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CBLDF Releases Short Documentary About American Charged With Posessing ‘Obscene’ Manga Images [Video]


In 2010, Canadian customs officers discovered manga images on vacationing U.S. citizen Ryan Matheson's laptop and found them offensive enough to throw him in jail. Matheson contended those images were mainstream drawings from art books, but he was accused of possessing child pornography and spent days in jail before making bail...

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Neil Gaiman Shares Story from ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Actress


An actress in the anti-Muslim YouTube movie that has provoked condemnation from US officials abroad and widespread protests all around the world has reached out to an unexpected friend to tell her side of the story: Sandman creator and celebrated author Neil Gaiman...

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Link Ink: ‘The Avengers’ Display Design, Talking to ‘Spider-Man’ Stars’ and a Belching Balrog


Design: Jayse Hansen shares beefy images of some of he and Cantina Creative's designs of the glass screens for the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarier in The Avengers, along with Iron Man's Mark VII armor Hud.

Movies: If you've ever wanted to meet the stars of the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man film, Moviefone's upcoming video chat may be your chance...

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Convicted Terrorist Claims Batman and Comics Inspired Him To Act


American citizen, Massachusetts resident, and now convicted terrorist Tarek Mehanna was sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O'Toole. In Mehanna's statement to the court during his sentencing, he made several bold declarations about his beliefs, including that he first began to establish the personal values that would later inspire him to support al-Qaeda from reading comics and connecting with characters like Batman...

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Criminal Charges Dropped for American Facing Year in Prison for ‘Obscene’ Manga Images


Criminal charges have been dropped against for Ryan Matheson, a 27-year-old comic book fan previously known as "Brandon X" who had been accused of possessing child pornography for carrying manga images into Canada that authorities found objectionable...

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Wacky Taiwanese Animators Lend Support to Assaulted Syrian Cartoonist Ali Ferzat [Video]


Best known for reenacting celebrity gossip in comically bizarre videos that look ripped straight out of The Sims, the Taiwanese animators at Next Media Animation recently responded to the horrendous assault on Ali Ferzat, a renowned Syrian cartoonist who was beaten and had both of his hands broken in retribution for drawing cartoons critical of Bashar al-Assad...

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Police Officers Demoted Over Satirical Animated Videos [Video]


A police sergeant and a deputy chief in Renton, Washington have been demoted for the creation of a satirical Xtranormal animated video (you know, like the ones in those Geico commercials) that mocked people they worked with...

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U.S. Citizen Charged in Canada for Manga on Laptop, Faces Minimum 1 Year in Prison


After the recent seizure of comics at the Canadian border from creators on their way to the Toronto Comics Art Festival -- and an official advisory from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund on the aggressive searches of comics fans at Canadian customs -- ComicsAlliance posted a series of tips on how to protect yourself when crossing the border into Canada with either printed comics or digital versions of comics on laptops and other devices...

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Man Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for Buying Lolicon Manga


Manga collector Christopher Handley was sentenced to 6 months in prison last Thursday, after importing lolicon and yaoi manga from Japan that the federal government deemed obscene and prosecuted under the PROTECT Act of 2003, which states that any obscene illustrations, sculptures, computer-generated pictures or other imagery that depicts minors in sexual situations will be treated no differently from actual video recordings of child sexual abuse...

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CBLDF Auction Coming at Comic-Con


The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is planning a big auction at Comic-Con next month in collaboration with the comic shop Things from Another World, selling art from generous comics creators to raise funds for the first amendment rights charity...

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