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July 28, 2011

Oh, Brother! By Jay Stephens And Bob Weber, Jr. Ceases Production


Jay Stephens' local paper the Guelph Mercury is running an article that Stephens and Bob Weber, Jr. have ended production on Oh, Brother!, their visually appealing comic strip aimed at kids from King Features. Stephens told the paper that the strip simply didn't find enough clients, and that the stress of churning it out on a daily basis without it bringing back anything in the way of real profit had a negative impact on his health. Stephens came to many comics fans' attention for his formally inventive comic book work in the mid-1990s and went on to enjoy critical and commercial success in animation; Weber Jr. is responsible for the successful kids strip feature Slylock Fox And Comics For Kids.

Stephens identifies the young readers focus of the strip as a hindrance given that younger readers don't read newspapers. While I'm not sure it's 100 percent true that comics appealing to kids no longer have a place in the paper, building a client list for something other than a strip that at least overlaps with the core older audience of those publications has to be amazingly difficult right now.

I wish Oh, Brother! had caught on. I thought it was a super-classy effort, and believe the newspaper comics page is poorer for it not being an option.

The strip launched on June 28, 2010.
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