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February 15, 2014

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from February 8 to February 14, 2014:

1. Garry Trudeau suspends Doonesbury dailies for up to two years while he works on his television series Alpha House.

2. Ung Bun Heang passes away. Ung and his wife Pliny combined their memories of experiencing Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia to facilitate his drawing of their experiences, one of the most visually grand and affecting personal narratives in comics form published in the 20th Century.

3. Direct Market estimates suggest the first serious lull in rising sales figures since DC adrenalized that market back in Fall 2011.

Winner Of The Week
Irwin Hasen, a reasonably rare living judges' pick for the Will Eisner Hall Of Fame.

Loser Of The Week
The Economist. I deplore the anti-Semitic trope of Jews as controllers, but I thought this was such a humongous leap in terms of assumption that it restricted a worth-discussing political story.

Quote Of The Week
"It goes to show, then, how much more an artist contributes to the writing than simply drawing what happens. It goes to show how lucky a writer is to find an artist as smart and simpatico as [David] Mazzucchelli was with [Frank] Miller. It goes to show how much you things you don't see push a narrative not just forward but pushes it down deeper and creates a richer, more complex, experience.

"Because even when you don’t notice -- you notice." -- Matt Fraction


today's cover is from Marvel Comics during the year 1964

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