August 20, 2003

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

uh. if those comics were intended for kids, why were they in a section marked ADULT? the simple fact that there is such a section makes the assertion of kid-entrapment ridiculous.

although, that page is awfully full of cack... i mean, KAKK. scandal!

Posted by: dianna on August 20, 2003 12:35 PM

this page is neat and all but can anyone tell me where I can find some sugar shoes?

Posted by: didofoot on August 20, 2003 12:40 PM

that's absurd. you can have video games where you beat up prostitutes with baseball bats after having sex on them but you can't have adult-themed comic books? what a country.

Posted by: holohan on August 20, 2003 01:25 PM

Hahahaha! "Kak"!
That made me laugh more than I think it should have.

Posted by: Jacob on August 20, 2003 01:38 PM

besides, this guy is Jesus. is nobody beyond reproach these days?

Posted by: dianna on August 20, 2003 01:39 PM

i never told you that. i wish i'd told you that because then i would be hella learned. but i didn't. i admit it. i didn't know that about the manga and nanjing.

Posted by: michele on August 20, 2003 01:51 PM

Uh-oh. And now I can't seem to find any references for that. I really hope I didn't just make it up.

Posted by: Jacob on August 20, 2003 02:45 PM