Do you ever get the feeling… that we’re being fed?
Later tonight our final Katamari strip will get posted, concluding our 150 strip run of the series! Sadly, ShiftyLook is shutting down, so almost all of the cool stuff that they were doing is getting cancelled. Did you read the Galaga strip that Ryan North/Chris Hastings/Anthony Clark did? Or the Scott Kurtz/Kris Straub Mappy cartoon? Or any of the many other great things put out under the ShiftyLook label? If not, you should take the time to do so, because they may or may not cease to be available by the end of the year. ShiftyLook, though funded by Namco Bandai, was run by a very small group of super passionate, hard-working guys, and they treated us and the other artists better than pretty much any organization I’ve ever seen. The webcomics world is definitely worse off without them.
As for Katamari, we are so happy we got to write a comic strip about one of our all-time favorite video game franchises for a year and a half. Everything about the Katamari world makes me happy, and I just hope that anyone who followed the strip felt that we did right by it. Getting to give voices to all the characters was an absolute honor, and it makes me incredibly sad knowing that we may never be able to write any new adventures for them again. If you never gave the strip a chance, now’s as good a time as any! We kinda just throw you into the deep end with the characters and the world (the way they do in the games), but if you like it, there’s a lot to read!