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
Clearing up the confusion from last week's page. Nope - this is definitely not an 'everybody knows' situation...Rennie just sees Cort in a different way to everyone else. She can see the things that he's not even admitted to himself yet, it seems!
There's something in that 'back then' comment as well though, eh? Before...but before what?!
The dialogue and pacing on this page are really good. We start with defiance, move through surprise and realisation and end with a shared sadness. Cort physically mirrors this for us turned away to start then his head literally spinning in wide-eyed realisation in panel 4 as he recognises that he did have a crush on Tommy and then sadness culminating in that resigned and firm expression in the last panel. We are left with two friends who know so much about each other and have shared so much sadness while we know so little but are sad for them both.
Dear god, how much I LOVE!!! the expressions you draw! (the artist draws XDD And the author imagines! XD I give credit to both)
In all honesty though, I have seen great progress in regards to the artistic and anatomic aspect of the comic.
Not that it was any bad earlier! Oh god no! This comic had began beautifullyyyy but apparently... it gets even better!
As for the script and such, first of all I wanna say that I really love the dialogue in this page... It's so realistic, and very, very meaningful... I love Cort's change of expressions and how the pacing flows as a whole.
Secondly, and last thing I wanna say... I am so so so so happy that this comic is not like...
...well, I could tell from the start (you CAN tell when someone has really put the effort and their all towards a specific project), but I'm grateful that this comic is not like your average stupid "yaoi" (boys' love, whatever ;P) stereotypical bullshit.
I feel it's important to mention that here. I had started reading a similar comic to your own (when I say "similar" I mean that it was boys' love, and it was not a manga; the scenario was entirely different from your own) and I had high hopes for it, but along the way the story just... declined? I'm not sure what verb to use here; it just became very bad. How one boy *suddenly* fell in love with the other and all that... It was a disappointment!
BUT your comic...!! It is really great! The way the boys came closer and such, and now that they are together hoho... everything has flown very nicely, smoothly, and "canon" as they say.
So yeah, thank you for the time you spent in making this story as realistic as it can get. Thank you for investing your time in this, because some people have not realized that it's not just "two pretty boys making out with each other", but it's about emotions, realistic dialogue, realistic scenes (scenes that come out of everyday life) and a change of pace - depending on what you want to give to your audience/readers... You've achieved that. *thumbs up
@Twinss R.: Wow! What an amazing comment to log in to - thank you so much! everything you're saying here means so much and is exactly why we wanted to make this comic. It's lovely to read!
I hope we can continue to provide a realistic and grounded story in amongst the drama for you ^_^