January 26th, 2015, 12:30 pm

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EmmaVieceli, January 26th, 2015, 11:55 am     Reply

Hello, all!
Thanks, as always, for your lovely support and messages. The comments we get here honestly do make us smile and feel like it's all worth it - so, thank you!

So - Ian is still playing by the unspoken rules of the school jungle, it seems. And Zane definitely isn't a doctor...Ian's rapidly learning more about Cortland than Cortland probably wanted anyone to stumble upon. Awkward position much? :D

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magicmau5, January 26th, 2015, 8:55 pm     Reply

Aww that sucks. Pretty awkward...I feel bad for Cort...but not very bad for Ian lol.

Angry Angel (Guest), January 27th, 2015, 6:38 pm     Reply

Oh, I adore this comic with all my little heart. Poor Cortland. How is this going to pan out, I wonder? Can't wait ^___^

Azhreik (Guest), January 27th, 2015, 11:53 pm     Reply

Ian just got a piece of relevant information. the path to Cortland is slowly building itself.

EmmaVieceli, January 28th, 2015, 3:38 am     Reply

@magicmau5: hehe, I can totally understand why you wouldn't maybe feel as bad for Ian. By this point in the story, Malin and I had always assumed our readership would be split between people who liked and hated Ian. Tough Tough place or not, he makes some bad decisions, for sure. We hope he'll be able to win people back. But then again - Cortland's not that nice of a guy either...
*rubs hands together*
Oh, delicious antiheroes!

EmmaVieceli, January 28th, 2015, 3:39 am     Reply

@Angry Angel: eeeeee! We love you for adoring the comic, thank you!! *glomp* We have to wonder why Cortland has a social worker, eh? Clearly he's had a bumpy ride!

EmmaVieceli, January 28th, 2015, 3:41 am     Reply

@Azhreik: I love it - that's such a great way to look at it! Ian has indeed just scored some vital information on Cortland, haha. (Conveniently - so have we ^_^)

Joemon8, January 28th, 2015, 11:09 am     Reply

Oh Ian <3 <3
My love for you and your awkwardness towards Cort are adorable *heart face*

magicmau5, January 28th, 2015, 8:45 pm     Reply

I read part of Orson Scott Card's book on writing good characters and he said that readers hate, above all things, bullies. I guess that's true for me, although I hate to fall into the expected role! haha I don't see Ian as a bully, but he definitely doesn't overtly support the person we naturally root for...at least not yet, and not in the way a reader expects for a likeable MC. It makes the story more interesting though...although you have to be careful at the same time. That's why writing is so hard!

EmmaVieceli, January 29th, 2015, 5:31 am     Reply

@magicmau5: For sure! There are a lot of challenges with writing this story. And we've had so many chats over how good/bad characters are. We don't want readers to be turned off, but we are happy for them to question and be angry at characters for a while, so we have to keep the balance right and hopefully we do! :)
When it comes down to it, a lot of the BREAKS crew are just people. They have flaws, they will be selfish, they may be headstrong, unthinking, or they might fling themselves into danger because they don't value themselves enough...flaws of all shapes and sizes, but that does hopefully make them interesting.
Ian's kiss in the hospital was always an uncomfortable scene when we wrote it first, and one that made even us question his character more closely. Sure, he could be seen as taking a brave and sweet step towards a truth he can't speak...or he could be totally taking advantage of someone who's already been kicked and can't defend themselves - and who he knows WOULD defend themselves if they could. It's a really awkward scene and the mixed reactions are exactly what we hoped for.
And yeah - no one likes a bully! I think we can forgive and understand a lot of bad decisions, even dangerous decisios, but when they're made at the expense of innocence or for no perceived noble cause, we bristle. For all the characters' questionable sides, Spence is out and out the bad guy of the first arc. My personal feeling toward him is that even the sympathetic points can't make me feel sorry for him. He's the closest the first arc has to a villain. But who knows - we can all relate to different aspects, and we want different readers to see different things in the characters. ^_^
Eeek - essay response! Thanks so much for offering your thoughts - it's really great!

EmmaVieceli, January 29th, 2015, 5:32 am     Reply

@Joemon8: Poor Ian...there's another life in him that he clearly wishes he could lead, eh?

mazikem (Guest), January 29th, 2015, 7:35 pm     Reply

AAAAaaaaahhhhhhhh! That's a good thing, by the way. Words cannot express my feelings.
Also, question: in the beginning of the prologue Cortland has one of his arms in a cast and it appears that he's got one like that here to...?

EmmaVieceli, January 30th, 2015, 8:07 am     Reply

@Xrs: Hi!! <3
What a great response - thank you. We're so glad you found us ^_^
Ian's internal monologue is a mess right now, poor thing. But yes - you're right. We have a story and a half to tell...but we are mean and tell it languidly, so I hope you can hang on in there while facts are slowly revealed :)

EmmaVieceli, January 30th, 2015, 8:08 am     Reply

@mazikem: Yaaaay! ^_^ And ohooo well spotted. Yes indeed, we are fast catching up on the two months that Ian rewound for us. When you see Ian wearing that flowery shirt, you'll know exactly what's coming up :D

Scheska, January 31st, 2015, 6:03 pm     Reply

Alright! I'm definitely liking this story. Can't say I'm not frustrated by Ian's behavior so far, but it's part of what I like, justified emotional struggle right there! And fear of the school's fat fish, of course, I still wonder how that's gonna blow once Ian reaches his breaking point... If... he does, I mean. Anyway! Loving this so far :)

AngryAngel, January 31st, 2015, 7:28 pm     Reply

@EmmaVieceli: I really like the fact that your characters are so multi-faceted. I bore really easily with the classic hero/villain concept, regardless of how handsome they are. Ian and Cortland clearly have a pretty intense story, and perhaps I am a twisted soul for liking the fact that it seems to be one full of hardships and difficult/unwise decisions. Regardless, as I said before, I love this story so far.

EmmaVieceli, February 2nd, 2015, 5:40 am     Reply

@Scheska: hi ^_^ We can't blame you at all for any frustration felt towards Ian right now. Justified emotional struggle is a great term for most of our characters, actually! We're so glad you're liking it ^_^

EmmaVieceli, February 2nd, 2015, 5:46 am     Reply

@AngryAngel: Yay, thank you! x A teen, coming-of-age story is made so intersting because, let's face it - being a teenager is hard. Whether we went through it a long time ago or are going through it now, we can all acknowledge that it's a time in our life when we change hugely. We make stupid choices, some great choices and we mess up. Malin and I were always keen from the get-go to make the BREAKS cast as real as we could (even those with some pretty extreme backstories)...and that meant they needed to be flawed and hot headed and changeable and all of the wonderful , confused things that go along with that transitional period in our lives :)
And woot for being a little twisted! We made this comic as slightly twisted people ourselves. You're very welcome here ^_^

chaos-of-vinnie, May 13th, 2015, 2:14 pm     Reply

Haha the 'dirty secret'.
I am surprised yet not surprised that he would have one, though I can't for the life of me remember what social workers actually do XD