Tuesday, March 10, 2009

THE END OF PROBLEM SLEUTH.

03/10/08 - 03/10/09.

3 detectives
365 days
1621 pages
1915 images
142 megabytes
45,000 words
0 sacred urns toppled
0 mystic ruins desecrated
0 hallowed tombs defiled

A couple hundred people tuned in on the first day. A couple hundred thousand tuned in on the last.

The beginning was humble in ways that go beyond a simple reader count. Humble might not even be the right word. The word's blade might need to be dulled further -- from something used to slice butter, to something used to ladle paste into the mouth of an infant.

I was wondering what sort of story to make, so I drew a detective on a blank canvas. Then I thought he should be in a room, of course. Probably a detective's office, because that's where detectives usually are. He needed a phone and a gun. Clearly those two items would alone suffice, I thought. The wall over there looked a little blank so I drew a safe. A window for ambience. A door for exit, which may or may not have been locked; I wasn't sure yet.

What I was also oblivious to was the two other detectives who would show up later, and to their adjacent offices. I was oblivious to the world of imagination, and the desk-made fort that would be its gateway. I didn't know the window lead there either, and I didn't know you could only get to that place I didn't know about if it was plugged in. I didn't know about the candy in his pocket, the dames in their dollhouse, the kingpin in his ship, or the weasel in his palace.

Those I's would be dotted by your suggestions, and the T's would be crossed by my reaction to them. It was a storytelling game of cat and mouse, and you presumably just finished reading the aftermath of our year-long, Tom and Jerry-style rampage through the house.

And if at the beginning you told me I would have a group of characters fight a single giant monster every day for almost six months, I would have told you... well, I would have told you that sounds awesome! But then I probably wouldn't have done it. Because I would have known I was going to do it. And what fun would that have been?

It's hard to believe it's done, I'm sure mostly for me personally. If you do the math, you'll note I produced an average of more than 5 images per day, every single day for that year-long stretch. In retrospect, it was a matter of routine inseparable from day to day existence. I didn't notice the effort, and I didn't notice the year. It wasn't a labor. It was just what I did.

But I guess it's more than just a shift in habitual momentum. There's a note of melancholy. These detectives won't be up to their antics anymore (unless I make deliberate exceptions to their retirement, of course). It seems strange to me that these characters have become so well defined in my mind, even though they've never uttered a single word. It was never supposed to be that way. It was just supposed to be about a cruddy-looking dude in his office.

But that said, I'm pretty excited to get working on something new. And maybe, if you're not all that busy, we could take the first step of this amazing new journey together.

Thanks for reading!

- Andrew.

371 comments:

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FrostedSilence said...

Regardless of whether I really do end up being commenter number 200 or not, I'd like to say that that was quite the adventure, and I completely understand what you said about it in your blog. It all started in a room. I guess it could be a box, really. There was nothing outside of it. Once the suggestions poured in and we came up with ideas as to what came outside the box, and why the things inside the box were where they were, everything took flight and what began as a simple doodle of a detective in a room became an epic journey worthy of a toast, and maybe some candy corn. All the best--cheers.

FS--again said...

Oh--a page to myself?

My responses take too long.

Andrew, I don't care if your next adventure is about a flying purple leprechaun--I'll be back.

Paul said...

I am so proud to have been a part of this since last year. In all that time I think two of my suggestions got posted. I'm so honored to be a part of this epic.
I suggested Check Yo'self Jonah at the right time. I'll be waiting for the next one.
*Raising of another glass*

Brandon said...

I can't believe it's actually over.
To tell you the truth, PS was actually the highlight of my day. As soon as I'd come home from school, I'd drop my books, come bounding up the stairs with utter disregard for my poor dog, flick on Liam (my laptop, obviously) and head straight for the MSPA page.

Every entry was filled with a childlike anxiety-- you really never knew what would happen next. Would one of our beloved harlots finally stand up to the cruel Madame? Would Demonhead Mobster Kingpin pull some DEUS-EX-ATTACKA from the depths of some malevolent pocket? Would Godhead Pickle Inspector finally do something?!

I adored Problem Sleuth, and I wait with bated breath for your next creation.

Windmil said...

The last bit of this was both beautiful and horrible, like dominoes that were carefully set up falling down to open a door a few feet from where it started in a rube goldbergian manner that went countless places. It went through windows, desk forts and Legitimate Establishments. One can see the setup, but has only a vague idea how things will happen. Every time someone walks by and sees it one must take them to the beginning and follow it, just because it cannot be explained why anything is funny without doing so.

Now you get too look at your downed dominoes and let out a satisfied sigh. The you will begin to build something new, while being barked at to punch them in the snout or ride them like a mechanical bull.

Good luck.

Nicholas said...

You managed to make my day everytime i saw a new hyperlink on your website.

You sir, Win the internet.

Can't wait for your next tale :D

abictio said...

I will only read the next adventure if it is about a flying purple leprechaun.

A Ninny Mouse said...

I love your sense of humor. You gave me a reason to believe in the internet. I... I just can't believe it's (almost) over... (minus the epilogue). Thank you, good sir. Thank you. *bows in a humbled manner*

Anonymous said...

Did anyone ever think to submit GPI: Fondly regard collaboration?

SportsGuru said...

*disconcertingly ogles ending credits*

NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Ever since I was linked here from Thinkin Lincoln, I have made a it a top priority to agress those who say nay to your genius with my arsenal of my set of keys, Pez uzi, candy corn handgun, tootsie roll shotgun, and jawbreaker cannon (of course, after quickly retrieving my arms from the safe). Even the safety of the Captain Snoop bust cannot be number one. Thank you for your kind gift to us all. This story has had more entertaining twists and turns than the infinitely stuck portal-windows. While I understand it would be difficult, I hope that you print this adventure in book form. I would certainly buy it as soon as it was on the shelf. I ask that you continue your great work and not drive your infinite candy mechas into the sunset, never to be heard again. But if you do, may you have a teacup full of elf tears and a hat full of candy corn.

Anonymous said...

i had lots of fun, thank you SO much.

Janice said...

I discovered Problem Sleuth sometime in the last two or three weeks.
Since then, every update made my day that much more EPIC.
PS was a brilliant new medium that showed exactly how awesome and organic the internet could be - nobody knew how it would end at the onset. Kind of like life, but to the power of Incredible.
Here's to exemplifying Imagination, Pulchritude, and Vim.
^ (it was my Facebook status at some point)

Ryan Balis said...

Thanks a lot for all your hardwork. The whole idea was wonderful. Too bad we won´t be seeing more of PS, PI and HD anymore, but hey, they finally got out.

¡Tu webcomic es la ley!

Anonymous said...

Thank you. That was absolutely amazing.

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Muhznit said...

Epic. Beautiful. Awesome. Sexy. Heroic. Breathtaking. Legendary.

Not enough comprehensible words exist to describe the grandeur of what has transpired through my browser.

May you suck on the golden teat of victory while receiving the most grand of BJs from glory. I may be a winner, but I couldn't win if there was no game to play. You are now my favorite comic artist on the internet.

Pwnzerfaust said...

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

Lamb said...

You did this man-style. You did. I've never seen such kingfulness, ever.

Gaunt said...

I picked up on Problem Sleuth in September after the VG Cats link. I spent the next week catching up on the story, and then waiting with baited breath for each new installment. It's incredible to see what the Internet can produce when one uses the possibility of the infinite correctly. Sir, I am blown away.

::Rides signature like a mechanical bull::
-Gaunt

Griffon said...

You have created the absolute best webcomic ever. Thanks so much for giving my friends and I something to nerd out about every single day.

:D

Sevastian said...

Damn, I got into this comic like four days ago and it ends. I *suck.*

Dude, you rock, though. Motherfuck.

Dr. Herbert Nicolaus Witold, Esq. said...

YOU, SIR, HAVE JUST WON THE GAME.
CONGRATURATION!
I, however, just lost.

Pure comic genius.

Rekkuzan said...

Hussie you're a genius.

Dragonshayde said...

*raises glass with the others* To Problem Sleuth!

Leo said...

It was awesome, I started following it during February 09, and could not quit until I got side-by-side with the last page, every day I checked, every day there was something new and funny to check and do, however I didn't suggested anything, maybe next time ;)
This was an outstanding project and I hope to see more of your work soon.

Congratulations!

Dk said...

Thank you so much for PS. It has been a source of much joy since I discovered it about two months ago.

MSPA Fan: Fondly regard AH; offer cookies in tribute.

Anonymous said...

Amazing work. I wound up getting turned off by the slow start a couple months ago, but came back for no good reason and just found myself eating it up. I can't wait to see what's next, and this time I plan on using the suggestion box. Best of luck.

natpat said...

A brlliant end to a wonderful story! i wonder what you will do next? (Whatever it is, I will be there from the beggining!)

Congratulations.

(raises bottle of mad dog 20/20)

Husky Panda said...

Kinda sad that it had to end, but damn, that comic was pure awesome from start to finish.

You my good sir, win the internets.

Can't wait for the next one you have in store for us!

brian said...

I'm gonna miss that hard-boiled, medium-sized, charismatic, fast-thinking detective who saved the universe from utter destruction just through pure pulchritude. (next adventure could be the world outside of problem sleuth?

Tonypedia said...

Thanks for keeping it going. Alot of other projects like this online died off after too short of a while.

It was easily one of my favorite webcomics, and definitely gave me something to do bored at work.

Keep it up, you're awesome

Robert D said...

Cheers Andrew! You've managed to make this experimental form of web comic into a success in every sense of the word. Take a break, you deserve it. But not too long! We're all looking forward to the next one. :-)

*Fondly oogle Andrew Hussie in the snout to establish his superiority.*

Anonymous said...

it was an awesome comic, and something i looked forward to reading everyday. awesome year man.

Anonymous said...

You're a hero and this comic is a masterpiece. I'm going to miss it.

Ryfter said...

I don't think I've enjoyed any other comic as much as I have Problem Sleuth.

You're a literary genius by my standards and I humbly salute your awesomeness.

My only regret is that it's over.

Higgs_Bosson said...

My my...with my utmost indulgence in the story...I have yet to read the science FAQs....up until 4 hours ago of course...mm-hmm...very interesting....

I only wish that we would be near enough the event horizon in order to see you're next comic/s...
well...life isn't that pretty...is it now?
now that I think of it...what about the tree stump?

We'll be Waiting...

Higgs_Bosson: descend/retract into the shadows in a hard boild manner

Anonymous said...

Dear God, Andrew...

You are a genius.
After reading MSPaintAdventures, I started showing my friends the comic.
I would use your images and animated gifs for image boards to bring about your style of humor.
Hell, I even started drawing on MSPaint again, even if you stopped using it after the first page.
I thank you for all the laughs, the suspense, the sheer epic win that is your comic has given me something to pull myself through the day.

Also, your other comics are flippin' BOSS.
Bring more of your work to this world, shine your light upon us and keep it real like the Ice Cream Man.

I love you...
TJ4

Cosmo said...

You're a fucking pro.

Richard said...

I came to your comic from the featured bit on VG Cats. The idea of fancy little detective men with guns drew my interest.

Then I started reading and couldnt believe all the adventures such fancy little detective men could go on.

The thing is, I was excited for it to end because I couldnt wait to see how it would turn out. Then I was sad it finally ended.

Brilliant work to you and everyone who helped! I'm looking forward to the next one!

CD said...

CD: Fondly regard end of PS... Good times good times.

Anonymous said...

This is perhaps the most epic story I have ever witnessed online. And it probably surpasses many professionally made entertainment packages, that costs, like...money. While it's sad that the journey (and the baddassest boss fight EVER) is now complete, it is also a bit of an achievement.

I salute you, good sir. *tips hat at Andrew's direction in resolve*

Anonymous said...

*Throws hat down in...

Respect*

Chambz said...

wonderful comic. very enjoyable to read. sorry it's over!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful and great comic !

Look at the universe we (you) created in the last year ! I mean, we collected a massive amount of information and background about it, just take a look at the PS Wiki.

I really have to beg you, Andrew, to not let this wonderful world of yours fall into oblivion. You have to keep feeding the trolls !

ericgrau said...

I can best describe this comic as awesome in a can. Well done, and good timing on ending it. It wasn't "past its peak" yet, but I think it's better that way. I look forward to seeing what you have next.

BlackJack said...

That was great!
I was hooked on it the first day I found your site. I was so hooked I literally was waiting for the new updates to come out to see where the story took me. And you know what? Every page was pure awesomeness. I wasted a lot of my time updating myself on what was going on each day on PS's adventure, but the time was oh so well worth spent.

But I REALLY didn't expect the ending to be like that.

PS+AD+PI: Throw controllers down and celebrate in awesomeness as MK cries over the fact that he lost the game.

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I'm looking forwards to the next adventure you come up with.

Ian said...

IS: Thank AH in a hard-boiled manner.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!!
It's been such fun to follow PS, so thank you for bringing the story and ridiculously lovable characters to life. I'm sure I'll get over the withdrawals soon enough, and I'm very excitedly looking forward to the next Adventure. Thanks again, and congratulations on concluding the story proper!

Shieldman said...

Every once in a while, the Universe requires a new hero. Some are made through speeches, others through their heroic war efforts. Some are made through truly epic adventures.

Some... through MSPaint adventures.

Problem Sleuth shall forever remain in my mind as the wittiest, most random, and most original idea on the internet.

And the REASON Microsoft puts MSPaint onto every computer.

Anonymous said...

You're awesome, man. I had so much fun this last year. I always looked foward to the next update with so much anticipation. It's a little sad it's over, but here's hoping for a PROBLEM SLEUTH 2!

Anonymous said...

WOW. Just...WOW. This is one of the few web comics that has drawn me in so much that I would check literally everyday (or every midnight). Thanks! MS Paint Adventures for the win!

IllvilJa said...

'Problem Sleuth' is simply put just a brilliant piece of work. Seriously!

It takes a lot of talent to take all those clever, weird, stupid and unexpected suggestions from the readers/players and turn that into something that still is coherent and has it's own absurd logic. Thankfully, you got that talent, and lots of it!

Good luck with the next adventure. I'm tempted to suggest some new setting, but I got enough common sense to not go down that path.

Thanks for giving this to us!

Anonymous said...

I'd just like to say that this is the most literate and well-spoken group of fans of a webcomic I have ever witnessed on the internet.

Alakala said...

That was fantastic, epic and awesome.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Amazing. Can't wait for whatever's next!

PoJo said...

Problem Sleuth has restored my faith in god.

This was the most beautiful thing I have ever gazed upon, and everyday for a year I was taken on another magical adventure.



Thank you. You have served the gods of amusement well.

zeb said...

I rode alongside you like I was on a mechanical bull.

'Twas a fantastic story. Though now I realize how good it is that you make an epilogue considering that PS, AD, and PI went through all that just to leave their office and go into the city.

RottenKnight_RUS said...

Motherland approves of your work, sir.
ME: hug the author.

Anonymous said...

Me: Throw down hat in appreciation.

Tailson said...

Oh God, it ended? Where am I gonna get my tear inducing laughs from now?

LoRasaurus said...

I have to tell you, my sister was reading it for a good while and kept suggesting it to me. only three or four weeks before you finished it, i finally spent many hours reading until i caught up.

hours well sent.

SM said...

Mr Hussie, I can't suitably articulate my admiration/gratitude.

There hasn't been one time in the last five or six months that I've turned on the computer and not checked for a Problem Sleuth update.

I don't know how we'll all cope without it.

David said...

You sir, are awesome, and in a league of your own. Thanks for the frequent updates and dedication to the story and fans. Thanks for the laughs!

I have been reading webcomics for years and I have not found anything as original and funny as MSPA, or a writer as eloquent as you. Please continue to entertain me for free.

Anonymous said...

It was amazing and full of memorable characters. Problem Sleuth and Pickle Inspector were my favorites. But now that it's over... I look very much forward to the next tale you/we dish out! :D

SporadiX said...

I...I

I think i just popped a blood vessel in my eye.

And i have lost feeling in my right hand.


That was a great epilogue.
I'll be waiting.

*Raises glass in sync.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. So very much. What started as a simple fascination enlivened by giggles became a daily obsession... enlivened by giggles, snorts and guffaws. You should be proud of each image and each line, as together they make up a piece of creative fiction to rival any other.

You deserve to rest on your laurels for a while... but, selfish beasts that we are, we demand the next installment of MS Paint Adventures... so, get on that, already.

Bakubakaoo said...

Speech is lost! Sanity lived it's final day in the hands of the ...Humanity. Yeah. MS Paint Adventures is the most ROCKIN' thing in this world. You made history, and you're gonna be BIG!

Anonymous said...

Woooo goddamn that was awesome.

You sir, are this generation's hemingway.

Spoden said...

I checked for an update to PS every day since I was introduced into it. I laughed at the ridiculous characters at first but gradually began to appreciate them in the way one likes the characters of a well done movie.

You kept me interested and occupied for around 6 months. I applaud your amazing work.

Looking forward to the next story!

Neb said...

Oh Sweet Jesus, if you made a book of Problem Sleuth, I would sell my soul to the devil just to be able to buy it.

ProblemSleuthRoxSoHard
SoHard.
Hard.

Nick said...

I got to this site from VGCats. Was totally confused about what it was at first. Once I figured it out, I was devouring pages to catch up. I now feel slightly empty. Like after finishing a really good book series, or the end of a movie trilogy. You don't want it to end, but it has to. I can't wait for the next story/game to start.

Anonymous said...

and so it ends...

hope you get a well deserved brake! and that you remember to keep in mind comments that may seem rediculess or pointless! :)

i look forward to seeing what you next come up with

Anonymous said...

My God.This Was FANTASTIC.I stumbled on PROBLEM SLUETH When i was surfing on the Internet And God,I loved it.One GREAT Comic.Cant Wait Whats next.Thanks,for this Epic Ride.


*Also Raises Glass*

Andrew said...

This has been the only web comic that I've ran with from start to finish. I'm proud to say that Problem Sleuth happened to be the one, because it had that extra "oomph" that most other web comics lack. It definitely was one of the coolest years ever. Thanks for giving the community something to smile about. This was a fantastic journey. Bravo!

Anonymous said...

That was one amazing matephysical, fractal, hard-boiled hayride.

and it's over.

*raises suckle goblet and weeps single tear of liquid sorrow*

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonder, the amazement, and the insanity. I want to see what candy cane liquor *really* does to you.

But it wasn't 365 days. It was actually 366. March 10 has to be counted twice.

Kj said...

Thank you for this. It was spectacular.

Matthew said...

LET IT BE KNOWN, that this was a great story. You did a great job with this and took a simple concept to a different muti-verse.

*Starts a slow clap* God-speed to whatever the hell you have planned.

Andrew Hussie: Ride next story like a mechanical bull.

Anonymous said...

WD! OMG, TWSA.

Dave said...

I clicked on this randomly thinking it was a Ryan North text-game side project, but when I looked up and realized that 2 hours had gone by I realized that a) this was someone's flagship project; b) I had 40 min to make/eat dinner and get some sleep; c) I was unphasably happy, for the entire duration of the adventure, even when I wasn't reading it. It was this constant thought in the back of my head, and when everyone was bummed out at work my only thought was that if I had some Tootsie Rolls I could make everyone's day with a Frankenstein pose.

Thank you for making my whole week.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what to say, except that I had more damn fun reading this. You rock the house, and don't you forget it. Thanks for a great ride!

Anonymous said...

Oh God, ahaha. I've been reading this on and off since perhaps November 2008- I wish I had read more regularly, really. Congratulations on your work. I'm looking forward to your next work, and all the laughs that follow.

mordicai said...

I picked up only at the end-- sent by a mourning Dinosaur Comics. I read through the whole thing over two days-- then read BardQuest & JailBreak for good measure. I eagerly-- eagerly-- await whatever is next. I will make very helpful, useful contributions at all times (this is a lie).

darlarosa said...

That was fun, Thanks for your time dude, oh...I would like more...yes...more...GET TO WORK SLAVE BOY MUHAHAHAHAHAHA >D

Starch said...

Well, damnit. I missed the whole thing.

Did read the archive. Fuuuuuuuuck that looked awesome. I'll try not to miss the next one!

H@m said...

Although I'm still angry non of the suggestions I made were used with any sort of Vigor.

It twas fun, and you are forgiven.

Many lolup's to you sir!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait until the next series.
I enjoyed how you nicely tied in BARD QUEST and JAIL BREAK in there. I asked for that a couple times.
This glass goes to you.

ANONYMOUS raises his SUCKLE GOBLET in appreciation.

Steve said...

Thank you so much Andrew

Gwen said...

I downloaded a utility to back up your entire site on my hard drive so I could cherish Problem Sleuth until the end of my days.

More MS Paint adventures? It's a date, Mr. Hussie!

Anonymous said...

No Andrew, YOU are a winner!

will said...

Now my ludicrous battleship i call an ass wont sit on my chair for hours on end. im so sad.

oh well. back to good old fashiond D&D. *pulls out 3.5 PHB*

or i could just wait for the next adventure...

Please hurry!!!

Toasty said...

Dude, this is the best web comic I've ever read. Seriously. I want moar.

Yes said...

I don't know what to say... so I'll just say thanks for the laughs.

> Salute AH.

How do you expect to salute him without any arms?!

> Quickly retrieve arms from safe.

You've already got arms, numbnuts!

Anonymous said...

I started reading three days days before the end. One of the best stories to appear on the internet ever.

Anonymous said...

As much as drawing these has become a routine in your everyday life, reading them has become a habit in mine. My days will probably feel a little empty for a few days.

Tomato3456 said...

0 sacred urns toppled
0 mystic ruins desecrated
0 hallowed tombs defiled

CRAP! Now we gotta go through the whole thing again to topple urns, desecrate ruins and defile tombs!

Hicks76 said...

Mr. Hussie, I stand, and I applaud. I just wish I was near a computer for the last few days, but that matters not. Thanks for the ride!

Ben said...

I feel empty inside. Like I just wasted 72 hours of my life, never to receive them again. But I dont regret it one bit.....

The Legacy said...

I can sum my feelings about this webcomic to one phrase:

TheLegacy: Fondly regard MSPaintAdventures

Anyway, fantastic work, and I hope a just as good (if not, better) story comes out in the near future. I think you could make a decent living off of this webcomic, to be honest, like those at LFG/LiCD or Penny Arcade, and putting up advertisements on other sites could help. :)

One thing though; I'm really happy to have had the opportunity to have inserted (and have used!) a (series of) commands during the end of the story. It really did add a feeling of inclusion.

Keep it up!

(The series of commands starts from this, and ended with the ship being righted: http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001639)

sho said...

After I was first directed to your comic by a friend, I took the whole afternoon and the following few days to catch up.

As just another reader, I must applaud you for your great work. :)

Zylar said...

Problem Sleuth is not the first, but certainly the best webcomic I've read.
None other made me laugh more, make my day brighter, baffle me greater, confuse me further, make me think harder, enjoy randomness better, love humour deeper, hope higher, or care for another webcomic.
Geez, it was great, fun, and exciting. I joined in August, and had to catch up, and boy did it seem like this was one elaborate planned out story. But then I saw the "Submit a suggestion" button and couldn't believe that I could suggest what could possibly happen next.
Obviously your greatest work yet, and whatever your new path with take you with this, I am sure to follow.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

It was brilliant, stupid, hysterical fun. Thank you!

Bring on the next one!

Solj said...

Wow, will I ever forget laughing so hard that I fell off my own chair? Probably not. What an amazing adventure this has been. Problem Sleuth is absolutely hilarious, and ridiculously awesome. When I read the end of it, I actually almost cried, sad that such a funny and brilliant comic has come to an end.
And yet, I also laughed, laughed that the three sleuths had been about five yards away from the exit, and yet it took about 22 chapters to finish the tale. And what an epic 22 chapters that was.

Thanks for everything you have done, something to look forward to, something to cheer me up, and something to just get me laughing out loud. I never will quite forget to ride stuff like a mechanical bull.

beetlefeet said...

I'm sure someone toppled a few sacred urns somewhere in there, you should really go back and check.

I really loved it.
Never have I seen anything spiral so ridiculously out of control.

The dedication and simply the amount of work put into this was fantastic.

Lindsay said...

Some people should so do a collab fanimation. That would be like mind-blowing-icing on awesomecake. I don't know much about animation, but I can draw. If anyone is interested - and if its coo' with Andrew - holler up.

Anonymous said...

Great comic man, really good.

But I have a question.

Mobster Kingpin is dead, right?

And after that "destruction of the universe" fiasco, shouldn't he be in hell by now? Or something?

Cyberfreak said...

Thank you andrew, for giving me so many laughs the past couple months. Perhaps you could go back to some of your earlier comics now, and add in the occasional extra one, I really hate not knowing the conclusion to prion break.


Can't wait for your next venture.
Skwizzal

Philll said...

I'm gonna miss this comic...
unless..........

TheBigJAL said...

Wow, Andrew. I want to see the next project so bad, it almost hurts. That was an incredible ride and I want another one?~!

Signed,
TheBigJAL

Jurnth said...

That really was awesome comic =D.

Wait a minute, what about the EXP- points? Did the group get a few level ups? I wanna know!

Dark said...

This brought smiles to me every time- your jokes succeeded in bringing me to laughter and for that you deserve praise.
An amazing comic, even when I was confused of the flowery language I was enjoying it!

Great stuff Andy!

MRTener said...

MS Paint Adventures is perhaps the most ambitious webcomic I have ever read. The approach is simple and familiar, the storyline is as compelling as it is convoluted, and the humor is never lacking. The controlled chaos that becomes the lives of the characters is displayed intelligently, with clever and ingenious insight on the author's part. Because of the negative connotations associated with MS Paint, one might initially assume the illustrations would lack in artistic ability; to the contrary, the animation is exceptionally well-orchestrated (in a 'hard-boiled' manner). The one criticism I offer is that the comic ended too soon. I enjoyed reading it so much, I don't want it to end!

flapjack1995 said...

This is incredible.

I think the screaming Bthearst should be made into an avatar so that it may be shown off to the world.

Anonymous said...

*Drinks from YE FLASK*

Good show old bean, quite a humdinger of a tale if you ask me!

Droptaskid said...

Holy Crap.

I've been watching this comic ever since September or so. When I first saw this, I read about 500-something pages in two days. Not only was your comic addicting, but it was funny as hell. I shared this with as many friends as I could, and I must've gotten 10 more people addicted to this as well.

Keep it up. I really want to see where the next one's going, and this time all your fans will be able to see it from the start :)

And yeah, MS Paint Adventure Fans are probably home to some of the smartest people. Ya gotta have brains to get through all that weird puzzle shit.

Christine said...

I am of two minds here. While on the one hand I am glad that you were able to finish it so nicely, on the other hand I am slightly sad that the Problem Sleuth saga is over, because I came every day hoping for new pages. Congratulations!

I do look forward to any new project you dish out, PS or no.

*raises pumpkin*

Andrew Conger said...

Like some of the people whose comments I've read, I started reading MSPA when I clicked the link from VG Cats.

Holy Crap.

Andrew, you had me at "You already have arms, numbnuts!" Every chance I got I would log on and check to see if MSPA had a new update. Now that PS is over (almost), I'm kind of sad... but I know that the next adventure will be spectacular. Maybe next time I'll throw in a suggestion or two.

*raises glass with everyone else*

Andrew, thank you for guiding us along this wild journey.

Anonymous said...

Was that a thin ace at the wedding?

BH said...

About two months ago, I was introduced to a webpage called MS Paint Adventures. Since then, this comic has led me through twists and turns of EPIC proportions. Time and common sense were turned on their heads as hundreds of seemingly unrelated events slowly built up into a climax that can only be summed up in one word:
EPIC.
Through this word, I convey to you my thoughts each time I pressed those little blue words at the bottom of the panel. I could not spread the word fast enough about this awesome comic that should be viewed by one and all. Although I'm sad that it's over, I am still left with the memories of what was, and will still be, the greatest webcomic in the history of the internet.
Well, at least until your next creation.
Kudos.

Anonymous said...

Andrew, sir, you are amazing!
Regardless of how much of the content you gathered from the suggestions of your fans, the players, I must say that what you brought to the "game" was incredible on its own. Even if no one had told you to make the desks into forts, where would we be without the premise you gave us all? It is because of your abilities to weave a story together from the tattered rags that are the suggestions that Problem Sleuth was such a huge success!

deflective said...

long strange trip indeed

AUTOPARRY!

Anonymous said...

wow!!! most fun i've ever had on the internet!!!! i'm dying to see what happens to the gang!!!

Explodicide said...

The level of connection that I felt to the sleuths is amazing, considering that they never said a word between the three of them. The catharsis that I have experience at the (near) end of their epic tale is unparalleled, especially considering that I only just started maybe five or six weeks in.

My jaunty hat is off to you, good sir.

Netwalker said...

Andrew,

I congratulate you on keeping me entertained for what must be one of the longest on-going webcomic stories I have read to date. I would like to point out that I too found your comic via VG-Cats (that silhouette of the 3 detectives looks strangely promising) and I would say I over the course of hours read from the start of PS to around the Candy-corn vampire stretch during Halloween. While I am truly sad to see such a great webcomic go, I look forward with baited breath to your next installment of MSPA. All you need is a simple idea and 1 drawing, we will do (most of the rest). I tip my class to you fine sir.

ForsakenMantra said...

Andrew,

I congratulate you on keeping me entertained for what must be one of the longest on-going webcomic stories I have read to date. I would like to point out that I too found your comic via VG-Cats (that silhouette of the 3 detectives looks strangely promising) and I would say I over the course of hours read from the start of PS to around the Candy-corn vampire stretch during Halloween. While I am truly sad to see such a great webcomic go, I look forward with baited breath to your next installment of MSPA. All you need is a simple idea and 1 drawing, we will do (most of the rest). I tip my class to you fine sir.

Netwalker said...

Sorry for the double post apparently "we are sorry there is a error with your request" roughly translates to "your comment was posted" also.. class = glass. I double failed there.

Evan said...

I gotta say, That was the best Ms paint adventure yet. it was more linear than the earlier stuff (like bards quest) but didn't feel pre-determined. the artwork was better too. And you just gotta love prohibition era slang. I can't wait for the next one!

*Also raises glass*

Legendary Apathy said...

Problem Sleuth has been an incredible adventure from start to finish. I liked taking a while to see how your artistic skills and mastery of the English language have evolved from Jail Break, until now. And that you managed to keep a somewhat cohesive story based on the suggestions of fans is a near godly feat.

-LA: Remove hat and bow before AH

You are a marvelous artist and a great writer, can't wait to see what comes next.

The End said...

xyzzy

Anonymous said...

To all ms paint adventures fans, there is a new fan club on facebook!!! Problem slueth pwns!!!

Hryaeda said...

Oddly enough, the first day I stumbled onto this gem was the day of the CANDY CORN VAMPIRE. Little did I know that chapters later, with proper utilization of spontaneously apparent pumpkins, it would be among the most badass things ever.

The lovely thing about this rambling madhouse is that its logic, though entirely ridiculous, is coherent, and that everyone and everything under the sway of that logic is significant. The most brief mentioning, the silliest of tropes, the tiniest of details are woven back into the plot in epic and absolutely pivotal ways.

Kudos and bravo for a delightful ride, good sir. The next show's sure to be a mustache-twister.

Anonymous said...

Andrew i dont know if you have ever seen t5his iflm but you should, its called "after hours"

its about a guy and the worst night of his life, all these random things keep happening ot him and all he wants to do is get home.

the plot is a lot simular in style to how your comics go, as if someone did the same yecnique of random idears and repeating in jokes nad itmes and made a film out of it. its quite dated tho but still an interesting one to watch.

MushroomKing said...

Thank you for allowing me to take this rollercoaster of wonder with you.

As one of the few original things on the internet, it makes me happy to have found the website so close to the start of the long boat ride of imagination and fulfillment.

Cheers, I look forward to your next creative love child.

Spyd said...

This is my first comment/post ever in this page. I'm not that confortable writting in english; I'm from Spain.
I just want to let you know that even when I had problems understanding some text, I enjoyed very much your... videogame?
Thank you very much for all.

Taraph said...

My Jocose Honey receptacle, it runneth over. This was (and shall long remain) a work of true surreal genius. I started reading it back in November, and had a lot of crazy f un to catch up on, but even once I had done so, the daily updates never got dull, or too slow. I await your next project with breath that is distinctly baited (although by what, I have no idea - possible the corpse of a huge, bloated whale - they could be used as bait, right?).

Jamie Hanson said...

An absolutely incredible journey through the depths of possibility. Problem Sleuth isn't a detective, he's an explorer plumbing the darkest reaches of the unknown.

I, uh, may have mixed up my metaphors a bit there.

Well, anyway, a superb adventure, a thrilling voyage through disconnected lands of weirdness, all held together by mechanical bulls, trap offices, and punched snouts.

My favourite themes were Problem Sleuth's diplomatic attacks (Impromptu Caucus and Fair Shake come to mind as the cleverest, after, of course, Sleuth Diplomacy)and how you managed to make so many variations on concepts such as "person trapped in office" and "gun/key". The abundance of obscure synonyms was also particularly enjoyable.

I can't wait to see what you come up with next.



PS: Of all the gags in this comic, there's one that has refused to succumb to my repeated Googling. What's with the -hearst suffix for Porkhearst, Q*Hearst, Wifehearst, and Son/Bathearst?

Anonymous said...

When I look at the EPILOGUE, I hear the ending music to Legend of Zelda 3 in my head.

Anonymous said...

I must say, that was amazing. Make sure to but a llama in your next epic.

Anonymous said...

I'm so amazed, that was by far the greatest webcomic I have ever read. It was funny, original, and had a great storyline too, something it is so hard for funny comics to pull off. I will always hold problem sleuth near my heart, and eagerly anticipate whats to come next. Thank you so much. ~Izzy

Anonymous said...

I first stumbled upon MSPA half-way through PS' heroic exploits.
Ever since, this has been my number one bookmark, and the first thing I checked in the morning and after work.
Thank you ever so much for giving life to this amazing cast of characters. I wish you wealth and happiness, and I'll keep on visiting, in hope of a new masterpiece.

Anonymous said...

Never have I read something to amazingly well put together on the internet before. Bravo, sir!

Cloud's Apprentice said...

It is with a heavy heart that I mourn the end of the greatest webcomic I have ever read. Your magnificent tale of detectives, mobsters, alternate universes, and leaving offices has ended. It has left with a part of my heart. I can only hope your next piece can reach the same level of masterpiece that Problem Sleuth had, yet I am certain that you will surpass it. And you will probably do so with a great deal less hats.

That will be the most impessive feat of all.

With much love, I congratulate you.

Anonymous said...

AH: Fondly regard creation.

Jaki said...

When I walked into the library to find my boyfriend giggling ridiculously at the screen, I didn't know exactly what I would find.

I thank the gods it was this.

From the moment I looked over his shoulder with a slight "WTF?" on my face only to have him drag me into the outrageous world of PS, I knew I had stumbled onto something. I just wasn't sure what it was. From that moment on, I was hooked. Countless Belly of the Whale inside jokes later, it became a link in our relationship and the humor of a life time.

PS and the gang's journey may be over, but the adventure is always more important than the end. And that was one hell of an adventure.

Thank you, always. The series may have ended, but the laughs do not.

so-low said...

Thanks for such an amazing comic; this seriousy is the best webcomic I've read. I hope it was as much fun to make as it was for me to read. Thanks, and I can't wait to see what you bring us all in the future. :D

Matthew Myers said...

Your Work is literary mastery. I get chills when I think about how many times I've had to bring up dictionary.com while reading Problem Slueth.

I've learned less reading Terry Brook's novels. :P

Anonymous said...

Yeah, there should be another made in this style. Jail Break hasn't been clicking much with me, and I blame it on the fact that there's no endearing character development, no intricate puzzle shit, no pointless statistics, no real predetermined course or objects with predetermined use, no ridiculous amount of subplots or characters. You're just sort of wandering about with your "guys". I'd say the aforementioned factors were what made Problem Sleuth so wiggity wack.

I'm almost considering doing one of these with a local forum or something. It could get interesting.

Anonymous said...

This has been the swellest CYOA I've ever had the honour to follow along, and you, Mr. Hussie, are a swell man!

Thank you for giving us this incredible experience. I look forward, with many others, to whatever work you may do in the future.

Anonymous said...

I've been reading web-comics for a while, and I'd say that this is basically the best web-comic series I have ever read.

I STRONGLY wish for you to continue the story of the three sleuths some day and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Make it bigger, better, weirder, but different. Or at least have a spiritual successor of sorts.

Anonymous said...

Reader: Fondly regard comic.

Trevor said...

I just learned more about science from several thousand crudely drawn frames of stick figures than I did from four years of high school.

Bravo.

anon5 said...

Amazing, amazing comic. Never contributed to the process, but still a blast to follow and watch. So many laughs, so different from everything else I've read! I actually brought it up in my Storytelling for New Media class, and the prof thought it was genius.
Thanks for MS Paint Adventures. I hope yet more people find it.

Anonymous said...

Truly a wonderful comic. Thank you for gracing the internet with it.

callmeemo said...

I'm saddened by the fact that it's finally over, but at least it did. It could have just been left to rot like so many other sites, you know?

I picked up on it when VG Cats linked to it, and caught up in about two days. That was one of the greatest things I've ever read, and even better it updated often and in groups. I'm looking forward to all your future projects.

Radical Ace said...

LET'S DO IT AGAIN!

Seriously, brilliant, brilliant story. Absolutely baffling in awesome. Dammit, I wish I knew more fancy words to use to try to flimsy contain the sheer awesomeness that this whole comic contained. MIND BLOWING BAFFLINGLYAWESOME. AUGH. It's like a mindgasm. A boggling timetraveling mindgasm.

You sir, are to be put up on a pedestal along next to Douglas Adams, in my opinion. Congratulations; few make it.

Squee.~

Anonymous said...

Also; I must add in.

I must either find, or create, or have someone create me, a Pickle Inspector plushy.

I will oogle it fondly and perhaps a bit disconcertingly. Much love.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Just needed a couple more funny and idiotic deaths, lol.

Anonymous said...

I thank you for this charming if not at some points disturbing diversion and wish you the best of luck and success in you oncoming endeavors

-creator and member of the brotherhood of the dark circle, where we worship all things dark and circular

Neurion said...

Last night I had one of the strangest dreams I have ever had. I dreamt of the epilogue of PROBLEM SLEUTH, and the story it painted of the events following the death of MK. A glorious teaser and cliffhanger was created when a cult of DEMONHEAD MOBSTER KINGPIN'S HAT WORSHIPERS plotted to revive the vile villain in order to pay homage to his very large hat. They brought forth items from the four corners of the real of IMAGINATION and stirred them in a big pot. After dumping several of their number in as sacrifice, thunder tore the skies in twain and DMK's wing stretched out of the giant pot of summoning. Oh, would it were true!

Anonymous said...

'Epic' exploded in the process of this marvelous story.

The player may be a winner, but the Andrew won the internet, and more.

PS may never do any more commands anymore, but he will never cease to exist.

Great scott, man! This was so much fun, I don't know what to do anymore... Get that epilogue done, quick!

SmackleFunky said...

I read this entire story from start to finish over two days. It is an epic story of universe scale.

Never before has there been a more terrific rendition of the creation of all matter in the universe.

If you produce this as a book, I will buy it.

Admittedly, I am not sure how you would handle the moving images.

Anonymous said...

Sir, surely gods will look apon the ending of this 'comic of epic proportions' as the saddest day of mankind. But it is a humble end, and I am glad to have been there for the majority of its length. It's finality was well brought out and I congradulate you on a job well done.-GAMEOVER-...you win.

Darren said...

This deal was by far so awesome, I will continually harass you until Problem Sleuth becomes an actual game--I mean, continue reading future works.

Yeah.

I mix those two up a lot.

*Raises a Mighty Chalice of Pang Nectar*

Anonymous said...

But they've uttered several words...

Adam said...

Truly outstanding. Thank you ever so much for this masterpiece!

Andrew said...

My head swirls with black-and-white line drawings (and increasingly frequent splashes of color and sick-ass animation), though I am at an utter loss to describe the bittersweet brew of emotions roiling up from the depths of my subjective experience, having just read the entirety of the Problem Sleuth adventure in a mind-bending two-and-a-half days, coincidentally less than a month after its epic conclusion. You have challenged my cosmological beliefs at their very core, and I will never again ponder the infinitesimal without thinking of those subatomic Part-Pickle Inspectors, together weaving this beautiful fractal tapestry of existence. Alas, I missed out on the opportunity to contribute to this tale, but I hope your next project will provide similar possibilities....

*sheds an elf tear*

Lana Gramlich said...

Maybe I just don't get MS Paint Adventures. I can't enter anything at the flashing cursor, & just clicking through every frame seems kind of pointless.

Arlo Barnes said...

As awesome as PS was, past people, Homestuck is even better. Crazy, huh?

AUTOMATONSEXTAPE said...

Wow, that was an amazingly hilarious read. I finally decided to read PS while awaiting the next HS update, and wow what a great decision. Some of the hardest laughs in some time. I'm going to miss those hard-boiled men!

Anonymous said...

omg
aweshum
andrewwwwwww husssssiiiie
No one noticed how he predicted how Awesome Homestuck was gonna be? Only me?
Well he did :D

King Arthur said...

oh wow that's a lot of positive feedback
I sure wish I enjoyed problem sleuth as much as these guys did but then I'd have to wait forever just to get to this point in homestuck tight now

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