I hope you guys are enjoying all of the little nods to earlier interactions in the story in these last few pages :) Next week will be the final page! Be prepared!
130 thoughts on “Page 385”
That grump face… I never get tired of the fabulous expressions in Strays.
I was almost willing for forget that it’s just about the end now. Thanks Celeste and Algy for the ride! I can’t wait until the whole comic is available to buy! This story is one I’ve followed for years and reread from time to time. I only bother to buy stories good enough to reread again and again. I’m excited to see where the authors go next!
To Soon T.T
I mean… Sad it’s over…. But…. This means I finally get to complete my Strays book set right?….. :3
Yep! We’ll need help funding the final book, so we’re going to do a Kickstarter :)
Heart of Blades
Aw, such a cute page and…oh…wow…that’s right, I forgot, this is almost over. I can hardly believe it, Friday’s are gonna be so strange now without this comic. But all good things must come to an end I suppose.
Really looking forward to the final page of this amazing comic
Will there be a sequel or some other comic from you? I am going to really miss reading these.
Thank you for the wonderful years of entertainment and emotions, it’s been a wild ride! Sad to see it go, but I’d be a lot sadder if it dragged out and never ended or just died like so many other comics I’ve seen. I’m happy to see this get the resolution it deserves. Well done, and much love! Looking forward to whatever comes next!
gonna cry next week
never cried over this comic even during all the sad.
also perma grump xD love it.
Aww this page is so adorable especially the last few panels :3
Last page in the chapter and this not be over yet. It cant end
Man…I’m really going to miss looking forward to new pages of this series every Friday. Celeste and Algy, to say that we all appreciate the hard work and dedication that you two have put into this series would be an understatement. I am really looking forward to any projects that you two would work on in the future. I would like to use this as a source of motivation for anyone working on any creative projects (myself included). In the words of Shia LaBeouf: DON’T LET YOUR DREAMS BE DREAMS! Here’s to future endeavors!
Everyone. Should we sign ourselves and this series off by playing Stray by Steve Conte/Yoko Kanno and/or any song from the Wolf’s Rain soundtrack (like Strangers)? I know I will. I’ll playing that and Space Lion.
of course and the feels next week will be really due to it ending T.T loved this story
Poor annoyed Jyaku xD
I really don’t understand how the comic could end. There’s no finality to the story.
Imagine Meela come back taller than the others, that’d be a sight. Especially considering Feral is only 5’8″, so if she hits her growth spurt… I hope to see a glimpse of older! Meela. It’d quench my curiosity. x3
I agree, I think I’ll be satisfied with a time skip showing Meela all grown up.
Geez, careful when you noogie someone with horns. :-)
I honestly don’t see how this is going to be concluded within one chapter. It doesn’t even make sense to me. There are still so many things that haven’t been mentioned yet, and whenever there is an update the pages are always around the same size. So what, is it just going to be Meela walking off into the sunset with Jyaku? I’m sorry, but I have a feeling that this is just going to be another one of those webcomics that ends up getting practically dropped halfway through with the creator saying it’s completed when it’s clearly not. Don’t get me wrong, I understand just how hard it is to create a comic and put it up for free and ending up getting not nearly half of the credit you deserve for it, but I guess I’m just a little disappointed is all.
Sorry, but it’s how it’s ending. At least we’re giving it some kind of finish instead of just dropping it and walking away.
We were trying to keep it a surprise, but we do have an epilogue planned as a stretch goal for the final book’s Kickstarter. Hopefully we’ll hit the goal and get to have a few more pages to round out the story.
It’s no problem. I wish you guys the best of luck in the future and look forward to your new stories :)
I’d have to agree with you. I liked the story, but this is a bad place to end if there’s no sequel planned. It’s…unsatisfying, I guess would be the word.
It’s a different sort of ending than folks are used to, which I think is why so many people are having trouble with it. Personally, I love open-ended stories like this. Think of all the possibilities YOU and the rest of the people who love it can imagine for it! These kind of endings are perfect imagination fuel, it’s up to you and how you choose to interpret and imagine it. Don’t see it as an empty page – see it as a blank one. The pen’s in your hands now, and nothing is impossible.
So cute and bittersweet! I have enjoyed this comic for the year I have known it. The art and the story is amazing, and I hope that one day we’ll be able to return to Meoley and it’s wonderful people.
Also the facial expressions amuse me greatly.
I was curious if when the last page is posted and everything is said and done, will there be all the chapters for sale? Im hoping to buy all the books because this comic is so lovely :)
We’re actually going to host a Kickstarter to fund the final book :3 It’ll have bonuses and stuff!
Holland’s gonna be the death of mine. :)
Aww! The final panel~ So cute!!
I was wondering if you guys are planning on making some sort of epilogue, like “a few months/years later”?? I know that next week’ll be the final page, but I was hoping there’ll be more. Also, do you have any plans on a future comic perhaps??
We’re going to have an epilogue set a few years later as a stretch goal for the Volume 3 Kickstarter. And we may do other comics in the future, but nothing’s set in stone yet.
Setting up the AFC corner! All welcome, we have chocolate and snacks and pillows for all your emotional needs. ;( .
i will definitely need this next week, as will alot of other people.
I hope the story isn’t about to end, there’s so much more that we can see between them! I hope it’s just the end of this chapter….
Prepare for the final AFC meeting. Everyone invited.
I’m seriously hoping that there will be a return comic to this story where years have passed. Omg, I don’t think I can handle never seeing these two again. Too much sadness that my normal updates will vanish for my favorite webcomic! ;3;
LOL I know Feral will miss her! X3
While a conclusion doesn’t have to be an earth shattering battle, it does need to have a general flow. This seems like it should be the climax, not the end. The comic wasn’t relationship focused enough for the whole point of it to be their relationship. It was set up as more of a fantasy/comedy/adventure that seemed to be part of a bigger world and plot. I thought Jyaku was de-mystified way too quickly. The old man who knew Meela was never explained. It seemed to be setting up for bigger things in regards to the kingdom (Holland), political/racial, and world situations. I think if a story is going to be solely relationship focused, it needs to be really introspective right away so there is a clear focal point. This just feels predictable, like a let down, or like a show that got cancelled and had to be wrapped up quickly. It doesn’t pull off the open-ended thing because to do that there needs to be more set up, more tension and whatnot to feel like the ending is “earned.”
That said; I love the comic and the art! I just think the story could use some work. It seems disjointed and abrupt right now.
To be honest, we started the story without a clear focal point or even a fully completed script and unfortunately it shows. Some ideas were only half started (or just plain bad and should have been left out) and there’s really no graceful way to fix it at this point.
I wasn’t sure I would even finish this comic, it was started as a lark. So yes, there’s a lot of issues with it and I accept any criticism regarding it. But we’re ready to close the story so we gave it the best finish we could.
-panics- It cant end! No-no-no-no-no-nooooooooooooooooooooooo.
But wait whatever the heck happened to that guy on page 81? I mean I know he died but I still don’t get how he knew Meela ;-; Am I the only one or is this still something that has to be addressed?
That unfortunately was a loose end that we just couldn’t tie up gracefully before the end. Bad story-telling. Sorry :(
Can we at least be told these answers through Strays’ facebook or something? After the last panel/the epilogue is made? Loved the story and the art, and it made me really happy getting to see the improvement along the way. I’m not complaining about any of it (I myself tried to start a comic, but it was very difficult), ignore those who are trying to get ya down. You two deserve the reward of getting the chance to wrap it up while it can still be considered a good story, and that’s that.
We plan to host a Q&A after the last page and answer most of the burning questions you all still have.
What the hell. Theres still so many tings that need to be explained and so many possibilities for further story. Whats your reason for ending to ubrubtly. Im really disappointed i thought you were a better author then that.
We’ve worked 8 years on a free comic that doesn’t pay much and we’re ready to move on. We’re giving it some kind of ending instead of just dropping it and walking away.
So I guess we’re just bad authors.
This is the climax, not the end.
Some of you guys really need to get the hell over yourselves. I’m happy with this ending honestly. It gives everyone a lot to think about.
Stop whining like little bitches and get over it. It’s not your story. And honesty it’s really rude some of the comments I’m reading. I’m probably being rude by calling people out on it and how I’m wording it, but I really don’t care. Note that I’m not saying everyone’s comments are rude or distasteful.
I love this story and I couldn’t be more happy with it. And being an artist myself it upsets me when people give attitude about other artists’ choices. If you don’t like it, too bad. When or if you write your own story, do whatever you want with it. But give these girls a break. They’ve done a wonderful thing by making this comic and putting years into it. And it’s free, show some appreciation. Rant over.
Thank you :) It’s nice to see some support for at least being able to finish this comic instead of quitting it and walking away.
Since it’s over now, what happened to Meela’s mom? I suspect it has something to do with Feral being sent to kill her family.
I was hoping we might find out what happened to Meela’s mother before the end. I love this comic, love the story and the art, but this ending does feel a little abrupt. There are still questions in need of answers, is all. Unless. . .you’re planning a sequel? *hopehopehope*.
We’re planning an epilogue as a Kickstarter stretch goal, but no sequel. Sorry.
So you can only read the epilogue if you back the kickstarter or get your hands on the book?
We haven’t officially decided yet, but we do need to give supporters some kind of special bonus and give people a reason to actually buy our books.
I understand what you are saying by giving incentive, but overall it seems a little unfair. The comic as a whole has been free, and then to make just the epilogue something you need to pay for is kind of a let down. Normally epilogues are the best because they give you the final taste of an amazing story, which is what Strays is, amazing. Personally, I wouldn’t be able to buy the book or pay for anything to see the epilogue, I have to use my money for other things. But that doesn’t mean my enjoyment of the comic is worth less than that of someone who puts money towards it. I’ve been following this comic for years, like a lot of others, and I’d be disappointed if I couldn’t read the epilogue. If you want to give incentive, I know other authors ask some of their artist buddies to do some kind of art for the comic, and buyers are able to get that artwork if they donated so much to the kickstarter.
I hope the epilogue will be free to read like the rest of the comic, and that there is some kind of other incentive for people who pay to back the kickstarter. People who don’t pay are just as much of a supporter as those who do pay. They might not be able to support through money, but they can support in other ways.
Yes, we agree with everything you said. It’s just difficult to give paying supporters something extra without leaving out the people who don’t/can’t. It’s hard to balance.
That being said, we’re leaning towards releasing the epilogue online after a certain time frame (maybe a few months after the Kickstarter is fulfilled). That way paying people get the perk of reading it first but everybody else can still read it eventually.
D’awwww don’t tease Jyaku in front of the children! xD Grump faaccce!!
While I am also one of the disappointed ‘But there’s so much left unresolved!’ crowd, I do understand that maybe you guys want it that way.
That said, thank you for this beautiful comic. I’m sad to see it ending :(
The second I realised that this is the second to last I started wailing so loud that my neighbor came over to check on me. I think that proves how much I love this comic and how sad I am to see it go
if next week is the finale, is there a sequel in the works?
This is my first time reading here… Was there more to the story before this comic? I’d love to read more.
I am also sad to see it ending so soon, but it was enjoyable while it lasted^^.
Makes me sad to see so much negative critic about the comic ending, so I thought I would share how much I have appreciated the story and the art of this comic. And while it’s really sad to see it end, it has really brought me a lot of inspiration and a goal of my own. So, thank you both for sharing this story and beautiful piece of art with us all, and may everything you wish for in your future come true! After all, it’s up to you to Make it happen ;)
Jyaku=grumpy cat. Confirmed.
Also, thanks for everything, you two! I’ve only started recently but read all three right through in one sitting. It’s the best. Thank you all very much. I’ll miss all those weirdos. :)
Yeah there were a lot of loose ends left hanging that we all wish could be explored more but as a webcomic creator myself, this stuff is hard. Ideas change as you go, plot holes happen, you don’t have time to work something out fully before starting the pages because you have to keep the schedule, it’s not easy. Personally I loved Strays and I’m okay with this ending. The story started with two strangers with their own dark secrets, those secrets have been dealt with and a lovely friendship was formed through it. It’s a sweet story and awesome characters and as much as I wish there was more, mainly because I love them so much and want to see more, it’s still a sweet ending.
Thank you so much for this comic. I am sad to see it end as it has accompanied me through some tough times and was always something beautiful and steady to greet me at the end of the week. But we really can’t ask for anything more as it was something you created for us for free. Feral, Meela, Holland and the others will stay with me for a long time I think :) So thank you.
(And all those moaning about the unfinished storylines: That’s life; not all things get resolved. Just appreciate this for what it is.)
WHAAAAAAAA WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO READ NAOW?
I’ll miss Strays. It’s been a fun ride.
Thanks for making this series and for being able to see it through all the way to the end. It sounds a bit silly, but that is a fear of mine these last few years; a number of webcomics I’ve enjoyed have seen cancellation and will never be concluded properly, so it means a lot to say we get the send-off for Strays that you guys always wanted.
This will be the first comic that I started towards the beginning and have read until the end. It had been a great 8 years, and I look forward to your Q&A.
But I must ask, are you guys anything else comic wise? I would love to see some more of your work, even if it is not Strays related.
We both have comics planned and we will definitely announce them on our DeviantArt pages and here on Strays.
Thank you both for such a great comic. Its a pity that its coming to a close. However, Im liking this more open ended…well…ending. Gives me more to imagine in this beautiful world. :3 I appreciate all the hard work that went into this story.
PS-Kinda curious how Holland is able to be MIA from his royal family for so long without causing alarm. :p
Holland is fourth to the throne, so he would rather be out and enjoy his life. He sends his family messages to let them know he’s safe.