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Mon, March 12th, 2001 at 12:00am PST

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Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

'GEEKSVILLE' CLOSES ITS DOORS

[Geeksville #6]Two months ago, they were busy squelching a premature announcement of its demise, but now, Gary Sassaman and Rich Koslowski are officially pulling the plug on "Geeksville" from Image Comics.

The announcement was first made late last week on the Geeksville Web site by Sassaman.

"The ending of 'Geeksville' was purely an economic one," Koslowski told the Comic Wire on Sunday night. "It never reached the sales figures we had hoped for and felt it deserved. We had an extremely devoted core group of about 3000 fans, and to them we are eternally grateful, but the book was essentially a 'break even' proposition. Four years of 'breaking even' was long enough. We all decided it was time to move on to other projects we've wanted to do but never had the time because of our obligation to producing 'Geeksville.'

"We leave feeling an extreme amount of pride for the work we've done. Both in quality, and quantity.

"We thank the small group of loyal fans, critics and retailers who have supported us. They are the reason we went as long as we did. Yes, we are sad that 'Geeksville' has come to an end, but we are excited about the upcoming projects we are working on. You haven't seen the last of us by any means!"

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PETER DAVID ENDS THE HULK IN 'THE LAST'

Fans of Peter David's work on Marvel Comics' "Hulk" can look forward to another such tale from him soon, which will be the last.

Which is just its name, of course: "The Last" was originally a short story by David published in a Hulk anthology several years ago.

"Created as basically the last Hulk story, it tells of a future earth where the only living things on it are the Hulk and swarms of -- naturally -- cockroaches," David told the Comic Wire on Thursday.

"It hadn't occurred to me to turn it into a comic story before, but I certainly never discounted the possibility."

David won't be the only creator linked with old Jadejaws who will be returning to the character with the comic book version of "The Last:" "Dale Keown is the artist; I believe it's a one-shot prestige format, although I don't know off hand how many pages."

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'HEROBEAR' CREATOR KUNKEL QUITS DAY JOB,
PUBLISHES OTHER COMICS

[Herobear and the Kid #3]Anyone still skeptical about Mike Kunkel getting "Herobear and the Kid" on a regular schedule take note: He's just upped the ante.

While the first two issues of his comic were greeted with acclaim and an Eisner Award nomination, there have only been two issues of the book in two years, owing to personal reasons. Kunkel has said that the book will be coming out more regularly in 2001 and now, he doesn't have that pesky day job eating up all of his time.

In an announcement made Sunday, Kunkel said he has quit his job as an artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation to devote all his energies to comics.

"I'm so thankful for this opportunity," Kunkel said in the release, "I've been waiting for this for a long time and finally the door was opened."

[Herobear #3 preview]
A scene from Herobear and the Kid #3.
"Herobear and the Kid" #3 is scheduled for an April release.

Kunkel's company, Astonish Comics, is also now the home of another comic with an animated look and feel, Jason Lethcoe's "Zoom's Academy for the Super Gifted."

"The idea is to make fun comics," Kunkel said in the release. "Fun to look at and fun to read ... but not only that, also have stories connect with people emotionally. By telling the stories in the 'Animation Way,' it helps us to involve the reader. The hope is that the art and stories of all the books from Astonish Comics will translate nostalgia, warmth, humor, and appeal for all ages."

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FULL METAL COMIC BRIEF

Here's what's news and press releases in CBR's Comic Brief since the last edition of the Comic Wire:

  • Preview: "The M@N" #1

  • Top Shelf Productions solicitations for product shipping July, 2001

  • Humanoids Publishing solicitations for product shipping June, 2001

As for last time in the Comic Wire:

  • Abnett and Lanning Return to Known Space in "Legion Worlds"

  • Preview: "Legion Worlds" #1

  • Musical Chairs at the House of Ideas

  • Another "JLA/Avengers" Tidbit

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