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If you needed an excuse to hurry home tonight to get some reading done, today marks National Comic Book Day. While commemorating the genre, we're also honoring Banned Books Week by looking at the graphic novels that have met challenges in libraries and schools across the country for content deemed inappropriate by some.
A ban attempt earlier this year in Chicago caught national attention when the Chicago Public Schools pulled Persepolis from classrooms without warning. The graphic novel memoir by Marjane Satrapi, which is also an award-winning film, focuses on the author's experience growing up during the Iranian Revolution and the changes that her family must endure. Most interestingly in this incident, students spoke up requesting the book to be placed back in classroom as it covers important history lessons. Persepolis is allowed in Chicago Public School libraries but will not be part of a curriculum without further investigation by the school board.
We took a look at nonprofit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which has a database of frequently challenged comic books and their cases, to highlight (and read!) the following graphic novels that have seen complaints..
- Watchmen — Heralded as one of the best English-language novels, Watchmen has been challenged in at least two school libraries in the US, though details from the American Library Association aren't clear on the reasoning for the challenge.
- Neonomicon — A 14-year-old-girl checked out this horror murder mystery by Alan Moore from a Greenville, SC, library with her mother's permission since it was from the adult section of the library. The parent later saw profanity and "pornographic" imagery in the book, and requested it be removed from library distribution. While the challenge is under still currently under consideration by the library's board of trustees, Neonomicon remains pulled from circulation.
- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier — A public library employee in a Kentucky county objected to the sex scenes in the Alan Moore work and tried to get it taken off library shelves. When that failed, she checked the book out of the library and continued to renew it over the course of a year, even getting a co-worker to help a child from requesting it. Both employees were fired, and the book was returned to circulation.
- Bone — The magic world of Bone was petitioned for removal from a school library by a Minnesota parent who was shocked to find that one of the characters smokes cigars. The book remains in the library.
- Blankets — The coming-of-age autobiography touches on sexuality and was the purported reason a resident in Marshall, MO, asked the public library to remove it from shelves. According to the resident, the illustrations were pornographic and would cause people who frequent porn shops to hang out more in the library. A letter from the CBLDF helped ensure the library's board of trustees did not remove the book.
Samsung Gulf, the company's Middle Eastern outlet, sent a mysterious tweet yesterday touting the iPhone 5S's newest rival: a gold-edition Galaxy S4. The photo shows a "Gold Brown" and a "Gold Pink" S4 gleaming in the light of the desert sun.
— Samsung Gulf (@SamsungGulf) September 24, 2013
This gilded Galaxy S4 is undoubtedly a response to Apple's new iPhone 5S, which, in a certain light, looks more like a blond silver. The phone depicted in Samsung Gulf's photo looks like it has a metallic backplate that, when viewed from the rear, may be indistinguishable from a brick of gold.
There's no evidence of a gold-edition Galaxy S4 on Samsung AE's site — or any Samsung page, for that matter. The closest thing is probably this Giorgio Armani GA2 phone. But if Samsung does release a golden version for its Galaxy S4, are you buying it?
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Have you ever wondered how to be extremely awesome at life? Lucky for you, we got the inside track on living your nine lives to the fullest from one of the universe's most extraordinary beings, Lil Bub. She's got five tips from her own intergalactic experience as a celebrity space kitty, so check them out. Good job, Bub!
Amazon introduced two new devices to its Kindle Fire HD lineup — a 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX and an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX — that are intended to replace not only your tablet, but also your work laptop.
With a faster processor, better GPU, and more memory, the HDX tablets have enough power to keep users productive at work and entertain them at home. Amazon didn't just improve its hardware, either. A new feature called Mayday offers 24x7x365 tech support and peace of mind, and it's built into every Kindle Fire HDX.
The company has established its ereader dominance with the eink Kindle Paperwhite — but can it usurp the high-definition tablet market, too? The 8.9-inch HDX is slightly more expensive than the bestselling iPad Mini but boasts higher resolution, longer battery, and better rear camera. Learn more about the new Kindle Fire HDX, and let us know if you'll be trading in your iPad for Amazon's new tablets for the holidays.
Target is getting into the streaming service with its announcement Wednesday of Target Ticket, which has 30,000 movies and TV episodes to buy or rent. Many new video rentals are $4 (with a 48-hour rental period), with just-aired TV episodes available for purchase at $2.
The retailer designed its digital video option to be family friendly. Similar to Netflix, the service allows users to create profiles for each family member, letting parents set child-friendly content filters based on age appropriateness, MPAA and TV ratings, and violence or profanity levels. Each movie or TV show's content page includes not only Rotten Tomatoes ratings, but also a field by Common Sense Media that lists what parents need to know about the program.
Target Ticket is available on the web on PC/Mac, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and the iOS or Google Play apps. Need some incentive to sign up for yet another streaming service? The company's offering 10 free downloads of select movies at sign-up.
Smartphone cases are everywhere you look online, so we jump at the chance to outfit our gadgets in gear that's better than ordinary. From Casetagram, the company that first brought Instagram photos to the one place you'll see them most (the phone itself), is the new line of Eskayel phone cases, a name we know from POPSUGAR Home to be the go-to destination for water color-inspired, abstract prints that take the form of fabrics, wallpaper, and pillows.
The cases, created by Eskayel founder and creative director Shanan Campanaro, are available for the new iPhone 5C and 5S, as well as iPod Touch, the Samsung Galaxy S phone line, and the Nexus 4 — with each case priced at $40. Now the difficult part: which sublime pattern to choose?
In case you missed it, Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 7, went full steam ahead last week with a launch that left many users waiting for hours (days, even) to update. Under a heavy load, Apple's servers were sluggish and caused delayed downloads. If you're just getting around to iOS 7, watch the video to unearth some of its best tricks, and then feast on our complete list of tips for the new operating system.
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