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Endtown by Aaron Neathery for August 22, 2018

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    Jenner Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Immensely sad. Sob

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    Chris Colvard  over 2 years ago

    Not sure about the terrain, but it looks like Marx wants Walt to enjoy his (after)life.

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    backyardcowboy  over 2 years ago

    Aaron: “A gentle soul in a not gentle world. Go fishing and enjoy your Rest.”

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    Bob. Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Not the ending I wanted, but what I suspected.

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    ckcsmum Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Poor Walt. Is the fishing rod symbolic? I can’t see any rivers or lakes.

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    Pappyvtx  over 2 years ago

    Maybe Flask & Marx have built some ponds and lakes since Flask has been there? Maybe we will be seeing Flask again???

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    Twonky  over 2 years ago

    Poor Walt. Consumed by his rage (AND fire).

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    davidf42  over 2 years ago

    Sad. Walt was one of my favorite characters in this whole strip.

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    Kyneris Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Sad day. I’ll miss Walt. Made me smile to see Aaron Marx presenting him with that fishing pole, though, so he could continue his favorite pastime.

    I’m glad he didn’t live to find out that Portia had died as well. That was a mercy, and he did Endtown a favor by destroying Denise.

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    Willywise52 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Just glad I can finally see the comments again.

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    Prescott_Philosopher   over 2 years ago

    If this is the afterlife, I’m surprised they keep the genetic mutation.

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    Brinbrin  over 2 years ago

    An infinite flat landscape of dust and a fishing rod… Irony ?

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    Happy, happy, happy!!! Premium Member over 2 years ago

    :(

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    Terr Bear  Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Are they standing in water? Their feet are covered. Dust, as Brinbrin said?

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    celeconecca Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I’m wondering if Marx is welcoming him to the afterlife or is about to give him a choice

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    Robert Nowall Premium Member over 2 years ago

    So this is the end of Walt in Endtown. Fish, ho!

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    Diat60  over 2 years ago

    If Walt is dead, and it certainly seems to be the case, it raises the question of WHAT is Aaron Marx. He seems to be a god-like entity here. Odd.

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    Vet Premium Member over 2 years ago

    For the Greater Good…….all Walt ever wanted to do…..is now his reward. Sit and fish Walt……you deserve it. Portia may be along any minute. Even for her faults……Love was there.

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    Cheapskate0  over 2 years ago

    Diat60 started the thought, and it is truly disturbing:

    In Endtown, is Aaron Marx god?

    We have seen him among the living, particularly a couple years ago when he summed up the Wally, Holly, and Kirbee story for some children.

    Children. Something else we don’t see a lot of in this story.

    But most of the time, Aaron seems to make his appearances in near death sequences or, as is strongly suggested above, post death sequences.

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    Cheapskate0  over 2 years ago

    One bright spot: At least Aaron didn’t drag out the graphic violence of that death scene for yet another day.

    I was afraid we were going to be looking at flames for the rest of the week, with the final cliffhanger Friday, still wondering whether either – or neither – had survived!

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    RickD Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Oh…crap. Goodbye, Walt. Rest well.

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    craigwestlake  over 2 years ago

    As shown before, Marx is a dimensional traveller; so it would seem that (in Neatherly’s universe at least) death is merely another dimension. That would imply that Portia should be along soon…

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    RickD Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I wonder if Denise will show up here as well..for an interview with Marx. We’ve seen Marx interview someone else who had been trying to kill hundreds, and who Marx had called a “villain”. But Marx had feelings for that one.

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    FredCapp  over 2 years ago

    That is a pretty short pole, unless it’s extendable. But he’s standing in moving water so…

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    DADOF3  over 2 years ago

    Ok, Flask came here dead, and moved on to a different iteration of Endtown. Wally saw this place in a dream and saw a vision of Armaggedon. Now Walt shows up… curiouser and curiouser.

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    William Bednar Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Guess we’ll have to wait and see if Marks starts another tale, or returns to the previous story. Not much there, so I hope a different story starts.

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    ganhammer64  over 2 years ago

    Welp, He’s been put on the same boat as Holly. How many people want to bet that this comic is building up to the “message” that the world sucks and good people die for nothing. I mean seriously, how many likable characters do we even have left?

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    DADOF3  over 2 years ago

    Maybe he won’t have to nag the fish into playing along anymore.

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    DADOF3  over 2 years ago

    Starting to feel like this is the only way out of Endtown. Wally and Holly seem to have been the exceptions. If that’s the case, they may as well all jump in the canals and get it over with. Sad story Aaron. Still, it’s yours to tell.

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    edge  over 2 years ago

    Reminds me of the death of Mandred in Bernhard Hennen’s “The Elven,” when Mandred was close to death thinking of his own lost son, and he suddenly discovered himself no longer cold, but knee-deep in a river, watching his son fly-fishing and thinking he wasn’t bad at it, for a beginner…

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    DADOF3  over 2 years ago

    Well, let’s see now…. We’ve culled the wolf mutants and the pig mutants, Flask is gone, Walt is gone, Wally and Holly are gone, Heather is gone, Cooper is gone, Foxworthy is gone, Allgood and the victims of the Milk Trial riot are gone. We seem to be down to Prof Mallard, Doc Chase, Jake and Velda, Al and Gustine, Dottie, the security rats and the remainder of the faceless population. That 5 year food supply is looking more like 6 or 7 years with each passing (day).

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    ViscountNik  over 2 years ago

    He’s not dead…. he’s hibernating. :( :( :(

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    Dragoncat  over 2 years ago

    Not too long ago I had hoped that, if Walt had been arrested, that he would be granted some mercy and have a fishing rod and a bucket in his cell. I had figured that, given his state of mind at the time, that fishing would give him some peace. Then, in the previous strip, since he was engulfed in the flames (and possibly slashed), I had hoped that Aaron would show him some mercy and give him some peace in the afterlife.

    Now, while I am sad to see Walt dead, at least Aaron is doing something to make it easier for him.

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    Dragoncat  over 2 years ago

    I hope Aaron has dome something to make things easier for Portia, as well. Perhaps he reunited her with her brother? I’m thinking she and her brother were probably twins, seeing how close they were (according to Portia, anyway…).

    Pity… Walt and Portia made for a lovely couple. Perhaps Walt’s new fishing hole will be located near Portia and her brother. The three of them could get together and mingle now and then. Perhaps Portia’s brother likes to fish, too?

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    Dragoncat  over 2 years ago

    At least Walt is looking more like his old, lovable self…

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    Night-Gaunt49  over 2 years ago

    It has been found that just before you die your brain gets a final hurrah, a burst of electrical activity, of consciousness before death. So if you don’t die immediately you will know you are breathing your last.

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    twcowdery  over 2 years ago

    I had hoped I never saw Aaron Marx again. The only part of Endtown that I don’t like.

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    tmazanec1  over 2 years ago

    I hope the next arc is a little lighter. I like dark, but not sheer black. I just may drop this strip if it gets any worse.

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    Mominexile  over 2 years ago

    I think this is a sad, but good, resolution for Walt.

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    Laurie Sefton Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Looks like Marx is a psychopomp, showing up in the Bardo when the souls need some guidance.

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    Palabrajot  over 2 years ago

    Henry Blake’s plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan.

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    Baslim the Beggar Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I suspect Marx will let Walt make his cast into a pool or whirlpool of possibilities and whatever, wherever, he snags onto is where he will go. I hope snags a good one. Flask did okay. Maybe Portia will show up, maybe not.

    For those who need reminding:

    https://www.gocomics.com/endtown/2012/08/16

    https://www.gocomics.com/endtown/2012/10/12

    https://www.gocomics.com/endtown/2012/10/23

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    bscruffy  over 2 years ago

    Both Walt and Marx have incomplete, unresolved expressions. I sense an approaching conversation, a fish story perhaps about ‘the one that got away.’

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    MichaelWeskamp  over 2 years ago

    I could see a matrix like scenery, where the last humans live in their own hell.

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    Three Steps Over Japan  over 2 years ago

    Is that Denise in Marx’s pocket?

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    Cheapskate0  over 2 years ago

    Many thanks to Baslim the Beggar. I found it useful to begin in June 2012 and found myself reading up to about February 2013.

    Much is explained in this series. Also, time moved a bit faster in those days – Endtown was five days a week back then.

    Loved the Linda story, too. Especially the part where her sympathy for an old man, baking a cake for him, is what launched the Milk Trial episode.

    Also, the very strange hint that Mr. Algood may be Aaron Marx!

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    Baslim the Beggar Premium Member over 2 years ago

    A truly happy Walt with fishing gear…

    https://www.gocomics.com/endtown/2013/02/22

    and the day before, when he is trying to get the fish to play along…. not to mention the worm!

    We know what Walt’s heaven would be.

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    Cavenee Lonnie Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Fair winds and following seas Walt.

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    Erwin Schwartz Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I have lost my Endtown anchor point with the loss of Walt and Portia. Do we follow Walt to his new reality? Or do we return to find a resolution involving Jacob and Velda? Or… do we spin off into an entirely new direction conducted by Marx???

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    Tue Elung-Jensen  over 2 years ago

    Might be a dream, might be his death – will have to tell …

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    crookedwolf Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Go Fish!

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    Three Steps Over Japan  over 2 years ago

    Well, this arc isn’t over yet. Jack and Velda still have to deal with the aftermath.

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    Three Steps Over Japan  over 2 years ago

    We don’t know that much about the Fountain of Souls. But, if that’s where Walt and Marx are now, then all that white stuff they’re walking on is unprocessed souls waiting to fly through the fountain into the sky for recycling. That could be what happened to Denise and Portia – they’re going to be reincarnated in another parallel universe, along with the wolves and everyone else. If Walt is in the same situation that Flask was, then he’s going to have to atone for his sins as a bear forever. He has a higher calling.

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    Cheapskate0  over 2 years ago

    13-Mar-13 for a glimpse of how truly creepy Velda is.

    Even more disturbing is how that series, beginning summer 2012, sets forth the pattern of no good deed goes unpunished!

    It was, after all, Linda ‘s first act of kindness which appears to have launched the whole madness that resulted in Walt ‘s final predicament!

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    kernelcorny Premium Member over 2 years ago

    When a bad guy needs to be killed, (Flask or Denise), Aaron Marx can not do the killing himself. So Aaron Marx sets up a situation to make a hero kill the villain. Then Aaron Marx disappears until the villain is killed. [I think they are walking on clouds, not dust or water.]

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    Baslim the Beggar Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Aaron: Send Walt to Okefenokee Swamp, where he can fish with Pogo, Albert, and some of the other characters. He might need his own boat though. And maybe there would be a Miz Portia for him to charm.

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    UBBM Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I’ll stick around to see what the next arc is like but if it continues in this vein I’m signing out for a year or two. This Gothic dreariness gives me no pleasure.

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    Diat60  over 2 years ago

    Wow, 152 comments so far. I haven’t seen so many in forever.

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    Shazzaron  over 2 years ago

    I’m not crying! YOU’RE crying!!

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    DADOF3  over 2 years ago

    7:30pm Central and still no update… Hope all is well.

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