It's unexpected. For as long as I've been on the Internet, Grant's column—"Master of the Obvious," back in the day, and then later "Permanent Damage"—has been a fixture in my reading habits.
I've often agreed with him, and I've just as often disagreed, I think. But even then, he always had an insightful perspective.
Of course, I vehemently disagree with Grant that comics "is pretty much the same as it ever was," unless by "pretty much" he means "not at all," particularly when it comes to the seismic shifts of the last ten years. But there you go.
His voice will be missed.
I'm counting the days. Not that Matt Fraction hasn't done some great work at Marvel (apart from the not-so-great work he's done at Marvel, I mean), but, honestly: I don't think it would be very smart of him to stop making his own comics, at this stage.
o Jens Balzer offers a German (and German-language) perspective on the ten greatest comics of the 2000s for The European.
There are a lot of the usual suspects on the list, and only one German entry. (Via @Comicgate)