I am interested in evil and madness. There is only one kind of sanity and decency, so all sane decent people are very much alike, but there are necessarily an unlimited variety of kinds of madness and evil. — James A. Donald

Chapter 20, Page 24
November 17th, 2016

Chapter 20, Page 24

C’mon, folks.  Jacob is a soldier with PTSD, and I could not in good conscience give him a bad end.  The old boy still has a lot of living to do!

And that’s a wrap.  Come join me at the wrap parties!  Since my Livejournal account is defunct these days, I’m having two wrap parties.  One is on reddit, where I’ve gotten permission from the mods of /r/comics to have a thread to chat with readers, fans, and curious onlookers.  And I’ve also made a wrap party post on Facebook, for those who like more intimate conversations (or conversations where you can embed pictures and video).  Come and ask me anything, or chat among yourselves, or just speculate about how screwed we all are when my predictions about the future come true!

If you don’t come to visit a wrap party, let me repeat the most important parts of it here:  I want to thank you all, more than I can emphasize in text, for your readership.  Interaction with fans is why I came back to the comic biz after Indefensible Positions, and here I got more than I ever expected.  Thank you for reading, and I hope you all had fun.

 

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Jacob: Or, you know...I could just live, too.

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Discussion (40)¬

  1. Sonja says:

    Phew! Jacob, you really scared me for a moment. Good decision! World will need you again for sure! 😉
    ———————–
    Thank you very much for this great webcomic! I read it for a very long time and always really liked it – the story, the characters and everything were not only really good, but also something rarely found on the net (at least that’s my feeling). Thanks for the time and the effort you put in this project, I really appreciated it!

  2. Bland says:

    This must be the first time I ever comment on a webcomic… but I read through Indefensible Positions quite a while ago… it must have been just a bit after you started writing genocideman, as I remember only being able to binge-read a hundred pages or so. That is, after binge-reading Indefensible Positions, of course.

    I don’t know what it is about your characters that makes them so believable, but it feels like after a while one really *knows* the characters, in a way where you can tell when they are upset or lying… or generally what they are up to.

    But even apart from the characters, the stories you write and the world those stories are set in are captivating to say the least. The plot is amazing and thrilling on its own, but what you really have a talent for is touching on philosophical ideas and social issues without making it feel forced and most importantly: I never have the feeling that it’s one-sided. The Alignment Chart you did shows rather nicely that you think outside the simple spectrum of “evil” and “good”… you managed to even take a new spin on “neutral”.

    I can only hope that you’ll continue writing stories and characters like this; you certainly seem to have a knack for it.
    Hence why I stopped lurking for a second to give you some well-deserved praise. Can’t hurt to give you some additional incentive to keep doing what you’re doing!

    • Pat Scaramuzza says:

      Thanks, Bland. All I’ve ever wanted to do is make the characters in my head come to life. I’m still writing — you’ll hear from me again. 🙂

  3. Mike Lipay says:

    So, what’s next? Do you have another one in the planning?

    • Pat Scaramuzza says:

      I want to focus on my prose novels for a while and try to get them published. (Or self-publish if I think I can, but I’m not active enough in social networks to make a story go viral, I think.) I have been playing with some new comic characters…but I don’t see them happening for a while.

      • Mike Lipay says:

        Where could we follow you?

      • Pat Scaramuzza says:

        If I do anything else, I’ll post about it here. But right now I’m probably most visible on Facebook (not that that’s saying much; I’m not a big user of social media.)

  4. Moxie Man says:

    Thank you for the wonderful story, Pat/Remus.

    Your LJ is defunct? That’s too bad as there are about 6 of us (Lj users) still active over there. (chuckle)

    • Reporting in as one of the remaining LJ users! …only I seem to have lost track of Remus’s LJ account. 🙁

    • Pat Scaramuzza says:

      LiveJournal’s login is flaky. Half the time I can’t get in, and half the time when I do get in it logs me out after one or two page loads. It’s not functional to me anymore. :/

  5. Jago 7 knives says:

    I am glad to have followed this comic from start to end. And Jacob deciding to live on is better than ending it all. Hope you got plans for another comic, and your comic should also be turned into a movie. Hope to hear a new work of yours in the future. Take care and more power.

  6. z00l00k says:

    You never know if Jacob shows up again after having a vacation with some beers and removal of bellybutton lint.

  7. z00l00k says:

    Thanks for awesome 6 years!

  8. FourWaterReed says:

    Many, many thanks Remus – it’s been a hell of a ride…..

  9. tangled_z says:

    This ending makes so much more sense than the one hinted at! Jacob was already about to give up on life at the beginning of the comic, so now that he had all that character growth, he decided to keep living. I approve!

    Thanks a lot for your hard work for the last few years! I was with you since IP, and then kept checking this site every few months for a couple of years until you finally started it. Was worth the wait 🙂

    Looking forward to more philosophical explorations from you!

  10. bobdawgasdethincrn8 says:

    Thank you for this great read, please let us know if you do it again! I will miss you, Mr Remus

  11. Hangman says:

    Many thanks for writing it and thanks to those who helped you illustrate it 🙂 I will miss the comic.

  12. jprime says:

    Cue “The Best Is Yet To Come” from Metal Gear Solid.

  13. Jordan says:

    It’s been one hell of a ride. I’m gonna miss reading this.

  14. Dave says:

    This comic was a wild ride, I’m a bit sad to see it go, but I’m also happy I was able to be there for start-to-finish. Thank you, for everything!

  15. ducksauz says:

    Well done! This has been an incredible read. I’m sorry to see it go, but I’m really glad you gave it a proper and dignified end.

  16. Drace says:

    Had me worried for a bit, I’ll admit.
    Good show. I guess it’s binge reading the whole comic this weekend.

  17. QCN says:

    Well, it’s been a good ride. Thanks for it all!

  18. elihias says:

    Lj? Pffft… I still have an active Elftown login. 🙂

    Thanks for all the fish, Remus. Guess I’ll have to find a new regular read to replace this, but your going to be a tough act to follow.

    Thank goodness Velocidad is still running.

    Take care my friend, see you on the Internets. 🙂

    Eli…

  19. Zarpaulus says:

    Whatever happened to Dahnai?

    • Pat Scaramuzza says:

      Dahnai is hiding somewhere, probably Madagascar. She had the #1 thickest plot armor in the story, nothing bad is going to happen to her. (Jacob’s plot armor was only #4.)

  20. SteelRaven says:

    I really love the dark humor in this comic, forgot exactly when I started reading the archives put I was sold on page 16; “It’s Late. I’m going to bed. I’ll kill you all in the morning.” Though Page 43 is still my favorite.

    Thanks for the great read and look forward to you next project.

  21. Cavelobster says:

    Thanks for all the hard work, Remus!
    Been reading this since 2011, and I’m eagerly looking forward to your next projects!

  22. --jt-- says:

    Thank you Remus!

  23. Richard says:

    Many thanks to you, Pat, and all other involved in the comic for an entertaining and thought-provoking ride.

  24. Mark says:

    This is my first comment here. Great comic! I loved reading it. Do you have any plans for a new story?

    • Pat Scaramuzza says:

      I have four prose novels that I’d like to send out and get published. But aside from those…yes, I have an idea for another comic, and maybe a video game. I’ll spread the word if any of those turn into reality, and I’ll certainly post about it here.

  25. tangled_z says:

    Dont forget to put something on the front page to avoid spoiling the story to new readers! 🙂

  26. Rahka says:

    Thank you immensely for the ride. It has been a real pleasure. Ever since the author of the webcomic “Lovecraft is Missing” perished due to cancer, this has been my go to webcomic and it has been my absolute favourite of all the multiple webcomics that I have read or am reading. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you. It was a fantastic story and I am glad, though naturally a bit sad, that it came to an end instead of facing huge gaps in the update schedule or long hiatuses.