We hope you’ll join us on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Alternate Reality Comics (4110 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 8) for the opening of “Seduction of the Innocent,” a visual exhibition intended to both educate its viewers and illuminate some of the darker corners in the history of comic book censorship. The reception will also double as a fundraiser for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium. A limited edition print (shown) designed by local comics creator/publisher Pj Perez will be available for sale at the opening, with all proceeds benefiting the CBLDF, as well as those from sales of raffle tickets and special T-shirts at the event.
On display from Oct. 26 to Nov. 28, “Seduction of the Innocent” — named directly after the infamous book by Dr. Fredric Wertham that effectively changed the comic industry for most of the latter 20th Century — presents what amounts to the “tent-pole” events and instances of censorship in the 80-year existence of the American comic book. However, those moments captured via reproductions of rare and varied comic book covers, photographs and artwork barely scratch the surface of a rich history filled with tales of struggling, underpaid immigrants, book burnings led by righteous schoolchildren, government witch hunts, greedy, self-styled publishing Svengalis, and as much drama as you’d find in an Edna Ferber novel.