Why quit now? “I feel like I created a great work of art, but I felt it maybe wasn’t right to include my family without their consent,” Kochalka says he has finally decided, referring to his wife, Amy, and their two young sons. Indeed, the diary-style comic documented life with his family, friends and cat, from mundane moments to angsty reflections to lightbulb-going-off epiphanies. Another factor, Kochalka says, is that “‘Elf’ has so consumed my mind for 14 years, I’ve hardly thought about anything else.”
The final strip will appear on December 31, although Kochalka says that he may one day return to it.