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.

posted by sammy at 9:22 AM

Blogger T.T. said...

oh no! not crickets! it can't be over already. i hoped this would go on like...forever.
(i wouldn't have thought i'd get so whiny about this but:) THIS IS NOT FAIR! (slamming my tiny fists on the floor, rolling)

10:41 AM  

Blogger J. Bennett said...

Sammy, I'm sorry to hear it.
Looking forward to the work, staples or not.

1:12 PM  

Blogger Dustin Harbin said...

Totally lame. I am already looking into solutions.

2:12 PM  

Blogger Dustin Harbin said...

What does that even mean? "Solutions." I'm such a dummy.

2:21 PM  

Blogger Chris Duffy said...

This pretty much sucks for everybody. Sorry to hear it.

2:28 PM  

Blogger m.h. said...

add me to the list of those sorry to hear it. hope you'll find another fitting outlet for your work in the not-so-distant future.

3:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That really sucks! First Or Else, now Crickets.

4:50 PM  

Blogger Newman Cruise said...

Just keep making them yourself.

6:13 PM  

Blogger Inkstuds said...


8:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man,I'm really sorry to hear that. Like I said at the Kramers signing, I carried Crickets 2 with me all summer.

I'll pick it up in whatever form it takes.

9:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's a slow dirge coming out of a long-box in minnesota, joining the throngs with other wails of blog-spotters, international, spotting this dark demise.

what world is this!!

luckily, our man in charge will follow his nose, we'll trust him, yes. in the face of the almighty, such works will not go unseen. the picture above makes me shiver, par for the course, hammy snark 'em. soon you'll recieve glowing letters, from all strains of youth, with well-wishes and expectant gleams. life will go on, if you can believe it.


12:45 AM  

Blogger Unknown said...

I'm really sorry, man. I love Crickets. I'll keep buying if you make more.

6:21 AM  

Blogger Paddy Lynch said...

This is bad news Sammy, but I'll support Crickets in whatever form you put it out. I was really enjoying the series. Bum deal.

7:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sammy, without wanting to pry, have Diamond actually specifically said that they won't take it, or are you assuming that it won't hit the benchmark based on previous issues sales?

They've said that they will make exceptions, and I suspect that a critically acclaimed book like yours that only comes out annually is not the sort of book they're looking to shed.

7:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really sorry to hear about it. Loved Crickets and Or Else. Well, at least I am very happy to own the first two issues. Hope you will continue Black Death in another way.


8:00 AM  

Blogger Brett Von Schlosser said...

your 2 issues of crickets were really good, and the affirmed everything I liked about comic books.

9:38 AM  

Blogger me said...

crickets is/was my favorite comic coming out these last two years. I'm sorry. I hope you can find a solution that still involves staples. You have a great book there.

10:25 PM  

Blogger sammy said...

thanks everybody for the nice words. as of right now, I think crickets will continue as a low run mini comic with good production values(I am looking into keeping the two color insides, and silkscreening covers). will it get to issue #100? maybe. ...a big part of me loves the format of having everything together.

10:12 AM  

Blogger Dustin Harbin said...

Put me down for 25 of them, for sure.

1:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"DYI" is that "Do Yourself In"? good luck!

2:26 PM  

Blogger Tahli said...

ron, I've got the jumper cables out and I am staring at my intestines!

7:55 PM  

Blogger sammy said...

whoops, though tahli may feel the sentiment, the above post was me.

9:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully all future issues of Crickets will be as good as the three posts above.

6:14 PM  

Blogger Lisa Jane Persky said...

there will be a way to publish them all together. count on it. we want crickets and we want it...soon-ish.

4:55 PM  

Blogger Frank Santoro said...

its 1995 all over again, haha

9:38 AM  

Blogger Jed Alexander said...

This totally sucks. I really enjoyed Crickets and love the magazine serial format. It's just going to be even harder for good work to get seen. It's Diamond and the industry in general turning its back on small press comics in a big way.

This leaves basically two places to get comics that aren't published by the handful of publishers who are able to get distribution: online and at cons.

Two-color is pretty spendy if you're going off-set, and a small run makes it even spendier. and it would nice if you could keep it affordable. The only way I was able to do this with my own two-color mini was because I worked at an off-set printer at the time. Silkscreening the whole thing seems insane to me.

Digital printing seems to me to be the less classy, more affordable option, and it still looks pretty good, even though you can't get your exact PMS colors, but it could mean the difference between having to charge 8 bucks and 4 bucks for the book.

Money is an object for most of us who buy comics, and however much you might feel that you're producing something that's worth it, if people can't afford it, they'll never see it.

7:36 AM  

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Blogger todd! said...

i just read this - sorry to hear it! i really loved the first two issues, hope i can get my hands on #3 at some point!

4:10 PM  

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