So, yesterday I was working on outlines and story details, something I do from time to time to make sure that I’m on track with everything story-wise before I draw, and as I was scribbling the outline it really hit me how close Zap! is to being over. I knew we’ve been well over the halfway point for a long time, but I just kept saying to myself “Oh, there’s two arcs left” but there isn’t! Not anymroe!
There’s just one whole story arc left after we finish this one, and this one is starting the uphill climb to the roller coaster finish. I kind of can’t believe it!
Zap! has been a daily part of my life for the past nine years. In that time I graduated high school, went to and graduated college, got jobs, bought a house, and so many other life experiences, but there wasn’t a day that went by were I didn’t think about Zap! in some way. I’ll be honest with you and say that I kind of had a moment when I realized where I’m at in drawing this thing; that I’ll be drawing the ending in the not-so-distant future.
Now, don’t fret about it being over so soon, you guys. It’s still going to take me a couple years to draw through it all, and there’s so many amazing things about to happen in the story, you’re going to love it! I’m so excited to be able to show it to you. I know many of you have been waiting for something very specific to happen, and I just know the wait is going to be worth it for you!
When Chris and I started this comic all those years ago, we thought we’d have a few readers, but I don’t know! I never thought about being here. I never thought we’d go to SDCC or print books or be invited as convention guests. I never thought I’d meet so many amazing people. Some of you have been reading since the beginning and I’m just so grateful! I’ve made friends with some of you and I’m sure there are more of you who are really neat people who I’ll never meet, but I’m still glad you found us and sat down and read this thing. I hope it brought you all as much joy as it has brought me over the years!
I don’t know what spurred this. It’s kind of mushy, I guess. I’m not normally emotional about stuff like this, but I guess this comic has grown to mean a lot to me. I just appreciate all of you, and this experience! I’ve learned so much.
So, as we wrap up the last two story-arcs, I hope you all can take a moment to enjoy your Zap! experience. We’ve still got a few years left together. I think they will be good ones.