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May 13, 2009

Writing for ComiPress, Lawrence A. Stanley provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the prosecution of Christopher Handley for possession of obscene images:

“It is often said that ‘bad cases make bad law,’ but here the bad law is being made by legislators and judges alike who climb over each other in an effort to prove their moral uprightness and supposed concern with protecting children.”

Over at MangaBlog, Brigid Alverson considers the chilling implications:

“This case is frightening on a number of levels: The eagerness of state and federal authorities to invade someone’s privacy for a victimless crime (remember, we’re talking about drawings here), the disregard of the constitutional rights to privacy and freedom of speech, and the government’s treatment of Handley, which reads like something out of a dystopian novel.”

Manga Eisner straw poll

May 13, 2009

Just out of curiosity, I thought I’d test the waters and see what you all thought about the race for this year’s Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Japan. Comics professionals can cast their official vote through June 15, but I’m nosy and impatient. I’ll check back in on June 16 to see which title “won.”

You may notice that I didn’t put in an “Other” option, not that I don’t want to hear what titles you think were neglected (as I’ve contributed to such discussions myself), but because people viewing the poll results can’t see voters’ write-in nominations. So hopefully you’ll cast your vote in the actual ballot and, if you aren’t satisfied with the choices, post a comment naming the book you’d vote for in a perfect world.

I’ll post my pick after the jump. It’s like how you can’t have campaign signs within a certain distance of a polling place.

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