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Kludge 24th May 2021 edit delete
Well, we’ve reached the end. Buoy-Friend has been in production on and off since 2016 (if I recall correctly, technically late 2015, as it started out as an in-person ideation), and it’s all been a wild ride.

(Probably should have said this a lot earlier, but—while the plot summary was completed at the very beginning, I was the sole writer of the script itself starting from Page 36 onward. I’m not a confident story/dialogue-writer by any means, but I did my best based on what the original writer had written. I hope I executed it well enough… And if I didn’t, I apologize!)

I learned a whole lot. This was the first long-term project I’ve ever undertaken, the first real comic I’d ever done—probably many other firsts if I just put my mind to it, but you get the picture.

Thanks to all who tuned in and supported the comic! A few physical copies are in the works, as well as a PDF download (both including a bonus 2-page epilogue). Send a message or follow the Buoy-Friend Twitter to get updates on those.


A 24th May 2021 edit delete reply
Thank you for sharing your story, it was a joy to read
Kludge 24th May 2021 edit delete reply
And thank you for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
slldawg 24th May 2021 edit delete reply
It's surprising to hear that this is your first real comic. Your storytelling, design, and character development was spot on - not too little, not too much of anything. This comic was beautiful and I hope you have the opportunity to create more in the future. Thank you for building this.
Kludge 24th May 2021 edit delete reply
I'll speak for myself as the illustrator (and partial writer), but yeah, having a skilled writer doing the main part of the story really helped make the comic what it is.

Thanks for reading and also for the encouragement for more. I don't know if I'd be able to take on another project like this anytime soon, but maybe someday in the distant future.
Mrremoraman 24th May 2021 edit delete reply
Well I enjoyed the heck out of this! I'll be recommending it to my friends on DA, for sure!
Kludge 24th May 2021 edit delete reply
And a big thank you for all the comments you left throughout the course of the comic. I know I didn't really respond to much of them, but I felt like they were good as they were and didn't need my input. But I definitely appreciated seeing them, so thank you very much.
Oh wow. The ending caught me off guard, this easily could've been the type of story that used what was made as 'just the beginning', but instead it was ended with a clean cut. As odd as it may sound, I really do appreciate it ending now with a decisive close than to watch it get dragged out for another 5+ years and eventually fade off when either the ideas or interest dry up. Instead of answering every question, buoy-friend leaves me with something to think about. Thank you.
Kludge 25th May 2021 edit delete reply
Ah yes, I know what you mean. I'm happy to know that this ending worked out for you as it did. And of course, thank you for reading.
xwindows 1st Jun 2021 edit delete reply
Have been following this since page 2 (Jan, 2016), glad to see it finally completed; that's an accomplishment that (sadly) many, many, many other webcomics failed to achieve. Congratulations!

Good things that came to an end, are always better than unfinished good things that left everyone hanging.

Since the story revolves around the limbo/purgatory, I personally think it is natural for the story to end once the main character decided on his issues and finally got sent out. Considering this being your first comic too, oneshot fits best; could not agree more about that.

Anyway, I'll leave this comic on my newsreader for another year to come; whether you might have or might not have anything new to announce. Thanks for sharing your work.

P.S. I suppose that Aleks is now back on the bridge we saw on the front cover?
Kludge 3rd Jun 2021 edit delete reply
Oh, wow, well thanks for staying for the end and for all your words here. Yeah, it does seem to be a common occurrence for webcomics to cease production, but I'd say I've learned through firsthand experience as to why that happens, ha ha. I'm glad I was able to finish it, even through many periods of inactivity.

The front cover is more of an allegory of sorts—if I'm using the term correctly—since Aleks is the only one who actually jumped off a bridge (and none of the characters lived anywhere near each other). I'm not very experienced at drawing different kinds of bridges so I'm not bothered by saying they're the same one anyway. Up to you then, I guess :]