5 of the Most Challenged Graphic Novel Hits

Sep 25 2013 - 2:58pm

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 [1] 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 [2] 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 [3] (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..

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