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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Flyboy Bonus Comic—Page 30

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What are you thinking, Mitch?

So, I’ve talked about how the bonus comics fit into the Engaging the Enemy arc of The Young Protectors both in my notes under the page and also at length in the Comments section, but there still seems to be a fair amount of confusion about what exactly I’m doing. And I’ve actually gotten more than one question in the last couple weeks about when The Young Protectors is no longer going to be “on hiatus.” When you and your team have been working hard to continuously post two pages of comics a week, every week, without any interruption, and your readers think you are “on hiatus”, then what you have is clearly a failure to communicate. 🙂 And that failure must be mine.

The very fact that you are reading my note under the page means that you are already a TYP superfan, and an elite superfan at that. (You rock, BTW! Thank you!) And so I want to ask a favor. I’m going to edit the FAQ to include this information and also send out an email to my entire mailing list, but if it’s not too much trouble, if you could take a moment to let your friends know what I’m doing with the bonus comics and The Young Protectors in general, I’d appreciate it.

While I personally feel the Flyboy Bonus Comic is some of our best work, I can understand if there are readers who only want to read “present day events” or who don’t particularly care for this Flyboy story, for whatever reason. But there seem to be more than a few readers who are under the impression that The Young Protectors is no longer updating, or that I might never go back to our team in present day, and if you could help me dispel that misunderstanding, I’d really appreciate it. Basically, I explained everything in this comment: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-flyboy-bonus-page-27/#comment-2315518333

Here the TL;DR “short” version: The present day events of Engaging the Enemy arc have been planned out from the beginning — those events will be told over 5 chapters. This arc will be published in three consecutive The Young Protectors trade paperback “volumes”. Each book will have two chapters from the present day story, and every book will then end with at least one “bonus comic”, which explores important information from the past. Volume One (already printed and soon-to-be available to the public early next year) ends with the Interlude and the Spooky/Commander Bonus Comic. The Flyboy Bonus Comic is what will end Volume Two. After the Flyboy Comic is complete, we will resume the present-day story on this Web site (with Chapter 4, which will start the final volume of The Engaging the Enemy arc, Volume 3.)

While these “bonus comics” do offer additional backstory on the characters, they also contain information that is important to the present-day plot. They are not intended as filler, and we consider them just as important to the overall story as what The Platinum Priestess and The Annihilator are up to in the present. This is why I have my main team working on them, and why we update the Flyboy Bonus Comic twice a week — they are as much a part of the Engaging the Enemy arc as anything else. The Flyboy Bonus Comic isn’t a hiatus, or a vacation for me or my artists: while these bonus comics were not part of the initial outline I wrote down over three years ago (and thus allow us to stretch our creative wings a bit), they are part of the overall story that I’m wanting to tell with these characters. Whether they are effective or compelling, I’ll leave to y’all to decide. But they aren’t side stories — they are an essential part of the main event that is the Engaging the Enemy arc of The Young Protectors.

The exception to this was, of course, the Truth or Dare comic. And this is where I think the confusion comes from. It was never my intention to post two back-to-back bonus comics — or to post the Truth or Dare Bonus Comic here on this site at all. While I still would hesitate to call that comic “filler”, and I did my best to have our heroes reveal things that would matter to the main story, it definitely was a “side story” and was mostly just for fun (and it was intended to give my main artists a break). In the comment, I talk about why I made the choice to post it instead of simply going on hiatus for three months. I still think that was the right decision, but hopefully I will be able to avoid posting any more back-to-back bonus comics before the Engaging the Enemy arc is complete. When you are just posting up a couple pages of story a week, I think it’s just too confusing for a lot of folks. Lesson learned. 🙂

Anyway, I hope that makes sense about why we didn’t just jump back into Chapter 4, when Chapter 3 was complete. Why this isn’t intended as filler or a break. That these “bonus comics” are an essential part of the way I’m wanting to tell this story. I’ll try to come up with something for the FAQ that summarizes this a bit. (Maybe I’ll also come up with a better name for these flashback chapters than “bonus comics” — I think that probably adds to the confusion.) And, like I said, if you could help spread the word to your friends who might be confused, or think that we’re never going back to the main story — if you could tell them that this is actually primary and planned The Young Protectors story content, and that we’ll be jumping right back in with Chapter 4 as soon as it’s complete, I’d greatly appreciate it. (And if you happen to be enjoying the Flyboy Comic, please tell them that too — couldn’t hurt.)

Thanks for listening and, as always, for your continued, amazing support and enthusiasm. It makes all the hard work totally worth it. 😀

So! Flyboy’s communicator is broken! Kanya cell phone isn’t working, either! There’s not going to be any backup, any cavalry coming in to the rescue. What does Flyboy think he’s going to do? And does it have a chance in Hell of working before the city is ripped to shreds?

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

  • D’oh!!

    • Holly

      I am never close enough. I saw it. IT was blank. Then AJ says d’oh

      • Sorry….not sorry. 😀

        • Holly

          YOU USED MOD POWERS! XP

          • Indeed not!! I’m just as in the dark as everyone.

          • Holly

            …. The sudden image of Alex putting a blindfold on your and giving a gentle push toward the comment section.

          • Heee! Now it’s stuck in my head.

          • Holly

            I do my best

          • 😛

          • Tyler Griffin

            By your Mod powers combined, She is Admiral Jane!

  • davefragments

    Things don’t work — who wrote that law?
    Murphy or Finagle?

    • Well Murphy is an asshole, so I’ll go with him. 😀

      • davefragments

        He was why my O blew up my high school laboratory class one day — think massive clouds of smoke up the vents…

        • Damn!! Stupid Murphy.

          • davefragments

            My brother gassed the laboratory out when he poured a chlorine generator into the sink and ran hot water over it. That was gaspingly horrendous Mr Murphy.

          • Did that put him in hot water?

          • davefragments

            We cleared out of the room and the fume vents cleared the air. Those are the funny high school lab troubles.
            The worst happened when Gerry (another scientific Murphy) decided to swing the egg sack of a fish we had to dissect above his head and tiny fish eggs flew all over the room. That room stunk for months of rotting fish eggs.

          • Ugh! Of course now a days he would probably be suspended. Schools taking the fun away from experiments

          • davefragments

            I had worse happen here I worked. We turned dirty black coal to oil and all sorts of things happened. Not much excites me anymore.

          • I bet.

          • Tyler Griffin

            our dye weigh-er never had chemistry and mixed the bleach and acetic acids together in an attempt to make a super tank cleaning solution. That was the day we all almost died, and I almost had to carry out my threat to perform mouth to mouth on anyone who passes out at work (I’m the shift first responder)

    • Michael

      I’m more concerned with Muphrey, Murphey’s semiliterate cousin. Muphrey’s Law is the bane of my, and any writer’s, editor’s, commenter’s, blogger’s, journalist’s, etc. career.

      • Tyler Griffin

        if ti cna be teepoed, ti wil

    • ahh good old Murphy…. longest relationship i’ve ever had…. just when i think i am done and broken up with him, he busts thru the walls of my life like the Koo-Aid Man lol…. OH YEAH!

  • Of course it’s broken. I mean, you landed on it. But that means his secret is still safe.

    • Holly

      Mitch deserved to learn a lesson, but I’m happy if he can learn it without getting kicked off the team.

      • Or having a lecture by Tsu.

        • Holly

          Or Commander getting lectured by Tsu for NOT grounding him.

          • There’s that.

          • Holly

            Tsunami LOVES to complain

          • Oh boy does he love to complain. Other than water bending, it’s his greatest power.

          • Holly

            haha it is so true

          • I think his water bending comes in second to his complaining.

          • Tyler Griffin

            I think his water bending is actually a secondary effect of his complaining. The water moves around to try to avoid being in the direct path of the complaining.

          • davefragments

            Yes he does.
            There’s a very strange backstory there that I might not want to hear… wink, wink

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Rule #1: Never sit on your YP call button. That is now gospel.

  • Elizabeth

    WHOO RIGHT ON TIME

  • DC

    Be careful Mitch going through that!

  • Holly

    No, Mitch, Flying alone into danger is how you got into this predicament. Two wrongs don’t make a right. I don’t care if you just learned two negatives make a positive, this is real life not your high school math class you 15 year old!

    • Klaus

      While two wrongs don’t make a right, three lefts do.

      • Tyler Griffin

        dammit, you beat me to it

  • Elizabeth

    Be careful Mitch, my sweet baby!

  • Chris Dangerfield

    As the good Dr. Frankenfurter said… “it’s all in the anticipation!”

    • davefragments

      Did you know — it’s 30 years ago this week that Dr Frankenfurter hit the movie screens of America (and they still are ready for THAT vision of loveliness!)

      • Tyler Griffin

        pation

        • davefragments

          Somehow, America was not ready for LIPS painted big red over the lips line singing a slow ballad of Michael Rennie and Ann Francis and Brad and Janet.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Damnit, Janet.

    • Tyler Griffin

      you did it wrong. antici

  • davefragments

    I wonder — If Mitch gets Cory to stop the vortex, does all that junk flying around just drop to the ground? Or does that stuff have momentum and fall sideways and bounce and gouge and generally do awful things?

    • Ooooh good question.

    • Klaus

      And which would be worse?

      • davefragments

        Bounce and gouge and generally do awful things would be worse.

        • Klaus

          Do awful things to an abandoned area, or drop right down on Flyboy.

          • davefragments

            Both.
            And if you go back a few pages to look at the outside of this building, it isn’t an abandoned area. It’s just old brick and wood buildings.

          • Klaus

            Flyboy calls the area “basically abandoned” on page 29.

          • davefragments

            Gee Whizzies,
            I can’t name a city that wants urban redevelopment by telekinetic fugue.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Zoning?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I sense a repeat of the Tsunami tidal-wave physics discussion when we couldn’t decide if it would crash over them all, or drop straight down. In that case, it was straight down.

    • Tyler Griffin

      typical comic book physics demand that they loose all momentum and inertia and simply fall limp

      • davefragments

        There’s an apple tree and a Sir Isaac Newton that disagree with comic books.

        • Tyler Griffin

          That apple fell straight down and you KNOW it, mister! 😛 😉 lol

          • davefragments

            The apple lacked angular momentum and as we all we’re taught in Physics — angular momentum is conserved.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Do you KNOW that it lacked angular momentum? Where you THERE?! WHAT IF THE WIND WAS BLOWING!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? lol. this is kind of fun, I do hope you realize I’m just having fun and not deliberately trolling you. Sometimes I fail to be blatant enough in my lack of seriousness 😀

          • davefragments

            I save “breathing fire” for the political boards.
            But, remember, I write short stories and if you give me some time to prepare a response, the words that come to mind are ashes and cinders and scorched earth.

            wink, wink

  • So Kanya knows about The Young Protectors? How far and wide are they known? If they are known widely, Mitch’s extra curricular are that much more dangerous.

    • Holly

      Well I mean his solo costume IS different from his normal costume. And for the most part, he kind of just zooms in and out…

      • True, but still it ups the ante.

        • Holly

          YES STAKES ARE HIGH!

          • Sky high. XD

          • Michael

            Another good idea for a superhero story, ruined by what’s-his-face.The guy who also ruined Forbidden Kingdom.

      • Michael

        “Different” about as much as Superman putting on a pair of glasses.

        • Klaus

          Which works perfectly.

          • Michael

            Only because people are either willfully ignorant*, or everybody in Metropolis is face-blind.

            * “Hey, why is everyone pretending like they don’t know that Clark Kent is Superman?”
            “Dude, he’s frigging Superman! Do you want to be the one to tell him his disguise sucks?”

        • Tyler Griffin

          or not putting on the red speedo and claiming to be a new super hero.

    • Oops! I forgot for a moment that they must be pretty well known if there is explicit fanart of them on the intertubes.

      • purplefoxglove

        Yes…the fanart…*wanders off with a dreamy expression*

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Must review the fanart… mmmmm….

          • Tyler Griffin

            not to mention the crack lemon section

      • …Kanya is secretly a contributor to the YP fanfics and has a friend that does the fanart for them

        • Head canon accepted!

        • Chris Dangerfield

          HA!

        • Tyler Griffin

          You have spoken, so mote it be!

    • I also think that Mitch must be closer to home this time, since he even has the option of calling the team for help. If he was further away that city block could be gone around the time they arrived.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Her little sister might have a poster of him in her bedroom… I mean it’s what teenagers DOOOO.

      • Tyler Griffin

        Right. Teenagers, and totally NOT fully grown men in their 30’s and beyond. *slams bedroom door violently while whistling absently*

  • Click click click click.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Is that representing Mitch and the call-button or you frantically pushing the page refresh so as to be the first poster? 🙂

      • 😛

        Mitch with the clicker of course. Click click click. Work damn you!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Alex wrote: “When you and your team have been working hard to continuously post two pages of comics a week, every week, without any interruption, and your readers think you are “on hiatus”, then what you have is clearly a failure to communicate.”

    I can think of at least one other possibility, even though it’s extremely unpleasant. Is it possible that at least some of we fans have gotten so used to regular-as-clockwork updates that we’ve become complacent, are ignoring the amount of effort that the creators are putting into the project, and are reacting out of a sense of fan privilege?

    Not a nice thought, but a little bit on introspection every now and then doesn’t hurt.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Well said and reminded. Thank you Saxon.

  • LOL… So Alex makes a plot twist that either changes or makes a previous conclussion either not possible or different xD
    And that’s all I sadly have time to say now.

  • Zephyr10101

    i dont think i like where this is going…

    • Tyler Griffin

      He’s gonna do a Superman and start flying in hypersonic circles AGAINST the rotation and neutralize the vortex. lol

  • Jeldenil

    Uh-oh.

  • Jonni

    Eye of the storm?

  • Michael

    What I take away from this is that the YP are street-famous. More than just within the obscure dark-side-of-tumblr niche fan groups encountered in the first interlude. Like, merchandise and autographs and shopping mall appearances famous. Kyle’s face on a lunch box. Tsunami on a school bag. Toy Flyboy helmets in toy stores.

    Cuddly plush Spookys.

    … Somebody get on this.

    BTW, Alex…

    There’s not going to be any backup, any calvary coming in to the rescue

    ONE DAY MORE!
    Another day, another destiny
    This neverending road to Calvary…

    😉 I think you meant cavalry, but it’s an easy mistake to make.

    • Sanbai

      XD “Dark side of tumblr” – Isn’t that ALL of tumblr?

      • Rick T (dereule101)

        Ha! Too true — I’ve only ever seen the dark side of Tumblr and occasionally, accidentally tiptoed into the even darker side.

      • Michael

        There is a non-dark side, it’s just in the shadows.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Wait, wait, wait… would you mind going back to, “Cuddly plush Spookys” … please, tell me more. 😀

      • Tyler Griffin

        Molded silicon replicas

      • I think the majority vote was that we *don’t* want to turn Alex into a gibbering wreck with the stretch goals for the next Kickstarter… :^)

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Stone truth…

    • (RE: Calvary — that is, like, the second time my Mac has autocorrected me in such a manner. Perhaps it’s hoping I will find religion. Fixed!)

      • Michael

        The more important question is, when will we get Red Hot branded lunchboxes???

  • I do think calling them bonus comics was a mistake, in hindsight. It also probably doesn’t help that the original stated plan was to have the flashback (much better word) segments as an extra for the printed book. But to me the flashback sequences feel like elements that *could* be dropped for length reasons if necessary, but are making a significant contribution to the overall story arc, while the Q&A is filler. Enjoyable filler, that now it exists adds depth and an opportunity to drop in some more stuff about the characters, but basically fluff that was a Kickstarter stretch goal.

    Back to back was definitely a mistake, but I’m not sure what else you could have done – to some extent you’ve been a victim of your own success. Too many balls to juggle when you’re putting out a professional quality 8 page comic every month with a team of three, plus additional material.

  • Back to this week’s strip… lovely artwork as ever, and a little more insight into this world. I still think Kanye is wonderful, even if she’s (probably) a bad guy. The way she drops into working with Mitch to try to get themselves out of this situation says a lot about her.

  • Mary Klemzak

    Nice! Well said!

    I don’t mind the extras, its like an extra large bonus fry in a fast food meal!

    I wouldn’t mind another bonus comic, like about Tsunami. *drools*

    Yes I miss the main comic, but like Ive said before, its more an adventure. Enjoy it, people! They are working hard, probably with other jobs and responsibilities. Am I right? So lets appreciate, and praise and enjoy what they are making for us.

    • Klaus

      But who are they going to kill first?

      • Chris Dangerfield

        HA!

      • Tyler Griffin

        *peeks around corners to see if the Doki is listening*
        *whispers barely audibly* mitch.
        *starts running just to see how far I can make it*

        • I HEARD THAT! If I wasn’t suffering a stomach bugish type thing you would be in so much trouble for that….*puts on list for when she can be more active again*

          • Tyler Griffin

            Awe. I’m sorry you are under the weather. *gets head start on packing to leave the country*

    • Alex at least also has a day job. Adam and Vero are professional illustrators, with other commitments that help pay the rent. I suspect a lot of people don’t realise just how expensive art of this quality is to produce, and how much creative juice it burns. (There is a reason I stick with a publisher for my stuff – good cover art ain’t cheap, even for photomontage.)

      • Mary Klemzak

        Trust me, this is super high quality comic. I follow quite a few webcomics. This is like, THE BEST quality I’ve seen. Go check out some of the ones on smackjeeves, some are so bad, and I do appreciate the work and thought that goes into them. Many do this for free. Whilst being full or part time students, and having jobs and families. And bills.

        • Klaus

          Even compared to professionally published comics, this is clearly in the high end.

          • Very much so. I commented over on the Patreon recently that Adam’s thumbnails are good enough to be used as a comic in their own right.

            For anyone who doesn’t know – Adam and Veronica have entries at the Marvel and DC comics wikia where you can see samples of their portfolios for the Big Guys. *That’s* the level of work we’re getting here, and we’re not being charged for it.

    • Thank you, Mary. 🙂

      • Mary Klemzak

        Just saying the truth! That’s one thing I can’t stand, is insincerity, and I believe in giving credit where its due.

        It’s super amazing and I wish only the best!

  • Kate G

    One thing I try to continually reiterate here is how much I am amazed that you can continue to do two pages a day, even through times of crisis. I think there’s only been one or two times since I’ve joined the comment section that I’ve seen y’all take a break and it usually is only a week and then it’s back to two days a week, right on the nose. That is ON TOP of every single of your regular jobs. It. Just. Baffles me. It truly is amazing. This is like crocheting a blanket every week without fail. One entire blanket. Not a baby blanket, but a queen-sized quilt every single week and I always appreciate seeing a new page because as someone who has made those sized quilts/blankets, I’m telling you, I know the work. I love every page coming out. If I ever get a chance to meet you (coming to Chicago or Milwaukee?) I’d probably break my “no touchy” rule to give hugs because, seriously, you do AMAZING things in such a teeny tiny time frame known as the work week.

    • Klaus

      The has been one filler. Only one single page.

      • Kate G

        And that just astounds me.

    • Thank you so much, Kate! I’m really glad you’re enjoying the updates! Very glad we have you here! 🙂

  • bronakopdin

    oh dang… so in the end all my confusion about timeline (this being before or after the “Truth or Dare” story) is invalid now x’D
    So no backup… and we finally made clear this is telekinesis not only from Alex’ comments to readers but from Mitch’s own mouth ^^
    still just how does he plan to get through this?!

    Ok I googled how fast the velocity of tornados is… it said the highest ever measured was in Oklahoma in 1999 and had a velocity of ~496km/h (for the US people: ~308mps) but then Mitch can reach Mach 2!! So he IS way faster!! … if we think that even with his powers Cory cannot exceed the that velocity he might be able to get through that!

    good thing the bonus comic topic is brought to a bigger audience now 🙂 I think the FAQ additions are a good idea! I only know one other person who reads this comic but I know she also reads your comments, Alex, so I’m sure she knows by now, will still check with her 😀

  • purplefoxglove

    Would it make sense to call these flashback chapters backstory comics?

  • Hours Left

    As always Alex, you and your team constantly provide absolutely stellar work. This is without a doubt one of the most consistent, and highest quality comics available, on the web or otherwise, and it’s completely free, which is incredible. I’m not sure how anyone can mistake this story about Mitch as being a “hiatus”. (Did they forget who Mitch is?) I hope those that are confused are able to reorient themselves quickly.

    Anyway, I totally support y’all 100% here and I’m greatly looking forward to any and all content you generously provide us next. Thank you so much for all tireless work you and your team put into this. 🙂

    • Thank you, Hours, for your very, very kind words. It makes me very happy you’re enjoying what we’re doing here. 🙂

  • Pikinanou

    Me last Saturday: Heh, I bet Commander’s going to come help them.
    *reads today’s page*
    Ah… I feel like I’ve been trolled XD (but I really don’t mind, it means that this story is unpredictable, which I love!)
    By the way, this bonus comic is awesome! Keep up the good work, guys!

    • Connor

      Don’t give up hope yet! I don’t think we’ve ever been given a firm outer limit to the range of Amanda’s powers.

      • Michael

        I don’t think we’ve ever been given a firm outer limit to the range of Amanda’s powers.

        Amanda: *wakes up* Why do I have the strangest feeling that someone is trying to activate their emergency beacon…? *checks the computer etc.* No, nothing here. *goes back to bed*

        • Tyler Griffin

          *just as she finds THAT comfortable, warm spot again* Waitaminute…. Isn’t Mitch’s turn to monitor the emergency line? Where is he?

    • Tyler Griffin

      (TO the tune of All Star)
      Somebody once trolled me, successfully Rick Rolled me

    • Thank you, Pikinanou!

  • bandanajack

    without going down into the comments that have already been posted, i am going to offer my opinion, which i suppose may be considered a critique without being construed as a criticism.

    i am a fan, from as far back as the artifice days. i love your work, and the visions of the world you bring forth. that said, as much i appreciate the story and the art in the flyboy story (flyboy being one of the two protectors i would most like to read by flashlight under the covers right before going to sleep in order to have pleasant or erotic dreams), i would much rather have this as a free standing tale, than as an iterruption in the ongoing narrative. at my age i could cork off any time, thus i might never find out what happened after the big fight, in which case i would be forced to come back and haunt you for eternity (and that is probably the basis for another full length comic, you can thank me later).

    i will be glad to get back to the main story, and that is a shame, because i don’t want to be resenting an otherwise brilliant exposition and character development story arc.

  • Sky-Byte-Haiku

    I don’t comment here a whole lot, but I felt the need to say that I’ve been enjoying the bonus comics a lot. I think the chance to learn a little about the history of the characters is great, and has enhanced the story for me. Keep up the great work Alex! 🙂

    • Thank you, Sky-Byte-Haiku! I’m glad to hear it, and I really appreciate you letting me know! 🙂

  • Ninhursag

    If there was a most terrible time for your telecommunication device to break is this time.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I know right?

      The only worse time I could think of is when you’re on your cell giving your new lurve directions to come over and spend the night for the first time and just as you get to your street name…… (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz)

      NOOOOOOOOOOO! ……. the battery goes DEAD!

      • Wayne Lunkwitz

        This is as good a reason as any to go “old-school” and maintain a “land line” cell phones are good , but too many times I have been in the middle of conversations where the cell tower is now out of reach (dead zone)……OR batteries crap out for no reason….land lines don’t do that!

      • Tyler Griffin

        Or like those old cell phone commercials advertising “bad” moments for the competition to have a dropped call.

        • “can you hear me now?”

          • Tyler Griffin

            No, actually Cingular did a commercial series several years ago poking fun at Verizon’s dropped call rate in which they had people having conversations over the phone and at a crucial moment the call dropped. Like a guy *finally* saying the phrase “I love you” to his girlfriend for the first time, the call drops so he can’t hear her response, he hears dead silence. Or a couple calling to tell their parents they’re pregnant and instead of hearing the new grandparents shouts of joy and celebration… dead silence. the were funny, at least to me.

  • Mitch is just too precious! He knows enough about how other powers work to know what kind of interference they can cause. He is my precious smart baby and I just want to cuddle him to pieces.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Let’s see. He’s the one who’s considered the team’s computer expert (for however high or low that bar is set). He thinks creatively about how to use his powers, making use of knowledge of the laws of physics. And he studies up on how other powers work. This boy has so much nerd cred. I am jealous.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Saxon Brenton nerd power… OMG… That’s for reals!!!!

      • Tyler Griffin

        By the Power of Nerdskull!

    • Tyler Griffin

      Well, he might actually be in pieces soon, so some cuddling is probably in order.

      • I would glare, but we know Mitch makes it out of this alive and relatively unharmed…

  • Sapfo

    YES! I knew I was a superfan of TYP, and now Alex comfirmed it 😉

    Oh dear Mitch! I told you to bring your backup, backup calling device. Never leave home without keys, phone, backup calling device AND backup backup calling device. You never know when all the rest will break down due to telekinetic tornado.

    Work well done creative team of TYP, lovely page ^^

    • “Hey guys? Can we make the YP emergency buttons impact resistant?”

      • Tyler Griffin

        “Um, that’s a bit random, Mitch, why do you say that?”

        “No reason…”

        • “Just in case it accidentally gets smashed in an emergency situation before being able to be used….Totally just a “what if” scenario….”better to be safe than sorry” right?”

  • Zlukaka

    Oh my goodness, I just realized Young Protectors, YP is like “why pee”. I died. (sorry this is completely out of place under such a serious page)
    Wonderful comic, keep up the good work everyone!

    • What has been read can not ne unread. What has been seen can not be unseen xD

      • Tyler Griffin

        But, do you really WANT to unsee it? I mean now you can have a private little giggle with yourself every time you see the abbreviation YP

    • Epistasthai

      Bwahahaha, I just snorted my coffee. I am never gonna get this out of my mind now. Whenever I see Young Protectors (YP) I’m gonna think “why pee”.

    • Aieee! It is in my *brain* and I can’t get it out!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Sircea has a spell for that… 🙂

        • Tyler Griffin

          Yes, but Brain in a Jar seems a bit extreme for this application.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Well she is an extreme kinda girl!

  • Epistasthai

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you do, Alex! I’ve never thought you were on hiatus, because you clearly explained what you were planning to do. I’ve read/watched manga/anime for years (45 years, haha, but who’s counting). Sometimes an anime will have side stories or fillers to let the manga catch up, or vice versa. So I’m used to side stories, which I consider Flyboy and Truth or Dare to be. (And which I loved, btw.)

    I really appreciate you posting twice a week (!!!) with a side story. This adds depth to the characters, and I like this.

    I’ll tell all my friends what’s going on with TYP, but I’m afraid I don’t have a big web presence or online connections. I’ll do my bit, though!

    Thanks again for all the very hard work you do to bring us these lovely and fun stories!

    • Sometimes an anime will have side stories or fillers to let the manga catch up, or vice versa. *cough cough* BLEACH *cough cough*

      • Epistasthai

        Wahahaha, I was thinking of that one when I wrote this. I’m not frustrated with Flyboy or Truth or Dare, though!

      • Tyler Griffin

        Bleach doesn’t have side stories, Bleach just gets lost while meandering around in the Swamp of Deux Ex 😛

        • I really love the movies though….though I love anything where I get to see Tōshirō-kun ….. I mean Hitsugaya Taichou.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Oh, I enjoy Bleach a great deal myself. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t cock a sarcastic eyebrow when they literally interrupt a fight scene to cut to a filler arch.

          • Ha! At least the filler was entertaining. At least I enjoyed it. Some of the filler that they used with Naruto was kinda bad.

          • Tyler Griffin

            “kinda”

        • Quinn Wendland

          The Bount arc would disagree with you.

          • Tyler Griffin

            The Bount arc was what I was primarily thinking of 😛

    • Well, thank you for such a sweet note, Epistasthai! And thank you for offering to get the word out! 🙂

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Thank you Alex, Adam and Vero for a page packed full of complex, young emotion.

    Quick aside: Thank you Alex, for taking the time to do the nice write-up explaining a really complicated work-load. I appreciate the information and your effort to make every promise come true… while still getting out two pages a week. Major applause.

    I don’t know that I can say this page is MORE complicated than the previous pages, but I love the subtlety of the emotional expresssions in each panel. I do think that after all the fierce adult shooting and ripping of walls and general super-heroing, not to mention, super melting down. This page really shares with us how young, scared in their own way, and earnest, Kanya and Mitch are. The faces are really great.

    • #1: I love Kanya’s look. That is a pure holy-cow look, if ever there was one. I love that you’ve kept her bruise consistent throughout, but her face is as expressive as ever (and her body language). Mitch is also perfect, so determined, even though he knows this might be the end of his dream. Scary thing to think you make lose your created-family. I read his face and think this is when you make your “one phone call” from the police station to your father and it’s just the least bad of a lot of worse options… but the right thing to do.

    • #2-4: I love the “oh shit” of this moment. It’s the moment, I always end up by starting to repeat “no nO NO NO NO! Not NOW!”

    • #5: I’m impressed that Kanya can keep her head. She knows what he’s doing and tries to help. It speaks to Mitch’s brains that he understands the impact of Cory’s powers. I have no idea if they all go to “power” training, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they have to learn what they may someday be up against. It does seem like something the Commander would teach them with her military background. Just to say, there may not be a lot known about a 6,000 year old sorceress, but I’d bet to whatever extent possible there is some ongoing education about these things.

    • #6: Kanya is one blood-thirsty lady that’s for sure. Bam! Take out Cory… problem solved. But, how did we just know that Mitch is going to do something extremely heroic and dangerous. YES. I saw that coming. HA! I swear based on the first panel of the last page. All I can imagine is him heading straight up and then down that funnel to the center and grabbing Cory and getting him up to the stratosphere. That might shock Cory out of his “fugue.” But then again when does Alex ever do what I predict. LOL.

    Thank all three of you for both the epic excitement, but also these close-up moments of real emotion and angst as our characters have to figure out the best plan in a bad pile of choices. Really nice work.

    (I’d like to just point out this may be the first time we’ve seen a super-hero with his hair REALLY messed-up. Just sayin’.) 😀

    • Tyler Griffin

      I also like that Mitch didn’t balk at the thought of taking out Corey. Obviously that is a last resort option, but he’s intelligent enough to know that they are rapidly approaching last resort circumstances. His argument against wasn’t a “Are you crazy? That is my friend and a teen-aged BOY!” it was a simple and logical, “It simply won’t work.” I like that Mitch;s immediate response implies that he had actually already considered and weighed that option himself, not that he would be ok with it, but that he is, in fact, considering all the options available at the given time and weighing their merits objectively.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        That’s a nice insight. Especially as there was that extended discussion about “kids” going into battle on the jet. It does remind us that 15 was considered “manhood” back in the day, and those “men” were easily sent into battle to fight and die. It’s still true in many parts of the world that recruit impoverished and/or disaffected young men to become “soldiers” and tragically cannon fodder.

        Mitch is showing remarkable, but not unsurprising adulthood here. I do love that (at 15) he vacillates back and forth between the young pup flying the car to “rescue” his buddy at the warehouse and this hard-core grown up who is willing to accept that he’s in over his experience level and is willing to throw his career with the YP out the window, if he can only save this out of control situation and some people — regardless of whether they deserve saving or not. That is some noble shite.

        Yes…… (dang) handsome AND smart AND a good person. Seems unfair to have all that good stuff crammed into one human (I know one or two in R-life), but I guess that’s why they get to be “super heroes.”

    • Thank you very much for your kind words, Chris, and another totally fun play-by-play. Always a huge treat for me. 🙂

  • Jason Moon

    “Can you hear me n–(WA-THUUUUDDD!)” (Phone ad guy gets pegged with that flying CGI cow that is the only stand-out memory people seem to have from the movie TWISTER)

    • Tyler Griffin

      All while the Wicked Witch of the West music from Wizard of Oz plays

  • David Welbourn

    Oh dear. No cavalry after all, eh? Well, at least not via the emergency button; presumably other people in the city have noticed the problem and panicky calls are reaching the police and news organizations, not to mention whoever Kanya called earlier were already on their way. Eventually someone will arrive at the scene.

    So, the new plan is… knock Cory unconscious (hopefully that’ll shut down his power, right?) and scoop up the brother for the nearest intact hospital? I guess… maybe grab something like the vault door as a shield? Then fly up to figure out where to go and fly down the middle with the shield? Is that our best option? Throwing things at Cory or dropping things on him isn’t likely to work.

    What else might work? Tunneling underneath? Flying in a corkscrew-manner in a crazy attempt to bat away flying debris? Grabbing Cory instead of knocking him out and carrying him away from most solid objects? Kissing Cory to shock him out of his fugue? Has Spooky given him any magic vials that summon demon dogs named Lassie?

    • Michael

      Kissing Cory to shock him out of his fugue?

      Yes, please.

      • Tyler Griffin

        Don’t forget the protective hug with gratuitous body contact for strength and support

  • Derkins

    ACK! careful Mitch!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Use the power of love and friendship, Mitch!!

    • Tyler Griffin

      *Carebear Stare!*

    • Kate G

      Fighting evil by moonlight

      Winning love by daylight

      Never running from a real fight!

      He is the one named Flyboy!

      • Samurai Jack

        He looks more like Tuxedo Mask… 🙂

        • Kate G

          Hey, you put one theme song and I put another. 😛

  • Kate G

    That time when your communication device doesn’t work and you’re fresh out of ideas. The only thing left is to think: WHAT WOULD SPOOKY JONES DO?!

    Okay, now that my other comment is out of the way, it really does such when all forms of communication is unavailable. It’s no fun. Here’s hoping Mitch does the correct form of WWSJD.

    And I love how he just pushes the button numerous times like all of us would like, “Why isn’t this thing working? WHY AREN’T YOU WORKING IN MY TIME OF NEED?! Oh my God, this is like some B-rated horror movie come to life.”

    Also, I will have all of you know that my right thumb very much hurts. I was bitten by a pony today. A DIABETIC pony, to make matters more ironic. No worries, I’m fine and it was due to my ignorance I got bitten in the first place but dammit, those blunt teeth HURT! I had fed Scooby an apple before my lesson (I was very early) and decided to pet Chance through the bars and he BIT MY THUMB. Ow. No, you are not supposed to pet equines through the bars as that is their “safe place” much like our bedrooms are “safe places.” I LEARNED MY LESSON! You know though, I had two of the longest volunteers there who know the rules inside and out, and you think they would have told me to not pet the horses.

    AND, I have begun to learn the canter. I nearly fell off. Who wants to bet I’ll fall off in the quest of mastering this? Apparently you can’t throw me off when I’m trotting so let’s try a canter, shall we?

    • Klaus

      Spooky would summon a demon to eat the debris. Just a small demon, mind you.

      • Tyler Griffin

        but all that movement would upset it

    • Tyler Griffin

      “Think like Jack”

      • Jack Skellington? Jack O’Neill? Which Jack???

        • Tyler Griffin

          Captain Jack Sparrow, of course 😛

          • Kate G

            “But why the rum?”

          • “Why is the rum always gone?”

          • Crap, I knew I was forgetting a Jack….

          • Tyler Griffin

            Or even Captain Jack Harkness, for any Whovians around

  • Jonni

    Okay, I was thinking Mitch might go up and then down through the eye of the storm to reach Cory, but it looks like Mitch is actually thinking of flying through that maelstrom. The only way I can figure him managing that is by flying round in circles til he matches rotation speed with the vortex – if he can pull a tight enough circle at those speeds, and assuming he doesn’t overshoot the safe zone in the centre ’cause flying headlong into the oncoming storm wall would be like flying down a jet engine. Not to mention the disorientation from flying in rapid circles a whole lot. The prospect of a dizzy Flyboy zipping around at a couple hundred mph does not bode well. Either Mitch’ll prove he knows the line between brave and foolhardy, or he’ll go splat.

  • Tyler Griffin

    Here’s a question that I haven’t seen yet. What are the consequences to Corey of this outburst? Assuming Mitch manages to get to him and calm him down in the end, what about Corey’s powers? My general understanding and assumption is that this a level of power that is beyond Corey “ordinarily” I mean, he had to concentrate to rip the door out of the wall, and now he’s tossing tanker trunks without even thinking about it. So, what is the deal and, again, what are the consequences? I assumed that the guy with the Freeze powers that took out Sausalito didn’t survive. I’m basically operating on the assumption that this is what happens when a super totally looses it and their powers consume them. If left unchecked Corey’s powers will continue to run unchecked until Corey’s body exhausts it’s ability to sustain them and he dies. But even if Mitch gets in there and saves Corey, what will be left? What are the mental and emotional effects of having your powers fully take over your body that way (on top of the emotional trauma of his brother’s death)? What are the physical and health effects of having your body taken over by your powers this way? What are the consequences to Corey’s POWERS to having this happen?

    • Klaus

      And the emotional trauma of (most likley) having killed the thugs, That is a good question, as one says when one can’t answer.

    • Kate G

      Well, Diego isn’t dead…he’s dying and that’s why it is so imperative that Mitch calm Cory down.

      And it is a good question. How will this impact Cory physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually….superpowerally> <-is that a word? What are the consequences for him? The fact is, him ripping off the door? He did that on purpose. The big tornado? This is all emotion and he can't really be held responsible for that in many ways.

      Maybe he just passes out when he can't sustain the tornado anymore; we have no idea.

      • Klaus

        I think I could come up with more reasons if I put my mind to it.

    • All very good questions. 🙂

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Re-reading Alex’s notes, I noticed one crucial piece of information that I had missed before, and which I have been eagerly waiting for: Bookstore release date of the deadtree version of Volume 1 is in early 2016.

    I had been hoping for bookstore release this year, in hopes of getting a higher profile for the book as part of Operation: Hugo Nominations. This adds a new and probably unexpected reason to be disappointed about the delayed release of the printed version 😛

    Nevertheless, what is, is, and I will try to deal with it in an adult manner. I have just added an entry for Young Protectors Vol.1 to the Hugo Nominations 2015 wiki page, with a link to the comic’s archive page. This may or may not bring more traffic to this site (kind of depends how many people actually use the Noms wiki to search out for eligible material to try out as prep for the actual nomination process, as a reaction against the Puppy Wars of earlier this year…) I’ve also been doing some short reviews for Philip Sandifer’s Eruditorium Press website, as part of his Weird Kitties project, so I’ll almost certainly do a YP review in the next week or so.

    Now, as I said when I first mentioned this a few weeks ago, this is all extremely pie-in-the-sky. Nevertheless, I asked for promotional ideas, and I have yet to see any. So, chop-chop people, I want brainstorming. There are a number of regulars here with web and tumblr pages, so what no-cost promotional tactics do you think would be an effective use of this resource? Simple reviews with links? Fan art? Fan fic? Your opinions, please.

    • Keneu

      The way I’ve discovered most webcomics I’m currently reading is through recommendations, reviews or posts in webs, twitter or tumblr that linked back to the original site – or searching for comics in webs like Tapastic and Smackjeeves. Ads are useful but I have to remind myself to turn adblocker off to see them.

      As for fanarts and fanfics, those might be a good way to catch some reader’s eye, but I don’t personally think so because they rely more on the existing fanbase and previous knowledge of the story. The only times I felt compelled to read a story after finding fanarts or fanfics was because the story was quite famous already and wanted to know what the hype was about or because a friend recommended it to me.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        [nods head thoughtfully] Good points. Which suggests that getting in comparatively early with the wiki entry and a well placed review or so was prudent. Oh, and encouraging people with their own pages to spruik, of course 🙂

  • Mitch looks so heartbroken in that first panel. He just knows that he’ll be losing his spot and his friends. The amazing thing about him, and many others have said it, but I wanna repeat it, is that he’s going to do it anyway because it’s the right thing to do, because he needs help and he’s not afraid to ask for it. That boy truly is a superhero. Sure, he’s breaking some rules, and dude, the rules are there for your protection, but he’s a superhero. It’s not all about him (well not completely, he is 15 and pretty much the center of the universe), he doesn’t think he was destined for greatness or that he deserves to be lauded, he just wants to help people.

  • davefragments

    I’ve been watching Live Fro Lincoln Center –
    How is everybody tonight?

    • headachey, irritable, just want to cuddle up with Mitch

      • davefragments

        I think that you will be pleased with hero Mitch.

  • DonnaC