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
Well, we know BREAKS is something of a mystery story, and here's a huge answer to part of it; offered when Ian asks the question we're all wondering...:D
That relationship between Cort, Harvey and Constance is pretty layered. There's so much to unpack, emotionally. But oh, boy, Harvey and constance did more than just offer a home to Cort, eh?
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Cort's showing a lot of trust in Ian. let's say Ian was an asshole - which i'm sure he isn't, but just for argument's sake - he could dump Cort on the spot, and then rat him out/blabber to anyone, leading to an info leak to the authorities...
well... he _did_ commit involuntary manslaughter. Just putting that out there. Imagine if it was your brother or son that he killed. Nice work Emma. Cortland isn't a good guy, and this story is much better because of it. kudos
@Ralend: My stepbrother punched someone like that and not to stand up for someone. He was pissed that some dude was talking to his girlfriend. The dude survived, but with TBI brain damage. This should be a lesson for those with bad tempers and prone to fights. You may not MEAN to kill someone, but shit can happen that you can never imagine.
@EmmaVieceli: Masterful. The way Cortland's face resolves from the writhing serpentine coils is *perfect* -- as though he's breaking the surface of this dark ocean of rage and hate. Trying to come to breathe -- and then that look over the shoulder, all the snakes gone, leaving him naked and vulnerable, anguish and hope and fear in that glance to Ian, and Ian looking away, Ian looking in the distance, Ian struggling to reconcile all he's learned in the past few minutes with all he's learned in the past few months. How does it feel to love and desire this person who has done such morally questionable things? You've done a fantastic job -- it's hard to read this, to know that it would be so realistic for Ian to back away, hands raised, and beg off. It would be completely understandable to say "this is over my head, and more than I can handle". It would be fairly fucking starkers for Ian to cheerily say "Ah, well, screw that bell-end; let's snog!" and if I were Cort, and my confession elicited THAT response, I don't think I'd take it any better than being suddenly abandoned. Ian has not necessarily had the *best* track record with impulsive responses; I'm hoping he can be sobered by this, and also willing to stick around. Knowing Cortland regrets what he's done, and is struggling to change the shape of his anger is a big thing.
It's hard, to have wanted them to be together but not be able to have it be simple -- hard to see these characters we love be so damaged, but... that was the whole point of this story, yeah?
A love story, but a bit broken.
Well done, folks. Well done. Thanks so much, again, for sharing. xoxo
How dare you, how dare you make this gorgeous beautiful comic with amazing characters that I can't help but get insanely emotionally attached to and write a story that I get lost in for hours and binge all night because it's so engrossing and immersive and then plop this super emotional bomb on me written so well that I get all emotional along with the charecters and still be writing the story so I actually have to wait to continue the heartfelt, immersive, glorious story that I just read? How dare you.
@CatastropheJones: We could totally combine your amazing responses into an essay about this comic - they're always amazingly thought out and make me so happy to read. thank you ^_^ xx And yep - as you say...this story does what it says on the tin. 'A love story...but a bit broken'. :)