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
I'm just as excited as everyone else that they're at the fire exit. ERMAGERD. Them beginning pages they're so close I can taste dem.
That said, I like how emotional they both are right now. Obviously, that kiss can't just be coming out of nowhere. For Cort to be getting this pissed off, he has to be feeling pretty damn hurt. And for him to be able to be hurt by Ian at all, well... I think there's a certain level of attachment there. As for for Ian to be following him out here and physically trying to hold him back, well shit, it's kind of obvious that he cares. He could have just let Cort run off. I do hope Cortland appreciates that part about him, as much as Ian messed up in the first place.
That cellphone pic between the two of them is just too damn cute :)
I'm actually on Court's side 100% here, though I do feel for Ian. But, like, Court is completely 1000% right on this. Ian is just Spencer's pawn, and until he gets a mind of his own, it's not really worth it for Court to try and be near him at all. Plus, Court doesn't want or need the sympathy/apology that Ian is trying to give him. It looks like it's time for Ian to choose between taking the easy way out like he always has and follow Spencer's orders, or to go with his gut feeling of right and wrong and work against him.
On the other hand, that little bonus for the 1000 subscribers (WHICH YOU GUYS TOTALLY DESERVE) absolutely kills me! LOOK AT THEM. THEY'RE SO CUTE. I CAN'T EVEN.
@DianaJones: It's easy to say what is right and wrong and Court is definitely right and not going along with Spencer is the right thing to do, but it's not easy and the consequences can be grave. In situations like these it's not always easy to do the right thing. If Ian got in a fight and the school found out about it he might have been kicked out of the track team. We got a few flash backs of Cort's past and we see that for some reason he stopped boxing because probably he got into trouble or someone got him in trouble (just a theory though). Cort has a right to be hurt by Ian not standing up for him, but if he thinks clearly he will understand how bad things might get. Cort isn't afraid to stand up to Spencer and get into a fight, but what will happen if Ian stands up to Spencer. As much as I want him to stand up for himself I'm concerned about the consequences. Spencer got Cort in the hospital and it might have been even worse than that. I'm not saying you shouldn't stand up for yourself or ask for help, but a situation like this has to be dealt smartly and not on impulse.
@AngryAngel: There is so much emotion going on here it's insane! But you're so right about the attachment. If Cortland had cared any less about Ian, maybe he wouldn't feel so stupid right now. He feels like he's been played and fell for it. And Ian cares so much more than he realised. Watching Cort walk away has made that hit home for him. hoooo boy.
@annann: @DianaJones: I had to reply to you both together as this is such an interesting discussion. There is no right or wrong, but both of these statements ring true, don't they. I mean, Ian is in a destructive situation. Spence is not a healthy person to hang around. Maybe Cortland isn't much better, but Ian knows in his gut that Spence is bad news. Then again, maybe Cortland is being unsympathetic to Ian's situation. We can see Cortland is some kind of raging bull. He's all fury and fists and that's not necessarily the best way to get along in life either. It got him hospitalised, it may have caused to drama in the past, and who knows how the same attack could have left Ian. Ian isn't Cortland. They have very different approaches to life's problems and they're going to have to learn compromise to really succeed. I'm so happy to see comments that really look at this story. x
Sometimes our real actions contrast what we know we should do. Whether self-preservation, emotions we can't control, or simple fear...we can all make mistakes. Ian and Cort will make a lot, that's for sure.
This was a perfect birthday present, Thanks! I really am looking forward to what happens next. I think a lot of things will come into play soon and your story has so much depth I LOVE it. Also congrats on your 1000+ subscribers.
@annann: I absolutely agree. (Did it sound like I thought it would be easy? Oops.) I'm just wondering, with a few things coming to a head here, if this is the kind of no-turning-back point for Ian, whatever he chooses. Which might probably be to follow Spencer, realistically, but in my idealistic mind, I like to think that maybe Court's given him some courage, despite the risks.
Oh good he did follow. He can at least talk about it then or something, I mean, its not really an excuse, yet at the same time it is.
For ages I was wondering why that flower shirt was sticking out in my mind but after looking back its one of the summery pictures at the start! I totally forgot this was coming!! Oh man I cannot predict how Court is going to react, should be interesting :D
Okay first of all how dare you. That extra is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I can't deal with it. Look at Ian's happy face and Cort trying to hide his smile. Dorks.
Aaaaaahhhhh this is so heartbreaking, but knowing we're getting close to THAT scene keeps me going. Even if I know it'll probably get even more painful from that point... Wow, I think I'm kind of a masochist...
On another note, I finished drawing my feelings out and here's the result! Hope you like it :D http://eowenart.tumblr.com/post/139288539858