And now the ULTIMATE FRIENDS WITH  BOYS ENDING, courtesy of Miriam Gibson !!! (Click the comic to read the whole thing!) Seriously, how could you want for more. All the loose ends tied up! Matt, vanquished! Maggie and Alistair, totally making out! Maggie realizes that the greatest treasure is … a cyborg hand!!! Seriously does Miriam know how to wrap up a comic or what? I will be hiring her to do all the endings for all my comics from now until infinity.

You can visit Miriam at her tumblr, Unicorn Brigade, or at her portfolio.

Otherwise! There is some stuff coming up for local people! If you are in the Halifax area, there are two events you might possibly want to attend. One is Ladies’ Night at local comic store Strange Adventures on February 29th, 7-9pm. If you are a lady, please join the rest of us ladies and celebrate comics! I will be there and there might be Friends With Boys copies for purchase, and I will be happy to sign them as well as any other comics of mine you might have. :) If you are not a lady, there will be a signing at Strange Adventures for Friends With Boys on March 3rd (Saturday), from 2-4pm. I hope to see you all there!

Also, I did a review of Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Voice graphic novel over at Unshelved, if you’d like to read it.

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19 Responses

  1. Sarah W. says:

    That is indeed the ultimate ending.

  2. Sean says:

    This will be the ending they will use for the movie adaptation of ‘Friends with Boys’. (They will also change the title to ‘Undead High’.)

  3. uunkoke says:

    This ending is TOTALLY plausible! :-) In fact, I’ve had dream sequences like this myself, where all the open ended vagaries of MY life have wrapped up into an awesomely satisfying bow. I imagine that Maggie will wake up and the power of this dream will propel her into a life of empowerment and success… and that someday she will document it all in an autobio-graphic novel.

    Congrats FEH! (and very funny alternate endings, MG)

    • Faith Erin Hicks says:

      Oh man, I think I’ve had that dream too! Such a good dream. Then you wake up and it isn’t true and booooo-urns.

  4. NancyH says:

    i love the alternate endings.. that’s a well-cared for imagination :)

  5. Warren says:

    I’ve been away from my machine for several days, and can’t see the last pages – please bring back the ‘previous’ and ‘next’ page buttons, or talk to the site designer about the archives – which only go up to page 100.

    :(

  6. snapdragon76 says:

    I love this ending. I mean, Pirates and Cyborgs! All you need is ninjas and everything is perfect!

  7. Miriam says:

    The ninjas are there, you just can’t see ‘em. :)

  8. Korikian says:

    Best ending ever! Pirate and cyborg smoochin!

  9. Megger says:

    Definitely the best ending right there. What more could you want – except maybe ninjas? ;)

  10. This is as good a place to post as any…my copy of Friends With Boys is IN HAND!!!

    Whoo-hoo!

  11. I thought I’d give you a heads up, Faith, and let you know I wrote up a second review for the comic now that it’s done. You can find it here:

    http://www.tangents.us/2012/02/28/friends-with-boys-2/

    I must say… it’s a story that was well told, and I’ll miss Maggie, her brothers, and her new friends. If you ever decide to write a sequel, I’ll definitely and eagerly read it.

    Rob H., Tangents

  12. Gary says:

    Dear,

    The artwork is great, the characters are charming, the story only a bit lame, but the title is a show-stopper.
    In the first place you should name your works after you finish them, start off with a designation if you must, or just a chapter heading. To sell the comic the title should be at least a bit misleading but not too much. I like “The return of the dead man’s hand” but perhaps “Dead man’s hand” if you don’t mind reusing an old title. I don’t know how things are up north but I predict a serious lack of sales under the original name in the USA. I am astonished your publisher let you use it. Best regards

    • Faith Erin Hicks says:

      I’m approving this comment, but only because I think it’s the stupidest I’ve ever received. Congrats, dude!

  13. Ara says:

    I just bought the book! It looks wonderful in print, and reading it all through allowed me to pick up on a lot I missed before. Thanks for posting FwB online, I can’t wait to see what you produce next.

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Hello readers, new ones just discovering the comic and those who’ve been with it since the beginning. Friends With Boys is now complete online. You may read it in its entirety, all 200+ pages, for free, for the next eight days. Then the image files of the comic (except for a short preview) will be taken down. While the comic was being serialized online, I blogged a lot about my comic making process. I did write ups about how I make comics, what my opinions on what makes a good comic are, and pointed out various Easter eggs throughout Friends With Boys. That stuff will all remain up, so if you buy a hard copy of Friends With Boys, you can still read along with my thought process.

And now (today!), Friends With Boys is a published book! Yay! I hope that if you’ve read the web version and liked it, and want to support me as a creator, you’ll consider buying the book.

I’ve really enjoyed serializing Friends With Boys online. If you’re new to my work, I started out making comics online before moving into print. I posted the very first page of my very first online comic on my very first website back in August, 1999, and wow, was that page ugly. Here it is! Notice a weird similarity to the first page of Friends With Boys? Yeah, that was not deliberate, I promise. But look how much your drawing skills can improve if you draw thousands of pages of comics over a ten year period! Anyway, I’m really thrilled my wonderful publisher First Second Books has allowed me to return to my roots and put Friends With Boys online as a lead up to its publication. As a reader and purchaser of comics, I have bought quite a few hard copy versions of online comics, because I enjoy the reading experience of having the whole thing collected, and I want to support the author. I hope you will too. :)

Otherwise, there are a few upcoming events I hope to see some readers at:
Book signing! At my local comics shop Strange Adventures, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 3rd (Saturday), 2-4pm (EDITING TO ADD: The book launch has been moved to the following Saturday due to the books not shipping to Strange Adventures on time. The launch will now be March 10th from 2-4pm. Go here for info).
Comic convention! I’ll have a table at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 6th-7th. There are a few other conventions I am trying to attend, but everything else is up in the air at the moment. For updates, please follow my twitter or join my Facebook fan page.  I’m pretty good about updating those two spots.


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