May 20 was the third annual Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, the event in which artists depict the Prophet Mohammed in cartoon form to protest censorship and extremist threats (The event was created by cartoonist Molly Norris in 2010 in response to the death threats received by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for attempting to feature the figure in their Comedy Central series). If you live in Pakistan, however, you wouldn't have seen any mention of this on Twitter yesterday, because government reg
Amid stories of movie box office records being broken, the latest developments in superhero civil wars and the usual comic book ephemera, here's a news story that puts everything in perspective: Iranian cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraye has been sentenced to 25 lashes for daring to draw a caricature of a local politician that wasn't appreciated by its subject.
Shokraye created the satirical
All manga is not pornography. When put like that, it just sounds like common sense, doesn't it? Sadly, it's an argument that one manga publisher had to make when Amazon suspended the entire Kindle output from Digital Manga Publishing, Inc. due to an un
Several newspapers around the United State have decided not to publish the popular satirical comic Doonesbury by Gary Trudeau this week because of strips dealing with the transvaginal ultrasounds now mandated for any woman who wishes to have an abortion in the state of Texas, thanks to a bill that was signed into law last year by Texas Governor and former presidential candidate Rick Perry.
As part of our Valentine's Day Giveaway, two lucky ComicsAlliance readers can win a pair of romantic titles from well-respected comic book publisher Fantagraphics: Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's Romance Comics and Celluloid. Young Romance is a collection of c
Art: Daniel Clowes comments on the changing shape of book stores on a new cover for The New Yorker.
Eats: Blastr has a list of sci-fi restaurants currently in operation. Sadly, none of them are in my neighborhood -- but the
There are a number of outlets to support the comic book community's first line of defense against censorship, but at $3.50 a pack, Cryptozoic Entertainment's Liberty trading cards might be one of the easiest ways to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Arriving in stores this Tuesday, September 13, each pack of five cards (and one nine-card chase set) dra
Gaming: This fall Power A will release batarang-flavored controllers for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in honor of Batman: Arkham City.
Awesome: Gamma Squad's put together a super fun gallery of actors meeting their action figure selves that you will want to see, pronto.
Manga: In Japan, sometimes
As reported last week, comics owned by cartoonist Tom Neely and Sparkplug publisher Dylan Williams were confiscated by authorities at the Canadian border as potentially obscene material while they traveled together to the Toronto Comics Art Festival (TCAF). We spoke with Neely and CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and combed through Canadian customs documentation to get the details on how this happe
Agents of the Canadian Border Services confiscated last weekend a number of independently produced comic books en route to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Copies of the graphic novella Young Lions by Blaise Larmee and an anthology called Black Eye 1: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension were seized from artist Tom Neely and small press publisher Dylan Williams at the border in Buffalo, New York, and if Canada's Prohibited Importations Unit deems the material obscene, the comics will be destroyed.Published by Rotland Press as part of a crowd-sourced Kickstarer fundraising project, Black Eye is an