Comic 367 - A half-hearted listener

24th Aug 2015, 3:00 PM in Chapter Six
367 - A half-hearted listener
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)
rufiangel 24th Aug 2015, 3:00 PM edit delete
Hey guys, happy Monday! :)

Sooo... I happen to be having some issues with my right arm/shoulder recently. It's never been great to begin with (I hardly exercise) but I've had a half-flu for the past three weeks. For weeks now all of my muscles have been aching, but I woke up on Saturday morning from excruciating pains in my right shoulder. I ended up taking a muscle relaxant to stop the pain from causing migraines on top of agonising cramps in my shoulder, neck and upper back.

Most of my time is spent hunched in front of a computer screen so this is hardly surprising, but it's the first time the pain has woken me from sleep. I took a break from my tablet for over 24 hours before I went back into drawing today's update, and I managed to finish drawing without causing any serious problems. As I type this, however, I can feel soreness and mild cramps begin to creep their way back up my shoulder, so I don't know... this is more of a long-term issue than a short-term fix, it feels like. Anyway, if I miss any updates this week, I'll be sure to post about it, and I hope this post itself will adequately explain why.


Kurumi is a paralysed kitty my sister rescued, and she is collecting funds for Kurumi's rehab and homing situation - you can click this link for details. If you could help spread the word, that would be the most helpful thing. Thank you!

That's it from me for now. Hopefully I'll see you guys on Wednesday!

TheD-Wrek 24th Aug 2015, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
AW. I think I've got some solutions for shoulder. We'll talk later. ;)

But yeah, this Madou guy... Thousand Years of death for him! *pushes Cain to do it*
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
Thanks D~! :) I really appreciate the concern for my shoulder XD <3

Madou definitely deserves lots and lots of prodding XDDD
mjkj 24th Aug 2015, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
Oh, poor Cain...

I hope she returns soon and can help him...

Oh, Maddie, alas so cryptic...

Awww, Rufi, get well soon - and take care of yourself *hugs*

PS: @alt text: yeah, he is a bad lier...

rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
Yes, Madou likes to be cryptic, doesn't he? XD;

Thank you Mjkj! :) I really appreciate the concern~~

Cain's Bluff is pretty low, I think. Though it might depending on what the subject at hand is...
Matt Knab 24th Aug 2015, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
How long does it take you to pick out an icon for every one of his word balloons? ;D
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 5:56 PM edit delete reply
Gosh, it depends, Matt XD sometimes it's pretty quick (this page went fairly smoothly) but sometimes it takes foreverrrrrr :'D

All depends on how close my mindset is at the time to Madou's... which is a scary thought, I know XDDD
Chris the Blue 24th Aug 2015, 5:56 PM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
That sounds really sucky. I hope your arm heals up soon.
I think that you probably should take a break from the comic for awhile. Health is always number one, and all that.
Digi5 24th Aug 2015, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
I agree. I hope you feel better soon; maybe you should take a break.

That alt text is true. XP
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
;3;* <3 Thankyew Digi! I might take one and not build a buffer for while I'm out of town, we'll see~~ >.< Honestly, I'd rather not take a break, but it might be better in the long-run so I'll definitely consider it :)

And yes, Cain is just... you know, Cain. XD
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
;3; Thank you Karda~! I appreciate your concern! I think my arm is doing better lately :D

I think I might miss one update next Monday, we'll see~ if possible, I'll try not to miss it, just because I hate missing updates. But if my arm acts up while I'm trying to powerhouse my way through building buffer, I might just take a break ^^;;

*hug* Thankyew :3
Chris the Blue 26th Aug 2015, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
*hugs back*
MST3KFan 24th Aug 2015, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
I get the feeling Madou figures Kylie will push things forward with what Cain is going through right now real soon.

On your shoulder pain... I had severe shoulder pains actually from hunching over working on my comic pages at the computer a few weeks ago that lasted a while. Sometimes I never even noticed it until I woke up from sleep and the area where my arm meets the shoulder would hurt like I sprained it hardcore.
I'd recommend a heating pad maybe and some various other joint pain remedies if possible and go easy on it. Hopefully, it will go away within a short time.
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, it's hard to fathom what goes through that Madou's brain XD but that is a reasonable guess!

Gosh, that does sound a lot like my shoulder pain. It's definitely related to not moving it a lot, it would seem. I'll try heating pads if it gets bad again. I did put some heating gel on it and it did help a little, last weekend.

It hasn't acted up since, so hopefully it's on the mend! :) Thanks for sharing, it does help to know other people in the same trade have gone through this sorta thing too~~
Your sister 24th Aug 2015, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Come to Seouk and live with me and I shall be your assistant! Get treatment here while you're at it!
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
Hahaha unni <3 X3 <333 love youuu~~~
Allzephyr 24th Aug 2015, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
Rufi, nice to hear that you're going better. Next item of business: Go see a doctor already! I don't really think this kind of stuff is normal! See, even Cain is hurting for you.
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
Aww Allzephyr, thank you <3 :D yes, I am definitely feeling better! And yes sir. I did go to a doctor yesterday and I was diagnosed with bad tonsillitis, which explains all the constant fevers and flu symptoms; I'm now on antibiotics, so hopefully it'll heal in a week or so! >_> Thanks for your concern! *hug* <3
Lukkai 27th Aug 2015, 4:55 AM edit delete reply
Sheesh, no wonder!

Hope that gets better soon.

Edit: And before I forget it: Something like will definitely tend to make any slight muscle problems you have worse. At the least make the pain worse and more noticeable.
Headgamer 25th Aug 2015, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
I hope you feel better. Are you putting heat on it? :(
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
My shoulder does feel better! :) Thank you Headgamer~ <3 I did put some heating gel on it last weekend, and it did help a little bit. I'll definitely do that again if it starts acting up again. <3 Thanks for your concern X3
Seabiscuit 25th Aug 2015, 2:59 AM edit delete reply
Hahah, a half hearted listener...Oh, Madou.
Kylie, get yer ass in here and start demanding answers!

Woah!! That serious Madou look in the last panel. That's...O:
That's unique! He looks grand serious also~

Whhhhh I'm sorry to hear about your arm, that's awful!;~;
For you to still draw all this while having problems, gosh...!
Don't push yourself, take a break as long as you need, no one would mind, your health is more important!;~;
mjkj 25th Aug 2015, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
That's right, he wants people hanging on his every word XD lolol~! And yes, that serious Madou is a rare Pokemon indeed >.>

And psh, this shoulder is nothing compared to stuff you've been going through health-wise, doncha worry! ;3;* *hugs seamuffin* You're an inspiration to us all, updating even going through what you are <33

But yes, I am indeed making sure I rest up and I'm trying not to overdo it. I slept an awful lot the past few days :'D

Thanks so much for your concern dear, I really appreciate it <3 *hug* you're so sweet <33
Lukkai 25th Aug 2015, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
Hm... I've had occasional shoulder problems in the past, especially when I started training handball again after a break.

What helped me along where sports gels, hot baths (especially with the right essences added), additional magnesium by way of pills or a kind of sherbet, massages.
And most of all, even though it hurt in the beginning: Frequent and ample movement of the arm. Slow, wide circling moves that is with short stretching stints in between.

That is if your pain stems from frequently holding the same and possibly bad position for a long time and a rather untrained arm, especially the latter should help some.
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
*takes notes* XD; Thankew so much Lukkai for your advice and concern~~ you're right, I should make more use of my shoulder muscles than I do now. Lack of exercise is a constant issue for me, so I really need to consciously make the effort to move. I'm too lazy >_< I'll try to make that effort - after these pains, I'm pretty sure I need to!
kelverse 25th Aug 2015, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
Aw, I'm sorry to hear that Rufi. If you ever need help with anything I'll do what I can <3

Anyway: Madouuuuu I really don't like youuuuuuu get away from my precious cinnamon roll
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
Awww Rinkel!! ;3;* *hugggu* <333 you're so sweet to offer, thankyewww!! X3

Doncha worry though, for now my shoulder has been pretty good :) at least, it hasn't acted up since Saturday~~

And lolol I just imagined Madou grinning at you and making spirit-fingers-gestures at Cain behind his back XD lolol <3
kelverse 26th Aug 2015, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Madou better watch it =__=)/ I'm totes ready to smack him around if I need to.
crestlinger 25th Aug 2015, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
Its like mentioning her name calls to mind the fortune she had given Cain about his chain pain gain.
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
XD That's an interesting correlation to draw! Cain's Chain Pain Gain sounds like the name of a bar or something, too XD
Lukkai 27th Aug 2015, 5:02 AM edit delete reply
Nah, of an Indie band! :D
Jarvi 25th Aug 2015, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
Time to do something about those chains! :)
(Liiike take off his shirt and make him do a sexy chainy danc... I mean get him help!)
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
XDDD LOL Saari-nii!!! Welp, getting all kinds of images in my mind now that are making me blush, what have you done XDDD

Cain: Rufi noooo ///_///;;;;
HeSerpenty 26th Aug 2015, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
Rufii I'm sorry to hear about your shoulder!!! Girl you could very well have overworked yourself big time QAQ
Make sure to take care of yourself!!!

But this page is gorgeous!! Poor Caain!! I wonder if the pain will get to the point where its unbearable D:
NOT CAIN! I wonder if Madou will really be able to help him. And by Madou I really mean the person that can actually do something XD. Wow I coulda avoided saying ALL of that lolol. MY POINT IS MADOU WAS THE ONE TO HAVE THE SOLUTION XDD
rufiangel 26th Aug 2015, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
Lol Serpy, no worries! I haven't over-worked myself, I'm pretty sure! I'm just down from this tonsillitis thing - I should've gotten it diagnosed ages ago, but I was so convinced it wasn't a big deal... much to my detriment :'D

Thankyew for your kind words about the page X3 <3 the chains are supposed to tighten over time, worse than before, so... it's possible it might get unbearably, at which point it's hard to say what Cain will have to do to get by. We'll see~~~ ;)

And ahahahahaha re: Madou, we'll seeeeeee ;D

*hugs Serpy-kins* <3 thankyew dear for your concern, always~~ X3 I appreciate it <33
Nef 27th Aug 2015, 2:07 AM edit delete reply
Darned body parts! I have back and neck problems, originally from a car accident I had when I was young and ignorant (I am only one of the two now). It has gotten better over time, but it has had some very incapacitating episodes, which fortunately have been reducing in frequency as I've grown stronger and more careful of how I do things. Gaining weight has been a recurring problem too, (but I can always start working out tomorrow, right?).

I hope you and your shoulder the best, and not just for the selfish reason of me enjoying your talent (although that does play a part).
rufiangel 27th Aug 2015, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
Awww, thank you Nef! X3 I appreciate the sympathy and concern!!

Yes, darned body parts indeed. I'm sorry to hear about your accident causing problems down the line, though glad to know episodes have been reducing in frequency. Healing is a process! >_<)/
LigerLychan 30th Aug 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
ummm, just wondering... in panle 6 was madou always that smexy? or am i just later to the party?
CiciEnixa 7th Sep 2015, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
Part of me wonders how closely Madou knows Zinala's daughter. It's probably not as close as I'm imagining, but I just can't help it XD And yes, Cain, stop pretending. You're not fooling anyone with your adorable babu-face of pain.
Guest 17th Sep 2015, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
Ugh, the flu sucks! I've had it for weeks now. I hope you're feeling better! Your shoulder and arm too. Take care!