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
You guys are so amazing. You know how we were all chuffed at having 700 fans just, like, a week ago? There are another 50 of you already! That's becoming a really big group hug. We could fill a small hotel!
Welcome, new readers. And thank you, existing readers for talking about BREAKS and giving new readers a reason to try x
Also, hello to anyone I may have met at Nineworlds this weekend! *wave*
So - yes. Cortland and social cues. Apparently he's not all that good at them. Or maybe he's just THAT unused to being invited to things at school :b
Plus, there's that whole weird image thing going on in his head that obviously couldn't have been Ian, so how to approach someone at school who you think you're having freaky dreams about? Meanwhile, Ian - what are you doing??? Talk about digging deep into trouble. Ian clearly believes in coasting along and pretending everything is fine...whereas Cortland seems to always assume everything's the total opposite of fine. Perhaps with good reason? One day we'll find out just what on earth his deadline, his social worker and his odd homelife is about...
For now: It looks like a party may be afoot!
The awkwardness here is so perfect following the relationship they've had previously. But something has obviously changed and I think Cort is catching on to that, but not completely. It's almost like Ian is trying to be sincere but his relationship with Cort has been anything but up until now. Hence the awkward digging. It's great, he just hasn't got a clue how to approach this, haha!
Also, does this party happen to have a dress code...? A floral shirt dress code?
I love the slowly mounting tension, the faint social awkwardness, the fact that your audience is all waiting for it, beginning to edge forward on their seats, drumming fingertips, biting their lips, watching, waiting, anticipating...
I can't believe that the moment I read the first panel I actually let out this sharp audible gasp that turned into a huge grin. (I mean, it was pretty obvious that was going to happen, but I guess I was still half-expecting sth to ruin the moment.) Then I had to close the whole window down and savor the moment for a bit before continuing. Mmmh. Delicious progress. Can't wait to see how Cort will shock Ian (who seems to be expecting something very different from what he is actually about to say - whatever that is).
@r-o-t-a: So glad you're picking up on that. The dynamics between these two have always been one thing, and now they're trying to find their way into another...it's an odd switch for them both, let alone with the respective extra levels of weirdness in each of their heads. Ian has no idea how much he's managed to mess up Cortland's head. And Cortland has no idea how much time Ian's head spends thinking about him. Bless. XD But yes, the result is an awkward re-shifting of friendship tactonic plates. It's fascinating!
@CatastropheJones: Welcome back, you ^_^ It's always lovely to see your comments. And it's great for us to feel like that anticipation is out there, even when we can only share a page a week!
*hug* Thank YOU!