Banned Book Week

Had I known this week was Banned Book Week I would have posted this on Monday, but since I am just finding out this was the best I could do. I came across this article on Comic Book Resources, if you

Had I known this week was Banned Book Week I would have posted this on Monday, but since I am just finding out this was the best I could do. I came across this article on Comic Book Resources, if you are a comic fan you should check this site on a somewhat regular basis as they have tons of info about anything and everything comics.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=55761

I remember briefly seeing something about this last year. I am not sure how long this has been going on, but as an advocate for the written word I think it is a great idea. It seems to me that so many of the most famous and or infamous books are the ones that have been banned at one time or another. They usually have the wildest or most controversial ideas in them, which intern makes them the best. My all time favorite novels were both on some sort of banned list at one time. My two favorites are A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and A Brave New World by Aldus Huxley, they are both tied for first place. There are so many wonderful and interesting ideas in these books. I think that everyone should read one if not both of them. I will not say that either one has changed my life, but they did really get me to think about things, about life, and just think in general, especially A Clockwork Orange. I have always lived in fear of the idea of being some sort of an unthinking drone, a sort of zombie if you will, where I have no new thoughts or any thoughts for that matter. So I like to think that these books along with so many countless others have helped keep my indignation fresh and always coming up with something else.

The other interesting thing in this article is that it goes into detail about comics and how they have been portrayed through the years, and how even some of them were banned. I will not bore you with the details of the history of comics and the Comic Authority Code( I think that is what it was called.) It is interesting and I think it could be worth looking up if you are interested. The most fascinating thing the article talks about, and something I have said before is the stigma or stereotyping that goes along with comics. They have been viewed as something you read under your sheets with a flashlight so your mom does not find out you are reading them. I think they have come a long way from that but I still feel there is this “grow up” attitude that goes along with them. To a small extent I understand where those with that mindset are coming from. Sometimes I get tired of the superhero genre , but that is the interesting think about comics is that there truly is no restriction on what you can read about. The genres are truly as infinite as the imagination, which is what makes comics and graphic novels so unique in my opinion.

Believe it or not there have been a few comics and graphic novels that have made the banned list as well. So in honor of all the banned books out there stop by your local shop and pick up a riskay novel or a controversial comic or graphic novel. As I have said they are usually the best ones out there.

Manik

 

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