Comic strip creates a ruckus
Tom Spurgeon is the go-to guy for coverage of comics that raise a ruckus. Today he reports that "an episode of Funky Winkerbean from late last week that hinted at a soldier in Iraq falling prey to an IED in what was actually a video game led to a complaint by a soldier in one case and concern by editors in both. This in turn led to a call from one of the editors to King Features demanding a better heads-up on sensitive material or they would cancel all of their King Features material, and an apology sent to each paper by Tom Batiuk."
Spurgeon also notes that the Korean-American community in Los Angeles is protesting what it perceives as anti-Semitism in Lee Won-bok’s Distant Countries and Neighboring Countries. Needless to say, it should be seen as a very positive thing that comics continue to have the power to enrage as well as inspire.