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What Right?: Graphic Interpretations Against Censorship [Paperback]

Robin Fisher
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Nov. 1 2002

Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium, Vancouver's legendary gay and lesbian bookstore, has long fought for freedom of expression, to the point of taking Canada Customs to court, charging that, by regularly seizing materials destined for the store (branding them "obscene"), the federal agency was guilty of harrassment and infringement of free speech.

In December of 2000, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a landmark decision in the case of Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium vs. Canada, stating that the onus of proving that expressive material is obscene lies with Canada Customs.

Little Sister's battle against censorship continues, as they recently filed an appeal against Canada Customs for prohibiting the importation of two adult comic books in the Meatmen series.

It is the belief of the owners and staff of Little Sister's that the comic books at issue have unquestionable artistic merit, and therefore do not fit the definition of obscenity. The comic books are anthologies of works by both prominent and up-and-coming gay artists.

Some claim that comic art is not "artistic" but this is not a belief held by Arsenal Pulp Press. And so, we are pleased to announce the publication of two collections of comic art, by renowned and newer artists, dealing with the issue of censorship, with proceeds being donated to the Little Sister's Defence Fund to assist in their legal challenge to the actions of Canada Customs.

The two volumes of What Right? are graphic interpretations of what it means to live in a society where we presumably enjoy the right to free speech, and what happens when, as often happens, that right is challenged.

The first collection, subtitled Graphic Interpretations Against Censorship, includes comic art that confronts the serious issues around the denial of civil rights and freedom of speech in particular.

The second collection, What's Wrong? subtitled Explicit Graphic Interpretations Against Censorship, includes comic art, often satirical, that epitomizes the kinds of materials that Canada Customs seems intent on censoring, by refusing to allow such materials into the hands of Canadian citizens.

The two books in the What Right? series are fundraising projects for the Little Sister's Defence Fund. Arsenal Pulp Press is donating all proceeds over and above its production costs, and all individuals involved have donated their time, energy, and creative talents, to create two marvelous collections of engaging comic art.

Each book includes an introduction by Mark Macdonald, author and buyer for Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium.


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About the Author

Robin Fisher is a comic activist, a girlfriend, a cat owner, a radio dj, a friend, a writer, an occasional student, and a voracious reader. She lives in Vancouver.


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4.0 out of 5 stars it was ok Sept. 6 2008
By elfdart TOP 1000 REVIEWER
this is a collection of graphic interpretations on how censorship does nothing beneficial for society. it discusses mostly the censorship of books and ideas through that medium, but some of the comics just deal with the censorship of ideas themselves, or the way in which ideas are expressed. overall i'd say it's a good collection of comic strips speaking against censorship.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A brave and diverse collection. April 30 2005
By J. Glover - Published on Amazon.com
The benefit for Little Sister's Defense Fund catalysed following the persecution of a Vancouver bookstore in the 1980s. But the array of talent commanded by this commission shines alone and intersects collectively, each to be a series of embryonic cartoonic zeitgeists in utero... drivels someone somewhere.

In What's Right, Talbot's superb cover of a masked skull scissoring a book into confetti is matched by many clever and funny cartoons including the brilliant salvo against banality Fetus-X by Eric Millikin and Casey Sorrow. In Boneyard by Richard Moore, cartoon porn-stars find their language bleeped by the general nemesis. Yes you've guessed - it's that poxy and voyeuristic Canadian law. What's Right is the more thoughtful of the two books, resulting sadly in a lot of didactic strips of pontificating characters amidst a few gems of political lampooning. Still it's all stuff good enough to cause much more scratching of foreheads (and trouser pockets) down at the Canadian Customs offices, and the various bureaus behind the persecution of the Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium in Vancouver.

In the sister volume, What's Wrong? Explicit Graphic Interpretations Against Censorship, the quality of the talent , storytelling and graphic, are of a higher standard than What's Right?, the latter focussing on the moral side of the debate. Richard Moore's A Bet's A Bet stands out for it's drawing, with your next door animal-guy types getting it on. Art laurels too go to Robin Fisher and Donald King's Vespa Erotica, a girl's daydream of the erotic possibilities to be had by owning a two wheeler. And Creepy Snuff Porn by Howard Cruse, which is equally cute and violent. Union Dues by Taylor gets special mentions for their graphics. Fancy Pants by Michael Noonan is direct enough to be as real as life. In Satan's Free Country, a boy has his mind blown and is seduced by the Lord Pan. Dave Coopers Cartoon Abominations is a brilliant take on Crumb-influenced portraits of comedy mutants.

Should what's right and wrong with them enter into it when the project comes with such political credentials? I would say so. As political cartooning it is disarming just enough to avoid polemics, working best as simple tales of people, couched in a long array of never less than distinctive talents. Whatever you view of the politics of thoughtcrime - and if you can find the time for strips desqueamished, deheroised and humanly intense - then this book or it's companion volume should belong to you.
4.0 out of 5 stars it was ok Sept. 6 2008
By elfdart - Published on Amazon.com
this is a collection of graphic interpretations on how censorship does nothing beneficial for society. it discusses mostly the censorship of books and ideas through that medium, but some of the comics just deal with the censorship of ideas themselves, or the way in which ideas are expressed. overall i'd say it's a good collection of comic strips speaking against censorship.
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