These are a limited quantity of books left over from the Artifice Kickstarter campaign that were signed by both writer Alex Woolfson and artist Winona Nelson. (A rare moment of us both being in the same place!)
Also, folks who order this book also get a set of the three Artifice bookmarks free!
SYNOPSIS: Deacon, a prototype android soldier, was ordered by his corporate masters to eliminate a team of scientists who knew too much and he has failed spectacularly. Not only did he let one of his targets live -- 19-year-old human outcast, Jeff Linnell -- he attacked the team sent to retrieve him. Now the Corporation demands answers and they have employed the brilliant and ruthless robopsychologist Clarice Maven to get them.
Deacon seems desperate to conceal the shocking events that took place on Da Vinci 4, but what chance does he have fighting an adversary who can control his every move?
"...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
"Comic fans who love sci-fi, action, and gay romance won’t want to miss Alex Woolfson and Winona Nelson’s new graphic novel Artifice. Not only because the story features gay protagonists, but because the comic portrays their relationship as completely normal."
- The Advocate
(Artifice was also listed by The Advocate as one of the Top 5 LGBT Graphic Novels of 2013!)
"I really loved ARTIFICE – it’s the kind of story that would have meant everything to me as a teen reader, and even as an adult, this gay-positive sci fi graphic novel made me so happy. I actually intended to just read the first page or so (since I didn’t have a lot of time) and ended up reading it through to the end, everything else pushed aside. Just like the best sci-fi and fantasy books did for me when I was a teen, reading with a flashlight under the covers until 3 or 4 in the morning, when my Dad would get up and I’d have to fast-pretend to be asleep!"
- I’m here. I’m queer. What the hell do I read?
"As I hold a copy in my hands, I can assure you that the beautifully bound graphic novel is printed with quality, its glossy cover and thick pages making it the kind of book you’d willingly add to your coffee-table collection. It’s a gorgeous work of art…"
Finalist in the Graphic Novel category - 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards
8.5" X 11" Full Color Paperback. FOR MATURE READERS
Books are shipped in a sturdy box Priority Mail to U.S. addresses and First Class International to addresses outside the U.S.
Posted by Martin on 7th Feb 2017
Loved the story; particularly the way the flashbacks played out, the tensions between the characters and the economical style. Would love a part two. Is it a possibility Alex?
Posted by Kim Z. on 16th Jun 2015
I forgot to actually post a review, but I'm not sure how I managed that! This had some of the best packaging of practically any comic I've had to buy online, even though I did end up having to pick it up from the post office. I was so glad since, in some cases, I have had bending and near-folding of books from other stores because of how careless the post workers are with envelopes.
Anyone that wants a hard copy of Artifice, and hopefully you'll know since it's both awesome and viewable for free, they won't have to worry about quality from a printing standpoint: the book is big, not at all flimsy, as colorful as expected, and I see no awkward cropping issues. I'm really glad I went for it (and that there are some signed copies available since I had missed the Kickstarter). The bookmarks are a nice touch, too, but I haven't used them so far.
For anyone curious, there are some content extras as well. While there is no additional side-story or anything like that, there are some nice notes and art process information that are an overall great inclusion.
Posted by Mik the Worldbuilder on 24th Dec 2014
Not only is the artwork and story fantastic (as anybody can see for free), but the quality of the paper and printing is better than some of the big-name publishers that I have seen lately. This is going to be a cherished possession for a long time!
Posted by Lindsey on 16th Jan 2014
I ordered the book after reading Artifice online. The book shipped very fast with a WONDERFUL amount of bubble wrap. It is such a wonderful quality. I am proud to own a signed copy of this book. The bookmarks are great. I am very happy.
Posted by Claudia on 31st Dec 2013
I love this comic, the story is so beautiful, and the printing quality is great.
I even loved the shipping because it doesn't take too long to arrive to Spain.
Posted by ilona on 28th Dec 2013
I was delighted when it arrived just before Christmas as I had bought it for myself as a special gift (first year without my late husband buying me a special book). I think he must have been watching out for me because it was the most perfect gift of the year.
It was glossy and colourful and the signatures made it feel really special. But what made it really good was that the story was even better read from a book in my hand than it had been on the screen. I noticed so much more detail in the colour and artwork and got much more involved with the characters too. Overall this is one present I will never regret buying.
Posted by Christopher Dangerfield on 30th Nov 2013
This is a shockingly deep explorations of what it means to be human and (also) what it means to be gay. It's a sharp look at morality and love. And yet it's a rockin' violent, thrilling adventure. I could not have asked for a better time in a Graphic Novel read. It's one you can read many times and find something new each time.
Technically, the quality of the book is stunning. Pages are heavy, glossy and color is perfect. I really couldn't have asked for more. And, it's full of extras from author and artist. Worth every penny, and then some. I hope you enjoy. It's a must for every library.