Brawl in the Family Comes to a Bittersweet End


After six years and 600 updates, the popular videogame webcomic ‘Brawl in the Family‘ has come to a bittersweet end. What started off as a series of comics posted on the IGN and GameFAQs boards turned into a series spanning multiple rivalries set in a fictional world of Super Smash Bros.

The ending to the comic series has been some time coming. It was first tragically announced back on July 25 with the writer, Matthew “Triforcebun” Taranto stating “I’ve loved making this comic, but I feel like the time is right to wrap it all up.” Since then, there has been at least some curiosity over how he would end the series, and some (okay, maybe it was only me) were hoping it wouldn’t be something as sudden as the ending to 8-Bit Theater.

In many ways, October 3 was a fitting date to end the series: It marks the first day of a new entries into the Smash series on the 3ds. The last five comics were a particularly touching way to end the series considering how the characters have grown and changed over the years, and of course the double entendre of Final Destination. Taranto accompanied the last comic with a brief explanation wrapping up the series, and then just to add some special warm fuzzies to the ending, he gave us ‘one final song’ embedded above. After six years, that song really hits in the feels.

If you’re wondering what he will be doing next, never fear: he let us know! His next project is the game Tadpole Treble, an indie game that will be coming to the Wii U next year. What’s really cool about this project is that he’s working on it with his brother. You can support them by voting for them on Steam Greenlight. It vaguely reminds me of Toadofsky from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, but y’know… an actual game unto its own.

If you want to preserve ‘Brawl in the Family’ in physical form, you can get volumes 2 and 3 by supporting their Kickstarter. It is sad to see a comic as hilarious as this go, but at the same time, it’s better to see a comic go in its prime, than when it’s overstayed its welcome. BitF, you shall be missed!

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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