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Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the last remaining human survivor on Da Vinci Four.

Do you think he’ll be Deacon’s friend?

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So, what do you think is going to happen next? 🙂

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  • Ahaha, oh dear. When I saw this, all I could think of was, “And that is what you get for running iTunes in the future.”

    Deacon’s murderface is killing me as well. Read in line with the rest of the comic, it’s appropriately dramatic and awesome, but taken out of context I see DRAMATIC DEACON memes popping up in my mind.

    Cannot wait to see where this goes!

    • “Deacon’s murderface”—I like that!

      Glad you’re looking forward to the next page! 😀

  • I’ve seen pictures of that last human survivor in other places.  I think.  I’m 95% sure he was making out with Deacon in them.  X3  Besides, it just makes sense: last human survivor, last android, sexy-time should occur.  XD

  • ErrorTime

    I love the human’s face. I can’t wait to see what’s gonna happen with them.

    • Cool. And lots of things are soon to happen with them… 😉

  • I know this set up is necessary but you’re killing me, man!  I want dialog and interaction even though I know it’s not appropriate yet.  And the human’s face?  He has ‘I am the reason everyone died and I will make an android fall in love with me before forcing him to kill me’ written all over his face!

    • Hehe. I like the little story you came up with for this new character. 🙂

  • Hi Jeff! Hi!

    I’ve been waiting eagerly for this since us Yaoi 911 subscribers got previews of some of the pencils ages ago *grins and bounces* I’m so looking forward to this!

  • Obviously, Deacon will walk to one of those tables, set it upright, bend the human over it, and have his way with him. All on the next page. Because that’s totally in keeping with your otherwise slow-building, suspenseful writing, right?

  • Ah-hah! I know that face from the banner ad that lured me over here. 😉

  • snager

    YAY this is awesome~
    but i can’t believe it’s ALLLLL the way in the future and they STILL have battery Power problems.
    i guess we know why the Android’s blood is white, now. They are built and designed by Mac.

    and it’ll be all ‘NAH! WAIT, little human! i don’t wanna kill ya! i need ya ALIVE so you can keep ME alive! 8 > we have to work TOGETHER! >o< STOP ATTACKING ME, now, please!'

    • LOL I LOVE you explanation for the white blood! 

      iSolider… available now from Apple… 😀

  • Very awesome! Keep up the fantastic work! 

    my question is how did he survive the first wave of attacks~? curiouser and curiouser~

  • Ah… I need to get a paypal…

    I think there is going to be an interesting interaction between the cute guy and Deacon~

    • I believe you are right. Their interaction will be… interesting. 😉

      Glad you think our new character is cute!

      (Oh, and no pressure, just info here: but you don’t need a PayPal account to donate. The link accepts plain old credit cards; just look to the lower left once you click through.)

  • Of course they’ll be friends! He’s the naked man in the promos 😛

  • LOL So we FINALLY get to meet the banner’s guy XD (Yep, I was brought here *because* of him)
    Um… I think he’s going to be way much more than “just a friend” to Deacon.
    Can we got to the mushiness soon??? Pleeeaaaassseee??? *puppy eyes*

    • Hehe. It’s hard to resist those *puppy eyes*. And we might just get to mushiness. At some point. But soon? Well…

      If there is anything this cruel world has taught me, it is this:

      Mushiness must be earned.


  • At last! the banner guy, he’s so cute >U< I'm so excited with this new page! I wish I manage money of my own, so I'd be helping you ): (but will do as soon as I can!)

    • Thank you! Glad you think the new character is cute. 🙂

  • codobus

    Bum Bum BUUUUUUUM!

    suspenseful music (:

  • I foresee yaoiness.

  • Mooaarrrrrr..!

  • Vorpal Kickass`o

    The guy`s probably thinking:

    “Oh, shit! what should i do!? Oh, i know… pretend to be paralyzed! Aaaaand DONE!”

    And Deacon`s giving us the “High and Mighty” look…

    • Hehe. Yep. I’d certainly be paralyzed with that look…

  • Gemma Suen

    🙂 I can’t wait for the next page!

  • Rocket

    I like Deacon’s lips in the last panel. The lines could have been a bit thinner, but the work is amazing either way :3

    D’awww, His haaaaiiirrrrr, hnnnggg >w<

    Is deacon trying to get out, or…?

  • One or both of them are thinking “hottie alert!!”

    • Hehe. While I like the way you’re thinking, I’m not sure that’s actually canon… 😉

    • Really? There’s been massive explosions and bloodshed. I doubt it.

      Give it time, though, given the stated premise.

  • dyeitblue

    You’re welcome for the $30. ;D

    But oh man! The long-awaited instance is here! Though I was wondering – is the whole comic going to be seen in retrospect like this, or is part of it going to be Deacon talking about what happened and then another part about what happens once he’s done debriefing?

    • Well, I don’t want to give away any spoilers…. but for you, I’ll answer that question. 🙂 The whole comic is not in retrospect; there are things that happen, important things that happen, after the debriefing. Now what exactly those things are and what they mean for our characters, or even if any of the characters we are seeing now are alive to see those things, that I’ll have to keep secret until we get there.. 😉

      Thank you again for your very generous support. It really helps me out a lot!

  • Hrrrm I think a judo chop is in order to get him to shut up as he slowly drags him away to the closet and makes sweet monkey love =3

    • Hmm. Monkey love, eh? I now have scenes from the Wild Kingdom shows of my youth playing in my head…

  • Thanks for the latest installment! I look forward to the comic all week!

  • EntropicTendencies

    I don’t normally read yaoi, although I don’t have anything against it. I started reading this a few weeks back and I’m completely hooked.

    I’m going to guess that the biometric sensors need a living and probably conscious human to open them. Fortunate that someone managed to survive the initial attack. Fortunate and suspicious…

    • Very glad to have onboard! And I like how you’re thinking about it… 😉

  • I gotta tell ya, this comic is so much fun to read. Every page is something spectacular! 🙂 good job!

    • Thank you! I hope to see you here again next week! 🙂

  • yellowrock

    It’s a hippy…in SPAAAAAAAAACE!  :O

    • A hippie, eh? You’ll have to let me know if you still think of this character as a hippie as you get to know him… 😉

      • k j

        If he’s anything like the long haired guys I know in real life, he’ll either be a hippy, or an extremely conservative engineer type.

        • All right. After you get to know him a bit, you’ll have to tell me which he is. 😉

  • ChristineInCanada

     And the transformation begins!  Soulless killing machine plus long-haired cutie equals awesome yaoi sci-fi hero.  Did I do that math right? 

    Really looking forward to the advancing…..plot.  😀

    • k j

      My favorite kind of math as well 😉

    • ***Checking your math*** Yep, yep, don’t see any mistakes… Carry the two… Yes, I think that looks good, Zoi_necklance!

      Your equation is totally sound. It might be a good predictor. But, of course, once you account for quantum effects, well, as you know, anything can happen. 😉

      Glad you’re looking forward to more. 😀

  • Circling_Poet

    I’m really impressed by this webcomic, the storyline is very intriguing and just makes you want more and more and more! Also the art is amazing. I can’t wait to see and read more of it, great job!

  • Hiei-and-shino

    Oh boy! *-* I was waiting for him to appear and now I can’t wait to see the next pages! Really, it’s so exciting! This comic is just great 😀

    Thank you very much for another beautiful page!

    • You’re very welcome! Thank you for letting me know you’re enjoying the comic. Hope you like what comes next! 😀

      • Hiei-and-shino

        Oh, I probably will *-*

  • Iiro Huuhtanen

    Cliffhangers be cliff…hanging

    I love Deacons expression, best “wtf..?” look ive seen in a long time ^^
    It doesnt look silly, but genuine. That means Deacons has emotions?!
    Thank you for a beatiful page once again =)

    • You’re very welcome. Thank you very much for your kind words! 🙂

      (And yes, I think it’s fair to say that Deacon has emotions… or something very much like them.)

  • Diseasedface

    And so they meet! What does it mean! What will result! egads! The suspense! ! ! ! !

    And i must say the last panel is tremendously ominous! Oozing mystery and suspense from his pinkish pores!

    Grahhh! Continue your brilliance you brilliant artist and writer!


    • On behalf of Winona and myself, thank you! Really glad you’re liking it! 😀

  • >.> *Yaoi fangirl wheels spinning*
    In one way or another the man is pinned under Deacon and well… *Wink Wink nudge nudge*

  • WeightedWords

    Just read through the whole thing, and I must say that it’s rather unique in both style and story. Me like and me thinks I’ll follow this obsessively.

    But am I the only one who think Deacon looks a little bit like Desmond in Assassin’s Creed? And that’s totally NOT a bad thing, mind you.

    • You had me go look up images of Desmond on Google and I can definitely see the resemblance. And you’re right, he is cute.  But FWIW, he wasn’t among the photoreferences for Deacon I sent to Winona way back when we started this.  🙂

      And thank you for the props! I hope you do keep following Artifice!

      •  Desmond! One of the operatives was named Desmond! Yes, I’m still on about that. XD

  • Sharon Kerr-Bullian

    Deacon: “I need to recharge.”
    Banner guy: “Huh?”
    Deacon shows power readout.
    Banner guy: “Oh, sure. This way.”

    Followed by a couple of hours staring at Deacon in sleep mode, with time for his imagination to really get going. This could get interesting. 😀

    • Hehe. I like that version! 😀

      Of course, things might go just a little differently…

  • Ditzite

    It needs to be tomorrow already! Except for the multitudes of projects that just got dumped on me at work! XD Point is I am looking forward to more lovely action~yness!

  • Deacon looks scary-as-hell in that last panel. The lighting is what does it.

    You enter a dark room. It is filled with the dead bodies of your former friends/comrades. The only other source of light beyond the thin beam of your flashlight is the illuminated screen of the energy distribution console. In it’s blue-green light you see a humanoid figure standing there. He has short hair and is wearing a grey jumpsuit that you automatically recognize as belonging to NoNeCo’s killer robots.
    Oh CRAP!
    He turns as he notices the light from your flashlight and gives you a cold look. You’ve been spotted.
    What do you do?
    I drop the flashlight and run for my life!
    You don’t want to try and fight him?
    Are you kidding? I’ve got an HP of 8! He’ll tear me apart like tissue origami!
    Alright. Roll to see if you can get away without being caught.
    *dice rattle*

    XD I play WAY too many table-top RPGs! Jeff’s dice are trying to kill him by the way.

    • Yep! That’s Jeff’s experience here. (And I used to love playing tabletop RPGs so I totally appreciate the reference. 🙂 )