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Thursday, September 30, 2010

BANNED BOOKS WEEK! - A guest post by Nicole Wagaman

Attention faithful Comix Connection Blog readers! Did you know that this is Banned Books Week? This is an annual celebration of the First Amendment and our Freedom to Read! It was founded on the importance of keeping unorthodox or unpopular views available and on drawing attention to attempts at censorship (so we can stop it.) Personally it always makes me want to go grab every book that was ever banned or burned and read them in a very public location.

But I know, books can be large and heavy and just plain cumbersome to cart around with you all day long. Webster's Dictionary* just doesn't fit well in your pocket, it makes life very difficult, I know, I know... Fortunately we here at Comix Connection have a solution to this dilemma, because guess what? Comics are slim, lightweight, portable, and yes--definitely have been victims of both burning and banning.

Ever heard of Fredrick Wertham? He led the crusade in the 1950s that almost killed the comic book and had lots of communities and schoolyards holding some four-colored bonfires of their own.

So what say you, shall we rally 'round our favorite pastime? Stop in and we'll be only too glad to help you find a comic that wouldn't be approved by the Comics Code Authority. (In fact, conveniently and entirely coincidentally, our featured sale of the week is Ex Machina Volume One for $5, and that comic hits all the right "please ban me!" notes!) Ready to celebrate Banned Books Week and thumb you nose at everyone who tries to censor the printed word? I know I am! Let's grab some comics!

So there you go: your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to expand your mind, support the CBLDF (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, whose donation cans are always on our counters), defy censorship, and enjoy some really good books. That sounds like my kind of week!

*That's right, even the dictionary has been banned from school libraries. Srsly. No wunder our kidz can't spel gud.

--Counter Monkey Nicky

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At 9/30/2010 8:38 AM, Blogger tom said...

Thanks so much for posting this! As a former librarian and current flouter of authority, I think it's important that we keep a-holes like Wertham, Hitler and that goon in Florida who wanted to burn the Koran from ever having bonfires made of books again. Not sure which comics have ever been made from banned books, if you want to combine the best of both worlds, but some likely suspects are "Fahrenheit 451," "The Call of the Wild," and "The Lord of the Rings." Happy reading!

At 9/30/2010 12:09 PM, Blogger Currahee Chris said...

I would happily torch every single copy of the Lord of the Rings simply because I hate hobbitts, and probably Peter Hackson.

I would laugh with glee as every stinkin Star wars book,mag or comic were roasted in a jedi fueled bonfire.

Why can't EVIL win once in a while?? Why do we have to always go into movies, books, etc already knowing the goodies will win?? I'd like to see the EVIL guys win once in a while- Tolkien almost had it with the Orcs taking over Hobbiton- but then reverted back to the craptacular Hobbit heros. And I'm not talking about "dark" heroes- the "anti" hero who has some kind of bad boy thing- I want to see Vader, the Cyclons, Cobra Commander, Mola Ram, Skeletor and the Uber Overlord of Evil MUMMM RA steal the day and kick the living crap out of these over the top goodies.

I'll leave the Qu'ran alone simply out of respect for Bill- though, admittedly. if you are going to defend free speech, the guy has his right as well- again, it's a catch 22.

All Hail Lord Hootized :))))) Nuff said.

At 9/30/2010 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Currahee, you should be reading Irredeemable. And probably Nemesis. Not sure who's going to win in the end there, "good" or "evil," but I think you'll probably like the ride.

Also, I have to side with Dr. Henry Jones: burning books is always bad. I wouldn't even torch Twilight.

...although I might think about flushing it.

At 9/30/2010 1:03 PM, Blogger Currahee Chris said...

:))) Look at me getting schooled- the self-proclaimed one and only Central Pa IJ Fan :))

Will take you up on the recommendation-

and yes, Twilight meet flamethrower, flamethrower, meet Twilight.

Lord Uppare- I profess my sword and shield to your almighty stinkbugness :)))))

I think the next time I renew my plates at PennDot I will get a personalized plate reading the word verification for my latest Comix Conn post- Bill- does that earn me a no prize??? ;)))

At 9/30/2010 1:13 PM, Blogger Coolguy 2004 said...

Awesome post Nicky.

That picture of people burning comics makes me feel sick to my stomach.

At 9/30/2010 6:05 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Burning ANY books is about as unAmerican as it gets!

At 10/01/2010 6:55 AM, Blogger Currahee Chris said...

I could probably find half the inventory at CC to send in flames- starting with anything that has the word Star Wars" in the title :))

Couldn't disagree more Bill- to me, burning the flag or failing to at least stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem is the most unAmerican thing any citizen can do


If it's some form of protest exercised by our citizens, then so be it- I may disagree with it (book burning, flag burning, etc) and it burns me to the core (no pun intended) but if we let it go as free speech, then so be it. At the end of the day, if people want to send their hard earned American Dollars up in flames, who am I to stop them?? I say, knock yourselves out, just don't impede on my right to read those books should I so choose or impede on my rights to do anything else-

We are 230+ years into this experiment called Freedom of Speech- it's a bear :))

All Hail Lord eptiedi

At 10/01/2010 9:00 AM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

"... burning the flag or failing to at least stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem..." are separate issues than burning books.

Rather than turn this space into a free-for-all, I'll leave you with this quote (about BOOK BURNING):


Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book, as long as any document does not offend our own ideas of decency. That should be the only censorship.

How will we defeat communism unless we know what it is, what it teaches, and why does it have such an appeal for men, why are so many people swearing allegiance to it? It's almost a religion, albeit one of the nether regions.

And we have got to fight it with something better, not try to conceal the thinking of our own people. They are part of America. And even if they think ideas that are contrary to ours, their right to say them, their right to record them, and their right to have them at places where they're accessible to others is unquestioned, or it's not America.

—Dwight David Eisenhower

From the remarks of the President of the United States at the Dartmouth College Commencement, June 14, 1953. Courtesy of Dartmouth College Library.


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