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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Comics in the News -- Week of 10/10/04

Muscatine Author Pens New Sequels
October 16, 2004
Muscatine, Iowa
Max Allan Collins talks to his home-town paper about the upcoming duel release of his novel “Road to Purgatory” and graphic novel “Road to Perdition 2: On the Road.” Both are sequels to Collins’s “Road to Perdition.”
Read the full story from The Quad City Times.

‘Green Arrow’ to Feature HIV-Positive Sidekick
October 13, 2004
San Luis Obispo, California
The AP covers the recent news that the Green Arrow comic will feature a sidekick struggling not just against the “baddies” but also against HIV. The article claims that this is “the first major comic book to deal with HIV.” I think they might be stretching the facts on this one, since I specifically remember an especially well-done issue of The Incredible Hulk dealing with AIDS in 1994. In any case this article talks about the character, Mia, and series writer, Judd Winick.
Read the full story from The San Luis Obispo Tribune.

‘Hamlet’ Too Hard? Try a Comic Book
October 12, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor
This article looks at high school teacher Diane Roy’s efforts to use graphic novels to encourage literacy and reading in her classes. Differing views on the perceived effectiveness and attitudes toward these methods are presented.
Read the full story from The Christian Science Monitor.

Marvel Studios CEO is a ‘Kid in a Very Big Candy Store’
October 11, 2004
Makati City, Philippines
The Philippine Daily Inquirer interviews Marvel Studios President and CEO Avi Arad. Arad talks about recent and upcoming Marvel movies, such as the Fantastic Four and X-Men movies and his philosophies on the movie and comic properties..
Read the full story from The Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Vintage Comics Bring $190,000 at auction
October 10, 2004
Wichita, Kansas
The second auction of comics from the estate of Robert Ford brought in about $190,000. The comics were collected by Ford as a boy and stored meticulously for the many ensuing years. This was the second of two auctions and featured Ford’s cream of the crop.
The Wichita Eagle covered this news, but a more complete story can be found at Comic Book Resources.

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