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
And just like that, a week has passed. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was a success and I'm a little exhausted, but happy! Thank so much for all your well-wishing.
And hey, this isn't the worst page to come back to real life with, eh? ;)
Someone woke up in a mood - but the weight in that head of his. Gah!
Oh, this is the real issue and he is so tempered he even find the empathy with Ian... but how brave is our boy, walking everyday with this weight is just too much, this of course affected his behaviour but worse his inner self to even seek for help or someone to love... now I'm not so sure my Ian can be the man just right now, hope he pull himself together and try to be
The paneling on this page does a great job of letting us get glimpses of Cort’s back story by hearing the voices of the past. And it does it without distracting from the flow of the page itself.
The other powerful thing about this page in the ambiguity. You’ve left us a trail of bread crumbs but it’s up to us to work out what they mean. Cort wakes up hung over, clothed and alone. He talks about choices, but we don’t know if it’s his own, Ian’s or both. We see the part of the price of a choice in the way he cradles his injured hands and in the visible scars as he adjusts the shower. But why would he choose a COLD shower? Does the language in panels 6/7 and 9 indicate that Cort is …impatient… to move the relationship forward, or am I reading that in? The writing and the art really come together in a nuanced view that forces us to engage as storytellers as well. I think it’s much more powerful than a more direct or explicit rendering of the scene would be.