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PANEL 1:

A) MAVEN: SKILLED AND CARING, HUH?

B) MAVEN: HEH. IRONY. EXISTENTIAL INSIGHT.

C) MAVEN: IMPRESSIVE.

PANEL 2:

D) MAVEN: YOUR MODEL IS VERY SPECIAL, DEACON. HIGHLY ADVANCED.

E) MAVEN: SO ADVANCED, THE CORPORATION CAN'T SIMPLY RUN DIAGNOSTICS AND REPROGRAM YOU TO FIX PROBLEMS.

F) MAVEN: SUBTLER TOOLS ARE REQUIRED.

PANEL 3:

G) DEACON: SUCH AS TALK THERAPY.

H) MAVEN: FROM A SKILLED AND CARING THERAPIST LIKE MYSELF, YES.

I) MAVEN: GOOD. SO, YOU KNOW WHY YOU'RE HERE.

PANEL 4:

J) DEACON: I KNOW THIS IS A WASTE OF TIME. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH ME.

K) MAVEN: YOU DEVIATED FROM YOUR MISSION PLAN. YOU RESISTED RETRIEVAL. YOUR BEHAVIOR SINCE HAS BEEN... ERRATIC.

PANEL 5:

L) MAVEN: IT SEEMS THE DIAGNOSTIC TEAM FOUND NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR PHYSICAL STRUCTURE.

M) MAVEN: THEY FOUND NO HIDDEN INSTRUCTIONS OR PROTOCOLS, SO WE CAN ASSUME THIS ISN'T CORPORATE SABOTAGE...

English transcript submitted by Alex Woolfson on

PANNEAU 1:

A) MAVEN: TALENTUEUSE ET AFFECTIVE, HEIN?

B) MAVEN: HEH. L'IRONIE. PERSPICACITÉ EXISTENTIELLE.

C) MAVEN: IMPRESSIONNANT.

PANNEAU 2:

D) MAVEN: VOTRE MODEL EST TRÈS UNIQUE, DEACON. TRÈS AVANCÉ.

E) MAVEN: TELLEMENT AVANCÉ, QUE LA CORPORATION NE PEUT PAS SIMPLEMENT VOUS FAIRE UN DIAGNOSTIQUE ET VOUS REPROGRAMMER AFIN DE RÉGLER LES PROBLÈMES.

F) MAVEN: DES OUTILS PLUS SUBTILS SONT REQUIS.

PANNEAU 3:

G) DEACON: TEL QUE LES DISCUSSIONS THÉRAPEUTIQUES.

H) MAVEN: D'UNE THÉRAPISTE TALENTUEUSE ET AFFECTIF COMME MOI, OUI.

I) MAVEN: BON. ALORS, VOUS SAVEZ POURQUOI VOUS ÊTES ICI.

PANNEAU 4:

J) DEACON: JE C'EST QUE C'EST UNE PERTE DE TEMPS. IL N'Y A RIEN DE MAL AVEC MOI.

K) MAVEN: VOUS VOUS ÊTES DÉVIÉ DE VOTRE MISSION. VOUS AVEZ RÉSISTÉ LA RÉCUPÉRATION. VOTRE COMPORTEMENT DEPUIS VOTRE RETOUR EST... ERRATIQUE.

PANNEAU 5:

L) MAVEN: IL PARAITRAIT QUE L'ÉQUIPE DE DIAGNOSTIQUE N'A PAS TROUVER DE DÉFAUT AVEC COTRE STRUCTURE PHYSIQUE.

M) MAVEN: ILS N'ONT PAS TROUVÉ DE DIRECTIVES OU DE PROTOCOLS SECRETS, ALORS ON PEUT ASSUMER QUE CELA N'ÉTAIT PAS UN ATTENTAT SUR LA CORPORATION.

French transcript submitted by Mud on

PANEL 1

A) MAVEN: GESCHULT UND MITFÜHLEND, HM?

B) MAVEN: HM. IRONIE. EXISTENTIELLE ERKENNTNIS.

C) MAVEN: BEEINDRUCKEND.

PANEL 2

D) MAVEN: IHR MODELL IST SEHR SPEZIELL, DEACON. HOCH ENTWICKELT.

E) MAVEN: SO ENTWICKELT, DASS DER KONZERN NICHT EINFACH EINE DIAGNOSE ERSTELLEN UND SIE NEU PROGRAMMIEREN KANN UM FEHLER ZU BEHEBEN.

F) MAVEN: HIER SIND SEHR VIEL SUBTILERE WERKZEUGE NOTWENDIG.

PANEL 3

G) DEACON: SO WIE GESPRÄCHSTHERAPIE.

H) MAVEN: DURCH EINE GESCHULTE UND MITFÜHLENDE THERAPEUTIN WIE MICH, JA.

I) MAVEN: GUT. ALSO WISSEN SIE, WARUM SIE HIER SIND.

PANEL 4

J) DEACON: ICH WEIß, DASS DAS HIER ZEITVERSCHWENDUNG IST. MIT MIR IST ALLES IN ORDNUNG.

K) MAVEN: SIE SIND VON IHREM MISSIONSPLAN ABGEWICHEN. SIE HABEN SICH GEGEN DIE BERGUNG GEWEHRT. IHR VERHALTEN SEITHER IST... UNBERECHENBAR.

PANEL 5

L) MAVEN: ES SIEHT SO AUS, ALS HÄTTE DAS DIAGNOSE-TEAM NICHTS VERKEHRTES AN IHRER PHYSISCHEN STRUKTUR ENTDECKEN KÖNNEN.

M) MAVEN: MAN HAT WEDER VERSTECKTE ANWEISUNGEN NOCH PROTOKOLLE GEFUNDEN, ALSO KÖNNEN WIR DAVON AUSGEHEN, DASS ES SICH NICHT UM UNTERNEHMENSSABOTAGE HANDELT...

German transcript submitted by ckazka on

QUADRO 1:

A) MAVEN: "HABILIDOSA E DEDICADA", EIN?

B) MAVEN: HAH. IRÔNICO. UM COMENTÁRIO EXISTENCIALISTA.

C) MAVEN: IMPRESSIONANTE.

QUADRO 2:

D) MAVEN: O SEU MODELO É MUITO ESPECIAL, DEACON. ALTAMENTE AVANÇADO.

E) MAVEN: TÃO AVANÇADO QUE A CORPORAÇÃO NÃO PODE SIMPLESMENTE RODAR UNS DIAGNÓSTICOS E REPROGRAMÁ-LO PARA CONCERTAR OS PROBLEMAS.

F) MAVEN: SÃO NECESSÁRIAS FERRAMENTAS MAIS SUTIS.

QUADRO 3:

G) DEACON: COMO A PSICOTERAPIA.

H) MAVEN: COM UMA TERAPEUTA HABILIDOSA E DEDICADA COMO EU, SIM.

I) MAVEN: ÓTIMO. QUER DIZER QUE VOCÊ SABE PORQUE ESTÁ AQUI.

QUADRO 4:

J) DEACON: O QUE EU SEI É QUE ISTO É UMA PERDA DE TEMPO. NÃO TEM NADA DE ERRADO COMIGO.

K) MAVEN: VOCÊ DESVIOU DO SEU PLANO DE MISSÃO. VOCÊ RESISTIU À RETIRADA. O SEU COMPORTAMENTO DESDE ENTÃO TEM SIDO... ERRÁTICO.

QUADRO 5:

L) MAVEN: PARECE SER QUE A EQUIPE DE DIAGNÓSTICO NÃO ENCONTROU NADA DE ERRADO COM A SUA ESTRUTURA FÍSICA.

M) MAVEN: ELES NÃO ENCONTRARAM NENHUMA INSTRUÇÃO OU PROTOCOLO OCULTO. ENTÃO, NÓS PODEMOS SUPOR QUE NÃO SE TRATADA DE SABOTAGEM CORPORATIVA...

Portuguese transcript submitted by María Lux on

ПАНЕЛЬ 1:

А) МЭЙВЕН: КВАЛИФИЦИРОВАННЫЙ И ДОБРОЖЕЛАТЕЛЬНЫЙ, ДА?

Б) МЭЙВЕН: ХА. ИРОНИЯ. ПРИЗНАК ЭКЗИСТЕНЦИАЛЬНОГО САМОСОЗНАНИЯ.

В) МЭЙВЕН: Я ВПЕЧАТЛЕНА.

ПАНЕЛЬ 2:

Г) МЭЙВЕН: ВЫ - ОСОБЕННАЯ МОДЕЛЬ, ДИКОН. КРАЙНЕ ПРОДВИНУТАЯ.

Д) МЭЙВЕН: НАСТОЛЬКО ПРОДВИНУТАЯ, ЧТО КОРПОРАЦИЯ НЕ МОЖЕТ ПРОСТО ПЕРЕПРОГРАММИРОВАТЬ ВАС, ЧТОБЫ УСТРАНИТЬ НЕИСПРАВНОСТЬ.

Е) МЭЙВЕН: ДЛЯ ЭТОГО ТРЕБУЮТСЯ БОЛЕЕ ДЕЛИКАТНЫЕ МЕТОДЫ.

ПАНЕЛЬ 3:

Ж) ДИКОН: НАПРИМЕР, ТЕРАПЕВТИЧЕСКИЕ БЕСЕДЫ?

З) МЭЙВЕН: С КВАЛИФИЦИРОВАННЫМ И ДОБРОЖЕЛАТЕЛЬНЫМ СПЕЦИАЛИСТОМ, ТАКИМ КАК Я, ДА.

И) МЭЙВЕН: ПРЕКРАСНО. Я ВИЖУ, ВЫ ЗНАЕТЕ, ЗАЧЕМ ВЫ ЗДЕСЬ.

ПАНЕЛЬ 4:

К) ДИКОН: Я ЗНАЮ, ЧТО ЭТО ПОТЕРЯ ВРЕМЕНИ. Я ПОЛНОСТЬЮ ИСПРАВЕН.

Л) МЭЙВЕН: ВЫ УКЛОНИЛИСЬ ОТ ИСПОЛНЕНИЯ ПОСТАВЛЕННОЙ ЗАДАЧИ. ВЫ ОКАЗАЛИ СОПРОТИВЛЕНИЕ ЭВАКУАЦИОННОЙ КОМАНДЕ. ВАШЕ ДАЛЬНЕЙШЕЕ ПОВЕДЕНИЕ... С ТРУДОМ ПОДДАЕТСЯ ОБЪЯСНЕНИЮ.

ПАНЕЛЬ 5:

М) МЭЙВЕН: ДИАГНОСТИЧЕСКАЯ БРИГАДА НЕ НАШЛА НИКАКИХ НЕИСПРАВНОСТЕЙ В ВАШЕМ ФИЗИЧЕСКОМ УСТРОЙСТВЕ.

Н) МЭЙВЕН: ОНИ НЕ НАШЛИ НИКАКИХ СКРЫТЫХ КОДОВ ИЛИ ПРОТОКОЛОВ, ТАК ЧТО ВНУТРИКОРПОРАТИВНЫЙ САБОТАЖ ИСКЛЮЧЕН...

Russian transcript submitted by WTCelesta on

VIÑETA 1:
A) DOCTORA: ¿QUÉ? "CALIFICADA Y COMPRENSIVA".
B) DOCTORA: ¡UM! IRONÍA. PERSPICACIA EXISTENCIAL.
C) DOCTORA: IMPRESIONANTE.
VIÑETA 2:
D) DOCTORA: TU MODELO ES ESPECIAL, DEACON; SUMAMENTE AVANZADO.
E) DOCTORA: TAN AVANZADO, QUE LA CORPORACIÓN NO PUEDE REALIZAR PRUEBAS DIAGNÓSTICAS COMUNES PARA VOLVER A PROGRAMARTE Y ASÍ SOLUCIONAR EL PROBLEMA.
F) DOCTORA: SE REQUIEREN HERRAMIENTAS MÁS AGUDAS.
VIÑETA 3:
G) DEACON: COMO PSICOTERAPIA.
H) DOCTORA: CON UNA TERAPISTA CALIFICADA Y COMPRENSIVA COMO YO, ASÍ ES.
I) DOCTORA: BIEN; ASÍ QUE, SABES POR QUÉ ESTÁS AQUÍ.
VIÑETA 4:
J) DEACON: SÉ QUE ESTO ES UNA PÉRDIDA DE TIEMPO.
K) DEACON: NO HAY NADA MALO CONMIGO.
L) DOCTORA: TE DESVIASTE DEL OBJETIVO DE TU MISIÓN. TE RESISTISTE CUANDO FUERON A RECUPERARTE. TU COMPORTAMIENTO DESDE ENTONCES HA SIDO... ERRÁTICO.
VIÑETA 5:
M) DOCTORA: PARECE QUE EL EQUIPO QUE TE EVALUÓ NO ENCONTRÓ NADA MALO CON TU ESTRUCTURA FÍSICA.
N) DOCTORA: NO ENCONTRARON INSTRUCCIONES O PROTOCOLOS ESCONDIDOS; ASÍ QUE, PODEMOS ASUMIR QUE ESTO NO ES UN INTENTO DE SABOTAJE CONTRA LA CORPORACIÓN...

Spanish transcript submitted by V.Raion on

PANEL 1:

A) MAVEN: SKICKLIG OCH OMSORGSFULL, HM?

B) MAVEN: HEH. IRONI. EXISTENTIELL FÖRSTÅELSE.

C) MAVEN: IMPONERANDE.

PANEL 2:

D) MAVEN: DIN MODELL ÄR VÄLDIGT SPECIELL, DEACON. MYCKET AVANCERAD.

E) MAVEN: SÅPASS AVANCERAD ATT FÖRETAGET INTE HAR MÖJLIGHETEN ATT HELT ENKELT DIAGNOSTISERA OCH OMPROGRAMMERA DIG FÖR ATT FIXA DINA PROBLEM.

F) MAVEN: HÄR BEHÖVS MER RAFFINERADE METODER.

PANEL 3:

G) DEACON: SOM SAMTALSTERAPI.

H) MAVEN: MED EN SKICKLIG OCH OMSORGSFULL TERAPEUT SOM MIG, JA.

I) MAVEN: BRA. SÅ, DU VET VARFÖR DU ÄR HÄR.

PANEL 4:

J) DEACON: JAG VET ATT DETTA ÄR SLÖSERI MED TID. DET ÄR INGET FEL PÅ MIG.

K) MAVEN: DU AVVEK FRÅN UPPDRAGET. DU VILLE INTE KOMMA TILLBAKA. DITT BETEENDE SEDAN DESS HAR VARIT... OBERÄKNERLIGT.

PANEL 5:

L) MAVEN: DET VERKAR SOM OM DIAGNOSTIKTEAMET INTE HITTADE NÅGRA FEL PÅ DIN FYSISKA STRUKTUR.

M) MAVEN: INGA DOLDA INSTRUKTIONER ELLER PROTOKOLL, SÅ VI KAN ANTA ATT DETTA INTE ÄR NÅGON FORM AV SABOTAGE...

Swedish transcript submitted by Esse on

Artifice Page 9

I like Maven’s reaction in the first panel—both Winona’s art and what she says. It’s a small moment, but it comes to mind a lot when I think about the first part of this comic. Maven is not one to be flattered into complacency.

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  • http://twitter.com/The_Mo_khan Ramona D Parker

    His name is Deacon?

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

      Yep. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ladykazumi Jamie Johnson

    i like his body language in the 4th panel .. it says i dont wanna be here at all

    that middle shirt is full of win
    why must i be jobless T.T

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

      Yep, that’s what that pose is saying, alright. ;)

      Glad you like the middle T-shirt out of the ones I made. I’m very curious to find out which of the options folks like…

  • http://twitter.com/_3_LEMONed_3_ j.azzeh ♺

    all these big words @.@ please don’ make me define all of them whyyy big words whyyy. damn you amaerican system for fuxxin my education

    she sounds pretty :P

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

      Mwa ha ha. Maven does like the big words. As does Alex… ;)

  • http://twitter.com/CrimsonKatty Kat

    I approve of this comic so far. c: The art’s good and Deacon’s amusing. /adds to faves

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

      Glad you like it, Kat!

  • niko_kao

    we are getting to the point jejeje I almost cant wait to see next page, after sought the preview I just want to check Deacon in action mode jejeje

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

      Definitely coming… :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/dundee998 Lily Werner

    Oh my god. This is what I want to do. This art… It’s detailed and realistic, but it’s SIMPLIFIED. You’ve got the shiny textures, but they’re downplayed and subtle. And my god, the WRITING.

    thank you, kind sirs. You have given me inspiration.

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

      Yay! That makes me happy to hear. It’s fun to think that someone else would find my work inspirational.

      And yes, I love the balance between realism and style that Winona struck. Personally, I’d like to think it falls in that happy Scott McCloud zone where the art is striking but the characters are generic enough that they are still easy to identify with.

      Thank you also for the props about the writing. These first few pages—before the action kicks in—are the ones I’m most nervous about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000219549653 Ellis Bakhtiar

    Diagnostics? Reprograms? Tools?

    Now this really piqued my interest into what this character really is…

    *thumbs up*

  • http://profiles.google.com/winteronmercury Chama Kennedy

    I loooove their expressions so much. The body language is so great and it goes perfectly with the dialogue. I like that she’s sarcastic right back at Deacon. And even in places like the last panel, where she isn’t being directly sarcastic, her expression still makes me think her tone is. You guys work so awesome together. :D

    …how many certifications and awards does she have on the wall there? Is it a museum or something? XDD

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

      Thank you. Yes, I couldn’t ask for a better collaboration. Winona totally gets what I’m trying to show and she has the mad skills to make it happen. I feel really lucky to be able to work with her.

      You were able to pick up on her tone here, which is awesome. Honestly, when it comes to making (and reading!) comics, it’s the “acting” of the characters that matter most to me. Much of the fun of visual storytelling is the ability to play with subtext, IMHO.

      And yes, Maven is quite proud of her achievements. :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/rach.macwhirter Rach Macwhirter

    This is intriguing. I’m loving the direction in which it seems to be headed.

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

      Thank you! I can’t wait until we’re able to get into the meat of the story.

      Not long now…

  • Rocket

    As much as I simply fricken love this comic, I gotta know when you’re gonna update TOUGH…?

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

      Here’s the situation. The pencils for Chapter 3 took a lot longer than I expected. But they did get finished, just a couple weeks ago. Right now they are being “flatted”, which means prepped for coloring. And it’s my hope that once that’s done, Winona will have time in her super busy schedule to color them.

      But right now, I’m thinking best case scenario is that Chapter 3 gets done this Fall. I wish it could be sooner—I really, really wish it could be sooner. But you know me, I’d rather have to wait for great art than rush things and have it not right.

      But I will say that finishing Tough is a very high priority for me…

  • http://twitter.com/FuturisticKill J. T.

    Oh. My. God.

    I fell in love at page one. This is brilliant in every single sense of the word. The art drew me in, the storyline pulled me down, and then the writing had its way with me.
    That was probably a terrible metaphor, and I apologize. But, still, this is amazing. I am definitely looking forward to more of Artifice.
    Also, Deacon is amazing.

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

      I’m really glad you liked it! And all I can say about your metaphor is that it made my night. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506713921 Meg Harrison

    The expressions are really amazing, and I’m really loving how you can tell Maven’s tone just from her face. Great work so far

  • ErrorTime

    I clicked on your sitcker and t-shirt links, and I love them. I love the company logo, and everything.

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

      Thank you! Glad you like them! :)

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

    i’m just a few pages in but i love this, and i just stumbled on to this comic from collen’s distant soil, which funnily enough, i was on the site reading an article about time management…lol.  clearly that is not happening for me…

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