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March 23, 2013

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from March 16 to March 22, 2013:

1. The Chicago Tribune drops Shoe, which at one time would have been a consideration only if terrorists had somehow taken the Tribune offices, underlining the vastly changed landscape of American newspaper comics.

2. The Small Press Expo experiences server collapse while trying to register people for the 2013 show, an indication of how much people have come to value shows generally and the small press that show specifically. It also called into question -- at least for some, but I don't think in any way that was ever serious in terms of it changing the policy -- the Expo's non-curated status.

3. The discussion over whether or not to work for free continues unabated within prose and comics, leading to multiple think-pieces and a general realization that the entire enterprise of ever making a livable income from your art work or related efforts has changed forever, and maybe not in an all-the-way-good way.

Winners Of The Week
Your 2013 Doug Wright Awards finalists.

Loser Of The Week
The people running the server site for the Small Press Expo.

Quote Of The Week
"John Stewart Is Not Going Anywhere" -- an actual and in approximate-to-that form much-traveled headline this week, about the living status of a fictional character, combining both legitimate publishing news and comics' weird death-of-characters fixation.


today's cover is from the all-time series Classics Illustrated

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