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The Chicago Reader Quits Comics


Earlier this year the Chicago Reader began publishing a trio of comic strips.

That now comes to an end as the paper announces in its current issue:

Comics serials farewell (for now)
The last installments of Prairie Pothole, Violet Private Eye, and P.L. Dermes
We hope you’ve enjoyed the return of comics serials to the Reader. This week’s installments are the last (for now).

They do hold out hope for comics to return – as sponsored content:

If you’re interested in advertising around or sponsoring our comics work—including features, editorials, and strips—contact Sales Director Patti Flynn


The three comics are

Prairie Pothole
by John Porcellino
January 10, 2019 – May 2, 2019
weekly strip
Chicago Reader


Violet, Private Eye
by Melissa Mendes
January 10, 2019 – May 2, 2019
weekly strip
Chicago Reader


P.L. Dermes
by Mike Centeno
January 10, 2019 – May 2, 2019
weekly strip
Chicago Reader


Above are the first comic strips that appeared in the Reader.

Below, the last.

John, a long time self-publisher of mini comix, tells Twitter:

It’s with a bit of heartbreak that I announce the final #PrairiePothole is online now… I’ll be putting together a zine of all the strips, as well as my last unpublished batch, later this year. See you in the funny papers!


Melissa on Twitter:

Bummed to share with you all that this week is the last time that “Violet, Private Eye” will be in the Chicago Reader. I’m working on finding a new home for her, so if you have any ideas, let me know! I will definitely finish this storyline at some point, promise. You’ll kno…


No Twitter message from Mike about this, but here’s his The Nib profile.





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