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 SpiderIt 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,


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Today (Saturday 17th) tozocomic.com was hacked. I happened to be online when the alert came through so have been able to act quickly. However, the site is still very broken and I’m afraid all comments from last Wednesday’s post have been lost (I backup the site on Tuesday). I’m working on sorting things out but I probably won’t be able to get everything looking quite how it was. I’ve been planning an overhaul of the site for a while so I’m grasping at that particular silver lining to this irritating cloud. Please bear with me in the meantime!

ETA: Everything looks to be working apart from the customization of the site’s appearance, which I don’t appear to have backed up in my wisdom. I’m not sure the RSS feed is working quite right but will look into further.

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Last time: Tozo found himself with an audience.

Back to normal now – sorry about the blip, but I hope you enjoyed the little diversion.

I had a great time at the recent London Small Press Expo – it was very quiet to begin with but still managed to be my best convention yet, sales-wise. Go figure, as they say. One discovery was Katie Green: she does some lovely illustration work and produces a regular zine called the Green Bean Zine. It’s filled with all kinds of different stuff with a personal appeal to Katie – I love it when people do something a bit different. Her shop is here.

I’m not sure how many people actually view the Tozo website directly (rather than via RSS readers and so on) but I’m planning on giving it a bit of a facelift in the next couple of weeks. The WordPress theme I use has had several newer versons developed since I installed it and has gained a lot of useful features. However it also seems to be rather over-engineered so it might take me a little while to get things quite right, just in case you see anything odd.

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Last time: Tozo interrupted the hookball match.

This had to be shown in one piece really…

And that’s the end of Chapter 4! There’ll be a little epilogue next week, which I think you’ll like, then I’m going to take a couple of weeks off to recharge my batteries before commencing Chapter 5.

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Last time: The hookball match was at a stalemate, but the Ombra Society assassins readied themselves for action.

Recommended reading: Eliza Frye, who produced my absolute favourite comic of last year, the Eisner-nominated The Lady’s Murder, has a beautiful new webcomic: The Mermaid Rooms. [Warning: very adult material.]

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