We added three new graphic novels to our collection that have been the subject of attempts to censor access. They are Maus, Persepolis, and Pride of Baghdad. Other graphic novels in the library’s collection have also faced censorship efforts, including Watchmen.
New Graphic Novels for Law & Comics 2013
by Art Spiegelman
This Pulitzer Prize winner focuses on a son learning of his father’s internment during the Holocaust and coming to understand his father. Censorship efforts have focused on it being anti-ethnic and unsuitable for certain ages. In one instance, it was challenged simply because it made a reader uncomfortable.
by Marjane Satrapi
Satrapi’s book portrays the author’s young adult life in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution through her time in college, marriage, divorce, and move to France. Named one of the top 10 books of the first decade of the 21st Century. The book was recently challenged in the Chicago public school system for its themes and age appropriateness.
Pride of Baghdad
by Brian K. Vaughn and Niko Henrichon
This graphic novel explores different attitudes to the Iraq War and personal freedom through the story of four lions that escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during a bombing mission. The book has been challenged for its mild sexual content.