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RE: [Something] A good reason and place to buy comics this month...

  • FromJoseph Pate <jpate@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateThu, 4 Oct 2007 10:29:28 -0700 (PDT)
My wife just told me about a post to one of the online forums she
frequents, wherein a local teacher showed The Passion of the Christ
to 15-year-old high school students without any parental consent or

Regardless of where you stand on the whole Christian thing, PotC
is one of the most violent movies ever made, and I'm including 
Quentin Tarantino films in that mix (Roger Ebert said it was the 
most violent movie he's ever seen).  At the very least, it has an
R rating, and by definition, parents are supposed to give the OK
(or not), before a minor watches a R-rated film.  I know those are
only the MPAA ratings, not US law, but I think it's safe to say 
it's a reasonable standard for schools to use.  Personally, I have
no problem with violence in films -- but I'm 37 and it's an informed
choice.  No, I do not show violent films to my 4-year-old son.

>From my tone (i.e. the above is a Bad Thing), this is not to say 
that the above teacher should be disciplined or fired or whatever
for wanting to show the film, but certainly, without allowing 
students to opt out and/or letting parents know that a controversial
film is in the neighborhood, IMHO, some sort of reprimand (at least)
is justified.

To be perfectly honest, I am often of the opinion that people who 
frequently take offense, should be given plenty of offense to take,
but I do recognize that reality is not for everyone  ;-)  and more
seriously, anyone who can get through life with minimal exposure to
others' hate, prejudice, intolerance, etc. -- more power to 'em

I seem to be rambling now, so I'll just say, thanks for the post,
and as I am [currently] a San Jose local, I'll look up Hijinks 
some time; maybe they can be my new FLGS (if they are also a GS).


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> Subject: RE: [Something] A good reason and place to buy comics this month...
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> Weird, I did not see the original news story yet  ... 
> When I was in grade 9, we were encouraged to go to see the stage play
> 'Equus' by Peter Shaeffer, and the theater presenting it offered
> significant discout for highschool students.
> There is nudity in that play !   And other potentially objectionable
> things like  insanity , violence, singing of television commercial
> jingles, ..
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: something-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> > [mailto:something-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
> > Laurie J. Rich
> > Sent: 04 October 2007 16:04
> > To: General Wunderland.Com Discussion List
> > Subject: [Something] A good reason and place to buy comics 
> > this month...
> > 
> > Heard via boingboing.net...
> > 
> > "Dan from Silicon Valley's Hijinx Comics writes,
> > 
> >     I own and operate a comic book shop in San Jose, CA which was
> > recently voted best comic shop in Silicon Valley. I write free comic
> > retailing software and I also run an online graphic novel store called
> > ComicBookShelf.com .
> > 
> >     The recent teacher ousting over Eightball #22 was a real wakeup
> > call that there is a lot of work to do on making the public understand
> > what a vital and important artform comics can be. A world where an
> > educator loses their job for recommending Dan Clowes is a world I
> > don't want to live in!
> > 
> >     That's just one of the reasons I'm proud to announce that
> > ComicBookShelf.com will donate 5% of every online sale to the Comic
> > Book Legal Defense Fund which supports comics-related first amendment
> > cases.
> > 
> >     We're also donating an additional 5% to the Hero Initiative which
> > helps get financial help to golden age comic artists who never made
> > any royalties from their priceless creations.
> > 
> >     Furthermore, until the end of October 2007 we will double the
> > donation to both organizations, meaning 20% of every sale will go to
> > these worthy organizations.
> > 
> >     Shipping is always free anywhere in the US and we support Google
> > checkout for safe and secure payment processing. We carry a wide array
> > of books and our open source bookstore recommendation algorithms let
> > you rate books and get recommendations. Kind of like Netflix does, but
> > for graphic novels."
> > 
> > Laurie
> > 
> > -- 
> > "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired,
> > signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not
> > fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
> > President Dwight D. Eisenhower
> > April 16, 1953
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