So what can you get away with in Comics/Graphic Novels?

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  1. Batmans Spirit Registered

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    I know this might be a strange question.
    But you can put what you want in a novel. Can you do the same with comics?
    I know you can with violence and nudity (i believe).

    But what about swearing?? I've read comics with words like s**t and ba***ed. But what about the 'F' and...'C' word..?

    I know there was a comic code years ago, but even with it being removed were their still restrictions...
     
  2. Obi-Ron Deal with it

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    If you can write it or draw it, you can put it in a graphic novel.

    Big corporate publishers may have limits to what they'll print (usually depending on the editor, but sometimes based on some corporate memo), but not all graphic novels are made by big corporate publishers. :up:
     
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    Thanks Obi. I have read many violent comics and seen topless women in some, so i know they are allowed. But i've never read a comic witht the 'F' word or......'C' word so i was just curious if it was allowed or not?
     
  4. Obi-Ron Deal with it

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    Depends on the intended audience...there are several "adults only" graphic novels, pretty much "anything goes" there.
     
  5. Batmans Spirit Registered

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    Hey, sorry to bother you again but do you know any titles of the 'adult only', because i really want to check some of those out and read some different and mroe mature material.
     
  6. Obi-Ron Deal with it

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    Thanks again Obi.

    Sorry my fault. Ba***rd.
     
  9. Themanofbat Never Mind the Buttocks...

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    The first issue of Marvel's Max line of Alias had the word f^%#ck as its first word.

    :yay:
     
  10. Anubis Sup?

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    I recall that guy got run outta Florida for his graphic novel that depicted priests sodomizing children. So, you can pretty much get away with anything, just not in Florida.
     
  11. Max J Power Trash Boat

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    Punisher MAX had the "C" word in it.

    You can pretty much do anything in comics you're doing it in an book for adults.
     
  12. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    League of Extrordinary Gentlemen seems to push the envelope pretty far. Those scenes with Quartermain and Mina were downright pornographic and involved a senior citizen and a young woman :wow:
     
  13. Anubis Sup?

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    Not to mention Alan Moore's pornographic absolute edition of Lost Girls which showed some hardcore sex from characters like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and others I'm too blitzed to remember. There's tons of gratuitous violence, language and Sex in comics. You must have a pretty sheltered pull list to not already know this. It's gotten to the point were seeing a Teen Titans esque team of superheroes engage in a drunken orgy with prostitutes hoped up on super PCP as seen in The Boys from Dynamite, doesn't even seem the slightest bit.....shocking....to me.
     
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    If you want violence and swearing MAX Punisher has it all. Cant remember if anyone has ever said c**t in it, but I wouldnt be surprised.
     
  15. AlteredEgo Hello...

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    ive been reading Y: The Last Man, and that has featured the word c**t in it. :o as for the 'f-bomb', that **** is just about everywhere.
     
  16. Batmans Spirit Registered

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    Hey AlteredEgo, thanks for recommending " Y: The Last Man", that looks awesome!

    When l searched "Max Punisher" ( i thought it was something new ) i just found Marvels Punisher, so i take it, it is just that but pushed even mroe darker/mature.?

    Thank's for the recommendations guys, anymore will be appreciated.
     
  17. Max J Power Trash Boat

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    It was part of a darkly funny moment in the "Kitchen Irish" arc.

    Yeah, it's darker, has more mature themes, and has a ton of violence and profanity. Basically, when Marvel made the MAX (adult) imprint, they let Garth Ennis do whatever he wanted with the book.
     
  18. film_geek Joker fanatic.

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    Read The Boys by Garth Ennis.

    or... anything by Garth Ennis that isn't done by Marvel. (although F**K is in Marvel Max)

    Or Lost Girls by Alan Moore.

    most Indie titles have some adult content in it. just the big two tend to steer away for it, since they are the mainstream part of the business.
     
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    There's hundreds, if not thousands, of "mature readers" comics out there which contain everything you specified and more. Comics are a medium, not a genre, so it's like asking "What can you put in a movie?" Anything. You have movies like Toy Story and Stuart Little, and you have movies like Pulp Fiction and Debbie Does Dallas. There's no restriction whatsoever, for movies or comics. Or books or plays or CDs or what have you. The only limitation might be federal obscenity laws, and the choice of specific retailers whether to actually carry the material or not (most comic stores will carry just about everything, though not all have an "adults only" section)
     
  20. film_geek Joker fanatic.

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    Interesting combination of Pulp Fiction and Debbie Does Dallas.

    You're right about some titles being hard to find, Lost Girls was nearly impossible to find. I ended up ordering it off eBay.
     
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    Just an example of R-Rated and X-Rated to illustrate the point. Pulp Fiction could be Preacher or 100 Bullets, and Debbie Does Dallas is anything by Milo Manara
     
  22. Elijya Registered

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    MAX is simply Marvel's "Mature Reader" line, which they only created a few years ago. when it first started, Punisher was basically the first character they started publishing under the imprint, so that the stories could be even MORE violent. This is the first volume right here
    http://www.amazon.com/Punisher-MAX-...bs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202112789&sr=8-1

    If you're interested in quality comics for older readers that don't have men in tights, look into Vertigo, which is DC's Mature Readers line. Y-The Last Man is published under Vertigo. You can read the first issue of many of their series on this website to check out the books and see which one's you'll like. Preacher, Fables and Transmetropolitan are personal favorites, and definitely read the sample issue of Y. The first issue of Y-The Last Man is a flawless example of how a first issue should be written.
    http://www.dccomics.com/sites/vertigo_num1s/
     
  23. Anubis Sup?

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    Yeah, you want great Mature stuff, go Vertigo. DMZ, Sandman, Hell Blazer, etc, etc, etc.
     
  24. TheCorpulent1 SHAZAM!

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    There's also a lot of great mature stuff on indie labels. Oni, in particular, has a lot of really great mature series.
     
  25. Anubis Sup?

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    Avatar, Image, Dynamite, and of course, Dark Horse.
     

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