Neil Gaiman recently wrote on his blog about the Christopher Handley Comic Book Legal Defense Fund case. If you haven’t followed the sordid circumstances, Christopher Hadley bought a series of lolicon (which I’ve recently gathered is the manga sub-classification dealing with sexually charged depictions of Lolita/under-age persons) manga volumes from Japan. A nosey postal inspector decided to investigate, found material of “questionable” content, and alerted the police, who then followed Mr. Handley home and arrested him. The CBLDF’s statement on the case is here.
On his blog, Mr. Gaiman addressed a reader’s concern that supporting the CBLDF in this matter is tantamount to supporting child pornography.
Rest easy, Dear Reader. Backing the CBLDF in this circumstance is the right thing to do. Look, I won’t lie, I’m a CBLDF backer; if I lived some high-stepping, lavish lifestyle, I’d probably give them a lot more money than I do ($100 annual donation, plus various small fundraiser purchases throughout the year), but even if I wasn’t on their side usually, this case is patently ridiculous.