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June 7, 2014

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from May 31 to June 6, 2014:

1. The NYT takes a pass on a David Rees/Michael Kupperman cartoon that is really at about a 1.8 on a 10-point controversy chart; they should go all the way up to 18 in their defense of their own content and the content of the artists with whom they choose to partner.

2. Comic-Con's anti-harassment strategies come under fire on-line.

3. A move to squash a cover cartoon unfavorable to the monarchy in Spain resulted in much greater circulation for that image and the resignation of two artists involved.

Winner Of The Week
Stephan Pastis

Losers Of The Week
The person at El Jueves who made the decision to switch covers. I mean, come on.

Quote Of The Week
"The frictionless meritocracy that is comics make up an amazing employment model for the few at the top, but a hellish landscape for the majority just scraping by. Cruelest for those getting just a little taste of success, an Ignatz nomination here, a part in an anthology there. Unlike some Texas high school football player who have their dreams crushed at age 18, cartoonists are floated along by other cartoonists, coworkers and friends who aren't Calista Brill. Then one day they wake up in their late '30s, broke, with no family or marketable skills, while their graduating class are just entering their peak earning years. They've walked too far down the plank to turn back." -- Jason Shiga


image from a Marvel comic book, 1964

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