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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 31

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Yeah, Spooky knows he’s cool. But some things are just more important than cool…

And SCENE!

We had our thirty-fourth bonus page in a row on Wednesday and then y’all nearly immediately blasted past the target on the donation bar below, which triggered another bonus page! That means that in addition to our regular Saturday updates, and bonus pages on Wednesday, March 12th (which will be the first page of the Spooky/Commander BONUS COMIC!), Wednesday, March 19th (page 3 of the Bonus Comic!), Wednesday, March 26th (page 5!), Wednesday, April 2nd (page 7!), Wednesday, April 9th (page 9!), and Wednesday, April 16th (page 11!), there will now also be a bonus page (page 13!) for Wednesday, April 23rd! You all are INCREDIBLE!

Special thanks go out to long-time supporters Melanie H. & Richard Z. (both making their second generous donations to The Young Protectors!), Marianne L. (who makes their sixth generous donation to The Young Protectors!), & Saxon B. (who makes their sixty-eighth generous donation to The Young Protectors!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporters Marcos N. & Mackenzie K. for their generous donations over the last few days!

Big hugs go out to new friend of The Young Protectors alban j. and also to long-time friends joshua G., Robert B., & Stephanie C. for their super-generous $25 donations! And this makes Stephanie’s twenty-fourth, Robert’s fifty-seventh, & joshua’s fifty-eighth super-generous donations to this comic!

And finally, ZOMG!, deeply, deeply grateful hugs and very humbled bows go out to long-time mega-friend Cindy P. for their stunningly generous $100 donation and also to long-time mega-friend Christopher D. for their jaw-droppingly generous $200 donation! And this makes Cindy’s sixth and Christopher’s fiftieth (!!!) stunningly generous donations to this comic! Holy cow, you two! You both are galaxy-class SUPER-HEROES and I thank you both very, very much!

Thank you all so much for your generous support!

So! Kyle gets a hug (finally!) and that means that we can now move on to the next scene. But wait! As promised, we’re going to take a little detour first! On Wednesday, I’m going to start posting the pages for the Spooky/Commander Bonus Comic, where we’re going to get to step into the Wayback Machine to a time when The Young Protectors hadn’t even been formed yet.

Curious what those two were like back in the day? Tune in this Wednesday to find out! Hope to see you there! 😀

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! Edit 3/9/14 1:39 PM: YOU’RE ALL CLEARLY ABLE TO LEAP TALL BUILDINGS IN A SINGLE BOUND! Thanks to your generous donations, you’ve yet again cleared the target on the donation bar below for the second time in a week! That means that in addition to our regular Saturday updates, and bonus pages on Wednesday, March 12th (which will be the first page of the Spooky/Commander BONUS COMIC!), Wednesday, March 19th (page 3 of the Bonus Comic!), Wednesday, March 26th (page 5!), Wednesday, April 2nd (page 7!), Wednesday, April 9th (page 9!), Wednesday, April 16th (page 11!), and Wednesday, April 23rd (page 13!), there will now be an additional bonus page (page 15!) scheduled for Wednesday, April 30th! We haven’t even started the Spooky/Commander Bonus Comic yet and you’ve already triggered bonus pages for well over half of that story! I’m FLOORED! Thank you all so, so much! 😀

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  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    On to the next story…

    • Holly

      CONGRATUWELLDONE! ^_^

    • Congratulations Jakk!!!

    • Bravo Sir Jakk. Way to represent!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Congratulations, Jakk!

  • Holly

    HELLO disqus, you load to slow.

  • Sapfo

    Darn it. I was kind of hopping.
    But I get it another time. Yes I will. >_<

    • Holly

      I BEAT YOU! I didn’t get the virgin, but i defeated you. ^_^

  • SofiaT

    yes! lets! 😛

    • SofiaT

      Hold on… they’re talking about Laampros, right? Not Duncan?
      Because that ass looks too good to be kicked.
      Maybe punch his face instead?

      • WarGoddess

        I’m all for hitting him in the kneecap/shin area, cuz his face is too beautiful to harm either. 😀

        • SofiaT

          That’s also an agreeable solution! 😀

          • I think the ultimate question is always, which part do you want to kiss and make all better? 😛

          • Feverfew_M

            That’s going to be a painful kick, then …

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Tricky question. They definitely want to *stop* Laampros, but since he’s probably way outside their power levels to confront directly their obvious option is to stop the magic ritual. That implies laying the smack down on Duncan. OTOH, the ritual is being carried out by both Annihilator and Platinum Priestess, so strictly speaking Spooky should have said ‘kick their asses’.

        • SofiaT

          I’m sure he meant Duncan!
          I was just goofing around 😀

          I was too quick to agree that they needed to kick Anni’s ass and then had to save face -you know, Captain of the Redilator and all 😉

          Anni’s ass does need kicking, unfortunately. *sigh*

          • Saxon_Brenton

            We all know the in order to redeem Anni he first has to have his ass kicked. You know, in order to make him understand the magnitude of his crime. It’s for his own good.

            And I’m sure that Spooky was being therapeutic for Kyle by focusing on Anni alone with that ‘his’. There will be time enough to focus on kicking the salaciously dressed Priestess’ ass later.

      • I can think of all kinds of things that need to be done to Duncan, but I don’t think they fall within Alex’s rating system.

        I guarantee you they would make Kyle feel MUCH MUCH better and I don’t think duncan needs fire protection …. MUCH! Perhaps just a bit of lotion after… 😀

  • Hugs!!!!

    • <3 <3

      Doki, this is my 700th comment. XD

      • ^_^ Saved it just for me?

        • Yep! I’ll save the next milestone for you too. Not as good as the virgin but it’s something.

  • I think my body just exploded with joy

  • davefragments

    I didn’t expect that. Good end page to this section of the story.

    • Mr. Dave, I took Canzonetta Sull’aria off repeat and am now listening to the entire opera. It’s been so long since I’ve heard Le Nozze…thanks for the inspiration.

      • davefragments

        In the movie AMADEUS when Salieri is speaking of the Serenade For 13 Winds K361 and he says that Mozart is touched by God, I believe that is true. When they speak of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO where you hear this lovely Canzonetta, Mozart graces the Count with forgiveness that is so amazingly beautiful it’s like the word of God from on high.

        And I can’t say much more – there is great classical music from any time – past to recent – and then there is Mozart, alone by himself.

        • Pearce

          You should read Neal Zaslaw’s essay, “Mozart as a working stiff”. I enjoy Mozart a lot and he was my gateway-drug to the world of classical music, so I definitely created an idolized image of him. But I think Zaslaw has a valuable interpretation that challenges a lot of the assumptions made about him. You should be able to find a PDF by googling the title and author, if you’re interested.

        • Pearce

          and I’m sorry for hijacking your conversation haha

        • I couldn’t agree with you more. AMADEUS is my favorite movie…and Wolfie is best of the best. I love when they roll the credits and they play Piano Concerto in D Minor, K466 – II Romanze. One of my favorite series of sounds on the planet.

  • Holly

    SPOOKY IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL! “Okay so that was really badass, but now is time for the hugs”

    OH MY GOD I LOVE HIM!!!! ~^-^~

    • I CLAIMED HIM FIRST! :D!! (As a spirit animal ;P)

      • Holly

        Well there are only so many Young Protectors, so we must share spirit animals.

  • SofiaT

    Just when I think Spooky can’t get any perfect for a friend, he proves me wrong.

    We waited a long time to see that grin on Kyle’s face.

  • Clef

    <3 <3 <3 <3 All the love!

  • Oh a hug…. I’m already gone…

  • Sapfo

    Best ending EVER!
    Thank you Alex for making Spooky so lovingly cool.
    And to Veronica and Adam for giving him life on papper.

  • This is so perfect, Alex! I feel like Spooky was hugging me.

    Lovely.

  • Omg.. that was ‘mean’, Alex 😉

    I was SO ready to hunt for the V, and then this page stunned me completely so I forgot all about it. The attack of utter sweet emotions.

    I LOVE THIS PAGE! I just can’t… asfghafhjk

  • Mickey Phoenix

    Awwwwwwwwww!

  • silibub

    Ah…perfection…I need to bask in this for a bit before I come up with something substantial to say! AND I’M NOT CRYING, SO JUST WALK AWAY.

    • Holly

      *hands sili a kerchief* Not that you are crying.

      • silibub

        *snatches it* I DON’T NEED THIS BUT THANK YOU.

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    Great page! Love the Spooky hug, good way to end this part of the chapter.

  • The more I see of Spooky, the more he grows on me as an awesome character. C:

  • WarGoddess

    OMG SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! This is so adorable and comforting!!!!! Someone finally gave our hero the hug he deserves!!!! And that look on Kyle’s face in the last panel is like SUPER hot. XD

    • Holly

      EXCITED KYLE IS BETTER THAN COMFORTING/COMFORTED KYLE. How did Adam and Veronica do that? Like i thought nothing was better than the comforting/comforted Kyle panels, and then that last panel is like BOOM. EVEN BETTER

      • WarGoddess

        They are just that good. I’m trying so hard to get my artwork on their level someday, but I have the terrible artist’s block. Like writer’s block, only with more color.

        • Holly

          It occurs to me I never did e-mail you about drawings 😛

          • WarGoddess

            Ah yes, I did wonder a bit about that, but I figured maybe you became busy or something. 😀

          • Holly

            I DID ^_^

        • “Like writer’s block, only with more color.”

          HA!!

  • OMG. Adorable!
    Also, what!? I thought with my travels tonight I would be late for this page! I’m on time!? :o!!!

  • Donatien

    Spooky may be my favourite in the comic. Hm…

  • Cydney Sabin

    That was easily one of the most adorable hugs I’ve ever seen. Period.

  • Just kill me now. Best end page EVER. Oh wait. I said that last time, but this time I mean it even more. Ha. You guys are so special!

    Alex, Adam and Veronica… you guys are incredibly… erm incredible… and I’m having a double max A++ special kind of journey on this adventure with you three. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Can I have some of this stuff on coffee mugs to? We’re talking hugs here!!! LOL. I’ll write too much about it all tomorrow I just want to soak up the good feelings here and enjoy the night.

    The best kind of sincere thanks to all of you. Sleep well and dream of Spooky hugs and… THANKS.

    • I wanna coffee mug too!

      And a t-shirt of panel four that says “Heroes (and friends) don’t let the monsters win.”

    • Sapfo

      A warm hug for one of my favorit Chriseses!

  • Guys….that wasn’t just any hug, that looks like a tackle hug….

    • silibub

      I was just thinking, it looks like Spooky kind of pounced on him!

    • Ramon Cintron

      We in the Otaku community call it a Glomp

      • I like that word. I like words that sound like what they mean. Thanks!

      • Yeah, that word was also in my head, for some reason I chose tackle instead…don’t know why…*sigh*

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Wait, Spooky just ducked down and bobbed back up? Maybe he *did* drop himself off the cliff by reversing his direction of gravity, ala Jareth, after all. And after all the work Chris D and myself put in showing that because there was a shift in stars betwen the last two panels there *had* to be a significant time lapse… I… But… Gah…
    AWW, HUGS!
    [looks bemused] Uh, was I saying something…?

    • He is the SPOOKY… we lowly mortals no nothing. LOL.

    • Lesson #75.6 in the Fan-person Handbook: Always be nerdishly wise BEFORE the new page comes out.

      Thanks, Saxon, I did learn something after all.

  • Adorkable + Steroids = This page. Awesome.

    • silibub

      No kidding — so I’m not actually crying, but there were some legit warm fuzzies that I usually don’t get from scenes like this. I really admire the buildup and sense of timing that went into this scene, leading up to the catharsis of this page!

      • I think that perfectly describes it. It is going to make the printed novel so special. Wow.

  • Galderman

    Awww The FEEELS!

  • bobbyjoeguy

    I actually did the gay gasp and squealed, yes squealed…”cuuuuuuuute!” So adorable and it makes my feelers all warm and fuzzy.

  • Sapfo

    The only reason why Spooky ever works out?

    http://www.lefthandedtoons.com/1603/

    • Seems reasonable to me.

    • Holly

      Makes sense

    • So that is what that machine is for…

      • Sapfo

        Yes They are for this reason.

  • That’s it. Alex you done it. You have finally done it. You made me shed tears from a good page…

    Up until now I’ve experienced joy, laughter, anger, sadness and a lot in between this.. and been close to/shed a few tears a couple of times where I’ve had to take long deep breathes and blink furiously while reading this comic. When the comic has been sad.

    But now.. I didn’t cry, but I had to wipe a way a couple of brave, happy tears that just wouldn’t stay back. Tears of sadness is something I’m more used to. Tears of happiness, not so much.

  • I keep rereading and rereading the page and I still am stuck with: Awwwwww!

    I mean just how sweet and perfect. It almost like Kyle doesn’t get enough hugs in his life. I know it’s a surprise hug from Spooky, but still seems quite shocked that it was happening at all. That boy needs more hugs. So says the Admiral!

    • Sapfo

      I like that it is not a hug and run. It is a real hug that is meant to last.

      • Yes! A real hug between real friends.

        • The kind of hug that is soo deep it squashes the pain out of you. A GOOD hug!

          • Exactly! The BEST hug.

          • You know, hugs are way under-rated. Like hand holding it’s just a dose of pure awesome.

          • You are correct, sir! We need to bring them back in style. People need to hug and hold hands more often.

          • Elrohir

            On the Admiral’s word.
            Hugs are a healing touch even when we didn’t realize that we were bruised. And a good hug can bring such a rush of wellbeing that it restores the deep energies and emotions we hadn’t even realized were being drained.
            And miraculously, it can heal both parties at the same time, as if the energy is multiplied in some fashion rather than just given from one to the other. In my mind, Love is ever an additive process, not a subtractive one and hugs are a great way of distributing large doses.
            And well said Chris.

          • hear her here!

        • Elrohir

          One of those where neither one really wants to let go first.

          • Energy is being exchanged there. Strength too.

      • A “hold you in my arms” hug.

    • No, having just read back to their entrance. There is no hugging, no casual touching. It doesn’t feel uptight or wrong and I never questioned it as young friends. But the contrast make this “pounce” of hug so perfect. Just look at Kyle’s face in panels #4-5. The shock and then the relaxation into the best thing in the world.

      I thought Spooky had closed his deal on the last page. This is a perfect Alex style surprise. This CLOSES THE DEAL. Slams the door. Locks it tight and says’s good night.

      Incredible. Kyle will struggle as we all know with trauma… it takes the time it takes, but there was nothing that I can imagine that would have sold his final words to Kyle more than THIS. This is FAMILY. Family of the heart. The full giving.

      VERY MUCH THIS!

      You may have messed up, your pops may be a demon, you may have done…. (etc…) but I don’t care.

      The HUG seals that message down tight. BRILLIANT!

      • Very much so! And I think it makes this hug that much more special.

      • Mr. Chris, I am so moved by this comment but especially what you said about family of the heart. Wonderful.

      • Elrohir

        “Pounce” is a VERY good description here. And Spooky starts with his ear pressed over Kyle’s heart. And then shifts as Kyle goes from stunned to touched to all in.
        There’s a whole story told in just those seconds.
        And FAMILY ever FAMILY

  • Wait.. *read pages note* Alex did I basicly call it on last page when I suggested what the bonus comic scene would be? Sound a lot like it 🙂

    • No one likes a know-it-all wolf… even if she really DOES know it all. *grins*

      • ;-p Had to mention when I actually got something right *lol*

        • Oh please. You are right so often that we could trip over your rightness and fall on a virgin by accident. Okay it’s hashtag worthy, Right?

  • CH

    It’s official, Spooky is the perfect man and panel 4 is the standard by which cute is to be judged.

  • Leon

    aw fawk help! I’m starting to ship it and Spooks isn’t legal yet from what I remember reading on the kickstarter! AHHHHHHHHHHH I’m conflicted! HAVE A BIRTHDAY SPOOKS!

    • Spooky is 20.

      • Leon

        well he better turn 21 just to be safe cuz I’d like to see some of that. -WENT THERE-

    • Holly

      The only person on the team under 18 now is Mitch. As AJ said, Spooky is 20

      • And Fluke 🙂

        • Holly

          Oh right Fluke. I thought that based on the conversation earlier… nevermind.

          • Well Fluke is about to turn 18 and now Kyle knows how to cash in on that power burst… go boys GO!

            Goodness gracious I think I worked myself up there. *chris fans self*

          • Fluke is around a year younger than Kyle and almost 2 years older than Mitch who has recently turned 15, so he’ll turn 17 soon or have just done so.

          • No, no, you’ve forgotten your youth birthday psychology. Don’t you remember that when you were twelve, it was always twelve… and a half… or 15 and three quarters.

            So Paul is “almost” 18. Trust me. *chris holds up thumb and finger* He’s just this close to being legal. 🙂

            (we only stop having birthdays when we reach our age.)

    • CH

      Only Fluke and Flyboy are underage at this point from what I recall actually.

  • NovaLaMason

    SHIP.

    • Leon

      I’m so on this ship even if it sinks. I’M ON IT!

  • jreed3842

    Well, thanks to my new job I had to miss camping. >:-( But my awesome boyfriend got me all excited for the page while I was working! He was telling me how sweet this page was… And he wasn’t wrong! This is totally sweet! Yay! I’m so glad Kyle got a hug.

    • Sapfo

      Good bf for informing you.

      Hope the new job have some good things going on for it. Missing Camping does not speak for its benefits.

      • jreed3842

        It’s a pretty physically demanding job, and is not by any means ideal for me…. but everyone I work with is really cool, and pretty nice… but… Yeah… i’d rather be camping. haha

        • Sapfo

          I know what you mean. But it is good that coworkers are cool. It maked up for a lot.

  • Mary Klemzak

    Aww I love a huggy bro! Perfect for cold winter days that seem unending.

  • Upon reading the notes I see we’re stepping with Mr. Peabody into the way-back machine into a time when TYP hadn’t been created yet. Hmmmm….

    I wonder if there’s is a scene when Spooky puts on his first spandex super outfit… looks in the mirror and says, “No… OH HELL NO.” and the Commander says, “Wait, you look great!” and Spooky just gives her a look and marches off… LOL.

    • Sapfo

      Oh I would love watchin Spooky march of in hot spandex….mmmmm ^_^

    • Elrohir

      **Still suspicious that Chris is actually loaning Alex the TARDIS…but willing to take the bonus comic however it can be procured…well…maybe not however…you know…not totally evil here…but still (channeling the waffling David Tennant for SaxonB…see how that second Whovian reference got worked in there?…and before coffee…)**
      Hmm…mind you…an alternative concept for how Spooky went to the “baggy style” side of the Force might be the same as a couple of friends of mine who are blessed with particularly big…umm…hearts! Yeah, that’s it! (see how I kept to the non-explicit code there?). Who find it difficult to fit into tight wear without occasionally causing themselves and injury (true actually, I’ve been there when it happened). So perhaps his current look causes less of an…umm…distraction than having said oversized “heart” outlined in one of Edna’s form fitting supper hero outfits? Just a theory…

      • You sir, have made me giggle and activated my over-active imagination…..

        • Elrohir

          Ah then, I consider it a day well spent Milady. 🙂

      • Wayne Lunkwitz

        Elrohir, you’ve made my day! I am die hard Doctor Who! Any time any where!

    • purplefoxglove

      Spandex!? What do you mean, spandex suits? I thought their outfits were spray-painted onto their bodies. I’m still convinced Kyle putting on his suit in this chapter is a byproduct of hell-induced hallucinations.

  • Xalun K

    D’AWWWWWW…. Spooky gave me feels. Such good feels. And Kyle’s face. O_O Damn, Adam and Vero, ya’ll did a good job on the expressions of Spooky and Kyle. Really, really made me feel it there. And Adam, the parting line is perfect. WOOT. *has a happy*

  • Well.. I wanted to comment more on this page, but since I’m tired and my jaw (leaning on my hand) is getting closer and closer to my desk, I better go back to bed.
    I’ll be back to comment on this awesome page when I’m more coherent.

  • Holly

    Going to sleep. Night all

  • Night all… you are the best Group ever. Srsly! Thank you.

    • Night Chris sweet! Dream of a bi Spooky!

    • Night, Mr. Dangerfield.

    • Good night, Mr. Chris!

    • DC

      Ni Knight

    • Elrohir

      Nite Chris. And thanks so, so much for all the range you give these discussions. I would try to create a thank you list for all of the folks in this group who do so as well, but I don’t know who the hell I would leave off the list…this community…it’s…actually…I think you all already know…big hugs…nite.

  • Awww, Spooky!! <3 What a great friend (and a wise, wise person. Seriously).

  • Marcus Dionte Scott

    OMG, that hug! The feels~~~They’re too much! *Butterfly essences and rainbow sparkles burst out of chest as Seraphim and doves swirl around and carry Marcus to The Land of Eternal Feels, also known as Heaven, also known as the place Della Reese drives her red car to after touching people as an angel with glowy hair*

  • Night all, Sweetest Goodest Spooky-huggy Dreams!

  • Adi Zeller

    Aww…. I literally got a bit teary eyed here…

  • Maus Merryjest

    And my love for Spooky increases twofold.

  • Madock345

    This page was awesome, actually did make me tear up a little. I get the feeling being cool and dramatic is something that Spooky really loves, and he just drops the act to hug it out with his bro.

  • Johndar

    D”AAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWW!!! <3

  • Oh, that is gorgeous. 🙂 And it looks as if both guys needed that hug — which isn’t surprising after what Spooky’s just revealed about himself. He must have had a horrible ride to that mountaintop, because he actually *knows* something about Kyle might have been going through.

  • Derkins

    I have to admit it. It doesn’t happen very often. But I totally shed a few over these panels.

  • Kiki

    I don’t understand how you keep doing this. How do you keep making my love for Spooky increase exponentially? Hands down favorite page so far and definitely favorite character. Spooky, you are just too cute for words.

  • Akio

    This is my favorite page! Spooky is so lovely.

  • Bakphoon Odori

    Damnit Spooky, stop chopping onions in my apartment!

  • Mizu Kage

    i would love it if they got together <3

  • Nate

    OK, can I take Spooky home with me? Please?

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      OK you take Spooky, I want to hold Kyle for a little while longer 🙂

      • Nate

        Deal!

  • TwilightDreamer

    ROFL!! I LOVE how even Spooky knew what a great walk off line it was XD
    Omg!!! I was literally squealing into my hands!! I know Spooky is an absolute sweetheart and all, but I didn’t see that coming!
    Honestly, I think out of everthing they’ve said and done for him…THAT is what Kyle needed the most (and what Spooky needed), I mean, just look at the strength that’s returned to his face in the last panel.
    Speaking of which, not to ruin the mood, but Kyle is seriously hot in the last panel! XD

  • No! Last line must be ” Now let me kiss you” LMFAO!!!!

    I think this is the best page ever *trying not to be emotional*

  • RustyBurrell

    Aww hugz

  • Pikinanou

    Surprise hug attack! Awesome! 😀 Can’t wait for next page :3

  • Kalynn Osburn

    BRO HUG!

    Now let’s go fuck something up!

    • Sanbai

      Best end-of-scene eveeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

  • fujoshifanatic

    *sniff* Oh my God, I am totally verklempt. This was one of the best end-of-scenes yet! So funny, touching and badass at once, all while resonating so much with me because that is exactly what I would have done for a friend in distress, right down to the last panel (though my call to action language might have been a little more, uh, peppery than Spook’s ;-P).

    Alex, Adam and Veronica, every time I think this comic couldn’t get any better, you guys keep knocking me off my feet with your creative comic wizardry, and I can’t help but lay back and let the awesomeness wash over me. Bravo you guys, Bra-vo!

    This page also helped me make an important decision, one that I was considering and debating for a while now. I was thinking about which character was going to take my cosplay virginity (I’m going for my geek gold membership!), and it had come down two characters, both from this comic, who I had been flipping back and forth from for months now. This page made the decision for me, and I’m so stoked, as it checks off a lot of ‘firsts’ for me–first cosplay, first drag, first superhero–everything a queer person could want in a cosplay, and I can’t wait!

    I just hope I can do justice to the wonderful caliber of character you have created Alex, and that you enjoy it in all its geeky glory, either by pic or in person at the next con I plan to attend. *runs off to check for Kickstarter updates*

    • xLizardx

      You’re going to be Spooky?! You have to post photos! 😀

    • verklempt

      One of the worlds better words and thank you for reminding me of it, because this page absolutely dishes it! Thanks fujoshifanatic.

      p.s. Yes, I admit I have to cut and paste your handle so as not to mangle the spelling beyond comprehension. 🙂

    • Thank you, fujoshifanatic! And I’m sure you’ll do justice to Spooky—and I can’t wait to see the pictures! 😀

    • b3nc0

      Hm, cosplay, you say; this page, you say; Spooky, they say? You just reawakened the whim to do so myself! Like I wanted when back in good ol’ chapter one days, I mentionned Spooky and I were cap twins (in the backward-with-a-lock-through twin way)
      Not to worry, I’ll leave you the virgin!

  • MAN HUGZZ!!!

    <3

  • tokiohcom

    Awww darlin. What a great friend!

  • xLizardx

    I think that Spooky is fast becoming everyone’s favourite supporting character – I suspect it’s no coincidence that he also seems to be the most like an authorial voice.

    Great writing, Alex (Y) ^_^

  • Eve

    Awww, Spooky is such a great friend.

  • Melinda Maddolin

    Awww, Spooky. <3

  • Cris

    i ship it

  • Bryan Axson

    damn, when are they going to kiss. I know Spooky has those feelings, you can tell.

  • not my real name

    Man, I ship them so hard now.

  • Sanbai

    Hah, I’ve had to “rush-hug” my siblings before, since we were taught that crying is embarrassing and you shouldn’t do it.

    If only I were as cool as Spooky….

    (Psst – I know that Alex always thanks the people who donate, but that Christopher up there just polished off a round $10,000 to this comic! Holy shit! Bravo dude!)

    • I’d like to add my thanks to Christopher (and various other people), because that’s a lot of bonus pages paid for.

    • Thanks kindly, but trust me it’s no where near that. Lots of $2 donations in there. I figure it’s a better addiction to have then heroin (kidding) so I gave that up for TYP. There are a LOT of amazing people on this list. For example, we were dying for $6 the other day and Danish came through. So back at everyone… Thank you for all sharing $2 or more it’s so great to look forward to these pages. 🙂

  • PFG9000

    D’awww Alex, Adam and Veronica. I love you all so much. This page is awesome.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    It’s about time! Thanks guys!

  • Lady Mania

    That WAS an awesome walk off line. But I’m glad he decided to do this instead. I cried a little. This has to be my very favorite page so far.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I love this. So. Much.

  • Yukiness

    This hug is so genuine I can’t even ship them. It’s such a fabulous display of friendship.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    This is everything I could want in a page to end this scene on.

  • purplefoxglove

    Spooky Hugs™: Recommended in cases of angst, depression, anxiety attacks, acute despair, and life-altering crises. Have soothing and thymoleptic effects on both body and psyche. Spooky Hugs™ should be applied frequently and generously. Work best when applied unexpectedly.

    Warning! Side effects of Spooky Hugs™ may include feelings of warmth, sugar highs, fangirling, random marriage proposals, and running head-on into fights against overwhelming odds.

    • YangYueLan

      Having a Spooky Hugs™ after a panic attack would be awesome!

  • Sabrina Vögeli

    Now I want a hug too *sigh*

  • Alex, when I think I’m even in the realm of an predicting what you are going to next… I’m always wrong in the best way. Thank you. Adam and Veronica your world creation is stunning, but your human visuals, body and facial expressions are just as perfect. Such a pleasure.

    In p#1, I laughed in a great way when someone below said that it’s so great that Spooky knows what a walk-off line is… I agree, but if anyone would know… it would be Spooky. I love the low angle shot and how a minute ago he was all big and with his coat flaring around him and here he looks all adorkable and shy and almost skulking back into frame. Except Spooky doesn’t do shy, he doesn’t ‘skulk’… unless it’s for a reason.

    To Saxon and myself, nerdologists supreme, I have to laugh as Kyle’s face in the last panel syncs up perfectly with his expression in this first one, as he was obviously watching Spooky stop and turn around and re-approach. Yep, it was to a purpose in serial land. Who knew? Well besides Alex. HA.

    Love that lateral first frame and the background. Stunning. With Spooky’s face and Kyle’s ‘huh?’ look. I mean, dude and dudettes, what is left to say? In general, I love that each frame here is boxed. Each frame is equal. No tricky or complicated messages here. Just a straight-forward one of loving your bro. As simple as a really good hug.

    P#2, There are things guys just DON’T do easily unless they’re ‘family’, and even then… kiss, hold hands and real, bone-deep, hugs. So, I love Spooky’s surprise tackle. That: ‘I’m doing it and it’s not a choice’ type hug. Kyle has that guy moment of surprise that he’s getting the full-on body hug and I love Spooky’s face as he gives the hug everything he’s got. This is his brother, his damaged bro. The last part of the healing. Spooky’s face says it all in this and the next panel.

    More than anything THIS is the thing that Spooky wished someone had done for him when he got back from hell… this simple perfect thing.

    P#3, the perfect thing to say and do. The dude must be magic because he’s said more perfect things in 5 pages than I do in 5 months. Magic. Yep. That must be it. God his face is giving us total heartfelt sincerity and even though you only see the bottom half of Kyle’s face, you can tell he’s soaking it up.

    Dude, I’m really really sorry this shitty thing happened to you.

    Wow, sometimes that’s all you need. Someone who loves you saying that life sucks and I’m so sorry you are hurting. And mean it! I love that Spooky has his face pressed hard against Kyle’s heart. He’s generating pure comfort and love. I’m telling you, that is some potent Solomon level magic right there.

    P#4, Veronica and Adam, what can I say, Kyle’s expression is potent magic… that magic you guys do. It’s perfect. Just perfect. First Spooky is giving him what my mom calls ‘good bone-deep hugs’. I got told I was good at those and I usually wasn’t the first one to pull away. So that’s what I see here. Spooky is crushing the misery out of someone who can take a full on tackling bone-deep python hug and here we see Kyle realize what it really means. All the rest was a lot of talk about ‘doing’ and ‘believing in yourself’ — important stuff, but here Kyle’s face says it all. My family is here for me. He loves me no matter what. He’d make me feel better if he could.

    I am not ALONE.

    And you can watch Kyle slowly relax into it and accept it for what it is. A real gift.

    P#5, so great. The moment when Kyle accepts everything. Real comfort and total belief that Spooky loves him more than a team-mate. His brother shared the most painful memory he had. All inorder to try and help him (Kyle). Spooky is now letting him know in an undeniable way… never doubt that I really love you. And, this is when it really killed me, Kyle hugs him back like he’s never been hugged before. There’s nothing sexual about a bone-deep hug. It’s like being anchored by love. I like to think that panel goes on as long as it needs to. And the best part… is now Spooky also has a brother who knows his secret too and loves HIM too, inconditionally. In that line, “Thank you Spooky.” just look at Kyle’s closed eyed face. So sincere. He soaking it up like a sponge.

    I can only put my imagined words to Kyle’s subconscious… “Maybe Duncan couldn’t care about me… but I have a friend who really loves me in spite of all my bad shit.” And that includes 18 years of gay secrecy. Spooky knows and doesn’t give a shit. My dad is a demon and he doesn’t give a shit… This hug fills a lot of different needs.

    P#6, great exit/break line. Call to action and sets the tone for moving on. Now I, as a reader, will really believe what follows… Kyle will make things okay for Mitch, getting in that car, confronting the Commander and Tsunami… all that may still be challenging, but now I really feel like Kyle’s ready to take these problems on. He’ll cope.

    Kyle is not ALONE.

    Alex my friend, you did it to me and I expect others… again. Delightful surprise a few tears of the best type and I feel really good about moving on. In fact now I’m REALLY curious to get know the Commander a little better. That it is with Spooky is just the best kind of bonus.

    Perfect break point. Thank you kindly for thoughtfully working out the Kickstarter issues in this way. No doubt Spooky is the man and I love him, but I also feel Kyle deeply throughout this journey and this is a wonderful emotional place to leave him for a moment. Indeed a wonderful place to go play with Spooky and Commander for a while. I think your comic guardian angel is being extra good to you, because I can’t imagine better. Veronica and Adam, having recently done a re-read, your work just keeps getting better every page. I keep thinking… THAT! No THAT! And so on. Just better and better. Thank you for sharing this work with us. And not just your work, but clearly your artistic passion too. It shows in every frame.

    You three are so professional about making this happen like clockwork. No one would dare say boo about deadlines missed when you three are this professional. So let me just say — to be able to look forward to this present of pages during hard weeks. Knowing every types of production has challenges, and I’m sure this one is no different, is such a pleasure. You guys give us a great present with this constant adventure filled with guys I wish were my brothers and people I wish I knew. My sincere thanks.

    • Thank you again for another wonderful, thoughtful comment, Christopher. 🙂 You are right—now Kyle knows and feels in his bones that he is not alone. Whatever else may come, he knows that. And that’s huge.

      And I’m glad you approve of this as a break point. There are other places I might have chosen (such as the cliffhanger ending at the end of Chapter 3), but this felt like the best place to leave our heroes before an unexpected detour. And you’re also right that that hug in Panel 5 lasted as long as it needed to. 🙂

      • Miri

        It’s really nice that we’re finishing with Kyle smiling again – and clearly meaning that smile, too 🙂

    • Elrohir

      Really, really well done Chris. And, okay, you got me with the
      “I AM NOT ALONE”
      and the vicinity of my eyes may have experienced…oh to hell with it, yup, you made me tear up. I don’t know how long it takes you to do these, but please keep doing it.
      **Elrohir <== Has finally figured out that the only way to properly read through Chris' work is to have the actual comic open in a page next to his text so that I can just look back and forth between the description and the image. And yeah fine, before anybody points it out, that solution was probably pretty obvious but sometimes, or so I'm told, I can be denser than normal. 🙂 **

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I had not thought of that solution at all! Thank you!!

    • Miri

      *sniffles* I held it together until I read this, and then the waterworks started..! You’ve really driven home just how important hugs are and how much a really good one from somebody who loves you so much they’re crushing your ribs can mean.

  • LonLonMarin

    Aww, I’m so happy he hugged him instead of doing the typical “So, uh, yeah sorry that happened k see ya”. It was actually super heart-warming.

  • Jac

    Spooky is a sweet as he is stylish.

  • Arthur Dent

    Awww… that’s a really sweet end to this scene. I’d totally ship Kyle and Spooky now, but somehow I just don’t see it happening.

  • b3nc0

    NOOOOOOOO! ٩(×̯×)۶
    That hug was for Mitch to give (っ˘з(˘⌣˘ )

  • vessto

    Awesome!!! Panel 4 – PRICELESS! Last panel – STUNNING!

    Kyle should be nothing but happy with such great friends. The scene ends in the most perfect way!

  • Saberri

    Group hug!

  • Niggle

    yay! I actually said that out loud when I saw the page. 8D

  • Airboy Obsessed

    *grabs their heads and pushes them together* NOW KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

  • Soubi

    I think that last panel should have said Now, let’s kiss.

  • yaoi fanatic

    Kinda ship Kyle and Spooky now lol

  • Cat Astrophe

    I think this scene has made Spooky officially my favorite character <3

  • labyrinth92

    spooky just became my favorite character!!!!!!!!!!
    and omg is anyone else in love with spooky and kyle together!? ///<

  • Steel_Man

    *Groan*…Alexis Carrington would not approve.

  • DarkJokerOfAmuro

    i swear to god if these two dont get together sometime in this comic im gonna freak

    • Gustavo

      Amigo, somos dos.

    • b3nc0

      Maybe… We could just…

      (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ ︵ ╯(°□° ╯)

  • Here are the pictures from both last night and tonight’s sunset. https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/118082431292164101352/albums/5984101548727026465/5988621726302493570?pid=5988621726302493570&oid=118082431292164101352

    My brother doesn’t understand why I take so many pictures. Didn’t you take pictures yesterday? You just took a picture, why are you taking another one? To one of his “complaints” I replied It is art. *sigh* Would it hurt him at all to see the natural art that is a sunset? That no two sunsets are the same? Even on cloudless days, the sun doesn’t set in the exact same place and there are things in the atmosphere that affect the coloring?

    • Madock345

      These are beautiful! 192 is my favorite, but they’re all better than anything I’ve taken.

      • Thank you. Though right now my favorite batch is what I am going to call my “blue batch”….I am still amazed at how those came out. Such lovely blues with the sunset yellows, oranges, and reds.

    • Adam Black

      Imagine you actually had to PAY for every picture you took, and that it literally cost you silver.
      and you had no idea how it came out, and you had to set up 30 at a time with the same basic white balance.
      and low light- night pictures are literally a shot in the dark, with a tgripod youd be lucky if 1/50 isnt too blurry or dark to make out

      take as many as you want. scarcity is last century

    • jreed3842

      Ah! I love these! Sunset and Sunrise are my favorite times of the day. You capture Sunset so beautifully! 😀

  • SchalaRenee

    I used to ship Annhilator x Kyle but now…I’m afraid its Spooky x Kyle. They are sooo hot together.

  • I WANT to go on a big tangent about how just because two guys hug in a gay comic doesn’t mean they’re gay for each other, or get mad about how people can’t see nothing but friendship and brotherly affection here.
    I want to.
    But dammit I ship it so hard.

  • flame821

    I find it just slightly amazing that Spooky can not only get through the horrors he’s been through and come out a better person, he can also share what he’s learned in order to make things easier on his friend. He doesn’t withdraw, or figure everyone has to sort it out for themselves. He actively (perhaps proactively) jumps in and tells Kyle exactly what he needs to hear. Not in a condescending way (been there, done that) or in an academic way. Just a ‘dude it sucks, I know, but I got your back no matter what’. And that hug, not only does it show that Spooky is there for him, it may even remind Kyle that he isn’t ‘untouchable’ or ‘unclean’ or anything along those lines. He’s the same person he was yesterday, he just has some new experiences to work through.

  • Kate G

    BA HA HA HA HA! One has to love Spooks. HE knows he had the perfect opportunity to look cool, but he came back and ruined the cool kid factor by giving him a hug.

    I GOT TO SEE MY GRAMS TODAY! I haven’t seen her since Christmas Eve and she still had a trach tube and couldn’t talk. My Grammy is still on a feeding tube (but they will slowly be weaning her off because she’s making progress on her swallowing) and she is talking now! YAY! It’s sloppy and she loathes speech therapy (man, I hated it too. No one likes to sit in front of a mirror and practice the alphabet.) but she can talk! She was also able to pet and feed Zena some of her favorite treats with her left hand and that’s very good because her left side was the side most affected by her stroke (I’m making lots of run on sentences because I’m very happy, sorry.)

    Yes, her rehabilitation center allows non-therapy dogs. I was very happy to find that out. My parents and aunt made sure to pick out a center that not only attended to her needs but was closer to us so I could visit AND ALLOWED PUPPY DOGS so Zena could visit because my Grammy loves Zena. It’s quite funny because places that are run by nuns don’t usually allow dogs. Zena, of course, charmed every last nun, novice and nurse along with worming her way into a few other patients’ rooms and cheering them up and cheering every patient in the hall.

    And I am blathering because I am extremely happy that my grams is doing better because she was supposed to die on the table the day she had her stroke but she didn’t and know she is talking and standing up on her own for TWO MINUTES UNASSISTED. I’m so happy for my grammy. And now I need to stop talking.

    • I’m very happy to hear that your grams is doing so well. That’s awesome. 🙂

      • Kate G

        Thank you Alex!

    • Xalun K

      Yay I’m happy for you that your grams is recovering, that’s awesome. 😀

      • Kate G

        Thank you!

    • *hugs* So happy for you Kate! I am glad your Grams is doing so well!

      • Kate G

        Thank you so much! I am very happy!

  • Cman65

    Man Hug

  • justkeepondriving

    AWWW SPOOKY!!! ♥♥♥

  • SofiaT

    I understand that a lot of people are inspired for a Spooky/Kyle ship by this page. I can see why. However, for me, the message of this page is that much more potent if Spooky is straight and there’s absolutely nothing romantic between them.

    Too often, heterosexual men will be too reluctant to show their feelings with physical contact, especially to those of the same sex. That goes double when it’s about initiating close physical contact with a gay man. (because either gay men are sex animals who can’t control themselves or straight males are that certain they are irresistible… or they think “gayness” is contagious. I assume.)

    Spooky cares for none of that macho shit, he’s secure enough in his masculinity to allow himself to show his emotions without pretenses and he’s intelligent enough to know that a hug with his friend (who just happens to be gay) is not a big deal… at least not in that sense. Because it’s obvious it means a lot to Kyle, being hugged like that by his buddy.

    I really wouldn’t like that “bro” feeling, the kind of love that is completely pure and unconditional to be tainted by other more selfish emotions (because romantic love, lets face it, can be very selfish).

    For me, these two, right now, are perfect just the way they are 🙂

    • Salah Chourir

      Yeah youre right
      I hate it when guys are like “im cool with gay guys as long as they dont touch me because other people may think im gay to” -.- A REAL straight men doenst care hat other people think about his sexuality he just knows he can take a girl home and make love to her like nobody can 😛
      just like i know how to bring a guy home and do the same think XD
      aint nobody telling me im straight M’kay 😛
      I’m gay as hell haha

      *sorry for the bad grammer haha

    • I like this post and the feeling it expresses about any of our ability to show truly positive supportive emotion to people we care for and wish to help. For me it was the last sentence I loved and felt was very true.

      “For me, these two, right now, are perfect just the way they are.”

      That said, I felt different about the potency of the page being greater or lesser depending on Spooky’s future preference.

      Regardless of what the future brings, on this page Spooky is exactly right. Preference doesn’t come into it, but his actions do. Right now. Spooky would be great to me no matter if he were non-queer, gay, bi or whatever. He’s a man in the best sense of the word.

      So often it’s not preference that men get tangled up in, but “masculinity” and how they have been taught to define it. ‘Real men’ do this and don’t do that!!

      @salahchourir:disqus (below) says it well. TRULY non-gay men, that are secure in their desires, never worry. They are my most secure friends. They know what they want in bed and it isn’t a man. So, our teasing or hugging makes no difference. They also know they are very safe with ME, because I have no interest in men who aren’t interested in me (and I am thoroughly married). I’m just self-centered that way. So, as they are my friends, I would never want them to feel uncomfortable with me.

      So all that said, Spooky’s strength (IMHO) is in his security as a ‘man’ not related to his sexual preference. Even if he did have an interest in Kyle, Spooky is clearly wise enough and solid enough such that he knows that NOW (an hour out of hell and trauma) is NOT the time to make his interest known. So gay or not, I think THIS moment IS truly a moment of the love of a brother. Trust me I have gay friends of 20 years that I’ve never wanted to sleep with and vice versa. I’ve also comforted gay friends in crisis who are so relieved that they’re with someone who can put any sexual component on the shelf. It doesn’t matter how good looking they are… an honest ‘bone-deep comfort hug’ is NOT the time to cop a feel… man or woman.

      Trust me I do understand what you and Salah (below) are saying about the inanity of heterosexual men and ‘gay cooties’. I like to tease my non-gay male friends about not wanting to get ‘straight’ cooties. That is where I have nightmares that I can only look at women’s breasts as they talk, and I CAN NOT raise my eyes up to look them in the eye. Oh the HORROR of being heterosexual! (That one is worse than the nightmare about being back at Uni and going in to take a test for a class I can’t remember attending.)

      Again I loved this sentence too:

      “Spooky cares for none of that macho shit, he’s secure enough in his masculinity to allow himself to show his emotions without pretenses and he’s intelligent enough to know that a hug with his friend (who just happens to be gay) is not a big deal… at least not in that sense.”

      And that is exactly true regardless of his preference. So, just for me, it doesn’t matter what Spooky prefers in the long run. In this moment he did the perfectly right thing, and that makes him so very admirable. It actually makes him stronger if he did have an ‘interest’ in Kyle, and was totally able to set it aside to help his brother in a dark time.

      As far as “shipping” goes — a wise friend, who advocated shipping Kyle and his monster, taught me that shipping is a fantasy of love.

      So, it’s okay. We are not wishing for anyone to be harmed by ‘shipping’. We would have to assume that all the right things happen, from redemption to forgiveness to being assured that Kyle’s future safety and happiness is a given for that to properly come to pass. So for me, I look at Spooky the same way. I can ship them, if all those things come to pass and they really care for each other.

      Heck, I kinda shipped Kyle & Paul before this last scene. Just now Paul is a 17-year-old who has stuffed both his feet into his mouth (like that never happens). But that’s as of today. After this trial, Paul may be more mature. Kyle may be different and Paul might be right for him? I have NO EARTHLY IDEA. My rate of outguessing Alex is an impressive 0.

      In the future, after Kyle has gone through his trial by fire (literally) and is older and wiser. He might be ready to take another shot at romance.

      Speculate — if Kyle is about to go super nova and save the world at the cost of his own life, and only Spooky can save him with some convenient fire dampening spell, and Kyle realizes that Spooky could be a safe guy to ‘date’ (date = euphemism) and ‘LIGHT BULB’ Kyle realizes that Spooky might make an awesome boyfriend for a guy like him with his lava-penis issue.

      I could imagine Kyle saying, “Can you do that fire dampening thing… erm… in the bedroom?” And Spooky slyly saying, “Suuuure, why?” And Kyle saying, “Erm… would you like to go out on a date?” And Spooky laughing and saying, “I thought you’d never ask… are you paying?” and so on… and so on.

      So, I agree. They are perfect today. I hope they’ll continue to be perfect again in a couple of years when they all save the world. We’ll see. I’m working on being open to any version. Hey, maybe Paul will turn out to be non-gay, and he will give Kyle a hug and he’ll turn out to be our good example of the right-on heterosexual male. I’m good any which way.

      Yes Alex, I’m making the assumption that the world does not get turned into Laampros Snacks™. Mostly cause that’s how you roll. 🙂

  • bronakopdin

    doh! I really WAS NOT expecting that!
    Oh Spooky! So many feels! I bet with his usual attitude he just hides his vulnerability and holds back his feelings… and now when he was reminded on all that shit that happened to him sure he needed let some of them out! I’m really granting him this! and look at Kyle he’s touched and thankful 🙂

    now guys go and kick some ass 😀

  • Jay Bear

    I STILL SHIP IT.

  • Xalun K

    Sam’s unfortunately having some health problems that may delay the braces a bit (we spent 4 hours in the ER yesterday due to them), but as we’re still not to goal, the delay isn’t a huge deal. Still, thank you guys for your help, it means so much to us.

    • Oh dear, I hope he is okay! *hugs* Hope he gets better soon!

  • Marko

    I can’t get over the fact that he kinda suggested he was raped by demons…in hell… this does nothing for me…. I’m sorry I’m susceptible like that T-T
    (PD: but don’t worry I’ll ship… eventually)

    • Klaus

      The next episode is set before the formation of the Young Protectors. Maybe we will learn about Spooky’s recovery.

  • Klaus

    $400 already. Maybe we will have enough bonus pages in the bank to see us through the next kickstarter before it starts.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Highly likely. A Kickstarter campaign usually lasts a month, which would be equivalent to four – maybe five – bonus pages. Today’s Ding brings us to eight banked bonus pages, so we’re already exceeded that. Realistically the number of banked bonus pages might drop if everybody started saving in advance for the second Kickstarter, but… as a generalisation that didn’t seeem to happen much with the last Kickstarter. Looking back at the dates I can see that we had bonus pages in the first three weeks, and only skipped the bonus page in the final week of that campaign. (I could guess that this was because of the big final push to get the Spooky caps and the full trading card set, but that would only be a guess.)

      • Klaus

        People might need a recovery period after paying for the kickstarter.

  • b3nc0

    *sniff* *sniff*
    My! Is it a hovenful of ding-ding-ding I can smell in Alex’s kitchen?!

  • b3nc0

    I made a few pics of rainbow colored figurines & named them the LGBT-eam ;°P
    https://plus.google.com/photos/114661535605160092496/albums/5988145754519861633/5988146065459484626?pid=5988146065459484626&oid=114661535605160092496
    Then, it occured to me that The Young Protectors (even though some of them might be straight) were also 6 of them… Could we pick one of the gay flag colors for each one of our heroes?
    i’ll update my own casting tomorrow

    • Red = Commander
      Orange = Kyle
      Yellow = Mich
      Green = Spooky
      Blue = Tsunami
      Purple = Fluke

      • b3nc0

        Oops, tote forgot this orz

        visually, first
        Red = Red Hot
        Orange = Tsunami
        Yellow = Commander
        Green = Spooky
        Blue = Flyboy
        Purple = Fluke

        i’ll edit with a personality related association later

    • b3nc0

      Oops, tote forgot this orz

      visually, first
      Red = Red Hot
      Orange = Tsunami
      Yellow = Commander
      Green = Spooky
      Blue = Flyboy
      Purple = Fluke

      i’ll edit with a personality related association later

      • Huh, Our R O Y are different, but our G B P are the same.

  • Wohoo.. bonus pages to last the rest of this month and ALL of April so far 🙂
    Let me be the first to add a little for the first bonus page in May.

    You know.. the donations for bonus pages are so much on a roll that it would feel so weird if we reach a week again with no bonus page. Weird in the bad way. We’re spoiled as it is now xD

    Alex even talked about making updates on the website some months ago, in between the to chapters (2 & 3) but there has been no time *lol* Don’t think that will happen for a while if it means taking a week off 😉

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

  • Spooky Hugs and a bonus page. Pure Awesome.

    Now if I just had an oatmeal raisin cookie, life would be perfect. 🙂

  • EldrinSMP

    You know, more than anything anyone said, that hug was probably the best thing anyone could have done for Kyle.

  • Vincent

    Just further proof that bro hugs fix everything.

    • Sean_Clancy

      That wasn’t a bro hug. That was a REAL hug. Bro hugs are open-eyed, last exactly two seconds and must be accompanied by exactly three back slaps. 🙂

      • Vincent

        Ah, my mistake. I never learned the full Bro-Code since it didn’t apply to me. Please, accept my bro apology or bro-pology. Bro.

        • Sean_Clancy

          It doesn’t apply to me either. I give real hugs too. I’m just observant. 🙂

  • JM

    Oh my god, Kyle must have been out of his mind being so nervous about his buddies finding out that he’s gay. I mean, you could not ask for better, more supportive friends. I don’t know about everyone else, but these two were the ones Kyle called and spilled the beans to, so even if the others have issues, at least he’s got Fluke and Spooky. The bromance is giving me warm tinglies!

    • Klaus

      I think that many of us have made that mistake. The more important the friendship, the more frightening the thought that you may be putting it at risk.

  • Heh

    Spooky respect: 1000000000+ and growing
    Gods bless that guy

  • BluePlasticJess

    D’awwww! I just want to grab Spooky and give him a hundred kisses all over his face like an over-enthusiastic auntie.

  • Shinashi

    That’s a pretty awesome walk-out scene, too. I prefer it, husband of mine.

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    Awww

  • Sapfo

    I was thinking of the last endning and began to see the contrasts to the last one. Kyle sitting all alone with his little flame, to this Kyle with his friend embrassing him. For this is not only Spooky saying “I am sorry for what happened to you”. It feels like Spooky is confirming everything he has said with one gesture.
    I accept you, I am still your friend, I will not leave you, I am sorry for what happened and Now you and I will fix this.

    • I wish I could up vote this more than once!

      • Sapfo

        I will help you upvote by upvoting you ^_^
        Thank you AJ!

  • jreed3842

    Guys! Guys!
    I get to camp tomorrow! YAY! I have tomorrow off! Woo!

    • Heh, well, I would argue later today….

      it will be nice to have you with us again. ^_^

      How is the job going?

      • jreed3842

        Haha. Yeah… It’s technically 2:26 Tuesday morning, but I don’t consider it tomorrow until I wake up. Haha.

        The job is…. okay… It’s really exhausting, but I really like who I work with. Everyone is really nice and easy to work with. So I like the co-workers, not a fan of the job though. Haha.
        But I’m only here until about Mid-April and then I’m moving back home.
        Then I’ll be job searching at home, haha. (But everything in my hometown shuts down at 8:00 PM so I probably won’t have a late shift like this job! Haha)

        • Hmmmm, I wouldn’t say I have the opposite problem, but where I used to work, I preferred the work over most of my coworkers. Believe it or not, I am not really a people person. Though what I really loved is when I had the overnight cleaning and I didn’t have to deal with coworkers OR customers….it was soo nice…

          • jreed3842

            I really wish this job put me in customer service. I work really well with other people, and I’ve been in customer service forever… but… NOPE, they were like “Hmm, it seems you have no experience as a truck unloader and you’d be great as a customer service person… so… I think we’ll make you a truck unloader!” Lol.
            I do like the part where we take the stuff we unload and bring it out the main area, I get to interact and help the customers there… but the unloading part is… awful. Lol.

          • Me and people don’t really get along. I could be on my best behavior and completely nice, not do a thing wrong, and still get reported to management for an “attitude problem”. -_-

          • jreed3842

            Haha. Many many years ago, I was working at a video store and I was calling customers to let them know their movies were passed due.
            And I called this one guy and he was like “My dad’s in the hospital, I can’t bring it in right now..”
            So I said I was sorry to hear that and that he could bring in the late item at his convenience.
            A couple of days later the manager pulled me aside and said that customer complained about me being insensitive towards his father’s condition.
            I was like “WHAT?! What did he expect me to say? ‘Oh, don’t turn in the movie at all.'” Lol, it’s not like I can erase his fees.

          • Things like that would happen to me on a weekly basis. ^_^ But yeah, there is no pleasing some people.

  • Perverzak

    usually I dont like to pick favourite characters, cause Im often wrong about people… but damn Spooky!! My heart melts..

  • Lindsey Amethyst Hampton

    *CHEERS!* Damn straight hugs are more important than looking cool!

  • Auuuughhhh the last two pages have killed me!! Thank you thank you thank you.

  • b3nc0

    RNING*WARNING*WARNING*WARNING*WARNING*WARNING*WARNING*WARN

    Here’s some inappropriate and lame anyway so you shouldn’t read it joke:

    Happy birthday to Tsunami!

    orz m(__)m oTL I’ll put it down when I’ll have had enough ↓s and hangry replies…

  • SpookyDomme

    AWWWWWWWWWW. Yes, definitely my new favorite character.

  • Sam

    I’ve been following this for a while now, though I’ve never commented. But these past few pages really stuck with me. Sure wish I’d had a Spooky in my life.

    So now, I’m officially camping on this one. (Though I’m technically in the wrong time zone, so I’m actually lunch breaking, but never mind…)

    • SofiaT

      A fellow Aussie, maybe?
      Welcome to the comments community! 🙂

      • Saxon_Brenton

        My first thought as well, Sofia 🙂
        Oh yes, and welcome Sam.

      • Sam

        From England in China, actually!

    • Welcome to the comment section Sam!

    • Welcome, Sam! Glad you can join the cool camping crew. And may a Spooky enter your life soon! 🙂

    • Holly

      LUNCH CAMPING IS LIKE A PICNIC!

      I mean welcome Sam.

    • Welcome, Sam! We’re glad you took the time to lunch camp.

  • EMR updated : http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/ch20pg7/

    And for those of you that haven’t read EMR yet, but would like to read a great webcomic you can begin here: http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/

    • b3nc0

      Google translate says vider la route in French which means empty the road silly software
      I quite like the idea, yours, not google! ♥

    • Soramichi is so beautiful, Doki! He’s perfectly scarlet except for the tips of his fins. Good name.

      • Well he does have a few blue spots along the top and down the back (in front of the tail fin), it is just really hard to capture that in the pics because they are subtle.

  • Holly

    RUSHES IN!!! HI all. how are you? My life is madness and chaos but I brought BROWNIES!!!!

    • *hugs Holly* You feeling better?

      • Holly

        Yeah. As bad as the bug was it didn’t last long. I’m still a little sore in the abdomen, but I’m fine. ^_^

        Hopefully by next camp I will have new for all of you ^_^

        • ^_^ That is good and we will eagerly await said news. ^_^

          • Holly

            mmm So what’s up in the world of Doki?

            Also how are we supposed to hunt at the beginning of a bonus comic? O_o

          • Decided on a name for my fish, took some pictures, picked up trash left by those nasty annoying air-soft guys, wasting time on the net, took a shower, ate….trying to get my mind to focus one one thing not 20….

            Wait for Alex’s tweet?

          • Holly

            Sigh I suppose.

            Ooo busy day

          • Yeah, but I have lots of things on the to-do list, if I could just get my head focused enough to do even one of them….

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Ooh, brownies!!

      • *poke poke* Hi stickfigure

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Hiya, Doki!

          • Whatcha up to?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Going through my dashboard on tumblr, mostly. How about you?

          • multitasking, but not an any of the things I need to get done…..

          • mogoskier

            Ah, the story of my life.

          • Yep. ^_^

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I love it when I can trick myself into accomplishing something by doing it in order to procrastinate on something else. (It doesn’t happen a lot, though.)

          • Ya know, I love my dashboard on Tumblr but when I leave it alone for a couple of days the feed is huge. Then I get intimidated about checking it.

            But whenever I take the time, there’s so much GREAT stuff on there.

  • Holly

    The camp is quiet this eve. It makes me wary.

    • Shhhhhh…..be wery wery quiet! We’re hunting wirgins!

      • Holly

        … GOOD ONE ^_^

      • silibub

        Do you guys already know the url for the new page? Not that I’m hunting, but I’m impressed by your initiative, haha!

    • mogoskier

      I’m here. I’m just not conscience.

      • Coffee?

        • mogoskier

          It 11pm here that would be a very bad idea.

      • Holly

        I have many questions regarding that statement. Unless you meant conscious. Then I had less question…

        • mogoskier

          Yea that was suppose to be conscious, I really need to make sure google giving me the right words when I try to spell check.

          • Holly

            Good. Because really you should not be anyone’s Jiminy Cricket ^_^

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I also am here. I’m just wrangling what seems like an infinite number of inter-library loan requests into submission.

  • jreed3842

    *Bursts through the doors as dramatically as possible* HELLO CAMPERS! WHO IS READY TO PARTY?!
    (The only reason I tried to make a dramatic entrance was because I saw Holly commented that it’s quiet here tonight, lol)

    • Holly

      Jreed stepped on the brownies…. T_T

      • T_T those poor brownies……

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Nooo! I wanted one! T_T

        • Holly

          *pulls out one unharmed brownie* I saved this for you!!!!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hooray! o/
            Thank you!!!

      • jreed3842

        Oops… Sorry.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Let’s do this!!

    • b3nc0

      I’m full on US gastronomy: Graham’s crackers, easy cheese, Oreoes, wild west beef jerky…

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Mmm, oreos…

        • b3nc0

          My brother brought all those snacks from an US base in Germany but he told me that one could have find Oreos in stores here for years…

  • PoC updated for those that read. http://princeofcatscomic.com/comic/chapter-4-354/

  • davefragments

    It got to 67 degrees F today and I turned the heat off. Now something tells me that I forgot to turn the furnace back on. I’m too lazy to get back out of bed and change it.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      It got up to about 60 here, but tomorrow it’s supposed to be a high of 33 degrees F and a low of 8 tomorrow night, plus about 6 to 10 inches of snow.

      • davefragments

        same here. We got weather warnings and gleeful weathermen. I think weathermen should be neutered to prevent them from reproducing their own kind (wink, wink)

        • tomorrow our high is supposed to be 65 and our low is 19……and the day after is high 40 and low 25

          • stickfigurefairytales

            What is weather even

          • I don’t know anymore…

          • 65…19? Wow, that’s too weird.

          • Yeah….I was so 0.o wtf? when I saw that.

          • davefragments

            Same here – 66 deg F today, 20 deg F tomorrow and 7 deg F tomorrow night. That’s going to cause some icy driving — the bump and crunch crowd will be out bumping and crunching.

          • If you have to drive in that be careful!

          • davefragments

            I stay home in that weather.

    • Holly

      I do not understand your crazy F weather. It makes no sense!

      • b3nc0

        Hear hear

        ;°P

        • davefragments

          Unfortunately, I do understand why but I’m not up to it tonight to explain it. My area around Pittsburgh PA did have a week or ten days of near zero Fahrenheit temperatures back in the winter of 1979/80 but not since then. That was the year I had my house built. I’ve been here in my quiet hideaway ever since.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        That is true.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Okay, I have translated for everybody who doesn’t use the weird temperature system that we have in the US! Here is my weather comment in Celsius:
        “It got up to about 15 here, but tomorrow it’s supposed to be a high of 0 [well, just barely over that] and a low of -13 tomorrow night.”

        • Holly

          LOL

        • stickfigurefairytales

          And it was a high of 19 where dave is.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Also, 15 to 25 centimeters of snow predicted (well, plus 0.4cm for both, really).

    • 70 degrees today. Blue skies. Rained a little this morning. Soft breeze.

      It’s a freak-o-zoid weather situation here. Gorgeous but somehow wrong. I worry that the summer will actually be hot here and there will be none of our beloved fog.

  • PFG9000

    Hidey Ho, Campers. Tomorrow is Wed right? My days are all messed up.

    • Well it is Wednesday in about 18 minutes for me. ^_^

      • PFG9000

        Same here! Eeee I am excited.

      • b3nc0

        I’ve been dwelling in Wednesday for nearly five hours now… *needs some eyeshut*

    • davefragments

      would it be better for us to tell you that tomorrow is Thursday and you missed the update? (that would be mean)

      • PFG9000

        It would be mean, yes. I would still love ya though.

        • davefragments

          At least it was sunny today. That’s the only thing good I can say.

          • The sky was so clear all day, I was wondering if I was going to have an interesting sunset, luckily the clouds came in from the west just in time..

      • stickfigurefairytales

        We couldn’t do that!

      • DC

        I could say it IS Thursday tomorrow, but not the missed the update part 🙂

  • PFG9000

    Only thing missing is Danish. Working?

    • b3nc0

      Stalking the virgin?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        And she’s watching us all with the eye~~~of the tiiiiiiiiiiiger

      • PFG9000

        Eh? Whatchu talkin’ ’bout?

    • Could be asleep…it’s almost 05:00 where she is.

      • PFG9000

        Well BAH! XD

        • b3nc0

          Exactly, BAH!

          Some Europeans are here ¦°)

          • PFG9000

            My little sister is in the UK and she usually hops on at 1 am my time EDT before she has to get on the tube. Sometimes harasses me at Midnight. But she’s the early bird and I am the night owl.. .That’s why I deviously had her shipped to the UK

  • Holly

    I HAVE A SECRET VIRGIN THEORY. it is probably wrong. 😛

    • Please do TELL!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’d ask what it was, but you just said it was a secret.

      • Holly

        PRECISELY ^_^

  • davefragments

    I hope Alex is going to announce the new page. I’d hate to have us here waiting all night, bleary eye, fated on salty foods and chocolate treats and piquant dips . . .

    • Holly

      well he does usually announce it on facebook and twitter, so surely one of us will see that first. UNLESS MY THEORY IS RIGHT. >_> <_<

      • davefragments

        I don’t do the TWITTER thing. Can’t stand it.
        I just got my first smart cellphone yesterday.

        • Congrats, Dave!

          Don’t worry, someone will post the link unless you’re trying to fake us out with your own virgin hunt.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Where does he post it on facebook? I can’t seem to find the right page.

    • PFG9000

      Wait.. You have chocolate and you’re not sharing?

      • davefragments

        No, I was just pretending I could have the stuff. allergies

        • PFG9000

          Oh… well I dream of chocolate too.

        • Adam Black

          thats terrible

  • Adam Black

    Hi campers

    • PFG9000

      What were you doing that the cat bit you? Poor you.

      • Adam Black

        I was petting him, or reaching towards him
        He had been begging me for attention, so I was trying to oblige.

        He can go pet himself now.

        • PFG9000

          That little so and so. I’m terribly sorry.

          • Adam Black

            thx
            some days arent worth getting out of bed

    • Even in a grumpy mood, it’s still nice to see you, Mr. Black. Sorry your cat bit you!

      • Adam Black

        Thanks, but you have all of cyberspace filtering me.

        He knows I am still mad, but keeps bothering me.

        The problem with a cat with social intelligence is that they abuse it.
        If the cat knows to comewhen you call its name, It expects you to be equally trained to all its damn whims and moods

        • b3nc0

          We should feel honoured! It means he values us as his equals?!

          • Adam Black

            I am not really feeling that.

            Begs for attention, then bites my wrist.

            Human in catlanguage means 2legged servant

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Poor Adam!

    • Holly

      That sucks that you heat does that. I’m required to keep my heater at a certain temp no matter how warm it is outside. It gets hot, but the opposite sounds worse.

      • Adam Black

        sucks. Its buidling wide settings

    • mogoskier

      My cat is being a dick to. He stole my pillow and trying to push my laptop.

      • Adam Black

        we should go on strike

        • b3nc0

          No more between the ears scratching? you, mean!

          • Adam Black

            or the belly, or the back of the tail, and no cuddling tonight either.
            Hell be lucky if hes not in time out again.

            and no treats either.

    • b3nc0

      He’s probably cold-grumpy too…

      • Adam Black

        He has thick 3 layer fur coat.

        He was being an asshole

        • b3nc0

          Here’s a totally guaranteed cat-hair-free hug then
          (✿づ◠‿◠)づ

          • Adam Black

            Awesome, but you are4 proabbly not cat hair free aymore

          • b3nc0

            don’t mind
            miss mine

          • Adam Black

            you can have one of mine

          • b3nc0

            Awww, thanks, here’s my email:
            *****.***@*****.***

    • Awwwww *hugs* Sorry that your car bit you love, and that you are achey, and that coffee is not working for you today. 🙁

      • Adam Black

        thx. maybe ill go to bed early.

    • Sapfo

      Well I could give you a hug, I even have a kilt on (but that might be more my thing, then your). I don’t really know if I can give you any advise on your cat problem. Bit him back might not be the way to deal with him. Have you tried with sarcasm with him? That might also work on your coffee problem.

      • Sapfo! Good to see you! *hugs*

      • *hugs* SAPFO!!!!!!!!!!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Hi Sapfo!

      • b3nc0

        Hallo!
        missed you entrée, had domestic issues
        My cats responded a tad too well to sarcasms: they had new tunes to their *meow* I knew weren’t innocent ¬_¬

        • Adam Black

          ill pass on the sarcasm. I dont want it get bit again

          • Sapfo

            Well then I will get on a airplane right now to give you a hug. (Where is my kilt?)

          • Adam Black

            Thx, Bring Gloves, a certain feline will have gone into petting withdrawl by then

          • Sapfo

            Cute/sarcastic kitten better keep away from me. But for some reason felines like allergic people.

          • Sapfo, did you see my fishie? Named him Soramichi. ^_^

          • Sapfo

            Yes I did see him, he was cute.
            (Sapfo do not make cat eat fish joke,……)

          • Adam Black

            go ahead

          • Sapfo

            Not really a joke, more an advise. If you feed the cat before petting it, the cat might not bit you.
            “Here kitten, I got a fishy for you!”

          • I have yet to have a cat eat a fish, but we did have one cat that “played” with one….by knocking it out of the water and staring at it.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Fishie! What kind is he?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Pretty!

          • Adam Black

            what is a beta?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            The opposite of a worse.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            😀

          • Sorry, left out a t…they are betta or Siamese fighting fish….

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

          • Adam Black

            kitten? Hes a massive 17lb Norwegian Forrest Tuxedo Cat.
            I was only petting him because he was demanding attention, when he bit me.

            bring allegy medication. bring a squirt gun.

          • Sapfo

            Norwegian Forrest, they are so cute. I can understand now what you mean with thick fure. Biting that and you will only end up with a mouth of fure and nothing else.

            For safty I think a non cat place hug might be best. You just have to make do with cyperspace hug for now. And I will bring a squirt gun if I ever come over to you. They can be a lot of fun with or without cat 🙂

          • Adam Black

            we can fill it up with cream and pretned its a JOBros concert

      • Adam Black

        Glad you are back

        … Can women wear Kilts?

        doesnt that skirtify it?

        him, Ill let you know how biting him back works. Hes got thick fur, he ll probably like it.

        i m not really sure how being sarcastic will work with coffee.

        am i supposed to insult the drink, my liver, im a little lost on the object there?

        It isnt even @admiraljane:disqus s so I cant even snark at her.

        The caffeine gods just dont like me today

        • My coffee is above snark. 😛

          • Sapfo

            She is there when no one knows she is there. She makes coffee and it might not be snarky, but it can bit you in the ass if you are not behaving. She is Jane, Admiral Jane! ^_^

          • b3nc0

            Oh- Oh- Oh-
            Please be that an actual trailer!

          • Adam Black

            There is a coffee enema joke in there somewhere

          • Sapfo

            I…..oh….. You better behave then 😉

            Only ever given a coffien injection once.

          • Guest

            Nurse, maybe thats what I need

          • Sapfo
          • Adam Black

            Nurse, maybe thats what I need

            @admiraljane:disqus do you stock medical Grade?
            whats the right roast for an injection?

          • Stay away from dark roasts. They have less caffeine than regular roasts

          • Adam Black

            i did not know that

          • Yup, dark roasts have less caffeine. Fun fact.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I didn’t know that either! (Of course, I’m not a coffee drinker, but I like knowing things.)

          • The more you know, yeah? 😀

          • Sapfo

            I agree. Fun with trivia ^_^

          • Also, using paper filters in the coffee machine, not only does it wick away the oil (and flavor, since a lot of the flavor is in the oil) the paper also wicks away caffeine too

          • stickfigurefairytales

            So what should you use instead?

          • Sapfo

            Drink black tea, it contains more coffien 😉

          • Just make it loose leaf. 🙂

          • Sapfo

            That is true. Now drink my coffinated friends, drink!

          • There are metal/fine mesh screen filters out there. 🙂

          • b3nc0

            And nylon or something too

          • Yup

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ah, good to know! Thank you!

          • Adam Black

            I use metal screen, but there is weak evidence that paper filters trap a chemical that raises blood pressure.

            When most Americans made percolated cofee studies showed it raised blood pressure. Later on when paper filtering was most common they reversed.

          • That could be because of the caffeine being trapped in the paper. Not everyone can handle it. But who’s to say. I just know that the paper traps caffeine and the oils.

            But then again, they could have been percolating foldgers.

          • Sapfo

            For your problem I think AJ and I need to have a long talk about what roast would be best. As specialists, we’ll come up with a good solution

          • Adam Black

            I am thinking , maybe ecstacy blend

          • Sapfo

            Not my specialty. Here have a Paracetamol…..

          • Adam Black

            Nah, those are terrible for your liver.

          • Sapfo

            Ibuprofen, but that is bad for your kidneys.

            I would go for Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. Kick out both the kidneys and the liver in one go.

          • Adam Black

            It is? well, then maybe mine are already shot

          • Sapfo

            Everything in moderation. Just dont over do it with the pills and you should be alright.

          • Adam Black

            So you are saying take 1 of everything, and only use needles?

            This is why its good to get professional medical advice

          • Sapfo

            Why do I get the feeling that you are twisting my words? o.O
            Must be my imagination…I now imagin you in a kilt. Mmmm! Kilt…..

          • Adam Black

            It better be furlined

          • Sapfo

            For you, anything!

          • Adam Black

            I could get used that

          • Sapfo

            I guess you would be to scared to ask kitten to be your fur under your kilt. Biting kitten under kilt, it could be dangerous. And kind of kinky.

          • Adam Black

            Also, If you need my talents to explain your own feelings,

            you by necessity , reliquish , the presentation of your words.

            dont say “twisted” , instead think ” fashionably braided” to match a kilt.

            Now, please pass that pipe. Pills I hear, have gone out of fashion

          • Sapfo

            This is kind of funny that you should say this. I don´t braid my hair, I twist it. But I will stop twisting it now, just for you. Braiding it is!

            So, you are going hobbit if you are going for the pipe then (or are Mr. Black going to Washington/Colorado? That are the states that allowing it, right?) Ever thought of getting hair feet?

          • Ha! Yes!!

          • Adam Black

            It isnt your coffee that failed.. but you never know… one day

        • Sapfo

          Of course women can wear kilts, it’s all about attitude.

          Well If he likes being biten maybe he will be less of an asshole and more of a cute little fureball.

          Well You could insult the coffee, I would advise you against insulting AJ. Insultning the coffee might not helpt, but snarking of AJ would make things….. Oh look flowers ^_^

  • davefragments

    Adam:
    That’s like the old joke abut your cat died. . .
    My cat died why?
    BEcause it ate the dead meat in your yard . . .
    What’s dead meat doing in my yard?
    It’s from the horse that was burnt up when the barn burned down
    The barn burnt?
    Yeah, the sparks from the house caught the barn on fire and burnt it down. the horse burnt, the firemen knocked the barn down and left a piece of the burnt horse that the cat ate and died.
    But how did the house catch on fire?

    And so it goes. the never ending joke of bad things happening.
    It’s like a terrible episode of FML

    • b3nc0

      There’s an old (30’s) French song that goes like that tout va très bien Madame la Marquise but it’s the horse at the beginning & the final twist is the husband tipping a candel as he died…

      • davefragments

        Well that works too. I could start it that way.
        It’s a joke that becomes funny in the telling of it.

        It could end with the wife in a coffin after finding the husband in the sack with a pavement princess. Candles, coffin, drapes, etc…

        • stickfigurefairytales

          I don’t think I’ve ever heard the term “pavement princess” before – I’m guessing it means prostitute?

          • mogoskier

            Or a mob boss ‘s daughter

          • davefragments

            bingo!
            Ladies of the evening,
            Pavement princess
            A lady leaning on a lamppost
            Charlotte the Harlot
            Those are names my my dissolute college days.
            yeah, right sure they are!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Seamstress (where my Terry Pratchett fans at?)

  • Holly

    Okay I can give this about another 20 minutes of my time, then I need to start the sleep prep sadly. :/

    • You hear that Alex! You need to put up the page before Holly has to go to sleep!

      • Holly

        hehe silly doki

      • Doki, I like your clouds sunset pictures. The sky almost looks summer blue in a couple of them.

        • Well. it has been summer-ish temperatures off and on lately. ^_^

    • What? You’re gonna leave without telling us your theory?

      • Holly

        I will post my theory on the next page whether it is right or wrong!

        • Ah right! I look forward to it.

        • b3nc0

          Is it an URL theory?

          • Holly

            maybe…

          • b3nc0

            Wait and see… ^^

          • Holly

            see the problem with that is I need to start getting read for bed in 15 minutes. So I can’t wait very long 😛

          • b3nc0

            Poor Holly, you should thrust your secret theory to one friend here & they could get to you as soon as your eyes stir open in the morrow ;°)

          • Holly

            naw

          • b3nc0

            I now have 3 different thumbnails opened with different URLs

          • Holly

            OOOOO

          • b3nc0

            Does that mean you has 5 of them?

          • LOLOOOLLL!

          • I only have one open.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Can’t wait!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Right, it’s 3:30, I’ve got the ILL requests under control, and I’m sick of doing overtime. I’m heading home, gonna pickup chocolate on the way, and I’ll probably see you all in about an hour-and-a-half.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Have a safe trip!

    • Safe trip home, Saxon!

    • Elrohir

      Ah chocolate…that balm for the soul… 🙂

  • Holly

    Well it is officially 1:30am. I need to crash. So I will see you all in the comments tomorrow, and at Saturday’s camp. Farewell.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Goodnight!

    • mogoskier

      night holly

    • Night Holly love! Sweet dreams of the YP of your choice!

      • Holly

        AGED TEN YEARS OLDER MITCH! ^_^

    • Sleep well!

    • G’Night

    • jreed3842

      Have a good night! Sleep well!

    • b3nc0

      Schlafen Sie gut ~_o
      sorry I missed you leaving & you’ll surely read the new page before this old comments anyway, so were you right?

      • Holly

        I was wrong. I thought it was “INT2” not “bonus1”

        • b3nc0

          I got an int2 page too ;°)
          The closest one was bon1 though…

  • Got my page open and occasionally refreshing it BUT I have a feeling I’m barking up the wrong url tree.

    • mogoskier

      I’m just refreshing tumblr every 5 seconds

  • So—new scene, lots of new coloring for the art. So it’s going to be a late-ish update tonight. Dough is still being kneaded. Soonest would be in 30 minutes. Could be later, though. Just a heads up for my beloved campers. 🙂

    • Thanks for the update, Alex!

      Good thing Holly went to bed already.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Thanks for letting us know!

    • davefragments

      Thanks,
      However, I’m here for another hour and 40 minutes. Life’s little necessities. . . Unless I fall asleep on the computer.

    • mogoskier

      Yea I don’t think I can make it, may the fastest of you get the virgin.

      • g’nite, mogoskier!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Goodnight, mogo!

      • b3nc0

        ‘Nities ~_o

    • b3nc0

      Have Adam, Veronica and you ever considered livestreaming the kneading & oven-time?

      • Adam Irving

        Even if it weren’t doable for practical reasons, I think it’s a great idea!

      • I can definitely see the appeal, but at this moment in time, I’d be hesitant to add to the workload. (And the biggest note I hear from artists who do the livestreaming is that it adds to the amount of time they take creating a page.)

        But maybe for a special event in the future when we aren’t under time pressure. I’ll chat with them about it. 🙂

        • Adam Black

          Google Hangouts!
          You can get 30 people.

          maybe we should do camping Hangouts!That would be awesome,

          • There’s actually something I’m considering like that. Not for camping everytime but as a special event. Stay tuned… 🙂

          • 😀

          • Adam Black

            will do

    • Adam Irving

      This is one of the things I love about the artists behind these beloved web comics – so incredibly nice! Not that other artists can’t be nice, but it’s nowhere near this. In many ways, this is a constant dialogue of sorts between artists and consumers/audience, an exchange I find fascinating.

      In other words: you are awesome, Alex (et al). 🙂

    • Elrohir

      To completely misquote The Three Amigos
      “Knead Alex! Knead like the wind!”
      Umm…sorry about that…anxious for the first bonus page…

    • Adam Black

      @alexwoolfson:disqus
      is the current scene over, or will we be coming back to it after the xtra ?

      • Klaus

        Alex said that the bonus comic would be posted when the current scene is over.

        • Adam Black

          I was expecting kyle/ Mitch reunion

          • Sapfo

            We might not get to see it right away after this. It might be inbedded in the next scene, or the scene after that.

          • Adam Black

            tease

          • Sapfo

            And this is a surprise to you?

            You know you like it, and it is not teasing if the person lets you have him in the end 😉

          • Adam Black

            Are you sure about that?

            That kind of sounds like a retroactive fallacy… its a little timey-wimey.
            You are saying you can change the past, by what you do in the future

          • Sapfo

            No, I can not change the past. But the futur can sometimes change the meaning of the past.

            Let´s say you have a tease infront of you. But if that tease later on satisfy your desire. Is that still teasing? Could it be just forplay which was perceived as teasing?

            So far it is teasing, but if Mitch gets to have a great reunion with Kyle, is this then forplay for that scene?

      • This page is the last page of the scene. When we come back there will be a scene change. 🙂

        • b3nc0

          Enough talking
          More page-ing
          ;°P

          • Adam Black

            ha

        • Adam Black

          thanks

  • Is Danish sleeping in? And where is my Chris?

    • Could be…Chris taking the night off?

      • But would Chris take the night off when he is going to get to see a younger Spooky?

        • O_O

          Good point. Oh well, we’ll see a younger Spooky before he does.

          • We will cherish the young Spooky and warn him about the Chris lurking out there…waiting for him. ^_^

            PS. This is my 1800 comment on TYP

          • *hugs* Thanks for saving me your 1800, Doki!

            Chris is definitely out there…!

          • b3nc0

            How do you know your comments counter on a specific site?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I was wondering about that too.

          • Cydney Sabin

            Just click your name. It should show you how many comments you’ve had. I’ve only ever commented on TYP, so it’s easy for me.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ah, I’ve commented elsewhere, so I don’t know my TYP count for sure.

          • Cydney Sabin

            That would be a bit more difficult then.

          • b3nc0

            Thanks, but as Sticky, I’ve commented on a few sites…

          • Well, other than being OCD and keeping track, I am currently in the top 10 commentors on TYP. ^_^

            At the top of the disqus there should be Yoai 911 webcomics, I click on that it will automatically show the top 6. then I click on view more.

            I used to be able to click on my avatar and it would show the list of which communities I had posted on and how many, but it no longer does that. :-

          • …..and when I say OCD, I have paper spreadsheets to write things down and then I transfer them to excel where I keep track of the numbers and do various statistical things …what happens when I have nothing better to do, I create things to be OCD over…..

  • Adam Irving

    I know I’m late to the party for this page. Is it me, or did Spooky’s arms shift position between the fourth and fifth panels? (This is not a critique, it was just something that caught my eye and made me wonder – honest!)

    • b3nc0

      He’s a MA-GI-SHUN! Plus remember last page hands in the jeans’ pockets ==> hands in the coat’s pockets? What can I say, the man is swift‼

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I think he readjusted his hold when he straightened up (since he goes from hugging Kyle while slightly bent over at first to hugging him while standing up in panel 5).

  • Saxon_Brenton

    I’m back, and a lot earlier than I guessed. Got a nice short wait for the train, at the supermarket checkout, and again waiting for the bus. How’s the wait going. Hmm, late tonight, eh? Okay, I’ve picked up some cream filled chocolate lamingtons for everybody.

    • Yay! Thank you Saxon! …which kind of cream? and what are lamingtons?

      • What Doki said!

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Lamingtons are sponge cake (usually vanilla, but I’ve seen recipes for more exotic flavours) that have been dunked in melted chocolate, and then dunked again in dessicated coconut sprinkles. Sometimes they’re then cut in half and have a layer of cream and/or raspberry jam added. These are store bought, so I imagine the cream is mock cream.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Ooh, I want some!

        • Huzzah! That sounds divine…

    • Elrohir

      Whoa!
      **Wondering if Saxon_B is buying votes to be Galactic Overlord?**
      Umm…I mean…that’s really, really nice of you!

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Nah. I figured out ages ago that the organizational side of overlording is more work than I really cared for. I’m more the impulse driven mad scientist type.

        • b3nc0

          W-what did you put in the Lamingtons?
          *gulps*

          • davefragments

            some white rabbit —

          • Saxon_Brenton

            These ones? Nothing. Like I said, these are store bought. Now, OTOH as part of the lead-up to Edible Book Day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edible_Book_Festival) I have been experimenting with white chocolate lamingtons where the coconut sprinkles have been coloured with food dyes. Those rainbow coloured lamingtons have appropriately psychotropic properties.

        • Elrohir

          And you haven’t yet invented a time machine that let’s us see the new pages in advance???!?!!
          Ah the vagaries of the scientific mind…probably spending your time on something silly like free energy! 🙂

    • b3nc0

      No idea what that is but I want one!
      *reaches-smells-engulfs*
      These are deli

      Wait for it

      cious =^.^=

  • Elrohir

    Well, while the company here is, as ever, alluring. I have to catch a train to Wolfsburg this morning. So, I’ll leave you in hopes that you hunt well and treat your prize as it deserves! All the best to y’all!

    • TTFN Elrohir! Have a nice train ride!

      • Elrohir

        Thanks Doki. Hope you pounce well! 🙂
        **Elrohir <== actually likes riding Deutsche Bahn**

    • b3nc0

      B-bye.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I hope you enjoy as quick and expeditious train trip as I was lucky t get.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Take care, Elrohir!

  • Another update for my beloved campers. It’s at least another 20 minutes, perhaps more. Heed the call of your pillows accordingly. 🙂

    • davefragments

      This will be the first thing my eyes look at in the morning.
      Heaven’s knows the rest of the room ain’t worth it!

    • Pillow…calling…reaching out with soft fluffy thoughts.

    • Adam Black

      Do you fluff?

      That did not come out the way I meant it. But I am going to ambiguously leave it up, cuz why not. 😉

    • Sapfo

      I don´t know if my pillow is calling for me. I think it might speak Chines or it might be some other languages.

  • Cydney Sabin

    So it’s almost 1 in the morning. And I have to work in ten hours. Currently debating whether to “sleep” or stay awake for the new page.

  • Librarican

    I have to be up in five hours and have a meeting with my boss at work, so I am calling it a night. Good luck virgin hunting to those of you on the other side of the country/ ocean. Sweet dreams of Spooky to all of you.

    • b3nc0

      Tschüß

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Night night. Luck with the meeting.

    • Night and sweet dreams Librarican!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Goodnight Librarican!

    • G’nite!

  • Wow.. good timing. Of all the nights I decided to skip camping and not stay up, after I woke up with no internet connection, and the page is a late one.
    Now it’s not about waking up to just see the page, but if the page will be up before i have t leave soon. If not then I’ll have something niceto get home for in 8 hours time 🙂

    • Welcome, Danish!!!! *hugs*

      • Thank you, I’ll only be here for around 5-8mins more.

    • Sapfo

      Hello Wolfy girl!
      I think you should get @disqus_FidZAwLkzS:disqus to come to you. He have a hungry cat for your mice problem 😉

      • Adam Black

        take em both.

        Maye you will get to watch them play Mouse Hockey

    • b3nc0

      Hallo ¨3

    • Danish! You are alive! I was beginning to wonder! *hugs*

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Well, if it ends up coming right around the 20-minute mark that Alex forecast, you’ll be good, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

      • Yes.. let’s see within the next couple of mins.

  • I think my bladder is conspiring against me.. or subconsciencly with me xD
    Of course I had to go to the bathroom in the last minute while going out the door already in a hurry, now meaning I’ll be late for my bus, so I’ll take the next one and be half an hour late for work. I can camp for 17 mins longer *LOL*

    • Sapfo

      (Do I want Danish to go, so I can get the virgin, or do I want her to stay so that we can play. Dilemmas.)

    • b3nc0

      It must be TyP-addicted too!
      Edit: hope your boss(es) is(are) hour-flexible though?!

  • Removed from oven. Letting it cool. Up in 5…

    • Sapfo

      Get Virgin-hunting-fingers ready 😉

  • This is like a game of nerves while I’m watching the time ticking away xD

  • Zeruk

    TT-TT Spooks you are the bestest friend ever!

  • Jac

    I – I think so! Gah, WHAT A BABE. These characters are going to ruin me in the best way.

  • MikaMonster

    Is it bad that I suddenly really ship Kyle and Spooks? Because I ship Kyle and Spooks.

    • Superjenny

      Ship it like FedEx. ~high five~

  • OnyxLight

    And this is why Spooky is my Fav! ^_^

  • Jeanie

    AWWWWWW! This is the hug I wanted to give Kyle!

  • Superjenny

    I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP.

  • Ricardo Coragem

    want more!!!!!

    • The main story resumes on Saturday, June 7th. 🙂

  • TruthStings

    I think I melted a little bit with that hug

  • D. Garrett

    oh my god. this page is precious!

  • Aww Spooky rocks XD

  • Ree

    ;u;

  • Kabbalist

    Okay, Spooky is now firmly in my “person of quality” category. I’ve been wanting SOMEONE to hug Kyle pretty much ever since he was left on his own in an abandoned warehouse.

  • LL

    Oh man, I forgot about this scene. Now I remember why Spooky’s my favorite.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I’ll never forget this scene… ever.. and ever… and… (oh sorry). Well, me too. 🙂

  • Sarah Lebowicz

    Awwwwwwwww~

  • Alison1

    Sorry to bug you got my book today love it but I wish it had the chapter where Kyle and Duncan have sex
    AnywAy the “next” button on this page takes you to the flyboy comic not page 32

  • Curt Clark

    Spooky, this comeback hug just made you infinitely cooler.