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The Adventures of Business Cat - Full Circle by tomfonder The Adventures of Business Cat - Full Circle by tomfonder
The Adventures of Business Cat - Full Circle 2018/09/07
Copyright © 2018 / BUSINESSCAT.HAPPYJAR.com
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Four years ago I uploaded the first Business Cat strip and was awoken in the dead of the night to find my phone going crazy with an endless stream of notifications. The post had gone viral and was finding it’s way to seemingly every nook and cranny of the internet.

I had never intended it to be anything more than a simple one-off gag, but with the bevy of such positive responses flooding in, I began to realise that I had ideas for another one. And another one. Until eventually I find myself here realising I’ve been doing ‘another one’ every week now for four years.

In that time the comic has grown to help support me financially and even made me a published artist/author - something I never thought I’d be able to say about myself - with a second book on the way.

But all good things must eventually come to pass (boy, am I learning that the hard way these days) and so too must it be with Business Cat. I had been toying with the idea of ending the series for a while now, as I was beginning to feel there wasn’t enough new ground left to cover, and I’d rather end the series while I can still be proud of it than run the premise into the ground.

From as early as the IRS investigation storyline I knew where this story arc was headed, and I have to say that I really enjoyed taking the series in new and unexpected directions for the readers. It was a decision that certainly divided a few opinions, but at the end of the day I’m happy with the results and I can only hope that most of you were too.

I had written these last few strips to serve as a series finale, if need be, but with room to go forward in case I decided continue. Up until as early as last week I wasn’t quite sure which it would be. But I can say with certainty now, for the foreseeable future, this is in fact the end.

I don’t often put much of myself out there for you all to read, but the last five or so months have been hell. Between the diagnosis of a cancerous tumor in my cat’s mouth (don’t worry, a few stressful operations later, he’s now fine), and the extremely sudden/unexpected ending of an eleven year relationship, a lifetime’s worth of living with depression has finally caught up with me and I’m now having to confront that.

I’m not sure what I’ll do next. It’s been a very real struggle to stay creative, and at this point, I’m just looking forward to some time away from it all for a while. But I just want to thank each and every one of you for being along for this ride with me, and for making the last four years possible. This comic would be nothing if not for all of you reading and sharing it, and it’s been incredible to see such positivity surrounding my work.

Finally, I’d like to encourage you all to keep following on the social media outlet of your choice if you’d like to keep up to date on the status of the upcoming book Business Cat: Hostile Takeovers (release date pending), and if you ever want to be made aware of any of my future projects, be they the return of Business Cat or otherwise.

For my Patreon subscribers, don’t worry, you won’t have to do anything, I will be deactivating my account for the time being and will give plenty of fair warning before it becomes active again (if ever). In the meantime, I will be filling out the remainder of the month with some never-before-seen extras and maybe another prize raffle or two.

It’s been fun guys. Until next we meet.

- Tom
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:icontindyflow:
Tindyflow Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018   General Artist
You've brought much joy in the lives of many, Tom.
I wish you the best for your upcoming challenges! ^^
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Kaelmn Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for this comic. It's my girlfriend who made me discover it almost 2 years ago I think and... it really made me laughs ! We love the characters, the humor... We even bought the physical comic : it's awesome to be able to read it "physically", and we can't wait to have the next one !
I personally find this end to be a nice and well-thought one ;) And you're right, better stop when it's the right time, even if it can be a hard decision on the moment.

Hope we will see soon other stories from you !
And most important... hope things will go well for you and your beloved ones :) (cats included of course)
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inisipis Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Aw man. I was there from the very beginning. The strip never fails to bring me such mirth and laughter. Well, as they say, all good things must come to an end. Thank you for sharing us such a wonderful character, especially to us cat owners, who we can all identify. Best wishes to your future endeavor and hopefully Business Cat and company will visit us from time to time.
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GoshiDoll Featured By Owner Edited Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww the journey finally comes to an end, it was a fun one though. :)
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed. :)
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VinceAndrews Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed it and glad you didn't ruin it by going past where it made sense too stop. Thanks for the good times and good luck with future endeavors.
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed and that folks seem happy with where it left off. Best of luck to you too.
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Curry-24 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018   General Artist
Yeah man, your comic strips make me laugh so hard X-D
Can I ask what program you use for business cat? Looks so vector.
I wish you all the best for your future projects!
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tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy to hear it! I use plain old Photoshop for all my stuff, nothing vector at all. I work at quite a high resolution though, so maybe that contributes to it's clean look when scaled down.
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NazoShinigami Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm one of those that happened to find Business Cat by accident while wandering those many nooks and crannies of the internet. I have no idea how I found it though, but then I started following you along here for a very long time and I will continue to do so even now. I'm not even a cat person (we have dogs!), but I cannot help but to love Business Cat. 
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tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear I could bridge the great cat person / dog person divide. Though in truth, I'm really both... come from a family of vets. :) Thank you for following!
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LeDaverix Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD
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Mech610 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the ride, Tom.  This series went rapidly from getting a simple 'heh, that's cute' reaction from me to becoming my favorite webcomic out there.  It's been an incredible adventure and I wish you all the best!
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, that's great to hear! You never want your comic to be a series of diminishing returns, so it makes me happy to know you've enjoyed the ride. All the best to you too.
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MSpaint-and-mouse Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018
Ya know coffee's hard to get out of carpets
And it leave a stench if not done quickly
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good thing they switched to the marble floors. ;)
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Xeina-rose-of-death Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for making this household laugh numerous times, take care and hopefully you'll feel better and rediscover your creative talent :)
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for reading along with me and the well wishes! It's great to hear it could be enjoyed by the whole household. :)
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ionsphere97 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Business Cat was a really good comic series. I'm glad you ended it when you wanted it to end. I hope whatever you do next will be just as satisftying.
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tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed! I feel happy with how everything wrapped up and looking toward a hopefully brighter future.
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Tomecko Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for all the laughs, and best of luck in your next endeavor!
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for reading and best of luck to you too!
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MrSilentSnow Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful story.
I was always excited when a new site of bc released.
The fun level was always high and i was never disappointet.
Wish you best luck for the future and thanks for this beautiful comic =)
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tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much. It's easy sometimes for me to let the few negative comments outweigh the positives, so it means a lot to hear that you were consistently entertained. :) Best of luck to you too, and thank you again.
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Guilty-10-Games Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
Niiiiiice!!!
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
B-)
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HiddenSpikeTrap Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am terribly sad to see this end, but completely respect your decision to do so. I do agree that often stories/comics/shows/etc are better ended well sooner rather than drag on or end terribly later. 

I sincerely hope things turn out better and wish you luck for the future and I look forward to any sort of work you put out!
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, my favourite series all knew when to bow out gracefully, and I didn't want to make the mistake so many make with mine. Thanks for the kind words and I wish you all the best as well - thanks for being along for the ride!
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SPARTAN-017 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Your comics have put a smile on my after every upload and got me through some dark times when my own cat came to pass. I hope the future holds great things for you in the new chapter of your life.  
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tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So sorry to hear for your loss, particularly after recently flirting with the potential loss of my own little buddy. I'm really happy to know that I could bring you some joy in those times and wish you all the best as well.
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LadyMcZee Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
I had a feeling this was the end.  It was a great ride while it lasted.  Thanks, and I wish you nothing but the best.  Heart Heart 
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad that feeling came across, if that makes sense? Didn't want it to be too unexpected. Best wishes to you too and thank you for being along for the ride. <3
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SpearHawk Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
Thanks for the laughs and have a nice future :D
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And you as well. Thanks for being there!
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Imperfect-Chaos Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
I'm so happy I found this series.
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy that you're happy!
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AssassinHiru Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I loved this comic. I hope you have great success in your future projects 
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much. :)
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:iconarilanda:
Arilanda Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this experience. You make the world a little brighter. :heart:
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for reading. It's easy to forget sometimes that your work can brighten people's day, if only just a little. :)
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EvilMurder Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
Thanks for all the laughs 
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for being there!
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cutekitten05 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Student Artist
so cute!
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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Nin-kaii Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Aww :) Sad to see it go, looking forward to something new.
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too, whenever that may be. :)
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FaolSidhe Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
In every case, and whatever you decide, it has been, still is and will ever be an incredible comic. Thanks for all these wonderful and drolatic moments.
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Really glad to hear you think so. Special mention for teaching me the word 'drolatic' ;)
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FaolSidhe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018
Well, it exists in French "drolatique", but I did not even bother to check if it was part of the English vocabulary until this morning. Turns out, it is. Phew !
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:icontomfonder:
tomfonder Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The English language loves them million dollar French words.
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