{bookishness} BBW 2014: Smith

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art by Jonathan Hill (Americus)

Alison Flood at The Guardian writes about how “‘Bone’ Author Jeff Smith Speaks Out Ahead of US Banned Books Week:”

“Comics are now part of the literary scene, part of the discussion, and it shines a spotlight on these kinds of attacks,” [Jeff Smith] said. “That doesn’t mean the people who want to ban these books are malicious; in fact just the opposite. They have a concern which to them is legitimate. But that isn’t the point. The point is that they are trying to take away someone else’s ability to choose what they want to read, and you can’t do that.”

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“As libraries, schools and bookshops in the US prepare for a week-long wave of events and exhibits on the perils of censorship – since 1990, the American Library Association has seen more than 18,000 attempts to remove materials from schools and libraries – the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s executive director Charles Brownstein said that comics and graphic novels were seeing “an increasing amount of challenges”.

“‘Comics are one of the most commonly attacked kinds of books. They’re uniquely vulnerable to challenges because of the medium’s visual nature and because comics still carry a stigma of being 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,’ said Brownstein.”

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