Shanda Fantasy Arts to close; final issues next year
Fans of Shanda The Panda face a bittersweet celebration next year, as its creators plan the 50th – and last – issue.
Still to be published by Anthrocon 2011 or MFM 15 are Katmandu #37, a new issue of Tales of the Morphing Period, adult title Shanda's Bedtime Blowout (possibly in 100-page squarebound format), and Shanda #49 and #50.
Shanda first appeared in A Very MU Christmas, published in 1992 by MU Press. The last issue will feature her marriage, with cover art by Michele Light, a story by Benjamin 'BAR-1' Rodriguez, and a second story illustrated by original Shanda artist Mike Sagara.
The end has come in part as a result of Diamond's raised profit requirements for distributed comics.
While not ruling out potential one-offs, Mike explained that both he and Carole were "feeling rather old lately" and wanted the characters and their company to "retire with dignity".
Shanda Fantasy Arts published many other furry comic series, anthologies and one-shots, including Extinctioners, Albedo Anthropomorphics, New Horizons, SFA Spotlight, Wild Frontier, In The Zone, Nautilus and Atomic Mouse.