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June 27, 2015

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from June 20 to June 26, 2015:

1. Cartoonists struggle and occasionally triumph with the harrowing and potentially transformative events of America's last 15 days.

2. comiXology signs a deal with Dark Horse. While there are some critics of the signing as a triumph in terms of what's actually offered at this time -- I haven't written CR's version of that article yet -- the symbolism of the digital comics reading giant having books to offer featuring iconic figures from longtime holdout Dark Horse like Hellboy is a big, big deal.

3. HeroesCon ends the Spring portion of the convention calendar year. (Summer is CCI, Autoptic and WizardWorld Chicago; Fall starts with SPX and ends with CAB.) Conventions are bigger than ever and the fissures that are appearing are only appearing way on the outskirts, at least so far. Heroes has become an interesting show beyonds its identity as a monster regional like Baltimore and Emerald City. It's become a place where folks can announce new comics and receive just as much press attention as any bigger show publishing news bomb being dropped. It's also become less a strange yet delightful "Composite Con" of mainstream and alt-comics interests fused together with delicious gravy from Mert's and more of a show that reflects the growing indie-comics portion of the funnybook industry: that is, a wide variety of expression within genres one might think of as mainstream comics territory.

Winners Of The Week
These Guys

Losers Of The Week
Paul LePage

Quote Of The Week
"Life passes into pages if it passes into anything."-- the late James Salter


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

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