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June 15, 2013

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from June 8 to June 14, 2013:

1. Gary Friedrich's Ghost Rider case roars back and into new life as an appeals court vacates a 2011 decision that was strongly in Marvel's favor. At issue seems to be that era's contracts and whether or not a later agreement between Friedrich and Marvel explicitly represented Friedrich giving up the right to petition after return of copyright at a proper time.

2. Once back into battle for Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, whose appeal of thwarted legal action against his government for arresting him under Sedition Act charges related to a collection of his comics gets set for early next week.

3. HeroesCon in Charlotte comes and goes, with Shelton Drum, people that draw well and the servers at Mert's all clear winners. Heroes marks the beginning of the summer phase of the 2013 convention calendar, which basically goes from that show through Wizard's traditional Chicago event, with Comic-Con International square in the middle. That part of the season is extended this year with a late-summer arts-comics style festival in Minneapolis.

Winner Of The Week
Let's say Zunar, and hope he's the clear winner again next week. I do respect the drive he's had to keep his case alive despite some real fears he'll never see any satisfaction.

Loser Of The Week
Marvel -- I'm sure they're the winner in innumerable ways this week if only for Iron Man 3 revenues, but the Friedrich case being back alive is a definite negative, so they get it.

Quote Of The Week
"To top such apokoliptic sturm und drang, Superman had to fight God. This is the high point of the run. The issues after this are good and all, but the problem with constantly upping the stakes is that you eventually hit a point of no return. Superman does exactly that, in search of his lost cousin, he breaks the reality barrier and the unstoppable force meets the immovable object, DC Universe’s second banana, The Spectre. Warned to proceed no further, Superman surrenders to a higher power. He realizes the opponent he was fighting all along was the DC Universe’s God, incarnated as a ball of light with fancy writing in it." -- Tom Scioli


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

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