Friday, August 24, 2007

Disney Adventures Closes - Muppet Comic in Limbo

A while back I reported on a new Muppet comic strip would be coming to the pages of Disney Adventures magazine. The comic, written and drawn by Roger Langridge, was originally set to debut in the "August issue"; but there were some delays (due to space constraints), however Steve Behling, the editor of Disney Adventures’ comics section, said the Muppet comics would be held onto until the "December/January issue". Well there is some bad news for this Muppet comic because Disney Publishing Worldwide announced earlier this week that the "November issue" will be the publication's last. Disney said this decision will allow them to better focus resources and maximize long-term growth potential through new magazine and book initiatives.

Roger Langridge had three completed Muppet strips (a "Pigs in Space" adventure, a Fozzie Bear comedy act and an "At the Dance" scene) before the cancelation of the publication. So what will happen to these comics? Langridge stated on his personal website that there is a possibility that Disney will burn-off the already completed comics in the final issue of Disney Adventures (or possibly in another publication or medium); but if Disney doesn’t do anything with his work, then fans might want to keep an eye on Langridge’s site (as he hinted he may end up release them there). But whatever happens, I’ll be sure to keep you updated as to the fate of the Muppet comics from Roger Langridge.


Kristi O. said...

Wow, that's kinda sad. I used to love Disney Adventures (From 1997 to 2003 I never missed a volume) so it's sad to see it go, but even moreso because they just shafted the muppets in doing so.

VaughnMichael said...

and the muppets get a project axed again :(

Anonymous said...

This is sad – Disney Adventures was such a good magazine. But at least the comic’s cancellation was not the Muppets fault, or Disney not having confidence in the brand, or Disney having it out for the Muppets, or something - it is a purely unfortunate coincidence and hopefully the next thing Disney partners the Muppets with will be more stable.