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That’s it. The end.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this twisty little story of mine, and its deliberately oblique ending.

Thanks for all your time and attention, and your patience during the lengthy hiatus in chapter 25. I hope you’ll come along on my next projects. I promise their endings will be more… explained.

There will be a Kickstarter to publish book 3 somewhere in the next few months. Unless a Real Publisher with bookstore/comic shop distribution stuff sorted steps in to publish a single volume. I’m not holding my breath on that though.

Also,  thanks to Kim Kosamp for letting me borrow the many forms of NeoGeen for Kimℵ. Kim is an awesome artist who I am honored to be acquainted with. 💚💚💚

And of course many, many thanks to Nick Brienza, who has been the unofficial editor and sounding board for this project. I’ll be resuming our shared project Five Glasses of Absinthe in the next few months.

And I can never thank Marie-Jeanne Trauth enough for all the time and energy she spent raising her weird-ass child to be whatever the heck she wanted to be. RIP, Mom.

-Margaret Trauth

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wait for it, wait for it–

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I’ve been sitting on these pages for a while while I worked on that spread at the end of chapter 25. That one took a hell of a long time, and at first I went ahead and worked on these pages to keep myself feeling like I was getting something finished. But eventually I ran out of these and there was just… That Spread.

I’m really glad to finally be able to show them to the world.

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At this juncture I should note that Kimℵ is based on the many forms of NeoGeen, a character created by the awesome Kim Kosamp. Thanks a ton for letting me borrow your insane cartoon self for this role, hon! 💚💚💚

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Chapter ℵ begins here.

I’m getting into some crazy spreads here. You probably want to go see the chapter view.

Also, I have decided to not bother with a buffer and just drop the entirety of the final chapter on you all at once. In the interest of centralizing discussion of this big wad of content I’m turning off comments on all the pages of this chapter except for the final one. As always, thanks for your attention in the four and a half years it’s taken me to make this thing.

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This page.

This fucking page.

This fucking page took like half a year to draw. Admittedly there were a couple of months in there where I got absolutely no work done on the comic due to my mother dying. But this fucking page.

Now it is… well, okay, not totally done. But done enough that I’m going to post it. And the entire rest of the story, because I finished all of that off while slowly grinding away on this page, too. The blank spots remaining are mostly reserved for friends who said they’d draw a few panels for me and haven’t yet. I’m not gonna name any names; I know all too well how complicated life can get sometimes.

Major thanks to the friends who did fill in some spots for me: Ethan Kohak, who does Black Mudpuppy, Ötty Justason, who does Zukahnaut, and Melissa Fox, who does a lot of cool art.

Tell your friends. Decrypting Rita is finished. Kickstarter for book 3 soon.

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it.

Pretty much everything else in the comic is done. I just have this one spread. And a couple other little bits, but mostly this spread. Getting it done seems a little bit closer now that I’ve finished this page of it, and now that I’ve gotten a few of my friends to pitch in for the next page of it.

I am never doing a spread like this again. Future me, if you’re looking back at this thinking that it’s been a while since you did this trick and maybe you’re ready to do it again? Don’t. Working on a climactic spread that takes months to do is a dreary, dispiriting thing.

Admittedly it also doesn’t help when your mother dies in the middle of the process. That ground work on comics to a halt for a couple of months.

HEY LOOK! A NEW PAGE OF RITA!

HEY LOOK! A NEW PAGE OF RITA!

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It’s been way too long since a new page showed up here, hasn’t it? I’ve been slowly working on this page over the past month or so. I’ve also been working on future pages; folks supporting me on Patreon have been seeing these as they happen, in the context of full WIP chapters.

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this spread is taking nine kinds of forever isn’t it

The next couple of pages are going to take a while. I think there is a pretty good chance I will finish the entire rest of the story before I finish them.

Anyway. I guess I should do my taxes now or something. What a great reward for finally finishing this page, huh?

(Slight edit because apparently the apostrophe in the old title was not being properly escaped, and was breaking some RSS readers.)

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Well this one sure took a while. It didn’t help that my Monument Valley trip took longer than intended due to getting snowed in, and nor did me getting a cold and being pretty much useless for the week afterwards.

It also didn’t help that this is a complicated page with a LOT of stuff going on. I’d work on it for a little while and it really wouldn’t feel any more done than it was when I started; that’s kind of disheartening, and makes it hard to keep going.

But now it is done.

The next two pages are going to be at least this complicated, if not more so. But they’re also the two pages that I’ve been planning for since the beginning of the story; when I finish those, it’s all downhill from there.

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Woo. This is the start of chapter 25. The next few pages are gonna be pretty damn complicated. I’ve had the image sprawling across this chapter sitting in my notes and my head for the entire duration of this project, and it’s both scary and delightful to finally get to start drawing it.

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At long last! It’s THAT PAGE.

This is the end of chapter 14; next up is chapter 25, unless I decide to add one more page here to make the narrative point that this chapter cuts off before Rita makes her choice.