Oh come on. At this point, we really can't do anything but laugh.
I--seriously. Do they and fanlib have the same brilliant publicity strategy?
From deadlychameleon, a link to Comic Book Resources about comics and libraries.
Librarians are about the last group in the world interested in anything resembling censorship, but they also are beholden to their own communities, and they fret a lot about what crosses what line. Of major concern to many librarians are excesses we could easily get by, if we abandoned the notion that the medium and the art of comics are somehow improved by being a boys' club of unfettered pandering to our own basest instincts. Mainly characterized by triple-E cups and degrading male-dominated sexual content. Strange as it may sound, apparently girls, a large portion of the library comics audience, don't like things like that. Which might be grounds for schism right there, since, apparently, many artists seem to be attracted to comics not to tell stories but to indulge those particular fantasies. No librarian I spoke with wanted to tell anyone not to create that kind of material, but its sheer prevalence, often in apparently comics where it doesn't seem appropriate, bothers a lot of them.
And from adannu
Marvel Comics Have Lost Its Damn Mind by asim with an interesting, thoughtful look at the cover and Marvel's history with superhero women.
I'm thinking more and more on Child.
The thing is, I'm not against him seeing nudity, violence, etc. I temper it to his age, the level of sex in it, and the cheesiness of the violence; seriously, anything made for Sci-Fi channel almost automatically is fine, except Battlestar Galactica, since second season themes, while awesome, aren't going to be something he understands. Well, and some others, but you get the idea. And frankly, I can't see how seeing nudity could possibly destroy his soul. Porn, no. Highly sexual nudity, no. But outside that, eh. Seeing a breast never killed anyone. I think. *shrugs*
So what's getting to me is the fact that the statue might not be marketed to his age group, but a lot of comics *are*, and many *do* have more explicit stuff than I'm perfectly comfortable with. Nudity and revealing clothing aren't a problem; non-explicit violence isn't even a problem. It comes down to sexualizing *everything*, where there's no room for anything else.
Sidenote: I'm fairly amused that at this point, I can leave out Gravitation and no one would even notice it, but this one? I would get the freaked out stares. And it's not the only one. Best Friend and her brothers are huge comics collectors and action figure collectors, so I've seen a lot of covers over the years.
It's--hmm. I'm thinking on how to put this.
I hate the protect the children rhetoric of politicians and some other parents. I've always been pretty much under the impression I can do that very well by myself, thanks. I control his incoming media and the television. Which is my point. I really don't *want* him to read these. I am behind the right to sell the comics in any way seen fit by the people who make them, but it *is* annoying that something that is at least somewhat supposed to be read by kids is--uncomfortable for me to look at. And frankly, as the one who buys his entertainment, final decision isn't going to be with Fanboy In Training here--it's going to be me.
It's been something I've been considering since the entire MJ thing--not that Child would get or even understand what I have a problem with. Or that he'd ever see that thing, ever. It's not about Marvel's right to do whatever the hell they want with whatever they want. Do every comic female doing housework for her man. I can not buy and choose not to buy what pisses me off. And I'll include what Child buys and doesn't buy in that judgement.
Child is a future fanboy. He's Dr. Who and obsessively buying action heros and books, loves superhero movies and cartoons, and he's a potential market who will, will, will be spending money at some point that is not mine. And he'll buy things in his fannish pursuits just like I do. This? Just won't be one of the things he was raised to enjoy and want to buy.
I don't particularly like it, but I can find him comics that don't annoy me quite so much. He can stick with the cartoons for his superhero fix.