and chocolate, where do i sign up?

          Why disnt somebody tell me Waitangi Day was last week?
          Dont be thoughtless and forget “world Thinking Day” is Feb 22, like i did when I forget to send out cards for Female Genital Mutilation Awareness day on Feb 6 or when once again I forgot to get cancer on Feb4 th.
          There is always next year, hopefully

          • Sapfo

            Waitangia day? o.O

            It is kind of easy. If you know a big day is coming on. Go out, buy all the chocolate you can get (steal if you can not afford to buy it, Here, the morale will be with you, and the law will be very understanding). Lock all doors and turn on a DVD of your choice. I would choose Firefly or something similar. After a few days you can come out again. And it will all be over.

            This is my way of doing it. You could also move to a place without days (I do wonder if they have nights?), trying to achieve a higher enlightenment and become a glow clouds or find someone how understands that love needs more then one day a year.

            I wish you good luck! ^_^

          • Adam Black

            VD is ridiculous. Couples dont need a Holiday .
            its so obnoxious.
            We need a “Single, Angry and get off my lawn” Holiday

          • Sapfo

            I think there is one. ^
            But I have a “I´m singel, naked and dancing on my lawn”-day ^_^

          • Adam Black

            There is much I do not know about Sweden.

          • Sapfo

            That day is called summar, and the dancing do not have to be on once lawn.

          • Adam Black

            i googled it… not seeing the naked Swedes.

            is this a regional thing?

          • Sapfo

            Oh, maybe it´s just me then.

          • Adam Black

            you will have to export it

          • Elrohir

            I don’t think it’s just you (though I’m willing to review any imagery you may have of your lovely self doing the dancing…purely for cultural purposes of course…) as I have known some Swedes to get naked during midsommar; but perhaps that was influenced by the fläder? Or in my case the fläder cider?
            And if you drop across the Öresundsbron at the right time of year you even have traditions like the co-ed naked race during the Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark which is just after midsommar I think.
            I have noticed that the Viking nations in general have a much more relaxed and reasonable attitude about nudity than my home country. Then again, my country’s culture is heavily influenced by Puritan settlements who left Holland to come to America because the Dutch wouldn’t let them tell their neighbors how to live. Not exactly big party people.
            Hey Alex? Any chance of a story arc for TYP where they have to answer an emergency at the Roskilde Music Festival during the race? Just a thought…

          • Sapfo

            Roskilde Music Festival, oh I have not been there in years.

            Yes, the naked bath culture is alive here in Scandinavia. I think the reason why is the view of the human body, or more specified the naked human body is not always viewed as something sexuel. But one should remember that even here there has been a taboo against the freedom that now exists. I think we shoudl thank the 1960 and -70 for this.

            ^_^

          • Elrohir

            If you go back to Roskilde this year please take Doki so there can be lots and lots of pictures? Umm…again just for cultural cross reference…really.
            That’s got me thinking that maybe for a TYP story arc at Roskilde the boys have to be undercover…so to speak, and participate in the Naked Race…yes, yes, it would be an absolutely critical element of the story. Something in the race by way of eye candy for all the team regardless of preference, and lots of competitors running behind the team just for the view of those…ahem… “asses on the run” .
            More pondering is required on this…oh, yes, hours and hours of pondering…umm…and does anybody have the Fanfic hotline number? I sooo need somebody who can write to turn this into a sizzling story…

          • I think I might have just gotten nominated as the TYP photographer… ^_^

          • HA!

          • Steven K.

            I’ll vote for that. Maybe “Single, Bitter, Frustrated, and Get-off-the-lawn-and-get-inside-here-and-snuggle-with-me-for-god’s-sake.

          • Adam Black

            install a trap door

    • Steven K.

      Ummmmmmmm …… what an ironic abbreviation.
      Even on such a day: People – please wear protection!

  • I won my Ranked game on lol, TH came out with chapter 5, Starfighter updated, this updated, this was a happy day. 🙂

    • Holly

      HOORAY FOR ROX ^_^

  • Sapfo

    Okay Alex, you are giving me to much fun to play with in this new page. The angles, Spookys body language (he touches either Kyle and Paul in almost all the panels), the dialogue, the list of things goes on and on.

    Thank you and have a great evening! 🙂

    (And look at Kyles ass in panel 5. THAT ASS IS ON FIRE!)

    • bobbyjoeguy

      hehehe that reminds me of the song “this girl is on fire” which just reminds me of the detox, willam, and vicky vox parody “this boy is a bottom” which brings us back to “THAT ASS IS ON FIRE!” Full circle!

      • Saxon_Brenton

        ‘Sex is on fire’ by the Kings of Leon, surely.

        • bobbyjoeguy

          ooooh that one too! 😉

    • Glad you’re liking what you see, Sapfo! 😉

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    Oh no, Kyle’s hood has turned from white to red! He must be bleeding from the neck.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Actually, I noticed that a while ago. I’m suspecting a different uniform from the one he was wearing in the interlude 1, where the hood was all white. After all, Paul did say that this was his spare uniform when he handed it over on page 11. Also possible is that the costume seen in the team photo and in chapter 1 should have folds of material that are a mixture of red and white when Kyle wears it down, which would imply a third costume.
      Or maybe it’s just an art error that just been noticed.

      • Holly

        Adam and Veronica make no ERRORS! BLASPHEMY!

        • Saxon_Brenton

          [cringes] They’re being sabotaged by art gremlins!

          • Holly

            NOOO! *stands guard*

  • Interpolation

    It’s time for the ‘talk.’

    • Jamie Dutton

      I’m worried cause Spooky’s got his serious face on.

      • Holly

        It’s why I love Spooky. He’s very light hearted and awesome, but he seems intensely mature.

  • bobbyjoeguy

    um… don’t know if anyone else has said so already, but in the third panel second speach bubble shouldn’t it read “fresh start.” instead of “frest start.”?

  • CH

    “Look Kyle, being tricked by a dude who is handsome, charming, and into you is a little naïve but don’t let Paul, or you, beat you up over it buddy. You learn and you move on.” (My paraphrased guess)

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    Next page, we will learn (a) which religion is true, and what happens after we die, (b) whether holy water really works, and if so, whether it works on all demons, or just Catholic demons, (c) why Kyle no has got hornz, (d) if it is possible to summon Kyle in a spell, and other useful information like that.

    • The hornz thing is the one I’m most curious about…

      • Holly

        Really because I’m more curious about summoning Kyle…

        For a brief moment I forgot he was gay. So that’s embarrassing.

        • bobbyjoeguy

          You could have a kiki!

          • Holly

            Well i could use a party for calming all my nerves

          • bobbyjoeguy

            for serving T and dishing just deserts when they’re deserved?

          • Holly

            though the sun is rising, few may choose to leave

          • bobbyjoeguy

            so shade that lid and we’ll all bid adieu to your ennui

        • Frater Gymnos

          Maybe he’ll let you look…

    • Adam Black

      a) Whovianism and regeneration
      b) depends how sexy the priest is, ..just Catholic demons,

      C) seems horny to me
      d) raise your eyebrows twice and nod

    • Sapfo

      I don´t know for the other question. But for the B, Yes holy water works well. But you should add soap if you want to get really clean. You could also use normal water, but it´s up to you.

  • Oh Paul. His intentions might be good but he’s so oblivious to how now is not exactly the right time.. something that Spooky clearly realize. Time to split them up and have a private talk.
    I don’t think Spooky is too pleased with Paul in this moment. That ‘right’ in the second panel wasn’t directed at Kyle, as I read it, but more an ‘oki, time to get this moving in a different direction’ 🙂
    Paul is quickly to react with concern, but Spooky is doing the right thing about splitting them up right now so he can talk with Kyle. Be it about Kyle feeling bad and/or actual hell stuff. Doesn’t matter.

    There’s just things a person who hasn’t been ‘burned’ (hur hur) doesn’t get. I think Spooky is about to share a couple of personal things about the wrong choice of partner, or at least personal advice on the topic to make Kyle feel better, because I can’t see him going straight to business just yet.

    In case this is right, my bet is that it involves Sircei 😉

    I really like Spooky (no secret there *lol) but I find him totally adorbs on this page. Both in the way he acts, but also .. I mean, just look at panel 6. Those eyes!

    • Well said! Completely agree.

    • Sapfo

      It is kind of interesting that Paul was afraid of Spooky carefree attitude. He is himself kind of good at putting his foot in his mouth. But this might be a sign of Paul being younger and not able to read the mood as well as Spooky.

      • notfromvenus

        Yeah, I think Paul is really trying to show his support, but doesn’t have the life experience to realize that the best support is usually to just be good to your friends and continue to treat them the same way as you have.

  • There is so much I want to say, but I am completely wiped….I will type it up when I wake up.

    • Jamie Dutton

      sleep well, doki! I’ll look forward to reading your comments later 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Sleep well!

    • Sleep well.
      I’m also going for a nap now. It’s going to be a long but good day 🙂

    • Sleep well!

    • Sapfo

      Good night Doki!

    • Good night, Doki!

  • flame821

    Hate to say it, but Fluke almost sounds like he’s victim blaming and Kyle feels badly enough, he doesn’t need the whole. “I screwed up so bad the world is ending” re-enforced. Kyle is the barely-an-adult who had been badly used and manipulated by an older guy who had bad intentions from the beginning. I hope Spooky is going to tell Kyle that, while Fluke’s heart is in the right place, what happened is on Anni, not Kyle.

    • I think that Paul’s youth and inexperience is showing here. Paul, being a year younger than Kyle, doesn’t get that by already talking about finding a guy ‘who’s actually nice’ he kinda rubs it in Kyle’s face how bad his first choice was.
      Something Kyle doesn’t need while already being in the self blaming mood.

      • notfromvenus

        Yeah, Paul *means* well, I think he’s trying to be supportive and cheer Kyle up with thoughts of a future good relationship. He just doesn’t have the life experience or emotional intelligence or whatever to be sensitive about what he says.

    • Steven K.

      Damn right!! It’s about time someone re-stated that 🙂 .

  • From your lips to the media gods’s ears, Justinius! It would be fun to see a live action version of this for sure. But there are no plans in the works right now.

    Very glad you’re enjoying The Young Protectors! 🙂

  • InnocentUke

    I hope spooky is like Kyle and have a secret crush on him ( Kyle ) I think they would make a cute couple.

  • Time to sleep.

    Have a good rest of Valentines Day
    (what’s left of it anyway)
    Fun night camping kept the no-valentine blues at bay

    • Good Night!

    • Sapfo

      Good night Gryphon!

    • Holly

      NIGHT GRYPH

  • Holly

    Sadly I too should go to bed as it is already 4am. Night all

    • Night Holly!

    • Sapfo

      Sleep well.

    • Adam Black

      night

  • We’ve all been campaigning to make the week shorter. 🙂

    • SCIENCE IS NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER

      Warning, I’ve heard that some of the problems with this off-planet Trans-Something Collision issue started when TYP fans actually tried to employ an earth orbital speedifier to make page-days swing around more quickly.

      Well mother nature and the earth almost threw a wobbly. The adult teams had to deal with it and apparently… we’re stuck waiting until the next regular page day.

      It’s most unfair. It really was a very small speedifier…

      • Cydney Sabin

        So THAT’S why all the adult teams are away…

      • Elrohir

        One of the many saving graces about the crew involved in these commentaries (and I am assured that said graces are legion) is how they not only fill in the spaces around the story and provide a broad landscape for the development of the characters; but how entertaining the side stories are.
        Alex, one day when you and your team achieve the recognition and ecosystem* your story and art deserve. I hope that you’ll publish a time-lined version of the work with all the Disqus commentary included. It really is part of the journey and phenomenally entertaining and enlightening. Just a thought.
        –leans back and whispers to Chris, “Did you consider a series of smaller micro-speedifiers in geostationary orbit to apply even acceleration at fixed intervals around the equator so the force will be more distributed?”–
        * Note: Ecosystem here may be inclusive of, but not limmited to: online archive, full graphic novel, large format graphic novel, full series of action figures (so that unnamed individuals with the initials “Chris” can finally have Kyle’s ass), animated movie, live action miraculous CGI movie, spin-off TV/HBO series. Just sayin…
        And umm…merchandising… 😉
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQEVgbMqq7o

        • Oh ho… Alex is carefully archiving the digital character information required for the creation of perfectly proportioned action figures… avec excellent posteriors. I have no doubts.

          Some of us, of course, will opt. for Kyle’s hot backside and some of us (cough*sofia*cough) may choose Duncan’s.

          Time will tell, but I have faith. 🙂

      • No we need portals and a Tardis!!

    • Sapfo

      I´m just glad we don´t have an Egyptian week, That would be ten days!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_calendar

      Maybe this can give us some ideas for what kind of week we would like.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Week#Ten-day

      • Wow, yes, we don’t need no sticking 10 day week. That’s just wrong!!

  • Soubi

    Can I just say…I 1000% hope this “alone” chat isn’t about Hell…at all. 😉

  • SofiaT

    Spooky is my hero on this page. He hasn’t said anything yet but the look on his face on panel two, the way he falls behind to talk some sense into Kyle without hurting Paul’s feelings (in his shoes I’d be less subtle)… Respect.

    As for Paul. I stand by my initial assessment of the situation. I was always ambivalent about his sexual orientation -mostly because I have him pegged as the kind of guy who’ll do anything for his friends, and I couldn’t imagine him keeping it a secret from Kyle on a time like this if he is gay- but this page yells jealousy to me. I’m sure it’s not on purpose, but his self-righteousness and smugness is exactly what Kyle doesn’t need right now. And while Spooky sees that, Paul is completely blind to it.

    Now the question is, was he jealous of the fact his best friend didn’t trust him with his secrets and trusted a supervillain instead, so he’s anxious to step up back to the BFF spot and help him find a nice guy… or is it that he wants to be that nice guy?

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      Spooky reminds me a bit of Peter Falk’s Columbo with his rain coat, and much wiser than he appears to be. 🙂

  • TwilightDreamer

    Easy Paul….I doubt Kyle wants to think of anything to do with his relationship status right now. All he needs for the time being, is his friends support close by, and to be allowed to focus on the task at hand…or at least I think that’s what he wants/needs for now…
    Oh? *ears perk up*….always the mysterious one Spooky 🙂 I want to know!

  • Michael

    I retract my previous comment two or three pages back, Fluke is an awesome friend 😀

    … Can I register my disappointment that there is no Valentines special artwork involving Dunc, Sirce, Red and Spooks? 😛

    • Frater Gymnos

      I claim that red-cherry ass of Kyle my Valentine’s Day present! how to make it bigger…

  • Adi Zeller

    How come Kyle’s musculature is so much more obvious on the red parts of his suit? Is that see-through?

    And I have to say, his ass is certainly on fire!

    • Michael

      OMG, yes. Unlikely, but yes please!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I’d guess because the red parts are shiny material and therefore the reflections of light emphasise the contours of his muscles, whereas the white parts seem to be a non-shiny/matt material and which don’t. Compare it with Paul’s costume, where it’s particularly obvious that the white/silver parts are reflective.

      (Which does beg the question of why we’re seeing highlights and reflections at all on a moonlit night, but that seems to be a stylistic choice to fit with the four-colour superhero milieu the story is set in. Even back in the two alley scenes there were only a few instances of dramatic shadow, and the rest of the time it was lit like classic series Dr Who, where BBC production standards insisted that everything be well lit, even when set in a cave.)

      • I also suspect that the fabrics necessary for these work suits are unusual and probably don’t behave like the fabrics one can by from ‘Jenny’s Fabric & Foam’ store down at the mall… but that’s a total guess.

        I only know that Edna says, “No Capes!” 🙂

  • HermeticallySealed

    I have a feeling that Spooky realizes that Kyle’s comment wasn’t about knowing better than to get together with Duncan, but saying that he should know better than be intimate with anyone. I’m not convinced that Paul has realized that both times Kyle has been sexual active it led to disastrous results. Getting into another intimate relationship with anyone is probably not something he sees himself ever being able to do.

    • KryX

      In total agreement here. An early stage of post trauma is blaming ones self for what has happened. A person will go over and over in their mind how they could have avoided the whole situation in the first place. For Kyle, it will take some effort on that part of Spooky to get him to realize that bad things sometimes happen to people through no fault of their own.

  • thebitterfig

    Aha! More hints for the theory that Spooky has known all along!

  • Alex, Adam and Veronica… so sorry I couldn’t stay with you guys for the count down last night but, as always, it is so entirely worth it to wake up to a present in the morning. So, right off the bat, thank you for our Valentine’s Day Panel#5 and that downshot of Kyle’s really quite exceptional butt. Somebody, among the three of you, simply MUST be gay, because that butt is extremely well done. I’m sure it’s artistically essential to the page, but it was a lovely nod to romance on this day. Thank you!

    Yes, In my humble opinion, Paul is having a young babbling moment here. He’s lost in his own sage wisdom and has forgotten his audience. I agree with some of the other reader’s comments on Paul’s still somewhat mysterious motivations. Is HE interested in possibly being that great guy with whom Kyle, “…could do so much better?” (OUCH… phrased as only a 17 year old boy can) Or, is he offering up his highly experienced (NOT) non-queer services as matchmaker on some, as of yet, unknown future date? He’s waxing so eloquently about what Kyle needs done. I’m just so glad I never ran-on at the mouth at 17 years old like this. Whew. You know, those years when we know everything.

    Alex, compliments on keeping Paul himself and his age. Wise and pompous, generous and oblivious. I also like that Paul’s nature (as I perceive it) shines on. Those quick snaps between wise/foolish and lucky/unlucky. I’m still excited to see how that keeps forming who he IS as a (super) person. Also, the perfect 17 year old best friend. It’s that WISE period in life when you saying smart things to a woman of substance, such as, “OH! Congrats! When is your baby due?” And her stare skewers you as the ice-sickles drip off of, “I’m NOT pregnant.” Paul is all heart either way. Love your take on his 17 babble.

    Huge! On the whole page Kyle’s phenomenally expressive face is killing me (in the good emo way). (Alex), Adam and Veronica, just wonderful work. His expressions are pure confusion and pain and the blush on his skin is so right for who he is physically and who he is as a man with internal banked fires just waiting to come out. He doesn’t say one word on this page and you guys manage to make his emotions the loudest thing happening here. It’s really amazing and you should all three feel very proud.

    Okay, I’m lousy about the color of hood collars and things of consistency. I subcontract all such issues out to smarter people like Saxon and others. Just keep Paul posing, Kyle’s butt artfully shared, and Spooky’s sentient coat swirling… and I’m all good.

    I so agree with another reader who said that Spooky’s line, “Right.” in Panel#2 is more to Paul and his expression so wonderfully speaks to his growing annoyance with Mr. Oblivious (Paul) and his maturity shows (again). Having been both the Spooky and the Paul in this situation, at different times over the years, I thought you melded verbal and visual in Panel#2 to give us this subtle dynamic really perfectly. Not easy to do at all.

    Love horizontal panel#3… Just because I do love the panel compositions in general. I hope in the graphic novel’s page notes, Alex, you’ll add a note about how you three decide on the panel formats for each page. It makes such a difference. The lack of the black border makes us feel like this immense expanse sits behind the other closeups and that gives the page this wonderfully immense live-action location feeling. Just as a great location deserves.

    It is definitely another wonderfully subtle touch that adds volumes to the depth of the reading experience. I also love Spooky’s delicate touch on Kyle’s shoulder slowing him and drawing his attention out of Paul’s oration without causing disruption. Again showing Spooky’s maturity and his perceptive internal nature. Lovely. (And I’m warning everyone right now, unless it’s The Sword In The Stone! Even a Sircea tale won’t make Spooky other than Bi to me, unless Alex pounds a WoG like canon moment down. So, I’m prepared to hang on to the bitter end. Spooky is too cool not to hope for. LOL.)

    I also really like the gentle face and line of dialog Spooky gives us in Panel#4, just gently breaks the flow and I love Kyle’s worried, ‘oh God, what now’ expression. Totally, in my humble opinion, Kyle’s so ready to blame himself, he’s ready to hear what he’s done wrong now! Poor guy this is a rough patch. I know it’s 30 minutes total TYP time at most, but still on top of his date with Duncan, Kyle has had a TRULY seriously shitty 18th birthday (remember?). They really need to take him out for a birthday cheese-burger and chili-cheese-fries. You know a fly-thru, on their way back to base and celebrate a little. I wonder if Spooky will let them eat in his car? Aww he’s mellow.

    Alex, you are a master of leaving us without really knowing what Spooky needs to tell Kyle, but giving us tons to speculate on. “HELL stuff.” Just perfect. That could be so many things and what could better let Paul move on without feeling put down or censured and… for all we know… it may even be true. Crafty. As I’ve said before, it’s almost like you’re designing these things on purpose, just to FORCE the reader to turn the eventual page. (How very odd).

    *chris strokes chin and ponders*

    Finally, closing out the page with, again an open un-bordered panel, reminding us where we are in this immensely impressive location and showing one of Adam and Vero’s stunning backgrounds and Veronica’s beautiful night skies. Also again Alex, you tie up lose ends informationally with such nice economy. When will The Commander know? Very soon. I wonder if Paul wants to say, “What? Why me?” LOL. I don’t think I’d want to wake Amanda either. Although, she’s probably already awake, she’s sent her boy-toy home and is in the gym working out, getting her day started. Some people are just that way. Go figure?

    And, of course, those Mitch Owl-Ears must be working overtime, but that’s just a guess on my part (LOL). I would never have listened in when I was fifteen… but I’m just extremely well-behaved that way (muffin?).

    Thank you all again, for a wonderful break from the real world and letting us spend fun-time with guys we love. This is great stuff and very much appreciated. By the way, I’m very much in agreement with one of your readers below, who said he can’t wait for the animated version of TYP on Logo (or NetFlix or or or). IT MUST BE SO! In the meantime, can’t eventual for the graphic novel either. Now where is that orbital speedifier.

    Need next page day… *grins*

    • Sapfo

      Lovely words to read and to laughing with.
      Yes, Chris, you can have a muffin 🙂

    • And again another wonderful comment, Christopher. I’m rushing off to fun weekend stuff, but it was a real treat to read this. Thank you. 🙂

    • Cman65

      He is what 17? He knows everything

  • Dakejev

    I’m so totally going to start using the phrase “so he could open up a portal using your ignited penis” in everyday conversation now. XD

  • twenty_fifth_night

    Yay, a Spooky episode coming up! *cue fangirl sqeeing*
    And Happy (belated) Valentine’s to all the other awesome single people out there (cuz everyone knows we have so much more fun =D).

  • vessto

    Belated Happy V-Day to everyone who celebrate it!:)

    It’s a secrets time.:) So long ago I wait for a hint why Spooky is so special (http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch2-page-12/ ). I hope we’ll receive a bit of a hint on next page.;)

    Besides the serious and must-save-the-world part I just cannot not notice two other very important things – Kyle’s ass in panel 5 *faints* and the gorgeous Fluke in the last panel.

  • Okay. The weather were I am at. Snowed about a foot on 12th-13th. Was in the 40’s on the 14th, and it rained around midnight-1 am. Today—-in the 20’s and snowing again.

    • Cman65

      Here in sunny Brisbane in was a sticky 37c and I think I can almost rember what rain is

      • Me and heat do not get along….no we don’t.

  • Adam Irving

    I love the dynamics between this three. So distinct, so familiar, so unique. Not that the Kyle/Duncan stuff wasn’t good and necessary, but it’s also nice exploring all the other relationships Kyle has going on. A real treat.

  • bronakopdin

    I just have one word for this page: expressions!

    all those expressions, Kyle’s, Spooky’s and Paul’s they’re talking for themselves, you could even cross out all the text from panel 1-5 and still get the most of it (well maybe not Paul’s coupling offers ^^)

    and Hell, Spooky!!!
    I mean he totally was his cool-whatever-situation-self just until now and only when Kyle starts to talk about what he (thinks he) has learned he becomes so dead serious! I’m so curious what he’s going to talk about with Kyle…

  • Yukiness

    The more I read this the more I love Fluke

  • Perverzak

    I totally get Fluke 😀 after your best friend has had a bad experience in a relationship you feel like it is up to you to make sure your they never get hurt like that again.They may never ask you for it, but you still do everything you can

  • Perverzak

    and is it just me or is a serious Spooky coming up next? O.o very exciting!

  • Megan Staples

    I hope they DO make out!
    Ooooooooooooo!

  • b3nc0

    DAMN! For my birthday, I bought me the last 8th of an extra page of TyP, but even after refreshing twice, the bar hasn’t reached the 400$…
    What did I do wrong ¦°,9

    • SofiaT

      Probably nothing. It’s our browsers -give it a little time and it will show. Then we will get our “ding, ding, ding” 🙂

      Oh and, thank you. 😀

      • Alex did mention trying to get away for a weekend of Valentine fun after slaving over our Friday page… Maybe it needs to wait until he returns… Sorry that’s just a guess.

        YES THANK YOU!!!

    • Thank you so much!

      It’ll show soon. Sofia’s right, it usually takes a bit and then there it is!

      • b3nc0

        You’re very welcome (it was quite the selfish donation, actually) and thank you both for the fast reply even faster than the browsers ^_~

        • That’s us. We mods are Superman’s little distance fifth removed fourth cousins. 😀

        • Sapfo

          But we love selfish you
          ✿✿✿

          early birthday flowers. If you take care of them they will still look nice on your birthday. ^_^

  • Lanae Hayden

    follow this and the free ones too looking forward to more

  • b3nc0

    About the Ranker hottest male cartoon character Alex mentioned on Wednesday, CONGRATS to the AVA team, the top three is TyP: Kyle, Duncan & Mitch! (and there are three other ones in the top thirty: Fluke, Tsunami & Spooky) YOO-HOO (^^) (/^^)/
    though when i see smithers hotter than hulkling & flanders than starfighter cain i’m questioning the votes to ranking software

  • There’s some serious eye staring going on in the last panel. It’s like a silent ‘that’s an order’ is being said loud and clear 😉

    I like how they’re friends, but I’m pretty sure Spooky is up to taking the lead when he feel it’s needed, and the others will follow his lead. They’re friends but when it comes to superhero work Spooky has seniority, and right now we see him use it.

    He doesn’t need to raise hise voice to command.

    • I don’t think with a 15 year old and a 17 and 18 year old that there is any question that without The Commander, Spooky is Senior Dude. And, if Tsuanmi is a #2 it’s because Spooky don’t do no day job…………. only when he thinks it’s important. LOL.

  • I want to Gibbs smack Paul, hug Kyle and high five Spooky every time I read this page… And now I have stared a the page, and Spooky’s lovely eyes’, long enough for tonight. A good end to a great day.

    The wedding/baptism I went to today (as some of you know about) was touching, the bride was beautiful and the whole day has just been nice and awesome 😀

    • You know it’s okay. I got a lot of ‘Gibbs-smacking’ between 14-17 and my parents are going to heaven, because I’m still alive today. So I think you are entirely reasonable. 🙂

  • The lovely sight of making the goal of another bonus page!

    • Sapfo

      I don´t know if it´s a motion or emotion I am feeling right now. But everything seems to be moving forward. the guys have moved form the bunker, the doner bar is moving crashes through roof, Kyles hair is moving, however my eyes do seems to be stuck on one of the place…No, not panel 5. It might be a panel to enjoy (do Kyle have a inbuilt string in that suit?). No I am talking about 2. All the emotions!

      Hugs to everone. Which is a show of emotion in a motion 😉

      • So so true… #2 kills me, as do #4 and #6 for both character expressions. Talk about emotion.

  • Jena

    Fluke is so into Kyle! “Helping you find someone who is actually nice” is code for I want in your hot pants.

  • Amanda

    Made my first donation, wish I could have given more, but the real world demands most of my money, aka My kid wants toys.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      It’s cool. As our mods have noted many, many times, every little bit helps. Thank you.

    • Thank you very much, Amanda! It totally helps and is very much appreciated! 🙂

    • Thanks so much. It’s great and yeah… feeding kids does take an entirely unfair priority. 🙂

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    I think Spooky wants Kyle…..the “Hell type stuff is just an excuse to get Kyle alone. Could be that he has been noticed in one way or another by every team mate.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      And yet we know (okay, okay, we strongly suspect) that Mitch will be listening. Maybe Spooky will put up silencing spell. Hmm, maybe he already has…

  • Elrohir

    Okay, for starters I have to say that like many opportunistic analysts I build upon the observations of the brilliant. So many of you have given me so many things to think about, and, I think like many of you, it’s caused me to go back and read and re-read and study the panels multiple times. I’m afraid I don’t have the artistry that some of you show in your analyses, but here goes:
    Panel #1 Coming off of Kyle’s statement about some things being out of bounds we get Paul’s response of “Exactly”. Kyle’s expression (once one can take one’s eyes off of his torso) says to me that this confirmation has settled like a stone in his heart. Instead of being told that he has a right or expectation to happiness or love he gets a one word confirmation that his darkest fear of being isolated, alone and too flawed to be worthy of love is true. Paul, in the sincerity of every 17 year old who knows exactly what the world looks like, remains oblivious to Kyle’s reaction to his response. The depiction of the sadness around Kyle’s eyes and his own raised brow of resignation is heartbreaking.
    Panel #2 Spooky is without doubt my hero at this point (and not just because like Chris I find myself hoping that Spooky will turn out to be Bi or Pansexual). Charming, disarming, humorous, intelligent, caring, handsome, and more are the attributes that cling to Spooky and form and swirl around him like a mirror of his coat. But the look on his face in this panel is one of determination. A purpose so founded on the bedrock of his need to protect and heal his family (for can you truly see TYP as anything other than Spooky’s family?) that he stands against the troubles like a rock cliff to the sea; letting it break around him and remaining unmoved. I take his one word response to Paul, “Right” to be one of negation of the concept that Kyle is unworthy of love or being happy. You can see it in the furrowed brow. Not in puzzlement, but in command. Unfortunately, Kyle at this point hears only the word and not the tone or emotion. He can’t meet the gaze of his judge and jury and so instead of seeing the truth of Spooky’s purpose he hears only the verdict of guilty . A second spike of unforgiving guilt driving into his heart to say that his fate is sealed. His head sags in resignation.
    Panel #3 Against this broad panel’s star bright sky we see Paul moving forward and expounding on his understanding of Kyle’s position. So secure in his grasp of the situation (and clearly so mistaken) that he doesn’t even look back to see the impact of his oration on his audience. However, I think my first read of this panel was too harsh. Yes, like many of you, I still want to Gibbs smack him. But I think he’s actually more worried than anything and can’t keep from talking. The undercurrent of his conversation is one of trying to express understanding while attempting to reassure Kyle that he really is good and that once the current crisis is dealt with he’ll happily correct Kyle’s errors. His phrasing of “someone who’s actually NICE y’know?” is almost adult to child in tone expressing his belief that Kyle can’t manage on his own. The counterpoint to this is Spooky. Reaching a light restraining touch to Kyle’s shoulder, his face very open and Kyle’s a study in startlement. Spooky is the only one who has touched Kyle with anything like tenderness since the boys arrived at the warehouse. Paul’s one clap on the shoulder in stating how wrong Duncan was to count Kyle out is more distanced. Spooky’s arm across a naked Kyle to comfort him. The outstretched hand to bring him to his feet. The healer’s touch to tell him he was suffering no lasting effects. These are far more personal and communicative. On my third or fourth read of these panels and some of the commentary I found myself wondering if Paul is standing so close to Kyle in so many frames but NOT reaching out to touch him because he is uncertain if he can trust himself to touch Kyle without giving away to a desire he is uncertain will be returned or it’s timing appreciated.
    Panel #4 Now Spooky steps past Kyle while putting a restraining hand on Kyle’s shoulder and putting space and separation between Kyle and Paul. Interrupting Paul’s oratory on Kyle’s errors and the plan to set things right in spite of Kyle’s inept attempt at finding a relationship. And Spooky does it with an open expression and a simple request but clearly not willing to brook disagreement or denial of that request. The look of puzzlement on Kyle’s face is a perfect expression of the fact that he is uncertain what to expect from the conversation that Spooky wants to have with him. Remember, he hasn’t yet looked up since his self condemnation so he didn’t see Spooky’s face or posture negate the sentence of isolation and loss for Kyle’s personal future.
    Panel #5 In the half turn back towards the other two we see the puzzlement move to Paul’s face. First perhaps in being interrupted in mid-description of how things were going to get fixed (as an engineer myself I am often given to having to hold my immediate desire to FIX THINGS in check long enough to achieve the more important healing that is listening). And then in still puzzled to wonder why it is that Spooky and Kyle need to discuss something that Paul wouldn’t be privy too. Paul was the first one to answer Kyle’s call to HQ. It was Paul who organized the rescue party. How could Spooky want to talk to Kyle and leave Paul out of it? What topic would require that separation? But you can see in the panel that the separation has already been accomplished by Spooky. By the time Paul turns around Kyle is already several paces away.
    Panel #6 Spooky faces Paul with a very open expression and an ambiguous initial statement that he has “just realized” that there are things to talk about. It was several reads of the panel before I decided on my current feel that what Spooky just realized is the place that Kyle’s head and sinking heart were taking him and that Paul’s rambling conversation was having the unintended effect of pushing Kyle deeper and deeper under water. Full marks to Spooky as well for his perception that Paul would continue to query what the topic was that he couldn’t be part of unless Spooky gives him some form of descriptor. Now it could be that I’m reading too much into this (wouldn’t be my first misstep in interpretation) but while I think most people expect that “Hell Stuff” is a direct reference to Kyle’s ancestry and a significant source of the current crisis I find myself wondering and hoping if the “Hell” that Spooky wants to talk to Kyle about is the personal one that Kyle finds himself slipping deeper and deeper into as he receives what he believes are confirmations of his deserved exile to a life of loneliness and despair.
    Panel #7 In the final panel Spooky moves more into Paul’s space directly and places himself squarely between Paul and Kyle. At which point Paul is clearly focused solely on Spooky as Spooky gives Paul his marching orders to synch up with Commander and provide her with an update. The closing statement of “We’ll catch up.” leaves no ambiguity that not only does Spooky fully expect Paul’s compliance but that he requires Paul’s absence from the conversation. The statement also answers the timing question of “You remember we have a planet to save.” with the understanding that they’ll be in time AFTER the conversation.
    While a portion of me would love to take the Wizard Woolfson at his face statement that Spooky and Kyle are going to be making out I’m not certain that he’s not just having us on. Though perhaps Spooky will amaze us with an alternative lifestyle or experience exposure to Kyle that includes a “What? Did you actually think you were the only one?” I think I actually believe that to be the more likely. That Spooky is going to connect to Kyle not with a statement of “It will all be right.” , which in his current state Kyle is unlikely to really hear, but rather by exposing some part of his own past for Kyle to relate to. This makes much more sense to me, or in any case seems more probable. And would also give a reason for Spooky not wanting anyone else to overhear (ignoring the fact that if Mitch is actually still there he will definitely be able to hear Spooky and Kyle unless Spooky bespells the area so that sound won’t travel). On that topic, I can’t imagine what might be going through Mitch’s head. If he has heard all or part of the conversation to this point. If he’s filled in the gaps out of his own imagination? With all the heart and sincerity of a 15 year old for his friend/family I can see him wanting to be the avenging angel that not only defends Kyle but sets the world right. I don’t think the sexual orientation issue will be be big for Mitch. In the interlude segment he was clearly expecting there to be women involved in the porn he was finding, his only comment when he saw that it was gay porn was, “Oh! Oh, wow…” but no overtly negative expression. I suspect that our young Mitch is going to surprise me almost as much as Spooky has. And that will take some doing as Spooky has most certainly surprised me time and again with his range of response. Still, I find myself thinking that Mitch is going to come through with shining colors and be an unwavering pillar of support for Kyle. Though it’s possible that this is just wishful thinking.
    For anybody who actually followed me through this small book, my thanks. Comments and criticisms are welcome. I hadn’t expected it to grow so long, but I put the blame for that squarely where it belongs: on the shoulders of Team Alex, Adam and Veronica. Had you not chosen to create both story arc and artwork that was so compelling and enthralling then perhaps I wouldn’t have had to spend so much time describing my reaction.
    That said, please keep going for I find that I not only want to know how the story grows but that I have come to truly care how the characters and their relationships will develop. Well done, well done indeed and my heartfelt thanks.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      Wow, quite a post! I welcome your ideas they are very interesting, and I enjoyed reading all of your post. 🙂

      • Elrohir

        Thanks, it kind of took on a life of its own.

    • Well said, sir, well said!

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        That’s how I read it, Admiral. Not in agreement with Paul.

      • Elrohir

        AJ, I think I like your interpretation better. It wouldn’t change the way I read his tone or intent, but that he had come to the conclusion that action needed to be taken and the “Right” is his command to himself to set things in motion. That fits much better for me. Thanks!

      • SofiaT

        Totally agree with the edit. That “right” to me was a “oh boy, seems like an intervention is in order”.

    • SofiaT

      I followed you through your small book and I have nothing to criticize. 🙂
      We’re reading this the same way. Except, I’m feeling a bit harsher towards Paul at the moment. While unintentional, I feel his response is self-centered and narrow-minded.

      Btw, Paul is the guy in the YP team that I feel is more like me. So it’s not that I don’t like him. But he can be quick to judge, absolute in his decisions and he doesn’t know when to shut up sometimes. He loves Kyle and he wouldn’t cause him pain intentionally -I’m sure he’d be devastated to realize that he did-, but he lacks that special empathy that seems to be ingrained in Spooky.

      Spooky on the other hand, is not only deeply empathetic and intuitive but also patient and wise well beyond his years. That kind of wisdom is only won through hard experiences, so I think he may have something to say to Kyle about his own past on the next page. Fingers crossed.

      • Elrohir

        Thanks Sofia. I agree that Paul will be devastated when he realizes that he’s hurt Kyle. His line in the previous page about feeling badly for any jokes that made Kyle feel that they wouldn’t accept him for being gay indicates that his heart is good. I think he doesn’t know enough to shut up because he’s scared for Kyle. He doesn’t know what to do about it, and his fear keeps him talking. He’s younger than Spooky in age but more importantly in experience. And so silence is awkward to him and he feels the need to fill it with conversation. I’m pretty sure of that.
        I agree with you about Spooky. Age and wisdom are not guaranteed to proceed at the same pace. And as I think you and others have observed already, Spooky is wise beyond his years.
        So many times we try and protect the young, and certainly I believe we should. But I think you have it right that Spooky has been through things that cause him to know how to respond. And one day, perhaps, if we are very, very, good; the Wizard Woolfson will let us see into Spooky’s past.
        **looks over his shoulder while straightening his halo to see if his excellent behavior so deserving of more data about Spooky has been noticed**

      • This is purely an aside/addendum to all this thinking. I have great sympathy for Paul, because 17 is a hard time to get things ‘right’. I also feel that (given the opportunity) I’m going to give he and Tsunami every benefit of the doubt as we experience their behaviors.

        How hard it is to be so young. I can remember. Further, in Kyle’s (and possibly other cases) to handle a minority sexual preference, well you know how hard I think that is and equally true for all of them. Gay or not. Young romance is hard stuff to learn and experience.

        Here’s a for instance — Amanda was 17 once. And telepathic? And hot looking? Did this mean she heard all the inevitable “guy” thoughts… until she learned to shut her power down? I don’t know, but that’s a potentially harrowing journey. Gay straight guys ARE guys… it’s in the genetics. Just as girls are girls. Maybe The Commander had a lot of gay male friends to relax with when she was younger. (?)

        How hard must any of that be to integrate with the responsibilities of an becoming an adult and learning to mange your super-powers. If you make bad decisions, it means much more than parents yelling… perhaps your ordinary mistake means people might die.

        Now add on to that… racial minority. I have great sympathy because in Paul and Tsunami we have very young men dealing with all of the things I mention above (assuming the TYP world is like ours, and I see no evidence to the contrary) and dealing with being an ethnic minority too.

        Obviously, I have only observational experience with which to articulate what that all means, but minority issues are minority issues, each with their own challenges and this seems like layers and layers of challenges. Many that we may not all be able to understand.

        One last complication, as food for thought.

        SHIPPING… Duncan, Loki, etc… well if you ship someone you forgive them a great deal. I’m not sure… is Spooky part Asian? If you don’t ship that ethnicity personally, does that effect your interpretation of his character motivations?

        If, Asians, Tsunami’s physique, or Paul’s ethnicity, are not your cup of tea… how does that effect your relationship with them and their actions and intentions.

        I have many latin, black & gay friends. I live in a city where it’s a given. IMHO, it’s a much harder combination (with gay) than I have being “simply” white and gay.

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally fine with anyone’s thoughts on any character for any reason. I respect that they are all unique to each of us. I’m just sharing why I have such sympathy for Paul and and the others and I want to see his actions through the kindest eyes.

        Obviously, I’d be very happy to see Kyle ship with ANYONE who loved him, made him happy and didn’t send him to hell (actually kidding, I’ll go there if Alex wants to do the work to make me believe that Kyle will be happy and safe).

        I know one thing, my husband of many happy years is with me today because of his racial shipping preferences. He’s a hot latin and (lucky me), he likes regular white gay dudes. I give thanks for this daily… except when he’s really annoying.

        Just a bunch of personal thoughts. Take care all.

        • Just to make this clear, I have nothing against Paul’s ethnicity. ^_^ That isn’t why I don’t like him all that much. ^_^ In fact my “friend of convenience” has similar ethnicity. I think I have mentioned him to @smsif:disqus before?

          • I KNOW that. Please, my post wasn’t in response to you. Just to a general neg. feel for Paul on this page, and I getting all emo and sympathetic. I know you too well to ever think that.

            Please never worry. 🙂

          • Well, I just thought I should make that clear. ^_^ Because I have been much kinder to Duncan/Anni than I have been to Paul for the most part.

            I wasn’t feeling well last night, so I might have been a tad acidic. Still not feeling that well, stomach is still giving me issues (day 3), and at least I can walk without much pain. My calves were insanely painful yesterday. Walking hurt a lot.

          • So very understood. Of course, I NEVER have an emotional outburst about how TYP makes me feel (LIE DETECTOR SAYS NO!™). Paul’s mistakes just got me thinking about mine and that got me thinking about layers and hardships and that made that post happen and you know the rest. o_O. DON’T worry.

            So… I hope you are feeling better. It’s so hard to think when the body isn’t happy. A lot of us can understand that.

            After I wrote that post, I started to think of a teenage telepathic Amanda hanging out with her horny gay friends. Of course, SHE didn’t have to be bothered, but I could imagine her every few seconds, hitting her gay friend on the arm (OUCH) as he spotted some new cutie and saying, “Ewwwww… STOP THINKING THAT!”

            *her gay friend shrugs, what you gonna do?*

          • I am just happy that you don’t hate me for not liking Paul. ^_^ Considering Paul is one of yours. ;-P

            And that would be funny. The Commander at the bar with some of her gay friends. ^_^

          • Hate you! Puhleeeze.

            You’d have to be an evil villain who would open the door to hell and allow millions of demons to eat half the world… and even then I might not like you without a lot of help from Alex, and I might wan’t to poke you in Dat Ass… but I’m still having trouble with full-on-‘hate’.

            And yes, clearly today The Commander has full facial control, even if she does pick up teenage male thoughts… but once upon a time… it could NOT have been so easy.

            Still… funny… Maybe The Commander coined the phrase ‘cockweasel’ … well she WOULD know.

            😛

          • *quickly hides world domination plans* Yeah *nervous laugh* Good thing I am not an evil villain. heh heh heh…..so ummm……yeah….

            How was your Valentines with Hubby?

            – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
            *giggles* Chris wants to “poke” “evil villain me” in “Dat Ass” *giggles*

            (Sorry Chris….but I couldn’t resist….and you didn’t say what you wanted to poke with, so that is up for interpretation. 😛 😉 ^_^ <.<)

          • Steven K.

            He said “full facial” hehehehe.
            (That’s my attempt at teenage guy thought for you. – It’s been quite a few years since then, but I’m tryin’.)

          • Elrohir

            **Considers the possibility of a universe where Chris would be emotionally detached about TYP or where Doki would be other than forthright — discards the concept as unworkable**
            But I have to say the Telepathic Amanda hanging out with her horny gay friends had me chuckling. Sort of from personal experience — well, not the telepathic part — but you know how guys notice where other guys look? Sort of a pack instinct for sex? Several years ago I was walking with a couple of good friends, one gay and one str8. Warm weather, beach town, heads swiveling to scan. My str8 friend elbowed me and said, “Will you stop that?” when I asked “Stop what?” He responded, “When I look where you’re looking half the time it’s a guy instead of a hot girl!” . I shrugged and said, “Sorry, can’t help it.” to which he gave an exasperated sigh and said, “For God’s sake, pick a lane!” Broke us all up, still a running joke after years.
            Given the intensity of imagination about sex of teenage boys (I’ll leave it to the women to chime in on their part, I can only speak for my own experience) and the frequency. I certainly hope Amanda learned to shield early. Yikes!

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Point well made. Paul’s lack of tact is obvious, but his concern for Kyle has equally been made obvious over the past few pages. Last page he apologised with “If *I* made you feel that way, I’m sorry” before moving on to admit collective guilt with the use of “It’s on *us* for making stupid jokes”, and took personal responsibility first. Then there was the rant about how angry he was about Annihilator hurting Kyle that he couldn’t think straight. And before that was the argument he had with Spooky about the best way to approach Kyle, where it was clear that he’s very worried about Kyle’s emotional state. It’s just that Paul has nowhere near as many skills for carrying through with his concerns as Spooky has. Personally I don’t particularly want to smack Paul, but I do feel like shaking my head, rolling my eyes and wearily going, “Oh, Paul…”

        • Steven K.

          Actually, Paul was worrying about, and rolling his eyes at, and shouting at Spooky for, the potentially inappropriate jokes and comments that came out of Spooky’s mouth. So, at heart, I think, as your other examples suggest, that Paul is just as concerned about Kyle as Spooky. Though there are some times where he could use some tact as well, that first response on this page to Kyle’s statement on the last panel of the last page being one of them.

    • This is the post I would have made, except way more harsh towards Paul and less eloquently, if I had been feeling better today. I think I got a stomach bug again. 🙁

      I was almost starting to not like him less….but then he opened that mouth of his….At this point I really think it would have been better for Kyle if it had just been Spooky and Mitch to come pick him up. Mitch might have been that annoying kid with all the questions, but IMHO I don’t think that Mitch would ever lack the tact that Paul does on this page.

      What I would like to see one the next page:
      Mitch slaps/punches Paul and chews him out over his behavior. …..Well, if he isn’t too busy eavesdropping on Spooky and Kyle. Though he could slap/punch Paul and then when Paul starts to ask “WTF dude?” Mitch just shoos him off and says, “Shut up I want to hear this, and you have a call to make”

      • SofiaT

        Ha! I’m annoyed at Paul right now but then I read a comment criticizing him more than I do and I want to intervene and defend him 😛

        Paul is not a bad guy. He loves Kyle and he does what he thinks is best for him. The problem is that, unlike Spooky, he seems unable to see the world in any lenses other than his own. And I insist his lenses are colored by jealousy at the moment. That makes me wanna “awww” and punch him at the same time. :0/

        • Heh, my views on Paul are always going to be negatively skewed. While I don’t hate him, I don’t like him either. And right now, I am really really really not liking him. He just practically undid all the good work they did till now in getting Kyle at least partially emotionally grounded. And nothing against Alex, but if Paul and Kyle end up together, I am going to throw a tantrum. I will hate the heck out it, but it is Alex’s decision and I have no say in it and will respect it. That just leaves more Mitch for me anyway since I won’t be sharing him with Kyle.

          I actually think Paul might know a guy who is really into Kyle but has been sworn to secrecy. I would rather have him play matchmaker for Kyle then have them end up together.

          …….and not sure if anyone has ever brought this up, at least I don’t remember seeing it, but has any one noticed that Fluke and The Annihilator’s outfits resemble each other? There are some differences, yes, but out of all the different looks we have, those two suits look a lot alike.

          • Steven K.

            I’m in your camp for Mitch + Kyle, and also don’t think Paul is a good match for Kyle, as I think Kyle needs someone a bit more sensitive, and Mitch has already shown that he is sensitive AND cares for Kyle a great deal. But, if that doesn’t happen someday, and Kyle ends up with someone else, you’ll only have to share Mitch with me, if he turns out to be at least “bi”. 😉

        • I am not saying he isn’t a good person. You know how sometimes you know instantly whether or not you are going to get along with people? For me Paul is one of those people that I just instinctually have a negative reaction to.

        • I understand that first sentence WAY too well.

          😛 indeed.

      • Elrohir

        Hmm..Disqus seems to have lost my response here…so if this ends up being a close duplicate I apologize.
        I really like your second scenario. I think if Mitch has overheard the entire thing he’s got to be fuming at Paul. Consider:
        First He’s got both the Owl hearing and the Eagle eyesight. So he has probably both heard the conversation but since the boys are walking back to him he can SEE the impact it’s having on Kyle. The anguished expression of somebody who never meant anything bad to happen but now finds himself believing that he is evil. And since a part of Mitches heart sits inside Kyle’s, he’s going to be on fire.
        Second He had to sit through a lecture by Paul about, “Can you man up for Kyle’s sake?” And then he can hear and see Paul doing the whole “What were you thinking? diatribe and dissecting Kyle’s actions in full blown oratory.
        So I’m completely down with being part of the:
        Mitch Gibbs smacks Paul.
        Paul does a “WTF dude?”
        Mitch responds “Shut up I want to hear this, and you have a call to make.”
        Nice call Doki

        • Steven K.

          Yeah – I totally agree and feel on-board with this as well.

      • Steven K.

        Whether it is as a “big brother” type of thing, or more romantic in nature, I think Mitch loves Kyle, and even given his young years, feels like he’d do anything to help or comfort or protect or defend or revenge him.

    • I’m on my iPad so I can’t give your wonderful analysis justice in my response, but you’ve got me grinning here. Very well done. A real pleasure. 🙂

    • This was fantastic. I loved your book and agree with almost everything, I only say ‘almost’ because I have to read it a few more time and I’m giving myself an out… but it’s all great.

      I tend to forgive Paul all, because we are so very oblivious at that age. I love your noting the touching and Paul’s hesitancy. That’s the kind of “should-I/shouldn’t-I” stuff that you only get a sense for, with maturity. ‘Friend in trauma’. Do I touch him?

      I think I told the story once of a friend who ended in hospital after being gay-bashed in NY. I had hugged him many many times in our lives. It was a close and comfortble friendship. And, when he flinched as I came too near the bed, I had exactly that feeling… do I touch and act like all is normal or gently provide a safety zone? I was much older than 17. At 17 every encounter has some of that lack of sureness.

      I also love how YOUR analysis touches so well on each cause and effect. I remember “thinking” the same things, but I expressed usually one-side of the emotional duality for economy. I love the thought you put into expressing each action and reaction. Clearly, I take great pleasure in over-thinking the extreme effort I see AA&V putting into each page. So your ‘book’ just extended the pleasure. Alex clearly puts as much or more story telling into the physical expressions and reactions as he does into each line of dialog. I love your exploration of it here.

      I also agree, and I said it too, Kyle’s pain and non-verbal confusion is the loudest thing on the page and Spooky hears every word of it. What perfect sense it makes that his ‘power’ centers around thought, emotion, comprehension and perception. Clearly his “super” and human abilities are thoroughly entwined.

      Elrohir… this was a wonderful morning read. Thank you so much for taking the time. I really enjoyed it.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      The comment for panel 1 about confirmation of Kyle’s darkest fears resonates with something that I wrote about (got worked up about) back in mid January: that Kyle is now ‘twice bitten, three times shy’ about the prospect of safely finding romance and carnal release, and so will stoically deny himself these options for the sake of public safety. What Sophia and myself hashed out was that self-sacrifice from a superhero is laudable when they think the people it’s being made for are worth it, but more worrying when it’s done as a form of self-flagellation and penance.

      So, yeah. That sad look on Kyle’s face in the first two panels isn’t mere embarrassment about a mistake, so much as a look of regret as he reaches the conclusion (has his conclusion confirmed by misreading Paul and Spooky’s responses) that the whole romance &/or sex thing isn’t going to work for him and he needs to start doing what he thinks a responsible adult would do and practicing compulsory abstinence. His speech from the last two panels of the last page about ‘some things being out of bounds’ didn’t mention Annihilator specifically, and was ambiguous enough that it could be read far more broadly. Meanwhile Paul is babbling on about finding Kle a nice boyfriend, and I can well imagine Kyle thinking something like ‘Oh Paul, you’re such an optimist. Sometimes the luck doesn’t balance out’. Sometimes I worry that Kyle is a bit too noble for his own good.

      • Elrohir

        I think it’s been mentioned a few times (I know I read something from Chris recently about it) that it’s experience that let’s people begin to see past what’s said to how people are feeling. An inexperience/youth that ignores the signs and rushes boldly through convinced that their world view is the correct one if “only people would listen”
        Kyle is in that feedback point where he can hear things that people mean to be comforting and yet the statements just become another stone that he sets into the wall he’s building to isolate himself. In his head I imagine a kind of monologue similar to what you started,
        “Why can’t they just understand I’m not safe to be around? Demonspawn?!?! Who could love a demonspawn? Who would want to? I just end up hurting the ones I care about…or the ones I try to help…no wonder…the source of my power comes from hell…no good can come of that…why can’t they see I’m not worth it…the only person who wanted to date me is an arch villain, and even he didn’t want me…he was just using me…my first sex and it opens a portal to hell…why can’t they see the danger?…they don’t know…if they really knew they couldn’t love me…they are better off without me…”
        Stone by stone, block by block he builds the reasoning that says isolation is the only safe path. A life of loneliness and despair is his fate. And every perceived confirmation such as Paul’s “EXACTLY!” is just the mortar that binds the stones together.
        I think Spooky sees this, I think he has plans, I think that the Wizard Woolfson has a way out for us. I hope so…
        “Marvelous thing experience! Let’s you recognize a mistake the next time you make it!”

    • Steven K.

      Your assessment/analysis of the first couple panels and Kyle’s expressions – yes – definitely heartbreaking for reasons you describe – you caught all those perfectly. And the rest – a nice heroic posting all ’round. You’re giving Christoper a “run for his money”. 😉

      • Elrohir

        Thanks, as I said, it just kind of took off. But there are so many great discussions in here to build off of and new ideas getting tossed in constantly, that anything I write is pretty much a synthesis of concepts other folks are already posting on. A very cool space to hang out.

      • Not a bit. Love it! It’s great fun to see if you can guess all the subtext Alex, Adam and Veronica have squeezed into each panel. It’s great fun to have Erohir exploring also. Like I said, love it. Anyone who wants to, should join in the pondering. 🙂

        • Elrohir

          I think Steven was just teasing me. 🙂 But one of the things I have come to love about this group is the constant synthesis. My interpretations are always being augmented or guided by the other folks views and thoughts. How would they not be? As with Admiral Jane’s pointing out to me that Spooky’s “Right” was said to himself. It works perfectly for me once it’s pointed out.
          Plus, it just feels safe to express myself in this group, and not only because of kind reactions like Steven’s, but because correction and guidance comes with a steady, caring hand as well. Or so it seems. TYP has an amazing group, as Alex has often said. But a community in the true sense of the word.
          Sigh…I’m not very good at explaining this, but I suspect you all pretty much know what I mean. And thanks very much for all the help.

  • John

    So I was going to weigh in with my thoughts on this except everything I was going to say has already been said. So I’m just going to draw attention to one, minor, overlooked details.

    In Panel 5 we have a return of… DAT ASS!!!! :O

    Gotta love that angle

    • SofiaT

      Ahem. It’s “dat butt”! 🙂

      Unfortunately “dat ass” hasn’t made an appearance yet on this chapter.
      Or, fortunately. Depends on how you wanna look at it. :0/

      • Elrohir

        I sense a copyright defense in the offing.

      • My point is made about action figures and correct model proportions!

        • Elrohir

          Well, if it’s of sufficient concern, and I suspect it would be; I would have to recommend an exhaustive study of live models to get the correct proportions for the action figures. And since I suspect that a study in which I am the only judge would, perish the thought, be considered biased; I suspect that I need to call for volunteers to help. Any takers?
          **having at least half the sense given the average human I’m retreating to a safe location until the rush clears**

          • John

            Ooh ooh! Me me me me me! Pick me, Pick me! 🙂

          • Elrohir

            I was going to try and figure out a totally unbiased mechanism for choosing the panel members, but Chris said he’d take care of the selection for me. Wasn’t that nice of….hey! Wait a minute!? 🙂

          • John

            Also, I love your avatar name; do you have a twin brother by any chance?

          • Elrohir

            Very rare for elves to have twins you know… 🙂
            Thanks though, but I do have an older brother.

          • John

            It’s just that, though rare, Elladan and Elrohir were an example of twin Elves. I do know another pair of brothers who style themselves as Earendil and Elwing.

            I don’t know which is worse; them for doing it, or me for getting it 😛

          • Elrohir

            Actually, I have to say I think it’s incredibly cool that you get it. Still, no birth twin. I am however, one of those incredibly lucky individuals who has a soul twin. I don’t get to see him half often enough. But he’s always on the edge of my mind, and he’s one of those rare folk who can wander the clutter that is my mind’s attic and unerringly wend his way to the thing I am trying to figure out or explain. He has seen me at my worst and yet he still finds the good in me. So perhaps I should have said,
            “Why yes, I do have a twin!”

          • John

            I envy you 🙂

          • Elrohir

            Many is the time I’ve found myself thinking that I don’t know how I got that lucky…good reminder though, I need to give him a ring and let him know it. Thanks.

          • John

            Hey, Congrats! Just remember: No Hellish manifestation on your wedding night. It can complicate things 😉

      • John

        Oops. Etiquette fail :blush:

        Still, my point remains. It’s a great angle on something we’ve not seen in some time 😀

        • SofiaT

          Not an etiquette fail, it’s just that Dat Ass™ is owned by The Annihilator. 🙂

    • Not overlooked… Maybe OVER Looked…. Some of haven’t stopped looking. LOL.

  • SofiaT

    $485! Ding, ding ding!! 😀

    • You lot are so swell. I wake up to the dest Dings! Thank you.

      • SofiaT

        Hey, don’t look at me. I haven’t done anything.
        I wish I had but, ever since I’ve been left paying the rent for a two-bedroom apartment on my own, I’m having to be extra careful with the purse-strings. :0/

        Thanks to everyone who did donate though!

  • Sapfo

    Did not Spooky use to touch Paul in the last panel? o.O
    (am I losing my mind or just making things up?)

    • He touches Kyle’s shoulder in 3 & 4. Otherwise not on this page. 🙂

  • Shella_Bluey

    I’ve read on the internet that Bluey in Australia can be a nickname for a red-headed person. I found that interesting and now wonder if Australians really use this and if it has a positive connotation.

    • Elrohir

      I’m only visiting here in Sydney (headed back today) and we’ve some Aussie contributors who can give you a better feel for connotation. I know the slang exists, but I’ve never really heard it used as opposed to the term “ginger” which I have heard. I had asked about it on a previous trip some years ago because I had read it in one of Arthur Upfield’s books, the “Boney” series. But I hang mostly with IT folks so maybe the use is more common elsewhere.

      • SofiaT

        I’ve been living in Oz for 3 years now and I’ve never heard that word used for red-heads. But it’s very possible I’ve just missed it.

      • Shella_Bluey

        Thanks Elrohir and Sofia for your answers, so it seems that it’s not a very commonly used word for a red-head.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      FWIW I’m familiar with the phrase but haven’t seen or heard it used much in ages, so it may be a colloquialism that’s dying out.

      • Shella_Bluey

        So an Aussie Kyle from an alternative world, where people still use somwhat out-dated words, could be nicknamed Bluey. 😉

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Yes, indeed.
          To futher expand my answer, I work at a uni library, so I’ve waited until got into work and check various dictionaries like the Macquarie Englsh D. and the Oxford D. of Australian Colloquialisms. It’s definately an Australian informalism, being traced back to 1906 and appearing as recently as 1975 in Xavier Herbert’s novel Poor Fellow My Country.

          • Shella_Bluey

            Thank you Saxon for looking that up. Now my curiosity is satisfied. 🙂

    • DC

      I think it pretty much is as Saxon says. I have cousins who are now in their mid to late 50’s and I remember back when they were in their late teens/ early twenties they had a friend called Bluey with very bright red hair. It was definitely positive and everyone called him that, kids and adults. I think most people didn’t even know his real name. More recently I’ve heard the term ginger and before that ranga (orangutang). Ranga was mostly not positive but could still be used light heartedly. I suppose it would depend on whether the red head was a mate or not. Friends can sometimes tend to give each nicknames. My sister has a nickname that has stuck with her since childhood. I can’t call her by her real name, it just doesn’t feel or sound right.

      • Shella_Bluey

        Thanks DC for your insightful answer and the interesting links. I always love learning things like that. 🙂

    • Terri Sutton

      It is a term that is a little out-dated, but there are some people that still use it. It is an affectionate name for a red-head.
      There is a mean spirited term for a red-head in Australia which is “Wranger”.

      • Shella_Bluey

        It’s a funny coincidence that I’ve chosen Bluey as an online nickname for me, I had red hair when I was younger (somewhat darker then Kyle’s hair). Thanks Terri for your answer. 🙂

  • Someone on Starfighter mentined the “Handy Dandy Notebook” so I did an image search and this came up as the first image…..:http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/14600000/Handy-Dandy-Notebook-random-14675730-640-512.jpg

    I could NOT stop laughing….

  • KingOfNymphs

    I think the second panel holds the most indication for the nature of the upcoming talk. The expressions just say so much

  • John

    Oh, I DO have something to add actually; that may have been said by others before but I’ve not seen it yet

    I’m sure Kyle is also wondering (although scared stiff may be a more accurate term) about how much of his nature is ‘hellish’. He’s gay, and dated a supervillian; is that related to him being a spawn of hell?

    I’m sure we’ll all agree that it’s NOT, at least not directly, but I also think he’s wondering about it now.

    I’M wondering if that might be what Spooky is going to talk to him about.

  • purplefoxglove

    “They are so going to make out!”

    *eyes glaze over and a goofy smile appears on her face as the inner cinema starts playing R-rated movies*

    Okay, my brain just short-circuited. Is it odd for me, as a straight woman, to want Spooky to be gay (and Alex’ teasing to be true)?

  • DC

    Not sure if anyone would be interested in these silly lists but this one is Your Hero Name. Just thought it was appropriate that K is Fire.
    http://thirdleg.largetony.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/1620377_274699352686912_1152820133_n.jpg

    • Depending upon which name I use I’m either Ms. Crusader or Invisible Hammer. HA!

      • HA!

        • Considering after taking the Avengers quiz, it’s even more funny.

          http://www.zimbio.com/quiz/7GTRzycgnl2/Avengers+Character

          • I can’t imagine what you’re talking about?
            *chris strolls off whistling*

          • I’m sure you can’t. 😛

          • HA!

          • Hmmmm…..I got the Hulk?

          • I got the Hulk the second time. 😀

            Some of the questions I could easily answer multiple ways.

          • I got Iron Man xD

          • YAY for Iron Man!

          • Sapfo

            Nick Fury! Do that mean I am the Commander? o.O

          • I got Nick Fury the first time I took it. 😀

          • Sapfo

            That don´t surprise me, You are a Admiral after all 😉

          • True! 😀

          • Elrohir

            Thanks to AJ I find out that I’m Thor. Now this I’m liking! 🙂

          • Yeah… I was Thor too. We won’t discuss who was Loki. It’s all like there’s a purpose to the universe…
            *chris falls about laughing*

          • SofiaT

            😛
            You may laugh now. Lets see how much you’ll laugh when I’ll have conquered the world. Mwa ha ha.

          • HA. I’m just hoping that, like Thor, I’ll be happy and oblivious when you do that………. “She WHAT? Well, when did THAT happen and why didn’t anyone tell me?” *thor-chris stomps off in huff*

          • b3nc0

            So, you’re the Hulk too?

          • Why yes yes I am.

          • Admiral Smash puny readers…

            *chris hurls Apple Fritter to distract Hulk/Admiral and runs in opposite direction*

          • Puny Chris!

          • Yes, but fast Chris!

          • The Flash fast? 😀

          • When Hulk is out… oh yeah.

          • Puny Chris is lucky tonight, Hulk is pretty content.

    • Ha… Super Warrior… (yawn) figures… Fine. I’ve played these games and it’s been much much worse.

      • Mega Streak……not sure how I feel about that

      • SofiaT

        I didn’t got you to play. I just sent the link.

        Not my fault if you and AJ have taken the test a dozen times each! 😛

        • I only took it *holds up four fingers* 4 times.

          • I’m asleep now… but I took the test exactly twice ONLY. Humph.

            Once as me, and once as me with super-powers. The super-me test went less manfully, so I think I’m going to remain simple human Chris. Thanks yew. 😛

      • b3nc0

        Well, re-posting the link ain’t really kind of you if you thought it might make readers lose time (I’m still way late with saturday’s page’scomments) ಠ益ಠ

    • Hihi.. from my real name it’s Wonder Hammer.

      • DC

        Is that kind of appropriate? I might have this wrong but Thor had a hammer. Thor was from Nordic mythology wasn’t he? Isn’t Denmark a Nordic country? Like I said I may have that wrong but sounds kind of right to me that you would end up with a hammer!

    • browntown

      I got Ms. America…. I’m not a beauty pageant girl.

    • Klaus

      The Annihilator is Captain Knight. I would be Fireman. Rather mundane, isn’t it? Not as bad as Giant Cape or Invisible Mask, though.

      Do we even know Kyle’s last name? Does it start with a Q?

      • DC

        I don’t think Kyle’s last name has been mentioned. I think he had a foster family. I wonder if he knows his last name himself.

        • Simple, we’ll do his last name old-school.

          (In fact, this may be what Spooky is going to tell him on the next page.)

          His full name would be something like “Kyle Laamprosson”. Right? Middle name is probably the mother’s uncle anyway, maybe ‘Hubert’ or something, so we’ll leave that out for now. Ho-hum… next page.

          • Klaus

            So “Fire Hammer”, and his best friends “Great Crusader” and “Thunder Crusader” (if Spooky is his real name).

          • Mom named him “Spooky” Jones? Interesting question.

          • b3nc0

            Maybe he changed his name at civil registration or whatever the service name is in US…

    • SofiaT

      I’m Thunder Guardian.

      …Sounds like I’m Thor’s nanny. :0/

      • Well I’m his Wonder Hammer..sooo 😉

        • b3nc0

          You buncha Scandinavians! ;°p

    • *sigh* If we go by my disqus name I am Captain America…..my real name….Mega Streak *sigh*

    • mogoskier

      Ms.Titan……YAY : ) I’m so happy.

      • DC

        I get Captain Thing. I’m not too sure what to think of that 🙂

        • b3nc0

          Hallo, Bro, I’m (the) White Thing!
          now we ALL know what to think of that

          • DC

            Ha! Well if I was a guy I would probably be proud that my thing was a Captain 🙂

          • b3nc0

            Sorry, Sis ;°)

    • silibub

      Space Knight, hell yeah!

      • b3nc0

        My! You’re related with Anni? His hero (yeah right) name should be Captain Knight!

  • Is it just me, or is the donation bar at $685?

    • Sapfo

      Yes, it is.

      • Do you think it could reach 800 by the time Alex gets to it?

        • Sapfo

          Only one way to make sure of that ;D

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Oh, are we playing silly buggers games with Alex’s headspace, are we? Fine. I’ll see your $685 and raise you $50.

          • Sapfo

            Then it is only needed 50 more now 😉

          • Oh a British Pound Sterling here… and a BPS there… What is one of the peerage to do? LOL.

    • Wow.. wonder if one person just gave $200 in the last few hours, or if it’s more than one and it just turned out to be that amount in total. So awesome how fast the money pile up xD

      • Maybe, but it’s been like that much of the day?

        • Oki 🙂 Just that last I saw it was 485, not 685, so somewhere in the hours between then and when I commented it jumped $200.
          Anyway, it’s still awesome how fast the donations for pages come in <3

    • Klaus

      I hope it means that Alex will not lose money on this bonus page.

  • We legitimately crossed the $400 mark sometime very early in PST, Sofia noted it. So, since then, some someone(s) have added $284 which, unless it is inaccurate, I would feel pretty sure that Alex will bank for the next >>>> Weds page. It’s so great that even those with kids and lots of calls on their dollars will spare $2. It’s really awesome.

    I have such a hard time imagining waiting a whole week. Yikes, I’m so spoiled now. Thanks mystery friends. 🙂

    • If you go to the different pages, you get different amounts. The very first page of the prologue says $352. The next page is a different amount. If you then go to page 23 of Ch 3 it says 750.19. So I have NO idea what’s up. Weird.

      • Thanks, but since I’m asleep now, I’m going to keep dreaming of $685, and not a cent less, until Alex comes back and destroys all hope by telling us the bar is broken.

        Until then the worlds our oyster!! Yipeeeeeeeeee!

        • Okay, the sun is basically up and someone has handed me coffee and a laptop. (Don’t be scared) Now it STILL says $685.19, but If I go back a page, you’re right, it says $750.19. Now this can mean only one thing!

          The Moderators have siphoned off almost $65 between the two pages for a Mod’s-day of beauty and pampering at a local spa. All, while Alex has been away…

          For. Shame. I. Say. For. Shame.

          ItcouldbegreenpledgebarerrorbutIdoubtit

          I think a leeetle bit too much Mod-luxe behavior. I’ve had actual sleep now and you CAN’T fool me!

          • *Do do do* We’re sorry this Mod is out of the service range enjoying a nice massage at a secret day spa please try again in an hour or 24.

          • ahahahahahahahahahahacoughcough…. excellent.

          • Elrohir

            Well…let me be the first to say that the Mods certainly deserve having a special secret day spa service. Yup..no question about it.. 🙂
            **Because Elrohir is COMPLETELY certain which side HIS bread is jellied on**

          • Why thanks you, kind sir!! I agree. 😀

            See @chrisdangerfield:disqus this is the way to treat Mods. 😛

          • (ahem) Poor Admiral her chemical peel and foot massage has sent her off the MOD railes. So sad.

          • Double 😛

            I demand grapes!! Peeled grapes!

          • Yeah… yeah… we know. Place directly in your mouth by hot well muscled naked slave boys. Ho-hum… it’s always that way… 🙂

          • Well of course. What did you expect? Just don’t deny you enjoy ordering them about.

          • b3nc0

            That kind of Spa service has always costed me more than 65 bucks… Al-ways-

        • Elrohir

          Totally orthogonal to the conversation topic…one day I hope to wake up and find that the world is my extra thick chocolate malt. Because THEN there would be some sense of order to the universe.
          **Now daydreaming about a local ice cream shop that used to make Chocolate Malts with Malted Milk Ball chocolate ice cream (Europeans should translate that as Malteaser)…heaven.**

          • Actually i was tired last night (clearly) and I hate oysters and not you have an Oyster-shake in my head. BAD BAD BAD.

          • Elrohir

            **offers Chris a Chocolate Malt to help drive the evil shake from his head**
            And it’s good for the soul too!

          • Truer words were never spoken my friend… Truer words…

      • I got it saying $750 too now. It’s probably something about how the cache catches up.. otherwise IDK.
        It would be funny if Alex comes back to a double *ding, ding, ding* within a page already again. Sadly I’m unable to help cross off some of those $50 missing for the moment -_-

        • SofiaT

          It says $750 for me too… Double “ding ding” would be awesome!

          • Elrohir

            Well…If I’ve done this properly and *IF* the counter is being mostly accurate, then I believe Alex should return to find 2 bonus pages in the bank. In any case, that was the intent. Let’s see if it updates.

          • Wohoo, $800 is in the bank.
            Again, you and the other donators truly rock!

        • Finally $750 for me as well. 🙂

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Alex: “Hi guys, I’m back… What the heck is this!!?”
          Us: “Uhm, hi. While you were away we got kinda silly and were playing with the donation bar trying to see what would happen if we clocked it twice… and we kinda broke it.”
          Alex [facepalms]: “What am I going to do with you people?”

          • I missed if Alex told he was going somewhere these last couple of days, or if he’s just really busy, but it’s always fun giving him surprises 🙂

          • Saxon_Brenton

            I’m pretty sure I remember him saying he was going away for the weekend.

        • Unbelievable… ROCK isn’t even a big enough word. Thank you all this is so so so cool.

          • b3nc0

            Would GOR’GNACK be bigger enough?

          • Elrohir

            OMG! A “Galaxy Quest” reference?!?! I am SO impressed. And not necessarily easy to do in context either.
            **walking away wearing a big grin**

  • Okay, I’m thinking it’s approximately 23 hours and 3 minutes until the next page is DUE. So depending on how Alex’s Valentine’s Day weekend went and how tired he is… we have between 19 and 23+ hours.

    *chris sits staring at screen patiently*

    What? No, I’m not obsessing. Why would you think that? I didn’t refresh!

    • SofiaT

      Um… I hate to be the one breaking it to you but the new page is not due till about 44-45 hours from now… You skipped a day on your calculations :0/

      • (click) “We’re sorry Chris is sleeping right now… when he should be… and not doing impossible maths… that he can’t even do very well even when awake. Please leave your name and number and we’ll return your call at a sensible hour. Thank you.” (click)

        • Sapfo

          Oh but I love your brain. Math or no maths 🙂

          • Finally, someone who understand the beauty in the fluidity of higher mathematics the way I do. I love your brain too Sapfo!

    • DC

      Are you confused or am I confused? In 23 hrs and 3 mins it will only be Tuesday 7.15 PM for me and that still will not be Weds and we usually get to Weds before USA

  • jreed3842

    Hi, everyone! I’m super late to comment on the updated page. I wasn’t able to camp last weekend because I was hanging out with this really awesome guy… who is officially my boyfriend now! Hehe. (He’s also a Young Protectors Fan. We read the new page together Saturday morning, lol.)
    But this page intrigues me. I think Spooky is cooking something…. but what is it?

    • Sapfo

      Yay for new Love! ^_^

      Jreed3842 and new Love sitting in a tree
      R.E.A.D.I.N.G the young protectors!
      (Well, you might be kissing, but you never said anything about that)

      • jreed3842

        Haha! We’d TOTALLY be kissing and reading. Haha. 😛

        • Excellent news… geek-love is the very best kind! Congratulations.

          • jreed3842

            It certainly is, haha!

    • Congrats jreed! It is always great when you and your s/o share an addiction. ^_^

    • Yay!!

    • alyssia

      sex

      • A man with sex on his mind?

        Golly it’s like you’re psychic or something.

        LOL (total teasing) And with some of our ladies, that joke is certainly not confined to the males. Most of my hottest links have have come from a few our female readers. HA.

        • alyssia

          hell I was just looking for yaoi web comics then I get pulled in to this amazing fan base

    • Congrats on the new boyfriend, jreed! (And if he likes both you and The Young Protectors, then clearly he has excellent taste. 😉 )

      • HA.

        The new bar for newborn relationships. Current reader hands new boy/girl-friend a copy of ARTIFICE on their first date and says read this first… and THEN we’ll talk. 🙂

        • LOL. Sounds like a plan to me. 😉

          • Elrohir

            You know…using both ARTIFICE and TYP as a filter mechanism…hmm…it would certainly improve the odds considerably…going to have to think about this…

      • jreed3842

        😀 Thanks, Alex! We’re both excited that you congratulated us on our relationship! Haha.

    • b3nc0

      Would he be, by any chance, the camper type? Shall there be some smexy camping ahead? *wiggle eyebrow*
      you don’t need to be shy about texting each other in these comments either we won’t read promised

      • jreed3842

        He camps, but I don’t think he’s a commenter on here.. So… Haha. I dunno if y’all will here from him or not!

  • *Ding, ding, ding* and and another fucking huge double DING! (pardon my language)

    We now have the whole of March covered for bonus pages 😀

    Since Alex isn’t around to say it yet, let me tell you how astonished I am by the generosity of my fellow readers <3 I try donating a few dollars here and there when I can, but a HUGE thank you hug to you guys who really make sure that this comic is updating at full speed.

    • What Dwolf said… awesomeness abounds!

    • Sometimes such language is called for and I think it’s very called for here. 😀

      • Ummmm… yeah… “fucking hugh double DING!”

        It’s a bit racy but I think it’s just right! HA!

    • Elrohir

      TYP and its community is an exceptionally special place. There is no doubt about it. All y’all are amazing*. It’s so much fun to hang out here and to read all of your analysis on TYP. Heaven.
      Note: * trying out the West Virginia translation for emphasis

      • *Boy HOWDY!

        • Elrohir

          Chris is multilingual!! 🙂

          • HA!

          • bronakopdin

            really? xD there sure are situations where you can speak of dialects and really mean another language eh? at least there are some German cases ^^

          • No. Definitely not really. I only speak English and a word here or there of another language. I know what you mean. When I visit friends all over the UK… well just from South to North sometimes I have noeeeee idea what we’re talking about. 🙂

          • Elrohir

            Or, as one of my colleagues likes to phrase it,
            “I speak two languages. American, and bad English.”

          • There is one of those funny cards that floats around with a picture of a classic 1950’s Patricia Neal type, complete with cigarette and pears, smiling and saying, “I’m fluent in three languages… English, sarcasm, and profanity.”

          • alyssia

            me too how weird !!!

          • Steven K.

            I’m imagining Bette Davis saying that – with her characteristic flourish of her cigarette-bearing hand.

          • Steven K.

            Aren’t those one-and-the-same?

          • Elrohir

            Ouch…possibly..maybe…potentially…okay…yes. 🙂

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Two observations:

      Firstly, our plan (well… I wouldn’t actually call it a plan, ’cause that implies co-ordinated ‘planning’… more a fan consensus on the Way Things Should Be) to slowly increase the number of bonus pages on backlog at anyone had only recently made to to ‘five’, and this will make ‘six’. Well done. Although to be fair I imagine that lead will be whittled away come the next Kickstarter drive as people reassign their finances.

      Secondly, the donation bar seems to be programmed with $400 as the default target. And whenever we go over that, the amount of green shrinks proportionately. I mean look at it now with the green $800 at half way – it’s almost as though the bar thinks that if we’re being frisky with our money it can goad us into giving even more by setting a new temporary target of $1600. Hey, maybe we *have* broken it.

      • Sapfo

        I was kind of hoping of getting the donation bare down to the zero line again. But that would take a lot of work I think.
        I think that if we got it up to 1200 right now, it would most likely be 1/3 green. If we got it up to 1600, it would most likely be 1/4 green and so one.
        I do not think the donation line shrinks, but that it gets longer and longer.

        And I do think you are right, the next kickstarter will most likely make people spend their money on it.

        • Saxon_Brenton

          I think that would be another variation on ‘the threat of Zeno’s paradox’ 🙂

      • Elrohir

        I have to say, at the first sentence I had lines from Monty Python’s the “Holy Grail” running in my head.
        “I thought we were an autonomous collective?”
        I think you are probably right about the redistribution. However, all things which keep Alex, Adam and Veronica creating are a plus in my book (and I suspect that’s true for most of us).
        Does this question count as a simply internal matter only requiring a simple majority? Or do we have to get a 2/3 majority at the biweekly council? And who’s turn was it to stand as chair this month? 🙂

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Ha! Actually, I was channelling the waffling that the David Tennant Tenth Doctor got up to. But, yep, I can see how Monty Python would fit too.

          • Elrohir

            Yup…I can hear his voice in those lines…nice.
            Have you checked him out in “Broadchurch”? It was playing on Qantas so I got to watch the first 7 episodes. I like it.

    • bronakopdin

      if this continues I soon need to put away some money because I plan to donate for the bonus page that will be released on my bday (since it’s a Wednesday)…. in July xDD

  • My man teases me mercilessly because I’m the geek and he’s the sports junky… but he does like to check out the hot TYP guys, but pretends to be cool. ahahahahaha. Liar. Except he said I’d probably go to hell for Duncan cause he’s so hot.

    Yes……… I hit him. LOL.

    • Well.. isn’t a sports junky just another type of geek?

      Sports or comic .. there’s hot butts to be looked at in both of them 😉

      • Elrohir

        Absolutely true…nothing wrong in appreciating the sports abilities of those water polo players…or those Aussie rules football players…umm…exactly! 🙂

        • Australian Ruuuuuuuuugby… oh gad.

          • SofiaT

            There are three or four different kinds of football here (I think four, including European football -what you guys call “soccer”). But Aussie Rules is the best for eye candy 😀

            I’ve been to a game, I didn’t understand half of what was going on but it was all very pleasant, I’ll tell you that!

          • Elrohir

            They tell me Aussie Rules was originally developed to keep cricket players in shape off season. That’s why it’s played on a huge oval cricket pitch. Well, with all due respect, I think they over achieved in the sense that the AFL players seem much more fit than the cricket players. I can’t follow the rules either, but it’s way fun to watch.
            One minor point on the “what you guys call soccer” , the term “soccer” was originated by the English to distinguish it from Rugby Football. Then they get the poor unsuspecting American’s using it and then dump it. Hmm…puts me in mind of that silly measurement system they stuck us with…inches, feet, yards…but at least we dodged the currency thing and went straight to decimal. I mean, who counts in 12s and 20s? 🙂
            **promptly ducks behind the furniture in case Sofia hasn’t had her flat white this morning**

          • SofiaT

            I’m not going to throw anything at you -I never understood the imperial system either, I’ve grown up using the metric. 😛

            And yep, Aussie Rules guys are very, very fit 😀

          • I figure I’ll understand everything in another fortnight, but by then I’ll probably have eaten enough to have gained a stone and … we will not be having that.

          • Oh indeed. Sometime it get’s… erm… quite energized… (so to speak).

          • SofiaT

            Energized? The version of the Aussie Rules players’ “pat-on-the-back” is to grab their teammates’ asses.

            When I went to the stadium to watch a game with my friends, we started our own game, counting how many times people’s asses were grabbed.

            Fun, fun game!

      • Oh for sure… his fave are all about the cutest players.. or I should say HOTTEST, which is a completely dif thing. Still, it doesn’t mean we don’t wrangle and tease each other endlessly… LOL.

      • Do you KNOW how geeky it is to listen to guys into running their “fantasy” sports leagues… IT IS HYSTERICAL.

    • mogoskier

      The next time he teases yo just remind him, the only difference between D&D and fantasy football is the creativity.

      • alyssia

        I JUST DIED that is so true

    • Sapfo

      I do recall somthing about unzipping guy war 😉

    • Cman65

      Oh come on Duncan is HOT and the way Kyle looked when he droped his pants hung too!!!

  • alyssia

    am I the only one who thinks spooky and kyle should be together I mean its just perfect

    • No you are very much NOT the only one! 🙂

      • alyssia

        ur my favorite person now

        • Chris is everyone’s favorite person…..I am pretty sure we have a fan club. ^_^

          • alyssia

            lets make it happen someone make a web page !!!!

          • You guys are too funny about me. It took me forever to untangle this thread (ahem).

            About TYP… See, I think that Paul would be great in bed and he’d be there for Kyle forever. If you hurt Kyle, in Paul’s world, he’d tear your throat out. Loyal to the end. Not a bad thing in a BF or long-time partner. Trust me it makes you feel good and safe to feel like #1.

            However, in the truest sense, if Spooky is of the nature to fall in love with Kyle, he’d be a true Top, and I’m NOT talking about sex, because leader in a relationship is not about penetration, it’s about maturity and love and trust and experience.

            If it was Spooky, he’d keep Kyle’s endlessly pure nature and generosity from harming himself. He’d in essence protect Kyle from his own best self. He’s older and wiser than his years (@disqus_E1BJEAP7bC:disqus said that).

            Can’t go wrong either way, but it’s a subtle difference and speaks to these men as they are at THIS age TODAY… all thing change.

            Fun thoughts though.

          • Elrohir

            Very well said…and while I can certainly appreciate all that Paul might be for Kyle, I still find myself in the Spooky camp. Wiser than his years indeed.
            I certainly do appreciate the way that you occasionally wander into my head, sort through the jumble of ideas and organize a small corner to provide these revelations. Or maybe putting into words what myself and I suspect a number of others, feel. Either way or however it works for you, thanks. This helps.
            **Tips his metaphorical hat to Chris**

    • Lucretia Bell

      I’m more in favor of Paul and Kyle…

      • alyssia

        paul would be a good top

    • Elrohir

      Nope…in fact, certain people, who will remain nameless, are already recruiting a small army to vote in that direction should the chance ever come up. 🙂

      • alyssia

        I shall join that army and move up to be the general

    • Cman65

      No I think he should find a new guy, one so out-there and over the top. And Kyle likes them with big hairy cheasts

      • alyssia

        like Vikings

        • … with Hammers… who look like Chris Hemsworth… WAIT. WHAT. Sorry, was eve-dreaming and I got lost in another AU…

          • Elrohir

            Seriously, maybe it’s just having seen him in the role a few times now, but can you think of a better person to cast as Thor…
            **more pondering is going to be required**

  • b3nc0

    O’rightey, the donation thingy says $ 800.19 but the green bar is only halfway through…
    Does that still mean there will be a double dose of DING-DING-DING-DING?

    • Sapfo

      We have to wait for Alex, but I think it’s a double Ding in our future.

      Edit: and there is the ding ^_^

      • b3nc0

        Did we wrapped up a full March of extra-giga-wednesday-bonus updates?

      • Alex has posted a Double Ding, but the bar has yet to reset.

    • SofiaT

      I don’t mind staring at it -it looks good. It can stay “broken” for a while if it wants. 😀

      Seriously, all the people who donated. You. Guys. Rock.

      • HA! I feel the same way… it’s kinda hypnotic!

      • Elrohir

        There’s an old saying in Ireland:
        “Tip a musician, go to heaven.”
        Which as it happens I believe was started by an Irish Musician…but I still follow it religiously when I can. So, in the very best tradition of:
        “I have a new strategy R2…”
        I propose:
        “Tip the TYP team and send a whole bunch of your friends to web comic heaven.”
        **Because I figure the only thing better than going to heaven is bringing your friends with you.**

        • b3nc0

          Aaww… You adorable you ♥

          • Elrohir

            Thanks. I have my moments…not a lot of them…not all in a row…but I have my moments. 🙂

        • Yr ydych yn dweud y pethau doethaf.

          • Elrohir

            And you good sir, never cease to amaze. Welsh for heaven’s sake! I had to look up the translation, but there was no doubt what language given those combinations, do you speak it?
            I find it no surprise that your kindness and patience are bywords in these discussions. Many thanks my friend.

          • Sorry to disappoint, but not an ever-lovin’ word of Welsh do I speak. Google Translate, to my shame.

            Your talk of musicians made me think of pubs and musicians and … well there you are.

            Long ago, I worked for a woman, with a British nanny, who had a Welsh boyfriend (who thought he spoke American). I never understood a word he said… in English.

          • Elrohir

            It’s a lovely soft language though…I really enjoy hearing it. But I know what you mean, you can lose me with any of a strong, Mancunian, Yorkshire or broad Scots accent even though I think they all believe we use the same dictionary more or less…

          • I visited Scotland oh too many years ago and one of the greatest thrills I received on that whole trip was an old taxi driver calling me: Darlin’ with a beautiful thick Scots brogue, the R’s rolling. Oh! Even now. THE BEST THING EVAR!!

  • Sapfo

    Alex, great to hear that Bf and you hade a good weekend. The double ding was fun.
    Well I am of to bed now , good people. It will be a short camping for me tomorrow. Short but sweet! ^_^

  • Don’t forget to vote for TYP and Artifice!

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      Did that earlier.

  • Not sure how many here are also fans steampunk, but this is my (so far) favorite song, by my favorite steampunk band. They have good music and are a great bunch of people. (Though I personally think they could have done a little better with the video, but it is still cute.)

    This is a waltz. ^_^
    http://youtu.be/zshyGjEttME

  • silibub

    Gghghhh I don’t want to go to class…I’m glad it’s bonus page day, and that I can look forward to new page anticipation getting me through class all the way to the end of March! Thanks so much, everyone!

    I hope Spooky gets well started with whatever bomb(s) he’s gonna drop, because if the page ends with something like, “There’s something I haven’t told you/that you should know…” the suspense will kill me before Saturday!

    • alyssia

      we will both die they can put on our tombstones ” died of the yaoi suspense” and everyone will cry

  • b3nc0

    *lips quivering* The… the green bar is *drew air in* white
    TTATT
    No more buckses in the piggy «Boo-hoo-hoo»

    • Klaus

      There is only one way to fix that.

      • b3nc0

        Return the couch’s cushions?

    • Ummmm…..is it bad that I am trying to finish this story while Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is on the tv?

      • b3nc0

        I was just told on the Avengers quizz that Pop culture references often pass me by… Was that true, then?
        Thanks for the pics, BTW…

      • Not so bad now. The Big Bang Theory is on. ^_^

    • I’m sure the story will be lubricious and wonderful, but that picture is FANTASTIC! Congrats lady photographer. Really stunning. Everyone check it out. She’s seriously got a great eye for her photos.

      • Did you only look at the first one? There are a few. ^_^

        • Yes… cooking diner for man-person now, but will look more shortly…. 🙂

      • Chris is right! These pics are amazing. Be sure to check out all the ones from today, folks.

    • Kyletin

      Sorry, but where are you from? 🙂

      • I am currently living in Tennessee

        • Kyletin

          I had no idea TN looked like that! I’m from central IL, so that means all I know are cornfields. ;D

  • alyssia

    s t bad that I comment on my web comics like religiously

    • b3nc0

      & there are TWO masses a week! & the collection, too ;°)

      • alyssia

        true just think , how many web comics do you think each of us check a DAY

        • Kyletin

          I check 6, but I don’t reply to 5/6 in any sort of comments, and here I’m not so present yet (I will be trying to get there! :2); I love checking webcomics in the morning. 🙂

          • Piffle… I just check and see the 6,236,754 webcomics that Danish Wolf checks during MY night and add that to the 6,100,338 that Sapfo checks and I consider that I’ve done my due diligence. Silliness aside, I agree it’s kinda swell to pour the coffee and check a few favorites in the morning. It sets the day off just right! 🙂

          • But you can’t even see half the comics I check, because sadly they don’t use the Disqus comments system. So many comics you miss D:

            (I just got here and was scanning what was said during camp, and your comments showed up as new just as I reached here >.>)

          • HA! I stand by my intentions (even if my math is wonky as certain Koalas claim). LOL.

          • DC

            HA!!!!

          • Sapfo

            HI!
            I only read 5,999,999. Humr! -_-

      • *Gregorian chants heard echoing in the background vestibule*

        • b3nc0

          WTF, man? I was reading your comment to Elrohir’s book from 3 days ago, then *1 new comment above* ==> your shout to Silli then *one other person is typing* ==> you again (4 times with this one) Are you on a mission to get back to the 1000 comments all by yourself?
          ;°P

          Edit: *bows before leaving the row & humbly exiting the temple of Sint-Erweb* be back for the morning Eucharist after a short nap (in time for the prayer vigil, I hope…)

          • LOL… Mission from the Goddess? Nope. Just mass confusion. LOL.

          • Elrohir

            **Actually thinking that portions of this video probably resemble the services in Chris’ church**

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQPp-cWumJM

          • Perhaps a bit more dignified…

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvKtsiEmEUM

          • Elrohir

            Your view of more dignified is Stewie going Benny Hill with a group of, you’ll forgive the expression, buxom babes? 😉
            ** Thinking that I really, really need to find a way to hang out with Chris or at least attend services in his church**

          • Elrohir

            Actually, there are some of us who have begun to suspect that Chris is in possession of a Tardis…no proof yet…just suspicion…

        • Elrohir

          **wondering what the lyrics to Chris’ Gregorian Chants would be and if they would include actions similar to the monks from “The Holy Grail”.**

          • How well you know me.

            Where do you think I was introduced to bored monks with boards…

          • Elrohir

            Oh wow…that just opened up a whole range of possible story lines…Chris with bored monks with boards…man…more pondering is going to be required. 🙂

    • Terrible. Horrible. And pretty much just like all the rest of us TYP addicts here. So WELCOME. HA.

  • alyssia

    look at panel 5 kyles butt tho <3

  • Pikinanou

    … is it Wednesday, yet? 😀

    • DC

      It is for me 🙂

      • See I told you the page would be up in just a few hours… *snerk* 🙂

        • DC

          yeah sure mate just a few hours, 2 days minus 5 hours ago. Pfft to editing, just kidding.

          • Editing… I was sleeping soundly like the good lad I am… can’t imagine what you mean. *snerk*

            Besides if you and Saxon are in the future just describe the page to me now, I promise I won’t share any spoilers. 🙂

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Well… yes, but… The advantage of being in a time zone on the leading edge of the international date line (like Australia) is that we get to Wednesday sooner, but the counterbalancing disadvantage is that we don’t get the new page in the very first seconds of Wednesday but instead have to wait for Wednesday afternoon.
        (The *real* advantage is that we don’t have to sit up until midnight with camping)

        • BUT YOU’RE IN THE FUTURE!

        • Elrohir

          It’s one of those disrupting things…leave Sydney on the 4pm flight Monday afternoon and arrive in SF at 10:30 Monday morning…
          Now if we could just do it with the lottery tickets…

  • I make no promises that is will be any good. But enjoy. ^_^ And no I will not be posting it all at once….I am kinda still working on it and need to think how I am going to deal with the situation I am currently having trouble with. But I figured I could start teasing everyone. ^_^

    Two men leave a club, one looking a little sullen and the other wearing a smirk.

    “I can’t believe he left us to hang out with some girl he just met.”

    “He was bound to have some good luck tonight, he did trip on air and fall earlier.”

    “Well….yeah….but this was supposed to be a ‘guys night’, Paul wasn’t supposed to find a girl and leave us thirty minutes after arriving.”

    • b3nc0

      Gimme, gimme, gimme♫
      Your men after midnight♪

    • Spooky smiles, “Guys night, huh? Why didn’t you invite Mitch along then?”

      Kyle’s face flushes and Spooky’s grin gets wider. “I, uh…he is….I mean…I just…..wanted to, you know, hang out with my best buds…”

      “And Mitch is no longer one of your best buds? You know, he is starting to get really hurt that you are avoiding him.”

      “I’m not avoiding him!” Spooky gives him a look that says try again bud, I am not buying it.

      • "Well, maybe I am a little, I just don't know what to do."
        Spooky gets an enigmatic smile and puts an arm around Kyle's shoulders.  "Well, since it is just you and me tonight, I have an idea."  Spooky glances at his watch. "Yeah, I have a really great idea."

        • silibub

          WHAT COULD IT BE

          • What do you think it is?

          • silibub

            MAGICAL BONING. I DON’T KNOW WHY I’M YELLING.

          • WHAAAAAT???

          • b3nc0

            SHE SAYS HE’S GONNA DO SOME FORTUNE-TELLING WITH FINGER BONES

          • oh. okay.

          • silibub

            I’m going to need some finger bones. Either someone will have to donate, or we’ll order some chicken wings and see if the bones from those are acceptable substitutes.

          • There must be some readers who will give you and hand… *snigger*

          • silibub

            And if they do volunteer, we’ll have some palmists, too.

          • Ahahahahaha… indeed.

          • I KINDA WANNA YELL TOO WITH THESE GREAT IMAGES DOKI HAS PUT IN MY HEAD.

          • Sapfo

            A good start ^_^

          • thank you Sapfo, I wonder if stickfigure will like it?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I do indeed!!!

          • *sounds of someone running on a treadmill*

            I can't believe they did it again.  I have been old enough to hang out with them for months, but they are still leaving me out.  Not to mention that I barely get to speak to HIM anymore, what did I do to make HIM avoid me?

            Commander took Tsunami with her this time time for one of those new all inclusive supers meetings…If it had been my turn, I wouldn't have to feel this way.

          • Mitch reaches out and adjusts the settings to pick up the pace.

            It is nice to have the gym all to myself though.  I get to blast the music I like, I don't have to turn on the lights, and I can wear my favorite pair of running shorts without any ribbing (I couldn't make up my mind which of these I liked most for Mitch, so you can pick one from the three links provided ^_^ enjoy ^_^).

            http://www.skinzwearphotography.com/prodImages/A14-1499-Skinzwear-Mens-Swimwear-Shorts-Running-Cover-Up.jpg

            http://www.ioffer.com/img/item/524/370/876/mens-soft-running-sports-royal-velvet-gym-shorts-aq703-d60b.jpg

            http://img0110.popscreencdn.com/161264651_new-mens-running-shorts-home-shorts-with-pockets-color-.jpg

          • But I would still rather be out with them having fun. (inner sigh)  I really wish I would stop getting so wound up every time they leave me out.  If running for another 10 minutes doesn't help settle me down, I guess I will have to end up doing that again. 

            Mitch adjusts the speed again and picks up the pace even more.

            *15 minutes later (running hard for 10, 5 min cool-down)*

            "Well, crap, there is only one thing left to do to help me unwind."  Really was hoping that running for an hour would release everything.  I really feel awkward doing it here, but at least I don't have to worry about anyone bothering me. 

          • *Outside the YP building.* "Spooky?  What are we doing at headquarters?"

            Spooky smiling enigmatically just says, "You'll see.  This will be good, I promise, and when have I ever lied to you?  Just be really really quiet." 

            Kyle looks at Spooky trying to figure what is going on, but gives up, Spooky is just too good at being able to not give anything away by looks.

            They enter the building and can hear faint music coming from somewhere in the building.

          • Did you guys think I was going to be telling two different stories?

          • DC

            until this last part, yes

          • ^_^ I be tricksy?

          • Elrohir

            indeed and we wants to know what you have in your pocketses!

          • "Excellent."

            "Spooky, just what the blue blazes is going on?"

            "You will see."  Spooky leads the way and the nearer they get to the gym the louder the music is. 

            Spooky holds a finger up to his mouth to signal for silence as they enter the locker room.  Spooky and Kyle stealthily enter the locker room.

            The music is still fairly loud from the door leading to the gym, but over the music they hear "unh" "haa" "aah" "nnnn" "Kyylle"

          • A look of utter confusion comes across Kyle’s face (one of those looks that can’t seem to make up its mind what it wants to be).

            Spooky’s smile is practically ear to ear as he pushes Kyle into a position to see Mitch.

            Mitch is floating on his side a little above the bench with his eyes closed. His hand firmly grasping his firm manhood, pumping rhythmically. Kyle cannot take his eyes off of him. He had of course seen Mitch naked before, but never had he seen the resplendence of Mitch’s erection.

          • Mitch’s eyes open to see Kyle watching him. “Oh shit.” Mitch falls a few inches onto the bench. “Uh…how long have you been there?”

            Kyle cannot seem to take his eyes off Mitch’s body. “Uh….not that long…right Spooky?”

            ….

            “Spooky?”

            ….

            Kyle looks around when Spooky doesn’t answer. Spooky is nowhere in sight.

          • Mitch watches Kyle while he tries to look for Spooky. When did the door to the locker room close?

            What the hell, it isn’t like things are going to get any worse, might as well. Mitch gets off the bench and goes over to Kyle.

            He takes Kyles head between his hands and pulls him in for a kiss. When Kyles mouth opens in surprise, Mitch takes that opportunity to slip his tongue in.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aw yeah

          • Sapfo

            I can not say too much of this. But if I understand my brothers right, they like it is best with exercise clothing that keeps things in place, something that will keep things from bounce around.

            Just saying.

          • If I remember what the descriptions said, that wouldn’t be a problem…..I didn’t want to post this image, but maybe I should?

            http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/zacoo1/CASTSH031-35.jpg

          • Sapfo

            lol

            Well, you could also go for the skinetight (starfighter) look. Great when peeling of 😉

          • Well I was looking for the tightest ones that I liked. In my head, Mitch likes his running shorts tight. ^_^

          • I’m waaayyyinto these running shorts.

          • Elrohir

            that looks pretty secure

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I like choice #2 best. 🙂

          • Elrohir

            #2 is pretty awesome…agreed

  • b3nc0

    So next page’s feature chances are .33 for Spooky comforting Kyle or coaching/boasting him (what we want to see) to .33 for Mitch & Paul arguing/getting level/contacting team (Mitch for more than a mute panel, at last) to .33 for (will I dare type it, just thinking about it might bring the Bad Eye on us – no not Georges, silly) Commander’s transponder beeping m(__)m

  • Sapfo

    Strange dreams last night. I dreamed that Spooky gave Kyle the same advice that Linneus gave Rory in TH. That would be a twist! xD

    http://www.teahousecomic.com/comic/?id=114

  • Sapfo

    Coffee in left hand! Rigth hand on the mouse! Reading webcomics!

    I just realized that I live life on the wild side, and I´m loving it 🙂

  • In for camping on this glorious morning where my bed is yelling at me to get back and lie down for another 1½ hours.

    Right now I’m pretending that I’m deaf .. which is pretty hard when it’s inner voices xD

    • Sapfo

      secret code to Danish:
      Kyle now have two legs, one body, one arm and one hand….

      • Stop talking Swedish secretly to each other… it’s rude.

        • I don’t speak Swedish, I speak Sapfo 😉

          • Sapfo

            I am my own language ^_^

          • You know… that somehow makes perfect sense to me… well then… carry on. BUT WE KNOW YOU ARE HUNTING… 🙂

    • HA!

  • mogoskier

    Hi guys, I need some help. I have an audition tomorrow night, dose anyone knows any good monologs.

    • Sapfo

      Sorry no! The only one I could thing of where speech/ or Hamlet (but that might be to heavy)

      Maybe this can help you.

      http://www.monologuedb.com/category/dramatic-female-monologues/

    • Not off the bat, but I can say this… it should be a monologue that YOU like and feel. Your audience can tell. Try to find something YOU feel from the gut. Just my two cents. Break a leg.

    • jreed3842

      I’ve done plenty of auditions in the past… My biggest advice for you is to find a character that matches your type. For example, I’m not a leading man… I wouldn’t play roles like that. I’m more of a character actor and I play supporting roles, so I’ll look for monologues that show off my type… These monologues are kind of silly. I have a good monologue that I use from “Laughing Stock” by Charles Morey. I also use a monologue from a play called “Harvey” by Mary Chase. I used to use a monologue from “Scooter Thomas Makes it to the Top of the World” by Peter Parnell, but that monologue is out of my age range now.
      As for classical my most successful monologue is Trinculo’s monologue from “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare.
      I would highly suggest avoiding going to Google and typing in “monologues” because you want to avoid monologues that are over done… and monologues you find online will oftentimes be over done.

      The best way to look for monologues is to just read! Read as many plays as you can!
      But… I know you only have a day, so that’s probably out of the question. But for future you can search through some plays and try to find a monologue to use the next time you audition.

      I’ll try to help you out tonight. (Unless you already found something)
      What do you think your type is? Are you female? What’s your age range? (If you don’t wanna answer some of those questions, you don’t have to.)
      I’ll see if I can pull anything up for you!

      And… Break a leg!! 😀

      • mogoskier

        I’m female who is 21 but I look like I’m 16. I don’t know what my type is. I only started to do acting again since high school. After 4 acting classes and medical field not as fitting as I thought it would be, I realized how much I missed acting.

        • jreed3842

          Okay. What kind of monologue are they looking for? Are they wanting to you to do something contemporary or classical? What are you auditioning for? Is it a comedy? drama?
          I’m glad you rediscovered acting… it’s one of my passions!

          • mogoskier

            I would like a contemporary. The play is called God’s Ear and it is a family tragedy.

          • jreed3842

            Okay! I just read the summary of that.
            I’m going to suggest some monologues from a play called “The Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay Abaire, because that play seems to be similar to God’s Ear. I haven’t read or seen God’s Ear, but The Rabbit Hole is about how a husband and wife are dealing with the untimely death of their son. It’s a beautiful play with some beautiful monologues!

          • jreed3842

            Try this link it has 3 women monologues from “The Rabbit Hole”
            If those don’t seem to work, I’d suggest doing more digging and seeing what you can find!

            http://www.seguintheatre.org/news/our-town/rabbit-hole-audition-monologues

          • davefragments

            I saw THE RABBIT HOLE live onstage and then about a year or so later in a movie. It’s a two or three hanky play. Lots of emotional impact.

          • jreed3842

            I read it several years ago, and I loved it. I’d love to see it on stage, and I always wanted to see the movie… but I never got around to doing so. I really like that play a lot.

          • mogoskier

            No, thank you I just found the whole play online I’ll read it over and see which one fits best, you have already done enough. This was more help I thought I get.
            Thank you so much, you have been so helpful, I can’t even think of the words for how grateful I am right now. I’ll put how I did on the new page and again thank you so much. (over the internet hug)

          • jreed3842

            Ahh! You’re very welcome! I’m glad I could be of assistance! I hope you enjoy the play, I certainly did!
            And break a leg tomorrow! I’d love to hear about how well you did!

            Knock ’em dead!
            (Over the internet hug)
            😀

  • Edgardo Perez

    Please don’t tease me with that thing about them kissing I would faint from cuteness and fluff.

  • Hmm.. they need a plan to how they stop or delay PP and Anni from executing their evilness.

    Step 1: Distract them with an attack by bunnies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5-6Ccf9eIc

    • See… everyone now substitute Sapfo and all other contenders for “the Virgin” for “PP and Annir” (please) and you will have a real idea of Danish’s deviousness as she goes hunting.

      • Mwahahahaaa
        *stops to listen for the sound of dramatic music*

      • Sapfo

        Danish have nothing to worry about from me today. I am croching heads today, not hunting.
        (and I have to go to work in about 15 min -_-)

        • That is what all you hunters say… “Oh I have to leave now………” and then the hunt truly begins. Bwaaaaahahahahahahah.

          • Sapfo

            I wish. But somehow I do not think that driving a car and hunting virgins is the safest thing to do.
            But then again, they do say don´t text and drive. They don´t say don´t camp and drive?! o.O

          • Ohhhhh subtle… be SAFE! It’s still just a comic!!! We need you back next page no matter what!

          • Sapfo

            JUST A COMIC! 0.0

            (I will not camp and drive, I like living to much ^_^)

          • Thank you that’s all I wanted to hear… (god I sound old, but it’s sincere…) 🙂

          • Sapfo

            well you where born in 1901 (according to some sources).
            You are old 😉

          • Indeed and wise and all should do as I say… (these are not the Droids you seek).

          • Sapfo

            I was looking for you? <.< didn´t even know that. 😉

          • Sapfo: 404 not found 😉

            But there won’t be any of that since you’ll be in the car…

          • Sapfo

            you where right about that 🙂

    • Terri Sutton

      That woman is like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, only with rabbits.
      I never realised I had a trigger finger and that it could get itchy.

  • Sapfo

    Well good friends! As I said before, camping woulde be short, but sweet today.
    You have a good day and I will try to have a look at the new page just before work

    Good luck hunting! ^_^

  • jreed3842

    Ah! Joining the camping session tonight! How is everyone this evening?!

    • Distracting myself so I don’t fall asleep in my chair and miss the page and work.. which is a dangerous way to hunt V’s *lol*

      • Guess Danish doesn’t like my story?

        • *points down* I’m reading it as you post it, and I upvoted lots of it a while ago 🙂

          • Enjoying it?

          • Otherwise I wouldn’t upvote 😉

          • ^_^ Unfurtunately I have caught up with my writing so it is going to be a little slower. I meant to have more of it written, but I got bored and started posting it too early. >.<

      • mogoskier

        Here have a less then 47 second video about fangirling

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM50q9fZuFg

    • Hi!! Doing okay and you?

      • jreed3842

        I’m awesome Admiral Jane! Glad to hear you’re doing okay!

    • Glad you are here even with the NEW distractions… 🙂

      • jreed3842

        Unfortunately my new distraction is kinda far away so I’ll only get to see him every once in awhile… But yeah… I’m at least texting him and we’re camping together that way. Haha

        • Simba

          That’s funny, I acquired a new “distraction” too recently. He is yummy…

          • LimpBiskit

            I gained a permanent distraction… We’re getting married late this year or early next >///< <3

          • Congrats!

          • LimpBiskit

            Thank you 🙂 I can’t believe this much happy is real LOL

          • 😀

          • Congratulations!

          • LimpBiskit

            Thank you 😀

          • jreed3842

            Ahhh! Congrats on getting married and your permanent distraction! 😀

          • LimpBiskit

            Thank you 🙂 He’s super perfect for me, we’ll be camping here, at Teahouse and Prince of Cats together <3

          • Say hi more on TH.. both of you 🙂

          • Oh.. and PoC just updated.

          • LimpBiskit

            Thanks, I saw earlier yesterday, story is taking a sad turn… But I still love it and plan to buy books once it finishes.

          • Sounds like a wonderful match. Congrats!

          • LimpBiskit

            We’re a perfect fit, I’m so, so, sooooo lucky he want plain ol me <3 Thanks for the well wishes!

          • Yaaayyy!

          • LimpBiskit

            I say that at least 10 times a day <3

          • Can I upvote that at least 10 times? Soo happy for you!

          • LimpBiskit

            Aw, so sweet <3

          • Jamie Dutton

            Congrats!

          • LimpBiskit

            Thank you 😀

          • Congratulations to you both! That’s awesome! 🙂

          • LimpBiskit

            Aw, thank you so much! You just earned yourself a donation I probably can’t afford for being the sweetest WebCom author ever! Totally worth it, and can’t WAIT to get my book from the Kickstarter. <3 Keep up the awesome work!

          • Huge congratulations! Mine and I are doing the official marriage biz this year. We’ve been together so long that it’s funny. But I share your thrill. Be happy!

          • LimpBiskit

            Thanks, and Congratulations!

  • Simba

    Allo, poppets! 😀
    I am full of pizza and cheap red wine ready to camp!

  • jreed3842

    So… I think my computer is being weird… Whenever I like a comment, or press reply… or do… anything really, the page automatically scrolls back to the top of the page, and I have to scroll back down to the comment sections to continue what I’m doing. Is anyone else having this problem… or better yet, does anyone know how to fix that?

    • Ugh, I’ve tried that. Try checking your page address bar. Maybe go a page back and come back. That can fix it. Hope it works.

      • jreed3842

        Hmm, that didn’t work… I may just have to deal with it… It’s quite annoying though.

  • Uuh.. time is closing in on the time I’d have to leave for work too, and I haven’t changed to work clothes yet xD

    One thing is to distract myself with a lot of things online while camping (incl. 3 other comics updating) but another is to leave the screen for a few minutes until I HAVE to *lol* So how long can I drag this before I have to get up? Time is ticking >.> .. good thing my clothes are right next to me.

    • You have clearly planned this very carefully, Danish.

  • Diana_Christine

    hey campers! I am all cozy in my pajamas and I have a glass *ahem* bottle of wine! How is everyone tonight? 🙂

    • Jamie Dutton

      Wine sounds good, Diana. I’m good, just been busy, lol.

      • Diana_Christine

        Hopefully a good busy!!

        • Jamie Dutton

          Pretty good kind of busy. What about you? How was your day?

          • Diana_Christine

            Ugh, stressful! I had class, then I went to an internship, then I went BACK to class, and straight to work from there. I need a break… lol

          • Jamie Dutton

            Hence the wine and pjs for camping?

          • Diana_Christine

            Oh god yes! Also, National Wine Day!

  • Jamie Dutton

    Yay, I didn’t miss the camping! I’ve been busy getting ready for my birthday party tomorrow. 🙂

    • Happy birthday 🙂

      • Jamie Dutton

        Thanks everyone! I’ll try to post pics tomorrow.

    • Happy Happy!!

    • Diana_Christine

      Happy Birthday!

    • mogoskier

      Happy Birthday.

    • Happy Birthday!!

    • Terri Sutton

      Happy BDay.

    • SofiaT

      Happy birthday, Jamie!

    • silibub

      Yay, happy birthday! I hope you have a great party!

    • Happy Birthday, Jamie!

      :O)

    • jreed3842

      Ohhh! Yay! Happy birthday! I hope you have an awesome birthday!

    • LimpBiskit

      Happy birthday!

    • Happy birthday, Jamie! I hope you have a lot of fun tomorrow! 🙂

      • Jamie Dutton

        Thanks Alex 🙂

        • Adam Black

          How oid are you ?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Happy birthday! Don’t get sent to hell!

      • Jamie Dutton

        Yeah after reading the new page, that might be a problem. I can only hope that my lack of mystical or demonic powers means I’m safe. Besides I did the Hellscape thing over Christmas 😛

  • Evening all. Had after work appointment and am very tired. I’ll try to stick it out with all you lovely people until Alex posts the new page.

    • Hey Gryphon! I have a little story in the comments, got a little stuck again though and the cut on my finger is starting to hurt from all the typing. ^_^

  • Crystal Amaris

    *slinks in to join the camping for the first time.* Usually I’m asleep right now.

    • SofiaT

      Welcome, Crystal! 🙂

      • Crystal Amaris

        Thank you

        • SofiaT

          No worries 🙂
          Just a piece of advice -if you verify your email address with Disqus, your comments will be posted immediately. Otherwise you might wait for hours, if a mod is not available to get them off the moderation queue. 🙂

    • jreed3842

      Welcome to the camping party, Crystal! Here! Have some s’mores!

    • Welcome Crystal! 😀

  • jreed3842

    So! Mogoskier!! I need to know how your audition went! I’ve been so nervous/excited for you all day!
    I hope it went well!!

  • Quinn Wendland

    Fluke tryna get it on.