Here we are: the last page! If you need a refresher of the story or you’re new to Helping Mitch, all the pages can be found here.
The concept for the ending was to leave the conclusion open ended. As Sharon and Mitch exit the cemetery, the wind blows away a piece of paper that has fallen from Sharon’s purse to reveal her future plans for “helping” Mitch. Although Mitch has transformed from a passive person to someone who can articulate his desires, has Sharon really changed? The last panel shows that both characters have left something behind in the cemetery or put to death (so to speak) something that has had a hold on them. For instance, Mitch’s cap has represented his inclination to hide as well as his suppressed desires. It is up to you, the reader, to determine the intentionality of the characters particularly because these objects may not have been left behind on purpose. However, it is my hope, as a result of intention or circumstances, the relationship between Mitch and Sharon will improve and grow from this point onwards.
Whether you are new to Helping Mitch or have been following the rather convoluted process behind the short story/comic, I just want to give a HUGE thanks to you for taking the time to read! I sincerely hope you got something out of the story and/or process. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed making Helping Mitch (yes even those frustrating moments where growth happens) and ending the comic is really bitter sweet. Although the story has ended, there is still a lot more work to be done including editing/redrawing and the exciting but daunting task of creating the cover. I think for now I’m looking forward to getting some distance from Helping Mitch and taking what I’ve learned from the process to work on the long awaited comic collaboration with my friend Jordan Kirian. So please stay tuned for that and keep scribbling! 🙂