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» Comics - The End! - January 4th, 2019, 10:35 am

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WalkedAway, January 4th, 2019, 10:35 am

Well, well, well
It's finally finished! Thank you so much to everyone who read this comic, beit in the past when I first started drawing it, or those re-reading it now, or those only just finding out about it now... it's been a ride!!

I've changed a lot since first starting this comic, I've been through some very tough times and actually, am currently going through tough times with my mum going through terminal brain cancer. 2018 was an incredibly difficult year and I had to "reset" with a lot of things; at first I thought having to "reset" was bad, like I was taking steps backwards instead of moving forwards like everyone else. But actually, how often have you thought, "man, if only I could go back and do that again properly" ...I've been somewhat lucky enough to be given a chance to start over from the top. And that's sort of why I decided to come back to this comic and finish it off; I'm spending a lot of time in my childhood home, I don't have time to draw my main webcomic but I still had the urge to draw comics, so things all sort of fell in place for me to able able to, and WANT to draw this comic. The last time I posted on the site was 2015 I think, and I thought I was so wise and grown! Hah!!

If you've stuck around - thank you!! This comic was completed just for you. And I'm not joking! I've loved reading the comments and messages about this. It's still embarrassing to re-read the comic, and I haven't drawn in a "manga" style proooobably since 2012, so uh, hopefully I did okay!!

If I were drawing this comic from the start today, of course there's loads of stuff I'd change. I'd make it more diverse, that's for sure! Not to be all JK Rowling, but I'd previously envisioned Alice & June as POC (Chinese and White/Black mixed, respectively) but as you can clearly see, I had NO idea how to portray that at all!! Even though I had good intentions, I was young and ignorant, and now I'm older I'm a lot more considerate about these sorts of things, actually doing research, taking on board people's advice/suggestions/etc when creating diverse characters... I'm still learning!
Another thing that I'd do is make the comic more queer... back when I was 15/16 and really getting into drawing this story, I was incredibly insecure about my sexuality. It was to the point where my thought process really was, "If there's gay characters, people will think I'M gay!!" And as it turns out, I'm bi! Hi!! What are the odds.

So, I hope you enjoyed the end of the story. I'm actually still active on smackjeeves now, with my webcomic "The Enchanted Book" - come say hi to me @AshlingDraws !! I'm also "AshlingDraws" on twitter, fb and instagram if you want to follow my work elsewhere! And yep, my name is Ashling! OoOoOo!

Thank you so so much for reading the story. I'm sorry it took so long and sorry for giving up so close to the end! I hope that despite all that, the ending did yous proud <3

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Nemu (Guest), January 5th, 2019, 1:16 am

Heyy this is Nemu. (Hiro) I re-read and read the whole thing! I'm so happy that you actually finished it, CONGRATS!! It was so good and non cheesy and good and I related to it a lot so it almost made me tear up... ; ; Especially with how Chloe thinks ; ; Anyways, it was really good and I'm proud of you! The characters were realistic and very well done! May this year treat you well and stay safe! Thank you again for finishing it! ^^/ Good job!

Thea., January 5th, 2019, 4:57 am

I'm so glad you came back to and finished this! It's great to have closure on a story I really loved. I ended up re-reading it when you started posting pages again the other week, and I was kinda worried it wouldn't hold up but it actually did, considering how long ago you made it! I'm sure it's nice for you to have some closure too.

I'm sorry about what you're going through irl, my best wishes to you and your family. Congratulations on finishing 123 Step - it's an amazing achievement and I wish you all the best for the future!

zetina, January 5th, 2019, 9:33 am

congrats on completing the comic!! :D

WalkedAway, January 5th, 2019, 12:26 pm

@Nemu - Nemu/Hiro!! Thank you so much aww! I'm glad its still re-readable after all this time haha, and super glad you came back to read the finale :D Happy 2019!!

@Thea. - I had the same worries too haha! I think parts of it are a little dated but for the most part I think its okay! Thank you so much, I hope I made lil 2009 me proud haha!

@zetina - Thank you so much!!

LuigiFreak, June 25th, 2019, 5:34 pm

Thanks so much for finishing this! Gives me a bunch of closure :) I've reread it a few times over the years. This was an important comic for me growing up, so thank you! Also congratulations for finishing it :)

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