Comic 437 - Black Mage Division

11th May 2016, 6:00 PM in Chapter Seven
437 - Black Mage Division
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
rufiangel 11th May 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Wednesday, folks! :)

This is the last evaluation of our party! And Madou is... well, Madou. Ellis is confounded.

Okay gotta rush off, see you guys on Friday Flare!

rufiangel 13th May 2016, 9:33 PM edit delete
rufiangel 15th May 2016, 9:37 PM edit delete
Hey guys! I think every couple of weeks I just can't seem to keep up on this schedule of mine. I'm sorry! But tomorrow's page won't go up on time, for sure. I'm just too tired, it was an extremely packed week and if I try to gun for tomorrow's update, I think I'll manage but also hate my life so I won't XD;; I mean, it's 9:30pm right now and all I have done is the rough sketch so... uh... let's see how far I get tonight and hopefully I'll have an ETA tomorrow. (You can see a WIP on the latest FB post as of writing this. :'D)

I do apologise as I honestly prize punctuality with the strip updates quite a bit, but... yeah. I don't know, I'm kinda wondering if I need to revise my update schedule a little. Not the twice-a-week thing, more like picking which days I update. Or maybe I just need to do 1 update for one week and 3 the next every once in a while. If you guys have any thoughts, I'm open to them!

Thanks always for your understanding, dear readers. ;_;*
Matt Knab 11th May 2016, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Haha, awesome. Exploring the intricacy of the mundane.
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
Gosh Matt, that really makes it sound so poetic! XD <3

Yes, all the beauty in going grocery shopping, or in the way sunlight hits a dust mote. <3 XD
Azul 11th May 2016, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
silly Ellis the Answer is Both! There is a fine line between stupidity and genius. Madou's thinking is so outside the box it counts as both!

P.S. I love Madou
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Hi Azul! XD I'm always happy to find more fans of Madou! <3

Ellis probably does decide, in the end, that the answer (if there is one) is somewhere in-between XDD
KAM 11th May 2016, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
I don't suppose Archaiea has an equivalent to the term "Cloud Cuckoolander"? ;-)
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
I had to Google that to find out what it was! XD;; How about we say Madou sets the standard for years to come? lol XD (assuming Archaeia doesn't get destroyed in the course of this tale, lulz)
Alicia the Bard 11th May 2016, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
Alicia the Bard
You've done it again! XD
I love Madou!
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
<333 Yay, Alicia! X3 I'm happy you doooo <333
Digi5 11th May 2016, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
Those first 2 panels reminded me that Madou can read an ancient language! The research papers of Alphonse he handed Cain at the end of Chapter 5 (pg 339) is some proof.

Yep, that sounds like Madou alright! :P

I see that Ellis has a tail. But no ears. Did he get his ears chopped off?! D: ...Or perhaps tried to experiment with a magical spell that rebounded in a unexpected way? O.O
dawndemonica 11th May 2016, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
possibly a halfbreed, he has human ears.
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
@dawndemonica: That would be because he *is* human! XDD But I'm so sorry for the confusion :'D
Kat 12th May 2016, 1:26 AM edit delete reply
No hahaha that's not a tail that's just Ellis' head from the panel below... it DOES look kind of like a tail though xD
mjkj 12th May 2016, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
Indeed, it really does look like a tail, Kat...

(...although you also see his collar just beneath it)

Lukkai 16th May 2016, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
I didn't even realise it could be seen as a tail until reading these comments.
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: I'm not sure when you saw the page, but you might have seen it after I edited it a little. XD; I added a white outline around Ellis (he used to only have a multiply outer glow) and then added extra multiply shade layers to panels 3 and 4, darkening Ellis's head so it would cause the middle-Ellis to pop more. It should have reduced the confusion considerably afterwards XD;;
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
@Mjkj: Admittedly the collar isn't too visible XD
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
@Kat: Thank you for the clarification XDD once I saw the 'tail' it was hard to unsee it, too! lolol
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
Ah, that language would be Jihan! :) It's actually the language all mages in general (though especially black mages) are familiar with, as it's what they use to cast. Cain is able to read it, too. :) It *is* an old language, but Ancient Jihan is from before the First Aquafall and predates modern Jihan by far, so only really hardcore scholars tend to know it. *this extra trivia brought to you by rambly rufi XD*

When I read your comment the first time I was so confused, but once I saw the 'tail', I laughed till I cried XDDD I'm so sorry for the confusion! Ellis is a human, and that 'tail' was his head in the third panel, actually! XD;;; Though your theories are pretty cool and made me wish I'd thought of that, first :'D <3
azureXtwilight 11th May 2016, 8:34 PM edit delete reply

Also madou is my favorite character hands down.
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
I'm so sorry Azure for the disappointing answer that Ellis is HOO-MAN XDD;;;; :'D sorry for the confusion!

Madou does seem to be getting lots of love XD;;; <3
mjkj 11th May 2016, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Wow, maddie, do you need to aggravate everybody? =P

(poor Ellis...)

indeed @alt text ;)

rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
It's what he does for fun XD

And Ellis can handle it, don't worry XDD
mjkj 20th May 2016, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
Good to hear :D
Chris the Blue 11th May 2016, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
I seriously want to give Madou the biggest high-five right now.
He is my fav. It's weird, though, because he's the newest member of the party.
You're pretty good at introducing new characters. When Nemi first came around, I liked her a lot, too. Same for when Mikey joined the party.
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
omg Chris what did you do to your avatar :'D lolol

And awww, thank you! <33 ;3;* I'm really pleased to hear that you like the new characters as they come! Thanks for being so encouraging <333 ;3;* <3 Hopefully you guys'll like Kylie's brother, too :'D <3
mjkj 20th May 2016, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
<quote> Hopefully you guys'll like Kylie's brother, too :'D <3 </quote>

That depends how he will turn out - if he is abel-like I doubt that - if he is more like Cain or Kylie or Mike then yes...

(I do not think being like Nemi would suit him, though...)

rufiangel 20th May 2016, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Kylie's brother is himself, he's not like anyone XD
TheD-Wrek 11th May 2016, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
The Adventures of Madou~


Make it happen. X)
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
A spin-off that may cost me my sanity, D-bruh XD lolol!
CiciEnixa 11th May 2016, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
Only Madou would go through the trouble of making some kind of elaborate research on magical replication in the hopes of getting all the Kori wheat biscuits he wants. Now that I think about it... was he actually that upset when he couldn't get Kori wheat biscuits back then that he went through this trouble? XDDD

Ah, Ellis, you have your work cut out for you XD Also... am I right to assume that he is Human, and that thing that looks like a tail is... actually his head for the left panel? XDDD
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Madou most certainly did care quite a bit, he really wanted those biscuits dangit! XD lolol, this is the sort of thing he'd go through the trouble for... :'D

And you are correct, yes and yes, and I'm a dork for not noticing how the layout could be construed differently XDDD (Thanks for affirming the fix <3)
mjkj 20th May 2016, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, Cici, he was really disappointed he did not get them...

...see page 128...
MST3KFan 11th May 2016, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Madou be Madou, whatcha gonna do?

I love how confounded the poor guy is that has to test him.

Best to just pass him with an "A+" at this point. XD
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
'Madou be Madou' does sound like a good shirt idea! XD

Ellis does eventually award him with an appropriate level XD lolol <3 (It probably won't get revealed for a while, though...)
Seabiscuit 11th May 2016, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
Aw yeah, I'm so glad we got to see Madous exam! I love the panel setup here :D
HAHAHA! Omg... Madou is SUCH a troll. :D :D
This poor examiner guy hahahaha, he looks so freaked out!
50/10 I laughed so hard~~ :D
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
<333 Thank you seamuffin! X3 <333 *takes the 50/10 and puts it on my wall* XD <333 Whenever I make Madou-centric strips, I always think of you and hope you'll enjoy them, ahahaha! <333
Zane 12th May 2016, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
So instead of a muffin button he has a biscuit spell... Awesome
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
Zane, I had to look up what a muffin button was and LOL XD

Madou only wrote up the theory, sadly he hasn't tried putting it into practice yet... if his idea is flawed anywhere, he'll either create biscuit-shaped craters everywhere or drown the world in biscuits so the WG needs to check his theory is sound first XDDD
Allzephyr 12th May 2016, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
I guess those earrings are just part of the black mage look?
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
Zephy <3

Yep, earrings are super common with black mages, they tend to be the Intelligence stat boosters alongside mana increases and whatnot~~ though of course other things can do that too, earrings are just most convenient. <3
Visvires 12th May 2016, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
There was a fine line between genius and insanity. Then Madou grabbed a damp rag and went to work.
Lukkai 15th May 2016, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
By now he's declared it a country and named himself its king.
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: now, that is a terrifying thought, though... I'm kinda feeling inspired to art that XD
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
Ahahahaha Visvires XDDD that sounds pretty accurate to me! :'D <3
Slim Kittens 12th May 2016, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Slim Kittens
Nobody likes a showoff, Madou.
Just_IDD 12th May 2016, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
That's just it. There things are so inane that he can't even be thought to be showing off. Think about it, scooping up the mage exams would be a good way to find cutting edge technology & ideas. Madau is proving his knowledge in such a way that nothing he is providing can really come back to him or anyone in his party.
Lukkai 15th May 2016, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
It's pretty brilliant, once you think about it.
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
@Lukkai&Just_IDD: awww, much faith in Madou! <333
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 12:20 PM edit delete reply
@Slim Kittens: I think he finds enjoyment in causing headaches induced by unnecessary brilliance XD
Jarvi 12th May 2016, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
Omfg xD Poor poor wizard examinator dealing with Madou's constant trolling xD <pats him comfortingly>

Hahah and what other people noticed - that head caught me off guard too, and I also thought it was a tail XD <3
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
*Ellis hugs blue elfy man and indulges in the comforting pats* XD

Dangit, I'm so sorry XDD I seriously did not notice how it could be seen like that 'till I saw the comments XDD
Crestlinger 12th May 2016, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
Careful with that second one. The weak willed among the audience who read it will have itchy noses.
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
Oh boy, Cresty XDDD to think Madou could affect people in another universe through a monitor screen... :'D *is slightly terrified*
Nef 12th May 2016, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
OK, I have an itchy nose now! Thank you very much...
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
*scratches Nef's nose*
kelverse 13th May 2016, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
Oh Madou <3
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
Rinkel that's such a lovely avatar *^*

And awww XD <3 much love for Madou this page lolol! XD
kelverse 21st May 2016, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
Ah thanks! One of my friends drew it for me actually, we both wanted new ones but didn't like our own ideas so we did an art trade ^u^ I really love her work it's so dang gorgeous
rufiangel 23rd May 2016, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
Awww <333 that sounds lovely X3 and her art really is gorgeous! Do you mind showing me what you did for her, out of curiousity? X3
mjkj 14th May 2016, 3:52 AM edit delete reply
@friday flare: Poor Nemi *hugs her* I guess the exception was Mike...
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
Lolol why poor Nemi?? XD She's just stating her opinion!

And maaaaybe XD
HeSerpenty 14th May 2016, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
I love Madou more and more the more I see him <3333
I'm gonna go with stupidly brilliant! :D
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
Lolol Serpy-kins, I'm so glad to know you're liking him more and more! XD He's such an oddball, that one...

He's probably a bit of both, if not all of both XD;;;
Lukkai 15th May 2016, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
Madou doing what he does best. Trolling people. :D
And at the same time proving his skill while not giving anyone looking at the tests a real edge by copying his work. Brilliant.

Also I love how our evaluator seems to have gotten hand-me-downs that are a bit too big for him.

Re Flare: Ah, interesting. I did wonder about that.
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
I'm not sure how intentional Madou is about what he does, he honestly writes himself and I just go with it XDDD

Ellis has a pretty good coat on, the stat boosts on that are insane <3 XD
mjkj 16th May 2016, 6:12 PM edit delete reply
Re: late update: *hugs Rufi* Do not worry, try out whatever works for you and let us know the outcome...

...we will be here and support you... *hugs*

rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
Thank you, Mjkj X3 <3 I'm really thankful for your constant support, I hope you know! <33
Miss Indecision 17th May 2016, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
Maybe it would help if you only updated once a week for sometime while you make other comics in advance, that way over time you wouldn't have to stress about doing comics last minute and you could take some time to relax since you would have a good amount of comics already done.
mjkj 17th May 2016, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Sounds good to me...

Building up a buffer. Though that would mean tapastic will catch up earlier...

If you like it, Rufi, try it... *hugs* ♡♡♡

rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
@Mjkj: Honestly, the faster Tapastic catches up, the better :'D
Kat 18th May 2016, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
I agree; I think building a buffer and being a few pages ahead of the actual update is a good idea. That way if one day you don't have time to finish a page, you don't have to panic because it's already done (as long as you don't do that too often and let your buffer run out)
And yeah, if you need to, maybe take a few weeks off just to work on a buffer and not worry about updating. We'll still be around whenever you're ready :)
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
@Kat: Awww, thank you, Kat! X3 Yes, a buffer sounds like a reasonably good idea... I shall sit on it for a bit and figure out what the best way to do this is...
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
Hellu Miss Indecision! <3

That sounds like an idea! I'll sit on that and see what my schedule is like in the coming few weeks, and see if it's feasible! >3<*)/
dawndemonica 18th May 2016, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
Tuesday/Friday updates seem to work for other artists so perhaps it would work for you too.
Just_IDD 19th May 2016, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
Or if you prefer to work over the weekend some, you can also think about Monday/Thursday or Monday/Friday. the first would let you alternate 3 or 4 days between updates. Any desire you have to create can be applied to the next update, and once that is ready, you can move to sketching in the next one. That way your buffer builds itself.

Another artist I know likes to rough in a bunch at once and then ink them as they are needed. It all depends on how your workflow works best. Moderate your workflow and the timing will take care of itself. I wouldn't think of changing the timing back until the buffer reaches enough for 3 mini-vacations. That way you can take one of those as a reward and have 2 for actual use.
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
@Just_IDD: I usually have a half-page buffer, and tend to sketch out 3 pages in advance based on thumbnails I've already done to the end of the chapter. :) Thank you for your suggestions! I might have to do some test runs for a month each to see what works best! >3<

3 pages of buffer sounds like a lovely dream at the moment XDDD but perhaps I could make it happen?? We'll see! <3 Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts <3
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
Hi dawndemonica! Hmm, Tuesday/Friday updates, huh... that might work, actually! Thanks for the idea :) I'll sit on this just a bit longer...!
Outlaw 20th May 2016, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
I'd say it's a little bit of both, Kid...

Madou is just Madou.

Keep up the fantastic work, my friend. Can't wait for the next page.
rufiangel 20th May 2016, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
'Kid', huh? XD Well, Ellis is rather short...

Thank you so much Outlaw!! *hugs* <3 ;3;* You're always so encouraging, and kind, and spiffy!!
Damatris 10th Jun 2016, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
Ahahaaa! Both and neither. xD
CraftyNessi33 12th Jun 2016, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
We all need a Madou in our lives!! XDDDD
Madou fan 2nd Jun 2017, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
I had a little bit of a crush on him before this page and um now I have a bit more of a crush x///_///x
Also, I really want a wheat biscuit now. x__x
rufiangel 5th Jun 2017, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
My oh my, a Madou fan?? XD Thank you for reading, I'm very glad you're enjoying Madou so far XDD (though I am worried too XDDD lolol)

I'm sure if you can grab a fresh biscuit somewhere, it'll be close -v-*
rufiangel 5th Jun 2017, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
Please feel free to enlighten me, dear XD;
Loose Cog 3rd May 2020, 3:25 PM edit delete reply
Still my favorite page.
rufiangel 8th May 2020, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Aww thank you! <3 I personally really enjoyed doing this page myself XD