Weird Comics History Ep 1: Before the Comics Code

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Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) talk about comic books during World War II, long before the Comics Code Authority came into existence, and detail the early life of Dr. Frederic Wertham, whose name would someday become synonymous with anti-comics crusading.

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Comic News Insider Episode 361 – Meet the New Super Hero Team, The CNI Dawgs!

Comic News Insider: Episode 361 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: All-Star Western #1, Aquaman #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #1, The Flash#1, Green Lantern: New Guardians #1, Justice League Dark #1, The Savage Hawkman #1, Superman #1, Teen Titans #1, Voodoo #1, Brilliant #1, Ghostbusters #1, Steampunk Fairy Tales One Shot

Jimmy is joined once again by his Aussie friend Matt Brick in the guest co-host chair.  The boys discuss some mix ups with last week’s show, the Doctor Who finale, Bedlam and friend Grace Helbig is running for King of the Web. News includes: a Jack Kirby museum, new Mortal Kombat film, CBLDF gets Comics Code, obscure Marvel properties to film, DC offers exclusives on new Kindle Fire, Image goes same day with digital comics, new Batman animated series, The Simpsons could get canceled, and speaking Klingon helps a man with dyslexia. And, the boys decide to create their own worldwide super hero team called The CNI Dawgs! As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Deconstructing Comics #258: The Tokyo Censorship Law

CensorshipThe Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly recently passed a law that further limits minors’ access to “Any manga, animation, or pictures (but not including real life pictures or footage) that features either sexual or pseudo sexual acts that would be illegal in real life, or sexual or pseudo sexual acts between close relatives whose marriage would be illegal, where such depictions and / or presentations unjustifiably glorify or exaggerate the activity.” Perhaps understandable, but without clear guidelines for determining what is OK and what is not, there are fears of a slippery slope. Could this become defacto, outright censorship? Tim, Kumar, and Mulele discuss the new law, and how this situation compares to the events in the U.S. that led up to the creation of the comics code. Dan Kanemitsu’s Paper Trail — many good blog postings on the topic Editors’ defiant comments Publishers boycott anime convention “My publisher has banned school uniforms” — (visuals on this site are NOT SAFE FOR WORK) Child sex in manga: Art or Obscenity? — The Japan Times JL Roberson touts Deconstructing Comics

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