recognizing Arthur C. Clarke’s third law

I’m just a comic book boy there’s nothing scary

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Gothic and Lolita BibleIt’s understandable but regrettable that manga collector Christopher Handley decided to plead guilty to charges of “possessing obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and mailing obscene material.” Evidence against him included things like looking at the Gothic & Lolita Bible online. What links have you looked at that might be similarly interpreted?

His sentence has not been determined, but Handley forfeits all seized property and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a three-year term of supervised release.

The non-profit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund had served as a special consultant to the defense, assisting with access to experts on the First Amendment and on manga. It also funded research pursuant to an eventual jury trial and earmarked funds for witness expenses.

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein noted, “Mr. Handley now faces the loss of his freedom and his property, all for owning a handful of comic books. … For that reason, the Fund stands steadfast in our commitment to defending the First Amendment rights of the comics art form.”

Neil Gaiman wrote up the frightening background on the case and discusses why he, as an internationally renowned, award-winning and successful author, cares.

(Title lyric from the Ramones. Written by Dee Dee, I think.)


Written by chris

May 20, 2009 at 4:37 pm

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