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February 5, 2005

CR Week In Review


Top Stories
The week's most important comics-related news stories, January 29 to February 4, 2005:

1. Clean win for the CBLDF in a case involving mis-application of US Customs regulations on piracy; books including comics featuring satirical content, including Peter Kuper's "Richie Bush" (above), returned.

2. This year's FIBD in Angouleme, France ends having drawn 210,000 people. Georges Wolinsky named Grand Prix winner (and next year's festival president); Art Spiegelman receives award from the host country's ministry of culture.

3. Stan Lee appears on 60 Minutes Wednesday for a discussion of his first-round legal win over Marvel in his contract dispute; widespread irritation within comics circles and slightly without at the coverage vis-a-vis Lee's status as a co-creator of many Marvel properties.

Winner of the Week
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which risked the costs of a court case on a point of principle to see US Customs cave before it came to that.

Loser of the Week
Studio Ironcat, a modest-sized manga publisher that died in a "are-they-really-still-around?" way.

Quote of the Week
"Wow, that would be nice." -- The suddenly non-hyperbolic Stan Lee on the possiblity of winning tens of millions of dollars from Marvel as a result of his lawsuit.
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