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Banned Books Week: Challenged graphic novels

The Huffington Post has a list of the 10 most popular graphic novels that have been challenged in libraries. The list purports to be from the American Library Association, but I can’t find it on their site; I suspect they pulled the graphic novels off several lists of challenged books. Here they are:

Absolute Sandman, by Neil Gaiman and others
Blankets, by Craig Thompson
Bone, by Jeff Smith
Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Maus, by Art Spiegelman
Pride of Baghdad, by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon
Tank Girl, by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin
The Dark Knight Strikes Again, by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier, by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Notably absent from the list is any mention of manga, which has been challenged in several libraries recently.



Are they trying to ban these books or simply label them as adult reading? There’s a big difference between censorship and rating

Tom, they’re called “book challenges, which are formal written requests to remove a book from a library or classroom because of an objection to the book’s content. “

Ah, I see. Thanks for the clarification!

Bone? Really? Someone still wants to ban Bone? What a dick.

People were apparently uncomfortable with the scene where Bone meets Thorn if I remember correctly.

Honestly, the scene is pretty innocent and it is far from explicit. Any kid or adult who is deriving a nastier subtext has had those ideas for a while.

ALA contributed the HuffPo post themselves–see their logo at the top? If you click on that, you can see the other posts they’ve done (not many).

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