The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is fighting the good fight against comic book censorship, a problem that has plagued the industry for decades. In order to better educate myself, and by extension Therefore I Geek’s readership, I am starting a periodic series in which I will read all of the books in the CBLDF’s list of banned book case studies and discuss them. These blog articles will take the opportunity to evaluate the material on its own merits, as well as in the larger context of censorship and why these books were banned. To kick off this new series, I’ll be discussing Brian K. Vaughan’ Pride of Baghdad.
In March of 2003, a US led coalition began airstrikes in preparation for the invasion of Iraq. As a result of the airstrikes, four lions from the Baghdad zoo escaped from their enclosure and began wandering the streets. Pride of Baghdad tells the story of these lions, using their journey as an allegory for discussing the invasion itself and exploring the some of the philosophy that surrounded it. At the time the book was published in 2006, the war’s outcome was far from clear, as a civil war was just beginning and the book makes no attempt to predict the future beyond the obvious idea that no matter what the outcome, things will never been the same in Iraq. Continue reading
Given that today is my birthday, I thought I’d share some of my favorite comics. Most of these are trade paperback or hardcover collections, but they’re also available in individual issues if anyone feels the need to hunt them all down. They are also in no particular order, aside from the order I found them on my book shelves. Continue reading
Today is December 1st, and those of us Christmas fanatics can joyfully embrace every awesome hallmark of the season without feeling guilty for neglecting Halloween and Thanksgiving. I managed to keep my excitement in hand enough to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put up my Christmas tree, but that took an inhuman helping of patience (see what I did there?). In honor of the official beginning of the Christmas season, I’ve scoured the internet for suggestions for any geek to add to their Christmas list (for themselves or for someone else) at nearly any price point. Continue reading
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This podcast will be discussing plot points which may be considered spoilers. Consider yourselves warned.
In which, Andrew and Tracy are joined by Santana Perez and Anthony Mazzola to talk about the hottest new releases this summer. Our heroes cover everything from the Marvel summer event, Original Sin, to the latest Image comics, such as Mark Millar’s MPH, as well as writing styles, complex characters, and favorite art. Santana and Mazz say funny things, and Tracy laughs a lot.