Jan Eliot has announced the end of her Stone Soup comic strip:
Dear gentle readers…
For those of you who saw this Sunday’s strip, I know you can see that I have decided to retire Stone Soup. I can’t imagine turning the strip, which is so personal to me, over to anyone else, and my syndicate is not planning on running reruns. The last Stone Soup strip will appear on July 26 [emphasis added], when I will officially jump off the funny pages. My book collections will still be available for a while (Amazon and elsewhere) and GoComics will be running Stone Soup Classics for a long long time.
My Stone Soup details run as the following:
Stone Soup dailies November 20, 1995 to October 17, 2015
Stone Soup Sundays November 26, 1995 to July 26, 2020(projected)
Jan states she has been syndicated for 25 years, but her Stone Soup grew out of earlier local comic strips from 15 years before. “Patience and Sarah” began appearing in the weekly Willamette Valley Observer and that transmogrified into “Sister City” for the Eugene Register (both Oregon). The final evolution was the syndicated “Stone Soup,” though Jan never stopped evolving as a creator.
We wish blue skies for Jan, and earnestly hope to see occasional cartoon art from her.