‘Big Top’ Comic Strip Will End March 25

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By: E&P Staff

The “Big Top” comic by Rob Harrell will end March 25, according to Universal Press Syndicate.

Starting today, the circus-themed feature is offering an “It’s a Wonderful Life”-type series of flashback strips.

Ending the comic “was an incredibly difficult decision,” Harrell said in a written statement. “But for both professional and financial reasons, it?s time to move on to other projects — including my fine art, illustration, and animation.”

“Big Top,” which Universal launched about five years ago, did not get as many newspaper clients as the syndicate and Harrell would have wanted. There were about 40 subscribers as of 2006.

Harrell had surgery more than a year ago to removed a cancerous tumor behind his right eye. While he recovered, a number of Universal cartoons filled in to do “Big Top.”

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