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Yeah, I’d look worried too, Jeff…

So, I was just saying to a friend on Thursday that it looked like our streak of bonus pages was going to be at an end. The donation bar was at $132 and it seemed unlikely that it was going to hit $250 by end of day Tuesday. Long-time supporter Michele M. got the ball rolling again with a generous donation on 11/30 (thank you, Michelle!), but there was still a long way to go.

And then bam! bam! Thursday night, two new, superstar friends of Artifice, Tommy R. and Virginia H. both donated $50 each, one right after the other! And then Friday evening new supporter Reginald H. donated $10 and finally Clidiane A. (donating for the 2nd week in a row!) added the last few dollars to put us over the top. So there will be a bonus page—Page 56!—this Wednesday, December 7th!

Wow, you guys—you’re awesome! Thank you so much! You rock! 😀

And now I need to get on the stick and get that bonus page—Page 56!—ready for Wednesday, December 7th! Which I’ll jump on…. on Monday! Because I’m at BENT-CON this weekend! Setting up my first table ever! So, if you’re in the neighborhood and want to come to a cool Con with lots of gay comics and stuff, please stop by and say hi!

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  • Jennie Yates

    Awww… Decon breaks my heart sometimes… T_T

  • Aikka

    not sure what i could say in a comment here… o..o
    I just want to see what Jeff will reply now…

  • Yaz

    That is truly the CUTEST pout… but that comment is not going to make Jeff happy.

  • Deacon has such a unique way of looking at things. It’s beautiful.

  • crimsonkiss22

    Jeff’s smile makes me smile. Just thought I’d share that.

    That’s not… the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard, Deacon, but it sure does beat “I just gave you gonorrhea”. 

  • This made my day <3<3 so cute!!

  • AnyOtaku

    I have to say that Jeff’s smile scared me a little… Anyway, the dialogue in here is fantastic and I’m sure that Deacon is going to say “I love you” really soon =D

    • Thank you for the props re: the dialogue, AnyOtaku!

      And we’ll see what Deacon says next… 😉

  • Kayla

    Jeff!!! Your goofy smile. It is love.

  • mikakitten

    Awwwww!!! Jeff’s goofy smile is so cuuuute!! 😀 😀  stop thinking! More kissing!!

  • All that time… they’ve spent naked…

    All my envy. Seriously.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Panels one and two, ROTFL! Aww, don’t be mad Jeff! Deacon’s being honest in the most caring way! Speaking of which…

    Poor Deacon! To be an android in love…and aware of what that means…my heart goes out to both of them. 🙁

    Almost makes me feel bad that I look at Deacon’s sad, pouty lips and think, “Me…so…want…!” Almost. 😉

    Enjoy BENT-CON! Hope it’s really fun and successful! 😀

    • Thank you, fujoshifanatic! Rushing around now, getting ready for the Con. Excited! 😀

  • Ingelis Wipfelder

    I really enjoyed it because of Deacons sweet behavior and Jeff’s worried face, when they talk about this new, difficult feelings. They are so cute *-*

  • SteveMcSheffrey

    Poor Deacon.  He still has the ‘kill the colonists’ command hanging over his head, doesn’t he?  If he can defer it, why not wait until a few years down the road when they’re fighting over stupid things like which way the toilet paper hangs and how one saw the way the other looked at that hot guy in 3B…

    • SteveMcSheffrey

      ‘Course, one way around stopping the retrieval team from ordering him to finish his mission would be kill them before they can do so.  However, Deacon’s limitations on hurting humans unless ordered to probably suggests that the retrieval team was up to something nefarious we haven’t been told about yet.  What if they were part of the group that knows the company’s secret and Deacon killing them had shit all to do with saving Jeff?

  • SigmundReimann

    Personally I think Deacon is referring to the free will that he is experiencing, and not necessarily the fact that he is in love The day when AI robots, who have the strength of ten humans, begin to show free will and human brain patterns is when you only need one group of psychotic robots to create a worldwide revolution that is the end of the current world. I can imagine, considering the way artificial persons are treated in this world, it wouldn’t take much scorn for this to happen.

    I’m pretty sure he means much more than that but that’s what it made me think of.

    • ithilloke


  • grinsekatze

    I feel so sorry for Deacon, he is so torn between his orders and his own wishes… and I LOVE Jeff’s smile and it is really so goofy xD
    I am so looking forward to wednesday, even I never was able to donate so far because I am like constantly broke. But if this was not the case I would donate because the comic and your hard work is really worth it!
    Hugs and Kisses for the both great creators :-*

  • I am in LOVE with panel one. Goofy smiles are the end of me. <3

  • thisboybroken

    Poor Deacon! Jeff’s smile is especially goofy in panel one. Too cute. I feel for Deacon. Now off to get ready for BENT-CON, what a great way to start the day!

    • It was great meeting you today, Mark! Thank you so much for coming by! 😀

      • thisboybroken

        It was awesome meeting you too Alex. I don’t know if you got the chance to walk around today but the table by where the panels are has the author if this amazing book titled Love, check it out. And I wanted to let you and Winona know the prints are awesome! When I finally took the time to really look at the extra hot one… It is truly amazing! Especially when I understood it is my boy remembering his experiences with Jeff. The sheet/ thought bubble is gorgeous! Well at least that is what I get from staring at it endlessly! (me jaw wide open, tongue hanging out…) Damn, I am going to need some ‘ alone time’ now 😀

        • I’m so glad you liked them, Mark! That makes me really happy to hear. As I think I mentioned, you are my very first prints sale. And I’m really glad that was to an awesome reader like yourself. 😀 (And yes, it is Deacon remembering some “special times”—and I agree, Winona totally made this sexy scene into a masterful work of art. I love both that blanket and the hands that frame the memories. “Gorgeous” is definitely the right word for it…)

          And when I get a free moment, I’ll have to check out that book recommend. 

          Thanks again for coming by! Enjoy your “alone time”! lol 😀

          • thisboybroken

            Ok so my only thing is…. Deacon SHOULD NEVER BE A BOTTOM !!! But I will just imagine that out, lol. You rock Alex, thank you!

          • I’ll let Deacon know that he’s a very naughty android. lol

            You’re welcome!

  • Jeff has the cutest, infectious smile.  Also, three cheers to the donaters, as always, because I can’t be one and I WANNA!  Someday….

  • CommodoreZelda

    Deacon is absolutely GORGEOUS in panel three! <3 Wish I could donate, but I've been buying way too many Christmas presents and my money has run out… 🙁 Maybe next week.

  • Exile 755 is a Higglytown hero

    And in other waaaaaays…?
    C’mon Deacy, bro, don’t leave us with that.

    Jeff, it’s a compliment. Your goofy smile is adorable. ♥

  • Deacon’s face combined with his dialogue in that last panel are fantastic. This is my favorite page so far, and that’s a tough call to make. Excellent.

    • Thank you, Wonderland. I’m really glad you liked it!

  • xenie

    Deacon seems to be a bit over dramatic here… but I think I know where he is coming from.  Such a fantastic page!

    • His words certainly seem to be having an effect on Jeff…

      Thank you for the props!

  • shinashiasusual

    Cute, goofy smile. I wonder if he says end of the world because AI’s can be made to feel human emotions… And then the Matrix happens!!!

  • It’ll be fine! It’s just the end of the time when humans can just use robots without thinking about how they might ‘feel’ – the beginning of robot rights.

  • Dex X.

    Deacon, stop being such a DORAMA QUEEN. 

  • eva lips

    okay jeff’s look in the first panel is way to adorable!!^^

  • “it IS a little goofy, but that’s BESIDES the point. or maybe it IS the point.”
    that made me laugh for some reason.
    this has just turned from sexy to heartwarming! (but still sexy)

  • Yukiness

    Panel 5…my heart, it seems to be growing. So much warmth. I don’t even want them to kiss right now; they should hug. My god, that would be beautiful.

    Alex, Winona, bravo *applaudes while standing*

    • Ryn

      think snuggles are needed all around.

    • Thank you, Yukiness! I’m glad you like. 🙂

  • Lithekitty

    Poor Deacon. He’s never felt this way and it’s about someone that goes against what he was programmed for.

    • Jennifer Closen

      Ahh, forbidden love…  How sweet, sexy, and a little bit kinky…

  • elijah elquest

    totally understand though. what hell it would be.

  • Ryn

    Damn those pesky emotions, always popping up when their least wanted.

    oh yeah, Jeff has the goofiest in all the land.

  • Erica

    BLARG DAMMIT!! lol  ok i can’t see what the hell im typing because my box isn’t working, so if there is… ok jk it just loaded. n e way OMG!!!!! i need the next update!! NAOZZZ D: D: D: D: D: D: D: D: D: and that smile is goofy. indeedly. *sigh*

    sooo is Deacon gunna tell him he loves Jeff? cuz you know that may be the end of their world, but it’s a big woopie in mine. lol great work you gaizzz 😀

    and im not sure if i mentioned this prior… but Deacon really does remind me of Desmond Miles. XD

    i love it! <3

    • Yay! Glad you enjoyed the update, Erica! 

      (And I think someone has mentioned the connection between Deacon and that character. I’m not sure if it was you, but I can see where you’re coming from. 🙂 )

      • Erica

        omg, and Jeff could be a super young Leonardo Da Vinci XDD
        if only i were better at drawing, i’d totally draw that mash-up. lol

  • ErrorTime

    Aw Jeff’s face!

  • Michele M.

    I’m not a new donator. I just haven’t been able to donate in a while! lol

    • YangYueLan

      i love your pic. but what is Spock saying?

    • Sorry, Michele! I use the PayPal email address to search if someone has donated before. For some reason I missed it! Sorry again!

      • Michele M.

        Its ok Alex! My email was hacked again so I had to get a new email address.

        Vanessa: It says, Gurl you are working my last gay nerve!

  • Darby Roorda

    Sometimes Deacon reminds me of one of my characters in my comic book Normal Sometimes, named Marcus. He’s serial killer turned passionate lover by a previous enemy, and he has to struggle with trusting him, after all the crap he’s been through. The physical appearence is uncanny as well. (just add a scar on his face in the shape of a skull!)

    Again, fabulous work, and I so wish I could have seen you at the convention! Keep up the fantastic story and art!

    • Thank you, Darby! I wish you could have been there too. Next time! 🙂

      (And that is an interesting connection between your OC and Deacon. Do you think they would get along?)

      • Darby Roorda

        Definately next time!
        Would they get along…? I’m sure that my OC would have a respect for Deacon, for his fighting ability. I’m sure my OC wouldn’t HATE Deacon…I don’t really know! That is a good question.

  • eleutherios

     Oh, great.  Now he’s getting philosophical.  I’ve got a Super Soaker under the bed if you need it, Jeff.

  • His smile IS goofey. Bu goofey is cute :3

  • yellowrock

    Those walls are so bland!  They should scavenge the place for some paint, or hang some posters up or something.  It seems like they haven’t left the room in a while, so there’s no telling what they’ll find outside!

  • Omg, Jeff’s face in that last panel!!! There are only subtle changes, but the hurt in his face speaks volumes! I LOVE IT!

  • OMG. I love this soooo much <3 <3 I read the entire thing so far today, when I should have been working on my math homework. BUT THIS IS GREAT. ILU!!!

    • Thank you, Liliana! I’m really glad you enjoyed it! ILU back!

  • Now now, let’s not over react this. You like each other, you are going to die because of it  or you both will be tortured.
    But the world will still be there.

  • It’s the end of the world as they know it…but from the looks of it, they are both feeling fine?

  • Mournless

    ‘Jeff, I love you! This is the WORST. POSISBLE. THIIIING!!!!’ DB>

    Pfff, oh, oh my face hurts from smiling. >w<

    And Jeff, hate to tell ya, you DO have a little bit of a goofy smile. It's just like my smile, only a bit bigger. XD

    Anyway, I, as usual, really really REALLY like this page, especially with how easy it is to understand what Deacon and Jeff are going through. It's explained without going into so much detail that it further confuses/bores the Hell out of the reader. It's keeping things dramatic enough to grab the audience, while at the same time, being funny enough to not overwhelm the reader in every page. The poses and dialoge just flow so well together, you can almost hear their voices along with some deep meaningful/sappy music in the background. <333 Well done!

    • Thank you, Mournless! I’m glad you’re finding our style clear and engaging. I really appreciate your thoughtful comment. 🙂

  • I made a joke comment earlier, but my actual review will be now.  I think that them having this conversation completely naked is an odd dichotomy of seriousness and hilarity.  Hilarity, you ask?  Well, there’s something so funny about them baring their souls to each other as they sit together naked…well, to me at least.  I have never been accused of having a sane sense of humor.  In all solemnity, however, this only goes to show how much easier it is to show your body to someone else, rather than your heart.

    Jeff has an adorable smile.  I’m not sure I’d classify it as goofy, but it IS very cute.  Particularly panel 1’s smile.  That’s just a tug on the heartstrings of waff, right there.

    Deacon’s struggle is as beautiful as it is heart-rending.  Right now, he’s trying to articulate it to Jeff, talking it out inside his sensuous human-crafted head as he speaks it aloud to an organic being, and seeing the conflict only reinforces the opinion that, whatever his origins, Deacon is as human as any other being.  It’s amazing to see it happen.  I almost feel like I shouldn’t be looking, or barring that, offering the poor confused guy cookies.  

    The art is…well, if Winona likes freshly made fruit curds and other bakery delicacies, I’ll gladly make them.  Same goes to Alex.  Dinner en la casa de Summer, right here, if I’m nearby.

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. I’m glad that you are appreciating Deacon’s struggle and I think you have a really good take on it. 

      Hmm. “Fruit curds”. Not sure what those are. But I love me some baked goods… and cookies. I greatly appreciate the offer. 🙂

      And, FWIW, I’ve had many of my most intimate conversations naked.

      You offer me baked goods. And I offer TMI. Fair exchange, yes? 😀

      • A fruit curd is basically what goes into the lemon part of a lemon meringue pie, except that it doesn’t have to be lemon.  It’s kind of a fruit custard.  They’re awesome 🙂

        Very fair exchange!  🙂

        You write a good show/comic, Alex 🙂  It’s what keeps me going during the week!

        • Thank you, Summer. That makes me very happy to hear. 🙂

          (And now I know what a fruit curd is!)

  • Lorescien

    So. Effing. Cute. That is all. ^_^

  • I just came across this and I’m totally thrilled. Deacon’s struggle with those feelings and his connection to Jeff is so moving. At first the first love scene was hilarious, just as the peeing scene, but turned out so cute and sweet when Deacon followed the trails of hair. And you made the scene very tasteful too.
    I love Deacon’s design btw, he reminds me of the Apprentice from Force Unleashed who himself is based on an actor who’s name I forgot but who I think is extremely attractive.
    I can’t wait for more, I’m now your loyal follower.

    • Thank you, Ulysses0302. Sounds like you read it through in one go. I’m really glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your experience.

      I hope you keep letting me know what you think! 😀

    • fujoshifanatic

      Is it this fellow? He is the first one that I thought of when I saw Deacon. And I believe he is gay as well, though he has never confirmed it:

  • He’s way better at expressing his thoughts and feelings than I am. Love this page. Can’t wait to see more ^.^

  • I’ve loved the story up til now but am really looking forward to watching the emotional side of their relationship develop. They are just so sweet and cute together.

    In the end I have a strange feeling that it will be Jeff who stops Deacon from killing any more of the rescue people. Think about it, a handful of Deacons took out the whole colony. Yet, Jeff doesn’t seem like he would be ok with people dying because of him. I could be totally off. 

  • When the android says it’s the end of the world, you know you need to start worrying 😀 But then he probably knows what Maven is like already.

  • Audrey Malone

    This is Enkidu, using a friend’s account just to let you know that I’m still reading the comic! But Disqus is not playing nice with yahoo right now and my computer itself had to get overhauled during Thanksgiving, so I may  not post any comments for a while. I’m still reading it (check it every day on my phone no less!) but unless I bite the bullet and finally sign up for disqus, I can’t comment from there.
    I can, however, still post fan art and I had a GOOD one in the works before going home to visit family. If I’d had one more day, I could have given it to you guys for Thanksgiving!
    Or if Deacon wasn’t so damned SHINY >.< seriously, I can crank Jeff out in about two hours but Deacon KILLS my momentum like some sort of android killing machine or something! D:<

    • Hey Enkidu!

      Sorry to hear that Disqus has been giving you a hard time. 🙁 But glad that you found a way to break through!

      And I’m eager to see that new fan art. 😀

  • Clockworkkefferson

    Word to the wise; Do not get romantically involved with people you’ll end up being ordered to kill later-! 
    Poor Deacon! Dx

  • ::dances the conga:: Camping, camping, CAMP-ING! 

    • Sharon Kerr-Bullian

      I think I’ll join you! You want some S’mores?

      • Just the chocolate part, please.  Want a peppermint patty?

        • Sharon Kerr-Bullian

          I’d love one! 😀

          • ::munches on chocolate, hands over a peppermint patty:: I needed that.  This day will be made solely by the forthcoming update!

          • Sharon Kerr-Bullian

            ::munches on peppermint patty:: So need Artifice (and Teahouse, darnit!). At least I’m getting tons of stuff done while I’m camping 😀

  • wasEnkidu

    Oh Deacon, must you be such a melodrama-bot?

  • I’m sure everyone else will have said this, but that first panel is the cutest i’ve ever seen jeff. ever. aww. 😀

  • Haley Brown

    “Besides the point”? Don’t you mean BESIDE?

  • Justin White

    he has a point this is pretty out there.