Posted by Ben in Behind the Scenes on May 17th 2013 @ 4:38pm GMT
Today marks the last page of the last complete story of Jump Leads for the foreseeable future. To say this is an emotional day for me is... well, even by British standards that something of an understatement.

Thank you for reading, and for your support and love over the last six years. Even when that love was expressed by leaving angry comments about our sporadic update schedule. I know even that anger came from a place of love, and I am sorry we weren't able to keep this train rolling.

I imagine some of you might be a tad disappointed with how this story ends. Let me tell you the story of how this ending came to be.

"The Voyage Home" was supposed to have finished months ago. Years ago. This issue was really supposed to be the end of a chapter - our season finale, if you will. It would have been followed by a four-issue arc that would have continued directly from where TVH left off, and after that... well, exciting new things were afoot.

The scripts were mostly written. Much of the development was done. We know where Straub is going, what he's doing, why he's doing it. Not being able to share that with you is life a knife to the gut.

When JjAR first told me way back in, I think, 2009, that his freelance schedule was starting to pile up and new pages would slow down, I understood entirely. Jump Leads is a labor of love, and we make next to no money telling this story. JjAR had to think first and foremost about putting food on his table. That we were able to hold on to him for so long - that he was interested in Jump Leads at all - is remarkable in itself.

For a while we eased JjAR's workload by bringing on an additional colorist, the phenomenally talented Kris Carter (colorist for a number of IDW titles including Doctor Who and Transformers, as well as one of the minds behind indie scifi-comedy comic series Lou Scannon). Kris had already contributed the entirety of our eighth issue, "Waterworld", essentially a fan-comic that we enjoyed so much we made it canon.

But JjAR still didn't have time to make the comic. It seemed like things would end before the issue would even be completed.

That's when Mr. Phillby stepped in and offered to help us finish the story. His approach and art style differed from JjAR's, but he was crucially offering to help us finish the story. Which he did. It took a while - like JjAR, Mr. Phillby is a busy guy - but we got there in the end. That, to me, was more important than anything else. Giving you guys closure.

Except I haven't done that, have I?

I could have rewritten the ending. Some of the other writers actually suggested I do that - tie things up, have Llewellyn and Meaney make it off the ship together, and show them either getting home, or jumping off to new adventures. I could have done either of those things, I suppose. It would have been so easy.

But it's not what happens next, and it wouldn't have been true to the characters - Meaney wanted to get home, sure, but Llewellyn? Getting home is not a satisfactory ending for him. That's not where he's heading. I could argue it's not where Meaney is heading either, but it'd be a one-sided argument because I know where they're heading. I know what happens next. I kept the ending as is, although I did extend the ending a little, incorporating elements of Andrew's script for the first issue of the next arc.

So you get this ending, in the hopes that it turns out not to be an ending at all. In the hopes that somehow, one way or another, I get to show you what happens next.

Until then.

Posted by Euan Mumford on May 17th 2013 @ 9:46pm GMT
I actually think this is a satisfactory ending (if, understandably, not perfect).

The comic has always been about the relationship between Meaney - the bright eyed idealist - and Llewellyn - the cynic. Their odd couple dynamic is, arguably, the central focus of everything which happens. We know Meaney regards Llewellyn as a friend (he says as much here - but Llewellyn's feelings have been harder to pin down.

This is as a result of Llewellyn's grumpy exterior and reluctance to help others out. We are constantly questioning where his sympathies lie and whether he's even capable of true friendship. And yet, through his relationship with Meaney, we've seen him find his moral compass (even if he still struggles with it sometimes) and become a good man. Though he flat-out tells Meaney he's not his friend, his actions as the story draws to a close says otherwise.

Llewellyn didn't care about 'getting home'. But he does care about Meaney. He's going to search for him, no matter how long it takes.

Because that's what friends do.

Posted by Euan Mumford on May 17th 2013 @ 9:48pm GMT
ADDITIONAL: I know it's odd to write my opinions on the finale when I'm one of the writers. But hey, I'm a fan too. Wink

Posted by Radhil on May 18th 2013 @ 3:26am GMT
Thank you for the story, all of it. Best of luck to you Ben, one way or another.

Posted by Blight on May 19th 2013 @ 6:08am GMT
it's been nothing but a pleasure following this comic over the years, and while i am sad to see it go, i understand.
I am satisfied with the ending. Could you send me an email if you start this project back up or if you start a new one?

Until then. - a faithful reader.

Posted by some guy on May 20th 2013 @ 12:15am GMT
thanks a lot Ben and all the crew for this amazing work.
I'm so sad to see it end Sad
Anyway good luck for future projects, and hopefully one day jump leads will become a real series and we'll get to see a better ending

Posted by DawnPaladin on May 23rd 2013 @ 11:22pm GMT
Is there a mailing list we can join to be notified if and when this project comes to life again?

Posted by Me-me on May 25th 2013 @ 1:05pm GMT
I second the mailing list. Keep it on a hallowed USB disk in a puzzlebox a drawer in the attic with a cryptic riddle on top regarding its use and how to unlock the puzzlebox.

Also put my name and email on it.

Posted by MisterAsimov on May 28th 2013 @ 3:36am GMT
I've quite enjoyed the comic, and I understand why you're ending this way.

But if you have all of that other stuff written, and you're not foreseeably going to use it, can't you just release the script/plot not/whatever to give us closure and let the remainder of the story see the light of day?

Posted by Me-me on May 29th 2013 @ 5:11am GMT
I would like to say that MisterAsimov doesn't represent all of your fanbase. I'd rather keep hope for the series to yet rise again.

Posted by Rob on June 6th 2013 @ 8:34pm GMT
Just wanted to say thanks to you all for making this awesome comic for us and sticking through to give us an ending. Too many good comics have just stopped dead in the middle of the story and I really appreciate your hard work to give us an ending.

All the best for the future, and thanks!

Posted by Chris on June 10th 2013 @ 2:42am GMT
It has been a pleasure reading through this comic over the past few months. I have hope for the series, and I truly hope that you and everyone involved in the Jump Leads process find success wherever you go.

Again, it has been a pleasure.

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