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December 8, 2013


FFF Results Post #360 -- 2013 As A Year Of Events

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Memorable Comics-Related Events For 2013." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Autoptic Launched In Minneapolis.
2. Danish Imam Expresses Regret Over Danish Cartoon Controversy
3. The Opening Of The Sullivant Hall Location For The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library
4. Jack Kirby's Birthday Seemed Like It Turned The Corner In Terms Of Becoming A Thing
5. The Passing Of Kim Thompson.

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Michael Grabowski

1. Political cartoonists in too many countries around the world continue to experience legal troubles with their own governments over the content of their cartoons, some getting incarcerated or worse. Thank God for those who can fight back!
2. Apple policies restrict comics sales through its devices/services.
3. Kim Thompson passes away, leaving a void in both valuable online and public personalities who advocate smartly for certain types of comics and those personalities who produce them.
4. Fantagraphics successfully procures funding from its readers for a big chunk of its 2014 publishing schedule.
5. Billy Ireland Library opens to public.

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Buzz Dixon

1. DC GTFO NYC 4 WB PDQ
2. Comics Collectors Finally Realize 99%+ Of Their Valuable Collectibles... Aren't
3. RIP Kim Thompson
4. In The Last Year Of His Life, Al Plastino Discovered He Was Lied To 50 Years Ago By Somebody At DC Comics re Art For Superman Meets JFK Story He Drew
5. If Every Marvel Cosplayer At Both New York And San Diego Comic Cons Walked Four Abreast Past The Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, The Kirby Family Would Still Be Screwed.

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Comixology opens European offices
2. Opening of the new Billy Ireland Library & Museum
3. Strip Search: Penny-Arcade's reality show about webcomics
4. Closing of corporate-owned comic news sites (ComicsAlliance under AOL, MTV Geek, etc.)
5. Daredevil and DC Comics are moving out to California

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Oliver Ristau

1. Fantagraphics launching a Kickststarter to fund their upcoming releases.
2. Uderzo finally letting Asterix out of his iron grip and giving a new creative team a chance to revitalize the series.
3. Stan Lynde dies.
4. Spirou's 75th Anniversary.
5. Superman killing a villain... it sucks, even though it is *only a movie*.

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Michael Dooley

I sincerely wish that some positive events had come immediately to mind...

1. The far, far, far too early passing of Kim Thompson.
2. The absurdity of Daily Kos forbidding Ted Rall from drawing Barack Obama exactly the way they knew he always draws him.
3. Apple’s interfering with the distribution of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals.
4. Diamond’s interfering with the distribution of Howard Chaykin’s Black Kiss.
5. ComiXology’s interfering with the distribution of Black Kiss, Guido Crepax’s Story of O, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’s Saga, etc., etc.

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Alan David Doane

1. The death of Joey Manley. Joey was a visionary pioneer of of both putting comics on the internet and finding ways to talk about comics online. He was a great and generous guy and I can't believe he's gone.
2. The death of Kim Thompson. Imagine how different the last thirty years would have been without him, and how different the next 30 will be because of all he accomplished.
3. Agents of SHIELD debuts on ABC and blows it so completely that literally everyone on the planet has written about how to fix it. Only time will tell if the series can capture the energy and fun of the Avengers movie, which everyone expected it to do with one Uru hammer tied behind its back.
4. Everyone figures out that in addition to being an arrogant jerk, Brian Wood is also a sexist arrogant jerk. The internet comes alive with the sound of music, music about what an asshole Brian Wood is.
5. DC releases Before Watchmen in handsome hardcover editions designed to fool people into thinking the books are somehow related to Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, or at least are any goddamned good at all. The fans fail to set the books on fire, because the fans suck.

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Zainab Akhtar

1. Growth of UK convention/events circuit: Stripped festival, Lakes International Comics Art festival, ELCAF, Thought Bubble doubling ticket sales for biggest ever year, numerous smaller events
2. Boulet blowing everyone out of the water with his usage of the web-comics platform
3. Kim Thompson passing away
4. Glyn Dillon and Jon McNaught becoming first Brits to win at Angouleme
5. Sam Alden's output

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Charles Brownstein

1) Missouri man Christjan Bee receives three year sentence after pleading guilty to possession of "obscene material"
2) Attempted Ban on Persepolis in Chicago Public Schools
3) Three people, including Core Magazine editor Akira Ota, arrested in Tokyo under Article 175 of city penal code
4) Apple's inconsistent enforcement of policy leading to April limitation on Izneo catalog and November ban of Sex Criminals
5) Gordon Lee's passing

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Danny Ceballos

1. UW Madison welcomes Professor Lynda Barry
2. PictureBox, R.I.P.
3. Frank Miller's original art for the cover of DKR #2 sells for just under half a million bucks
4. Fantagraphics uses Kickstarter
5. King-Cat #74

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Rob Salkowitz

1. Publication of the March graphic novel by John Lewis, Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin -- seems to represent a new high in seriousness, relevance and cultural salience of graphic storytelling in the US.
2. Growing evidence that digital comics sales are helping, not hurting, the direct market
3. Loss of Kim Thompson and the overwhelming outpouring of affection for him
4. Record attendance at dozens of conventions in the US and worldwide
5. Karen Berger leaves Vertigo -- end of a very definite era in US mainstream comics publishing.

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Matt Emery

1. The passing of Kim Thompson.
2. The entirety of SPX.
3. The winding down of Picturebox.
4. The debut of Chromacon, New Zealand Comics and Arts festival.
5. Fantagraphics successful foray into crowdfunding.

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Matt Silvie

1. Kim Thompson, RIP
2. Picturebox closure announcement
3. Shortrun
4. Fantagraphics' kickstarter
5. Joe Sacco event at Town Hall in Seattle

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