And thus we have the long-awaited return of Dr. Clarice Maven! (That sound you hear is all the straight-boy readers breathing a gentle sigh of relief…) I have to say that this next scene between these two characters is one of my favorites because throughout the whole thing Maven is just so Maven and Deacon is just so Deacon and they both crack me up because of that. 🙂
Anyway… ***THIS IS A BONUS PAGE!***
We have new Fan Art by ~dauwdrupje called “Temptation”. Thanks, ~dauwdrupje!
And this is now the eighth bonus page in a row! Holy cow! Special thanks to long-time supporters Heather M., Rebecca P., Brian d., Ariel S. (who donated for the 5th week in a row!) and Micheal B. (who has now donated for the 10th straight week in a row! Hitting double-digits! High-five, Artifice Superhero Micheal!). Please let me also extend a warm welcome and grateful bow to new supporters Mark L., Sarah T., Rachelle D., Tiffany W., Marcella H., Allicia b. and Linsey V. for their generous donations over the last few days.
I’m also sending out a big hug to new friend Simon B. for their super-generous $25 donation!
And finally I offer a full, deep, stunned & amazed, forehead-touching-the-floor bow to new friend Christopher L. for their jaw-dropping $100 donation today! OMG—thank you, Christopher! I was working with a client when I saw the donation pop up on my phone and actually let out a little gasp. My clients know that I’ve been struggling with this back thing so he immediately leapt to my aid, assuming I was about to expire on the spot. Luckily the big grin on my face let him know I would live to edit video another day and he then patiently listened to me babble on for ten minutes about how truly awesome and amazing my readers are.
Thank you all so much. Your generosity floors me. It really does. The donations of course help me make this comic in a very real way. But above and beyond that, I feel incredibly lucky to have the chance to connect with such wonderful and big-hearted people like yourselves through this. You make all the hard work in creating a comic like this so very fulfilling for both Winona and me.
(Oh, and in terms of my health, while I’m stil not at 100%, I am feeling much, much better. Thank you for all your concern. This week, I’m working long hours on my regular, freelance gig—and to be honest, that can be a bit rough ergonomically—but I’m doing my best to take lots of breaks and frankly, reading your kind words in the comments throughout the day lifts my spirits so much, that has to be contributing to my speedy recovery. 🙂 )
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this bonus update and I certainly hope to see you all for the regular update of Artifice—Page 49 this Saturday!
***DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING!*** Update 11/9/11 at 6:00 P.M.: Thanks to your super-generous donations, we’ve yet again hit the donation target so there will be a bonus page of Artifice—Page 50!—this Wednesday, November 16th! You are UNSTOPPABLE and WONDERFUL! Thank you!
(And I just also want to say how delighted I am by the reactions I’ve been seeing to Maven’s reaction in Panel 2. The way Winona drew her expression is spot on perfect and it so cracks me up every time I see it. I’m glad a lot of you are having the same experience. And yes, I also agree that Winona totally outdid herself with the Deacon and Jeff art in Panel One. This is a page that I myself keep coming back too. De Art is boo-ti-ful! 😉 )