[Groop]Question for ME

Mark Evanier me@evanier.com
Sun, 16 Dec 2001 14:25:47 -0800

On Sun, 16 Dec 2001 23:13:46 +0100, "Joe" <oddman@hyperisland.se>

>By now, most of us Groopers have resigned to the fact that we will
>never seen Groo as a monthly series again. Is there any chance
>that we may see another ME/Sergio comic as a regular series?
>Would you do it if asked or do you prefer to do different projects
>While the 4-6 issue specials are great, we only really just get to know
>and like the characters by the last issue or so and by then we want
>more! Would be nice to look forward to a new issue every month.
>(I do realise that hammering out fresh stuff on the same characters
> month after month can become hard...)

ME: Actually, I find it to be a fun challenge to "hammer out" fresh
stuff on the same characters month after month.  One of the things
that makes me proud of GROO is that we wring so many variations on it.

The reason we aren't doing the book monthly is...well, it has a lot to
do with the business and with Sergio having other projects that he
wants to do.  If he suddenly decided he wanted to do GROO (or any
book) monthly, I'd be all for it.  

Unfortunately, as you probably know, the comic book business is in
terrible shape...worse, I believe, than most reports indicate.  At the
moment, the way the market is structured, the mini-series format works
better than the ongoing monthly format.  Stores order more of a
mini-series than they do of a monthly book (all other things being
equal) and they're more inclined to order a paperback that collects an
entire mini-series than they are of one that just reprints four issues
of an ongoing monthly.  I wish it weren't this way but I can't change

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