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November 17, 2012

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from November 10 to November 16, 2012:

1. Two arguably minor-by-themselves but perhaps telling-put-together or even just mused over stories on the digital comics front: Digital Manga removes itself from print for a while, while mainstream publishers may be beginning to play with the release times of their same-day digital releases.

2. Comic-Con makes it official: WonderCon will be in Anaheim again for 2013, after attempts to negotiate with San Francisco facility owners fail to coalesce into a workable deal.

3. BCGF ends the 2012 year for the North American art-/alt- festival circuit in mostly well-received fashion.

Winner Of The Week
Comics festivals and conventions, still surging with news late in November. Ten years ago there were maybe two or three shows that a fan might consider attending; now there are a dozen or more that a lot of comics fans would attend given the money and time.

Loser Of The Week
The Direct Market, which despite heroic efforts to keep print out there and profitable is still plagued by the ongoing trouble that is low-selling mainstream titles that are continually put out on the stands despite being low-selling.

Quote Of The Week
"I was physically hurting from the lack of ventilation due to the crowds (I'm really bad with hot weather, that's why I moved to the Bay Area), but the happiness of seeing so many people in one space, weaving through immense aisle traffic for comics made me forget how dehydrated and sweaty I was." -- Rina Ayuyang, on BCGF.


today's cover is from the small-press and independent comics scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s

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