So, here are the ALA’s top ten most challenged graphic novels and the rationales given:
Absolute Sandman by Neil Gaiman – Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
Blankets by Craig Thompson – Sexually Explicit content, Other (unspecified)
Bone series by Jeff Smith – Sexually Explicit content, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel – Sexually Explicit Content
Maus by Art Spiegelman – Anti Ethnic
Pride of Baghdad by Brian Vaughn – Sexually Explicit Content
Tank Girl by Alan Martin & Jamie Hewlitt – Nudity and Violence
The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller – Sexually Explicit Content
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill – Nudity, Sexually Explicit Content and Unsuited to Age Group
Watchmen, by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons – Unsuited to Age Group
So . . . Maus. “Anti-ethnic.” Also, Bone is on this list. Despite what the name might seem to imply, Bone is not porn, I promise. It leans far more toward “adorable,” really.
On a sillier note, a study of library use . . . by marshmallow Peeps.
Just got back from the excellent James River Writers’ Conference. More about that soon!