A few weeks ago, in a fit of enthusiasm, I sent off a series of emails to various people working in the comics industry to express concern about the Coroners and Justice Bill. As the weeks went on, I got ever more busy at work (and with setting up the Social Liberal Forum) and so the whole comics thing took a bit of a back step. Some of the email responses were also less than enthusiastic (at least one could be summed up as “fuck off and stop talking about this or you’ll give the police ideas”), so I didn’t have a huge amount of confidence in anything going forward.
The whole argument that this is in danger of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy is a troubling one. I can’t deny there is a chance of that happening. On the other hand, the alternative is self-censorship. The line being taken by the Comic Book Alliance, requesting reassurance, is a sensible and moderate response.