For those of you who have been following things like this, Jesus Castillo’s appeal was denied by the Supreme Court. For those who haven't been following, Neil Gaiman summed it up pretty well with, "I think the hardest thing to believe is that Jesus was found guilty of selling an adult comic, from the adult section of the store, to an adult police officer, and convicted because the DA convinced the jury that all comics are really intended for children. I can't imagine a world in which the same argument would have worked for books or for films..."
This sets a very disappointing precedent. Comics can be kids stuff, but aren't necessarily. I think it was Michele who told me that after World War II, the first piece of Japanese literature to address the Rape of Nanjing was a manga, simply because it slipped under the censors' radar. Books like
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Torso, and Sin City are fantastic pieces of art and literature, but definitely not for kids. I don't see how the Jesus Castillo case is any different than a prosecutor going before a jury and claiming, "Just examine your stereotypes. All gay literature is obviously aimed at entrapping young boys." and inexplicably winning.
Posted on August 20, 2003 11:01 AM