Carry On

Carry On

TG goes out with a bang.

As promised, I’ve now posted a major announcement about the next comic, including a firm premiere date. But we’re not quite done with TG! Next week on this site I’ll be posting a lot of cool extras, including background info and history, sketches, and even a new comic (using refurbished art) from a script I never got to use. Check back on update days!

Guys, it’s been a blast. My pride in completing Treading Ground is tempered with the customary dose of sadness, but I’m super excited about my upcoming projects, and I think you will be too. TG may be ending, but we’re beginning an even bigger adventure, and I hope you’ll be right there with me.


Jimi: Dude, that was fast, even for a quickie.
Nate: I’ve been perfecting my technique. Ruthless and efficient.

[Rose looks on as if she’d rather be anywhere else]
Nina: Can we get goin’ already? I was TOLD there was gonna be tacos.
Steve (in third row seat with a disheveled Beth): I think I found a taco right here…

[Rose looks over in surprise at Nate to find he is holding her hand]

[Rose and Nate smile at each other as the chaos continues in the back]
Nina: Dude, that is my mo-ther! Don’t be fingerin’ her in here!

Posted on July 8, 2011 at 12:00 am in Treading Ground. Follow responses to this post with the comments feed. You can leave a comment.

178 Responses

  1. ZeN69 says:

    Yes, well done and well played.

  2. Webcomicfan says:

    Thanks for the journey. will the new comic also be nsfw(ish) from time to time? If not i have to hunt you down and spank you.

  3. Max says:

    Any updates on what you’ll do next will go in the RSS, right?

  4. Nikolaj says:

    I wish I could read it all back. I honestly do. I honestly do wish I could take it all back. And not just because the comic has ended for good. Anyway.
    If I was ever to see this again, do you know what I’d say? I’d say “good job”. Sincerely. I am sorry I was impatient, and monstrous, and, I am genuinely sorry. The end.

  5. Ric says:

    Nice ending :)

  6. Ryuu798 says:

    The awesomeness that is TREADING GROUND….
    “It lived an altogether brief life. At first colourless, it then continuing on into excellence and occasional NSFW.Sometimes stopping to slip into a comatose-like state for a while, but was always, always was primarily about sex and supermarkets.”
    You shall be missed.

  7. Awesome work Nick. I found TG quite late in the day – about 6 months ago. On the day I found it I read them all up to that point and it has been a favourite ever since. I can’t wait to see and read what you do next.

    As we say here in the UK – nice work mate!

  8. Anon 2.0 says:

    Well, as many others have been saying, I’ve only been following your comic for the last 2-3 months, but I have become a huge fan in that time, and I’m extremely sad to see the goodness come to an end. However, I’m really excited to see your new project, and will be a devoted follower. Keep up the great work, and good luck!

  9. dceptuv says:

    No all out, hardcore, severely NSFW orgy at then end?! Color me disappointed. But I will really miss this strip… I only read two consistently and this was one of ’em. Thanks for the laughs… and gratuitous nudity. :-)

  10. Jim says:

    … and LIFE (as we’ve come to know it) goes ON!

    Nick, I’ve TOTALLY enjoyed “TG” and am waiting patiently for the NEXT one!

    (Even though the LOSS of “Treading” DOES screw up my morning comixxx “read”! – Now, WTH am I gonna read Mon/Wed/Fridays???)

  11. Mini0n says:

    Awesome ride it was!
    Sad to see it end, but one end always lead to a new beginning!

    GO GO GO!

  12. Matthew says:

    I have loved this comic since I first found it. I forget how and it doesn’t really matter anyway. I’m sad to see it end, but if the next one has your same sense of humor or writing style I know I’ll enjoy it. It won’t even need to be NSFWish. I’m really looking forward to all the TG extras and whatever your next project is. Thanks for the ride. It’s been awesome.

  13. Phe92 says:

    Great comic! Can’t beleive it’s over :'(

  14. Greenwood Goat says:

    And so it ends. I’ve certainly enjoyed the journey, I’ll certainly be waiting around to view the excess luggage next week, and I’ll definitely be there at the dock when the next ship in the Nick Wright fleet is ready to launch. My caprine compliments, Nick, and I’d take my hat off to you, if one would actually fit over my horns. C| >:=)>

    The ending could have been a bit less SFW, but I suppose we can all use our imaginations….

    Nina: I said stop! STOP IT! It’s not smart and it’s not sexy, it’s not sexy, not sexy, not sexy, not, not, not, not notnotnotnotnotnotnotNOT!!!!!! SHIT!!! (rips off top, starts yanking down jeans) Get over here, dick boy!

    Jimi: I’s a comin!

    Nina: Oh yeaH!

    Nate: (sighs, rolls eyes)

    Rose: (sighs) And peer pressure is such a bitch. (leans right over to Nate)

    Nate’s zipper: Zwwooot!

    Rose: *suck gulp suck slurp slurp swallow slurp slurp swallow swallow swallow*

    Nate: Ro-o-o-ose! I’m drivi-i-i-ing!

    Rose: (smiles) *swallow swallow swallow etc.*

    Officer Doogan: Hey, lookie over there.

    Officer Mackenzie: (looks up from driving) Ay-up! Looks like a clear case of driving while fell-ated. (reaches for light’n’siren button)

    Officer Doogan: Wait! Let’s cruise on up for a better look.

    Officer Mackenzie: Okay. (Rose comes up for air) Hey isn’t that the piece we did by that road, back before we-

    Officer Doogan: Back before she was legal. Shit.

    Nina: (lurching up against the side window) Oh YEESSSS!

    Doogan: That star’s kinda familiar. One of yours?

    Officer Mackenzie: Yeah. Crazy times. Maybe we should…

    Beth: (erupts from back seat) YEAAAHH!!!

    Officers Doogan and Mackenzie: BETH CROWLEY?! SHIT!!!!!

    Officer Doogan: Floor it!!

    Officer Mackenzie: Way ahead of you!

  15. Jaded Cynic says:

    Welp; there we go. And the comic all comes down to those two hands holding, comfortable with each other despite of what goes on around them.

    Great work, Nick – it’s been a fun ride, and all the better because the journey had a planned destination. I’d followed TG since its start and after the hiatus I was quite pleasantly surprised (I’ve seen plenty of webcomics drift away as the creator either loses focus or get Real Life demanding more of the free time that’d be used to make said comic (see poor ol’ Fenris and Akidia…no…Akidia…no…Akidia…er, Pepperwood…;) )

    As we put this story to bed, I am champing at the bit at the hints of your next project! I’ll wait as patiently as I can, but with bated breath…

  16. Randombob says:

    Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put into this Nick, it’s been a blast. Best of luck in all future efforts! :)

  17. Flaws says:

    Kinda remind me of the ending from Ranma 1/2.

  18. thedutchdevil says:

    nice comic, nice ending, but still….
    a few loose ends if you ask me:

    -what happend with trevor and arne’s son?
    -what’s going to happen with aya?
    -what’s up with the rest of the cast?

  19. Phil C. says:

    Congratulations on finishing up the comic and for sticking with your plans instead of letting it run and run past the point where you had any interest in continuing it. I feel these characters had lots more stories that could be told about them, but this is YOUR world and your decision.

    Thanks for bringing it to us! I look forward to seeing more from you in future.

    Keep writing and drawing!


  20. leonardhbrown says:

    I feel like I came late to the party, but I’ve enjoyed the last year as a reader, and I appreciate the work you’ve put into it. I look forward to seeing your next project.

  21. Swmmr says:

    I have loved reading this comic since I found it. It has given me some much need laughs in the last year, and I hope to continue to enjoy your work. Thanks for the laughs.

  22. Olan Suddeth says:

    So very sorry to see this comic go, but that was a perfect ending. Great job, sir!

  23. Rock says:

    Heh, adding on an awkward as well as a heartwarming moment. ^^ Good job. Treading Ground’s been fun most of the time. I’m looking forward to the next project.

  24. Starlight says:

    Thanks for the ride! It’s been a good comic, looking forward to what your next project will be :)

  25. Ginger says:

    Perfect. Classy, sweet, all’s well that ends well. Well done, indeed, and thank you for sharing this fun story. *^_^* Looking forward to the next project!

  26. Matt says:

    Please promise you will keep the site and the archive available

  27. Guest #667 says:

    Gotta say, this is one awesome way to end, if an ending there must be….Of course, I can think of several other awesome ways, but this one works for me quite well. Nicely Done, Mr. Comic Demi-Diety!!

  28. meeestashane says:

    Great job, beginning to end, man. It’s been a helluva fun ride. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the next debut!

  29. Phil Foglio says:

    Great little story. Very well done. Good characters, nice art. Could have used a touch more drama at the denouement, but overall an excellent first work. I am definitely looking forward to your next comic. Good luck.

  30. I'll-be-back-erminator says:

    I have to say, your entire comic was great. The drawings were awesome, the story was great, the characters were interesting… I’m gonna miss it a lot :(

    But I have hope! You said you were working on another project (count me in one of those attending the premiere!) and that you’d be bringing some characters back (I don’t know if it is for full-time or only guest appearances)… Also looking forward to all the extras next week ^_^

    So anyway, keep up the good work, you seriously rock!

    (Guys, I call Treading Ground Next Generation)

  31. Steve says:

    I am sad that it’ll end soon, but at least you completed it. I, myself, tried my hands at 3 webcomics during the past 8 years, which I abandoned after 50, 77 and 32 episodes, all during an incomplete storyline. Thanks for taking the time to NOT doing that.

  32. Mike says:

    And in the spirit of all TG commentary and revelry…


    I had a blast guys.

  33. Eric says:

    HA! I knock the last out of place!


    Been cool, looking forward to the new comic.

  34. BriGuy says:

    Say it with me: D’AWWWWWWWW

    I like how you alluded to, but never actually said if they did the deed. Hooray for ambiguous sex!

    See you at your next project, Nick! You bring the boobs, I’ll bring the beer.

  35. Tim-bop says:

    If I was rich, I would pay you to make the next project a daily one instead of M-W-F. But sadly, I cannot afford to do that. :P

    I’ve been reading a lot of webcomics recently, and I can quite honestly say that Treading Ground was my favorite. I look forward to your next project.

  36. benny B says:

    Waah! Don’t wanna see it end!!!! But ‘Thank You’, regardless.

  37. TheGurw says:


    Great comic, Nick.

  38. Kessog says:

    Like it says: Out with a (finger) bang.

    Come ON! 130+ comments and NO ONE ELSE thought of that?!?
    What must TNG think?

    And Nick, thanks for the fun ride.

  39. Ibepirateowl says:

    Thanks Nick!
    Congratulations on wrapping up a great series..

    I think I can speak for everyone when I say I’m thankful to have been a part of this journey :)

  40. murphy says:

    why are you ending the comic?? it is far from being done…….VERY far from being done. there is still so much that can happen. are you bored with the comic and the characters? thats the only reason i can come up with for you quitting the comic

  41. That Jewish Dude says:

    Okay, That Jewish Dude REALLY likes the shirt that Jimi is wearing. PLEASE tell That Jewish dude i’s for sale!!!


  42. LemonyShepard says:

    First time ever commenting on this amazing webcomic, but I think I speak for everyone when I say that this was a fantastic ride. Definitely taught me a lot about storytelling and (believe it or not) relationships.

    I think the ending was perfect. In the end, it wasn’t about NSFW sex between these two. They’ve grown up to actually appreciate a real and (slightly) mature relationship. This comic really does end TG on a perfect note.

    Thanks again buddy. I, like everyone else, eagerly await your next awesome project!

  43. Sara E. says:

    A perfect ending to the best webcomic I’ve ever gotten into. Thanks for the laughs and the tits, man.

  44. Snerky says:

    Wait, so… this isn’t what I’m meant to be seeing, is it?
    I was so psyched for the last page but my laptop doesn’t seem to wanna let me see </3

  45. Los says:

    Ugh, I am definitely sad to see it end, but I’m curious to see Idle State in action (no pun?). I love that you’re bringing Aya back!

  46. Phoenix1986 says:

    Hey. Grats of finishing TG although it will be missed. I am really looking forward to your new comic. Is can’t wait for the 18th

  47. dan dan says:

    i’m sad to see this end. but at the same time i don’t think their is any other way to continue. i will be looking forward to your other projects.

  48. Harv says:

    Long time reader but never commented. Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the strip and will be watching your new one equally closely :)

  49. BermudaRectangle says:

    I am pissed; not because Treading Ground is ending (I called it like 4-5 months ago and prepared for it) but because I am computerless, in northern(ish) Saskatchewan with less than 3G coverage and relying on my smartphone (if it can be called that. It’s kinda old) that is only loading half of the top panels! I see the dialogue and half of rose’s head! Now I gotta wait 4 days until I’m back home with sufficient cell phone strength to see the end of my favourite webcomic!

  50. Belexar says:

    Well, I’ve been reading this comic for a while and never posted a comment. I guess I’m glad that at least I was here to see it end. It was a great read, realy. I loved the characters and the plots were really interesting. I’m looking forward to your next works.

    May the Force be with you always.

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