GI Joe on Leave at IDW
“[I’ve] Just got ‘pencils down’ on a storyline I’ve been doing for 275 issues,” Hama wrote on Facebook. “This is a hiatus at present. I am wrapping up the end of ‘Snake Hunt’ so that it will be ready to go into the chute once the smoke clears.”
Hama, the long-running author of the comic, did not disclose the reason why the title, based on the Hasbro toy line, was on hiatus. However, it is pretty clear that the current coronavirus pandemic was the likely cause. Issue #271 was supposed to come out on April 1st, but due to the Diamond shutdown it, obviously, is in limbo. The current “Snake Hunt” story arc was due to wrap up in July with issue #275. People have reached out to IDW but there has been no comment.
More Bad News for the Industry
This continues a series of bad news for the comic book industry. An attempt to revive shipping books via ComicHub did not go forward due to retailer outcry. On Friday afternoon, Marvel announced they were pausing on one-third of their titles, with plans to be adjusted as time goes on.
Knowing Is Half the Battle
This is a rough time for the industry, on all fronts; we will likely hear similar stories as time goes on.
On a personal note, while I am not a reader of GI Joe, I work with GI Joe artist Netho Diaz on my comic (he does the variant covers, as well as the main cover for issue 1). So seeing that my friend has lost work really hurts.
We must work together, like the Joes, to overcome the nefarious force of Coronavirus.
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