- Posted by Johanna on June 8, 2008 at 7:28 pm
- Category: Comic News
When a new Previews catalog comes out, the first thing I read is the Product Cancellations list at the end of the order book. Part of it is wanting to know what I should still be expecting to get out of items I’ve preordered; part of it is the same impulse that makes you slow down near a car wreck. For some, it’s a shame to see the best-laid plans for new series and books end up with a code that says “Cancelled by Publisher” or “Series/Product Line Cancelled”; for others, you saw it coming.
For example, let’s look at the checkered publishing history of Ant. According to this Newsarama interview with series creator Mario Gully, he came up with the idea while in jail for robbery. He released 4 issues with Arcana Studios then moved to Image where 11 issues came out. I never paid any attention to the book, because of covers like this one where the focus is on perfectly rounded buttcheeks. The only time I’ve talked about it was when Gully apologized for drawing a stripper naked. (Think about it.)
Image cancelled the title due to the book being “chronically late and sales were in free-fall,” and Gully started getting work from Marvel. Jeff Kaufman, Ant‘s co-scripter, then launched Big City Comics to publish Ant Unleashed. Now, issues #4-6 are cancelled. The error-ridden publisher’s announcement is (no longer available); the artist has also commented. It looks like another case of “creative differences” or reading between the lines, maybe Gully’s just lost interest and prefers the big company paycheck.
This case I’m curious about. One of Boom! Studios’ big announcements at last year’s San Diego Con was that they would be doing The Godfather Chronicles, an ongoing licensed series with the first story written by new Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid.
The first issue was solicited for March of this year, but it never appeared. Now issues #1-3 are cancelled. Perhaps working with Paramount took longer than expected? Someone changed their mind? Brando’s estate didn’t like the cover?
Looks like the relaunch ran into some snags. Nexus issues #101 and #102 are cancelled, but judging from printing complaints at their website, I’m guessing they’re just delayed. Then again, with no news since February, who knows?
Update: Heidi found some more information on MySpace: After some illness, the Rudes are waiting until both issues are completely done before resoliciting. It’s hoped to be a September/October release.
TwoMorrows announced in early 2007 a book series focused on independent/alternative creators called Comics Introspective. One volume came out later that year focused on Peter Bagge. Book two was supposed to cover Dean Haspiel. However, in the meantime, series editor Christopher Irving left the company. Last year, in an interview, he said that regarding the Haspiel volume, most of the work was completed, and then he hinted at a different possible future for the series.