Full-Spectrum Therapy

Full-Spectrum Therapy

by alkaplan
A queer, supernatural body-horror drama about a group of teenagers living in the aftermath of an alien invasion.

Troubled teen Damien Aattou was looking for a way out -- instead, he found a new way to let "Them" in. His persistent admirer and childhood best friend, Quin, vows to help him, but while doing so attracts the unwanted attention of their school's rookie Empath -- a specialized paranormal professional. Accompanied by Quin's unrelenting ex, Tayler, and her bandmates, the boys must dodge blame for the recent flux of alien outbreaks around town while trying to mend their troubled relationship and find solace.

LGBTQIA+

**Content Warning: this comic deals with themes and imagery concerning suicide, self-harm, drug use, and sex. It's PG-13. Ish.
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Full-Spectrum Therapy

A queer, supernatural body-horror drama about a group of teenagers living in the aftermath of an alien invasion.

Troubled teen Damien Aattou was looking for a way out -- instead, he found a new way to let "Them" in. His persistent admirer and childhood best friend, Quin, vows to help him, but while doing so attracts the unwanted attention of their school's rookie Empath -- a specialized paranormal professional. Accompanied by Quin's unrelenting ex, Tayler, and her bandmates, the boys must dodge blame for the recent flux of alien outbreaks around town while trying to mend their troubled relationship and find solace.

LGBTQIA+

**Content Warning: this comic deals with themes and imagery concerning suicide, self-harm, drug use, and sex. It's PG-13. Ish.

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alkaplan
Yesterday
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alkaplan
2 days ago
@Auldr: Aaahhhh, heck yeah, I'm glad it's coming together! Thanks, as always, for the kind words <3
Grauman
2 days ago
The first panel is so simple and effective. Oof. :(
alkaplan
August 17th, 2017
@guest: It's a line from an Interpol song. I didn't have it at first, but the song came up on my playlist when I was reading another comment on this page, and I added it because it reminded me of the internal conflict Quin is having in this scene. Friday's page has more lines from the same song, and while I'm not going to profess that its entirety is relateable to this scene, I enjoyed the points of intersection.
guest (Guest)
August 16th, 2017
Can I ask what you meant with the hovertext here? (Or what it's referencing, if that's the case)
Auldr
August 16th, 2017
And now the skeletal imagery is explicit. You do a great job with the imagery and symbolism. Not only is the rendering beautiful, but it's layered in from the beginning and then we slowly build our understanding as the story moves. And so much of it, like this, is visual rather than verbal. A fact which makes me spend more time with it because I can't say "I know what's going on" in the same way I can with words and text. You make me live it and feel it more, like in the contrasting reactions in the last two panels.
alkaplan
August 16th, 2017
@blueshark: Nope!
blueshark
August 16th, 2017
Can Tayler understand what they're saying?
alkaplan
August 11th, 2017
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alkaplan
August 11th, 2017
Conventions!
Hey, y'all! In case you don't follow me on social media (@alkcomics on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr), I wanted to let you know that I'll be tabling at SacAnime (Sacramento, CA, 9/1-9/3) and Rose City Comic Con (Portland, OR, 9/8-9/10)! Come by to say hi!

I'll have print copies of the first five chapters of this comic, as well as some rad merch.

Here's a look at the sticker designs I'll be selling:

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guest (Guest)
August 10th, 2017
i will forever envy you for how naturally the dialogue flows.
also: these poor kids.
RainDebJoys
August 9th, 2017
Coming out is never easy. I tried coming out to my mom and she still pretends I'm straight. -hugs-
Guest
August 9th, 2017
that's right, tayler-you got them both pregnant
blueshark
August 8th, 2017
Quin!??
Okay, what's up with Quin? The last chapter made it look like Quin and Damien had finally worked out their issues (some of them) and gotten together and everyone was happy and "this should have happened years ago" (except Taylor) for like ten minutes (which is like a record for this comic) until the breach. (Sorry for all the parenthetical notes). So it's been like two days and Quin's sleeping with some college dude? Did something happen that we'll find out about later, or does Quin just have even less impulse control than I thought?
alkaplan
August 4th, 2017
@Auldr: Yeah! He's wearing a binder.

And thanks for your other comment about the paneling~ you make me confident in my writing!
Auldr
August 4th, 2017
I'm curious about our new character. Is this a trans guy? In panel 4, it looks like he's wearing a bra as he puts on his shirt but Quinn refers to him as 'dude.' The 'bra' could be a binder. Now, it could be that dude is now gender neutral in this part of the country (or in general US usage now, I'm probably too old to be up on current usage), so I'm not sure if I'm reading the clues or just making things up. I certainly can't rely on on Quinn's preferences or boundaries to tell me anything.
Auldr
August 4th, 2017
Those top panels are brilliant. The transition from the pivotal night at the lake into Quinn's morning is perfect. Then you contrast and echo with parallel panes of sunlight on the wall. I like they way they walk us into the main panel. Your panelling and composition are just so good.
alkaplan
August 2nd, 2017
Here's this and the following page together as a spread:
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alkaplan
August 2nd, 2017
SPREAD
Hey, this is the second half of a two-page spread:
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@alkaplan: Niiiiice