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August 6, 2016

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from July 30 to August 5, 2016:

1. Bill Leak cartoon explodes in controversy.

2. Gaspar Saladino and John Fantucchio die, reminders of the breadth of comics expression and the unique craftspeople that work in the art form.

3. Post-sale CBR diaspora begins with migrations by Brian Hibbs and Augie De Blieck, Jr.

Winners Of The Week
Let's say Gabrielle Bell, following her fine return to July diary comics.

Loser Of The Week
Leak. I don't have much of an opinion on the original cartoon, to be honest. I think if people want to complain about cartoons they can; that's the price of publishing them. Attacking their elitism, classism and racism is on the table. Where I break with most people who agree with me on that is that I don't feel like a cartoon that has shitty, even abominable elements is necessarily out of bounds or aberrant. I know how weird that sounds. I tend to favor people over-expressing themselves over those that self-censor, even when they're potentially very wrong to do the former or very kind in doing the latter. Granted, that certainly is an opinion in which I'm supported by my immense privilege in all aspects of life. One thing in which I believe without complication is that complaining about sanctimonious tweeters is a bad look, period and forever. Thus this honor goes to Leak.

Quote Of The Week
"He was always somewhat enigmatic -- then and now -- playing things close to his vest: he had a sophisticated technique, a unique stylization, and knew precisely how his work should be presented; there was an exacting aesthetic certitude to every aspect of his work." -- Gary Groth on the late John Fantucchio.


this year's comics images are from Fawcett

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