Read transcripts of this page in different languages:

PANEL 1:

A) JEFF: YEAH, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I'M CAPABLE OF FEELING.

B) JEFF: HUMAN BEINGS HAVE BEEN HOOKING UP FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS.

PANEL 2:

C) DEACON: AND I’M JUST A MACHINE.

PANEL 3:

D) JEFF: DEACON, I DIDN’T MEAN… IT’S JUST…

PANEL 4:

E) JEFF: I DON’T KNOW.

F) JEFF: I MEAN, HOW CAN I REALLY KNOW YOU CARE ABOUT ME?

PANEL 5:

G) DEACON: I THINK YOU'D HAVE THAT QUESTION REGARDLESS OF MY ORIGINS.

PANEL 6:

H) DEACON: MY ACTIONS AREN'T ENOUGH?

I) JEFF: YOU'VE STILL GOT YOUR ORDERS.

J) DEACON: THAT DOESN'T CHANGE THE WAY I FEEL.

 

English transcript submitted by Alex Woolfson on

PANEL 1

A) JEFF: KANN SEIN, ABER DU WEIßT, ZU WAS FÜR GEFÜHLEN ICH FÄHIG BIN.

B) JEFF: MENSCHEN MACHEN SEIT MILLIONEN VON JAHREN MITEINANDER RUM.

PANEL 2

C) DEACON: UND ICH BIN NUR EINE MASCHINE.

PANEL 3

D) JEFF: DEACON, DAS HAB ICH NICHT... ES IST NUR...

PANEL 4

E) JEFF: ICH WEIß NICHT.

F) JEFF: ICH MEINE, WIE SOLL ICH WIRKLICH WISSEN, WAS DU FÜR MICH FÜHLST?

PANEL 5

G) DEACON: ICH DENKE, DAS WÜRDEST DU DICH - UNGEACHTET MEINER HERKUNFT - SO ODER SO FRAGEN.

PANEL 6

H) DEACON: WAS ICH MACHE, IST NICHT GENUG?

I) JEFF: DU HAST IMMER NOCH DEINE BEFEHLE.

J) DEACON: DAS ÄNDERT NICHTS AN MEINEN GEFÜHLEN.

German transcript submitted by ckazka on

Quadro 1

A)Jeff: Sim, mas você sabe o que eu sou capaz de sentir.

B)Jeff: Os seres humanos têm estado 'se conectando' por milhões de anos.

Quadro 2

C)Deacon: E eu sou apenas uma máquina.

Quadro 3

D)Jeff: Deacon, eu não quis dizer isso... é só que...

Quadro 4

E)Jeff: Eu não sei.

F)Jeff: Quero dizer, como eu posso realmente saber se você se importa comigo?

Quadro 5

G)Deacon: Eu acho que você ainda teria essa dúvida, independente de minhas origens.

Quadro 6

H)Deacon: Minhas atitudes não são o suficiente?

I)Jeff: Você ainda tem suas ordens.

J)Deacon: Isso não muda o jeito como me sinto.

Portuguese transcript submitted by Naya Yukida on

ПАНЕЛЬ 1:
А) ДЖЕФФ: ДА, НО ТЫ-ТО ЗНАЕШЬ, ЧТО Я СПОСОБЕН ЧУВСТВОВАТЬ.
Б) ДЖЕФФ: ЛЮДИ ЭТИМ ЗАНИМАЮТСЯ ВОТ УЖЕ КАК МИЛЛИОНЫ ЛЕТ.
ПАНЕЛЬ 2:
В) ДИКОН: А Я НЕ БОЛЕЕ ЧЕМ МАШИНА.
ПАНЕЛЬ 3:
Г) ДЖЕФФ: ДИКОН, Я НЕ ЭТО ИМЕЛ В ВИДУ… ПРОСТО…
ПАНЕЛЬ 4:
Д) ДЖЕФФ: Я ДАЖЕ НЕ ЗНАЮ.
Е) ДЖЕФФ: ПОНИМАЕШЬ, КАК Я НА САМОМ ДЕЛЕ МОГУ БЫТЬ УВЕРЕН, ЧТО Я ТЕБЕ НЕ БЕЗРАЗЛИЧЕН?
ПАНЕЛЬ 5:
Ж) ДИКОН: Я ДУМАЮ, ЭТОТ ВОПРОС ИНТЕРЕСОВАЛ БЫ ТЕБЯ НЕЗАВИСИМО ОТ ТОГО, КТО Я.
ПАНЕЛЬ 6:
З) ДИКОН: РАЗВЕ МОЁ ПОВЕДЕНИЕ НЕ ГОВОРИТ САМО ЗА СЕБЯ?
И) ДЖЕФФ: НО У ТЕБЯ ВСЁ ЖЕ ЕСТЬ ТВОИ ПРИКАЗЫ.
К) ДИКОН: ЭТО НЕ МЕНЯЕТ МОИ ЧУВСТВА ПО ОТНОШЕНИЮ К ТЕБЕ.

Russian transcript submitted by WTCelesta on

Artifice Page 52

Jeff, dude, no one ever said dating your android assassin would be easy

We have new Fan Art from Morganna, a re-envisioning of Deacon as something a bit more vulnerable on the outside. Thanks, Morganna!

And, of course

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

The tenth bonus page is a row! Woo hoo! :D Neither Winona nor I ever expected this kind of incredible and generous response to our work. You all rock!

And the donation bar is now just $25 away from the next bonus page! Special thanks to long-time supporters Carol M. & Micheal B. (who has now hit 12 weeks of donations in a row! An even dozen! Thank you, Micheal!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow to new supporters Christina H. and April M. for their generous donations over the past few days.

Big hugs go out to new friend Larry B. for their super-generous $25 donation and to long-time friend of Artifice Larisa V. who has now made their third $25 donation in a row! Wow! Thank you!

And… this is another one of my favorite scenes in the comic. It was especially fun to write dialogue of Deacon trying his best to respond to Jeff’s quite understandable insecurities while wrestling with his own. There are moments like these in all relationships that have deepened to a certain level. Jeff and Deacon’s relationship presents some unique challenges, but the feelings of being unsure of another’s love or even what your partner actually thinks of you, are universal, IMHO. And those feelings were fun for me to explore here.

Finally, let me wish all of my readers in the States a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you all be surrounded by tasty food and the people you love! :D

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! Wednesday, November 23rd, 9:00 AM: Thanks to your awesome generosity, the donation bar has yet again hit $250 which means that in addition to the regular update this Saturday, there will be another bonus page—Page 54—next Wednesday, November 30th! Thank you all so much!

UPDATE Friday, November 24th, 2:00 PM: So… I updated my donation bar plugin this week and after resetting it, it’s no longer working. :( I’m getting the donations just fine, but the little green bar isn’t changing, instead it’s staying at $0. I’ve alerted the developer but haven’t heard back. For the time being, I’ll update the total here:

We’re currently at $67 in Donations towards the next bonus page.


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  • classic_bear

    Oh my god, oh my god must contain emotions! Deacon let those feelings out boy!

  • crimsonkiss22

    This page is made of so much win, I don’t even know where to start. Their expressions are amazing, first off. And then there’s Deacon’s tenderness. ;A; The way he’s touching Jeff and looking at him really show how badly he wants to comfort him, or let him know that he’s feeling something.

    But there are those orders, Deacon. 

    I guess this is why seven members of the retrieval team were slaughtered. >___>

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

      I’m really glad you liked the update, crimsonkiss22. :D

      And yes. There are those orders…

    • Exile 755 is a Higglytown hero

      “I guess this is why seven members of the retrieval team were slaughtered.” 

      That made me picture Deacon fending off seven androids that look exactly like him, right in front of Jeff. o_o

  • http://twitter.com/ileandrayoung Ileandra Young

    This is so unbelievably touching. I continue to be emotionally floored by this comic as I never have before. Brilliant work, both of you. *ma-huu-sive hugs*

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

      Thank you, Ileandra! What a kind thing to say. Hugs back! :)

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

    This page is making me feel too much to be coherently expressed right now, but what I think I can say right now is that this is the saddest, sweetest page by far.  No laughter, but contemplation is taking its pace.  This is beautiful and poignant.  I’ll come back and comment when my feeling settle down enough to make sense.

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

      Thank you, Summer. What you said already makes me feel pretty awesome. But I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on this page. :)

  • http://cathcer1984.dreamwidth.org/ Cathcer

    I love seeing humanity in humanoid machines, gave me my love of Sonny in I, Robot and Roy in BladeRunner. Humanity is so extensive and so intricate for a machine to capture and Deacon is by far the most human I’ve encountered. He’s brilliant and I have a huge soft spot for him.

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

      You put Deacon in very good company, Cathcer. I’m glad you’re connecting with him. :)

    • W Nelson

      Don’t forget Data!  My first android :D

  • Aikka

    Others will probably comment that page better, so just wanted to say:

    I love it and can’t wait for more.

    Their conversation now, is probably what i was waiting the most for here.
    *just reads the page all over again*

    And that new fanart… so.. cute *-*

    //Sorry i’m not a good commenter today…

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

      Yay! I’m glad like the update and that you’ve been looking forward to this conversation. As I said, it was a lot of fun to write… :)

      (Of course, Winona just knocked it out of the park with her art. :D )

      And yes—the new fanart is very cute!

      • Aikka

        Haha, well, i think i understand that very well. Whenever i imagine any story, i love these parts too o..o

        As for Winona’s art i just lack of words to describe her art on every page “XD Hope she knows i love it even if i don’t express it in every comment o…o

    • Mournless

      I completely agree! I just haven’t been able to get away from this page. Especially panel three….it speaks to me so. <3

      And…and I'm glad you like the fan art! Thank you! I-I can't stop blushing! Thank you very much! /////

      • Aikka

        Panel 3, and panel 6… *sigh* ok, all of them. ;-;

        You are very welcome, i’m just saying the truth ;>

        • Mournless

          I know. This page is just so emotional….it’s hard to look away from it. >//<

          B'awww, thank you again!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KXMQG2KCU77ON4FT26RTUNFM6U Saxon Brenton

     Alex, at this point I think you’re just going to have to accept that your fan-base thinks you have good product (variously in terms of pretty art, intriguing plot, and likeable protagonists) and is willing to pay for our regular fix of bonus pages.  I believe you’ve hit critical mass, and it seems unlikely to me that there’ll be any future weeks where there *won’t* be a bonus page.
     
    Aw, look.  Emotional conflicted android is emotionally conflicted.  Quick Jeff, qive him a hug.

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

      I will never take my readers’ generosity for granted, Saxon, but I really appreciate your really kind words and props. They’ve put a big smile on my face as I read them now. :)

      They make me want to give you a hug. :D

    • JM

      It’s true. These bonus pages have become so regular, I was thinking of donating that last $25 even though I’m a broke grad student and so can’t take it, but I want that Wednesday update!

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

    Just hit 67,855 words for Nano. :) And as if that wasn’t awesome enough, I see this lovely update! :D I already can’t wait for Saturday!

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

      …while I’m very happy for you, I also am very very jealous. 

  • Mournless

    First off, Disqus is beaing mean to me, so I’m having to log on differently from normal to post this. Secondly, this IS chouji_butterfly/Morganna, and to some, the President of Brodania. XD Now, onward with the comment!!!

    GAH!!! I love the expressions in this page so much! I almost started to tear up a little bit! >//<

    Seriously, I love just how well the pictures flow with the dialogue. This entire comic is a masterpiece of web-comics.

    And to think…the last few days my computer has been out of commission, and just when I didn't think I could be happier about having it up and running again….I come here to find THIS. w<

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

      BRO!  I LOVE THE DEACON-PUPPY!

      • Mournless

        Thanks bro!! I did it for Alex, Winona, and all mah bros of Brodania! I’m glad you like it!!

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

          Bro, I wish to convey my gratitude and delight with a Brodania fist bump of epic proportions!

          • Mournless

            Then do it, bro. We have the technology!! Most of the world will be blind and deaf to it, but Brodania is very sensitive to the powers of brodom. The fist bump will reach….and be returned!!!

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

      “A masterpiece of web-comics”? ::blush:: Thank you, Morganna! I’m really glad you’re feeling that the writing and art are working so well together. (And you’re right, it is good timing with your sweet Deacon-puppy. ;) Thank you again so much for that!)

      • Mournless

        Oh, you’re very welcome! It’s all just so phenomenal! I seriously want to hug them both. >w<

        (You're also welcome for the art. Not sure when, but you can definately expect more from me in the future! <3)

  • Cydalima

    I really, really, REALLY love this comic.

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

      Thank you, Cydalima!

  • Sequinn

    My favourite page so far.  The dialogue and art combine so beautifully together, as if one person has done it all.  (I think Winona and Alex must have some kind of telepathic connection)  The intimacy feels so…real.  When the characters are this genuine it makes it very easy to become swept up in the story.

    Bravo!

    • geneticsgirl

      I think maybe Sequinn and I have a telepathic connection because this is exactly what I’m thinking!

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

      Hitting the right tone with an emotional scene like this can be tough—too much and it’s bathos, too little and you’re either not clear or missing the heart. So I’m really glad that this scene is feeling real to you. And it’s always wonderful to hear when a reader is feeling swept up by the story.

      I do find it interesting that you could see this as the work of one creator. No telepathy between me and Winona—but lots and lots of fun working together. And of course, just her general awesomeness in terms of translating my script into the beautiful art you see on this page. ;) That said, I’m delighted that our work together is feeling “seamless”! That’, along with the other things you said, is a very nice compliment!

  • Kir Edens

    Augh! I love this comic so much! Deacon is so gentle and tender, it just melts my heart. Plus, everything is AMAZING! I applaud you guys for cranking out such a great comic! 

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

      Thank you, Kir!

  • Yukiness

    OMG the body language, pure Winona! Alex wins points again for the very realistic and natural conversation between our fated lovers. And even with all that hot inter-sapien sex they are both still very aware of their situations, and yet feelings still bloom.

    This is beginning to remind me of Legend of the Blue Wolves (in a touching, emotional good way), only this is funnier and I’m sure that it won’t end the way that movie did.

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

      I do need to see that movie… (Although sad endings do make me sad… At least as a viewer…)

      Thank you for the very kind words!

      • Yukiness

        Yes, you do and you will need kleenix.

  • JM

    Oh man. This is awesome. Deacon sure has a point…isn’t every new relationship insecure, even if you’re not boning an android holding you hostage? Awkwardness!
    I do love how intimate they’re becoming – I feel like its been an abrupt and surprising break from how they were acting before the last Maven session. I’m waiting for Deacon to pull Jeff into a kiss right now, but that’s just my wishful thinking. :)
    Also, I don’t think I completely trust Deacon  - he seems quite genuine, but he’s also a machine and could turn at any moment. Is anyone else thinking of Cylons right now? You know you are!

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

      Ah, to trust Deacon, not to trust Deacon. That is the question.

  • krissdevalnor

    brilliant page! :D

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

      Thank you!

  • KBatty

    I sense a kiss in the very near future (finally!).

    Alternatively, I sense them leaning in to kiss and the recovery team showing up to ruin everythiiiing.

    I love these two.

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

      Both are certainly possible.;)

      Glad you’re loving our heroes!

  • fujoshifanatic

    This page…I have no words today. I’m just so grateful, and thankful, for so many things today. Thankful that after 8 months of looking, I’ve found a job that I will start next week. Thankful that in all this time I didn’t lose my house, car, or friends during this period. Thankful that I was able to donate the $15 that should take you over the top to a new bonus page this week for the first time (and hopefully many more after that). And thankful that I found this extremely awesome comic to enjoy and to finally show my appreciation for the awesomeness that is you, Alex and Winona.

    Thank you for a beautiful and emotional update you guys. This is going to be a wonderful Thanksgiving this year. :-)

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

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you found a job—and after such a long search! And I’m especially happy that you didn’t lose those things you mentioned during your search. These are tough economic times. Good on you for holding it together and finding a safe place to land. :)

      Your generous donation did make the next bonus page possible and, especially considering the circumstances, is tremendously appreciated. Thank you for that and for your very kind words. I always enjoy reading your thoughtful (and often funny!) comments (camping in Jeff’s tent? lol). I’m really glad you’re enjoying Artifice and are such an active part of our community.

      May your Thanksgiving be indeed wonderful this year and in years future! :D

  • geneticsgirl

    Now would be a great time for some intimate and sweet kissing. I am so excited!

    and what sucks for me is that the only internet I can get this weekend is on my phone where I can see the page when it uploads but not read the dialogue…

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

      Yikes, sorry to hear that you’ll only have your phone. No way to zoom into each panel, huh? I’m not sure if this helps, but I also transcribe the dialogue in English under the “Available Transcripts” drop-down menu. Maybe you’d have access to that on your phone’s web browser?

  • grinsekatze

    this situation is so intimate. you can pratically see the connection those two have. it is sad and wonderful at the same time.
    there aren’t enough words to describe how much i love this comic, especially this page. because it shows that there is so much more than sex between them!
    can’t WAIT for saturday :-)

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

      Thank you, grinsekatze! Yes, there is a lot more than just sex between Deacon and Jeff. Really glad you like this update. And if you like this, I think you’ll like Saturday’s update as well… :)

  • psiquest

    Jeff? Sweety? This is called afterglow. It’s what naturally occurs after you’ve had hawt mansex and leaves all men incapable of basic deductive reasoning. Your best recourse is to shut up, lie back, and look sexy.

    Happy Thanksgiving, y’all. And if you don’t live in the States… make up a random holiday and have a good one! :)

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

    Daaaaaaaaaaaw, Deacon and Jeff are so cute and SQUISHEH!  Also, Happy turkey day! ^_^

  • Erica

    awwwwwwwwwwww, poor Deacon. his poor little android feelings are hurt ): i coulda sworn Deacon told Jeff he feels everything a human should feel. But i understand his insecurities. I’d be reluctant to fall in love with an android. what if deacon has some… verbal switch in him that’ll just change him into a mindless killing machine?! but then that’d be another interesting twist in the story. :]
    IT COULD TOTALLY BE THE CLICHE THING! :O lol Either jeff, who is inches away from being annihilated, tries his best to snap deacon out of it by recalling everything that has happened between the two, OR Deacon, steps before annihilating jeff, stops in mid attack with like… iunno concrete in his hands and starts getting flashes of their time together, dropping the rock and gripping himself and squeezing his eyes shut from the scary flashes. OMG
    i can see it now. lol
    Great update! can’t wait for the next :OO

    • melinda stumpf

      Hay happy Birthday

      • Erica

        aww happy birthday to you TOO :D lol

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

      Hehe. I love your various end-games for suddenly-psycho Deacon-bot. Nice. :D

      And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

      • Erica

        thank you ! :D

  • Aikka

    250 / 250 ! o..o

  • Ryn

    *runs and hides*  Saaaaaap!

    still, they had to have that conversation at some point. even regular relationship have the ‘were is this going’ talk -so i’ve heard-. that hand on Jeff’s face? time to tug him close and plant a wet one? I’m so in love with Jeff’s sad faces, he’s so very pretty when he’s all emotionally tormented.

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

      Yes, Jeff is very pretty when he’s sad. :)

  • aldi_c_89

    THIS PAGE… Even if I enjoyed the latest (sexy pages ftw!!) this one totally melted me.. it’s beautiful, the expressions, the dialogue… and the last panel.. ♥~ keep up the amazing work guys, and you know if I could I’d totally buy this :D (I’m from Argentina ;_; )

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

      Thank you! I’m glad this one especially touched you, aldi_c_89. As I said, this is one of my favorite scenes.  I hope Argentina is treating you well! :)

  • http://twitter.com/Crazy_Daisy87 Sandy

    Dáwwwww

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LLSHA5B6MKHU3CNSSBQ6AWADVI Matt

    Not easy, but hey, Jeff, you ARE still alive, surely that says enough :D

  • iamlingy

    Abuubububu poor babies *A* Come here and let me hold you<3

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

      *Hugs iamlingy*

  • Syanana

    Awww Jeeffff and awwwww Deacon for being such a caring android assassin~ 

  • Jennie Yates

    Yeah.. he’s right Jeff.. you’d have those problems with a man regardless of origin… XD

  • Darby Roorda

    First, may I say, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
    An now….
    KISS ALREADY.

  • Winterlove

    YAY!!!! Awe that’s so cute!

  • ithilloke

    Am in LOVE with the last panel! Kinda sums it all up, right?

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

      Glad you think so. :)

  • http://twitter.com/henriva henriva

    It’s amazing how excited i am every time I get a mail of you guys!! I am in love with this story :D

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

      Thank you, Henri! :)

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

    Aw, they’re so cute! <3

  • Lorescien

    D’awwww. They make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside… ^_^ And they get me away from thinking about the relationship issues I’ve got in real life, so you guys get bonus points for that.

    I’m overly excited every time you post a new page! This comic seriously brightens my life. :3 Thank you!

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

      While I’m sorry to hear you’ve been having relationship issues in real life, I’m really glad that this comic is helping to get your mind off them. I really hope things get better for you soon. And I very much appreciate your kind words and letting me know that Artifice is a bright spot. 

      Ultimately, the best thing I can hope for is that this comic enriches my readers’ lives. Knowing that it “brightens” a reader’s life definitely counts for that and is wonderful to hear. :)

  • xenie

    Awwww!  So cute!  I think this may be my favorite page yet – love the interaction and the conversation.  I think I have had this conversation one of my past relationships before.  So relatable!

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

      Your favorite page? That’s awesome. Glad you can relate!

  • thisboybroken

    this is too perfect. I think you got it right when you said “nobody said dating your android assassin would be easy” great job guys

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

      Hehe. Glad you liked my little quip. Thanks very much for the props!

  • Dex X.

    HOW. HE. FEEEEEEELS. *rolls around in the cuteness of it*

  • Emily Hood

    I don’t normally like hugs, and I’ll usually save them for emergencies. But this comic makes me want to hug everyone who makes it possible, including Alex and Winona and every single one of the other readers, donating or not.
    I don’t remember where the add was that sent me here but if I could I’d hug that webpage to. I am so glad to have found such a fantastic webcomic. It really brightens my day when I see the update.

    See what this page is doing to me? It’s making me feel feelings and want to express them with physical affection! I don’t think a webcomic has ever made me want to do that.

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

      What a wonderful compliment, Emily. It totally makes me want to hug you right back. :D

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

        Hugs all around then! *Hugs Emily*
        *Hugs Alex and Winona at the same time*
        *Hugs Maven a bit too hard*
        *Hugs Jeff a bit too long and things get awkward*
        *Seriously contemplates hugging Deacon but he might break me after I hugged Jeff for so long.*

  • ladyaoi

    kiss kiss kiss kiss….now now now…lol!

  • Michele M.

    omg….i have warm gooey feelings about this page. I want to give Alex and Winona awkward bear hugs right now! lol

    Deacon give him a warm kiss and huggle him now, damnit!

    And this is going as my Facebook status: Jeff, dude, no one ever said dating your android assassin would be easy…

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

      Hehe. Very glad you liked my quip. I debated about that one longer than usual. ;)

      Bear hugs back!

  • yellowrock

    It’s nice to see a tender moment amongst all sexual tension and scary doctor ladies.

    Arg, I’m off my game, can’t think of any witty dialogue to post.  Keep up the good work!

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

      Thank you! We’ll try! :)

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

      *Hugs yellowrock for being the fanciest*

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

    I feel faint… Such emotion.. dsfklhgsdfh I might implode from all the wonderful!

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

    Am I the only one that is like
    Yeah, he has his orders, so make the most of this while you guys have it.
    No need to whine, just enjoy.

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

      Yeah, but Jeff has never had this kind of close emotional or physical relationship with another man. And with Deacon being an android there IS always that nagging question that maybe this is just for pleasure or to satisfy his curiosity… Actually Deacon’s right. Even if he were biologically made and human, Jeff still would have doubts about whether this is just some fling to him or not. Especially since, given the circumstances, Deacon can’t make any kinds of promises about being with him forever or any deep professions of love like that.
      I suppose he could tell Jeff that he’ll “care for him the rest of his [Jeff's] life.” but when YOU’RE the eventual executioner, that really seems hollow and painful.

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

        Because none of them can make promises, none of them should freak out. If one did fell in love with the oder that that short period of time he does have to deal with the fact that there were no promisses attached to their situation.
        Bringing your emotions up in this kind of situation will only make things bad and ruin the moment that is happening now.

        Just my POV.

      • Ryn

        hypothetically, if Deacon were a human,wouldn’t Jeff be more inclined to resist any advances? I doubt Jeff would have been willing to engage in sexual relation with someone that ,in that context, would most likely be using him to “blow off steam”. of course there would be Stockholm Syndrome to consider.

        Which i think Jeff is experiencing to some degree.

  • Trickums

    Idk what significance it might have, but I notice that Deacon is looking somewhat less muscular…

    • Ryn

      maybe he beefs up when he’s in search and destroy mode.

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

    Oh my. This scene is too emotional in such a subtle way. The way Deacon caresses Jeff’s face at the last panel… ;___; 

    “I mean, how can I really know you care about me?”

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

      It’s a question many of us have had in relationships. :)

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

        *Hugs TatatRoses*

  • http://twitter.com/Arialist Ria

    ;___; my heart. <3 How are they so cute together, argh dalkjds

    Beautiful page, as always <3

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

      Thank you!

  • Jacqi Smith

    I wanna know what deacon looks like on the inside.

  • SteveMcSheffrey

    Yeah, Jeff’s right.  He doesn’t even get the right reassuring words but then Deacon’s a noob.  Just curious, approximately how many pages will Artifice be?

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

      As I’ve mentioned in some other places , I feel that giving even an approximate length would be spoilerish to me if I were a reader, so I hope you’ll forgive me if I keep that answer close to my vest. :)

      • SteveMcSheffrey

        But research shows that spoilers are good for us!  :D

      • karmelion

        The Vest of Secrets. 
         
         
         
         

  • CommodoreZelda

    Aww, they’re so cute…

  • http://twitter.com/pilaha Haley Pierce

    Seriously, how is Jeff’s hair THAT NICE after sex? Impossible. 

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

       Hey, that’s actually a VERY GOOD question!

      • KBatty

        If he’s got very fine, soft hair, perhaps it’s not prone to tangling. lmao

    • http://twitter.com/Nolascana Mitani Hart

      Easy… because Deacon is just that awesome xD

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

      Thank you very much for your question about our legacy styling pomade, Frozen Cashmere. And it’s not impossible, it’s cosmetic history!

      While NoNeCo Cosmeceuticals no longer makes this product, its soft, natural shine and supernatural hold (originally designed for lunar miners in full EnviroSuits!) keeps it a popular item on the secondary market, more than a decade later. With nanotech structural agents, it’s child’s play to maintain a beautiful shape with a resilient soft hold! In fact, Frozen Cashmere provided complete protection against sweat and other fluids (as well as ionizing radiation up to twenty times what is considered safe for humans.)

      If you like what you’re seeing with Jeff’s hair, please don’t hate him—instead, please check out our most popular styling pomade, Vibrant Silk. It has all the hold that Frozen Cashmere had, but now includes NoNeCo’s patented StyleMemory which allows you to program in up to seven different hair styles and have them emerge based on keywords or time of day. Now, not only will you have the ability to look great after sex—you’ll be able to customize your look based on the partner and afterglow!

      I hope this answers your question. And I very much hope you’ll consider giving Vibrant Silk a try!

      • karmelion

        I see you’ve thought this through thoroughly.
         
         
         
         

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

        Wow, that makes more sense than declaring Jeff the enemy of all women :P

      • Lance Gilroy

        Best. Answer. Evar.

  • metisofarabia

    This page made me D’AWW so hard.

  • http://overcookedomlelets.tumblr.com/ Jamie

    asdfghj

    Damn, I’m out sick for one day and I’m greeted with so. Much. Oh god there isn’t a word to explain how this page fills me with fangirl-ish feelings that are building up because i cant giggle like a 5 year old.

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

    I think, after staring at this page numerous times, that everything I want to say…I’m sure you know.  Poignant, beautiful, and so very Winona in the artwork.  Winona, as someone mentioned before, is the new word for “out of this world awesome” type art, so I think that may sum it up well.  Ah, Saturday, hurry forth with your fuzzy slippers of rest.  I want to be near you so more Artifice will come.

  • Kelly Meisner

    Hey! First time commenter!
    I really am enjoying this comic, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and read a webcomic I enjoy that I havn’t been reading for ages already!
    I did want to say one thing:
    Jeff actually looks a hell of alot like one of my own characters. Not saying that you like swiped him because I’ve never had anyone draw a pic of him. He’s strictly a text only guy.
    My roommate showed me this one and was like “Is this what Con’s hair looks like?” And I stared at it and went “Holy jesus….that IS Con!” Jeff is exactly what Con looked like in my head only his nose is a bit narrower!
    I love Jeff. and Decon! I want to squish them both! (Squish as in love on them, FYI)
    Keep it up!

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

      Hi Kelly! Welcome! Glad to hear that you’re enjoying Artifice. And that you have similar taste in characters! :)

      Thank you for your kind words. Squish away!

  • http://twitter.com/wafflebiz Tara Waffle

    Jeff’s puppy face in the last panel is just to die for. :)

  • mikakitten

    D’aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaww!! Affectionate lovelies!! Makes me happy :) I’m glad they’re talking their problems through! I hope it leads to more snuggles! <3

  • http://twitter.com/_gonefishing laurasaurus rex

    How is it possible for D to look like such a kicked puppy but also be capable of killing 49502447 people?
    Answer: SCIENCE!

    • karmelion

      Let’s experiment with human+android smexy times.
      FOR SCIENCE.

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

    I haven’t been commenting lately, because I’ve been keeping up on my iPhone, and I don’t know if I can comment on that…? But excellent work as usual :) I always enjoy the updates! (Cause they always rock and they’re getting steamy… :P)

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

      Thank you, Thomas!

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

    OMG are you trying to melt my heart?

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

      Yes. That is my plan.

  • thisboybroken

    Deacon is so sweet here and that just makes me love him more. I really feel for Jeff. So much I had to comment again, lol. Deacon love!!!

  • Shinashi

    “I think you’d have that question regardless of my origins.”

    So true!!! And your actions are enough for meeeeee, Deacon!! XD

  • AnyOtaku

    I’m afraid to say anything, because any words can explain the feelings that this page made me feel.
    Saturday is near! ( I wish for a Kiss, please)

  • eleutherios

    Yes, well, we all know Tybalt’s got the hots for Romeo, look how that one turned out.

  • Cass Small

    So… Jeff’s not like, dead currently, in real time, is he? I mean, I love this past stuff as much as the next guy, it’s sweet, hot, and got all the right elements, but I’m really kinda concerned for his well being… xD Is he being tortured?
    … I hope whatever is happening to him is emotionally upsetting for Deacon. o.o Always more fun that way. >D

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

    At home from work (since we don’t get a four day weekend), passed 30K at last on NaNo, and about to start consuming some ice cream.  Camping!

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

    Again, thinking of posting a bit early…. :)

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

      OK. Going to do it…

  • Natalia J Siegel

    I’m camping in the rain….just camping in the rain

  • WandNCritic

    Here I feel that Deacon’s status as ‘just an android’ has stopped. Some would argue it was at the sex. but here it is when he actually starts wondering the meaning of his stutus as android, of his actual feelings and he begins to think and feel as a human would.
    This trully raises the question of Robotic rights in this world of robots. Do they have the right to be human, to act human, to defy their orders? This, in this world, could
     be  a stepping stone to Robo-humanoid rights.

  • anonymouslizzy

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! XDD

  • Ree

    “Jeff, dude, no one ever said dating your android assassin would be easy…” This is really fantastic and fantastically sassy XD

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