In which, Andrew and Tracy step out of their comfort zones and into Dude’s, discussing the 1st Amendment and free speech–both what it means to us, and what it means in the context of comic books and broader geek culture. A little heavier and pithier than our normal podcast topics, this one is timely given the current climate of the geek community.
Tag Archives: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Therefore I Geek Podcast Episode 55, Free Speech and Free Expression
CBLDF Response: Pride of Baghdad
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
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New York Comic Con: Day 1
Day 1 of New York Comic Con is over and this year is already shaping up to be one crazy year. Preview day has been one of my favorites for the last few years because it gives you a chance to cover the entire floor show with fewer people and really get a good feel for what’s out there before the craziness that is Friday and Saturday. With the addition of Thursday Only passes this year, preview day was a bit more challenging due to the increased number of people. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they did these passes because that’s how I got in (maybe next year I won’t procrastinate about buying a four day pass), but it did increase the difficulty in moving around.
Despite the increased population, I managed to cover the entire convention, moving at a brisk pace. Its great to see both old and new faces. I’m certain that Harvey Yee’s Rare Comics has been at every convention I’ve ever been to. Rooster Teeth and Cyanide and Happiness are both here and already had noticeable lines forming at their booths. All the major comic publishers had sizable booths which of course were already becoming traffic nightmares. I’m very excited to see that an increase in the quality of the small press this year. I’ve already picked up two different small press comics. One is a science fiction piece and the other is set in feudal Korea. Two very different books, but both appearing to be of quality.
Artists Alley looks really good this year with many big name artists (I already bought an Humberto Ramos print) as well as some really good looking, though less well known artists. I’ve already got a mental list going of prints I want to get. I’m thinking this year might be a Star Wars year.
Looking ahead to Day 2, I’m planning to get started with some autographs and then the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s panel on the secret origin of censorship in comics. Day 2 will also be much more social as most of my friends will be showing up, so I’m anticipating some additional crazy thing to happen.
Stay tuned for more NYCC coverage and for those of you here with us, don’t forget to let us know how your con is going.
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