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Artifice Paperback – May 1, 2013
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Essentially an intimate look into Deacon’s therapy sessions, with the mission’s events told in flashback, the narrative grips the reader from the first panel to the last, treating the audience to a moving rumination on love, free will, sexuality, and the question of whether a machine can feel. Woolfson and Nelson cover this familiar territory with fresh eyes, bolstered by solid artwork; it’s an emotional winner that deserves notice.
- Publishers Weekly
Originally published as a serial webcomic, Artifice is a full-color graphic novel that tells a cyberpunk same-sex love story… Although Artifice is for mature audiences only, its violent and sexual content is directly in service to a thought-provoking science fiction story that will keep the reader fascinated to the final page. Bonus pages offering the creators’ responses to reader questions about the story, a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse into the making of Artifice, and tongue-in-cheek question-and-answer segments from the Corporation’s perspective (“Together, we truly can manufacture a brighter tomorrow!”) round out this striking, vivid, and memorable graphic novel.
- Midwest Book Review
Gorgeous artwork at home with a fascinating story. It has a million red flags of cliché, but contains none. It is wholly unique, a fabulously built universe, and features an absorbing main character.
- Fandom Matters
About the Author
Alex Woolfson is the author of Artifice, a full-color science-fiction graphic novel, and the creator of Yaoi 911 Webcomics, a free website featuring comics with gay male action heroes in stories that are intended for both women and men to enjoy. He lives and works as a filmmaker in the Bay Area.
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Top Customer Reviews
As good as Alex Woolfson's story is, it is Winona Nelson's art that truly captures me. She does an absolutely fantastic job with the scenes. The background and location art is well done, but it is with her portrayal of the various characters that leaves me smitten. She easily brings the story to life and captures emotions beautifully.
While I love the story and the art I will say that the pacing to it is a bit... iffy, perhaps, once you get to the second half or perhaps the last quarter. Suddenly the story that has, until then, been so well paced starts charging toward the end. You end up being left with an ending that, while in no way bad or poorly done, feels as if it's come a bit too soon and in some ways, out of the blue.
At first I was a little sceptical. Not because of the Male/Male Love (I already read a lot of Japanese Yaoi and Shounen-Ai) but because it's a Comic, not a Manga.
Back when I was younger I read a few but with age I somehow found the stories to be boring, dreary, too Action-centered or whatnot...
I'm actually quite happy to be proved wrong!
Alex is an amazing author and I discovered the field anew thanks to him!
Artifice itself is sadly a little short, but maybe if the pace were even slower it may have become boring, too!
The Situation of having an inhuman Android develop feelings really got to me... and for all the characters besides himself this fact was just as unbelievable. at first.
To not spoil the whole plot let me say at last: I even enjoyed the Villain psychologist lady :D