Banned Comic Book Week, Sept. 22/28

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Banned Comic Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week is held from September 22 – September 28th.

Why Take Action?

Every year people try to take away readers’ power to decide what books are right for themselves or their children to read by bringing challenges to remove books from libraries. Comic books, graphic novels, and manga are frequently challenged and even banned.

Book banning is nothing new. Books are frequently banned for containing “adult content,” “language,” “sex/nudity,” or not being “age appropriate.” Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges because the medium thrives on the power of static images, and because there is a lingering stigma that comics are low-value speech. Some challenges are brought against comics because a single page or panel can be taken out of context, while others come under attack because of the mistaken notion that all comics are for children.

These are the people who forget that 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.

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Banning such books as Spider-Man Revelations. Written by  J. Michael Straczynski and illustrated by John Romita Jr.. In the wake of the World Trade Center tragedy, Spider-Man comes to understand that not all heroes possess great powers. Meanwhile, Aunt May struggles with her discovery of Peter’s greatest secret, which is being Spider-Man. This is a powerful story because the Marvel Universe is very connected to our world, a lot of things resemble the real world that we live in.

He, along with the Avengers, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and others struggle to deal with the aftermath of 9/11. This is a serious situation that was bound to be discussed in the books and it shows who the real heroes are in this story aside from those who are idolized or have powers. You aren’t just seeing the aftermath from the heroes point of view, you are seeing it from the world. The impact was so great that you see super-villains out there helping to save lives and clean up the wreckage. That is something you won’t get from any other comic book and no super-villain would every really go that far to kill so many people unnecessarily.

To put it simply, “The story of humanity is not written in towers, but in tears.”. Never underestimate the power of storytelling, this doesn’t come across as cheesy. This is an event that leads to a ripping story about identity and rebuilding relationships. It is one of the most beautiful superhero dramas out there you could find.

Get the list of banned books HERE

SPREAD THE WORD AND DEFEND OUR RIGHT TO DECIDE WHAT IS RIGHT FOR US AND OUR CHILDREN

Siphen is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

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