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June 13, 2015

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from June 6 to June 12, 2015:

1. In a decision no one expected and some people had a hard time believing until they read about it a couple of times, a court in the Hague decided that a 1942 assignment of rights by Hergࡕ to Casterman means that Moulinsart, the business set up by the estate to manage the iconic characters and its resulting works and properties, no longer had the right it thought it had.

2. Calls for Zapiro's job re-emerge as a new wave of objections arrive, this time bolstered by social media.

3. Not exactly comics, but huge for one cartoonist and significant for comics in a paradigm shifting way: the theatrical preentation based on Alison Bechdel's Fun Home wins multiple Tony Awards, including best musical. This puts Bechdel's best-known work in the cultural firmament for what should be years to come, and suggests yet another path that talent comics-makers might take to engage with opportunities afforded them by well-received work.

Winner Of The Week
Alison Bechdel

Loser Of The Week
Nick Rodwell of Moulinsart

Quote Of The Week
"This was a bolt out of the blue -- like waking up to learn that the sky is orange." -- Bart Beaty, on the Moulinsart decision.


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

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