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Poplitico: SC Legislators Want to Punish Colleges for Fun Home

fun home coverSouth Carolina legislators are trying to punish two public colleges for assigning Alison Bechdel‘s praised graphic novel Fun Home. The story deals with Bechdel’s childhood and her closeted gay father and her own coming out as a lesbian.

The state’s House budget-writing committee approved cuts on Wednesday of $52,000 to the College of Charleston and $17,142 from the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Those reductions is about what each college spent on their programs that involved the graphic novel as well as other selections on homosexuality. In USC Upstate’s case, they assigned Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio for a required course for all freshmen. The course also featured lectures and other activities.

Rep. Garry Smith said:

I understand diversity and academic freedom. This is purely promotion of a lifestyle with no academic debate.

The House Ways and Means Committee defeated by a vote of 13-10 an effort by Republican Rep. B.R. Skelton to restore the money. Skelton felt this sort of retribution was inappropriate action from the elected officials.

Skelton is a retired Clemson University professor and said:

If we’re going to begin funding institutions on the basis of books they’ve assigned, we’re going down a road we don’t need to go down.

Rep. Jim Merrill, a Republican felt the whole thing was “stupid” and only to make them “feel better.” That didn’t stop him from voting down Skelton’s attempt to restore the funding.

Skelton felt he wanted to make a point and offered an amendment to force the legislators to approve every book on a college reading list. He then pulled the amendment before a vote took place.

Poplitico: Ghostbusters and Iran

In the newly renamed Poplitico we look at a geeky moment in politics or a political moment in geekdom.

This week comes from The X-Files: Conspiracy: Ghostbusters which sees the Lone Gunmen head to New York and the Ghostbuster firehouse. There they come across their ghost containment unit… with this exchange.

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The panel is perfect timing as some sanctions towards Iran were lifted this week since they have done some work in suspending the nuclear program. So, not only was there an awesome political reference, but there’s also the timing factor. You couldn’t have planned it better.

Pop Political/Political Pop: Trolling the GOP with Comics

Each week I point out a nice “political” moment in comics, or a geeky moment in politics. It could be an entire comic, a Tweet, release, event or a moment in a comic series, recent or in the past.

This week’s entry is a great case in trolling that had me laughing for quite a long time. The GOP took to Twitter to ask what people’s “top issues” were. Comic writer Ron Marz had a response that was just too perfect to not be the top moment of the week.

But Marz wasn’t the only one to have this idea. Here’s some others that got in on the fun:

Pop Political/Political Pop: The Fox Cares About the Environment

Each week I point out a nice “political” moment in comics, or a geeky moment in politics. It could be an entire comic, a Tweet, release, event or a moment in a comic series, recent or in the past.

This week comes courtesy of The Fox #3 released by Archie Comics with the creative team of Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid. The issue has The Fox on an alien world, working to free a captive, has a stream of consciousness that includes some thoughts on his impact on the environment, all while dodging traps. Entertaining and also teaching good stewardship!the_fox_3_environment

Pop Political/Political Pop: The Beetle Vs. the Glass Ceiling (Spoilers)

Welcome to the first Pop Political/Political Pop which will be posted each Friday where I spotlight a “political” moment in comics for the week or a geek moment in politics. It could be an entire comic, a Tweet, release, event or a moment in a comic series, recent or in the past. This week’s first one comes courtesy of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man written by Nick Spencer with art from Rich Ellis.

Warning Spoilers Ahead!

The issue focuses on the new Beetle, who we have learned is the daughter of mob enforcer Tombstone. Janice wants to be a super villain but her dad has other ideas, such as her becoming a lawyer… they can steal way more money and do so legally. But, that doesn’t sit right where she protests that she wants to break the glass ceiling and become the head of a crew and run it the right way.

On being a woman and a career (in crime) she has this to say:

beetle_1Then there’s Janice’s dating life. In an awesome sequence of how she spends her time we get a snapshot of a date and what’s going on through her head.

beetle_2Between the Clinton reference and the X when Republicans are mentioned, I’m guessing Janice might be a Democrat.

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