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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Truth or Dare—Page 25

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Are Commander and Spooky about to make out? They’re totally about to make out right now, aren’t they?

I’m at San Diego Comic Con right now! I have both Artifice and advance copies of The Young Protectors V1 graphic novels available to sell along with special The Young Protectors prints. I’m be at the Prism Booth – BOOTH # 2144 in Hall C:

Map to Prism Booth
Map to Prism Booth

I’d love to get a chance to meet you, so if you’re here at SDCC, please stop by and say hi!

Also, earlier this week, over at the Patreon page, I was able to post the final version of Kyle’s Full Monty Pin-up with its painted background by Marccus:

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I really like the scene Marccus has created here. Nice and romantic and cozy. And I like imagining how that fire got started. Fun!

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So, we’re coming to the end of the Truth or Dare comic. Just one page left! What more will be revealed? And who will get kissed?

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

 

  • Yes, everyone has their secrets.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Good work, AJ! 🙂

      • I’m on a roll!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          You sure are! That’s number twenty, isn’t it?

          • It appears that it is. 😀

          • Chris Dangerfield

            …….. said so casually, like it’s not hung on a 20 foot banner next to her computer! LOL.

          • davefragments

            Sparklers and a band doing a military toe-tap!

          • Chris Dangerfield

            She is an Admiral after all… (FRITTER FOR EVERYONE!)

          • 😛

          • Hush, I’m still in shock that I reached double digits. A score of V’s. I have to rehab the tent.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Now… I know you’re new to this land of riches… but don’t forget they all need feeding. You’ll have to share you cookies and muffins and fritters… That’s the price to pay for being a fearless hunter you know.

            Heeeeeeeee….

          • Hey Chris,
            What does your hubby say to the 8 V-dudes you have running around your place?

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Shhhhhhhhhhhh!

          • Yeah, I’ll have enlarge the feeding area. My V’s are free range.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            You are so earth-friendly! Are they organic too?

          • As much as possible. I’ll need them to start doing some farming.

          • LOL .. I agree.
            I must bow for the new big hunter around lately. I’ve sure been a bad one. Barely making it to camp, and when I actually do it twice in a row, I get myself distracted right in the middle of high-hunting time.
            It’s bad when the first notice for the new page has been up for 5mins before I notice it and refresh for the new page. Bad hunter, me xD

            (I think AJ stole my hunter mojo)

          • Chris Dangerfield

            AWWWWW you just ran out of room to store all those “V”s… a little rest and a larger apartment and you’ll be “right-as-rain”. 😀

          • Heeee!

        • Chris Dangerfield

          She’s getting fearfully crafty. The Admiral is going to get a big head if we’re not watchful………. 🙂

    • Sapfo

      happy V day!

      • Where is my cake? Lots of candles.

        • Sapfo

          <<
          LOOK BEHIND YOU!!!
          *runs away*
          Did you not do that yourself. You really want cake after dessert?

          • There is always room for cake! 🙂

          • Chris Dangerfield

            True THAT!

          • Sapfo

            All this talk of cake got him to come out of the shadows. Welcome in Chris 🙂

          • Chris Dangerfield

            I know… “CAKE” and I pop up like a jack-in-the-box. LOL.

            I’m so shallow when it comes to sugar and baked goods.

          • Yeah, but that’s nothing compared to the call of Fritter!

          • Chris Dangerfield

            FACT!

          • Sapfo

            I never had Fritter. I am a Fritter virgin

          • I thought there was always room for jello?

          • That too!!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Mmmmmm… that sounds like you just gave her a copy of the “You’re a woman now” book.

        • Ha!

        • Sapfo

          Oh but she is 😉

        • Adam Black

          I think I read that.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Knowing you… I entirely believe that. 🙂

    • Muahahaha >:) /couldntresist

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Aww, Paul!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Second that Aww.

  • davefragments

    That’s way better than I expected to hear from Paul.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Paul is awesome, and I will gladly fight anyone who wants to argue otherwise. (I’m not saying he’s perfect, of course, but he’s still a great guy.)

      • Chris Dangerfield

        In very different ways they are all pretty awesome… I think it’s the fact that they are AND are so much themselves as individuals that makes me appreciate Alex’s craft so much.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Agreed! 🙂

  • Wait, there’s going to be a kiss?????

    • Soirbleu

      Gosh, I hope so! Don’t you??

    • Or is it all one of Alex’s blurb hoaxes?! Tune in next episode!… *cuts to credits, fandom collectively groans with frustration* ;P

  • Wow. Paul kind of low-balled that one, but maybe he got his point across.

  • Paul, so sincere and so right.

    Amanda is the same, but a lot of unsaid is her words. That look between her and Spooky says a lot more.

  • DC

    It is good to hear that Paul respects Tsunami for what he is trying to do. I wonder if Tsu even wants the responsibility he was given, just because he was the second oldest in the group.

  • Sapfo

    Amanda! I do love that lady!
    Why does it look like Spooky is trying to pick something up with his toes? XD

    Thank you, Alex and Julie for this new page!

    • Cman65

      Spooky is always trying to pick up something/body he is just that kind of guy

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Okay that is just about as sweet and decent as a super hero comic page is allowed to get… 🙂

    I also have to say that, due to family and travel, I didn’t get to comment on the last page the way I’d like to, but the commentary everyone in this group put together was off the charts good. We haven’t had analysis that decent and deep for almost a year (?) when everyone was debating the cosmos and Kyle’s mother possibly being an angel and ranks of heaven and hell. Well, needless to say @disqus_FidZAwLkzS:disqus and many others got into some really awesome discussion.

    So, thanks commenters for making my plane flights so much more interesting as you discussed the nature of such casual subjects as sexism, feminism, LGBTQ-ism, etc… Again this is one of the best forums in so many ways.

    It echoes the fact that this is one of the best webcomics graphic novels in so many ways. Thank you all.

    Thanks so much for this page Alex (go SDCC!) and Julie! You can’t not love these Young Protectors. They are true blue in every way.

    • Adam Black

      I am glad somebody enjoyed it.

      “Casual” … like walking into a field of landmines , one labelled “heterosexual rights” . I got out with my dignity attached,
      ( ‘Like what I’m not hot enough to get kilted ? ‘)

      So just as sad, as i went in.

      Hets, you are now free , thanks to me.

      ( Takes a Bow/ shows off ass )

      Use your powers wisely and generously. MY Deep cover anthropological experiments leads me to conclude, there is no shame inherently in being heterosexual, discussing it openly, admitting , and acting on it consensually. You are welcome. You can be free.

      Nor ,lusting after cartoon Bois , that want to bang each other.
      ( or real ones ) het-kinky Pride is on

      ( For heterosexuals , the shame is purely contextual and relates to how much you drank , and where on the Skank and fatal Attraction stalk-o-meters your breakfast partner falls on. Or so Hollywood tells me . and something about bridesmaid dresses, tattoos, and monkeys. I cant keep up with your rules. ask @chrisdangerfield:disqus . Its his business to write them

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Simple: The amount of alcohol (or d.o.c.) inbibed the night before = the post-coital answer to all the things @disqus_FidZAwLkzS:disqus is referring to above. Party wisely friends and you shall never have to ask (or answer) any of Adam’s deeper questions for yourself. 🙂

        You’re welcome (this is actually true for non-heterosexuals also…).

  • I’m kinda sad this is something they won’t remember the morning after. Tsu could really benefit from it.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I know!! 🙁

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Yup… super sucky. I keep thinking that if Kyle had any idea, he might have thought twice about taking on Duncan alone… meaning without alerting one or more of his “friends”. ARG.

        That hell-date still gets me.

        • I’ve tried not to think that. I have, and it’s hard not to, but I try not to. The deep dark irony in Paul’s ‘not to sleep with strange men’ also hit hard.

          Guuh.. still trying not to think this.

    • I think they all could!

  • Preludetoa

    Everyone’s going to kiss EVERYONE! Hahahahahah

    • davefragments

      group hug

      • Chris Dangerfield

        And the SCHMOOOOOP sails in! Yayyyyy. 🙂

    • In your dreams, Amanda. 😉

  • Disney’s “Aladdin” says it better than I can:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRjWoDB-VkY

    • Chris Dangerfield

      HA!

    • Michael

      Question is, which one of them is the monkey in this analogy? 😛

      • I vote Mitch is the monkey just because he is so darn cute–and I wouldn’t mind getting a hairball after licking him. Did I type that out loud?

        • Michael

          Come on now, Flyboy is clearly analogous to the Carpet. It’s only logical. Faithful, bashful, eager to please.

          • Better at playing chess than the Genie…

          • Michael

            … who is so obviously Spooky, who would lose to Mitch if it helped boost his self-esteem.

      • I think Tsu-Tsu would be Abu. Abu is obviously uncomfortable and kissing him gave Genie a hairball.

  • Dana

    I’m actually really disappointed that the truth or dare segment is ending. I’ve loved it! I’m super excited to get back to the main story too, though.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I know what you mean. I was so grateful for the break in tension when it started and it’s been great to have more back-story on everyone. It will definitely make the next wave of main-story richer.

      That said, I’m excited to know what happens next. WHO DIES????

      (chris rubs hands together like mr. burns from the simpsons)

      • Saxon_Brenton

        You refer, of course, to the Priestess’ question: “Which one should we kill first?” back on page 122. Which knowing the Platinum Priestess may or may not have been rhetorical and teasing.

        You know, I can’t recall if we had a discussion about the tactics of who would be the member of the Young Protectors that Team Silver would kill first.

        If the killing is done on the tactical grounds who ‘Who is the most dangerous to us’?, then Spooky, obviously. After Annihilator activated the power suppressor device there were a few panels where she was still using her magic when everybody else’s powers were gone. This suggests that the suppressor doesn’t work (to some extent) on pure magic, which if true strongly implies that Spooky still has his powers. Simply tying him up and locking him in a prison is not a safe option for the villains.

        Following that, possibly Fluke. It depends on how his powers work exactly, but if there’s a gap in the power suppressor’s coverage for one type of superhuman ability (magic) then there *might* be others – and a luck power that makes things happens without its owners’ conscious control strikes me as something that would be would be poking around, looking for just such a loophole.

        • I wonder if PP is doing some semi-teasing version of ‘How much can I manipulate/push him into doing?’

          I think we had some talk about who they’d kille first, because I remember commenting about this. If not a debate then some mentions.
          I remember picking Spooky as 1st option too, but I think next on my ‘list’ was Amanda. She’s the one who coordinate the others, and the one who may be able to disrupt Team Silver’s plans with her mental powers.
          She had some influence on PP, and not sure if she could actually do something to break her focus if she turned up the power volume. Amanda sure could do something with Anni -manipulate his thinking, make him unable to focus or whatever.

          • Saxon_Brenton

            I’d like to think I missed the last discussion because I was busy – but it’s equally possible that I simply forgot.

            And it occurs to me that one variation on the idea of the Priestess teasing/pushing Annihilator’s buttons would be her testing him with something like the initiation rite of ‘you must prove your commitment to the higher ideal by destroying/killing something/someone that you love’. And if *that’s* the criteria rather than tactical consideration of who’s actually dangerous to them, then the first person to die has to be Red Hot.

      • Hahaha nuuu! Don’t pull that wicked face! Stop rubbing your palms! Nobody is allowed to die!!! D:

      • NOT MITCH

  • Sapfo

    Bad bad @stickfigurefairytales:disqus you just took my top spot among the top 5 commenters XD

    • Will you be having a comments-war now?
      My spot! No, my spot.

      • Sapfo

        Most likely 😉

        • Chris Dangerfield

          And there again, The Admiral is the undisputed Queen? Go figure…. LOL.

          (okay I’ve been out of touch and am feeling like a troublemaker… sorry – not sorry.)

          • Sapfo

            But she is an admiral, how can she also be a queen? o.O

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Oh they give out titles like anything these days! 🙂

          • Sapfo

            Not the strawberry title, that one you must earn. And it is hard. Very hard!
            I could tell you stories, but then I had to take you out afterwards…. you know take you out for dinner to calm down your nervs.

          • bronakopdin

            gosh I just love to read you guys conversations here xD

          • Klaus

            Why not? The queen of the UK was lord high admiral from 1964 to 2011, her husband took over.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            yeah!

          • The Danish crown prince actually has quite the military career, starting back in the 80’s, and opposite his little brother (who ‘only’ has an army career) he’s excelled both within the navy, army and airforce. Not to mention he also has gone through, and is a member of, the Danish version of the navy seals.
            The navy is the branch that he connects most with, but he recently got the 3rd highest rank possible within all three military branches: General Major in army + air force, and Brigadier Admiral in the navy.

          • Says the ‘crown prince’ 😉

          • Sapfo

            Is AJ Chris´s mama? When did that happen? XD

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Wicked step-mother ……. mayyyyybe. I’ve seen those Disney movies too.

          • Sapfo

            Cookie mama, wicked step-mother?
            Comrades in yaoi arms?

            Hmmm, I think we are more in a buddy comedy then anything else 😉

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Cookie mama makes me think of a Bill Murray movie… LOL.

          • Adam Black

            If they have been authorized I sense some:

            Yaoi-mama Jokes coming,

          • Oh god.. we’re having the TYP comments version of Snow White, aren’t we?
            Admiral as the Queen, You as her comments crown prince.. and me as the (former) Huntsman.

            Me losing my hunters mojo all makes sense now. The evil queen took my power and skills >.>
            You better be extra careful arouind those muffins and her rolled news paper from now on. Getting close to her throne is dangerous.

          • Does that mean I am one of the 7 dwarves?

          • An heir doesn’t necessarily come by blood. But AJ IS Chris’ cookie mama :-p

          • O.o

          • Adam Black

            are Mother jokes even allowed?

          • Sapfo

            Sometimes yes! If it is done with cookies in mind…. Only cookies! O__O

          • Adam Black

            Mother Cooker /Muffin Baker say it with a sneer

          • Chris Dangerfield

            HA…. always the bridesmaid never the bride… OH WAIT… we can get married now. There’s hope for the kingdom!!!

          • Adam Black

            queen mother?

          • Adam Black

            If you feel like a troublemaker, you are definitely not out of touch

            ( yes I know its meta )

    • Adam Black

      We can form our own Club, Quality over Quantity.

  • Mitch is so adorable in panel 2 (I’m sure if he could here us, he’d be ready kill someone over that word by now).. and I love what Paul is telling Gordon about how he feels, but the best panel for me is the last one. That look shared between Spooky and Amanda.

    Speaks so many words, and I wanna know all of them 🙂

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Oh yesssssss…..

  • Jeldenil

    Thank you Paul, that’s the nicest way to throw someone off a cliff…

  • Chris Dangerfield

    One of the things that makes me want to go back and re-read the entire interlude is the feeling that each set of pages, each question and answer so carefully and clearly illuminated an aspect of each character. That is not easy to do. I think, if I’m remembering clearly that it speaks to the care Alex took writing this Interlude.

    Spooky — fearless. Takes the dare. Underwear with humor and NO SHAME. So perfectly him.

    Kyle — so shy, but Spooky helps him and it’s clear that Kyle will do anything for the people he loves. How hard is it to be “in-the-closet” and sleep with your hero and dear friend and not put yourself forward. It speaks to how hard this is for Kyle. After what happened to his foster family. He’s so afraid of what he wants. THUS DUNCAN……..

    Amanda — so measured. So kind. So honest. The perfect leader. She bares her fantasies with enviable confidence and aplomb. I still agree with @stickfigurefairytales:disqus that she is “what awesome wants to be when it grows up.” LOL.

    Mitch — OMG… so true blue. So wanting to be the hero and do the right thing. So young. It’s not wrong that they want to protect him, but they will never stifle him. That is a spirit that burns bright.

    Gordon — So so so struggling. A good man, but he doesn’t believe that yet. He needs to let his friends (family) help him. Right now it’s all so painful.

    Paul — OMG… there isn’t a bone in his body that isn’t true blue and BFF. He’s just a good man…….. In the best sense of GOOD MEN! Love that. Maybe not subtle but true.

    So that’s what I came away with. Add to it, or disagree, as you wish. But I love that this “Interlude” has given us this moment to think about WHO THEY ARE. Definitely good stuff. Thanks Alex and Julie!

    • Adam Black

      All true,
      but Kyle is just one not-so-wet flame-throwing dream from incinerating poor Spooky.

      This seems more irresponsible than Dating Annihilator.
      Was it ever cannoned that Spookys time in Hell made him fireproof?

    • Klaus

      Alex is good at what he does, and what he does is very nice.

    • Fabulous Alien

      100% agree! I had a couple of disjointed thoughts going in the same direction, but you articulated it so much better than I ever could.

  • Klaus

    There are two new pages of Starfighter.

  • So Tsu goes from looking as if he’s listening, as if he were regretful that he and Paul couldn’t be closer in panel two, but come panel three, once more is he grumpy with arms crossed. I wonder if it’s the mention of Spooky. Or the wishing that they had already known these exposed secrets. Hmmm.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      He is definitely unpredictable… AND confused.

      • I guess he forgot he was supposed to be grumpy.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          HA! So true.
          (it takes a lot of effort to be so grumpy… trust me, I know. ROFL.)

          • …..most of the time I have no problems being grumpy. It is when I am being fake grumpy that I have problems.

  • That’s a lovely piece of interplay between Paul and Gordon – and shows that Paul’s very mature for a teenager. Yes, he finds Gordon’s attitude frustrating, but he can see past that to understand what Gordon’s doing.

    Nice to see Spooky’s still got a hand on Kyle. 🙂

  • bronakopdin

    and here I thought there was a certain episode that just didn’t know about yet… so my anticipation slapped me in my face but in the end I think I’m totally fine with this 😀 Who knows what kind of thing would have been neccessary to make Paul reeaaally want to throw Gordon off a cliff?
    Maybe eveb the Power card cliff! Imagine Paul sneaking up on him froh behind… no… rather not… xD
    So it’s the last page next Wednesday already?! Somehow this was fast…

  • Michael

    I missed the camp AND the update again… 🙁 Fortunately, we’re done with gradings for at least until November.

    This is a great page, and I maintain what I said on Wednesday, that my respect for Paul keeps growing.

    I kinda wish Spooky would look at me like that, though…

  • Columbine

    Huh almost done. It’s probably gonna take some time to get used to the regular artists’ styles again!

  • Jackal

    Not only can Gordon be a tool, but he’d probably survive, too. XD

  • Jackal

    All those secrets, you’ve been concealin’… saa~aay you’re happy nooooww… once more with feelin’.

    Gotta say, a musical episode would be hilarious if this was an audible medium.

    • Omg.. now i have to find that episode and watch it. My fave song was Spike’s. Damn he could ‘talk’ with his eyes *swoon*

      • Usually not that into blonds, but there was something about Spike…

  • Nate

    Another lovely page. I especially like Spooky’s expression on the last page. You can see the affection he has for Amanda.

    (Also, panel 1… I think Mitch may be stuck on “puppy-dog” 😀 )

    • Michael

      Maybe the wind changed in the middle of the last page?

  • bergulme .

    The scene reminds me of group therapy sessions I went to. All characters seem to have a speech for everything prepared, which seems every odd and unnatural. From my experience group therapy is a special setting where everybody is required to listen, acknowledge point of views and to look at different sites of a problem. That’s were the speeches come form. Also I-statements.

    Gordon has some good, old superhero selfhate going on, sigh…
    I like the relationship between Spooky and Amanda, light(?) romance between likeable people. Every soothing.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      The necessities of literary compression. Life vs. Entertainment.

      Therapy can often take a lifetime. I suspect that in 22 years Alex might lose all his support for this piece of entertainment.

      Read Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJIDUCE, then watch the latest film version. The book? YEARS. The film? Months.

      Just what one must do

      • bergulme .

        I didn’t critices how Alex wrote the scene. The scene is pretty much a group therapy session. What I wanted to say was that it struck me odd at first, but then I found it very fitting and matching with my expericence.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Totally understood. It just made me think about the nature of real-life emo-stuff and literary versions. Good comment. Sorry, I replied so abruptly.

  • Toli Bera

    wait… what was Kyle’s secret? (other than cuddling spooky?)

    • That was his secret. Sleeping with Spooky. It was embarrassing for him because secretly he really doesn’t mind 😉

  • Jenny

    Speculation: Spooky told them they would have amnesia afterwards in order that they would better cooperate? Because seriously, they all need to know this stuff. Seriously…o.o

  • Sky-Byte-Haiku

    I’m really adoring the close friendship between Commander and Spooky.

  • TwilightDreamer

    AAAWWWW!! <3 such a sweet page :3

  • Suhndog

    I am such a sucker for the anime ‘forlorn puppy look’ that Mitch is displaying!
    Just wanna give him a big hug and…

  • Derkins

    Leave it to Amanda to put it in perspective for all of us. Well damn. 🙂

  • Sapfo

    Been looking at poor Mitch sitting there, while his brothers are arguing. Please, can you not just be nice to each other?

    • Klaus

      If everybody would just be nice to each other, heroes could focus on search and rescue instead of having to spend their time fighting villains.

      • Adam Black

        So it would be Lassie?

        • Klaus

          And five laddies

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Ithink it’s true in all areas especially real life….we hide things….things that are huge to us…..but might seem very small to the people who dare to get close to us.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Not 30 years ago, but today. That is the simple truth of being gay. The secret is no longer an unspoken secret. The issues of LGBTQ are only footsteps behind.

      Hope!

  • Gordon: I make the rules
    Paul: I’m the reason why we have rules
    Mitch: the rules don’t apply to me.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Sounds like my family. Except I tried to be all three voices simultaneously and no one accepted the genius of me…. (stupid family)… well great family actually. I think their heads exploded once or twice though.

      (awwww I love them)

  • dartist123

    The most special thing to me is Spooky touching Kyle

    and that’s no secret

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Essential priorities. I so agree…

    • Klaus

      Kyle really likes being touched on the neck. Just look at the Patreon reward shown below the comic.

  • Zachary Lucido

    Doesn’t amanda know that Mitch and Kyle are gay? She commented on the fantasies of those present, and she HAS to hear it when one of them gets flustered.

    • Madock345

      I’d say *probably*.

      She’s admitted here that she doesn’t know things, like she didn’t know about Flyboy’s vigilantism. Which means she’s either very good at blocking things out, or Mitch is savvy enough to watch his thoughts around her. Probably both.

      Something like sexuality though, that’s much deeper. It colors pretty much any thought about another person. I’d call it unlikely, but not impossible that she doesn’t know.

    • Kate G

      I would say probably not. As we’ve seen not only in this interlude, but also the main comic, Amanda is very much about privacy and about the boys coming to her (so, an open and honest relationship.) She only invades a person’s thoughts if she must like on the battlefield or when she has to tap into somebody to figure out what happened. We see this in the interlude with Spooky; she tapped in to figure out where that head came from and to gain a rapport with him.

      It makes sense in a way. She’s a telepath. As a child, the one thing she craved is probably mental privacy. Her mother is a commander in the Navy so she would have had access to medical care that civvies don’t have access to for years (as the military usually is ahead by a few years) so she would have gotten some good care in how to control her powers.

      This is why the boys find her a safe outlet. She doesn’t pry. She doesn’t use her powers for ill-will. She values privacy because she knows what it’s like to have her brain invaded. At least, that’s how I see it.

      • Zachary Lucido

        But her powers are passive, blocking things out takes effort. She already said she gets stray thoughts from them often enough to know that their phantasies are unusually respectful.

  • Paul D’Arbonne

    *Corny end of sitcom episode music*

  • WarGoddess

    And then everyone gets it on forever. The end. 😀

  • jreed3842

    My goodness. I’ve been awfully quiet the past few pages.
    But that’s mainly because I’ve been settling into my new job!! I’m really going to like it. The hours are better, I get benefits, I have holidays off, and some weekends (Never have to work a Sunday) And! It’s a day shift, which means I can camp on Tuesday and Friday nights now!! Woo!!
    AND…. I think my paycheck won’t differ too much from my previous job, so I should still be able to keep giving money to Patreon!

  • I know I missed last camp, and I am thinking I might miss this one as well. It is storming and I am about to pass out. My sleeping has been so whacked lately.

    • Good thing it’s only monday then. There’s a whole day longer till camp, so maybe storm is over 🙂

      • Which only proves my sleeping is completely whacked. -_- *sigh* Cannot even remember which day it is.

  • davefragments

    Calling Stickfigurefiarytales, Calling Stickfigurefairytales. . .
    A news story with LeBron James:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nike-flyease-shoe-technology_55a3eec6e4b0b8145f731bde?

    And it is a good story. Scroll down a bit for LeBron.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing that, Dave!

      • davefragments

        It made my heart happy.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Mine too! 🙂

  • kat-homestucknerd-666

    i love this webcomic so much

  • I swear if it’s a Red-Hot/Flyboy kiss, I will toss a table!

    😀 I’ve really enjoyed this. And I got a little PBS after-school special vibe there from Commander, but that’s not a bad thing. She should host a show. Totally.

    • Adam Black

      <<<< Hands @disqus_vgV2bqfOuE:disqus an Ikea Catalog.

      ts never to early to pick the right table to throw for such an occasion.

  • *lurking in the silent campground*

    • jreed3842

      *Lurks with you and enjoys the sounds of the crickets*

      • Saxon_Brenton

        [somewhere in the distance: the sound of a lonely harmonic]

    • *quietly sits down on the end of the bench watches the sky*

    • Lurking and doing work at home XD

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi! I’ve been watching the All-Star Game (baseball).

  • davefragments

    Hi everyone.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Hello.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi!

    • Good evening!!

      • davefragments

        I got my third proof copy and guess what – – I had a wrong number in the index. What a dummy I am! I didn’t check it twice.

        • Damn! What a bummer.

          I’ve been rereading through one of my (self) published stories and have found one or two really stupid mistakes (wondering allowed instead of wondering aloud). I haven’t done an isbn yet, so I can fix it, and it’s not a difficult fix, just a bit timely–going through the various copies.

          • davefragments

            I never stop editing. It’s utterly ridiculous but I’ve been doing it for two days and found so many things to alter. Late tonight or early tomorrow I have to stop and submit the file. After that, no more changes. But I will get one more proof.

          • I published this story at the end of 2012, so it’a bit annoying to find. I was reading, checking back for something I’m working on now and also just because I wanted to visit the characters again.

            But you’re right, I never really stop editing.

          • Good luck. It’s always like that. Always find more things to fix no matter how many times you go over it.

    • Hi Dave!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I’ve got some good news to share: I just got a new job!

    • davefragments

      Yay, great news. Congratulations.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Thank you!

    • Adam Black

      Congratulations,

      Are you looking for minions?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Not yet – my job is going to be mostly focused on helping small companies that want to give their employees really good health insurance and not make them have to pay much in terms of deductible, so it’s a pretty non-evil job.

        • Adam Black

          Well I was thinking more along the lines of Empress, but I forgot what country you were from, so i was trying to conspicuously polite .
          Now my shame is exposed to everyone. BUt you cant have me jailed for that, so totally good news there.

          So you are more like the The Deductible Duchess? I can get behind that.

          That would also make a good book title, wouldn’t it?
          You can lower deductibles during the day , and solve mysteries and engage in counter-corporate espionage at night.

          It not too early to plan these things.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ooh, I like the sound of that!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Whoa-ho! There seems to be a spate of that recently. Here, let’s celebrate for yourself and Jreed with this bottle of virtual champagne.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Yay for new jobs! I hope that everyone else here who’s looking for one will get one soon too!

    • Yay!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Hooray! 🙂

    • Congrats, Stick!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Thank you, Gryph!

    • jreed3842

      YAY!
      (As Saxon_Brenton mentioned…) So did I! *high five*
      I hope you enjoy your new job!!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        *high five* Aw yeah! And I hope you do as well!

    • Congratz! Sounds awesome.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Thanks! I’m really excited.

  • davefragments

    Tuesday night and the spacecraft has successful flown by Pluto. We have seen more of Pluto than any human in history.
    Now we wait for the downloads.
    Look to the skies and see the wonders of creation up there.

    • Adam Black

      Its a pretty color of Gold,
      but I’m slightly annoyed people are now claiming its the King of Kuiper Belt again.

      I think Eris ( Planet Xena to the rest of us ) will take that title back.

      im more interested all the new Planets. Pluto is so last century.

      I want to see Quaoar and Sedna and Makemake and Eris.

      Then we can have a grudge match between Charon and Dysnomia

      • davefragments

        It’s still a Kuiper body because of its size and density. It still is a spectacular sight and the theories of planetary formation will change because of some of the oddities of Pluto.
        Did you see the technicolor version of Pluto and Charon?

        • Yes! My sweet, darling Charon!

          • davefragments

            You realize it wasn’t named after the Greek Charon?
            The astronomer who found it named it after his girlfriend Charlene and only used the first syllable. He added the “on” to make it two syllables and later discovered that the Greeks already had a Charon.

          • That’s excellent, Dave. Turned out sooo perfect.

          • Adam Black

            I’m going with unconscious learning.
            He probably dated Charlene because of his love of Greek Mythology.

            We are supposed to be believe there is an astronomer that wasnt a myth Geek in his pre-teens?I’m just not believing that.

          • davefragments

            I wouldn’t joke about that:
            http://www.wired.com/2015/07/really-heres-pronounce-charon-probably/

            Everyone else wanted Persephone.

          • XD
            Persephone does make sense but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Boatman.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Sounds like it was his wife rather than his girlfriend, though.

          • davefragments

            yes, I only half-remembered the story when I wrote the post.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ah, gotcha.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            What an interesting confluence!

          • davefragments

            It is a charming story. It was his wife and not a girlfriend. Sweet, kind of. Until he added that “on” and turned his lover into the ferryman.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            But that ended up making it perfect for Pluto though!

        • Adam Black

          I havent checked since early this am.

          So no on the Charon.

          I saw the Gold closeups yesterday, am I missing something big?

          • davefragments

            There’s some false color images from a second camera.

          • Here’s a pretty gif for you of said false color images!

            https://twitter.com/gloddy/status/621153834551750656

          • stickfigurefairytales

            What is false color?

          • davefragments

            One of the cameras only photographs part of the spectrum our eyes can’t see. So the graphics people can take a greyscale image and superimpose the unseen spectra as a color we can see.
            Most of the very colorful pictures of space are false color. Sometimes they are spectra of atoms like oxygen and hydrogen gases.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Wow, cool!!

          • They use false color to learn more about the planet’s surface.

          • davefragments

            I’ve seen satellite pictures of certain forests in false color that show a diseased tree in the middle of healthy trees. They use those pictures to harvest the disease tree before the mold or bug spreads to other trees. It’s faster than sending woodsmen into forest to search.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            It’s like magic! (Except that it’s science and has an actual explanation, but I’m happy with my current understanding of it being magic.)

      • Pluto rules!

        • Adam Black

          Please,
          Pluto is just a half- escaped moon of Neptune.

          It cant even stay away. Its like “Oh Neptune I miss you”

          • Pluto is a planet! None of this dwarf planet nonsense!

          • Adam Black

            Pluto is smaller then Ganymede
            ( or it was until yesterday . )

            If we give Pluto Planet status we have to admit 3000 other objects .

            The planet Club just isnt that big. There are firecode restrictions .

            Besides. Eris is cooler. Eris is bigger. ( we’ll see when we get there ) .

          • They’ve confirmed that Pluto is larger than than they thought and it appears to be a smidgen larger than Eris now. Well, until we get to Eris, as you say. I still think Pluto deserves a place at the big-planets table.

          • Adam Black

            Pluto Broke its diet , thats all.

            Why dont get one of those Kiddies tables and Slide it near the Big Boy Planets , and Pluto can play there with its cute super tiny yet somehow round moons/ co miniplanets.

            I still still say Eris is Empress of Kuiper Belt , and when we measure them with equal tools Planet Xena will still kick ass. If Pluto was bigger, she probably is too.

  • Sapfo

    Good morning good people!

    • Good morning!

    • Morning! 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Morning, Sapfo!

    • Good Morning Strawberry Goddess!

      • Sapfo

        all the strawberries are gone… someone eat them all…. I dont know who -_-

        • *gasp* Never say there is a strawberry thief!

          • Sapfo

            It wasn´t me O____O
            😉

          • For shame on whoever took the goddess’s strawberries!! 😛

          • Sapfo

            Well we all know what happens when you take something belonging to the gods XD

          • Floods and the release of the Kraken!

    • davefragments

      Good morning

    • jreed3842

      Mornin’!!

    • It is? *looks out the window and hisses*

  • Morgan

    Did I miss the camp?

    • davefragments

      no

    • stickfigurefairytales

      It’s been a little on the quiet side though.

    • We’re all here, somewhere. 🙂

      • Sapfo

        all of us, for ever and ever o_0

        • we’re in a maze that has no exit. 😀

          • Sapfo

            with hydras, chocolatecakes and strawberries. Who would want to leave 😀

          • Certainly not me!! >:D

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Me neither.

          • Sapfo

            *Take out tea and biscuits*
            Well my dear! You are in good company ^^

          • Yay! *pours tea*.

          • Adam Black

            No Raspberries ?…. I am so….out of here.
            and Im taking my Coconut Fudge Frozen Yogurt with me

          • Sapfo

            Raspberries are welcome, and so also Coconut fudge frozen yogurt and anything else sweet you might have on yourself. Please, put down your sweets and step away from it! Mine?

    • Adam Black

      Its extra-long tonight.
      Here, have a hot dog. Marshallows are over there

  • I am here, lurking in the shadows of the comments section.
    Have been here for over an hour, but my computer is going at snail speed – connection issues this morning along with a load of mandatory updating is not a great combo.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Danish! Sorry about your computer being slow – I hope the connection issues get better soon.

      • I think the connection has gotten better, now just for the updates to be over so my computer will stop running so slow.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Yay!

    • And I got to think, isn’t there a chance that Alex is traveling from one con to the other today? Had I thought of that before, I might have set my alarm later *yawns* I’ve barely slept. Was woken up twice this night because of a horn going off and loud drunk people getting home a couple houses down.

  • Howdy y’all — packing for my Con in Tampa. Recovering from SDCC (fighting a cold.) Sorry for the late posting, but it should be up in about 20 minutes. 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Thanks, Alex!

    • Adam Black

      Kick its ass.
      ( summer cold suck. Ive heard cons are germy )

    • Madock345

      Woooo! I’m Just on time!

    • Hi Alex! Hope you feel better.

    • Feel better, Alex!

    • Sapfo

      It seems like you hade a rocking time, Alex. Now get some sleep and get better.

    • Feel better soon Alex! Try to get as much rest as you can!

  • Adam Black

    Its super quiet in here

    Everyones probably on page 26 , hunting for fresh meat

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Aargh, I can barely keep my eyes open.

  • davefragments

    I think we should start looking

  • Hi Alex, if you press “previous” then “next” you don’t get the current comic.

    So non up-to-date readers will miss this beautiful page! I only saw it because I have the feed emailed to me.