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Corey Pandolph pulls plug on Elderberries
Corey Pandolph, who took over on Phil Frank’s The Elderberries five years ago, has announced that he’s retiring the strip. March 4th will be the last comic. Corey has been working on a comic strip (notably Barkeater Lake, Toby, Robot Satan) in various forms for the last 15 years. He tells me that in the two years that he’s been living in New York City, he’s sold four cartoons to The New Yorker, hosts and produces a monthly live storytelling show and has been appearing on stage doing storytelling and wants to be more engaged in this new direction of his career.
Let me say first that the decision to end the comic was all mine. There is no one to blame but me. Put simply, my career is going in another direction. I’ve been writing and performing more comedy, finding my cartoons in the pages of The New Yorker and discovering new ways to work in comedy, while still keeping myself happy and food in the refrigerator. I’ve done a daily comic strip in one form or another for nearly 15 years. There have been some real breaks along the way – a few reasons to really get excited about a future in comics strips – but nothing seemed to manifest itself into a solid career path.
Elderberries was first created by Phil Frank and Joe Troise in 2004. Corey took over the strip in the summer of 2007 after Joe retired and Phil passed away. Corey’s other strips, Barkeater Lake, and Toby, Robot Satan are currently running as reruns on GoComics.