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January 28, 2006

CR Week In Review


The week's most important comics-related news stories, January 21 to January 27, 2006.

1. Angouleme kicks off with protests from small-press publishers; Gipi and Etienne Davodeau the major stars out of the awards.

2. Political fallout begins to crop up from the Danish Muhammed cartoon publication; could become a huge story if political responses continue.

3. Firings at Tokyopop, as they reduce about 1/10th of their workforce; rumors of bigger changes fly about, as one might expect.

Winner of the Week
Buenaventura Press, announcing they're partnering with Avodah Books for the next Kramers Ergot and rolling out an impressive array of books in general.

Loser of the Week
The average comics consumer, who will be faced with a confusing onslaught of new titles and new creative teams through a market system that does not respond all that quickly to changes in demand. I think you can expect more conservative buying than if such changes were phased in slowly.

Quote of the Week
"Aren't they all?"
-- Alan Moore's take on the imaginary story status of his "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" which was gracelessly excised along with the paragraph preceding it in the latest DC Comics collection.

Ron Rege in Kramers Ergot 6
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