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25th Sep 2022, 12:00 AM in Epilogue

Author Notes:

Deercliff 25th Sep 2022, 12:00 AM
Deercliff
Alright, well, there's the comic.

What's there to say? I spent about six years of my life making Fragile, during which my relationship status, living situation, life goals, gender, and physical body changed. I in some ways feel like a completely different person; considering I made Fragile from the ages of 17 to 24, it'd probably be more concerning if I didn't feel that way.

Fragile represents a pretty significant chapter of my life coming to a close. While there are plenty of things that I dislike or wish I'd done differently with it, overall I am proud of the work I put into it and of the comic as a whole. 629 pages is...a lot of pages.

I'm hoping to launch my next comic either November or December this year (won't know for a little bit), but until then you can find me on twitter, tumblr, deviantart, and of course on my Patreon, where you will get pre-production and updates on my next project.

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed!

Comments:

Marshman101 25th Sep 2022, 12:09 AM
That was amazing and I bet your next comic will be even neater.
Deercliff 25th Sep 2022, 1:05 PM
Deercliff
Thanks so much! I'm very excited to get started on my next project.
Starsent 25th Sep 2022, 12:31 AM
Starsent
Wow, mega congratulations. I can’t even fathom the emotion. Great work
Deercliff 25th Sep 2022, 1:05 PM
Deercliff
Thank you so much!
Timelapse11 25th Sep 2022, 12:56 AM
Timelapse11
It's sad to see this comic end, it was a great read, but I'm excited to see what you do next :D
Deercliff 25th Sep 2022, 1:06 PM
Deercliff
Thank you!
Kendall 25th Sep 2022, 2:25 AM
Aw, I avoided the semblance of tears, but a few of the last 8 pages, starting with the headstone, made me tear up (which sounds small, but for me is a lot). SO SUPER WELL DONE! AMAZING COMIC!

I discovered it via your gorgeous art in the Vattuu fanzine; I've been binge-reading FRAGILE since. Thank you for all your hard work, and congratullations!

Now to go discover/join your Patreon. :-) Hey, do you have a PayPal donation option somewhere? After 629 pages in such a short time, I want to pay back taxes on the enjoyment, humor, sadness, action, artwork, and MOMENTOUS HAND HOLDING FRAMES. ;-) Plus, you deserve hazard pay for all those crowd scenes you survived, heh.
Kendall 25th Sep 2022, 2:26 AM
BTW it's really funny timing that I finished my binge late Saturday, just in time to discover the last page just now. :-O Spooky!
Deercliff 25th Sep 2022, 12:49 PM
Deercliff
Thank you! That means a lot to hear, it's always an achievement when my work makes someone tear up, especially if they're not typically prone to that >:3c

Glad to hear you found me through the Vattu fanzine as well! I wasn't thinking about people finding my work through that (Just wanted to show my love for Vattu) but it's nice that a couple folks have. Really happy you liked what you saw!

And thank you so much for the Patreon pledge! I'm not accepting donations personally right now, but I have a friend who's going through a hard time and needs some help—if you want to make a donation to show your appreciation for my work, it would mean a lot if you could donate to him. He helped me a lot during the development/writing period for Fragile and more than that is just a dear friend and a good person. Info on his situation as well as his paypal is here: https://twitter.com/bograbbit/status/1573447664561279019
Kendall 25th Sep 2022, 2:32 PM
Use your power to engender tears wisely, sir. And yeah, Vattu was an amazing epic and deserves all the love! :-D

And WOAH, holy carp!!! Thanks for the link; I've donated to show my appreciation!
thebrokenkindle 25th Sep 2022, 3:53 AM
Thank you for sharing this story with us. I'm so glad I got to experience it.
Looking forward to seeing what your next project holds!
Deercliff 25th Sep 2022, 1:06 PM
Deercliff
Thanks so much! Hopefully I can launch soon.
ShadowFurry7 25th Sep 2022, 5:38 AM
ShadowFurry7
I love so much sad stories...But I love them even better when they are in a completed comic! Mega congratulation! I love this story!!
Deercliff 25th Sep 2022, 1:07 PM
Deercliff
I love a good tragedy, and what's a tragedy without an ending? Thank you so much!
deerhex 25th Sep 2022, 1:06 PM
deerhex
It feels so surreal and bittersweet clicking on the final page today, having been there when this comic first started and reading it consistently the whole way through....I really feel like I've grown up along with this comic as well. This was a beautiful read and I'm glad to see your journey to completion with it. thank you for sharing your art and stories with the world, I can't wait to see what you make next <3!!!!
Deercliff 25th Sep 2022, 8:47 PM
Deercliff
Thanks so much! That means a lot to hear. I'm glad that you were able to enjoy the comic for so long and I hope you enjoy my next project as well!
ReanimatedMagpie 25th Sep 2022, 2:17 PM
ReanimatedMagpie
Hell yeah! Feels good to see a project of this scale seen through to the end!
Deercliff 25th Sep 2022, 8:46 PM
Deercliff
Thank you!
cheesecakewitch 25th Sep 2022, 8:42 PM
cheesecakewitch
i was wondering why the comic’s title is fragile! what a POW ending line!! i remember reading this comic on off over the years silently but i’m glad i’ve reached the courage to comment every now and then. bravo!!! this really was a story for the books!! ❤️❤️
Deercliff 25th Sep 2022, 8:48 PM
Deercliff
Thank you! I have been sitting on that ending line for a while now, glad it hit in the way intended.
Meepcity-is-back 26th Sep 2022, 7:12 AM
Sorry for the late congrats but still this comic is definitly in my top 3 i cant wait to read your next one amazing work!!
Deercliff 26th Sep 2022, 9:56 AM
Deercliff
Thank you!
TheGeekyNobody 12th Nov 2022, 10:31 PM
Sobbing and throwing up /hj
God this was the perfect ending tho, its been a ride
Deercliff 13th Nov 2022, 1:45 AM
Deercliff
thank you!
Tiny Dino 8th Dec 2022, 4:29 PM
Found this comic years ago, back in 2016 on Deviantart. I lost my account password at some point and just forgot about it, but it was always in the back of my mind as "that webcomic with the wolf with one eye". Garret's my favorite, as you can imagine. I'm so glad she got her (mostly) happy ending. I honestly didn't expect this comic to make me cry, but it's beautifully made, especially near the end. Not to say the beginning is worse, just like, as a way to say that everything ties up really nicely, and there was obviously a lot of thought behind a lot of details that i never expected to pop up multiple times. Like Elliot's burden thing. I expected it to come up multiple times, but that exchange with Gregor really hit hard. The little detail with Gabriel's feather got me gasping as well. I realized what Clockwork was trying to communicate exactly at the same time as Dean, and that's wonderful. Beautiful. I wish I could write more, really. I left a few comments here and there on some other pages, but I was so engrossed by the story the rest of the time that I just forgot. Garret saying "I'm not going anywhere" as Elliot gives his last breath. Her son losing his purple eye. Man. The last chapter really killed me. There were a few moments here and there that made me tear up a bit, but the way everything came together in the end really broke the dam. Wonderful, wonderful work. Thank you for sharing this story, and thank you for finishing it. I'll definitely be rereading this comic. Everything right up to the last line is great about it to me. It's the first time I saw a title drop and didn't roll my eyes. You did it right, if you ask me. A beautiful end panel. Again, wonderful work!
Deercliff 8th Dec 2022, 5:04 PM
Deercliff
Thanks so much for the detailed comment! I'm really happy you enjoyed.
djbman 10th Dec 2022, 2:38 PM
djbman
bro epic comic but i would have find a way 2 find Riga a mate or something so she doesnt have to dwindle on their deaths but beside that its an awesome comic
Deercliff 10th Dec 2022, 3:32 PM
Deercliff
thank you! Riga is asexual aromantic and not interested in romantic partnerships, and besides that, just dating someone doesn't get rid of grief. She's got her whole life ahead of her, she'll be ok!
djbman 10th Dec 2022, 4:35 PM
djbman
oh ok thank tbh i didnt get the asexual vide from her but that makes more sense now
astri 5th Jan 2023, 12:09 AM
im a little late, but i finally got around to reading this comic after seeing it launch in 2016! this story was so wonderful and touching, definitely cried a few tines. im so excited to see what else you create!
Deercliff 5th Jan 2023, 7:26 PM
Deercliff
Thanks so much! I'm very happy you enjoyed.
Galaxygale 11th Jan 2023, 7:17 PM
Galaxygale
ITS OVER!! holy shit. i remember reading this page on launch and being so awestruck that it was done...and now that Un/Bound came out I was like "WAIT! I never commented on the last page of fragile!!!!!!" thank god i am back on the last page of fragile [tempted to re-read all over again]. what a huge accomplishment, seriously!! to stick to something for so long and see it thru, with every page being better than the last [the coolest thing about webcomics to me is seeing the first page vs. the last page, and that improvement is so incredible. holy shit.] i loved seeing riga's arc evolve throughout the main story, and garrett surviving to the end THANK GOD! she was the one i was most worried about dying for some reason- but she got her bittersweet ending and its really satisfying, even though its heartbreaking. i feel like i have so much more to say but like wow. WOW! fragile is so important to me and i'll remember it for a lifetime! i am so proud of you hershel!!! fuck yes Un/Bound time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Deercliff 11th Jan 2023, 9:50 PM
Deercliff
Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment! I'm really happy Fragile meant so much to you. You've left some of my favorite comments on the comic (mostly on dA, but. I think about "i ENJOY it when the man breaks down" every day.) over the years and I'm looking forward to what you have to say about Un/Bound!! A lot of people thought Garret was gonna die, which I understand why...older parental figures like that are generally on the chopping block. But it was never something I even thought about doing tbh, she was always gonna get to live her life happily.