- Posted by Johanna on January 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm
- Category: Comic News
At the beginning of December, rumors were circulating that Boom! had lost the Pixar/Muppets comic license. (Those properties are owned by Disney, which now has their own comic publisher, Marvel.) At the time, I didn’t find them particularly plausible. However, the latest Diamond Previews catalog is out, and the associated cancellation list listed the following titles:
SEP100898 CARS ADVENTURES OF TOW MATER #5 3
OCT100885 CARS ADVENTURES OF TOW MATER #6 3
SEP100903 INCREDIBLES #16 3
OCT100897 INCREDIBLES #17 3
SEP100910 MUPPET SHOW #12 3
OCT100901 MUPPET SHOW #13 3
SEP100912 TOY STORY TALES FROM TOY CHEST #5 3
OCT100903 TOY STORY TALES FROM TOY CHEST #6 3
Those 3’s are the cancellation code, which means “Cancelled by Previews”. That’s usually due to sales that fall below the company’s distribution threshold, or some other administrative reason, such as when a comic publisher goes out of business and Diamond wants to clean up its books.
When contacted, Boom!’s reply was to point to their promotion for Boom! Kids 2.0, a revamp coming this year that includes more classic Disney Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse titles. However, if the publisher was driving this change, I would have expected all these books to have the cancellation code 4, which means “cancelled by publisher”. Or even 2, which is “will resolicit”; that’s the one used when a series gets behind schedule and an issue has been delayed.
Of the titles listed, Cars: Adventures of Tow Mater completed a story arc with issue #4, released in November. So did The Muppet Show, with issue #11, out in October. We already knew that that series was going on hiatus, due to the artist’s comments that his work was being delayed to be rescheduled this year. (As of this month, he’s still working on those issues.) However, the description for #12 said it was a “holiday issue”, while #13 was themed around Valentine’s Day. So those books likely won’t have the same contents when/if they appear.
Tales From the Toy Chest #4 came out in December, finishing the cruise ship story. It’s The Incredibles that’s a problem — issue #15 ended with setup for a big new story arc, beginning in #16, and now fans are disappointed they won’t see the continuation.
All of the other Boom! Pixar titles — Wall-E, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars — were either miniseries or have completed their runs (in convenient-to-reprint-as-collections four-issue chunks). That means right now, there are no more Pixar or Muppet comics coming from Boom! It remains to be seen whether any will be offered later this year, or if the classic Disney are the only titles they’re focusing on.