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PANEL 1
A) DEACON: JE ZOU NOG EEN VAL KUNNEN ZETTEN. JE ZOU JEZELF KUNNEN VERWONDEN. JE ZOU OM HULP KUNNEN RADIOËN.

PANEL 2
B) JEFF: HOE LANG DUURT HET VOOR JE VOLK KOMT?

PANEL 3
C) DEACON: ALS ZE PROTOCOL VOLGEN, VIJFTIEN WEKEN, DRIE DAGEN, VIJF UREN.
D) JEFF: EN ALS ZE HIER ZIJN, BEN IK DOOD, NIETWAAR?
E) DEACON: ONS BEVEL WAS IEDEREEN OP DA VINCI 4 TE DODEN.

PANEL 4
F) JEFF: JE BESEFT TOCH WEL DAT ZE ME NOOIT IETS HEBBEN VERTELD OVER WAT ZE HEBBEN ONTDEKT OVER HET BEDRIJF.
G) JEFF: JOUW STOMME GEHEIMEN ZIJN GESTORVEN MET DE REST.

PANEL 5
H) DEACON: DE INFORMATIE IS ZEER AFBREUK MAKEND, HET KAN ZWARE GEVOLGEN VOOR DE AANDELEN VAN HET BEDRIJF.
I) JEFF: IK ZEG JE TOCH DAT IK NIKS WEET!
J) DEACON: MISSCHIEN GELOVEN ZE JE.

PANEL 6
K) JEFF: MAAR JIJ VOLGT GEWOON MAAR JE BEVELEN.
L) DEACON: JA.

PANEL 7
M) DEACON: MAAR... IK GELOOF DAT JE ME DE WAARHEID VERTELD.

Dutch transcript submitted by Pheebs on

PANEL 1:

A) DEACON: YOU COULD SET ANOTHER BOOBY TRAP. YOU COULD INJURE YOURSELF. YOU COULD ATTEMPT TO RADIO OUT FOR HELP.

PANEL 2:

B) JEFF: HOW LONG BEFORE YOUR PEOPLE COME?

PANEL 3:

C) DEACON: IF THEY FOLLOW PROTOCOL, FIFTEEN WEEKS, THREE DAYS, FIVE HOURS.

D) JEFF: AND WHEN THEY GET HERE, I'M DEAD, RIGHT?

E) DEACON: OUR ORDERS WERE TO KILL EVERYONE ON DA VINCI FOUR.

PANEL 4:

F) JEFF: YOU REALIZE THEY NEVER EVEN TOLD ME WHAT THEY FOUND OUT ABOUT CORPORATE.

G) JEFF: YOUR STUPID SECRETS DIED WITH EVERYONE ELSE.

PANEL 5:

H) DEACON: THE INFORMATION IS VERY COMPROMISING. IT COULD SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT SHAREHOLDER VALUE.

I) JEFF: I’M TELLING YOU I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING!

J) DEACON: PERHAPS THEY’LL BELIEVE YOU.

PANEL 6:

K) JEFF: BUT YOU’RE JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS.

L) DEACON: YES.

PANEL 7:

M) DEACON: BUT... I BELIEVE YOU ARE TELLING ME THE TRUTH.

English transcript submitted by Alex Woolfson on

PANEL 1:

A) DEACON: TU POURRAIS PRÉPARER UN AUTRE TRAQUENARD. TU POURRAIS TE FAIRE MAL. TU POURRAIS TENTER D'APPELER À L'AIDE.

PANEL 2:

B) JEFF: COMBIEN DE TEMPS AVANT QUE TES GENS ARRIVENT ?

PANEL 3:

C) DEACON: S'ILS SUIVENT LE PROTOCOLE, QUINZE SEMAINES, TROIS JOURS, CINQ HEURES.

D) JEFF: ET QUAND ILS ARRIVENT, JE SUIS MORT, C'EST ÇA ?

E) DEACON: NOS ORDRES ÉTAIENT DE TUER TOUT LE MONDE SUR LE DA VINCI FOUR.

PANEL 4:

F) JEFF: TU RÉALISES QU'ILS NE M'ONT MÊME JAMAIS DIT CE QU'ILS AVAIENT DÉCOUVERT À PROPOS DE CORPORATE.

G) JEFF: VOS FOUTUS SECRETS SONT MORTS AVEC TOUS LES AUTRES.

PANEL 5:

H) DEACON: L'INFORMATION EST VRAIMENT COMPROMETTANTE. ÇA POURRAIT SIGNIFICATIVEMENT AFFECTER LA VALEUR DES ACTIONS.

I) JEFF: JE TE DIS QUE JE NE SAIS RIEN !

J) DEACON: PEUT-ÊTRE VONT-ILS TE CROIRE.

PANEL 6:

K) JEFF: MAIS TU TE CONTENTES DE SUIVRE LES ORDRES.

L) DEACON: OUI.

PANEL 7:

M) DEACON: MAIS... JE CROIS QUE TU ME DIS LA VÉRITÉ.

French transcript submitted by Ariane on

PANEL 1

A) DEACON: DU KÖNNTEST EINE WEITERE SPRENGFALLE LEGEN. DU KÖNNTEST DICH SELBST VERLETZEN. DU KÖNNTEST VERSUCHEN, ÜBER FUNK HILFE HERBEIZURUFEN.

PANEL 2

B) JEFF: WIE LANGE DAUERT ES, BIS IHRE LEUTE KOMMEN?

PANEL 3

C) DEACON: WENN SIE SICH AN DAS PROTOKOLL HALTEN, FÜNFZEHN WOCHEN, DREI TAGE, FÜNF STUNDEN.

D) JEFF: UND SOBALD SIE HIER SIND, BIN ICH TOT, RICHTIG?

E) DEACON: UNSER BEFEHL WAR ES, JEDEN AUF DA VINCI 4 ZU TÖTEN.

PANEL 4

F) JEFF: IHNEN IST KLAR, DASS SIE MIR NICHT EINMAL ERZÄHLT HABEN, WAS SIE ÜBER DEN KONZERN HERAUSGEFUNDEN HABEN.

G) JEFF: IHRE DUMMEN GEHEIMNISSE SIND MIT ALLEN ANDEREN GESTORBEN.

PANEL 5

H) DEACON: DIE INFORMATION IST SEHR KOMPROMITIEREND. SIE HÄTTE EINEN HOCHGRADIGEN EINFLUSS AUF DEN UNTERNEHMENSWERT.

I) JEFF: ICH SAGE IHNEN, ICH WEIß NICHTS!

J) DEACON: VIELLEICHT WERDEN SIE DIR DAS GLAUBEN.

PANEL 6

K) JEFF: ABER SIE FÜHREN NUR BEFEHLE AUS.

L) DEACON: JA.

PANEL 7

M) DEACON: ALLERDINGS GLAUBE ICH, DASS DU MIR DIE WAHRHEIT SAGST.

German transcript submitted by ckazka on

QUADRO 1:
A) DEACON: VOCÊ PODERIA ARMAR OUTRA ARMADILHA. VOCÊ PODERIA SE MACHUCAR. VOCÊ PODERIA TENTAR PEDIR AJUDA POR RÁDIO.
QUADRO 2:
B) JEFF: QUANTO TEMPO ATÉ QUE O SEU PESSOAL CHEGUE?
QUADRO 3:
C) DEACON: SE ELES SEGUIREM O PROTOCOLO, QUINZE SEMANAS, TRÊS DIAS E CINCO HORAS.
D) JEFF: E QUANDO ELES CHEGAREM, ELES ME MATAM, CERTO?
E) DEACON: AS NOSSAS ORDENS ERAM DE MATAR TODO MUNDO EM DA VINCI QUATRO.
QUADRO 4:
F) JEFF: VOCÊ TEM NOÇÃO DE QUE ELES NUNCA NEM ME CONTARAM O QUE ELES DESCOBRIRAM DA CORPORAÇÃO, NÉ?
G) JEFF: OS SEGREDOS IDIOTAS DE VOCÊS MORRERAM COM TODO MUNDO.
QUADRO 5:
H) DEACON: A INFORMAÇÃO É MUITO COMPROMETEDORA. PODERIA AFETAR O VALOR DAS AÇÕES DE FORMA SIGNIFICANTE.
I) JEFF: EU ESTOU DIZENDO PRA VOCÊ QUE EU NÃO SEI DE NADA!
J) DEACON: QUEM SABE ELES ACREDITEM EM VOCÊ.
QUADRO 6:
K) JEFF: MAS VOCÊ ESTÁ APENAS SEGUINDO ORDENS.
L) DEACON: SIM.
QUADRO 7:
M) DEACON: MAS... EU ACHO QUE VOCÊ ESTÁ ME DIZENDO A VERDADE.

Portuguese transcript submitted by María Luciana Rolón on

ПАНЕЛЬ 1:
А) ДИКОН: ТЫ МОЖЕШЬ ПОДЛОЖИТЬ ЕЩЕ ОДНУ МИНУ-ЛОВУШКУ. ТЫ МОЖЕШЬ ПРИЧИНИТЬ СЕБЕ ВРЕД. ТЫ МОЖЕШЬ ПОПЫТАТЬСЯ ПОСЛАТЬ СИГНАЛ ПО РАДИО С ПРОСЬБОЙ О ПОМОЩИ.
ПАНЕЛЬ 2:
Б) ДЖЕФФ: СКОЛЬКО ВРЕМЕНИ ОСТАЛОСЬ ДО ПРИЛЕТА ВАШИХ НАПАРНИКОВ?
ПАНЕЛЬ 3:
В) ДИКОН: ЕСЛИ ПО ПРОТОКОЛУ, ТО ЕЩЕ ПЯТНАДЦАТЬ НЕДЕЛЬ, ТРИ ДНЯ И ПЯТЬ ЧАСОВ.
Г) ДЖЕФФ: КОГДА ОНИ ДО НАС ДОБЕРУТСЯ, МНЕ КОНЕЦ, ДА?
Д) ДИКОН: НАШ ПРИКАЗ БЫЛ УСТРАНИТЬ ВСЕХ НА «ДА ВИНЧИ 4».
ПАНЕЛЬ 4:
Е) ДЖЕФФ: ВЫ ПОНИМАЕТЕ, ЧТО МНЕ НИКТО НИЧЕГО НЕ СКАЗАЛ ПРО ТО, ЧТО ОНИ ТАМ ТАКОЕ УЗНАЛИ ПРО КОРПОРАЦИЮ.
Ж) ДЖЕФФ: ВАШИ ИДИОТСКИЕ СЕКРЕТЫ УМЕРЛИ СО ВСЕМИ ОСТАЛЬНЫМИ.
ПАНЕЛЬ 5:
З) ДИКОН: ЭТО БЫЛА КРАЙНЕ КОМПРОМЕТИРУЮЩАЯ ИНФОРМАЦИЯ. ЕЕ РАСПРОСТРАНЕНИЕ МОГЛО СУЩЕСТВЕННО ПОВЛИЯТЬ НА КУРС АКЦИЙ.
И) ДЖЕФФ: Я ЖЕ ВАМ ГОВОРЮ, Я НИЧЕГО ОБ ЭТОМ НЕ ЗНАЮ!
К) ДИКОН: МОЖЕТ БЫТЬ, ТЕБЕ ПОВЕРЯТ.
ПАНЕЛЬ 6:
Л) ДЖЕФФ: А ВЫ ПРОСТО СЛЕДУЕТЕ ПРИКАЗАМ.
М) ДИКОН: ДА.
ПАНЕЛЬ 7:
Н) ДИКОН: НО... Я ТЕБЕ ВЕРЮ, ЧТО ТЫ ГОВОРИШЬ ПРАВДУ.

Russian transcript submitted by WTCelesta on

VIÑETA 1
A) Deacon: Podrías poner otra trampa. Podrías herirte. Podrías pedir ayuda por radio.
VIÑETA 2
B) Jeff: ¿Cuanto mas hasta que su gente venga?
VIÑETA 3
C) Deacon: Si siguen el protocolo, quince semanas, tres días, cinco horas.
D) Jeff: Y cuando lleguen, estoy muerto, ¿no?
E) Deacon: Nuestras ordenes eran, matar a todos en Da Vinci cuatro.
VIÑETA 4
F) Jeff: Usted se da cuenta de que nunca me dijeron de lo que se enteraron sobre la compañía.
G) Jeff: Su secreto estúpido se murió con todo el resto de gente.
VIÑETA 5
H) Deacon: La información es muy comprometedora. Podría afectar los precios para los accionistas.
I) Jeff: ¡Le estoy diciendo que no se nada!
J) Deacon: Quizás te creerán.
VIÑETA 6
K) Jeff: Pero usted solo esta siguiendo ordenes.
L)Deacon: Si.
VIÑETA 7
M)Deacon: Pero... Yo creo que me dices la verdad.

Spanish transcript submitted by milo on

PANEL 1:

A) DEACON: DU KUNDE SÄTTA EN TILL MINERING. DU SKULLE KUNNA SKADA DIG SJÄLV. DU SKULLE KUNNA FÖRSÖKA SÖKA HJÄLP VIA RADION.

PANEL 2:

B) JEFF: NÄR KOMMER DITT FOLK?

PANEL 3:

C) DEACON: OM DE FÖLJER PROTOKOLLET, FEMTON VECKOR, TRE DAGAR, FEM TIMMAR.

D) JEFF: OCH NÄR DE KOMMER HIT ÄR JAG DÖD, ANTAR JAG?

E) DEACON: VÅRA ORDER VAR ATT DÖDA ALLA PÅ DA VINCI FYRA.

PANEL 4:

F) JEFF: FATTAR DU ATT DE ALDRIG ENS BERÄTTADE FÖR MIG VAD DE FÅTT VETA OM FÖRETAGET.

G) JEFF: ERA DUMMA HEMLIGHETER DOG MED DE ANDRA.

PANEL 5:

H) DEACON: DET ÄR MYCKET KÄNSLIG INFORMATION. DEN KUNDE PÅVERKA AKTIEVÄRDENA SIGNIFIKANT.

I) JEFF: JAG SÄGER JU ATT JAG INTE VET NÅGONTING!

J) DEACON: KANSKE KOMMER DE TRO DIG.

PANEL 6:

K) JEFF: MEN DU FÖLJER BARA ORDER.

L) DEACON: JA.

PANEL 7:

M) DEACON: MEN... JAG TROR ATT DU BERÄTTAR SANNINGEN.

Swedish transcript submitted by Catyra on

Artifice Page 30

***THIS IS A BONUS PAGE!***

Special thanks to Katelyn M., Alexandra N., Tanya A., Laura Beth W., Janet S., Lauren S., Michelle B. for their generous donations on Saturday and Sunday and a big hug to Matthew D. for putting us over the top! You all are superheroes! Let’s please thank them (and all the others who have donated to make this page happen!) in the comments!

Page 31 will be posted at the usual time this Saturday. :)

And as it turns out, this page is actually really special to me. For one thing, I especially love the art Winona created for this page: the mirror effects, Jeff in panel 2, Jeff’s pose in Panel 3, Jeff tossing the paper towel, really there’s something in every panel I like. And for another, it has one of my favorite lines of dialogue in the whole comic. Can you guess which one it is?


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  • http://twitter.com/Coloeum Vincent Huang

    Perplexing expression on Deacon on that last panel. :D

    “Your stupid secrets died with everyone else.”?

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Yes, what does that expression mean? :)

      (And good guess—I definitely like that line—but it’s another one that’s my favorite…)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BFCXTWMNVZA5DCDWDTR375A3QY Dawn

    I’ve been stalking this comic since it started (been a fan since Tough) and it keeps getting more and more fascinating. I’m usually ambivalent towards sci-fi, but this comic has converted me.  I’m especially looking forward to the evolution of Deacon’s character. You do such an amazing job gradually teasing out different aspects of his personality and emotions, especially through his interactions with Dr. Maven. Love it. Thanks so much for posting!

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Yay! I’ve made a sci-fi convert! Welcome aboard! (Next step: convince you to watch at least five episodes of Whedon’s Firefly!)

      Thank you for your kind words about the characterization and pacing. I’m really glad to hear you’re enjoying the comic! :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GMYN73B3KO74CMEO4KMWJIDQXM Sophia

    Yay for a bonus page, and well done to the donators. And to you guys. The art is lovely, and the plot is getting thicker….
    But….fifteen weeks?!? Jeff will have died from depression until then.

    “You’re just following orders”?
    Or
    “But I believe you’re telling the truth”?

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      It is a long, long time. But I imagine Jeff would ask for even more if he could…

      (And those are good guesses, but not my ultimate favorites…)

  • http://amhchic.tumblr.com/ AmhChic

    I cracked up (and then twisted up, if that’s possible, because this thinking is not so sci-fi) at the justification, “It could significantly affect shareholder value.”  The fact that it’s stated by an android in the future gave me chills –  a perfect rendering of the worst of current thinking projected into the future for real terror (a whole colony wiped out!!). 
    I love how Jeff’s leaning on the sink in panel 3, the way he’s shyly talking into his shoulder as he looks at Deacon because of it.

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Bingo! For just those reasons, that’s my favorite line. Well done! :)

      (And yes, I love what Winona did with Jeff there too!)

  • SholtoMaru

    The little details are just fantastic, all through the comic, but I’m especially digging this page. The little holes in Jeff’s shirt, and the way his sleeves are rolled up, are just awesome. Because you know what, real shirts wear out. And real people sometimes roll their sleeves up. Just little details that add just that much more to personality and realism. Fantastic!

    The look on Deacon’s face in the last panel is very sweet, but I’m wondering if it’s real, or just more of Deacon empathizing to build rapport. I find I have a bit of trouble trusting him, simply because he’s built to be…I don’t know, manipulative? I can tell separating Deacon’s actual feelings (is it weird to use the word ‘feelings’ on A.I?) from the things that he does deliberately to gain a certain type of response from Jeff is going to be a challenge. But I love the challenge, so bring it on!

    As for your favorite line of dialogue…I’m going to guess, “But you’re just following orders.” I can see that becoming a very significant thing down the line, as the relationship between Deacon and Jeff grows. Will Deacon follow orders, or choose for himself?

    You and Winona do amazing work, please keep it up!

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      You’re definitely asking the right questions about Deacon.

      Thank you for your kind words! :)

  • Didak

    Ahhh I’m loving this.
    Thank you very much for making this wonderful story, and thanks to Winona for the eye candy and also thanks to everyone who donated for this special treat!

    About the line, I’m guessing it’s “It could significantly affect shareholder value”. 
    Or at least, I love that line. I literally started laughing alone. My dog looked at me like I was crazy.
    But I also really loved it when Deacon said “But… I believe you are telling me the truth” while making such a puppy face!
    Humor or sexy adorableness? Tough choice.

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Well, if it comes down to adorableness vs. AlexHumor, AlexHumor always wins out. ;)

      Glad it made you laugh too! And thanks for the props!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ODTYRNLPDTIZWUVMJBCDAFY27E DivaLady

    THANK YOU, DONATERS!  THANK YOU WINONA~!  This is yet another lovely page, and I’m another one who thinks your favorite line is the one about shareholder value.  I mean, how creepy is that?  Very nicely done, I say.  I look forward to where this’ll go.  :3

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      You all seem to have gotten to know me so well. Yep, that’s the line. :)

      Glad you’re looking forward to where we’re going!

  • melinda stumpf

    I love how he look in the first panel

  • Laymanterms303

    Yay for donators! Yay for the bonus page! And yay for something to tide me over til Saturday!

    I’m going to take another path here and guess that your favorite line here is “Our orders were to kill everyone on Da Vinci 4″. Because this could be Deacon sounding big and stuff while covertly showing he cares for Jeff by hinting to him that if he gets of Da Vinci 4, there will be no reason to harm him. But I could be reading too much into it.

    *sings in the tune of Charlie Brown’s Happiness* Happiness is an updated comic/You wake up one morning to suddenly fiiiind!

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      That’s an interesting take on that line. You’ll have to let me know if you find it confirmed or denied over the next pages.

      Thank you for the Artifice Happy Song! :D

  • JFantasist

    Thank you very much, donators <3 I 'd love to donate but I really don't have any money, I'm sorry D':
    Alex, I love your comic! There's nothing I love more than science fiction, yaoi and good, intelligent plot.
    And Winona, I really like your style and poses, Deacon is so handsome! XD
    This comic is just awesome, thanks for the hard work. <3

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Aw, thanks, JFantasist! I really appreciate all the kind words! :)

  • Reign

    Thank you to everyone for making this page possible. I think Deacon has a soft side for Jeff. They are so adorable. The last panel is my favorite the look on Deacons face and what he says is just so sweet. Now hopefully he means it :)

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Hehe. Well, whether he means what he says (and how will we know) is the big question of the comic. Please keep letting me know what you think. :)

  • Ryn

    i’ve been wondering if the company has military connections, like, deeper than just building soldiers for them and possibly doing things civies wouldn’t like.
    though really i don’t care(so long as it didn’t affect me personally),
    i’d just enjoy the issuing chaos if whatever secret they have came out.hee, just sabotage their power supply and watch them freak when the power goes out, pandemonium!!! hmm, think i’d get along with Ethan Rayne from BtVS.

    notice Jeff didn’t deny setting the booby trap here when he does later in interrogation, but i guess that’s not his priority at the moment. And he’s still expecting to die at some point it seems.

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Yes, Jeff is not expecting to get through this. Although that doesn’t mean he won’t try…

      NoNeCo definitely has military connections.

      And Ethan Rayne! Gosh, I haven’t thought about him for a long time…. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=825378398 Béa S. Jahn

    I think your favorite line in this page is the last one ! Because it’s mine :D Thanks to the donators, and ofc to Alex and Winona ! Deacon looks cute on the last panel :3 Fifteen weeks, well :0 Guess they’ll have time to do lots of things, like play hide and seek in the base… Or, talk…

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Yes! More talking! :D

  • Lorescien

    Yep. I almost screamed when I saw that another page was put up so quickly. :P But anyway… the expression on Jeff’s face in the second panel made me want to hug the poor guy. He’s just so cute when he’s worried. And the third panel… holy crap! It’s so beautiful! The mirror effect, their postures, their expressions. SO AMAZING. I’m jealous. Seethingly, majorly jealous. :3

    AND THANK YOU, DONOR PEOPLES!!! May God bless you with anything your heart desires! (Within certain limitations, since I don’t want you taking over the world or anything like that. :P)

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      As far as I’m concerned, the donors may take over the world. :)

      Thank you very much for the props!

  • http://www.facebook.com/singstoimaginarybeings Amber Lynn O’Connor

    I also love the mirror effects here, they’re fantastic. Kudos to all that donated, if I weren’t working two jobs at the moment to get by I might consider it.

    Also I don’t know if this is your ‘favorite line’ or not, but I was quite amused that it will take almost five months to send a retrieval team out to investigate, because of ‘protocol’. Typical emergency response, eh? Unless they wouldn’t find out that the other soldiers had been vaporized until they got there? I don’t know how in-depth the tracking system is. If they assume the soldiers are all functioning and coming back then I guess they wouldn’t realize something is amiss for longer. Still, seems like this government has just as much, if not more, red tape as ours.

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      121 days, so perhaps closer to four months, but still you’re right, that is a vey long time. Most of it has to do with the fact that Da Vinci Four is way outside the core systems. (One more reason Jeff has been so isolated all his life.) But it also expresses a certain… lack of concern for their synthetic operatives.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MTUUTY3TD6PBMGTQQKHD6JCRYQ Kristin

    Maybe I’m gullible but I believe Deacon. He doesn’t seem like the type to lie. I mean I know he it telling the doctor that he wanted to gain Jeff’s trust but…there is really no way to explain it. I just find Deacon innocent and open, even though he is a killing machine. And Jeff, I just love his sass! I just love these guys so much. 

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Well, whether you’re right or wrong about Deacon, what you said makes me happy to hear. :)

  • Strude Moana

    I love everything about this page, but what really holds my interest are the holes in Jeff’s shirt. Somehow I just think it’s a nice detail that I think everyone would otherwise miss while reading. Sort makes little to no sense to comment on them but I just think it’s a good detail.

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      I like that too. :)

  • Dex X.

    fifteen weeks, three days, five hours…….. DAMN WE’VE GOT TIME. So let’s get to IT already!! :D

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      “It”? What is this “it” that you speak of?

      ;)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AF32ZVI5HVIKIUXF7QIWNLELB4 Jennifer

        Probably finding a way to deal with all the decaying corpses of the other colonists, a problem that I’ve been wondering about for some time…

        • Dex X.

          I definitely just meant the sex. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XZOTZTAZPMFVIXZFGDN2FLCVLU JohnP

    Wow, mirror art is hard to do well, that’s double the figures to draw, and you have to account for perspective. Nicely done
    And now we have our first clue as to why the androids attacked Da Vinci Four.  That secret must be big. Wonder if Jeff knows it now.
    After the observations that Deacon keeps his hands in fists, is it over thinking it that his hand is opening in the bottom panel?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hisoka-Kurosaki/100001305712793 Hisoka Kurosaki

    I’d say your favorite line is Deacon’s first line in panel two. So precise with time, D. Right down to the hour. (but what about minutes and seconds? =O)

    Deacon, Deacon…you do realize when we get to the hot part of this story…the excuse ‘I wanted to establish trust’ isn’t going to cut it? xD

    So…what is this oh so secret info? Let me throw out a wild guess. Jeff…is actually Maven’s son!!! O8

    (if you think about it, that would explain their shared godlike ability to form red rings around their own word bubbles. o.o)

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      OMG! You’ve cracked the code! Jeff is Maven’s son!

      But why did she give him up? How much would this information dilute the share price of NoNeCo? And why is his hair so much prettier than hers? Those questions have yet to be answered!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hisoka-Kurosaki/100001305712793 Hisoka Kurosaki

        xD I just read what you wrote with the same narrator voice of the pokemon animes.  *smacks forhead on the table and giggles insanely*

        She gave him up, because of his gay gene. She’s secretly a yaoi fangirl and was thrilled to have a child with the gene, but knew she could not raise him in this society and keep her respectable position.

        NoNeCo, who devotes themselves to the advancement of the human race (my guess from what little I’ve gathered. xD), as shown through the deft creation of such high quality androids like Deacon, might find Jeff unsavory to their more conservative shareholders (who are always in large huddled groups…like girls at a dance club) who would view one of their own highly trained psychiatrists raising such a ‘child’ as a possible threat to the rest of the employees. (it might be contagious, after all. whether its been proven genetic or not, they will always insist its also possibly contagious…like the flu.)

        Jeff got the more submissive half of the gay gene that promotes naturally soft and luscious hair growth in men.

        Oh crap, now that we’ve got our answers, the comic is of no more use. T_T Quick! Brainwash the readers! >8O

        • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

          Ha! Yep, I better pack it in. All my secrets are out. No more need for comic pages…

          (Of course, that could just be the “submissive half” of my gay gene talking… :p)

  • Trent Wilson

    First thought: I hope those paper towels will be recycled/are made from recycled materials.

    Second thought: Huh…. I wonder what next character development is coming…

    Third thought: OMG I just want them to have sex now so badly!

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      First answer: The paper towels are definitely already from recycled materials.

      Second answer: That makes me happy to hear.

      Third answer: I wonder if that will happen? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dawn-Parsons/6315721 Dawn Parsons

    Fifteen weeks, three days, five hours…

    Well gee, that seems like plenty of time to me!

    On the other hand, I think it says a lot about this future where shareholders and corporate finances are worth more than 400 people.  I mean, people kill plenty for money today, but it’s done more discreetly and usually people try to keep the body-count low unless the casualties are all from another country or something.  Usually, the higher the death-toll, the more investigation and the more danger.  The publicity requirements to keep something like this under wraps is absurd in and of itself if money is all they’re worried about.  It makes me think the explosion that killed Deacon’s other 4 was supposed to take the whole base with it.  Then the company could just write it off as a freak explosion.  Technical accident.  Either that or some other lie, because I can’t think of any way otherwise that killing this many people would be practical, ethics aside.  Is it really just about shareholder value?  I think there must be something more.

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      I like the way you’re thinking about this. But could it really be just about shareholder value? Well, Jeff at least seems to find that a plausible answer… :)

  • Shinashi

    If I was Jeff, I would be terrified. As the only survivor, and with the colony keeping secrets, just his words alone wouldn’t be enough. He would probably be tortured for a length of time before they finally believe him… This brings me back to the early pages where Maven was saying that Jeff wasn’t being interrogated exactly like Deacon. :c

    Even if Deacon is just trying to play his emotions (which I don’t buy at all), it’s still nice that he knows the right words to say.

    ~_~ I’m worried about Jeff!

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      You aren’t wrong to be…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=624982789 Jaime Leeds

      The torture comment reminds me of another scifi story, “The Lost Fleet” series by Jack Campbell. Without spoiling anything, the fleet commander is worried that the intelligence division is using torture to gain information. They don’t, because while torture doesn’t give you reliable information. Instead they have interrogation rooms fitted out with crazy brain scanners and sensors. They ask the person questions and track their physical and neurological reactions. Even if you don’t say a word, you can still give up a ton of information. It’s part of why the bad guys in the series encouraged suicide pills.

  • Rissicat

    “But… I believe that you are telling the truth.” (Not that my opinion will make a bit of difference to the Corporation. You poor kid.)

    More to the point, I suspect that Deacon’s been inculcated with blind loyalty. Otherwise, it might have occurred to him that they best way to keep the secret that was discovered on DaVinci 4 buried forever, is to send in a team to kill all the colonists… and then to kill that squad, so even the fact that they were sent to destroy the colony disappears forever.

    In a happier vein, add me to the listing of people who love that little hole in the collar of Jeff’s shirt. It’s the perfect size to hook a finger in, and rip it straight down to the bottom. Rawr! ^_^

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Hehe. You’re giving me an idea for another wallpaper… ;)

      (And you’re definitely thinking the right way about the Corporation…)

      • Rissicat

        You’re welcome. <3
        I might know a little about working for evil corporations. ^_^;;

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=624982789 Jaime Leeds

    Wait. Wait. How could a bunch of space colonists in the middle of nowhere have discovered damaging corporate secrets about a giant corporation? Or was there another reason to kill them?

    Wait, I know what it was–all the artificial people they make are gay! SCANDALOUS!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hisoka-Kurosaki/100001305712793 Hisoka Kurosaki

      a ship full of sexy gay androids…oh dear god, there went what little was left of my mental innocence. >_<

  • JLJones

    I’m taking a wild guess here and saying “Your stupid secrets died with everyone else.”

    Just because that’s the comment that got ME. XD

    And here I go, speculating again (man, I’m good at that) and thinking that perhaps the tables are turning here… Jeff had a difficult life, but I’m assuming he at least understands what it is to be loved, even if it was only by his Mother.  Poor Deacon has had no one in his life, if the reaction of the guards from the beginning are any indication.  And it is the want of all sentient creatures to feel secure and loved D:

    Now I just desperately want to see them holding each other.  Gah.  Alex, stop making me crave sappy romance :P 

    On a lighter, more torturous note… Deacon, in that first panel… You’re killing me.  Truly, you are. I have now gone from worshiping those godly cheekbones, to being obsessed with those beautiful, kissable lips.  It’s just not fair :P

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      I like your speculation about the difference between Deacon and Jeff’s upbringing. You are right—in that regard, Jeff definitely has had advantages Deacon never had. 

      I’m very happy to help spawn a new obsession. ;)

      (And, I don’t think I’m giving too much away to say that you’ll get at least part of what you desperately want in the next couple pages. ;) )

      • JLJones

        Tease :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/vannie001 Vanessa Trepanier

    Oh my, fifteen weeks is a looooong time! Wonder what they could do in that time…

    And thanks for updating this earlier than usual!

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      The thanks should go to your fellow awesome readers and their generous donations—but glad if the early update made you happy!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GR6CABBKS2RKY72QXHNLTA5SYI Enkidu

    Faves on this page: Deacon in the first and final panels. SOooo Kissable! >w<
    Jeff in panel three. His posture is just so human and casual. I like the worried expression too.
    I get the feeling that although Jeff back-sasses Deacon, he's not as scared of him as he is of the corporation. He doesn't think Deacon will hurt him, at least not until the rescue team arrives.

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      I think you’re right. After 13 days, he’s gotten a bit used to him. (Or at least no longer expects imminent death…)

  • http://akbantling.blogspot.com/ A. K. Bantling

    I’m really enjoying this comic. My favorite line was definitely the shareholder one. I actually laughed out loud when I read it. It’s also creepy because it’s true, and not just in this comic. 

    I love how detailed the world you’ve created is. It feels very solid. The characters don’t act at all like stereotypes. They seem like real people (or well, an android) which is much more interesting and easier to become attached to than cookie-cutter types. This is slightly outside of my smut/romance preferences, but I’m still as into it as if it was exactly what I typically go for. You do tension marvelously. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this goes.Thank  you for putting this out there!

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Hey, thank you for such a sweet and thoughtful comment! It makes me happy to hear you’re enjoying Artifice even if it doesn’t line up 100% with what turns you on. Glad to hear the characters are feeling real to you and I hope you continue to enjoy the work.

      (And I’m also tickled to hear I got a laugh from the shareholder line. Still gets a chuckle out of me even now…)

      • http://akbantling.blogspot.com/ A. K. Bantling

        Heh, that makes me feel better to know that you laugh at some of the more humorous lines you’ve written. I do the same thing with my stuff, and I always feel so lame sitting there laughing at my own jokes. It seems less lame if somebody else does it as well.

        You’ve got a great thing going! I’ll definitely keep coming back. 

  • http://twitter.com/dyeitblue dyeitblue

    My favourite pose of this page has to be the one in panel 5 – the shape of the arms and the tension in Jeff’s body… Sigh. It makes me wish I could draw!

    I cannot describe how lovely it is to not have the internet for a few weeks and then return and find not only the normal number of pages, but a BONUS! Oh man, I got excited. I’m going to continue donating as frequently as I can (…not very.) and we’ll hopefully get another one soon! Thank you for having such an awesome incentive to get the fans to show their appreciation.

    My only critique of this page is when I click on it, it doesn’t go to the next page! I just want moooore, is that so bad?

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      No, that’s not bad, it’s awesome—as are your kind words. They’ve put a big smile on my face. ;) 

      And… more in just a few hours!

  • http://twitter.com/liz_thorn Elizabeth Thornhill

    I have to say I’m mightily impressed by this comic; not only for its beautiful art, but its captivating storyline and characters. I am a sucker for depth, and this seems to be chock full of it. 

    Also, there are some webcomic artists out there who could learn a thing or two from this comic. I’ve read some threads on other webcomics where some visitors impugn the artwork for being amateurish, or just plain terrible. But the important thing isn’t how amazing the artwork is (although Artifice is stunning in that regard, much love to Winona <3) but how static it is. 

    There's so much motion on this page, with just the simple sweep of Jeff's body tossing out that paper towel. It really is excellent to see a comic where the people aren't just standing around with a ton of headshots thrown in left and right. 

    Keep up the excellent work, Alex and Winona. <3 You have a new fan.

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Thank you, Elizabeth! Glad to have you onboard!

      And I especially appreciate the props about the motion on this page. I worked hard in the script to try to keep things visually interesting even though there is quite a bit of standing/sitting and talking in this comic. But as you rightly note, the credit truly belongs to Winona who creates so much dynamic feeling with such a “simple sweep”. I’m glad to hear that our efforts are paying off for you. :)

  • classic_bear

    Oh my god I was like “hey lets go ever to Artifice and camp for the new update”
     and I get here and bonus update!!! Dreams do come true.

    • http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/ Alex Woolfson

      Hehe.

      I love campers.

  • WandNCritic

    Missed a lot have I?

    I really like this page as well. Like you say, the art is fantastic, all throughout the page and the dialogue too is great, especially the last panel.

    In my opinion the first two pannels are a further move from Winona to capitalize the two characters polar characteristics, showing Deacon’s nonchalant approach (on the outside) hiding and controlling his feelings, while Jeff is distraugt and emotional and expresses himself as such. Other tools I have not mentioned that Winona uses to capitalyze their differences are their hair, short and disciplined to long and wild; their wieght, big and strong compared to small and frail; and even their clothes, organized jumpsuit to loose clothing, Jeff’s pants even sagging.

    I think that in this page, the mirror comes to great effect in portraying the tension, yet calm of the scene, Deacon even feelin hurt, because as we see from the last panel, he’s got the butterflies. Jeff too, feels personally hurt, because he has created a net of trust with Deacon and feels as though it had been torn. 

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