Almost there - There will be a second epilogue next week, but yeah. That's the story.
The whole point of the story is that sometimes things don't go as you'd expect. Sometimes love doesn't triumph, sometimes saving the day is all you can hope for and afterwards you return to your ordinary life, sans greatness.
Basically the message is this: events don't change you. You change you. So if Winston's too cowardly or Allen's too quiet, if April's too pushy and Larry can't get the girl...they're not going to shine just because they got given an opportunity. It takes a lot of courage and inner strength to reach out and grab your destiny and become queen of Avalon, as Apple did, and in her case that strength was a part of her long before she got involved with a magical adventure.
This hasn't been the perfect story. I've failed in a lot of ways, but hopefully you enjoyed those elements that I got right.
I honestly don't know what to do next. This is a big period of transition for me in a number of ways: my university degree's nearly done and so I've started job-hunting. To be honest, I have less time than ever for drawing comics, but more potential projects in my mind than I know what to do with. More Special Level, Runt and Candy, a Pokemon Wild West story based on Taken, the charming feel-good story of a girl and her six-year-old clone, Kung Fu adventure comedy... I don't really know what to focus on next.
I know I promised more Runt and Candy starting this week. I'm just not sure if I need a bit of a break first. If maybe there are other projects I need to work on. I've made a few Runt and Candy pages ready to go, but the time involved in making them is more than I can spare on a biweekly basis - I think I'm the victim of my own perfectionism and I've made the art so complicated that I just won't be able to find the time to make them regularly enough.
I think I'm a bit burnt out.
Watch this space, perhaps I'll make an announcement soon.