Apparently Banned Books Week is starting and this is something that has been going on for 30 years now. I’m not sure how I didn’t notice this before or why it’s so relevant, but I don’t like that they would find comics something to ban…. These people from what I’ve read have the belief that comics are for children which makes most challenged and banned in schools, you’ll have to excuse e while I try to find the logic behind this.
So because of their graphic nature and what not comics are the most-challenged books in libraries and schools. This makes no sense no matter how hard I try to think of a justifiable reason since this is fiction and comics have never been the cause for violence or such acts of the sort. This is almost as bad as them trying to say that videogames are the source of all the worlds problems. Not everyone reads comics or plays video games, it’s a choice and a great majority of this world doesn’t read comics or play games. I mean can someone tell me how you would read a comic and decide one day you want to run off in tights to fight crime? Yes there are some people that do that, but from my understanding and the various documentaries I have seen it is only adults who do that.
Comics to some extent are becoming more popular with their success on the big screen and in television. But that never means that they are big enough for people let alone kids to be influenced by them. No matter the context of the comic or graphic novels, many hold meaning that you would not be able to see unless you are someone that really sees what’s special about them. Where someone may be violent their attitude and outlook on life may be what influences someone rather than their actions. Kids are not that dumb as people would think and can handle seeing something that might not be right for their age. By banning these books you are giving them a false reality in which they follow conformity, they let people bully, they let people steal, kill, and blind them to what really happens in the real world.
Know Your Facts!
Everybody needs someone to look up to whether that person or thing being real or fiction, and there’s just no need to feel as if you can walk over someone by demeaning them and what they read. I’d bet most of the people who say that would never do it to a persons face because comic readers today aren’t the stereotypical nerd they are made out to be. These are people that hide behind their desks, make calls and judge people that read comics only seeing what is on the surface instead of what is to be taken from them. I mean I’d hardly call a comic childish if you have constant violence, mild sexual activities, blood, and heroes that die constantly. I can barely name a hero today that hasn’t gone through something tragic, but you know what? That’s life, and the sooner you come to accept that, the sooner you can be prepared for what’s to come in the future.
Spiderman who is listed below is the first hero to created that symbolized the importance of the person under the mask more than the mask itself. Spiderman is one of the heroes that is most relatable to the average teen or young adult and there is absolutely nothing wrong about his life unless you’re basing it off of his jokes or cartoons which is something kids would love to laugh at and watch.
Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations by J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita, Jr., and Scott Hanna
• Location of key challenge: A middle-school library in Millard, Nebraska
• Reason challenged: Sexual overtones
The parent of a 6-year-old who checked out the book filed a complaint and took the story to the media; the parent also withheld the book for the duration of the review process rather than returning it per library policy.
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley
• Location of key challenge: Stark County District Library in Canton, Ohio
• Reason challenged: Sexism, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
Despite the challenge, the library retained the book and now holds two copies, which are shelved in the Teen section.
Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama
• Location of key challenge: All public school libraries in Wicomico County, Maryland
• Reason challenged: Violence and nudity
The library review committee recommended that the books in the Dragon Ball series, which were recommended by the publisher for ages 13+, be removed from the entire public school library system, including at the high school level.
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
• Location of key challenge: Various
• Reason challenged: Unsuited to age group
Watchmenreceived a Hugo Award in 1988 and was instrumental in garnering more respect and shelf space for comics and graphic novels in libraries and mainstream bookstores. The inclusion of Watchmen in school library collections has been challenged by parents at least twice, according to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
Shocking huh? You can see it all here plus the rest of the books that were challenged and banned; http://cbldf.org/2012/09/banned-and-challenged-comics-revealed/