This year’s Banned Books Week starts Sunday, September 22. This year’s website covers, among other challenges, an attempted ban of the graphic novel Persepolis. This particular case highlights the role of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) in Banned Books Week.
The CBLDF has been a regular co-sponsor of Banned Books Week. Indeed comics have had a long history of censorship struggles from the Comics Code through the rise of graphic novels such as Watchmen or Maus.
Comic books and graphic novels are not the only challenged books: none were on this year’s top ten list of most frequently challenged books. All the same such materials merit attention. The CBLDF has even developed a guide on using them to promote a love of reading.
Novels I Mentioned
Moore, A., & Gibbons, D. (1987). Watchmen. New York, NY: DC Comics Inc.
Satrapi, M. (2003). Persepolis. New York, NY: Pantheon Books
Spiegelman, A. (1986). Maus: A survivor’s tale. New York, NY: Pantheon Books.