Sweet Tooth is ending at issue #40. So officially my first and second favorite comics being published right now will be over in 6 months.
I copied Jeff Lemire's blog he posted about it. He says it was entirely his choice to end it at #40, and while thats fine, I always pegged this book for at least 60 issues, and potentially more, because even though Gus and the gang's mission has always been to get to Alaska, I imagined the story spilling off from there, and going much longer, the inevitable revelation that awaits in Alaska providing the necessary fodder to explore as a jumping off point that could take Gus and Jeppard across possibly more of America, Canada, or even other countries or continents.
Well, a guy can dream. I hope the final arc offers the fitting closure this series deserves. I've got a feeling it will.
From the Vertigo Blog:
When I started working on Sweet Tooth three years ago I thought I’d be lucky if the series made it ten issues. I never dreamed I’d be able to tell the kind of sprawling, 40-issue epic that it ended up becoming. In many ways Sweet Tooth’s likelihood of survival in the competitive comics market was about as great as Gus’ likelihood of survival in the post-apocalyptic world he inhabits. After all, who would have bet on a weird little book about a boy with antlers ever surviving in a market flooded with blockbuster cape and tight titles? But somehow it did. Because of my incredibly loyal fans and the a lot of hard work from collaborators like Matt Kindt, Nate Powell, Emi Lenox and, of course, my closest and most valued teammate, the great Jose Villarrubia, Sweet Tooth survived.
So why end it now? I want to make one thing really clear…Sweet Tooth is not being cancelled. The decision to end it at #40 is entirely my choice. Truth is, I always knew what the ending of Sweet Tooth would be. It was one of the first ideas I came up with when writing the pitch for the book. The beginning and the end of this story were always pretty much written in stone, it was the middle bit that was fluid, and grew and changed as I went along. So, for me it’s incredibly gratifying to finally get to the end of the journey with Gus and Jepperd. Everything I’ve done with the series so far, everything I’ve built month after month, has all been about this, the final story.
I suppose I could have stretched it out a bit longer. I could have had a few more obstacles pop up along the way to Alaska to lengthen the journey (and the series), but it just felt like it was time. Gus wanted to get to Alaska now…and who am I to argue? I’ll miss my little antlered friend. But I owe it to him to finish his story properly. To “leave it all on the ice” as they like to say up here in Canada. And that means not prolonging the series just because I can.
But don’t give up on me. I really feel the best is still to come. The final arc, THE WILD KINGDOM, will be full of everything you’ve loved about Sweet Tooth as well asmany new surprises, new characters and new revelations. And it all builds to one final double sized, fully painted final issue with #40 this December.
And then what? Well, stay posted, because the future holds new adventures, new stories and new ideas from Jose Villarrubia and I!
May 4, 2012
Well, at least the fans of Lemire's creator-owned work still have the Underwater Welder to look forward to.