Sammy Harkham says that CRICKETS, his comics series from D&Q will end its current format; Diamond’s new policies is once again the reason.
Wanted to just let those favorite few of you out there to know that my comic book, Crickets, has been cancelled due to changes made by the major comics distributor that effectively made it impossible to continue in the comic book format. Crickets #3 will come out in some DYI form in the next couple months…after that, I dont know exactly. While I am really bummed about this, as I feel I never even really got started on it, I appreciate all the people who supported it when it was coming out. Thanks. To the future.
Kevin Huizenga told the Comics Reporter that Diamond’s new minimums were partly behind his ending OR ELSE, as well:
“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.”
So the new economic realities have already killed books by Harkham and Huizenga. This is NOT the kid of trimming we were hoping for. And if you want to know the kind of trimming we WERE hoping for, just hit us up on IM, but the short version is: stinky movie comics, meaningless celebrity comics, somebody’s badly-drawn horror book, and all those other ultimately forgettable books that languish on tables in endless artists alleys of the id. And yes, there are good books to be found there, but you should ask yourself: Are these really as good as Kevin Huizenga?
Over the last week or so we’ve noticed a dramatic increase in pr from people hoping we’ll go look at their comic book .pdf and give it some attention. Clearly, everyone is desperate for some buzz. We are sad to say that we here at The Beat are going to have to be extremely stingy with our buzz from here on out. There is only a finite amount of it to go around, and the good books are going to be the ones to get it. We cannot allow our buzz catalog to expand indefinitely.
Above and beyond this, yes, the indie pamphlet is dead. More on that…later.