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August 13, 2016

CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from August 6 to August 12, 2016:

1. Although the organizers didn't respond to our reach-out on Friday afternoon, Wizard World Chicago apparently has a gun dealer listed as an exhibitor. This set off a variety of reactions: everything from how healthy that show is to spread its purview that far wide of its pop-culture roots to whether or not a danger is represented by having those guns on the floor to the potential offense of offering up guns in a show with a city's name on it that's been wrecked by gun violence, particularly over the last 36 months.

2. Huge surge of interest in March as Book Three hits in an election season with a lot of political back and forth over issues raised during the Civil Rights era causes publishers and printers to scramble to catch up.

3. Newspaper advocacy groups respond to criticism of the industry's decline on a comedy show by making broad complaints and not really engaging with the specific criticisms reported. The idea of out-reporting the story never occurs to anyone. If there was ever a point at which people should consider giving up on a course correction for newspapers, a longtime huge market for comics, that fetid reaction might be it.

Winners Of The Week
The March guys, sure, but also long-form political journalism in comics form. With so much of immediate covering play-by-play type political back and forth, comics pieces like this one provide some 101 context and background that almost no one else is doing.

Loser Of The Week
Larry Pickering. "Lion in winter prone to biting everyone" maybe isn't the best public profile.

Quote Of The Week
"I'm not sure anyone had even heard of Portland back then." -- Diana Schutz


this year's comics images are from Fawcett

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