Roy Schneider’s has confirmed that his feature The Humble Stumble strip will come to an end in March (8th for dailies, 9th for Sundays). The strip which was launched in 2000 was the result of a 13 year effort to become a syndicated cartoonist but Roy says that in the current comic market, it was difficult for his feature to gain traction.
The end of The Humble Stumble is a sad thing for me, as I had big hopes and dreams for it. After 13 years straight sending out strip submissions, of course, the big hope was that once I finally got syndicated, that would be my career from then on. I was aware of the market, but after working at it for so long, I had to keep trying and hope that my strip would be the next big deal and go screaming up the sales charts. Heh…
Unfortunately, the market being what it is, with editors afraid to make decisions themselves and relying instead on reader polls and the occasional cranky letter from Gertrude in Omaha, it’s very difficult for a young strip to get – much less hold on to – those precious slots in the comics section.
For the time being, Roy will continue his music endeavors and hopes that without the incessant deadlines, he’ll have more time to promote his music and play to larger crowds. His first all-original album, an eclectic blend of folk, rock, reggae, bluegrass, finger-style blues can be purchased over on cdbaby.com and he’s planning another release in March.