‘Single and Looking’ Comic to Cease on Sunday

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By: E&P Staff

Matt Janz is ending his “Single and Looking” comic — known until last year as “Out of the Gene Pool” — this Sunday.

The strip has been syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group since 2002.

“I wish I could blame my departure on cartooning burnout, the lack of square footage to hold all of my syndication cash, or those crusty old comic strips that are hogging all the newspaper space,” Janz wrote on his Web site. “But the reality is that my strip just didn’t attract enough newspapers. I think it needed a talking cat.”

The cartoonist has been hinting that his comic will end in recent “Single and Looking” strips. For instance, this past Sunday’s comic showed two “Dilbert” characters wandering through as a real-estate agent says: “This space becomes available in two weeks … and ‘Slylock Fox’ has already expressed interest.”

Janz said he’s “putting the finishing touches” on the first “Out of the Gene Pool” book and added that GoComics.com will rerun the strip from the beginning starting this Monday.

The “Single and Looking” Web site can be seen here.

Janz’s decision to end his comic was reported today on Alan Gardner’s Daily Cartoonist blog, which can be seen here.

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