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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Flyboy Bonus Comic—Page 43

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Hmm… I wonder what that “one thing” was…

I’m currently exhibiting at GaymerX3 in San Jose, CA this weekend, December 11th-13th, and I’m going to have Artifice graphic novels and special advance copies of The Young Protectors Volume One for sale!

Alex at GaymerX3

GaymerX3 takes place in the San Jose Marriott and San Jose Convention Center in downtown San Jose. It is “an annual convention focused on games and gaming culture – Video Games, Tabletop Games & Card Games! The focus is on creating a fun and safe space for gamers and gaymers of all identities to have fun and hang out with like minded folks. GaymerX is a ‘queer space’, in that many of the panels revolve around queer issues or queer devs, but GX3 is made for everyone and everyone is welcome!”

This is one of my favorite conventions to exhibit at. All the attendees are super-cool and welcoming, it’s well attended with thousands of LGBT geeks (including lots of webcomic fans), and it’s just an amazingly fun time. I will be there the whole weekend, and I’ll be selling and signing books and special Artifice and The Young Protectors prints, including some new sexy posters I haven’t sold anywhere else. And, at this Con, I will also have a limited supply of the first Young Protectors graphic novel! This is a special circumstance and these books won’t be available for sale to the general public until next year. So, if you’re wanting to be one of the first people to get their hands on the first Young Protectors book — and have me sign it — please stop by!

GaymerX3 is taking place this weekend, December 11th-13th and the badges are almost sold out! So, if you think you might want to go, please hop over to the Web site right away.  I’ll be in Booth 613 in the Expo Hall (you can see a map of the Expo Hall here.)

I’ve attended for the first two years, and it really is a great time for both readers and creators. Please tell your friends about it. I hope to see you there!

So! Did Flyboy just admit he was crazy in love with Cory? Does he still have those feelings? Does Cory still think he’s gay? And what the heck is “all this stuff” they did? (Was it playing Matchbox cars? Gosh, I loved playing Matchbox cars…)

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

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I wonder too!!!

  • Justin White

    this is.. i don’t know what going to happen at this point so ill just wait and see

  • Nate

    Oh, the facial expressions. Especially panel 4. So cute! *glomp*

    As for the one thing… gotta be kissing. Messing around is one thing, but kissing is much too intimate for most pre-teen boys. (They were 12, right?). So I could easily see the first kiss being the last.

    *stares at panel 4 again, and sighs*

    • Saxon_Brenton

      The expressions and the body language. They’ve got their hands shoved in their pockets and for the first few panels at least have their heads ducked down as – well, I’m only guessing – but some kind of unconscious defensive reactions. Right up until the last panel where Cory utterly bamboozles Flyboy.

    • Tyler Griffin

      Additionally, most guys are so focused on the “final goal” that they will skip straight to it given a chance, part of our hyper masculinity culture. Being passionate or tender, showing romance is almost like a sign of weakness, and you only do that to people that you want more than a a 5 minute oil change from.

  • Now kiss dammit!!!

  • davefragments

    “It was kid’s stuff”
    They are kids. They aren’t even out of high school yet.

    • Exactly! I think I said something similar a couple pages ago. Still kids!

      Haha! Then again, when you’re that age, the difference between 12/13 and 15 is like such a life time. I mean now they’re in *gasp* high school. They’re just sooooo old now, like practically adults!!

      • Tyler Griffin

        Not to mention the gay thing. And the powers thing. Like I’ve read several really good posts on tumblr over the last few weeks talking about how being gay simultaneously forces teens to become massively more mature and adult minded at a rapid pace and also severely inhibits our development at the same time.

        We all posses these well traveled and worn in souls. We’ve already been everywhere and seen everything, and we understand how we have to prioritize our physical needs of food clothing and shelter before anything else. Nothing really takes us off guard. And yet we are in our 30’s still learning how to date, because we didn’t get to. We do our adolescence in reverse to straight kids basically, who learn social skills and romance first, THEN go out into the world and learn how to survive.

        • Mary Klemzak

          Well said!

      • Toli Bera

        well, that’s true of time periods post-industrial revolution. any time before then they’d both be married with farms and like 40 kids each. (of which…3 will live to adulthood.)

  • Blarg! Running so late today. Fiiiinally had a moment to check in and the page was up!

    • Tyler Griffin

      yup, the page got here before the camp did, lol. I thought to myself, “Hmm… I should have *JUST* enough time to go makes some quesadillas and get back before people start showing up, and we can chat while waiting for the page. Well, here I am with my quesadillas and lookie what beat me back.

      • We’re still in the process of making dinner (tuna burgers and onion rings). Up until then I had been feeding my dogs. Oh how I mis the days of throwing kibble in a bowl. Now they eat better than I do, but they’re my babies and they’re 15+ and they need a little extra tlc.

        • Tyler Griffin

          I hear ya. Fortunately (I guess?) it’s just me so all I have to do is make sure I meet the minimum requirements of sustainable life, lol.

          • Tyler Griffin

            And tuna burgers….? WHY???????? I like tuna, love a grilled tuna and cheese or whatever, but trying to imitate a burger is just WRONG!

          • davefragments

            I once ate “tuna links” which were tuna processed into hot dogs for Fridays of Catholic Church Festivals. It wasn’t fishy but it lacked that hot dog taste.
            Those were the days I could eat hot dogs and when hot dogs were made out of something other than offal.

          • Tyler Griffin

            oh hunty. Hot dogs have ALWAYS been made out of the leftovers, just these days half the leftovers are synthetic. 😉 😛 lol

          • davefragments

            I buy fresh meat and poultry and cook it myself. I eat nothing processed anymore. It’s healthier for me.

          • Tyler Griffin

            it’s healthier for all of us. But I can only afford to eat garbage.

          • There are some that aren’t too bad, the ones made of grass-fed beef without all the additives and stuff. Don’t ruin it for me. I know they’re still hot dogs and not the finest cuts of meat, but lalalalalala can’t hear you 😛

          • davefragments

            Slight scorch marks from a hot grill…

          • Mmm, exactly!!

          • Very well, how about if I call them tuna patties? Or smooshed up tuna rounds and fried?

          • Tyler Griffin

            OH! Wait, you mean like sandwiches made out of tuna croquets? We do that with salmon here in the south. That’s different. I was envisioning some other kind of monstrosity.

          • Maybe? It’s just cans of tuna, some bread crumbs, a few other seasonings and an egg, ground all up and pan fried up. We can do that with salmon as well.

          • Tyler Griffin

            yup. I not sure exactly what I *thought* you were making, but it wasn’t that, and I was kind of scared. like when I saw a picture of a strawberry wahoo a certains omeone had knitted/crocheted. Amazing and talented, but…hmmm. Also I kinda want one to sit on the mantle.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            If we continue your analogy to the fullest extent, would that mean you also kind of want a tuna patty to sit on your mantle?

          • Tyler Griffin

            Mind you it’s not so much that I would MIND, but you just can’t imagine how many flies that would draw in the South Eastern US.. lmao

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I bet you could find a plastic replica of one – I know they’ve got tons of super realistic-looking fake food in Japan. Restaurants use them as displays in windows.

          • Tyler Griffin

            true… But since I’m not even sure exactly what I was thinking of, finding a replica of it would prove most challenging. Perhaps a quest is in order. I should assemble a team. I’ll need a healer and a tank. I’m the evil and sarcastic dps but I prefer ranged casting…. need some melee and crowd control would be nice.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Can I join as the healer?

          • Tyler Griffin

            As long as you’re not a paladin. I have socialization issues with Paladins. Things die. Demons get summoned. Crimes against humanity and good fashion occur. Then the smiting starts. It’s all just SO unnecessary

          • Strawberry wahoo? Or should I not ask and pretend my mind didn’t envision something I didn’t want it to envision?

          • Tyler Griffin

            well, it wasn’t a strawberry hoo hoo. If you prefer to not explore that mental imagery, I would not blame you. But if you DO choose to. Tyler Griifin Inc, cannot and will not be held responsible for loss or damage to property, limb, or innocent mind.

          • Ha! Thank you for the warning and I will remain ignorant of any such imagery.

          • The strawberry wahoo! If that certain someone is who I think you talk about – that ‘wahoo’ is amazing xD Not the only one she made.

            … And I liked the wahoo that I got as a gift a lot too. Fuzzy and cuddly. Just as needed for a wolf LOL

          • Tyler Griffin

            I’m pretty sure that it was EXACTLY who you think it was since I saw it on a certain Mr. D’s tumblr.

          • So you probably saw my grey fuzzy one along with the rainbow colored one for Chris at some point too.

          • Tyler Griffin

            possibly? But the strawberry one is what stand out in my memory.

          • Klaus

            I am stumped. What is a wahoo? A web search turns up five places, four submarines, two sports teams, a board game, a fish, a tree, an underwater nuclear test and so on, but nothing that seems relevant.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Well, a wahoo would be the opposite of a hoo hoo of course!

          • Klaus

            Hoo nose?

          • Where I use to work they had things that were called “Salmon Cakes”. They were not cakes and stank up the entire kitchen when she made them, but they were burger shaped.

          • Tyler Griffin

            did it involve breaking up the salmon, mixing in bread crumbs and egg and then frying the patty? Cause we do that here in the South East, called Salmon Patties or Salmon Croquettes if your from the former Plantation region (read snooty stuck-up region). I absolutely LOVE salmon patties with mac-n-cheese and canned pintos in tomato sauce.

          • I think so, I just remember that they were called “cakes” and they stunk up what used to be my kitchen…and actually am in the huh, depends on which regional map you use…South, Mid-South, Southeast, Appalachian Highlands….

          • Adam Black

            I did not know you are a Hillbilly. I can say that right? Its not a slur is it?

          • It really depends on who you use that term on. However applying that term to me makes my snob side come out. I do not and have never identified by that label. I am not and will not ever refer to myself by that term. However, unfortunately, I do have family members that would fall into that classification. I myself take pride that I am the only member of my immediate family that was born in a Union state. Despite my many years living in the South, I have always identified “Yankee.”

        • Mary Klemzak

          I love old puppies. 🙂 I have one about 10, arthritic and slower, but still gets into trouble with garbage cans. And eating her cat brothers cat treats.

          • My girl will cause as much trouble as she possibly can despite her age. Makes me laugh. Well most of the time. There are still times I still yell: what are you eating? and put that down!

          • Mary Klemzak

            At Least 5 times a day, I say to either, “What are you doing, you crazy child?”
            The old girl is just a food mooch, and if my hubby and I are using voices she doesn’t like(yelling, angry, etc), she comes over and I know she’s asking “Are you OK? Please don’t fight. I love you”

          • She knows exactly where I keep their food in the fridge and when I open the door, she is right there. It was awful after Thanksgiving. She kept trying to dive for the pumpkin pie.

          • Mary Klemzak

            Precious!!

            Mine is a Golden retriever and Brittany spaniel mix(you can’t really tell except for a stripe that is mostly white with age). So one of the most energetic breeds.

          • Mine are Queensland Heelers, brother and sister.

          • Mary Klemzak

            Ohh. I think they’re pretty and I love an active sporting/working breed!

          • They are great dogs. She didn’t stop ruining bedding and such until she was about 8 or 9. My boy has always been a little bit more reserved.

          • Mary Klemzak

            Awwe.

            Bossy lady. He he.

          • I might actually like your dog, she has good taste.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Yep, I was just heading over to start camping when my “latest page” bookmark led me to, well, a new page!

  • Pikinanou

    Are you guys trying to kill me, with those two cute boys, with their cute faces and their cute smiles, looking so darn adorable?! Really, there is only so much cuteness an old lady like me can take! Ah… seriously, if you make it even more fluffy in the next page, I’ll die of cuteness overload. XD

  • He’s fifteen. “A long time ago” could mean a week.

    • Tyler Griffin

      or, 2 years, which given how much they’ve both been through, IS a significant amount of time. Think how much YOU changed from the age of 12 to the age of 15. At point during that period I outgrow an entire wardrobe in just over a month. You wanna talk about changing, I went out of 5th grade as the smallest, scrawniest kid in my class and came back to 6th built like a senior high linebacker.

      • At 12 I was caretaker for two brothers and a habitually-incapacitated mother. At fifteen I had been on my own for a year, after running away from home, and was trying to sue for emancipation.

        So, yeah.

  • Cman65

    Just kiss already

  • Tyler Griffin

    you know, this is the annoying part of weekly updated comics. We are at a part of the story where there is a LOT going on. Things are indeed happening. But it’s mostly visual and meta stuff. The audience thinking about the consequences, etc. Lots goin on, yet it doesn’t take very long at all to read… ah well. Que serra, serra

    • Klaus

      This is the good point of a twice-weekly comic. You notice a lot of nuances that would be lost if you were turning the pages as fast as you could read.

      • Tyler Griffin

        That is true. I mean there is DEFINITELY still a 3-4 days worth of material to absorb. I was just referring explicitly to the amount of time it takes to consume the update. We are at a point where Alex and Co can do more with facial expressions and body language than they can with text. So instead of 10 minutes worth of reading and re reading and considering possible tone of voice, before a couple of days of discussing the content, it’s more like 2 minutes of reading, and 3-4 days of discussing the implications of the more subtle clues. Same amount of content, but for someone like me who was reading on a college reading level in 4th grade and absolutely CONSUMES tome sized works of literature in 48 hours or less, this is more like a vaccination shot than a blood donation. 😛 lmao. I love it, and yes you are absolutely right about the nuance. I just have to exert conscious effort to read slowly enough to fully pay attention to those nuances at this pace.

  • Kate G

    Come on Cory, just a little closer. Just a liiiiiiiiiiittle closer…we’re all waiting for you. A little closer, head tilted to the right and just go on your tiptoes ever so gently…..COME ON ALL READY YOU TWO! *papers fly everywhere in frustration*

    Did y’all just notice how it went from Mitch being all confident and taking charge of the conversation to Cory taking charge of the conversation and backing Mitch up against the fan cover? Someone has found his feet.

    (Oh, Panel one, I have found my Cory love all over again….and Panel 4. Ahhhh, Panel 4. Just take out the text and it totally looks like they are going in for a kiss. Siiiiiiiiiiiiigh.)

  • kuku

    Cory looks so adorable in the first panel.

  • Adam Black

    Not expecting this. Out of all the young YP,
    So Flyboy is the most experienced in combat and bed.

    How long ago could “long ago” be? Hes only 15 now.
    Although once again, I wish he was atleast 16

    • Mary Klemzak

      Or matchbox cars. Hmmm….

      • Adam Black

        Im resisting the Urge not to Google Rule 34 on that.

        • Mary Klemzak

          Eh? Now I want to too…

          • Adam Black

            Let us know what happens

        • Tyler Griffin

          If it exists…

          • You know it exists. It almost always exists on the internet.

          • Tyler Griffin

            actually, that’s what I meant. On second red, I realize how it reads, but I was actually intending to quote first half of rule 42.

          • Oops!!

          • Adam Black

            Always bring a towel
            ( you didnt catch the typo )

          • I have one that says “DON’T PANIC” in big red letters.

          • Arthur Dent

            You’re a real frood!

          • Adam Black

            Now I’m panicking.
            You are not going to read Vogon poetry or abandon Earth to be blown up for a hyperspacial bypass, are you?

          • …..

        • bronakopdin

          everyone remembers that website from the interlude extra between chapter 1 and 2? If Cory was to be accepted into TYP he’d probably pop up in comic there, too ^^

    • Tyler Griffin

      I think Spooky is hands down the most experienced in bed. That’s pretty well established elsewhere.

    • Not the most experienced, but I’d say it’s very likely 3rd after Spooky and Amanda.

      Still much mlre tjan Tsu expects/think for him.

      • Adam Black

        out of the minors for sex, he might even exceed Amanda for Combat experience.

        • Omar Cantu

          I’m pretty sure Amanda has way more combat experience than Flyboy here. Both Amanda and Tsunami must know about Flyboy’s general experience (except for his extra-curriculars) and they were doubting whether or not including him in the fight vs the PP and the Anhilator was a good idea.
          His out of the clock heroing seems to mostly include petty thieves and rescue while Amanda is the daughter of a capable military woman who most certainly has let her daughter learn combat strategy.

          • Adam Black

            “(except for his extra-curriculars) ”

            Well yeah, but his extracurriculars IS his combat experience.

            I’m not doubting Amadas has training. As we see here , rescue is an important part of combat.

            If Flyboy is doing this all the time, he is going to chalk up a lot of real-world experience. He looks significantly more competent than we thought, from the main story.

            Amanda strategy so far , looks heavily flawed.
            A large part of her strategy was a purely noncombat reconnaissance mission for Mitch. She ended up putting him harms way, while having him disarmed. Big Mistake. Spooky was also dramatically underused. He is basically a magic pocket knife.

            Part of that was him was Spooky acting alone , and part of that was simply a lack of planning on Amandas part. Amanda relied purely on surprise. But her plan had a bunch of weak links.

            Amanda should have planned on her team getting attacked back. She should have planned on physical attacks to Spooky and Mitch. Her plan required perfection, thats why it failed so badly. I’m not seeing the Professional Military Strategy. Spooky could also have provided the team with healing potions in advance ( especially for himself )

            Amandas Strategy didnt have any false-targets. That would have been the difference between success and failure. This strategy looks more flawed since Amanda said their goal was to keep them occupied until the military arrived. Instead of Zero false diversions she could have set 100.

            If Team Hellraiser was tricked into counter-striking unnecessary targets, they would have wasted their chances to strike back. Spooky has magic. Why didnt he raise Demons to take out the Henchmen, or make the team invisible or both? Or use Demons disguised as the team? Once the surprise was gone , Amanda’s plan lacked stealth and deception.

            On the otherhand, MItch starts with deception here, and starts a stealth rescue.

            All of Amandas Offense was actually only defense. She never even tried to directly capture the other teams King: Which was actually a rescue mission, freeing the sacrifices. yes It was planned for, but it was put off till last and required perfection.

            Since that was the main job, she should have more resources dedicated to it, began in stealth, and used a lot more diversions and deceptions to keep Team Hellraiser occupied , while this was carried out. During all of the confusion , Flyboy could have flew in taken the Hostages away and used shearing forces to break them open. I’m sure Spooky has some potion to help him. Spooky could have also created an illusion the Hostages were still there , allowing them Ream Rescue to bring in Chaos, confusion and sow disorder;then withdraw once the Hostages are taken and freed.

            But the Battle isnt over yet ( although it looks like it )
            Maybe Flyboy wakes up and rescues the Hostages still. Frankly I doubt it..
            the only way I see out of this , is the Platinum Presistess just overplayed her hand.

            Duncan is no dummy. He Knows PP is demanding he kill the son of the Laampros. She has just given him all the reason he needs to Betray her.

          • Omar Cantu

            Im not in a position to reply to your extensive post but I will try.
            First I think you are making a lot of assumptions about spooky’s powers and potions, do we know he has healing ones? Amanda’s strategy relied on the fact that the PP and Duncan COULD take the entire team by themselves, Spooky had trouble just keeping him immobilized and PP was powerful enough for the rest of the team.
            A lot of the things that went well were because Mitch was on full reconnaissance, should have they focused on rescue? I figure that when the enemy has superspeed that becomes rather hard ( he was only captured because of the element of surprise).

    • Klaus

      More experienced than Kyle, less than Amanda and Spooky. As for Gordon and Paul, we just don’t know.

    • If you’re 15, 2 or 3 years ago is a very long time ago.

      (When you’re my age and old enough to call your manager “young man” when telling him to sit up straight if he doesn’t want a bad back, it’s “only 2 or 3 years ago”.)

  • Mary Klemzak

    *dying whale noises from all the cuteness*

  • Mary Klemzak

    Also, wasn’t there a patreon extra, where Cory and Mitch kissed, over popcorn and possibly a movie or video games? Is that what they’re talking about, first times kissing?

    • Klaus

      Video game.

  • Now… KISS HIM ALREADY! ….That is how I want that line to end 😀

    It’s kinda sad that they only got to do that once, or? All that stuff they did together? That leaves questions open to what else they micht have done, if a kiss isn’t the answer on next page.
    Heck, it’s still a question if the answer IS that they only kissed once.

    Someone isn’t as innocent as Tsu-Tsu wants him to be. Those smutty fan-comics that Tsu desperately wanted to hide from him. Wanna bet Mitch may have read everyone of them *lol*

    • Klaus

      That other stuff probably includes playing with matchbox cars.

    • Kate G

      The impatience is killing us all, isn’t it. I have wrapping paper all over my Internet kingdom from my impatience.

    • Columbine

      Naaaaw Mitch doesn’t ship any of his own team. He goes to the Justice League slash sites. True Fact.

      • So we leave the team member shippings only to Amanda? 😉

        (I have never doubted one of my own questions for this comic as much as the one I just wrote)

        • Columbine

          Yes. Mitch is totally a Flash/Batman kinda guy. *nods solemnly*

  • Heh! I like this. The page was up before people got to camp, so a little post-new page-camp happens below.

    No camp? Nope, we can always camp.

  • Arthur Dent

    *putting on my crab costume*

    ♪ Sha-la-la-la-la-la ♪
    ♪ Don’t be scared ♪
    ♪ You got the mood prepared ♪
    ♪ Go on and kiss the guy ♪
    ♪ Sha-la-la-la-la-la ♪
    ♪ Don’t stop now ♪
    ♪ Don’t try to hide it how ♪
    ♪ You wanna kiss the guy ♪

    • Toli Bera

      we’re getting some good mileage out of that.

      • Kate G

        Yup. Good things come from the Disney obsessed. Let’s screw up all the lyrics!

        • Toli Bera

          well maybe someday, if they’re ready, Mitch’ll have a friend in him.

  • now that’s quite obvious: they jumped off a roof together: mitch barely dropped, and cory landed softly on a pulse of telekinetic energy.

    I just don’t want to believe they kissed only once, and I don’t think a rooftop is the right place to do most of the stuff they may have done only once…

    • Adam Black

      If they are going for airborne romance you might as well take it all the way.
      3 weightless and naked , above the bed , is as good as 100.

  • Jeldenil

    Mitch, you are my hero. It’s damn scary to say you were in love with someone. Some of my first crushes still don’t know.

  • Megan Staples

    Graphic novels? I’m so jealous of people who can afford to go to Cons!
    Those too are just causing cavities already.

  • Megan Staples

    When I told my first crush about it, he was flattered. Bu-ut, he’s my brother’s friend, and my brother is insanely jealous when it comes to his friendships. A friend of his can-NOT be a friend of mine, no sir. Girlfriend of his friend? No chance in Hell. And there was one I loved so much it hurt, but he was my cousin’s fiancé, and she ended up driving him 2,000 miles away before I could say “Wait!” So far, that’s 2 that got away… I think if one more gets away, I’ll die emotionally. Heh, listen to me, being all melodramatic. My levels of pain and paranoia will prevent me from ever taking a step toward one more.

  • Megan Staples

    It’s pretty good that I know exactly how to fit in as “one of the guys.” I can blend into the woodwork and pretend romance doesn’t exist.

  • kamishiro

    ooooh young love *—*

  • Galderman

    I really hope he says “Kiss”

  • Michael

    What is it? What is it??

    … moonlight stroll hand-in-hand along the banks of the river on a warm Spring night?

    … a rousing game of Cards Against Humanity with a “borrowed” bottle or two of Mitch’s dad’s beer?

    … curled up together in front of a warm fire with a book each and a snowstorm outside?

    … splash fight in the surf on a warm day at a secluded beach?

    … tandem parachuteless base jumping (obviously after Mitch discovered his flight power) from a seaside cliff on a windy day?

    I can’t wait to find out!

    • Tyler Griffin

      hey now. Drunken CaH will get you into TROUBLE (but still so much fun)

  • bronakopdin

    oh my god… I just love how lovingly curious yet insecure both of them look when they ask their respectively important questions in panels 1 and 5 ^^
    so adorbs I’d love to hug them to unconsciousness xD
    can you please kiss next? Thank you ^^

  • *Doki appropriate noise and comment*

  • TwilightDreamer

    awww!! this has gotta be the cutest scene of this bonus comic ^_^ Mitch you are the biggest sweetheart ever!

  • Alt+F7

    Aww cuties, chaste, underage cuties.

    • Tyler Griffin

      Uhmmmmm. I’m pretty sure Corey just shattered THAT illusion, but we can all stil pretend, right? lmao.

  • Thunder Chicken

    I see a kiss coming…

  • Blue moon you saw me standing alone
    Without a dream in my heart
    Without a love of my own
    Blue moon, you knew just what I was there for
    You heard me saying a prayer for
    Someone I really could care for
    And then there suddenly appeared before me
    The only one my arms will ever hold
    I heard somebody whisper “Please adore me”
    And when I looked, the moon had turned to gold!
    Blue moon!
    Now I’m no longer alone
    Without a dream in my heart
    Without a love of my own.

    • Yes, I completely agree.

    • Michael

      Love this song, I had to sing it in front of 300-odd people once in high school.

  • Suhndog

    Boy, am I Twitterpated!

    Hurry up, Wednesday!!

  • Rick T (dereule101)

    It was great to meet you at GaymerX3, Alex!

    • Did you get your pic taken? I like how Alex sometimes ask to take a pic for his little name ‘book’, if he knows you’re a part of the comments section (you mention it). So he can remember the face/name behind the username.

      • Rick T (dereule101)

        Yep!

    • It was awesome meeting you too, Rick! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  • streeteditions

    “Bet you can’t. ….just one?”

  • KatKaleen

    Dammit, Alex! Your writing makes all the characters feel so real, I can’t hold back the feelings.
    And now, kiss. Dammit, just kiss, you loveable little fools!

    • Thank you, KatKaleen! That’s a lovely thing to say. 😀

  • Jason Moon

    Ah, the follies of youth! The sweaty, energetic follies…

    Alex, you’re being evil with all the hint-dropping again! Somebody make him staaaaaaaahp! 😉

  • Derkins

    I’ve gotten so caught up in this story, I’ve almost forgotten what the comic used to be like. *siiiigh* it’s just so sweet. the puppy love! the-puppy-love.

  • Precious

    -Is totally not chanting kiss over and over again- I’m not having feelings for these two! O_O I’m not falling in love with them each page >_> Nope! ….I’m not very good at lying am I? They’re so freaking adorable! (´。• ω •。`) ♡

    • Ha! I think it’s totally OK to love them. Cory, at least, could certainly use a few more hugs. 😉

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Great page. These two have such wonderful chemistry. Thanks Alex, Adam and Veronica for making them so appealing and adorbs.

    So, Panel#6? THE ONE THING CORY THINKS ABOUT MOST? — clearly it was them playing video games and munching popcorn. What else could it possibly have been? HA!

    Thanks again guys. This page made me smile. Honestly. See, on game night(s): he who wins the video game gets to choose what happens next. It’s a game that never gets old, no matter how long a couple has been together. I recommend it heartily. 🙂

  • It’s very fun to read your reaction to this page, fujoshifanatic! And yes, Adam does such a great job with the body language, you can get the story from the images alone. 🙂

    I’m definitely having fun at GaymerX3 — and hopefully you’ll get to come to Flame Con 2 — both Adam and I will be there tabling together!

  • Klaus

    I think I have figured out what it is they did only once. Here are two other boys doing the same thing:
    http://www.garydoesthings.com/sam-and-aaron/two/

    • Chris Dangerfield

      That was a very warm and sweet story. I felt I understood the author’s motivations perfectly. Made me happy.

  • davefragments

    Hey AJ –
    I watched Mr Holmes last night. It’s a satisfying mystery and a sad story. Not like the recent Sherlock Holmes incarnations. Solid story.

    • My parents were interested in seeing that, but weren’t ready for the sad story part.

      I set up Vol. 1 of my latest story for pre-sale. I’m trying to keep my cool. It’s been tough making myself do it.

      • davefragments

        Putting stories out for sale is tough. It is like throwing a child out of the house unprepared for what is going to happen.

        The boy who plays the foil to Ian McKellan’s Sherlock Holmes is excellent. The boy has learned the lesson of loneliness and compassion decades before Holmes.

  • Their faces in the second panel… ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Klaus

    Too bad Mitch didn’t take that lesson in reality.

    This lesson, of course: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-tod-page-10/

  • HoneyThistle

    Now Kiss! ….unless I’m totally missreading this body language…really hoping I’m not, tho….

  • Ellie Vorse

    Yes, they MUST kiss!! I just KNOW that is what he’s talking about!!

    I can’t wait to see the next update!!

    I REALLY, REALLY like the pairing between Kyle and The Annihilator, and I hope that he can find it in his heart to forgive him so that they can make up.
    It’s important, not only because I really think that they could love each other deeply, but because it proves that age isn’t always a relationship-ending factor.
    And, from some of the things the Annihilator said, I think that he needs Kyle to make him feel young and wanted again. And Kyle, despite what he’s feeling now, which is of course, totally justified, DOES want and love him. Or definitely COULD love him, anyway. I really want them to somehow have a chance to try.
    I hope he doesn’t wind up in prison, but if he does, Kyle could visit him there.

    Also, on a side note, I’m a new arrival to your comics, I know, but I LOVE them, very much!! I can’t wait to go shopping in your shops (both of them), though it’ll be when I get paid again in two weeks. But I’m already SUPER EXCITED about all the goodies that I’ll buy from you then!! It’s a PROMISE!! 🙂 <3

    • Welcome to the comic and the comments section 🙂

    • Welcome to the Woolfpack. ^_^

      • Michael

        I like that one!

    • HoneyThistle

      If the Annihilator is to stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting back in Kyle’s good graces, he has some serious apologies to make and some heartfelt explaining to do.
      Not to mention time spent making up for his betrayal of Kyle’s trust. Annihilator played Kyle like a freaking fiddle, AND apparently that was all part of a larger scheme for world-domination/hellscape takeover.
      I wouldn’t blame Kyle at all if he wants to just wash his hands of the man altogether, and move on to better people. It would make me sad, because I do like them together, but I’d get it.

      • Michael

        I don’t think there’ll be much capacity to trust, because Dunc was so convincing the first time, how can Kyle ever be confident that any apology is more than just just another act to disguise an ulterior motive?

        I really don’t think the relationship can be salvaged, that bridge was burned. In actual hellfire.

        • HoneyThistle

          Yeah, that’s pretty much how I see it too. Ellie Vorse was just so…enthusiastic…about a reconciliation, I had to at least point out some of the obstacles hampering any progression in that direction…

          • Ellie Vorse

            Yeah, I know that it’d be a really hard, nearly impossible, thing to come back from. I just would love that a lot. But even if it doesn’t happen, which seems likely, they’ll always be together in my heart!! 🙂 <3

    • Michael

      Welcome! TYP is hard not to love, isn’t it? Have you read Artifice?

    • Welcome, Ellie! So glad to have you here! 😀

    • Welcome, Ellie!!

  • Adam Black

    I dont care if its age-innapropriate or about Cory/Mitch.
    Im still shipping FireFly.

    • Klaus

      But the fly is not fireproof.

      • Adam Black

        eh, magic
        Spookys got an app for that.

    • Michael

      I’m sure there’s plenty of Kyle to go around. Why not ship Kyle/Spooky/Mitch/Cory for some age-appropriate guy time? Splashing around in Mitch’s pool (because you know he has one if his parents are loaded), kicking a football around at the local park, getting their paintball (or laser tag) on…

  • Mary Kelleher

    I’m betting they’re talking about kissin’. Still, D’aaaw

  • Michael

    I’m so happy about today.

    One, it’s page day and we might even see them, hug at LONG LAST (*glares at Alex*)

    Two, it’s only a short 12 hours until Star Wars comes out in Australian theatres! Of course I’m going to the midnight premiere at my local independent cinema. Gotta support the little guys over the chains, even aside from the fact that my local is a little over half the price of the nearest big chain cinema.

    Happy, happy day. 😀

    • Kate G

      We have…..three more days here until it comes out in my area. But my dad and I are being really smart and waiting a week after it comes out to avoid the lines and NOISE. *Shudders*

      Some of my dad’s work friends are being extremely insane. They are doing a Star Wars marathon starting at like, 2 in the afternoon or something. They are watching every single movie in sequential order and then seeing the Episode VIII at 2 AM on opening night. That’s pure insanity. XD

      • davefragments

        Get the ticket online and wave them proudly as your NERD badge.
        It’s all just fun to be part of.

      • Michael

        That’s going a bit far, yeah. I watched the series in order last month, because they were the Channel 7 Saturday Night Movie for 6 weeks in a row.

        • Kate G

          My dad and I are doing a movie a day. Of course, his movie is on the way to work and mine is at night. XD We can’t possibly do 8 movies back-to-back without getting major migraines. I mean, I can’t believe some people do Harry Potter movie marathons with the special features and everything. I’m the, “I do one movie and I’m done.” Too much stimulation and too much info.

          • Michael

            Heck I have to stand up after half an hour, I don’t understand how people can sit still for the duration of a movie. I will if I have to (e.g. in a cinema), but not at home.

            I can’t watch any of the Harry Potter movies without wanting to punch something five minutes in, anyway.

          • davefragments

            I can’t take the first two Harry Potter Movies anymore because the kiddies voices are high pitched and just make my ears hurt. However, I have done them in two days over the weekend two or three times when ABC Family channel does that.

          • Kate G

            Yea, but they are just kids in those movies and you sometimes sacrifices have to be made. I often turn down the volume and turn on the subtitles for those movies because there are great scenes in those movies. Their voices though? OOOOOOOOOOOOIIIIIIEEEEE. The horror of being a kid.

          • davefragments

            It just pierces my head like a knife.

          • Kate G

            Yea, the horror of kid’s voices. I’ve been known to put in my ear wax plugs when I know I’ll be around kids because their voices hurt my ears badly. Not as bad as a screaming baby (oh my god, just NO), but it’s bad. I still hate being around T-Rex because when he cries…*shudders* it’s hooooooorrible. Just HORRIBLE. I am older child friendly, not young kid and infant friendly.

          • davefragments

            Naw, just me getting old.

          • Kate G

            I thought old people lost their hearing, not get better hearing. LOL.

            (I just have super sensitive hearing.)

          • davefragments

            I have carefully protected my hearing because of my love of classical music. It’s aging but still excellent.

          • Michael

            Damn you and your carefully preserved hearing.

            I protect mine as much as possible because I can’t afford to lose much more of it.

          • davefragments

            My brother cannot hear when I whisper and we share a birthday — 4 minutes apart.

          • I’ve been trying to convince my dad to get his ears checked, his hearing is kinda the same, but he’s a stubborn one.

          • Michael

            the solution is so simple! The technology is here, now, in the modern day and ready for him to access! I have 32 channels of tuning that fits my hearing aids to my unique hearing needs almost perfectly (within tolerances) so most people don’t even realise I have them.

          • The problem is he doesn’t want to feel like he’s getting old.

          • Michael

            hearing aids aren’t for old people, they’re for deaf people. I’m 27 and I’ve had them since I was 4 months old.

          • That’s true, and you’re right, but that’s not how he sees it considering a lot of old people lose their hearing, hence he doesn’t want to feel old.

          • Michael

            If you want, next time you have that discussion with him you can bring up the fact that you know a 27-year old who has hearing aids and wears them proudly and gratefully.

          • Michael

            To be fair, whispering is an inherently different quality of sound to speaking or even murmuring. Most people have trouble understanding whispers, from what I understand. I’ve only ever heard some kind of confused wsh-sh-wsh-sh-wsh because of how my hearing aids handle/d bursts of wind directly into the microphones.

          • davefragments

            Sorry Mike, he’s halfway deaf. My Niece and I both tried him this past Thanksgiving and if we turned away and talked softly not even in a whisper, he can’t hear either of us.

          • Michael

            Has he addressed the problem, or even acknowledged that there is one?

          • davefragments

            You kidding! He acknowledges that he can’t hear me by mocking what I say and making it my fault. He doesn’t have a problem that way.

          • Michael

            That’s really sad, because it’s so simple these days to address the issue and correct for it in a way that is uniquely tuned for his needs. I think it’s really sad when so many people deny there is a problem when the solution is so readily available.

            You might guess how I feel about the NRA and/or climate change deniers.

          • davefragments

            I can’t do anything he doesn’t want.
            I just have to remember to talk loud.

          • Michael

            There’s no need to yell, I’m not deaf!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcliR8kAbzc

          • Kate G

            HA! When my brother and I conspire against my mom, we make sure to do it around the ear she’s mostly deaf in. My cousin and I do the same thing around my aunt because she is partially (not as much as my mom) deaf in one ear too.

            They aren’t “deaf enough” for solutions like hearing aids in that ear they are partially deaf in so they have to live with finding ways to work around it.

          • Michael

            No such thing as “not deaf enough”, unless you’re talking about from an insurance/healthcare viewpoint.

          • Kate G

            Yea, it’s the insurance side. My mom has been partially deaf in that ear since she was about 12 so she’s pretty used to it. We just make sure to talk on the left side. If we need to wake her up and she’s sleeping on her mostly deaf side, we have all sorts of methods of waking her up.

          • Michael
          • Kate G

            HA HA HA! That’s sort of what we do actually. My dad goes for shaking her. I go for the incessantly poking which kind of turns into putting ice cubes on her face. No one likes ice cubes on the face. LOL.

          • Michael

            Next time try shaving cream.

            And then tickle her nose with a feather.

          • Kate G

            My grams had a hard time understanding us when we whispered to her when she had hearing aids. She had a hard time hearing me because I am very quiet. We like to say she had to get hearing aids because she was always listening to us all of the time and so when we had to focus on listening to her at the end of her life, that was really hard for us because we were so used to the opposite.

            I have a tattoo behind my right ear that says, “Strength” and the location was inspired by her hearing aids. 🙂

          • Michael

            🙂

          • Kate G

            I can’t sit still either. My feet constantly move when I’m in a movie theatre. Constantly. Sometimes my hands. It’s like this thing I have to do. Switch legs. Tap feet. Jiggle them. Move my arms. I’m very annoying to be around. LOL.

    • davefragments

      ooh, I hope you enjoy the movie.
      Last time I talked anyone into going to a STAR WARS, jar jar banks appeared.

      • Michael

        Ha! I really hope it’s good, and all signs point to the positive. The fact that the new company, new producers, new director etc. have a vested interest in the series continuing well into the future, rather than pumping out three movies purely for the toy sales (or, to quote Yoghurt the Wise, “moichandising! Spaceballs the tshirt! Spaceballs the lunchbox! Spaceballs the flamethrower! Very popular with the kids”).

        I liked the theory about Jar Jar being a Sith lord, but I really don’t think it hold water compared to the theory of Luke turning to the dark side in the end. Neither will be true, I’m certain, but the latter at least is more plausible than the former.

        • davefragments

          I love reading the theories and speculations but I was never a big fan. I liked the races in #4. I think the music is symphony quality (that’s John Williams for ya) but the story is a big shrug to me. I have never figured out why.

          • Michael

            Really I’m just hoping the fight scene(s) aren’t entirely CGI wire-fu bouncing around. I want a laser sword fight, not an acrobatic circus act. That was what I loved about the original 3, the sword fighting was much more realistic (being ripped from a samurai movie, of course they were) and there was much more tension.

          • davefragments

            AMC that does such a fantastic job at THE WALKING DEAD has created a sword Kung Fu fighting show called INTO THE BADLANDS. I watch it because it is a good reminder of “Kung Fu Theatre” and its cheesy movies from Saturday Mornings.

          • Michael

            I love the old Michelle Yeoh movies, and especially the ones directed by Yuen Woo-ping. Some of the earlier and mid-late Shaw Bros films are pretty good too, but Michelle was and remains the shining star of kung fu films, in my opinion.

  • davefragments

    I might be late tonight because I’m way to involved in CHILDHOOD’S END.

    • Michael

      I might be late because I have to help Mum rake and mow an elderly couple’s lawn this afternoon, right around the usual update time.

      • davefragments

        Last night’s big reveal was Karellen. I don’t know how SyFy is showing it in Australia. It’s a very thoughtful story. A thinking man’s Science Fiction.

        • Michael

          We don’t have SyFy, so I don’t know IF it’s being shown in Australia. I’ve certainly not heard of it.

          • davefragments

            Well, Arthur C. Clark wrote it 60 years ago and someone is just getting to put it on TV — 6 hours. The movie INDEPENDENCE DAY stole the opening of the story with the arrival of alien spacecraft above the major cities of the world. However, CHILDHOOD’S END adds a few tiny thrillers to that sequence.
            Look for it on the internet at SyFy’s website.

          • How well are they doing with it?

            The “huge space ships over major cities” is more widespread than Clarke. I think Outer Limits used it ten times.

          • davefragments

            Good. I think it is going wonderful. . . But remember, I like philosophy and metaphysics.

          • davefragments

            BTW – Karellen’s visage is the stuff of nightmares.

          • Michael

            Unfortunately, Syfy’s website doesn’t show video within Australia. I’ll keep an eye out for it on other channels/avenues, but I’m not sure how much luck might get.

            The alien overlord guy in the photos reminds me strongly of Tim Curry’s “Sexy Devil” from Legend.

          • davefragments

            Close but Karellen is more reptilian and has wings. Although they tried real wings but that required two men per wing to follow and move realistically and since they already were going to composite the eight foo tall Karelian with two men (one on stilts in the shape of cloven hooves and retrograde joints) the movements looked awful. SO they CGI’d the wings.

  • Kate G

    *sings* IT’S CAAAAAAAAAAAMPING TIME!

    And I finally got all of my presents wrapped. Oi. That took a few days. I still have to get batteries for T-Rex’s stick horse though. -_- Ugh.

    Don’t tell the horses this but I totally did not spoil them. *is totally innocent* Okay, FINE I DO. I put together my Christmas present for where I go do horseback riding and the horses got two kinds of pears, apples, carrots AND candy canes (unwrapped, of course.) Tigger the barn kitty got a container for his treats that has Tigger on it. I got my coach a horse ornament and I put in some small stuffed toys to help the kids with occupational therapy. All of it is in a box that they can keep for more storage (ever a problem) and I got sugar cookies for the volunteers. Spoiled horses? Spoiled horses? I SEE NO SPOILED HORSES HERE!

    • You’re awesome.

      • Kate G

        Aw, thank you. It’s my first year riding so I may have overdone it just a little.

        • You can’t overdo spreading happiness.

          • Kate G

            True, but I still need to be able to lift the box. I think I can lift the box….LOL. I think it’s like 5 pounds. XD

    • Michael

      Um, clarification needed… are you giving a stick horse to a horse? Or am I reading it wrong? Is T-Rex not a horse?

      • Kate G

        T-Rex is my nephew. I call him T-Rex instead of his real name for A) privacy and B) all babies sort of remind me of T-Rexes in a way (please see link.) I’ve called him this since he was born basically. That and Nimrod; it’s a sign of affection basically from me. That’s a long story that I’ve explained on another page (see parents kicking out kids.)

        The horses I’ve ridden are named Scooby (I ride this guy 99% of the time), Apollo (part Belgian draft), Red Rover (pony), Chance (aka Chancey) (pony), and Captain America (aka Cap or Captain.) Where I go also has a pony named Ernie (too short for me) and two horses named Ice and Cupcake (she’s new and the only mare.) They have three retired horses as well named Calvin (pony), Peter Pan (pony) and Bud (part Percheron draft horse.) So, yep, now you know the horses. Tigger is the cat and I sometimes think he is trying to commit suicide.

        http://www.bforbel.com/2013/08/in-other-words-babies-are-just-like-t-rex-except-they-dont-try-as-hard.html

        • Michael

          Ah, that makes sense. I was trying to picture what a horse would do with a hobby-horse, and that led to me trying to imagine a horse on a penny-farthing bike, and things just got sillier from there.

          • Kate G

            HA HA HA! No, my nephew is 10 months old and I’m trying to beat my dad in the hobby department. My dad wants to make him a kayaker. Well, the smallest kayak is for, like, 3 years olds.

            A “stick horse” really shouldn’t be used by anyone under 3 because of the batteries, but T-Rex is always supervised so WHY NOT?! I got my first stick horse right about 1 so he’s getting his at the same age. LOL.

          • Michael

            wait wait wait where do batteries go on a stick horse? Isn’t it just a stuffed plushie horse head on a broomstick? What are the batteries for?

          • Kate G

            It whinnies and makes galloping sounds. The batteries are cleverly hidden in the head. It has a special velcro opening that shows the battery pack. The batteries are dead in his and I am determined to drive my brother insane so it WILL make sound!

          • Michael

            Haha, cool. I didn’t even get a head on mine, it was just a broomstick. But it was the most versatile toy a kid could ever have.

            I did glue googly eyes to one end, once, but they fell off.

          • My brother got me one of those! It was one my most favoritest presents. I was I in my 20’s

          • davefragments

            “I was five and she was six, we rode on horses made of sticks…”

            Bang, bang, she shot me down!

          • Kate G

            Awwww. See, horse sticks for everyone! Dover Saddlery only had a bay one and a chestnut one. Now, we all know from the few photos I’ve posted that Scooby is a chestnut, so we know which one I bought my nephew right?

            Yes, he got a chestnut stick horse. I ran away with the last chestnut. (I will not divulge whether I stuck the horse in between my legs and “galloped” to the cashier with it. Nope. I was an adult…..maybe.)

          • MIne’s white with a brown star on it’s forehead. (not an actual star mind you, but more of an upside down tear drop). I still have it.

            I would be disappointed if you didn’t ride it to the cashier. 😀

          • Kate G

            I galloped around the store because I was there during a giveaway thing (which I won a $60 riding shirt by the way. WOOOOO!) So, yes, I was an idiot for a while….but I did walk the stick horse to the cashier like an adult. XD I don’t do “adulting” very well. *snickers*

          • Keep doing adulting badly. 😀

          • Michael

            adulting is overrated, anyway.

          • Very true.

          • Kate G

            It is! I mean, I still laugh hysterically at fart jokes. How can you be an adult if you laugh at fart jokes? No, you can not be qualified as an adult if you laugh at fart jokes.

  • I’m camping too. It’s better than watching the kindergarten debate or sorting through 1200 records to complete the crew of a starship.

    • davefragments

      I am so happy not to watch the Debate tonight. It will all be talked about endlessly tomorrow and the rest of the week.

    • Michael

      There’s a debate? Am I safe to assume it’s amongst the GOP candidates again? Or is it GOP vs Dems?

      • Kate G

        It’s the GOP tonight. I’ve decided to listen to Joe Kenda: Homicide Detective on the ID channel instead of that shit.

        • Michael

          I just wait for the Bad Lip Reading. Funny thing is the accuracy and campaign messages aren’t affected.

  • I’ll probably be late…again. Today everything went wrong. Website acting up, within my programming and when I fixed that and up oaded it, it was then broken on the web. BLARG! Managed to get it working, but I had to take out some code. 🙁 I’ll try again later, but that took up all of my afternoon. And now I’m paying for it with lateness.

    • Kate G

      Uh oh, nothing good happens when the website goes belly up.

      • No. At least it’s working at the moment. I was just trying to update it quickly with my latest story.

        • Kate G

          I can see you trying to update your story and you get an “error” alert. You just kind of sit there for a minute stunned, then scream and bang the keyboard into your desk a few times before the, “Holmes” face appears and you start investigating the problem. XD

          • Well, maybe. Ha! There was some swearing. And a lack of eating to be certain.

            I figured some of it was moving the files to the new computerbut that’s my end and fixed–the images seemed to be broken so I just re-inserted them. I have no idea why it’s not working being uploaded to the host.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Oh now! I’m sorry to hear that. 🙁

  • By the way, that “Coming Out on Top” game is lame.

    • Michael

      You noticed?

    • davefragments

      I think it’s a good excuse to see illustration of well-built naked men playing with each other’s boners and enjoying it.
      To that end, it serves its purpose.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Good day, everyone! How are you all doing?

    • Michael

      what?*

      I’m well, how are you?

      * sorry, we’re having a conversation about hearing loss below, and I couldn’t help it.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Doing well! My siblings will be coming home for Christmas before long (Thursday night, Saturday morning, and Sunday evening, respectively), and I’m really excited about that.

        • Michael

          Awesome! I’m helping my brother move to his new apartment on Sunday, then he’ll be down with us for Christmas on the 23rd and a week or two after.

    • Well I’m finally feeling less stressed. Soon I’ll shove dinner in my face and all will be right with the world.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Glad to hear it! I hope that tomorrow is a less stressful day for you, too.

        • Me too, but all that I was supposed to do today has to be done first thing tomorrow morning. 😐 I guess I was a little too obsessed to let it go until it was working.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh man! I wish you the best of luck getting things done.

          • Thanks!

  • Michael

    Pateon movement!

    OMG. Can’t wait to see everything full-size (I only looked at the email, which is shrunk)

  • stickfigurefairytales
  • Sanbai

    This is a “take hands out of jacket pockets” kind of moment…

  • Justin White

    wow, that’s a lot said in so few words[clap, clap, clap]