Comic 618 - Something this important

22nd Jan 2021, 6:00 PM in Chapter Nine
618 - Something this important
Average Rating: 5 (9 votes)
rufiangel 22nd Jan 2021, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Friday, folks! It's breakfast time in Caelune, with dark charcoal-rye bread sammiches, wraps, crunchy-soft vegetable copato cakes and a whole lot of fresh cacao juice :3 I hope you guys are able to get some good breakfast foods wherever you're at!

(In case it didn't show already, I just really like breakfast foods...)

Please have a good start to your weekends folks, and catch you again next week :3
rufiangel 29th Jan 2021, 10:42 AM edit delete
Hey folks, I'm sorry for the late notice but I don't think I'll have the update in time for tonight. I might push the update to the weekend before I take a small break just so I can recalibrate my schedule a little; lots of new freelance work came in this week unexpectedly, which is good, but not great for comic times :')
rufiangel 1st Feb 2021, 3:19 PM edit delete
Sorry guys, I'm going to push this update all the way to this weekend instead. There's a lot going on at once for me right now so I need some time and space to get a handle on it. ;v;* Thank you for your understanding.
rufiangel 8th Feb 2021, 11:16 PM edit delete
Sorry guys, I hate that this has become a mini-hiatus. I've had some health issues crop up; nothing too serious but I've been unable to focus on things I've been meaning to. I should be able to update this weekend if all goes well, as it's Chinese New Year and I should have some legit resting/comic-ing time.

Will be back hopefully soon \o/
rufiangel 16th Feb 2021, 11:16 AM edit delete
Hey everyone! Thank you all so much for your very kind messages amid this unprecedented break ;v;*

My health issues seem to be on the mend and the Chinese New Year holiday was really helpful in giving me some breathing space from work. However, work is back on the plate and I will try to figure out how to balance it with comic-ing. >-<* I need finances to survive of course, but I quit my last job because the misery was outweighing my financial gains and I am wary of falling into the same problem again. Just need some more time perhaps to get a better idea of what the current work situation will do (or not do) for me over the long run and make a decision from there. In the meantime, I'd like to schedule the next comic update on 26 February. By then I should hopefully have an idea as to whether the update schedule will need to be adjusted or not to accommodate for my current work pains. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding! See you guys again soon >-<**)/
rufiangel 2nd Mar 2021, 9:15 AM edit delete
Hey everyone, there was some downtime on the ComicFury host server over the weekend but things should be back up and running now. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for my ability to update this comic on time OTL and I apologise. Still really wrestling here with work-related motivational issues... but everyone's comments have lifted me out of the mire time and time again, so thank you. ;v;* Shall we try for this Friday?

EDIT: Confirming that the next update's going up in six hours :D and I've done my best to respond to comments here - thanks so so much for your kind words <3 I'm sorry for the super long delay in responding! ;v;*
mjkj 22nd Jan 2021, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Poor Mickey... supportive...

@alt text: would be nice =)

@R/N: thank you for the yummy link...
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
You're very welcome for the link :D

Re: alt text, it's really something I've been thinking about XD noted that you wouldn't mind it!
KAM 22nd Jan 2021, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
:D Thanks always for reading, KAM <3
Wido 22nd Jan 2021, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
I KNOWWW I konw, the story is important, the food is importart, poor little Mike is important.....but damn, Kilye's cleavage....
DLKmusic 23rd Jan 2021, 12:01 AM edit delete reply
I wasn't gonna mention it, but since you did... +1
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
@DLK: LOL oh DLK XD dangit
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
@Wido: LOL that cracked me up so bad you have no idea XD who knew her boob window would be so eye-catching??
megados 22nd Jan 2021, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
So Mikey has a degree of control to keep Jinn from coming out? Hmm . . . Sure is nice of everyone to hand him all the foods! LOL

Have a good weekend, and breakfast! :D
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
In a sense, Mikey has little control, but as he's grasping the 'rules' of the game, so to speak, he's able to try and work with them.

Food tends to be my go-to when I'm stressed XD (he should probably try not to get into a food coma though yep)
Archangel Daniel 22nd Jan 2021, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
Archangel Daniel
Ah, it's always nice to see this much support among friends.

By the way, if you need inspiration for food, I offer my services as a connoisseur of regional food from all over the place ;)
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
That's awesome! :D What are some of your favourite breakfast foods from around the world? I've been curious about shakshuka (sp?)...
Archangel Daniel 6th Mar 2021, 5:22 AM edit delete reply
Archangel Daniel
Oh yes, I've had shakshuka before, and let me tell you, it is delicious.

Though really, I prefer not too elaborate breakfasts. French toast or gibanica (a type of pastry from the Balkans) with yoghurt, that is the stuff!
DLKmusic 23rd Jan 2021, 12:02 AM edit delete reply
I was actually wondering if it would be Jinn this morning or not, based on last weeks strip. I like Mikes solution, but I'm not sure I like Mikes solution.

Expresso anyone?
sigpig 23rd Jan 2021, 1:34 AM edit delete reply
DLKmusic 23rd Jan 2021, 1:59 AM edit delete reply
***ahem*** All aboard the CAFFEINE EXPRESS!!!!

(Red Skelton once said "A joke isn't funny if you have to explain it", my apologies!)
sigpig 24th Jan 2021, 3:35 AM edit delete reply
My wife's Italian. She corrected me within seconds of me saying "expresso" and other common mispronounced Italian words - and don't you DARE call here "Eye-talian"...

(I have a tonne of respect for Mr. Skelton, as well as another "red" - Mr. Redd Foxx...)
DLKmusic 24th Jan 2021, 4:01 AM edit delete reply
Same here, though Mr. Foxx's stand up isn't very family friendly! the "Caffeine Express" was an obscure Rowan & Martin Routine that I always liked, but it seems like I'm the only one who remembers it!

I also have several Italian friends, all of whom have shown me the error of my ways for cooking Mac & Cheese, and I now have 5 different recipe's for a Carbonara sauce (depending on the Meat). Sorry Kraft, you're out!
sigpig 25th Jan 2021, 1:08 AM edit delete reply
My wife LOVES my KD and REAL Mac & cheese (actually expensive to make). Comfort food is comfort food, and sometimes your body just craves that orange sauce.

Oddly enough, there is a shortage of Classico brand Alfredo sauce in Canada right now. Apparently the company had to re-tool their production back in May, and focused on the tomato-based sauces as they sold better than the cream-based ones. I well know that an Alfredo sauce is ridiculously easy to make from scratch (and cheaper, and you control your ingredients) but if you don't have the time, inclination, or skills to cook from scratch, it's kind of a bummer.
DLKmusic 25th Jan 2021, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
I learned butter, milk, real cheddar, a dash of salt, you make a way better cheese sauce. I was also taught what magic you can do with it beyond just the basic! for instance, a small can of green chili's for a queso, or little smokies...

I still keep the boxed stuff around because it will survive a nuclear war, but fresh is a gazillion times better, even when you are just "craving the orange".
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
@sigpig: I feel that some of my guiltiest pleasures are just the cheapest bits of awful junk food XD; as you say, comfort food is comfort food!
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
@DLK: Goodness this thread XD

Mike is working with very limited options, sadly; at least, figuring out all this soulstone and wishing stone business isn't his forte at all. He's a smith :'D but he's trying!
melaredblu 23rd Jan 2021, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
D'aww, everyone's so supportive. And again with Kyrie being a doting sister, she's so cute.
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
I'm glad you like that <3 X3 it's nice to draw these siblings together~

With any luck the drama will only come in like the next chapter or so
MST3KFan 23rd Jan 2021, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
Daaaaaaaw... Mike cares so much about Nemi's wellbeing.

Give him ALL the caffeines and wake up pills you can guys.
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
Just imagining Mike vibrating now the whole way to the courtroom XD
CiciEnixa 24th Jan 2021, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Don't overfeed him, guys, Mikey might end up in a food coma XD But I love how they're all so supportive of Mikey, he really wants to be there for Nemi no matter what.

(Also Mikey in that first panel... geez... pls get some sleep after all this :,D)
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
Food coma would definitely be the 'whoops' outcome here XDD

Everyone's in this together ♥

In DnD 5.0 terms, Mikey's racking up them exhaustion points :')
The Accidental Ninja 29th Jan 2021, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
Awh, they're lookin after him x3

I hope he gets a good nap once this is all over... though I have a feeling that won't be any time soon :S

Also aww, Kylie and Lyn are so cute x3
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
I am happy that you find them cute <3 XD they certainly make me happy to draw together :3

This is going to be a fairly long chapter (lol) so it may be a while yet before Mikey's head gets to meet a pillow XD; we'll see!
mjkj 29th Jan 2021, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
@R/N2: Thank you for the notification. Do not worry, Rufi, RL always comes first - especially if you get paid for it. ♡ *hugs* 💗
...we will be here waiting with bated breaths for the update 🙂 😉

Edit: @R/N3: *hugs* take your time, Rufi *hugs* you can make it! But take care of the RL stuff first! *hugs*

Edit2: @R/N4: Awww... get well soon *hugs*
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
Thank you Mjkj for always always supporting and checking in ;v;* this was a very long bunch of A/Ns over the course of two months, and I'm very grateful for your kind support!

It's certainly an unfortunate reality that I must submit to earning the dosh whenever I can; timing-wise, I managed to quit the job haranguing me just as 2020 began to reveal its true colours, so... :'D I gotta try and make ends meet otherwise during a blegh time for pretty much everyone. Still, you guys still sticking around and reading despite my hiatus is very much a blessing and I'm grateful for that <3 thankyew ;v;*
MysticJanus 10th Feb 2021, 3:00 AM edit delete reply
I meant to mention this earlier, but I got the Christmas card pack without a single crease nor crinkle to be found on them! In the meantime, take all the time you need to rest well and get better. We'll still be here, ready and waiting. *hugs*
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
I'm very glad you received those MysticJanus! I'm just sorry they couldn't have arrived earlier, lol. I hope they are of use to you this coming Christmas instead XD;;

Thank you so much for reading and your kind support <3
megados 10th Feb 2021, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Oh no! I hope you're feeling better soonest! Don't worry about updates; stuff has a way of coming up at inopportune times. Take your time, and get sorted. Thanks for keeping us in the loop!
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
My health issues have improved since the last I wrote of them, I'm happy to report, so thank you very kindly :D

One unfortunate thing though is that I believe it's something that gets exacerbated by stress, which I've been battling with constantly since working more frequently. ~_~

Thanks always for checking in and for your kind support, megados ;v;**
Eren 12th Feb 2021, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
Take care, Rufi! Feel better soon, and please don't stress too much.
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Erennnn ;v;* <3 Thank you so much! I will do my best, I have much to learn in the area of not-stressing-too-much orz
Anony-mouse 12th Feb 2021, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
Had a flowchart on the wall in my old employment that went something like this. 1) You are a d*** good human. 2) D*** good humans deserve breaks. 3) Because you are a d*** good human, you deserve a break.

Moral to this flowchart: you deserve a break/hiatus if you need it :D
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
Aww geez, thank you very kindly. ;v;* I need something like that on my wall, clearly :'D
mjkj 16th Feb 2021, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
@R/N5: *hugs Rufi* ♡ 💗

Take all the time you need to figure that out - after you take care of your health...

rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Thank you mjkj ;v;** I am happy to report my health issues have improved since I last wrote of them in the A/N! I just need to try and not stress so much, since that causes the issue to sort of worsen again. Bleghhhh.
megados 16th Feb 2021, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
Take whatever time you need, Rufi! We'll be here. RL comes first. Good to hear you're feeling better!
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
Thank you megados, truly ;v;**

I know that RL is important, I just wish I could have more SF time because that's really important to me too u-u
A. Moose 16th Feb 2021, 10:50 PM edit delete reply
Pedantically: This break isn't without precedent. Not that I mind that much. Of course I'd rather have comics, but not at the cost of your health. So, do what you need to do. The mere fact you're still talking to us is certainly a better sign than turning out to have had a breakdown after months of silence. I'm counting that as progress, and so should you.
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
Aww, thank you A. Moose ;v;*

I suppose I didn't expect to take as long a hiatus as I did this time around; it was supposed to be just a short break but many unexpected happenings kept pushing the update out further and further, to my chagrin. I am trying to not do what I did last time (drop off the face of the earth for a while) so I can keep you guys posted ;v;* I'm happy if that at least counts as progress.
sigpig 6th Mar 2021, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
Again, Kyo needs to code a "like" button. I couldn't have said it better myself.
Archangel Daniel 17th Feb 2021, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Archangel Daniel
Rufi, even if your update schedule becomes only once in a never, I'll still be around :) as will everyone around here, I'm sure of it :D Take care of yourself first.
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
Thank you Daniel ;v;** I appreciate it. Though I certainly hope I can keep up a better update schedule than once in a never XD;;;
Robert 19th Feb 2021, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
Wishing you well with the current job!
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
Thank you Robert kindly for the well wishes! ;v;* Still trying to get to grips with it tbh. It's not a bad job per se, I just need more time to get used to it perhaps?
mjkj 2nd Mar 2021, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
@R/N6: *hugs Rufi*

Please do not stress yourself too much, Rufi, and stay on the safe side to not burn out *hugs*

...otherwise: you can make it *cheers Rufi on* Ganbaryu, Rufi-San
(botches that up - hopefully not beyond recognition)
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
Thank you mjkj ;v;** (that "ganbaryu" was adorable so don't change it XD)

Burning out is probably my biggest concern at the moment. I'm feeling it already and I know it's not SF - it's the job that's sucking out my motivation and energy, just like the PR one. :< I wonder if updating every two weeks instead of weekly would help for now? It's a conundrum...
A. Moose 2nd Mar 2021, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
Glad to see you're with us yet. Would it help to, say, write down everything you like and don't like about basically any aspect of work, then see if you can't reframe, reorganise, or otherwise change things around so work doesn't depress you so much?
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
That's a good idea! @-@ I'll try doing that.
megados 2nd Mar 2021, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Don't let it stress you. I get the sense that not being able to comic right now, just adds to your stress. It's OK. We're here. If Friday works, then it's good.
rufiangel 5th Mar 2021, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
It does bother me on a personal level, as this is my passion project and I'm determined to keep it going, but it seems so hard to do at the same time as, well, keeping myself fed. :'D I hate thaaat

But *shakes head* you're right, it's counter-productive to let it stress me out even further. Happily I can report the comic's done and ready to go for an update today :D
megados 5th Mar 2021, 8:53 PM edit delete reply