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Amaze Your Friends! Horrify Your Parents!! READ A BANNED GRAPHIC NOVEL!!!
September 22, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am CDT
Comic books and censorship have a shared history most famously dating back to the 1950s, but there is still cause for concern today. As comics and graphic novels increasingly appear on the shelves of local libraries and schools (and increasingly appeal to a more sophisticated audience), they are increasingly vulnerable to having their content challenged. Then as now, the issue is whether the viewpoints of the few should dictate what the many may read and enjoy.
As a precursor to “Banned Books Week” (beginning Sunday 9/23 through Saturday 9/29), join the True Believers Graphic Novel Book Club on Saturday, September 22, as we celebrate the freedom to read by discussing a selection of “banned” graphic novels that have been challenged for content in recent years. Our “Banned Books” panel discussion will take place with a live audience at the Galaxy Comic and Fantasy Art Expo in Joliet, Illinois!
The American Library Association defines a book challenge as an attempt to remove or restrict the access of materials from a curriculum or library, based upon the objections of an individual or group. According to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, comics and graphic novels are most often challenged for containing “adult content” and/or age inappropriate material, profanity/offensive language, sex and/or nudity, violence and/or horror, and material deemed offensive on political, social, racial, and/or religious grounds.