March 16, 2013
CR Week In Review
The top comics-related news stories from March 9 to March 15, 2013:
1. A military court decided to keep the Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba'aneh in jail
for more interrogation, calling worldwide attention to this practice of detention without charges.
2. Some sort of directive involving Persepolis
from the Chicago Public Schools -- we live in times where the exact nature of that directive is going to be denied and spun -- ends up being one of those spectacular, slow-motion PR car-crashes
that just makes you shake your head in terms of the unnecessary stupidity of it all.
3. JManga's shut-down and a server-crushing, abortive promotion with Marvel and comiXology throws the spotlight on the state of the digital downloads market and jumpstarts the actual-downloads vs. access to restricted copies debate all over again. Start with the links here
Winner Of The Week
I think Marvel Comics. They did share in the comiXology promotion setback, but that's more on the digital service provider than it is on them, and massive demand for your product that makes a bunch of news isn't a bad thing PR-wise. More importantly, being as aggressive as they were at SXSW with digital generally, from a position of strength, is a solid, solid move.
Loser Of The Week
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. Also that we have someone called the CEO of a public school system.
Quote Of The Week
"These are not photos of torture. It's a drawing and it's one frame. I don’t think American kids of seventh grade have not seen any signs of violence. Seventh graders have brains and they see all kinds of things on cinema and the Internet. It's a black and white drawing and I'm not showing something extremely horrible. That's a false argument. They have to give a better explanation." -- Marjane Satrapi
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