Kickstarter Update – Nearly Completed

Well, we’re long overdue for an update here, aren’t we?

The Kickstarter was an all-around success and we’ve been busy working hard on everything that goes into it. You’ll be happy to know that, thanks to the generosity of readers, the epilogue was fully funded! It actually ended up being 9 pages instead of 8, since we needed a little more room for the script than we originally anticipated, but more is always better! And it also took a little longer to complete than we thought it would since the holidays really got in the way and impeded our progress, but I’m happy to report that we finally have the books in hand and have already begun shipping Kickstarter rewards.

We’re currently working on the sketched-on bookplates, which will be the most time-consuming rewards to fill, and we’re also waiting on the full order of Holland’s swan pendant. We’re hoping to have everything sent out by the end of July at the very latest. Once all Kickstarter rewards are fulfilled, all items (including any leftover bonus items) will be listed for sale here in the online shop! So be sure to keep an eye out for that if you missed out on the Kickstarter project.

And, for those of you who have been patiently waiting, yes, we still plan to post the epilogue here! We want the Kickstarter to be completely fulfilled before we do that, as we promised to our backers, so we’re estimating that (if all goes well) we’ll be posting it sometime around the beginning of August. We really had fun working on it, so we hope you guys will enjoy it!

We know it’s been a long time coming, so your patience is really appreciated :)

Final Page Delayed

Well, today was supposed to be the final page of the comic, but we’ve made a decision and decided to delay it and go backwards a little first.

There was a conversation that I cut out of the script for various reasons and I have regretted it ever since. I don’t want to take the final volume to print with any regrets, so we’re going back and adding that scene back in. It’s going to be three pages long and takes place immediately after Page 379.

So, hooray, you guys get three more updates! Woo! We’re going to try to get them done quickly, but we may have to stick to the usual once-a-week update for these as well. It just depends on how fast we can do them. Next week might be a double update with the other two pages of this scene, but no promises ;)

So, where is today’s update? You can find it here, the NEW Page 380!

Edit Aug 28: The new Page 381 is now up here!

Edit Sept 04: The new Page 382 is up here! This concludes the additional pages, so next week will be the final page and the end of comic Q&A!

Coming to a Close (Edits and more)


So, the comic is coming to an end, and it seems we’ve left quite a few people with a sense of incompletion, so I wanted to take a few moments to talk about it.

Leaving the comic incomplete wasn’t our intention, and this ending is the ending we’ve always had planned. But we also planned this comic to be very open in regards to where the story can go in between all of the “important” pieces. This is mainly due to the fact that when I started this comic 8 years ago I thought it would be a SUPER GREAT idea to be able to do ANYTHING with it, not realizing it needed way more structure than I gave it. I wanted to be able to continue the comic indefinitely and wrap it up at any time I wanted to. This sounded great at the time, but I know better now. As a result of this, we ended up with half-formed ideas that would have been better left out, or ideas and characters that were not able to be properly expanded upon. Unless we keep going indefinitely, which just isn’t possible.

I make no excuses for any of this other than I didn’t know better. I admit I made mistakes with the story and writing, but I have learned so much from this project so I’m glad that I did it. And I hope you guys can still enjoy it for what it is. A lot of you have the feeling that there is so much more to be told in this world and with these characters, and you’re right. There is so much potential. But we are going to have to leave that potential up to your imaginations.


Regarding the “open” ending, this is how we wanted it, but we know you guys want at least a taste of the future of our beloved gang for a greater sense of closure. We are planning to host a Kickstarter to fund the final book very soon, and the most important stretch goal will be an eight page epilogue set 3 years in the future. I have already scripted it out and I think you guys will love it. We hope with your support we can make it a reality!

If funded, we will complete the epilogue for the book and will release it online sometime after the Kickstarter is fulfilled.


Finally, there is one major loose end in this story that has always bothered me – and bothered you readers as well. This is in regards to the very first mission that Meela and Feral did together back in Chapter 3, involving an older gentleman and his mysterious knowledge of Meela when she was younger. This is one of those half-formed ideas I was talking about before. I thought it would be fun to tease the readers a little and left the burden of explaining this event up to Future Me, who eventually realized Past Me was an idiot and I had no decent way to do it.

In order to round out the story and get rid of that loose end, we have decided to change it. We have made edits to the following pages: Page 62, Page 81, Page 82 and Page 89. I know some of you may not like the change, but I’m much happier with it this way, so I hope you can accept it.

And the original explanation of this event? (SPOILERS – DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE COMIC YET) The gentleman and his wife were known for harboring fugitives in the form of half demons like Meela and her brother, who found their way to his doorstep shortly after their father was killed. They stayed with them for a little bit before an anti-demon group randomly made an attack on the house, setting it aflame. Meela and her brother fled into the night, the wife perished in the fire, and the husband was left with no option but to escape into solitude or likely be killed himself. Feral was the last of many bounty hunters hired by the anti-demon group trying to get at him.

A rather pointless tie-in in retrospect, and something we were never able to explain, so it’s better off just being changed to expand upon Meela’s idealisms and character growth instead. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to ask!


And lastly, I just want to say thank you to everybody that has read the comic, whether you’ve been reading for years or just now found it. Creating a full-color comic isn’t easy and if it weren’t for the support and love of the readers we might have dropped it a long time ago.

We know you’re sad to see it end, especially when there’s so much more that can be done with it, but it’s time for us to move on to new endeavors and we hope you can understand. Rest assured that we have wrapped up (or at least explained) the most important pieces of the story, so anything left open is intended to be that way. We will also be hosting a Q&A after the last page of the comic next week, so we fully intend to explain almost anything you all are left wondering about.

Both Algy and I have plans for new stories to tell in the future, so we hope you’ll keep an eye out if you want to see more from us, even if it’s not related to Strays ;)