August 10th, 2015, 12:30 pm

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EmmaVieceli, August 10th, 2015, 10:35 am     Reply

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!

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MoonByte, August 10th, 2015, 12:55 pm     Reply

No, Cort, I am VERY sure that you DON'T know what this is about.

Also Whooooooo, a party!

WingsOfLibra, August 10th, 2015, 1:12 pm     Reply

Keep digging, Ian, keep digging. I'm sure you'll get to six feet soon.

cherish.york, August 10th, 2015, 3:24 pm     Reply

I agree! Ian! You're digging an BIG hole! A LARGE one and all! :D

Roseyfase, August 10th, 2015, 4:27 pm     Reply

*gleeful cackles*

Ninhursag, August 10th, 2015, 8:06 pm     Reply

Yeah, you do know, he's trying to get in your pants^^ ( half-joking).

Vanila H, August 10th, 2015, 9:46 pm     Reply

Ruh-roh! Misunderstandings seem to be afoot as well! (At least, Cort said yes to the invitation...sorta???)

Shy Reader (Guest), August 11th, 2015, 1:08 am     Reply

...I find them way too cute, when they're like that. Totally drooling over them right now (Cort's eyes in the last panel made my day! )

r-o-t-a, August 11th, 2015, 4:16 am     Reply

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?

CatastropheJones, August 14th, 2015, 8:34 am     Reply

Lead Up
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...

Ian's excitement, Cort's bafflement-turning-to-revelation...

Guys. GUYS.

Ian's FACE in the second-to-last panel is *KILLING* me. Cortland's my favorite prettyboy, but Ian's boyish, honest, open, vulnerably SWEET JOY at knowing Cortland will be there is just plain perfect.

Thanks for making one of my favorite comics ever, you two. :)

Deviciouss, August 16th, 2015, 7:54 am     Reply

Congrats on the huge amount of readers. :)

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).

EmmaVieceli, August 17th, 2015, 12:26 pm     Reply

@MoonByte: haha, yyyyep :)

EmmaVieceli, August 17th, 2015, 12:27 pm     Reply

@WingsOfLibra: Poor thing. He likes making like more complicated, eh?

EmmaVieceli, August 17th, 2015, 12:27 pm     Reply

@cherish.york: *shakes head sadly* Poor Ian XD

EmmaVieceli, August 17th, 2015, 12:29 pm     Reply

@Roseyfase: YOU!!!!!! xxx I'm so glad to see you here! Guys: See Roseyfase's avatar? That character there was the template for the girl who would become Amilah! :)

EmmaVieceli, August 17th, 2015, 12:29 pm     Reply

@Ninhursag: Except, surely Cort's imagining all that weirdness, right? Because that wasn't real and....NNNGGGGG XD

EmmaVieceli, August 17th, 2015, 12:30 pm     Reply

@Vanila H: It's all very Shakesperean in a way XD

EmmaVieceli, August 17th, 2015, 12:30 pm     Reply

@Shy Reader: I love his expression there too :)

EmmaVieceli, August 17th, 2015, 12:31 pm     Reply

@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!

EmmaVieceli, August 17th, 2015, 12:32 pm     Reply

@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!

EmmaVieceli, August 17th, 2015, 12:33 pm     Reply

@Deviciouss: Thank you SO MUCH! And wow - that's just brilliant. I love to think of people making the most of the page like that. Yay! ^_^

chaos-of-vinnie, September 6th, 2015, 10:39 am     Reply

So much expression on Court's face in that bottom panel! He's looks like a different boy! :D