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October 8, 2005

CR Week in Review


Top Stories

The week's most important comics-related news stories, October 1 to October 7, 2005:

1. The massive, certain-to-be-a-hit The Complete Calvin and Hobbes drops into book market, amid a promotional campaign that includes a 200-plus paper run of the strip's greatest hits, but with some minor speculation that this project lacks the obsessive fans and unpublished work that drove the similar Far Side collection. At stake: how many more of these similarly grand things Andrews McMeel will do, and how many upper-end strip projects in general will suit the book market.

2. Steve Kelley of the New Orleans Times-Picayune plans to return to the city with his paper.

3. IDW re-organizes, one would guess into a structure better suited to handle its immediate and long-range business plans.

Winner of the Week
Brian Hibbs, rightly feted in the local press for his policy-altering win over Marvel Comics.

Loser of the Week
Incoming Angouleme Festival President Domenica Brechoteau, who seems to be coming on board right when there are massive structural problems facing the esteemed comics show.

Quote of the Week
"It's only matter of time until, whether it's some kid in Barcelona or some kid in Topeka, Kansas, comes up with a story which so viscerally grabs the category that it will be a number one hit." -- Tokyopop's Mike Kiley on the future of manga.
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