Thursday 25 August 2022

Comics Wrap-Up - The Biggest Target

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It's Thursday, I'm tired, let's get some comics-y superhero-y goodness!

Discussing Ms Marvel

Over at Nerdist, I found some excellent discussions of representation in Ms Marvel, from Indian-American Muslim writer, Maryam Ahmad; these are well worth checking out, I promise.

SPOILERS in all, though - OK? OK

Kamala Khan: Are you following me?
Via Giphy

Check 'em out, they're great:

More Censorship in 'the Land of the Free'

For those who don't know, there is a current wave of book banning and censorship across the USA - this is something that sadly happens periodically, with this current wave targetting LGBTQ+ content in particular.

Queer content is not the only thing under attack - other tried-and-tested targets include Jewish representation and discussions of racism - but LGBTQ+ stuff seems to be the biggest target.

Graphic novels and comics, as they often do, are bearing a fair chunk of the brunt.

Kelly Jensen @ Book Riot has put together a look at the most-challenged comics and graphic novels in the US since the year 2000 - the vast majority of which have some form of Queer content or representation.

Traditional Shameless Self-Promo

Last week's Friday Fics Fix was another example of me being Bucky Barnes trash, by recommending a fic where Bucky is a (possibly) immortal being, and Sam Wilson is his colleague at a record store.

Because why not, I guess?

What do you make of the recent censorship in the US?

Is too much attention given in (internet and/or bookish) media to USA censorship issues, while ignoring problems that exist in the rest of the world (i.e. I have zero clue whether this is a problem in the UK, and I live here)?

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  1. I do think that the media could pay more attention to censorship happening in other places. I know there's a few bills being passed in Canadian law right now that could be argued contribute to censorship, but these things don't get nearly as much attention.

    1. Like I said - I have zero clue about UK censorship, let alone in Canada. We barely keep statistics here, and without that info it's hard to know whether that's because we don't have a problem, or whether it's because we have a *big* problem!


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