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  • NoiseShaper

    Question is if he’s never seen himself that way or if it just changed for him…!

    • I think part self-preservation, not sharing enough of his inner thoughts and emotions, and part growing up/maturing has done this. His friends has hotten a partly wrong image of him, but he’s also far from that boy who first came back from hell.

  • davefragments

    This intrigues me. What is on Spooky’s mind? Why is he thinking about that?

    • NoiseShaper

      That Kyle sees him that way has clearly rattled him more than he might have thought it could.

      • davefragments

        yeah, and I guess there’s either some insecurity there or some event that Kyle doesn’t know about. And neither do we…

        • NoiseShaper

          Well, apparently Spooky has never entirely arrived back from hell if I remember the various evidence correctly, and Spooky’s self-protective detachment from the world around him seems to have contributed to Kyle’s misconception of him…

          • davefragments

            That is plausible.

    • Klaus

      This could go either way. “I am not like that at all.” Or “You are right.” Though I think that the letter would come with a “but”.

    • William Clapie

      Ya’ know. I think Spook’s want’s too admit to Kyle that inside that hell bent demeanor is a big fuzzy teddy that wants a family (lover) to love. Real time not just casual.

      • davefragments

        I like that

  • davefragments

    Hey, what happened to Kyle’s fuzzy slippers?
    Did he actually kick them off to put his feet up on the sofa? Gee, how nice!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Alternatively, a subconscious fight-or-flight reaction started to set in, and because it’s hard to run in slippers he kicked them off without thinking about why.

    • William Clapie

      Why did Spooky take off his coat?

      • NoiseShaper

        It has to be really serious!

        • William Clapie

          Truth that. He risks the only universes truly cold shoulder.

  • Brad Majors

    I can just picture Kyle’s inner flame trembling and wavering, just on the edge of going out. Poor thing is terrified.

    • Brad Majors

      The genuine smile on Spooky’s face in panel 2 is a refreshing sight, though.

  • Nate

    I love Kyle’s fingers on panels 6/7… it’s so “hiding behind the couch from the Daleks”. 😀

    And I believe I called it. 🙂

    • Klaus

      This is much scarier than facing down a king of Hell.

      • Nate

        At least Spooks doesn’t have to worry about getting “the shovel speech” from Kyle’s dad. 😀

      • Yes.

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      I think …..at this point……Kyle might prefer Daeleks to pissing off Spooky!

  • Oki. Now that Kyle is actually listening, despite his many reactions, Spooky is no longer beating around the bush. Kyle is no longer in his monologue ‘state/stage’, where he is more focused on what he think he knows, rather than listen to the reactions of his audience.

    Kyle’s reactions are both amusing and sad at the same time. Amusing, as in watching someones almost overly dramatic reactions to a horror movie, but sad because Kyle immidiately expects that he did something wrong. Like he was waiting for things to turn bad, because of him.

    I’m pretty sure that expectation is where Kyle’s prior monologue origined from. He was so sure he’d do something wrong that he kinda caused that to happen. Just not in any way he had imagined in his head.

    It’s sad that Spooky has been ‘chewing’ on this alone for a week, but the timing for this is probably better than the morning after. Kyle would not have been listening as well as now.

    • William Clapie

      Kyle did burn down his parents home. He still suffers from that. Wouldn’t you?

    • I like your analysis here, Danish. Fun for me to read. 🙂

  • fujoshifanatic

    Oh my goodness, I’ve been watching the drama over the shutdown of the US federal government (what a shit show!), and I totally missed camp!

    I’m so glad Spooky has finally decided to have an honest talk with Kyle! Crossing my fingers and hoping it goes much better than these shitty Senate negotiations…

    • davefragments

      It was a short camp

  • Jeldenil

    Go Spooky, go!

  • Ivan Grigorevich Petrov

    WOW!

  • Are you saying what I think you’re saying, Spooks? Do you want Kyle as your…*gasp* boyfriend?

    • Ansel

      I ship it but I’d respect Spooky just saying it wasn’t cool.

  • Jojolightningfingers

    nnnNNNNGGGHHHH. IT BEGINS.

  • ウィル クインシー

    Knew this was gonna rear its ugly head. So what will Kyle brave this storm?

  • Michael

    Wow! Drawing realistic hands seems to be the bane of many artists’ creative aspirations, but Tara’s got that NAILED! It may be dramatic, but Kyle’s body language is spot on. SO relatable.

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying Tana’s work, Michael! 🙂

  • You know, i am not sure I would believe Spooky in Panel 2 with that face…

  • Aitsuki

    Poor Spooky… Looks like he’s really in some serious anguish at this point….

    • William Clapie

      Yep, goes back to his “but I’m not invulnerable” comment.

  • Remawolf

    *makes popcorn and pulls up a chair*

  • Good for him. Not letting things fester. Communication is sexy 😉

  • Jim Philbrick

    You preach the truth Kyle!!

  • William Clapie

    Spooks is badass. Kyle is acting like a wimp. Face up, find out what happened and fix it if you can Kyle. Hell, you faced your father!

    • NoiseShaper

      Yeah, but personal emotions are still another matter!

  • Jason Moon

    Kyle is sitting in a fetal position with nervous toes curling, obviously feeling vulnerable and nervous. He’s so NEW at this relationship stuff!

  • Klaus

    Maybe Kyle is not invulnerable either?

    • William Clapie

      Kyle is still riding a massive guilt trip from the first time he masturbated isn’t he? He burned down his parents home and hurt folks I think. Yeah, that’s the stuff of nightmares

  • William Clapie

    ALEX! Quit it! Now I have to think!

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    OK so I was wrong……but what it was…..could hurt just as bad…..if you think about it too much……Now Kyle will have to really explain.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    I’m torn between Kyle on the couch with his hands over his eyes as “Adorable” and “Such a freaking drama queen”.

    But on a tangential note, it finally occurs to me that this is all probably evidence that those empathic powers to sense people’s (negative) emotions that Laampros foisted on Kyle must have gone away, because he should have senses Spooky’s disquiet by now, otherwise. (Still possible that Kyle is psensing it but is blocking it out – but it makes it a lot less likely.)

    • Madock345

      He might have to actively use it, or it only works in his demon-form, which isn’t something you break out for sexy times. (Not on the first date at least.)

      • Ansel

        Or if it’s less voluntary, could be because he was distracted when Spooky got there, and this is the first time he’s seen Spooky since he said that (and Kyle fell asleep immediately after), so there hasn’t been a chance until now for him to feel it.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        I’ve been thinking about these, and there are too many possibilities to make anything like a definitive comment. But two thoughts out of a multitude strike me as noteworthy.

        Firstly, that Kyle could read people’s emotions but chooses not to (probably because he respects people’s privacy) is something that speaks well of Kyle. Either that or it speaks well of Commander’s classes on telepathy ethics.

        Secondly, the amusing thought of Kyle might have some powers that he doesn’t use that often, and especially not in public, because he has to ‘hulk out’ into his demon prince form.

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Ahahahahahahaha… I love this page. I’m totally Kyle in panels 4,6,7… at 18 years-old I was always convinced that I said or did something wrong that meant that life and hope (however modest) was ruined due to my stupidity.

    Yes, I covered my face upon occasions (don’t judge me!)

    Speaking to some of the latter comments… love and friendship are complex. Kyle is a puppy. Spooky’s friendship and respect are more important than anything. Kyle loves Spook, but the friendship is essential. How many of us have worried that sex with close friends could damage the friendship?

    I understand Kyle’s fears, but I hope that being informed that Spooks is Bi won’t hurt him too much. Kyle’s clearly shown he’s hopeful, but not possessive.

    I’m hoping for good words next page … they both deserve some happiness.

    Thank you all for such appealing and interesting work. — Chris

    • You’re welcome, Chris! Thank you for such a thoughtful comment! 🙂

  • Shiny Gwilly

    Kyle is curling up in a ball and hiding his face, he’s literally hiding because he’s so scared, it’s somehow both amusing and sad and i just want to hug him
    he focused so much on his speech and making it perfect basically, he never really thought about what Spooky would think about what he said and now he’s realizing/thinking “oh no i really messed something up, didn’t i” and now he’s scared…with that comes the fear that Spooky is just going to cut him off completely, i 100% understand this thinking and have been there lol
    please choose your words carefully Spooky and please listen well to what he says Kyle
    communication is important in any relationship!

    • Agreed. (And I think a lot of us have been there. 🙂 )

  • Okin

    Kyle looks a lot like my boyfriend when we watch a horror movie. He can’t handle it and puts his hands over his eyes, but he’s also the one who says “How about a horror movie?” every time we pick a movie.
    Anyway, I really like the new art style 🙂

  • Biippa

    I reiterate my previous comment, “relationship communication is as important as sexual education.” Or something like that.

    But on another hand, I HAVE BEEN ON BOTH ENDS OF THIS, ACK. As someone who is ace-aro, I feel this so much from Spoops’s position (it’s really damaging and insulting to one’s self-image and self-esteem when others seem to assume you automatically won’t want to even try to date them) and as a human I feel it from Kyle’s too (I fuck up everything I touch, and relationships are not immune to that)

    Thanks for making me SCREE at my phone again Alex.

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers,
    How are y’all coping tonight with Spooky and Kyle’s big talk and possible revelations of how each feels for the other?
    Welcome to camping.

    • I’m waiting to see how this scene goes. And currently I’m in tired-mode. Haven’t slept yet. The book I’m reading refused to be put away (whoops). Whether the page comes first, or me crashing and/or tablet runing out of power, is the drama question while camp is on and we get more page-drama.

      • davefragments

        I used to do that when I was young. No more

        • I’ve done it a lot lately. It’s not good really, as I’m starting to turn my day schedule after US time. I may need to do a dramatic step soon: a 1-2 hours sleep followed by a long day awake, and then crash at a more normal time. That should do it xD

      • What book?

        • The 9th and last book in the Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux (first 4 books along with Madeleine Urban). It’s a M/M action/crime/romance series. A fave of mine. It also has a so-far-a-trilogy spin-off series called Sidewinder (follows along story in main series) + a one-book spin-off.

    • davefragments

      I wonder #1:
      What if Spooky remembers nothing of the time before he appeared in the Demon Dimension? No memories of his childhood to 13 years old? What if Kyle has seen that knowledge and doesn’t realize that he knows it? Or what if Kyle sees that past and thinks Spooky will never be able to fall in love when that past is revealed?

      I wonder #2:
      Will Alex create a second 8 page panel to face this one in amazing symmetry?

      I wonder #3:
      Something about a 5 panel two page spread that I won’t embarrass anyone describing.

    • Hey dave!

      I am personally hoping Spooky deals with Kyle’s misconceptions of him and honest feelings.

      • davefragments

        That would be great.

  • Kate G

    IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT’S CAMPING DAY! And I made it to camp for once. (I actually remembered? o.o Shocking.) It’s positively freezing here at my house and I had to take my mom to the ER because of her flu. Have I ever told y’all my thing about hospitals? How I don’t like them to the point I avoid the ER until I have no choice but to go? I used to go to the ER or the hospital about once a week as a child because I had either a seizure or asthma attack that required the ER and I literally cannot stand the smell of hospital disinfectants now. It’s especially bad around cold/flu/pertussis season (aka now) and man, three hours in that and I was begging my dad to save me because my stomach was churning from the smell. (Yes, he did save me. He was laughing at my text that said, “Slowly dying” because my mom may have been tachy, but my stomach was churning and I couldn’t breathe. I DO NOT DO HOSPITALS. Katie + hospitals = bad mix.) She’s fine, just a little tachy which is so my mom. I’m finally feeling not-so-green.

    Bree has learned to stand on the back of the couch like a monkey and we have been laughing hysterically. She also jumps off the couch this way which is SO FUNNY. Just look at this. HA HA HA HA HA HA!
    https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/27072828_10211148256759330_242526221501870479_n.jpg?oh=3c61764147df88ec79abd0199610baf3&oe=5AED575C

    • davefragments

      Hi Kate,
      This flu is very bad this year. If you get it, don’t wait, run to a doctor or hospital. And I tell anyone else that regardless of their health history.

      • Kate G

        My parents usually get the flu and I always escape it thanks to my serious paranoia of getting the flu (I avoid them like plagues. If I have to be in contact, I wear a mask because flu when you have lupus…not cool.) It’s rather interesting that they always get the flu as they get a flu shot yearly…and I don’t. I’m allergic to the flu shot.

        My winter plague is rotavirus with either a UTI or bladder infection simultaneously. I still don’t understand why there is not a rotavirus vaccine for adults. There’s one for infants, but not adults. I’ve gotten rotavirus, like clockwork, every December or February for the past two years. I’m praying for no rotavirus this year.

        • davefragments

          I have some medical issues that I’ve never explained online and I am like you, very careful and very obsessive about doing certain things each day to stay healthy.
          If that’s what it takes, that is the way to go.

          • Kate G

            It’s not that I don’t love my mom or dad, I just don’t like their ailments. I usually don’t get what they get, incidentally, because I’m used to their germs. I’m around them 24/7. It’s when my nephew, brother or his fiancee come over. We have a very strict, “If you have a stinking sniffle or cough, do not come to the house. Do not bring the kid to the house,” policy because of two people are immunocompromised. They don’t seem to understand this rule well at all as we get a call asking if my mom can baby-sit my nephew even though he has hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD). Uh, the answer to that is NO. My rheumatologist was like, “Uh, no. He can’t be coming over with HFMD. Nu uh. That’s highly contagious and you can get it.” (Only in doctor speak.)

            Sometimes, I want to smack those people over the head and explain, “No immune system = no sick people.”

          • davefragments

            yeah, When my brother’s kids were small they were little germ factories spreading the black plague and dengue fever all over…
            (Not really, but it’s funnier to exaggerate)

          • Kate G

            Oh yes, and the sweating illness. One can’t forget that one.

        • NoiseShaper

          Phew. I wish all of you all the best for the season!
          (And wouldn’t mind getting away without the usual seasonal cold/flu myself, but by comparison I’d probably still have it easy.)

          Good luck!

          • Kate G

            My dad has avoided the flu so far. I’ve managed to evade the cold, flu and rotavirus so far. To evade my mom’s flu, I’ve doubled my dose of Vitamin C, started Zinc (twice a day) and black currant oil. Technically, I should be on the black currant oil supplement anyway, but I forget. I have ALL of my bases covered. MWA HA HA HA. (You can tell I hate being sick, right?)

    • davefragments

      BTW – my Mother once bought Booties for her poodle (About the size of Bree). She demanded we get therm on the dog. Since the booties were rubbery things, they slid on the indoor/outdoor carpet in the basement and the dog sprawled like a cartoon. My brother and I laughed too hard. Those booties didn’t stay on too long.

      • Kate G

        Zena had doggy boots. I actually have footage of her walking in them which will probably make me cry if I go and find it. (I have no problems looking at photos of Zena now. It’s video that make me burst into tears. It’s hard to think it’s only been two months since her passing.) We had to get her booties after she was a dinghy, stayed out in -20 degree weather going potty and she got bad frostbite on all four legs. It was horrible and painful, but we managed to treat them, but the booties became a necessity. Her booties (just like her sweaters and her jackets) are, of course, too big for Bree. Sigh.

        • davefragments

          Neither the poodle or my little terrier (10 pounds of fur) stayed out in the cold. I never had that problem. I miss both of them. Good doggies. My niece had a doberman that I wish was still around. She was so loving and gentle.

          • Kate G

            Zena was a bit of a numbskull. She hated the cold, but had to go poop way in the back of the yard for some unknown reason. (Again, she was a numbskull. She could not just go #1 AND #2 in the big square we shoveled out for her. Nu uh. #1. Fine. #2, had to go way in the back of the yard. Never understood this.)

            Bree is just learning to explore her yard, so now we have the conversation of, “Bree, are you DONE yet?” because we have to wait outside as she still can’t fully take herself to the back door. She’s not 10 pounds (that’s a wee too light for us), but about 26. Lighter than we are used to (Zena was 33), but enough that when you are carrying her outside and inside 4-6 times a day, you wish she was a little lighter! She’s learning though.

          • davefragments

            When I was a kid, we had a bulldog who was about 40 pounds and if she ran through the snow paths (and there were a few times the snow was really deep) she could knock adults off their feet.

          • Kate G

            HA HA HA. I had a Greyhound, aptly named Porsche, as a child who loved the snow. Her snow coat was actually a pony blanket. She would plow through the snow wedge-shaped head first and get a mouthful first, then prance around like a rabbit. She was our only dog that loved snow. The others have been a bit like us – ambivalent towards the snow. They love to look at it outside of the window, but the minute they had to go out in it, they looked at us and were like, “Snow? Snow? You want us to go out in that? Nu uh.”

          • Kate G

            My dad and aunt had a dobey as a kid. The dobey actually hated my mom. We were going through old photographs his dad had and we found tons of photos of his Dobey and he just prattled on about her. Great dogs, but very protective!

  • davefragments

    Bizarre but one of those “midnight” thoughts when the house creaks and the floorboards thump…
    Don’t look under the bed!

  • Alex just posted a brand new art piece on Patreon, an action scene with Mitch and Cory fighting robots.

  • davefragments

    Patreon Rumbles with page 5

  • davefragments