6 Jan. 2009

ReBoot Webcomic: The End

Posted by WhizzyWig under 2. The Writer's Den |

ReBoot Webcomic

Well, the final episode of the ReBoot webcomic has finally come and gone. Order has been restored and the heroes have saved their friends. Woot.

And with that ends a massively long and arduous experience. There were hundreds of people involved in this process - not only my original collaborators Vectorya, On-FireWire, Etchasketch, and all the artists and editors - but also all the fans the offered their back-and-forth praise and criticism. It was a tough assignment but, most importantly, we got the job done. Most projects like these flounder before the story is done.

So with that. I think this blog will come to a close for now. I’ll let the other writers report on where you can read their ongoing fan-fics and comics since I know many of you have taken a liking to them. But I think this is the last you’ll hear from me for a while.

Again - thanks to all of you for your fervent interest in the book. When it was good, it was REALLY good. :)


Comments (27)

  • *sigh*

    Telling choice of image for the final writer’s post.

    Comment by Slackbot | January 6th, 2009 @ 10:08 am

  • A job well done Professor.
    The next step will be to keep us all updated on the movies. I hope that will still continue forth.

    I’m sad to see the end of this but happy we made it there.

    Again I ask, what are the chances of getting a hard copy of the comic?

    Comment by Captain Capacitor | January 6th, 2009 @ 10:09 am

  • Hey there Prof!

    While I wasn’t the biggest supporter of the comic (I screamed in terror when the 5 pitches were announced :P), I think you are a good writer, but fanfiction isn’t your forte. I hope you can eventually find your way to your own project and ReBoot will get back it’s original writers.

    Best of luck in the future!

    Comment by Squall142 | January 6th, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

  • *cry cry* Goodbye comic!

    Comment by Isis | January 6th, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

  • Sigh…it’s really over. Is the blog going away forever? Is it just the blog thats ending or are the movie ideas ending as well? What will I do on my Monday afternoons now?

    Comment by codeHEX | January 6th, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

  • Dear Professor

    Thank you for putting up with me. I’ve likely been your best and worst defender, but you’ve helped straighten me out and put up with my stressed out moments throughout this entire process. Its been quite a trip. I’m sorry it ended too soon.

    Keep ReBoot alive.

    God Bless


    Comment by DivineRoseBoot | January 6th, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

  • It was great but too many questions left unanserd.
    Vectors origens
    What bobs price was
    why sparks worked when glich and copland didnt
    and so forth,

    Comment by glich | January 6th, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

  • I hope we get another comic. But if we don’t I want to thank you for your hard work. I hope to hear more from you soon.

    But I agree the original creators of ReBoot should come back to work on the series if it ever becomes televised.

    Comment by Azalea | January 6th, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

  • Prof, many thanks for all your hard work. I know there’s been a ton of frustration expressed with the product, but I think everyone knows you did the best you could given the cards you were dealt, and I respect your decision not to throw Rainmaker under the bus and shoulder the blame for the obviously unplanned brevity of the comic yourself. I’m disappointed we didn’t get to see some of the cool stuff we talked about make it onto the page - Enzo’s tussle against Gnosis’ control of his mind (with Hex’s help) most of all. But you did what you could, and gave us a jumping off point for the future, and I know I appreciate it.

    Comment by Guardian Enzo | January 6th, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

  • Thanks prof WW for all your hard work, this was an interesting experience. It’s sad that the webcomic is already over, but I guess this is only the beginning for something more, I hope…

    Comment by etoile37 | January 7th, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

  • Good riddance.

    Comment by Poprocks | January 7th, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

  • if you make anymore, take your time, pace the comic and make it like the first book so that it will actually be good

    if higher qulity work than this is not put into the movies they will never get made, and as of right now i would say that’s a good thing

    Comment by Lechium | January 7th, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

  • This comic was a good first step toward what I’m hoping is more to come.

    Comment by mandie | January 8th, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

  • Its a shame to see it end, especialy so suddenly.
    I’m a bit shocked as I expected a lot more to come :(
    Oh well, at least it did manage to get finnished, and thats certainly something that dosnt always happen.

    Good luck with all your future work!

    Comment by Darkflame | January 9th, 2009 @ 10:09 am

  • I think if there is a next comic a collaboration of artists should be used instead of one guy doing the art. That is one of the reasons why the art in the first book was so good. That way more people could catch a problem right away.

    Comment by Azalea | January 9th, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

  • I’m sad to see it go. The comics for me were a real mixed bag. The story and plot were okay but not really ReBoot and the unanswered questions still linger unanswered. I will say that even though I was disappointed with the story and the lack of character focus it was still interesting. I just wish that the crew would give it another shot but with a better story. I guess I’ll hold out that the movies will provide this.

    Comment by Matt | January 12th, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

  • So, that’s it, huh?

    As someone who really hasn’t been keeping up with the blog over the past few months, and having read the entire comic in one shot….

    It not bad. It’s not great either. It this were a fanfic, I’d proably say it was pretty good, but as a semi-official work, it disappoints, but not offends. I’ll have to read the previous blog entries to find out why it was so significantly reduced from the planned multi-voume arc.

    The ending does feel rushed in a deus-ex-machina sort of way… but then many reboot episodes made use of that device so no real foul there. The story itself was enjoyable, I liked some of the new characters, but not Exidy. Maybe she would have been better if fleshed out more. As it is, she was unnecessary and mysterious to the point of being annoyingly confusing. Contrast to Vector, who was mysterious in a decidedly non-annoying random-mysterious-stranger kind of way.

    The art — well, I’ll be honest, it was below my expectations. I’m not an artist so I can’t judge how much effort went into it, but not enough. Whether this is a fault of the artists, the schedule, or “executive decisions”, or some combination of these, it really didn’t live up to what it should have been.

    Final rating: Enjoyable but forgettable.

    Comment by Mercury | January 18th, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

  • For a story that was in a completely different medium than the original, it was good.

    Even if there isn’t another comic between now and the movies (though I think there should be - there are plenty who would enjoy it) the blog should stay active for said movies.

    Looking forward to more :)

    Comment by mandie | January 24th, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

  • What?

    wait, wait, wait… What!?

    The comic’s coming to an end, and I haven’t even started *reading* it yet!?

    When did this happen?? And will we be seeing more…?

    O.o I go away for a few months to college, and this happens…


    Comment by CyberDramon | February 2nd, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

  • Actually, it came to an end a while ago. You’ve missed a lot. ^_^’

    So, if you were waiting until the end to read it, now’s the time!

    Comment by LadyLazuli | February 3rd, 2009 @ 11:30 am

  • D :

    *must… read… !!!*

    Comment by CyberDramon | February 3rd, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

  • hey, i adopted tha guardian protocol n2 my life courtesy reboot, so i live tha show daily, u kno. and even tho this whole comic book stuff wuz totally crazy and detached, it wuz STILL SO COOL.
    all i needed wuz continuity.
    tha leniency comes from tha fact that, this iz a beginning.
    too bad it wuz also tha end, i kno this could have evolved
    n2 some truly remarkable stuff eventually, if proper support wuz there.

    i don’t care about mediocrity.
    i care that y’all put in work, and did it 4 me.
    ur work iz done, but i will proudly witness 2 my friends
    this little corner of tha reboot experience.
    much luv

    Comment by LikeMike23 | February 6th, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

  • I hate being short on time, so I won’t be able to say much here. But, I will try to give my full info tomorrow.

    You see, with this comic continuation to the Reboot series, though I loved the artwork, and I loved a lot of concepts in it, I’m a real nitpicker and there’s a ton of stuff within the comic that tremendously conflicts with the actual show. I know for a fact due to recently watching the entire series over again before I read the comic. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do like the comic, but the discrepencies and a number of other details really got me irked, sort to speak. However, I must say I’m still thoroughly impressed by the writer of this, despite the many errors. It was very, very creative, and some of these concepts that were used were definitely top notch.

    Unfortunately, I’ll have to leave telling what problems there were till another night. Got college course in the morning, and I’m expecting a number of big assignments, due to numerous circumstances.-_-’

    Comment by Regreme | February 22nd, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

  • I can’t believe it. I actually have time to type on the blog. Finally, eh? XD

    Well, as stated before, though I really liked the comic, I still have a lot of irks about it, due to discrepencies with the actual show.

    First off, there’s characterizations of three characters that were not in character.

    First off, Mike the TV. He doesn’t just repeat the same thing in a row, and he had none of his TV based zaniness involved in what was shown. He just kept ‘ho-hum’ ing. Quite out of character for him.

    Then, there was Ray Tracer. Him NOT making a comment during action events? Simply not like him. He always has at least something smooth to say, even during dangerous situations.

    And of course, let’s not forget Dot. You had her just suddenly rush off on a whim to get married. That’s not like her at all, as was shown near the last season of the show when she even said herself that she loved the plannings and the changings of schedules for the wedding. She LIKES being planned ahead. That random bit there really didn’t fit her.

    Next one is in regards to the story. I like the ideas you had with the Codemasters, but a Codrex is an actual thing. It is a translator for all data, and the definer of the meanings for computer codes. But, there are numerous of these, not one, all in key servers throughout the world. However, they are not accessible from other servers. They work even without their direct access by providing the translations for the codes for the programs. Due to this, they would likely have the powers displayed. And also, sending the Codrex back where it belonged would help, but it would NOT get rid of the code. The code would still be there. The Codrex merely acted as a translator of the code and knows how to utilize the code that composes all other programs.

    And as for how the Codrex got out of the main servers, that’s a possibility if done by User error. So, that was a possibility of happening.

    Next complaint is that about the Users being gone. That is simply NOT a possibility. Neither is playing games on the Web. There are numerous reasons for this:

    The Web, as shown in the show, is a sea of data. Games are not played there. However, the programs to run games can be downloaded from there. They are not run on the web though. The games are merely downloaded from there onto the user’s computer to run from there.

    And as for online games, that was explained early on in the series when Enzo asked Bob about the super computer. They’re known as networked games, and he stated that those can involve multiple systems and multiple users.

    Another reason why the User’s can’t be gone is that not all addictions are all the time things. They can still play other games. And even then, they still download files and upgrades for said game and for other programs, some downloads even set to occur automatically.

    Thus, the Users simply cannot vanish, though I did love the idea of them getting addicted to an online game.^_^

    My next complaint is that you stated that Enzo hasn’t aged due to lack of User file updates. But, that’s not how that works.

    In the show, it was stated numerous times, including by Turbo, that programs age not from downloads, but rather, by compiling on their own. And that the games speeded up the process. So, Enzo would still have aged, no matter the situation.

    Another complaint is the lack of friends shown for Enzo there. You stated numerous times that he was at the top of his class. Such students are always popular, and often have admirers too. You showed none of this fact, not even a single girl hung up on him, and the only friend showed in regards to him was Cookie.

    I did like him going there though, along with all the humor involved with Sparc and Glitch. XD

    Next thing, it seems to be over, yet when Bob blasted Megabyte, he used the same beam that the Codemasters were using, and that just brings data to Gnosis, whom was ordered to return things to the way they were before it collected the data.

    And that fact in regards to Gnosis also poses lots of problems, because of how Enzo worded it. Yes, Gnosis turned good, but the order it was given was to return everything to how it was before it became activated, and THAT was since before Bob came to Mainframe, since Gnosis was made by the Codemasters. And Talon(Old Man Peerson) was an old Codemaster before Bob even arrived to Mainframe in order to follow Gigabyte.

    And my next complaint is that you introduced someone as cool as Vector, stating he was part of a group…… and then never showing any information on that group. That extremely irritated me.

    And finally…… the end of this comic completely missed out on the point of the show. Ever since the beginning, the secret goals of all the characters, as shown numerous times from the intros, was to discover the truth about the Users. What you have here never even addressed the question.

    Those are the complaints that I can currently recall. However, other than those facts, I did like the overall comic. You did a good job on it.

    However, as I said, there are many issues there, since the show is supposed to show how the lives of characters within a computer live, and a large part of what I said worked against that fact.

    Still, overall well done. I do hope you are able to come up with a new version later though. You’re a good author and artist, and if you fixed these details, I could easily see you lead the Reboot series into great seasons or the like. You do have great potential, and I hope to see more of your works in the future.

    Oh, and if possible, I’d like to talk with you by the way. I left my e-mail on here, in case you are able to.

    Comment by Regreme | March 15th, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

  • Reg - Wheres your source the that Codrex stuff? Dont remember that in the show, and it certainly isnt real-life stuff. (unless its so secret that even google and wikipedia dont know…nor a java/actionscript/php coder like myself).

    Comment by Darkflame | April 10th, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

  • I learned about it briefly in some of my computer classes. It was rarely mentioned though, due to it not being part of the focus of the class.

    Comment by Regreme | April 26th, 2009 @ 10:59 am

  • ни разу не согласен

    Comment by Moogulmarana | June 21st, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

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