The comic is pretty much all over but the shouting. There is a lot of shouting left to go, so it won't wrap for another few months at minimum. But if you read this, you will know what the shouting is about.
The odd thing is that I knew Ed was going to die since not long after we met him, and much of the last six or seven years of comic I spent wondering how it happened. For awhile I thought the cold servants got him, but that didn't feel quite right, and for about twenty awful minutes I thought maybe Grim Eyes did it, but that was too horrible and Oedipal and pointless, and then for a long time I thought Jhalm did it, but that would have made Jhalm totally evil instead of an obnoxious but basically good guy who needed to be slapped in the face with what he was doing, and Jhalm honestly didn't deserve that.
I figured it out in the shower one day around two years ago, and a couple months later I figured out his last words, and I admit, there was some choking up in the shower when I did. (I do a lot of the plotting for Digger in the shower.)
Then I sat on it. For TWO YEARS. I finally told Kevin, because I had to tell SOMEBODY, and at least one fan figured it out and e-mailed me a surprisingly accurate plot synopsis, and some other friends figured out much closer to the crunch, probably from my awkward silences, and my mother called and made me tell her what happened, and everybody was very good about keeping quiet about it. But I'm still glad it'd finally drawn.
I'd like to be able to tell you that I knew it was a heroic redemption story all along. Maybe other authors know what they're doing beforehand, I just keep going and hope that it all works out in the end.
"So are you worried about what the fans will do?" asked Otter some months ago.
"Err...not really. I'm hoping it's so obviously the right and proper ending that people will accept the rightness of it and be sad but...y'know." (There were vague hand gestures.)
She looked at me pityingly and said "And then you realized you were on the internet, right?"
"Um," I said.
But despite my fears, I gotta say, the readers have really impressed the heck outta me. But that said-- if you want to yell, here's a thread to do it in.