Final Farewell to Concession
By: Akira Kestrel
There are things in life that bring us joy in many forms. Simple things like ice cream, warm summer days, or even holding hands with someone you hold close. So many things in this world that bring a smile to our faces and make us feel good inside… and then there’s Concession.
What started as a project in college for a graphic design class, has grown into full scale web comic. Concession has evolved over time from a simple project into something that everyone in it’s wide fan base can relate too.
First launched July 7th 2006, Concession has delighted us for close to 4 and a half years with it’s constant twists and witty humor. In 2009, the creator of Concession, Immelmann, was awarded the Ursa Major Award for Best Anthromorphic Graphic Story, and it’s not hard to see why.
Concession has a very colorful cast that come from all walks of life. Joel Calley, Matthew Gein, Artemis ‘Artie’ Crowley, Aaron ‘Nicole’ O’Connor, and Roland le Fey to name a few. All of which have played a very pivotal role in the stories plot. All the way from Arties cancer, to Rick becoming a plus sized model, to Matt accepting himself for who he is. The story has kept us tagging along on it’s heals waiting for the next installment like children waiting for the candy store to open.
Members of the fandom have even said that Concession has helped them in certain aspects of their lives. As a loyal fan I can say it has helped me in many ways as well. Whether it be spirituality, sexuality, or just everyday life, fans have found consolation, comfort, acceptance, and in some cases, the strength to be who they truly are. I can honestly say that Concession has made it’s way deep into our hearts, and it doesn’t plan on leaving.
However, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Immelmann has ended the comic as of February 15 2011. To some fans, the initial news that Concession was coming to a close weighed heavy on them. As time progressed and the end grew closer, a new form of acceptance and understanding arose to help send Concession off the way it deserved to be in my opinion… as the best web comic ever written.
Fret not though, for this is not the end. Immelmann has announced a NEW web comic, to be unveiled sometime this year. Details are scarce but the excitement is vast and continues to grow. Not too mention another comic of Immy’s, Ballerina Mafia, which updates roughly every 3 to 4 days. As far as our beloved cast, it is said that they will be making the occasional appearance in Ballerina Mafia, so all is not lost. Immelmann has also announced that Concession Collectors Addition will be released to the public later this year with some new slides, some of the older ones redrawn, strip-by-strip commentary, and more.
Concession Chronicles has been revived as well. A blog-format continuation of the series where the cast writes about certain instances in their lives or just random facts that went unnoticed during Concessions life time.
Concession is truly an amazing accomplishment and I feel right in saying that it has done a lot for the fandom. I would like to take this time to say thank you to Immelmann, for taking us on this incredible journey, and to wish him luck in the future. Keep up the great work.
A list of Immelmann’s works…
Concession – http://concessioncomic.com/index.php
Ballerina Mafia – http://ballerinamafia.net/index.php?pid=20110214
Concession Chronicles – http://chronicles.concessioncomic.com/?p=80
Immelmann.net – http://immelmann.net/index.html