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July 30, 2005

CR Week In Review


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The week's most important comics-related news stories, July 23 to July 29, 2005:

1. Relatively minor editorial incident regarding the use of the phrase "Turd Blossom" in the comic strip Doonesbury takes some interesting turns: The event is publicized far out of proportion to the actual level of complaints, Garry Trudeau slams editors who edited his strip, Wiley Miller criticizes the coverage of this and like events, and finally, the use of a similar phrase in Prickly City shows that it was likely the political application of the phrase that bothered the small number of editors.

2. Legendary Dutch cartoonist Marten Toonder dies at the age of 93.

3. WizardWorld only penciled in at Atlanta's Cobb Centre, although definitely on dates accused, meaning it would hit on Heroes Con weekend; rumors indicate controversial con will be moved onto a different date although nothing official yet and the length of time without an announcement indicates decisions may have already reversed more than once.

Winners of the Week
Fans of the comics art form in Chicago this Fall, as Ivan Brunetti curates what promises to be one heck of a modern comics-dominated show.

Losers of the Week
Those of us still in completely unserved areas of the country as promising new comics shops begin to open.

Quote of the Week
"Our experience has always been that comic book fans embrace ultimately what the mass market embraces as well."" -- A clearly delusional Bill Jemas stares down comics publishing history since 1961 in beginning the hype cycle on his company's new book Advent Rising.

I believe this art is by Toonder; it certainly features his characters.
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