Customs Seize Comics Headed to Toronto Comic Arts Fest

posted on by Gia Manry
No manga held, but confiscated comics may be destroyed pending further action

The non-profit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) organization reported on Monday that some cartoonists crossing the United States/Canadian border for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) were stopped and had their books seized by Canadian customs. The books confirmed to have been seized are the Black Eye comics anthology and Blaise Larmee's Young Lions graphic novel, both independently published.

The Comics Journal reports that Black Eye contributor Tom Neely's copies of the anthology were held due to their allegedly obscene content. The CBLDF report states that Neely was informed that the copies would either be returned or destroyed "pending 'further action.'"

Larmee has not commented publicly, but he re-tweeted fellow comic creator Derek M Ballard's Twitter post about the seizure.

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