I was going to write a long message on the front page of the site, but since I am going to be breaking it into pieces next week, I thought perhaps I would write it on the blog instead.
I've been working on Scary Go Round for seven and a half years, which is longer than I've done anything else - longer than grammar school or any job I've done. I was 25 when I started, and I vowed that unlike the comics I'd made before, this would be a nice coherent whole, visually consistent and professional! Well what a roaring success that turned out to be. The last strip (the 1785th) bears absolutely no relation whatsoever to the first. But the journey's the thing and I emerge older and wiser, mostly older, so old.
I have received tremendous encouragement over the years from other artists, but I want to especially thank Andrew Bell, Kelly Vivanco, Vera Brosgol and S. Britt, gifted people who all encouraged me (gently or otherwise) to try new things. I also want to thank my friend Marc Malone, who was meant to have drawn the comic with me. Your old friends still miss you, Marc.
There's been plenty written on the blog this year about why it was time to finish - but mostly it boils down to the fact that I don't feel that anything should run forever. Webcomics grew out of people who wanted to draw newspaper comic strips, and with that seems to come the notion that we should whittle away at life-long works. But unless you're whittling - and I choose my words carefully here - some kind of "magic tree", eventually you will end up with nothing left.
So while I know that any new project offers an excellent jumping-off point, and that there will always be a small section of readers who want leftovers warmed up and served up over and over again, I reassure myself that Scary Go Round's audience has been willing to stick with me through endless changes of tack.
In a lot of ways the new comic is a cross between the very first Scary Go Rounds and the very last. But then it's nothing like either of them. There I am, chasing my tail again. Forming a circle when viewed from the sky.