When I read yesterday that My Cage was coming to an end, I dashed off an email to Ed Power, co-creator of the strip, for more details. Below is his answers to my questions:
How did this come about?
We just weren’t in enough papers to make it profitable for KFS to continue printing us.
What are your thoughts on your experience in syndication?
Entirely positive. Maybe a little too positive actually. I’d love to be able to sit here and rail against my syndicate bitterly instead of taking personal responsibility for the strip’s cancellation, but I can’t because everyone at King is so great. Jerks! 😀 😀 😀
But seriously, everyone there is great. I love my editor, Brendan Burford, and his predecessor, the late, great Jay Kennedy…well, there aren’t enough synonyms for the word ‘awesome’ to describe what he was like.
They also teamed me with the amazingly talented Melissa DeJesus. The greatest creative partner a person could ask for. Not only is she brilliant, she’s so sweet she should be animated.
Are there any plans to keep My Cage alive online or self-syndication?
Right now Mel and I are concentrating on how to end the strip. We have had talks on what to do next with the characters, but right now the wound is too fresh to decide anything. We have always had a much bigger following on-line than in papers, and our fans are just…just…INSANELY loyal. We couldn’t ask for better fans, and there’s NO WAY they could be more fiercely devoted.
Until then, Mel and I are doing an original Graphic Novel called ‘Santa vs Dracula’ for SLG Publishing.