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The Young Protectors: Legendary Chapter One—Page 3

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Wait! Kyle and Spooky have some kind of sex plan? I’ve been reading the comments on the last couple page, and you guys promised me that this scene would just be about magical podiatry or something! Nobody said anything about sex! O_O

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So! Spooky and Kyle are planning to have sex! Is that weird? If it is, will Spooky admit it? And, uh, what’s going to happen next?!

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

  • ^_^

  • Yay! Err… maybe??

  • Madock345

    Yes it’s weird, ok, cut the chatter and get to it already!!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Sex with long-time friends and co-workers is always extra complicated even when it’s so very right.

      Still… AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU JUST WROTE!

      • Adam Black

        nah they just climb in bed,like usual,
        and this time Spooky doesnt pretend not to feel Kyles boner.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          That makes this magic moment sound so… reasonable.

          Unignored boners are a genre staple……. as are ignored ones. OMG, what to do?

          Ok, have awkward conversation until the clothes come off.

          See Spooky is uncut, so erect Spooks should be interesting. NO? And what about Kyle’s napalm-like pre-cum?

          So many unanswered questions — don’t give in prematurely. 🙂

          • Adam Black

            Spooky has fireproof underoos on in case of the napalm.

            They dont remember playing truth or dare.. odds are that gets repeated.

            Or just shower in front of each like normal… and take things to the next level.

          • Madock345

            If we get a goofy naked shower scene out of this I would be *soo happy.*

          • Adam Black

            Thats up to @alexwoolfson:disqus

          • *lol* ..”See Spooky is uncut, so erect Spooks should be interesting”

            For a second I wondered why that particular part was more intersting. Then I remember ‘oh right, it’s US’. Pretty much the only country in the western world (or most of world) where this isn’t the normal for most men (outside of religious or a medical needed reason).

  • Doki was so far at least partially right. ^_^

  • So I’m curious just how Spooky can help Kyle. Are there special spells to deal with flames during sex?

    • Madock345

      Spooky deals with Demon energies too… Maybe he has techniques to share.

      Just thought to wonder if Kyle could learn magick. Bet even some really basic spells could do cool things pumped up with his raw power. And his demon energy should protect him from madness like it did Spooky, right?

      • NoiseShaper

        Given what happened last time when he was dealing with demonic energy I guess he’d be less than enthusiastic about repeating that experience…!

        • Madock345

          Last time he brought spooky back from the dead and also saved the world.

          Seems pretty good times to me 😉

          • NoiseShaper

            Great results, but the process didn’t look at all comfortable or even pleasant…!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      How not? Flying snowmen aside, and the fact that the laser bear has been taken are of, I think a fire-sex-safety-spell is well within Spooky’s capabilities… NO?

    • Adam Black

      Nah , Spooky is a Flame swallow-er!

      spooks has been to hell unscathed. This will proabbly just charge him up.

    • Klaus

      According to the Kyle/Spooky trading card, handling hellfire was one of the first things Spooky learned in Hell.

  • Chris Dangerfield

    I’m all for “planning.” Nothing weird about it. Now, stop planning and start doing. Doing is good too!!!!

    Very fun Alex, Julie and Vero. Thanks.

  • NoiseShaper

    I think him being somewhat jittery about it is quite fitting…

  • Juust having a sex night, to make sure Kyle can safely have sex, now that he can control his fire much better. Now that’s a supporting friendship right there 😀

    (Or is it the demon-y thing as well?)

    • Spooky is a great friend.

      • That he is. A free bird who can’t commit to a boyfriend/girlfriend (yet), but as a friend he got your back – and obvious everything else if needed.

      • unknownlight927

        Don’t you mean great friend with BENEFITS… 🙂

  • unknownlight927

    They are planning to have sex?? OMG OMG!! So going back to my “Should Spooky keep the hat on question”…. 🙂 🙂

    • Curt Clark

      The answer’s always yes…

      well, almost. Spooky’s pretty nice to look at without it, too.

  • davefragments

    I have to try that pickup line:
    I’m having a bit of a magic problem sotting flames from my {bleep} when I orgasm. Can you help me find out what it is by having sex with me?”

    It’s better than “Hi, I’m aquarius with {bleep} rising. What’s your sign?”

    • NoiseShaper

      {bleep} = pretty much everywhere

      • davefragments

        We all know the words. {bleep} is funnier.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Funnier than [bleep]?

          • Curt Clark

            I’m partial to *BLEEP*, personally. Gets the *BLEEP*ing message across more strongly.

        • Pietro7

          Gotta agree with Dave. And that pickup line was hilarious. 🙂

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      DAAAVE!………OMG! I’m sorry……it’s that time of the year again…..survived a late birthday dinner with my bro and his family earlier this week……and next week will be rough…..But damn it! you made me laugh!!

  • Songbird

    Uh. I can’t wait to see how this story is going to pan out. I, um. I’m really curious to se know if–oh you know what? Screw it.

    *Shamelessly reaches for smut*

    GIMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEE FEED ME ALEX, FEED ME LIKE ONE OF YOUR FRENCH PLANTS.

    … I’m so sorry, back to the corner I go
    >_>

  • Sunseahl Silverfall

    I… I don’t think I’d be comfortable with sexy anytimes in this artistic style….
    It makes them look barely 13…. *cringes a bit*

    • Madock345

      They look fine to me, but maybe I just read too many doujinshi 😉

      • NoiseShaper

        Age is explicitly stated as adult for both, so it’s fine. Looking at the same characters through a different lens is all.

        In real life some people also look like teenagers way into adulthood, for better or worse.

        • Sunseahl Silverfall

          I never said it /has/ to change. i said that /I/, me, myself, of my own opinion, was uncomfortable with it. You guys aint gotta try to convince me otherwise or make assurances that things aren’t “that way”

          I know these things…. it does NOT, however, stop me from looking at this style and, from the start, seeing younger kids talking about having sex and THAT is why it makes /me/ uncomfortable.

          • NoiseShaper

            Even without the explicit information I don’t see “younger kids” but mid-to-late teens or younger adults just from the drawings.

            But perceptions can vary, of course.

  • Hmm, this is almost Spooky-therapy they’re about to do.

    I know they’re BFF’s, and this may be different, but since Spooky does counceling/therapy as part of his job (when he’s not with YP), I now can’t help wonder to what lengths he will go to help his clients.
    I think Spooky is ready to go (almost) as far as it takes to help who he can, and we also know he likes sex *a lot*. I’ve also wondered since the Truth or Dare, if sex is a way for Spooky to feel extra warm while doing it. It’s very heated sharing of body heat 😉

    • unknownlight927

      Truth or Dare was definitely the point I started shipping Spooky and Kyle seriously. And while I cant wait to see a Spooky/Kyle sex scene, I really hope they don’t paint it as a helping a brother out scenario!! 🙂

      • Well, it’s stated on previous page that Spooky has thought of this happening, so it’s obviously not only ‘therapy’ but something they both want, helping a bro out or not.

        Spooky has been behaving well, being a good friend, but now Kyle isn’t a minor so who knows where this could be going 🙂

      • Madock345

        Hey, for some of us here “helping a bro out” is hotter than romance.

        • unknownlight927

          Oh I 100% agree with you, but this is one of my favorite ships of all time so my shipping heart is currently fighting my “bro code” brain!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

          • NoiseShaper

            I don’t think they’re insecure enough for having to maintain any distracting bro pretense, really.

          • Madock345

            Doesn’t have to be a pretense. They can just be bros. Bros who [bleep]

          • NoiseShaper

            Sure, but having to pretend that it’s not at all about each others’ enjoyment is pretty tedious…!

          • Curt Clark

            I see it as more of an FWB thing rather than a love thing. It’s CERTAINLY not a “no homo” thing.

            …at least, as presently shown. In my head it’s hearts, candles, flowers, candies, and absolutely no Hell-lord daddies anywhere in sight. :p

    • Bei Dawei

      You know, it turns out that there are actually RULES about this sort of thing.

      • Spooky doesn’t seem to follow many rules, at least if they go against him and he doesn’t like that rule.

        • Bei Dawei

          Then he can expect to get his license revoked, sued probably, and if he lives in California, criminal charges are a possibility. Unless he’s providing religious counseling, in which case he may well get away with it.

  • davefragments

    Spooky was chained to the demon Anando. That requires speculation:

    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-bonus1-page-22-23/

    • Songbird

      Wait did we ever get the backstory on that?

      • Madock345

        I think in some patreon only text stories.

        • Songbird

          I don’t remember seeing them when I was a patron, just my luck to miss the juicy bits. Um. No pun intended.

          • Check the Short Story tag to the left on Patreon. They’re there. The topic of Anaado is touched, creating theories for later on, in one of the short stories.

          • Songbird

            Thanks Danish. I needed a kick to re-sub anyway

    • Madock345

      Isn’t he holding Anando’s chain there?

      • davefragments

        Could be. My eyes are tired tonight.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Now I have to get through the [bleep] scene without humming “Great Balls of Fire” ….this could be tough!

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Gotta say that I love Julie’s take on Kyle expression in the final panel. It communicates a set of conflicted feelings that are “all over the place” and that few of us could put into words.

    Lovely work.

    • Curt Clark

      Agreed. The sex scenes might feel weird because of how much younger they both look here than at the end of EtE, but the expressiveness and emotions are absolutely on point. 🙂

  • NoiseShaper

    Sure, if you can stand the heat you’re all set!

  • Adam Black

    and theres a special hell or Punsters, too,
    I hope Kyle is also prince of that in case you need to be freed

  • Adam Black

    Funny story,

    you never want to get any capsaicin cream on your hands, in case yoou jerk off a hot boy 12 hours later. Not even a tiny bit.

    There is even a danger of sweating it out in other places.

  • Michael

    I don’t know what’s up with my twisted mind, but this is the first thing it jumped to after panel 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1rscPaS7TQ

  • fujoshifanatic

    Oh! So Spooky is doing Kyle a solid and properly devirginizing him. I think that’s super sweet of him. I’m imagining that this will be a little bit funny and cute, as well as tender, sexy and, of course, red hot!

    • Bei Dawei

      “Insert Tab A into Slot B. Repeat as necessary.” Wait a minute, am I Tab A or are you Tab A?

      • Curt Clark

        SPOOKY: “Weren’t you listening when we found that yaoi site of us? I’m totally Tab A” ;p

        • Bei Dawei

          I think Step One should involve Kyle unbuttoning his collar.

  • Holly

    *ambles in* Did I miss the camp?

    • Madock345

      Not at all, in fact you’re three whole days early!

      • Holly

        I had planned for this night to be my grand return to YP camping. But instead I got drunk and flirted with a bassist.

        Heck I missed the ending of the first part and everything.

        • Madock345

          Bassist huh? Sounds like a damn good reason to be late to me.

        • Bassists can be very sexy. ^_^

  • bobbyjoeguy

    *Reading along, minding my own business…”we’re going to have sex.”* WHAAAAAAT!? Oh my…

  • davefragments

    It’s 2am and I’m going to sleep. Have a good night/day/morning/evening. See you tomorrow.

  • Sal Wolffs

    Nice double bluff. Now to read the start of this conversation again carefully… Yep, that’s exactly the phrasing if Spooky offered, and was a bit more open, direct and practical than Kyle expected. And this last panel matches that tone.

    I suppose Spooky just skipped all prior steps for a new relationship since they’re already beyond 3-date familiar with each other. Of course, you can skip those steps for a one-night stand as well, but I think this is going to be a little more tender and emotional than that.

    Also, Kyle is crushing on Spooky so hard (mostly last page, which I missed, but some here as well). It’s really cute. Spooky, meanwhile… Given the memories shown in Truth or Dare, would he have known all along and just been patiently giving Kyle time?

    Then again, knowing how nice it is to just snuggle up to someone… Given an excuse to do so (like Spooky’s chills), does Kyle liking to share a bed like that even have to mean anything? Would a straight Kyle possibly enjoy cuddling with Spooky just as well?

    • Nichelle Haliday

      I think he would, honestly. Kyle’s issues with his powers would not only have prevented sex, but any kind of intimacy at all because he’d have been too afraid of accidentally hurting someone. I wouldn’t have been surprised if he’d been a bit touch-starved before this. And as Spooky is powerful enough to protect himself and one of his closest friends, I can see a straight Kyle being in a platonic cuddle relationship with Spooky.

      • Sal Wolffs

        That makes sense. It’s hard for me to estimate, since I’m not straight or even exclusively gay, so I can’t really “feel” where the boundaries are with a gender you can’t be attracted to.

        • NoiseShaper

          There really aren’t any explicit boundaries other than for some reason all people you may feel attracted to happening to be of one gender. That’s pretty much it.

          For other people sexual attraction can happen with both genders, but that’s essentially what it’s all about and where everything starts.

  • Sal Wolffs

    I think Kyle is going to smoulder, even if he won’t shoot fire. Pretty hard to keep things dark if your eyes are brighter than candles.

    • Curt Clark

      It still sounds kinda romantic like that…

      • Sal Wolffs

        Never said it wouldn’t be romantic, just not dark. In fact, I think leaking flame everywhere when getting close to orgasm would be extremely sexy.

        Assuming it doesn’t land me in the burn ward. Could Kyle now tune his flame to, I dunno, 50-70 degrees? Or extend his fire protection to his partner so higher temperatures don’t leave more damage than that.

        • davefragments

          That might be what he asked Spooky to help find out.

  • Mary Klemzak

    Tbh, I’m not liking this art style. Looks more Nickelodeons,which I never really liked, or Disney channels cartoons.

    If they’re going to do the do, I’m afraid it won’t look as good as your regular style. Just my point of view. Sorry of it offends anyone. I’ll probably get tones of flak for saying this.

    • Madock345

      Just a matter of taste, I suppose. I tend to prefer styles like this, bright and clean and expressive. And, at least to me, definitely sexy. I still remember her work on the Truth or Dare comic. I hope it won’t bother you too much

    • SpectreWulff

      I’m glad someone had the courage to say something about the style being utilized. I truly don’t like to complain; however, the artwork is a tad too “Archie”-ist for me (and not the Hot new RIVERDALE Archie). In addition to the fantastic storyline, the great artwork was one of the other reasons I became a fan of YP. And like many of you, I also chose invest in Alex with Paetron. Does this mean I’ll cancel my Paetron-age? Of course not! I love Alex’s work and hope to see more for many years to come.

      Yes, it is a matter of taste; so, you can take my comments with a grain of salt. It’s just my opinion. I sincerely apologize to Alex and his crew if I have offended any of them. It wasn’t my intention to do so.

    • Phil Mathem

      I also have problems with the art here, but for a different reason. In and of itself, I’m cool with this style, though I do prefer the more detailed, traditional superhero comic style we normally get. But I was fine with this in the Truth or Dare interlude; it sort of made it look like we were seeing the team as their younger, more voice-cracky, awkward puberty ravaged selves, which was no problem for that particular bit. The problem with it here, for this arc, is that Spooky and Kyle are gonna get it on, and I’m sorry, in this style, it’s gonna look bad…. like really bad… like **illegal** bad. Kyle looks somewhere between 12 and 14 in this style, and Spooks is only looking maybe a year older than that. I’m actually probably not gonna read the rest of this arc, because I don’t want to go anywhere near something that’s gonna look as close to contraband as this will. And that really sucks, because Kyle and Spooky deserve to have a good time together, and I was really looking forward to it. But this strikes me as potentially dangerous.

      • Klaus

        I don’t think they look that young.

    • Jim Philbrick

      I agree

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Saxon gets home from Saturday roleplaying games. Reads today’s update. Nods. That will give the fans something to look forward to and speculate on.
    Saxon goes on to read author’s notes. Almost snorts tea out his nose over the ‘magical podiatry’ comment.
    If Alex is fishing for magical podiatry fanfic, then he’s going to have to get someone else to write it. I’ve already done my bit with the hellsnake fanfics.

    • Pietro7

      “Magical podiatry fanfic”. I am trying to imagine that. Failing, too. “Magical podiatry fanfic.” Hmmmmm. Dr. Scholls with art and humorous social commentary? 🙂

  • bronakopdin

    I had some kind of hunch after last page’s comment by Kyle x’D
    As you also promised with your “experiment” it was foreseeable but to be honest, I didn’t expect it to happen this fast LOL

    Hopefully patreon fixes it’s issues soon x’D I was wondering about getting the same mail thrice but then ending up 404 ^^’

  • Bei Dawei

    Okay, I was wrong. No magical podiatry.

    So they’ve got a plan. I wonder if one of them drew it up, like one of those football strategy charts.

  • Nate

    Does Spooky have an agenda? Action items? Is there… PowerPoint? *shudder*

    • Pietro7

      Say it ain’t so!

  • Jake McCoy

    I wonder what Spooky is going to “help” Kyle with. Maybe the fact Kyle’s powers goes haywire during sex or he wants to know if his dad is not formulating another plan to conquer Earth?

    • Okin

      Yeah, good idea, I totally forgot about that power thing. Maybe Spooky can put some kind of magic seal on him, but he can only do it when they actually have sex? Or maybe it’s some sort of sex-magic ritual . . . hmm

    • Songbird

      Maybe he just wants Kyle to be able to safely get some relief without hurting anyone. He’s probably immune to Kyle’s fire, at least to an extent.

      • Jake McCoy

        Yeah, I think you’re on the money

  • James Wade

    …it’s almost as if our lives were scripted! 😉

  • Andy Diehl

    Just reiterating my theory that Kyle’s powers only go crazy when he has an orgasim *on his birthday*. Remember it’s only happened twice and the first time was when he “had just turned twelve” http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch1-page-56/ (panel 3) And of course Spooky also opened a passage to hell on his birthday because “Birthdays have power” http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch3pt1-page-27/ (secondpanel)

    • Sal Wolffs

      Oh god wouldn’t that be just awful? All this restraint, all this time, while he only really had to skip birthdays.

      Although I’m still wondering how a horny teen boy never got creative enough to try again in the middle of a lake/river, or a patch of sand or bare rock somewhere. Maybe a cave, or, worst case, a desert (do demons get heat stroke?).

      • Madock345

        The magic of PTSD~~~

        • Sal Wolffs

          Good point. And horrible to think about.

      • Keneu

        If he was put on foster care or on a young hero program right afterwards, maybe he couldn’t simply go wherever he wanted. Also what Madock345 said.

        • Sal Wolffs

          I’m assuming they didn’t lock him up in a basement… He did have at least some privacy and autonomy at 17, visiting a gay bar and all. PTSD seems a better explanation. On which note, did he receive any counselling, or did ExSec et al. just leave a traumatized 12-year-old to blame himself for power incontinence?

          Also, I think I said this before, but if whoever took care of him afterwards knew what triggered the fire at his first foster home, they really should’ve tried to quietly give him opportunity to go somewhere safe and private.

          • Pietro7

            Which makes me strongly suspect that he didn’t tell anyone at the time, and simply lived with the guilt/sex association. I have to believe Amanda would have tried to address the problem if she had known, but I suspect that by the time he met her he had buried the feelings/memory too deep to tell her. Which makes his revealing it to Duncan even more of a painful twist. Dang, this Alex guy can write!

          • Keneu

            Agreed.

            Well, it’s far more autonomy than I was given at that age. I can count the times I went out with friends with the fingers of a single hand. *shrugs* My brother on the other hand had more leeway just bc he was a guy.

            It’d be a nice surprise if ExSec has mental health professionals on call or at least they get training in how to deal with people going through such things. However, I get the impression they are more concerned about making sure superhumans aren’t a threat.

  • Toli Bera

    aww! They’re gonna be friends with benefits! (I hope it also includes Health benefits, Dental, Vision, and vacation pay :P)

  • Jeff Baker

    I have a “to do list,” but nothing like this! 🙂

    • Curt Clark

      I dunno, Spooky’s been on MY “to do” list for a while now :p

      • Jeff Baker

        🙂

  • Zephyr10101

    It’s not weird. It’s necessary, like groceries or masturbation

  • Jim Philbrick

    With this current child-like art style under use to portray the characters,, the sex talk between Kyle and Spooky is coming off rather creepy…and distasteful

    • AuroraMoon

      Eh…. I take it that you’re not used to the anime/manga art style, then?
      I’ve seen art styles where the characters depicted was supposed to be like 35 years old but looked like he was 17 or something. and I’ve gotten used to stuff like that.

      I tend to look at it this way– There are plenty of adults out there who tend to look younger than their age. I was one of them after all. when I was 21 years old, I looked like I was 14 years old. And I looked even younger than that when standing next to the tall members of my family… I was always the shortest one in my family, so when going out with my family at 17-18 years old the waiters would automatically assume I was like 12 and ask me if I would like the children’s menu. true story.
      So for me the youthful appearances here isn’t so bad… provided that you just keep in mind that they’re just legal adults who tend to look young for their ages. Just focus on their character, etc instead of the art style.
      It’s true though that you shouldn’t exactly view this in a public place where people could misunderstand the context of this story though.

      • Jim Philbrick

        The trouble for me is I’m used to the Kyle’s look from the previous chapter….classic superhero style…..so this is shocking.

        • AuroraMoon

          Yeah, that’s understandable.

  • Curt Clark

    Welp, I said I was here for the duration, and I meant it.

    That said, I can see where people are coming from with regards to the art style. I do appreciate this artist’s talent for bringing out the characters’ youth, vulnerability, and emotions…however, I too am slightly flinching at the thought of what the sex scenes are going to look like.

    I trust the creators’ choices, though, so chances are I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

    That said, I now know that I would 100% hire Julie to design the characters for the Spooky Jones cartoon series, if I could raise the capital to make it.

    • unknownlight927

      Yeah, the art style caught me off guard too, but as the pages go on, it really started to grow on me. A part of me wishes we could see the sex scenes ETE style, but I have been craving a Spooky/Kyle pairing for YEARS so beggars can’t be choosers!! 🙂

      • Maybe we will get lucky and also get another sex scene when Adam returns. Will there only be the one time? Who knows. Maybe we will at least get another kiss later on.

  • Dannykat

    By god… It’s the moment I’ve been waiting for! It’s been a rough week, but this does make me feel a lot better.

  • Josy

    If the sex gonna happen, please not with this art style, they look like a bunch of young children instead of young adults…

  • Mark Cothern

    I feel like I’ve missed an episode or something….

    • Bei Dawei

      You probably missed the prologue. It went like this:

      KYLE: “I say old chum, seeing as I’m gay, and you’re bi, why don’t we have sexual relations?”

      SPOOKY: “Capital idea. Let’s draft a plan.”

      KYLE: (scribbles on paper) “Okay, this X is me, and O is you. Now if you follow the arrows…”

      SPOOKY: “Blast it man, why do I have to be O?”

      KYLE: “Okay, I’ll be O.”

      SPOOKY: “In that case should I follow the arrows backward?”

      KYLE: “Confound it all!” (crumples paper)

      • Sal Wolffs

        Yup, as plans go, you have to admit, that’s a little weird.

      • Jac

        Okay, I really hope they choreographed this.

  • Jason Moon

    I just walked into the middle of the movie and am going “What the HEY?”

  • Pietro7

    I feel bad saying this, but I like the new art less with each page. I realize that Julie will likely grow into her work the same way Adam did, but frankly, I’m increasingly uncomfortable with the juvenile (and relatively stiff) way that Kyle is being portrayed here. I wish I wasn’t, and I’ll continue reading and supporting by Patreon, but this is much less appealing, and more squicky, than I expected. 🙁
    There. I had to get that out in the open. Hope the people who can enjoy this style will still do so, but I’m not one of them, alas.

    • Bei Dawei

      If you read the words without looking at the art, it loses a lot of its “Aw shucks” vibe. So the art doesn’t just make them look younger, it makes the whole thing more…cartoony.

      • Twila Lin

        I rather have seen it keep the old style than this. The art style is what drew e to the comic in the first place. This? This looks like something anyone could throw together. Nothing against the artist, but that just my opinion, I’m not a fan of this style of artwork and am finding I’m not paying much mind to the comic anymore.

        • Adam will be back for chapter 2 of this arc. After making 2 pages a week, almost every week, for 5 years + extra art for the posters, he is taking a well deserved break 🙂

  • Ruben

    Is it me or are they not even half as buff as before….

  • davefragments

    I looked through all 5 chapters, interludes, and extra pages of “Engaging the Enemy.” Kyle reveals his past once.
    There is a second reveal but it’s not from Kyle.
    The first revelation is in chapter 1 on pages 55 and 56 after Hunter and Killer disrupt the Kyle and Duncan’s date. They are standing alone and Kyle says that he was 12 years old when he had his first chance at an orgasm and he burnt his FOSTER Family’s house down and hurt his sister. He doesn’t embellish beyond those simple facts.
    Page 55: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch1-page-55/
    Page 56: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch1-page-56/
    The second revelation is much more telling and is the reason that Kyle doesn’t say it. Laampros relates some family history in Chapter 5 page 38. He says what Kyle would not — That Kyle’s foster sister was badly burnt and in her pain and agony chased him from her hospital room, telling him to never return. That’s why Kyle remained a virgin — guilt over nearly burning his foster sister to death and shame because his orgasm ignited the house. Laampros also accuses Kyle of destroying all of his friends just like he burnt his foster sister — with his fire. Kyle isn’t even human because he was put on the earth top open the gateway and let his father, Laampros, dominate the earth.
    That’s Laampros’ final stabbing taunt because Kyle is the only power on earth standing between him and domination of the world.
    Page 38: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ch5-page-38/
    page 39: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ch5-page-39/
    That’s Kyle’s backstory. That’s why Kyle never dated or had sex.

    • Pietro7

      Excellent research Dave. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Ishvaara

    It’s definitely a new look, but I’m starting to enjoy it. Looking forward to next year at FlameCon (I’ll finally be tabling there!)

  • xLizardx

    Maybe Spooky is going to help him to learn to control his fire ability when losing control in, ah, other respects. 🙂

    • T2

      This was my guess but I didn’t want to say it!

  • Frater Gymnos

    No, Kyle, not weird at all given the right time and place and person. Looks like you’ve scored all three. (Thanks, Alex)

  • MOAauthor

    Given the facts that: A) You’re both into men, B) He’s a magical expert and you’re a half demon that incinerates their surroundings when they cum, C) You two are already comfortable enough with each other to do this. No it’s not that weird.

  • Earl Patterson

    Sorry to say, You might lost fan from me… If I keep seeing this art look like children than in past arts

  • Malecentaur

    I have followed the series since early on in Artifice, and I have to agree with everyone who says that this art style does not fit. The guys look like they are early teens, kids basically. I thought this was a flashback, until I found that this actually continues the previous story. Their bodies and faces do not resemble the superheroes we know. The faces are way too cartoony. And this is going to turn into a sex scene? Alex, please just pause this arc, and wait for the regular artist to return. Please try and find another way to keep the budget going – because I understand you cannot afford to be without any revenues – but this feels all wrong.

  • Galopa WXY

    Can’t wait for what comes next <3 who cares about the cartoony style!

  • Klaus

    The links to Kyle and Spooky at the bottom of the author’s comments section do not work

  • Nikki Valstar

    Those letters are painful-to-read-tiny

  • Klaus

    The characters do not look so very young to me. Why do people think they look so much younger than in Adam’s art?

    • Madock345

      I don’t get it either. Maybe some of us spent more time with asian art or modern cartoons, where age differences between characters tend to be more subtle, they all have kind of a smooth, lithe look. I imagine without that background you could read these two as much younger than I am. Could be something else though.

    • Madock345

      Whatever it is, I like the new style just fine. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      Haters need to go back and look at the sexy scenes she did for Truth Or Dare, I thought those were great!

      • Malecentaur

        Excellent suggestion! I did, and the Truth or dare Spooky is i.m.o. much closer to the one in the main story as the one in this story, which has a more slender face than in the other story lines. Kyle’s face looks younger to me in that one too, but his body in ToD is much closer to the main storyline: muscular, more broad shouldered.

        Oh, and please, don’t call people who have an honest critique haters.

    • Malecentaur

      Several things: the size of the eyes in relation to the rest of the face (big eyes = more child like), Kyle’s button nose i.r.t. the longer, straight nose of a near adult, the slighter build (both of them, but especially Kyle). Those are the main things for me.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Style is just “individual taste.” It carries through any art-form from writing, to illustrations, to television and film. It’s Julie’s personal art and conversely, it’s “what YOU, the audience, likes.” And that’s just fine also.

      Quality and the ability to share story and feeling is also it’s own thing. Julie does a lovely job at illustrating the emotions that Alex writes in his pages. Her “style” is definitely her own and not Adam’s, but the quality is definitely worthy of praise and very enjoyable. There is story telling here. And for me, that’s the thing.

      For me there is no right or wrong answer in this discussion, just personal taste and opinion… and that is just fine. I just enjoy the TYP story and I’m very grateful that Julie’s style does not = HIATUS.

      Thank you all (Alex most of all) for keeping the pages coming. It’s such a high point in my week. *applause* and appreciations.

  • Saikkusukka

    We have to get merch of Spook’s hat someday.

    • Klaus
      • Chris Dangerfield

        It’s adorbs. I keep mine in my office because it makes people ask about it… Bwwaaaaahahahahahaha. And then I TELL them.

      • Saikkusukka

        Well shut me up and call me Stacy! I’ve been missing out :0

  • Snorlaxation

    Oh! I get it. Gotta keep Kyle from overflowing, take some of the ‘heat’ or edge off.

  • I came here to comment that I was probably gonna miss camping tonight because I am beyond tired right now.
    And then I realized…. It’s only Monday! Hopefully I am more up for camping tomorrow night! 😀
    I’ll see y’all then!

    • I’ve been a day ahead for days. At least I remembered last night, before I set my timer to camp time 🙂

  • Madock345

    Flushing the pipe, surely. Unless we’re about to find out Kyle got more from Laampros than just fire and retractable spikes ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Mary Klemzak

    I’m glad what I had to say didn’t visibly upset anyone. I was thinking I’d get flack for it, but I’m very glad you guys are so cool!

    I’ll still be reading this faithfully. Who doesn’t love SpookyKyle interaction? Specially after that ending? I’d be a fool to quit cold turkey. It would take a lot for me to quit. Like, seeing visible gore? Unending suffering, with no hope? I haven’t seen any of that, thankfully.

    The heroes are awesome, abd beautiful, as well as showing their youth.

    • NoiseShaper

      It would take a lot for me to quit. Like, seeing visible gore? Unending suffering, with no hope? I haven’t seen any of that, thankfully.

      Indeed. That would probably push me over the edge as well, but I’m pretty sure Alex and the artists agree with that, too!

    • Madock345

      Now I’m wondering what it would take for me to stop, since gore doesn’t bother me and unending suffering describes several other things I enjoy…

      • Pietro7

        A few years ago I’d have asked if you were a Chicago Cubs fan, as that was pretty much the definition of unending suffering. 🙂 But even the Cubbies can win now and then.

        • Madock345

          My favorite movie is The Room 😉

      • Mary Klemzak

        I have no idea how people like that enjoy it. Do you disassociate? Figure its not real? Its harder for me. I’m very tenderhearted. I hare seeing people suffer and in pain.

        • Saxon_Brenton

          I know the feeling. I have trouble with really emotional or visceral TV and films, because I have trouble telling myself its just fiction. I think that’s why I prefer to read over view.

          • Mary Klemzak

            I easily get into shows and movies. Not as much now that I’m older. You know its a good piece of art with storytelling when people get involved and talking.

        • For me, I’m very bad at seeing it on ex. TV, as it gets too visual (absolutely hate horror torture-movies, refuse to watch SAW or Hostel and the like), but I’m pretty good with reading it and can handle much more creepy stuff. I’m very visual in my head when I read too, but I can still keep that mental wall. I can’t do that if it’s visually ‘served’ to me.
          I should also mention I’m kinda the same with romance. I can read lots of romance, but cutie chick-flick movies with lots of emotional reactions can be almost too much for me.

          Comics are a grey area in between. I can disassociate, because I know it’s not real but something can still make me uncomfortable to watch/read.

    • That is something I love about this community.
      Everyone here respects each other and their opinions.
      Far too often I see shit on the internet where someone disagrees with someone else and they automatically resort to name-calling.
      I am CONVINCED this is the best community on the internet.

      Y’all rock!

      • And should they resort to name-calling, we mods are here to tell them it’s a big no-no 😉

      • Mary Klemzak

        Definitely!

    • Pietro7

      I am closing my eyes and imagining the scene as Adam would have drawn it. Churlish of me, I know, but it helps.

      • Mary Klemzak

        Me too.

        I might like this style of she made a different bl webcomic herself, separately from who we’ve learned to know and love? Maybe thats what’s different? We know what these guys look like.

  • I have arrived for camping! I may be a bit early! But I have snacks! Help yourselves to my wide variety of foods! 😀

    • Pietro7

      Clue us in, jreed – what did you bring? I’ve got half of a meltingly-ripe honedew melon on the table. Eat this one with a spoon.

      • I’ve got cookies.
        I’ve got fruit.
        I’ve got chips.
        A whole bunch of chocolate.
        You name it. I’ve got it!

        • Pietro7

          Dibs on the chocolate! 🙂

    • davefragments

      yay! snacks!

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers,
    How’s it going tonight?

    • I’m doing quite well! How are you?!

      • davefragments

        quietly doing mundane things all day

        • davefragments

          and I should have added — Houston Texas is overwhelming on the news.

          • Pietro7

            Painful to watch on TV. Memo to self: do not build a major city in a swamp. Do not build a major city in a swamp . . .

          • davefragments

            The saddest fact is that this storm is possibly the once in a thousand year occurrence.

            Of course, it’s not good to let developers build housing plans on flood plains.

          • Saxon_Brenton

            I was disturbed by a summary given on one of the evening news reports last night: Normally hurricanes suck up water and heat from the ocean and then once they pass over land dump the water and weaken. But Harvey is blocked from moving by competing high pressure systems so it can’t move right now, and has dumped so much rain that it’s still able to suck up water from the resulting flood. As a result its effectively feeding itself even though its moved away from its nominal power source.
            That’s pretty darn scary.

          • Wasn’t weather from the Gulf feeding into it as well as it stalled over land?

          • davefragments

            Yes, the upper winds in that part of the USA were still. The Jet Stream was elsewhere and didn’t blow the giant low pressure away. THat’s how most hurricanes (which are multiple thunderstorms around a central eye) get blown around and moved across the map.
            I have friends who visited the Gulf of Mexico and the water is warm. One liked it but his wife and kids hated it because it felt like bathwater. That much heat powers the storm. It funnels water from the Gulf, up into the high (40,000+ feet) sky and then all that water condenses and falls in those rain bands.

    • Doki is stressed. Trying to decide if I need to talk to mother about either getting a Day Nurse for Granny or a facility. I am one person and I cannot stay up 24/7 to deal with an issues she has. I have asked her whether she wants me awake at night or during the day. She says she wants me awake during the day and then keeps me up all night. I feel like I am reaching a breaking point.

      • davefragments

        The hardest thing I had to do was put my Mother in a nursing home.

        • Yeah, but the last time she was in a place somewhat like that (“life care center” after having a knee replacement) she got a STAPH (sp?) infection.

          • davefragments

            May I email you?

          • sure just add the gmail bit to the end of my name.

      • Oh no Doki.
        I am so so sorry all of that is forced upon you.
        After my grandma lost her ability to use her legs my family placed her in a nursing home. They treated her like shit. So we took her to another. That one was just as bad if not worse.
        So we decided we were going to just bring her home and tale care of her ourselves.
        Grandma had around the clock care. But that was split between me, my sister, my mom, my aunt, and one of my grandma’s sisters.
        And that was stressful enough! I can’t imagine doing all that by myself.
        *many many many hugs*

        • Pietro7

          Wishing strength and endurance for you, Doki. And gentle sleep for grandma at least seven hours per night.

      • Madock345

        🙁

        I’m really sorry you’re going through that. My mom has a lot of medical/psychiatric problems and I know how hard it can be to take care of a family member who needs so much attention, especially when they’re really inconsistent with what they actually want from you. I have my dad for help though, doing it all by yourself… that’s terrible. You must be very strong to have done it this long. I know I would put my mom in a care facility if something happened to my dad, but I can’t tell you what to do in your situation. Just know you have all the internet hugs and positive vibes I can send your direction. <3

      • I’m so sorry, Doki. Talk to your mother, explain it’s either one or another, because if you break you won’t be able to do any of it. And we don’t want you to break! 🙁
        *hugs*

    • Madock345

      Pretty good. Just got back from a trip to the pool with my roomie. Now, got college work before bed, some Latin to read, some Quran. Nothing big yet. Plenty of time to camp 🙂

      • davefragments

        Tomorrow, I have to put some tax papers in order form last year and I found 2 boxes of old photographs in my garage that I have to sort through to see which ones I want to scan

        • Madock345

          Oh that sounds so cool! I love random old photos. You should show us any cool ones if they aren’t too personal/identifiable.

          • davefragments

            You can see my face (it’s my avatar) but I was the photographer of the family and spent my time behind it. I’m in the least number of photographs.

  • Pietro7

    This analogy is getting into a very strange no-man’s-land between biology and engineering. Oh wait, it’s not strange, its Plumbing! 🙂

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Hello campers. In addition to the food jreed3842 has already brought, I was IRL cooking pastry mushrooms last night (small shortbread pastry cases, with a dollop of jam in the bottom and then a covering of creamed butter and sugar, and a sprinkle of nutmeg).
    And because they were cooked IRL within the past 24 hours, I have virtual copies to share with the rest of you. Please dig in.

    • Pietro7

      Yum!

    • *grabs a pastry muffin* Thanks!

    • Mmmmmmmm. Those sound wonderful!

    • davefragments

      yummy

    • Madock345

      Recipe or riot!

      • Saxon_Brenton

        The recipe is simple, but I can never remember the proportions. I’ll need to wait till I get home and copy out the details. However, that won’t be until tomorrow, because I’ve got RPG gaming this evening and don’t get home until midnight.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Jam mushrooms

        Pastry:
        – General observations: I have a few receipes for pastry crust that I’ve had passed down to me from my mother and both grandmothers. Supposedly even slight variations in proportions of ingredients will make differences in the texture and taste, but I’m not that fussy an eater so I don’t have a particular preference, and tend to use whatever recipe variation is in the cookbook I happen to pick up. This is just the one I was using yesterday. Obviously adding or substracting sugar will change the sweetness, but also note that increasing the proportion of butter in the mix will make the pastry crunchier.

        Pastry ingredients:
        – 250 grams (1/4 lb) butter
        – 2 eggs
        – 1 cup sugar
        – 3 cups self raising flour
        Method:
        – cream butter and sugar
        – add eggs one at a time, allowing to mix individually
        – shift in flour
        – roll pastry flat, cut out circles and place in recesses of baking trays.
        – using some off the offcut pastry, roll thin cylinders of pastry about 1 cm (1/3 inch) long for using as the ‘stems’ of each mushroom, and also place in baking tray
        – bake at medium heat

        Cream:
        – General observation: This is a mock cream that is actually equal parts butter and sugar. The finer the sugar, the smoother the result.
        cream ingedients
        – 250 grams (1/4 lb) butter
        – 250 grams (1/4 lb) icing/frosting sugar
        – 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
        Method:
        – blend the butter and sugar, add vanilla essence

        Final mushroom pastry
        ingredients:
        – patry cases (as above)
        – cream (as above)
        – jam
        – nutmeg
        Method:
        – place a small dollop of jam in the bottom of each pastry
        – fill in rest of pastry case with the mock cream mixture
        – sprinkle nutmeg lightly over top of mock cream, then place in a pastry stem to make the final result look like a picked and upended mushroom

        • Madock345

          *puts down torch*

          Oh, interesting, so the filling isn’t cooked at all? I mean, creamed butter and sugar is delicious, but I never considered using them as a final ingredient. Must be very sweet!

          Thanks for the recipe, I’ll probably try it out next time a group asks me to bring snacks

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Oh yes, its very sweet. Despite my own sweet tooth I usually reduce the proportion of sugar in the pastry by about half a cup. Also, I deliberately make smaller size pastry cases rather than use the muffin-sized baking tray 🙂

        • davefragments

          i watched my Aunt make that white icing every Christmas and Easter. It’s basic Buttercream Icing and there are videos online showing the technique.

  • ‘Morning from the dark Denmark. It’s early morning, before sunrise (which comes a couple mins later each morning this time of year), and I’m camping from under my duvet. Looking forward to next page.

    • Morning Danish sweetie! How goes the vacation?

      • Great. Relaxing, watching movies/series and have had a visit from two friends. Hands are acting faily oki too, as long as I don’t overuse them.

        • davefragments

          good to hear

    • davefragments

      good morning

    • Pietro7

      Camping under a duvet sounds wonderful.

  • davefragments

    patreon rumbles

  • davefragments
  • Steel_Man

    Wow. I’m gone for a little while and now they’re a couple?! Ew. Just ew..

  • bazzybozo

    Ah damn I loved this comic but I have to say I’m just really not enjoying this new art style – it was just about tolerable in the smaller story arcs like where they all revealed their secrets but… a whole proper book in this bouncy, almost childish cartoon-like format? Especially when the story is going to have a sexual focus? Just not feeling it. A real shame as I really enjoyed the comic and it’s characters and themes.

    • I’m sorry to hear that you’re not enjoying our guest artist’s work. Julie Wright will be creating the lineart for the first chapter of this “Legendary” arc, so our regular line artist, Adam DeKraker, is able to enjoy a well-deserved break. Adam will be returning with Chapter 2, so it won’t be for the whole book.

      You can read more about the Legendary arc and what’s going to happen in my note under the page here:

      http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-coda-page-16/