Discussion (253) ¬

  1. Jamie

    This last comic is sad, happy, and full of promise all at once! Good luck with your future projects and thanks for dedicating six years of your life on this comic. :D

  2. Ian
    Ian

    Erika, DAR! has consistently been one of my favorite things in the internet. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Rembrand

    Thank you for letting us take a peek into your life! It’s been inspiring and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next. Cheers!

  4. Wood

    No, thank YOU for providing us with this most excellent comic for all these years !

    I think I found out about your comics in 2004 or 2005 (just before you came to France) and I’ve been reading them ever since.

    Love those last panels !

  5. Das Sarah

    *Sniff* That’s a very worthy end to a lovely era! I enjoyed DAR so much over the last months and I’m looking forward to your future projects!
    Thanks for all your beautifully told little stories, Erika!!!
    All the best from Germany!

  6. Cubbeh
    Cubbeh

    Love your comic, Dont know how I came across it years ago but really helped me at times :) Thank you xxxx

  7. darrylayo

    Wooo!

    Congrats, champ! Onto more COMICS!

  8. Oruga

    I´m starting drawing comics. Is this what awaits me? Oh my god…

  9. Wolfbane1

    I feel like this is something that must be shared,
    I just picked up this comic, spent the whole night reading it through from the very first to here, today, the same day that it ends.
    ………for some reason, I just find that amazing.

  10. Irma

    Wow, this is just, wow. I know that I’ve come along your strip before. And it fell into the trap that many other good strips do for me. “Ooooh I really like this! Let me come back to this one and start from the beginning.” And then I didn’t bookmark it or forgot the bookmark and it was out of my head. Typical that I would find it NOW, for your last post. But I guess now I have years of archives to entertain myself with :)

    But what a great final strip. And a great ending to this chapter of your life. I wish you lots of luck in your future projects. Now I’m going to get myself a latte and start reading. Oh and I’ve officially bookmarked it now so I won’t forget again :)

  11. R
    R

    I’m a college sophomore now and a huge fan of the comic. I hope I can be as fulfilled and happy as you are when I’m 26! Thank you for the comics…can’t wait to see what you do next.

  12. Jane Irwin

    Aw, good-bye, DAR! You were so sweet and touching and kindhearted and farty. Thanks for the ride, Erika! Paul and I are looking forward to whatever stories you decide to tell next!

  13. ndbr
    ndbr

    Good job.
    Congratulations on finishing. And I hope we’ll see you around.

  14. Stubblemonkey

    Only stumbled across DAR a short while ago, you can blame/thank Jennie Breeden for the heads up, and have been visiting ever since. Sad to see it go, will have to wade through the archives now, but glad to see it end on a happy positive note. Nice one :o)

  15. Jeric

    Gonna miss this comic. Even during the short time I’ve been keeping up with it (I had only discovered it this past summer), it’s inspired my work a great deal. So thanks for that. :)

  16. Rosscott

    Cheers! Congrats! I’m sad! I’m happy! Thanks so much for all the comics, and I’ll be sure to check out the next project.

  17. Ivey
    Ivey

    Brilliant.
    It’s funny, I don’t feel cheated out of anything, you ended it perfectly; I’ve been a reader since I was 14, I’m 16 now and it really changed some of my perspectives on life (and made some interesting new ones) and kept me going at points when I felt like I couldn’t. So thank you for being yourself and giving this to us. ^^

  18. Danyell

    End of DAR! Waaaah! I haz a sad. :( Erika, I will miss this comic so much, it’s meant a lot to me and I know I’m not the only one. I remember buying your mini comics back in ’04. Wowzers. Congrats on…your life! I look forward to all the other great stuff you’re going to do.

  19. Becca
    Becca

    I happened upon this comic/blog by accident and I was instantly hooked. Thanks for being so open and honest with all your readers. Good luck with your future projects. I look forward to seeing them. Peace!

  20. CyberSkull
    CyberSkull

    A wonderful sendoff! Please be sure to post here what your next project is! :D

  21. Trypno

    I’ve loved reading the comic Erika, definitely gonna miss it, but can’t wait to see what you come out with next.

  22. Paul Gruner

    WE FEAR CHANGE! CHANGE BAAAD!

    Well, I just discovered your comic recently and became an instant fan. I’m going to miss Dar, but if it’s time for you to move on, then go for it.

    I hope you’re keeping the URL as a link or portal to your new projects. (And if you ever felt like posting another journal comic thingy there, I wouldn’t mind and I bet your other fans would be OK with it too.)

    P.S. Check out this platter – your comic about tentacles came out just as I was thinking about carving an octopus on some pottery. http://tiny.cc/octopusplate

  23. Snivella
    Snivella

    You have helped me so much to go through really bad things. Just by reading your comic I felt I could go through things knowing it’ll be better at the end. Your comic and you even were one of my influences at choosing my career. I was going to be a mechanical engineer. But I’m happily studying Graphic Design now. I hope one day I get to meet you. I wish you sucess to Matt and you and in your projects. I’ll keep following your work.

    Best of the lucks and wishes,

    Sofía Y.

  24. GerkAfunk
    GerkAfunk

    Congratulations Erika! I have followed DAR through the years and have fallen in love with your style and characters. I look forward to your future works and will be on the lookout for them. Cheers!

  25. Mikael
    Mikael

    I don’t remember when exactly I started reading this. I think it was a little bit before Matt, but I didn’t start really checking frequently until about two years ago. It has been wonderful to go through this journey with you. You constantly brightened my day, and I cannot wait for your next project.

  26. Tara

    Gawhhh. *Tears!*

    I love this! What a wonderful way to come to a conclusion (unfortunately I just started reading over the summer!!)–I can’t wait to see all the wonderful things you will do from here on in.

  27. jope
    jope

    Can you suggest an alternative source of high-quality fart jokes? My domestic bliss will be imperiled without them! =(

  28. Crotalus
    Crotalus

    Thank you for sharing such a large and significant part of your life with the world.

  29. uniformgrey

    What a wonderful note to end on!

    Thanks for keeping DAR going for all these years and I look forward to whatever new projects you have coming!

    *has joined mailing list*

  30. Jacq
    Jacq

    I’ve been reading this comic strip for close to 3 years. Once a week, I got to connect with a friend. Like a phone call or email, reading Dar felt personal and singular. I am sad to see it go, but am so happy Erika is kicking so much ass! She has many great things ahead of her. I am excited to see the greatness she will undoubtedly deliver. With a tear in my eye and a grin on my face, thank you Erika for making this comic strip.

  31. Cassie
    Cassie

    Thanks for the comfort from the time I started reading you in 2007. You popped my web journal comic cherry and got me reading so many more over the years.

    Much Love!
    Cassie

  32. Veronica

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading for years…I think since the second year you were writing it. Thank you for writing it, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

  33. Sinnah

    I’m really happy that you’re happy in your life now, that’s the most important thing !
    I will miss DAR, but I guess I’ll get to see other awesome projects by you !
    Good luck with everything :)

  34. Julie

    Hi Erica

    I was only introduced to your comic a few months ago by a friend, but I immediately read through it in its entirety and I’ve been following it ever since. I’m sorry to see it end, but I’m excited to see what directions you’ll be moving in now.

    I wanted to leave a comment to tell you (and maybe this is lame) that I find your story hugely inspirational. I’m 21, about to finish my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and I’ve been in a long distance relationship for almost three years. Reading about how you finished school and managed to establish yourself as a working artist doing what you love has made me more confident about my own life. I was also thrilled and relieved to see that your love story has had a happy ending. It’s good to know that I’m not the only person trying to make something like that work, and that it isn’t completely impossible.

    In a few more months I’ll graduate and move home to be with my partner and try to establish myself as a working artist. And knowing that you got there makes me feel like maybe what I want isn’t so complicated after all.

    So thanks, Erica. Thank you for sharing this story, and best of luck with whatever you do next. You should be very proud.

  35. Lee Jones

    Thanks for sharing the journey with me! I’m happy for you and Matt and look forward to seeing your new creations! :-)

  36. Auilix

    Congratulations Erica! I’ve loved where you’ve been and I can’t wait to see where you’re going! DAR was beautiful stuff, looking forward to what you will do next!! :)

  37. Ceilidh

    I’ve only just found your comic some time this year so it feels way too soon for it to be ending, but I loved reading every single one. It’s been one of my favourites and while I’m sad to see it end I’m happy for you to have found such a good place to end it at.

    It’s really been great to see the journey of another comic artist and see that I really could go places with my art. You’re a truly inspiring individual, I look forward to your future projects.

  38. chiz

    Congratulations on the end of a long run. You’ve been inspiring me for years, not just as an artist but as a person. I wish you all the best of luck in all your future endeavors. ♥

  39. Jasmine
    Jasmine

    Thank you for sharing your life with us and showing that sometimes in the deepest of ruts, we can still come out of it successfully. It’s sad to see this go after reading it for two years, but also satisfying that so much influence has come out of it.

    Congrats and good luck to your future~

  40. Molly

    Perfect ending to DAR, well done. I’ve loved and read this comic for years, and I can’t wait to see your new projects! Yay, happy Erika! :)

  41. stupendous pants
    stupendous pants

    NOO!! *sniff* I’ll miss this comic. Certainly will be looking forward to your future projects, but I have still grown quite attached to DAR!.

  42. sfiorire
    sfiorire

    Always one to arrive at a party late, I just found your comic today. It was quite a rollercoaster to read in one sitting, really an amazing journey. Good luck with your future projects, I’m looking forward to catching your new stories (from the beginning this time). =0)

  43. Megan

    I feel like crying!! But I can’t WAIT to see what you do next!

  44. Mike'n'Tater
    Mike'n'Tater

    Well…this stinks….I loved this comic ever since I started reading it. Oh well…so long and good luck from the parrot and his pirate

  45. Andrew Farago
    Andrew Farago

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see what’s coming up next!

  46. Carli
    Carli

    I’m really REALLY pleased that this was the way you chose to end your comic! I’ve been enjoying your art since the early 00’s and it was really awesome/comforting (when it came to my own life dilemmas) to have been able to follow your life lessons/shenanigans through these comics.

    I wish you all the best, and thank you!

  47. Guairdean
    Guairdean

    Thanks for sharing your life with us. May the days ahead be bright and clear.

  48. QuinTor

    I’ve been watching you since 2007.
    I’m really lucky I found you.
    I wish you the best for your future projects.

  49. Aaron Poehler

    Another late arrival here, good stuff. Looking forward to future endeavors.

  50. christopher

    Now….. breathe.

    It was a lovely project, Erika. Thank you for sharing.

  51. Corey
    Corey

    This comic has been such a perfect way to feel in touch even though I don’t see you much these days, so I am sad to see it go. [I probably won’t miss spraying coffee on my computer screen while reading it, though] BUT I’m sure everything else you have planned will be more than worth it! Much love from myself and Isaac too

  52. lilliephoenix
    lilliephoenix

    *sniffle* so sad to see it’s over. thank you for sharing! i love your work, hope to see more in the future. blessings.

  53. Jocelyn
    Jocelyn

    dude! you’re so great *squeal*

  54. CameoAppearance
    CameoAppearance

    And in the end
    The love you take
    Is equal to the love you make

    *has only been reading DAR for six months, but will miss it*

  55. BT
    BT

    Thank you for sharing so much through DAR over the years, Erika. I look forward to seeing what’s next for you.

  56. Anna
    Anna

    I only stumbled across your comic a couple of months ago (and immediately read the whole thing through), so to see it end just when I’ve gotten addicted is kind of sad. But what a perfect ending. :)

    So I just wanted to wish you the best for your future projects, congratulate you on all that you have managed to achieve, and thank you as well. Because whether or not you are aware of it, and even though I only found this somewhat recently, your comic has been hugely inspirational and helpful.

    Love your work! And all the best. :)

  57. The Jackanapes
    The Jackanapes

    it’s been fun ride reading this. Beeing a gender queer pansexual it was kinda nice seeing someone coming into there own going through some of the same things i did and it helped me be okay with it alot sooner then i probably would have otherwise. I signed up for the updates on your new projects and I can’t wait to see them. until then I wish you and your husband the best of life and what it has to offer.

  58. mags
    mags

    I will truly miss looking for your updates on Tuesday. I have loved your webcomic ever since I first found it. Hilarious, honest and just awesome. Good Luck and happy future endeavors

  59. Matt Fitzgerald
    Matt Fitzgerald

    Erika, this comic has been great. I only just started reading it this past month or two, and the first two nights or so after I stumbled across it, I read from the very first, to the most recent and have checked up every tuesday since to read the new one, several times over the week going back just to read some favorites out of the archive. My girlfriend loves it too, and got alot out of it. Personally, you’ve opened my eyes to a whole bunch of new outlooks and viewpoints on alot of issues, and have influenced the way I think about sexuality greatly. In short, I’m going to miss this comic, but I definitely look forward to enjoying your future work. Good luck with everything, and know that you have the support of just one more stranger on the internet.

  60. Miss Kara
    Miss Kara

    We love you, Erika ^_^ See you soon!

  61. Brittany
    Brittany

    AWW! I’ve been watching this comic for a few years, and I’ve got to say, it’s rated highest among all the ones I watch. I love your stories, your drawings, and most of all the development I was able to watch, and glean some meaning from. You’re an amazing person!

  62. usagi

    ;____________; I love you, Erika Moen! I’m so sad that DAR is over, but I look forward to what will come next! ;;hugs;;

  63. S.Cate

    Erika, I came upon DAR when I was first coming out and it was so monumental to me at the time. I immediately ordered the few “volumes” you had available at the time (which was no small thing as I was totally broke and venturing on not having enough to eat at the time!)

    Watching your comic progression and knowing that so much of it was directly reflective of the life you were living was inspirational to me. And it continues to be so.

    Congratulations on a phenomenal 6-year project. And thank you for (albeit unknowingly) making it easier for me to discover my own story.

    Can’t wait to see what comes next!

  64. Stephanie

    Aw dang! I only found your comic in the recent past through my friend Lezley (http://lezleydavidson.com) and have really been enjoying it!
    Funny, fresh, and raw, it’s been a real treat.
    Thanks for writing it, and good luck with your other projects!

  65. stokerbramwell

    That was just beautiful…I love the choice of leaving the last panel borderless. This isn’t an ending, it’s a beginning.

  66. Devon
    Devon

    Congrats on the conclusion of a lovely, lovely thing! I’ve been following DAR since 2004– I’m 23 now and you’ve really been an inspiration to me, creatively and as a person. :) Thank you so much for sharing this. I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  67. Karla Usagi
    Karla Usagi

    Erika, thank you for sharing your life with us. You truly are an inspiration to me, and my friends. Good luck with everything, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. :) Happy Happy Joy Joy! :D

  68. XtremeCaffeine
    XtremeCaffeine

    It’s been a wild ride, Erika. A wild, crazy ride. With wildness.

    Thank you!

  69. JakeS
    JakeS

    No! I only discovered this comic last month!

  70. Kelly Hetke
    Kelly Hetke

    awww, dude. this is excellent.

    I had a lot of fun reading this comic, along with your kickass-ness. Good luck with all of your endeavors, its awesome that your life currently is great, and I can’t wait to see what you do in the future.

  71. Frank L
    Frank L

    (Clapping) Thanks! It was fresh and funny and insightful. All the best to you on the journey from here on.

  72. Margoshka
    Margoshka

    Thank you for your comic, and I can’t wait until the next creative adventure you bring us! Your comic reminds me of my (gay) moms – one of whom is from Oregon (and moved to California to marry my mom). As someone who’s been in the queer community most of my life, I appreciate your struggle with sexuality. For years I refused to be queer because my moms were – and I didn’t want to please any of those asshole people who ask my sexuality the moment they find out I come from a gay mum. Turns out, no matter what I want to label myself, I’ve still fallen in love with girls and gals.

    Thanks for supporting me – and so many others – through it all. And thanks for sharing!

  73. Cyn DerBlock

    I’m sure you hear this a lot, but thank you for DAR!. i’m a bi girl in a monogamous marriage to a man, and too often i’m told that “that means [i’m] straight.” your comic has been a comfort to show that someone else gets that identity and love can only be personally defined, and to hell with labels.

    not to mention the dick jokes are hilarious.

    So thank you for DAR!. Thank you for being unabashed, fearless, insecure, depressed, overjoyed, in love, heartbroken, goofy, graceful, fan-girlish, horny, and smelly. Thanks for talking about sex frankly and with humour, and for being clever and self-effacing and talented. Thank you, and i’ll def be following your next endeavor.

  74. nerine
    nerine

    I’ve been in love with DAR since the day i first read it about a year ago. and i read all the back comics in an hour or two. i’m sad to see it go.

    my favorite comic is still “i’ll touch you with my wiener/i’ll make you gay”. i still re-enact that to my fiance occasionally. :D

  75. Tony Eng
    Tony Eng

    I only started reading you comic a bout a 2 years ago, but I loved it from the start. I can’t wait to see what your next project is. :)

  76. Ktshy

    Congrats on the long run Erika, it’s been a total thrill to read your adventures on DAR! every tuesday :D AND… and, and, your comic page just arrived in the mail today, hurrraaaaaay! Thank you so much, it’s going up on the wall :)

  77. Sandy

    thanks

  78. samsam
    samsam

    And to think, all this time Matt has been wearing the same shirt.
    I love you Erika!!!!!
    Q_Q I cried… I’ll miss DAR.

  79. Ronijn
    Ronijn

    Thanks Erika – I’ve really enjoyed your comic and could relate to a lot of things from the queerness to farts. This last comic really hit home with me though as I’ve been struggling with a relapse of depression lately which has been job related. Thanks for making me feel like I can get through it and find happiness. Good luck with your future work and I’m definitely going to keep posted :)

  80. Marie
    Marie

    Thank you so much for your amazing updates. Your comic is the only one my boyfriend and I both like (HOW CAN YOU HATE GIRLS WITH SLINGSHOTS?), you’ve always come off as really honest about both your successes and your shortcomings. Not to mention you have the best sense of humor of anyone I know. It’s been highly enjoyable reading about your life from a distance. Best of luck to you in all your future endeavors, Erika. Thank you so much. <3

  81. AJ
    AJ

    The last panel made me all bleary-eyed. *sniff*

    Thanks for sharing your life with us, Erika. Thank you for being honest and open with the most private of your life’s events and giving us a smile and more than enough laughs throughout the years.

    I will intently keep an ear out on your Twitter for your upcoming projects! Lots of love and blessings to you in the future!

  82. Yin
    Yin

    Thank you Erika. I’ve followed your work for so long, basically back during the pants press days… (Maybe it’s been more than 7 years…? ) And I feel like I’ve grown up along and seeing your work improve is just an inspiration. You tell your stories so poignantly, I can read them over and over again. You are such a gifted artist and storyteller, and I wish you all the best! Thank you for sharing =)

  83. Mike
    Mike

    I find that I am disappointed that I had not found this until Jeph linked you. This is one of the most enjoyable comics I’ve read in a while. Thanks!

  84. Atcote

    Erika, I’m not a man that cries often. And I didn’t just now, because that was a fantastic ending to this comic.
    I’m very happy for you, you really give me something to look up to. Keep giving us the hits!

  85. Josh
    Josh

    UWAAH! Just as I was finally getting into the flow of reading regularly…

    I signed up for the mail-list immediately. I love your work, and eagerly look forward to the future.

  86. Libby
    Libby

    Good luck Erika, you are by far my most favourite comic artist.
    You’re so real, and it’s been fascinating being able to look into your life.
    You’ve inspired me to try new things, and I hope I can to brave enough to go through with them.

    All the best for the future, I can’t wait to see what you get up to next! :)

  87. Arsnof
    Arsnof

    My heart is all a-broke in a million billion pieces now. Thank you so very, very much.

  88. Wyck
    Wyck

    Thanks for sharing DAR with us, I’ll be on the look out for your new projects!

  89. Cannito

    Just stumbled upon this site for the first time tonight. I read through them all in a few hours. Definitely worth my time. Thanks for the great read, and I can only hope that the future remains bright for you.

  90. Damoinion
    Damoinion

    Cool, thanks for sharing and I’ll definitely be watching out for your future offerings :) Take care.

  91. Kozispoon
    Kozispoon

    I’ll miss you DAR! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us. I’ll never stop readin’! :)

  92. Morthagg
    Morthagg


    Goddamnit.
    I know I should be happy for you, and Darwin knows I am, but I’m also terribly, terribly sad.
    It was kind of a thing that was always there. Something I could relate to. Not nessicarily actively, but thinking of it being gone makes me scared. Your comic has been a great inspiration to me and made me even more enthousiastic about starting my own. Maybe. Once.
    I do not live in the USA, so I never visited an exposition you did, and chances are I probably never will.
    But who knows.

    I guess there is not much left to say, but that your comic was a great support, relief, sign of creativity and talent, and a damn good laugh.

    This is the first time I actually left a comment here.
    Beter late than never.

    Thank you, Erika Moen.

  93. nic
    nic

    Thanks so much for doing this. I only just met you and discovered your comic but I’m really glad that I did. Even though I was only a reader for a short time I’m glad I got to be a part of this. You’re one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Keep doing good work. Thank you again.

  94. Luke
    Luke

    Thanks for sharing this part of your life with us. I wish you and Matt all the best.

  95. Alex
    Alex

    Hey Erica,

    I haven’t been with the comic long, 4 days to be exact actually! But it immediately caught at held my attention. That night I was just browsing through a few various online strips while doing computer geek stuff when I came across a mention of yours and found your site. Before I knew it, it was 2am and I had read every strip you have posted. But that is not the strange part. As I mentioned a few lines up, I was doing computer geek stuff. Installing a Windows 7 to be exact and that is some MAJOR geek stuff that requires many hours to get my computer up and EXACTLY how I want it again… Except DAR came along and held my complete attention for hours. DAR was so penetrating that it was able to rip away something that is so strong in my own personality. And for that I will always be connected to DAR :)

    You really created something great here. The personal level that your strips get to, while keeping an amazing mix of laid back yet earnestly meaningful moods, made them one of a kind.

    It’s kind of annoying to see DAR go so fast (for me that is) =P But I definitely look forward to your future projects =]

    If you ever need tickets to the San Diego ComiCon (free of course) I’d be more than happy to arrange it (just because you’re so awesome) :D

  96. Niekra
    Niekra

    It makes me so sad to see the end of DAR. I loved it when I first caught on to it earlier this year. Thank you for the many laughs. I wish you the best with your next projects. :)

  97. Spinstermaiden
    Spinstermaiden

    Thank you for sharing this with us. Though you probably never felt it at the time, you are a strong woman and brave to share your failures and your successes with a group of strangers.

    Wishing you and Matt the best. I look forward to your future projects.

    Most Sincerely,
    Me.

  98. Dru
    Dru

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I’m looking forward to your new adventures!

  99. Robyn
    Robyn

    Erica,

    Having followed you since…I guess 2003/04 (it feels like so long ago that I cannot even specifically remember) after having come across Dylan’s artwork/comics, I must admit I’m sad to the DAR finish up, but am glad to see you moving on and am super eager to see your future works!!
    Thanks again for sharing with us and the internet, and for raising awareness on numerous topics! You really are a remarkable woman, and I wish you all the best in future endeavors and a happy life full of enjoyable adventures with your loved ones.

    Sincerely,
    Robyn

    PS: Your nude modeling gave me the push to do the same, so thank you!!

  100. Lis
    Lis

    Well, thanks. I’ve enjoyed the ride.

  101. Frigandier
    Frigandier

    Congratulations on your fantastic comic run. Thank you for sharing with all of us your hardships and successes, and helping us to find the laughter in our own problems. It’s been wonderful, seeing your progress through life, from all the confusion to a happy ending. I’m so glad you’ve found such immense happiness in your life, and I wish you and your husband even more in the future. :3

  102. Rockets

    *applause*

    Wow, just wow. Can’t wait to see what you do next. (I thought cousin and I were the only ones who used “kindred spirits” lol) all the best to you!

    Christine

  103. Prawn

    I’m sad to see you go, but it’s been a great run. From your self-identity problems to Matt’s green card, you’ve shown us a little insight into your life, so really, you’re a part of all of us now, and like many readers, you’ll never really go away. :)

    It’s wonderful to see you so happy, doing what you love to do, being with whom you love to be with. I feel happy “seeing” you happy.

    Anyway, thank you very much for sharing your life with us, you’re a prime example that dreams can and do come true, just depends on how you get there.

    Good luck in the future, and drop us a hint/line if a Little Matt or Little Erika comes along! Hope to see you at one of your cons.

    Cheers,
    Perls

  104. April
    April

    Good luck in all your future endeavors–I can’t wait to see what you do!

  105. Kine
    Kine

    Thank you for DAR! I discovered it recently from Lucy Knisley’s website (after reading French Milk) and have since read almost all of your entries. Best of luck to you in the future and I hope you will post about your future work.

  106. Nayra

    Hello from brazil
    don’t even know if u’ll read it, but, i’ll try anyway :)
    been “readin you” for the last 5 months and almost cried in this last strip
    felt so happy for you like it was myself
    wish you all goods in life.
    have a amazing new year

    :)

  107. Novemberdied
    Novemberdied

    May sound weird, but I hope you have a nice life… And I hope I encounter your work somewhere else one day =)

  108. Kexx
    Kexx

    Thanks for doing DAR. Reading it sort of helped me gain the courage to be more open about myself and my sexuality. I had always wanted to cut my hair super short, but was afraid it would give away that I was kind of a dyke. Hehe. My brother started calling me one (although he always has), but people actually liked it. Even if they didn’t I don’t think I would care too much. Seeing your adventures in establishing your identity (and your silly antics) made me realize I should do the same. :D I’m a pansexual, but I’ve only been with men because all the girls I’ve liked are straight. Some people think I’m only doing it for the “attention”, but I don’t really care because I know what I am. :3 Thanks for sharing this with us. <3

  109. Monica Lightner

    I only started reading your comic a few months ago, but I wanted to say that I think your very graceful and reflective exit is brilliant.

  110. Allison

    Thank you.

  111. Sheepman
    Sheepman

    I only finally read your comic, in its entirety, today, and I wish I’d done it sooner! I at least should have read it after I saw you at SPX. But I think that today is a fortuitous day to read it. All day has been about getting out of my constant depressed slump, and reading DAR has helped with that. I just hope it sticks tomorrow!

    A prosperous new year to you, Erica, and I look forward to your next project!

  112. platypoo
    platypoo

    Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!! This has been amazing. I have loved finding new updates of the comic and every moment reading this has been a blast. :] I really can’t wait to see what happens next for you!

  113. Stamp
    Stamp

    Thanks for everything. Good luck with the rest of your life.

  114. Jens

    All the best, mate, and thanks for the ride. I’m gonna miss DAR, definitely.

  115. tigerspew
    tigerspew

    I’ll miss you! I’ve really enjoyed a peep into your life; hopefully, you’re next endeavor will be just as exciting! If not, come back and start DAR 2.0!

  116. Arielle
    Arielle

    I CAN NOT believe that I found this comic only two weeks before it ended. goodness it’s not fair

  117. Athena

    Wow! I will miss DAR a lot, but thank you so much for making it! And this was an absolutely beautiful final comic–a fantastic ending to a fantastic series. Thanks for letting the internet peek into your life these past six or so years!

  118. feckineejit
    feckineejit

    thank you for the years of free entertainment, good luck in all your future endeavours.

  119. Emily
    Emily

    Sad. Face.

    Sure did love this thing you made. I hope there’s lots more great stuff coming your way, and more great comics coming our way. Thanks for sharing with us!

  120. Catie
    Catie

    I found this comic by accident a few years ago, and fell totally in love with it! The art was beautiful, and the stories were so honest (and hilarious!) that I went back to the beginning and read it to the one I started on in one sitting. It was an instant addiction. Something for me to look forward to weekly. It was amazing to literally watch as someone went from having a dream, to fulfilling it. I agree, what a beautiful note to end DAR on! Good luck with everything in the future, I know you will succeed! And I’ll be waiting to see what you come up with next! Can’t wait!

  121. Charlie
    Charlie

    We will certainly miss DAR. such a lovely and truthful comic.. you are a wonderful artist, you’ve certainly improved even further over all these years.
    I’ve been a fan for a long time, haven’t ever posted… but I wanted to say Goodbye, and good luck. Cant wait for whatever comes next from you Erika.
    Hope the years to come are just as great as they are for you now. :D

  122. Zawmbi
    Zawmbi

    i fell in love with this comic… and definetly i will re-read it ^ ^ thank you for having shared it with us
    may life be fulfilling to you and that everything stays on the up…
    best wishes

  123. FoxSpirit
    FoxSpirit

    Thank you Erika for sharing so much of your life with us. I’ll remember it forever… okay, but at least for a long time :-P
    I’m already looking forward to your next project and wish you the best of luck.
    Chris

  124. r0b3rt
    r0b3rt

    Ah, dang. It’s been a blast to read through this, I’ll say. Not that I’ve been able to relate all that much to your situations (<– heterosexual, lives at home, still a virgin), but it's been very interesting and also quite fun to look into your life and your trifles. Plus, and this may sound odd – I envy your free relationship, and how you share your "potty humor" with each other so to say, ha ha. I'm hoping my own eventual relationship will become as open as yours.

    Geez, it sounds really strange when I'm trying to write it out like this, like I'm some kind of scat fetishist… -_-

    Yeah, anyway, thanks for the ride. Keep cherishing your life – I may not know what I'm talking about, but it seems that you've been blessed with a life much happier than many people.

  125. Almost Literally
    Almost Literally

    I’m going to miss this comic a lot, and I wish I had been there from the beginning (Though I think I would have been a bit young for it then…still a bit young for it now!). Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, and good luck.

  126. Kraakan
    Kraakan

    Hi Erika, I’ve read DAR for about a year and liked it, though I’ve never said so before. And so now it’s all done and I can’t believe how cheerful you are about it! Everyone else is devestated! Anyway, good job.
    P.S. I’m sure you’ll do more even awesomer things in the future and I’m not sad or angry really.

  127. Alice
    Alice

    I found you comic 2 months ago, read the whole series repeatedly and I love it. I was also a lesbian who married a man, feel in love and couldn’t say no :D

    I’ll be watching your future projects! May everything blossom for you! :D Best of luck! Love ya <3

  128. Dippimunch
    Dippimunch

    Started reading a while back and have enjoyed every strip you’ve made. You’re honest and clever and just plain awesome – in the process making me feel a little more awesome about myself. Thanks for being you.

  129. NamaTamago
    NamaTamago

    This was a great comic an awesome to read. This comic was a hit with me an all my queer friends because love is love~.
    Ciao for now I suppose

  130. Kat
    Kat

    I’m going to miss you and hearing about your life. Best of luck with the rest of your future.

  131. H. Savinien

    Just found this comic and immediately directed my girlfriend to it. Very cool. Good luck with your future.

    (Queer chick who fancies boys, but is quite happy with girlfriend)

  132. Alecia
    Alecia

    Erika, I came out to the open studio last month to meet you and buy one of your books. Unfortunately, I feel like I made an ass of myself when I got really nervous and sputtered on about how inspiring I found your work to be, how I read your pantsketch group on livejournal (and yes, I have read the lovely Dylan’s comic and it is amazing except I completely blanked at the moment you told me about her!) But I meant every word of it.

    Your comic has been a blast to read and I always looked forward to your updates. And really, it does inspire me to keep drawing despite my recent flop over to theatre. Now that I live in Portland, I’ll be looking for events so I can come support you by buying books and stopping by to say hi. I look forward to seeing what your newest endeavors are and wish the best of luck to you and Matt.

  133. Damaris
    Damaris

    One of the most original webcomics on the internet.

    Best of luck in the future!

  134. Zell
    Zell

    Ya know, I’m really disappointed, but happy at the same time. I only had recently found Dar, and I was hoping to add it to my daily comic rotation. I to am an aspiring artist, just finding my way around. Glad in the end everything worked out for you, Matt seems like a great guy. I hope I see emails pertaining to a new project. After reading this whole thing, I really look forward to it! :)

  135. Robyn
    Robyn

    I can’t believe there won’t be a new one tomorrow. How sad I am every time I come across anything octopus related. Including the elusive tentacle dildo (because how could that NOT remind me of this comic?!). But I am very happy for you Erika and thank you for making me more comfortable with being a “people lover”. Thank you for showing me that our generation can love.

  136. Gabby S.
    Gabby S.

    I’m just another person here telling you that I’m sad that the comic has ended, that your comic (and you, really) has inspired (and entertained) me. Your personality that just bleeds through these comics pages is more than beautiful, I really admire you and your work. You helped me feel comfortable about liking women and men and kindred a hope in me that I someday may be a full time comic artist or something like that.
    dude, I love you. Really I do. I hope you are happy, man and continue to kick ass and be happy.

  137. Joe Fusion
    Joe Fusion

    Such a sweet ending! It brought happy tears. I look forward to whatever you share with the world next.

  138. Clarke

    I only discovered your work just recently. I gladly sat for hours reading everything. I am glad that you are happy and that you don’t lament that you are not in a pidgeonhole; that you are yourself with no excuses. Best to you always.

  139. zadros
    zadros

    Fan-fucking-tastic! I just read all the archives in one day, u made one hell of a comic, too bad its over. But hey, i will read whatever project u come up with, thats a fact. A million congratz, keep up the great work XD ;)

  140. J.H.

    Got teary-eyed on this one. I will miss reading this comic, specifically, but will enjoy future readings! Good bye and good luck!

  141. Yume Ishimaru
    Yume Ishimaru

    It’s sad that’s it ending but it was fun to read when it was on the net. I hope your future endeavors work out great

  142. cjevic
    cjevic

    *crushed*
    I’ve been reading your work for years now and have ever one of your books, dog eared and well loved on my shelf.
    It’s exciting to see that your doing so well and moving onto new challanges and adventures, but I will miss DAR.

  143. Daven

    Woah, this really marks a milestone.
    I started following your blog and your work in “The pants press sketchblog”, sometime around the beginning of 2005. And then I bought your comic “I like girls”. I still store like a treasure the little card you sent along the comic, telling me I was your first customer from Spain.
    Lots of memories! But, for me, the best of all of this is how the story “ends”: with a happy Erika quite fulfilled. I’ve loved reading your secret diary and seeing how things were going for you. It’s strange this feeling, as if I knew you… along with some other hundreds people!
    Anyway, somehow I’ve felt close even with the distance. I’ve also finished my career and I moved to Berlin to look for a job. Reading and feeling how you struggled through everything gives me some strengh. Thanks for that!

    I don’t usually comment your entries, since I feel overwhelmed by the amount of readers. But this time, I just wanted to say hi, to encourage you a bit more towards your next objective. I’ll be here to follow how it goes and enjoy every bit of it :)
    You should be your own hero ;) Probably Matt would agree on that, hehe.
    Hugs from Berlin!

  144. Cosmo
    Cosmo

    Hi Erika (weird to call someone I don’t really know by the ir first name, but I’m embracing the information age, I guess).

    I’ve only been reading for a few months, but the candid/gross insights into your cartoon-y life have provided smiles and sighs of understanding. Thanks for standing up in the faceless electronic crowd and drawing a big happy, farty cloud.

  145. teejaytiger

    thank you for inspiring me to begin my own comic journey. with me finally getting back home to the United States (from Iraq), still deeply in love with my girlfriend after a year apart (together for four years in April!), and after reading every installment of your real-life (important) stories you’ve so perfectly shared, i feel like i want to live a better life forever; i treasure my relationships with friends and family more, take more risks, and make more adventures. i can only sit back and wish everyone in the world could be so genuine as you. thank you for being honest, and i can’t wait to see what amazing stories you put out next. i have a feeling i’ll be a fan and follow you to the end :)

    -only and all the best to you and Matt forever.

  146. Tank
    Tank

    I’m going to miss such a funny and blunt comic, best of luck in your future endeavours!!

  147. Khristal
    Khristal

    I’m so sad I started reading this so late but it was great while it lasted. Good luck and best wishes!

  148. How I love the snow
    How I love the snow

    This is pretty much the most impressive and soul-hitting comic I have ever read, you truly enriched my life, no axaggeration

  149. Melanie

    Incredibly uplifting comic for an art student freaking out about the future. I’m glad your life is so wonderful now despite all the stuff you went through, and good luck with all your future endeavors!

  150. ClumsyPyro
    ClumsyPyro

    Totally read all of this in one night. Awesome work. <3

  151. Trauma Advocate

    Amazing story, Erica. I was only aware of your comic and followed it for less than a year, but I read the whole thing and I think your life has been truly a wondrous tale. I’m very happy for you, and deeply appreciate the perspectives you’ve openly shared on such personal subjects. Congratulations on all you’ve achieved. :)

  152. miss mouse
    miss mouse

    My, uh… currently long-distance boyfriend named Matt just recommended your comic to me saying “didn’t you want to do a comic blog-type thing?” and it’s true.. i’ve been sitting on sketches for years. Seeing someone who has really kinda disturbing similarities to me succeeding so much at something I want to do.. as well as having this supportive boy has kinda I guess inspired me to stop thinking I can’t do it xD

    So uh.. thank you for your lovely contribution of art and storytelling! And good luck! (Also, I think you’re the same age as I am, too o_O)

  153. Jessi

    Thank you for starting Dar in the first place. I love the way you tell your story. As a queer/bi woman married to a man, I can relate. It feels really good to find comics and books that reflect a similar experience. We get a lot of crap from both sides, straight & gay, but hey, love is love. Two consenting adults.

    My husband’s a transman, so half of my relatives think he and I are lesbians, anyway. Sexuality politics are weird sometimes.

  154. Tracie
    Tracie

    D: I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad that Dar! has come to an end but I’m sure that you’ll be creating something even better. Good luck and thanks so much for sharing your life with us!

  155. AED
    AED

    WHOA! You studied in Aix-en-Provence?? I’m there for college right now!! When I was at the airport in Marseille I met some kids from SCAD going there too…didn’t you go there? It’s beautiful, I can see why you blossomed.

    Btw, I love your comic and I am sad to see it go.

  156. Addie
    Addie

    Erika, I know it seems small maybe, but the few comics you did about picking at your face really hit home for me. After having burned through your comic archive in one sitting, when I got to the first picking one, I actually sat there at my desk and cried. I have been struggling with the same issue for years now and have never had the guts to face my problem by identifying it and working from there, nor did I have the guts to tell anyone about my problem. As you know, this problem is a hideous cycle full of insecurity and furthering insecurity… so I knew it was about time that I started really addressing the issue when I read your comics. I did my research. I confided in a friend. I have been trying and trying and trying to stop picking, to love myself, and to be patient. As you probably also know (I mean you did a comic on it and all), this is not as easy as it sounds…

    Regardless, your art made a huge impact on my life. I have you to thank for making me feel safe enough to approach my insecurities with my face. I never had heard of anyone have the same problem before reading your comic, so I was in shock to see someone’s art I could identify with in that way. Really, thank you for the gift of not feeling alone. I feel better, knowing someone as talented and strong as you could admit to compulsive picking. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

    I will be working at it (and life in general) day by day, taking it all day by day, doing the best I can possibly do. . .

    Peace, Cheers, and Good Luck out there.
    Addie

  157. marta

    Hi Erika,

    I’m looking forward to know about your new projects, but i’m going to miss DAR so much!
    happy new year!

  158. Jonathan
    Jonathan

    I’ve been following DAR for the past 2 years and have to say, I will truly miss it. I wish you the best of luck on your adventures and hope you stay positive and happy :)

    Take care of yourself
    Jonathan

  159. Luc
    Luc

    Just spent the last 2 and a half hours reading DAR and it’s made my day, nay, week. I find it hilarious (particularly as an Englishman). So, affectively I wanted to say thank you for a very entertaining time and I’m kinda upset that it’s over. Evidently I didn’t follow it from the beginning but in hindsight I would have loved to. I’m just glad I discovered it at all. Good luck with everything.

    Luc

  160. Ziggy
    Ziggy

    I just read the entire archive in a couple of hours, I just couldn’t stop. I have a shitload of schoolwork to do, and I’m tired as fuck, but I have to say that it was worth it. I loved watching you mature as a person and an artist, and I really can’t wait for Volume 2! :D

  161. Ren
    Ren

    I adore you, Erika! Thank you for all the wonderful Dar! comics, and I wish you so so so soooo much luck and good fortune as you grow as an artist. You’ve been a massive inspiration to meeeeee, aaaaa! :D

  162. Virrvarr

    I loved your comic, and it’s a bit sad it’s come to an end. Again, I think I’ll love anything else you create, too! Good luck with all the new projects! I’m joining the e-mail list :D

  163. Artemis
    Artemis

    NOOOOOO.

    Just read every single strip in one afternoon.

    My head hurts.

    And I want a tea, REALLY badly.

  164. Eithelred
    Eithelred

    Aaargh feel sad….i read your comic over the years, laughing, thinking, alone, because my friends are not good in English…..even tried to make joke during parties because I thought about a strip I read from you, no one could understand but it was a sort of personnal wink….to myself….It reminded me of my struggles…and i just love the way you draw !!! You were a part of my life in a way.
    Anyway a big hug and a big kiss from France ! I hope I will be able to read more of your work !
    XXX Audrey

  165. fluffy
    fluffy

    thanks for restoring some of my faith in humanity.

  166. Steve
    Steve

    Miss you, girl; enjoyed the trip.

  167. bexley
    bexley

    Best of luck and happiness to you always, Erika. I’ve enjoyed DAR for years and am looking forward to your future work. xoxo – Bex

  168. shaina
    shaina

    of course I would happen upon a wonderful comic well after is has stopped…arg! I read it all in a couple hours because i just couldnt stop! thank you for putting all of this on here!

  169. Andre
    Andre

    I still keep coming back here hoping for a new comic… :(

  170. ww
    ww

    Erika, I’ve been a fan of yours since DAR began and have been keeping tabs on all of your projects/progress as a person/artist. (Why must fan responses always seem creepy?) You’ve been a major inspiration in my attempt to Be An Artist and I can only hope things get better and better for you. Best wishes! – ww (cautiously optimistic 23-year-old art-making chick!)

  171. Mr. Matamoros
    Mr. Matamoros

    I ran across your comic just today and I was compelled to read it from beginning to end after reading the last page. I found it thoroughly enjoyable and look forward to your future work.

  172. Cyndi
    Cyndi

    I like how you ended this. instead of it being poignant and sad, it came out poignant, a little sad, mostly happy, and full of hope. also, thank you for sharing yourself to the world like this. it was a pleasure to read. :)

    (when this ended, I went right back to the beginning and went through it again. just so you know.)

  173. Noamuth
    Noamuth

    I miss this webcomic already. ;_;

    Can’t wait to see your next bits o’ work, Erika. ^.^ Any chance of another webcomic in the making?

  174. Andy
    Andy

    I just found this today, I really like this comic. Wish I could write something as awesome as this.

    But I’d like to say that being bi isn’t 50/50. And you don’t have to be bi to love both men and women. Personally, I think you’re pan. It means you love people for who they are.

    I really liked your comic on Transmen, it was great! I’m actually a transman, so I thought it was amazingly funny.

  175. Alex
    Alex

    I liked the comic; stumbled on it due to Unshelved’s Rec. It’s refreshing – it’s honest, it’s funny, it’s partly disgusting (the number of fart & poop jokes is… I mean, wow.)

    But in the end, it rings true, which is is cool, because there aren’t too many things like that out there.

    Thanks for sharing the years with us.

  176. Maddy
    Maddy

    I just read the whole thing in one sitting. love it. love whoever i think you are via your comic.
    best of luck to you, miss. HIGH FIVE!

    sincerely,
    a queer girl who’s mostly ‘a lesbian’ but has not ruled out the possibility that her soul mate may just have a cock *shudders*

  177. Eykee
    Eykee

    All the Luck to you Erica! I keep an eye open for you and your work to pop up again on the www somewhere in the future

  178. RydWolf
    RydWolf

    Random compliment!

  179. Robyn
    Robyn

    Life just isn’t the same!

  180. Christine
    Christine

    Best of luck Erika!

    I happened upon your comic randomly (the last page, no less!) and had a wonderful time following your adventures of life and love through your comic! I’m sad to see it has ended – but glad to know that you are on to bigger and better!

    I look forward to seeing your new works – and thank you for being so artistically inspiring!

    :)

  181. Crisjin
    Crisjin

    Well I went through the entire archive today, but I’ve read chunks here and there in the past few years. Loved the comic and look forward to more of your work. Thanks for the laughs and thought provoking moments, and the thought-provoking laughs, lol. Good luck in the future :-)

  182. Jalule

    I commented on your webcomic a looong time ago, while you were in college.
    I’m finishing my major in Fine Arts and there are so MANY things I can relate and I have related even being a boy to your whole ordeal in the Ways of the Lines & Pencil(:P). I’ve learned to whine less, to seek for stronger and larger porpouse in what I do. To blossom.

    I’m not going to lie to you. I only found out today that this comic had ended. Somehow, I feel like something inside of me has ended too. I know people don’t… are not supposed to be emotional or longer than 140 chrctrs., but, f*ck it, I’m going to miss this. I AM *teary*.

    I’m sending you a huge hug. I love your work Erika and don’t EVER let no one get you down. As every one here stated, we just wish you good luck and a safe trip.

    From Colombia (down from the border, SouthAm), an Aspiring Artist guy-wholikesguys-and girls.

    Love you.
    Admire you.
    Give your hubby a huge hug.
    THANK YOU!!!

  183. Kenyan
    Kenyan

    See ya when I see ya

  184. AndrewThePirate
    AndrewThePirate

    Read the whole thing through. Start to finish. One night. Awesome comic.
    You have a piece of my soul in exchange for laughter. I’ll gladly make that trade again.

  185. Jennifer
    Jennifer

    Okay, very small world. I have been an avid Penny Arcade reader for years now. I saw your guest comic this morning and read through the whole series of Dar today. The comic “Fetish” seemed oddly familiar. I retraced some steps and, sure enough, I had seen the art in question through Cephalopod Tea Party!
    You, dear lady, are incredibly talented. I wish I could know you in person.
    All my love,

    a new fan who has a little crush on you

  186. Pynk
    Pynk

    I know I’m hella late with this, but my (ack!) boyfriend linked me to one of your comics and I’ve been sitting here reading through them all day and night. (I did stop to eat) I know this’ll sound narcissistic but I never really stopped to think that there were other lesbians out there who end up dating a guy; reading your stories has made my day. Thank you!

  187. Miss Kara
    Miss Kara

    There’s no place to comment over at Penny Arcade, but I loved your guest comic ^_^ I checked their guest comic today and I was all like OMG!!! I READ HER COMIC! I’VE HEARD TO THAT ARTIST! ^_^!!!

    Thanks for inadvertently making my day :P

  188. Copisetik
    Copisetik

    Seriously awesome comic you have here! I also wandered over here thanks to the plug on the Penny Arcade front page and read the whole thing in a glorious marathon of giggles and guffaws….I was laughing so hard at your “superhero power” that my fiancee wandered into the room to make sure I was ok.

    I am going to admit–to my shame– that I rather naively thought that I might not “get” your comic, seeing as how your sexual orientation seemed to be a big part of what you were writing about in the begining…. but then I realized that your comic is funny, and poignant and inspiring…PERIOD! Entertaining comics are entertaining comics, and this is one of the best I have come across on the interwebs…sorry for doubting you *blush* I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Kudos to the artist! <3

  189. Patpatpat
    Patpatpat

    Heya! Just wanted to say that I sat down and read your five years’ worth of comics in one sitting after seeing your guest strip on Penny Arcade. I’ve never enjoyed a comic so much, and kept interrupting my girlfriend’s reading to share strips with her.

    Wonderful stuff! There’s much truth here.

  190. Lucas
    Lucas

    Read your entire run today. So far my one of my favorite web comics, up with perry bible fellowship.

  191. Andrew
    Andrew

    Just discovered this fantastic comic after your work on Penny-Arcade.com. Wish I’d found it sooner, your work was entertaining as well as inspiring. Bonne chance in all of your endeavors!

  192. Stav
    Stav

    I’m another one of the Penny Arcade immigrants–yes, I read the entire archive, and yes, I absolutely enjoyed it. Thanks for putting out such a wonderful strip!

  193. Jonboy
    Jonboy

    Another Immigrant here, but your comic’s honest writing and stella art got me through your archive in double quick time. I thoroughly enjoy your work.

  194. Jandê

    Amazing. I read it all in one sitting. You rule completely.

  195. drunkpandaman

    Great! Got here by Sam and Fuzzy. A few hours were taken from studying but totally worth it! You had such great stories to share and I’m happy you did. I feel more optimistic about life now.

  196. Antony
    Antony

    Saw your strip on Penny Arcade, came here and read ALL the comics. Can’t remember the last time I laughed this hard.

  197. MegaZone

    Another PA immigrant, just read every comic start to finish and laughed out loud many times – really. I think I even developed a little bit of a crush on the comic you. Very glad to have been able to read it, wish I’d learned of it sooner. I hope you’re doing well and life is being good to you.

  198. Alek
    Alek

    Ditto, Penny Arcade, one hour and an interesting story to absorb. Thanks Tycho.
    Funny that we got here only now. Thanks Mrs. Matt.

  199. Twyst

    i really enjoyed this :) Congratulations :)

  200. Matt[hias]
    Matt[hias]

    I first heard about this from Penny Arcade, where you did a submission. I visited this page in hopes to follow along with you, but to my utter dismay, this was your last page! I was instantly saddened, but it simply meant, I start at the beginning, so I did and finished it within a matter of hours (tells ya how much I was glued to the screen). Simply put, I love your work! I’ll be plenty sure to check out more of it, too.

  201. Fan_tasio
    Fan_tasio

    Same as Matt above, finished your whole life episode in 3 sittings, laughed OUT LOUD so many times, it was wicked. (at work :O:O:O)

    You are very loved and keep on being you!
    All the very best to you and your hubby. Wooooot woooot!

  202. transtemporal
    transtemporal

    Read them all from begining to end and they just got funnier and funnier. Thanks for sharing Erika, awesome work! :)

    The accent strip was funny but I think its not just accent that changes, its the turns of phrase that you start to use when cultures collide. Damn Americans and your infectious tropes. :)

  203. efe
    efe

    I pretty much stumbled upon this site via Penny Arcade like a lot of people up there, so yes, I’m utterly late for the show. I too read this in one sitting, coming full circle yesterday night and thinking about it for this past day.

    This strip is by far the most honest thing I ever met on the Internet, and I just wish, I would have discovered it sooner. I connected with it on many issues, but especially on the artist thing.

    I exploded creatively being outside of the country for half a year (German going to Vancouver in this case). I stopped drawing the second I got my first real life job. I pushed away my closest friends and my social life in general because of work.
    And while work is fulfilling, there’s something missing.

    You made me realize. You changed my view of my life, and for that, I’m grateful.

    For you and your loved ones, all the best for the future. Thank You.

    Just… Thank you.

  204. Michelle
    Michelle

    Ditto, Penny Arcade, one hour and an interesting story to absorb. Thanks Tycho.
    Funny that we got here only now. Thanks Mrs. Matt.

  205. hugodknight
    hugodknight

    I love Dar
    It was a great comic
    It shows that love has no boundaries
    be it man or women
    be it lesbian/gay or straight
    love is there for all who look or wait for it this comic brought a smile to me and my wife and we loved it
    ^.^
    Thank you

  206. lefty
    lefty

    fan-fucking-tastic. Just read through the archives to now in a few hours, enjoyed the ride, wish you well, and thanks for the entertainment!

  207. Holly
    Holly

    Your comic made me happy. I’m so glad I stumbled across it, and then read it all in one sitting. <3

    (I feel left out – I didn't find you via Penny Arcade, though I think I read your guest comic with them without knowing who you were. I found a big shiny ad for your comic via Hark, A Vagrant, just in case you were wondering who to thank for the traffic.)

  208. Anna

    Man, I don’t know if you still receive this comments, but I HAD TO write this.
    I found out your comics last week, when I was suppose to be doing some college paper and I totally fell in love with your comics and with your personality.
    I mean, you are SOOO FUNNY! I laugh like a maniac reading DAR (yes, I spend all my weekend reading them).
    I have to say that I have a girlfriend, but still feel atracted to some boys and I understand your way of life. And it make me sooo happy to know that still are people like you in the world, who doesn’t care about the gender of the person and shit like that :)
    duuude, i’m totally in love with you (in an artistic way of speak-say-whatever hahah)
    You inspired me to proceed with my art and everything (yeah, I’m doing Art College).
    Erika Moen, thank you for doing DAR.

    ps: DAR it’s not a stupid name, I loved it!
    ps: I apologize for my bad english :P

  209. Snugglepuss
    Snugglepuss

    waaah! i love reading about your wacky day to day adventures. i’m gonna miss DAR! well at least there are re-runs. i wish you well.

  210. jf#3
    jf#3

    dear erika. i followed your webcomic for god knows how long. then my internet connection got cut off and i stopped going to your site. after a disastrous formatting of my pc i also lost my firefox bookmark which more caused my losing your site. when i found it again, i am saddened by the fact that u r ending this webcomic. but all good thing must come to an end. i would like to thank you for giving me precious memories. though we are world apart i blieve that your comic have touched a primal sense in me. keep up the good work.

    last……..

  211. Ellie
    Ellie

    I just found this yesterday.
    I love it!

  212. Cara
    Cara

    Made me cry… the panel where you’re curled up on the floor… been there. Wonderful final strip of Dar! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  213. Moonie
    Moonie

    I have never in my life found anyone who was so similar to myself, in my nearly 23 years on this planet. Finding out someone else picks their skin, and finding out the name for what I do has been extremely liberating, even if it hasn’t (yet, perhaps) helped me be cured of it. I too have a resilient granny hair on my chin that likes to sneak up on me. I love to draw and have started and stopped a number of comics over the years. I have struggled with deep depression, and have taken pills for it on and off for years. I have frequent gas, but maybe not as lethal as yours :P I have a number of scars across my body, and while some aren’t as prominent or interesting as yours, they’re still there. I struggle with my sexual identity and have been treated badly for it. I too am in love with a british man, but have had much less success than you have, and it has hurt my heart to the core reading your comic, as much as it has touched me. I also, in fact, consider Portland to be my backyard, and have lived here my entire life.

    There are a lot of similarities, and perhaps I know you a little better than some, even though I know I don’t really know you at all. I just feel like I have met my kindred spirit, in a way. I just want to thank you for telling your story, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I have been feeling so alone for most of my life, and now I don’t feel that way quite so much.

    Thank you, truly.

  214. Zolah
    Zolah

    Aww, feels sad that I missed its glorydays.
    many laughs and i could identify myself with it, only diffrent that the dyke part is more a ‘ man’ part and… such ._. lol Im terrible at explaining ^^;

  215. Bella Zing
    Bella Zing

    So, I started reading this site at 10 pm, just because someone said ‘Hey check this comic out, some of the stuff she went through is like what you’re going through.’
    It’s 1 am, and I cried when I read this strip! Gah! Beautiful!

  216. scubadude
    scubadude

    Found out about DAR today, read it all in one go, enjoyed it thoroughly. a bit sad that there will be no more. Looking forward to whatever it is that you will be doing.

  217. maddog

    I just found you and it is the end how sad.Good fortune in all of your future projects.

  218. Pupptmastr
    Pupptmastr

    I am sad to see this comic end. I read i all in one sitting and felt really connected and I believe this is a deep and wonderful way to end the comic. Thank you for allowing us to take a deep, intimate trip in your life.

  219. mgm
    mgm

    Hey, I just got pointed to your comic by my own truly wonderful queer gf. It’s been so encouraging for me — and her I’m sure! — to see someone else struggle through the identity crisis of being a queer girl dating a straight guy. Thanks so much, and good luck!

  220. Cait

    Ah rats! I got to the end so soon. Like some others here, I recently found it (via Girls With Slingshots) and read it all at once. Hope you start another web comic sometime soon!!!

  221. DC
    DC

    Thanks ever so much for this little incite into your world. A great little emotional roller-coaster. Hope everything is going well for you both.

    Love Dale.

  222. Phil
    Phil

    Thanks.

  223. Irish Dave
    Irish Dave

    I found this linked on twitter and sat here for about 3 hours clicking next like a rat in a lab pushing a button to get his next treat. 3 hours of reading that I wish I could re-live.
    I love your comics and was so sad to discover that you’ve chosen to end, but so happy that you decided to write them. I enjoyed every last detail, from fart joke to tit description.
    Thank you :)

  224. Liz
    Liz

    I only found this comic yesterday and now I wish I’d found it years ago. It’s made me feel better/more comfortable about who I am. Thanks for writing it and looking forward to seeing what you do next.

  225. Cassy
    Cassy

    I just read up on the last bit of your comics. I found them about I year ago and read through every one of them while babysitting. I LOVE all your comics. =) Thank you for all your hard work put into this it was amazing. Good luck in everything you do. <3 =)

  226. Will

    Just came across this and glad I did. The story told in this one comic is amazing. It is inspiring to new artists and creators, comforting/assuring to current laborers of love, and gives hope to those in need (such as myself) who need to believe that there is happiness in the world and it is attainable.

    You did the world a great service. Thank you.

    Will Hightower
    Writer of IDK Comics at EasierSaid.net

  227. rawrish
    rawrish

    Can’t believe I never came across this before. Just sat and read my way through and loved it! Laughed till I cried (twice…the dog now thinks i’m insane) and was left with a lovely feeling of general happiness. Just wanted to thank you for that. :)

  228. ecleonard

    I just read through your entire comic tonight, and it’s delight and inspired me. I’m working on a webcomic with a friend right now, as well as dealing with a complex sexuality, and this really helped me out. And my name is Erika! :D Must be a sign. Thank you for your wonderful comic! <3333

  229. Luckster

    Awwww….I just found your stuff and read it all in one day too.

    I would like to let you know, you have inspired me to get back to work on my own personal comics!~ Loved reading, and thanks for giving us all a look into your life!

  230. Eloisa Z

    Well, well, what can I say? Thanks for sharing this part of your life. You’re an awesome drawer :D

  231. Becca
    Becca

    So, I just Stumbled here, and took in the whole scope in the last couple hours… Loved it! You are ridiculously awesome :) I think I shot off links to half my friends over the course of reading… AND you wrote GirlFuck! <3<3<3!!!

  232. Dakota H
    Dakota H

    Hey Erica, I can’t remember if we talked when you came back to your old high school, but I was one of the students in the comics class Lin taught and you really inspired me to fill my dream to do something with comics for my career. Thank you :)

  233. Louise
    Louise

    I’m so annoyed I only recently found your comic, but it’s wonderful and dirty and queer and fantastic :D I’m glad I did find it ^_^

  234. Tze-Ting Chao

    Sniff… 1st anniversary since it ended. :’)

  235. Shaun
    Shaun

    Awesometasmic. I started and finished like ten of your comics today, so it has been a short but fond road for me :D

  236. Che
    Che

    ‘Next’ button? NEXT BUTTON!?! Waaggghhhhhhhhhh!!!
    Best comic in the universe. I LOVE YOU. Lots. Stay awesome and never stop…
    Ever. I mean it. Come on, NEXT! xX

  237. Che
    Che

    p.s I fart too. Lots.

  238. Kiarelle

    It was amazing to read through this comic and to see even this particular one and be aware of how much growth went on. To someone who is a aspiring Illustrator herself its really inspiring and thank you, very very much for sharing your story :) Looking forward to see what other work you put out there.

  239. kitty
    kitty

    thankyou..thats all i can say is thankyou so much

  240. Gar
    Gar

    Hi Erika, just wanted to write here to thank you.

    Even if it’s been some time since you stopped updating I still like to go here and read a bit when I’m utterly depressed to see that “Yes, it’s possible” and “No there’s no reason to give up” even if life is shitty because things change. You give me hope.

    So even if it’s been awhile since you stopped updating here, I’d like thank you for keeping the site up, and for sharing your story in the first place.

    -Another confused, depressed, queer, (wannabe)artist

  241. Spencer
    Spencer

    I found this comic last night from a “Bucko” reference in QC (#1912). I skipped my homework and literally read the whole thing in the last 12 hours. It was just too awesome to walk away from. I had to force myself to turn off my laptop and sleep. Bucko is pretty cool too. Not the same, but it’s my new webcomic to follow….but DAR…as a kid, I always wanted to get into comics, but i couldn’t afford them. As a teen, I thought all comics were superhero comics and those just don’t appeal to me. Now in college, I took a 1-credit comics seminar and got introduced to slice of life comics, and now I’m hooked. They’re exactly what I’ve been looking for. What I really liked about yours was that it was a comic diary. It was literally sliced out of your life. And because I read it all in one go, I got to really absorb the shift in your drawing style, subject, and more. This was one of the happiest few hours in my life….ok, I’ll stop fan-gushing now….You started this at 20…I’m 19. I’d be a complete beginner if i started now since I have NO talent with the pencil whatsoever. But I think this may be the comic that FINALLY prompted me to draw all the things i’ve wanted to draw.

  242. Spencer
    Spencer

    p.s. transman who loved the transman comic. Yes, we are that hot. If only more people would realize it.

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