2006 in Comics - Events - February

February

  • February 1, 2006:
  • February 2, 2006:
    • Guglielmo Letteri, Italian comic book artist, dies afNews
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • The editor of French newspaper France Soir, which reprinted the cartoons at the centre of the controversy, is sacked. BBC
    • Many newspapers in continental Europe re-publish the cartoons. The Scotsman
    • The United States Joint Chiefs of Staff issue a letter of protest against a Washington Post cartoon by Tom Toles. Washington Post.
    • Wizard announce the cancellation of WizardWorld Boston. newsarama
    • CNet News examine the digitization of comics. CNet News.com
    • Lewis Trondheim gives an interview in which he offers his frank opinions on journalists covering the medium. ActuaBD.com
  • February 3, 2006:
    • Muslims take to the streets in many countries to protest the publication of the cartoons lampooning Mohammed. New York Times, Evening Standard, Reuters
    • The Indian Express reports nostalgically on the comic strips The Phantom and Jiggs. The Indian Express
    • Michael Fry announces his weekly panel Committed is to end on February 19. Editor and Publisher
  • February 4, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • Syrian protestors set fire to Denmark's embassy in Damascus. They were demonstrating against the publication of cartoons defaming Mohammed in a Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. New York Times
  • February 6, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • It is reported that at least four people around the world are dead as a result of violent protests against the cartoons published in late 2005 by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten Canada.com
      • The Daily Telegraph seeks to uncover the source of the "extra" three cartoons which were distributed in The Middle East as being actual cartoons published by Jyllands-Posten, when they were in actuality not. Daily Telegraph
    • Lagardère, a French publishing giant, is to purchase Time Warner Book Group from Time Warner. The division handles the distribution of graphic novels published by DC Comics to bookstores. Publishers Weekly
    • Salon review Ghost of Hoppers Jaime Hernadez's latest graphic novel. Salon
    • James Cromwell is cast in the role of Captain George Stacy for the upcoming Spider-Man 3 movie. newsarama
    • Stan Lee is interviewed by science fiction weekly. scifi.com
  • February 7, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • Members of the State assembly in Kano, Nigeria, burn Danish flags in protest at the controversy. Reuters
      • Iranian newspaper Hamshahri announces an "an international cartoon contest about the Holocaust". News.com.au
    • Paul Levitz, publisher and president of DC Comics is to write six issues of the JSA comic book. New York Times
    • Law.com profile John N. Turitzin, executive vice president of and general counsel to Marvel Comics. Law.com
  • February 8, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • President Bush issues a statement calling for calm: "I call upon the governments around the world to stop the violence, to be respectful, to protect property, to protect the lives of innocent diplomats who are serving their countries overseas." Washington Post
      • The Danish embassy in Tehran is stormed. IranMania
      • The editorial staff of the New York Press walk out after the publishers of the paper refuse to carry the cartoons at the centre of the controversy. New York Observer
      • The editor of the Jyllands-Posten, Carsten Juste, rejects suggestions he should resign. Ireland Online
      • Pakistan's Daily Times reveals Danish law should have prevented the publication of the cartoons. Daily Times
      • The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists issues a statement which expresses support for "the right of free expression by the world's cartoonists." EditorialCartoonists.com
  • February 9, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • The United States' Talk of the Nation examine the power the editorial cartoon has. National Public Radio
      • 2000 Muslims protest in Bangladesh and thousands of Shi'ite Muslims in Lebanon turn a religious ceremony into a pacific protest over the cartoons. New York Times, New York Times
      • Condoleezza Rice blames Iran and Syria for stoking the controversy regarding the cartoons. The Australian
      • The BBC summarise the situation so far. BBC
    • The San Francisco Bay Area minicomic scene is examined up by the local press. Inside Bay Area
    • Hill & Wang a non-fiction imprint of Farrar, Straus & Giroux are to launch a line of non-fiction graphic novels under the name Novel Graphics. The first work will be an adaptation of The 9/11 Commission Report. Publishers Weekly
    • DC Comics are to unveil their line of toys based on the movie Superman Returns at the 2006 American International Toy Fair. newsarama
  • February 10, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • Flemming Rose, editor of the Jyllands-Posten is told to take a vacation after he commented the paper "would run the cartoons" published by Hamshahri in its contest inviting cartoons satirising the holocaust. Hindustan Times Associated Press
      • Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen agrees with comments made by Condoleezza Rice regarding Syria and Iran, noting they "have taken advantage of the situation because both countries are under international pressure". IranMania
      • It is reported at least thirteen people are dead due to protests against the cartoons. ForexTV
  • February 11, 2006:
    • Illinois newspaper The Daily Herald has launched an online cartoon page composed entirely of webcomics. Comixpedia
    • Peter David announces he has signed an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics. Peter David's blog
  • February 12, 2006:
    • Frank Miller has announced that his next Batman book, Holy Terror, Batman!, will pit the caped crusader against Osama Bin Laden. IGN.Com
    • At Wondercon, Grant Morrison is announced as the next writer on Batman. newsarama
  • February 13, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen responds to criticism of his country, declaring "Denmark is an open and tolerant society". The Scotsman
      • Anders Fogh Rasmussen has also had talks with a Muslim group called "Democratic Muslims". BBC
      • It is reported that Muslim graves have been desecrated in Denmark. News24
      • Denmark withdraws official staff from embassies in Syria, Iran, and Indonesia. ISN
      • Art Spiegelman is interviewed to garner his thoughts on the controversy. The Editors Blog
      • Iran demands apologies after recent accusations from Condoleezza Rice that it had fermented the controversy. TMCNet
    • Cartoonist, painter, author and actor Brummet Echohawk dies. afNews
    • Ted Rall is reportedly considering launching a law suit against Ann Coulter over comments she jokingly alleged that "Iran is soliciting cartoons on the Holocaust. So far, only Ted Rall, Garry Trudeau, and The New York Times have made submissions." Editor and Publisher
  • February 14, 2006: zoomaphoto.com
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • Two security guards are shot dead and police use tear gas on rioting students as protests continue in Pakistan. Reuters
      • Belgian Muslim groups have called on the European Union to "act determinedly to prepare a draft law that forbids every kind of blasphemy". Adnkronos International
      • A number of Danish websites have reportedly been hacked by protestors. Brocktown News
  • February 15, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • Danish politicians have called for an investigation into a Muslim group's actions during a trip to the Middle East. It is alleged the group may have helped ferment the recent protests. Ireland Online
      • Flemming Rose, cultural editor of the Jyllands-Posten has stated that the cartoons were published to "go against this tendency to self-censorship". Forbes
      • Carsten Juste, editor of the Jyllands-Posten, states his belief that "Muslims are being given special treatment". Forbes
    • Justin Thomas is announced as the winner of a contest to choose the next cartoonist of the strip Unfit. Dilbert Blog
  • February 16, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • Twelve people are reported to have died in Afghanistan after a week of protesting. PakTribune
      • Three people are reported to have died as protests continue in Pakistan. Asian Tribune
    • The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has lost his claim for compensation. Erdoğan was suing over a number of cartoons which had depicted him as a series of animals. Hůrriyet
  • February 17, 2006:
    • Giovanni Gandini dies. afnews.com, Fondazione Franco Fossati
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • Eleven people are reportedly killed after protesting in Libya. Assyrian International News Agency
      • Illinois newspaper The Indianapolis Star polls college newspaper editors within the state on their opinion on publishing the cartoons. Indianapolis Star
    • Ivan Brunetti is interviewed by Nashville City Paper. Nashville City Paper
  • February 19, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • 45 people reportedly die after rioting in Nigeria in protest against the cartoons. DNA
      • Security forces in Pakistan disperse a protest against the cartoons. Chicago Tribune
      • The United States embassy in Jakarta is attacked by protestors. CNN
      • A small group of protesters gather outside the Danish embassy in Tehran. Iran Focus
    • Paul Pope discusses Batman: Year 100 with the Toronto Star. Toronto Star
  • February 20, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • 'The New York Times previews Marvels new crossover event, Civil War. NewYork Times
      • Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen defends the handling of the controversy. National Post
      • The Danish flag is burnt by protestors in Jakarta. MSN
      • The Nation ask Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco for their thoughts on the current controversy. The Nation
      • Russian newspaper Our region+ closes after publishing the cartoons. Mosnews.com
    • JM Thevenet is reportedly fired as the director of the Festival International de la Bande Dessinee. bdzoom.com, actuabd.com, The Comics Reporter
    • Nominees for the 2006 Shuster Awards are announced. The Comics Reporter
    • icv2.com report on January's Direct Market sales figures. icv2.com
    • The Guardian reports on the new cartoon museum in London. The Guardian
  • February 21, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • A number of Muslims protest against the cartoons in India. The Hindu
      • Christopher Hitchens, writing for Slate, examines the issue. Slate.com
      • The Danish Ambassador returns to Jakarta having left in the wake of protests over the cartoons.Forbes.com
      • A second Russian newspaper, the weekly Nash Region closes after having printed a montage of the cartoons. Committee to Protect Journalists
    • JM Thevenet confirms he has been fired from his position with Festival International de la Bande Dessinee, although he claims he was employed as a consultant. afnews.info, The Comics Reporter
    • Political cartoonist Ed Franklin dies. The Globe and Mail
    • The Guardian sketches the history of the political cartoon as a prelude to the opening of The Cartoon Museum in London. The Guardian
  • February 22, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • Corpses are burnt on the streets of Onitsha, Nigeria, as part of an ongoing confrontation between Christians and Muslims regarding the cartoons. Reuters
      • Protestors stage a demonstration outside the Danish embassy in Jakarta. Reuters
      • The Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, notes the controversy has become something greater than the initial furore over editorial cartoons, noting "It's about everything else and different agendas in the Muslim world." Daily Times
      • Danish volunteers and non-government officials are withdrawing from the relief effort aiding those areas of Pakistan hit by the recent earthquake and leaving the country as a result of the Pakistani people's protest against the cartoons. Daily Times
    • Naushad Waheed, a political cartoonist and artist sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in the Maldives for political unrest, has been freed. Amnesty International
    • iBooks, the publishing company founded by Byron Preiss, files for bankruptcy. Preiss died in June 2005. The Beat
  • February 23, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy
      • Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister, denounces the cartoons at the heart of the controversy. Daily Times
      • Amitai Sandy and Eyal Zusman, organisers of an anti-Semitic cartoon contest, are profiled by World Press. World Press
    • Marvel Comics announces a drop in profits. Reuters
    • The London cartoon museum is opened by the Duke of Edinburgh. The Guardian
  • February 24, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • Doug Marlette comments on the controversy. Salon
      • Protestors demonstrate in Pakistan, defying a ban which prohibits such gatherings. CBS
    • Kyle Baker is to be the host for the 2006 Harvey Awards. The Comics Reporter
    • Warner Bros. are reported to have confirmed sequels to Batman Begins and Superman Returns. newsarama
    • The London cartoon museum opens to the public. The Guardian, News24.com
  • February 26, 2006: The New York Comic Con has problems with the size of the crowd attending the convention, having to turn visitors away. The Comics Reporter
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the recent phenomenon of non-comics writers being approached to write for the medium by the larger comics publishers. Philadelphia Inquirer
  • February 27, 2006:
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • European Union officials issue a fresh statement on the controversy. EU Observer
      • It is reported that Denmark are to hold a conference examining the controversy and the publication of the cartoons on March 10. China View
      • Finnish magazine Kaltio has fired its editor after he published a cartoon commentating on the controversy by Ville Ranta on the magazine's website. The sacking came in the wake of pressure from advertisers. Ranta has also lost work on the strength of the cartoon. Helsingin Sanomat
    • Speakeasy Comics announces it is to cease publishing. newsarama
  • February 28, 2006:
    • Jeff Danziger is announced as the winner of the Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning, to be awarded on April 18. Editor & Publisher
    • Aaron McGruder is to take a six month break from Boondocks. Editor & Publisher
    • It is reported that at the recent New York Comic Con Dark Horse Comics announced that they are to double their output of manga titles this year. icV2
    • Marvel Comics and Top Cow announce a tie-up which will see artists employed by Top Cow illustrating up to 36 Marvel titles this year. icV2
    • DC Comics are to publish Megatokyo through their imprint CMX. The title had previously been published by Dark Horse Comics. icV2
    • The Oregon Daily Emerald reports on Art Spiegelman's speaking tour date at the University of Oregon. Oregon Daily Emerald
    • Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy:
      • Nigerian governors condemn the recent riots that have taken place in the country. Daily Independent

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