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PANEL 1
A) DEACON; ZOU JE ME KUSSEN? MOEST IK MENS ZIJN?

PANEL 2
B) JEFF: WEET IK NIET.
C) JEFF: HEB IK NIET ECHT OVER NAGEDACHT.

PANEL 3
D) DEACON: ZOU JE ME AANTREKKELIJK BESCHOUWEN?

PANEL 4
E) JEFF: JE BENT O.K., DENK IK.

Dutch transcript submitted by Pheebs on

PANEL 1:

A) DEACON: WOULD YOU WANT TO KISS ME? IF I WERE HUMAN?

PANEL 2:

B) JEFF: I DON'T KNOW.

C) JEFF: I HAVEN'T REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT.

PANEL 3:

D) DEACON: WOULD YOU CONSIDER ME ATTRACTIVE?

PANEL 4:

E) JEFF: YOU’RE O.K., I GUESS.

 

English transcript submitted by Alex Woolfson on

PANEL 1

A) DEACON: WÜRDEST DU MICH KÜSSEN WOLLEN? WENN ICH EIN MENSCH WÄRE?

PANEL 2

B) JEFF: ICH WEIß NICHT.

C) JEFF: ICH HAB NOCH NICHT WIRKLICH DRÜBER NACHGEDACHT.

PANEL 3

D) DEACON: WÜRDEST DU SAGEN, DASS ICH ATTRAKTIV BIN?

PANEL 4

E) JEFF: DU BIST OKAY, DENKE ICH.

German transcript submitted by ckazka on

QUADRO 1:
A) DEACON: VOCÊ GOSTARIA DE ME BEIJAR? SE EU FOSSE HUMANO?
QUADRO 2:
B) JEFF: EU NÃO SEI.
C) JEFF: EU NÃO TINHA PENSADO NISSO.
QUADRO 3:
D) DEACON: VOCÊ ME ACHA ATRAENTE?
QUADRO 4:
E) JEFF: VOCÊ NÃO É FEIO, EU ACHO.

Portuguese transcript submitted by María Luciana Rolón on

ПАНЕЛЬ 1:
А) ДИКОН: ТЫ ПРАВДА МОГ БЫ МЕНЯ ПОЦЕЛОВАТЬ? ЕСЛИ БЫ Я БЫЛ ЧЕЛОВЕКОМ?
ПАНЕЛЬ 2:
Б) ДЖЕФФ: Я НЕ ЗНАЮ.
В) ДЖЕФФ: Я КАК-ТО ОБ ЭТОМ НЕ ДУМАЛ.
ПАНЕЛЬ 3:
Г) ДИКОН: КАК ТЫ СЧИТАЕШЬ, Я СИМПАТИЧНЫЙ?
ПАНЕЛЬ 4:
Д) ДЖЕФФ: ТЫ НИЧЕГО, Я БЫ СКАЗАЛ.

Russian transcript submitted by WTCelesta on

VIÑETA 1:

A) DEACON: ¿QUERRÍAS BESARME? ¿SI YO FUESE HUMANO?

VIÑETA 2:

B) JEFF: NO SÉ.

C) JEFF: EN REALIDAD NUNCA ME PUSE A PENSARLO.

VIÑETA 3:

D) DEACON: ¿ME CONSIDERAS ATRACTIVO?

VIÑETA 4:

E) JEFF: TE VES BIEN. SUPONGO.

Spanish transcript submitted by Skaro on

Artifice Page 40

Please forgive me, but I’m going to act like a fanboy of my own comic for a moment. Or at least of Winona’s part in it. :)

A major reason I started the Yaoi 911 project was to make comics I always wanted to see and the art on this page totally hits my fanboy buttons. I think Jeff is absolutely adorable in Panel 2. Great expression, great pose, great anatomy—just beautiful to look at. And Jeff in Panel 4! Those arms! That chest! The tousled hair! (Even that armpit!) And Deacon in Panel 3? His expression cracks me up every time. I think Winona just outdid herself on this page. I’ve been working on this comic for a long time, and when Winona sends me a page like this, it all becomes fresh to me again. I get to be one of you for a moment, experiencing Deacon’s story for the first time. And that is but one of 1000 reasons why I feel so lucky to be able to work with Winona on this comic.

Anyway!

We have new Fan Art from “Artifice: The Look” artist Lance! It’s “Artichibis” and, while I love all the awesome fan art we’ve received to pieces, I will admit this one fills my heart with a special joy. You owe it to yourself to check it out. Thank you so much, Lance!

Special thanks and hugs to long-time supporters Daniela F., Alexandra R., Esperanza V. (donating for the second week in a row!), Alexandra R. & Elyse B. (both donating for the second time in a week!), Christina K. (donating for the third time in two weeks!) and Laura Beth W. (now donating for a jaw-dropping 6th time in a row! WOW!) and a warm, grateful welcome to new supporters Karen H., Gabrielle R., Tristan M., Anna Z., Brittany H. and Erin H. for their generous donations over the last few days! Thank you all so much! :D

October 17th, 8:40PM: DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! In super record time and thanks to your amazingly generosity, donations have just hit $250, so there will be a bonus page—Page 41!—this Wednesday, October 19th!

(And I’m actually super glad that it’s page 41 that will be the bonus page this week. When a reader first suggested the idea of posting bonus pages when donation targets were hit, it was actually Page 41 that I pictured in my mind as being the bonus page. So you all with your awesomeness are literally making my dreams come true! Thank you! :D )


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  • http://twitter.com/KristinMontoya Kristin Montoya

    Panel 2!!!!!!!

  • fujoshifanatic

    Oh, the eyebrows in every panel! And the changing expressions on their faces!! There is some serious UST brewing here, and it’s about to bubble over! *waiting (almost) patiently to drink it all in*

    And yay, I’m first! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/OtakuMuffin Ayisha Shabazz

    YES!!! OMG Yes!!! I camped darnit I camped!. And I was about to go to bed and thought “I’ll check real quick” I’m so glad I did.
    I think you’re attractive Deacon, We all do! Deacons eyes look so curios :) Such a wonderful story. Four panels that made my night!

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

      Thank you, Ayisha! Glad to make your night! :)

  • classic_bear

    No words can describe the emotions im going through after this!

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

      Hehe.

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

    I am so with you on Jeff in panel four, but I’m much more enamored of that blush than the armpit, personally.  Also, Deacon in panels three and four.  Just heartwarming and darling.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UY6MFIQ4LQ3HPB5HGWNERIAKFU Noah

    AHH!! :))) The art is fantastically done. <3 The expressions are so great, you can just feel what they're feeling. I have a serious case of Obsessed-With-Artifice-Syndrome…

    • http://twitter.com/OtakuMuffin Ayisha Shabazz

      I think its contagious. I seem to have the same syndrome.

  • http://twitter.com/Krolosyxa krolosy X angel

    i cant stop smiling 

  • Hyperminimalism

    D’aw, I’m glad I stayed up.  Look at the flustered expression on that gorgeous face.  You know, now that he IS thinking about kissing Deacon, that he wouldn’t say no. 

  • Bien Batol

    It’s 12:49 where I’m from.  I thought, “Hey, there is no way that the update would be up so soon.”  Lo and behold, here it is.  Thank God for my sleep problems.

  • Spirited_Dreamer

    This page is just….I love it! And the slight blush on Jeff’s cheeks in the last panel…adorable! I have a thing for men with long hair and  for a man with a rocking body. These two together just simply kill two birds with one stone for me! Deacon…you should not have just asked him…just do it, buddy lol My heart was pounding when I saw a new page. I’m so anxious to see these two have a moment!

    • Spirited_Dreamer

      May I just add that, upon looking back up at the page, Winona really did out do herself with Jeff in that last panel :D

  • melinda stumpf

    Jeff just say you want Deacon so we can have the nice sex scene 

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

    Jeff’s blush made me blush, but Deacon loooooooming over him made me crack up. Here’s hoping he leans in even closer… :P

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

      I find that funny too, Amber. :)

  • http://unserious-joker.livejournal.com/ Joker

    Attractive? Deacon, you are fing HOT! I mean, come on, panel 1? He just radiates unnecessarily large amounts of sexy there.

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

      ainorite? 8D I needed a haz-mat suit just to look at that panel.

  • JellyF

    Jeff in panel 4 remind me of a Classical Greek sculpture. He looks perfect :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1528401352 Kaylin Meier

    Like like like like like like like like like like like like oh god LOVE

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

      :)

  • eleutherios

    Jeff, you have a lot to learn about men.

    When a guy starts talking like this and leaning forward hopefully, it’s a signal for you to plant one on him.

  • KBatty

    What a great page! Alex, you pretty much summed up everything I’d say about the art with your delightfully self-indulgent fanboying. Jeff in panel four is truly just… so very good.

    As for the writing—what can I say? Even in trying to discreetly fish around and see if he has a shot with Jeff, Deacon is subtle like a brick through a window (and that’s why we love him).

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

      Thank you, KBatty! Yep, Deacon and subtlety around delicate emotional matters. Not so much. :)

  • Emperor_Meiji

    Oh, come on, Jeff. I’m straight and I’d let Deacon kiss me. Probably.

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

      Heh. I’ve often wondered how the events on Da Vinci Four would have played out had Jeff been straight…

      • Emperor_Meiji

        Well, Jeff would probably have been massacred with the rest of the colonists. 

        But let’s assume he escaped somehow. Would he and Deacon still have become friends? I’d like to think so. The larger question — a question for Dr. Maven — is whether Deacon is gay in the usual sense, or whether he is basically asexual and is able to adjust his programming, so to speak, in order to explore a relationship with Jeff. 

        Obviously Jeff is “programmed” to be gay, thanks to that pesky C37 pair on his X chromosome. What’s unknown (so far) is whether Deacon is programmed that way, too. And if so, why? Why would NoNeCo build android soldiers with any sexual instincts, let alone homosexual ones? Is Deacon “defective”? Or does he represent an evolutionary breakthrough for artificial life?

        These existential questions are part of why I adore Artifice. You and Winona have given us more than just eye candy; more than just a kawaii yaoi squee-fest. You’ve created a tale with literary scope and moral depth. I really, really hope you explore these questions in detail before the journey comes to an end.

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

          I definitely thought about these things before writing the script and have answers to these questions already decided. Whether all of them will be answered in this particular arc is another matter. But I love that you’re asking them. And reading the potential answers my readers come up with is a lot of fun. :)

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

            THERE’S GOING TO BE MULTIPLE ARCS?! I don’t have an emoticon capable of conveying the joy I feel upon reading that. I must go to programing school and spend hundreds of dollars to learn how to create complex symbols in html so that I can express my joy.
            THAT is how happy I am to hear that this is going to be an extended story.

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

            There is the potential for multiple stories in this world. But they would depend on Winona’s availability and me actually turning my outlines into scripts. Right now, there is just Artifice which is a complete story arc on its own. 

            Sorry to raise false hopes! :)

  • Alor_Laneau

    Amazing as usual!

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

      Thank you, Alor!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WI26OOMCXSKU3OKBZC3AEN7RY Kelsie

    i recognize panel two… it was in the ad that brought me here. i just love it so much :) just wish there had been kissing… >.>

  • Syreen

    Who wouldn’t want to kiss Deacon? I would have so much nice things to say about him: ‘OK’ would be the last XD

  • Reign

    So close!!! I think Deacon wants Jeff to kiss him really bad. Jeff’s face in panel 2 and 4 are priceless, like I said before he is way too adorable for his own good! You and Winona are awesome and deserve much praise!!!

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

      Thank you, Reign! I’m glad you’re enjoying what you see! :D

  • mutisija

    OK? Just OK looking guy and Jeff is blushing like that :D

  • VulcanMindMelon

    It may just be the DC fan in me, but because of the hair, Jeff reminds me of Bart Allen back in his impulse days, and Deacon reminds me of Superboy. 

  • psiquest

    Jeff, it’s ok. We understand. You’ve self-suppressed for so long that you’ve become terrified by the mere prospect of love. We know what you’re going through. We’ve all been there. You crave intimacy as much as Deacon. A gentle touch, a tender embrace… hours upon hours of spooning. Once, it may have been easy to cast those feelings aside, but now you find yourself unable to scape them. And that scares you. It’s ok. We understand. But we also know these are things you shouldn’t be afraid of.

    Yes, Deacon throwing himself at you may not be your thing. But keep in mind that he has no experiences to pull from. Remember your first time? All the desire, the uncertainty, the fear? That’s what Deacon is going through. This is totally new to him. He’s trying his best… perhaps too hard, but his best nonetheless.

    Think about that: an android is violating his programming and ignoring his orders because he wants to experience something which humans – including yourself – take for granted. For this, he could very well be dismantled. Yet he still tries.

    Can you do any less, Jeff?

    /end PassiveAggressiveSympathyGuiltTrip

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

      LOL. I’ll pass along your thoughts to Jeff. :)

    • W Nelson

      Haha I love this comment :D  If I were Jeff I’d *have* to go for it now.

  • http://EIQGOT.com Sawyer Gomez

    °^° I wonder if this is how people feel then I bluntly ask if state things….

  • http://kinkynavi.deviantart.com ✿ Navi.

    Oh my gosh. I completely understand you, this page is adorable. I can’t say who of them both is the cuter one here. (my favourite are Jeffs lips in the last panel)
    How Jeff blushs ♥ Deacons curious look ♥ I could go on like that for the rest of the day!This is really great, I love it and brightened up my day a little. I am already looking forward to the next page but at first I will go on enjoying this one. 

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

      Glad to brighten your day a bit, Navi! :) (And yes, this is one of the pages I savor and come back too, myself…)

  • iamlingy

    JEFF STOP LYING. YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY HAD A HUGE HATE BONER FOR HIM FOR THE LAST LIKE 20 PAGES OKAY. JUST ACCEPT IT.

    I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THIS WEBCOMIC. CAN YOU TELL?

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

      YES :)

  • singerblooming

    Deacon, boy you are FIIIINE. I don’t know how Jeff is holding himself back. ;D

  • T Tran

    /hyperventilates/

  • ithilloke

    The last panel as Jeff lays down is perfection. His face is truly droolworthy! I also love the overly confident, completely assured look Deacon has on his face in the first panel, absolutely certain this human will think him stunning. Love it!

  • http://poefish.deviantart.com/ Poefish

    AWWWW Deacon can’t tell if he’s attractive to humans or not! And I love his dead serious face, “Would you want to kiss me if I were human?”

  • VIK_E

    ‘You’re ok.’ YOU’RE OK??? Is he blind?

    I loved how Deacon asked him though, he’s too cute.

  • http://nakamanga.com Ari

    The last panel would have made me a die-hard fan if I wasn’t one already ^______^

    YES, BLUSH AWAY!

  • http://www.facebook.com/boredLindsay Lindsay Johnson

    I love Winona! First the bonus page looking so lovely and now this! The detail work and the posing of the boys plus the expressions! X3 Makes me look like Maven in the new fanart which I also love! Thank you Alex once again for bringing this to us. Sincerely from one fangirl to fanboy!

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

      You’re very welcome, Lindsay! Glad you like it!

    • W Nelson

      Thanks so much for reading and for your sweet comment!  <3

  • Laymanterms303

    Yeah, Winona’s the bomb. And don’t sell yourself short either. Artifice is one of my favorite webcomics.
    I’m going to get Disney to send Jeff that singing crab.

    Sing with me now: 
    Sha-la-la-la-la-la
    My, oh, my
    Look at the boy too shy
    He ain’t gonna kiss the android
    Sha-la-la-la-la-la 
    Ain’t that sad
    Ain’t it shame, too bad
    You gonna miss the android

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

      Hehe. I now need to add a singing crab to my webcomic… :)

      Thank you very much for your kind words (and the song!), Laymanterms303!

      • Laymanterms303

        Ha, wish I could take credit, but the song’s from Disney (The Little Mermaid to be precise). But you’re welcome anyway.

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

          I TOLD YOU!! Called it on Wednesday! We’re all singing “Kiss the Boy” around here!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KPM5W6GRC23QHT42JFMVRRKCM Linda

    Oh man, if I remember correctly then shirtless Deacon is next! Bring on the next page! Whooo!

  • JLJones

    oh man oh man D:  Of all the times to be completely broke and totally incapable of moving that donation bar along ><  NOW, when we slobbering fans need it the most D:  Gah!

    I'm with you, atm, Alex – Fanning about the place over this page.  Winona always rocks my socks, as you well know (hell, how did she manage to make that bookshelf in panel 1 look sexy?  the woman is a goddess, I tell you!), but really… the last panel nailed it for me.  Jeff shouldn't be allowed to dial the cuteness notch up that high. It's bad for my heart D:

    Eagerly awaiting next Saturday, or, Primus willing, those lovely donations that keep those bonus pages going.

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

      Glad you like, JLJones!

  • http://twitter.com/D_Azariel Desdemona Azariel

    Oh look! He’s blushing! Daaaaaaaww.
    And wow, Deacon, you’re very direct, aren’t you?

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

      It has been established that tact and subtlety are not exactly Deacon’s prime directives. :P

  • http://twitter.com/Izzey24 Elizabeth Brooks

    Aw, I love this page. XD Deacon’s face in the last panel is awesome, and then Jeff’s blush? n’aaaawww. x3

  • Exile 755 is a Higglytown hero

    -giggle-
    Deacon, you’re so subtle… XD 

  • http://www.facebook.com/billsimmon Bill Simmon

    Alex, that first panel would make a pretty great t-shirt all by itself. Just saying…

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

      If there’s interest, that can definitely be arranged, Bill. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/boredLindsay Lindsay Johnson

        Oh my yes! That on a black t-shirt without the background so its just you, Deacon, and that speech bubble! X3

  • Phebe Vanmol

    That blush killed me XD

  • Dex X.

    This page makes me lol :3

  • Shinashi

    Jeff’s never really thought about it~? <3 And that expression in the fourth panel~ Deacon's questions~ Aaaaaaa~

    Yes, coherent, I know.

  • SteveMcSheffrey

    Looks like I might have guessed the wrong one when it comes tow ho was going to be stopped by fear.  Can I admit something?  I don’t care for Jeff much.  A real life man like him, emotionally or physically, would be so not my type.  I doubt we’d even be acquaintances if working together but the connection I feel to Deacon’s character has me wanting Jeff to get off the stick just because it would mean so much to Deacon if he would!

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

      Interesting. You’ll have to let me know if Jeff grows on you more. Glad you’re still rooting for them, though!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZMIIEVG3SPZGFIAY4Q2UHDXXXM Alis

    Jeff. Blushing. Deacon. Questions. I feel like letting a not at all dignified squee looking at this page!

    Also chest hair! Really, I’m staring at his chest in all those pages and… Just me that think that’s it’s sexy? ‘Cos it is. And Deacon! Oh, my, isn’t he precious? I love his face at panel 1! It’s so funny!

    (agh, Twitter is down, I can’t login, but Its_me_alis here :D)

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

      It’s not just you who likes Jeff’s chest hair. ;)

  • Nikolicious

    EXCUSE ME WHILE I DIE. Oh, god, i can’t even. Everything on this page is DELICIOUS. Deacon, can you get anymore adorkable? <3

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

      Hehe. :)

  • Henrithe9th

    Haha i see some red cheeks!!

  • Kendra Jones

    Aw. He’s embarrassed! How cute. It reminds you that he’s still pretty young and inexperienced.

  • SteveMcSheffrey

    You had to put a link to Teahouse, didn’t you?  I was planning on going to bed an hour ago and that ruined that!

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

      Mwa ha ha. ;)

    • Elena Geleva

      TeaHouse ftw! (Starfighter as well). With Artifice they make the holy trinity of full color yaoi web comics.I love you internet!

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

        The Holy Trinity of Full Color Yaoi Webcomics, huh? lol I like that.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NTEKENKBPSYFVBTXX2TG7O5CDY Scut

          You forgot “Tough”, but I guess that could be summed up as the “Wonderful Work of Woolfson”. :3

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

            You’re going to make me blush. ;)

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NTEKENKBPSYFVBTXX2TG7O5CDY Scut

            It’s ’cause we love yah, darling. ;D

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

            ::blush::

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4CXHXBLWM4MMRLNXW6SPFXQI2Q Viper

    Aww!!! That was adorable!!! Sad but adorable!!

  • http://twitter.com/RowanMcBride Rowan McBride

    Deacon’s got such game and he doesn’t even know it.

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

      Rowan! :D And yes, hard to resist the Deac-meister.

  • Ryn

    *squealing*

    omgomgomg!!!

    Deacon is so eager, lol. poor jeff, love how he’s pulling the blankets up to his chin; suddenly aware how unclothed he is.

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

      :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Stermer/1214936705 Thomas Stermer

    oh my jeebus…. :D I WANT TO READ MORE. NOW. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG. lol. i want them both now, not just Deacon!!! <3 Love = Artifice, at this moment.

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

      Hehe. Thank you, Thomas!

  • Yukiness

    I think Jeff’s overall appeal in panel four amounts to smoldering and I’m frankly surprised Deacon’s self control mechanism hasn’t fried yet. There should be flashing red lights and system meltdowns right now.

    That way, Jeff can do a manual override.

    Pun intended.

    • Ryn

      i know, he’s absolutely delicious. <3

      the way his hair spreads on the pillow makes me want to grab a fistful.

      • Yukiness

        You and I are on the same wavelength with the hair thing

        However, those lips of his beg for some embrace.

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

      UKE-ALERT!

  • CommodoreZelda

    Jeff was sooo fricking adorable on this page. :) I think this is my favorite page as far as Jeff’s concerned. :) Just too cute!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7W4JMZ6MXCVA6KKCFVAMW44OU Summer

    ….Winona.  Dear lady.  I am not a lesbian, but I think I want to marry you :P  This page is….::squeals and laughs for the better part of five minutes::  Jeff is….and Deacon totally is…and they are….GAH!  I need an ice bath!  This was such a wonderful page!  It made today’s helping-friend-move activity all the more bearable now that I had such beauty to look upon on this update!

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

      Glad you liked it, Summer! :)

      (And good for you for helping a friend move. You know how you know who you’re real friends are? They’re the ones lifting your couch up the stairs…)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7W4JMZ6MXCVA6KKCFVAMW44OU Summer

        In this case, instead of stairs, it was trying to maneuver the over six foot tall couch (I am not kidding) through two doors that wouldn’t unhinge!  It is done.

        And I did not just LIKE this update, dear sir…I LOVED it.  It is unresolved delicious sexual tension to the UTMOST!

      • KBatty

        This is so true! Want to find out who you can rely on? Ask them to help you move furniture.

    • W Nelson

      Hehehe!  I wouldn’t want to offend my sweet boyfriend (or share him) so I must respectfully decline, but take heart!  You will see more pages from me!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7W4JMZ6MXCVA6KKCFVAMW44OU Summer

        LOL, I’ll get over the pain someday!  I look forward to the more pages with bated breath!  (and perhaps finding one of those sweet boyfriend types myself at some point)

  • http://tatatroses.blogspot.com/ Tatat Roses

    THE LAST PANEL.

    HIS BLUSH.

    EVERYTHING IS OKAY.

    YEAH.

    <3

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

      :)

  • http://getmeafuckingfanta.tumblr.com/ James

    WSDXFCJBKLLJKGFJUGFHGSJDLKHJLKSETFDFGUKHLKJL
    THERE ARE NO WORDS

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

      Hehe. Glad you like. :)

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

    After the last panel was mentioned, I went back and gave it more than a cursory glance. I tend to skim the comic gleefully, then read the comments, then go back and STARE like a hypno-toad at the panels. My brain don’t working good nao for teh thinkings and stuff.  8D
    Seriously, I am a proud seme and Jeff in the last panel pushes my button so hard that I got stuck in a loop just going “UKE! :D UKE! :D UKE!!! XD” for somewhere close to 15 minutes. It’s actually STILL going on in the back of my head as I type. I am avoiding looking at the comic again because it’s already 3:15 am and I desperately need to sleep tonight at SOME time! D:

    UKE! :D UKE! :D UKE!! XD

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

      Interesting. I wonder what you’ll think of the pages coming up… :)

    • Ryn

      tsk tsk.

      Deacon’s quite the curious fellow, i think he’s going to want to experience things both way. Jeff seems like a versatile fellow too. I feel they’ll be switching between top and bottom once they get to that point in their relationship.

      and i doubt Jeff would act like the stereotypical uke anyway. He looks more like the type the scratch the hell out of his partner and maybe even bite a little. no whimpery teary sex for Jeff. Hope Deacon’s “skin” can repair it’s self. ;D

  • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

    Oh brilliant! I love the direction this is taking! :D 10 points to Deacon for making Jeff blush!

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

      Thank you, CK! :)

  • Kayla

    “I’m just okay? Here, let me take my clothes off so you can get a better look.”

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

      Heh.

  • http://twitter.com/eve_the_strange eva

    oh i love how Deacon is drawn in the first panel <33

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

      Me, too. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DTHOYEO5HOFZKAY2C27OUE6KFI CotinaS

    You are so right about Winona’s art. That second panel picture in your ads was one of the things that drew me to this comic. Talk about a picture saying a thousand words,although this is just saying one and that’s YUM^_^.

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

      I know, right? :)

  • kittycat101303

    I actually dont even like yaoi comics. o__o this is pretty good though. ^^ the plot is cool.

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

      Thank you, kittycat101303! :)

  • Enamoril

    Over halfway there now Alex :O How long has it been again since last double update…?

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

      Just last Wednesday was a bonus page that made it three weeks of double-updates in a row. :)

  • elijah elquest

    Is it Saturday yet…

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

      :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7W4JMZ6MXCVA6KKCFVAMW44OU Summer

    …I just had a terrible, awful, horrible, horrifying musical thought.

    “And if you’re a filthy Horta,
    Data’s your bestest bet!
    Because he’s FULLY FUNCTIONAL
    And anatomically correct!”

    Damn you, Voltaire.  DAMN YOU and your little Data the android song too!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7W4JMZ6MXCVA6KKCFVAMW44OU Summer

      …I’ve been trying to donate and it hates me.

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

        Yikes. What’s going on?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7W4JMZ6MXCVA6KKCFVAMW44OU Summer

          It keeps telling me there’s an error and the transaction could not go through.  I tried about three times last night and nothing.  I am sad.

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

            Hmm. Well, that’s no good! I have been receiving donations throughout the day from other readers, though. Would you mind trying again? What happens if you try with another browser like Chrome or Firefox?

            I’m very sorry for the inconvenience, but hopefully between the two of us we can get this fixed! :D (And I really appreciate you putting in this extra effort to donate—above and beyond the call of duty! Thank you!)

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7W4JMZ6MXCVA6KKCFVAMW44OU Summer

            Not your fault, kind sir!  I am thinking that the potential tons of other people donating at the same time caused my transactions to be blocked!  I’ll donate the next time, and I’ll try another browser.  :-)

    • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

      I LOVE Voltaire! :D

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7W4JMZ6MXCVA6KKCFVAMW44OU Summer

        I like them too.  It’s just giving me mental pictures. :-P  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Megi-Makimura/100000507739324 Megi Makimura

    Dear Alex and Winona, you make me happy. That would be all.  

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

      That makes me very happy to hear, Megi. :)

    • W Nelson

      Noted, thank you!  XD

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3XDQSZMZRLBQTRXUTTE73XEB44 Anne

    Squee! I’ve been waiting for this panel ever since the ad showing it drew me in to this comic!

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

      Yay! :)

  • yellowrock

    Last panel needs to be on a poster or something, the facial expressions are just too perfect.  The more I look at them the more blown away I am, they just say so much about the emotions of the characters.  That, and Jeff blushing is the cutest thing ever.

    “You guess?  That’s no good, why don’t we find out for sure?”  :D

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

      LOL

      And if folks want this as a poster, that could certainly be arranged…

      • http://twitter.com/airboyobsessed Airboy Obsessed

        That would be pretty awesome! Though my personal feelings would lean me towards a poster of the last panel of the previous page…mm-mm-mm.

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

          So noted. :)

  • http://twitter.com/SarielLunar Sara Barrera

    Love this page.  The last panel is just awesome!  The facial expressions on all of them are great.  Decon’s in panel 1 is sooo sexy.  If I were Jeff I’d have jumped over and planted one right on his lips.

  • http://twitter.com/SarielLunar Sara Barrera

    BTW I was thinking of dressing as Deacon for Halloween.  I hope I can find coveralls in that color.  I’m sure I could make the logo it.  And my head is already shaved so it should be easy peasy if I can find the darn coveralls.

    • Mary Kelleher

      http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_041W0027000P?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2&isABTestAvl=true  They’re a little dark, but they should do.  You should send pictures to fanart :D

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

        Hey, that’s cool. Nice call, Mary. :)

        • Mary Kelleher

          I’ve had experience searching for odd things, being an Art student.

          “Huh… I wonder what it looks like when an octopus is hugging a headstone.   TO THE GOOGLE!”

          Ps. Expect fanart at some point.  I’m pretty bad at drawing humans, but I might as well practice :P

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

            Would love to see your work, Mary! :)

      • http://twitter.com/SarielLunar Sara Barrera

        AWESOME!  Here I come Sears!!!!!!

  • Cristina Leigue

    Unbelievable. I’m waiting for the kiss. Can do it now, please? Lol. I love this story is sooo sweet. I look forward to the rest.

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

      Hehe. Thank you, Cristina!

  • Beefnoi

    Im hoping theres going to be a bonus page. It would make me sooo happy.

    This is by far the best page ever. 
    I LOVE JEFF IN PANEL FOUR <3

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

      Thank you, Beefnoi! I’m really glad you like the new page! :)

  • thisboybroken

    Seriously, why does it have to stop right now??? Cannot wait for more. This is really one of the brighter parts of my week. Keep up the amazing work! Love me some Deacon!

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

      Oh, it’s not stopping! Another page in less than 5 days! (or maybe even sooner… ;) )

      It makes me really happy to hear that Artifice is a bright spot in your week, thisboybroken. I very much appreciate the props! (And you might just get to see some more of Deacon soon…)

      • thisboybroken

        Yours is the 2nd web comic I have ever read. I am now a fan forever. Thank you for doing something so great! I really love how real the characters are in their interaction with one another. The pictures are gorgeous! what more to say??? thanks
        I donated, sorry it’s not more.

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

          A fan forever? That’s awesome! :D Thank you so much for your kind words and your very generous donation. Both are very much appreciated. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1528401352 Kaylin Meier

    Wait I have a question…Why are they even in that room?

  • http://twitter.com/SarielLunar Sara Barrera

    GAHHHHHH I WISH I HAD MONEY TO DONATE!!! -bangs head on desk-

  • http://twitter.com/BecaSantanna Rebeca Santanna

    You want him to ask you with all the owrds?

  • http://twitter.com/airboyobsessed Airboy Obsessed

    I wish I could donate, but I love all those that do! <3 Thank you all for being so kind to the creators of this comic and bringing forth the extra pages! <3 :D

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

      Yes. Thank you all so much! :D

      • http://twitter.com/airboyobsessed Airboy Obsessed

        Though, if tomorrow’s comic cuts back to Maven, as much as I love her, I’m going to SCREAM…..lol

  • Erica

    YAYYYYY NEW PAGE SOON NEW PAGE SOOON!!! <3 lol successful 250 raised :3

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

      :D

  • Spirited_Dreamer

    Wow…I just checked the donation bar….and now it’s full?! YAY! hey, Alex, is this a record for that?

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

      Yep, this is definitely a record. Just when I think I can’t be surprised or amazed any more than last week, you all just blow my mind. :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EC2PGGNT5DWMNBDD6ZGQ5LHFGQ Jaiden

    Jeff, don’t even PRETEND I didn’t notice that adorable blush on your cheeks when deacon asked you that question! D’awww! You sweet thing. These two are just waiting to tackle each other…lol Which is a good thing! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

    Oh my goodness! 70$ in one night!!
    I keep checking that donation pool like it was my own XD
    I cant wait for tomorrow!! :D

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

      Yes, I was surprised too! Very glad to hear you’re looking forward to the next page, CK!

  • Lorescien

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. Jeff’s sultry avoidance face in that last panel is bloody gorgeous! And we all totally know they want each others’ nuts by now. Or at least Jeff wants Deacon. :P I sure hope it’s reciprocated, lol, or else I’m gonna be all —> D:<

  • SigmundReimann

    I want to also thank all those who’ve donated where I cannot, that we all get enjoy two pages a week for a while. I was in hospital a few weeks back and missed a couple of pages, so looking forward to reading them made the ordeal a lot more bearable. 

    Although this is off topic, I reread Tough chapters one and two yesterday and wondered when the third chapter will be coming. I seem to recall reading somewhere that it would be late 2011 but I’m not entirely sure. I understand that with so many comics on the go such questions must be daunting, and if you haven’t a clear answer that is fine. I am really enjoying the weekly/biweekly update system for Artifice alongside the unknown anticipation of when Tough will update as well. Can’t wait until there are some full volumes for me to buy off you.

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

      Yikes. I’m sorry to hear you were in the hospital, Sigmund. I hope you’re feeling better!

      And there were more delays with the art for Tough Chapter 3, I’m afraid. :( Right now, I’m looking towards a release early next year. Fingers crossed.

      Thank you very much for the props!

      • SigmundReimann

        Ah, I really want to help you guys out but I know my art skills aren’t up to scratch yet. One day!

  • http://twitter.com/icraveyaoi icraveyaoi

    Last panel… panel of my dreams. The tension there – like physically nobody is holding a permanent pose: it’s all a snapshot of a fluid motion. You can’t imagine them staying like that from one panel to the next, and the sheets definitely accentuate this. Ah! Plus I have a weakness for well-drawn fabric. It warms the cockels of my heart. Such an understatement “you’re okay I guess,” marvellous.

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

      “A snapshot of fluid motion.” Yes! I think that’s it exactly. 

      And I’m glad you called out Winona’s fabric draping. I think she does a really great job with that and few folks have called it out. :)

  • myrkky

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! WHY CAN’T IT BE WEDNESDAY ALREADY?!?
    Alex this story and the characters are really interesting, and Winona you’ve done an amazing work bringing them to life. Artfice is such a wonderful combination of lovely art and good plot. Thank you for sharing it with us! (And also thanks to those who donated! I will hopefully be able to donate as well at some point..)

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

      You’re very welcome, myrkky. Thank you very much for your kind words! :D

  • http://www.eastofsanity.com Utopian Trunks

    Wow, too-hot-for-the-screen Jeff returns!  *joins in fanboying the art*

  • Krondor2000

    Wow! That’s warp speed!!

  • Jaybird19

    Oh wow, a bonus page comes out right before my birthday! That’s the best early birthday gift ever xD

  • Infinity6

    Ive been reading this comic since the very first day it was posted and since that day ive been aching for more and more Artifice. Cant wait till tomorrow!!!!

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

      Glad to hear it, Infinity6! New page up in less than six hours…

  • Darby Roorda

    I agree with others when they say they love the last panel. I, however, seem to love it for a different reason.
    I love the drama, the tension in Jeff as he lays down to avoid the question that Deacon presents. It’s rich, it’s enticing….but what I really love is Deacon’s dorky face poking in the side, like a comic relief, some after thought to take some of the suspence away. I wanted to be swooning, but then I saw Deacon’s quizzical look in the last panel and could not keep a straight face.
    Deacon, you are the most adorable android DORK I have ever seen.

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

      Yes! Deacon is totally a-dork-able here, huh? Cracks me up too. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SLFUZ3Y6B2Q622FQ7PQUTPCXG4 Jackalin

    I enjoy this comic so much i am dieing to see the next page :)

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

      That makes me happy to hear, Jackalin! New page up in less than six hours!

    • ErrorTime

      I know! I dying to see the doctor’s reaction

  • http://sinfulsari.deviantart.com/ Kokuji

    What he really means is “Yes deacon I want to have your babies… or try …. and then when I realize neither of us have a uterus we will keep trying anyway!” =D …..

  • http://twitter.com/LostEL Heather Cook

    gah found and read this in one night OH MEH GOD I absolutely ADORE this comic and Jeff and Deacon just…..fhusiafhdsa no words.

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

      Thank you, Heather! I hope you’ll stick with us! :)

  • Jacqi Smith

    oh man, it’s so great I can like… feel the sheets on my back and hear all the movement and stuff. and I LOVE all the faces, and the body hair (which I usually don’t see in yaoi comics.) 
    this is definitely becoming one of my new favorites. xD

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

      Well, that makes me very happy to hear, Jacqi! Thank you!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UY6MFIQ4LQ3HPB5HGWNERIAKFU Noah

    UGH. I’m going crazy from camping. XD Hopefully just a few more hours…

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

      Less than 5, my friend… :)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AJUHDYHMSGTLC6CTQYV64PSIJQ Blitzava

        omg, and this was 2 hours ago….so now it’s only 3 to go!!!!

        (camping? me? No way >_>)

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

          I love campers. ;)

  • Yushan Cong

    I just discovered this comic, and 3 pages in, I was in love with it. please, don’t stop this comic. (I cannot describe my relief when I realized the latest page was updated a mere 3 days ago)

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

      Welcome! Glad you’re enjoying Artifice, Yushan!

      (And not to worry, it’s a complete story with a script that’s already been written. This comic will not stop. :D)

  • crimsonkiss22

    I’ve been trying to post a comment since Saturday, but I guess Disqus was having issues or something. Anyway! I love this page, the expressions really make it the best page so far, I think. Not to mention Jeff blushing. ^___^ 

    Woohoo, bonus page! Can’t wait for it! I bet it’ll be incredibly satisfying since you were so excited for it to be the bonus page :D

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

      Thank you, crimsonkiss22! (For both your kind words and for persevering through the wilds of Disqus!)

      And will this page be satisfying? Well, it will definitely be satisfying for me to finally get to share it. But hopefully it wil make you want to see more! :D

  • JLJones

    *noms a s’more*  Is it time yet? XD

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M4UNUNBBI3JFHQ76SLIHCI6Y3A December

    Jeff, LIAR! LOL and LOL again.
    Ah, the way he looks in the last panel, the way he’s all languid and turns away and tries to cover himself up, like – like what?  like I’m going to sleep now? ROFL Man, that look just MELTS my heart.

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

    Knowing what comes on the next page, I get to the bottom panel and think out loud, “Time to whip out the guns!” >:D …..O.o “Wait a minute.”

    Deacon=gun? XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/dkkauwe Daniel Kauwe

    :)

  • Ree

    Aasldflkasdfkjl I’m so happy you’re doing what you want :) Good for you!! What you make is fantastic and thank you for contributing to this world :D

  • Gabu

    This is getting awesome!

  • http://xenospora.com/ ScifiKitty

    oooooh he’s bvushing daaaaws!

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