Banned Books Week spotlights Comics this year

Banned Books Week spotlights Comics this year


Every year the Banned Books Week National Committee announces a theme, and for 2014 its comics and graphic novels. The announcement comes in the wake of Bone being named as one of the top ten most banned books of 2013, the growing number of challenges to Fun Home and general “They hate us!”-ness usually aimed at libraries. Captain Underpants, the most banned book, is even considered a graphic novel for the purposes of the announcement.

“This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship,” Judith Platt, the chairwoman of the Banned Books Week National Committee, said in a statement.

“It’s shocking that books are still banned and challenged. Comics are especially vulnerable to those challenges,” Charles Brownstein said in his own statement. “With this year’s Banned Books Week focus, we welcome the opportunity to engage the public in a vital dialogue about intellectual freedom and the powerful role comics serve.”


  1. says

    I know Alison Bechdel and Leela Corman have both had problems with things there wouldn’t be a problem with in straight prose.

  2. JoeC_Mommy says

    The Most Dangerous Man in America?! That hits home. We read all of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants, plus The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby and Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, to our preschooler. Is it their scatology that causes problems for people? Because I think that it’s a, if not the, reason why boys like to read them and I think it’s worth it if it helps turn boys on to books, maybe for life. (I say that because sometime, somewhere, I read that lotsa boys start to turn down books about, say, middle school.)

  3. Paul Houston says

    Someone has a problem with Captain Underpants and Super Diaper Baby? So sad, those two titles are so adolescently ingenious that they had both my nine year old and me giggling like crazy throughout the whole book!

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