Kevin Freeman and Stan Yan, the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed webcomic SubCulture, have decided to end production of the comic with Strip #501, which is scheduled to post on October 11, 2012. SubCulture began as a four-issue comic book mini-series published by Ape Entertainment in 2007, and continued as a webcomic beginning in February 2008, where it updates twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
SubCulture is a critical yet funny look at geek culture, poking satirical fun at everything from comic books to video games to role playing, from Star Trek to Star Wars, while still being endearing to all of these endeavors.
“Stan [Yan] and I both decided that all good things must come to an end,” said writer Freeman. “We’ve had a great run, but both of us have other projects and endeavors that we want to pursue, some of which you will be hearing about very soon.”
Yan noted that the duo still has plans to publish Volume Four of the webcomics in trade paperback form, which would complete the run. The volume will be twice the size of the previous three volumes. There is also talk on creating an “omnibus” edition that would collect not only the complete webcomic run, but also include the original comic book series.
Both creators wanted to let everyone know that the website will remain online, and that the blog section will be updated from time to time with news related to both the webcomic and the creators.
“This doesn’t necessarily mean that there will never be another SubCulture story,” Freeman added. “There are lots of stories yet to tell, and we are certainly open to the idea of starting again if the demand warrents it. Fornow, however, we want to try other things and work on other projects. But SubCulture is always in the back of our minds.”
You can read all 490 in-print webstrips, plus follow the last twelve, at http://www.subculturecomic.com.