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March 12, 2011

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from March 5 to March 11, 2011:

1. Zunar will have his day in court, as a date is set for the efforts of his publisher to lift the ban on the cartoonist's books.

2. Direct Market figures for February suggest that the really lousy numbers for the overall health of that market as reported in January are likely aberrant, but also show that the numbers at the top of the periodicals segment of that key market are way, way down. What this means to you probably depends on what you think that market's strengths and weaknesses are.

3. Regime change at venerable comics magazine The Comics Journal, with Comics Comics' Dan Nadel and Timothy Hodler taking the reins of TCJ's web iteration and refashioning it with an emphasis on magazine-style articles and an aggressive archives program.

Winner Of The Week
On most weeks I'd go with Emerald City Comicon: much enjoyed by the pros and exhibitors, much-lauded for their structural/organizational tweaks and well-attended by the fans. This week, however, it's hard to argue against Ronald Searle.

Losers Of The Week
Fans of the comics work published in Arthur.

Quote Of The Week
"We've been pretty patient with the name-calling. Now, knock it off with the childish epithets. No one is personally attacking you, so we ask the same courtesy when commenting here. Thanks." -- Dan Nadel, spoiling it for those of us who had over a week before someone went the straight-up insult route on the new TCJ commenting system and had to be Kim Thompsoned. You can take the board off of the site; you can't take the site all the way off the board.


today's cover is from the great comic book series Four-Color

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