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January 27, 2009

Updates On Kevin Huizenga Ending His Or Else Series, VVM Killing Its Cartoons

* the cartoonist Kevin Huizenga told CR that as far as canceling his series Or Else with its fifth issue, a variety of factors came into play, including but not limited to Diamond's recent decision to raise minimums. "Obviously the Diamond thing plays into it, but it wasn't central... yet it kind of is. We could probably meet the minimum if we tried? But Love and Rockets becoming a book felt like, this is it, if there ever was any doubt. The comic book is a weird holdover, like a coelacanth. I guess if I do this right now I can always feel like it was my decision." He added, "I've been thinking about it for a while and now seems like a good time." He also suggested that maybe the traditional alt-comic, one-man-anthology format wasn't a particularly good one for him, either, "and probably not for comics in general, going forward."

imageFor Huizenga, ending the series allows him to work towards the books more effectively. "I'm working on a lot of different things that don't all fit together. So let's just go book-by-book starting now. I'm in the middle of the Ganges series, and another Glenn Ganges story named Rumbling, the first part of which appeared in Or Else #5. So Ganges will still be coming out for a while and Rumbling will get serialized in some mini-comics (because I feel like that will help me get it done) until that's finished and ready to be a book." He also mentions that he'll be doing other 'zines in 2009, mentioning two by name: New Construction and Sermons. Gloriana may also be republished.

The first Rumbling mini-comic, cover pictured above, is currently planned to be released in a few weeks' time.

* this Minnesota Independent article confirms that the cartoons being dropped by Village Voice Media will be network-wide cartoons. This suggests that cartoons contracted by individual papers will be subject to individual scrutiny, which could also simply mean business continues as usual. Both Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch of Leon Beyond that runs in the VVM's River Front Times, did not receive any letter as to an interruption in sales, and Zettwoch in fact sent off a new installment Monday.
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