Settle down, people -- 'BUG!' was never cancelled

Settle down, people — ‘BUG!’ was never cancelled

By Jarrod Jones. You settle right the hell down, everyone. Bug! ain’t going nowhere.

Despite a, um… an article? from Newsarama on Wednesday evening, sensationally headlined, “BUG!: THE FORAGER #5 & #6 ‘Cancelled’ For Now”BUG! The Adventures of Forager was never getting dropped from DC Comics.

The book, written by Lee Allred and illustrated by Michael and Laura Allred, is going to be just fine, according to two tweets posted shortly after the article began making the rounds. “#5 is coming in November, #6 in December,” editor Jamie S. Rich attested with a reaffirming gusto. “Never fear! It’s going to be worth the wait.

They’re just shuffling the schedule a bit,” Lee Allred said.

So, what actually happened here? A solicitation cancellation seems to be the culprit. Whenever a book’s solicits get cancelled, the publisher reaches out so retailers are made aware of the changes and they can adjust their orders accordingly. A solicit cancellation generally means a book is being rescheduled for any number of reasons — in fact, it happens often enough that sites like Newsarama should know the difference by now, especially since certain other publishers have a tendency to ax books with a chilling proficiency.

Newsarama has been down this road with DC and their Young Animal imprint before, when they muddied a solicits change by reporting that Doom Patrol was getting the axe back in May.

Cover to 'BUG! The Adventures of Forager' #6. Art by Michael Allred and Laura Allred/DC Comics/Young Animal

Cover to ‘BUG! The Adventures of Forager’ #6. Art by Michael Allred and Laura Allred/DC Comics/Young Animal

Newsarama has since updated their piece, but what’s especially frustrating is the language in their original post is clear as day:

“DC Comics has informed retailers that all orders for Bug!: The Adventures of Forager #5 and #6 have been “cancelled” at the distributor level. The final two issues of Lee Allred and Mike Allred’s title ‘will be resolicited,’ according to the publisher.

“This follows delays in the previous two issues; Bug! #3 came out a week past its originally-solicited July 5 date, and Bug! #4, which originally aimed for an August 2 release, is now slated for September 6.”

So why the misleading headlines, guys? Because nothing attracts hits like throwing the ‘C’ word around, amirite? Running a comics news site can be a perilous business (I imagine), but aren’t we here to help publishers, instead of mucking up their Wednesday nights? “Great power/great responsibility,” and all that?

I think Lee Allred was tweeting for us all when he said, “Relax. 🙂

‘BUG’ issues #5 & #6 are solicited for November and December, respectively.

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