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March 18, 2006

CR Week In Review

The week's most important comics-related news stories, March 11 to March 17, 2006.

1. declares troubled distributor FM International quite dead, based on statements from those working with the company, the lack of a phone number, the lack of a web site. Wayne Markley says they're not officially dead yet.

2. Ed Stein wins John Frischetti Award for Katrina cartoon.

3. Bethesda's Small Press Expo announces 2006 dates, and change in venue from Holiday Inn.

imageWinner of the Week
Teshkeel Media, releasing their first Marvel comic (a Spider-Man book) into the Arabic-language market.

Loser of the Week
Editorial culture at Dupuis, chafing under its Media-Participations deal.

Quote of the Week
"I'll have a lot more to say on the subject in the next couple of days, but I want to make one thing absolutely clear right now: I do not in any way blame DC for the book's failure, and neither should you. In fact, shortly after getting the unhappy news, I called both Paul Levitz and Dan DiDio to thank them for supporting the series as long as they did. They were proud of the book and wanted it to succeed." -- the writer Steve Gerber on the cancellation of his Hard Time series, the last survivor of one of those mini-line launches that mainstream comic book companies still seem to try every few years or so.

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