The end of "Avalon", in more ways than one

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Postby Q99 on Mon Oct 25, 2004 10:46 pm

Josh Phillips wrote:I the rest of the webcomics community seems to have missed it, and there's been no fanfare.


Well, I don't know his thoughts on the End, but David Willis seems to have given you some props in the news section of it'sWalky today on the event of his comic's ending.


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Postby svenman on Tue Oct 26, 2004 2:18 pm

Josh Phillips wrote:So my thanks go out to everyone who's chimed in here, because every single "thank you" makes me feel better about what I've done, and it makes it a lot easier for me to move forward [...].


Happy to hear this. I hope that looking back you can feel that creating Avalon was worth your time - I sure feel it was worth mine reading it!

Too bad you couldn't take us all the way, but it's still been a great ride.
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Postby Wheresmybeer on Tue Oct 26, 2004 7:00 pm

Josh Phillips wrote:I don't think I ever really mentioned this, but it keeps coming to mind as people continue to comment on Avalon's run:

I really appreciate all of the kind words. For a while I was dismayed that Avalon's conclusion went by rather silently; the rest of the webcomics community seems to have missed it, and there's been no fanfare. But instead, readers have been going out of their way to let me know how important Avalon was, and I've realized that's far higher praise.

So my thanks go out to everyone who's chimed in here, because every single "thank you" makes me feel better about what I've done, and it makes it a lot easier for me to move forward (no, I haven't freed myself of the webcomic bug quite yet).

JOSH.



Well here's another:

Thanks, Josh, for a great work of art.
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Postby TheAuldGrump on Wed Oct 27, 2004 2:00 am

I am going to miss Avalon. no other comic has ever pulled me into its story in quite the same way, though I have kept looking Avalon was unique. Drawing ever closer to an ending, yet always bringing in new story lines.

I kept hoping that Josh would start Avalon up again, and have been trying to deny to myself that it was over.

Even the fan comicss were part of what once was Avalon. Avalon 5, and Darth Paradox's Ryan & Dierdre storyline still stand out. (Though deep inside I keep hoping that Dart will finish his arc.)

The fan art, whether from the kids, or pr0n.

The Fan fics, and the technical discussions aboutthem.

The gang on the forums.

I will miss you all.

Good luck Josh, and thanks for the memories. If ever you do come back there will be ans waiting for you.

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Postby AwakeAndAlive1 on Fri Nov 12, 2004 7:32 pm

I'd like to say Thanks, but I can't. Thanks would require an ending, and the comic didn't end; it was abandoned. Not that there's anything wrong with that: artists always abandon some of their work. It's just too bad it had to be his up-till-now magnum-opus.

But still, it was a great strip you had there and your art/storytelling definitely improved with time. Good luck
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Postby Marcos on Sat Nov 13, 2004 12:04 am

Have you actually looked at the site? Seems like an ending to me.
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Postby AwakeAndAlive1 on Sat Nov 13, 2004 1:11 pm

All he did was give a broad, general summary of the ending he had once planned. But the STRIP, the COMIC had no end. We just know what he MIGHT have done had he not grown bored with the whole enterprise.
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Postby Mravac Kid on Sat Nov 13, 2004 3:24 pm

*hope rekindled, Mravac Kid starts paddling down the river*
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Postby Symok on Wed Nov 17, 2004 7:55 am

Q99 wrote:
Symok wrote:I have everything up to May 16, 2002 strip 3:139. At some point, Ill try to do it this week, I'll download the rest and make them all available in a ZIP archive to anyone who wants them.


Any word on this?


Ack, sorry, no... Ive been busy with school work (and general lazyness) also my site is currently trapped behind my router's firewall anyway.. (one of my housemates is using port 80 for his own site. I tried to get some port redirection thing going on but it didnt work. Eventually we're gonna get one computer set up to serve both his and my pages, its just a matter of getting one of our other housmates to re-crimp the network cable (its corssover but needs to be straight-through)) SORRY! :( I will post whenver I get it done ...

Edit to add: Ill post it in the ItsWalky! forums (KS and NS) as well, and maybe one or two others just to make sure anyone who might want it is aware :)
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Postby karlbob2000 on Wed Jan 05, 2005 6:21 pm

Thanks, Josh.

Thank you for giving all of us so much of your time, your effort, your soul.

Avalon is indeed something special among webcomics. I'm very glad to see that people are archiving it, because a piece of webcomic history would be lost if Avalon disappeared completely.

To me, what makes Avalon so remarkable is the fact that it captivates people without any of the "hooks" common to other comics. It has no characters with mysterious powers, no unearthly setting, no gunfights or swordfights, no magic or superscience.

What it does have are a startlingly realistic cast, excellent character development, and intricate, well-timed plotting. Those are enough to make a lasting success of any story, whether it is presented as a webcomic, a movie or a novel.

It's a paradox that you can describe Avalon to someone so simply: "It's a comic about some high school kids and their families", yet we have spent a collective total of thousands of hours discussing it.

Avalon is a major achievement, don't ever doubt that.
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Postby Pixiest on Mon Apr 18, 2005 1:26 pm

I hadn't read Avalon in years. One of those things where you get busy and forget all the things you used to do for fun...

Someone reminded me of this place on another board so I came back to see what happened to all the kids I used to read about.

And I found the place deserted, ended... gone.

Thank you for the time you put into this Josh. Thank you for letting me play with your imaginary friends. And thank you for typing out the ending and letting me know it ended the way I wanted it to, even if only in text.

And I'm sorry for being so late in saying this.

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Postby Marcos on Mon Apr 18, 2005 9:33 pm

There are still some of us hanging around. The place even gets a new post every now and then!
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Postby Spaceman42 on Wed Apr 20, 2005 2:06 am

Yeah. Most of the Lynchers have moved on, though, to other boards, other projects, other speculations.

Jeez, there should've been a GALA! A final BLOWOUT for the End of Avalon! It should have ended with cheery farewells and Vera Lynn, not with a slow and lingering death... *sigh*

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Postby Mravac Kid on Mon Apr 25, 2005 2:33 pm

There is no death! For as long as I have Avalon fanart to color, the forum will survive! :)
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Postby pbscientist on Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:12 pm

Josh, I would just like to say thank you for sharing your own little world with us. I started reading it two years ago, and despite the constant delays at the time it was one that I checked every day for a year, until the end. I did this because it was one of the few comics that was not simply an excuse to get a few jokes in around the talking rabbits and the flying bullets. This comic has touched me in a way few other things have (I am crying right now, which is something I haven't done in nearly 5 years, through the deaths of friends and moving from town to town). I was angry at your final writings, which said it would never be finished (if I do not see the end in a comic, it will not be real), but it is your choice and your life to live.

I would like to salute you for your creativity, and ask that you continue to draw and write, for it makes the world a better place. I would ask what you are doing now in your life, that I may wish you good times in your life ahead. And remember a lesson I learned from your comic. Life does not always turn out in the most idyllic fashion, but as long as you accept it and are willing to work with what you have, you can make the world bearable no matter how unbearable it seems.
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