Saturday, April 07, 2012

Free: Spider-Man and Fantastic Four vs. the evils of drinking

Marvel Comics and The Elks Drug Awareness Program have teamed up for a special comic book and video that helps children understand the dangers of underage drinking. The story, "Hard Choices," which features Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, targets fourth through eighth-graders. The story is created to encourage dialogue between parents, teachers and children by addressing a difficult topic in a fun format.

"Hard Choices" is available free online as both a digital comic and in a clickable video with music.

Of course, Marvel has been doing stuff like this for years: Back in the 1970s, a three-issue arc in Amazing Spider-Man dealt with substance abuse. Created at the request of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, those issues were published without then then-familiar shield "Approved by the Comics Code Authority"—because the CCA ruled against it. (Even though the story was clearly about the dangers of drug abuse.) Does the CCA even exist anymore?

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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.