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February 22, 2014

CR Week In Review

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

1. Djamel Ghanem faces time in jail for unpublished cartoon about the Algerian president, in yet another example of active politicians being able to crush free speech by administrative, legal or civil methods.

2. A move in the South Carolina legislature to withhold money from two educational institutions for employing works in programs that ostensibly have gay themes that distress those seeking to punish the schools; one of the books is the award-winning comics memoir Fun Home.

3. ReedPOP announces a NYC, comics-emphasis show for June and the potential implication took two days to post.

Winner Of The Week
James Patterson. Wanted: more like.

Loser Of The Week
Anyone that supports deciding a book is about a set of cultural concerns that's important to you it be about and then further deciding that we have to have an antagonistic relationship to those concerns and then further deciding that an expression of an idea with which you don't wholly agree thus shouldn't be a part of the educational process and then punishing an institution that disagrees with you. Fuck you.

Quote Of The Week
"A good definition of an 'alt-comics icon' is a cartoonist who gets nominated for an industry award and can't afford to go to the ceremony." -- Evan Dorkin


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

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