August 28, 2014
Page 2 – The End Epilogue
Hold for applause. Drop curtain.
A page nearly 7 years in the making. Wow.
I won’t deny that I got very emotional making this page. I ruminated over the writing of it a bit but the worst of it hit me while I was actually sitting down to draw it. As erratic as my update schedule has gotten in more recent years, I generally finish a page within a couple hours. This one took me most of a day.
At every step, I was thinking to how I got here. I started drawing Remember in November of 2007, as a forum thread on the Giant in the Playground forums, spinning off of the Avatar Battle Royale sub-community there. I haven’t been back there in years, but I still have the new post alert emails and I took a break from drawing this page at one point to just go back there and say thank you. The folks I met in those 35 discussion threads alone have, knowingly or otherwise, had a profound impact on my life. I don’t remember most of their names off-hand, but I did let whoever among them is still around that, hey, I’m grateful for their involvement in my life, however small it may have seemed.
I really had to take a moment to myself when I started the penultimate frame here. I pulled up my camera-facing template of Lying, got rid of its default expression, and then I plonked the smile on him. And I just, immediately, froze in my tracks. I’ve known this character for almost a decade, I’ve seen him go from someone who was my age when I started and now he has a family, he has a vast array of friends, he has literally been through hell and back. I’ve done horrible things to him, I’ve injured him, I’ve tortured him, I’ve been the architect of every bad day he’s ever had.
And there he was, smiling at me.
I’m tearing up right now just thinking about it, but I owe a debt of gratitude to every character in this story. The past 7 years have been some of the darkest and the hardest of my life, with so many problems and so many uphill struggles, and they’ve been with me every step of the way. They smiled when I couldn’t, they fought when I wanted to give up, and when I had to start slowing down updates they waited patiently to jump into position. Not one of them ever abandoned me and I can’t think of a single one who would want to.
I’ll miss writing Sildyu. I’ll miss drawing Rain. I’ll miss everyone really. I’ll miss Lying most of all perhaps, because it’s his name that so many of my friends refer to me by these days. I’ll never forget how much they all meant to me, every one.
And so it is, on this threshold to something new, I shed a tear in an empty room, typing on my keyboard. A tear of sadness knowing that I’ll be moving forward into new prospects without the wonderful people I’ve had the privilege to share with everyone, and a tear of joy knowing that they were there at all.
Feel free to go back through the archive and see how I got here, and keep watch of my Twitter for first light of any news on what follows. I don’t intend to stop writing, I don’t intend to stop drawing, and I don’t intend to stop making people smile.