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A little chat around the water cooler. Just another day at the office.

And the survivor gets a name! Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to formally introduce Jeff.

How do you think he’s handling this?

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  • classic_bear

    I am absolutely diggin’ the jump suit!!!! And i agree Jeff is a nice name haha.

    • Alex Woolfson

      The jump suit is… shapely. :)

  • DivaLady

    I have a feeling Jeff is going to have a particularly snarky comment in response to Deacon’s weird niceness.  XD

    • Alex Woolfson


  • Hisoka Kurosaki

    Deacon force smiling is creepy. xD

    Love the picture of when Jeff finally gives his name. An awesome close-up, perfect angle, great expression……….makes me wanna huggle him. No wonder Deacon ends up molesting him at some point. 

    Sitting like that in that chair, Deacon…….I really wouldn’t expect a machine to sit like that. More like sitting perfectly, back straight, legs close together at attention…not sitting backwards in a relaxed manner. =P

    • Alex Woolfson

      Yes, that’s one of my favorite close-ups too. Very huggle-able.

      And Deacon is a machine designed to defy your expectations. 😉

  • KBatty

    Daecon in nice mode is amazingly creepy, and Jeff looks like he’s a stone’s throw away from a psychotic break. Something tells me this will all become very Stockholm in time.

    • Alex Woolfson

      Maybe… :)

  • Vincent

    My theory as to why Bite Me, I mean, “Jeff” was not with the others: He heard the blood curtleing death screams, explosions and gun fire and thought, “F**K that!”, decided he would check on it later, and climbed back into bed.
    Also, I am surprised that watercooler remained intact through all of that, thats some sturdy plastic. That and the conviently placed Robo-Recharge station they inexplicably have on Da Vinci Four. I guess Homocidal Kill Bots come through there alot, and that was installed in case they needed a pick-me-up. “Low battery putting a dampener on your blood thirsty murderous rampage? Not anymore!”

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      • Vincent

        Ok, that was good, how long did it take you to come up with that? xD
        However, that still doesn’t explaine the perfectly intact watercooler. Maybe the androids dont like to waste water in the future…

  • Laura

    “But mostly I just want to know where you were because maybe you destroyed all my coworkers…”

    • Alex Woolfson

      Heh. :)

  • James

    Jeff. Sexy name. XD

    • Alex Woolfson

      Glad you like it, James.

    • fireflower413

      It’s my boyfriend’s naaaame and they have the same haaaaair and it’s a little weirding me out. If this gets into the heavy stuff I don’t know if I’ll be able to read it anymore, watching my boyfriend have sex with somebody else XD

      …no worries Alex I’ll still read it. Plenty of GIRLS have the same hair as my boyfriend, after all. I oughta get used to it.

      • Alex Woolfson

        Heh. You’ll have to let me know what your boyfriend thinks of the comic. :)

        • fireflower413

          Haha oh man. He’s asexual, misanthropic and doesn’t really like fiction in general, so I don’t think it would do much for him, but don’t take that personally at all, it applies to everything XD

          Alex, I’ve been meaning to ask you…does it make me a horrible person if I read yaoi and think “he’ll just have to get used to it if he doesn’t like it” (I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it to him, though) but I think I might be less than thrilled if I were to learn that he read lesbian comics?
          I think maybe it does make me a bad person, but happily I’m unlikely to run into that situation… hmm :/

          • Alex Woolfson

            I certainly don’t think it makes you a horrible person to have different interests from your partner. While it’s wonderful to share an interest with those we love, until we perfect cloning it’s impossible to share every love with them and at least in IMHO, having different interests can be one of the great benefits of being in an intimate relationship—it can broaden your understanding and appreciation of this cool, diverse world of ours. It’s one of the ways being coupled can enhance your life.

            Now, it might be nice if you didn’t have to keep your interests a secret from your partner—in my own experience, secrets and intimacy don’t go great together. And it would be my hope that if your guy really did enjoy reading yuri or something like that, that you would have empathy for him, based on your own understanding of why yaoi is cool, if for no other reason. People are interested in all kinds of fantasy—murder mysteries, sappy romances, cartoons with cute animals. None of those interests give you any real information about the fan’s character or what they would do in “real life”. Personally, I love to read about bad-ass, funny villains with no morals—in real life, the last thing I’d ever want to do is cause pain to any other person.

            I get that you might keep reading yaoi even if your boyfriend disapproved. But you a “bad person”? I just don’t see it. I think you’re awesome. :)

          • fireflower413

            Aww, thanks Alex, that makes me feel better. Thinking about that situation, I realized it just makes me feel uncomfortable because it would be so unexpected. If he actually did, I wouldn’t care, I would just be surprised.

            In fact, I don’t think I have any secrets from him really, there are just some things I don’t usually talk about to him…but what you said made me think, so I messaged him.
            “Jeff, did you know I read yaoi?”
            “Does that bother you?”

            Problem solved 😀 life is good.

          • Alex Woolfson

            Cool. Glad to hear it all worked out. :)

  • SteveMcSheffrey

    If you don’t give me anything soon to base theories on my CDO (that’s OCD alphabetized)  will be forced to come up with truly weird ones.  Like, the reason the survivor gave two names with two very disparate expressions was that Bite Me is indeed the name of the alternate personality whose actions triggered the androids being sent to cleanse the colony…

    • Alex Woolfson

      LOL! You have cracked the code, my friend. I am renaming this comic “The United States of Bite Me.”

  • Rissicat

    “Better your friend than your enemy” … Truer words were never spoken, Deacon, but that doesn’t make it any less creepy… or you any less threatening.

    Poor Jeff is going to get whiplash from this emotional roller-coaster. It’s going to be such a *fun* ride to see how the two of them get from here to the place where Deacon has the ability to look lighter when realizing that Jeff is still alive.

    And yeah. Once again, I’m starting to suspect that the bigger story inside this tale is the mis-representation of the artificial humans…

    • Alex Woolfson

      Glad you’re liking the ride. And yes, exploring what it is to be an artificial person in this world is a lot of what the story is about. :)

  • tenuousTilli

    I’m really enjoying this comic. The whole conversation is surreal and creepy considering there is still a bloody body to Deacon’s left. Friends? Jeff can’t match Deacon in physical strength, yet I hope Jeff is sharp enough to turn this obvious manipulation to his advantage.

    • Alex Woolfson

      Glad you’re enjoying it! 

      Jeff does have a tactic or two of his own up his sleeve. But whether they will work against his new friend Deacon here…….

  • judi

    “Come into my parlor said the spider to the fly”. I’m officially  finding this creepy.

  • judi

    I should have added “Run Jeff!”

    • Alex Woolfson

      A good impulse. But it’s unlikely that he’d get far… :)

  • Dex X.

    Oh Deacon….”friends”, you sneaky boy you.

    • Alex Woolfson


  • Sigmund Reimann

    I bet he was in the toilet.

    • Alex Woolfson

      That would be funny. :)

  • ErrorTime

    Why is Deacon being so creepy? :<
    But Jeff's 'bite me' made me laugh. Hopefully Deacon will stop this facade soon, it's freaking me out DX

    • Alex Woolfson

      Glad the “Bite me” made you laugh. Was hoping someone would find that funny. 😉

  • snager

    oh my god, Jeff, i love you.

    dat.. teef.

    • Alex Woolfson


  • Katiayna Miller

    “So, why weren’t you with the others?”
    “Well…I had a casserole for lunch, and it did not agree with me!”
    “You were in the bathroom?”
    Also, Jeff should watch what he says, Deacon might take him up on that ‘bite me’ offer

    • Alex Woolfson

      Heh, yes, sci-fi has taught us that it’s always risky to use sarcasm and colorful expressions around robots. :)

  • Mikal Rowse

    Ok, well here’s an error I got for Liking this.

    There was an error liking the page. If you are the page owner, please
    try running your page through the linter on the Facebook devsite
    ( and fixing any errors.

    Great story so far. Wish it’d update a little more often, but with this quality, it’s worth the wait. c:

    • Alex Woolfson

      Hi Mikal!

      Thank you for the heads up around that error. I was wondering why I was getting so few Likes on this page compared to previous ones. But I just tested it now and it seems to be working. Maybe FB was just acting weird?

      Glad you’re enjoying the story! Please keep letting me know what you think! :)

  • Eva Lips

    This comic is amazing!I love the art!Keep up the great work 😉

    • Alex Woolfson

      Thank you, Eva! :)

  • Diseasedface

    ~twitch~ Deacon is…FREAKISHLY SMILEY! Wowza!~

    But ahaha Jeff. Aren’t you so silly. Bite him indeed! Much nipping, tugging pulling and BITING might definitely occur in the future ;D ~eyebrow wiggle~
    But aside from that, do i sense…
    Deacon trying to be friendly for his own intent and then in the future as Jeff warms up to him, developing. DUN DUN DUN Feelings?
    I do foresee! Then again it might just be an Artiface tingle.

    Also out of curiosity! How long does one page on average take Winona? :O

    p.s. I also appreciate the splash of green in each panel!


    p.s.s. Suddenly imagines Jeff as an atomaton. !!!!


  • Enkidu

    LOL. Oh Deacon, Deacon. You are so incredibly BAD at this that it’s funny… in a “painful and awkward” sort of way. XD I fully expect him to threaten Jeff again in the near future. “We’re going to be friends and you’re going to LIKE IT damn you!”
    And Jeff’s reaction is this sort of ‘is this guy for real!?’ Also: Deacon doesn’t get sarcasm does he? Or he just chooses to ignore it.

    • Alex Woolfson

      Glad that this is giving you a chuckle. :)

      (And to answer your question, Deacon actually does get sarcasm, but here he is choosing to ignore it.)

  • Thélema Therion

    Omfg this is getting interesting… And Ms. Nelson is a goddess drawing! How she keeps facial structures in expressions… just amazing!

    Oh and I don’t want to sound a little odd, but… I’m anxious to see some Hot Smexy Tiems between Deacon and Jeff, cause I’m a pervert! Yeh!

    • Alex Woolfson

      Well, personally, I’m glad to hear you’re looking forward to sexy times between Deacon and Jeff… :)

      Thank you for the props!

  • j.azzeh ♺


    Awwwwwwwwwwwwe they looks so cute together and drinking water

    and jeff is such a sexy name, how ironic that my friend is curently in love with a boy name jeff. Whudda thunk it

    • j.azzeh ♺

      oh and the art work is beautiful as always x3

    • Alex Woolfson

      Heh. You’ll have to let your friend know that her boy has an alter-ego on another planet… 😉

  • icraveyaoi

    Jeff’s great. I like Jeff.

    • Alex Woolfson

      Yay! Glad to hear it!

  • Didak

    Wow! This is my first time reading anything by you and I’m enjoying it very much even though there’s only 23 pages as of yet. There seems to be a promising plot and interesting characters.
    I look forward to reading more ;D

    • Alex Woolfson

      Thank you, did! I’m glad you’re intrigued by what I’ve put up here. Welcome! Please keep letting me know what you think! :)

  • MarianaV

    I am hooked! And i love how artificially  nice he is being, you can tell its all so controlled

    • Alex Woolfson

      Cool! And yes, Deacon is nothing if not… controlled. 😉

  • F1ct1on

    meep! Much love. I’m sort of annoyed that i caught it this early though…I have to wait now….

    • Alex Woolfson

      Sorry for the wait. (Next page will be up this Saturday.) But thank you for the love! 😀

  • Blaster

    Jeff looks like he has an evil look in the second panel XD

    Was Deacon programmed to act that way in this type of situation?

    • Alex Woolfson

      Hey Blaster! :) Deacon wasn’t programmed to act this way. This is an unexpected situation and he is doing his best to improvise.

      • Enkidu

        As I’ve mentioned before, he’s very bad at it. XD
        But then, no one ever claimed Deacon was some kind of suave, manipulative spybot.

  • Cheerio Alejandro

    “So Jeff…Why weren’t you with the others?”
    “Do you know how long it takes to make my hair this perfect!?”
    Ha I’m just kidding of course but  I love this comic, things are getting very interesting :)

    • Alex Woolfson

      Thanks, Cheerio! I’m really glad you’re finding the comic interesting! 😀

  • Rocket


    Now, THAT’S terrifying O_O

    ANd Jeff is frikken adorable :3

    AndI’m back >:D (…Again. I feel flaky >_>)

    • Alex Woolfson

      Glad you’re back, Rocket! (And finding Jeff adorable. 😉 )

  • Karolyn Ellis

    I was so disappointed when I didn’t see the little ‘next’ button at the bottom of the page!  This is really great stuff, I’m having a wonderful time reading it. Thank you so much!

    • Alex Woolfson

      You’re so welcome, Karolyn! Thank you so much for your kind words!

      (And next page will be up this Saturday! 😀 )

  • Ari

    I cannot wait to read more – I love the deep, smooth colors of this comic. Now lets get to the kissing! lol (jk) great work~


    • Alex Woolfson

      Hey Ari! Glad you’re enjoying it! :) (And the kissing is indeed coming…)

  • Anni Movsisyan

    ahhhhh i need to read more!!! i can’t wait!!

    • Alex Woolfson

      Cool! Glad to hear it! 😀

  • Sawyer Gomez

    What I would say if i was Jeff, “how….you crazy machine! HOW DA HECK-FRIEND?!! oh god! Just kill me. You’re trying to manipulate me NOW?!”

    LOL Jeff was the name of the guy who my babe’s ex dump him for. I thank the guy cause if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have gotten myself a husband, heh, suckers.

    • Alex Woolfson

      I’m learning that the Jeffs of the world make it a far better place. :)

  • Megan Walker

    Totally read this all in one sitting… then I went back and read it again xD. I like Deacon pretty well so far :3

    • Alex Woolfson

      You read it twice? That’s very flattering. :) And I’m glad you’re liking our pal Deacon here. Please keep letting me know what you think!

  • Lorescien

    This is seriusly intriguing. I just wish there was more for me to read right now, lol. I want to see how their conversation progresses! 😀

    • Alex Woolfson

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying it. :) Next page up this Saturday!

  • Yayu

    It’s getting better and better! I couldn’t come here for a few weeks and having several pages to read afterwards is bliss =)

    Oh so it’s a flashback then? I can’t wait to see how Deacon went from using him to obviously truly caring about Jeff.I didn’t expect the good cop/bad cop bit, but it seems very plausible for Deacon to have that kind of behaviour programmed ;-PI love the 2nd frame, Jeff is just going crazy!
    Thanks again, Yayu.

    • Alex Woolfson

      Welcome back! I’m really glad to hear you’re enjoying it. Yes, the 2nd frame is fun (and also available as an Avatar Icon on the Links page.)

  • Kathryn Shaw

    “It’s Jeff.”
    “So, Jeffery -”
    “It’s JEFF.”

    • Firekitty

      Oh god. My real name is ‘Jenna’, and people are ALWAYS doing that, assuming my name is ‘Jennifer’ and calling me that instead. It’s enough to drive a gal mad, especially since I don’t care for the name ‘Jennifer’ (familiarity breeds contempt. One year in Elementary school, we had FOUR Jennifers in my class).

      • Dawn Parsons

        Oh my lord.  My name’s Dawn, and people are always assuming that it’s actually Donna abbreviated, so I understand the frustration.

        On another note. this is my first time reading this comic and i read it through 3 times.  I love the color work and all the subtle expression changes in the faces and body language.  I’m sad only 23 pages are out, but I can’t wait for more!

        • Alex Woolfson

          Thank you, Dawn! I’m really glad to hear that you are liking what you see.

          Next page in less than 24 hours! :)

  • Firekitty

    More awesome expressions here; poor Jeff looks like he’s about ready to snap in that second panel.

    • Alex Woolfson

      He’s certainly not taking what Deacon is serving. :)

  • Ryn

    one thing i noticed about Jeff is how ragged and ill fitted his clothes are. I’ve looked at the corpses’ clothing and the are in much better condition(minus the blood). it makes me wonder if Jeff even supposed to be on Da Vinci IV. I keep thinking stowaway on a supply shipment or prisoner there. I would makes sense for why he wasn’t with them if he was hiding from the colonists or was stuck in a cell.

    hmm… but why would he have access to the system if he was either of those… hacker maybe? I think jeff’s android issue would be solved by a big magnet.

    • Alex Woolfson


  • Katiayna Miller


  • Eleaun

    Have read through this maybe four times and it’s still as awesome as ever, some sentences took a few times for me to read to understand but that is because English is not my native language, but compared to other sci-fi stories I find this more easy to understand and I love Winona’s style and composition of each square. :) Also…Jeff’s HAIR<3

    • Alex Woolfson

      Hey Eleaun! Thank you! I know the language isn’t always easy, so it’s especially great to here that you are enjoying it. I hope you keep coming back to let me know what you think.

      (And yes, Winona’s art and Jeff’s hair are definitely love-worthy. 😉 )

  • Fir Rahman

    LOL, I cried out “No!” when I found out that this was the last page. It’s really good reading so far. Can’t wait for more!

    • Alex Woolfson

      Heh. That’s just the reaction I was hoping for. :)

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Next page up in less than 24 hours!

  • Enkidu

    Oh man! I was so distracted by how creepy smiley-Deacon is that I saw this all week before the update, and I STILL didn’t even see Jeff’s expression in the first panel!! XD It’s a killer! That’s…. there’s a noise that teenage girls make that goes with that expression. I can’t put it into type very well but it sort of sounds like tCHuh! And it is the most obnoxious Valley-Girl sound ever.
    I said I’d like to see the notes on what the characters are thinking, but here I don’t even need them. Jeff is thinking, “Is this guy for REAL?!”

  • Squiddly Lamarr

    Bahahaha, I love Deacon so much in this page. Stereotypical good-cop-bad-cop. Wonderful!!!

  • DarkFeanix21

    What makes the whole switch from captor to friend even more chilling is the fact that a few pages ago, Deacon and the good doctor were talking about how it was his mission to kill any survivors. At least, I think that’s what they said…

  • Alex Woolfson

    Very glad to hear you’re enjoying the comic. Thank you for letting me know. :)

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