Final ‘Fin’ – Chapter 7, Epilogue, Strip 17

And thus ends another chapter of the B-movie Comic – for this is now, at last and irrevocably the last little coda of the epilogue and the final strip of the whole chapter.

Against my usual habit, I don’t return to the start with it…at least not exactly. Instead, the chapter closes out with a new beginning, of a story that lies beyond the scope of this webcomic – for reasons of intellectual copyright and many others. At the same time it is still something like a return for the beginning – for this strip features the original cast of the old D&D cartoon show, which was a key (if far from the only) source of inspiration for everything that went down in this chapter.

Finding the abandoned ride in the middle of the Amazon basin*, they are (unknowingly) about to embark on their own adventure in the world of (beat) Stockades & Skeletons. After overriding Eric’s quite valid concerns, as usual – which they will never acknowledge later, also as usual. Eric’s concerns weren’t always valid, of course, but not infrequently – and it never made any difference, he was overruled by the majority in every case, because that’s what his character was there for. His was, indeed, one of the sorrier lots a cartoon character could be given – according to series developer Mark Evanier, that was in reaction to pressure from ‘concerned parents’, which demanded a ‘pro-social’ message.

Anyway, thanks for sticking around for this chapter! Hope you enjoyed it, and see you again for the next chapter which will begin (drumroll) on Thursday. ._.

* Without any explanation for their presence there, of course. Par for the course for the scripting on this sort of show would have been a school trip, or one character inheriting an abandoned mine from an estranged uncle. Feel free to pick one of those, or something similar, if the lack of explanation doesn’t work for you.