More on Pat Oliphant’s recent Israel cartoon: The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna, The Boston Globe’s Michael Paulson, The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, and Global Research in International Affairs Center Director Barry Rubin all discuss what Goldberg refers to as Oliphant’s “headless jackbooted muscle-man with a sword pushing a Star of David-shaped shark unicycle” cartoon.
Christian thinks it’s unfair people are always expecting him to follow Christ: A letter-writer expresses his displeasure at a political cartoon Tacoma, Washington’s News Tribune ran making fun of the pope for saying the dumbest thing this particular pope has ever said. He asks that the cartoonist be terminated (Don’t worry, Mr. Angry Letter Writer! At the rate we’re going, market forces will see that all cartoonists are soon terminated!). The letter itself is only four-paragraphs long, but it contains this gem: “Christians have, for centuries, been expected to turn the other cheek, and it’s now long overdue for them to say no more.” Yeah! Why are Christians always expected to turn the other cheek? Just because the Christ they’re named after taught them to do so doesn’t mean that they…hey, wait a minute…
“Villains revealed for Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark stage show”: I hope this is true. I’d love to see how Broadway goes about making Swarm for a live stage show. Trained bees? Can they use trained bees?
A tale of two stacks: Abhay Khosla writes about a stack of random comics he found at his parents house, a stack of new #1 comics he’s been planning to write about, how he relates to each stack, and how they relate to each other. It’s a great read.
“Everything That’s In My Webcomics Folder Right Now”: Tom “Comics Reporter” Spurgeon offers a very readable walk-through of the comics he reads online, which functions as a nice introduction to web comics (and comics that can be read on the web).
“Sexual Spider-Man” comic scandal update: As mentioned here this weekend, a local Omaha, Nebraska TV news team put together a story about the mother of six-year-old finding an inappropriately sexy Spidey comic in her kid’s school library. The report didn’t identify the comic, but now ICv2.com has. Apparently it was Amazing Spider-Man Vol.2: Revelations, which Marvel’s own rating system says is inappropriate for children under 12. Whew. I can’t remember anything in those early J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr. stories that was at all sexy/sexual/potentially inappropriate. The station ran an image of Mary Jane in a bikini, so I suppose there were the usual number of images of MJ flouncing about scantily clad, but that’s it. The kid could have gotten a much, much, much worse Spider-Man comic.