I’m not sure where I first saw links leading to a forum post announcing the official end of Savant, a webzine advocating “comics advocacy.” The website for Savant itself still proclaims that Savant is coming back. But from forum posts such as this one it’s clear the Savanters have thrown in the towel.
As a fan and advocate of webcomics I have a mixed reaction to this development. It’s always a bummer to see a site for good discussion leave the online blog-o-comicsphere (And Savant was good for 103 issues!) but on the other hand I think efforts aimed squarely at pushing people to read “comic books” bought from the “direct market” on a “monthly basis” to be misguided. To the contrary, promoting the “comic medium” today means routing around the legacy of negative perception created by the “comic book industry.”