December 7, 2014
FFF Results Post #403 -- Comics News Of The Year
On Friday, CR
readers were asked to "Name Three Specific Comics News Events, One Non-Comics Story With An Impact On Comics And One Broader Trend-Type Story For Comics In 2014." This is how they responded.
1. Marvel Comics' ongoing moves to be more diverse and inclusive
2. The dramatic rise of NYCC attendance.
3. The Jack Kirby family settlement
4. Time-Warner's DC cinematic universe announcements, including Wonder Woman movie
5. Amazon vs publishers
1. Creation of the Comics Studies Society, largely thanks to Charles Hatfield
2. John Campbell's "meltdown" (an ugly word, but I don't know that I have another one that even remotely fits) surrounding his Sad Pictures for Children Kickstarter
3. Editorial juggling at Marvel and DC, due to DC moving out to California
4. Production on the next Fantastic Four film began, and Marvel seemed to spitefully react by removing the characters from all of their publications, including the cancellation of the main FF title.
5. Increased attention given to cosplayers, collectively from creators and vendors who don't like them at conventions and individually from sleezeballs who don't know what "consent" means
1. Eurocomics -- Network of European comic festivals founded
2. John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin officially opens its comics collection
3. Malaysia censors Ultraman comic
for "irresponsible use of the word Allah"
4. DC Comics v. Valencia CF: The Legal Battle Over the Use of the Bat Logo
5. Meaningless click-bait type of stories with a main focus on movies made after comics.
1. Star Wars
Comics License Officially Announced Back To Marvel
2. Roz Chast Nominated For Non-Fiction National Book Award
3. Amazon Acquires Comixology
4. Marvel Has Top Two Box Office Films Of 2014
5. Significant Attention Given To Issues Of Gender, Bias And Abuse In Comic Book Industry And Comics Culture
1. Three Words anthology announced, spotlighting dozens of female New Zealand cartoonists, until now often absent or marginalised in comics retrospectives and histories.
2. Simon Hanselmann's Megahex, marriages, and everything else Simon really.
3. 2000AD announcing a collection of Dan Dare strips from their early publication history. I devoured these as a kid and it fills me with hope the Wagner/Mills written Dare from '80's era Eagle might one day be collected.
4. We might get another Howard the Duck movie?!
5. The New Zealand comics community have dispensed with 'Simple Team Comics Boosterism' (Tom Spurgeon) on facebook and started some real talk about issues of gender/bullying/representation and a few cases of outright nastiness.
1. Amazon Buys comiXology
2. Kirby estate receives money and formal recognition in settlement with Marvel
3. Image solidifies double-digit market share with diverse, creator-owned lineup
4. North American fandom convention market sized at ~$600B in ticket sales, potential multi-billion dollar economic impact
5. Marvel and DC announce over 40 comic-based movie releases through 2020
1. Marvel avoids possible Supreme Court action on creator's rights with last minute settlement with Jack Kirby's heirs
2. self-publishing giant John Porcellino celebrates King-Cat Comics & Stories 25th anniversary
3. Alison Bechdel receives a MacArthur Grant
4. Hayao Miyazaki announces (sort of) semi-retirement
5. comics as higher education or scholarly research keeps gaining more and more momentum (i.e. Professor Lynda Barry, Billy Ireland Museum, plethora of published collections, scholarly works and biographies on comics)
1. Kirby Estate accepts settlement before US Supreme Court consideration
2. Marvel's Star Wars #1 ships a million copies
3. Bill Watterson created at least three pieces of new comic art for public consumption
4. Marquis printing acquired Lebonfon
5. Small press comics publishing sees more artists, releases and events than can be kept up with.
posted 12:00 am PST
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