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October 15, 2005

CR Week in Review

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The week's most important comics-related news stories, October 8 to October 14, 2005:

1. A newspaper in Denmark pulls a free speech stunt/noble protest/who exactly knows by publishing cartoons featuring Mohammed, with the expected results.

image2. Two significant comics drop: the new sure-to-be-multi-million seller Asterix album; the first issue of DC Comics' lynchpin miniseries Infinite Crisis. This is a Jim Lee cover, I believe; earlier in the week we ran a George Perez, I think. I'm not sure if these are the only two covers or not. That Dr. Light sure pops on Lee's. The Asterix album ran the same cover on its multiple variations, with different text to reflect the languages (13) in which it was being made available, and the resulting title changes.

3. Dark Horse announces plans to expand on its adventure and add to its horror manga offerings, showing there's still life in a narrow-focus line.

Winner of the Week
My guess? Albert Uderzo, self-publisher.

Loser of the Week
Tokyopop, whose contracts with unproven English-language talent took a beating on various messageboard and blogs with, well, varying levels of sourcing involved.

Quote of the Week
"Yeah, yeah, I know. You all want one last link where Byrne overreacts to something and looks a bit of a dick. Hopefully this will do." -- Graeme McMillan playing gracious host on the much-trafficked and well-liked web site Fanboy Rampage, to shut down on Monday.
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