Derf, creator of The City, has announced today that he’s ending after 24 years to concentrate on graphic novels.
It was never my plan to produce The City this long. Nearly a quarter of a century? How the hell did THAT happen? But I?d be nothing without this cranky, quirky, little comic strip. Still stuck in a lame daily newspaper job, or, more likely, laid off and lamenting the end of my career. The City by itself is a minor blip in the comix landscape, but I look back with pride at a body of work that was consistently good, and, for a few periods, even exceptional. But it’s time to put The City to rest. This strip means too much to me, and I owe it too much, to let it wheeze on as an afterthought.
Bottom line is I’d rather make books and the truth is, I’m a LOT better at graphic novels than I ever was at a comic strip. It’s obviously what I should have been doing all along. To paraphrase Elvis Costello, “I’m an overnight sensation… after 30 years!”