After searching for a couple hours, I finally tracked Roberson down after a panel.
JW: Why is IZombie ending?
CR: Because Vertigo canceled it.
JW: Is it sales, or..
CR: Yeah, yeah... I mean, any creator owned book at a big house like that, it?s a question of when not if it?s going to be canceled. So, luckily, I?d seen the writing on the wall so I was able to plan out far enough in advance.
JW: How far out did you plan?
CR: I?d been waiting for the shoe to drop for at least a year. The thing was, I knew it was coming, so about a year ago I started structuring the story so that we could wrap up the story we wanted to tell. I didn?t know how many we would have, I was guessing we would get to thirty, maybe, and we got it to twenty-eight, so we could make it work.
JW: Is there anything else you want to say about that?
CR: It?s been great working with Allred, I have nothing but good things to say about Shelly Bond, and Greg Lockard, and Karen Berger.
JW: Any chance you?ll work with Allred in the future?
CR: Yeah, maybe.
JW: Great, thank you so much
After concluding with Roberson, I headed to Allred?s booth. After a short wait in line, he was nice enough to talk to me.
JW: Can you tell me why the book is ending?
MA: Oh, yeah, it?s the conclusion of the story.
Roberson probably would have stretched it out more, but what we talked about was the pacing, and we felt, we, me, Chris, and Shelly, our editor, wanted it to be crisper. Let?s get to it, let?s make it happen.
JW: Do you have anything else to add?
MA: Yeah, I?m really proud of it, and I?m really glad to see it all collected together, and I think it?s a phenomenal story, and I hope we can do something else together .
JW: Awesome. Thank you.
So there you have it. I think the reasoning behind the book?s ending came down to a combination of the two factors mentioned above. The creators had an end in mind, sales were low, and so they decided to pursue it. I?m sad to see it go, but 28 is a really, really good number for a Vertigo series. We can only hope that the two creators work together again in the future.
I loved this book when it started and have stuck with it despite the fact that it has been moving horrifically slowly of late, more out of loyalty than anything. I'm not surprised that sales dropped, though - Roberson is great on limited series but I don't think he's that good with pacing on ongoings.
this does suck. not surprised by it though with how Vertigo has so many series that have short-life spans. The pacing did slow done during the past 6 or so issues. I think so of that had to be with trying to do the back-up stories of the Dead Presidents.
and I do wish it could have last longer to at least get a Dead Presidents mini.
"not surprised by it though with how Vertigo has so many series that have short-life spans."
Short life spans? Two years?
All in all, and someone can go all math nerd and figure it all out exactly (I don't have the numbers with me at work), I think Vertigo is batting .500 on which series last 60+ issues and which ones "only" last 24. And of the long running series, I think 1/4 of those are perennial sellers as collected editions.
That's not too horrible (and by that, I mean pretty good).
I will miss iZombie. It was a fun "pop-horror" title.
Unfortunately, I think the writing was on the wall for Chris when he didn't get a gig with the DC new 52.
DAMN DC/VERTIGO. I LOVED I, ZOMBIE. It was one of my favorites. Better than any of the new garbage Vertigo series they've just released. New Deadwardians = CRAP. Saucer Country TOTAL CRAP. Fairest is as boring as all the other Willingham comics (which is to say very boring). And the Voodoo Child series which will be allowed to exist for more issues than it should because of certain political reasons outside of the comic series itself.
I think I'll drop Hellblazer just to punish VERTIGO for this outrageous cancellation. Well done, Shelly and Karen...