1. drjay says:

    yeah getting arrested over it ,is probably a bit much—but seriously he could have been a little more aware of what he was giving out “alternative comics #2” really doe s not sound like something appropriate for a 6 year old. (aside from sounding horribly unentertaining–“oh look the 1st meeting of the founders of cubism depicted in comics–what joy…) i would not want me 5 and 7 year old perusing comics w/ exposed weiners in them either as a practical parenting matter

  2. Rick Day says:

    Allen Begner is my attorney. He eats this stuff for breakfast.

    No one really asks, “where are their parents?” I guess it takes a village….

    Thanks for FINALLY getting around to this story that I sent to the tip line last month.

  3. Bill Simon says:

    Really now, what is the attention span of a 6-year old these days? They see one cartoonish depiction of an erect penis and mom thinks they are going to be scarred for life?

  4. Spacey, you can’t be serious, but I’ll take this bait anyway.

    It wasn’t “mere nekkidness” -remember the difference between “naked” and “nekkid?” (“Naked means you have no clothes on. Nekkid means you have no clothes on and you’re up to something.” -Lewis Grizzard)

    There’s a difference between a male nude and a picture of an erection. It’s the difference between the “David” and Tom of Finland. Both have their place in a society the values free speech, but neither one (IMO) belongs in the trick-or-treat bag of a child. I think that’s where the argument about “historically accurate, mere nudity” falls apart: Draw, publish, sell whatever kind of comics you want -but dropping them into a kid’s candy sack on Halloween is the kind of sick s–t that child predators do. (Please note, I’m NOT saying this comic-book guy is a child predator! But his actions, in this instance, would scare the bejeebers out of me and every other parent I know.)

    I’m sure there are some legal complexities -the comic-book guy was originally charged with 7 counts, including 2 felonies, but now is only facing two misdemeanor counts of distributing harmful material. The maximum is a year in jail and a $1,000 fine for each count, which actually sounds reasonable.

  5. SpaceyG says:

    I wouldn’t want my 7-year old to be passed any kind of sexual material without my knowledge. And it’s good that the mom was actually monitoring what her kids read, of course. But come on, an apology, under these circumstances, should surely be enough. And REASONABLY enough.

    But what an, uh, interesting way to be “exposed” to great art they were all missing the point of! Thus crackerhead mentality in Georgia overpowers a perfectly good educational opportunity. Once again.

  6. Rogue109 says:


    Looking at the article from CourtTV.com, I see that the comic appears to be in Spanish (based on the single panel that the post online). How educational is it if the child doesn’t speak Spanish, if that is indeed the case?

    Also, after doing a brief Google search, it APPEARS (but is not confirmed) that in a 1993 case, Lee was convicted of selling a pornographic comic book to an adult, as well.

    You can read a copy of the 2007 indictment here:


  7. SpaceyG says:

    Mike: do you seriously believe a single word Lewis Grizzard ever wrote? Didn’t he die some creepy, lurid alcoholic’s death in some Mexican hooker’s arms? Least that’s what I heard. Ughhhh….

  8. Icarus says:


    I usually try to help translate ITP into Bubba for you, but can’t help you here.

    I’ll help you make fun of the Laura Mallory’s of the world all day long, but I have no interest in defending a perv giving “alternative comics” to 6 year olds. Whether or not it was a felony, or even illegal, my vote says it’s inappropriate.

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