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
Rejoice! Lips have met! In true Ian style, it's not the most romantic come-on, and poor Amilah is partying somewhere above their heads not deserving any of this...but, in this moment, lips are touching.
And you guys are amazing!
Double update next week to round up issue 5. then we're hurtling into issue 6 and the end of the first arc!
The build up to this was so great. I've been reading this page for a good 15 minutes. I'm glowing. Cort was so defensive and hostile and Ian just brashly pushed through all that and this is how Cort responds? Just fantastic.
It's almost as though if Ian had not been begging Cort may have not complied. It's like that 'please' betrays just how much Ian wants it; that he's being serious. I'm also loving the intimate look into what their hands are doing.
I'm so excited for the double update and final chapter (and beyond). You guys are so generous!
Two years later and we're finally here! Can't wait to see what'll happen next! And thank you in advance for the double update next week! I've been here since the very beginning so I'm so happy to see us reach this point in the story! You guys are doing a fantastic job!
Lips on lips, and finally, if only for a single instant, Cortland closes his eyes and surrenders.
The snakeskin, muffled, muted, fading into the background, becoming something else, or maybe just drowned out.
This is why I'm a reader -- for moments like this, where I want to close my eyes and be kissed by that frantic, hungry boy who can't help himself. Where I want to be leaning in to kiss the boy I'm crushing on, just close my eyes and lay my hand against his chest.
Moments where I am transported, where I can have that heady, electric, fullbody rush of BEING in a moment that isn't my own.
I can feel the summer rooftop heat through the door, the cool of escaping into the stairwell, the heat of body to body, warm breath, eyes fluttering shut and the muffled 'please' when the kiss has already begun.
As it was, the surge of TRIUMPH I felt when I saw Cort's eyes close only redoubled as I realized that while Ian's hand has slid from cupping the back of Cortland's head, Cortland has reached out to hold to Ian's arm -- as if to stop him from potentially pulling back or away.
Finally, finally, finally reaching to hold on, to pull close, as if to give in to that 'Please' with a wordless plea of his own.
Don't let me go?
ACES, ladies. This is just ACES and you are SPECTACULAR.
Desire - Under Your Spell
This song is playing in the background while I read this, bassline like a heart skipping beats.
"I don't eat, I don't sleep, I do nothing but think of you."
A part of what makes me worry, makes me flinch, makes me grit my teeth and hold my breath even as I want to cry for these guys, for finally getting to connect... is that nothing in good writing is born of just 'getting what you want'.
Something will come to threaten this, if not outright ruin it. That fact alone is enough to make a moment like this particularly precious.
Thank you for creating BREAKS and sharing it with us. I really can't say enough about how much I like it.
@CatastropheJones: You said this all so eloquently. This exactly what I got from this page and it's just fantastic when a comic can give these moments to a reader!
While there are certainly implications that this kiss may not run out well, I feel there are heavier implications that it will. Cort looks like he's surrendering to me. And I imagine he's not drunk in the least.
OH MY GOD IT HAPPENED!!! YES!! AND CORT IS KISSING BACK?!? I didn't expect that! I wonder if alcohol and painkillers have something to do with that... I hope not.
Oh god I'm gonna have a stroke. Every panel in this page makes my knees weak. Even if I know things will probably go terrible in the next page...
Hnnnng I can't wait por the double update.
By the way, how many arcs are planned for the story? I hope many because I really don't want this to ever end
Now excuse me as I stare at this page for the rest of the day