… The comic book campaigners claim that if the new rules are interpreted harshly, their hobby could be criminalised.
In a statement, comicshopvoice.co.uk, a comic fans’ website, said of the rules outlawing sexual violence: “Isn’t that how Batman, Punisher, Judge Dredd get anything done?
“A kick in the balls or a— would constitute this, and a kick in the balls is a well trodden part of humour.”
It added that the new law on images of children would make owning some comic books, and “particularly some forms of Manga” – the Japanese form often featuring young-looking cartoon characters – illegal.
The statement added: “Because this is a minefield for the law it then falls on the Police to enforce it, and it is their judgement that could lead to a prosecution.
Calling on comic book fans to lobby their MPs, the group added: “What is frightening about this law is that it gives [the Government] carte blanche to invade our lives, to shut down our comic shops and ultimately it could lead to censorship of books and films as well.”
“We COULD get to a point where the police could legitimately visit your home or workplace, and sanctioned by an un-elected magistrate or judge go through your collection and if they find any comic book that they feel will cause sexual arousal or displays extreme violence then they could arrest you.”
Und next, ve outlaw ze suggestively shaped rocks, tree branches, und mountains!