Our short national nightmare is over: Canada Customs has decided that Alan Moore’s controversial graphic novel Lost Girls is not actual porn, just pornish.
As BlogTO reported last week, Customs had initially barred the book, which imagines three classic fantasy characters — Wendy from Peter Pan, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and Alice from Alice in Wonderland — all grown up and getting together for some erotic adventures. The Toronto bookstore The Beguiling managed to get some copies in “under mysterious circumstances,” but quickly sold out and was asked by the book’s American publisher, Top Shelf Productions, not to sell any more pending an appeal to Customs.
The appeal has now been decided in Top Shelf’s favour, and Lost Girls should start flowing into Canada through Diamond Book Distributors. Customs even brushed up on its book-reviewing skills and supplied some blurb-ready copy, saying that the book’s “depictions and descriptions are integral to the development of an intricate, imaginative, and artfully rendered storyline.”