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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Interlude One—Page 1

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(Well, I suppose I could have waited another week to post this, but Vero just got me the final, polished page and it’s still Saturday where I’m at, so I figured, why wait? 😉 )

So! Thus begins Interlude One! It could take place between the end of Chapter One and Kyle’s birthday, but it could also be a few weeks before that. Don’t boggle your mind too much about the timing, other than to know that it takes place before Chapter Two.

Why an Interlude? Well, as I’ve mentioned, the Engaging the Enemy arc of The Young Protectors is a Prologue and five chapters long. We just finished Chapter One which means that we have four upcoming chapters with increasing stakes with thus potentially increasing drama and increasing tension—because I’m me and that’s what you do—and so I wanted to have a little bit of unadulterated fun before we dive into all that. And I wanted to spend a little more time with the whole Young Protectors team whom we haven’t seen in a little bit.

Now I imagine there might be some of you wondering if this Interlude is just me teasing you, delaying Kyle’s birthday adventure with all the pleasure it promises in Chapter Two. And yeah, sure, OK, maybe. 😉 But mostly I wanted to have an opportunity to have a pure AlexHumor segment and now is the right time for that. Don’t worry, if you’re eager to see what happens next between Kyle and The Annihilator, this Interlude is significantly shorter than the Prologue, so I won’t subject you to my AlexHumor for too long. And I promise you, there are pleasures here too. Ones I very much hope you enjoy. 😉

So enough preamble. Thanks to the amazingly hard (and awesome) work of Adam and Vero, Interlude One has begun a week ahead of schedule. Back to our usual business!

On Wednesday, we had our ninth bonus page in a row and look below! We’re already at $157 towards the next bonus page!

Special thanks go out to long-time supporters Corinna K. & Gillian D. (both making their second generous donations to The Young Protectors!) & Saxon B. (who makes their twenty-sixth (!!) generous donation to this comic!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporter Veronika K. for their generous donations over the last few days!

Big hugs go out to new friend of The Young Protectors Cody S. and also to long-time friends Marc B., Robert B. and Daniel N. for their super-generous $25 donations! This makes Marc’s fifth, Robert’s ninth & Daniel’s twenty-seventh (!!!) super generous donation to this comic! Thank you so much, you four! You ROCK!

Thank you all so much for your generous support. I’m in the middle of my tabling at Wondercon here in Anaheim, CA and getting the chance to meet so many of you in person is totally amazing. Your kind words and enthusiasm just bowl me over. You make me feel like the luckiest guy in the world. You really do. 😀

So! Looks like Fluke’s found the team a fun little Web site to check out. Are any of you curious what the team will discover on its pages?

Tune in next Saturday find out! Hope to see you there!

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  • YG_Frenchie

    Hahaha that’s awesome! I wonder if he’s talking about fan art or live action actors. Omg I hope Kyle gets all shy and stuff. He’s soooo cute!

    Thanks for posting! It made my day 🙂

    • You’re very welcome, Frenchie! It was a bit of work, but we love to make y’all happy! 😀

  • Sanbai

    XD “Hmmm, says here it’s called ‘Deviant Art’…”

    • I know that place well, I have a membership there. 🙂

      I should do a search to see what I’ve been missing. 😀

      …I’m back. I didn’t find much. You must have read it wrong. 🙂

      • Sanbai

        Give it time, give it time… ^^;

    • I live there… I havent seen these yet. I must aspire to create -evil grin-

  • nebi_lan

    hahahah i never imagined that 8D i really would like to see that page hahah

  • The best compliment they could get, right? 😉

    The poster on the wall should be made into a real poster, and I like their YP logo.

    • KrisYWC

      Apparently key chains have been made. Saw a photo of one someone bought at a con. I like the logo too.

    • I’m looking into doing just that… 😉

  • [bursts into loud, braying laughter]

    [basically never stops laughing again.]

    Does anyone remember when two of the hobbit actors from Lord of the Rings were shown fanart of themselves shooped together? I’m pretty sure that happened to the Weasely twins’ actors, too..

    • Feverfew_M

      That must be the most awkward thing in the world, right? 😀

      • As i recall it, they were /completely aghast/ and waving it around asking “waugh! Why would anyone do this?!” I just couldn’t believe anyone showed it to them, and was curled up in a ball of fandom shame.

        I think that for them, it would be like your mother bursting out of her bedroom to show you her vibrator. I mean, you know she’s an adult, and you probably figured out that she had one years ago, but… no. Just no. OMG.

        Finding porn of yourself by accident is probably an entirely different feeling than if someone ran up and waved it under your nose, though. Part horror, part flattery, part titillation if you’re a little self-absorbed, and mostly !!!???!!!.

        • Feverfew_M

          OMG, indeed. I can’t even imagine that feeling, and I’m very glad that I’m unlikely to ever experience it. *shudder*

          Especially rps is a guilty pleasure best kept safely from those who are starring in it.
          But our YP-boys — I guess they’ll take it all in good humour. 😀

        • Jay

          As someone who isn’t famous but has found porn of themselves from a creepy admirer… it is the weirdest thing. ever. You’re flattered, but at the same time horrified.

        • It’s happened to YouTube stars too. Charlie McDonnell has a video where he talks about finding his fan sites on Tumblr, and his utter bemusement with what was posted there (including shipping him with his friend Alex).

          TRiG.

        • uptheplatoon

          Was it Sean and Lijah or Dom and Billy? Because as often as Dom and Billy used to kiss in frontof cameras I have to think they’d find it funny.

        • seagull26

          John Barrowman ship the pairing of himself as Captain Jack Harkness and Doctor XD

  • Sabishiioni

    Well, thank you. I had to clean my screen of the coffee I spit out at that last panel.

  • Feverfew_M

    Fluke doesn’t really seem to mind, but I bet Commander would be pissed! 😀

    Oh, and there’s surely going to be ‘slash’, right? A good opportunity for Kyle to check out his teammates’ reactions to ‘the gay thing’…

    And can I just say I love AlexHumor? Bring it on!

    • toli Bera

      actually… that’s a brilliant idea. a great way to test the waters… and perhaps a bit more 😉

      • Feverfew_M

        Yes, or a great way for the boys to say something really stupid they would never have said if they knew one of them was gay. Just to complicate things a bit for our dear insecure Kyle…
        But I really hope they’re going to be cool.

        • toli Bera

          nah, it’s probably all het-prons, featuring Kyle with the commander.

          • Sanbai

            XD! For some reason “het-prons” just sounds like a sexy brand of tire iron to me…

          • toli Bera

            heterosexy? they have those now?

    • SleepingDragon

      Ooh, now that you mention it I’m pretty sure the whole “exploring how the team feels about the ‘gay thing'” is the actual theme of this scenario when I think about it.

    • Hehe. Your wish is my command! 😀

  • Monica

    I’m so curious what this chapter should be about :3
    I really like how sleek and neat the page look, great work for the artist! 😀

  • Jimmy

    I’m guessing, Tumblr! lol

  • Did Fluke just get lucky or unlucky there? 😉

    • Have him see enough of the fan crack pairing, and I’m sure what answer he’d give 😉

  • Oh yes this comic just get better and better as it goes!! lmfao XD

  • streetwalkersan

    Well, this looks promising! Good humour and insightful, thought provoking themes… 😉 Now I can’t help but wonder if seeing/reading porn with yourself paired with someone you’d actually be attracted to in real life would be super hot or really disturbing when the fictional you does something totally uncharacteristic. Hmmmm… *enters serious introspection mode*

  • Laurenihilation

    I think my favorite part of this page is Kyle hovering over a book and paper with a pen in hand. How adorably Kyle!

    • avstron

      me too 😀 so cute

  • Vince Harris

    Haha, they have a fandom.

    • Feverfew_M

      Yes, the craziest of them all — us! 😀

  • I can only imagine the fun waiting in store for us! I so can’t wait! Btw, I love the look of their superhero hangout. I’m wondering is it like the Fantastic 4’s place or Teen Titan’s Tower? Or maybe you were going for more of a Hall of Justice feel?

  • The artist is absolutely brilliant! (The author too 😛 it was just the pictures which amazed me on thhis page). That first panel – YUM! So perfectly done, the screen, the doors, the attitude of the characters. One thing I dont like though is the small size of the screens in the second panel. They seem too small compared to first panel and considering it’s a close up.

    Looking forward to read more about that webpage 😛 Thinking if Red Hot will be disgusted if he is together with women in the pictures…or maybe the fans noticed his sexuality and he has to face a lot of gay porn – in front of the unknowing team! :O

    • Poor Tsunami, I can just see him being totally embarrassed by it all. Hopefully there is some hot slashy action with him and Red Hot… lol! Or maybe even hero/villain slash with him and Annihilator…! Be still my shorts! (10 points for whoever recognizes that quote.)

      • Feverfew_M

        It reminds me of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ but I’m not quite sure if shorts were mentioned… 😉

      • Timothy Carpenter

        Hmmm, not sure, but the Defendant in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” sings: Be still, be still my pecker. Does that count? (In Victorian England, one’s pecker was the ticker inside one’s rib cage: the heart.)

        • Nope, it was from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The big football jock Larry (who eventually reveals he’s gay) says this when he’s paired up with Buffy in a self defense class.

  • DarkFeanix21

    Haha, I suppose *that* was inevitable. Rule #34, yes? (Okay, I totally had to google it to make sure I got the number right.)

    Of course, when you have a superhero team sporting that many hot guys, it’s kind of inevitable.

  • So cute!! Thank you so so so much!! You’re all amazing!!

    • You’re very welcome, Mary! Thank you for the props!

  • Caffienated

    Woohoo! Fanservice and funny haha moments 😀

  • fujoshifanatic

    Oh yay, an update! Ha! Well I guess you’ve hit the big time boys! You have joined the ranks of the members of Rule #34! This ought to be fun and informative, seeing their reactions to who is paired with who, especially of the creator of said smut is a yaoi fangirl or boy! Cute premise for this interlude, Alex — one I’m sure we’ll enjoy before we get back to the Annihilation of Kyle’s Innocence. 😛

    • I could use a bit of Annihilation myself. Gr! With some Tsunami to make it extra steamy. 😀

    • Glad you like it, fujoshifanatic! It was a lot of fun for me to write. (And even more fun for me to get pages of art for… 😉 )

  • KiannaLeigh

    O_o ….. OMG … can we … have the link to that sight? Back me up here bro?

    • SleepingDragon

      Well if this is a plug for having a 18+ sideproject with the characters (like, say, Menage a 3 and a couple other webcomics had) with lotsa gay porn I might be convinced to throw a few bucks for a subscription to that… just sorta letting it out there.

      (I suppose there is the age thing, around here the age of consent is 15 so I just shrugged at Kyle’s age but you need to be 18 to be featured in porn on the other hand I don’t think we had the exact age of the other guys so maybe they are over 18 already?)

    • (as long as tsunami is . . . . . liberally-discussing “gay mens’ issues,” i’ll gladly partake as well!)

  • Rontex

    I’m thinking this should have been called “The Young Erectors” after reading this page

  • alex! they found us!!! run!!

  • Haha, perfect! <3

  • Jules Jones

    Shiny, shiny meta. 🙂

    So, are any of them going to go the John Barrowman route, and do the “Free gay porn, starring me, what’s not to like?” thing?

    • booklover320

      Oooooh, John Barrowman… That reaction would be awesome, lol!

  • Kit the Coyote

    Skipping the break! That’s it I officially love you!! And Adam and Veronica. I’ll be by tomorrow to start moving in.

  • Amber Rose

    I uh, don’t usually do this, but I decided to sign up just so I could say something. I found this comic two days ago, and promptly read everything I could find to read, for everything. I’m just so, so impressed, and I am so, so in love with all the characters and the scenarios and the skill behind all of these pages. One of the key reasons I ever read anything is if the characters are written so that the story could be about real people in another dimension or something, so I can care about them, and you seem to have mastered that. Its harder to find than you’d think.
    Basically, this is just an over complicated and kinda cheesy way to say, thank you. Thank you for sharing this. Thank you SO MUCH.

    The interlude looks fun, i’m looking forward to it. 🙂

    • And welcome to you! <3

    • You’re very welcome, Amber. And thank you for the very nice compliments. Trying to make the characters feel real in spite of the extraordinary circumstances is very important to me. I’m really glad that that’s working for you. I hope you continue to enjoy what we’re putting out! 😀

  • Jen Roberts

    xD Rule 34, guys. Of COURSE one of them had to go investigate.

  • amanda damron

    lol!!!! love it!!!!

  • Axis Rhys

    yes! dirty things!

  • Patrick Wohl

    I want that URL!

  • JM

    As much as I’m looking forward to Kyle’s birthday, I really don’t mind the Interlude, as I’ve been wanting to see more of Kyle’s day to day life with his buddies. I like that they have what looks to be a “headquarters” and I’ve always wondered – how visible are they in the media and in the public eye? Is this one of those things where everyone knows who they are, but not their true identities (like Spiderman, Superman…I could go on). And does everyone therefore know who the supervillians are, too? How do all these heroes interact with civilians, anyway? We haven’t really seen any, aside from the extras during the fire. I guess I have a lot of questions that fall outside the realm of romance – I’m eager to see more of their universe.

  • b3nc0

    Watch out guys, believe me, -all of- you don’t want to read that‼
    Nice to see you all ^^d (btw, I’d like to get some of that poster as a desktop maybe?)

    side note: Alex, if you’re still doing some site patching etc. the mail banner still leads to Artifice…

    • The mail banner? What’s the mail banner? Do you mean the banner at the top of the page? Sadly right now I can only code it for one URL, but it’s on my list of things to improve on…

      (Thanks for looking out for me, though!)

      • b3nc0

        I’m talking about the newsletter header, the newsletter announcing each new page, the header is labelled the young protectors but leads to Artifice.

        The /sub/hearder with the nummer of the new page does lead to the said tYP page though, so I guess it ain’t really an urgent matter.

        • Ah, I see. And I think I know what’s going on. I believe the email subscription header links directly to the home page of this site which defaults to Artifice. But you’re right, it might make sense to change that. Thanks for pointing it out to me. 🙂

  • Heehee, reminds me of the Supernatural episode where Sam and Dean find slash fanfiction of themselves…

    • Lunam_Kardas

      And had to discover just how little the internet cares about the taboos of incest.

  • kaycee1967

    LOL… Notice Kyle’s face is conspicuously absent from that final shot, SNORT

  • Timothy Carpenter

    Cool poster. I agree, make it real, please! Great headquarters (with an elevator, no less.) Now, who would be paying for that? Hmmmm… is there a back story here?

  • Peachkid4

    “There aren’t words to describe it!” and then he immediately describes it. poor Kyle, don’t look!……yet….

  • The power of rule 34. I love his face on the last panel. A sign of devoted fans indeed lol

  • ithilloke

    Ok, I admit it, this made me smile!

  • I have a feeling i know where this might be going :p

  • Meanwhile, back at the Young Protector’s Hideout…..

  • Adora

    The expression in the last panel. That’s perfect.

  • KNT609

    Damn I was going to make the deviart joke but like… everyone beat me to it XD

  • Soubi

    Mhhhmm…Now, if only there was a link to go along with that statement.

  • TokoUkeBoi

    ok. what. the . actual. fuck. how. did he find that. WHAT WAS HE SERCHING?

  • Fryt07 Ha

    Is that a gay page or straight? Cause the commander sure would be rightfully angry if it’s straight for group sex reasons(being the only girl)… if that’s the case the guys might suffer the(not deserved) consequences. It’s not much likely that it’s gay cause the reaction would be greater unless it’s a “heros” not a “young protectors” porn site.

  • hell.

    i’m just happy to see tsunami again! ♥ ♥

    i can only imagine that fluke smiles so toothily, because his computer now has a billion viruses on it, and all his banking information has been compromised.

    (for, surely, he can’t be happy about any erotic depictions that involve the sausage fest known as Young Protectors?

    {yeah?})

    • KiannaLeigh

      you never know bro… you never know.

      By the way, your whole being just screams for weird pervy Tsunami/you fanart. At least it does to me. …. yep. That got odd.

      • (it would be fan “art,” alright, miss leigh)

        what can i say?
        the big lug is just my type

        plus, i’m a Pisces: thus, tsunami is at liberty to drench me all day.

        (if he wishes.)

        😉

        pun.
        very much intended.

        • KiannaLeigh

          of course it was.

          And what did you mean by “art” huh? It would be classy. Way classy! Don’t make me break out the sketch pad mister. This can reach whole new levels of weird/impossibly sexy!

          • in•so•far•as, i thought you were speaking in general, and not about yourself specifically

            😀

            yes of course i trust you to not let me down, Sis.

            please depict tsunami and i in a tasteful, 1970′ era The Joys of Sex-style, if you’d not mind it terribly.

            (but, pray, be mindful of modern-era “gay mens’ issues” as you draw and colour, madame!)

            “what do i look like?”

            😉

            how about…a chocolate otter.

          • KiannaLeigh

            *snicker* Tsunami is securely in the landscaping camp but he needs it to show off all those tats.

            As for you brother … heh heh. This is getting more and more interesting. I’m thinkin’, pool side, beach umbrellas a couple of drinks and big smiles.

          • (“securely,” eh?

            l.m.a.o.

            as long as he has some nice, smooth frank’n’beans, i’m content.

            ;-).)

            see?

            that’s as picturesque, and classy, a setting as any!
            (an Orangina for me, since i don’t drink!)

          • KiannaLeigh

            Aww … ruin my fun. Oh well, virgin (*snrk* virgin) drink for you. That and striped bathing shorts. Baby blue and white. Oh yea.

          • (i can’t be a top-class heroic villain, if i don’t kill a few buzzes sometimes

            as they say

            ;-D.)

            i am a virgin still, so, yeah: it is not a mistake.
            to believe that i just told the biggest lie in the world.

            baby blue and white, miss leigh?

          • KiannaLeigh

            Yep. Tight baby blue and white striped bathing shorts. Tsunami would be in solid black with gold trim.

          • is that right?

          • He’s Samoan and they tend to be rather naturally hairless so he wouldn’t need to shave his chest.

          • KiannaLeigh

            Oh! Well the more you know! Now I know that Tsunami is just naturally hairless and sexy. Thanks.

  • THE 4th WALL!!! OH GOD SO CLOSE AND SO GOOD!

  • Incognito

    If the next question asked isn’t: “How did you… find a website of porn featuring all of us?” Then I can’t identify with anyone in this group.

    • For the record, Fluke likes to keep on top of The Young Protectors’s media footprint. He has several automatic search triggers in place (set up with the help of computer expert Flyboy), but sometimes he lets his fingers do the walking by randomly looking through Google Search results with terms he thinks might yield a new hit. And sometimes he does indeed find something Google Alerts misses. 🙂

      • Incognito

        A reasonable explanation indeed, but I can’t help but think to myself, “… a likely story. We see you there, Fluke. We see you there.” :3

  • Celestia’s Snout

    And then picture their faces when they find out Kyle made the page.

    Also, I thought there were two girls on the team? Commander and that person between her and Spooky in the group shot who actually kinda looks sexually ambiguous from that distance… guess I need to go reread the earlier pages to remember.

    I just hope there aren’t any tentacles.

    • Celestia’s Snout

      Also, the “YP” logo looks suspiciously like it says “VD”. Hmm…

    • Celestia’s Snout

      …Three in a row, ho ho ho. Just went back, mystery person’s name is “Flyboy”. Never mind on that “two girls on the team” thing. I’m sure the Commander will be thrilled by this.

  • Succorelle

    It took me a while to see “YP” and not “VD” on the wall. >_>

  • I’m just curious if the Kyle stuff will be straight porn or gay porn and which option would bug him more. Also at the time I am posting this there are 69 comments. I am sorry for ruining that.

  • To quote George Takei….

    Oh…… my…..

  • Lithekitty

    looks like someone stumbled onto Tumblr

  • Nothing good can come from finding a porn site about young superheroes…. Right? 😀

  • Bien Batol

    Please, dear Lord, let there be a Tsunami section.

  • Jenny Andrea Poulsen

    OMG almost choked on my drink when i read “devoted to porn … of us” can’t wait to see how the page look’s like

  • The joys of Rule 34.

  • Yvon

    Because writing with gloves totally isn’t annoying…oh wait it’s nearly impossible!

  • somethingHERE

    Please tell me the jynx guy is super straight and all the porn of him is hardcore Gay. LOL

  • Spooky Jones seems most amused!

    TRiG.

  • avstron

    awww lookit precious Kyle doing homework 😀

  • dereule101

    URL plz.

  • Oh nooooooo! XD

  • Felix Featherstone

    Heh. Be funny if they found a slash fic of Anni and Kyle. “Yeah cause that would NEVER happen.”

    • Missy_Z

      Oh that would be absolutely fantastic!

  • Bobcat

    Oh dear; is it just me or does the logo look a little like “VD”… woops
    Lets just hope Anni plays it safe!

  • Aah, the downer I feel when a wednesday isn’t equal a bonus page xD
    *Starts the wait for saturday*

  • ME24601

    I wonder how real celebrities react to seeing pornographic fanart and fan fiction of them…
    If I ever meet Neil Patrick Harris, I’ll ask him.

  • Is it possible to receive an RSS for this comic??? Please someone answer.

  • Shinashi

    *-*

  • Bonus Page! Woo Hoooo!!

  • A bonus the day after my birthday? Thats the best present I can think of. ^^

  • ………………………. That’s… That’s all i have to say..

  • Kattriella

    Rule 34. That’s all I have to say.

  • Ree

    I come back after a couple months to start reading again, and of course this is the first page. You are a fantastic person and I’m so pumped to read this.

  • Jac

    I’m rereading this, and gosh, that 5th panel… They KNOW. They’re looking right at us! :O

  • Demie Duken

    AAAAH FLUKE’S FACE IN THE LAST PANEL
    TOO HANDSOME

  • Jojolightningfingers

    i won’t lie–paul’s grin in the last panel is the best thing ever