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July 29, 2006

CR Week In Review


The top comics-related news stories from July 22 to July 28, 2006

1. Teguh Santosa faces up to five years in prison for his publication on-line of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammed, cartoons that were originally published in Denmark's Jyllands-Posten and led to worldwide riots.

2. San Diego's Comic-Con International shatters attendance and heat records.

3. Teshkeel adds DC to its content/gateway deal package for its comics entry into Middle East and North African markets; they already have Marvel and Archie.

Winner of the Week
Top Shelf, for reportedly selling some $35,000 in Lost Girls books at the San Diego show. Some people probably think I should list "comics retailers" as the loser of the week because potentially some retail sales can be taken away by convention sales, but Top Shelf has made it really, really clear for years now how they intend to pursue direct sales at conventions and unless there was a specific promise with this book of which I'm unaware I can't imagine any smart retailer didn't already know this.

Loser of the Week
Martha Karua, threatening to sue the cartoonist Godfrey "Gado" Mwampembwa and his editor for a cartoon that if nothing else was clearly political in nature, not personal. Totally ludicrous.

Quote of the Week
"You're not covering this convention at all." -- Tom Devlin on my less than aggressive reporting manner during last weekend's Comic-Con International.

Little Lulu has the right idea
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