This year's Banned Books Week will take place between September 21st and September 27th. You can find out about some of the events planned around the country and get helpful information at the Banned Books Week website. This year's theme is comics. You can find out more about banned and challenged comics at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund website. You might also be interested in a recent New York Times article, this blog post, and this interesting storify collection of a twitter chat.
King Library is marking this week with a display on the first floor of King in the foyer of the library. We also have a lot of great resources to help you explore this issue.
We have several books and resources about the censorship of comics that took place in the 1950's:
The ten-cent plague: the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .H33 2008
Seal of approval: the history of the comics code by Amy Kiste Nyberg. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .N953 1998
Pulp demons: international dimensions of the postwar anti-comics campaign edited by John A. Lent. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6710 .P85 1999
Of comics and men : a cultural history of American comic books by Jean-Paul Gabilliet. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .G3313 2010
The horror! the horror! : comic books the government didn't want you to read! edited by Jim Trombetta, with an introduction by R. L. Stine. Available by request through OhioLINK.
Seduction of the innocent by Frederic Wertham. Access through Alexander Street Press.
Interim Report of the Committee on the Judiciary pursuant to S. Res. 89 (83d Cong. 1st sess.) and S. Res. 190 (83d Cong. 2d sess.) a part of the investigation of juvenile delinquency in the United States. Alternate title: Comic books and juvenile delinquency. Original report from 1955 available as a pdf.
We also have access to a database called Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels, which features the comics that went "underground" after the Comics Code Authority was put in place.
Though the Comics Code Authority and the censorship that happened as a result is a thing of the past, many comics are still being challenged, including recent challenges to Persepolis in Chicago and Seattle. Cases have included:
Blankets by Craig Thompson. ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6727.T48 B58 2003
Bone by Jeff Smith. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.S546 B66 2004
Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore. ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6728.B36 M66 2008
Fun home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.B3757 Z46 2006
Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.C565 I33 2005
In the night kitchen by Maurice Sendak. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 In
Maus: a survivor's tale by Art Spiegelman. King Library (2nd floor) | D804.3 .S66 1986
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6747.S245 P4713 2003.
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.V38 P75 2006
Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.C74 S86 1995
The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6790.K63 K5513 2009
Watchmen by Alan Moore. King Folio | PN6737.M6 W38 2005
Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6790.J33 N3313 2003
You can learn about the background of these cases here.
You can also find out more about comics and graphic novels on our subject guide on the topic.