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December 18, 2004

CR Week In Review

Top Stories
The week's most important comics-related news stories, December 11 to December 17, 2004:

1. Marvel strikes deal with MFORMA for "mobile entertainment" uses of its characters. Most notable not for the deal itself, because who knows, but for its status as a link in a chain of Marvel licensing deals marking successful leverage of its recent movie success.

2. Comics loses two veterans working unique parts of the field: panel cartoonist Bernie Lansky and cowboy cartoonist Jim Willoughby.

3. Scholastic flexes its potential comics muscle by moving a half-million copies of a cinemanga title through its book club.

Winner of the Week
Jeffrey Brown, for his incredibly high ranking on USA Today's pop-culture list.

Loser of the Week
The town of Sierre, Switzerland, whose leaders pulled financial support from their comics festival, which judging from interest elsewhere looks to be a still-vital concern.

Quote of the Week
"I'm uncomfortable with being fucked over." -- Jaime Hernandez to Scott Thill of on potentially being part of the "undergound comics boom."
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