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October 1, 2005

CR Week In Review


Top Stories

The week's most important comics-related news stories, September 24 to September 30, 2005:

1. Naruto proves the sales of manga volumes in the US can be driven by a popular, anticipated television debut; Japan publishing reports indicate a 10-year decline on comics sales in that country.

2. Diamond expands its Memphis facility, but not because of new-order fulfillment.

3. The much-beloved-by-cartoonists Small Press Expo finishes its '05 show with a return to the old format, a potential loss of venue, a curious lack of big-name alt-comics stars, an ass-whipping at the hands of Diamond's softball team and one actual news trend: creators taking their serial comics (not their trades) on-line.

Winner of the Week
Part-time comics author Neil Gaiman, with a #1 NYT best-seller, a movie starting to film, a movie opening, and remaining gracious about all of it.

Loser of the Week (Non-Alias Division)
Everyone not Neil Gaiman.

Quote of the Week
"Why are you such a pussy?" -- Erik Larsen's open letter to comics creators.
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