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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Interlude One—Page 11

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Ladies and gentlemen, let’s all welcome Flyboy to the party! Having just turned 15, he is the youngest member of The Young Protectors team by almost two years.

I’m going to be at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival this weekend (the 11th and 12th)! TCAF is free to the public and is hosted at the Toronto Reference Library and tons of cool creators will be there. I’ll have Artifice books for sale as well as some nifty The Young Protectors goodies. I’m going to be at table 202 on the 2nd Floor. (Hup! A change! Now I’m at Table 204!) If you’re going to be in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hi!

(Also, after selling out of the first batch, Amazon yet again has Artifice books in stock! Finally!)

Oh and


Our fifth bonus page in a row! And thanks to your generous donations, there will be another bonus page on Wednesday, May 15th (page 13!) and yet another bonus page on May 22nd (page 15!)

Special thanks go out to long-time supporters Nial Z. (who makes their second generous donation to The Young Protectors!), Veronika K. (who makes their fifth generous donation to The Young Protectors!) & Megan S. (who makes their seventh generous donation to The Young Protectors!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporters Florian M., jeffrey m. & Christopher C. for their generous donations over the last few days!

Superhero-strength hugs go out to long-time mega-friend Rob A. for their stunningly generous $100 donation, their fourth stunningly generous donation to this comic! You rock so much, Rob!

And ZOMG, deeply-grateful and deeply-humbled hugs go out to long-time mega-friend Nicolas F. for their jaw-droppingly generous $200 donation, their eighth $200 donation in the last month! You are SO AWESOME, Nicolas! Thank you so, so, so much!

Thank you all so much for your amazing generosity! I’ve tried to save the best for last in this scene and I’m having a blast getting to share it with you at such a quick pace! Thank you very much for the donation support and also for the good vibes in the comments! 😀

So! Long-lost Flyboy enters the scene at last! How do you think this new addition will affect our merry band?

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

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  • TMI man TMI…. but do go on about the gallons 😛


    Well, terror, and your teammates’ cartoon dongs.

  • Hazard

    Hahaha, I love how Tsunami has been gradually moving back closer to the screen and how on the last page his face just -screamed- “oh God, this was a mistake,” and now he’s nowhere to be seen.

    • Fazzey

      Indeed. I noticed that too…..I think Tsunami’s now by the window going “Oh! Look! A bird. How fascinating! I shall now study it’s flight path…..(then go see what else they are seeing)”

  • Jen Roberts

    …cat videos.
    We’re looking at cat videos.
    ‘Cause that’s ALL that’s on the Internet. Yup.
    Good ol’ cat videos…hey, look, convenient subject change! <_<

  • Aaaaaaaaaaaand here comes what I’m guessing will be the homophobe of the group!

    • Tsunami was already the homophobe of the group though D: my guesses are that fly-boy will come out at this, when he realizes that the guys are okay with it. I also think that fly-boy’s confession will get Kyle to come out too 🙂

      • Jesslc

        Would Kyle have been so worried about being outed by Anni if the majority of people in Alex’s universe were completely accepting…?

        It appeared to me that it was a pleasant surprise to him that Spooky and Fluke were not “eeww this is disgusting”, so my money’s on getting a negative reaction from Flyboy.

  • uptheplatoon

    There goes my prediction.

    So Tsunami seems a bit absent, but is it disgust something a bit more… personal?

    • Maybe he’ll be in his bunk?

      That was a Firefly reference BTW.

      (The hammer is my…)


      • Sorry, but “I’ll be in my bunk” is way pre-Firefly. If anything, Whedon used an internet fandom comment in Firefly because Whedon has tons of fan-love…….. much like a certain webcomic author we all know and love. And, wow, now I’m imagining a Doctor Horrible/Young Protectors crossover. *MINDSPLODY*

      • uptheplatoon

        Having to retreat to one’s bunk with your hammer was just the sort of personal I was thinking of, yes.

  • amanda damron

    lol I love this!!!!! wonder how he will react.
    seems to me tsunami isn’t against it as much as he wants it to seem… he is still looking at it with them!

  • melinda stumpf

    i was wondering where he was

  • CommodoreZelda


    • Soubi

      Why not? 🙁

  • Jac

    I don’t think I could love Spooky any less than I do now. XD

  • fujoshifanatic

    Ah ha, I figured it involved a money shot of some sort! My my Spooky, it’s not nice to make such claims without offering a demonstration to back them up! ;-P But then again, I think the festivities will be coming to an abrupt end now, as 15 is a leeeetle bit too young to join this party, I think. Though I must admit, he is cute enough to bring the cradle-robber out of most people, I think. 😎

  • Soubi

    Oh, nothing at all…just buckets of ji– err…internet things. EMAIL. Oh, look, a crime to stop.

  • Madock345

    For some reason I actually think this might go well. I’m probably too optimistic. I think it’s Spooky’s face in the last panel, he knows this is gonna be fun.

    Also: I just read the comic up to this point last night, and already I’m camping out for the new update, it’s a rare comic that can draw me in that quickly. (Artifice was another.) Thank you for being so awesome, thank you for making such consistently awesome things. I’m very much looking forward to this.

    • Thank you, Madock345! I’m really glad that you’re liking what I’m trying to do here. Thank you for taking the time to let me know! 😀

    • Thank you, Madock345! I’m really glad that you’re liking what I’m trying to do here. Thank you for taking the time to let me know! 😀

  • Lilka Lilianna

    Kyle laughing in the 4th panel is one the most natural, realistic drawings I have seen – everything from slightly hunched shoulders to hand positioning and the closed eyes is just perfect. And makes me smile back every time I look at him. 🙂

  • Spooky just look SO proud *LOL*

    His expressions are what makes this page for me. This whole scene has made me love Spooky so much, and Kyle is so cute in his ‘fascination’ of the money shot 🙂

    Panel 4 is one of my favorite ones yet.. and then comes Flyboy.
    That last Panel. It’s like Spooky is going: ‘This is going to be fun’, and Paul is already looking at Spooky with a ‘NO you don’t!’.
    Are the young one about to get fastly corrupted? …or does he already know about this site? XD

    • Gryphongirl2

      I was just thinking the same thing about that 4th panel and what Lilka said below about Kyle’s laughing looking so natural and realistic. This one might be one of my favorites too.

      *snicker* Poor Flyboy. I can’t wait to see how he reacts to all this. Will he be scandalized? Will he be introduced rudely to the big, wide world of…yaoi/porn? Or will he just say, “Bro, whatevs” and get himself a coke?

    • Jac

      Unrelated: Hey, I recognize you from Teahouse! *waves!*

  • Sacred Frost

    i have to agree, I absolutely love Kyle in the 4th panel. He immediately caught my eye. Everything about him just looks perfect- he comes alive here.

    Also, both expressions on Fluke’s face make me think he’s starting to wonder about getting the guys (especially Spooky) into this. he is not looking too comfortable XD

  • Jesslc

    Kyle’s …um… “intellectual” curiosity in panel 2 is so cute 🙂

    • Kyle, My friend, Porn in rarely true to the source No matter what Spooks says.

  • Yukiness

    Panel 4 contains just too much adorable. I swear, it feels like I’m watch my best friends interact when yaoi is mentioned.

  • Awwww they’re just too precious!
    Thanks for your hard work!

  • The gangs all here.

  • EldrinSMP

    I have this weird feeling that Flyboy’s going to look at the screen and ask something like: “Umm, guys, what are you doing going through my Deviant Art page?”

    • Amy Huntley

      That would make my year! lol.

  • sarahdaffin_18

    Lol, this one left me in a fit of giggles, loved it 🙂 I was so happy to see a bonus chapter.

  • sarahdaffin_18

    Lol, this one left me in a fit of giggles, loved it 🙂 I was so happy to see a bonus chapter.

  • sarahdaffin_18

    Lol, this one left me in a fit of giggles, loved it 🙂 I was so happy to see a bonus chapter.

  • i would say “Innocence, lost,” but this is a 15 year old

    do we really need to pretend that he’s an asexual being?

    i say, let the meta-party continue!

    • KiannaLeigh

      That was my thought too. At first I was all: “Oh no!” then I thought, “yea I’d seen worse at 15 so …..” 15yo know more than “adults” think they should.

    • MorriganBregonis

      Umm… not really sure if you’re meaning to imply that asexuals are innocent little flowers but… that’s just how it came across and, as an asexual, I can quite attest that all my innocence had been lost at a much younger age than 15. I mean… I am reading this, ya know?

      ((please I’m not trying to start trouble at all, this just struck me odd. I’m sorry if it’s worded badly.))

      • (if it helps: if there is a better term to use than “asexual,” or a better way for me to reference those individuals who have never had a sexual thought in their heads, and would suffer from a total conniption if informed of the possibility that one man can, indeed, kiss a woman on her lips to express his enchantment for her — i’m all ears, morri


        • MorriganBregonis

          You could just stick with “innocent” without sticking a whole group of people’s sexuality on there and infantilizing it? Also, as sexuality is fluid it is naive to think that every asexual person has never once had a sexual thought, especially as asexuality is defined as just not being sexually attracted to other people, not never having sexual thoughts. There is also the fact that you /can/ kiss others to express yourself without being sexually attracted to them.

          An alternative would be “non-sexual”, where you theoretically /can/ feel sexual attraction to others, but you don’t feel like acting on it.

          ((I’m really sorry if this comes off as abrasive or rude, I’m honestly trying not to be, but if I am just let me know okay?))

          • it was not my intention to offend or to marginalize.

            (to be fair, asexuals aren’t typically expressly-represented … at least, not in all the media i’ve been perusing.

            i can only think of “ignition zero” as a place where you guys are portrayed and discussed, in some form.

            though i am sure there is a great number of asexual people out and about, your voices don’t get heard a lot…)

            it appears i’ve used the wrong term; i believe a combination of specific traits of “sex-ignorant,” “sex-negative,” and “non-sexual” may come closer to conveying the message i’d wanted to share, regarding the manner which a typical 15-year-old should be handled, Tigress.

          • MorriganBregonis

            Okay then, this is good! I was hoping it was just a simple misunderstanding and here it is!

            And yes, you would be quite correct in your assumption that there is little to no representation in media/otherwise for asexuals so it’s actually really common for me to flat out be told that there is no such thing as asexuality, so I admit I got a little bit on the defensive there.

            I agree with your corrected terms you meant to use, so all is good.
            I’m really glad this wasn’t nasty. :/
            ((So sorry Alex for making a completely unrelated mini-thread out of nowhere! Just wanted to say that I love this story and all others you’ve made! They’re something I look forward to greatly!))

          • i am willing to make this sacrifice for the greater good.. ..the greater good of the opportunity for educating any other person who may happen upon our thread, some time down the line.

            at any rate, an immediate resort to nastiness (especially without making an actual attempt at a logical argument) is indicative of someone who knows he is wrong, but is too chickenshit to own it, and too scared of (his perception of) what others might think of him — all of these are undignified, and are beneath me, miss bregonis.


            don’t feel bad about sticking up for those who rarely get to be heard — as such is the only way a dialogue can happen, and information become promulgated.

            i’m sure alex won’t mind the high-jacking, besides — considering his own queer interests.

          • MorriganBregonis

            I’m really glad you seem to be a decent person, ’cause I know from experience how badly something like this could have gone, so this is, frankly, quite refreshing for me.
            Also, can I just say thank you /SO/ much for mentioning Ignition Zero, as I had actually never heard of it before (which is really strange actually :/) and am now 40 pages in and absolutely loving it.

          • (they really don’t call me A Saint for nothin’)

            i’ve had my own fair share of battles with … trolls, and other ignorami, over the years — i know exactly how you feel, quite

            (i may only hope i don’t ever turn into That which i abhor.
            so far, so good.)

  • Mark W

    Best page yet!

  • Sanbai

    XD I love Fluke’s “Oh SHIT” look in the last panel! <3

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    So when do we get to see the rest of Kyle’s birthday celebration?

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      I agree though, that this page was AWESOME!

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      I agree though, that this page was AWESOME!

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    So when do we get to see the rest of Kyle’s birthday celebration?

  • Amy Huntley

    I love Tsunami’s expression when he’s acting like he doesn’t want to hear. I dare say even he is having a little fun with this. And Spooks is now one a pedestal. He’s above favorite character for that comment and love his expression in panel three. He’s so funny and has a line for everything. Big superhero size hug for Alex for creating this. And another superhero size hug for the artists and their amazing job on this page.

    • Thank you, Amy! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. (And yes, I also love what Adam did with Fluke’s not-hearing-this expression. Totally nailed it!)

      Big hugs back! 😀

  • I can’t wait for FlyBoy’s reaction. The inner fan in me can’t choose between him openly discriminating against homosexuals, or admitting that he likes it because he’s gay (or bi)…either way, his reaction will set in motion whether or not Kyle will tell his team. Or, it can go in a completely different direction because I don’t care, I just want to read more.

    • Jesslc

      I think it’d be realistic to have him against it. (Not that I want him to be – but Kyle surely wouldn’t have been so worried about being outed in the prologue if the majority of people in this universe are completely accepting…)

  • Shinashi

    Hahaha, thar she blows! lololol

  • OOO how will Flyboy react?! Will he be like Tsunami? Will he be like the others? Will he do something else? Will he admit that HE is gay? TWO GAY YOUNG HEROES! XD

    • oh god… i want to start shipping some hot stuff that will take your breath away (bad reference/joke/whatever is bad)
      maybe call it crisisshipping since they’re superheroes, and flyboy makes me think of tornados… fire + tornados = “THE WHOLE CITY’S ON FIRE!” after running through a city of fire for an hour

  • Knew it. ^^
    And Flyboy, oh Tsunami please don’t corrupt him! Then again, please do.

  • Knew it. ^^
    And Flyboy, oh Tsunami please don’t corrupt him! Then again, please do.

  • KiannaLeigh

    Flyboy! Walk away! Run away! This isn’t for your young eyes! Go back!

    Oh I hope this doesn’t scar the young man. But if it does, I’m sure it was hilarious! ^_^

  • KiannaLeigh

    That was the best comment section story ever. But I hope your day went okay.

  • YangYueLan

    Haha, I like this page! Its funny!

  • Klaus Ole Kristiansen

    “Having just turned 15, he is the youngest member of The Young Protectors team by almost two years.” So the second youngest is not quite 17. Who is that?

    Where is this meant to take place, BTW? Most of the US has an age of consent of 16, but from ch1 p. 59 it seems that here it is 18.

    • That would be Kyle!

      • Jesslc

        Kyle is not quite 18. He’s 17 at the moment and his birthday’s next week…

        • Oh I misread, I thought they were asking who was 17.

      • Klaus Ole Kristiansen

        It can not be Kyle who is almost two years older than Flyboy. Flyboy has just turned 15, and Kyle is a few days from 18. That is close three years older.

    • Jesslc

      Presumably Fluke

      (…based on Alex’s comment that there are strict laws about keeping the identities of underage supers hidden in this universe. And Fluke is the only other member whose public outfit hides his identity)

      • Yep, that’s right. Fluke is the second youngest. Then Kyle. 🙂

  • 15? Cover his eyes! For that matter also cover Kyle’s.

  • Tiyou5

    Oh man, I can see this going downhill for Kyle fast. :C

  • Interpolation

    If Flyboy’s the youngest… I bet he’s gotten the shoo fly joke before.

  • MalikTous

    Nice to see the team, well most of them, relaxing and enjoying it instead of getting cranky about the porn style. Will Kyle get Anni to give a no-killing oath for Kyle’s birthday present and intro the team to him as their new trainer? (Paid trainer so he can quit stealing for a while too?)

  • Where Tsu’s? Did he faint?

  • Caffienated

    Had to read through the comic again to see where Flyboy was mentioned. After seeing him with his goggles with the rest of his getup, he makes me think of a flying penguin.

    I’m curious, will he be Kyle’s bane in this comic story?

    Looks like Spooky’s gonna have fun messing with him. :p

    • YangYueLan

      “Flying penguin” is the funnest description ever.

  • There are no words to describe how much I’m loving Spooky right now. I want to be there so much so they can hear me laugh XD
    And I love how Kyle trailed before saying ‘stuff’

  • Clef

    Hiya! This is Clef!

    I adore this comic. I love that there is action (albeit probably set-up) in addition to romance. I am curious to see how our Hero rectifies Duncan’s villain behavior with the man he’s falling in love with. And what Duncan’s goals are, aside from getting Kyle into bed. And what was up with that White Witch and her ‘sample’?!?! Don’t think we’ve forgotten about that! I like the character designs and characterizations. They are individual and distinctive. I wouldn’t mind a roster page with bios and facts, though, we see the team so infrequently! I request more team stuff, I am a sucker for good ensemble stories. The guys are funny. I wouldn’t mind seeing them a lot more. And I love competent heroes, which was Artifice, so thank you–excellent read!

    ATM, the fact that Spook is okay with the fangirl slash porn and is all *fingersnaps* “I am SO a top! PUH-lease!” gives me the snickerfits. Thank you. Love it. The look on their faces as Flyboy comes in is prefect. Part of me wants the new kid to see the screen and blush saying, “Wow, you guys hacked into my porn collection already? Damn, that was fast.” and be totally at ease with being gay where Kyle’s all nerves and shy. The other part of me wants him to be phobic enough to start a fight and have Tsu do a team solidarity 180 even though it makes him uncomfortable, personally. Gaaaah. I am very excited for Saturday to see how this goes! 😀

  • Klaus

    Where did the page go?