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Comic community reactions to Aurora shooting
A few notable mentions as the comic community reacts to the shootings in Aurora CO.
The Globe and Mail removed last Friday’s editorial cartoon because it contained a reference to the Batman movie. No information was given about the cartoon, so I’m not sure what exactly it was depicting, but because it was most likely syndicated, it was probably drawn well before the shooting and was a general reference to the movie or character and not the shooting.
Francesco Marciuliano, writer for Sally Forth, posted a note apologizing to anyone who might be offended by the timing of Sunday’s Sally Forth which referenced the Batman movie.
Such comics are written three months in advance (and pre-published over a month in advance for Sunday supplements) and so the strip (in which Ted surprises Sally with tickets to “The Dark Knight Rises”) was in no way a direct comment on–or reaction to–the unbelievable tragedy that occurred this weekend at the “Batman” premiere (nor were the “Dark Knight” comics that appeared on this site this week, which were pre-posted this past Monday due to travel plans).
Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.
“The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”