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Jeez. You’re the one who has to deal with bad luck, Fluke, but that Flyboy sure seems to be accident prone! Weird bruises, damaged equipment, like all the time — what a flake!

Hat tip to Adam B., who I believe saw this coming first. 🙂

So, both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on camping/update nights. I know that in the past, I’ve posted on both those days, but this year, we’re going to be taking those days off.  The next post will be on Wednesday, December 30th and then we’ll be back to our regular twice-a-week schedule on Wednesday, January 6th. I hope you all have a very happy holiday! 😀

And just to remind y’all. I have very big news. You can now pre-order copies of The Young Protectors Volume One!

In fact, you can pre-order pretty much all the rewards from the The Young Protectors V1 Kickstarter! That includes an authentic Spooky Cap, five packs of Trading Cards (45 cards in all, with sexy pin-up art and intimate details about each of the heroes and villains), TYP sticker sheets, and beautiful 11″ x 14″ prints!

By going to The Young Protectors Kickstarter Pre-Order page, you’ll be able to place an order and get included in my big shipping push in February and March when I ship out literally thousands of books to my awesome Kickstarter backers. I’ve received lots of requests from folks who missed the Kickstarter and have wanted this—well, now you can have it and have it all!

I’ve created this short (5 min) walkthrough video that gives you all the details, including how to save a bunch of money on shipping:

Backerkit Walkthrough Video for The Young Protectors V1 Kickstarter PRE-ORDERS

Because these are pre-orders, your credit card won’t be charged until about a week before I ship, so you can order now and then save up for what you want. There are also some limited quantity items and I likely will need some months to recover from all this shipping before I make these items available in my regular online store—so, if you’ve been wanting a copy of The Young Protectors graphic novel for your very own, now is the time!

Watch the video above and then hop on over to my pre-order page and check things out!

So! Looks like we’ve come full circle! I wonder what kind of trouble Kyle is in? And how soon can Flyboy get to Spooky’s?

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

 

  • Well! Hurry up Mitch! Kyle needs you!

  • Kate G

    First?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      No. [points at Admiral Jane] She’s good at this.

      • Kate G

        DAMMIT!!!!!!

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Yeah, I know. I swear, the few half seconds that it takes to load the new page must be *just enough* to make the difference.

          • Kate G

            I admit, I took two seconds and posted that the new page was up on the other page. *sniff*

          • Yeah can’t be nice about those things. 🙂 It’s always best to post it after you make your post. lol

          • Kate G

            Admiral Jane: *furiously typing comment*
            Katie (ever the nice person): copy/pastes link to other page
            Admiral: *still furiously typing*
            Katie: *joins the furious typing*

            XDDDDD

          • Copy and paste is your friend. 🙂

    • DonnaC

      very close and you were first until I refreshed the page.

  • davefragments

    Good Transition. Nice way to tie in the two stories.

  • One last kiss for the road though! Seriously Mitch, you’ll thank me later for the reminder

  • Michael

    I love how they tie this back into the main story.

    Also a little bit sickened that as we’re awwing over Mitch and Cory, at the exact same time Kyle is shivering in a warehouse having been physically used and emotionally abused.

    ;_;

  • davefragments

    We get back to therein story on Christmas Day…
    Yay!

    • Klaus

      That happens not to be the case. Read Alex’ comments under the comic.

      • davefragments

        Got it.

  • Kate G

    Admiral, you are sneaky. Next time I won’t take the .5 seconds it takes to say the new page is up for all of the other souls that are camping. 🙂

    Nice transition to connect this story to the main timeline! Can I just say it is my opinion that anything that is supposed to be waterproof really is never waterproof? I’ve killed many a thing that is supposed to be “waterproof.” Many, many, many things.

    Hopefully Mitch doesn’t leave poor Cory stranded up there on the roof waiting to know if he has a home or not. >.>

    • Michael

      You know what they say about “-proof”. If you make something foolproof, you’ll find an overlooked fool. If you make something waterproof, you’ll find an overlooked crack or seam. If you make something bomb-proof, the rebel alliance will find an overlooked exhaust port.

      • davefragments

        Nothing is foolproof.

        • Nate

          Because fools are so INGENIOUS! 😀

          • davefragments

            I worked with high pressure hydrogen and coal-derived oils. I’ve met a few fools in my life. Thankfully, no big booms. Just little ones.

          • Kate G

            Pretty much. Aside from fools, I think the next best testers for breaking things…Autistics. I cannot tell you the amount of things I’ve broken over the years from my issues. XD

            I mean, this is the case for my iPad. Yea. WHO BUYS ONE OF THESE FOR THEIR IPADS?! My dad. For me. So I don’t break a mini computer basically. My iPhone has a really tough Otterbox on it. I broke the last two less expensive Otterboxes so he had to go up to the better model. >.>

            https://griffintechnology.com/us/device/ipad/ipad-4th-gen/survivor-custom-case-for-ipad-2-3-4th-gen

          • Michael

            How do you even break an Otterbox?

          • Kate G

            Apparently you can break the plastic outer really well by going to fold your laundry, forgetting your phone is on the ironing board and your phone goes SPLAT on the concrete basement floor. Cracks really, REALLY well. I stood there kind of dumbly for a few minutes as I realized that A) my phone was there and B) I broke an “unbreakable” phone case. Well, technically, I had a Commuter which is supposed to be GOOD enough…it’s not.

            I’ve done that….twice. My phone no longer goes down in the basement with me.

          • Michael

            Maybe that’s a fault with the manufacturer, not you. Those things are supposed to be designed to be dropped without breaking. >_>

          • Kate G

            Nope, it’s mine. The Commuters aren’t actually meant to withstand the impact of, like, foundation cement. The cement used in foundations is harder then sidewalk cement. It’s meant for ordinary accidents.

            The Defender probably could take that kind of hit. It’s got the amount of armor for it. Am I willing to test that? Uh, no. NOOOOOOOOOO. Not willing to test that at all. I can honestly recommend Griffin products because I have put Nightwing through quite a bit. Batgirl I try to use kid gloves on but let’s be honest…I don’t have kid gloves. I’m naturally dangerous to all electronics.

        • Klaus

          You can make it foolproof, but you can’t make it damnfoolproof.

      • Michael

        And if you make alcohol 100-proof, someone will be fool enough to drink it.

        • Tyler Griffin

          I can buy 100 proof isn’t really all that strong. that’s only 50% alcohol

          • Michael

            That’s true, vodka is around 40%, but in contrast most beers are around 4-6%, which makes a big difference.

            We once had a bottle of 100% (home microbrewed), looked just like water except for the skull-and-crossboneses on the label.

          • Tyler Griffin

            I can buy 200% grain liquor at the package store. That stuff will raise the dead and cure frostbite

          • Michael

            How can you get 200%? 100% means it’s pure undiluted ethyl alcohol.

          • Tyler Griffin

            I meand 200 proof. Oops, lmao

          • Michael

            Ah, okay. 200-proof is 100% alc/vol in the US system. It’s not possible in the UK system, as the highest proof possible is 175*

            Nobody seriously uses proof any more in the industry, anyway, it’s all %abv or %alc/vol now.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Refer to my above reply. Thank you.

          • Archidel

            I rather doubt it is actually 200 proof (or in other words, 100% pure) though, as that would be exorbitantly expensive. It is in fact possible to create (nearly) 100% pure (ethanol) alcohol through synthesis or the use of molecular sieves, but the closest you can come with traditional, affordable destillation is a little under 96%.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Thank you for your dedication to literalness and excruciating detail. Never the less, the label is marked 200proof, and I live in a state which is led by ubber conservatives who actively WANT to make alcohol consumption illegal outside of country clubs and private organizations, and liquors are subjected to randomized testing for truth of claim and accuracy of proof.

            While logically, Sheldon Cooper would point out that it is virtually impossible to actually achieve 100% purity due to distillation processes and possible contaminates from anything ranging from the bottles, to machinery, to employees, to the average humidity at the time of bottling; there is a point at which technicalities become minor to the point that the actual situation renders these issues moot.

          • Michael

            Also in actual fact it would probably greatly exacerbate frostbite and hasten its spread.

          • Tyler Griffin

            See my comment below and replace “Thank you for your dedication to literalness and excruciating detail” with “Thank you for your dedication fact checking jokes”

          • Michael

            Captain Literal works in partnership with Captain Obvious, tirelessly working to ruin people’s jokes in the city of Cityopolis.

          • Tyler Griffin

            LoL. Is that Dynamic Duo, or Synergistic Synod

          • Michael

            They were the Tautology Department of Redundancies, but they were made redundant. Now they’re just a Duo of Two.

      • Kate G

        You need to make it Katie-proof. If it can get past me…it’s pretty much idiot proof. The only thing so far that has passed this test is Griffin Survivor iPad covers. They are so strong I can’t open it to clean it; it’s too fucking strong. I have dropped my iPad on CONCRETE (which would kill at least the outside of most covers, including Otterboxes) and that thing is doesn’t have a scratch on it. It’s truly idiot proof. Not waterproof….but clumsy and idiot proof.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      You are clearly a nicer person than me. The one time I was able to grab first post I posted first, *then* went back and announced that the page was up. (And IIRC on that occasion everyone else was sufficiently slow that I was able to do both with a few seconds to spare before anyone else turned up on the new page. Really weird, that.)

      • Kate G

        I’ve been told I’m too nice sometimes. Next time, NEXT TIME I WON’T BE!

    • Thank you, Kate! (And we’ll just have to see how things are left with Cory… 😉 )

      • Kate G

        Have a happy holidays!

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Love it all.

    “I put it in my pants, and it broke…” OMG, how many times have I said THAT! LOL. I think someone’s pants got a bit distracted. Never mind. Totally understandable. I can relate. Another backstory, perhaps. 😀

    Thanks, Alex, Adam and Veronica… I promise a more cogent effort after sleeping. Always a wonderful gift you give us.

    • Kate G

      Yep. I have cleaned my money, jewelry, hairbands, chapstick……a lot of things have gotten cleaned in the wash because I forgot to check my pockets.

      • Michael

        I’ve re-glued the wings on Mum’s opal butterfly brooch more than once because of that. She doesn’t wear it any more, thank goodness.

        • Kate G

          Ha ha ha. I’ve broken a brooch from face-planting. XD

          • Michael

            I haven’t faceplanted since I started learning kung fu. I’ve fallen over, but always saved myself at the last moment. Once while I was running in the rain.

          • Kate G

            I manage to save myself occasionally (thanks ballet and karate!) but nope, I still occasionally face plant.

          • Michael

            My school has a big focus on safe groundwork, largely because maybe 90% of wing chun schools you will find somehow have this inexplicable arrogance regarding ground fighting, and an unshakable belief that if they do their wing chun properly they will never be taken to the ground.

            We obvious beg to differ, and practice safe falling, getting back up, and fighting/defending from the ground.

          • kuku

            That’s the most useful thing I learned in my brief long-ago judo classes – how to fall. How to fall backwards, anyway – I’m now sure about front falls.

          • Michael

            We practice falling from all angles and stances, because in Australia it’s only a matter of time before you’re randomly rugby-tackled in the street by a drunk wearing the wrong footy team colours.

          • Kate G

            The only type of “not faceplanting” I know how to do really well is not falling off a horse. I’ve yet to fall off one despite everyone’s attempt. I know I’ve got to fall off one day just to get through all of the emotions that come with it, but I’m pretty good at keeping my butt in the saddle. LOL.

            I guess that’s useful if I ever need to steal a horse. XD

          • Michael

            I fell off a horse once. Well, slid off the back, actually, as I hadn’t warmed him up enough before climbing on up. I didn’t blame the horse for buckling.

          • Kate G

            Yea, you do have to warm them up!

            Oh, case in point for nothng being foolproof and my clumsiness: I was trying to open up the new lint roller. It has one of those evil tape thingies around it to keep it closed and a paper cover so of course I had to use an X-Acto knife to open it. I knifed myself. Sigh.

          • Michael

            Could be worse! The front-desk receptionist at my high school once tried to open a box by opening a pair of scissors right out and holding onto one side (blade + handle combo). Sliced her hand right open had to go to hospital to get stitches.

          • Kate G

            Yow. My mom has had her doozies. She once was operating a meat slicer and nearly sliced her finger off at her job. She laughs at it because the manager there that day (not her sister who was her boss) asked her why she was leaving. She pointed to the blood trail before someone had handed her a towel. XD

          • Michael

            I’ve always been scared of those slicers. That’s the one with the big round wheel blade spinning across a ramp, right, and you slide the meat across the wheel? Yeah, I’ve always been scared of them.

            We had a “health and safety PSA” advert on telly a few years back that involved a baker putting his hand into an industrial bread slicer. Really pretty.

          • Kate G

            Yep, that’s a deli meat/cheese slicer.

          • They aren’t that bad. Granted the first slicer I was acquainted with liked my fingers, but never anything major, just cuts that liked to bleed a lot. Rarely cut myself on the slicers at the second deli I worked at.

          • Kate G

            Oh, by the way, I told you I have a tattoo behind my right ear how many pages ago? (4, 5?) I thought I shared a picture of it when I got it because it was my first one but I guess I never did! This is what it looked like when I got it. It’s still black, but it’s just more matte. I should really get a healed picture of it.

            https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/11535856_10204676928460167_2848473018359325481_n.jpg?oh=9cdf26b64de026f2747769909b1b5476&oe=571B70F4

          • Michael

            Awesome! It looks really good. I’m glad you paid extra for correct spelling, I’ve seen at least one person with “strenght” tattooed on them.

          • Kate G

            Ha! Nah, I had it spelled out and had me approve it. The same guy did my horseshoes and he’s going to do my last one. 🙂 I would never go to one of those super cheap tattoo places that don’t let me check spelling and shit. I’m too picky!

          • I face planted off one of my horses once. I don’t recommend it at all. Granted he bucked, knocked me forward smashed my nose into his neck then bucked again and splat into the sand. I had two black eyes and a swollen nose. I told this one kid at school that a friend of mine punched me. That was fun. But then again, he wasn’t very bright.

          • Kate G

            OUCH.I’ve nearly fallen off the side of Scoobs once into the supplies off the arena during my first canter session, but I righted myself. THAT would have hurt!

          • If there was a way to fall off I probably did it. I almost did a perfect two point landing jumping off my mare because I knew she was about to do her buck of death (and I mean this was a doozy of a buck, a whole leap up and kick out before coming down and bucking again) and I wasn’t gonna let her take me out that way (twice was enough thank you), but ended up tripping over the railroad tie that surrounded our arena and so failed to stick the landing.

          • Kate G

            Ah, mares. I’ve heard they are quite a spirited bunch. 🙂 I ride a gelding fortunately but he gets snippy. 😀 Our barn just recently got a mare pony and she’s quite a looker. A very smart, very temperamental (she’s kicked the arena rails more than once and thrown a rider because the rider wouldn’t change patterns) young mare. The owner (my coach) normally never takes mares because of their temperament; he took Cupcake (the mare) because it was either she gets taken in or goes to the slaughter.

            By the way, she totally should not have been named Cupcake. She doesn’t look like a Cupcake. I hear the name Cupcake and think of a grey horse or pony with black hooves, not a fiery chestnut pony with a fiery chestnut mane and tail, with one little white pastern on the left hind leg and a white tiny star. Cupcake does not a name make for that horse. Vixen or Trixy. NOT CUPCAKE!

            P.S. Ouch. Railroad ties. They hurt. I’ve tripped over a few of those on hiking trails. XD

          • Mares are less forgiving than geldings, but for the most part, I seemed to gravitate towards them. Well considering we did breeding, mares are kinda essential. I also enjoyed the quirky ones too. My main mare was a witch. Actually I’d go so far as to say she was an asshole. Usually I mean that affectionately in regards to the horses, but not this time.

            Cupcake is not a good name for a pony period. A welsh cross? Yeah, ponies are the devil.

          • Kate G

            We have three other ponies named Ernie, Chance and Red Rover. 😀 There was a fourth named Peter Pan but he passed away. 🙁 I, for same strange reason, do very well with ponies. I can control them very well and have very few tiffs. Now Scooby and I have tiffs where I’ll fight for control. Apollo, the part Belgian draft, and me….we have all-out wars. He is an ass. A full blown asshole. I’ve been told it’s a draft horse thing. In that case, give me a quarter horse or pony any day. I can wrestle and get the ponies, Scoobs and Captain to work with me just fine (I’ve never worked with Ice), but I always groan internally when I have to work with Apollo. He’s darling but oh he is such a pain in the ass! (You can see all of their photos on the, just go to the horses link on the “about us” side.) Ernie is too short for me but I’ve tacked him before. He’s super cute. 😀

          • Kate G

            HA! I have a picture of Cupcake for you! Photographic evidence that she should have a different name! (Profile photo is true to color.)

            http://horsefeatherscenter.org/index.php/about-us/the-horses/188-cupcake

  • Shiny Gwilly

    it’s not important right now Paul, just buy him a new one, IT’S FINE, no need to question
    i honestly love how this ties into the main story, it’s literally a “meanwhile” chapter that turned out to be very interesting 😀
    what i’m curious on now is since we now know about these characters, will they turn up in the main story in the future…? soon or distant
    happy holidays to all btw <3

    • Thank you, Shiny! (And I think it’s a safe bet we’ll at least see one or two of these characters again.)

      Happy holidays to you too!

      • Klaus

        Mitch, obviously. Now who could the other be? Fluke doesn’t count.

        • Michael

          Kayna (Kayla? I forget) with “her people” from ExSec bursting in at the last minute to stop Ani and PP from further harming the team.

  • Nate

    I guess we all guessed right. I just hope Mitch gets back to Cory before they leave to track down Duncan and Sircea. They need some cuddle time. 🙂

    And now I have an even bigger reason to hope that Flyboy is OK after PP zapped him. 🙁

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Just a quick headsup for anyone who doesn’t read the text under the comic because tl:dr. Alex says he’s shaking up the posting timetable for the otherwise scheduled Xmas and New Year’s Day postings. Next post on Weds 30th Dec. See notice above.

    • davefragments

      Thanks.

    • Michael

      Merry Christmas/Kwanzaa/Yule/Juul/Festivus/Saturnalia/Alban Arthan/Solstice Celebration Delayed For Four Days For Culturally Convenient Reasons/Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, Alex, Adam, Vero, and everyone!

    • Jeldenil

      Aww, no page on my birthday then. Very understandable though. Happy holidays, people.

      • Michael

        You get a holiday on your birthday!

        Just think, millions of people around the world will be partying on your birthday. What more could you want?

        Although sympathy, combined Christmas/Birthday gifts suck.

        • Jeldenil

          We celebrate Sinterklaas on december 5th instead of Christmas. I do ger combined Christmas/birthday cards, though, and most of my family and friends are unavailable for my birthday due to Christmas things or wintersports. This year I chose to take a shift at work.

  • Kit the Coyote

    Ahh good now we have this story’s place in relation to the main story.

  • John

    So … does this now leave Cory to come and save the day?

    • Michael

      I hope so! A fuguenado would come in handy in present situation.

      • “Fuguenado” — I love it! 😀

        • Michael

          Like a sharknado, but made from crippling emotional trauma.

          • Tyler Griffin

            So, basically me after family dinner this week

      • I’m so sorry. My warped, twisted, perverted brain read the “G” sound as “K”. Though, I’d enjoy seeing one of those too!

        • Michael

          “This just in, residents in downtown Cityopolis were horrified and strangely aroused when a telekinetic tornado tore through a local sex club’s annual orgy event. Attendees have described the occurrence as “wild”, and have requested contact details for the telekinesthete responsible.”

          • Tyler Griffin

            you win the comments section tonight, good sir.

          • Michael

            Did Steve Harvey tell you that?

          • Tyler Griffin

            LoL, but none of the other contestants voted for me.

          • This well and truly rocks! Thank you for the laugh, Michael!

          • Michael

            My pleasure, Donald. 🙂

  • Tyler Griffin

    Well, it was called and predicted, Good Job to those among us strong with the Force

  • Decided to ignore the sounds of my my alarm clock going off over an hour ago this morning, and show up late on purpose. Have a long day ahead of me.

    Seems I’m not the only one late to the ‘party’ for ignoring an alarm (though not on purpose), and having a looong day ahead of him

    Adam called this early on? Kudos 🙂 It wasn’t until between page 44 and 45, verbalized on last page, that I truly started wondering if it was the same full moon in both story nights.
    Guuuh, though not as bad as Kyle, they sure both had some night – and we all know their folowing day won’t be any better >.<

    Well, they both got to have a romantic moment with another dude, right? Right?
    I'm just trying to find the bright side of all this xD

    • Kate G

      Well, Mitch had a very bad night turned very romantic and we all know Kyle’s night was good turned well….very, very, very bad.

  • timemonkey

    Well, that really sheds some light on Mitch’s attitude during the past events. Imagine finding out that TWO people he cared about getting fucked over because they were gay and he couldn’t help them until after they’d been hurt.

  • Hours Left

    Wow, so this whole comic was actually part of The Young Protectors storyline??? I thought this was something totally unrelated, starring unrelated characters, doing unrelated things, in an unrelated fashion. So that’s why this Mitch looked so familiar… 😉

    Joking aside, I hope everyone has a great holiday season. Thanks Alex, Adam and Vero, as always, for this amazing comic. 😀

    • You’re very welcome, Hours! Thank you for joining us on this ride! 🙂

  • Megan Staples

    Aaaaaah. This was happening while Kyle was meeting Daddy. I still want to cuddle Kyle and talk to him till he feels better, Alex. He’s so young and wounded, I hate seeing young and wounded. One of my ticks, I try to help people when I can. I’d sooooo be like an understanding and non-judgmental big sister for Mitch. Although I’d prefer my powers along the lines of weather manipulation. Not as flamboyant as the X-Men’s Storm; I’d work behind the scenes.Electric storms, tossing the lightning. That’d be so much fun. “Squall.” lol Yes, I know. FFVIII, but I just love the name.
    When my best friend came out, I didn’t feel a thing about it except that I was proud that he wasn’t in a closet. Being gay means nothing to me. I understand the implications and the reality, and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I end up liking gay men because mostly y’all see me as non-threatening, someone who’d literally take a bullet or pick up a weapon in defense, because gay-bashers suck.
    OK, mini-rant done.
    Happy Holidays, love.

    • Happy holidays, Megan! 🙂

      • Megan Staples

        It just came to me.. I would totally have knock-down drag-outs with Gordan every time he implied bad things about being gay. Well, maybe not; maybe insult him so totally he’d have to look up the words in a dictionary. Insults are better than fighting. I would not fall for him ever. lol. I’d respect Commander and seriously listen to her, and not blow her off ’cause I’m older. Paul and Kyle would be the best friends, and Mitch the little bro. I’ve been a mother/sister type for many people before now. OK, really done this time. lmao

  • Jeldenil

    So now you call your boyfriend a laundry machine, huh. Not very friendly or complimenting to his kissing technique.

    • Michael

      Better than a vacuum cleaner.

      Also, don’t go there, they’re both underage.

      • Jeldenil

        Huh, what is wrong with calling them boyfriends? And we just saw them kiss. Is implying it was a french one too sexy? I am not American, so not used to American prudence. I mean, kids kiss like that all over the world, doesn’t have to mean they go further then kissing, though. But tbh, who are we kidding really…

        • John Blue

          Why are you even replying to him? I mean… what kind of comic was this again? On what kind of website?

          • Jeldenil

            I just wanted to know. Curious 🙂

          • Michael

            “vacuum cleaner” is a dirty joke about sucking. It can apply equally to kissing as to, well, other activities which are best left unmentioned with regard to underaged characters.

          • Jeldenil

            Ah, so I didn’t say something sketchy, it was you :p I was worried for a moment…

  • kuku

    You know, I think we practiced them all, and I could do sideways okay too, but front falls were just too scary and wrist-threatening.

    My hazards beside random tripping are careening dogs at dog parks – but that’s more likely to mess up my knees than actually make me fall.

    • Michael

      I think you forgot to type in the ‘reply’ box instead of making a new thread.

      • kuku

        yup – I thought it was taking me right to your comment, but not. I tried to edit it out but couldn’t! This is a comment about learning to fall in martial arts, y’all.

        • Michael

          Front falls are terrible, though. I wear hearing aids in both ears, so I have to make the snap judgement to either sacrifice one of my expensive custom-fitted digital hearing aids, or break my nose. 🙁

          I’ve found a compromise by breaking my cheek instead.

          Seriously though, I’ve found the few times I’ve absolutely had to use a front fall (usually when I’m running) I tend to break the fall forwards, and then use the energy from the fall to push sidewards and turn it into a kind of sidewards roll.

          • kuku

            Convert-to-sideways seems like a good strategy. Last time I did a face plant (tripping on uneven pavement) I didn’t seem to have time to do anything about it. Seeing what it did to my expensive-and-crucial (but very old) glasses was sad, but made me very glad it wasn’t my eyeballs getting scraped that way. Yay glasses!

          • Michael

            The only problem is once I fell while running on the footpath/pavement/sidewalk, and almost rolled onto the road D:

          • kuku

            Luckily we’ve lived to tell the tales!

  • Klaus

    Merry Xmass, everybody. Glædelig jul.

    • Michael

      etc. etc. and to you, too, Klaus!

  • so he was at Kyle’s Birthday Party, then on night patrol, and then on the big battle mission , no time to rest – no wonder the PP could easily pluck him out of the sky like ripe fruit…

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Twas the night before Laampros…

    He unfurled his wings, to his minions a whistle,
    And away they all flew like a demonic missile.
    But I heard Laampros exclaim, ere he soared out of sight—
    “A flaming Christmas to all, and I’ll get you one night!”

    Wishing a very Merry (and completely un-Hellish) Holiday to everyone who makes this group so great, all around the world. Happy Holidays.

  • Columbine

    That looks unfortunately like the boyfriend has called from Cory’s pov.

  • strangeangel24601

    The emergency actually doesn’t have anything to do with the main plot. Kyle’s just got his head stuck in a cookie jar again.

    • Sanbai

      Dammit Kyle, not again!

      • bronakopdin

        oh! first time I notice Nyanko-sensei here ^^

        • Sanbai

          I just recently changed my avatar! But Natsume Yuujincho is still one of my favorite animes evahh…

          • bronakopdin

            it sure is special in a way! Don’t know another anime that spreads this comforting calmness even though there is still loads of action in it!

      • Tyler Griffin

        S-Senbai… 0#_#0

  • bronakopdin

    Even though it was kind of obvious that this cannot have been happening that much earlier in comparison to our main story I didn’t think it would be THAT close xD
    Now a lot things make sense! Why this was not an issue yet, no need for an excuse etc.

    Though it is sad that he has to leave Cory alone for now 🙁
    On the other hand this whole connection of events explains a little why Mitch was so determined to tell Kyle about his preferences, too! All of this happening one after another, it’s like Cory is still doing the tornado thing just with Mitch’s emotions or sth ^^

    I wish you all a merry Christmas and relaxing Holidays 🙂

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Hat tip indeed to our prescient Adam B on being first with that tip on the synchro link-up with the main story. It took me three posts to get that one clear in my head.

    What can I say but, NICE CRYSTAL BALLIN’ DUDE!

    WHAT?

    • Adam Black

      Thanks , but there were clues.

      ( In fact, @Al@alexwoolfson:disqus dropped the biggest one. )

      who knows what page that was on?
      That wasnt the only prediction I made. I think this was the first of several.

  • Pikinanou

    cool! 😀

  • eldestdawn

    i can justify it breaking in the wash with pants…the spin cycle can be brutal if it goes off balance.

  • Cheshi Vulpes Canidae

    I can’t see the page in focus… Any suggestions?

    • davefragments

      The first question people will ask is what device are you using to look at the page? My MacBook does great. My cellphone is clear and sharp. I don’t have an I-Pad or a tablet to see the page.

      • Cheshi Vulpes Canidae

        IPad and sometimes on my desktop (windows 8?)

        • Hmm. There was another reader who was saying they were having trouble with the page being blurry on their iPad. But lots of other folks with iOS devices aren’t having issues.

          So, let me ask questions 🙂

          – What version of iOS are you using? Is it the latest version?

          – Do you still have the issue in Windows 8 even if you use a different browser?

          – Do you have the ability to try accessing the comic on a friend’s device?

          Most folks seem to not be having trouble, but if there is an issue, the first step is to find out if there are any commonalities…

        • davefragments

          Thanks for answering.
          I can only suggest delete the cache on your browser. Alex knows much more about this software.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Between the spin cycle and the dryer not shutting off……then it fell out of the pocket as I pulled the stuff out of the dryer……and I …..ummm….. stepped on it ….yeah that’s it I stepped on it! Excuses come in many shapes and sizes …..sweet lips…..ooooo!

    • Tyler Griffin

      It wasn’t the water, it was detergent. Weakened the seal, THEN the water. Then the spin… Then, uhm, there was an elephant washing it’s trunks and it stepped of the basket while I was fishing out a quarter, so I washed it AGAIN.

      • Sarah314159

        Literally laughing out loud over that elephant line…

        • Tyler Griffin

          Glad it brought you some joy. I aim to bring giggles.

          • D. G.

            Or he could have said I lost that b*tch. I was flying upsidedown practicing for battle and it fell in a haystack.

  • Sapfo

    Good call Adam for Pauls bad call 😉

    • Tyler Griffin

      Bad Call, is that anything like Eric Clapton’s Bad Love, or Bloodhound Gang’s Bad Touch? lol

  • JozefAL

    Gonna go with some of the other commenters. Paul’s obviously NEVER done a load of laundry in his life, has he?

    Waterproof doesn’t really mean all that much. Even without an agitator in the machine, the detergent and the spin cycle can do some major damage to things that aren’t designed to be washed.

    • Adam Black

      The Ink always comes off my M&Ms

  • Adam Black

    Tips hat back to @Al@alexwoolfson:disqus.
    Yes , you are right. I did figure it out. But I couldnt have done it without you. 🙂
    Part of the reason I guessed is that, wasnt because it was just-predictable.
    It was because the synchrony between the two events, both in type, contrast and character; as well as temporal, is good writing. It was a bet you were writing it well. I was right about that too.

    I saw how it enriched the story to imagine that Mitch was kicking ass in a cyclone while Kyle was sent to hell. And both secrets. And Both over a Guy. It rhymes.

    Then I saw that Mitch was far more competent than we thought, and that completely changed the possibilities of the main story. Its actually plausible Mitch somehow comes to the rescue now.

    So, Merry-Xmas, & thanks for writing the comic:
    and then giving us all the extra clues like the full-moon, and then explicitly telling us we “were back to the main story” .It took me surprise when you said that months ago, and stuck.

  • kamishiro

    OOOOOH didn’t know it was so close to the actual storyline time :PPPPPPP

  • Thank you so much, fujoshifanatic, for all the kind words and well wishes! I hope that your holidays are also happy, healthy and full of love too! 😀

  • Pietro7

    Yeah, what fugoshifanatic said (very eloquently too!).

  • Fabulous Alien

    And there we are, folks, a great tie-back to the main story. This says so much about the whole “let’s rescue Kyle and get ready to fight” scene.
    On a different note, if you celebrate Christmas, have a great one!

  • knowing all this, Cory is going to f’up PP’s world once he finds out that she hurt his snuggle buddy

    • I prefer “snuggle bunny” personally. Something about warm, soft appendages and the men attached to them.

      Get your mind out of the gutter! I meant tails! Cotton ball tails! Yeesh, SOME people. 😉

      • Michael

        Considering the usual gutter-thought associated with the word ‘appendage’, ‘soft’ is the least likely description one might use. 😛

  • Jason Moon

    Well, he could’ve come up with something LESS convincing under pressure. At least he didn’t say “My Grandma died” or something.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Wow, I actually didn’t see this coming at all! Maybe in part because I’m just seeing the previous page and this one together, so I didn’t have any time to think about the significance of Mitch getting a sudden phone call, but nice twist! That really does make this dovetail neatly back into the main storyline.

  • Derkins

    Oh wow. Direct lead in. Did not see that coming. What a big day for Mitch! Now I have to go re-read everything! good gracious.

  • I want to wish Alex and everybody in this great community happy holidays. Whereever you are, whatever you’re doing, I hope you get to have a lovely time – and some awesome food 😉

    • Happy holidays Danish love!

    • Derkins

      Back at you Danish!

    • Thank you, Danish! Very happy holidays to you as well! 🙂

    • Jeldenil

      A belated thanks and the same to you!

  • davefragments

    A very Merry Christmas to all

    • And to you, good sir!

    • Merry Christmas dave!

    • Merry Christmas, Dave! 🙂

    • Jeldenil

      You too, Dave!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Since I’m too late responding for Christmas, have a happy Boxing Day!

  • Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays everyone!

    • Merry Christmas, Doki!

    • Jeldenil

      You too, Doki sweety!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day and all of the holidays to you too, Doki!!

  • Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

  • Heroguna

    Merry Christmas Alex, tYP crew and fellow readers ! I wish you all a happy and restful (well-deserved Alex & crew!) holiday with your friends and family. Have a Happy NYE as well!

    • Merry Christmas Heroguna!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day to you, Heroguna!

    • Merry Christmas, Heroguna! I wish you a very happy holiday as well! 🙂

  • purplefoxglove

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to Alex, Adam, Vero and the Woolfpack!

    • Merry Christmas purple!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Merry Christmas!

    • Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you too, purplefoxglove! 🙂

  • Tyler Griffin

    Merry Christmas to all who observe today! And a wonderful day, and much joy to everyone else.

  • SofiaT

    Merry Xmas to Alex, Adam, Vero and everyone in the Americas, and happy boxing day to those for whom xmas day is already in the past!

    I’m on my way to the beach, trying to stay the hell away from the shopping crowds >:D

    Cheers!

    • Merry Christmas Sofia and Happy Boxing Day!

    • Merry Xmas, Sofia! I hope you had a great time at the beach! 😀

      • SofiaT

        Thanks, Alex! It ended up being too windy and I only stayed a couple of hours. Left just in time to avoid the big storm that came that afternoon, so I consider that a win. 🙂

  • Connor

    I know we’re not camping today, but I thought I’d drop by and say hi.

  • Sapfo

    Happy holidays, stay safe all of you!

  • Toli Bera

    I wonder what it is Paul’s looking up. since he has the Googles open and all.

    • Connor

      Instructions for troubleshooting emergency communicators.

    • SofiaT

      Is that Googles? I thought it was Facebook.

      • It might be a messenger app

        • Michael

          I agree, looks like a “compose new message” popup screen, or maybe an alert/warning screen.

    • Tyler Griffin

      I just assumed it was some sort of program or system TYP used to keep track of it’s members via the emergency communicators, or monitor emergency frequencies for S&R events.

  • Tyler Griffin

    I’m about to turn m AC on in December. This is unreal. And my friends living in the Texan desert got 5.5 inches of snow.

    • davefragments

      Christmas Eve was sunny and 65 Deg F while Christmas day as 55 degF. Shirtsleeve weather almost. The outdoor skating rinks were on a day by day basis. (My Niece’s boy plays hockey)… Today it rained all day and stayed in the high 40’s.
      I think the trees have budded. I can see some of my grass growing.
      The snow blower I bought last year won’t cut grass. Kiss that $500 goodbye.
      This is how the El Nino distorts the Jet Stream.

      • Michael

        Christmas here was hot enough that we had to eat inside. D:

  • D. G.

    Ummm… Wat is up wit Paul’s eyes last panel???

  • D. G.

    Also I’m finally feeling that these two make a cute pair.

  • Grifter Timber Wolf

    Paul’s like “Ermagrrrd, gay superheroes!” in that panel. I’m laughing my ass off.

    • Michael

      I don’t think Paul knows about either of them at the moment.

  • davefragments

    I’m having withdrawal symptoms.
    Oh woe, oh woe, oh woe…
    Can tomorrow arrive faster?

    • Michael

      Easy now, hush, love, hush
      Don’t distress yourself, what’s your rush?
      Keep your thoughts, nice and lush
      Wait

      Slow, love, slow, time’s so fast
      Now goes quickly, see, now it’s past
      Soon will come, soon will last
      Wait

      • davefragments

        Sugar and caffeine helped me…

      • Michael

        Wouldn’t that be just like Platinum Priestess, though?

        PP: Aww, you look sad, surprisingly powerful mortal teen. Why are you sad?
        Duncan: [explains tragic backstory]
        PP: Lol, cool story. Let’s kill people and cook them into pies and then make people eat the pies.
        Duncan: lol, okay.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Well, its now Weds mid-morning here, so we’re down to the last few hours, so just hang in there Mr Fragments.

      That said, I’m leaving within the next half hour to go see Force Awakens with family. I will therefore wave and make a token camping appearance, and probably not see any of you again until the next page gets posted. Tidings be upon the season, hope you all had a safe and pleasant holidays.

      • I want to say something about that, but I am unsure just how “spoiler-y” my two main comments about the movie are. I don’t think they are all that spoiler-y….well maybe 1 in a way, but I don’t think 2 could really be counted….probably.

        1 bothered me and 2 made my brother want to slap me to shut up about it – he doesn’t understand my emotional attachment to ———–.

        *thinking about 2….goes to a corner and pouts reading ——– books might help, but I lent the first two out….*

        • Michael

          It’s a pity Disqus users can’t private message, because I’m curious now.

      • davefragments

        I haven’t been able to get to the theater yet.
        Some in my family have seen it twice or intend to see it a second time.

        • Michael

          I’ll be seeing it a second time on tuesday evening, with Mum (who will be seeing it for the first time, but isn’t a fan of Star Wars)

  • *Flops down with a big box of graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows. Gets a good warm campfire going.*

    • Michael

      Nice! Just the stuff I need to use the new chocolate fountain machine I got for Christmas!

      Which we actually are using tonight after dinner, I’ve got watermelon, rock melon, banana, boysenberries, strawberries, blueberries, shortbread fingers, and marshmellows to dip into it.

    • *snuggles up with Donald*

      • *snugglepurrs* Devlesa avilan, ke’chara Doki!

        • Michael

          What language is that? I’m curious.

          • Madock345

            I don’t know about the first part, but “Ke’chara” is from the Heralds of Valdemar. It’s like a pet name for someone you’re really close to.

          • Doki wants a bond bird…..might settle for a Gryphon.

          • Madock345

            Whaat? Gotta be a Companion. Shin’a’in warhorse at minimum.

          • A Companion would be nice, though it is a real shame they don’t have bond cats….

          • It’s Romany. Mercedes Lackey used it in her Valdemar novels and as a fan, I naturally picked it up.

          • *sigh* Doki needs to complete her collection

          • Michael

            Cool, I didn’t realise that was actually a language, I thought it was like Yiddish, a creole-ish amalgam of other languages.

          • I was just as surprised. I found it by accident looking up words I remembered from my favorite Valdemar novels. The words led me to Romany language sites. Sadly, the resources I’ve found aren’t organized well, and it is difficult to learn the language beyond a few phrases, but I love that it is a real language of a beautiful people from our very own world.

          • Michael

            Yeah, I looked it up just before. A whole family of Indo-European languages that I wasn’t aware of! Language families and etymology is something of a hobby of mine, so I was shocked to find an entire branch of the I-E tree that my books had neglected in their histories!

          • I’m not surprised. The Romany people face terrible discrimination all over the world. It is a shame. I’ve always seen them as a beautiful people.

          • Michael

            Yea, it’s a real shame how such a rich culture has been ignored and basically erased. I’ve found that in general the whole north-eastern European region (northern balkans, caucasus, etc.) tends to be overshadowed in linguistics studies by the western European and middle-eastern/levantic families, like Latin, Greek, German, French, Arabic, Hebrew, etc. usually because of cultural or religious reasons (“Oh, but Ancient Hebrew is so important for truly understanding the Bible!”)

          • Language evolves. There is no guarantee that English will survive the test of time. I only hope the Romany culture hangs on.

    • And you brought the good marshmallows and chocolate, my dearest Donald!

      • Only the best for you, ma chere Admiral.

        • Yay! *ahem* I’m not good at the dignified. At least when it comes to marshmallows and chocolate!

          • I suspect we can all temporarily shelf our dignity when it comes to chocolate and marshmallows.

          • This is so. It gets worse when it’s chocolate covered marshmallows. 🙂

  • davefragments

    I wonder if this comic will be part of volume #2.

    • Michael

      I have a feeling it will, the Mitch flashback seems well and truly wound up, unless we get a gratuitous full-page pinup of Mitch and Cory kissing goodbye before he returns.

      • Madock345

        I’d be totally okay with that.

    • It will be. It’s the sidestory, as Vol. 1 has one.

      • Michael

        Ah, I misread the question, I thought he was asking if the coming page would be continuing the Mitch side-story, or starting the new chapter.

        Yes, the flashback stories are part of the printed volumes as far as I’m aware.

  • davefragments

    patreon rumbles

  • Justin White

    so that’s what he was doing while Kyle was in trouble and now everything tys into a nice little bow(clap clap)
    and now my mind works to see where this is going