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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Truth or Dare—Page 4

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PRO TIP: If you gently kiss the back of Spooky’s neck while spooning, he’ll pull your arms in closer to his body in his sleep. Sometimes he will even make a soft, contented little grunt during the squeeze.

Hey, it’s my birthday today! And I spent my birthday working 12 hours today on a video editing job. I still have much debt to pay off and savings to build back, so I still have to say yes to projects when they come. But the Patreon means I have to do this less and less (and I can see the day coming when I can comfortably always just work on these stories), which makes me so grateful to all of you!

Last week, y’all blasted past another Milestone Goal over at the Patreon Page! We’re now at $7660/month and there is still a couple hours left for Patrons to vote on which two characters from any of my comics they want to see paired up in a sexy pin-up! Right now, for the first member of the pairing, Kyle is still in the lead but Deacon is now super-close behind. They are only a few votes apart and voting remains open until 4/28/15 at 11:45 PM PST  for all Patrons, including those who join now!

And $5+ Patrons have really liked seeing Spooky’s Full Monty Romance Card art that I posted up last Wednesday. If you want to see what Spooky looks like without the underwear, now you can!

If you become a Patron now and choose to receive the Special Digital Rewards, you will be able to download wallpaper versions of the Full Monty Annihilator Pin-Ups as well the Sexy Height Chart which shows the male members of the team. You’ll also be able enjoy all the other rewards so far posted, including the “How Spooky Got His Cap” and “What Is It Like To Kiss Spooky?” short stories that folks have liked so much. This is in addition to special back-stage access to script pages, thumbnail pages and penciled pages for all new updates. And, of course, Patrons who chose to get the Special Digital Rewards (which is the vast majority) continue to receive Digital Kickstarter Rewards every Wednesday and get to see special Sneak Previews on Sunday.

Over 1030 of you have already become Patrons in the last few months. There are lots of great benefits to being a Patron, and you’d really be helping me out if you became one too. If you’re enjoying our work here and would like to see it continue (and would like to get access to all kinds of special benefits!),

please take a moment to watch the video on my Patreon page and consider becoming a Patron. 🙂

So! Spooky seems to be a deep sleeper—at least when he’s in the arms of someone he likes. Kyle clearly enjoys playing with fire. And brothers are apparently a lot more snuggly than what I’ve seen on TV. What more revelations will the next page reveal?

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

 

  • davefragments

    And our cute Young Protectors plunge deeper into the cold lake of embarrassment

    • Samurai Jack

      They’re like Young Protector Babies. Or Tiny Young Protectors. So young and innocent. And Spooky isn’t sleeping…

  • OMG BLUSHES!!

  • Où est mon adorable Spooky (avec ses mignons aisselles)?

    • Il est ici, mon ami!

    • fujoshifanatic

      J’appris un mot nouveaux aujourd’hui! C’est très élégante pour cette zone anatomique, non?

  • Sapfo

    Oh yeah

  • How he can say it… or something xD
    Now excuse me while I flail forever at this little page.

  • Cydney Sabin

    FREAKING ADORABLE!! Also, nosebleed-worthy. Just saiyan.

  • Sapfo

    Hrm… Kyle, I got a few brothers… and …. hmmm… well I never done that. Hugs yes. Lot´s of wonderful brother hugs, but not that. 😀

  • Sapfo

    Happy birthday Alex!
    I think this page is a wonderful view for a birthday boy 😀

  • Awww… Kyle gets to know some lovely affection.

  • jreed3842

    *is speechless*

    • jreed3842

      What a great page. Lol. This bonus comic is making me all giddy.

  • LOL.. just as I said on previous page. Kyle doesn’t mind one bit.

    So, who’s the biggest snuggle bunny of the two? I think it might be a tie.

  • Deeaaacoooooon

    Happy birthday!

    Well, we all (or those with access to the bonus short stories) already knew Spooky was bi. If he and Kyle can have a decent relationship (they’ve both been screwed with by evil, after all), I say more power to them.

    • Thank you, Mik! 🙂

      • I was going to send you a stripper, but I don’t have your address. I kept him for myself.

        If it helps any, he was really really good.

  • *nosebleeds*

  • SofiaT

    Happy birthday, Alex!

  • AseretZone

    Happy birthday, Alex! I hope you had a good one, despite having to work.
    I await the day that I can contribute in some way…when is the first book going on sale? Is it already?

    Mitch looks so serious in that first panel there…SO serious.

    Oh, Alex! I don’t know if you know “Danny Phantom”, but I’ve been working on a fancomic for that series and it’s coming along pretty good! Would you be interested in reading it?

    • Thank you, AseretZone!

      The book should be available for sale to the general public at the end of the summer.

      And I think it’s awesome that you’re working on a comic! I actually am buried under a bunch of things right now, but maybe sometimes once things settle down! 🙂

      • AseretZone

        Ohh, so soon! I’ll be able to read it while holding my baby boy. XD

        Well, maybe once things settle down there will be lot more to read. 🙂

  • Okay there is nothing … NOTHING … on this adorable page that I don’t love. (chris goes back to check) Nope no worries. I was right. This is the page I needed today. Seriously, NEEDED. OMG Thanks AW and Julie. This page is better than birthday strippers jumping out of a huge cake. Okay, licking up the frosting is a really good part of the BDAY stripper cake thing, but still. I’m glad you went for this page. It’s making me feel good during a week that needed the boost.

    You guys do that ROCK thing that gets mentioned. Thanks and so much appreciated!!

    (happy b.)

    • Thank you, Chris! Very glad you like the page! 🙂

      (And now I’m going to enjoy a little snuggle time of my own before my bf falls asleep. I’ll check back in in a little bit, y’all!)

      • Have fun! 🙂

      • Yeah! Wishing you both a Happy Birthday snuggle…

        I suspect he deserves it also! 🙂

        ENJOY!

    • Adam Black

      @chrisdangerfield:disqus
      As soon as I saw this page , I imagined your reaction
      ( 13 year old Girl at a One-direction concert ! ) .
      I knew this was exactly what you wanted.

      I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and wondered if it might be a fantasy, your fantasy ( or kyles ) .

      If we were doing a hangouts I could have screencapped your reaction, and just replayed it over and over.

      Now sadly that moment is lost in time, like tears in the rain.

      When you write up your play-by-play, please consider doing a video re-enactment.

      ( Tell me you threw in the air whatever was in your hands and just started saying :SQUEEE )

  • …..Brotherly you say…..uh huh….

  • YangYueLan

    I like this art style better than the normal one (not to say that its not good, its just not to my tastes). I feel like this art makes them look their ages more than the normal.

    • Not to start an art debate, because I’m loving this style too, but I’m opposite. I think the original makes them very age appropriate where this one at times can make them seem younger than they are.
      Maybe I’m just a little biased, because I’ve always loved the original art style, so every other artist will seem different. No matter how much I like the other style as well.

  • Was already flailing while trying to get ready for the trip but now am trippin’ all over myself! This is just freaking adorable. And I love that Pro Tip, Alex.

  • Happy Birthday Alex, yet another wonderful page i litterally just went “awwwwww” out loud lol

  • Kit the Coyote

    Ohh visuals! This page is so perfect!

    “Or something” hehe

  • Alex! In the line of Spooky prose stories, how about one with Spooky and Kyle’s first sleepover? That one is bound to have some cute, tender and awkward moments, not to forget emotional.

    Yup, yup. Just a suggestion to a prose story, but I also hope for a sequel part for the last one. There’s so much writing potential for you to have fun with …so writy, writy all you want to *lol* (nope, I’m not demanding at all ^_^)

    • That’s a good suggestion, Danish! I’ll talk to them and see if there’s a good story there. 🙂

      • I’m sure there is. So very sure on that.

  • WarGoddess

    First of all, happy birthday Alex!!!!! 😀 Second, I am melting right now. Seriously MELTING at the blush on those cute cheeks of his. I want to snuggle him so bad right now. I am so for this pairing now, btw. At first I wasn’t so sure, but now I know.

  • HOLY CHAD DIMERA! AW, I can feel it coming in the air tonight, all the way to Alta Vista, Ottawa ON! ERG MOOI!!

    Alex had a birthday? Gelukkige Verjaardag, Alex 🙂

  • Precious

    Happy Birthday! =D -Passes out cupcakes to everybody-
    This page is adorable! -Snaps a pic- I’ll save that for later <3

  • Happy Happy, Alex! I hope today was/is awesome.

  • Omar Cantu

    Gosh! This is so cute!

  • Adam Black

    Happy Birthday @alexwoolfson:disqus
    ******

    Kyle was totally about to say “Lovers” , not “brothers” .
    We all know it.

  • Eve

    Happy birthday! This page is adorable.

  • Meghan

    So, does the Commander know that Kyle’s gay, or does she actively try to screen out all thoughts from the team?

    • Connor

      I’m sure that she TRIES to avoid overhearing their thoughts, but I would be extremely shocked to discover she was successful enough to not know about Kyle’s orientation.

      • David Welbourn

        I’m inclined to agree. Our Commander is made of the good stuff and I don’t think she would pry just because she can. But I imagine, even without her powers, she’s probably more observant than the average person (I’m guessing) and has seen enough clues to make reasonably good guesses as to what’s what.

  • Happy Birthday Alex!
    I know this is late but I very much enjoy this guest artist’s work. The characters actually look like children instead of teenagers entering adulthood. I like it. It helps portray their innocence and the fact that they’re so young with these abilities and are trying to help however they can. Plus Kyle just looks so cute! I wanna cuddle him skin to skin at night.

  • Phyre Storm

    “Brothers.” Right. SURE, Kyle.

    Happy birthday, Alex!

  • Xithyl

    Happy birthday Alex! 🙂

  • David Welbourn

    I must be an old fuddyduddy, thinking the room looks too tidy by half. But it is nice to see two friends comfort each other through the cold night, so I shan’t cluck about the lack of drapes too loudly.

  • Kelly Geiger

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Flyboy doesn’t look all that happy in the first panel…

  • Danny

    The angle of the first panel makes it so that we cannot read Mitch’s expression. Was that done on purpose? Because I’m curious to know what he’s reading into Kyle’s response. Ah, death by a thousand tiny cliffhangers…
    By the way, happy birthday Alex! I do wonder why you seem to be giving us a present on your birthday, instead of the other way around, but this page is pretty special. Kudos to Julie’s artistic skills and your fantastic writing!

    • Thank you, Danny — for both the kind birthday wishes and the very kind words! 🙂

  • Heh! The things Kyle does NOT say here, so he won’t be lying.

    I’m still amused about how I was right, in Kyle thinking how he doesn’t mind at all.
    I will maintain the opinion of my previous comment (previous page): That Kyle is now HAPPY that Spooky didn’t tell before this time that even just a hand contact would be enough – and that his next thought would be relief that he won’t know the day after either xD

    I know there’s a tight friendship between these two, but Alex is very good at having us speculate in further emotions, and what they are. Kyle could very possible have a bit of a crush on Spooky, but what about Spooky? We still don’t know if Spooky also has an attration to men, besides being into women.
    Alex has us guessing, building on fan-shipping and teasing us with various options.

    I have a feeling that if we don’t get the answer during this TOD comic (or a prose story) then maybe we won’t get to know until we can read it on the Trading Card info (Trading Cards will be released along with the comic later this year).

    • Klaus

      Anaado, while not technicallly a man, is similar enough that I think he answers your question.

      • Yes, that’s what I’m also thinking, but while I’ve said before that I think Spooky is bi (or heteroflexible), I also feel that the way they’re connected raises some questions. I just haven’t specified the questions (yet).

  • SofiaT

    I thought they weren’t supposed to lie while the curse was in effect?
    We know Kyle will survive the night (since this takes place before the Engaging the Enemy arc) but I’m curious on how this works?

    Because saying it feels like sleeping with his brother certainly doesn’t sound like the truth from this images…

    • Well he does add “or something”

      • SofiaT

        Unless “or something” means “third cousins twice removed” it’s still a lie…

        • Adam Black

          I think “or something” must mean, sexy asian lover that I want to make slow sweet love to all night , in our sleep,

          that is… something.

    • But he doesn’t lie. The brothers part is a thought. He’s on the edge, but escapes with the truth with how he words things out loud.

      • SofiaT

        It’s in captions because it’s narrated while we’re transferred to n a different scene (his bedroom). It’s still spoken out loud.

        • Oh, right. I didn’t catch that. Still, it being in captions, to me it sounds a lot like he’s quoting something Spooky have said. So he’s still on that edge of skipping the truth, but he doesn’t lie.
          Until a minute before this, he didn’t know a total cuddle wasn’t needed, and knowing now he can say he didn’t mind one bit, (possible quote a true thing Spooky said), while he has a flashback to a sleepover… and with that one small evasion at the end, he makes it a truth though it wasn’t exactly how he felt..

          Now, if he’s being asked more about this one next page (and Amanda doesn’t stop this between now and possible questions) then he might HAVE to correct and specify himself. I’ll look forward to next page and what happens there.

    • Connor

      I think it doesn’t count against him because it wasn’t asked in a ritualized fashion. This is just a conversation, not a Veritas-active question.

      • SofiaT

        That’s what I thought but wasn’t sure; do the questions need to be part of an interrogation-like ritual or any lie told before dawn is a death sentence?

        • Connor

          There’s a lot of ways to interpret the curse… Which makes me wonder if maybe what’s more important than actually fulfilling the terms is the belief that you have, in which case they’d be good. If it is actually dependent on much more stringent rules, Spooky had better get them working at it a little harder.

      • xLizardx

        To be fair, just because Kyle’s gay, that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily attracted to Spooky. They’re good friends, and presumably have been for at least a few years [I know that personally I’d probably find it a bit strange to suddenly make out with someone I’d known from a very young age, regardless of whether or not they were the gender to which I’m attracted] and he knows that Spooky is attracted to women [personally I find reciprocation to be an important factor in my attraction to another person].

        That said, an attraction to women doesn’t necessarily preclude an attraction to men also [or people of other gender identities, for that matter], so it’s possible Spooky could be bi or pan-sexual. If he is, I’m assuming that Kyle doesn’t know this yet though [at least in the main timeline of the comics] as when we first met him he was obviously worried about coming out to the rest of the team.

        • SofiaT

          (Whispers) According to the script pages, Kyle is very turned on.

          • Keneu

            Hmm, turned on during sleep or during the questioning?

          • SofiaT

            Kyle is awake in those flashback panels.

          • Keneu

            Okay, that’s good to know, but it was not what I was asking. 🙂 Thank you all the same.

          • SofiaT

            Sorry, I meant in the flashbacks he’s awake and turned on.
            In present-day (for bonus comic) I guess he’s just embarrassed?

    • Jason Equality King

      If I understand things correctly, he might have weaseled out of the ‘don’t lie’ part by not telling a direct falsehood. The ‘or something’ makes it truthful, just not detailed or perhaps honest. The best way to lie is to tell the truth but make it sound like a whopper.

  • Toli Bera

    Little Spoon Confrimed!

    • TwilightDreamer

      lol, and he whined about the fan artists always putting him on the bottom ;P

      • Toli Bera

        cuddling and sexy times are different though.

        • TwilightDreamer

          lol, yeah 😛 and it’s totally adorable ^_^

  • TwilightDreamer

    Did anyone else have a small squeal when they saw this page?? XD
    lol, this is soooo cute!
    Omg, this has to be the first time I’ve ever seen Spooky without his cap, almost didn’t recognise him for a moment there.

  • Mary Klemzak

    This fandom needs more fanfc, GDI. .

    And happy birthday Alex! Thanks for some shipping present, of Spooks and Kyle. Very sweet bros, uh. Whatever.

  • Finzz

    A LOT more snuggly indeed! Alex you like playing up that romance. Even between brothers you can’t help but make it a-freakin’-dorable!! Kyle you’re not fooling anyone with that full-on bro embrace.

    Enjoy your cute interpretations of the art ^^ Love this side comic!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Happy birthday to Alex; sounds like he’s having a good evening after work, for which I am glad.
    My immediate reaction to the page was: We need to get Kyle a green lantern ring. I mean, seriously. It was impressive enough that he vowed to never cause another fireball causing orgams, and went without masturbating for six years. But on top of that he’s spooning with Spooky, clearly enjoying it, but there have been no desire related accidents. His willpower is awesome!

    • Thank you, Saxon!

      (And yes, Kyle does have some amazing willpower. 🙂 )

  • Tom Stermer

    I’m totally shipping them <3 I cannot wait for Saturday!!

  • Alt+F7

    Or something indeed… you’re melting my heart Kyle. I think we all know how friendly and innocent physical affection can, for a while, fill that gap of repressed feelings. ahahaha, all of a sudden I am reminiscing.

  • David Welbourn

    Totally off-topic, but I’m suddenly curious to know what Tsunami would look like with a t-shirt on. Like, maybe he wears a shirt in one of those alternate dimensions where Zayn is still in One Direction, y’know, the one Stephen Hawking told us about. Perhaps someone could make of fan art pic of alt-Tsunami? Pretty please?

  • D’AWWWWW!

  • LL

    /delighted squeak

  • Perverzak

    *blables incoherently and squeals loudly*

  • kamishiro

    ohh daamn i ship spooky with comander and kyle with a more older flyboy 😛 i’m tooorn apart, this page was cutee

    • Phyre Storm

      Me too!

    • Garnasha

      This is what open relationships are for 😛

  • Happy birthday Alex 🙂 Hope you took some time out for yourself among those hours of work so that you celebrated and had some fun. Love the page!

  • Senari

    So I’m usually content to lurk, but this page is enough to make me comment for the first time on this comic.
    Sweet baby Cthulhu, that is adorable.
    Also, happy birthday, Alex! Thank you for everything you’ve given us, now go enjoy yourself!

    • ….I like “sweet baby Cthulhu” I am going to have use that in the future..

      • Senari

        I’m pretty fond of it. 😀

    • Thank you, Senari! (And welcome to the Comments Section! Glad to have you! 🙂 )

      • Senari

        I really love your comic. I can’t wait until I’m gainfully employed with a big-girl job and can afford to support it through Patreon.

  • strangeangel24601

    Fanservice HO!!! *Dramatically points to the horizon*

  • Merric

    We share the same Birthday. Taurus Twins 😉

  • Michael

    1. Happy birthday, Alex! The beautiful, gorgeous artwork by Julie is an excellent birthday present. I only wish I could offer something as nice for you.

    2. OMG. I said last week that I couldn’t see Kyle as the big spoon, but this is just so adorable.

    3. I’ve just discovered that the internet term “squee” actually refers to a real thing. My mind is currently stuck on a loop, like eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • 1. Thank you, Michael! 🙂 And your enthusiasm as an awesome reader is the only gift I need! 🙂

      2. Glad you think so. 🙂

      3. LOL!

  • Mersharr

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  • N’aawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Cutest Wednesday update ever <3

  • Josh Castro

    Happy Birthday Alex!!! I hope you have an amazing day!! (I just realized I’m too late!) I hope you HAD a great birthday!

  • Kitkat822

    Happy birthday Alex! Do something nice! 🙂

  • Columbine

    I think those snuggling shots are the cutest thing I’ve seen in a comic for years. Daaaaaamn everybody loves Spooky don’t they?

    • I’m in it for Kyle :3

    • Yeaah we (I) do!
      I’ve been declaring my Spooky-love for years, and the pool of fans have been growing a lot since then ^_^

  • purplefoxglove

    Uhm..

    PRO TIP: If you gently kiss the back of Spooky’s neck while spooning, he’ll pull your arms in closer to his body in his sleep. Sometimes he will even make a soft, contented little grunt during the squeeze.

    *croaks*
    *clears throat*

    Ahem. Evidence. I need empiric evidence on that one. As in, does Spooky really pull your arms in closer every time? Does he only do this with Kyle, or is it person-independent? And I really need a clear number on the times he grunts.

    Alex, send him over to me so we can test?

    • bronakopdin

      send him over to me afterwards, I mean double checking is more precise, right? ^^

      • purplefoxglove

        We need as much data as possible. *solemn nod*

        • When discussing multivariate testing, the most common question asked is: “What sample size is needed for credible test results?” The question often comes from devoted fans who deal with variable ‘squeeee sets’ in various fandoms.

          The surprising answer is that sample size is more important than was previously thought in achieving a reliable outcome. Thus, when running a Spooky/magic kiss-related analysis such as this, I think the largest test-subject sample size possible can be considered ‘best’. And that is, ‘BEST’ FOR BOTH FANS AND FOR SPOOKY.

          The other essential element is the control group. I volunteer to be the control subject for this test, therefore it is probably essential that I kiss the back of Spooky’s neck FIRST and repeatedly, for A WHILE… before the other testers become involved. This way we’ll know that we are following proper squee protocols at all times. 🙂

          Dr. Dangerfield
          Dean of The Department of Spookology,
          Squeee College
          Harvard University

          • …Does this mean I am the Dean of the Department of Mitchology?

          • purplefoxglove

            I think I can safely answer this question with a “Heck, YES!!!”

          • purplefoxglove

            Dear Dr. Dangerfield,

            whereas I completely agree with your statement concerning the sample size, I am afraid that a control group would test if Spooky also pulled your arms in closer and occasionally grunted it you did NOT kiss his neck.

            I would suggest, however, that you join my quality control group – we are testing how to elicit the best Spooky reactions; this testing will include, among other things: variable numbers of kisses, kiss length, kiss locations, kiss strength, optimal amount and location of body contact, spooning angle, method and strength of hug, and lip balm used.

            Now, we only have to get Alex to make Spooky agree…

  • Johndar

    So this is just fan service the chapter?

    I’m okay with that.

    • bronakopdin

      no, it’s even better: this is CANON 😀

      • ….canon FAN SERVICE

        • Fan-can!

          • Adam Black

            Fannon Service.

            After 5000 miles or a trip to hell,
            please bring your fannon in for lubing, spinning and rebalancing.

          • Actually, I believe in preventive maintenance. Lots and lots of preventive…

          • Adam Black

            Well if your Fannon squeaks , whistles, bends to far to the right, see a competent trained professional for a full alignment .

            If your fannon makes a squuee that lasts over for hours, please call a professional.

            Do not attempt to raise Fannon over your own head ( by yourself ) .

            Your fannon can be placed on the lift, and a trained mechanic with the proper tools can be slid under it for a full overhaul.

      • 🙂

    • Ummmm… the entire set of books, stories, cards, wall-papers, etc… Well, it’s ALL ‘fan service’, as far as I can tell…

      Speaking strictly for myself, I feel very well served. 🙂

  • bronakopdin

    HOLY
    I KNEW Kyle has a thing for Spooky xD
    and this is just so ADORABLE! I can’t help myself!

    OK my guess from last page (Spooky beeing an unconscious big spoon) was wrong… but being an oblivious small spoon is so much cuter <3

    gah, my poor heart… I need candy to overpower the sweet taste of this page…

    but to Kyle's rescue: I actually DO know siblings who do that with the kissing and all (the older to the younger one in her sleep) xD

    • Garnasha

      Significant word here being “her”. In western culture, it’s abnormal for males to be quite that affectionate, as part of the larger and lamentable “males shall not have soft emotions(except towards spouse and children)” convention.

      Not saying it does not happen, social conventions get broken on an individual basis every day of the week, but I think it’d be highly unusual.

      • bronakopdin

        I don’t think that’s that important, also the older one is a boy, so yeah the older brother kissing his younger sister and believe me that’s it’s just how they are ^^

        • Garnasha

          Depends on where you are, maybe. You’re describing my age group (<25), and, living in the Netherlands, I still feel that difference between male and female, depending on social group. There's one group which I'm involved in which seems to have just forgotten about gender, but they're mostly an exception. There seems to be a pattern to which groups I find to be more accepting or less so, but it's a bit complex to describe in this post (maybe a separate one).

          The beauty lines for men are indeed a shift, but that's not just men being softer: it's also beauty lines becoming more masculine in people's minds (no doubt partly caused by good marketing).

          • bronakopdin

            this is interesting since Germany isn’t that far from the Netherlands and I’m even from the North (though more on the Eastern North ^^)
            Yet maybe it’s also as you say depending on the groups of people you’re involved with! I happen to speak my mind way too easily (which gives me trouble all the time) but therefore the people I do know know exactly if I have a problem with sth like picking on someone for -in my opinion- totally normal and fine stuff so maybe they just don’t show me anymore if they are not accepting ^^’

    • Thank you so much, bronakopdin! You’re a sweetheart. 🙂

  • Happy Birthday! What a great present to us on your special day :3

  • fujoshifanatic

    That tip totally works for girls too, except you’ll get a sigh, coo or purr, depending on the person. Just saying. ;-P

    NOW I can kind of see how Kyle went so long without playing with himself or others, if he had a friend as kind and giving as Spooky. Sex is not the be-all and end-all of intimacy, and the right kind of intimacy can go a long towards meeting certain needs. Spooky, I’m so jealous of you right now! This was totally me in college the first time around; even though I had my share of playtime, I was much more interested in sleeping with someone than “sleeping with” someone, especially if I liked them. 😀 I had the BEST sleep in the world when I was spooning with a good friend in bed after a long night of studying or clubbing. Good times!

    This page is so lovely, from the composition of the panels, to the art and coloring, that I had to blow it up to the max on my browser to see all the beautiful details. The way Kyle bashfully looks away as he’s speaking in panel 1…The angelic, contented expression on Spooky’s face vs. the intense look of Kyle trying to sleep through his EMOTIONS in panel 2…The small curl on Spooky’s lips as Kyle gently kisses the back of his neck in panel 3 (I wonder who he’s thinking of there? *wink*)…And Kyle’s beautiful blush, which sets off his even more beautiful blue eyes, in the final panel overlay…just gorgeous. It may have been your birthday Alex (and I hope you had a little fun at least after all that work!), but you gave us the best present with this page. 🙂

    Thank you so much for all the work you do Alex. I know doing what you love for a living is its own reward (and it’s obvious how passionate you are about your work, and how passionate we are about rewarding you for it!), but I am praying for you that soon your rewards will include a yummy umbrella drink on a tropical beach somewhere, or whatever it is that strikes your relaxation fancy. You truly deserve it. 🙂

    • Thank you for that wonderful, thoughtful reaction, fujoshifanatic! Lots of fun for me to read.

      And you’re very welcome for all the work. It is its own reward to me and I’m very glad you’re enjoying it. But to your point: next year, I’ll make sure not to book a 10 hour day of video editing work on my birthday. 😉

  • OMG. OKAY. I think I just found my new favourite page of YP!!!!! The first I saw of this page was the pencil lines, via Patreon, and that was just as awesome. Sooo kyooot!! LOVE it Alex and Julie! Great teamwork! Fantastic page!

    • Yeah, too bad they won’t remember a thing of this the next day (even if some of them are happy about certain parts of that when it’s over).

    • Thank you very much, justkeepondriving! And I’m really glad you’re enjoying the bonus comic. It’s fun for me to share these extra little details… and the affection. 😉

  • Wayne Small

    Happy birthday Alex

  • Nate

    Not fair… it’s your birthday, and WE get the gift!

    Happy Birthday, Alex!

  • Hours Left

    Happy Birthday Alex. 🙂

  • Luac

    Happy Birthday!

  • That Guy

    Happy Birthday! Also, thank you for the amazing page!

  • That Guy

    Happy Birthday! Also, thank you for the amazing page!

  • That Guy

    Happy Birthday! Also, thank you for the amazing page!

    • Thank you, TG! And very glad you liked the update! 🙂

  • Pikinanou

    My gawd, what was that sound? Oh, it’s the deafening shrill of KylexSpooky fans!
    Happy B-day Alex 😀

  • LimpBiskit

    Happy birthday Alex 😀

  • Fujithewolf

    Happy birthday :D!!! I ship these two so hard!! <3 ur so amazing Alex!

    • SofiaT

      Hi Fuji! You may want to validate your email address with Disqus, so your comments don’t get stuck in moderation. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Fujithewolf! You’re a sweetheart! 😀

  • Happy birthday, Alex!

    You troll.
    😛

  • Jaq

    Happy birthday Alex and … the page is adorable!

  • Jeldenil

    Spooky knows about those sneaky kisses. I’m pretty sure. And he loves them.

  • Tameka Cloutier

    … Spooky, stop tugging those. Heartstrings are delicate. Happy Birthday, Alex! Sorry you had to spend it working.

    • Thank you, Tameka! 🙂 (And, for now, I feel lucky to be able to get some extra paid work in, so it’s all good.)

  • andraknoby

    Happy Birthday!

  • Wyrmidon

    Loooong time lurker, first time commenter, so… hey everyone!

    And happy Birthday, Alex! Hope you had a wonderful day despite all the hard work. You deserve all the epic fun in the world for all the joy you bring us with the comic.

    Anyway, I seriously made a disqus account just to squee at how adorable this page is… and while I will die a rabid Kyle/Duncan fan, this is all kinds of delicious as well. <3

    • Welcome! This page is definitely worthy of de-lurking. I’m glad you jumped in.

      • Wyrmidon

        I hope I can keep my social awkwardness at bay and post more often from now on. 😉

        • I will say you made a good start 🙂

          And it’s just about saying something and go from there. This community is a great place to start, since it’s very based on being friendly with each other (even debates rarely turn rude because of that).
          I can actually be pretty shy sometimes (hard to believe, I know), and I felt pretty awkward when I started commenting on comics 5-6 years ago. Just kept going at it, and now I’m at 10,000+ comments LOL

          • Wyrmidon

            I always enjoy reading your comments Danish and I’ve been seeing you on pretty much all the comics I follow, so it’s like… we’re friends even though we never spoke before. 😀

          • Well, hello my new friend. Now we have spoken 😉

    • Hello and Welcome, Wyrmidon!

      • Wyrmidon

        It’s so nice to feel so welcome here, thank you!

    • Danny

      Welcome, fellow lurker. 🙂

      • Wyrmidon

        Lurkers, assemble! 😛

        • Danny

          …Quietly! In that shadowy corner over there!

          • Wyrmidon

            Yes, our base of operations shall be exactly there. 😀

          • Danny

            We could build a fort to hide in, too. Though that might draw visitors…

    • Keneu

      Welcome!

      • Wyrmidon

        Thank you so much! 🙂

    • Adam Black

      Fantergeist you say?
      I was detecting a very powerful fan presence in this corner.
      i’m getting a readout it says “Kyle/Duncan” , and the dial stuck!

      Give me a second.
      ( whack, whack )

      I’m sorry theses devices are old-school analog. Sometimes the gages will stick. And Sometimes a sharp voltage spike just leaves a static charge in the circuits and they never work quite right again.

      Let me get get the digital laser scope….
      I’m sorry the presence is just gone. These things happen. Sometimes they just show up quickly, and fade away again. I dont think we will need a Fancorcism. It was probably just a past-life trauma.
      Worse case scenario, the poor creature died rabid.
      No, dont worry, it cant infect anyone now .

      Here, you can keep the Analog one as a memento of this spooky lurker occasion.

      That will be $4000. If it bothers you again we can come back with an magnetic containment ship-trap.
      No we dont harm them, we just release them back into the wild at Tvtropes.

      • Wyrmidon

        Hah! Perhaps I should change my username to Fantergeist now. Would certainly be fitting! 😀

      • “Fantergeist”? Wow, that sounds interesting.

        In fact your whole comment was interesting. You sound a bit like the Dr. Egon Spengler of our little group. You know, building essential gadgets to allow The YPs to detect unwanted hell-denizens and deal with them.

        (of course, now I have that damn ghostbusters song running in a loop in my brain)

        The question for the group is when does the afflicted choose to solve their problems with a fancorcism vs. having a fandectomy. I realize the second can leave a scar, but it’s not nearly so bad now that they can do it all fanthoscopically.

        Just remember that bringing a new fandomviris into a closed fanvironment can cause it to run wild and wipe out the native elements. So be careful.

    • Thank you so much, Wyrmidon! 🙂 And welcome to the Comments Section! Glad to have you hear… and glad you found this page delicious! 🙂

  • Yukiness

    How is it your birthday and you are giving us such a beautiful gift instead? I hope your cake is extra delicious.

    • LOL. No cake for me, yet. But I did get some very tasty macarons! (Not to be confused with macaroons — these cookies were “salted caramel.” 🙂 )

      Glad you liked the update!

  • J.K. Hogan

    Well damnit, now I’m shipping Kyle and Spooky.

  • Fabulous Alien

    Send help, my jaw dropped open when I first saw this page and I can’t seem to close my mouth and stop drooling.

    Also, my birthday was on Monday, and I’m adopting this page as my personalized present since it is full of beautiful, swwet, sexy, cute stuff. Hope you had a good one, Alex!

    • Thank you, Fabulous Alien! And Happy Birthday wishes for you as well! 🙂

      So glad you liked the update!

  • Soirbleu

    Happy Birthday, Alex! Thank you as always for the creation of a thoughtful, thought-provoking, comic with very human characters and representation of lots of kinds of people. I’m enjoying this interlude comic as well.

    Hope the day comes for you sooner rather than later for relaxing.
    Take care, and best wishes.

    • Thank you, Soirbleu — for the happy birthday wishes and for such sweet words! Both are much appreciated. 🙂

  • larry

    Cute! Happy Birthday Alex, and thanks for the tip. Somehow, I don’t think Spooky will mind the skin to skin sleep overs, even knowing that Kyle’s gay. Chheeky bastard might even like the idea of Kyle perving on him.

  • Punkpoemprose

    Happy Birthday Alex!

  • Happy Birthday Alex! Also, this story is hella cute and this page may have turned me into a multi-shipper.

    • Thank you, girl_overthere! 🙂

      And I’m glad to give you some options. 😉

  • Klaus

    Something. Definitely something.

    • Scary house Q & A with Klaus:
      • You just gave the answer, right? …….. The question was, “Did you hear something?”

  • andrea

    ahhhhh those two are so cute!!!!!! also happy birthday alex! 😀

  • JM

    That’s pretty gay, Kyle. Please. I love it.
    Oddly enough, as cute as this is, I totally don’t ship Kyle and Spooky. Kyle seems to be harbouring a crush, but Spooky is just so comfortable and doesn’t think much of it, even if he does know Kyle is gay. At this point in the story, he doesn’t yet, right? Anyways, for me this is just like the gateway for Kyle/Mitch.

  • Kat Hedgecoth

    Happy birthday Alex, make sure to take some time off today to enjoy it! I hope it’s wonderful 🙂

  • Happy Birthday Alex, and may you have many happy returns of the day.

  • TwoWayStar

    *shakily covers blushing face and curls up giggling*

  • Aza

    yeah, and Spooky keeps fondling the back of Kyle’s neck like that. It’s a wonder Kyle never really tried to jump Spooky, but went to a gay bar instead.

    • Keneu

      Maybe he’d rather stay friends with Spooke than being a chance of ruining the friendship if the romantic relationship goes sour?

  • Derkins

    Spooky just looks… so, so happy. <3

  • … And I’m counting down the days until Spooky and Kyle become an item. 😀

  • Mary Kelleher

    Ah, another Canadian Lip Masseuse.

    • (i got the reference

      ;-).)

      • I heard you invented that reference, except I wasn’t sure the rumor was true, since I wasn’t sure if you were Canadian or not. If you had copyrighted the G-Rex technique of the “Canadian” Lip Massage right away… Well, you’d probably be on a lecture tour and doing cons right now about it (darn sneaky canadian scientists stealing ideas like that).

    • DarkJokerOfAmuro

      WE NEED TO BRING THAT COMIC BACK ASAP!!! D8

    • OMG… that was so awesome. Of course I had to go find it and ended up re-reading the whole comic. So great. However

      • purplefoxglove

        Thank you. Made me melt into a puddle of goo (again), but it’s a happy puddle 😉

  • Cman65

    Why is FlyBoy thinking 3way??????

    • Darkflame173

      because we *all* are XD

      • If you are suggesting this collective fandom has telepathic powers… I think the world may be doomed. HA!

        • Darkflame173

          I think it may be less telepathy and more “perv-radar.” Pervlepathy, if you will.

          • HA!

          • Adam Black

            Yaoimpathic Crotchdar?

            Jungs Collective Unconscious, Freudian subtype?

            Sexy trinity Archetype, Firecrotch – High Boy and Sexy Spook

          • Klaus

            Pervasive thinking.

          • HA.

  • Spooky is such a snuggle bug. 🙂

  • Jason Moon

    In panel 2, did Kyle kiss Spooky’s shoulder?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Weeelll… The script for this page has the instruction for panel 3 that Kyle is “resting his lips against the back of Spooky’s neck and smelling Spooky’s skin.”

      But there is no mention one way or another about panel 2. That said, the script *does* explicitly use the word ‘fanservice’ to describe panels on this page. Twice. Once for both panel 2 and 3. So I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to head canon it that, yeah, sure, Kyle was kissing Spooky’s shoulder.

  • Oh Alex and Julie, thank you for the truly sweet and touching page. I swear that all my hopelessly super-happy alarms went off at once on this page.

    @disqus_FidZAwLkzS:disqus says he’s convinced I squeeeee’d over this page. Well, mebbe… but, if I did, it was a deep manly James Earl Jones squeee.

    Panel #1: I love both sides of this so much. Kyle’s embarrassment… so sweet and yet he’s being honest with his pal Mitch. That’s just the simple truth. I love that you can see Kyle is determined to be honest, even though he knows how it sounds. I like to think that speaks to the hero inside. He’s a true blue guy. (I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t think I was nearly that honest with my friends about these even tangential subjects in my teens… d’awwww.) You go Kyle! And “shivery”… that is such a sweet friend who’d worry about hell-pal being “shivery.”

    Sorry guys… A QUIBBLE: I’m not sure if it is Spooky’s pupils or something else. For some reason I can’t quite figure out what (or whom?) he’s looking at. It could even be so small as that one pupil is slightly off track with the other(?). I just mention this for the question file.

    Panel #2: Julie this panel deserves an award for “Universal Human Warmth.” I love that he tells Mitch at least a good PART of the truth. Honestly, I’ve read studies that say that sleeping with people we care for (love) helps regulates sleep, breathing and body chemistry. It is thought to have something to do with the subconscious. The sound of their breathing their body warmth cues a person’s subconscious physical self that they are safe(?). Hey, I like that idea and for both these two, who have suffered a lot, this image speaks to that for me.

    Sure it’s sexy to see, but I’d guess the deeper layer is all about two dudes who have had a very rough journey (hello! Hell?) and here they are… exactly what the other needs in so many many ways. They LOOK safe. SAFE. (Skin touch FOR BOTH). Sure sex is always on the young male mind, but there are so many other issues that fight for supremacy and feeling safe with someone is one of the most important. This panel just makes me feel good.

    This also supports the scene where Spooky talks Kyle off the ledge after the hell-date. A deep trust that shows how Spooky knows his brother and teammate here… and thus, Spooky really knew how to help Kyle at the warehouse. I love it when the foreshadowing is this sweet.

    Panel #3: More of the same. Spooky’s expression. He looks so happy to be engulfed in Kyle (WARM!) and Kyle looks like he just wants to breath in Spooky. I know it sounds corny, but when you grow up gay (or even just male). Touch becomes such a big deal. It’s exactly like that sometimes. That simple. You just want to bury yourself in someone’s hair, their smell, their warmth. Of course, in real life, if you live in a warmer climate… this lasts for only so long before the love of your life shrugs (half asleep) and slurs “Gerrrroffff… isstooHOT!” HA. Still, it’s nice during the winter. 🙂

    Panel #4: I love that this isn’t really a panel. Kyle is with us at cabin playing Truth or Dare, remembering those nights and how much they mean to him. If he was like me, he didn’t think to closely about some of these things at the time. King of Denial here. I remember moments where you’re worried that you want something so desperately and you’re the only one… and it’s wrong. Just as here Kyle haltingly refers to them as brothers, but knows, in HIS heart, it’s much more. If Kyle is so shy and in the dark about himself (such that he goes to that bar), then I’m sure he has no frame of reference for Spooky being Bi… or anything remotely more complex. It’s all still pretty much a big mystery to Kyle.

    That last wistful Kyle expression just kills me. I so want to hug him and tell him it’s all going to be alright. That is such a hard time.

    I also want to compliment you both (with an extra dose of applause for Julie) on the fact that I don’t even think about the style differences in character design anymore. I liked it from page one, but I was aware. Now it’s like I’ve forgotten… or, if not FORGOTTEN, than entirely accepted that both these looks are 100% TYP in their own way.

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN THIS ISN’T HOW THEY ALWAYS LOOK? LOL.

    I can’t really articulate it better than to say that you both have worked and made this ‘a’ TYP “look” too! Really well done.

    Alex and Julie… here we are at page 4 already and I’m just shocked that this “silly truth or dare idea” has, page by page, become more and more emotionally engaging. It’s wonderfully touching and very appealing. Thank you both so much!

    • Kit the Coyote

      Well isn’t being honest part of the curse?

      • Could be… I think though that we’re still on Paul’s T or D to Spooky… Spooks took the dare and thus is in his boxers (? – correct me if I’ve lost it guys). So curse is technically satisfied until the next round??? So, Kyle isn’t under any compunction to talk at all. Paul was just teasing them, and Mitch (of course) is fascinated and so Kyle is trying to get out of this alive, but is still trying to be a decent friend to his young pal. (?)

        Everybody talks a lot about Mitch in relation to Kyle, but as I remember my teens… even a couple years difference is HUGE. So 18 >>> 15 is a LOT older at that age. Now of course, they all seem like pups. Totally adorbs little pups.

        Heck, I’m trying to remember back when. My closet was atomized a good number of years ago now. LOL.

        • Saxon_Brenton

          [snicker] I was kinda wondering whether these extra questions that Kyle is answering count for the purposes of satisfying the veritas curse, and hence whether Commander would step in later in the round with a “Actually, Kyle’s already answered his questions. Next.”

          • HA! Since, I’m totally guessing (I misplaced my Veritas manual). I like your version… lets do that! 🙂

          • Adam Black

            Have you checked your closet?
            er whoops …. I’m so sorry

          • I know, me too. So sad. The Great Fire of Chris’ Closet. Nothing of the closet was left.

            Apparently the blast was so powerful and the ensuing fire so hot, that even the ash was gone (chris wipes a tear). Almost no records exist from closet era anymore…

          • Adam Black

            All those vintage clothes lost forever

          • HA! Indeed. Well, in addition now you know why I don’t store my sex toys in small flammable rooms that run contrary to my genetic predisposition toward men!

        • Adam Black

          Then where do you keep the sex-toys?

    • Thank you so much for your very thoughtful reaction and with sharing your experience, Chris! I really enjoyed reading it!

      Part of the fun for me here was to take the “silly” Truth or Dare idea and use it as a springboard for something emotionally richer — while still keeping all the fan fun that a Truth or Dare game with our heroes might promise. I’m very glad that that is working for you and that you’re connecting so well with Julie’s art! She is awesome to work with! 🙂

      • Chris Dangerfield

        BTW, thanks for understanding that when I used the word “silly” what I really meant to say was “light hearted”. There is no moment that I thought to belittle the concept, just to point out that the contrast to the main story line here is pretty much right on… the timing is just great.

        • There was no offense taken with your use of the word “silly.” I totally got what you meant by it and I think that’s a fair expectation of what this comic could have been. Subverting those kinds of expectations is a special pleasure for me as a writer. 😉

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    I can’t even begin to put words to how this makes me feel…..

  • I have a feeling Kyle is unlikely to be fooling Fluke. Wonder if he’ll give Kyle a break, though. It is nice to know that Spooky feels safe enough to sleep that close to someone, after all he’s been through, though. 🙂 Also, liked the view of Flyboy we get, too, in the first panel. What little we see of his face (and the fact that we see so little) seems to say much. Then again, I’m used to manga so maybe I’m reading too much into that. :p

    Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 🙂

  • Suhndog

    Ohhh… um,.. ICE! WE NEED ICE HERE! – whew

  • Megan Staples

    A bit late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEX! Best wishes for the whole year!

  • Epistasthai

    Happy B-day, Alex! Thank you so much for all the wonderful stories you’ve given us!

  • Tahir Raines

    A great birthday to a great writer! Don’t forget to relax and enjoy personal time every so often. I love your work, but I don’t want you to work yourself into an early grave.

    • Thank you, Tahir! And I’ll do my best not to do that! 🙂

  • Kendall

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Now quit working so hard. You sound worn out. 😉

    • Thank you, Kendall! (And I’m looking forward to sleeping in on the weekend.)

  • Happy Birthday Alex!

  • flyboy, totes putting on his best Ominous Obscured Eye™ face fer us

    😀

    (tch.

    if only we didn’t already_concretely_know he also is into dudes…)

    no, Spooky.

    you tell us how you really feel.

    smiling like the darn Chestershire Cat up there.

    you know, “touching skin” ≠ “cuddling.”
    and definitely not spooning!!

    many a night i’ve slept back-to-back with my panda bear, and was totally contented with just having that (since he and i were touching in some way).

    i am obviously not at all saying i mind the Love Fest going on up there.

    l.m.a.o.

    rather, i just have even fewer reason to believe spooks is a ≥ 91.14% heterosexual fella, is all.

    of course, presuming the hell that He had to endure, i really am sure that such things, as sexual orientation, is not even a thought for our Comfortably Plump cutie.

    now, to work on finangling a situation in which tsunami has to “touch skin” with jones, to keep jones ‘warm.’

    🙂

    happy belates, Woolfie!
    i wish i had the means to get you a gift, even 1/100 as awesome as the ones you’ve given us over these past few years!!!

    • I have faith that you could get Tsu Tsu over his “touch skin” phobia, G-Rex. In fact it would probably be a page to remember!

      • like you wouldn’t believe, Dangerfield.

        Like You Wouldn’t Believe.

        (i know i need to appeal to the bloake Emotionally, opposed to physically, to accomplish that particular goal)

        • Yep, I knew it. Okay that sounds like it would require a double page spread (at least). We’ll have to get the word out to AW. Maybe even a fold out page. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, G-Rex! And your awesome support as a reader is all the gift I need, my friend! 🙂

  • Alan Michael Williams

    Just the other day, I saw a study about how this generation of hetero males are more likely to cuddle with other guys due to the decrease in homophobia. Growing up I had two hetero male friends who didn’t mind cuddling, laying the ground rules: “There’s not gonna be any buttsex.” Was very confusing for me, and I always wanted to push the boundaries with them, but looking back, I really appreciated their openness toward intimate homosocial contact.

    Flyboy is like, “Aahhh, I can’t handle this!” *tingly*

    • PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES

      dude: Are you staying?

      friend: Sure… we can share the bed. Your couch is crappy, but let’s be clear… THERE’S NOT GONNA BE ANY BUTTSEX!

      dude: Of course not, you had a bad experience last time you tried it, right?

      friend: What?

      dude: I mean when you tried it… it didn’t work out. Right?

      friend: What? Fuck no, bro. I’ve never had Buttsex!

      dude: Really. Wow. Then how do you know you don’t want any?

      friend: Shaddup. I just know.

      dude: Calm down. I’m just surprised. You’re usually not close-minded is all I’m saying.

      friend: I’m not close-minded.

      dude: You were about sushi.

      friend: That’s different.

      dude: I don’t see how. Well you told me you didn’t like Sushi, but you hadn’t tried it. Then, we had all that Saki and suddenly Sushi is your favorite food.

      friend: Yeah, but–

      dude: Do you want some Saki.

      friend: Do you have any Saki?

      dude: Sure, I think–

      friend: HEYYYYYY… WAIT A MINUTE.

      dude: What?

      friend: I see what you’re trying to do here. Listen, there is NOT GOING TO BE ANY BUTTSEX. Not even with Saki.

      dude: Fine bro, fine. You’re not my type anyway. I prefer a decent butt. You know… if I’m going to go to all that trouble.

      friend: What?

      dude: I’m just saying I’m particular about the type of–

      friend: So, what is wrong with MY butt?

      dude: (heads toward the kitchen) Nothing dude. Don’t worry. Listen, I’ll go get some Saki and we can talk about it. I’m sure you’re butt is cool for the right person.

      friend: (follows) I’ve been told I have a nice butt.

      dude: Awwww that’s great. They were way decent. I’m just saying it’s lucky for you that you’re not into buttsex.

      friend: Why…

      (Saki gets opened and the conversation continues…)

      • I want the continues-part of this too 😉

  • TheFerryman

    Happy birthday!

    Also can we all just take a second to look at how adorable Spooky is without his hat AND that he keeps it on when he’s just in his underwear????

    …also, cutest kiss ever Kyle! <3

    • Madock345

      So if Spooky keeps his hat on when he’s in his underwear, does the fact that he’s not wearing it in the middle panels suggest he’s not wearing underwear either?

      Probably not, but I’m going to imagine it anyway.

      • The Force of the head canon is strong in this one…….

      • purplefoxglove

        I like the way you think 🙂

    • Thank you, TheFerryman! 🙂

  • Madock345

    Happy Birthday Alex! If you kick as much ass this year as you did last one, we’re gonna start running out of butts. 😉

  • Draymorden

    Damn, Kyle has a clean room! My room, nor any of my friends rooms were that clean!

    • THAT is what it means to have super powers!!!

      • tony

        AHHA so he incinerated the clutter.

    • EyeDontNo

      The fewer piles of kindling the better with Red Hot around.

  • Organic With Attitude

    Heh… spooning with the Spookster. Me likey!

  • Gregory In Seattle

    This certainly explains why Spooky was so unsurprised at Kyle’s coming out, and why that conversation had a sense of “Great, now we can talk about it.”

    • Derkins

      Honestly. I think I might go back and read it again just for that reason.

      • Do it. I did it sorta by accident and it was even better knowing more about them. I suspect there are going to be a lot of re-reads in my future. 🙂

  • Gregory In Seattle

    I am a bit confused, though. When this is taking place, Kyle is a minor. I had assumed he was living at HQ, but apparently not if he’s having teammates coming to stay. So where is this?

    • If you read the notes under the title-page and page 1 of this TOD comic, Alex gives the initial details about this set-up.

      You’re right that Kyle is a minor at this point (not being 18 until chap. 2 and this takes place before that), but being an orphant I guess he’s been allowed a place of his own (a 1-bedroom apartment from what we know). They all have their own area at HQ, so his place could either be located there or he has a separate place, like Spooky has (Spooky has been living on his own also since he was a minor).
      As for Paul and Mitch, I believe they live partly at home when they aren’t at HQ. Amanda and Gordon probably has a place of their own besides HQ.

  • Miiiiiiiiiiitchhhhhhh~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

  • Vernon K. Avaritt III

    Happy Birthday. I have been reading your comic for years

  • Shinashi

    Happy Birthday!!!! 😀 And this is adorable

  • Niggle

    Happy Birthday! Adorable comic is adorable.

  • Happy Birthday! Will you be attending Fanime?

  • Kate G

    Oh no, I did not just miss the creator’s birthday, NOT WHEN I HAVE THE PERFECT VIDEO!!!!!

    Ahem:
    https://youtu.be/q9h57OIaMFs

    (Fine, I love that movie FAR TOO MUCH.)

  • Kate G

    I would like to take this moment to suggest a new hypothesis: Kyle had a romantic relationship with Spooky but they parted amicably….which is why Spooks was totally unfazed about him coming out as gay to the rest of the team. (Maybe this was mentioned all ready but I am far too tired from a good massage to read all of the comments.)

    Also, guess who is trotting on Scooby Doo? MEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Now, if I could just learn to trot AND steer and the same time. I’ll get there, people, I’ll get there. I’ll stop whacking into therapy balls soon enough. I promise. If not….well, I predict my body will continue learning evasive measures much faster than a normal equestrian rider.

  • KiannaLeigh

    Ugh … so tired … so freaking tired. This is your fault Alex-senpai. But happy birthday, man. I hope you had at least some fun with it. But man, I don’t know how you write so much. Between editing my first novel, working as a part-time freelancer and fanfiction, I’m beat. You must have super powers. TEACH ME YOUR AMAZING WAYS, SENPAI!

    (For anyone who cares, I wrote a thing.

    http://archiveofourown.org/works/3852844

    Enjoy.)

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Yay, more fanfic! [leaps upon fanfic]

    • Kate G

      FANFICTION!!!! YEEEEEEEEEEES!

    • Lindsey Amethyst Hampton

      Dis is some awesome fanfiction, y’all. Read the thing.

    • Really cool – following along the storylines of the page! Would love to see how it goes!!!

    • Thank you for the Happy Birthday wishes, KiannaLeigh, and the fun fanficiton. That’s awesome. LOL! 😀

    • Keneu

      I love your fanfic!

  • Klaus

    I actually dreamed of Spooky this morning. He had saved me from something, and I asked if there was anything I could do for him, hoping he would ask for some sexual favor. This is somewhat strange, since Spooky is not the YP I consider most attractive. Anyway, he didn’t answer. I then asked him if it was unusual for people he had rescued to have a crush on him. He answered that it was very unusual form them to say so outright.

    • SofiaT

      Sounds like Spooky, alright.

    • I envy you. I dreamt I came home to find someone had taken all my furniture out of my house and replaced it with what looked like my grandmother’s furniture. Frankly, I’m afraid of thinking about that dream too much. I’d much prefer Spooky. Lucky you.

    • I’ve had the WEIRDEST dreams lately. With some of these dreams, I wish I could have had yours instead.
      My dreams are not really scary though some was on the edge, but plain weird – and alarm clock tends to go off at the most inconvenient time, so ending is left open to the part of them I remember.

      • Archidel

        I rarely remember my dreams, but there was at least one period during which I would have false awakenings (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_awakening, although I suspect that the name is self-explanatory enough for most people) multiple times in a row. That was definitely weird. Also, confusing and disorienting.

        • I far from remember all my dreams, and they’re not always as weird as they’ve been lately. Often I forget a lot/all of them shortly after I wake up. As in my conscious mind just put it away.
          Some things stick though. Often if it’s something really weird and/or if I’m deep in a dream and is woken up suddently (like the alarm clock or phone going off). Then I’m usually in a big state of WTF?

          • Archidel

            Did you ever wake up to find out you’ve been acting out your dreams? ‘Cause I have. During that same period I was having false awakenings I also frequently woke up somewhere next to my bed or in a different room altogether.

            At least once I woke up with a jar of peanut butter and a knife in my hands and a half finished sandwich in front of me. A sandwich I remembered having started to prepare during my last false awakening. Like I said; confusing and disorienting.

          • I haven’t tried that and that must be REALLY freaky. I think I’ve been sleepwalking a few rare times when I was younger, but I always woke up in my bed. It was more a sense of a few things that weren’t where I put them when I went to bed that makes me think I’ve sleepwalked a few times.

            I’ve been a night babysitter for a girl (over a year from she was 5-6) who suffered from night terror and sleepwalking. One and/or the other almost every night, but mostly in a smaller scale, and luckily she never remembered in the morning. Sometimes she felt a little sore from the tensions she had during her night terror that was it. Reading the description of false awakenings, I think some of the sleepwalking was in that category. I was able to lead her back to bed without waking her.

            One time she had a full blown panic attack, choke-screaming and crying, when she freaked about not being able to breathe right (she had asthma), and it took me over 5 mins to realize that she was still sleeping during this. She was talking with me, showed me where the inhalor was, answered my questions and such, but at the same time wasn’t fully aware of my presens. She DID have an asthma attack, but it was like she ran on autopilot.
            It wasn’t until I had given her the inhalor, had her calmed down and I was cuddling with her on the couch (about 20-25mins after she ‘woke up’) that she slipped from sleep into being fully awake. After that she was calmly put back to bed after about 45mins.
            I almost think that episode was more scary for me than for her, because she wasn’t fully aware until she had calmed down.

          • Archidel

            That does sound scary yes, for both of you, but if she didn’t actually remember what was going on in her sleep, I’d agree that it was more scary for you than for her.

        • Keneu

          I didn’t know about false awakenings, but I think many people have them at one point in their lifes. I don’t usually remember my dreams either. I only remember an episode of sleep paralysis when I was a teen, and it was horrible. I dreamt a family member was strangling me on my sleep, and I woke up screaming and crying. Other than that case, my dreams usually fade away after waking up.

    • Very interesting, Klaus. That’s really cool. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Gay, lol.

  • jreed3842

    I think this is officially my favorite page! I come back to it every day and always get the silliest smile.
    Kyle and Spooky makes the world feel right.

    • Yay! I do say I write my comics to enhance people’s lives. A smile every day definitely counts. 🙂

  • Klaus

    I went back and looked at the dressing scene http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch3pt1-page-16/ . It seems that Kyle’s suit is one piece. He can’t tale off just his gloves. That must be very imprectical. On page 14 it looks like even the boots are an integral part of the suit. How do you wash something like that? What if the glowes wear out before the rest of the suit?

    Anyway, holding hands is not an option for Spooky.

    • You are much more analytically smart than I am. Every time I am confronted with an issue such as the one you mention, I basically decide it has been solved by THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP.

      Needless to say, as a “go-to” solution that works much better here than it did at University. 🙂

      • El Chupacabre

        Chris, your comments are always so full of excellent. You’ve accomplished the seemingly impossible task of improving this comic, by talking about it.

        • What a completely kind thing to say. This is such a fun, smart group and we’re all here to huddle around the campfire of a really worthy meld of great writing and art.

          Whether it is Alex with the amazing Adam & Vero, or here with Alex and Julie, or Alex with the many other artists who have contributed so many pieces (Alex seems to be a running theme here… HA). I think we’re all lucky, both in AW’s choice of subject matter and, very much, in its execution. I know it makes me happy.

          (Just to beat this thought to death. How is it that the amazing Rum-Locker creates a completely unique Duncan and we all immediately accept that “his” Duncan is also “our” Duncan? I have to say the running connective tissue seems to be our Alex.)

          So I have great fun thinking and talking about this work and, additionally, great fun getting goofy with such a great group of people.

          Thanks for making my day and please remember this when I accidentally say something really inappropriate. (LOL)

  • Alex on his birthday weekend…
    http://i.imgur.com/9Tagw3n.jpg

  • Yuelio Menendez

    They look so cute sleeping together X3

    • I agree, and welcome to the comments section. I can see you’re an all new commenter 🙂

      • Yuelio Menendez

        Indeed I’m a new commenter 😀 thanks for the welcome.

        • And a heart welcome from me as well! Glad to have you here! 🙂

          • Yuelio Menendez

            Thanks so much to you too >w<

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Camping time. Not only are we waiting for the next page (and the answer to the burning question: will there be anymore embarrassment for Kyle, or will Commander step in to firmly steer the process back on track?) but also the announcement of who won in the first round vote for the world spanning team-up: Red Hot or Deacon or a third contender making a last minute sprint across the line.

    And then there’s round two. Allow me to speculate on how this might pan out. In order of what I think is most likely to least:

    * Possibly the two front runners are indicative of being the most popular characters in AWC fandom. If that’s the case, whichever of Red Hot or Deacon looses in the first round will win in the second, and if so there’ll be a Red Hot/Deacon teamup for the final picture.

    * Alternatively, AWC fandom may be conservative, in the sense of keeping the team-up within its respective story setting. It Red Hot wins round one, then… well, up until the events of YP chapter 2 I would have predicted Annihilator to win round two, but as a result of the current YP: Truth or Dare I wouldn’t be surprised by Red Hot/Spooky Jones pairing. If Deacon wins round one I expect a Deacon/Jeff pairing.

    * Finally, AWC fandom may decide to mix-and match, because eclectic weirdness rulez. I’m not even going to try to predict what would happen if we got our collective silly on.

    Your thoughts?

    • fujoshifanatic

      Well, putting on my silly hat, I would have loved to have seen a Maven/PP pairing, but I fear that would not have ended well ( i.e., one or both of them mortally wounded afterwards), so working with the top contenders, I would like Deacon/Spooky or Kyle/Jeff. Both would satisfy my cute/sexy quota quite nicely.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Sir Saxon, regarding your comment on the winners of the pin up competition, I’d just like to say that there is only one thing I seem to be able to focus on…
      http://i.imgur.com/tDL60jw.jpg

  • Ummm, I am not sure how “here” I am going to be for camping. I am now taking cough & chest congestion syrup and a nasal decongestant.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Take care of yourself, and keep warm by thinking Mitch thoughts.

    • Phyre Storm

      Just make sure you don’t get distracted with German folk tales or certain characters from another comic. You need your rest. ~_~

    • I agree with Saxon. Dr. Dangerfield proscribes that you take two Mitches and call him in the morning! Feel better you! I did the world worst cold two months ago. REST, with tea, lemon and honey. Take care kiddo.

      • Phyre Storm

        Wait, there are two Mitches? And she gets them BOTH?! No fair! I’m telling! 😛

        • (chris makes an appointment to discuss “Mitch-triplets” with alex)

          • Phyre Storm

            Nah, it’s cool. I don’t want to get arrested. I’ll just take Spooky. 😉

          • Well that’s just… WHUUUUUT?

          • Phyre Storm

            MINE! ‘;..;’

          • As the Cinderella sings…
            https://youtu.be/tjIssqHQJ6o?t=23s

          • Phyre Storm

            Sorry. I’m mentally diabetic. I can’t watch anything that’s coated in more than three layers of sugar.

          • HA!

            Edit: Then clearly Spooky is a complete no no for you. WAY too much sugar with that boy. LOL.

          • Phyre Storm

            OK, OK, I’ll watch the dumb thing. That movie annoyed the crap out of me when I was about 7, though.

          • Don’t hurt yourself. I picked the sing-a-long version, that will kill a mental diabetic. I’m too pretty to go to jail. LOL.

          • Phyre Storm

            *watches for one minute* BLEHHHCH!

            You better hope you go to jail before I catch you, little boy! 😉

          • Phyre Storm
          • Chris Dangerfield

            Ha… so funny.

          • Phyre Storm

            Spooky uses all-natural calorie-free stevia extract for his sweetness. So there. 😛

          • Chris Dangerfield

            I love a healthy boy! Excellent.

          • Phyre Storm

            FINE I’LL TAKE COMMANDER JEEEZ!!

            *waits until Chris gets distracted*
            *sneaks up and steals Spooky anyway*

            EDIT: Um, I meant Chris, not Christ… xP

          • Chris Dangerfield

            HA! (I got nothing…)

          • Phyre Storm

            Amanda, baby?

            Yes, phyre?

            The hostile force that’s holding Spooky and Mitch prisoner seems to be out of ammo at the moment.

            Roger that. Let’s move out!

          • Chris Dangerfield

            See you and Mandy were made for each other………… (ummmm I think calling her Mandy is grounds for being gutted… I’d probably better retire that as a BAAAAD idea. LOL)

          • Phyre Storm

            Yeah, you better run, son!

            And thanks SO much for letting me have the one person on the team you’re definitely not interested in. How magnanimous of you.

            I’m still taking Spooky too. 😛

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Hey… I’m a giver… don’t forget it. LOL.

          • Phyre Storm

            Yeah, sure, buddy. I’ll GIVE you something back one day. Now just GIVE me a break while I run out of here with my two most fuckable characters who are of age, plus some…money…or something. Because apparently I’m a villain now? Whatever. Muahahaahaaa!

          • Phyre Storm

            Actually, never mind. That’s just yuck. Commander and Spooky want to come with me because I’m, uh, a rival hero?

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Sorry you don’t get to be a villain until you work really really hard, take your victim to Hong Kong for awesome Dim Sum, win his trust, take him to hell, betray him and then kill a bunch of helpless civilians in a glass box.

            Sorry, but going on vacation with the legal cuties isn’t going to get you the title.

            Now now now… don’t get upset. I can tell you have all the attitude and drive needed to become a villain. Just give it a little time and some effort on your part and I’m SURE you’ll get there. GO PHYRE!

          • Phyre Storm

            Hey, no fair! Sircea didn’t have to do all that to be accepted as a villain! She…excuse me, I have another call.

            You had to…wha…for HOW long?! And then you…seriousl…but…HOW…ALL of them?! But what about…on stakes?! And…the whole city…

            You know what? I’m definitely going to be a rival hero/vigilante. >_>

          • Chris Dangerfield

            HA…. you’re brave… I wouldn’t even think about Sircea… I mean 6,000 years of practice. I don’t know how any of us compete with THAT? 😀

        • DC

          What only two? I thought we each had one in our minds or is that just my mind 🙂

          • Wow, you’re so restrained. You only have one in your mind? I’m impressed.

          • Phyre Storm

            You can have my claim on Mitch in exchange for the kitten in your avatar.

          • DC

            No, no not my kitten, I went through at least 6 different avatars until I finally settled with that one. There are lots of kittens on a site Des hommes et des chatons where I found this one.

          • Phyre Storm

            …There’s a site called “Cat Men?”

          • DC

            Men and cat
            http://deshommesetdeschatons.tumblr.com/
            they are on facebook too.

          • Phyre Storm

            Haha! OK, you can have the men and I’ll have the cats. I already have a man. 😛

          • I knew when you got that avatar from. I don’t have a tumblr account myself, but of course I managed to find that tumblr 1-2 years ago anyway (have it bookmarked).
            I mean, it’s kittens and men. It’s like the site has it’s own beacon to call me in 😉

    • Keneu

      Take care and rest.

    • davefragments

      Take care and get rid of whatever it is.

    • Feel better!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        You know in college we all thought there was no cold or flu bug that enough Tequila couldn’t kill… just sayin’. Don’t tell me that things have changed THAT much?

        • Never went to college so I can’t attest to this.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Oh like you didn’t discover this homeopathic medicine on your own. You are wayyyyy too smart to have missed this solution to mild maladies (sneaky admiral).

            (tip: if you guys are rude enough she might chuck one of her world famous tequila muffins at you… mmmmmm… delish!)

        • Phyre Storm

          Tequila? Really? You thought TEQUILA would fix all your problems?
          It’s vodka. DUH.

          • DC

            Doctors during the time of the Spanish flu prescribed Tequila. I wonder if the Russians or Poles use vodka for any or all ailments.

          • Phyre Storm

            We still do. Three generations out. ^_^

            EDIT: I speak only for myself, as a third-generation Polish-American who also has Russian roots. (/standard disclaimer)

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Everyone knows that Vodka is for a “cleanse”. Tequila is medicinal. DUH!

          • Phyre Storm

            No, no, you’ve still got it wrong. If you’re really sick, what you need is Everclear. That’s like vodka, tequila, and homemade moonshine in one. That’ll medicate AND cleanse your ass!

            Just don’t stand near me the first time you try it.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Sorry, my liver isn’t even young enough to read that comment any more. 😀

    • Danny

      Sympathy. I’ve been refusing to get sick for at least 3 weeks now (not-quite-scratchy throat, probably low grade fever, but no runny noses or hacking cough yet), so I hope whatever you have is a very short-lived event.

      • eh, as it is highly likely to be allergy related, this is only the beginning… this is probably sinus infectionish

        • Danny

          That’s pretty miserable. I still hope it’s more mild than you expect.

          • Eh, all things go away eventually…just a matter of waiting long enough.

          • Danny

            True. However, I think humanity needs to make elimination of colds and flus a priority.

  • Cooking some veggies but here to enjoy a last camping night before some lucky ladies go on a Japan trip…. (wish I could fit in a suitcase…)

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Carry on Bass Violin case… very delicate it must have it’s own seat in first class. (See the peeps in first all drink the free booze on long flights and then promptly fall asleep, so they won’t see you emerge from the foldable case). HEY! It could work. LOL.

  • Stubbylegs

    Panel 1: Boner Defenses…resuming control…

    Panel 2-3: “Oh FOR FUCK’S SAKE!!!”

    (incidentally, Spooky’s facial expression in the first panel suggests “I totally saw a boner, but if I stare straight ahead, no one will ever notice.”)

    • Chris Dangerfield

      All I can say is that your understanding of boner-issues is uncannily right-on! I mean… honestly. 🙂

      • Stubbylegs

        Over the course of my adolescence and into my 20s (I’m 32 now), I’ve been told by several people that I should have been born a dude, lol!

        • Chris Dangerfield

          I don’t know… seems like you’re making a good show as a smart observant dudette.

          Nice work regardless. I’ll happily give your card out to my straight friends with boys who are headed into puberty.

          STUBBYLEGS
          Boner management for the newly pubescent

          Heck, I remember needing that newsletter rather badly for a few critical years. LOL!

          • Stubbylegs

            Yes!!!!

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Anyone who hasn’t checked out the new image of Tsunami on the Patreon page… well let me just say that my feelings about Sir Grumpypants has just undergone a sea-change and — should a new milestone be met — it could shift a lot more. I think there might be things I don’t know about our Gordon yet. (whistles casually).

    NO I AM NOT SHALLOW… why ever would anyone say such a thing? 😀

    • davefragments

      Very nice portrait.

  • Page up very soon. 🙂

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Oh sweet sweet words.
      EDIT: Tip — that’s why he’s a WRITER!

  • davefragments
  • stickfigurefairytales

    More like “cousins” (in the American dub sense).

    • Kattriella

      I’m two years late, but oh my god, that reference . . .

  • Melinda M

    Why must you tease us. This must become real. ;o;

  • Aleks

    Shipping Kyle x Spooky now…shipping them so hard

    • Sarah Lebowicz

      I’ve been shipping them ever since the hug! :3

  • Ninhursag

    Is it just me or is Kyle kissing Spooky’s neck?

  • Zephyr10101

    or something