January 22, 2022

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) on “Why Comics Are Banned”

From a CBLDF Blog Post:

Every year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports of book challenges from around the country–that is, a request from an individual or group for a book to be restricted or removed from a library or classroom. Over the years OIF has tracked the books and comics that are challenged and the reasons cited for these challenges.

A few years ago, Tim Leong distilled the data regarding comics and graphic novels into an infographic to demonstrate visually the information about the attacks these comics face! Click on the image to view it full-size, and read on for more information on each of the categories and challenged books.

The infographic is also available for sale. 

The CBLDF blog posts also provides info about a number of comic books that have been challenged. Examples are organized into these categories:

  • Sexual Content
  • Offensive Language
  • Unsuited to Age Group
  • LGBTQIA Content
  • Nudity
  • Violence
  • Obscene Images
  • Bigotry
  • Drinking/Smoking/Drugs
  • Anti-Family

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.