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August 05, 1988 - Image 4

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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, August 5, 1988
Manager denies rumors
A2theater will
stay in business
BY NANCY LIPIN The Ann Arbor Theater is known
It looks like it won't be curtains for running principally first-run art
for the Ann Arbor Theater after all. and foreign films, as opposed to the
Bill McMannis, operations generally mainstream films shown at
manager of the Goodrich Theater local cinemas such as the State and
Company, which owns the theater, Briarwood Theaters and the second-
refuted rumors that it would be run and classic films run at the
closed and replaced by condomini- Michigan Theater.. 5
ums. McMannis also denied rumors
that Goodrich planned to buy the K
State Theater after selling the Ann
"We wouldn't want Arbor Theater. "We wouldn't want
do. with t," anything to do with it," he said,
anything to do with it, adding that the company has put a
-Bill McMannis, Ann lot of money into the Ann Arbor
Arbor Theater manager, on theater and "we like it the way it is."
rumors that theater owners McMannis said the theater did not
would purchase the State face any particularly stiff commercial
Theater. competition from the area s 'more
T t mainstream theaters, although he
added that the State and Michigan
"If you like the Ann Arbor The- theaters sometimes cut into their
ater, you're in pretty good shape," market.
said McMannis, reassuring the local Robert Goodrich, owner of the
art theater's patrons after rumors of theater company and a University
the theater's imminent demise sur- graduate, loves the town so much
faced last month. he'd keep the theater as "an excuse to z
McMannis said that although the stay in Ann Arbor," according to
Sanbreen Development Company, McMannis.
which owns the building in which Goodrich operates 38 screens
Afternoon Delight Restaurant is presently, but owns no other art /Assodoted Pres
housed, had considered purchasing theaters. McMannis said no foresee- Another weather photo
the building and building condo- able changes-will be made in the Muskegon residents Michael Upson, 9, and neighbor Andy Fredericks, 4, enjoy transparent
miniums on the site, the plans have kind of films the theater will be escape from the unbearable heat Wednesday under the sprouting water of a garden hose.
been tentatively cancelled. running.
Writer fights comic crusade
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Although America has begun to kick its smoking
habit over the past few decades, T. Casey Brennan says
our comics still need to.
Brennan, a former comic book writer and Ann Arbor
resident, began a one-man campaign in 1982 to remove
cigarette smoking from comic books, saying comics
which show characters smoking are "like subliminal
cigarette advertising."
"Does the 12- or 13-year-old realize that the cigarette
is a bigger danger to the tough guy than the story's
villain?" Brennan asked. "Does the average comic book
writer, editor, or artist always strive to protect the
young from misconceptions bred by the casual por-
trayal of the use of cigarettes?
"As one who worked inside the comic book busi-
ness for part of the '60s and most of the '70s, I would
say 'no' most emphatically," he said.
Brennan took his campaign to several comic book

editors and authors, to whom he sent information about
he effects of smoking on children, along with letters
asking them to stop portraying smoking in their comic
As a result of his efforts, Brennan said, several car-
toon authors, including Jeff MacNelly who draws the
nationally-syndicated "Shoe," have dropped the offend-
ing cancer sticks from their strips.
The Comic Code Authority, the regulating body of
the comic book industry, does not regulate the use of
smoking in comic books, although it does regulate the
use of alcohol and sexual situations.
J. Dudley Waldner, code administrate Lhe CCA,
said the organization does not regulate the use of to-
bacco, because it does not consider it, unlike alcohol, a
drug. However, Waldner said he mailed the information
Brennan sent him to several comic publishers.

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