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Roger Langridge stepping down from the Muppet Show comic

Citing personal reasons, Roger Langridge announced on his blog today that he will no longer be drawing the Muppet Show comics for BOOM! Studios although he will wind up his run on The Four Seasons. He promises he will return, but probably not on that project:

“Thing is, I was ready to move on – this personal situation made me jump when I did, but I was looking for an appropriate time to jump anyway,” he wrote on his blog. “I feel like I’ve done about as much as I can with the Muppet characters – really, I’d rather move on while it’s still fun than carry on grinding away long past the point where I’m enjoying it.”

Langridge’s work on the Muppet Show comics was well received by critics, as was his writing for Thor: The Mighty Avenger, which was recently canceled by Marvel.

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Best of luck, Roger!

I never heard about the Thor cancellation, but noticed it was missing from recent solicits… no Muppets AND no Thor? I’m totally heartbroken now… Best of luck, but I hope we see your return soon on something just as wonderful!

Pity, but probably the right decision; always leave ‘em wanting more.

Still mad about the Thor cancellation, but looking forward to seeing what he does next.

I’m curious to see what Langridge, and his Thor partner Chris Samnee, have next on their plates.

It has been a couple months without a new Muppet Show solicit in the Previews. Same with any new Pixar comics. Wonder if Boom Studios! still has the license for the two franchises.

This is a total bummer.

“I never heard about the Thor cancellation”

Been on a desert island with no internet? The book’s cancellation made more waves than its existence.

If this means more Fred the Clown then I’m cool with it. His Muppet Show run was fantastic and I’ll still be enjoying it for years to come.

When I first heard about a Muppet Show comic book my knee-jerk reaction was “That would never work. You can’t translate the appeal of the Muppet Show to comics.” I read the preview pages though and I thought they were pretty funny. I then bought the comic and was delighted to find out how wrong my initial feelings were.

This was one of the best comics on the stands and I love every issue. I’m disappointed that it’s over, but it’s probably a good idea for Mr. Langridge to walk away before the book stops being fun to do.

Although they’re still not talking about it, Boom has lost the Muppets/Pixar license as of the end of December, which is why there are no new solicitations in January. The biggest casualty of this is apparently Incredibles, which stopped abruptly at the end of issue #15, with the villains winning and the Incredibles despised by the public.

The regular Disney license is up with them this year, which is why, I suspect, they’re trying so hard to push the classic characters and piggyback on the success of Darkwing Duck. Having lost one portion of the license, I imagine they’re really trying to hold on to the othert portion, since it’s departure would mean that their kid’s line had no other properties. (Unless they start the switch to original material…but I doubt that would be successful for them.)

I’d like to see whoever picks up the license relaunch the Muppets with a bigger marketing push. Personally, after reading Muppet Snow White and Family Reunion, a Jesse Blaze Snider/Amy Mebberson collaboration might be exactly what this book needs to reach a wider audience than Boom could capture.

I wish Roger the best in his new endeavors…his work is nothing short of brilliant.

Thanks Roger for all you’ve done with the Muppet comics. I was skeptical at first, but nobody has written for the Muppets better than you! I know that getting the Muppet comic out to the public was a very long labor of love. Thanks for all you’ve done! You’ve gained another fan here! I hope to see at least a little Muppeting here and there sometime down the line. You’re just so good at it!

Its very depressing that people seem to be more annoyed that he isn’t writing someone elses characters rather than be eccstatic that he is going to work on his own.

I haven’t read anything that said that he was working on his own characters. For all I know he’s just going to move on to another licensed property.

I have a friend who works at Meltdown Comics that says Boom is going to have him do some Mickey Mouse stuff. I’m not sure how reliable this is, but I guess a lot of the Boom guys are former Meltdown counter jockeys, so take that for what it’s worth.

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