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boot_error: Not new, just more of the same. - Comic Number 426 - End

End Tuesday 5th 2007f June 2007

Visit the new comic:

And this is the end of boot_error.

I've decided to stop updating for a number of reasons really...the art style of the comic is a little restrictive and since the very first boot_error strip I made on the 6th of June, 2004 (the strips I made at the beginning of the comic's life weren't good, so they weren't included in the archive when the aqua green site launched) my art has improved a fair bit beyond what is essentially a copy and paste comic. Also, the comic doesn't really have any themes which are close to my heart. Don't get me wrong, I love duck-tape and pandas but I can't express 'me' with boot_error. There are currently no plans to release any more volumes.

With that explanation out the way, I'd like to thank the friends that have made the ride a bigger joy than the tiny4k destination. First and foremost, I'd like to give the BIGGEST thanks to Glen 'ReadMe' Mailer who has been the code gorilla for the site since the start. Without him, boot_error would not exist, no word of a lie. He first coded a neat little menu for the website at the beginning, then a simple comic navigation script, then a website, then an uber comic navigation script and so many other things here and there. I promise you amigo, I'll pay you back for all you've done one day.

What is a comic without readers? I sure don't make these strips only to entertain myself (there are better ways to do that) and I'm bloody chuffed so many people enjoy reading boot_error. I appreciate every comment you make (apart from those bloody annoying "first view, first comment" rubbish you guys love to pull), whether it be good or bad, I truly do. The internet is great for that sort of feedback. Thank you, thank you, thank you : D

And now for all the other chaps I'd like to thank in no particular order: Surpass Hosting for the great hosting and ever helpful customer service, Zogger for recommending Surpass but also helping out with early DNS questions, Chris Kirk for converting my design of the current site into a working template and for being a great comicomrade, Bev for being there from the start with his brother-like comic Chooken (which you must check out), Animus for being another one of the first webcomic creator friends I made when I started out, Lulu for being a great print-on-demand service, Patrick Findlay for being the man behind the always awesome Thing, Travis Riddle for being another comicomrade who I always enjoy chatting with, Macromedia (now Adobe) for making such a great program as Fireworks MX, Madsen for being a courteous dude, Eyeskream Webcomic Creators Group for accepting me into their awesome community, Lem for being the best damn British webcomic out there and for being a memorable table-neighbour, Phil for no good reason, Joe for letting me use his computer to upload a strip one time when my internet exploded, Jon Scrivens for being another comicomrade and jointly staying up late as we finish our comic strips we should've started earlier, Chris (and James, even if we don't talk, haha) for being another comicomrade and finally all, or should that be any, of my friends and family that read.

Of course the comic bug doesn't leave the body so easily and I've started another webcomic called Graff. It's a far cry from boot_error, with a more free art style and about graffiti culture, something I'm 'into' in a big way. It won't be for everyone but if you like your graffiti/street art, you should definately check it out.

It's been truly nifty : )

Viewer Comments

Boter said:

So, what I'm reading from this, is that, if you are indeed ending b_e and aren't just pulling our legs (and I doubt that, with your well thought-out spiel), is that you will make another webcomic, with a theme that you care more about and better artwork.

It's not me being hopeful (though I certainly am); it's me reading what you said and realizing, you don't dislike doing webcomics, you dislike the copy-paste artwork and the themes.

I have but one question for you:

Can you please release your notes of future characters? I'm pretty sure that you had more planned...

[06/06/07 6:43am]

Matt said:

Hey man, sorry to hear that your ending your comic. I started reading it a while ago and really enjoyed it. I hope your next one works out good.

[06/06/07 7:28am]

Xcout said:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Really this has make my day sad!, like if a relative had died.

[06/06/07 7:32am]

Xcout said:

I was right now remembering one of my best boot error strip and the one where they went to America and the boss buys a coffe and Ed just ask for a straw. I really love that one.

[06/06/07 7:34am]

h0b0 said:

what??? it's june 6th not april 1st you;re a bit late for a joke abour pope... you are joking right O_o right?

B_e was the second webcomic i've stayed tuned too for the entierty from me finding it, to you finishing it pope, way back on stril 100ish, i've came back on daily, just for the off chance of a rogue update, even why you went on study leave for gcses and didn;t update, i was one of the many that still came back to see if there was an update. But it;s all over now? this sucks as much as Concerned the half life comic ending,

could we PLEASE have a final strip, where the B_e office burns down, and the security systems stop everyone from leaving, and it goes black with a finaly message of like "boot error- 200#-2007 R.I.P" you needa finisher, something so you kill off the characters finishing the story, maybe nikata could use a goat bomb and foolishly blow them all up? please we are begging you :(

[06/06/07 7:50am]

Chris said:

Oh... that was sudden. But I understand what you're saying? I guess there's no chance of resurrecting b_e with a different drawing style?

It's been a great comic, and I'm sure Graff will do just as well. Good luck.

[06/06/07 9:34am]

Hadley said:

I'm devastated, I love these comics so much. Please don't end them, even if you don't do them as often just keep it going. Either way you've done a great job here Pope, hope Graff is as good =].

[06/06/07 11:49am]

Nos said:

Sonuva... I just found this too. Went through the entire archive, got to Monday's strip and couldn't wait for the next one. My timing sucks!

Good luck with future endevours.

[06/06/07 12:24pm]

Star Worms said:

Damn, this was one of the very few comics that actually made me laugh. It was right up there with xkcd and explosm, IMHO.

[06/06/07 2:37pm]

not the other harry said:

omfg boot error has been fdisk'ed damn this was the best comic out there.. i remember when this happend to you know if you'd of put aload of ads on your site you'd of made some money

i loved this comic because it updated regularly and had fun themes.. :'(

fdisked :/

[06/06/07 3:20pm]

Harry said:

@Star Worms

Definitely. Although, C&H is getting old. Like really old. It's just not funny any more. I still read it though.

xkcd is awesome though. But it's quite different humour to that seen here :P

[06/06/07 3:24pm]

MC said:

What should is say now...
I realy enjoied reading your comic, especialy when im in the office too.
So sad that ist gonna end now ;(
But i truley can understand that Art becomes senceless if you cant express yourself throug it or identify with it.
So i am wishing you all the best for the future.
... and keep a little hope that boot_error will return one day.
Greetigs form Germany

[06/06/07 6:30pm]

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