Comic 480 - Brave Newcomer

24th Dec 2016, 1:50 AM in Chapter Seven
480 - Brave Newcomer
Average Rating: 5 (12 votes)
rufiangel 24th Dec 2016, 1:50 AM edit delete
Merry Christmas Eve, folks! :D

This marks the final page of Chapter Seven! Thanks so much for reading SF all the way through to this point so far, dear readers! I hope you enjoyed Chapter Seven, but please let me know what you thought of the chapter overall, if you'd like. :) I took a couple of risks with it and I'm wondering if that's alright!

Totally Belated Fanart Gallery

I have some really awesome things to present today as this chapter wraps up! I'm so sorry for the delay in showing you guys these awesome things, I've been stupid-busy.

First up, a super cute Christmas gift from the talented MST3K of POW! Right in the Nostalgia fame!
<333 It is such a super cute gift!! ;3;* Thank you so much MST3K, I feel all the Christmas love feels! :D <33

Next up, an amazing Christmas gift by the lovely Proxy of
Project Arc fame <3
This was originally posted here but I wanted to re-post it for the gallery here because it's so wonderful <333 Thanks so so much Proxy, I am so super honoured to receive a gift from your 12 days!! ;v;*

This one is from a lovely palette challenge that Cici was doing - Cici of From Dust to Ruination fame, in case you don't know already XD - and she did this beautiful piece when I picked the palette titled 'Thick Skin and Elastic Heart':
It's so super gorgeous I can't stop squee-ing over it! Thanks so much Cici-muffin, I love it so ;3;* <333

And this piece I actually received a couple of months ago, and it is one of the most wonderful fanarts I have ever received, period. ;v;* The only reason I haven't posted it up already was because I am the laziest bum and this was actually sent to my phone, so I kept forgetting! :'D

Readers might remember I was going through a really weird funk a few months back, when I was struggling with self-motivation issues. Zoe-cupcake - Cici-muffin's ADORABRU younger sister - created this wonderful thing to cheer me up and omigosh, I can't explain in words how I felt when I saw it.
I mean, will you look at how crazy perfect every little detail is?? :'D The costume details, the baby coco, all the adorableness in every expression, pose and aspect of Nemi's cosplay(?) run - I literally teared up, it was so sweet!! ;v;*

I just wanted to really say thank you, Zoe-cupcake, for such a beautiful gift. It truly lifted me up in that time I was struggling, and I have no words! Just... thank you for your heart ahhh ;v;*** *hugs tightly*

It goes without saying, I hope, that this is how I feel about everyone who cheered me on during that time. I can't thank everyone enough for sticking it out and continuing to read and support SF. <333 Thank you so so much! ;3;*

Last but not least - there was also a super fun mention of SF in one of the recent strips on KAMics after the last costume switcheroo - make sure to catch KAM's A/N as well! ;)

Regarding the break...
Now that the final update for Chapter Seven has been posted, I will be going on an official break to plan Chapter Eight and catch up on other things. Chapter Eight should begin updating on the Monday, 23rd of January, 2017. I'll be updating the site during the break with some omake material - more details on that later, but just FYI! :)

Okay, that's the VERY LONG ANNOUNCEMENTS done and dusted for now XD; I'll update again soon with some holiday art and a year-end review of SF, as I do. Have a GREAT weekend, and a very merry Christmas! <333

Lukkai 24th Dec 2016, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
That's a load of art there.

And I'm pretty sure that was the last sugarcone, NeMIIIII!
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
It's a lot of beautiful fanart isn't it?? ;v;*** I'm so blessed TvT*** <333

And I'm prettu sure she always takes the last sugarcone. The last biscuit. The last chocopo. XD;;;
Lukkai 24th Dec 2016, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
I forgot to mention:

HOW many cliffhangers is this you're currently leaving us with?! Gargl! ;)
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
I definitely wasn't sure if it was a good call to set up so many things without resolving them this chapter! XD;; I mean, that was basically a whole year of set-up if you think about it >_> But hopefully Chapter 8 will pay off ;v; hopefully...! (now a whole year of pay off LOL)
Proxy170 24th Dec 2016, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
Wow, that bottom panel is a beautiful shot! Nice way to conclude the chapter :)

Hope you get some rest during the hiatus, we'll be eagerly waiting! :D
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
Ahhh yayyyy! :D Thank you Proxy, I'm so glad you think so ;v;*** I really wanted the last panel to leave a good impression! <3

I'm resting a LOT this break, it's quite glorious actually XDDD
MST3KFan 24th Dec 2016, 3:38 AM edit delete reply
Knight 'K'? Guess they don't want to reveal her real name for possible secret reasons?
Should be interesting to see what's all been planned for this fight and how Nemi and Mike/Jinn get out of the cell they're in.

And you're very welcome on the Christmas gift art, rufi! XD
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
The announcer gives all the contenders their own handle of sorts XD we'll see!

I'm glad to know you're curious about what's been planned! :D

And thank you once again MST3K, it truly is such an adorable gift <333 hope you're having a good start to your year so far! X3
Headgamer 24th Dec 2016, 4:08 AM edit delete reply
Great chapter Rufi! I feel like this chapter set up something even crazier in the next. Can't wait for Feb! :)
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Ahhh thankyew Headgamer ;3;** I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the chapter! I hope you do enjoy the crazy ride Chapter 8 is going to be XD <333
Jarvi 24th Dec 2016, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
Go Kylie! :)
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
X3 ehehe she's gonna need all the cheering she can get! >.>
Crestlinger 24th Dec 2016, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
'Things are about to get very cold in here.'
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:21 AM edit delete reply

We'll see how much restraint Kylie can exercise over that, actually... she deliberately didn't use it in the WGLC exams so will she use it in front of an entire arena of people? ;)
azureXtwilight 24th Dec 2016, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
K, Knight K, you might as well put it on a T-Shirt XD
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
It kind of makes me think of Kelloggs now that I think about it... XD

"Knight K - the healthy cereal bite for the healthy happy knight!"
Wingsol Studios 24th Dec 2016, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
!!! Thank you for your interest!! O_O <333 I'm very pleased and I do hope that investment pays off as the story keeps rolling on ;v;***
Matt Knab 24th Dec 2016, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Looking forward to the next chapter. Enjoy the holiday break!!
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Thank you Matt, always, for reading, for leaving lovely comments and for generally being the inspiration that you are ;v;*** it's great to have a role-model like you in our community!

I do hope the next chapter is fun for you <33
KAM 24th Dec 2016, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
*hums Star Trek fight music* :-)
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Dude, we need ALL the fight music! XD
Slim Kittens 25th Dec 2016, 4:03 AM edit delete reply
Slim Kittens
Merry Christmas Rufi, and thanks for all your hard work.
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Aww, thank *you* Slim Kittens for reading up to now!! ;v;*** I hope you had a very merry Christmas too <3
mjkj 26th Dec 2016, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
I hope Cain will be fine...

Aaaawwwwwwww... Zoe-Cupcake is the most bestest... Thank you... *hugs her*

*hugs Rufi* enjoy the break...

rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
Hahaha, we'll see about Cain XD

And yes, she's certainly the sweetest <3

And I am enjoying the break, thank you Mjkj :D
Kat 26th Dec 2016, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Merry Christmas!
I think in terms of this chapter, you've been very busy setting a ton of things in motion, but you've also been good at not forgetting to give any of your characters "screen time", and we've seen some progress in the interactions between Nemi and Jinn, and also there was that huge reveal that made us all cry (TT_TT)... there's definitely been a lot of diversity in this chapter, and I'm excited to see where all this that you've set in motion will go!
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
I hope you had a very merry Christmas yourself, Kat <3 :D
Thank you for taking the time to help describe how you felt the chapter went, I'm very happy to hear your thoughts <3 X3
It's good to know that the characters each having "screen time" was received as a positive thing! :D (Ahahaha sorry about that reveal XD;;;;) SF has a lot of characters in it, so I really want to make sure I'm striking a proper balance.
I truly hope the next chapter is fun for you! XD
Kat 10th Jan 2017, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
Ahah don't apologize! The reveal was the best part of the chapter! (or not... I dunno... there were so many great parts of this chapter x'D). Making us all cry is a GOOD thing, it means we're all invested in your story :p
(Unless you do something super cruel... then you're just being mean to the poor readers x'D)
A lot of storytellers mess up when they have a lot of characters and focus so much on some that they forget about the others, but this chapter seemed pretty well balanced to me! :)
rufiangel 12th Jan 2017, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Aww Kat <333 I'm so happy to hear that! ;v;*** thankyewwww <333

I think there's a term for when readers get attached to characters that the writer/artist then suddenly flogs, resulting in rage. XD;; Uh, I think Evangelion was a popular perpetrator of that disservice. I can't quite recall the term for it though :'D Anywho, don't worry - I have been called a cruel mistress, sadistic and black-harted (misspelling intended XD) but I don't believe in torturing characters for the sake of it.

Torturing them for a good reason, on the other hand...... XDD
CiciEnixa 26th Dec 2016, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
There's so much setup and cliffhangers, I'm too excited for this, I love tournaments! XD *cheers for Kylie all the way* And I see Briar and Bradley get the box seat.

... I'm gonna have withdrawals for the next few weeks because of you, I hope you realize this, rufi XDDD But also know that all the risks you took this chapter have turned out super awesome and we hope to see more ;D You can do it and have a good break~
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, ME TOOO XD I likey me tourneys meself <3 XDD (hence why... LOL) and yes, the boys get their own top box, 'cause they be all important like that XD

Thankyew for being there practically every step of the way, muffin, SF would not be the same without you <3 *adds all the fluffy choco to this hug* :D <3

(As you know I have been sleeping ridiculous amounts on this break, it has been glorious XDD)
DLKmusic 30th Dec 2016, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
If I had to vote on which of the four fan arts I liked the best, I would be forced to abstain, because each and every one of them is Exceptional in it's own right. Kudos to all four of you!!!
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
Aww man DLK, that's how I always feel!!! XD; I'm so honoured and blessed by fanart ;v;*** and really all of them are exceptional, hehe <333
Vatere 31st Dec 2016, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
She is a main character, fingers crossed she would win.
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Hello Vatere! :D

Hehehe, not to worry, main characters have lots of plot armour XD though to be fair, that generally just means they don't die (too quickly anyway)... I can't say anything about 'winning'... ;)
Gladewalker 31st Dec 2016, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
Happy New Year! (Well... in my time)
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
<333 Happy new year, Gladewalker!! :D Your support on FB has been amazing, thank you so much for reading SF!! ;v;***
HeSerpenty 1st Jan 2017, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
What a way to finish a chapter! And congrats ON finishing a chapter! That is always an important feat <333
I love SF and I'll be sticking around for the long haul!
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, THANKYEW Serpy!!! ;v;*** Your support means so much to meeee *hugs tightly* <33 Definitely happy to have finished the chapter, whew! :'D
I'm SUPER happy to have you on board for the long-haul, ma'am! Though wow, it's gonna be a several-year-long voyage at the current rate... :'D I hope you packed plenty of bottles of your favourite alcoholic beverage XDDD
Gilrandir 3rd Jan 2017, 3:06 AM edit delete reply
So, I had a bit of inspiration and I posted it, but attached to a comic for which it seemed best suited. But, since I hunger for feedback and comment, I thought I'd post this notice here to let people know about it, since this is where the action currently is. You can search in page for "Daniel" to find it, if it isn't immediately obvious.
Lukkai 3rd Jan 2017, 4:14 AM edit delete reply
Not bad. Not bad at all!
Gilrandir 3rd Jan 2017, 4:32 AM edit delete reply
Thank you.
rufiangel 10th Jan 2017, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
I already letcha know what I thought on the comic page itself but just to reiterate - super stuff, Gil, yer a talented lyric-retooling fella! X3 <3