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July 22, 2013

The Most Challenged Comics


The Most Challenged Comics

Alan Moore is the undisputed “Leader of the Banned,” as Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (they're a great organization; please support them!), noted at his San Diego Comic-Con panel “CBLDF: Banned Comics!” It seems virtually anything Moore has ever written gets challenged in libraries across the country for some reason. Brownstein went on to name some of the other comics most challenged in the past decade or so. Some of the names on the list may surprise you --- including this little tidbit: One of the books on this list was the second most challenged book of 2011 (not just the second most challenged comic; the second most challenged book). Can you guess which one?

Bone by Jeff Smith (for a character smoking a cigar)
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (nudity)
Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama (nudity)
Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations by J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita Jr., and Scott Hanna (sexuality)
Side Scrollers by Matthew Loux (profanity)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (torture/violence)
Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes (sexuality)
Stuck in the Middle, edited by Ariel Schrag (sexuality)
Blankets by Craig Thompson (sexuality and profanity)
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (sexuality)
The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa (nudity, sexuality)
Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse (sexuality)
Sandman by Neil Gaiman (sexuality, profanity)
Maus by Art Spiegelman (profanity, subject matter)
(The answer is The Color of Earth.)
The Color of EarthThe Color of Earth

-- John Hogan

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