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October 30, 2004

CR Week In Review

Top Stories
The week's most important comics-related news stories, October 23 to October 29, 2004:

1. Platinum Studios Development Deal and Bidding War for Misaka Takashima Confirm Comics' Entry Into New Era of Money-Intense Weirdness
2. Los Angeles Retailer Bill Liebowitz, Long-Time Anchor of the Comic Book Direct Market, Passes Away at 63
3. Marvel 3Q Report: Publishing Up

imageWinners of the Week
Fans of 1970s Horror-in-Superhero-Comics Era Mainstay "Brother Voodoo," for whom a television deal continues to be pursued in Marvel's push to bring even its never-successful characters onto big and small screens.

Loser of the Week
Right now you'd have to say the folks at Gold Circle Films, the other half of the Platinum Studios deal, because the content in question doesn't seem any more unique than the sum of pitches from an equivalent number of starving screenwriters, and none of it reflects long-term, proven success in a previous market.

Although admittedly, all you need is a couple of left-field hits like Men in Black, and the deal could turn out to be the greatest in the history of Hollywood. You never know.

Quote of the Week
"We love the direct market and we plan to stay a part of it. But we have to do what we have to do. And premiering our new books at shows is what we have to do. For publicity and to underwrite the expenses of the convention." -- Jeff Smith of Bone sums up the publisher side of the issue concerning publisher book sales at comic book conventions, in an interview that manages the rare feat in comics of being sensitive to the other side.
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