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It’s new comic book day! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Virginian-Pilot – Virginia Beach book critics argue ‘one-size-fits-all’ obscenity standard no longer effective; advocates disagree – The court case should be dismissed with prejudice.

Kotaku – This Optimistic New Manga Is Why I Subscribe To Shonen Jump – Anyone reading this?

Review

CBR – Dark Crisis: Worlds Without the Justice League – Green Lantern #1

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without the Justice League - Green Lantern #1

Review: Gender Queer: A Memoir – Deluxe Edition

Maia Kobabe talks about eir’s journey of discovery of eir gender identity with an interesting focus on advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

This special deluxe hardcover edition of Gender Queer features a brand-new cover, exclusive art and sketches, a foreword from ND Stevenson, Lumberjanes writer and creator of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and an afterword from Maia Kobabe.

Story: Maia Kobabe
Art: Maia Kobabe
Color: Phoebe Kobabe

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Oni Press and Maia Kobabe sued by Virginia Politicians over Gender Queer

Gender Queer

Gender Queer continues to be a flashpoint in the culture war. Last month, a lawsuit was filed in Virginia Beach, Virginia against a local Barnes & Noble over the sale of the graphic novel. Now, attorney and State Delegate Tim Anderson is suing Oni Press and Maia Kobabe over the graphic novel on behalf of Tommy Altmann, a failed Republican congressional candidate.

Anderson is using the state’s obscenity laws in the suit claiming:

Whenever he has reasonable cause to believe that any person is engaged in the sale or commercial distribution of any obscene book, any citizen or the attorney for the Commonwealth of any county or city, or city attorney, in which the sale or commercial distribution of such book occurs may institute a proceeding in the circuit court in said city or county for adjudication of the obscenity of the book.

It may be a tough battle for Anderson as the law also states the below shall be considered:

  1. The artistic, literary, medical, scientific, cultural and educational values, if any, of the book considered as a whole;
  2. The degree of public acceptance of the book, or books of similar character, within the county or city in which the proceeding is brought;
  3. The intent of the author and publisher of the book;
  4. The reputation of the author and publisher;
  5. The advertising, promotion, and other circumstances relating to the sale of the book;
  6. The nature of classes of persons, including scholars, scientists, and physicians, for whom the book may not have prurient appeal, and who may be subject to exception pursuant to subsection G.

Much of the argument will be around the first point of the above.

Lawyers for Oni have called the lawsuit unfounded stating:

The Petition fails to allege any of the grounds required under Code §18.2- 384. Considered as a whole, and further considered in the context of other literary works, Gender Queer, A Memoir cannot, as a matter of law, be deemed obscene in accordance with free speech principles and pursuant to any clear standards. Petitioner, identifies seven pages of a 240-page book, ignores the context of those selections contained in the book, and asserts that the book is obscene. 9. Petitioner’s conclusory assertions are unfounded when considering the entirety of the work. The petition in this matter grossly mischaracterizes the nature of the subject literary work, and all of the opinions stated in the petition are both irrelevant and contradicted by the content of the book taken as a whole and put into proper context. This can be determined 2 from the pleading itself which states that it includes a copy of the book as Exhibit A.

The Barnes & Noble lawsuit is still pending. Anderson is also behind that lawsuit on behalf of Altman. A new deluxe version of the graphic novel was released this week in comic shops and will soon come to bookstores.

This is another example of the book banning that is being pushed by right-wing provocateurs to make gains politically by stoking “culture wars”.

As has been shown, a dark money network is funding campaigns against “Critical Race Theory”, something not being taught in schools. This book banning is an off-shoot of that showing these pushes are about as natural as an oral bowel movement. The “movement” is being used as a wedge issue to whip up voters by the right since they have nothing else to run on. It attempts to pit parents vs. bureaucrats (and teachers), a match that’s pretty easy to get traction on. The movement has been working for decades and continues the right-wing push to take over at the local level, first at the state and now even lower to get their regressive agenda passed.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

DC vs. Vampires: Killers

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

BRZRKR #9 (BOOM! Studios) – While we were skeptical about the series when it was first announced, it’s pleasantly surprised us with every issue delivering emotion and heart as much as action.

DC vs. Vampires: Killers (DC Comics) – The series has been great so far as vampires have infiltrated the heroes and villains and taken over the world!

Fist of the North Star Vol. 5 (VIZ Media) – The series has been amazing and if you’ve missed out on ever reading Fist of the North Star, these hardcover versions are a must.

Gender Queer (Oni Press) – The award winning autobiographical comic gets a new edition with a new cover, exclusive art and sketches, and new forward and afterword.

Hellboy & the BPRD: Old Man Whittier (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always a blast and one-shot comics tend to be a lot of fun to just pick up and enjoy even if you’re not a regular reader.

Honcho #1 (CEX Publishing) – Fifteen years after World War II, a man returns to America ona mission to reunite a fractured nation… and play baseball?

Iron Cat #1 (Marvel) – We haven’t kept up with this storyline but a new character is always worth checking out.

Land of the Living Gods #5 (AfterShock) – The series has been an amazing example of world building and it taking place outside of the US and the use of local language has created a post apocalytpic tale whose details make it shine.

Life Zero #5 (Ablaze) – The series has been summer popcorn action and we have no idea where it’s all going at this point.

Mech Strike: Monster Hunters #1 (Marvel) – Superheroes with giant mechs, what more do you need?

Mindset #1 (Vault Comics) – An app helps users break free of their tech addition but is it helping people or controlling them?

The Naughty List #3 (AfterShock) – The series has been a fun twist ont he pissed off Santa genre. It has a lot of holy shit moments but also a lot of heart and emotion too.

Power Rangers Unlimited: Countdown to Ruin #1 (BOOM! Studios) – While we’re not regular Power Rangers fans, it’s hinted this issue will be important for whatever comes next.

Public Domain #1 (Image Comics) – A meta series that looks at protecting intellectual property and family fights.

Sins of the Black Flamingo #1 (Image Comics) – An occultist, queer, heist book. Yeah, we’re intrigued to check out the first issue.

Task Force Z #9 (DC Comics) – The concept of a zombie Suicide Squad might seem silly but this series works so well with great action, humor, and twists.

Transformers: Fate of Cybertron (IDW Publishing) – The current run of Transformers wraps up here!

The Variants #1 (Marvel) – What’s better than one Jessica Jones? How about a multiverse worth of them?

Preview: Gender Queer: A Memoir Deluxe Edition

Gender Queer: A Memoir Deluxe Edition

Maia Kobabe and Phoebe Kobabe

2020 ALA Alex Award Winner2020 Stonewall — Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award Honor Book

In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Then e created Gender Queer. Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fan fiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: It is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

This special deluxe hardcover edition of Gender Queer features a brand-new cover, exclusive art and sketches, a foreword from ND Stevenson, Lumberjanes writer and creator of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and an afterword from Maia Kobabe.

Gender Queer: A Memoir Deluxe Edition

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

ICv2 – Virginia Beach Politician Files Suit to Restrict Barnes & Noble Sales of ‘Gender Queer’ – Sigh. The idiot was also busted for impersonating a judge, so quality individual.

Kotaku – New Marvel Card Game From Ex-Hearthstone Devs Plays Fast As Hell – Who’s going to play?

Review

Collected Editions – DC Pride 2021

Gender Queer

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What are you excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news from around the web to start the day.

CBLDF – House Committee on Oversight to Hold Hearing on Book Bans – And the CBLDF will be instructing members to do what concerning it?

ICv2 – ‘Gender Queer’ Was the Most Frequently Challenged Book in 2021 – Sigh.

The Beat – DC & Spotify’s BATMAN UNBURIED podcast sets global release date – Cool.

Gender Queer