July 21, 2012
CR Week(s) In Review
The top comics-related news stories from July 7 to July 20, 2012:
1. Josue "Justiniano" Rivera pleads guilty
to child pornography charges. He may receive up to two years in jail.
2. Comic-Con International concludes
in San Diego Sunday. Some 125K-130K in attendance. Logistically successful show unfolds under shadow of attendee Gisela Gagliardi's passing while crossing a nearby busy road on the Tuesday before the four-day weekend.
3. Some sad lump of a desperate, selfish person shoots up a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado
during an early screening of the new Batman
movie, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises
. Several are killed; several others are wounded. While by far the biggest story in memory with a comics-property element to it, the way this site approaches comics news it's hard to see the bulk of what happened or the thrust of it as a comics-related story. There are some tangential elements: I'm hearing that a couple of newspapers decided not to use Dark Knight
imagery in editorial cartoons, while a select host of ding-dogs out there -- pro and
con -- turned this horrible tragedy into a referendum on Batman and thus their own contempt for/adoration of a superhero character. That kind of thing. So while standing in close proximity to a story isn't the same as being a story, the story itself is so humongous and orientations within comics are such that it bears mentioning.
Winners Of The Week
Your 2012 Eisner Award winners
Losers Of The Week
Oh, let's make it any of the publishers that maybe wanted to do the first book with young talent Michael DeForge
. And I'm just saying you lost this one, not that you're losers
. It's a rhetorical mechanism.
Quote Of The Week
"Some people think that digital and print are at odds, but I think they're highly complementary of each other. All I can go by is the data that I have. I see increases in digital books at the same time as I see increases in print books. People like to have options, a choice in how they consume entertainment. The great thing about digital is you don't have to lug a shortbox with you on vacation to read comics. I think a lot of people feel that way. I think there are a lot of people that are buying print and digital as opposed to one or the other. I know comics are being torrented. Walking Dead is our most torrented book, but it's not dropping sales." -- Eric Stephenson, Image Publisher
today's cover is from the small-press and independent comics scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s
posted 5:00 pm PST
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