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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Interlude One—Page 9

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A whole comic! Now that has some possibilities… 😉

Speaking of comics, I just got back from the Stumptown Comics Fest and I’m going to recommend a really good one to you—The Legend of Bold Riley by Leia Weathington. I posted up a mini-review over on my Tumblr account, but the short answer is that if you like what I’m trying to do with my comics, you should get this book. It’s a fun, gripping, well-illustrated, fantasy-action graphic novel with a real three-dimensional heroine who just happens to like girls. I’m serious, you need to go check this out now.

In other news, a bunch of folks have been asking me when the first The Young Protectors book is going to come out and this month I’ve been working on creating a Kickstarter project to do just that. It’s only going to run for a short time, so keep your eye out for it in the next couple weeks. I promise I’ll let you know here when it begins! 😀

Oh, and


The fourth bonus page in a row! And thanks to your amazingly generous donations, that means that in addition to our regular Saturday updates, there will be another bonus page on May 8th (page 11!) and yet another bonus page on Wednesday, May 15th (page 13)! Here we are posting a bonus page and there are two pages already in the bank! You all ROCK SO MUCH! 😀

Special thanks and big hugs go out to new friend of The Young Protectors allen w. and also to long-time friend Daniel N. for their super-generous $25 donations! (And this makes Daniel’s thirtieth (!!!) super-generous donation to this comic! OMG, Daniel, you are SUPER-INCREDIBLE!)

And ZOMG, superhero-strength hugs go out to new super-friend Sam K. for their amazingly generous $100 donation (which put us over the top for the May 15th bonus page!) Thank you so, so much Sam!

Thank you all so much for your generous support! Both with the donations and your kind words in the comments and email, it’s nice to know you’re enjoying this little scene of AlexHumor (and awesome Adam/Vero art!) 😉

So! Kyle kinda looks to me like a bandit in this fan comic. I wonder what kind of bandit he is? (I say, thief of hearts!) Will this new comic possibly provide any new fun for our young heroes?

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

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  • Dat face….Really Spooky could you give a better look towards Commander?

  • CommodoreZelda

    This whole scene has been hilarious. I love it all. And Spooky is taking all of this so well!

  • anthony murray

    lol this is too funny xD

    this whole arch, ans spooky is just making me like him more!! 😛

  • amanda

    lol love it!!!

  • Summer

    Long time, no comment! I have been greatly enjoying this interlude. It’s nice to see domestic!superheroes. Also, Kyle’s butt in panel 3 is pure sculptured, red-hued goodness. I do love his outfit.

    • I almost missed his butt. If I hadn’t read this comment, it would have gone unnoticed. XD You have my gratitude~.

      • Summer

        Always happy to help a fellow sexy-man enjoyer!

  • booklover320

    Yay, Kyle tops! This is hilarious. “Racial sensitivities” indeed. Cracked me up!

  • fujoshifanatic

    Hm, what was that look (and possible spark?) that passed between Spooky and Commanda in panel 2? I’m going to have to keep an eye out for future instances; I think I like the implications of that. 😛 As for the comic in a comic, okay, I’ll bite; Kyle makes the cutest little butt-bandit evah! And really Spooky, you should know better; I mean, your name rhymes (kind of) with uke for Pete’s sake! Where do you think fangirls are going to put you in a yaoi-pile? ;-P

    • And he’s STILL LOOKING in the second panel. Spooky is definitely interested, if the Commander isn’t.

  • Awe, poor Spooky! One day you’ll get to be on top! ^.~

  • hello alex. i would love to start up a comic sadly i am not that good at drawing i was wondering how you do up your scripts for your artest is it all text if so how is it worded ? or is it text and stick figures are something if so how does that process go ? any tips?

    • I know you’re asking Alex, but this reminded me of a couple of posts that Warren Ellis has made on the subject that you might want to check out in the meantime.

      • thank you i will check all this out after i get some sleep

    • Howdy Jamie! Those links from Sola gave are pretty good (I especially like the last link on pitching and word counts for panels). So they are a great place to start. What I use is called a Full Script and I actually wrote a little post about it way back in the day. (I also talk about my scripting process with example pages in the back of the Artifice book.)

      But the short answer is that it’s all text for me—I list how many panels are on each page, what I think is important in the story that we see in each panel (which for me is mostly about the “acting” and expressions/interactions of the characters) and, of course, any dialogue. I then go through a fairly extensive thumbnailing and revision process with my artists so we can really nail the subtleties of what I’m hoping to achieve (this has actually gotten very fast and easy lately because Adam and Vero are such pros—they often nail even my obscure requests on the first shot.)

      My biggest tip is to start with a complete outline so you know where you’re going (I don’t write a single word until I’m sure I have a satisfying ending and a compelling way to get there), then write a pretty bare bones first draft script that mostly focuses on dialogue and the minimum of words you need to describe what’s happening visually (this is very useful for overall pacing; I actually just write this version in straight-forward film script form) and then flesh that dialogue-“only” script into a full script where you include all the panel information and in those panels everything you think an artist would need to show to nail what you’re trying to achieve.

      Does that help?

  • I know where this is going * evil grins* they all seem to think
    its fun and games and then bam, a few to many pictures of the annihilator and Kyle
    and there he is confronted with having to look at gay porn with all his
    straight friends/co workers about not only his own sexuality but a topic about
    THE GUY HE IS ABOUT TO PORK WHEN THE SUN SETS. kyle may be set in cross roads
    and forced to either man up or get cold feet.


    True and true its always a really creepy street to sit down and
    laugh with your friends and the topic is creepy porn.

  • Joshua Liu

    OMG Spooky is banging the Commander!

    • Erica

      nuuuuus, my otp shall live onnnn tsummandi!!

  • I am making a bet that Spooky might be Bi.

    • I ain’t taking your bet, because money will be lost. Heh.

  • Erica

    ah ha ha ha racial sensitivities. lol omg so im working on a kind of big piece of fan art >_O one character per day, even if they’re chibis, they still require detailing!! it shall get done >:U

  • Even comic!Spooky’s hand is denying the goods. These cockblocking methods are getting positively meta. xD

  • Yukiness

    I can just see the comic now. Scorching Nights feat. Red Hot: The Ass Bandit

  • Eisheth

    That awkward moment when you realize that you’re the fandom bicycle.

    • *Sings Queen*
      Bicycles.. Bicycle..
      I want to ride that Bicycle, I want to ride it fast.

      • MalikTous

        Haha… All I want is ‘Radio Gaga’…

    • That even more awkward moment when he truly IS the fandom bicycle. (At least for me.)

  • Samsam

    Panel 2 screams “I wanna fuck you”

  • Soubi

    I smell sexual tension in the air

  • thisboybroken

    You should so publish the fan art!!!

  • Why do I have the feeling that Kyle might sneak back to look at this when he’s gonna be alone. Now he knows it exist, I think he might be pretty curious 😉

    I’m reading this with one helluva migraine, but even I notice the looks Spooky and Commander share.
    Either there’s something going on here or at least one of them might want it to be, or they’re just really good friends because Spooky also openly told her about them watching gay porn fandom art.
    Right now I’m definitely going with the interest from Spooky’s side. Now I wanna know if it’s equal from Commander’s side 🙂

    Spooky and his easygoing nature is becoming one of my favorites in this comic.

    • Feverfew_M

      Funny you should say this, my own migraine’s just announcing its presence with an aura. Typing is awkward when you can’t properly see what key you’re hitting. 😀 What is it today? Gah, I should get some coffee before it starts up for reals.

      • Hope you feel better now. Mine went away after almost a day, and I came back to edit my comment for the worst spelling mistakes *lol*

        • Feverfew_M

          Yep, thanks, all better now, it turned out mercifully mild, today.
          Good to hear you’re better, too. Have fun camping! 🙂

  • “I’m the bottom?! THAT’S RACIST!” OH I am falling in LOVE with Spooky! He is just a pile of fun! I am so excited to see what happens on Saturday. I have no idea what will happen next!

  • BitchInMaking

    Am i imagining the flirting in the 2th pannel?

    Awww poor Spooks ego

  • Feverfew_M

    Are Spooky and Commander actually flirting or are they just best of buddies?

  • Kiki Chan

    I’m just waiting for them to run across a comic with Kyle and Mr. Sexy-Pants. ^______^

    • MalikTous

      Haha, Kyle and Anni? Would a ‘security team’ end up visitting the animators?

  • spooky is such a kinky little lad, isn’t he?


    i’ll ship those two together.
    i think the commander and him will make a great couple.

    (no hetero)

    • KiannaLeigh

      They would make a great couple! Can you imagine a badass female Spooks/Commander baby, say at 12yo. Still tiny and precocious but very smart. teehee. OC created!

      • (obviously it will have long-mastered the art of the Red-outlined Speech Balloon jutsu

        and currently have 8-months in the navy seals

        so she, too, could brea—


        Kianna Leigh, II

        2013 – 2025

        She just didn’t know when to quit.

        Even in spirit form.)

        • KiannaLeigh

          Yea, that more or less sums it up. No worries, thou. They say everyone has their own personal heaven. Mine has yaoi. And slaves. Hot slaves. Hot slaves who act out any story you give them.

          Why am I even still here talking?!

          *busy watching sexiness ensue*

  • He just can’t appreciate his own natural ability to lure the digital recreations of his comrades. It’s something to be proud of. Few people posses such skill.

  • I still feel that Spookie is perfectly happy and comfortable with his sexuality (whatever it is) and has no problems with folks drawing/fantasting about him otherwise. I am sure when Kyle comes out to him ir will be
    “Kyle Wanna grab a burger”
    “Spooks.. I need to tell you that I’m Gay”
    “Ok Kyle – no probs your still my buddy – still wanna grab that burger”

    • xLizardx

      I reckon he’d say “Well in that case, let’s make it a hot dog!” [In the nicest way possible, haha.]

      • Ha!

        • MalikTous

          I figure consenting adults (these guys are close enough as a drawn comic) can make their own decisions. Let there be total rejection of rapists alongside good clean fun!

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      Response from Kyle: As long as you supply the “buns” *snerk*

  • AeryonSun

    I’m kinda disturbed that this last fan comic looks like the style of an Archie comic lmao! And I really hope I didn’t imagine the flirting in panel two!

  • ME24601

    That’s definitely a flirting glance in panel two…

  • Definitely flirting going on and big time flirting, teasing hot flirting.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Gosh! if there weren’t so many variations on puns that coulld be made here….*sighs*

  • disqus_lweKaJ8b4I

    I can’t help but wonder about the possibility of them being siblings or related =3= need light shed on that but dear [insert religion here] this is the best thing since sliced bread xD

    • As far as they know, they are not related.

      Glad you’re enjoying the scene! 😀

  • I’m starting to think we should open a club for Spooks. And maybe let him top once in awhile. 🙂

  • I’m just waiting for Fluke’s punchline after all this slashy porn perusing: “Ahhh! That’s got my luck charged up for a week!” and Kyle’s sad face. 😉

  • Oh my I love this story so much! And they discovering slash/yaoi is… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA hilarious!!!! And I need to keep a straight face since my mom is looking at me right know…. sorry mom, luckyly you don’t read english….

  • Interpolation

    Kyle’s been pretty quiet throughout this whole episode. His mind is probably racing right now.

    Where is Flyboy? I don’t just mean in the room, I don’t think I’ve seen him on the monitor yet either.

    • That’s a good point – where -is- Flyboy? I’d – shamefully – completely forgotten that he existed until you pointed this out. Surely he deserves his (naked) moment in the sun?

  • One_Traveller

    Taking a break from a busy, stressful few weeks to catch up on TYP. Thank you Alex, I am loving this interlude. So is everyone else, from all these bonus pages! Apparently, you show people a little gay porn and they’ll donate like crazy to see more (hooray!)

    Did I read the notes on the last page right, Alex, and last Sunday was your birthday? If so, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!! Hope it was a great one!!

    • Thank you, One_Traveller! I’m really glad you’re enjoying the Interlude! (And yes, my birthday was on Sunday so thank you very much for the Happy Birthday wishes as well!)

  • uptheplatoon

    oh Spooky darling, it’s not a racial thing. It’s that those baggy jeans leave much to be imagined, and with the thoughts already on your behind, well…

  • mydragonmoon

    Hello, I started reading this comic a few weeks ago. I LOVE it. Not only is it funny it’s so well written and beautiful to look at too.

  • sarahdaffin_18

    I just started reading this today, and I couldn’t stop. Had to pause for work, but finished as soon as I got home. Is this currently the last page? really getting into this story 🙂

    • Glad to hear it, sarahdaffin_18! Thank you for letting me know!

      And yep, this is currently the last page. Until Saturday…. 😉

      • sarahdaffin_18

        yaayy!! 😀

  • donks0923

    I love how Kyle’s ass is drawn in the 3rd panel.

  • Timothy Carpenter

    Hey, I think I read a comment asking FlyBoy’s whereabouts – but didn’t see an answer. Did he disappear? Get kicked off the team? Is he taking a shower, maybe?

  • JittlersJinx

    I love the second panel and the looks Spooks and Commander are giving each other, dare I say a bit flirty? Can’t wait to see if something happens there, I think they’d make an awesome couple n_n

  • MalikTous

    Hey Alex, it’s kind of obvious that you’ve read the manga, seen the animé, or seen the live-acted movie ‘Great Teacher Onizuka’, which features a segment involving bratty students posting porno images with the lead character’s face spliced in on some of the dorei. Sounds like these ‘girl posters’ also saw that and took the idea a step further with copies of Poser or Daz3D…

    • Actually, I have read or seen that work. Do you recommend it?

      (Also, the “Fan Art” you’re seeing on the screen is meant to be 2D art, so likely they used traditional media or something like Photoshop/CorelDraw/Manga Studio. 🙂 )

      • MalikTous

        Or GIMP, if they didn’t care to pay for their art program. Yes, GTO is worthwhile, it’s fun. How many cars did that prissy vice principal lose? I loved the one where the suicidal student caused the collapse of his ragtop instead of a successful suicide.

        • Russell Moon

          Depending on which version of GTO you go by, the number of Crestas destroyed is different. The vice principal’s Cresta was destroyed six times in the GTO manga and five times in the GTO anime.

          In the manga, it was destroyed four times (Crestas 1, 2, 5, and 6) it during failed suicide attempts – saying who the Crestas saved would spoil major plot points. The other two times it was destroyed due reckless driving – Cresta 3 was driven into a river; and Cresta 4 was totaled due to crashing into two trailer trucks.

          In the manga it was destroyed twice during failed suicide attempts – Crestas 1 and 2 . Crestas 3-5 were destroyed due to reckless driving – Cresta 3 was totaled in a car chase, Crest 4 was totaled by backing into tree, and Crest 5 was destroyed by rolling down a steep hill.

  • MalikTous

    What would be really good would be if Anni took up a profittable offer to train these guys as heroes in exchange for his taking a ‘no kill’ ethic. The heat lays off Anni except for maybe a few no-kill snatch and grabs, and the heroes figure a way to ‘insure’ the victims. Anni can still have fun but becomes much less a piece of vigilante bait…

  • Jac

    WELP, Spooky requested it.

    We have to draw him on top.

  • Johndar

    Oh, i see you two there. Giving that look.

  • SofiaT

    Or they realy, really want to!