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Oni Press is sad to announce the temporary demise of the Harvey-nominated LOVE FIGHTS, the publisher’s third ongoing comic book series. With three more issues to go, expect the big muscle-bound guys in tight costumes to beat each other senseless across the summer months, and anticipate plenty of icky kissing, too, as Andi Watson brings the mammoth twelve-part romantic adventure to a close in August.

“Now, before anyone freaks out,” Oni Press soon-to-be departed editor in chief Jamie S. Rich said, “you should know that this wasn’t due to low sales or me kidnapping Andi Watson and taking him away to my mountain lair before James Lucas Jones could get his butterfingers on him-it’s a simple case of creative choice (just like my run-on sentences). Andi originally planned two arcs of LOVE FIGHTS, but eventually it became one twelve-issue story that encompassed everything he wanted to say. He sat down to plan out the next story line and realized everything he came up with was too similar. Rather than give folks a retread of what had come before, he decided to give the book a vacation. I am guessing somewhere tropical.”

“We’re probably the biggest Andi Watson fans there are,” Oni publisher Joe Nozemack said, “and we trust his creative judgment. Though the market would accept more issues of LOVE FIGHTS with zero protest, Oni Press is about giving creators the freedom to follow their muses. I look at this as a positive, not a negative. This is paving the way for more Andi Watson. Expect announcements shortly for more projects from Andi, including some LOVE FIGHTS spin-offs and some real surprises.”

So, what do readers have in store for them in the final three issues of LOVE FIGHTS? Will Jack and Nora ever make up? Does Future Feline have a paw in the Flamer’s lovechild scandal? What is the Flamer hiding? Who are Dr. Pitt and Professor Pendulum? Can the Fader ever commit to an adult relationship? Will J.J. find his way out of submissions editor hell? “There’s a lot of story to wrap up,” Rich concluded, “but Andi is sure to do it with the usual wit and aplomb that has earned him so many fans.”

Each issue of LOVE FIGHTS is a 32-page, black-and-white comic book recommended for mature readers. They feature new color covers by Andi Watson and carry a $2.99 price tag. Look for #10 in stores on June 9, #11 on July 7, and #12 on August 26, 2004. #10 will also feature a special bonus back cover by Watson!

The first LOVE FIGHTS trade paperback collection reprints the first six issues of the series and is in stores now!

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Love Figths T & © 2004 Andi Watson.

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