And so Tozo and Klikker go quietly on to new adventures…

Dear Tozo readers and friends,

You’ll see the little yellow box with THE END so dramatically displayed at the bottom of this strip. And yes, this is the end for Chapter 5 and the end for Tozo – The Public Servant. However, it is not the end of Tozo’s story.

For the past five years, Tozo has been a major part of my weekly routine and I’ve loved every second of it. I never thought I would actually make it this far! I’ve enjoyed telling the story and bringing Tozo’s world to life. I’ve been thrilled that there are readers who have wanted to read the tale and have kept with it over the years, in spite of its sedate pace and the occasional irregular postings. I’ve treasured the comments and emails, and meeting readers at conventions. Thank you all so much for your kind words, patience and just plain friendliness.

But, like Tozo, I’m in need of a break. A chance to recharge, practice my craft, and do other, different things. I’ve been fortunate that – through some of the people I’ve met from drawing comics like Tozo – I’ve found myself with some opportunities that I’d like to explore. Not comics, necessarily, but other creative endeavours. And so I’m going to put Tozo to one side for a while: the end of this arc feels like a sensible, timely place, without leaving Tozo, or the reader, in too much limbo.

I’m not going to use the dreaded ‘hiatus’ word that has developed such a sense of finality about it when applied to webcomics. Tozo’s story is one I’ve had with me for years and I am determined to tell it. So I invite you to join me again after a-year-and-a-bit of holiday for the start of Tozo – the Empire of the Spider.Β  It all kicks off on Wednesday September 4th 2013.

The website will stay up, although I will be giving it the long-needed overhaul at some stage. I’ll also be posting when the print version of Chapter 5 becomes available (early autumn), as well as the collected edition, so do add Tozo to your RSS feeds if you haven’t already. If you like, send an email to tozocomic at gmail dot com with the subject ‘mailing list’ and I’ll send out an email reminder when the time comes. If you’d like to keep in touch with what I’m up to in the meantime, feel free to follow my blog at http://scribblehound.com.

Thank you once again for reading and I hope to see you back here in a year’s time.

With very best wishes,


17 thoughts to “255”

  1. I for one will set my electronic calendar for September 4, 2013 for Tozo – The Empire of the Spider. Till then, good luck and more power Mr. David.

  2. Me too would like to thank you for sharing your wonderful comic with us. I don’t remember how I first found it but it was around a year ago if my memory serves me correctly. What I do remember is seeing that beautiful first page, the crisp artwork, so reminiscent of Herge, and I loved it. It has been a pleasure and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.

  3. I found this comic when you just had posted your previous update, and I were hooked from the start(uh, end?)! I don’t know if I’m lucky or not to discover Tozo at this point! Anyhow, you’ve inspired me to step up my own game and really work with my art! Thank you David, and thank you Tozo and Klikker for the great entertainment!

  4. Oh, we’ll miss you and Tozo so much, David! I love this ending. Thank you for all your wonderful art and story…truly one of my favorite webcomics. I have added September 4, 2013 to my calendar as well and look forward to it. Blessings on all your future endeavors. I have also added your blog to my favorites list and will check in now and again. Again, thank you. πŸ™‚

  5. Best to you and Tozo and my beloved Doge, I for one, cannot wait now till September next! Thank you for making this wonderful story for us, it is ever so well done πŸ™‚

  6. Just set my calendar, can’t wait to see what happens next. Borello is up to something I just know it! Thank you David for the wonderful story and art

  7. Thank you so much for your storytelling! I’m glad you have other avenues that you are pursuing; I wish you well in them.

    A nice, haunting ending: Tozo, Klikker and that supreme survivor the ex-Doge dwindling into the distance as they begin their new journey… To know that we’ll be rejoining them, and the other characters left behind, is worth a wait.

    See you next year; I’ll bring a pan of orange brownies!

  8. Whew, I’m glad I’ve got a calendar that runs into next year!

    Also, that I stopped to read the text at the bottom, after the initial lurch of sadness when I saw “The End”.

    See you in 2013!

  9. Thank you for the beautiful pictures, the fun story, the excitement. I have loved every installment. I shall re-read it from the beginning and eagerly await the next beginning.

  10. Thank you and good luck, David. I had a lot of fun following Tozo’s adventures. Your storytelling and art have given joy to people all over the world, and we very much appreciate it. Enjoy your time off, and we’ll be looking forward to more adventures with Tozo next year.

    Your work was a huge inspiration when I re-started my own webcomic a few years back, and even without updates I’ll continue to link to your site an tell people about your comics.

  11. Congratulations on reaching “The End”! Even if it’s only the first one. And thanks for sharing this excellent comic. πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks all for your comments everyone, particularly the regular guys, and being part of Tozo’s journey! See you in the future!
    @Jago 7k – More power! YES!
    @Frisian – you’re welcome!
    @H – thank you!
    @Sarah Maj – Good luck with your projects. I’m thrilled I had a part in it!
    @Katie S – thank you!
    @Nicole – I’ll miss your comments Nicole. Thanks so much for your support.
    @dgc2 – thank you. Lots of adventures for the Doge ahead, I promise.
    @Cybergranola – you’re welcome. Borello is always up to something…
    @Mark Linimon – yes! That should keep you off the streets for a bit, anyway.
    @wright1 – brownies are always welcome!
    @JTA – almost caught you there, John!
    @Sean + – thank you!
    @Scott M – see you there!
    @Adrian – that’s really kind, Adrian. Jumbo Deluxe is huge fun – I love it!
    @Gillsing – you’re welcome!

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