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July 1, 2006

CR Week In Review


The week's most important comics-related news stories, June 24 to June 30, 2006.

1. Jailed Iranian cartoonist Mana Neyestani may make bail. Situation so bad that Neyestani's brother quits cartooning from fear.

2. ADV gets a Popeye/Spinach-like infusion of capital.

3. Diamond Comic Distributors takes a pass on carrying product from small arts publisher PictureBox, Inc., throwing a spotlight on Diamond's relationship to new comics publishers in general and new arts comics publishers specifically.

Winner of the Week
Retailer and con organizer Shelton Drum, celebrating the anniversary of his Heroes Con with a big guest list and hope for the future once threatened by direct competition with an Atlanta show by Wizard Entertainment on the same dates.

It was a pretty good week for positive news, like Jeff Smith working out an arrangement to start publishing the one-volume edition of his Bone series in the midst of the Scholastic color series, and Ted Rall getting a choice gig at United Media.

Loser of the Week
Mike Luckovich, whose recent cartoon recognizing American atrocities in the worldwide effort on terrorism was so poorly received an advertiser apologized for appearing in the same paper. This is a bigger story in usual in that Luckovich is the current Pulitzer and Reuben prizewinner.

Quote of the Week
"The format you have chosen for your title is unpopular with collectors and retailers." -- Diamond rejects the PictureBox title Cold Heat #1

Daisy has the right idea
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