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Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Star Wars Is Corrupting Our Nation's Youth
1) One of the most frustrating things to deal with in comics retail is the over-protective parents of some of our customers. There's a lot of frequently misplaced concern over "inappropriate" content in comics which are presumably aimed at children. The one that paricularly confuses me is the complaints we sometimes get about the Star Wars line of comics from Dark Horse. The objection is never that the comics ae too violent, which is somewhat surprising given the ever-popular "dismemberment by light-saber" motif in the Star Wars films. No, the complaint is always that the comics are "too risque" in comparison to the content of the films.
So, I must be the only person who remembers this scene:
The lesson I've learned from this? It doesn't matter what kind of material a comic actually contains, someone somewhere is going to be offended by it.
2) My boy-friend is an even bigger comics-fan than I am, so I always seem to be buying more comics than I actually want to read. At this point, almost every single comic that comes into the house featuring spandex is his. Which means of the 17 comics I bought this week, the only four I'm really looking forward to reading are Y: The Last Man, Hard Time, Scurvy Dogs, and Van Helsing. And that last one was purchased mainly as a result of my Hugh Jackman fetish.
3) The cover feature on this week's Video Watchdog is an interview with Eyes Without A Face star Edith Scob. That movie scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. Looking at the stills reproduced in the magazine still give me the creeps. Naturally, I had to buy the magazine.