1. Strange Tales #131 (Marvel)
2. Strange Planets #16 (I.W. Publishing)
3. The Mighty Atom and the Pixies #6 (Magazine Enterprises)
4. Eerie #9 (Warren)5. Harvey Pop Comics #2 (Harvey)
1. Mad: Artist's Edition, IDW
2. Moomin: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition, D&Q
3. Love and Rockets #1, self-published by Los Bros
4. Black Cat Comics #1, Harvey
5. The Eternals Omnibus, Marvel
1. Forgotten Fantasy, Sunday Press Books
2. Fantastic Four #25, Marvel
3. The Monster Society Of Evil, Hawk Books
4. Joe Kubert's Tor: Artist's Edition, IDW
5. The Collected Trashman, Fat City And Red Mountain Tribe
1. Trots and Bonnie Collection, National Lampoon
2. Anarcho Dictator Of Death, Fawcett Publications
3. The Monster Society Of Evil, Hawk Books (yeah! me, too!)
4. Blazing Combat, Fantagraphics
5. Bat-Manga! The Secret History Of Batman In Japan, Pantheon
1. Fantastic Four #5, Marvel
2. Air Pirates Funnies #1, Hell Comics
3. The Adventures of Mr. Obidiah Oldbuck, Wilson & Co.
4. Mae West in "The Hip Flipper", Mr. Prolific
5. Vertigo (Lynd Ward), Random House
I wanted specific publications, and I thought it was clear from that description and the examples that this didn't mean boxed sets of multiple publications bound by a slipcase. I'm sorry if I wasn't more clear, but I need to start reigning these in a bit because week to week the answers are getting more and more away from topic. We're also doing an upcoming FFF on slipcased editions. I'm always super-sorry when I can't run something when someone spent the time. Please forgive me. If anyone wants to revise theirs and send it in, I'll put it up top. I don't have a lot of time to argue things anymore, so please know that you're right and I'm wrong.
The top comics-related news stories from March 21 to March 27, 2015:
1. Two Turkish cartoon-makers were sentenced to jail for insulting Recep Erdogan not through a critical cover but through a supposed hand sign made to portray him as homo sexual. There are no words in that last sentence that aren't depressing. Luckily, the sentence was commuted to a fine which -- while not insignificant -- has to be better than going to jail. This practice needs to end.
2. A New Mexico school library board decides to keep Palomar on the shelves after a parent's complaint that compared the comics masterwork to child porn, a complaint that was given a big platform when a local television ran an idiotic report including the old trick of claiming not being able to show the comic in question. I'm glad calmer heads prevailed.
3. Emerald City Comicon launches, the first major North American convention of the year in the sense that a wide swathe of comics pros attend and the rest of the industry pays attention to it from afar. Conventions are one of the things that works about comics, and the perception of how well they work exceeds even their general effectiveness across the board. They're also increasingly important cultural events as a way to facilitate relationships made on-line that's not on-line.
Winners Of The Week Gen Con. That kind of stand is difficult and comes with some cost.
Losers Of The Week
Everyone that backs the idiotic practice of suing people according to a special law that protects elected officials from insult. Just the dumbest laws ever.
Quote Of The Week
"Marvel was more streetwise and funky. When I visited both companies' headquarters in the early 1990s, Marvel's felt more like a college rec room than a serious business place. DC's on the other hand, by then wholly owned by Time Warner, was a grim, unwelcoming place, with dim lighting and employees talking in hushed tones -- more like a bank than an entertainment company." -- Jonathan Ross
the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas
Two Turkish Cartoonists Sentenced To Jail For Insulting Erdogan; Sentences Reduced, Then Commuted
This looks like the best report I can find in English on the outcome of a recent case involving the cartoonists Bahadir Baruter and Azer Aydogan "insulting" that country's president, Recep Erdogan. Those comics makers made a cover for the satirical magazine Penguen in 2014 that included a hand gesture that a Turkish citizen accused of being an indication that the then just-elected Erdogan was homosexual. Erdogan's lawyer joined the case soon after, and help a prosecutor put together what have become the saddest standard story in that country's politics: the "insult to a public official" indictment.
The trial began in Istanbul on March 19. They were sentenced to 14 months in prison on March 24. This was then decreased to 11 months and 20 days because of good behavior, and was finally converted to a fine at approximately $2700 USD. A standard sentence is three months in jail for insult, a year for insulting a public official, and one-sixth more to either standard if the insult is done publicly.
Baruter now faces a second trial for potentially insulting the prosecutor when asserting that the interpretation of the hand gesture may have been related to the prosecutor's subconscious.
A significant number of journalists have been accused, indicted and even convicted of such laws, which free-speech proponents see as being a deterrence against the criticism of sitting officials.
You can see a scan of the offending cover image, hand gesture and all, here.