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  • Be still my heart <3

    *squuueee*

  • ^_^

  • For some reason that dog on Kyle’s shirt makes this pages even better, but also adds something funny. Dog-shirt approves this page 😉

    • Terry

      I thought it was a teddy bear

      • davefragments

        That’s been said before. It’s a sort of ambiguous cute t-shirt on a rather muscular and adorable cute chest

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Unfortunately I keep interpreting the dog shirt as not having its tongue out and panting, but rather as poking its tongue out and blwing a raspberry at us in mockery because it refuses to take anything seriously.

  • Last page Spooky showed bravery, putting his emotions and heart out there. On this page Kyle does the same. Two guys, each protecting the vunerability that their different -yet similar- traumas caused, now opening up to each other.

    This is a HUGE step forward.

  • Sapfo

    Spooky, it’s you turn. The line is: oh yes!

  • thisboybroken

    Yay! Also I really want the shirt Kyle wearing.

  • I had this terrible thought of this being a choose your own adventure type situation. Turn to page 220 if you want Spooky to be happy and continue the relationship as honeybunnies. Or turn to page 187 if you want Spooky to say psyche.

    • Foye

      I have to play one of those books again. I remember that it was fun.

  • KnockRobinHill

    Finally! So happy for Spooks and Red. ❤️ Whether or not Spooks wants that (we’ll see on Wed), it’s nice to see them talk about it and be honest with each other.

    I’m loving this story, but I still think about the Annihilator and the nebulous morality of imprisoning a child who may or may not know his “future” crimes. Hopefully that’ll be addressed or at least mentioned in a future story.

    • Klaus

      He did commit those crimes. Is amnesia an excuse? What if he recoveres his memories several years later? And he is 58 years old. His body shape has no bearing on the question of guilt.

      • KnockRobinHill

        You raise a good point. He knew what he was doing when he committed those crimes, so he is guilty. However, it wasn’t clear to me whether it’s just a body shape change or something more. Because he is “younger” now, will he have more time to change from who he was and be redeemed? Or will he just be imprisoned for the remainder of his life even if he never remembers anything? I guess I’m just curious.

        • Sly Person

          The question may not just be one of guilt vs innocence. (Though on that side I will note that As far as I remember, this particular imprisonment is without trial or charge, just ‘oh hey, wanted criminal supervillain, we’re gonna lock him up and throw away the key and okay that’s done, we’re done now’ which I am always inclined to side-eye. Due process is important to me.)

          The question, if not about guilt, is about the goal of imprisonment. If the goal of imprisonment is simply punishment, it’s true thatyou don’t care beyond factual guilt probably. If the goal of imprisonment is rehabilitation, however, you may care about whether or not the prisoner is mentally/emotionally the same person who committed the crimes. Subjecting a teenager to isolation, interrogation, and what sounded like it could be torture, for no reason he remembers, with no hope of end or any advocate at all? That sounds to me like a very good way to end up with a brand-new Annihilator, possibly worse than the first one, when such a thing could conceivably have been avoided.

          • NoiseShaper

            In this case it’s mostly about containment as far as I can tell, given that Annihilator was a highly dangerous, superpowered villain – and could be again.

          • KnockRobinHill

            I guess the first question becomes is there due process for supervillains in this world? And if there is, can it be determined whether it is simply a shape change or has the Annihilator actually regressed to an earlier age? Regardless, can the Annihilator be considered competent in his current state to stand trial for his crimes? Or maybe there’s a middle ground where he will be released to a team, like The Young Protectors, where he can be monitored. It’ll be interesting to see where the story takes him if we see him again.

          • NoiseShaper

            I think with him it’s similar to a “conventional” but still highly dangerous criminal who looks to have lost his mental faculties and where the main problems are a) to determine whether he is actually competent to remember his crimes and understand the corresponding punishment or if he’s just simulating his incompetence and b) what ongoing danger he might be posing in the future, especially regarding potential parole.

            As humanely engaging DunKid’s situation was, these questions wouldn’t be any more trivial to answer for him, especially since there (presumably) aren’t any experiences with magically induced de-aging with concomitant memory loss, not least regarding the question if that memory loss would indeed be permanent or not.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Yaaaay! That’s what Spooky will say, Yay! Right? Right?! *scans room nervously for some pesky ninja robots, laser-eyed bears, or 90’s-themed vigilante anti-heroes*

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I am increasingly of the opinion that the ninja robots are the Young Protectors’ version of Waiting For Godot.

      • unknownlight927

        I don’t know what’s scarier: The dead on accuracy of that statement or the fact that I actually understand the reference!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • bobbyjoeguy

    So when are we gonna see teddy bear/ puppy t-shirts for sale? 🙂

  • Concerto

    Too good to be true. Where is the trap Alex? WHERE IS HE ?

  • K1j2cat

    Yesssssssssss!

  • I really like how Kyle’s hair look almost like flames in panel 4. A fitting coinsidence.

  • Madock345

    *literal, actual screams at computer*

  • Shiny Gwilly

    i’m crying happy tears, good for these boys to be able to pour their hearts out and have the results that it does
    they both deserve it after all this time lol
    HUG NOW, YOU BOTH NEED HUGS

  • Klaus

    That would seem to be it. Except that we are not quite halfway through the story (unless chapters 2 and 3 are really short). What more could happen?

    • timemonkey

      They could fight villains?

      • Klaus

        They could.

        • timemonkey

          The whole mega event that’s been keeping everyone else busy this whole time has to end at some point.

          • Klaus

            Depending on how that went, all those supers will be coming back, or not.

    • Alex promised action in this arc, so I don’t think everything will be about their relationship.

  • Geekinator27

    I feel really squicked about Kyle’s words in panel 1. He didn’t agree to hear Spooky’s report of what Paul had said, and then goes off on a tirade about how Spooks is a stud to convince *Spooky*, the guy who had just had sex with him, already showing he wasn’t inclined to let Paul’s rant preclude him from making his own decisions about how he would handle his own relationship with Kyle, that it was okay for Spooks to continue having sex with him.

    If that’s the honest truth, then that’s the honest truth and I appreciate it, but seriously Kyle? That’s beyond obnoxious.

  • Remawolf

    Is it too early to dance the dance of joy? It feels too early…but I really want to dance the dance of joy.

  • Saikkusukka

    This comic is going to be the death of my poor little heart.

  • *running around with flailling muppet arms*

  • unknownlight927

    I’m a firm believer in Soul Mates ( At least in the realms of fiction) and its been clear to me from the beginning Spooky and Kyle are Endgame. There really is no greater type of Love Story then watching two best friends fall in love with each other and while we have always known Kyle has had a thing for Spooky, Its nice to see the whole Love aspect has always been there. Can’t wait to see what happens next!!! 🙂 🙂

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      I used to be (a Believer in soulmates)……How else would you explain being able to “feel” a person’s pain over more than 1000 miles? The hard part came when there was no contact for about a month for no reason. The answer came one month later….Jan.28th ,1986….a letter from his Mom saying that he was dead. It destroyed my life…and still hurts…..the second “Soulmate” …..lived with me for 13 years…….and then left me alone……needless to say I have “problems” with getting close to people now.

      • unknownlight927

        Wow, I am so sorry, especially about the first one. As I said before, when it comes to books, tv, etc. I fully believe in soulmates. in real life, I have the same “problems” you do. My parents were married nearly 20 years and were miserable together. They never have come out and said it, though I am fairly certain it was a “knocked up” marriage. One night after a bitter and drunken fight they finally ended things, much to my relief. My mom would go on to marry her high school sweetheart and while they are in love and happy, they have a lot of problems!! Needless to say, both experiences have scarred me in the love life department!!

  • Julia Barnes-Brown

    oh. my. gOD IS MY OTP BECOMING CANON??!?!!! *screams from a mountaintop*
    ok, I’m fully prepared for the sad now. it will probably happen. but I honestly don’t mind because I’ve lowkey shipped them since that first interlude and highkey shipped them ever since The Kiss and i will take this (hopefully not) momentary happiness bc THEY DESERVE IT

  • Jason Moon

    Reminds of a similar scene in Alan Moore’s run on the Swamp Thing where Abby confesses her love for Alec/Swamp Thing and then immediately tries to dismiss it as “Abby Babble” and asking seriously how something like him could love her.

    “Truly, deeply, and for a very long time.” I hadn’t been that stunned since Anton came back and said “Just say UNCLE.”(Although that was in a MUCH different direction, Christ)

  • davefragments

    I have no clue what I just watched in the Olympics. It was exciting. It was fun. It involved 3 teams of 4 women skating in a very tight oval tag-teaming each other for 36 (maybe 24?) laps. But I have no clue what it was.

    • Ice relay?

      • davefragments

        I think they called it the “3000 meter relay” and I have no clue why. I think that I’d rather just be thrilled and excited and not know why. It’s too much screamingly silly fun to watch in a puzzled frame of mind.

        • Kate G

          Ah, you watched 3000 meter speed skating relay. Speed skating can be quite exhilarating if you are watching the shorter distances, but the longer distances can get really boring to watch. The relays are fun though.

  • William Clapie

    Alex? Screw this up and we may find you…

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    This is wonderful…..for them……for me……it’s just another reminder of the past and how cold and alone I really feel. To top that off …..this day (Feb. 10th) is the anniversary of the day my Mom passed away in 1991…..so I already feel empty.

  • Mike Mayak

    Wow!

  • William Clapie

    But seriously. Kyle, lost family and maybe his spine/drive. Still cares.
    Spooky, lost family, self, developed one hell of a persona. (Action Hero),. Yep. Your evil plan has come to fruition. You have us caring about a comic book and you have us rooting for Kyle and Spooks. I don’t know if I should hate you or applaud.

  • William Clapie

    last comment for the moment. I give up. When does all this come to print and where do we buy it?

    • It will come to print once the arc is all done (3 chapters in total, we just started chapter 2). Likely a kickstarter first and thethen later for sale.

    • Klaus

      There are two other books ahead of it in the pipeline. It will be some time.

  • Geneva150

    I’m sure I missed it somewhere but can someone help me out please? Last we saw Kyle he was going on a date. Then we jump to this story with Spooky and him having sex. So where in the timeline is this? Before or after the date?

    • Concerto

      After :). At that time ( when Kyle was in a date) Spooky was running after the laser bear and they made plan to see each other after Spooky coming back. ( I hope what I just said is understandable my english is still a bit bad D: )

      • Geneva150

        Okay! Thank you! I’ve been so confused since the sex started lol!

  • William Clapie

    :>

    • William Clapie

      I had hoped that would come out as a self effacing grin

      • NoiseShaper

        Yup!

  • Dinglehopper

    This is so cute! But I have to say, I feel bad for the feller Kyle went on a date with before this scene. I want everyone to be happy, but sometimes that means they have to be with someone else. Still, Spyle makes me do a happy dance.

  • Brad Majors

    I’m eager to see how much of Spooky’s response will be verbal and how much will be non-verbal. He already looks a bit taken aback by Kyle’s candor.

  • Advocate

    I’mma be the asshole.

    I don’t think Kyle deserves Spooky after this whole mess. I feel like it was careless to just assume for Spooky that he couldn’t have a real thing, that it wasn’t ‘who he was’. It’s not Kyle’s place to decide that. I get the whole “It’s a delicate situation, I’m too shy/fearful to say what I want” but I guess I kinda felt like after everything they went through that Kyle could have approached the situation better, especially if he actually wanted more than FWB.

    • Klaus

      And such feels.

  • And getting ready for the Free Skate in the Team competition. *crosses fingers*

    • We held on to the Bronze, Congrats to Canada for getting the Gold.

  • Getting ready to watch the Pair Short Skate. ^_^

    • davefragments

      I’ve heard dirges, threnodies, laments, and Requiems but never did I think “Paint It Black” by the Doors could be sung as dreary and depressing as I just heard it. It’s like depression looking for suicide.
      (sorry, that’s a tiny musical rant)

    • Japan had a much better skate than when they did the program for the Team competition. Lots of love for them.

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers,
    How’s it going tonight?

    • Pair skating.

      • davefragments

        Yes, good pairs skating,
        and a Gold in Halfpipe snowboard.

        • Shaun White is cute.

          Though, I am wondering if they are going to play the rest of the Pair Skate Shorts.

          • davefragments

            My NBC channel has it right now.
            NBC-Sports has hockey.

          • yeah, I think NBCSN had the first half and NBC is showing the second half

          • Kate G

            You can watch it uninterrupted or anything you missed on the App or online. 🙂 (Yes, this has been me because damn NBC and them cutting my figure skating.) – shakes fists at cable – I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE HALFPIPE!

            [Okay, I care a little. Not as much as I care about figure skating.]

          • Ditto.

            Though I do intend to try to catch the female Jamaican Bobsled team compete.

          • Waiting to see Bill and Fleur skate for Russia again.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Puttering about. Short-staffed, but there’s still a few weeks until the start of semester 1, so the workload isn’t too insane.

      • davefragments

        I saw an Australian (born in Australia) skating competitively tonight. He’s the very first one, the commentators said.

        • Saxon_Brenton

          [poe faced]
          I deliberately work against the stereotype that all Australians are sports mad by being aggressively indifferent to sport. What’s this ‘Olympics’ thing that Doki and yourself have been discussing?
          😛

          • davefragments

            you naughty boy
            {wink, wink}

  • AH, It is Bill and Fleur! I mean Vladimir and Evgenia!

    • and they placed second in the short.

      US in 14th and will get to skate the Free.

  • davefragments

    Patreon Rumbles

    • davefragments

      and I say “Don’t burn the skillet pasta”

  • davefragments
  • William Clapie

    I have seen where I had a reply to my question about the publishing of the books. I have been informed that there are two more ahead of the current writings waiting to be published? Huh? Part two of part one maybe? And, dare we hope, No kissing maybe?

  • Julia Barnes-Brown

    *distant screaming* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ILOVETHEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Snorlaxation

    I’ll be honest, that was coming on a little strong, but as long as there’s reciprocation it should be all good.

    I’m curious, does the writing get done first, like the script? And then the artwork gets done right? But does that include facial expressions and body positions or locations (on the couch, make Kyle look earnest)?

    • davefragments

      Alex posts the script, thumbnails, and in Tana Ford’s case, the “inks” on Patreon. The script describes in words who and what is in each panel, the dialog and their body positions, facial expressions, emotions, the background setting. Also, it describes the type of shot — overhead, wide, close up. The thumbnails are the artist’s interpretation of those words subject to the author’s approval. In a movie the “Thumbnails” are called storyboards. When they agree, then the artist produces the inks which are the final B&W product that is delivered to Vero for coloring.

      • Snorlaxation

        That’s super cool. Thanks for the information!