Persepolis still not being taught to seventh graders in Chicago; students stage sit in this morning

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As we suspected when the news broke, the removal of Persepolis from the seventh grade curriculum at a Chicago high school turned in to a minor media circus pretty quickly, with school officials saying different things all over the place. If you missed all the confusion, the Chicago Tribune
has the authoritative round up and Claire Kirch covers it for PW. Basically it emerged that the book was not being removed from school libraries or all schools, but it is being removed from the 7-10 grade curriculum where it is is currently being taught. The person who seems to have decided that is at the very top: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennnet who wrote

Persepolis removed from Chicago schools amidst confusion; protest scheduled

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Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, a stunning coming of age story considered a classic by many, has been ordered removed from Chicago’s Lane Technical High School for reasons that remain unclear.

What the women of Big Bang Theory found in the comics shop

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We didn’t watch last night’s hilarious “Women go to a comics shop” episode of Big Bang Theory, but Scott Johnson did so we wouldn’t have to and the results sound quite ghastly:

The Boston Phoenix pulls comics over sponsor issue — UPDATED

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Karl Stevens’ comic page Failure has been cancelled by the Boston Phoenix, where it had run for the last few years, replacing another strip by Stevens known as “Whatever.” The reason, reportedly, is because the above strip insulted an advertiser, Bud Light.

Superior Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane

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I’m still interested in Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-Man series, despite his apparent gleeful evolution into a Pantomime villain for the internet age. The series, which apparently sees a new character get into the Spider-Man outfit and make it “darker and edgier”, was met by shock and horror, albeit shock and horror and fascination. Slott seems […]

George R.R. Martin Supports CBLDF For Banned Books Week!

Via PR, but it’s a great cause! George R.R. Martin, the celebrated creator of GAME OF THRONES and WILD CARDS  is celebrating Banned Books Week by supporting the important work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!  This is his special message about what he’s doing to help, and how you can join him in […]

The New Yorker learns why they call it FACEbook and not NIPPLEbook

For those of you who think New Yorker humor is inscrutable, cartoon editor Robert Mankoff’s recent post on Nipplegate could generally put the ROFL in anyone’s MAO.

MUST LISTEN: Audio of the 1954 Senate Comic Book hearings

While the finding of the check for $130 which National presented to Siegel and Shuster might have been a high point of this year’s comic history, here’s a strong contender for another: the actual audio of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency hearings on comic books.

It had to happen: One Million Moms targets Archie's gay marriage and Toys 'r' Us

While you might have expected much outcry over the introduction of a gay character into the traditionalist world of Riverdale, reaction to Archie Comics’s Kevin Keller has been overwhelmingly positive. But Archie has heedlessly kept hurtling down the highway, hellbent for tolerance, going further and further until it seemed inevitable they would rouse a bear somewhere: Kevin got his own series and even his own wedding issue, one of those flash forwards in which he marries a doctor who helped him recover from injuries sustained in the Iraq war.

Well, let your faith in the bigotry of humanity be restored: a pressure group is threatening a boycott of Toys ‘r’ Us over carrying the offending comic.

Fox News expose: sex sells in comics and is destroying our children

A Fox News report on how sexy, violent comics are corrupting our youth is ruffling some feather today. The piece originally aired on Fox’s Washington DC outlet and found reporter Sherri Ly tut tutting over RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1 and CATWOMAN #1 as if they just came out and were still on sale. JESUS, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE LAST FIVE MONTHS?

Comics history: The "Comic book situation" of 1955

We’ve been a bit out of the news for a few days due to crushing deadlines on another project, and while scanning the news for catch-up purposes we noticed that Google was offering comicbook headlines of the past like this ons from May 12, 1955. The story from the Oxnard Press-Courier relates the story of a vigilante group of concerned citizens who have vowed to make sure that comics on the newsstands were carrying the Comics Code seal and that the “comic book situation” provided proper reading for the kids.

Sam's Club banned Lego Bible for being too racy

We don’t know HOW we missed this story when it originally broke as we’re such huge fans of The Brick Testament at Stately Beat Manor. Lest you forget, this is one man’s crazy 10-year quest to retell the Bible using Legos a gargantuan task of posing and photographing, not to mention compression. When the book came out in November, we were all over that shit, and so, originally, was massive ass market retailer Sam’s Club and religious bookstores, who thought that a version of the Bible told in colorful brick would appeal to children.

CBLDF argues to keep book on the shelves of a Maine school library

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE, the Ariel Schrag-edited look at middle school comedy and shame, isn’t a G-rated romp through age 13, but given its subject matter, how could it be? Instead it’s an awful painful look at the most painful ages of all, told by 17 cartoonists including Schrag, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and more.

It is potentially a little too rough for the Buckfield Junior-Senior High School Library in Dixfield, ME where one parent objected to the book being available, prompting a review by the school board:

Persepolis showing creates uproar in Tunisia

Comics and related cartoons continue to cause problems in the Middle East. Tunisia, the country widely credited with setting off the “Arab Spring” in a relatively peaceful fashion earlier this year, is in an uproar after Marjane Satrapi’s animated film was shown last month and immediately set off a huge controversy for a scene which shows God — which, as you may have realized by now, is forbidden by some branches of Islam.

Nessma, the station which ran the film, is being sued for showing it — and the trial erupted in angry confrontations yesterday:

French satirical cartoon magazine firebombed after showing Mohammed

Only yesterday word that Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French magazine, was planning to run a a special “Sharia issue” guest edited by the prophet Mohammed.

“What could possibly go wrong?” we were planning to write.

Has digital availablity of comics put a crimp in piracy?

This iFanboy interview with a comics pirate who recently quit indicated that even among the scanning community, the good old days were awesome. Now, not so much.