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