I am still a little messed up from these last few pages. I've told the entire flashback now, I brought it around. I did it. The story isn't done, of course, still a few chapters left, but the circle is complete and all those questions about how we got here are answered.
I feel proud, I feel exhausted, I feel strangely emptied, and with the final pages in sight I wonder if it's all been a massive waste of the dying embers of my youth, but no one can take it away from me.
Yeah. Crazy to think, or be reminded now, that this all has been a flashback. I’m really looking forward to the final beats of this tale. More than ever now, seeing how well you’ve played the long game. Michelle is out there. Possibilities abound.
God, this webcomic has been such a presence in my life for the longest time, I'm not looking forward to its inevitable absence from my routine. Thank you so much for gifting us with this story.
And what a wild ride it's been. But it's been a fun ride. You brought us low, brought us high, made us laugh, made us cry, made us learn, but most importantly, made us -relate-. I wish I had an iota of your character developing skills, to make characters so easy to identify with and feel empathy for.
Anyhoo, cheers, Gibson, and thank you. I'll be there for the finale. Can't wait to see what happens from here!
These are characters I will never forget, in a story that's made a mark on me and my life. I don't want the story to end, just like I never wanted to lose touch with the friends that I have lost over the years. Such things happen, and just like real friends, while I will regret the eventual loss of these characters, I will cherish the rest of the story and the time I have with this bunch.
I'm an older reader that came of age in the late 80's/early 90's - and this is the finest piece of storytelling in a graphic medium I have ever read. It is easily in my top 10 fiction -of any sort - of all time.
Good art is its own excuse and this has been incredible art. Do not think that a second you have put into this story was wasted. You have told a rich and memorable story. One I would stand next to any novel on my shelves. Be proud of what you have done here and be assured that it is a labor worthy of your time.
Regrets? Are you insane?
Considering that only a few succeeds in completing such a ginormous task as to bringing to a fitting end their work of a lifetime, you for sure aren't allowed to have any kind of regrets ;) This was an amazing journey following the story deploying and coming to a complete circle. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting us, the readers, to go to such extents. You did it. And you have to be enormously proud of it, because you deserve it. Congrats Mr. Twist, Chapeau!
Gibson I've been following Pictures Of You for ages. I think I jumped on the wagon somewhere between Book I and II maybe. I don't know, it was towards the end of 2008 I believe and I was going through some tough times.
Without you knowing it, Peter and Andy and the gang were my companions through much of my adult life and while I struggled with depression and friends leaving and a lovelife that got me near suicide multiple times, reading about their struggles made me feel less alone with it.
I'm not gonna say you saved my life, (because I did that myself) but your comic certainly helped bring me along from nothing but a deeply depressed, stupid, droppout mid-twenty-something to a midly melancholic, stupid, employed mid-thirty-something.
You helped me grow up a little and sometimes you were just the one who understood without even knowing I existed.
Please know, that the story of those damn fools is a cherished part of the life of at least one of your readers, and I believe there are many more like me.
I read those original first pages at LEAST a decade ago. In that time I went from a sober cis hetero male highschooler to...None of those things! It's been a hoot, tho Peter definitely had a lot more ups and downs than me...Which I think is for the best. Tho I Do wish I had a friend to teach me chess.
And as I continue working on the backlog for my first serious attempt at a comic since way back then? I hope in another decade's time I'll be able to look at what I've done and wonder if it was worth it, and have people who've been with me all that time assure me it was.
You sure as Hell did it, man! Keep doin' it. Or don't, tbh, you fuckin earned that. But I suspect nothing can ever stop you or something would have by now.