Sunday, 12 February 2012

Free Speeches

Illustration from Free Speeches, Oni Press (1998)
Art by Dave Sim

(from Free Speeches, Oni Press, 1998)
If we are to be a free people and if we are to set ourselves apart from those who practice and advocate suppression, censorship, the imposition of one person or group's sensibilities upon another, then we must adhere to the absolutism of our position. If the forces which are interested in suppressing or labeling or sequestering Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell are to be kept at bay, we must resist efforts along the same lines with a work like A Taste Of Cherry in Verotika #4... To give censors an inch on Verotika is to invite them to take a mile - and within the confines of that mile might well exist From Hell, Sandman, Stray Bullets, Love & Rockets - perhaps even Spiegelman's Maus or Eisner's Dropsie Avenue.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is not what Dave Sim believes now, however, since his Islamist conversion. He now says he is a "First Amendment Purist," not an "Absolutist" as he was when he wrote this.