Comic 305 - Try it

11th Mar 2015, 6:00 PM in Chapter Five
305 - Try it
Average Rating: 5 (16 votes)
rufiangel 11th Mar 2015, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy mid-week! :)

So I've had a realisation that I've been prioritising 'work' over 'rest' a little too much. Some of you are facepalming now and going, 'THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL YOU' and for that, I do apologise. XD; Anyway, all to say, I am thinking of taking one update off next next Monday (the 23rd) to have a 'long weekend', so to speak. I'm timing it so it's not mid-scene story-wise. Just letting you guys know now so I don't just spring it on you guys suddenly. :)

By the by, strip number 8 was redrawn and uploaded at around 3:00am today, haha. XD You can check that out below!


The Tapastic link is here~

Thanks so much for your support <3 see you on Friday!

(Please click to go to the DA journal entry that describes this in more detail :) There are also side-by-side panel comparisons in this journal if you'd like to see the difference between the old and redrawn strips!)

MST3KFan 11th Mar 2015, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
Heh. I love how these two know they can't just go at it weapons and magic swinging. They're actually strategizing.

Heh. Talking about rest...I think I need some here. O_o
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
You definitely deserve a break after all that hard work, MST3KFan! XD; (... do you have another nickname I can call you by? XD;;; MST3KFan is hard to type... </whine>)

And yep, Kylie and Madou are both fairly seasoned in terms of combat experience. ;)
mjkj 11th Mar 2015, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
So, Kylie is still fine - hope that stays that way...

*Gah! Where is Nemi!!!* :p
mjkj 11th Mar 2015, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
Gah, really, Rufi??? at 03:00???

Well, go to bed then and sleeep!!!

(Oh, yeah, one day off approved!) ^_^ (just remind us again, please!)

Crestlinger 12th Mar 2015, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
*Catwoman voice 'There.'
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaha, thank you Mjkj :D I will in a bit XD;
Headgamer 11th Mar 2015, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Ah, more fighting before the talking.

And of course your welcome to a break. I hope you enjoy it! :)
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
They talk through fighting. ;)

And thank you Headgamer! :D
KAM 11th Mar 2015, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
I see he's started his seduction with the sweet talk. ;-)

Now now, how are you going to be an evil cartoonist if you don't time your vacations for mid-scenes, during cliff-hangers, etc., etc.? ;-)
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
XD;;; Well, it's not precisely not a cliffhanger........
KAM 11th Mar 2015, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
Oh, you're on a list of women in comics
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
Oh! O_O Thank you KAM! I appreciate it a lot!! *huggu*
TheD-Wrek 11th Mar 2015, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
Omg, Kylie!!!! Kick his +/÷%×£×&^!×_÷ arse!!!! XD

No worries about the long weekend, Rufi-Pie. I used to do 3 updates a week once upon a time. Had to scale back a little to avoid burn out. Enjoy your long weekend! :)

Thanks again for the OC btw! I'll have soemthing else cooked up for ya soon too. XD
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
Thanks D! :) Yeah, I've been doing 3 updates a week for a long while now, but I admit it's mostly for me; I want to get the story out as fast as possible! But a break will be good. :)

I'm really happy you like Sayo, D! :D <3 I look forward to how he'll turn out!
Guest 11th Mar 2015, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Rufi-chan~ *hugs rufi and softly paps head while whispering "You were warned, and all you said was 'what are you saying cici-foo foo, i just took a break in korea' and now i get to love you riiiiiight here" :3*

Panel 3 is now proof of Madou's true alignment. Surely only the most despicable of criminals would litter so casually!

I love you Madou. Always remember that <3
(Kick him right in the bum-bum, Kylie!)
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
XD;;; Why does that whisper seem so gentle and yet so ominous at the same time... XDDD This is the Cici Brand of Intimidation™, isn't it? LOL! But thank you Cici-foo-foo XD;;; *huggu*

And indeed, Madou reveals his villainous ways! What he SHOULD do is collect the glass shards and make traps out of them later to trap tiny animals.

.... ;D
Seabiscuit 11th Mar 2015, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
Jeeez! You definitely deserve a break, Rufi!! Take one and recharge!

So Madou /does/ intend to attack.O:
He's so cool about it though eeee. So full of swag and stuff. I can't decide if his old robes are cooler than the "Renault" ones or not 'cause damn.

Sigh...Suspense! I can't wait to see what he wants. Would be super cool if he was turning on Abel.>D

(HEhehe, that recycling thing)
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Awww, thankyew seamuffin :D <3 I'll be taking one on the 23rd for sure!

Aaand yep, though I'll go far enough to say here that he is doing so because he feels like he has to. You'll see what I mean in a few weeks. XD;;; (I prefer his older outfit myself, by the way. XDDD)
Spelledeg 11th Mar 2015, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
MADOU LITTERED! Madou is littering, that's the worst crime ever. That's even worse than something like jaywalking.

Either way, it's interesting because both of them know what's up(at least to some degree). Madou's hair looks more fabulous here too o_O...for some reason.

RUfiiii take care of yourself~ enjoy your weekend <33 *all the hugs*
Alicia 12th Mar 2015, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
LOL Spell... XD

I am growing more fond of Madou by the minute, despite his nasty littering habits. <3
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
XD; Yayyy! Ah, bad Madou, be a good citizen and at least use a rubbish bin, okay?
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
I bet Madou would jaywalk too, if such a thing existed in Archaiea. >.>

And Madou's hair looks fabulous what? XDDD Well I admit I have fun drawing it all the time (it's kind of like a bird's nest lol) so I'm happy to hear that!

Thank you Spelluuuu <3 *hug hug hug* I shall!
CiciEnixa 11th Mar 2015, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
lol was I not logged in when I commented? XD sorry, that Guest up there is me (but you probably already figured that out by now
TheD-Wrek 11th Mar 2015, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
XD; Knew from the first word, and then knew for sure when you wrote 'cici-foo-foo' XDDD
Chris the Blue 11th Mar 2015, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
A litterbug!

Truly the most evil of all the villains!!
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
I bet he doesn't put books back in the library into their proper shelves, either.
Chris the Blue 12th Mar 2015, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
And I bet he doesn't rewind DVDs before returning them to Blockbusters!
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
Heeeey, waaaait a minute.... <--slow as molasses
Lukkai 11th Mar 2015, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
No shame in taking a break if you overworked yourself a little.

And Madou in panel three reminds me a little of Hisoka of Hunter X Hunter fame. It's probably the spades and heart in his speech bubbles. Though the nonchalantless with which he treats the fight adds to that feeling, obviously.

As for bottles: I only ever got about half my potion bottles back at larps. So I started to charge a depot on them and hand out said depot even for other potion bottles brought back to me, as long as they were with lid or cork and in good shape.
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
Yeah. :) Well, how do I explain this... it's not exactly that I've overworked myself so much - I feel like I could keep working like this for a good while. It's more like, I think I've prioritised work a little too much over other parts of my life and I need to learn to chill a bit. A break will do me some good mentally to force myself to let go a bit and relax. :)

I should probably use clovers and diamonds too whenever they're appropriate XD <3

Remember to recycle your potion bottles too, Lukkai!
Lukkai 14th Mar 2015, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Oh, I'm constantly reusing my potion bottles. A proper wash and they're good to go again.
Lukkai 11th Mar 2015, 11:31 PM edit delete reply
By the way: You think you've seen my worst puns? Probably didn't read the last I wrote in last comics comment section yet!

And I quote:

What is our dear assassin's favourite pastime?

Well, going Sho'pping of course!
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Hahaha, this didn't hurt as bad as the last one. XD;;
kelverse 12th Mar 2015, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
I really love the effect of the aqua overhead, it makes everything look super eerie
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, thank you Rinkel! :D

I think I'm still learning how to make an expanse look like an expanse a not as claustrophobic as I ended up with here, but it does seem to work to an extent given what's happening, so I'll go with it for now. XD; Yay for blue eerie light regardless!
Jarvi 12th Mar 2015, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
Ohhh... this page is so blueeee .^__^. Makes my heart sing! But I'm worried what will be the outcome of this :i Be friends guys?
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
Yay! I'm happy to please you with the blue, nii-sama :D *listens to Saari-nii's singing heart* :D <3

I've been telling them to be friends for a few pages now but no one is listening to me D:
Prayformercy 12th Mar 2015, 3:20 AM edit delete reply
*Facepalms * FOR THE LOVE OF COCO TAKE A BREAK! The new page does look great but you are no good to us overworked. <3
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 11:03 PM edit delete reply
XD Thanks mercy, I will be taking one!! I appreciate your understanding muchas! :D
Matt Knab 12th Mar 2015, 5:01 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Uh oh. Summoning magic up his sleeve?
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
Ah... in Serpamia Flare, 'summoning magic' is done by Green Mages. As Madou is a Black Mage, he won't be using Green magic. :) Just an aside which no one could possibly know about Archaeia yet, but thought I'd letcha know anyway. XD;

So basically... Black magic up his sleeve. XD;;;
Headgamer 14th Mar 2015, 5:32 AM edit delete reply

Green mages are Summoners here? YES! That's who I'd be. Summoners ftw and I <3 Green. That work so well too with the green = nature aspect too. I'm deffintly stealing that next time I construct an overly elaborate fantasy world in my head. ;)
Crestlinger 12th Mar 2015, 5:22 AM edit delete reply
At point the bottle tinks up against the barrier, dispelling it instantly as it was a force that came from Inside the bubble and popped it.

Also, does that barrier extend underground? Ice generation as death from below may actually work.

For sleep:
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
It does extend there to a degree, yep. :) That, and Kylie can't use her Lethiace anyway. XD; But she knows the light barrier spell has a time limit so she just has to wait it out!
Proxy170 12th Mar 2015, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm tough balance...certainly she knows that time is not on their side, but time is really the only solution for her...
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
>_< Yep, Proxy... she may not like being patient, but she's seasoned enough to know waiting is worth it rather than wasting energy.
JustNoPoint 12th Mar 2015, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
Ugh, I so hate turn based RPGs! Will someone's bar just fill up so someone can DIE?!!!!

rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
XDDD Lol! Next page, bars fill up ;D
HeSerpenty 12th Mar 2015, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
Omg Kylie you are so cool! *__*

I do feel legitimately worried tho for her! Cuuuz this guy is one of those types who seems really calm and knows his shiz aaand unaffected and those are sometimes the worst to be up against D:

Also Rufi..giiirl you are totally entitled to take breaks whenever u need! Heck even if ya had to go to 2 a week, it would be understandable and poopie on anyone who says otherwise XD. (I can't manage more than one but I suppose "ones" are greater than or equal to two XD). Can't wait for the next page thoo! Aaah what's gonna happen to Kyliiie!
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe <333 *so happy you find Kylie cool XD <3*

Madou is pretty unnerving to be around in general, even outside of combat XD;;; so yep... though to be fair, Kylie's pretty calm, too. They're evenly matched in that regard. :)

And awww thank you Serpy-kins! ;w; <3 Uhmmm I think your 'one' update is like... equal to all three of mine a week XD;;; (Your pages are huge and so detailed man!!) But yesh, sometimes my update schedule gets to me. I mostly crank it out from pure habit now. Thank you for your understanding~!! *huggu*

Next page... Kylie versus Madou! XD
mjkj 13th Mar 2015, 4:44 PM edit delete reply
Hey, Rufi! Out of habit does not do it! Cut back to two updates or one if you need to!
rufiangel 13th Mar 2015, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
Aww Mjkj, no worries. :) There's a motto my gym says, which is "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." I think it's very true! Discipline means I do it even if I don't 100% feel like it. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to be a professional.

That said, I do extremely appreciate your grace and patience was a reader, as well as your support, and I thank you very muchly for it. *hug* :) Thank you!!
mjkj 13th Mar 2015, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
You are welcome *hugs*