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Miranda   (2003)
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Publisher: Comeuppance Comics

Publication Date: January 2003 - Ongoing

Country: United States

Language: English

The herstory of Miranda

This apparently unfinished six-part miniseries was a spin-off of Doctor Who, starring Miranda, the Doctor's adopted daughter. Its origins are in the BBC novel, Father Time, which described how the Doctor had come to adpot her.

Though a spin-off of Doctor Who--really, a spin-off of a spin-off--absolutely no knowledge of the BBC television program is required for this title. Neither the Doctor, the TARDIS, nor even the lowly K-9, make an appearance--or are even referenced--here. It quite easily stands on its own.

The behind-the-scenes drama

The series abruptly halted production after issue #3, seemingly due to the misfortunes of Comuppance's owner. He lost his day job sometime in 2004, and that, combined with the unexpectedly high printing costs of the first three issues (which were all printed as a block), left the series in limbo.

When he got another job in early 2005, the owner resurfaced in the Doctor Who fan community, recounting his tale. For a few months in the Spring of 2005, he seemed to have found another printer that would have allowed for at least issue #4 to go ahead.

As of March 2006, this effort appeared to have completely failed. The owner made what was apparently his last public statement on the comic in July of 2005. He then disappeared once again from the view of his fans.

In public comments that began around the time of the owner's resurfacing in 2005 and continued at least into March 2006, writer Lance Parkin became the reluctant voice of the publication--even though he was merely the contracted writer, and he was never paid for his work beyond issue #1. He consistently expressed a desire to somehow see the work finished. But, as he wasn't an employee of Comeuppance, he had no access to any of the records that the company kept.

This continues to plague any efforts that he and the artist might now want to take to get their work published.

As an independent comic, Miranda was sold mostly through subscription, and finding a way to address the question of unfulfilled subscriptions fairly seemed, as of March 2006, to be a greater stumbling block than physically getting the work into print.

There may also be some residual concern about publishing the work "out from under" the non-communicative owner of Comeuppance. Depending on where the copyrights lie, it may or may not be the right of the willing artists to publish the whole story without the owner's permission. This point, however, has not been specifically addressed in public.

As some kind of effort seems to be underway for finshing the six-part arc, we here at shall continue to list this, perhaps with foolish optimism, as an ongoing series.

Number of issues cataloged: 3

Issue   Title   Story Arc   Cover Date
  May 2003
  May 2003
  January 2003

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