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January 17, 2015

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from January 10 to January 16, 2015:

1. Fallout continues from last week's murder of 12 people in the Charlie Hebdo offices. Three suspects are killed including the two brothers who were primary gunmen; an accomplice is still being sought. A new issue sold several million copies. It features a Luz cover portraying a crying Muhammed holding the iconic "Je Suis Charlie Hebdo" sign. A march in Paris brings world leaders to the streets, many of whom with terrible records on free-speech issues. An offshoot of Al Qaeda claims responsibility. France begins burying the dead.

2. ECCC joins the ReedPOP family, in a deal that makes a ton of sense. ReedPOP gets a quality show, they get a presence on the West Coat, they get a third US show of significant import and they get to try out a model for the purchase of a few more regional shows down the line if that becomes a possibility. They also get to tap into the ECCC way of making their comics pros feels siginficantly valued -- it's something they do extremely well. ECCC gets a resources boost.

3. Foundational comics shop Star Clipper to close after 27 years of operation. Liquidation of stock begins with a sale today.

Winner Of The Week
That Luz cover for the new Charlie Hebdo is amazing given his week and all the cultural forces and pressures coming into play, and there were many that were physically brave in the extended confrontation with primary suspects, but I'm not going to force elements from a story with stakes that high through the screwy perspective of my little winners/losers game. Not yet, anyway. All admiration, though. Let's go with Drawn And Quarterly, announcing two of their heaviest hitters for the Fall: Kate Beaton and Adrian Tomine.

Losers Of The Week
Let's go with St. Louis fans that go to Star Clipper. In one of the local stories they report customers that say, outright, they're going to stop reading comics without the store there to support that activity. That's something that always happens when stores close.

Quote Of The Week
"Charlie Hebdo and the Muslim community's reaction to it is a complicated issue. But the murders are not." -- Ruben Bolling


the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas

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