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Texas Preacher Declares ‘Vampire Knight’ Manga, Dried Roses To Be Satanic Works, Is Literally Villain From ‘Footloose’

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Censorship is a serious issue. It's one of the reasons that we here at ComicsAlliance always show our support to organizations like the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and rally behind creators who have been subjected to governmental restrictions on their work.

Occasionally, though, there are incidents of people pushing to get books banned that slide right past concerning and directly into the world of hilarious ineptitude.

Such is the case with Reverend Phillip Missick of Texas's amazingly named King of Saints Tabernacle Church, who pushed for the Cleveland, TX public library to remove manga like Matsuri Hino's Vampire Knight from its library, owing, of course, to it being a demonic product of Satan that would drag otherwise saintly children directly into the gaping maw of Hell itself. That, of course, is nothing new. What makes it amazing is that he didn't stop there, going so far as to declare pretty much everything around the manga to be the product of Satan, including a few Harry Potter toys, a bouquet of dried roses, and the actual room itself to be "occultic and demonic."

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The Dark Knight Returns Library Books: Highlights From Batman Day At The Library

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How did you celebrate Batman Day?

If you missed it, the day of the Dark Knight was July 26, and libraries all over the country commemorated the occasions with some creative, literacy-encouraging activities for kids -- and apparently at one, a bear. Random House's library marketing wing partnered with DC Comics to send event kits to libraries, and also set up a Pinterest board for photos of libraries' various celebrations. Check out some of our favorite photos.

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iVerse to Release a Digital Comics Service for Libraries

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If you're still on the fence about paying for digital comics instead of their print counterparts, your local library could soon offer a very free workaround for reading single issue comics and graphic novels. Come

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Link Ink: Ulises Farinas’ Sock Monkey Comic, ‘Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3′ Cuteness And Hurricane Irene Damage

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Art: Ulises Farinas has posted Gregory, his 84-page comic "about being depressed and a sock monkey," in full at his official website.

Pitches: Brian Clevinger details his unused "New 52" Firestorm pitch while wishing the team of Gail Simone, Ethan Van Scriver and Yildiray Cinar the best.

Comics: With Xombi unfortunately wrapped up for now, writer

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Link Ink: ‘Negative Dad,’ ‘Library of the Living Dead’ and a Helpful Voice Actor Guide to ‘The Simpsons’

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Music: Wavves frontman Nathan Williams is teaming with artist Nicholas Gazin for Negative Dad, a potentially 12-issue comic series about "...heshers, evil parents, cat people, juvenile delinquents with partially functioning mutant powers, aliens, dreams." It'll come wit

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Link Ink: New ‘X-Men: First Class’ Images, Nestor Carbonell Returning to Gotham and Clawful Good News

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Movies: X-Men: First Class gets a yearbook of sorts with new character images courtesy of Fox.

Libraries: Eduardo Zepeda from Weslaco Public Library won a $20,000 Great Graphic Novel Library Giveawa

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Link Ink: ‘Wonder Woman’ Casting Sheet Lists Characters, Pony Cop Rises and Libraries Rule

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TV: The Wonder Woman TV show casting sheet could be your stepping stone to supporting role stardom if you fit the right criteria... and David E. Kelly digs you. Should be easy enough to hang with the freshly-cast Adrianne Palicki, right?

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OverDrive Brings Digital Comics to Libraries… Sort Of

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The reach of digital comics continues to expand, Publisher's Weekly reports, to younger readers via their traditional libraries through a service called OverDrive. Based in Cleveland, OH, OverDrive supplies 11,000 libraries across the world with eBooks, audiobooks, music and films.

Marvel Comics and Tokyopop have already made some of their material available through OverDrive, with Moonstone Books and IDW Publishing to follow suit

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FBI Shuts Down HTMLComics (And Why a True Digital Library Would Be More Effective)

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Acting on the urging of a coalition of comic book publishers, the FBI has shut down pirate comic book site Htmlcomics.com. Among internet pirate fans, Htmlcomics was especially notorious; the site offered 6,630,021 pages of more than 5,700 scanned comics, which were available for unrestricted reading. The quality of some of the older books such as "Act

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Library Comic Strip ‘Unshelved’ Understands Mangaphobes

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Given its main protagonist's affection for all manner of sequential art, Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum's public library-based webcomic "Unshelved" often dips into the world of contemporary comic culture topics with the kind of snark needed to snap a lot of people out of their preconception funks. After all, reading issues are library issues and few m

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