Friday, October 08, 2004

Under protest: With tongue gingerly planted in cheek, Cornell Daily Sun columnist Erica Stein wonders why some media are targets of religious protest while others seemingly escape notice:

"While they're at it, they might want to check out an art form that has produced some of the most overtly religious, challenging and theologically mature work of the past 25 years. There are still a few evangelical sects that consider graphic novels a tool of the devil, an actual congressional commission was launched in the 1960s to investigate the potential harms of comic books, and there are at least five cases a year when the owner of a comic book store is arrested and brought to trial for selling adult titles (think R-rated, not XXX) to adults. So where's Jesse Helms when Garth Ennis has a priest, a vampire and an assassin take a road trip to confront God? Where are the death threats called in to DC when Mike Carey's Lucifer strolls into heaven?

"For one thing, everyone's probably too busy protesting a TV show to notice. Not only do comics lack the modern mass audience of cinema and television, because they are regarded as inherently morally corrupt, no one bothers to seek out individual titles; it makes more sense to direct one's efforts at the entire comic book industry than just one facet of it."