December 2020 – because our links are woefully out of date they have been taken offline pending review and updates.

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  1. Have you read this article? Quite good, explains why the printed comic rules.

    Great Scott!

    Comic Books Prepare Students for High School, University, and Graduate School Examinations!

    The Power of the Graphic Novel’s Lexicon Revealed

    Many young people can recall being told to put down their comic books and get serious about what they were reading. The comic book as a form of literature has been lampooned in the media, since its inception. Critiques have included the following: too simplistic, gory, propaganda, sexist, morally bankrupt, and pulp fiction at best. Of course, the debate was not helped by the numerous advertisements, over the past seven decades, of novelty items such as x-ray glasses, Sea Monkeys, and muscle enhancement programs. Also the incorporation and invention of such words as “kroonk”, “snikkt”, and “boof” didn’t help either. However, long-time collectors and readers of these publications will argue differently. Many readers, including this one, suggested that some rather complex social, psychological, scientific, and historical themes, theories and words have been a part of these texts. The role of imagination and pictorial explanations of these aforementioned concepts abound. The institution of the Comics Code, a voluntary, self-regulating body, was created by the Comics Magazine Association of America in 1954, sought to modify and monitor the behavioral aspects of comic books as the general public complained about their content of violence, gore, and horror. While vocabulary was not a major aspect of the Code, it did mention as a prohibition, “Words or symbols which have acquired undesirable meanings are forbidden.” The depiction and use of the words, “crime”, “drugs”, and “terror” were all flashpoints of censorship and debate. In 2011, the last publisher of comic books dropped the Code and all publishers favored internal mechanisms of censorship and screening. The mere fact that the Comics Code lasted for such a duration, taints the argument for this literature to take on a semblance of legitimacy. Or does it?

    Ya there’s more…

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