Friday, December 17, 2004


There have been comments about my ratings, particularly the depravity part. I think I'm just going to drop the rating bit altogether. The description should be enough for you to make up your own mind.

Depravity wasn't the best term but it was the only one I could come up with. I don't have a problem with the idea of violence or sex. They are both a part of life. It is the detail that the comics get into, far beyond anything realistic, that crosses over into depravity.


Blogger Shane Bailey said...

I think dropping the ratings will serve you and your readers much better in the end as it becomes less subjective and more fact based, i.e. this happens in the issue, etc.

December 19, 2004 at 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably a good thing. After all one "SmartAss" from Captain America gets a "2" on the depravity scale when any child capable of reading has a pretty good idea of what that means basically shows you for the censorious zealot you are.

You don't have any children do you? You really don't know anything about them do you? I have a pair of the most well behaved, empathetic, wise and kind sons you'll ever meet.

Hiding kids from the crap they know lies right under the surface isn't always doing them a service. Showing super-hero violence with no consequences also does no one a service. Violence leads to injury. Graphic, painful, bloody injury. Kids know this already from their own experience with cuts and bruises and that of their friends whose fathers beat them up when they try to protect their moms.

Showing the violence without the blood shows kids that you're lying to them, that you underestimate them, you don't respect their intellect.

The kids who are old enough to read comics can tell the difference between fantasy and reality.

You have your pre-conceived notions of how comics should be - based on your notions of what's right for children. I think you're full of crap - and you want to impose you authoritarian views on the purveyors of media.

I always wonder why censorious conservatives feel that the market is the answer to everything except media and ideas. Only things they approve of should be distributed to the people they approve. Either that or creators should dumb down their creations so as not to offend their delicate sensibilities.

You seem to think people should somehow be warned that these once idyllic "funny books" contain things that are toxic to certain people. That based on your demonstrably arbitrary criteria (smartass?) you should have some say over their content.

If the audience doesn't like the way things are they won't succeed. Yet you support these books with your dollars and then complain when they're not in line with your standards.

I continue to be one of the people who visit your site and contribute to the argument. Why do I do it? Maybe the feeling of outrage I get that a Librarian, A LIBRARIAN! is sounding the bugle for censorship - the vicarious thrill of puncturing your self important pomposity - the quickening of the pulse while I let my outrage at your outrage grow as I hammer on the keys of my typewriter in opposition to the same old garbage I've opposed time and time again provides some reassurance that I am truly alive.

I think we're pretty much the same.

Your pal,


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