Artifice Kickstarter Success and Tough Noir Wallpaper

Yaoi 911 Tough "Noir" by Ponderosa

So… it’s been forever and a day since I wrote an article on this blog. ::blush:: The webcomic has sort of taken over my life (in a good way). But today I have two really cool things to share with you!

Panel From Artifice webcomicFirst off, my aforementioned sci-fi yaoi webcomic Artifice (with art by the awesome Winona Nelson) is now at 84 pages and in the very last scene. For some time, folks have been asking me if I planned to create a printed book when Artifice finished. So, I decided to start a Kickstarter project to try to raise the $7000 I’d need for a full-color offset print run. I figured that $7000 was a huge amount of money to ask for and that it was a long-shot that I would get anywhere near that, but other webcomics have been successful with Kickstarter projects and so I thought maybe by the end of the project’s 30 day run, it might happen.

I was wrong. The Artifice Graphic Novel Print Drive Kickstarter project reached its $7000 goal in less than 48 hours.

So, I have some good news! Artifice will be printed as a beautiful, full-color, jumbo-sized 8.5″ x 11″ book! And the Kickstarter project still has over 22 days left in it, so if you’d like to pre-order your own copy, you can still do that!

If you haven’t been keeping up with android soldier Deacon, young space colonist Jeff and the good Dr. Maven you can

Read Artifice for free online right now

and if you like what you read (or if you want to see just how goofy a very nervous Alex can look in his “Kickstarter video” πŸ˜€ ), you can

Check out Artifice’s stunningly successful Kickstarter project

and maybe even pre-order one of the books yourself (or get one of the other special rewards for project backers!). πŸ™‚

A new Tough wallpaper for Yaoi 911 News & Downloads subscribers

Also, while I’m sad to say the art for Tough: Chapter 3 remains stalled *major sigh* and so I don’t know when that comic will be released, the story of Mike and Rob is still very dear to my heart. And since my subscribers let me know that they’ve enjoyed the other wallpapers I sent, I commissioned artist Ponderosa (who made the first Tough wallpaper, “Junkyard”) to create a brand new, completely Safe For Work wallpaper starring Tough‘s heroes.

Yaoi 911 Tough "Noir" by Ponderosa

It’s Mike and Rob in a non-canon “noir” scene based on one of my most favorite films of all time, To Have And Have Not. Obviously, the heroes of Tough don’t live in a film noir film world, but I thought it would be fun to see them in that setting. (And if you yourself would like to get a copy of this wallpaper, you can sign up for my mailing list here. It’ll be sent along automatically in a few weeks. πŸ™‚ )


Please let me know what you think!

As always, I do my best to try to come up with things I think you’ll all enjoy. So, please let me know what you think of the wallpaper and the Kickstarter project!

Thank you!

Thank you so much for your interest in my comics, Yaoi 911 and for signing up for checking out this blog in the first place. I know I’ve been a little M.I.A. here, but your kind words and support really make creating these comics worth all the hard work. It really means the world to me. πŸ™‚

I hope you all are having a great weekend!



  1. Hi there, I am from Argentina πŸ™‚ I just made ​​this account to make this comment, I love the comic is the best yaoi I have read. you’re great. I would love one wallpaper of Artifice couple. i m in the mailing list 8D .Thanks you for all , love you :3

  2. I kind of stumble on here from… some other place. Honestly I have no idea how I ended up here, but I’m very glad I did. I like your take on yaoi. It’s nice to read something with a different kind of plot… and less flowery, femme-boys. Who knew chest hair could be so exciting?

    Anyway, sorry to read Tough is being tough on you guys. I’m (not so) patiently awaiting the next ch.

    Liking the noir, btw =)

  3. I just found out about your work last night. Needless to say, I didn’t get any sleep – I regret nothing πŸ˜€

    I’ve read Artifice, Young Protectors, and now this. And you’ve done an amazing job with all your stories. I definitely agree with your sentiments about there not being enough gay heroes in mainstream comics, or in any medium for that matter.

    I was also pleasantly surprised that one of TOUGH’s character was half-Filipino. Growing up as a closted gay Filipino teen, it’s not exactly easy to find role models who are like me. (and he kinda looks like one my friends btw, so now I can’t look at him without thinking about Canadian lip massage, so thanks :P)

    I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work. You and Winona and everyone else have inspired me in more ways than one. I’m definitely making a fanart for this one. ^^

    1. Thank you very much for the kind words, Justin! (And you cracked me up with the reference about your pal and Canadian Lip Massage. πŸ˜€ ) I’m glad to hear our work was inspiring for you! That always makes me happy. πŸ™‚

  4. I loved Artifice! And Young Protecters is great!! but what I really want to know is what is happing with Mike and Rob? when is the third chapter of Tough going to be avablile?

    1. I’m glad that you’re enjoying my comics, bird. Thank you for letting me know!

      As for Chapter 3 of Tough, right now the art on that comic is still stalled and I don’t see that changing soon. πŸ™ But I promise I will make a lot of noise here when progress is finally made!

  5. Oh yes please. I just found this site of yours and you wouldn’t believe how happy I was.

    But then I noticed that almost every update was from 2011 or 2010. I felt so devastated when I thought that this site was forgotten and had been left to be.

    BUT! As I started to check the updates I noticed that you actually had updated and not even that long time ago! What an happy day this turned out to be!

    So now I want to ask you, if there is anyway/-place that I could read your previous stories like Tough chapter 1&2? I really really really would like to read it! It seems pretty awesome.

    I have already read Artifice and the beginning pages of The Young Protectors. Artifice was great and I truly loved the ending! Also I want moar of this superhero-comic of yours so please do continue keeping up the good work!

  6. Dear Alex,
    I am very much inspired and amazed by what you do.
    you’re one in a million who’d dedicate his life to their dreams as well as others…

    much Respect,

  7. I love this new wallpaper so much it will be up on my computer as soon as im done typing this lol I really like this one and The first one i got and cant wait to read a new chapter. I always look forward to your emails.

    Your the best!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m really glad to hear you’ve enjoyed my Tough chapters. While that story is still dear to my heart, due to artist commitments, it is currently on hiatus with no plans to resume in the foreseeable future. If that changes, though, I’ll definitely make a lot of noise about it through my site, the Twitters and the Facebooks. But I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my webcomics. πŸ™‚

      Take care! Thanks again! πŸ™‚

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