Space comedy <i>The Loneliest Astronauts</i> signs off

After two years of (almost) weekly adventures, the erstwhile astronauts Dan and Steve are ending their tour of duty in outer space as the long-running webcomic The Loneliest Astronauts finishes this week. Created by writer Kevin Church and artist Ming Doyle, it's reminiscent of the recent flick Moon if written as a drunken comedy with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.

Church is a longtime denizen of the comics Internet going back to the early comics blogosphere days, and for the past few years he's quietly assembled his own line of webcomics illustrated by different artists under the banner AgreeableComics.com. He wrote a handful of printed comics for BOOM! Studios a few years back, but it's this quiet armada of quirky webcomics for which becoming known.

In the case of his Loneliest Astronauts collaborator Doyle, she's gone from an online indie darling (and Project: Rooftop regular) to getting mainstream Marvel attention with work in Girl Comics and the upcoming resumption of Fantastic Four.

With all 87 installments online for free, readers can check out the entire series, and wait for a possible print edition. Fans of the work can look forward next month to seeing Church and Doyle reunite to revive their Star Trek fan comic Boldly Gone.

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