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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Last time: Sforza escorted the Doge to her private quarters.

Happy New Year to everyone!

I did mean to update the comic last week but had a change of heart right at the last minute as this scene has a darker edge to it. It just didn’t seem right in the festive period! Anyway, onwards and downwards…

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Last time: the Doge threatened Tozo’s life just as Smiles Zoot appeared on a hoverbike.

I should say a proper ‘thank you’ to the folks at io9 for their review of Tozo last week. It was a wonderful surprise and after the intial shock of seeing my website stats go through the roof I was thrilled by the response that came from it. Thank you very much to everyone who commented, emailed, tweeted and, of course, bought copies of the comic as a result. I know the weekly update schedule can seem a bit slow to some but I hope new readers will be staying on for the ride, as things are just about to get… well… explosive.

There’s a bit of follow-up at Warbard who’s found some wargaming figures that could well be members of the Ombra Society, at the Tintin Blog fansite, and some analysis on retro-futurism at ToB’s blog.

The readership survey will close at 00:00 GMT on March 1st – there’s still time to have your say and be entered for the draw. Except if you’re reading this on Tuesday, in which case it’s too late. I’ll announce the winner next Sunday.

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