The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part V: Advocating for Industry Self-Regulation

The options available to deal with the issue of smoking depictions in comic books are limited. There is currently no comprehensive or uniform regulatory body for the comic book industry, the two largest comic book publishers have no exceptionally strong smoking depiction regulations, and it is unlikely that a constitutionally sound statute could be crafted. … More The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part V: Advocating for Industry Self-Regulation

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The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part IV: Smoking Depictions and the First Amendment

In this post, we will explore Winters v. New York, Brown v. Entertainment Merchant Association, and Miller v. California to provide a framework to analyze whether smoking depictions could be statutorily regulated and withstand the heightened scrutiny applied to First Amendment cases. … More The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part IV: Smoking Depictions and the First Amendment

The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part III: Smoking Depiction Regulations and Anti-Smoking Messages

Campaigns against smoking depictions in comic books did not gain traction until the 1980s. The most significant was T. Casey Brennan’s campaign, which began by 1981. The first part of this post discusses T. Casey Brennan’s 1980s campaign against smoking depictions in comic books. The second part explores Marvel Comics’ and DC Comics’ anti-smoking efforts and regulations. … More The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part III: Smoking Depiction Regulations and Anti-Smoking Messages

Mr. Susan’s Worldview in V for Vendetta: A Fear of Counterhegemony

This is the first in a series of posts about V for Vendetta. This series will examine the interplay between security and liberty in Alan Moore’s graphic novel. In this post, we will do a close-reading to tease out V for Vendetta‘s discourse on hegemony and Mr. Susan’s worldview. The next post will look at how … More Mr. Susan’s Worldview in V for Vendetta: A Fear of Counterhegemony