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Indie Comics Seized by Customs Agents at U.S.-Canada Border


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...

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Spanish Humor Magazine ‘Kidnapped’ by Printer for Anti-Pope Content


Another day, another religiously persecuted comic. Following last week's outcry over the Islam-inspired superhero cartoon "The 99" and numerous incidents of violence against cartoonists critical of Muslim extremists, a Spanish magazine has been (perhaps unlawfully) shelved by its printer for its unfavorable comment about a state visit by the Pope Benedict XVI...

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Cause and Effect Compressed Into Single Comic Panels


While some comics can properly utilize a little decompression to convey their respective intended meanings, there's definitely a time and a place for a faster pace. With that in mind, Wizzywig Comics blogger Ed Piskor has assembled a list of powerful panels that harness both cause and effect in one fell swoop...

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Underground Comics Covers That Let It All Hang Out


Long before he started illustrating his own edition of "The Book of Genesis," R. Crumb was drawing the hell out covers for "Zap Comix," and he wasn't alone. Underground comics of the 1960s and 1970s became the amino acids that gave way to modern literary tomes like "Maus" and "Black Hole...

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School District, Authorities Actually Act Sensibly Regarding ‘Death Note’


It's not uncommon for ComicsAlliance to report on comic book bans or overreactions - especially when they're worth poking at least a little bit of fun at. In the case of New Mexico's Albuquerque Public Schools and Tsugumi Ohba's "Death Note" manga, though, remarkably cool heads seem to be prevailing...

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Ruben Bolling Distills Mohammed Cartooning Controversy in ‘Tom the Dancing Bug’ Comic Strip


Depicting Mohammed has become a serious matter for cartoonists, but not serious enough that Ruben Bolling's "Tom the Dancing Bug" comic strip can't roughly summarize the situation. Last week's episode of "South Park," put show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone on extremists' radar for placing Mohammed in a bear costume, which is no small matter considering how cartoonists Lars Vilks and Kurt Westergaard have been forced to build (and in Westergaard's case, use) panic rooms due to the threat of attack by offended extremists...

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Link Ink — Kentucky Imagines Robert Crumb, Da Vinci Mechas


Our quote of the week comes from the Jessamine County Public Library board meeting, where members of the Kentucky community gathered to discuss the firing of several library employees who withheld award-winning Alan Moore's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" from patrons, and whether or not the award-winning graphic novel was "porn":

"Darryl Diddle, a Wilmore minister, presented a petition signed by 950 asking that three more of the library's works be removed


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Link Ink — Superman & the KKK, LOEG in Kentucky, Eminem Comes Back to Comics


History: How Superman defeated the KKK. (io9)

: Turns out that one of the library workers -- not librarians -- in Kentucky who refused to lend "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier" to a child had actually kept the book out of circulation for all patrons for over a year by checking it over and over herself, and even discussed spilling a drink on the book to ruin it...

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Some Christians Afraid to Look at Robert Crumb’s Illustrated ‘Book of Genesis’


Robert Crumb's illustrated version of the "Book of Genesis" is out, and it's incredible, and guess who's upset about it. Christians! The amazing part about this particular controversy is that instead of getting up in arms about comics with gay people in them or Japanese cartoons with comedic nudity, they're actually upset with the Bible, and it is blowing my mind...

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Celebrate Freedom: Read a Banned Comic


This week is Banned Books Week, when we celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are free to say, write and read what we choose -- and the importance of being vigilant against those who would try to erode those rights and make those choices for us...

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