Everyone wears a mask. What we see of people on the surface is so rarely what’s ticking underneath. And, in Cortland Hunt’s case, what he’s hiding might just be more than Ian Tanner is prepared for.
Breaks is the story of two young adults coming to terms with who they were, who they are and who they’ll become.
It’s a love story…but a little broken.
Emma & Malin
Emma Vieceli is a freelance comicker, with titles including Vampire Academy, Avalon Chronicles, My Little Pony & Young Avengers under her art belt. She co-writes Breaks and provides art. Emma's Twitter
Malin Ryden is a prose writer most known in the field of horror and queer fiction in her native Sweden. Her work is regularly featured in Eskapix magazine. Breaks is her first foray into writing for comics. Malin's Twitter
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
@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!
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!
@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!
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...?
@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 :)
@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
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 :)
@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.
@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 ^_^
@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 ^_^