Oh, Maven. I heart you…
But perhaps some of my gentle readers feel differently. Hehe. I’ve actually been loving reading all the different reactions to Dr. Maven in the comments. Some folks get a kick out of her (like myself, but why else would I write that kind of character?). Some folks out-and-out hate her. There’s been a very interesting back and forth about whether she is an “incompetent therapist” because of her treatment of Deacon or whether she is in fact quite competently serving her “true” client, the Corporation. It’s this kind of geeky discussion that is so gratifying for both the writer and fellow genre geek in me to read and I love you all for taking the time to put that kind of thought into the characters and having such interesting things to say.
And… you might get a chance to say some of it in person to me, because I’m going to have a table at BENT-CON on the weekend of December 3rd & 4th in Los Angeles! And at this table, I’m going to be selling our first ever Artifice prints—including some “canon” art that’s too steamy for this mainstream ad-friendly webcomic! (And if there is interest, I will also make these prints available for sale online once I get back.)
This is the first time I’m ever setting up a table at a con (or doing anything even remotely like this), so if you’re going to be in LA that weekend, please stop by and say hello. I’d love to see some friendly faces!
Finally, we have new Fan Art from Suf, a nice doodle of our heroes in a thoughtful moment. Thanks, Suf!
***THIS IS A BONUS PAGE!***
In fact, it’s the ninth bonus page in a row. And now thanks to your awesome donations, in addition to our regular Saturday update, I’ll be posting up our tenth bonus page in a row next Wednesday, November 23rd!
Special thanks to long-time supporters Lucy S., Mark H., Erin H., Megan W., Zoellen F., Tanya A. & Carly S. (both donating for the 2nd week in a row!), Ariel S. (donating for the sixth week in a row!) & Micheal B. (who has now donated for an amazing 11 weeks in a row!!!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow to new supporters Brooke W., Eleanor R., Meg S., Bre’Anna M., Shan S., Jerimi P., Diane G. and Alan R. for their generous donations over the last few days.
Big hugs to long-time friends Larisa V. (who made their second $25 donation in two weeks!) & Jennifer B. (who made their third jumbo-sized donation in two weeks!) and also to new friends Michael M., Ilana L. and Dario P. for their super-generous $25 donations!
I’m sending out android-strength hugs and leaping cheers to Simon B. for making two $25 donations in one week and to Geordie B. for their $50 donation! Wow, you two!
A big high-five to Kimberly S. for putting us over the top for next week’s page!
And finally, an OMG, jaw-dropped, head-on-floor deeply grateful bow to Ethan R. for their stunning $100 donation! That you would do that… I was gobsmacked when I saw that notification pop up in my email—and I don’t even know what that word means! Thank you so, so much, Ethan!
And thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who’ve donated. That you would think Artifice worth supporting in this way not only helps make these pages possible in a very real way, it is incredibly humbling, encouraging and inspiring all at the same time. It just makes Winona and I want to try that much harder to live up to your amazing generosity and kindness. So again, thank you so, so much!
And… now we’re back on Da Vinci Four! With Jeff and Deacon! In bed!
Did you miss these two?