Comic 610 - Like a total

18th Nov 2020, 6:00 PM in Chapter Nine
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Average Rating: 5 (9 votes)
rufiangel 18th Nov 2020, 6:00 PM edit delete
Hey everyone, thanks for your patience with today's late update. I was swamped with freelance work last week and to be honest, I still am this week. I'll be updating again next Friday on the 27th of November to try and actually get ahead this time. So no update this Friday, sorry folks. ;v;*

I would also like to put Christmas cards on sale, as I've had these around and keep forgetting to actually do anything about them. I designed them with 'The Little Drummer Boy' in mind:


The design is printed on a sort of pearly, textured kind of card, and when folded roughly measures 6"x4". It's blank inside and comes with its own metallic, pale purple envelope. There's a limited number of these and I don't intend to reprint, so if you're interested please click here so you can submit an order. The cards can be purchased in a pack of five or ten, at USD 8 and USD 10 respectively. If you are a Patreon supporter, the card packs can be purchased at USD 5 and USD 7 respectively. :) I will need to include shipping charges based on where you are from and how many you order. I'm opening pre-orders until next Friday the 27th, and then I'll go ahead and send them out so you have a chance of receiving these before Christmas. (If, because of Covid-19 issues, there are postal delays... you can use the cards next year XD they're pretty timeless at least, lol) I'm donating 10% of all proceeds to Feeding Hong Kong.


For anyone ordering a Christmas card pack, regardless of how many, I'll also throw in an SF Christmas sticker sheet so you can seal your cards with some extra love :3

I'm also doing a giveaway for these Christmas cards and sticker sheets - just write a haiku in the comments to be included in the giveaway pool XD and yes, it can be any haiku, but it'd be fun if it was SF related :D

As a side-note, Tapas is doing its usual Inksgiving event, so if you happen to be interested in supporting creators on Tapas be sure to hop in there between 20th November to 21st November (this Saturday and Sunday, I believe) and throw some Ink at your favourite comic artists. :)

Alright, that's it from me for now! Thanks so much everyone for reading SF, I hope you enjoyed today's update (goodness knows how I'm glad to finally draw present-day Nemi again) and see you guys next Friday with the next update~
rufiangel 27th Nov 2020, 1:56 PM edit delete
Sorry guys, I know this is becoming a (not so fun) habit but I got unexpected freelance work today. The update should go up a bit later as a result but it'll still go up tonight. Thanks for your understanding ;v;*
KAM 18th Nov 2020, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Archaeian cell phones? ;-)

Okay, probably more like the walky-talkys they had when I was a kid, but that's probably a dated reference now.
rufiangel 27th Nov 2020, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
Archaiean cell phones XD lolol something like that, except you know, it has crystal-clear reception... ;)

And that comparison is apt! I think it's closer to that. :)
xwindows 18th Nov 2020, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
Actually, seeing Mikey's reaction on the bottom-left panel instantly reminded me of a scene in @Seabiscuit's comic where the main character had the same reaction when an unidentified object he held "talked back".

Maybe I should start collecting these gag panels where characters got startled by comm-disguised-in-objects, as a CF trivia exhibit thread.
rufiangel 27th Nov 2020, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
Ahaha XD I love Wastelanders! A compilation of those would be pretty great XD
megados 18th Nov 2020, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
This is an interesting turn of events. I bet Nemi is glad to have someone to talk to!

You are right; I do like what he found! :D

Happy Wednesday!
rufiangel 27th Nov 2020, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad you like what he found after all XD heehee
melaredblu 19th Nov 2020, 12:02 AM edit delete reply
For some reason, I expected her to be dressed like an inmate and, I dunno, in chains. It's a bit of a relief that she isn't.
rufiangel 27th Nov 2020, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
Totally understandable expectation XD That said, she's in a situation where she is facing an "inquiry", but... well, we'll see~ ;)
Headgamer 19th Nov 2020, 2:01 AM edit delete reply
“swamped with freelance work” is a good type of swamped. I’m glad things are going well.
rufiangel 27th Nov 2020, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Headgamer :) I think it's just one of those things I can't always control, as I'm not usually swamped with work. Because of that, when the chance to work does arise, I end up going for it since it's not guaranteed I'll get work later on. Blehhhh
DLKmusic 19th Nov 2020, 2:05 AM edit delete reply
1: that probably should have been confiscated if the prisoner was supposed to be in isolation.

2: I'm Glad Mikey found it, it actually gives hope for both of them

3: I'm impressed as heck over Jinn thinking of this, Once again he proves his brilliance
Just_IDD 24th Nov 2020, 5:23 AM edit delete reply
It also proves that he is coming around to their relationship, and that even if he isn't totally cool with Nemi yet. Jinn sees that Mike cares and is supporting Mike, as a foster brother
rufiangel 27th Nov 2020, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
@Just_IDD: X3 <3
rufiangel 27th Nov 2020, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
1. If only they knew it was there to confiscate XD

2. I'm glad you're glad after all! :D

3. Jinn's got a fairly good noggin :3
Loose Cog 19th Nov 2020, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
rufiangel 27th Nov 2020, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
mjkj 19th Nov 2020, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
Wow... it is a contact-Nemi-stone...


Edit: after I read Cici's haiku I tried also:

Mike found a bauble
In the lining of his bag
Connect to Nemi <3

Nemi joins party
On the way to Spherea
- Incarcerated :o

Yellow blob shows up
Nemi goes stabbity stab
Defeated she is

rufiangel 11th Dec 2020, 3:59 PM edit delete reply
Does that mean Nemi has the contact-Michael-stone? XD

I love these haikus so much <3 that last one is a real throwback and I love it XD thank you so much mjkj!
mjkj 11th Dec 2020, 11:47 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I guess she does =) are welcome, and thank you, they were fun, glad you enjoyed them... *hugs*
(indeed, Spheria Falls was quite a while ago... I did some Archive binging because I was looking for something and thought of that one)
Crestlinger 19th Nov 2020, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
One wonders how close they actually Are to one another now: foreign visitor inn next to prison for ease of transfer close? Opposite side of the city? up/down one level?
rufiangel 11th Dec 2020, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
I've learnt to be super vague so as not to accidentally shut myself into a box XD so we'll say they're close, but not too close ;)
CiciEnixa 19th Nov 2020, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Jinn, you wonderful, wonderful dude lol <3 I'm surprised neither of their pins were confiscated, but that does bring me much comfort, knowing they can talk to each other in their respective "prisons".

I'm glad to hear you're getting much freelance work :D It's one of those good problems, even if it can feel like a lot at once.

And now, for haikus!

Little Kijini
Found a friend in her pocket
Now it's less lonely <3
DLKmusic 20th Nov 2020, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
RE the haiku...

mjkj 20th Nov 2020, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
Great one, Cici - after reading yours I tried one myself..., thank you for inspiring me =)
rufiangel 11th Dec 2020, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
Jinn intentionally hid the pin in the lining of Michael's item pouch, knowing it could be sensitive XD; Nemi inadvertently hid hers! Good job there aren't any pesky 'metal detectors' in this realm...

As for freelance, thanks muchas. It's definitely a double-edged sword - happy to get the monies but losing time over it ;v;

That is a very precious haiku btw and I love you so much for posting it first, thank you sweet muffin <333
Just_IDD 26th Nov 2020, 12:27 AM edit delete reply

Haiku aren't normally something I'm good at, but this just occurred to me.

Cain, a fallen prince.
Kylie, a mighty warrior.
As one, together.

I debated on the last line in a more traditional sense as "In Spring, together" but that was too limited for what I get from Cain.
rufiangel 11th Dec 2020, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
<333 Thank you so much Just_IDD, that haiku really touches me because it tells me how you interpret those characters, and it makes me happyyy TvT**
MysticJanus 27th Nov 2020, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
No worries, Rufi! Hopefully it's fun work that you're doing! In the meantime, I'm a bit (over)stuffed with turkey, and I'm hoping that everyone else is having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! Also, here is my submission:

A lost Kijini,
Thinking herself all alone,
Sat inside her cell.

For all her good-byes,
She wished she could stay along
The sides of dear friends.

When she heard a voice
Coming from a small trinket.
One both warm and kind.

Disbelief she felt,
For to hear his gentle voice
Meant that Mike was here.

Disbelief dispersed.
For these close, dear friends of hers
Had come to her aid.

Um... I meant to write two and found myself almost writing an epic in haiku form. XD
DLKmusic 28th Nov 2020, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
and a well done epic at that!
rufiangel 11th Dec 2020, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
I think about 20% of what I do can be remotely considered 'fun' while the rest is ... well, at least I'm getting paid for it XD

I hope your turkey went down well! And thank you for your beautiful haiku epic <3 ;v;* You have also won the giveaway so please feel free to PM me your address for a free Christmas card and SF sticker pack! :D <3
mjkj 27th Nov 2020, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
@R/N2: Awwwww...

Thank you for informing us <3 *hugs*

You can make it, Rufi *cheers Rufi on*

...and do not worry, RL always comes first - especially when you get paid...

...and we will be here, waiting with baited breaths..
DLKmusic 28th Nov 2020, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
baited breaths, and Haikus. I blame Cici...
mjkj 28th Nov 2020, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
ok, you asked for it:

(Edit: moving haiku under my avatar pic)
(@CiciEnixa we do not want to blame you behind your back) ;)

Here we are waiting
With baited breaths and haikus
Finally update
(or: We're blaming Cici) <3

DLKmusic 28th Nov 2020, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
ROFL! and Bravo!
mjkj 28th Nov 2020, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
Thank you - glad you liked it =)
rufiangel 11th Dec 2020, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
Amazing haiku XD and thank you for you kind undertanding and support, mjkj <3 ;v;*
MST3KFan 28th Nov 2020, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
Either they're very close by, or the range is longer on them than thought.
rufiangel 11th Dec 2020, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
As I've said so very helpfully(?): they're close enough, but not too close. XD
Gilrandir 30th Nov 2020, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
Silent cell walls. Still,
Her voice from stone emerges.
In darkness, heart shines.
rufiangel 11th Dec 2020, 4:06 PM edit delete reply
Haikus from readers
Rain blessings on Rufi's soul
And all who read them. <3
mjkj 11th Dec 2020, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
Awwww... nice one, Rufi <3
DLKmusic 12th Dec 2020, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
Awwwwww..... Where's the like button? Where??????