It’s been exactly six years since Metrocop started. At the time, with Garry’s Mod comics pretty much extinct after most dedicated sites were done, it was intended as a place for me to talk about Valve as well as post a brand new series I had started, The Adventures of Hercule Cubbage. Never did I guess it would have lasted so long and seen so much happen in the meantime.
That said, all good things must come to an end, which is why I’m officially declaring the end of Metrocop and personally moving on from the Garry’s Mod community as a whole.
I’m afraid there’s not a very dramatic reason why I decided to finally call it quits – not a big behind-the-scenes fight like in some older GMod comic communities, nor even a big ‘nuking’ of the site like with PHWOnline. Honestly, I have just finally run out of passion; in fact, I think I ran out a long while ago. Instead of loving to keep old comics afloat in the Archive, it just became a chore I had to do every week, and with my real-life job taking more and more of my time, it just became increasingly impossible to keep up.
Plus, while I was genuinely (and arguably unhealthily) obsessed with Half-Life for a good while, it’s just been too long since Episode Two and I’ve finally gotten over it. Of course, now that I’m closing Metrocop, expect Half-Life: VR or Half-Life 3 to be officially announced really soon, because that’s just the way these things go.
Still, I like to think Metrocop has had a pretty good run. When we started off back in 2012, pretty much everyone was done with Garry’s Mod comics, but we managed to drag some people out of retirement, even had a truly amazing period in 2014 where it felt like everyone was doing comics again and a lot of old faces came back to say ‘hi’, and were still consistently reposting comics every week as recently as last May. We even had an amazing, brand new Half-Life 2 comic quite recently with Orpheus’ Kaden: Episode One, which feels like an apt final new comic for our little website, seeing as Kaden was in the making nearly as long as Metrocop was around. And, if nothing else, the fact that Jim_Riley came back to continue Beyond Borders and Mjolnir82991 even debuted a whole new series, Combine Exchange Program, singlehandedly makes Metrocop an unmitigated success in my book.
In any case, also quite unlike our predecessors, Metrocop won’t just be deleted altogether or blown up to bits (though that admittedly sounds pretty fun). It’s been a lot of work to get all these comics in one place, so it’ll stay here for your viewing pleasure indefinitely – though the domain will most likely expire at some point, after which the site will relocate to https://metrocop.wordpress.com. WordPress.com has a pretty good record on keeping old blogs alive for well over a decade, so Metrocop will still be here when you want to re-read your favorite classics.
As for the forums, I will be slightly more drastic there and close participation soon, though you will also still be able to revisit old threads and find old posted comics. When the domain runs out, you’ll be able to find them at http://s15.zetaboards.com/Metrocop. I’ll leave them open for a bit longer though, so that any member who wants to say their farewells can have the chance – who knows, maybe everyone can even get together and find a new place to relocate to.
Regardless, if you’re still worried about having access to the Comic Archive or just want to keep the comics on your own personal disks for the future, I have compiled all of the 640 comics in the Comic Archive into one compressed RAR file for download. You can use WinRAR to extract the files.
Speaking for Metrocop as well as myself personally, I want to thank ESToomere, Jim_Riley, Mjolnir82991, AJ Rimmer/LeftLiner, Yukon, Orpheus and everyone who helped make Metrocop such a special place and such a great community for all these years. Also, a special shout-out to Arctic Avenger, Gundam_mk2, Chris and, of course, jim_cjr for being such long-running members of the Garry’s Mod comics community.
As for me, I’m proud to have been a part of the GMod comics community since 2007 (earlier even if you consider when I was just lurking the cool sites, like PHW and Concerned) and helped keep it alive for so long. It’s time for me to grow up a bit and move on for good, but I’ll always cherish the good times I’ve had with this community, which are the reason I kept going for so long.
I’m also really, genuinely sorry I never got around to finishing The Adventures of Hercule Cubbage – trust me, I’ll continue to have some sleepless nights over that one -, but I guess it’s appropriate that it would never have a resolution, being a Half-Life 2 comic and all. But who knows, maybe I’ll get back to it someday… you never truly know. All I can say is, I am honestly very proud I even got as far as I did with that, and I’m glad I can leave that as my legacy in this community.
Thank you, all. I will see you up ahead.