Comic 390 - Forward

23rd Oct 2015, 8:00 PM in Chapter Six
390 - Forward
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)
rufiangel 23rd Oct 2015, 8:00 PM edit delete
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And finally, Kylie regains use of her Lethiace. Surprise! Seems like not many people realised that was what the last page meant, hahaha. XD Kylie is casting something here that Seia cast on this page. She's charging her weapon with the ice element, which is what Seia did before he hit Ophelia with the Thousand Needles attack. Just some fun trivia for you~ XD;

Anyway, this seems like a good place to end the chapter but we still have some way to go, though we're definitely over the halfway mark. I hope you guys have been enjoying it so far, but we have some other crazy stuff coming up before it's done! :)

Thanks for being patient with today's double-page update taking some time. I have a steady connection again, though sometimes it ebbs and flows so please don't mind me if I don't keep up with comments for whatever reason. OTL;; I hope you guys have a great Friday, and a fantastic weekend to follow! I'll catch you lovely readers again on Monday! <3

rufiangel 26th Oct 2015, 7:24 PM edit delete
Hey guys, a notice regarding Monday's update: sorry, it's official, I'm taking a break from today's update. I'll hopefully be able to make up for today's missed update on a later date. Sorry!!

Reasons are multiple; for one thing, I've had boring legal stuff to do the past week or so (since I've been outside of HK), it's been a little trying adjusting to a different environment from my usual drawing desk for such an extended period of time, yada yada. But most of the reason is because I just haven't had the time to plan the rest of Chapter Six fluidly so I keep braking between pages with abrupt and jerky halts in order to hurriedly plan and thumbnail a few pages in advance. Normally, like I did with Chapter 4 and 5, I thumbnail around 30 to 50 pages in advance and work from that, but currently Chapter 6 is going off bursts of tiny amounts of planning without me being able to coast. This has honestly been one of the most stressful chapters I've had to work on purely because of this problem.

Anyway, so as to stop boring you guys with this long and detailed post about why I need to be a pansy and take a break, let me just state that I do apologise for not having a page up today but the break will hopefully ensure I won't take any more random breaks hereafter. Wish me luck for planning the rest of this chapter! And as always, thank you for your patience and understanding. :)
Headgamer 23rd Oct 2015, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
Yay! We have ice power back!
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
Yeahhhh! :D I was happy to get to this page finally so we could see her wielding it again - it's going to be important for later chapters (obviously XD) <3
MST3KFan 23rd Oct 2015, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
*cue Mega Man Get Item music*

"You've got...ICE POWER!"

Heh. That smile on Kylie's face in the last panel. XD
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
Ahahahaha XD that is apropos! lolol!

It's the first time in the entire comic Kylie smiles like that, I had fun drawing it~! :D
CiciEnixa 23rd Oct 2015, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
Oooooohhhhh yay Kylie you did it!!! *celebrates the return of Lethiace* Lookit that super happy proud smile, that's just too beautiful *wipes tear from eye*

This whole page is just aaaahhh <3 The memories flashing, the magicky Ice Breath... it's all so awesome! :D
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Yayyyy <3 :D Rare smile, get! Lolol, might be more of a common grin from hereonout depending <3

Thankyew so much Cici-muffin for all the encouragement and love and kind and encouraging words <333 *huggles* this page took a while to do so always good to know it works :'D
Lamelle 23rd Oct 2015, 8:28 PM edit delete reply
That last panel made me smile so much xD We got the powah! :3
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
Yayyy <3 :D thankyew Lamelle, I'm glad it made you smile! X3 She does indeed now have the powah XDD
Digi5 23rd Oct 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
I was thrilled with the double-page update, then I laughed out loud at the alt text. XD
Digi5 27th Oct 2015, 5:53 AM edit delete reply
*surprised and thrilled

Take as long as you need for a break! Like you said, this seems like a good place to end the chapter, and it is a good note, so it's not like you left us on a cliffhanger (like what happened with Seia... *cough, cough*).

...But whether this is the end of the chapter, and you take a week off, or just a great "mini-ending" in the story, and you need a few days in order to collect your thoughts... know that we are still your loyal readers and we will forever offer you loads of hugs and motivation. :3
mjkj 27th Oct 2015, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
...and choco, do not forget the choco... :)
Digi5 28th Oct 2015, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
...and elves?

Yes, choco. How could I forget? XD
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Lol! Thanks so much, Digi!! I really, really appreciate your comments and thoughts on the comic and the chapter :) *takes all the hugs and motivation <333*

There's a lot to still get done within this chapter, but we're over the halfway mark for sure - hopefully the rest will come out smoothly, thanks to the break. <3
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
I'm really happy you enjoyed the double-page update and the alt-text XD

Especially since this double-page ended up having to tide people over for the next two updates :'D lol sigh...
Jarvi 23rd Oct 2015, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Yay, power is back :D
No more freezing everything around ^^'
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Yesss <3 now she can freeze things with more accuracy ;D
Outlaw 23rd Oct 2015, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
*Que final fantasy fanfare music*

Awesome page. It's also super good to see Kylie smile again.
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
That is definitely appropriate! XD <3

Thanks muchas Outlaw, I appreciate it loads! :) I'm also happy to be able to draw a happy Kylie XD; <3
Seabiscuit 23rd Oct 2015, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Woah, double page! Amazing!~
Hopefully Madou is watching somewhere, being the lovable stalker he is~

Yaaaaayyyy! Kylies badassness went up like 50x!:D
Hahaha, Nemi's excitement cracks me up, too cute~ <3
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
Thankyew seamuffin <33 Yesh, he absolutely was/is XDDD he's Madou, after all... :'D

Super happy you find everything cute and dandy <333
Prayformercy 23rd Oct 2015, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
Kylie looks WAY too happy in the last panel. Not used to it. 0_0
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
LOL, yes, she really super happy for once! XD Rare Kylie smile~~
mjkj 24th Oct 2015, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
Wow, so cool indeed... (@alt text: oops XD)

...and taht grin... '^_^

rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
LOL, Mjkj, that was totally on purpose I know it! :'D

And yesh, Kylie's big happy grin ;D
Spellodello 24th Oct 2015, 1:37 AM edit delete reply
SHE'S SMILING! :D!!! Oh my gosh this is great! ...and Madou is still pooping around somewhere.(Not literal pooping I hope)

*v* Ahhhhhhhh~
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Well, everyone needs to literally poop somewhere.... :'D

And yessss she's smiling and yay! :D <3 Thankyew Spellu, so happy you find it great <3 X3 <33
TheMentalist 24th Oct 2015, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
That grin just screams trouble. Seriously, Madou, run. Somebody at the pool ordered a giant sized ice cube, and Kylie's taken the job.
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Madou can run, but can he hide...? ;D
KAM 24th Oct 2015, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Cool isn't a terrible pun. Now if she had said "Ice job!" that would be terrible. ;-)
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
KAM, those are both terrible, so now go put 10 Goldras in the pun jar XD
kelverse 24th Oct 2015, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
Oh man Kylie's so cool in that last panel <3
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Ehehehe, yay <333 so glad you find her so Rinkel-cupcake <333
kelverse 31st Oct 2015, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
:OOOOOOO I've recieved the -cupcake honorific, I feel so honored....
Crestlinger 24th Oct 2015, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
Somewhere Ophelia just felt a cold chill run down her spine....
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
You mean when she's not feeling Seia haunting the daylights out of her? XD
Lukkai 24th Oct 2015, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
Alternate text last panel:
"And now I'm going to kill you all."
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
I could GIF that thing so the shine fades from her eyes, the shading gets all 'flashlight-from-under-the-chin' and the colours all change to crimson shades to accommodate that ;D
Lukkai 31st Oct 2015, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
That would be all kinds of awesome! :D

And kinda appropriate, seeing it's Halloween and such. (You wouldn't have believed the amount of more or less Halloween themed cosplayers we've seen in the city this evening. Especially but not only around Shibuya. Heck, we went for a beer after dinner and the two blokes serving at the bar were dressed one as a member of the Survey Corps from Shingeki no Kyojin, the other as Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service.)
Matt Knab 24th Oct 2015, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Ehehehe <333
*cheers together* :D
Chris the Blue 26th Oct 2015, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
Dammit, Nemi, why? Why?
Why would you say that?
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Because she be a cool cat.


TheD-Wrek 26th Oct 2015, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
That Kylie smile... Confidence +10! :3
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Yep! It's a permanent stat boost! :D <3
Slim Kittens 26th Oct 2015, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
Slim Kittens
We have lift-off.
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Some things are definitely changing hereonout! Though... whether things are going to look up or down, can't say ;)
mjkj 26th Oct 2015, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Waaaahhh :'( *cries*

No update... *sniffs*

Ok, seriously now: Rufi take care of yourself and if you need the break then enjoy it *hugs*

See you next update then :) ;)

PS: Good luck for your plannings...

rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
*hugs* Thankyew Mjkj, I really appreciate it! <3 You are the best <33

I think I managed to use the time to plan things out properly for the most part. I might consider taking proper time to plan Chapter Seven out after Chapter Six is over - not going to take my chances again >_>a
HeSerpenty 28th Oct 2015, 3:57 AM edit delete reply
Wow such a significant moment for Kylie! For the first time she's able to just accept what had happened and move forward... I look forward to how she's going to grow from this moment on!! As if she wasn't ALREADY threatening enough ;P
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
Thank you Serpy!! <3 :D

She's definitely moving forward or at least trying to from now on, which is a plus for her growth rate yesh :D <33

Now her killer stare won't just feel icy... it'll be literally icy ;D
Lukkai 28th Oct 2015, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
Well, better take a break now to thoroughly plan things through than having to do so mid-chapter. Seriously.
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
L-Lukkai :'D *sobs* I-I'm so sorryyyyy I'll try not to do it againn!!!
Lukkai 31st Oct 2015, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
No need to be sorry. It was meant as an encouragement!

Of course that should not stop you from trying to not do it again. ;)
But if you're going to do it, doing so at a point where there's not a lot of suspense or action going on yet, where it's relatively calm is certainly better than creating some cliffhanger of the worst kind. That's what I meant.
dawndemonica 29th Oct 2015, 12:34 AM edit delete reply
Sounds like you could use a 2 week break from posting comics. take that time to make more and give yourself a buffer. as long as you let your readers know what's happening i'm sure they will support you.
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Thank you dawndemonica :) honestly if I took 2 weeks off, I'm not sure I'd have used it fruitfully enough - I always get so rusty after long breaks, too! @_@

But for sure I'll keep in mind that letting readers know what's happening is important. Hopefully this week hasn't been too much of radio silence >_< I know not everyone sees SF's Twitter or FB feed!
Seabiscuit 30th Oct 2015, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
Yes, take a break and enjoy it! You work so hard, you deserve it :D
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Geez seamuffin, you so sweet <3 *hugs super hard* ;3;* Thankyewww!! It's 'cause of supportive friends like you I can keep goingggg
Outlaw 30th Oct 2015, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
Take as long as you need, my friend.
A comic of this caliber is worth being a little patient.
rufiangel 31st Oct 2015, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
G-gosh Outlaw, that's so super nice of you to say!! ;A;* Thankyew always for being so kind and supportive, you're awesome!!
Nef 6th Nov 2015, 3:15 AM edit delete reply
Last panel is the best. I love it because it means so much after all the heartbreak to see her overcome, even if her joy is only at casting a spell.
rufiangel 6th Nov 2015, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
<3 Thankyew Nef, I'm really glad you enjoyed this update! :) It was an important milestone to hit in the comic so I'm happy that last panel hit home <333
Sanluris 28th Nov 2015, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
Kylie leveled up and gained a new skill!
Damatris 10th Jun 2016, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
Mel Cormac 30th Aug 2016, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
rufiangel 31st Aug 2016, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE XDD *glomp-tackles* <333

Now you know I'm never letting go, right? Lolol XD <333
Bizkit 16th Aug 2018, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
I see a twinge of bragging in Kylie's smile. XD