When one door closes…

This will be the last week of Treading Ground.

To say it’s been a while would be an understatement. While most of you have only been with me for the last year or so, I originally started this comic on Keenspace way back in 2003. It wasn’t until February of 2010 that I was able to give it the attention it deserved, though, and since then the comic has been going strong, gaining steam and attracting a readership that has been both numerous and vocal.

But this story was never intended to be something that would run forever. I’ve always had a beginning, middle and end in mind, and on Friday we’ll see that end come to fruition.

This story may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean I’m done making comics, or even that this is the last you’ll see of these characters. On Friday after the final Treading Ground comic, I’ll announce the first details about my next webcomic project, including where you can find it and when it will premiere. I’m working hard to get that project off the ground as soon as possible so no one is kept waiting too long!

I want to thank everyone who has been with me as we followed the lives of Nate, Rose, and the rest of the cast. There is much more to come, and I hope you’ll continue to join me for it.

Posted on July 4, 2011 at 12:49 am in Blog. Follow responses to this post with the comments feed. You can leave a comment.

156 Responses

  1. ML says:

    Sad to see this end but good luck with your future projects, will probably end up followingthe new one you’ve mentioned haha

  2. Erin says:

    All your hard work on TG has really shown in your loyal readership. I look forward to your next comic!

  3. Kevin says:

    I’ll miss TG, but I’ll be following to your next comic!

  4. Ginger says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your story, Nick. It’s great! Looking forward to your future projects, and just let us know when we can get TG in print. :)

  5. Dave R says:

    I have started reading the comic because I misclicked a link from another site and was hooked immediatly. There is something very compelling about these characters and the decisions that they make.

    I’m very sad to see this end and will look forward to your next project.
    Thanks for brightening my Monday, Wed and Friday.

  6. TommyT says:

    A really great, fun, comic to read. I’ll miss it.

  7. JerryE says:

    Wow – a bit blind sided, even though some commenters have predicted this decision. Anyway, great comic that will be missed. Can’t wait for your new one to take off as I am sure it will.

  8. Harrowed says:

    Aw man. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to keep an eye out for the new stuff then, eh?

  9. Dave M says:

    Sorry to see TG go and I think it was really hitting stride. I think there was a lot of room to go personally, but its your story, so tell it like you want.

  10. BriGuy says:

    Hell of a ride, man. Hell of a ride. :)

  11. Aleksandur says:

    I just wanted to thank you for putting out this comic on the off-days, it’s been a pleasure to read and I look forward to your next story :)

  12. Acce says:

    Late to the show, but better late than never. Great art, good story, can’t wait for the next arc. So very glad I was brought to the site.

  13. Zoma says:

    Only recently started reading this, and it’s ending this week?

    I predict the final entry will be a 3way, Nate + Rose + Purvous in the cinema.

  14. Paul says:

    Wow… i just started reading about 2 months ago… lucky me :'(

    now i gotta find another epic webcomic to read. It’s so hard to find stuff that’s not only interesting to read, but well drawn. Well… i mean, that’s to say it’s hard to find that stuff that’s still going. Platinum Grit is awesome, but it’s not being made anymore :(

    Quick! Tell us what the next one is, so i can put it on my iGoogle page. ;)

  15. Benjy says:

    Well, I have to say that I’ll be sorry to see this comic go. It’s been a solid work and it’s been one of the webcomics that I’ve most looked forward to updates on. I’ll be sure to check out your next one.

  16. OverlordAblade says:

    Been reading since you came back after the long pause and have to say you’ve done a hell of a job man. Can’t wait for the next one!

  17. s5 says:

    I just found this strip a few months ago. It’s been one heck of a ride with these characters. and You’ve done some spectacular work. TG was hitting its stride, and I’ll be sad to see it end, But I’m eager to see what you have up next!

  18. Cory says:

    Loved reading your strip, it has kept me laughing and and always looking forward to the next one. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  19. AEL says:

    Thank you for that great comic-strip, I enjoyed reading it very much and laughed very often :-)

    Greetings from Germany
    AEL

  20. Artezza says:

    I haven’t been here that long, but I really enjoyed the comic. I wish you luck on your next project, and I will be there every step of the way :)

  21. Sarah says:

    It does seem that the end was coming, hard to know where you were going once the threads had been pretty much resolved. I am happy for your characters, and would love to see them somewhere else. I too found your work late, and have enjoyed it very much. Thank you for this!

  22. Musings says:

    I am going to miss seeing what happens to all these crazy cast members. At lest you are going to be doing more comics and will definitely be reading those.

  23. Sadddy McSad says:

    D: This comic was so good, I’m gonna miss it :'(

    You can be sure I’ll follow the other one(s) though! Your style is sooooo awesome! Keep up the good work and good luck on that project :D

  24. Olan Suddeth says:

    Man, I am really going to miss Treading Ground. Boththe writing and the art have only continued to improve over time. I hate to see it go.

    Thanks for sharing the story with us! I suppose that we’ll have to be satisfied with fanfic from now on…

  25. Samantha says:

    Aw man. I’ve been with this comic since ’07. I’mma miss it.

    Oh well, artist’s need their creative space. Good luck with your future work.

  26. Tony - says:

    Thank you so much for the time and dedication on creating this comics and as for myself, am glad it is coming to an end, to the point where I finally get to see what happens to the characters.

    I think if this kept going for much much longer, we would have lost interest and not have continued following this or other future comics.

    I will definately follow the spinoff of this comic.

  27. Bob L says:

    I’ve been reading for about a year now and you do have a knack for creating real personalities. It’s easy to care about your characters. I do hope what you say about continuing these characters and doing more comics works out. Good work.

  28. Col. Sanders says:

    We wish you well on your future ventures.

    Good Luck and God Speed

  29. Speyeder says:

    Do us a favor then and put it in a book :)

  30. Rohandrius says:

    Aww, I feel like I’ve only just gotten into this comic and to hear that it’s going to be ending so soon, I feel sort of let down… But I’ll definitely follow the next project if it maintains the same sort of quality writing I’ve come to enjoy here. :)

  31. Trevor says:

    As a reader, this upsets me greatly. There were so many characters that I wanted to see flushed out, with more stories or even secondary strips. I only accidentally discovered your comic a few months ago, but I managed to catch up on it all in about a week, which really speaks volumes to how compelling your characters and writing was (is).
    As an artist though, I can appreciate when you feel as though something’s run it’s course, and has wound down to the end you wanted. So good luck with the future strips, and I look forward to seeing them.

  32. Shirlanka says:

    Bon Voyage treading grounds! was funny…

    wait see your new projects.

  33. Pink Freud says:

    …and Treading Ground closes it’s doors on the same day as the US space program…coincidence, I think not.

  34. Peddlin says:

    I’d really like to see more of Aya. Hoping any new comic contains more of her. She is a funny character.

  35. Doopydoo says:

    Draw some redhead jubblies first :V

  36. meeestashane says:

    As the launch of IS is in a few hours, I just wanted to say thanks for the past year. It’s been a pleasure since that first day that Tracy banner — yes, I was one of those — brought me here, and I instantly had to statrt from the beginning and go through the archived years that first night only to find quite an entertaining storyline. It was also cool seeing how your art has progressed over the years. I’m also glad you listened to the readers in keeping to the three-a-week, colored strips (Daily, but black and white? That was a close one!) I look forward to adding the TG book to my collection, and seeing what IS has in store.

  37. Sam says:

    thanks for some great laughs mate. look forward to your new work!

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