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Banned Books: Comic Cuts



Alex Fitch, presenter of the UK’s only weekly radio show about comics, discusses examples of banned and censored comic books in the last quarter of the 20th Century with publisher Tony Bennet and (via speaker phone) writer / artist Rick Veitch.

Tony Bennet‘s publishing company Knockabout Comics has seen its titles seized by British Customs, has been taken to court for publishing “drug related titles”, and for promoting the work of Robert Crumb. Knockabout have also commissioned comic book adaptations of previously banned novels such as Lady Chatterly’s Lover.

Rick Veitch is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, including the drawing of an issue of Moore’s Miracleman comic in the 1980s which was withdrawn from many shops due to its “graphic depictions of childbirth” and then when he took over as writer on another Moore comic - Swamp Thing - left the periodical when the publisher refused to print a certain issue.

This event is free, but booking is advised. Email ‘asab.ali [at] towerhamlets [dot] gov [dot] uk’ to reserve your free place. More details…

Tickets: Free
Where: Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1
When: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 6pm to 7.30pm

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