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News briefs for October 29, 2009

Comic history

» A letter written by Walt Disney is up for auction. The typed letter on company letterhead and signed by Disney is expected to sell for $3,500 and $5,000.

Comic strips

» Michael Cavna leads a crusade to get Doonesbury printed at a legible size in the Washington Post and wins.

Graphic Novels

» Two Kentucky librarians were allegedly fired for refusing to lend an 11-year-old an Alan Moore graphic novel “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” The book was deemed “pornographic” by the librarian. The library director could not comment on the terminations, but reportedly stated, it is “the responsibility of a child’s parents to monitor what they are reading.”

Interviews

» Tom Mason interviews Mike Bannon about his webcomic Mordant Orange.

» Scott Nickel interviews Paul Gilligan, creator of Pooch Café.

Community Comments

#1 John Cole
October/30/2009
@ 7:15 am

Sounds like the Kentucky I grew up in.

#2 Jeff Stanson
October/31/2009
@ 7:57 am

…and it is the responsibility of any institution, whether a government entity or a retail establishment to follow the law. The same law that prohibits convenience stores from selling “mature” materials to children should also apply to libraries. Too many “book people” see a “book” as above the law or even holy just because the medium is a book. The government won’t allow an 11-year-old-into an R-rated movie without their parent, it won’t allow a video store to rent an R-rated movie to an 11-year-old, but it wants an 11-year-old to check out a book deemed to have mature content? It’s a case of the government talking out of both sides of its mouth.

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