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March 22, 2014

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from March 15 to March 21, 2014:

1. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund joins with other Free Rights-focused groups to ask the South Carolnia Senate to reject punitive educational cuts aimed at LGBT-themed works, including the College of Charleston for using Alison Bechdel's graphic novel memoir Fun Home.

2. The Malaysian cartoonist Zunar comes under fire for a widely-traveled cartoon about his government's reaction to the infamous missing passenger plane.

3. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum posts two important firsts in its transition to a crucial public role as a comics institution: its first post-opening exhibits; its first visiting comics speaker in the Eisner Room.

Winner Of The Week
Eleanor Davis

Losers Of The Week
Malaysian government officials pushing back against Zunar; that just seems wholly misguided, and sort of pathetic.

Quote Of The Week
"I can't really picture the average person going to the trouble of curating his own little comic section, much less reading a new and unfamiliar strip for months to build up a relationship with it. There's so much other content available -- instantly and all for free -- that there's no reason to stick around if you're not immediately enthralled. We consume everything like potato chips now. In this environment, I suspect the cartoonist's connection with readers is likely to be superficial and fleeting, unless he taps into some fervent special interest niche. And that audience, almost by definition, will be tiny. It's a very different world from the days when everyone in America knew who Popeye, Dick Tracy or Charlie Brown was." -- Bill Watterson


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

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