Comic 292 - Eerily Empty

6th Feb 2015, 6:10 PM in Chapter Five
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292 - Eerily Empty
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)

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rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 6:00 PM edit delete
TGIF everyone! :) Yes, I just did another interrupted speech bubble before the weekend. I can't help it, these things just have the worst timing! >_>a

BY THE WAY there is the most amazing fanart Cici did for me (to help motivate me to finish today's page XD;;; ohboydiditwork!): SERPAMIA FLARE VS. DISQUS!


Isn't it friggin' amazing and cute and awesome and omigosh I love Cici >_> *glomps Cici* <333

(If you don't get the joke, it's just this thing going on with the Disqus comments that sit below the regular comments. Disqus is... for lack of a better word... EVIL. >_> It is an uncontrollable, unpredictable and nefarious little beast that refuses to be tamed. Just... yeah. The regular Disqus commenters will agree.)

I know I plug her comic so often across Twitter and here I should probably just link it in the navigation bar above XD but seriously, seriously. If you haven't seen it yet for whatever reason, I implore you to check out From Dust to Ruination, Cici's brilliant webcomic. <3

Speaking of Disqus... if you like RP-ing, you can check out the post today. :D

Alright, have a brilliant weekend everyone!

P.S. Strip #0003 has been redrawn now, too!
It's up on Tapastic here and you can click the thumbnail below to see the DA upload:


image (Please click to go to the DA journal entry that describes this in more detail :)



mjkj 6th Feb 2015, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
Woah, a maze crawling with monsters (that are just hidden around the corner)...

...might be that bodyguard tried to lure him into a trap (or he did with our heroes)

I hope Nemi will not be hurt...

PS: I like Cici's SF vs D picture <3 - so true...

mjkj 6th Feb 2015, 6:51 PM edit delete reply

I miss the cute Nemi <3 comment posting button :'(

prayformercy 6th Feb 2015, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
me too, though ill admit the new buttons arent half bad.
mjkj 6th Feb 2015, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
No, they are not bad - but a bit glaring and bright...

*misses Nemi in them*

prayformercy 6th Feb 2015, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
i agree, severe lack of Nemi in them. Maybe modify them to use the Chibi nemi from the other page, or possibly Cicis gif nemi.
rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
Hahahaha XD;
rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
Oh, are they that glaring and bright? Sorry about that, the brightness levels of my monitor are darker than average so it looks alright on my screen. I'll see how it looks on other devices later. ^^;
mjkj 7th Feb 2015, 3:20 AM edit delete reply
Oh, did you change them? they are not looking so bright anymore and fit better now... (or is that because of the different monitor I am using now?)
rufiangel 7th Feb 2015, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
I didn't change them, so it must be the different monitor~ XD;

Maybe I'll just keep them. Being bright and glaring probably helps to make them stand out better? XD;;
rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
Why, thank you. XD;
rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
XD Haha, I knew you'd say that. Sorry - I liked it too but it was hard to spot with the rest of the site's colour scheme.
rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
Monsters are known to go into hiding during passing aquas. :)

And yes, Cici's SF vs Disqus pic is beautiful <3

Re: Nemi, I make no promises. >_>
mjkj 7th Feb 2015, 3:21 AM edit delete reply

poor Nemi *is now very worried about her*
KAM 6th Feb 2015, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
LeRenardRoux 6th Feb 2015, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Nice comment buttons. :D

And Gua--what? I must know!! Guatamala? Guacamole? That doesn't make much sense, Renault. The wide shot is super creepy too, I'd be worried I if I was them. >.>
rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
"Be on our guacamole" makes sense, doesn't it? XDDD

And thank you! :D I'm glad you told me about the button thing, because now that I've put them everywhere (lol) and in kind of striking colours, I realise it really does make it so much more user-friendly and easy to find. <3 *hugs* Thank you muchas!!
Crestlinger 6th Feb 2015, 8:31 PM edit delete reply
Hmm they haven't really Had a boss battle in a while...bigger ghoul or something Else.
rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
Gaaah, a bigger Crier? XD I wonder how massive THAT eyeball would be!
prayformercy 6th Feb 2015, 8:52 PM edit delete reply
So yea, totally not omnious at all that they are taking a shortcut suggested by madou and theres a speech bubble cut off. Also, we still havent seen "renaults" chin to confirm/deny the lil beard hairs that Madou has (unless of course im just stupid and missing a page with it), leaning towards they exist and rufi doesnt want to make it too obvious yet =p. Just pure speculation of course, though madou or not this turn of events isnt hurting my "Renault is pure evil staby staby stab stab stab" theory.
prayformercy 6th Feb 2015, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
On a side note.. i really need to figure out a cool picture for my comments like everyone else has. leaning towards taking a pic of my FF14 character in support of nemi =p
Prayformercy 6th Feb 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
Oh, very cute! :D
rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
Geez, it's not my fault the muffler keeps covering his chin like that! XD;;; Darn collar thing.

Shortcuts are helpful, by the by~ Renault's just being helpful! :)

prayformercy 7th Feb 2015, 2:18 AM edit delete reply
Yes, but helpful to who is the question =p
CiciEnixa 6th Feb 2015, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
"I totally know where we're going, he said. Everything will be totally fine, he said."

Question: If Renault had run outside, would he still have been chased by the face chompers?

Also, I do hope boss battles are close (ooooh~) (alsothankiesforsomuchloveaswellX3)
rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 11:47 PM edit delete reply
"And then he said, 'Something doesn't feel right... I think we should be on our gua...camole' and we started looking for avocados."

Answer: If Renault had run outside, the Criers would have only followed him a little distance from the Preservation Passage before giving up. They are in some way tethered to the Passage. However, Renault did not have the stamina to make it out before the Criers got to him, in case you wonder why he didn't just run outside. XD

A boss battle... let me see if I can find appropriate boss battle music and link to it when the time comes. XDD

*pours more love into Cici-muffin's lap*
Lukkai 8th Feb 2015, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
When in doubt: One-winged Angel.
rufiangel 8th Feb 2015, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Oooh, yes... XD;; Ah, could I ever match up to the epic levels of that I wonder?
Jarvi 6th Feb 2015, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm... it seems like the aqua is not only above them but also around them, like a mist :) Is it making them all moist? :D
rufiangel 6th Feb 2015, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
XD It is indeed very misty up there, so I suppose they are all moist. But I will refrain from drawing them all wet because ... plsdon'tmakeme XDDD;;;;
Roberrt 7th Feb 2015, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
The music is easy, boss battles are all about red stuff! *At least, this is what the MMORPG of modern times would teach us.* No, that doesn't mean you need to make a red mist based Cat-Octopus Chimera for the boss... but we all know you sort of want to! *That sounds epic and all, but it also sounds like a real pain to draw!*
Also, no, we do not need to see them being all drippy.
rufiangel 7th Feb 2015, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
A red mist based Cat-Octopus Chimaera? *makes notes for future reference* :D

'Boss battles are all about red stuff' probably wasn't on the cards for RO, which is the only MMORPG I played intensively. XD;; So now I'm worried about MMORPGs of modern times in general.

Actually, I feel like it'd be rather amusing to see all the characters coming all over drippy. ;P
Jarvi 7th Feb 2015, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
Hahah I won't make you make them all wet, don't worry :D Was just curious about that x))

And that boss sounds epic :D
Seabiscuit 6th Feb 2015, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
(SF VS DISQUS!! That's friggin' hilarious and adorable!)

I love that layout in the 2nd to last panel, like all that land. It's so menacing and creepy, but cool and pretty!
And and...That sliced panel thingy! Really cool!
Quite an evil cliffhanger.:D I can't wait to see what's in store for them on Monday! Agh!
rufiangel 7th Feb 2015, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
Isn't it just? XD <3 *hugs Cici*

And thank you for your encouraging words re:establishing shot! ;_;* I always struggle with these kinds of shots so I'm happy to know it works, as well as the layout of it. <3 Yayyy!

This cliffhanger is probably slightly less bad than the one I'm pulling on Monday, for the record... XD;;;
Outlaw 7th Feb 2015, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, it's never good when no monsters are present... That generally leaves space for worse evil.
rufiangel 7th Feb 2015, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Absolutely. XD; Either that, or the game level designers got lazy and just didn't bother, lol!
Lukkai 8th Feb 2015, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
I like the new buttons. And they stand out a lot more. I will admit though, that they, as about everything, could be improved by adding a little bit Nemi. ;)

And I'm still wondering just where I've heard or read that dialog as in CiCi's rescript before... I know I did, at least the first few lines.
Now where the heck was that...
I think it was either with a character getting out of prison or enslavement after a long time (or for the first time at all). "The Shawshank Redemption" maybe?
Awesome fanart and just reward for Disqus' lapses by the way.

And sorry I never commented last week. I was sick and usually quite out of it. Currently catching up with all my stuff again.
rufiangel 8th Feb 2015, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
Yay! I'm happy you like the new buttons XD;

I'm actually not sure where that dialogue in Cici's rescript might have been seen elsewhere, maybe Cici can clarify if she sees this? >_> And yes, her fanart is brilliance <3

And no need to apologise of course!! O_O I'm glad you're commenting again though, I always do enjoy reading them :) being sick sucks, so I hope you're fully recovering and well now! *hug*
CiciEnixa 9th Feb 2015, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
I don't think I've seen Shawshank Redemption before. I do know that I tend to subconsciously quote stuff that I read, so chances are that I read a similar line long ago and it just... happened XD sorry I'm not much help on that front~
rufiangel 9th Feb 2015, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
I thought that might be the case actually XDD lolol
Lukkai 9th Feb 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
No sweat. I'm not sure where I've heard it myself and ususally I'm quite good with that stuff. Might have been that I took a few lines from here and a few from there as well.

And thanks, I do feel better. Some coughing's left is all and that will be gone soon enough as well.
Matt Knab 8th Feb 2015, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
I'm caught up! Keep em coming, Rufi! Can't wait till read more!
rufiangel 8th Feb 2015, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
Oh yay Matt! :D <333 Thank you so much for reading!! I'm honoured ;w;*

I'll keep doing my best! >_<)/
Spelledeg 9th Feb 2015, 4:24 AM edit delete reply
Woahh - this is a gorgeous page! But ohno...I don't think Renalt is a /badguy/, he seems too sincere for that, but then again he did manage to catch Nemi when she was trying to pick-pocket so I dunno...

But it's alll in the spirit of adventure! Right?(no)
I'm looking forward to seeing what the gua- is...
rufiangel 9th Feb 2015, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Ooh that is such a cute new avatar Spellu! XD <3

Thank you so much ;w;* I am super glad to hear this page works!

And it totally is all in the spirit of adventure ;D <333