The Library We Need


Barbara Gordon laughs at your challenges to library materials.

Stumbled upon this article from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today. It discusses the growing presence of (and demand for) comic books in libraries; how the medium is beginning to be taken more seriously; and why some libraries (especially school libraries) are hesitant, either out of a dismissal of the genre as vapid and pulpy or out of fear of frequent challenges to comic books and graphic novels.

“Some publishers think that libraries are still prejudiced against comics; or that comics are subject to removal because of frequent book challenges. Although challenges are a fact of life—in recent years books by figures as revered as [Alan] Moore and [Alison] Bechdel have been challenged—librarians have been specifically trained to deal with them, says Coleman. In fact ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom has been teaming up with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to educate the public on dealing with censorship issues in libraries.”

– qtd in “How Comics Conquered Libraries”, Maren Williams

Banned/Challenged Graphic Novels Include:

Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

Watchmen, Alan Moore

Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Frank Miller

Pride of Baghdad, Brian K. Vaughan, Niko Henrichon

Blankets, Craig Thompson

Maus, Art Spiegelman

Fun Home, Alison Bechdel

The Sandman, Neil Gaiman

Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama

The Color of Earth, Kim Dong Hwa

Bone, Jeff Smith


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About boundandgaggedbooks

Shannon is a freelance writer and folklore buff. She has a degree from Hampshire College in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion, with an emphasis on epic/oral traditions, their anthropological implications, and their modern counterparts. Her work can be found in Fabulously Feminist, Wolf Wariors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.

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