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How Comics Conquered Libraries

May 9, 2013
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How Comics Conquered Libraries

Not so very long ago, comic books in libraries were exceedingly rare. Even those libraries that did carry comics often relegated them to the children’s department, with little attention given to building a diverse, quality collection. But over the past 20 years or so, patron demand for manga and the critical success of graphic novels…

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Elmhurst Residents’ Crusade Against M-Rated Video Games Continues

May 2, 2013
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Elmhurst Residents’ Crusade Against M-Rated Video Games Continues

The recent unanimous decision by the board of the Elmhurst, Illinois, public library to keep M-rated video games available for checkout has not deterred those who want them removed. In an article on Chicago-area news site mysuburbanlife.com, Jim Schuetz and John Nester say that they and a small group of other residents will continue to…

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New Jersey Ponders Restricting Video Games

May 1, 2013
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New Jersey Ponders Restricting Video Games

Despite a 2011 Supreme Court decision that struck down a California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors, New Jersey lawmakers are now considering similar legislation. In an apparent attempt to skirt the Supreme Court finding that games are First Amendment-protected free speech, the proposed law would require parental consent…

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COMIC MEGA STORE Publication Suspended Due to Obscenity Investigation

April 25, 2013
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Anime News Network reports that publication of the adult manga magazine Comic Mega Store has been indefinitely suspended due to a police investigation for obscenity. The magazine was clearly marked 18+, but apparently still ran afoul of Article 175 of the Japanese Penal Code, which forbids the distribution, sale, or public display of “an obscene…

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Illinois Library Board Votes to Keep M-Rated Games

April 19, 2013
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Here’s some good news on the video-games-and-violence front: Earlier this week, the board of the Elmhurst, Illinois, public library unanimously voted to keep M-rated games in the collection, despite a challenge from a small number of citizens who wanted them banned. In contrast to the library in Paterson, New Jersey, which last month blocked all…

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Captain Underpants Leads ALA’s Top Banned or Challenged Books of 2012

April 16, 2013
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Captain Underpants Leads ALA’s Top Banned or Challenged Books of 2012

National Library Week is here, and that means it’s time for the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom to release its annual list of the books most frequently banned and/or challenged in public libraries and schools in the previous year. Read on to find out what they were, and perhaps make some additions to…

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Jefferson Center Issues 2013 Muzzle Awards

April 15, 2013
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Jefferson Center Issues 2013 Muzzle Awards

The annual Muzzle Awards are out! The Muzzles, presented by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, recognize the very worst offenders against free expression in the past year. This year’s list, in no particular order, includes: The Annville-Cleona, Pensylvania, school board, for removing the picture book The Dirty Cowboy from an…

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Apple Goes on Censorship Spree

April 10, 2013
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Apple Goes on Censorship Spree

Once again, European attitudes towards nudity and sex have clashed with an American business behemoth. Last time, it was Facebook and Paris’ Jeu de Paume museum; this time, it’s Apple and a French distributor of e-comics. Izneo is a digital platform for comics from several French and Belgian publishers. In addition to hosting comics on…

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Students, Teachers, Iranian-born Artist React to PERSEPOLIS Ban

April 4, 2013
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Students, Teachers, Iranian-born Artist React to PERSEPOLIS Ban

Two weeks after the news broke that Chicago Public Schools officials had removed Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoir Persepolis from 7th grade classrooms and placed it “under review” for use in 8th-10th grades, reactions continue to pour in from various sources. Read on for a selection of viewpoints on Persepolis and the CPS ban from…

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Vancouver Mom Offended by Museum’s “Whale Bone Porn”

March 28, 2013
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Vancouver Mom Offended by Museum’s “Whale Bone Porn”

Here’s a new twist on the sadly familiar refrain of one person demanding that a cultural institution remove images she considers inappropriate: A mother from Vancouver, British Columbia says that a local museum is displaying “whale bone porn,” which has left her “disturbed and troubled.” Recently, Ann Pimentel took her two children, ages two and…

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