Helping Mitch Finale

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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!  🙂

7 thoughts on “Helping Mitch Finale

  1. Beautifully done, as ever. I especially like the little details, like the gravestones ‘Son’ and ‘Mother’ as an echo of the visual, and the way they are walking into the optimistic light. I initially interpreted it that Sharon had turned over a new leaf and genuinely wanted to help Mitch, but looking again it’s obvious that she didn’t mean to cast the documents away. Good job Zhangah! Looking forward to seeing your next project!

    1. Thank you so much Rebecca 🙂 I’m so glad you picked up on the little details like the gravestones! I mulled over the page for days wondering if it was clear enough. Just also want to express my appreciation to you for being apart of the wonderful yet winding journey of making comics. There will be more twists and turns ahead 🙂

      1. You’re so welcome – I can’t wait! It’s the details you’ve put in which add so much extra interest. Super job. That’s the joy of being a reader; someone else does all the hard work, you just enjoy the results!

  2. Bravo! *Applause! Applause! Applause!* I love how you ended the story. And well done on the artwork. I feel a positive vibe to it, like a bright future awaits them after the confrontation at the cemetery. Looking forward to your next project. 😉

    1. Aw thank you for the wonderful comment Sabri 🙂 I’m glad you got a positive vibe from the ending as I wanted to convey hope. Also thanks so much for being part of the journey of Helping Mitch which has been a joy!

  3. Nicely done Zhangah! I really like the ending and the potential it leaves hanging in the air. I thoroughly enjoyed the articulate way that you shared your process throughout the creation of the entire story – both from a technical / practical perspective, but also from the more psychological / artistic perspective. It was very enlightening. I can relate to so much that you write about in the struggle to bring to life what you have in your head – I guess this is the plight of every artist, but it can so easily be hidden behind the curtain. You inspire me to share more of my process in words as well. Good luck on your future venture with Jordan. I look forward to seeing it unfold on your blog!

    1. Susanne, I’m really moved by your words. Thank you so much for being a part of the journey from the beginning. Sharing the struggles behind the creative process has kept me grounded and I learned so much. I’m so glad that you can relate to what goes on ‘behind the curtain.’ I enjoy following your artistic journey and your paintings have such a relaxing effect. I hope you do share your process in words as well because we can all benefit by learning from each other!

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