Comic 473 - I'm not

24th Nov 2016, 6:00 PM in Chapter Seven
473 - I'm not
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)
rufiangel 24th Nov 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Hey everyone, happy Thursday! :) I hope you guys enjoy the double-page update today <3 With any luck, the next update will go up as per regular schedule on Monday. I'll try my best!

By the way, SF got a super cute couple of cameos from KAM, the lovely guy behind KAMics - right here we see one of his characters dressed as a certain knight <333 (alongside some very familiar blacksmith garb ;D) and he added some bonus companion fanart that tickles me so XD <33 Thank you so much KAM, these are great!!! :D

Aaand I finally got around to prepping an announcement for winter mugs, so here we go:

SF Winter Mugs


Remember this from last year? They weren't on sale but were part of a giveaway. This year, though, I'm taking pre-orders! Do you want an SF winter-themed mug? ♥ I've also got a new design this year:


After I did the giveaway last year, I surprisingly received several requests for the mugs to be re-printed and sold normally, so I thought I'd do that <3 I don't know if I can print both designs but I'll try, depending on what the survey results are like. :)

Free shipping will be my Christmas present to you <3 So if you are interested in purchasing a mug and live very far away, THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO GET ONE! XD

The base cost will be around 7.25 USD per mug at the minimum level of mugs printed. These are 11oz size mugs with a choice of colour inside the mug.

So please take the survey if you're interested! You can still take the survey if you're in the camp of 'I have no monies, but if I did have monies I'd get one!' - just tick that box when you do~ (It will still count some towards my printing decisions, since that means it'd make a more popular giveaway item ;D) Once the survey is over, I'll email the people who are interested with payment details.

The survey will run until the 30th of November~ Thank you! :D

See you guys over the weekend with another Friday Flare <3

MST3KFan 24th Nov 2016, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Shipping confirmed between Nemi and Mike! What would that be again?

Mimi? Neke? XP

And trapped in a cell with no weapons and bad guy ready to attack...gotta figure something will help them out of this jam.
mjkj 24th Nov 2016, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
As far as I remember it was NeMikey or something along that line... ;)
Headgamer 25th Nov 2016, 1:15 AM edit delete reply
Madou to the rescue?
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
@Headgamer: Summoning that Madou again! XD
Kat 25th Nov 2016, 1:16 AM edit delete reply
I think NeMike would work
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
@MST3K: Yep, trapped in a cell with no weapons is definitely not the most advantageous of circumstances, yep. :'D Well, at least they still have their gear on. Let's hope they figure something out!
mjkj 24th Nov 2016, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Awwww... poor Nemi...

at least jinnie is more courteous to her - oh, it seems he is getting a glimpse of what Mike is feeling for her? (or at least he thinks he does...) =P

Awwwww... cute blushing Nemi is so cuuutteee <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Well, nadine - I guess the tables will turn quite soon on you... (at least I hope so...)

Awwww... Do not worry, Rufi... *hugs* <3 ...we will be here waiting and f5-ing... ;)

Yayyy for mugs...!!! =) <3 ME, ME, count me in =D *gets mugged by the mugs*

rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
It's an awkward situation all around XD;

Nemi and Jinn!Michael are in a bit of a scrape here. We'll see how it goes... :'D

And thanks so much for your interest in mugs, please don't get mugged by them though >___> that's not covered under my insurance plan
mjkj 28th Nov 2016, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
*lol* I will try - and hope the mugs will behave in their new home... <3
azureXtwilight 24th Nov 2016, 8:40 PM edit delete reply



rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
Ahahahahahaha Azure-rin XD <3

Much tsun is happening, yep XD we'll see about the dere dere...
KAM 24th Nov 2016, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
Looks like there's gonna be an energy charge, so I hope that's a battery cell. ;-)

*gets zapped for pun*
Lukkai 26th Nov 2016, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
Having followed the particular links to your stuff: The wonders of female fantasy armour? ;)
KAM 26th Nov 2016, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Glad you liked it! :-)
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
@KAM: Now now, KAM, they'd have to be running low for that to be a good thing; I'd say they're not gonna be able to run anywhere at the moment. ;D

And thankyew once again for the fun cameos and lovely fanart! <3
CiciEnixa 24th Nov 2016, 10:19 PM edit delete reply
Oh God, you have no idea how hard I started laughing at Jinn's reaction XD And how incredibly painful that must be for poor Nadine (he's nadine, yesh?)
mjkj 25th Nov 2016, 5:56 PM edit delete reply
according to alt text, yes.
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
Yep, he is Nadine! :) He probably won't introduce himself to Nemi or Michael though, so you'll have to take it from me and the inferences from Chapter Four. XD;

I am pleased that Jinn's reaction pleased you despite how crushing it was for Nadine's brittle ego, hyohyohyo XDD
Slim Kittens 24th Nov 2016, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Slim Kittens
Nemi in panel 4 is priceless.
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad you enjoy those moments she gets caught off-guard like that, Slim Kittens XD
Matt Knab 25th Nov 2016, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Haha, too bad he really doesn't know, that's a response Douglas would approve of. Mmmm...mugs. :)
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
You know, I was thinking of Doug the whole time during this one! XD lolol, oh, Doug... (Wait, so does he deliberately 'forget'?? XDD)

And thankyewwww <33 *clinks mugs*
Matt Knab 28th Nov 2016, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Sometimes he pretends. Best to always keep people guessing! XD
Headgamer 25th Nov 2016, 1:18 AM edit delete reply
Differently buying both mugs. ;)

Awesome double page!
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
<333 Thankyew Headgamer! ;3;*** I wonder if I can get away with putting choco in them mugs... XD

And hehe, I'm glad you enjoyed the double-page update! Thankyew <33 :D
Seabiscuit 25th Nov 2016, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
Bwahahaha! Is that... a tiny bit of approval for this pairing? Awww! There's hope for him after all... Maybe~
(Oh gosh that mug is super adorable~)
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm, we'll see about Jinn's thoughts on the matter once he actually hears Nemi's reply to his question... XD;;
(<33 Thank you seamuffin! ;3;* I'm so glad you think so <3)
Kat 25th Nov 2016, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
You had me at the word "mug"

Um. Well, this whole page is awkward on so many levels x'D But panel 4 has such priceless faces xDxD
I was trying to make either a Big Hero 6 or an Iron Man joke about Nadine's gauntlets, but... ehh, I give up. Too tired x'D
Nemi you might want to explain to Jinn what exactly is going on x'D
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Aww Kat! XD <3 Thankyew!!

And yes, Awkward is the word for it XD;;; it's an Awkward Situation, too...

Gosh, those are really high-level comparisons to Nadine's gauntlets, LOL. I think he should be flattered! XD;;;

We'll see if Nemi gets the time to explain anything~ :'D
Lukkai 26th Nov 2016, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
I guess it's time to play again?
(Remember the first time he used a gadget glove.)

On another note:
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
I just think of AVGN and P!RITN when I think of that XD

And eheheh <333 thank you Lukkai for all your encouragement! XDD (those mugs are looking mighty smug in your note...)
Crestlinger 26th Nov 2016, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
Yay mugshots!
Bars are wooden? Either way that blast may end up freeing them, dodging shouldn't be an issue and he has charge up time required for a second shot.
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Mugshots indeed XDD

The bars are metallic :) and you'll see in the next update that he isn't quite blasting them... XD
CraftyNessi33 26th Nov 2016, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
If it's all fair for Jinn, I almost forgot about the slaver. ^^;
Lukkai 27th Nov 2016, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
And Jinn, he never even met or heard about him. Death can be inconvenient like that.
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: Yep, he literally has zero idea XD
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
@CraftyNessi: No problem CraftyNessi, it's been a LONG time XD; hopefully it's easier for people bingeing archives in one go but even then, I think it's perfectly acceptable to kinda forget who this rando is. I've added in Nemi's helpful little thought to gently jog the memory, I hope it *is* helpful XD;;
Souls 26th Nov 2016, 9:51 PM edit delete reply

Hi Rufi,

Two days ago I discovered Serpamia Flare and have been mashing through the backlog. Sadly I have arrived at the event horizon of the story and now I have to wait days for the next update :(
I have a Kylie-Cain shaped hole in my heart at the moment.

I love the story! I found it catching and the characters are very compelling! On the surface it's an archetypical quest story but it's so much more interesting than that. There are so many things going on around the little party that they have little or no knowledge about, yet they are at the epicenter of the schemes various groups are plotting. The main characters are flawed, both of them struggling to put their past behind them. Both are also struggling with a growing bond between each other, I only hope you let them realize their love way before the end of the story…

Speaking of the end, how many chapters are you planning? What’s the time frame for finishing the story?

The only grain of criticism I can come up with is probably part technique and part genre related; it’s the way your drawings deteriorate to crude, childlike figures when your characters are showing surprise, with eyes being empty circles. I don’t like that, in my humble opinion you should try to change that. The drawings are so sophisticated otherwise!

On a personal note, I see you live in Hong Kong. I have been to HK many times in the late eighties and found the city perhaps the most fascinating place I have been to, the meld between east and west was truly amazing. But that was before the British left, I have no idea how it is today.

I have just bought The Lethian on Amazon mostly to support you and thank you for 400+ pages of web comic. Now the book is about 500 pages and with your story telling it’s promising to be a good and long story!

Keep the good work up!


Lukkai 27th Nov 2016, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Well done buying the Lethian! It is certainly worth it.

About the special faces they make sometimes, I guess it's a matter of personal taste there. It's a style you'll see ever so often and some really enjoy the comedic element it brings. For me, it doesn't work everywhere, but it does work in Serpamia Flare.
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
@Lukkai: Gosh darn Lukkai, thank you, you make me blush <3 ;3;*

Please feel free to let me know when I do mess up and use those 'special faces' in a dumb place where it doesn't work, ya hear? XD
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
Hi Souls!!

Wow, I am blown away by your comprehensive remarks! ;3;* Thank you so, so much for taking the time to leave such a detailed comment to let me know how you've been finding SF so far. I sincerely appreciate it, more than words can say. <33

It's always such a pleasure to hear that someone is enjoying the story and liking the characters, truly. Thank you!! >3<* I do enjoy plotting, muhahaha. XD;; I am especially glad you enjoy the interactions between Cain and Kylie, since as main characters, I always hope they'll be compelling for readers. <3 <3 fufu.

Officially we're around half way through the story, but this is assuming I stick to the plans I wrote years ago - and I may not. XD; It'll take a few more years (at my current rate) to reach the end~

This is the first time I've heard someone call my drawings sophisticated O__O;;; th-thank you! :D Regarding those 'chibified' moments, I understand that it *can* be jarring depending on individual reader expectations. For what it's worth, I'm sorry that it's jarring, it sucks if it detracts from your experience :'D I will keep it in mind, though naturally 'chibification' happens less when the story takes more serious turns~

And gosh, you saw HK pre-Handover! <3 That's super cool! :D HK has in some ways not changed in that nature of East-West clashing, but it's certainly different after 1997. It's still a truly international city though. :)

By the way, thank you so, so much for showing your support by buying The Lethian and for letting me know. ;__;* I am super appreciative and bolstered by your kind words!! I really really hope you enjoy the novel <3

Thank you so much for reading SF!! <33 I hope you'll continue to find SF engaging even with the wait between updates. <33
Skweeee 28th Nov 2016, 4:30 AM edit delete reply
I'm so impressed with your mugs!!!!!!

It must be amazing to see your art on a cup like that.
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
Aww Skweeee!!! <33 THANKYEW I'm very pleased you like the mugs!! ;3;* Printing the mugs was more of an experimental venture for me than anything else last year, and it was pretty cool to see how they turned out <3 ;3;**

We seem to live in an age where anyone can print pretty much anything on whatever they want XD;; but I really am glad you find 'em cool <33
Outlaw 28th Nov 2016, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
Oh, dang! I can't wait to see them KICK his ass!
Awesome super long page, my friend! Really top notch stuff.

It's awesome to see Ludwig spoken of in the same breath as Kylie! KAM truly did an awesome job!
rufiangel 28th Nov 2016, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Outlaw! :D That is so much faith in our party members! <3 XD I mean... they have no weapons and they're stuck in a cell, but... I'm glad to see you still BELIEVE! <33 XDD

I'm very glad you enjoyed today's update! It doesn't seem as long after King Titus and the Dancer, truth be told XD;;;;; I guess that's what happens when you do something crazy, you lose the sane measuring stick :'D

And dude I'm so honoured Kylie and Ludwig get to be in the same awesome thing together! <33 Though Ludwig may want to say otherwise, given his getup... XD
HeSerpenty 29th Nov 2016, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
OMggggg NUUUUU--so Jinn is basically saying that Mikey has feelings for her...and she's gonna leave forever T__T
MY HEART! I need this ship to sail, Rufi! D:

O dear..........this isn't gonna be good! D:
Proxy170 29th Nov 2016, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
Awww I love this page! He's finally warming up to her, now that he realizes Mikey isn't just being polite...but Nemi needs to not break his heart too :(
TheD-Wrek 11th Dec 2016, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
Say it isn't so, Nemi. Say it isn't so. She'll have a change of heart, yeah... :'D