July 2, 2005
CR Week In Review
The week's most important comics-related news stories, June 25 to July 1, 2005:
1. Ali Dilem officially appeals
his six-month sentence in Algeria, providing a focus on the growing issue of world cartoonists being charged for defamation for making commentary on political leaders.
2. Tweaks and fine tuning
at two big companies: Bill Rosemann won't
move over into marketing full-time at DC Comics; Don Lane retires from the Eastern corridor sales slot at United.
3. Three Korean comics publishers band together
to facilitate assault on English-language market.
Winner of the Week
Cartoonist Charley Parker, for celebrating 10 years with his trailblazing on-line strip Argon Zark
Losers of the Week
People scanning comics -- a few scanlation sites broke up
this week, and the Supreme Court decision about music downloading liability injects an element of doubt about the long-term future of people who uses those services to disseminate scans of comic books.
Quote of the Week
"I tell you what. If this doesn't work out with the comics shop, and say, five years from now I have to close down -- hopefully not -- but I think I would become a bum or something. There is no way I can go back to the grind and work for the man. No way."
-- Retailer Jason Pierce of Alter-Ego in my hometown of Muncie, Indiana, at the six-month point
art by Ali Dilem unrelated to the current case
posted 3:00 am PST
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