Eventually, the only person left on the team was the main man behind the comic himself. As he was commissioned to stay on until Issue 408, he took up the mantle of writing and illustrating each comic from Issue 397 and onward. This caused an obvious drop in quality as he had no experience with MS Paint, though he slowly learned new things over time. These issues were not very consistent with the other 396 issues, rehashed some old plotlines and even avoided established continuity, bringing back such characters as Rita and the Skroopdoops. The series came to an end after the 408th issue.
Despite this, the popularity of the series in its heyday means that it is unlikely the series will remain dead forever.