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February 27, 2016

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from February 20 to February 26, 2016:

1. Mark Fiore wins 2016 Herblock Prize; Ruben Bolling named Finalist. This has become in its short life an important award for both the cash prize and its ability to recognize traditional values of cartooning across a variety of expressions.

2. Nearly every publisher of import bands together to tell Angouleme that this year's show was unacceptable in a variety of ways, and they won't attend in 2017 unless major changes are made.

3. LA Time Book Prize nominees are out including the graphic novel category -- that's always one of the most interesting groups of books in any calendar year.

Winner Of The Week
No one's really beating Mark Fiore this week, but if I had a second choice it would be the Marvel comic Ms. Marvel, which won the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity In Comics. That's rare for a book to be honored past the first year of publication, and is a strong sign of its pop-culture impact.

Losers Of The Week
Let's say the Angouleme Festival, particularly if there were people in charge that thought the storm had passed.

Quote Of The Week
"Lee may have personally made possible an expansive comics culture populated by idiosyncratic voices telling morally complex stories about relatable characters, layered over with much more darkness than had ever come before (achievements for which he still enjoys occasional bouts of adoration from the mainstream press and casual fans). But hard-core comics geeks greet news of his new projects with a certain degree of eye-rolling." -- Abraham Riesman, in this week's must-read mainstream media on comics article.


this year's comics images are from Fawcett

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