I will miss Theaterhopper. I will remember it forever as a source of laughter, friendship and community. It changed so much for me. Best wishes to Tom. Love ya, brother.
Thank you, Joe. I think that’s a wonderful summation of things. Much love.
I do believe… that it should be only fitting that everyone should leave their favourite “Last Line of the Movie” in the comments.
And I believe that it could only be equally fitting to post this one before Tom gets in:
“The truth is… I am Iron Man” – Iron Man (2008)
“I’M IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION!”
I told myself I wouldn’t cry. I mean, I’m not really but it’s still sad to know that something I’ve loved for so long is essentially…no more. From the Theater Hopper posters on my wall to the stickers on my door to the shirts and hoodies I still wear to the books on my shelf I’m reminded of Theater Hopper. Even when my very own plush Truman looks at me I’m reminded of the name Brazelton and how much joy it’s brought to me over these 10 years. Thank you for 10 years where I haven’t always agreed with you but I’ve always supported you. Thanks for making me laugh all these years sir. Thank you.
If you’ve got one of the hoodies, then you HAVE been reading for a long time! That was practically a one-off. I made one batch of those and that was it. Took up too much room in the storage closet! 😀
Thanks so much for your support, Justin. I really appreciate it. You are an amazing fan!
What a wonderful ending. I will miss the comic.
Thank you, Nuke. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
I will miss reading this comic. I’ve only followed since about 2008, but I feel like it’s been all along.
Thanks for your compliments, Brian. The good news is that I intend to keep the archives up for as long as I can, so if you ever want to take the deep dive… they’ll be there for you! 😀
I’m not entirely certain when I started reading Theater Hopper, but I think it was somewhere around 2005 or 2006. Before TH (and Digital Pimp Comics), I never got to have nearly as much interaction with the creator of a comic before. I appreciate how much of our feedback you’ve listened to, and the conversations we’ve all managed to have over the years.
Thank you for all the memories.
I’ve always been very receptive to feedback and criticism around the comic, mostly because I come from a traditional art background and believe that no real growth can occur without a dialogue.
I’ve been very fortunate not only to have fans that have interacted with me regarding the comic, but to have very civil and meaningful conversations with them. It’s been one of the greatest things about Theater Hopper for me. I really value all of the relationships it helped to establish!
Thank you for your support over the years. It is appreciated!
Thanks for the wonderful ride Tom. What a bittersweet and beautiful ending. Sad to bid adieu, but you tied it all into such a pretty bow its hard to see where else it could have gone. Plus we can take solace that someone as talented as you will have new projects in the wings, my curiosity is peaked on “Midwestern Nice” and I will keep watching the skies.
Thank you, sir.
I think you’ll like what I’m planning for the future!… 😉
I’m gonna miss it Tom, but you put out a great product from start to finish
Thank you, Andrew. I appreciate it.
Its amazing going back to the very first comic and seeing how much your artwork and writing has improved over the last decade of Theater Hopper. (truly a compliment, your work 10 years ago is still better then anything I could produce…ever)
Theater Hopper has been one of the few web comics i’ve really kept up with, and I’m sad to see it go. Along with CAD being what it is now, I’m finding I have little in the way of web comics to read anymore. However its been a great ride, and I wish you well Tom. I look forward to seeing your ebooks come out, and will eagerly get them when they do.
One question there, will you release years 1-3 as ebooks as well? I don’t have the physical copies, and I no longer buy physical books, I’d love to see the first years as ebooks as well.
Anyways, thank you Tom for a great comic. I’ve enjoyed it ever since I found it I dont know how many years ago. I look forward to your next project and ebooks.
Haha, if you don’t have many comics to read I think you are not looking hard enough 😉
I discovered over a dozen great new comics this year – Ava’s Demon, Broodhollow, Iothera, Nimona, Jailbird, Monsterkind, Witch and Knight…
Congratulations to you, Tom! It’s been a great run, and Theater Hopper’s had a great ending.
The one thing I kind of regret about working on Theater Hopper is that – over time – it kind of forced me to put on blinders in terms of what was happening in web comics. I didn’t want to accidentally put myself in the position of stealing an idea, so you kind of start tuning that stuff out.
But there is so much great work out there to be discovered. I’m looking forward to checking it out again.
Thanks for your compliments, Avi! I appreciate them!
The weird thing about working on a comic for 10 years is that you kind of imagine the quality has always stayed level over that period of time. I look back at the archives and cringe at some of the artwork. At this point, I don’t think I could draw that badly if I tried!
Just goes to show, you spend enough time working on something, you get better at it! Kind of like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day!
To answer your question, yes, the first three Theater Hopper books will be converted to eBooks. If we make goal, it should be reasonable to expect them by the end of February or early March!
Thanks again for your support!
It’s been a fun ride, Tom. There are many fun stories and fond memories from the THorum, and being a member there (John Clark) was a privilege. I hope between Brian, MadMup, Andie, Angela, HP, BD, Abe and the rest of us, we are able to archive and preserve, at least in oral history, what the THorum was in its Golden Age.
Long Live the Webcam Page!
Y’see… now I KNEW I was forgetting someone from the THorum thank yous! I apologize for the oversight, Charley. You’ve been there from the beginning and have always been a great friend and supporter.
Consider this blog post amended!
Tom, I have been following TH since, I think, round about 2004 and have only occasionally posted comments. When I first started reading, I was about to start university. Now I’m graduated, moved country and beginning my career. In that time TH has been the only web comic I have consistently followed. I can echo the sentiment we all feel that you spoke to us in a way other creators didn’t, engaging your audience on a personal level. Today is a New Year. And though I am almost 4,000 miles away, and we have never met, I’d like to tell you something; God bless, and a Happy New Year from my family to yours.
I take it seriously when people tell me that they got into web comics at a certain point and mine was the comic they stuck with. The audience for web comics ebbs and flows. There are so many other things out there competing for your attention. So I really value what you’ve shared with me here. It’s very humbling.
Thanks for your compliments and have a Happy New Year.
Tom, it’s been a wonderful run, and I’ve enjoyed following the strip. Having Henry and Pearl show up at the end was a fitting way to bring down the curtain, and I can’t think of a better coda for this.
I’m wishing you all success with the new project. And if you ever get the desire to revisit the past, I’m willing to bet that if you did, that it won’t be pointless the way some Hollywood reboots tend to be…
Hoping to see more from you in the future.
Jim, I can say with confidence that I will not be rebooting Theater Hopper in the future! Although, now that you’ve suggested it, I’m wondering if there have been any other web comics that have tried it?
Thanks for your compliments. I appreciate them!
Interesting question, that; would you consider EVIL INC. to be a reboot of GREYSTONE INN? Brad Guigar took one of the supporting characters from the earlier strip (Lightning Lady) and focused on her, built up her world and went from there.
There’s also John Allison’s stuff, the way BOBBINS begat SCARY-GO-ROUND which led to BAD MACHINERY, which is more continuous segway than reboot unless you redefine the field to allow it to be…
I am sad to see this day come, as theater hopper is my favorite webcomic.
January 13th 2005 it seems was the fateful day I would come across this amazing webcomic through cinematreasures.org (A site devoted to classic movie theaters) which linked it. So http://www.theaterhopper.com/2005/01/12/was-it-something-she-said/ would be the first strip I would see which was in the middle of the charlie story arc that introduced her.
I remember really liking it and going through the whole archive. Now at that time I was working at a movie theater, so from 2003-2009 I knew all the movies the strip was talking about. But even after 2009 when I left the movie theater, I still enjoyed theater hopper.
Since that fateful day in January 2005, for 8 years almost I checked everytime a comic would be updated. I will look forward to seeing charlie and jimmy in multiplex (Which Ive been checking probably just as long, whenever theater hopper linked it first).
I just want to say THANK YOU tom for providing me and everyone with something to look forward to to brighten up the day, and I wish you luck in whatever you choose to do.
I think it is WAY cool that you remember the exact date that you started reading the comic. I can’t even remember what happened last week!
Thank you for your compliments, Eddie. I always love hearing from people who’ve worked in theaters and really understood all of the references.
As you probably know, there are “down times” during the year right before the Oscars and right after the summer blockbuster season where it seems like NOTHING interesting is coming out. Those are lean times for good references! Glad someone was getting them!
I’ve been a reader since 2005. Thanks for all the laughs and fun! Best to you and your family.
Thank you, Kim. The very best to you and your family as well!
It doesn’t feel like 10 years, but then again I look back and realize, holy crap, it has been 10 years.
I’ll point out that we did have a few successful THorum meetups and I had the time of my life, especially with Brian, MadMup, Pixel, Typo, etc etc. I visited and hung out with KiltyAsCharged, and formed great bonds with Abe., JEthelred, and the Rascal King, as well as HP and BD. I can never forget ADSquirrel and Meags, as well as JClark for always being great mods and awesome people. Brian and I still talk often and plan to visit, since he is the closest one living to me. hehe. Geez, I feel like I’m missing people.
As well, I’d like to mention that if it weren’t for Theater Hopper and the THorum, I wouldn’t have met my best friend and maid of honor, Kira, aka Ceredonia. In a forum with a handful of very active members, I knew I was the only one in Colorado, until she came along and we discovered we’d been crossing paths for years, and never hung out. She is now my best friend and will be standing next to me at my wedding this year, and if it weren’t for the THorum, I probably still wouldn’t know who she was.
Thank you for all the awesome memories, Tom/TBraz, this has been an amazing comic and journey, and my life is so wonderful and different with it!
Oh, Andie… It took me a while to figure out what to say to you here, but what you’ve shared about the THorum sums things up better than I ever could.
I feel really fortunate that Theater Hopper could create a conduit through which fans could form relationships and become friends. It’s truly humbling. I only played a small part. It what you guys did together that made that time magical.
Thank you so much for your support – and friendship – over the years. The comic may be over, but these relationships will carry forward.
Great ending to this- I really enjoyed the journey you took the characters on as you wrapped everything up. Nicely done, and looking forward to your next project…
Thank you for your compliments, Dale.
I know there were some that wanted more jokes in this last arc, but I tried to mix it up as much as possible. 😉
Thanks for reading!
Theater Hopper gave me so much, so very much. From the best friends I’ll ever have (and still have, thankyouverymuch) to the man I’m going to marry. Without TH, there’d be so many people in my life I wouldn’t have ever met and it staggers me a little that our friendships have stayed strong for so long.
Thank you Tom. Thanks man, yanno?
I am distinctly proud that the THorum had a small role in establishing not one, but two romantic relationships. I just think that’s beyond cool and probably one of the things I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
It was a great comic and it had a great run, but everything comes to an end eventually. Some things drag on and on until they’ve become parodies of their former self, no longer having vision or purpose. That didn’t happen to “Theater Hopper”. You got out at the right time, and the last episode was a brilliant capper. See you around!
I take that as a sincere compliment, man. I never wanted Theater Hopper to wear out its welcome and I feel good about now being the time to end it.
I think there’s something to be said for perseverance. Part of me wanted to keep making comics until the wheels fell off. I mean, you never know when the boomerang is going to come back around again, right? Things might be hard now, but they might be great later?
That said, I never wanted Theater Hopper to become “less than” what it was in my mind. A slow decline in quality would have been worse than death to me. I think made my exit at just the right time.
Thanks for being there to support it. 😉
Well done, Tom. Well done. As much as I’m bummed out that the comic has ended, I must admit that I think you ended it perfectly. I’m glad to hear that you’re keeping the site up and running for a while, and look forward to checking out your upcoming project and helping out with the kickstarter project, not to mention getting the eBooks when they’re ready.
Thanks for your compliments, Mike. I’m really glad that the ending hit the right notes. I think you’ll enjoy Midwestern Nice when it’s ready.
FYI – the eBooks Kickstarter is launching Monday, January 7!
It’s been a good run, Tom! Really enjoyed the comic, and looking forward to your next project.
Thanks, Trevor. I appreciate it – and I’ll miss our convention chats.
Don’t be a stranger!
Wow. It’s really over. That’s both sad and satisfying. I follow a fair number of web comics, but THopper has been at or near the top of the list. I’ve always appreciated your sense of humor, your excellent pacing, and your ever improving art. It’s amazing to look at some of the first panels you put out back in the day and see how much your skills have evolved. Thanks for all the great stories, jokes (good and delightfully bad), and characters (Truman still rules). I’m sure this is something you can show to your kids and your kids’ kids with pride. Well done, sir. Well done indeed.
You’ve read me like a book, Ben. This is most certainly something I want to share with my kids when they’re older. Everyone’s got a story to tell, right? Daddy told his, they should be encouraged to tell theirs.
Thanks for your support and compliments. I appreciate them.
Great end to a great comic. Thanks for all the entertainment these many years. You were, and are, a class act.
Don’t let the top hat and monocle fool you. I’m not nearly as classy as you give me credit for! 😉
But I appreciate your compliments and your support. Thank you!
Wow, it really has been a long time hasn’t it? Ten years is longer than I’ve known many irl friends, it still boggles my mind a bit. It’s been a great run, major props for sticking with it this long and continuing to improve and refine as you did. I’ll be looking forward to your future projects, and of course we’ll always have Facebook
I’ve frequently made the observation that I’ve been working on Theater Hopper longer than any “real” job I’ve ever had. The longest day job I’ve ever had was 6 years. Then again, I only worked on Theater Hopper three days a week at its apex. Sometimes it felt longer than that, but it was always fun!
Oh well… Bummer, I only found it last year, but I enjoyed reading your work…
Don’t get too bummed, Kevin. Now you can read all of the archives without worrying about catching up!
Thanks for ten years of the best webcomic I’ve seen. I remember finding this comic looking for laughs on a old Hewlit-Packard in 2003. Now I’m reading the last one on a Ipad, its amazing how much has changed. I again want to thank you for being a constant source of laughs for those 10 years of change.
Thank you, Steve. The times have CERTAINLY changed!
Theater Hopper, Multiplex, and Joe Loves Crappy Movies have been my go tos for movie related hijinks for many years. I hate seeing one leg of that tripod go. As with any ending, I’m deeply saddened that I won’t be able to peek into this world and see these characters anymore. I’ve enjoyed your comic very much Tom. Thanks for sharing it with us all these years.
Thanks for your compliments, Schlock. What’s amazing to me is that there really weren’t many other movie comics out there in the last 10 years. Mine, Multiplex and Joe Loves Crappy Movies were probably the most prominent and I’m aware of two or three that lasted for a couple of years. But you’d think with the ubiquity of movies in our culture, it would be reflected back by webcomics?
Maybe because there’s so much entertainment journalism, it’s not a niche? Who knows!
I’m not sure why I didn’t get here sooner…it was Jimmy in Multiplex talking about his old theater that pulled me in, and over the course of the past couple weeks I’ve made it all the way through the run. Thanks for leaving the archives up and thanks for all the late nights and sacrifices.
I wish I’d been here in real time to contribute to the comments though… I mean of course Kevin Costner could play Pa Kent. He was a farming dad in Field of Dreams you know…
Just finished up Theater Hopper. Thanks so much for the humor! I got to the party late but I’m glad I found it.
Another late comer here. Took me a while, but I managed to read all the Theater Hoppers. Loads intelligent, fun and even artistic stuff there! I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thank you Tom and all the best.
just read all the way through again, still an amazing trip and it still gives me feels as it wraps up man i miss this comic
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