With federal elections unspooling in both Canada and the U.S. (ours is much, much shorter) there was bound to be some similar issues. It’s no surprise to see economic woes topping agendas, but I never would have thought pop culture issues would have had any sort of resonance. But it seems Sarah Palin, she of the much-mocked Republican vice-presidency, has at least mused about banning books, which has got some people justifiably worried. One of those is Cathy Gaines Mifsud, whose father William Gaines was publisher of Mad Magazine and the original Tales From the Crypt. He was subjected to a Senate hearing in the ’50s which aimed to clamp down on comics, so it’s a sensitive subject for the family.