December 4th, 2017, 1:39 pm

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EmmaVieceli, December 4th, 2017, 1:39 pm     Reply

This is big.
This is huge!
And alas I have an RSI flare-up so can't post nearly as much as I wanted to about this episode! x

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 9:49 am     Reply

Emma is suffering from RSI, so I am on commenting comment duty this week. Probably good to make me get off my introvert arse and interact with people. You're all awesome, and I read all your comments every week, just so you know :)

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something (Guest), December 4th, 2017, 2:04 pm     Reply

that reminds me of that meme

Hoagie, December 4th, 2017, 2:37 pm     Reply

Good for you Cort. I found that it's as much about coming out to others as it is about coming out to yourself.

portisHeart, December 4th, 2017, 3:00 pm     Reply

okay.. first the biggest apology, and then the G bomb.. nice (probably not even planned) technique, Cort. XD. who, except the dumbest homophobic jerk haters maybe, would get angry after such a confession?

eehh.. not sure i got the acronym.. so.. get well? ^^

Gnildryw, December 4th, 2017, 3:08 pm     Reply

This is a beautiful page (those two last panels especially - damn)...

sstogner1, December 4th, 2017, 4:02 pm     Reply

We got some more info on what happened to Cort...his brother lied to protect him. Great panel composition for his confession.

CatastropheJones, December 4th, 2017, 4:04 pm     Reply


Everything about this page, from the smooth to ragged to smooth word bubbles, to the snakeskin ragehate that fades upon Cort's shaky exhalation, to the shift in both their eyes (Harvey finally looking up, Cort then looking down) --


You two are masterful in your depiction of mood; I would want to put in so much more WORDS, I would try to break it down into milliseconds of facial expression changes, but Malin, you say SO MUCH without making it a 4hr dialogue. HOW?? How many words of narration or dialogue have we seen so far? You have made it so easy to fall in love with these damaged folks, and I'm betting we're not even 15K words in -- maybe 10, if that?

Emma, you capture the single instants in which any reader can recognize, can know what those moments of confession felt like, from at least one side or the other.

The your side-by-side of the boys in that moment shows how much they are SO alike, how much vulnerability they have right there, together. Those unsmiling lips, the tightness around their eyes.


Thanks for making it!

Auldr, December 4th, 2017, 4:28 pm     Reply


As seriously, I hope your schedule lets you rest your hands and recover.

Auldr, December 4th, 2017, 5:31 pm     Reply

I keep coming back to panel 1. This whole prison trip has been traumatic for Cort. He knows full well that he should be in prison and he fears it (look at his perception of going through the metal detector; it's like the gates of Hell). But now, he's seeing his alternative life first hand in Cail and seeing what it can do to a man (I'm thinking of the scars on Cails' wrists). And, at a gut level, he realises what Harvey has done for him and wants to make amends.

His unplanned coming out stems from that, but I also think Cails' comment about learning to move on plays into it as well. Cort has been keeping secrets for years and it wears on him. He takes this chance to drop one so there's one lie he no longer has to keep straight, if you'll pardon the pun.

Finally, there is that background that looks like a 3 point perspective drawing of a tall structure of bars. It doesn't look like the kitchen floor but it looks remarkably like the grid under the metal detector and the unpanelled background two pages ago where Cort is looking back at Cail, but also the prison. That one background sets the context for the whole page. For me, it's the prison that he has avoided and the prison of secrets that he's built for himself and he starts to open in panel 6.

Ledgerina, December 4th, 2017, 8:28 pm     Reply

Wow! Such a powerful scene and Page! Congratulations! This is awesome.

lazy-lil-king, December 4th, 2017, 8:55 pm     Reply

Such powerful character development...

yaoiioay, December 5th, 2017, 1:10 am     Reply

Whaaaaat!? That was the last thing I expected him to tell Harvey! Go Cort!

Now if only Tanner could be as open with his gayness as you... >:(

IronDog, December 5th, 2017, 5:29 am     Reply

I'm really glad he managed to finally share this with Harvey. Hopefully this draws them closer rather than pulling them apart.

Littlebozsheep, December 5th, 2017, 8:43 am     Reply

I can't, I just, I can't. This is amazing, I Love it, The artwork, the words, the expressions, everything. I love this story <3

cherish.york, December 5th, 2017, 9:30 am     Reply

Well...this is going to be interesting. Very interest ing. I can't believe I have to wait another week until the next page >_<

Whimsy (Guest), December 6th, 2017, 12:26 am     Reply

It is I, the one who is pleased with this outcome.

I love the way you handled this. Especially the contrast in their faces after he says it - a really, really nice touch.

Also, since I'm not one to comment frequently, I also want to congratulate the use of the scale-y, snake-like background to represent Cort's stress and negative emotions. It's a nice touch.

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 9:50 am     Reply

@portisHeart: Cortland is smarter than a lot of people give him credit for, but no, this was probably not planned. Taking advantage of an opportunity :)

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 9:51 am     Reply

@Gnildryw: Emma consistently blow me away with the delicacy of her expressions.

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 9:52 am     Reply

@sstogner1: Emma is amazing with her panels, and yeah, the history between Harvey and Cort is starting to rear its ugly head. Expect to learn more in the near future.

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 9:55 am     Reply

@CatastropheJones: First of all, thank you so much!

Second of all, I have Emma to thank for helping me to cut down. I write novels. I am wordy as hell. If it was up to me there would be 4 hour dialogs because rambling is what I do.

Emma... taught me that I couldn't do that. There's a limit to speech bubbles, to the rhythm of a page. I need to cut down, prune away. It's more poetry than prose. Still, there are often more words in the dialog in the scripts I send to her, but she just snips and cuts and keeps the best things. She's got such a good sense of rhythm, which is also evident in the panelwork!

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 9:57 am     Reply

@Auldr: Emma has a buffer, so no need to panic just yet. That being said, she needs to rest and recover. There's just been so much work!

And yes, Cail got to him. And goood spotting on the grid pattern! Emma is so good with those recurring visual themes.

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 9:58 am     Reply

@Ledgerina: Thank you so much! We love seeing people react to the bigger developments!

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 9:58 am     Reply

@lazy-lil-king: It's a comic about change, and Cortland is taking the first step! I am so proud of him.

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 9:59 am     Reply

@yaoiioay: I think it was the last thing Cortland expected to do away... It's weird in the way that Cortland is both the most closed off and the most open, while Ian looks like he's wearing his heart on his sleeve, but can't face the important things.

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 10:00 am     Reply

@IronDog: The brothers do deserve to support each other rather than tear each other apart. Siblings...

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 10:00 am     Reply

@Littlebozsheep: Thank you so much! Your comment makes us so happy!

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 10:01 am     Reply

@cherish.york: Monday is not that far off ;)

MalinRyden, December 7th, 2017, 10:02 am     Reply

@Whimsy: That was such a genious choice by Emma! That and the blackness is such a good way of showing moods without thoughtbubbles.

IronDog, December 31st, 2017, 4:51 pm     Reply

@MalinRyden: Indeed.