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January 2, 2016

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from December 26, 2015 to January 1, 2016:

1. Charlie Hebdo announces million-copy print run on anniversary issue of publication to coincide with one-year anniversary of the murders at the editorial offices.

2. SOI announced they will give out cash prizes for the comics/cartooning part of their annual.

3. Some hangover activity related to last week's Ann Telnaes cartoon about Ted Cruz being pulled by the Washington Post because she depicted the presidential candidate's children in a caretoon about the deployment of Cruz's children in the campaign, mostly peers continuing to rally to her side and some money raised by the candidate on an anti-media drumbeat.

Winner Of The Week
Lot of winners this week, but let's go with The Comics Studies Society and their clearing of an important hurdle.

Losers Of The Week
The Cruz people: not offended at all, eager to raise money.

Quote Of The Week
"I sometimes wonder how my career would have unfolded had my daily comic strip proposal been picked up back in 1989. One of the syndicates was considering it and requested several test batches, before ultimately passing. 1989 was the pivotal year when I quit my fulltime newspaper job (the last I would have) and holed up in my studio to re-make myself as a cartoonist. I worked on daily strip ideas, single-panel cartoons, a weekly strip and a comic book proposal. One of comic books I used as inspiration was [Terry] LaBan's Unsupervised Existence, published by Fantagraphics. That and Hate, Eightball and Dirty Plotte were the titles I used as templates. I should post the prototype someday, which I never even bothered to submit. The weekly strip, of course, became The City, and that's the direction I went, mainly because it was the thing that sold first. Never tried another daily strip, or a comic book title. Dumb luck, really."-- Derf


this year's comics images are from Fawcett

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